Oct 302019

Rotary and American flags together at Patriot’s Point over Veteran’s Day weekend! What better way to honor our service men and women?

Sign up to sponsor this wonderful tribute to our heroes. charlestonrotaryflags.org

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Sep 202019

Join the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club as we come together with the Daniel Island Rotary Club, Thursday September 26th from 6 to 8pm, for a joint social event!

Come mix and mingle with your fellow Rotarians!

Please feel free to bring guests!!!

Dockery’s is located at 800 Island Park Drive, Daniel Island.


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Sep 132019

District 7770 Newsletter emailed every Tuesday morning!



Once in the District News Room… you’ll find a “Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter” button in the top right of the page! Click and SUBSCRIBE

There is now also a link on our homepage to subscribe to the district newsletter!

Aug 062019

Come meet your East Cooper Rotaractors at Saltwater Cowboys on Shem Creek for a membership social event! Please bring along potential new members, age 18-30!

August 13th 5-7pm at Saltwater Cowboys on Shem Creek the East Cooper Rotaractors will meet for a Membership Social in the place of their bi-weekly meeting! Come learn what Rotaract is all about! Please bring potential new members: anyone, age 18 to 30, interested in joining together with fellow young professionals over a love of service to the community and professional networking.

“We are the very first community-based Rotaract club in our district! We currently meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6-7pm at the Mount Pleasant library on Mathis ferry road.”



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Jul 232019

Our 2019-2020 Rotary Youth Exchange Student Ester will arrive on August 2nd from Ribeiras das Neves, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Ester has a first and a third host family but we still need a family to open their home to Ester for the three month span of time in between. The exact dates that a student switches families is up to the families but roughly the time would be start of December until mid March.

Every year exchange students and their parents are required to write a letter to their future host families. I have read these letters from Ester and her parents and I can assure you she is a brilliant, responsible, determined young woman. Ester speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English proficiently. She wants to study medicine and hopefully specialize in neurosurgery. Ester, with the support of her family, has made the most difficult decision that any 17 year old can make: she is leaving her family and friends and the only home she’s ever known in Brazil to come to a strange new place for a year of her life. The Rotary Club of East Cooper Breakfast, the city of Charleston, Rotary District 7770, the state of South Carolina, and the United States of America are welcoming Ester with open arms. I’m asking that someone open their home for 3 short months to this beautiful, courageous young woman. This is not just a life changing experience for the student but for the host families a like. Ester will become a part of your family and you hers; you will create a life long bond.

*Below are some social media ads as well as 2 links to informational sheets that tells you everything you need to know about hosting a student. Send these materials to someone or give me their contact info to reach out myself.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take 5 minutes to post a photo or link from below to any one of your social media accounts- Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, etc. OR PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take a moment to text, email, or call a friend, co worker or family member that you think might be interested.. OR who might know someone who is interested. Ask your church or ask your boss… ask your neighbors..

***There’s been a bigger push for host families this year*** The reason being because our club typically sends a student abroad, an outbound, at the same time as hosting a student, the inbound. It is an obligation of that outbound student to procure families, however this year the district did not have enough outbound students for our club to send one.

AGAIN please take just a moment to ask just a few people to help Rotary in one of our most important programs. Rotary Youth Exchange promotes global peace and cultural understanding as well as encouraging leadership, cultural and language skills.

“My dream is for every 17-year old to become a Youth Exchange Student.  If we could achieve this, there would be no more wars.” 

– Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, Rotary International President 2004-2005

YouTube Video of Host Family Experience

Club Assembly Awards

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Jul 132019
2018-2019 BOD (left to right) Michelle Whitbeck, Ted Chestnut, Alison Dailey, Ellis Gourdin, Grace Lacey, Brett Fellows, Tripp Hoover and Sean O’Connor.
Jack Vax receiving the 2018-2019 Presidential Award
Caitlin Waddington and Grace Lacey receiving the 2018-2019 Service Above Self Award
Warren Pruitt 2018-2019 Rotarian of the Year
2018-2019 President Tripp Hoover passing the torch to 2019-2020 President Ted Chestnut
2019-2020 BOD (left to right) Caitlin Waddington, Grace Lacey, Ellis Gourdin, Brett Fellows, Sean O’Connor, Michelle Whitbeck, Ted Chestnut and Tripp Hoover. (not pictured) Paul Curry

Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup

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Nov 122018

https://www.palmettopride.org/event/francis-marion-national-forest-cleanup/February 2, 2019 / US Forest Service Office, 2967 Steed Creek Rd, Huger, SC

Join us for the 12th annual Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup, Saturday, February 2nd, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Volunteers can choose between five locations around the forest prior to the event. Please contact Scott Morgan, smorgan@palmettopride.org, to pre-register for a specific location near you. All other volunteers should meet at the US Forest Service Office, 2967 Steed Creek Rd, Huger, SC.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, long-sleeve shirts and sturdy shoes. Gloves, bags and vests will be provided. Weather-appropriate outerwear is recommended.

Lunch will be served to all volunteers and staff.


From Georgetown: Take HWY 17 S approximately 33 miles to Steed Creek Road (Road #10-1032)

From Monks Corner: Take HWY 52 to HWY 402 to Huger. Cross over Hwy 41 at the flashing red light and you will be on Steed Creek Road. Forest Service Center is 3 miles on your right.

From Mt. Pleasant/I-526: Take HWY 17. Drive 5.2 miles past the Sewee Visitor Center and turn left on Steed Creek Road. Forest Service Center is approximately 9 miles on the left.

Sep 252018

Tripp Hoover, Sean O’Connor, Ted Chestnut, Michelle Whitbeck, and Ellis Gourdin attended the 2018 Fall District 7770 Training Seminar Friday October 21st at SeaCoast Church in Mount Pleasant. Below are photos of some of the speakers. Committee chairs in attendance participated in training of Grants Management, Global Grants, Membership, Youth Programs, Public image through Social media, and “how to” sessions on the District Database and Rotary Club Central. The Keynote Speaker was Past RI VP Anne Matthews.


Rotary District Fall Seminar- Friday September 21

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Sep 042018

Rotary District Fall Seminar will be held September 21st

Location: Seacoast Baptist Church, 750 Long Point Road, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Start time: 9:00 am (registration begins 8:15 am)

Finish time: 4:00 pm

Attire: business casual

Registration Fee: $35.00 per person

Lunch is included

Registration is available on the district database calendar

Seminars (2 sessions before lunch and 2 sessions after lunch, 5-tracks):

Foundation – 4 separate sessions

  • Grants Management / MOU (requires two from the clubs to qualify for next year’s district grant)
  • End Polio Now / Global Grants
  • Major Gifts / Paul Harris Society
  • Giving and Reports

Membership – all day seminar with 4 parts

Public Image – 2-part seminar in the morning

Youth Programs – 2-part seminar in the afternoon

Hands-on Workshops (bring your laptops and participate)

  • Rotary Club Central
  • District Database
  • Club Secretaries
Aug 082018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 24th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have David Tirard, District Governor, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

David Tirard joined the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island in 2003. He is a Ten Star Rotarian and holds the Four Avenues of Service Citation. He was elected President in 2011, and he led the club to Large Club of the Year recognition at the District Conference in March 2012. At District level he has served on the Grants Committee since 2010, served as Paul Harris Society Chair since 2013 and as an Assistant Governor from the same year. He holds two Foundation District Service awards, a Distinguished District Service award, and was recognized as District Rotarian of the Year in 2014. He is a Major Donor, Paul Harris Society member and Bequest Society member. David is British by birth, and enjoyed a thirty-three year career with Barclays Bank Plc. Most of his career was spent in the UK, but a tour of duty in Zambia as a bank auditor really opened his eyes to the poverty suffered in a third-world country. (This experience helps fuel his passion for the Rotary Foundation). Upon retirement he came to the United States in 2001, where he met his wife Susan. They moved to Bluffton SC in 2002. She is also a Rotarian, and they enjoy two children and eight grand-children in the USA, and two children and three grand-children in the UK. In the little time they have outside Rotary, they enjoy cooking, gardening and looking after the three Golden Retrievers they have rescued.

Congratulations to The Moultrie News Team, Winners of 12 First Place Awards

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Mar 152015

Moultrie NewsCongratulations to our friends at The Moultrie News. During the 2015 South Carolina Press Association Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation held March 13-15, 2015, the news team from The Moultrie News took home 12 awards, six of the twelve awards were first place.

What a testament to the talented staff from our hometown newspaper.

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