Our Meeting Location

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Jun 232019

Cooper River Room at Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.  First 3 Tuesdays of each month, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Join us for Happy Hour August 26!

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Aug 152021

Our next club social / happy hour will be Thursday August 26 at 5:30 pm at Woodward Tavern, which is in The Shoppes at Seaside Farms, 1971 Riviera Dr. #3, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464. https://www.woodwardtavern.com/

Rotary Ready COVID-19 Mission

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Feb 022021


Rotarians and Friends of Rotary, Service Above Self is our motto, and right now, our community needs our help more than ever for the Rotary Ready COVID Mission!

Our “mission” is to provide both medical and non-medical volunteers for the numerous Covid-19 vaccination clinics being offered in the Charleston area.

Two pilot clinics have already been held in the East Cooper area over the past 2 months, and now that the supply of vaccines has arrived, more clinics are being planned so as to ensure that everyone in our community who wants to be vaccinated can get shots in the arm.

Bonus! All volunteers can receive the vaccine the day of their service. Please consider registering and being a part of this huge and impactful endeavor.

Share this post with your friends and family asking them to register as well. Share it with church groups, sports groups, book groups, school clubs that need service hours, etc.
Just please share it.

For more information, please email volunteer@rotaryready.com.

Thank you,

Michelle Whitbeck
East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club President 2020-2021

Club Rolls Out 66 Bikes for Toys for Tots

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Jan 092021

Thanks to the matching grant from Rotary International and funds raised at our Flags for Heroes event, the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club was able to provide 66 bicycles to Toys for Tots in Charleston this year. Tripp Hoover and David Schwartz coordinated the pickup from Wal-Mart at Oakland Shopping Center in Mt. Pleasant. It was a miracle that the store had just enough bikes for our $5000 budget. Due to COVID-19 the store manager said that they were running low on bikes. Families were buying them up all year with children being home schooled and needing more exercise. In addition to the Wal-mart stock, Dimi Matouchev added in a great bike that he and his wife purchased for the cause.  Dimi, Mike Bloser, Craig Johnson, and Bratton Fennell helped load the bikes into David’s landscaping company truck. The next morning, Michelle and Steve Whitbeck met Tripp and David at the Toys for Tots warehouse in Summerville to unload bikes of all sizes and colors. Alison Dailey arrived just in time to help as well and to donate toys that she brought. This year Toys for Tots has about 20,000 toy requests, 6,000 more than last year. It’s a challenging year for many families so we’re hoping our club’s contribution puts some smiles on children’s faces this Christmas.

Flags for Heroes Donates $5000 to Friends of Fisher House

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Dec 232020
East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club Present Michelle Whitbeck presented $5000 donation to Christopher Jackson of Fisher House Charleston. The donation was given to Friends of Fisher House Charleston.

The 2020 Flags for Heroes fundraiser held in November enabled the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club to raise almost $12,000!

With the funds raised we have donated $5000 to Friends of Fisher House Charleston which provides free lodging for families of veterans receiving treatment at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. We also purchased and donated 66 bicycles for Toys for Tots Charleston. And we have more service projects in the works like assembling hygiene kits to donate to East Cooper Community Outreach.

Honor an Active or Veteran in Flags for Heroes

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Oct 172020

Planning is underway for this year’s Flags for Heroes fundraiser which will take place over Veteran’s Day week. The location will still be at Patriot’s Point but at the Cold War Memorial which is just outside of the entrance gate. Visit the website to choose your sponsorship level that will save flags in honor of your favorite service men and women. When you sponsor a flag, send us a photo of the person you are honoring and we’ll be sure and post it on our Facebook page! Send photos to ecbrotaryclub@gmail.com


July 21, 2020: Speaker – S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

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Jul 152020

Join us Tuesday, July 21st to hear a Coronavirus Update by our local representatives at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. 

DHEC continues to work with federal, state and local partners as it investigates COVID-19 cases in South Carolina. DHEC’s top priority remains protecting the public during this national and state emergency.

Rotarians Receive Narcan Training

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Jun 052020

Thanks to WakeUp Carolina, 17 rotarians from the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club are now trained in administering Narcan (naloxone), an opioid antagonist used for the complete or partial reversal of opioid overdose. Nate Lyles, Program Director at WakeUp Carolina, led the on-line training session during a recent Zoom meeting that the club has been holding on a weekly basis during the COVID pandemic.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, South Carolina had 835 drug overdose deaths involving opioids (a rate of 17.1) in 2018—an increase compared to the 628 (a rate of 13.1) deaths reported in 2016.

  • Deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (mainly fentanyl and fentanyl analogs) continued to rise from 404 (a rate of 8.5) in 2017 to 510 (a rate of 10.8) in 2018.
  • Heroin-involved deaths remained unchanged over the past year but have trended up since 2014 with 183 (a rate of 3.8) reported in 2018.
  • Deaths involving prescription opioids have remained steady with 375 deaths (a rate of 7.4) in 2018.

Rotary Club President-Elect Michelle Whitbeck says, “In the unfortunate event that one of our members who received the training does encounter an opioid overdose victim, they are now educated on what signs to look for and how to administer Narcan safely before paramedics arrive. It’s an important issue that is happening here in our own community. If we can help educate others on how to prevent drug abuse, we may be able to save a life.”

Another way to help prevent drug overdose is by disposing of any prescription drugs that are not being used or are expired. The Town of Mount Pleasant has a CVS Take-Back box located at the entrance of the police station at Town Hall, 100 Ann Edwards Lane.

Narcan Training June 2nd

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May 222020

East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club members will have an exclusive opportunity to receive online Narcan Training Tuesday, June 2nd at 8 a.m. This overdose prevention training is recommended for anyone at risk of an opioid overdose, friends, and family of someone at risk, healthcare providers, social services providers, law enforcement, and emergency response providers. You will learn how to recognize the signs of an overdose, the steps to administrating Narcan nasal spray, and how to save a life. Participants who complete the training may receive a free overdose prevention kit containing 2 Narcan nasal sprays. We encourage all members to attend this Zoom meeting, and if you have family or friends who would like to join, please forward their email addresses to Ted Chestnut ted@hillcon.com. The more knowledge we have as a group, the better we can serve our community in preventing opioid overdose and abuse.

Club Meetings

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Apr 022020

East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club resumed in-person meetings on May 18, 2021. Our meetings are held on the first three Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 a.m. in the Cooper River Room at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park, located at 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.  There is ample parking in surface lots across the street from the facility.  Breakfast is served and we have a speaker at each meeting.  We welcome guests and anyone interested in Rotary to join us at a meeting. In addition to meeting in person, for the time being we are also continuing to facilitate online attendance via Zoom.  If you wish to attend online, please email us at ecbrotaryclub@gmail.com and we will be happy to send you a link.

Feb 142020

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Sara Perry, with Respite Care Charleston, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Sara Perry is Executive Director of Respite Care Charleston, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which provides support and services to those living with Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia.  A graduate of Winthrop University (Marketing Communications) and the College of Charleston (Master of Public Administration), Sara has more than 18 years of experience in the non-profit/public sector. She has completed  the Charleston Metro Chamber’s Leadership Charleston program and was named one of one of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” in 2016.  A proud mother of two active teenagers, Sara mentors several older youth in foster care and is an avid sailor.

Guest Speaker Feb. 11th: Nanci Shipman, Wake Up Carolina!

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Feb 062020

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Nanci Shipman,Wake Up Carolina, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Nanci holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the College of Charleston. She is the founder and executive director of WakeUp Carolina. WakeUp Carolina empowers young people, individuals and families by uniting our community to meet those who are suffering “where they are” with authenticity and unwavering support. They are a 501c3 organization founded to raise awareness, promote education and provide hope and improve the quality of life for those in recovery in the greater Charleston area. 

All WakeUp Carolina services, including Creighton’s House, are 100% funded by generous donations and grants from citizens, corporations and government entities.

Her previous experience includes teaching elementary school and preschool, healthcare marketing and sales, hospice administrator and nonprofit regional director for senior outreach. Nanci is also active in business and healthcare associations, not-for-profit fundraising events and community boards. Nanci is the mother to five children. She grew up and resides in Mt. Pleasant with her four children. 

Meeting Agenda for January 21, 2020

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Jan 292020

agendaEast Cooper Breakfast Club  – February 4, 2020

  1. Call to Order @ 7:45- Ted Chestnut
  2. Welcome- Ted Chestnut
  3. Sergeant at Arms for the Day- Charles Muldrow
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Welcome Visitors and Guests
    • Thought for the Day
  4. Cart Fund- Jack Vax
  5. Happy Dollars: Polio Plus- Catherine Stuhr
  6. Announcements- Ted Chestnut
  7. Club Business- Ted Chestnut
  8. Speaker Introduction – Ted Chestnut
  9. Speaker- Diane Perillo & Sonia Gass, Save the Children
  10. Literacy Book Signing
  11. Drawing
  12. Thanks to Visitors and Guests
  13. Next Meeting- Feb 11th
    • S@A- Ben Newton
    • Intro- Michelle Whitbeck
    • Speaker- Nanci Shipman, Wake Up Carolina
  14. Four Way Test
  15. Adjourn Meeting at 8:30  

Helping Non-Profits With COVID-19 Relief

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Jan 172020

Thanks to all who came out last Saturday to volunteer at East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO). Wearing masks and gloves, we were able to take in donated bags of groceries, clean them, and arrange them on the shelves for easy access. This was the first Saturday that ECCO had reopened for accepting donations since the stay-at-home ordinance became in effect.

We are not only pleased that we were able to help at the ECCO warehouse, but we’re happy to announce that the ECBR Foundation has voted to immediately donate $4,000 to ECCO and $2,000 to Charleston Promise Neighborhood. The donations will help these local agencies provide basic needs to folks who desperately need them.  As we heard from Stephanie at ECCO, the need is great.  We intend to do what we can.  In addition to the immediate donations, the ECBR foundation is matching donations provided by club members up to an additional $20,000!  There are a couple of ways for this to work:  1.  Donate to the ECBR Foundation (tax deductible) and note where you’d like the money to go.  2.  Donate directly to ECCO or CPN and let myself or Gwin know the amount so we can tally the appropriate match.  Right now, we don’t have a way to set up a donation to the ECBR Foundation via a “click here” link, so we have to go the old-fashioned way with checks.  However, if you send Gwin an email at postongwin@comcast.net letting her know how much you would like to donate, she can send you an invoice where you can pay online.

Upcoming Speakers and Sergeant At Arms Schedule

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Jan 162020

Meeting-SpeakerDo you know an interesting speaker? Submit the information to ecbrotaryclub@gmail.com.  

If anyone cannot attend on your scheduled day, please find an alternate below your name to fill in.

Upcoming Speakers & Sergeant at Arms








Speaker Intro

S @ A

alphabetical order based on active member list on DACdb

2/4/20 Diane Perillo & Sonia Gass Save the Children Ted Chestnut Muldrow, Charles
2/11/20 Nanci Shipman Wake Up Carolina Tripp Hoover Ben Newton
2/18/20 Bill Martin   Ted Chestnut O’Connor, Sean
2/25/20 NO MEETING-4TH TUESDAY      
2/27/20 Social Basil Mt. Pleasant    
Jan 162020

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[Schedule of Local Rotary Chapters (updated October 2018)]


  • North Charleston Rotary- 12:30pm Hilton Garden Inn Express 5265 International Blvd North Chs


  • Rotary Club of Charleston- 12:30pm Hall’s Signature Events 5 Faber Place Downtown Charleston


  • Daniel Island Rotary Club- 7:30 am Daniel Island Club 600 Island Park Drive DI
  • Rotary Club of Mount Pleasant– 12:30 pm Harbor Breeze Restaurant at 176 Patriots Point Road MtP


  • Rotary Club of N. Charleston Breakfast– 7:15am Embassy Suites Intl Blvd by Charleston Airport
  • Rotary Club of St. Andrews- Charleston– 12:30pm Bessingers Barbecue on Savannah Highway


  • Rotary Club of Charleston- Breakfast– 7:30am Harbour Club 35 Prioleau Street Downtown Charleston


Rotary Youth Exchange Update!

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Jan 102020

Our club will be sponsoring a student from Wando High School to go abroad next year! She is currently a sophomore and lives on Isle of Palms.

Her family has agreed to host and she is actively looking for two more families. If anyone is interested in hosting a student next year please let Grace Lacey know. Requirements are only 3-4 months out of the school year and the student will be attending school in Mount Pleasant.

On the flip side, our current exchange student, Ester, plans to attend the Western Tour this summer. This trip is an opportunity that Exchange Students in the US get the choice of taking. This is a very educational and once in a life time trip for these students where they’ll get to visit places such as the Grand Canyon, the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood, etc.

If any club member has any jobs that Ester can do to earn money for the trip please let her or Grace know. She can pet sit, babysit, plant sit, do gardening, etc. Also if anyone has any ideas of a small fundraising event for Ester to raise the money, we are all ears!

ECBR Gives Back

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Jan 072020

Lowcountry Food Bank Service Project

Flags for Heroes

Walk for Water Charleston

Mount Pleasant Happy Feet

Toys for Tots Bike Drive

East Cooper Habitat for Humanity

Speakeasy: Prohibition for a Cause

East Cooper Meals on Wheels

East Cooper Community Outreach

Charleston Area Rotary Charity Duck Race

Saint James Santee Elementary Middle School Beautification Project

Westover Community Garden

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