Mar 212018

President Stephanie Bates presented My Sister’s House Director of Development and Marketing Tonya Pilkenton with a $5000 donation that the Club raised through their efforts from the East Cooper Speakeasy – Prohibition for a Cause event last October. This year’s East Cooper Speakeasy is set for Saturday, October 13, 2018. For information visit

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The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Samantha Morris, Outreach Coordinator of My Sister’s House, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Sam Morris is the Outreach Coordinator at My Sister’s House, Inc. a domestic violence program in South Carolina serving Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Limestone College in 2012. During her study at Limestone she completed a 400 hour internship with My Sister’s House, Inc. Upon completion of her internship, she was offered a part time position as night and weekend staff. A month later, Sam applied for a full time position with the organization as the Client Services Coordinator/Case Manager (CSC). Sam worked for over 2.5 years as the CSC, juggling the largest case load in the shelter. In addition to case management, Sam provided individual and group counseling and referral services for adult clients, provided intake, crisis intervention, and advocacy to clients, and developed a support services program within the organization. Sam then advanced to her next and current position as the Outreach Coordinator. As the Outreach Coordinator/Case Manager, Sam is responsible for providing group counseling and referral services for victims of domestic violence both in and out of shelter, she provides  emergency individual counseling sessions as needed and  has  case management responsibilities for sheltered victims, while still conducting intakes and crisis intervention services to callers and clients. Sam also spends a great deal of her time spreading awareness in the community about domestic violence and is always seeking new opportunities and audiences.  Sam was awarded the My Sister’s House, Inc. Full-Time Employee of the year for 2015.

Aug 292017



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Sponsored by Louis and Grace DeWolff Foundation

Saturday October 21, 2017   .   7-11 p.m.

Sweetgrass Event Center 2125 Highway 17 N. Mount Pleasant, SC

Join us for an evening of 1920’s Prohibition-era fun and a chance to win Seven Day, Six Night Stay in a two BR cottage at Firefly Sunset Resort in Hope Town ~ Abaco, Bahamas or $2000 cash!


$100 entry includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, dancing to jazz and swing DJ music with the Charleston Swing Dance Association, games, silent auction with themed packages, and raffle ticket for chance to win grand prize trip! Guests must be present to win.

Period attire encouraged so don your “glad rags”! Open only to ages 21 and up.

Proceeds benefit East Cooper Community Outreach, My Sister’s House, and Rotary Charities.

Sponsorships still available!

Volunteer Day at My Sister’s House Saturday, Sept. 10th

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Aug 302016


East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will volunteer at My Sister’s House Saturday, September 10th from 9am to 12pm.

Volunteer Activities Include:

  • Clean Teen Room
  • Paint Teen Room (inside and out)
  • organize teen room
  • clean and organize toddler area or dining room

We can come up with one more task if we have time.  We have the paint!

All participants will need to complete a confidentiality form.  If you plan on going, email Elmire at and she will email the form to you.  If you volunteered at the last Service Team project there, she already has your confidentiality form.  Once she has your form, she will email you directions.

Thanks For Volunteering At My Sister’s House

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Mar 152016

Thank you to our fellow rotarians who volunteered on Saturday, March 12th at My Sister’s House to spruce up the home and its landscaping. A lot of good work was accomplished for one of our favorite non-profit organizations.20160314_100551 Rotary Team 4-2 Rotary Team 4

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MSHLOGOService Team 4 has chosen My Sister’s House as the recipient for its service project on Saturday, March 12th.    Projects to be tackled from 9:00am until noon include:

  • yard cleanup
  • painting
  • Sorting can goods/clothing
  • Cleaning children’s playroom

All volunteers must complete a confidentiality form and return to Elmire or Alison prior to March 10th.  Participation is limited to 20 members.  Please join us for this working session!

Repost of CBS interview about SC domestic violence

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Oct 272015

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. —October is National Domestic Violence month. According to the Violence Policy Center, more than 1,600 women are murdered by men each year, and 94 percent are killed by a man they knew.

South Carolina has the worst record for deadly domestic violence.

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Christian Rainey

Christian Rainey, a North Charleston, South Carolina firefighter, is working to change that. He responds every day to people in crisis. But nothing will ever compare to the call he got in 2006.

“I got a phone call from my cousin telling me that I needed to fly home.”

Detra Rainey, his mother, was murdered by her new husband, Michael Simmons. He also killed Rainey’s four siblings.

Rainey says he lost everything on that day. “I call it everything, because it’s everything to me.”

Over the past decade, men killed 493 women in South Carolina. That’s one every seven days.

Elmire Raven, a former police officer, runs a women’s shelter in North Charleston. She was also once a victim of domestic violence.

“I think a lot of it has to to with our education, we have a lot of rural pockets in our state,” she said of the violence in South Carolina. “People don’t want to get involved in the domestic violence issue because they feel like it’s really not their business.”

Christan Rainey made it his business. The 30-year-old goes to fire and police stations, schools, anywhere that invites him. He counsels men about male culture and how they treat women. His non-profit called “Real Mad – Men Against Domestic Violence” gets victims and abusers help they need.

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Christian Rainey, center, with supporters of his non-profit, “Real Mad – Men Against Domestic Violence”

“Women can talk about domestic violence until they’re blue in the face,” said Rainey. “But when another man calls you out on it, it shines a different light on it.”

Four months ago, Rainey helped push South Carolina to reform its domestic violence laws, stiffening penalties and banning abusers from having guns. But he knows that some things he can never change.

Rainey says the work he does is like therapy for him, and he knows his mother would be proud. “If she was here, she would be so proud of what I’m doing.”

Rainey’s passion for saving lives is a fire that will never go out.

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Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 10.41.20 AMFor the October 20th meeting, we will welcome fellow Rotarian Elmire Raven, Executive Director of My Sister’s House, and a strong survivor of domestic violence, as our speaker.   My Sister’s House, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 that provides services, programs, and resources to empower domestic violence victims and their children to live free from abuse.  The organization operates an emergency temporary shelter at an undisclosed location for up to 36 women and children who flee abusive situations in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties in South Carolina.  Elmire received a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University, as well as a Masters in Counseling from Webster University.  She has received many honors and awards and has held numerous leadership positions on various boards including President of the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club (ECBRC) in 2011-2012.  She is a member of the Berkeley County First Step Board, East Cooper SCANA (SCE&G) Board, and a current trustee board chairperson and financial secretary of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant.


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