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The Rotary Club of North Charleston Breakfast, also known as the “Early Birds”, is filled with energized individuals that are just fun to eat breakfast with. On almost every Thursday morning at 7:30 AM, we hold our meeting at the Embassy Suites Hotel. We welcome our visitors, guests, and visiting Rotarians in the same way…. with a hand shake and a smile. The Club’s major fund-raising project is th
Operating as usual
Our club had the privilege of welcoming Roslin Fields, director of Youth Empowerment Services in Charleston. Ms. Fields, a retired teacher of 28 years founded YES in 1998 and received the key to the city of North Charleston in 2000. The mission of YES is to empower girls through Christian values to discover, embrace and appreciate their self-worth leading to a healthy and productive lifestyle. Thank you Ms. Fields for an inspiring presentation!
This week Impact member, Corrie Simmons, and our rotary exchange student, Louise Ramelot, gave a presentation at the Military Magnet Academy. Corrie is a past participant of the Youth Exchange Program as well. Thanks Corrie and Louise for sharing your experiences and making a difference in our community.
Great day at the club as Sandee Brooks visited us from the Hilton Head Island Club. Sandee gave us an update on the foundation and our fight against polio. Our club is dedicated to the foundation and our contributions are making a huge impact in eradicating polio throughout the world. Come join us on Thursdays at 7:30 and make your impact!
Today our club welcomed Jay Weaver. Jay has an extensive background in redevelopment including the cigar factory in downtown Charleston. Jay’s current project is the Navy Yard in North Charleston @ Riverfront Park. Jay’s development plans are very exciting and the future is bright for future businesses and residents! Don’t forget to join us every Thursday at 7:30!
Another amazing meeting as we welcomed district governor, Bob Gross. Bob gave us some information about rotary international, the district and how our club is making a huge impact in our community. Come join us every Thursday at 7:30!
Come join us on October 6 for a great day of golf, food, beverages and guaranteed prizes!
Our club is so excited to have the Rotary Youth Exchange back! Today we welcome Louise Ramelot from Belgium. Louise gave us a presentation on her country and answer many questions from our members. During her year, Louise will be staying with 3 host families while exploring the Lowcountry and other parts of the country.
Welcome Louise to Charleston, SC! We are thrilled to have you with us.
Today our club welcomed Bryan Byrd, the Head Coach for JV boys basketball team and assistant coach for the Varsity team at James Island Charter School. Bryan has been with James Island for 13 years and shared the team's core values and what drives the team to better performance.
We also inducted a new impact member, Donnavan Jefferson, to our growing club (see pics below).
On July 20th, President Joe Dawson and Impact Member, Bob Miller toured the Fisher House in downtown Charleston. Fisher House is making a difference for Veterans and their families when they are sick or undergoing surgery procedures at the VA. Criss Ward, the Executive Director of the Friends of Fisher House, gave a tour to Joe and Bob which included the common areas and several rooms. Click the link below for more information on this beautiful facility!
It was a great Thursday as usual at our club. We had Trooper Bob visit us and give us an update on traffic statistics as well as give us some advice while driving. If everyone drove like a trooper was watching, we would have zero accidents (IE don't text and drive). We also inducted Rob Bobo to our impact club. Rob has 20+ years experience in the mortgage industry and lives in Park Circle. Welcome Rob!!
Today we had the privilege of having Christine Messick from Reading Partners visit us. Christine gave us a great update as virtual interaction is now back to in person tutoring. Reading Partners mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. Several of our clubs members have participated and it's changed their lives as well as the child. For more information or to partner up, please visit readingpartners.org. Here is Christine with our president, Eric Snyder.
Looks like some amazing breakouts happening at International Conference!
Meet the speakers! Patrick Eakes, Zone 33 Innovative Clubs Advocate, will join the panel for IMPACT Clubs Creating Powerhouse Growth. Don't miss this breakout session at the Rotary International 2022 Convention June 8, 10am, Room 362!
The 1st 150 attendees in the breakout session will get a FREE SHIRT!
We are at Bottles in Mount Pleasant!! Come by and get your duck entry to win cash prizes!!
Join us for breakfast this Thursday at 7:30 am as we learn from John Carroll a strategist and growth consultant helping executives, entrepreneurs and organizations be more productive and more profitable and have more fun. John has worked with executives and entrepreneurs in businesses, trade groups and charitable organizations. A founding board member of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce, he is also the founding board chair and a current board member of Camp Rise Above, providing summer camp experiences for children with life-threatening illness and serious life challenges.
Come out to Bottles in Mt. Pleasant and buy some ducks! Chance to win 10k plus support some amazing charities!
Jay Benbrook gave us an insightful look at how Water’s Edge Great Dane Rescue works to save animals in need; @WEGDR is making an IMPACT!
Join us tomorrow March 24th at 7:30 am for breakfast and an informative session with Margaret Ann Youngs from the American Lung Association...
Hey Ya’ll!! Come on out to the Park Circle St. Paddy’s Day Block Party and get your Duck for the Charleston Duck Race coming up on 18 June; we are directly across from Madra Rue. Quack quack
March 10th guest speaker is Bill Martin. Bill has served as the CEO of multiple insurance companies and as a long-time volunteer for the American Red Cross Disaster Services. He has worked aboard in healthcare for 17 years and Conde Nast Traveler in 2008, described him as a "willful Optimist, for humanity's sake." Bill has just returned from a three-month holiday in Europe.
Join us at 7:30 am March 10th for this very insightful program!
This past Thursday, Ben Grandy, Director of Operations for the First Tee of Greater Charleston stopped by to give us an update on junior golf in the Lowcountry. The First Tee does more than just teaching the game, it teaches life skills. Experiences are our greatest teacher. First Tee believes in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. Thanks Ben for joining us and remember you can too every Thursday at 7:30am.
Join us this week (2/24 @ 7:30am) as we will have Ben Grandy, Director of Operations for the First Tee of Greater Charleston.
Today our club welcomed Wes Lyon, one of the founders of Allegiance Flag Supply. Allegiance manufactures and sells the highest quality American flags. Started a few years ago in his garage; Wes, his wife Katie, and partner Max grew 4000% in 2020 and 150% in 2021 and now are located in a 7000 square foot warehouse in North Charleston. Allegiance plans to expand operation this year and create at least 15 more jobs right in our backyard. Congrats Wes on your success and more information can be found on their website @ https://www.showallegiance.com/.
We are excited to hear Wes Lyon one of the Founders of Allegiance Flag Supply talk with us on Thursday, February 17th. Breakfast starts at 7:30 am...won't you join us?
Today we were lucky to have Rich Robinson, executive director of the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy. Rich is a former member of our club and still very active in Rotary. Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy’s mission is to be a light in the depth of pain and a hope in the day to day for first responders, individuals, and the community. Thanks Rich for sharing many moving stories and for more information visit https://coastalcrisischaplain.org/.
Please join us Thursday, February 10th at 7:30 am for breakfast at the North Charleston Marriott. Our guest speaker will be Chaplain Rich Robinson, Senior Chaplain & Executive Director of
Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy.
Today our club welcomed Garret Randle, Assistant General Manager with the Charleston Riverdogs. Garret gave us an update on the organization as well as how they battled the pandemic. The 2022 season begins Friday April 8th for the defending champs! Visit www.riverdogs.com for more information!
Michael Moseley was honored today as a Paul Harris Fellow…ask our Rotary group how to become a PH Fellow
Last Thursday, our club welcomed Christina Ward, with Friends of Fisher House Charleston. The Fisher House provides a "home away from home" for those VA families (at no cost) who have a loved one being care for at the Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center. The Friends of Fisher House is a non-profit organization that supplies the Fisher House with kitchen supplies, taxi service between the Fisher House and VA Medical Center, hotel rooms when the house is full and refurbishment of facilities. More information can be found at https://friendsoffisherhousecharleston.org/.
Today our club had the honor of hosting District Governor, Paul Walter. Paul gave us an update on what's new at the district level plus gave us helpful insight as we continue to expand our membership and make a difference in our community.
Another Thursday… another Rotary breakfast meeting. Service above self.
Colonel Dawson taking the podium this morning. “service above self”
Last week a few of our Rotarians and students from the Military Magnet Academy participated in our Dictionary Project. Our club has been part of the Dictionary Project for 17 years and has distributed approximately 16,000 dictionaries to 3rd graders throughout North Charleston. Here are a few pictures with some Chicora Elementary students!
Our club has been lucky to have wonderful speakers the last couple of weeks. Col. Marc Greene joined us last week to give us an update on the military bases in Charleston and this week Dr. Bill Sasser joined us from N. Charleston Dental Outreach. Dr. Sasser is doing great things in our community and we were happy to contribute a monetary donation to help with their new building (coming in the Summer). And don't forget our blood drive on December 22 starting at noon!
Join us on Wednesday, December 22nd!!
Another Thursday… another day learning about and serving the community.
Today, our club had another terrific speaker, Brenda Shaw, with the Lowcountry Food Bank. Our club has been lucky enough to support the Food Bank for several years with service projects, such as Backpack Buddies and drive thru food banks, as well as some monetary donations. Thank you Brenda, for taking time out of your day and informing our club on how we can further be involved!
Today was Success Day at the Military Magnet Academy. Our club is proud partners with MMA and we were able to visit the campus. During the visit, we were able to watch the daily formation as well as visit the classrooms to tell them about our career life and how we have been successful. We were also able to donate $10,000 which is used for assistance with cadet uniforms. What a great day and we enjoyed as always interacting with the cadets and faculty.
This week our club welcomed Will Matheson, with Lowcountry Veterans Home. Through a partnership with the VA, they provide 90 days of traditional housing for homeless veterans that qualify for benefits. The home provides 14 beds in a roommate environment. The program's goal is to provide the means necessary for our veterans to successfully transition into their own home after discharging. More information can be found at lowcountryveterans.org.
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