Honoring Rotary Service Above Self Scholars & CCSD Teachers of the Year

May 16, 2017: Our club was pleased to recognize our Four Rotary Service Above Self Scholars and the CCSD Teacher of Year and Honor Roll teachers at this week’s meeting.

Our Rotary Service Above Self Scholars were Abby Butts, First Baptist; Brianna Stanley, Burke; Douglas “DJ” Jimenez, Porter Gaud and Grace Griffith, Ashley Hall.

CCSD Teacher of the Year was Mia Pace, Mitchell Elementary. Runner-Up was Elizabeth O’Brien, Laurel Hill Primary. Honor Roll Teachers were Barbara Allen, Mt Pleasant Academy; Eric Stallings Baptist Hill Middle High School; and Glenn Tollevsen, Stono Park Elementary. We were also pleased to have Terri Nichols from the CCSD District Office and Brad Davis from Rick Hendrick Automotive in attendance to help present the awards.  Congratulations to these outstanding students and teachers on their accomplishments!


Godfrey Gibbison: College of Charleston, School of Professional Studies

May 9, 2017:   It’s no secret or surprise that the workplace of today is vastly different than it was a very few years ago. The impact of corporate downsizing since the ‘90’s, the lightening fast impact of technology on business behavior, resourcing, employment practices, employee skill set requirements, uncertain economic times and the integration of changing demographic and cultural values have resulted in a working environment hardly recognizable to those whose preparation and expectations were set in the 20th Century. How to provide a new educational paradigm that addresses the needs of the 21st Century workforce is the mission of Tuesday’s speaker, Dr. Godfry Gibbison, Dean of the School of Professional Studies at the College of Charleston. Continue reading “Godfrey Gibbison: College of Charleston, School of Professional Studies”

Rotary art show to raise funds for Water Mission

How you can help 1,000 people get safe drinking water on May 18

The historic downtown Rotary Club of Charleston continues its quest to positively impact others by raising funds for our global water crisis. To help the club’s goal of raising $10,000, world-renowned and local artist James Pratt has donated his beautiful palette knife art for a fundraiser. All proceeds generated through this event, hosted at the Reinert Art Gallery, will go directly to a Water Mission project. Continue reading “Rotary art show to raise funds for Water Mission”

Spring Social: An Evening at the Ballpark

May 2, 2017:  Let’s play ball!  Our Spring Social was a family event held at Riley Park.  Our Charleston Riverdogs took on the Lakewood Blue Claws and lost in a close game 2-3. Rotarian baseball fans and their guests enjoyed a pre-game cookout held under the tent at Murray’s Mezzanine along the first base line.  There were plenty of hotdogs, hamburgers and adult beverages for everyone!  It was a wonderful evening to spend at the ballpark cheering on our Riverdogs.  Thank you to Dave Echols and his staff for hosting us!!

Scotty Parker: Scotty’s Ride for WMI/Kelsey Kool: Trunk Club

April 25, 2017:  Two speakers joined us for our April 25 meeting at Riley Park, Scotty Parker for Scotty’s Ride for WMI and Kelsey Kool from Trunk Club of Charleston. Inspired by images of children who did not have clean drinking water, at age 7 Scotty decided to do something about it. For his 8th birthday he asked for donations instead of gifts and raised $618. After that he decided to think bigger and trained to ride across South Carolina to raise money for Water Missions International. He was age 10 when he made the trip and was inspired by the communities, kids and adults who came out and donated ultimately raising $70,000. That money was enough to complete two sanitary systems in Honduras. He was then able to visit to see the impact of the donation and how it changed the lives of children there. Water Missions installed sinks in every classroom of a school there but the children were afraid to drink the water. Water Missions had Scotty drink from every faucet to show the kids it was ok. He was amazed by the response of the kids to getting clean water, for us it is taken for granted, for them it was life or death. Continue reading “Scotty Parker: Scotty’s Ride for WMI/Kelsey Kool: Trunk Club”