Dec 082014

Sea Island Rotary of Beaufort, South Carolina, participated in the annual town’s Christmas parade. Our float entry was called  “Light Up Rotary”  after Rotary Pres Gary C.K. Huang’s presidential theme for 2014-15.  We promoted our two fundraisers, “The Charity Shrimp Race” by having Jumbo the Shrimp (Stephanie Green) ride in Kathy Bundy’s white mustang convertible; and our “Hunting Island Adventure Biathlon” with a kayak being pulled behind Woody Oakley’s ‘53 Chev pickup. Several other members of our club passed out candy to the Christmas onlookers along the parade route. It was wonderful to watch the children’s faces light up as they received the candy, followed in almost every case by a sincere “thank you.”

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Lighting Up Rotary in Beaufort’s Christmas Parade

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Jumbo the Shrimp promotes our annual shrimp race fundraiser

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Jumbo waves to the crowd

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The Buoy promotes our Hunting Island Adventure Biathlon fundraiser

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Our crew prepares for the parade

 December 8, 2014  District Interest, Events, General News, Photos Comments Off on Sea Island Rotary Marches in Beaufort Christmas Parade
Jan 072014

Happy New Year and I am excited to announce that the Registration site for the 2014 District Conference is now available, you can register online on the District Database Calendar tab or you can register at the link provided for you in this email. The link is personalized for your registration only so do not forward to others. You can also register on a manual registration form which is also attached and available on the District Database as well.

The District Conference will be held in Charleston at the Charleston Marriott March 28, 29 and 30. It will be a celebration of our Clubs’ accomplishments in the 2013-14 Rotary year. We will recognize Clubs of the Year, outstanding Rotarians in many areas and present Presidential and Club Leadership Citations.

We will kick off the Conference on Friday at lunch and we have an exciting and hilarious motivational speaker scheduled. We will have a casual dinner Friday evening with the dress code being “Cruise Casual or Tacky Tourist” as we celebrate Cruising into Rotary’s Future.

Saturday evening will be black tie optional and we will recognize various key award winners and the Clubs of the year. Plenary sessions are scheduled for all three days and we will have a Silent Auction with all proceeds going to the effort to “End Polio Now”. There will also be a House of Friendship where your Clubs can show all that they have done during the year. We will also be doing a special District Service Project and details on that will be forthcoming soon.

We will have panel sessions featuring former Ambassadorial Scholars, Clubs and their Service Projects, Youth Exchange activities, District Grants and more.

A key feature of the Conference this year will be that we will be offering a single registration fee for the entire conference which includes all meals and an a la carte selection for those that may only be able to attend portions of the Conference.

Register early as the early bird registration price will expire March 10th. Come and enjoy the fellowship of all of our Rotarian families as we celebrate with one another.

Also attached to this email are four short videos of various aspects of Charleston, take a look and enjoy.

Two Ways To register:

Register NOW for District 7770 Conference 2014 – March 28, 2014
or send your regrets that you cannot attend by clicking here.

2. Click here to download mail in registration form.

Book your hotel room here:

Hotel Registration is separate from the conference registration.

Room Rate is $172plus tax until March 18th.

Click here to book your room.


Lou Mello

District Governor 2013-14 D7770

Mt Pleasant Rotary

 January 7, 2014  District Interest, Events 1 Response »
Dec 032013

HolidayJoin us for our Holiday Party Celebration

on Friday, Dec 13th 6:00 pm

Paddi Bailey’s Estate

159 Gannet Point Rd.
Beaufort, SC 29907

Bring a gift exchange, if you would like to participate.  Please Limit gift to $15-$20.

 December 3, 2013  1st Row Left Box, Events 3 Responses »
Sep 092013

As of Friday we have about 4,300 shrimp still available for adoption.  NOW IS THE TIME TO SELL SELL SELL. Please call on your circle of influences and ask for their help for this worthy cause.

Here is a suggested email.  Just cut and paste this into your email message and hit send.  Its that easy!!


Dear Family and Friends,

 As you may remember, in 2009, the Sea Island Rotary Club, of which I am a member, held its first-ever Beaufort Charity Shrimp Race fundraiser.  The Race was a tremendous success and our Club was able to write a check for $10,000 to Polio Plus (Rotary Internationals effort to eradicate polio in the world). The last three years we had similar results and were able to support local and international children’s charities and make a substantial donation to the a Rotary international clean water fund, used to produce clean water wells one community at a time.

 On October 5, 2013 we will hold our 5th Shrimp Race and the proceeds will again support local and international children’s charities.

 The link below will give you more details on the race and how to “adopt” a shrimp with a chance to win cash prizes — $100 to $2,000 for the first 10 shrimp to cross the finish line, plus — this year — a chance to win $1,000,000!  Our Club goal is again for 5,000 shrimp to be “adopted.”  Shrimp can be adopted for just $10 through Paypal on the site below.   Please consider adopting a shrimp (or two), and truly make a difference in the world.  Plus, someone has to win those cash prizes … why not you! 

 Here is the link to adopt: Please note me as the referral as all club members have a goal.


SAVE THE DATE:  Tuesday September 17th is our Shrimp Numbering Party at the Port Royal Marina.  6 pm till about 7:30 pm.  Food and drinks will be provided.

 September 9, 2013  Charities, Events, General News Comments Off on The Shrimper Press, Volume II
Jul 242013

The District Assembly is on Friday September 13th in Mt Pleasant from 9:00 till 3:30 pm.  Topics at the Assembly include Grants Management, Membership Recruitment, and the RI Foundation.  We are planning a fun trip together in Mike’s RV so if you want to learn more about Rotary, and enjoy some fellowship with your fellow Rotarians then sign up to Join Us with Larry Meisner.

Confirmed so far are:  Mike Mashke, Larry Meisner, John Perrill, Mike Bostwick and Gayle Bowen.

Pleantly more space is available on a first come first serve basis.

More informaion can be found at:


 July 24, 2013  District Interest, Events, General News, Making Connections Tagged with:  Comments Off on Join us at the District Assembly
Jul 152013

Friday, July 19th – Opening Ceremony

5:30 to 8:00 pm

  1. Chuck Ingle
  2. Bob Gross
  3. Jim Grimly
  4. Jan Malinowski
  5. Chris Crotz
  6. Dan Ahern
  7. Rick Grant

8:00 to 11:00 pm

  1. Dave Roos
  2. Larry Meisner
  3. Kristie Wallace
  4. Mike Mashke
  5. Robert Pruit
  6. Wayne Blau
  7. Jill Blau

Tuesday, July 23rd – Tropical Tuesday

6:30 to 8:30 pm

  1. Gayle and Dick Bowen
  2. Mike Lepper
  3. Clayton Cooler
  4. Lowell Keene
  5. Stan Hurt
  6. Tom Perkins
  7. John Perrill

8:30 to 11:00 pm

  1. Dave Roos
  2. Dan Ahern
  3. Woody Oakley
  4. John Barber
  5. Rion Salley
  6. Jerry Schulze
  7. Edna Crews

If you need to make changes please find another Rotarian to replace your schedule time.  Please then notify John Perrill who is the Team Leader on this Event.

 July 15, 2013  Events, General News, Newsletter Content Comments Off on Beer Tent Assignments
Jun 282013

Southern Side of Summer

You are officially invited to join the S.I.R. gang July 19-28, for the 58th Annual Beaufort Water Festival. Ten days of fun, food, festivities and something for everyone in Beaufort’s Waterfront Park! Start things off with opening ceremonies featuring fireworks over the Beaufort River and the phenomenal Marine Corp Band. Then jump into the Concert in the Park, raft races, a croquet tournament, Motown Monday, bocce, Tropical Tuesday, boat bingo, badminton, volley-ball, Talent Night (if you thought Candice Glover was an American Idol to be reckoned with, just wait till you see what else Beaufort has on tap!), teen night, sailing, fishing, soccer, golf, the Lowcountry Supper, the Bed Race and the Grand Parade — and lots more!

SIR Rotarians will be working the Beer Tents on Friday the 19th and Tuesday the 23rd.  Plus the Boat Bingo on Saturday the 21st, and then the Lowcountry Supper on Thursday the 25th!!

Come join the fun!

 June 28, 2013  Events, General News, Making Connections, Newsletter Content, Serving Community Comments Off on 58th Annual Beaufort Water Festival