Jun 282016
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Incoming president Carole Ingram recieves the gavel virtually from outgoing Troy Ward.

Sea Island Rotary Club installed their new officers for the 2020-2021 year during a virtual ceremony held over Zoom June 30, 2020.

New officers for the year include Club President Paul Moore, Secretary Meredith Keene, and Directors Brandon Gaffney, Troy Ward, and John Perrill. Outgoing 2015-2016 President Dr. Chuck Ingle was also honored for his service to the Club for the past year.

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 June 28, 2016  District Interest, Family of Rotary, General News, Newsletter Content, Photos Comments Off on Sea Island Rotary Club Installs New Officers
Mar 222016

Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.

We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace. Consider these facts:

If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.

  1. A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.
  2. If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.
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Apr 152015

Captain David Murray of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island gave our club a two-pronged presentation. First he gave us the history of Parris Island, which had been used by the Navy as part of the port of Port Royal before being handed over to the Marines as a recruit training depot in 1915. Captain Murray then told us of the centennial celebration events planned during this year, with open houses, runs, and many other events. We all had our calendars out to be sure we’re part of them.

Captain Murray tells us everything we didn't know about Parris Island

Captain Murray tells us everything we didn’t know about Parris Island

President-elect Chuck Ingle presented us with the banner for the next Rotary Year – Be a Gift to the World – and also described his vision for a service project for next year, which would involve cooperating with Beaufort-Jasper Comprehensive Health Services to operate a mobile dental clinic to treat under-served populations in Beaufort County. While there are still several steps to take before this vision is a reality, club members are very interested in pursuing it.

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President-elect Chuck tells us about the mobile dental clinic

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 April 15, 2015  District Interest, Family of Rotary, Photos, Serving Community Comments Off on Sea Island Rotary learns history of Parris Island
May 022013

Highly trained and motivated rubber shrimp will mount their inner tubes and take to the water on October 5, 2013 as the Sea Island Rotary Club presents the 4th Annual Charity Shrimp Race at the Beaufort Shrimp Festival.

“The principal goal of this event is to raise money for our local charities,” says Rion Salley, Club President.  “Our signature charities include: CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association), Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity, and various Rotary service projects.”  “The Charity Shrimp Race is the World’s largest Shrimp Race and the primary annual fundraiser for the Sea Island Rotary Club.  For the past several years we have been able to donate more than $50,000 annually toward charity,” says Salley.  “This is a wonderful way to help charity and maybe win something in return.”

The race is fun to watch for kids and adults. It is held along the sea wall at Henry Chambers Waterfront Park, during the Beaufort Shrimp Festival.

The race begins around 3 p.m. when 5,000 rubber shrimp wearing inner tubes are released from the nets of an authentic shrimp trawler into the Beaufort River. The shrimp float along in tidal current to the finish line.  Each shrimp wears a unique number corresponding to one of the numbers on a purchased adoption ticket.

The shrimp have been training all summer and are anxiously awaiting the chance at being the first across the finish line. The winning shrimp wins $2,000 for the holder of the ticket that matches the unique number on that shrimp. The second place finish wins $1,000, third place wins $750, fourth place wins $500, fifth place wins $250 and 6th through 10th places each win $100.

More exciting, if any of the first ten finishing shrimp matches the “million dollar lucky number,” the adopter of that shrimp wins $1,000,000!  Yes, that is ONE MILLION DOLLARS. The million-dollar lucky number is selected at random by a third-party Insurance provider before the race.

Adoption tickets are on sale now and are available online at www.RotaryShrimpRace.com or at local businesses such as Beaufort Chiropractic, BJHCHS Port Royal Medical Center, CBC National Bank, Bundy Appraisal & Management, CAPA’s Closet, Island Podiatry, Lowcountry Habitat ReStore, Harvey’s Barber Shop, Levin, Gilley & Fisher law firm, Palmetto State Bank, Regions Bank, Sanctuary Golf Club, Therapeutic Solutions, Wardle Family YMCA, Wells Fargo Bank, and of course from any Sea Island Rotary member.

Sea Island Rotary Club is a part of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of 1.2 million members dedicated to improving education, health and living conditions worldwide. The Rotary motto is “Service above Self.”

For more information go to www.RotaryShrimpRace.com or www.seaislandrotary.org

 May 2, 2013  Charities, Events, Family of Rotary, General News, Making Connections, Newsletter Content, Serving Community Tagged with: , , , , ,  Comments Off on Sea Island Rotary Charity Shrimp Race Set for October 5, 2013
Apr 222013


“The 9th Annual Hunting Island Adventure Biathlon was a great success” says Mike Mashke, 2013 Race Director.  “The weather was perfect, which made for a superb 6 mile kayak and SUP paddle out to the Fripp Inlet and back into the lagoon” said Mashke.   Racers then set foot for a 4.3 mile adventurous trail run through the pristine all natural forest on Hunting Island State Park.  Over 150 athletes competed for 64 different award categories this year.  With the thanks to our many sopnsors our Club raised over $10,000 for local charaties and Rotary International Projects.


 April 22, 2013  Charities, Events, Family of Rotary, General News, Making Connections, Serving Community Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off on 9th Annual Adventure Biathlon a Success
Sep 252012

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District 7770 is #1 in Zone 33 in total Foundation Contributions
in 2011-12 and #7 in the world with $1,257,678.

District 7770 is #1 in Zone 33 in PolioPlus Contributions
in 2011-12 and #44 in the world with $143,792.

District 7770 is #2 in Zone 33 in Permanent Fund Contributions
in 2011-12 and #15 in the worldwith $265,819.

District 7770 is #2 in Zone 33 in Annual Fund Contributions Per Capita
in 2011-12 and #20 in the world with $195.66.

 September 25, 2012  Charities, Family of Rotary, General News, Newsletter Content, Serving Community Tagged with: , , , , ,  Comments Off on District 7770 Recognized as #1 in Zone 33 & #7 in the World for Supporting Rotary Foundation