Sea Island Rotary club was very pleased to present Rachel Wilson of USCB, a check for $2,000.00 on Tuesday June 14th. The monies will go to the Sea Island Rotary Endowed Scholarship fund, which will in kind fund two $1,500.00 scholarships. One scholarship will be in John R. Perrill’s name, and the other Darwin B. Bashaw.
Carolina SportsCare, founded in 2000, has been a community steward since opening their doors. The clinic, managed by the 4 partners, Mike Konoza, Kevin Ennis, Jim Denton, and Kevin Green is actively involved in not only in rehabilitation wellness, but also the community wellness through promoting a healthy lifestyle that incorporates the mind, body, and spirit.
They are committed to keeping you in your game by treating sports injuries, offering personal training, fitness and wellness. The Certified Athletic Trainers from Carolina SportsCare have been providing care at our local high schools and middle schools for 18 years!
Carolina SportsCare was presented the Annual Sea Island Community Citizen Award for embracing high standards of excellence in the treatment of their patients, as well as their commitment to volunteerism here in our community.
“Our Sea Island Rotary Club chose Mike Konoza for its annual award because of his strong commitment to community” said Dr. Chuck Ingle, President of Sea Island Rotary.
(October 28, 2015, Beaufort SC): When he is not putting out fires as a firefighter and paramedic at the Savannah River Nuclear Site, Rotarian Joey Dunkle is fighting fires on the Beaufort County School Board. This civic-minded public servant joined Sea Island Rotary earlier this year and he has enjoyed making new friends and finding opportunities to serve his community through the club.
“I was looking for a way to get involved with my community and give back to it somehow,” Dunkle says. “I researched the various civic organizations in Beaufort and when I came across Sea Island Rotary I looked at the member list and I knew several of the members already.”
After meeting with Rotarian Carole Ingram, Joey attends his first meeting and was hooked. “I was welcomed by members, both the ones I knew and the ones I didn’t.” he reveals. “I was impressed by how the meetings were run efficiently. I also like that the club was not a secret society and was diverse in terms of sex and race.”
In the appeal of these things Joey is not alone among his fellow Sea Island Rotarians. The unique make-up of the club, the wide range of life and business experience and a down-home, upbeat hands-on approach to service and community involvement is a powerful driver for his fellow club members.
In 2014 Joey ran for and was elected to the Beaufort County School Board and represents his district of Port Royal. This hard working club member quickly got involved in Rotary activities and is a regular at the club’s weekly meetings.
Sea Island Rotary distributed funds to four local Beaufort charities at our June 2 meeting. President Larry told club members that this is one of his favorite duties, as we share the proceeds of our fundraising efforts. The charities that received checks at this meeting include CAPA (Citizens Against Child Abuse), Thumbs Up (after-school tutoring for at-risk students), Port Royal Sound Foundation, and the YMCA.
Our program was by another charitable organization Dragon Boat Beaufort, which uses races between paddling teams to help raise funds for cancer patients and survivors. A great cause!
Our May program theme has been Inside Beaufort Memorial Hospital, with a series of programs introduced by club member and BMH Chief Human Resources Officer Dave Homyk. On consecutive weeks we heard from the hospital’s Chief Information Officer, Director of Safety, and Chief Medical Officer. After the last program, President Larry asked if we could get either certificates or discount cards from the hospital after learning so much about its inner workings.
Sea Island Rotary’s April 28 meeting was a little out of the ordinary. Our speaker, Stephen Schnabel of the Birds of Prey Center in Awendaw, brought two guests with him: a barred owl and a Cooper’s hawk. The guests let him speak for a while, explaining the good work that the Birds of Prey Center performs, but then they decided to take over the show. The owl made himself known from inside his crate, making mournful owl sounds during the video whenever a certain staff member spoke. Stephen told us that this owl had been brought to the center when quite young and bonded with the young woman to an extent that he called out when he saw or heard her, even on video. The Cooper’s hawk gave us a flying demonstration inside our meeting space, causing several Rotarians to duck when he flew inches over their heads. This was definitely a demonstration and talk that got our full attention!
Sea Island Rotary’s April 14 meeting included a special presentation to Ms. Jasmina O’Neil, who was recognized as Beaufort County’s outstanding dispatcher for 2015. Rotarian David Zeoli read the citation from Sheriff P.J.Tanner recognizing Ms. O’Neil. David commented that Jasmina’s is the voice people first hear when calling 911, and is sometimes the last voice they ever hear.
Our program featured a presentation by Kelly Thorvalson, who heads sea turtle rescue and recovery programs at the Charleston Aquarium. Kelly told us about the types of sea turtles that frequent the South Carolina Coast, the rescue situations, and the types of diagnosis and treatment used on the turtles before they can be released into the wild.
Once again a local author spoke at Sea Island Rotary. Teresa Bruce discussed her book The Other Mother. She also told us about the often hidden part of writing: marketing a book. She gave us details about finding an agent, a publisher, and the many steps still needed even with those hurdles overcome. The book itself is an excellent biography of an influential and artistic woman who left her mark on her adopted community, especially on the many young people who regarded her as their other mother.
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: http://www.ismyrotaryclub.org/Calendar/Event.cfm?EventID=77207991
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!