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!
Beaufort Middle School Principal and Sea Island Rotarian Carole Ingram shares this photo from the BMS student balloon launch. Sea Island Rotary Club sponsored this launch with a donation of funds. As you can tell, it was a tremendous success! Carole thanks SIRC for our sponsorship and support of these students.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Seymour of Compassionate Beaufort Communities spoke to Sea Island Rotary Club. He explained how Beaufort is a small part of an international movement that grew out of Karen Armstrong’s book Twelve Steps to Compassion and the Charter for Compassion. Many cities and organizations have adopted the Charter for Compassion as a way to keep their focus and awareness around compassionate acts. As a reminder of this focus, Mike provided club members with cards to pass out when they see someone performing an act of compassion. The card thanks the person and asks them to pay it forward.
As recently announced, we have launched a new joint service project with the Lowcountry and Beaufort Rotary Clubs, called Outfitting Lowcountry’s Youth, a school uniform project.
This project is being headed-up by our very own Terri Ely, of Spectrum GAC, who will coordinate all uniform orders as they come from the various schools from the northern Beaufort clusters. Each week she will place a mass uniform order from a couple pre- arranged discounted suppliers. When the uniforms come in, we will need several Rotary volunteers to pick up the uniforms from Spectrum and deliver them to the various schools in our area.
Attached to this email is a list of all the schools participating in this service project. We need YOU to volunteer to an assigned school(s) to be called upon for the deliveries. The more volunteers the better, as we hope to have enough volunteers to rotate through the list so that no one is over burdened.
This project was jointly funded with $3,500 form the three Rotary Clubs. This means on average each school has about $270 to spend on new uniforms this school year. We should be able to help hundreds of our most needed families, and give their children the greatest chance to succeed in their early education.
If you can volunteer for this year long service project, please email me with your schools of choice, best contact number, and email address.
Yours in Rotary,
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!