Georgetown Rotary Club members mow the lawn and plant shrubbery around the Habitat Home

Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club members working on the Habitat project:  From left, Dwayne Christen, Betty Roberts, Anne Hartis, Kim Kaminski, Kirby Coker, Alan Walters, George Chastain, Pat Ferris, Keith Wilcox (not pictured, Chris Carter)

For most people, cutting the grass and planting shrubbery on a warm, muggy, summer day is not something they look forward to.  But members from the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club jumped at the opportunity to engage in a service project helping Habitat For Humanity finish up a home in the Georgetown community.  The Georgetown Rotarians arrived early Saturday morning and tackled an overgrown lawn, while planting shrubbery around the exterior of the home.   Georgetown Lunch Rotary President Kim Kaminski said “it was a lot of work on a hot day.  But we had fun doing it, and it greatly improved the appearance of the home.  It served as a good example of the Rotary motto ‘Service Above Self.’” 

Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County is an ecumenical, Christian-based organization that gives low-income working families a chance by building and providing simple, decent homes in decent communities. A low-income family is scheduled to occupy the Georgetown house in the near future.


Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Jun 25, 2014

Congratulations to Lesley Easthan, a paramedic with the Georgetown CountyFire/EMS, the recipient of the 2013-14 Vocational Service Award from the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club.  In this picture from the left are Rotarian Bob McCarley making the presentation, Lesley Easthan, Tony Hucks, Asst. Chief, and Jim Eathan, Lesley's husband.    

Leslie is very diminutive in size, but she makes up for it in determination, courage, and drive.  She has mastered it all - first responder, firefighter, EMT, EMS, paramedic, LPN, certified instructor in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advance Life Support, and Trauma, and has mastered high rise rescue, confined space rescue, and extrication.  She teaches CPR to the high schools, restaurants and day care centers in the region.  When she isn't working, she and her husband, Jim, a lieutenant firefighter/medic with Pleasant Hill, run a 20 acre farm. 

Her professional goal is raising community awareness about the needs of children who are badly injured or facing life-threatening illnesses.  Leslie, when she was very young, was in an accident and she suffered burns over 80 percent of her body.  She spent two years hospitalized and had countless surgeries.  Leslie was given a $350 award from the Georgetown Rotary Club in appreciation of her service to the Georgetown community, and she immediately said she was donating the money to David's Blanket of Hope, an organization that provides fleece blankets to NICU's at area hospitals.  The blankets are for children enduring serious illness.  Through her life and work, Leslie truly represents Rotary's motto:  "Service Above Self."

2013-14 Vocational Service Award from the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club Nathan Kaminski 2014-06-25 17:37:35Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Jun 24, 2014


 Pictured, outgoing President George Chastain puts the new President’s pin on Nat Kaminski, and the new officers and directors for the Club are sworn in by Asst. District Gov. Henry Jolly.

34,000 Rotary Clubs around the world install new officers and directors at the beginning of each Rotary year.  New Officers for the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club were sworn in on June 24th, 2014 for the 2014-15 Rotary Year.  These were Nathan Kaminski, President; Keith Wilcox, President-Elect; Sam Hamilton, Treasurer; John Stalvey, Secretary; and George Chastain, Immediate Past President.

The new Directors for the Club are Bill Crowther, Club Administration; , Ray Gagnon, Membership; Anne Hartis, Service Projects; Alan Walters, Rotary Foundation; Ted Kohn and Betty Roberts, Fellowship Activities; Paul Yarborough, Fundraising; Pete Little, Public Relations, and Chris Carter, Sergeant At Arms.

Kaminski commended outgoing President Chastain on an “outstanding” year as President of the Georgetown Rotary Club.  “George took steps to strengthen the Club in terms of membership and its financial resources for community service.  Plus the Club had fun and enjoyed accomplishing these things.  We have a strong leadership team in place for the coming year and we are looking forward to carrying on the good work that Rotary does in the Georgetown community”, said Kaminski.

Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club installs new Officers and Directors Nathan Kaminski 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Jun 24, 2014

Paul Seccomandi (l), President of 3V Inc. in Georgetown S.C., presents a $10,000 check to George Chastain, President of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club, in support of the ongoing fight against Alzheimer's disease.  These funds are used to support Rotary District 7770's CART (Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust) which provides annual funding for cutting edge research to slow or cure Alzheimer's. 

3V Corporation sponsors 2014 Shag Festival Nathan Kaminski 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Chastain on Jun 23, 2014

At the Club's June 24th meeting, President George Chastain (left) inducts Paul Seccomondi, President of 3V Corporation, as a new member of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club.  Rotarian and Past President Paul Yarborough (right), who sponsored Seccomandi, looks on.

Georgetown Rotary Club Inducts New Member George Chastain 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lloyd Mackall on Nov 24, 2013

Standing in the historic Stewart-Parker House, Mayor Jack Scoville read an official City of Georgetown proclamation honoring the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club's 75th anniversary, Tuesday night, Nov. 19.  Proclamations also came from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and the Georgetown County Council. 

Mayor Scoville Reads Proclamation Honoring 75 Years of Rotary Service 

Standing in the historic Stewart-Parker House, Mayor Jack Scoville, right, reads an official City of Georgetown proclamation honoring the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club's 75th anniversary.  Proclamations also came from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and the Georgetown County Council.  Listening from left are Rotarians Bob Mayer and Jim Forrester and 2013-2014 President George Chastain.  

Rotary District 7770 Governor Lou Mello, center, and his wife, Teresa Mello, left, talk to Nathan Kaminski, right, president-elect of Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club.  Photo by Lloyd Mackall

In the dining room, from left, are Past President Paul Yarborough, Elaine Waddell, wife of Rotarian Ken Waddell and president of the Friends of the Kaminski House, and Rotarian Bill Doar.    Photo by Lloyd Mackall


On the top step are Rotarian Cindy Gibson and her husband Ed Gibson. Below are Rotarian Anne Hartis and her husband Bill Hartis at Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club's 75th anniversary celebration in the Stewart-Parker House built in 1740.     Photo by Lloyd Mackall


Mayor Scoville said he has a greater understanding of Rotary because of recent perceptions gained from his son, John Samuel Scoville, who is president elect for the Rotary Club of Beaufort.  Rotary District 7770 Governor Lou Mello also spoke, recognizing the club for its 75 years of "Service Above Self" in Georgetown. 

   A June, 1938 Georgetown Times article said, “Twenty members of the Rotary Club were present at the first official function held Wednesday at the Screven Hotel.”  That first Rotary Club was chartered by the Sumter Rotary and its first president was Ralph M. Ford. The club also sponsored the Rotary Club of Andrews in 1967, the Rotary Club of Pawleys Island in 1977 and the Georgetown Breakfast Rotary in 1981.

   There was a need for these other service organizations, said long-time member Glennie Tarbox. “Past President Charles Schooler asked me to help get the Pawleys Island group started,” he said. “I intended to be there temporarily, but I ended up as the first charter president and stayed for 30 years before returning to Georgetown to be closer to my business. I really enjoyed going to Rotary meetings because it is so varied.” 

   Tarbox was asked to chair the 75th  anniversary event by current President George Chastain, who said, “I thank the community for its many decades of support, so we can continue giving back to causes that help people in our community and beyond.”

   Chastain said the club has assisted a variety of local charities. “These included the Georgetown County United Way, the Georgetown YMCA, the Salvation Army, Outreach Farm, Friendship Place and the Mitney Project,” he said. “We also delivered a dictionary to each third-grade student in Georgetown County in all public and private schools.” 

   The main fundraising event has been the Rotary Shag Festival, Chastain said. “It  is advertised around the southeast and is held annually in April to raise funds to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease,” he said. “Since 1996, the club donated more than $100,000--an amount that is second highest of the 78 District 7770 clubs in 25 eastern counties from the Midlands to the coast. The 2014 Shag Festival will be Saturday, April 26, in downtown Georgetown.”

   Past Rotary District 7770 Governor Alan Walters is from the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club. “Even though Rotary is a worldwide organization, it remains community-based, which is why it's important we have several clubs in the county,” he said.  “Each club, just like the community it serves, is unique.”

   “During my year as district governor we distributed nearly half a million dollars in scholarships and for club projects here in South Carolina in addition to the programs in each club.  It's literally millions of dollars each year.  “The bottom line is more clubs mean more opportunities to help others.”

    “Our club has been a leader in supporting the Rotary Foundation with donations of over $220,000 to date,” Walters said. “In addition to scholarships, Group Study Exchanges and clean water projects, Polio eradication has been strongly supported by our club.”

   “I was in the room when Bill Gates donated $255 million for Polio eradication and he said the reason he did it was that he trusted Rotary to get the job done.  I think people in Georgetown feel the same way.”

    Past president and 54-year member Jim Forrester explained why he joined in 1959. “Because it was and it continues to be representative of the crucial people in the community,” he said. “I thought this would be a nice experience to get to know these people while giving me new opportunities,” Forrester said.

   Bill Doar, who joined in 1962, said, “I got involved because of the networking and back then leading men in the community were members and it was good to be affiliated with such a group. I’ve stayed involved because it is always doing good community work, and I enjoyed the fellowship.” 

   Past president and member since 1976 Charles Schooler said, “I joined Rotary to stay involved after Jaycees, because I had to get out of the Jaycees when I turned 35.  I thought Rotary was the next direction to take to stay civically active. Things I saw started are still going on and are being done well in the community.  It makes you proud to be a member of an organization like that.”

   The Stewart-Parker House, a federal-style home and one of the oldest homes in South Carolina, was once owned by a successful Georgetown businessman, Daniel Tucker, who was said to have entertained President George Washington, when the first president visited Georgetown on his 1791 southern tour.


Georgetown Lunch Rotary Celebrates 75 Years, 1938--2013 Lloyd Mackall 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 03, 2013

Gerald Holley (left) accepts the $5,600 contribution from Georgetown Rotarians George Chastain (center) and Alan Walters (right).

Rotarians George Chastain, President of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club, and Alan Walters, Director of the Club Rotary Foundation, presented a $5,600 contribution to the “Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust” (CART) fund on behalf of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club.  These funds will help support cutting edge research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  The check was presented to Gerald Holley, the Rotary District 7770 Chairman for the CART Fund.   Holley said that this donation puts the Georgetown Rotary Club over the $100,000 mark in total donations since 1996.  The Georgetown Club is the 2nd highest donor Club in District 7770 comprised of 78 Rotary Clubs in 25 eastern counties stretching from the Midlands to the coast.  Chastain said this donation was made possible because of the funds raised by the Rotary Club’s 7th annual Shag Festival held in April.  He credited the leadership of Rotarian Keith Wilson, Chair of the 2013 Shag Festival, for making this fundraiser a success   Chastain also thanked all of the Georgetown County businesses and individuals who supported the Rotary Shag Festival in 2013 and made this CART fund contribution possible.

Posted on Aug 03, 2013

George Chastain (left), President of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club, presents a check for $1,675 to Rotary 7770 District Governor Lou Mello for Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative

For more than 25 years, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease.  Transmission of the polio virus has been stopped in all but three countries and the virus is being contained in increasingly smaller geographic areas within those countries.  It is Rotary International’s number one priority to completely eradicate polio and eliminate the virus.  In honor of Rotary District Governor Lou Mello’s recent visit to Georgetown, the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club made a donation in the amount of $1,675 to the Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus program.  This donation will be a part of a 2 for 1 matching grant from the Gates Foundation which is working in partnership with Rotary International to defeat polio. 

Georgetown Lunch Rotary Contributes to the Rotary International “End Polio Now” Initiative! 2013-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 03, 2013


George Chastain (left), President of the Georgetown Rotary Club, presents a check to Captain Jason Hughes of the Salvation Army to help with hurricane relief efforts.

After Hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast, the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club decided to express its support by raising funds for the victims who were helped by the Salvation Army relief efforts.   Through individual donations from its membership, the Georgetown Club raised $1,275 which was recently presented to the Salvation Army of Georgetown. 

Georgetown Lunch Rotary Donates to the Salvation Army Hurricane Relief Efforts! 2013-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 03, 2013


Dr. George Blalock (left), a member of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club for 41 years, was recently presented the District Four-Way Test Award in recognition of his service to the community and his outstanding dedication, service, and contributions to the Georgetown Rotary club.  Rotary District Governor Lou Mello (right) presented the award, noting that Dr. Blalock participates in every meeting, is always willing to help with Rotary Activities, and is a regular volunteer in various community activities, including Friendship Place where he helps with meals and transportation to the Smith Medical Clinic. 

Dr. George Blalock Receives the Rotary District 7770 Four-Way Test Award 2013-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Jun 29, 2013



Celebrating our 75th year of tradition and service, Georgetown Rotary members serve each other, our community, and the world.  Lifelong personal and professional friendships, illuminating speakers, and impactful volunteer opportunities—

Georgetown Rotary has something for you. 

Georgetown Rotary - Serving Together! Nathan Kaminski 2013-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Dubay on Jan 05, 2013

It’s Here Again!!


The Georgetown Lunch Rotary 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

To be held at

Wedgefield Plantation Country Club

Thursday, April  4th, 2013

Purpose: To Raise Funds for our Local Scholarships and Projects


Entry Fee per Golfer = $65.00

(Includes Mulligans/50-50 Raffle)


It’s a "FUN-raising" tournament for ALL skill levels

and part of our Rotary EVENT Week leading up to the

Georgetown Rotary Shag Festival – Saturday April 6th  


Click HERE for more details and Entry Form for Golf Tournament

Don't Miss the 2nd Annual Rotary Golf Tournament!! Peter Dubay 2013-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Yarborough on Jan 05, 2013

If you need some motivation to start planning for and participating in our 2015 fundraiser for Alzheimer's research, check out this short video:  Click HERE!

Rotary Minute video Paul Yarborough 2013-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

Georgetown Rotary Club 

12th Annual Shag Festival  

April 21st, 2018

King Street

Downtown Georgetown Historic District 

7:00 pm til 11:00 pm 


 Shag Lessons:  

included in ticket price

6:00 til 7:00 

food and beverages available on site 


Dance the night away 

with the world renowned band 



Tickets In Advance $20 

At The Door $25   


Go to our Shag Festival Page 


So don't wait!

You can become a Sponsor

and Get your Tickets Online!! 




    Check out our FACEBOOK page by clicking HERE!  

         (Proceeds Used to Support Alzheimer's Research and other community service projects)    



12th Annual Georgetown Rotary Shag Festival Keith Wilson 2013-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kirby Coker on Dec 17, 2012

One of the wonderful Christmas traditions is the Salvation Army Red Kettle fundraising drive.  With funds from the Red Kettles around the world, the Salvation Army assists more than four-and-a-half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods.

The Georgetown Rotary Club has been a part of this tradition for many years.  The Georgetown Rotarians ring the bell at the Kettles each year at the Wal-Mart doors to help raise public contributions that enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten. 

Below are some photos of our intrepid Bell Ringers who worked one hour shifts on December 18.  It was a wonderful experience as so many shoppers took a few seconds to drop a contribution in the Wal-Mart Kettles.  Many thanks and Merry Christmas to all!!











Georgetown Rotary Rings the Bell for the Salvation Army! Kirby Coker 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Nov 11, 2012

The November 11th Club Social “Spookout” at the beautiful home of Paul and Claire Yarborough overlooking the Winyah Bay was a great event. There was a lot of “socializin”, good camaraderie, and some great “storytellin” around the bonfire. Thanks to our Fellowship Chair Robbie O'Donnell and the many volunteers for putting this together.  Here are some photos of the good times that were had by all.







The Rotary Family Social "Spookout" Event was a lot of FUN!! Nathan Kaminski 2012-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Yarborough on Oct 27, 2012
Rotary forum on the Penny Sales Tax issue includes, from left, President of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce Brian Tucker who favors the tax, Rotary President Paul Yarborough who is the moderator and Charlie Luquire of Stop the Tax Hike Committee who is against the tax. 

Story courtesy of Lloyd Mackall and the Georgetown Times

Charlie Luquire of Stop the Tax Hike Committee debated the Penny Sales Tax with Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce President Brian Tucker at a Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Land’s End Restaurant.

It was a forum on the issues surrounding the Nov. 6 referendum on the sales tax proposal. The county already is working toward some of those projects under a capital improvement plan, but the tax passage would mean improvements could be done at a quicker pace.

Tucker presented the affirmative position favoring the passage of the sales tax and Luquire spoke in opposition to the passage of the tax. Rotary President Paul Yarborough was the moderator and flipped a coin, and Tucker proceeded first. Each presenter was allowed eight minutes to discuss his position, pro or con. Presenters answered questions at the conclusion of the forum.

Tucker said the Chamber is working against impact fees and supporting community efforts to establish the Penny Sales Tax to fund $40 million in capital improvements.

He asked why are people leaving the county? “They don’t have jobs here and an economic quality of life,” he said. “A dredged port could have a huge economic impact. Newly paved roads makes communities more attractive. Adding fire stations in rural parts of the county is a benefit for safety and insurance reasons. Ideally you need a fire station within five minutes of a house.”

“Rural libraries, parks and recreational facilities are a plus. A library might be the only access rural communities have to the internet. In looking to relocate a business, a CEO wants a total package. Relocating concerns are based on a need for a developed community, and management looks at the whole county, for example the fire safety, libraries and parks.” 

“I’ve seen similar tax issues work in other communities. I come from a fiscally conservative background and to me there is not a better tax proposal. It is project  specific and time specific money. It is a way do away with impact fees. From 25 to 30 per cent of the tax would be paid by outsiders. Our sales tax would still be lower than other communities. For a better community, this is the best way to do it.”

Luquire said he is looking at the complete, overall economic picture of a $40 million sales tax. “We’ve had a $300-million capital plan going since 2007,” he said. “There have been several versions of this. Back in 2008 our county had $18 million in debt. We are $64 million in debt now and we would be $90 million in debt with the passage of the Penny Sales Tax. That does not include our schools which are $100 million in debt. We have spent $120 million on capital improvements since 2007.”

He said impact fees enacted in February 2009 were to generate $2 million per year, but have fallen way short of what the county wanted and needs to collect.

Luguire looked back to 2010, saying planned projects were reduced by the Georgetown County Council by more than $40 million, because revenue projections were trending downward and were off by $40 million. “The proposed dredging Winyah Bay needs to be done. The tax would raise monies to cover county’s fair share of the Winyah Bay dredging, which is estimated at $5.4 million.”

“The motivation behind the Penny Sales Tax is to get the capital improvement plan closer to an earlier schedule as had been indicated in original plans. We agree we need a long-term capital improvement plan, but we don’t think this is a good time to raise taxes.”

He said the issue of the Andrews bypass to no-where still is a concern. “It took an investment of more than $30 million to do the first half of the proposed project,” he said. We need that Andrews road project to go forward. We would be doubling the size of libraries, while everything is going digital online, such as the recent announcement of the demise of Newsweek.

Luguire said the county is digging its way into capital-improvement debt. “At some point our citizens will no longer be able to pay their share of these costs."

‘Penny Sales Tax’ Debate at Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club Paul Yarborough 2012-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Yarborough on Aug 18, 2012

The August 14h Club Social Event at the South Island Plantation Clubhouse was a great event.  There was a lot of “socializin” and good camaraderie.  Here are some photos of the good times that were had by all. 

Congratulations to Keith Wilcox, 2012 Rotarian of the Year!










The Club Social Event on August 14th was a LOT OF FUN!! Paul Yarborough 2012-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Aug 18, 2012

Keith Wilcox receives the 2012 Rotarian of the Year Award from President Paul Yarbourough



Keith Wilcox, Rotarian of the Year for 2012, is congratulated by his wife, Glenn, and his grandparents, Harriet and Claymon Grimes 

Paul Yarborough announced at the August 14th 2012 Club Social Event at South Island Plantation Clubhouse that Keith Wilcox had been selected by the Rotary Club of Georgetown to receive the 2012 ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR Award. Keith is Vice President of the Georgetown Kraft Credit Union, and has been a member of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club since 2008.  Keith is serving on the Rotary Club Board of Directors as Sergeant At Arms. Paul said, in presenting the award, that Keith exemplified the Rotary motto “Service above Self”, and is providing outstanding leadership in the Club. The contributions in time and service that Keith Wilcox is making to the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club are greatly appreciated.



2012 ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR! Nathan Kaminski 2012-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Walters on Jul 21, 2012


Scout Bobby Walters (l) and Sam Hodge (r), Director of the Georgetown County Emergency Management Department, update the Rotary Club on new hurricane evacuation mandates. 

Georgetown County, always mindful of threats from hurricanes, will soon be more prepared in the event of a Hurricane Evacuation. More than 1,700 reflective, vinyl markers will be placed throughout the Hurricane Surge Zones in Georgetown County.   Three colors; red, yellow and orange will be placed on street signs at intersections to advise residents and visitors of the risk of storm surge in the event of a hurricane.


Studies show that nearly 35 percent of residents are unaware of the evacuation zone where they live and many dismiss the threat from storm surge completely, according to a recent study conducted by the University of South Carolina Hazard and Vulnerability Research Institute.  The program is an Eagle Scout Project of Bobby Walters and funded by local businesses and groups that cares about the residents and visitors of Georgetown County.


When an Evacuation Order is given it takes all the guesswork out, because all you have to remember is what the color of the collar is on the street sign which is nearby. This program was started in Charlotte County, Florida and has spread to Lee and Sarasota County.  This is a simple way to educate on Storm Surge Evacuation Zones and get the community involved in taking action to prepare for this Hurricane Season.


A new study conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the first of its kind in South Carolina since Hurricane Hugo in 1989, redefines the evacuation zones in Georgetown County. The new evacuation zones are based on a hurricane's storm surge potential, not the wind speed. That makes sense since flooding, not wind, does the most damage and kills the most people. The new study, based on better topography data, current road networks and the latest population growth, shows more people who haven't been required to evacuate during past hurricanes will have to do so now. This hurricane season we introduce three surge evacuation zones. And you need to KNOW YOUR ZONE!  To see a map of the Georgetown County Evacuation Zones, click HERE!


To see how to provide financial assistance and help with this important project, click HERE!




For more information about this project:

Georgetown County Emergency Management

2222-C Highmarket Street, Georgetown SC 29440

843 545-3273

Georgetown County Hurrican Evacuation Zone Project! Alan Walters 2012-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Jul 08, 2012

New Officers for the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club were sworn in on June 28th, 2012 for the 2012-13 Rotary Year.  These were Paul Yarborough, President; George Chastain, President-Elect; Annie Adams, Treasurer/acting Secretary; Jason Hughes, Asst. Treasurer; and Mary Prince, Immediate Past President.

The new Directors for the Club are Kim Kaminski, Club Administration; Tom Gillespie, Membership; Kirby Coker, Service Projects; Alan Walters, Rotary Foundation; Robbie O’Donnell, Fellowship Activities; Keith Wilson, Fundraising; and Keith Wilcox, Sergeant At Arms.

Congratulations to the new Club officers and directors!


Paul Yarborough, new President of Rotary Club of Georgetown, is sworn in by Jane Sentivan, Assistant District Governor 

President Paul proudly displays the original  1938 Club Charter  

Club Officers (from left) Annie Adams, George Chastain, and Mary Prince are recognized by President Paul 


New Club Officers Sworn In for 2012-2013! Nathan Kaminski 2012-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matthew Wesolowski on Jul 05, 2012

The annual Rotary Vocational Service Awards were presented on behalf of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary by Rotarian Matt Wesolowski, our Vocational Service Projects Chairman.  Vocational service awards are presented to those in the firefighting and law enforcement community who have exemplified outstanding professional achievement while maintaining very high ethical standards. 

City of Georgetown Fire Department

Firefighter of the Year: John Barnett

Presented by Matt Wesolowski  

City of Georgetown Police Department

Officer of the Year: Investigator John A Gregory, Jr (r)

Presented by Chief Paul Gardner (l)

Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office:

Deputy of the Year:  Wendy Powers (c)

Presented by Sherriff Lane Cribb (r)



Georgetown County Fire Department:

Firefighter/EMT of the Year: Lesley Eastham (c)

Presented by Asst. Chief Tony Hucks (l) 


Georgetown Lunch Rotary makes 2012 Vocational Service Awards! Matthew Wesolowski 2012-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Dubay on May 27, 2012



Pete Dubay, chairman of the Golf Committee, hands out the "grand trophy" to the "Last but not Least" team (from left) Annie Adams, Kirby Coker, Anna Ferrer, and Karen English

Although the weather threatened, the Georgetown Rotary Club Golf Tournament was successful both as a “fun-raiser” and a fund-raiser.  Thanks to Pete Dubay, the golf tournament committee, and the support of the Wedgefield Plantation Golf Course staff , this well-organized event hosted 16 “foursome” teams with a number of business and individual sponsors providing great financial support. 

Pete Dubay, the chairman of the event, said “the energy level in the community and in the Club supporting this event was phenomenal.”  Dubay noted that more than 80% of the Club members participated either as participants or as volunteers. Dubay said that the final totals were not yet finalized, but he believed the golf event netted more than $6,000 which will be used to fund the Georgetown and Carver Bay High School scholarship programs and other local projects supported by the Rotary Club of Georgetown

The team consisting of Mitch Thompkins, Mallory Thompkins, Bill Floyd, and Mat Mims shot a 57, and tied with the team made up of Randy Dozier, Sel Hemmingway, Johnny Morant, and Jim Ferdon.  There was a “play-off” on the ninth hole and the sharp-shooting Thompkins team ended up winning the tournament, receiving a round of golf with cart for 4, and a $50.00 gift certificate each.

2nd prize went to Danny Siau, Chad Gibson, Robert Maring, and Richard Jenkins, who won a round of golf for 4 with cart and a $25.00 gift certificate each. 

The “Last But Not Least Place Award” went to Anna Ferrer, Annie Adams, Karen English, and Kirby Coker.  They won a round of golf for 4 with cart (they need the practice), as well as a "grand trophy" for each. 


GOLF TOURNAMENT A SUCCESS!! Peter Dubay 2012-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Dubay on Apr 30, 2012

Pictured above from left, Pete Dubay, Assistant Governor Jane Sentivan, Alan Walters, Georgetown Rotary President Mary Prince, and District Governor Paula Mathews.

Rotary District 7770 Governor Paula Mathews recently visited the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club and recognized the Club as a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club.  This special recognition is given to Rotary Clubs in which all dues-paying members are Paul Harris Fellows contributing $1,000.00 or more to the International Rotary Foundation.   Rotary Foundation funds enable Rotarians to carry out humanitarian and educational projects at the local, national, and international level.  The Georgetown Lunch Rotary has contributed more than $200,000 to the Rotary Foundation. 

Georgetown Lunch Rotary Members receiving their Paul Harris Fellow awards at the May 1st meeting were Annie Adams, Marty Alfonsi, John Carr, Kirby Coker, Dr. Bill Davis, Chris Eldridge, Brenda England, Walter Johnson, Ed Kimbrough, Lynn Mueller, Bob McCarley, Jeannine Siembida, Kent Vanier, Ken Waddell, Alan Walters, Mat Wesolowski, and Keith Wilcox.  To see the photos of the award presentations to members who were present, click HERE!


District Governor Recognizes the Rotary Club of Georgetown!! Peter Dubay 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Tudor on Apr 19, 2012


Randy Dozier, Superintendent of the Georgetown County School District, and Patti Hammel tell the Club about the accomplishments of the School District. 

"Does anyone know what the Georgetown County School District graduation rate really is?”, District Superintendent Randy Dozier asked the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club in a presentation to the Club on April 17th.  Many people think it is in the 50% range.  But Superintendent Dozier and Patti Hammel, in charge of Curriculum and Instruction, set the record straight, noting that the graduation rate is really a remarkable 83.8%.  Dozier, who has served as the Superintendent of the Georgetown County School District since 2003, reeled off a number of accomplishments for the District, the second largest employer in the County comprised of 18 schools spread out over 840 square miles with 9600 students.  15 of the 18 district schools have recently won academic state awards and the Georgetown School District was rated 15th out of 85 state school districts. 

At the same time, Georgetown’s school taxes or millage rate – what is collected from the taxpayers to operate the schools – is among the 3 lowest in the state, demonstrating an efficiently managed educational system.  The District’s Finance and Operations Department has received awards for excellence in financial reporting for the last 18 years.  Dozier noted that because of good stewardship of taxpayer dollars, the District received an upgrade on its bond rating and was able to refinance $56 million school bonds at a much lower interest rate saving the Georgetown taxpayers almost $6.5 million dollars over the next 8 years. 

The School District staff has won numerous state awards, including such distinctions as Special Educator of the Year, School Psychologist of the Year, State Para-Educator of the Year, School Administrator of the Year, and School Principal of the Year from the Athletic Association.  Hammel said she was particularly proud of the fact that 204 Georgetown County high school students earned perfect scores on End of Course testing, and there were 13 Advanced Placement Scholars in the national testing.  She also noted that the School District received an overall “Good” on the state reporting system with several schools showing improvement in the ratings. 

Both Dozier and Hammel said that one of the keys to the District’s ongoing success is collaboration with private, government, and non-profit entities.  The School District is partnering with Pittsburg Steel, the Institute for Aeronautics, and Georgetown Tech, to provide classes in basic electricity, safety, environment, drafting, and work experience to train students for career jobs with international firms such as the Boeing Co.  Dozier said that the Salvation Army is conducting a successful after-school mentoring program which is becoming a model for other school districts.  The District has partnered with the YMCA to teach swimming to second graders. The First Tee program has just kicked off introducing children in the District schools to golf and using the sport to "build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices." Thanks to excellent collaboration with the County and City governments, Dozier said that millions of dollars have been saved by pooling different resources.  He thanked the Rotary Club for providing meaningful scholarships for high school graduates and for distributing dictionaries in the schools. 

Finally, Hammel invited Rotarians and the community to the upcoming Tech Fair on May 18th from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm at Waccamaw Intermediate School where students will have interactive projects using the latest advanced technology.   She asked everyone to show their support for these budding entrepreneurs and their teachers who have done such a good job in putting this fair together.  


Superintendent Dozier Gives District Good Report Card! John Tudor 2012-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Carr on Apr 01, 2012

Coach Moglia recently spoke to the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club telling about his early life and career that led to his decision to accept the football head coaching job at Coastal Carolina.

Joe Moglia, former head coach of the United Football League's Omaha Nighthawks, was recently hired as the head football coach at Coastal Carolina University.   According to, Moglia served as the TD Ameritrade's CEO for seven years before stepping down to pursue other interests. Under his leadership, the company had a 500 percent return on investment, and the firm’s market cap increased from $700 million to $10 billion. 
 Moglia told how high school athletics played an important role in his early years, helping to mold him into a successful businessman as his career progressed.  He started coaching high school football while going to college and continued coaching for 16 years as head football coach for two high schools and as defensive coordinator for Dartmouth.  Then a divorce intervened in his life and he decided to give up coaching and joined the brokerage firm of Merryl Lynch where he earned his MBA degree and worked for 17 years.  Ameritrade then offered Moglia the CEO position in 2001 where he led the company into profitability even through the catastrophic Great Recession starting in 2007. 
Moglia said in 2008 he got a phone call from some Yale University alumni asking him to consider coming back there to coach football.  He began to seriously consider going back to the coaching career he had left some years before, realizing how much of a passion he still had for coaching and the opportunity it presented to help mold young men just beginning their adult lives.  After stepping down as CEO, Moglia began work as an unpaid voluntary assistant coach/mentor for the University of Nebraska football team.  Moglia stated at the time that he hoped to coach at the collegiate level.  After a short stint in professional football, the offer came from Coastal Carolina in December 2011, to become its new head football coach. 
Coach Moglia said the mission is to put a football team on the field that the entire community can be proud of and he thinks he will do that by recruiting young men with athletic ability, but more importantly, good character and attitude.  Rotarians who heard this presentation loved the story and agreed that we are looking forward to having Coach Moglia return next year.
Coach Joe Moglia's Amazing Success Story! John Carr 2012-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Carr on Feb 26, 2012


Dr. David DeCenzo, President of Coastal Carolina University, told the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club that Coastal Carolina can no longer be considered a local “sleepy” institution.  It is now the 4th largest higher education institution in S.C. with its enrollment having just broken the 9,000 mark.  The student population is currently growing annually at a 5 to 6% clip, and Dr. DeCenzo projected that CCU will be the 2nd largest higher education institution in the state in the next two decades.  Because of its reputation and low costs, CCU is among the fastest growing east of the Mississippi.  Although CCU is one of the lowest state funded universities in SC., it is ranked in the top 10% of all graduate institutions listed in Forbes and is in the top tier of the US News and World Report institutions.  Princeton ranks CCU’s business school in the top 300, and the Marine Science program is internationally known.  It is also listed as one of the “Top 100 Best Buys” in US education. Tuition, which is $4,800 a semester for in-state students, has not gone up this year and CCU wants to keep tuition flat or raise it no more than 2%.  Dr. DeCenzo noted that tuition for in-state students, when all the scholarships and grants are included, averages about $3000 a year.

Dr. DeCenzo pointed out that there may be some publicity surrounding two requests that CCU is making to the General Assembly.  CCU is pushing the General Assembly to include one-time funding of $2 million dollars in this year’s state budget to allow CCU to purchase a research vessel.  This is not a “pleasure boat,” contrary to some assertions, but will allow the Center for Marine and Wetlands Studies Marine Science program to conduct wind and tidal power research 10 to 12 miles off shore.   Additionally, CCU is pressing the General Assembly to modify current legislation to allow CCU to add a PHD program in Marine Sciences.  Dr. DeCenzo said the research vessel and the PHD program are critical if the institution wants to continue to excel in this unique area of study and to protect against out-of-state universities which will otherwise move into this area and “steal” some of CCU’s best faculty. 


Coastal Carolina University - No longer a "sleepy" local institution John Carr 2012-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Betty Roberts on Feb 05, 2012


Debby Summey, the new Director of the Winyah Auditorium, told the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club that the Winyah Auditorium, originally built in 1908, and last used in 1985, has been re-opened after 10 years of restoration, and has already begun hosting events.  Lighting and sound equipment, which Summey described as “state of the art,” has been installed in the auditorium which currently has 296 seats, including 4 handicapped spaces. 


Summey said she is excited that several concerts are already booked at the auditorium including the renowned Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.  Dr. Stanley is generally regarded as the “Father of Bluegrass” and won a 2002 Grammy award for the “Best Male Vocal Performance” in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?  Among his many achievements, Dr. Stanley is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and was named a Library of Congress Living Legend.  Dr. Stanley’s concert is scheduled for March 30, 2012 and more details will be provided in the Georgetown Times.


Summey told Rotarians that the next major project for the Auditorium is to renovate the balcony area which will add 75 to 80 more seats.  When this is completed, the Auditorium will be able to seat almost 400 patrons, which will greatly expand its use. The Auditorium is under the management of the Winyah Auditorium Corporation, a non-profit corporation.  To learn more about the Auditorium, Summey can be contacted at 843-446-4777 or by e-mail at



The Winyah Auditorium is now “open for business” and will host the “Father of Bluegrass”, Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys! Betty Roberts 2012-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Edward Kimbrough on Jan 22, 2012

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-Greenville) spoke to a packed house at our meeting last Tuesday (Jan. 17) and told the audience that he is not going to allow the ports of Georgetown and Charleston to fail, even though federal funding through the use of “ear marks” has stopped.  He outlined a plan for creating federal accounts or “pots of money” that can be accessed through a merit based system that will allow ports like Georgetown to demonstrate that dredging a port is a good investment and will sustain and improve the economy.  The Senator said that both Charleston and Georgetown should do well under such a system.  Senator Graham said with certainty, “If I do nothing else for you, I may disappoint you at times, I am going to solve the Port of Georgetown’s problems.”   To read more about this topic in the Georgetown Times, click  HERE!

Sen. Graham also spoke about the economy, the issue with our national debt, and national security.  To hear his entire speech, click HERE! 


Sen. Graham: "Not going to allow our ports to fail" Edward Kimbrough 2012-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kirby Coker on Dec 17, 2011

Rotary Donates to Families in Even Start Family Literacy Program


Each member of Georgetown Lunch Rotary contributed to a campaign to purchase gifts for families in need. The items will be distributed by the Even Start Literacy program. From left are Georgetown Lunch Rotary Secretary Kirby Coker; Georgetown County School District Superintendent Dr. Randy Dozier; Patricia Canada, Even Start Literacy coordinator; GCSD Assistant Superintendent for Administration Dr. Celeste Pringle; Lunch Rotary Past President Ed Kimbrough; and GCSD Executive Director for Elementary Administration/Professional Staff Jon Tester.

The Georgetown County Even Start Family Literacy Program is comprised of four major components:  adult education, early childcare/childhood education, parent education and interactive literacy activities.  Eligible participants must have a child 0 -7 years of age, be economically disadvantaged, and need to complete the requirements for a high school diploma or GED.  This program offers services to assist parents in attaining their educational goals, strengthening their parenting skills, and helps provide financial aid with childcare.  The goal is to try and break the poverty cycle that these families have become accustomed to.  The director of this program, Patricia Canada, provides the names of five children who come from the homes of parents participating in this program.  The Georgetown Lunch Rotary then helps at Christmas by purchasing essentials and toys for these children. 


Rotary Donates to Families in Even Start Family Literacy Program Kirby Coker 2011-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Walters on Nov 28, 2011

Our Rotary Club membership has been a long standing supporter of the Rotary Foundation.  This was recognized when Rick Moore, District Chair of the Rotary Foundation, presented Pete Dubay (left) and Ed Kimbrough (right), with Club awards for achieving all of the Club’s Foundation Polio Plus goals for 2010-11, as well as reaching the “Every Rotarian Every Year” goal of contributing at least $100 per capita to the Rotary Foundation.  More significantly, every dues-paying member contributed $100 or more to the Foundation Annual Programs Fund during the Rotary year. These achievements place the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club in the top 2% of all the Rotary Clubs in the world.

 At our November 15 meeting, Rick Moore, past District Governor, and current Foundation Chair for Rotary District 7770, discussed the current programs and the future of the Rotary Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that operates under the umbrella of Rotary International and fuels many of Rotary’s programs designed to improve the world’s health, alleviate poverty, and support education through grants and scholarships.  Rick explained that fifty percent (50%) of all contributions to the Foundation’s Annual Programs Fund come back to our district through District Designated Funds (DDF) in three years to spend on educational and humanitarian programs chosen by the District; and grants that may be used for projects in our local communities. Through the SHARE system, your contributions to the Foundation help both locally and globally. To view the slide presentation on the Rotary Foundation, click this LINK!

Rick Moore, District Foundation Chair, recognizes the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club Alan Walters 2011-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Walters on Oct 19, 2011

Paula Mathews, District Governor, encourages each Rotarian to focus this year on recruiting new members
Paula Mathews, District 7770 Governor, visited the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club on October 18th.  This was her 62nd Club visit around the District since July 1st.  Governor Paula commended our Club for several notable accomplishments this year, including 100% member participation in the “Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) goal (donating $154 per member) to support the International Rotary Foundation work; the upcoming designation as a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club; and reaching the Club goal of contributing $11,628 to support Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio worldwide.  But in addition to continuing to do the things our Club does well, Governor Paula noted that this Club, along with every other Club in the District, needs to work on some changes, even though change can be hard. 
One of the major changes has to do with increasing membership.  In 1998, District 7770 was comprised of more than 5,000 Rotarians in 73 clubs.  Currently, Rotary membership in this District has dropped to 4,100 spread out in 77 clubs. This is not a good trend, and Governor Paula urged us Rotarians to start doing a better job on recruiting new members, and most importantly, retaining those new members.  Rotary Clubs in the District are losing almost 15% of its members (customers, using a business analogy) who have been in Rotary less than 3 years.  If our Rotary Club were a business, this trend would be alarming and would need to be addressed.  Focusing on our Lunch Rotary Club, we had 66 members 5 years ago.  Today, the club has 55 active members, a 17% decrease over that 5 year period.  Governor Paula urged our Club to refocus on bringing in new members and then design ways to get these new “customers” involved and interested in the Club.  As Governor Paula pointed out, unless we can recruit and retain new members, our Club, as well as our District, will eventually “die.”  
In addition to increasing and retaining our members, Governor Paula also asked our Club, as well as the other Clubs in the District, to focus on the value of diversity.  Rotary membership presents a wonderful opportunity, and Governor Paula urged this Club to look for good members everywhere in the community, regardless of origin, race, gender, or religion.  She emphasized that diversity always brings great value and richness to the Rotary organization.
Finally, Governor Paula encouraged everyone to “save the date” for the District Conference March 23, 2012 in Hilton Head with a theme of “Happy Days” to focus on the accomplishments of all of the District Clubs. 
Our District Governor, Paula J. Mathews, Emphasizes Increasing Membership and Diversity Alan Walters 2011-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Siau on Oct 02, 2011


Tim Pence (center) and Anna Ferrer (right) talk to one of the Guatemalan children who received dental care during their most recent mission trip 

For the last 5 years, Anna Ferrer and Tim Pence, two Georgetown dentists and members of the Lunch Rotary Club, have been a part of a missionary medical team sponsored by the Pawley’s Island Community Church, our Lunch Rotary Club, and Kids Alive International that has traveled to Guatemala to provide free medical care to remote areas of that country where food, work, and education are scarce.  This year, in March, Anna and Tim, along with 25 other team members, went back to the town of Zapote, in central Guatemala, where they worked for a week providing dental care for many children who otherwise would never have access to doctors or dentists. 

Tim and Anna told our Club about their most recent experience in Guatemala providing dental care for children at “The Oasis”, a residential home for abandoned or abused Guatemalan girls, and at the “Source of Hope Care Center”, a school operated by a local Guatemalan church, Iglesia Galilea, which provides education, health services, and a nutrition program for kids from preschool to 4th grade.  These children can attend this school if they are “sponsored” by donations that keep the school operating.  Anna and Tim sponsor a child through monthly donations and encouraged other Rotarians to look at sponsorship opportunities through the Kids Alive International non-profit organization.  It is a worthwhile cause that deserves our Club’s ongoing support.  To get more information about Kids Alive and how to set up a sponsorship, please click on this LINK!!


Taking a dental practice “on the road” to Guatemala Daniel Siau 2011-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Sep 24, 2011

 Steven Crisp, Executive Director of AMIkids Georgetown, tells the Rotary Club about this successful non-traditional youth rehabilitation program.

AMIkids Georgetown (formerly known as Georgetown Marine Institute) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a better future to troubled youth who have been adjudicated in Family Court or have failed in conventional school settings. Steven Crisp, Executive Director of the Georgetown facility, spoke to the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club about this dynamic organization that partners with the local community to redirect the lives of young men, ages 11 – 17, who as Crisp said, “are not bad kids – these are kids who have make a mistake or two and need help.”  In partnership with the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, AMIkids takes these young men who are considered juvenile delinquents and provides them a family atmosphere where they receive constant, positive behavior modification, treatment for alcohol, drugs, and emotional issues, and a good education.  As Crisp said, “This is not jail where you just do your time.”  Instead, this facility is a community based alternative that eliminates the need for cells, bars, and razor wire.  The kids learn quickly that they must change their lives and are taught how to do it by learning self control, better social skills, and the value of community service. 

AMIkids Georgetown currently has 33 students from all across South Carolina who receive 24 hour supervision by 27 staff members.  The young men stay in the Georgetown facility from 3 to 9 months “earning” their way back into the community under a point system that values good behavior, changed attitudes, and community service.  Crisp pointed out an amazing statistic.  Eighty per cent of the students who leave this program do not “re-offend.”  This is compared to the regular juvenile justice system where the success rate is only 20%. 

The Georgetown Board for AMIkids is currently raising funds to build new facilities that will house both boys and girls with a goal to produce more responsible, productive citizens.  To learn more about AMIkids and how to contribute to this program, click on this LINK!.



Turning Lives Around – One Young Man at a Time Nathan Kaminski 2011-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by H. Randall Dozier on Sep 18, 2011

Erica Johnson tells about the GHS Graphics Department 

Erica Johnson, Graphic Communication Instructor at Georgetown High School Career Center, told the Lunch Rotary Club at our September 13, 2011 meeting about how the weekly bulletin for the Club is produced.  Erica was accompanied by two of her students who assist her in designing and compiling information for the bulletins.  The students described some of their background and experience in graphics production.  The graphics program class can provide banners, business cards, forms, t-shirts, and other graphic arts, and earn income for the class in the process.  If you need some printing or graphics work done in the future, remember to check with Erica about it.  Her contact information is in the weekly bulletin.  Erica and her students provide invaluable volunteer assistance to our Club for which we are extremely grateful!!



Erica Johnson and the GHS Graphics Department H. Randall Dozier 2011-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Dubay on Sep 08, 2011

Mary Prince, President of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club, presents a donation to Patrick Campbell, Chairman of the “Gift of Life” Program for Rotary District 7770.

At a recent Rotary meeting, Mr. Campbell told local Rotarians a compelling story about the work that the Rotary International Gift of Life program has performed, transporting more than 120 infants and children from third world countries to South Carolina hospitals for life-altering surgeries involving the heart, brain, digestive system, and reconstruction for burn victims.  In many cases, free medical services are provided by the hospitals and surgeons, including MUSC and Roper St. Francis in Charleston, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, and Hilton Head Hospital. The children and the family members who accompany them are housed with Rotary families in the area during their treatment and recovery. After the children return home, the local Rotary Clubs who nominated the families for this program, and the Clubs in District 7770, work with the parents to provide the children an education that will lift them out of poverty.  Over the 25 years this program has been in existence, many of these children have grown up to become healthcare professionals, educators, and public service workers in their own countries.  The District Gift of Life Program is an IRS 501(c) (3) organization.  More information about this far-reaching program can be found by clicking on this LINK!


Rotary gives "The Gift of Life" Peter Dubay 2011-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Dubay on Sep 03, 2011

 Pete Dubay, Assistant Rotary Foundation Director, presents Rotary Foundation Recognition Pins to Rotarians McRoy Skipper (right) and Robert O’Donnell (left) in recognition of their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  The Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club has donated more than $206,000 to the Rotary Foundation and currently has 57 Rotarians participating in the program.  The Rotary Foundation supports programs worldwide that combat hunger, poverty, and disease.  The Foundation has led the fight to eliminate the scourge of polio in every part of the world.  Approximately $82,000 of the Lunch Rotary Club’s donations have been spent in South Carolina for higher education scholarships and matching grants for many community programs. The Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club is part of Rotary District 7770, comprised of the rotary clubs in the eastern half of the state.  This District is ranked in the top 10 in the world based on its level of financial support for the programs sponsored by the International Rotary Foundation.

Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club is a major supporter of the Rotary Foundation Peter Dubay 2011-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Dubay on Aug 14, 2011

Sel Hemingway talks to the Rotary Club about the County redistricting plan

 Sel Hemingway, the Georgetown County Administrator, gave the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club a thorough briefing on the criteria, process, and timing of the redistricting process now taking place for the Georgetown County Council and School Board members.  As Hemingway described it, the redistricting process is driven by the U.S. Census taken every ten years.  The county districts (Georgetown County has seven districts) are based on equal proportion of population based on the census data.  Since Georgetown County has increased in population over the last 10 years, some reformulation of the district lines is now required in order to continue to meet 1) the constitutional requirement of “one person, one vote”; 2) the state law requirement of a population variance between districts of less than 10%; 3) the 1965 Voting Rights Act requirements; 4) the requirement that districts remain contiguous; 5) to respect “communities of interest;” 6) to maintain “constituent consistency;” and 7) to avoid splitting existing voting precincts.  Hemingway told the Club that these redistricting requirements resulted in a “domino effect” that produced two proposed plans, Plan A and Plan B, each of which changed the district lines for the seven county districts.  After receiving public input in June, Georgetown County Council has adopted Plan A as the new redistricting plan and will submit this shortly to the Justice Department for review and approval.  To read more about this redistricting process, click HERE!


Georgetown County Redistricting – The Domino Effect Peter Dubay 2011-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Dubay on Aug 07, 2011

Ann Derrick tells the Club about assisted living

Speaking to our Club on August 2nd, Ann Derrick, the Marketing Director for Morningside Assisted Living, updated the membership on what “assisted living” is all about.  She reminded everyone that assisted living is helpful for a variety of different people, ranging from those who can live independently (but want dining and housekeeping provided) to those who need significant assistance with their daily care.  Morningside is a relatively small facility with approximately 49 apartments, but its staff is stable and the care is very good.  Assisted living can and does serve residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s, but at some point these patients may need to move to a skilled care facility depending on their condition.  Ann pointed out that many people do not realize that the cost of assisted living ranges from $3,000 a month and up, and skilled care facilities cost at least twice that amount.   Medicare and Medicaid (except at certain facilities that are Medicaid qualified) usually do not provide any assistance to the elderly for assisted living.  She noted that there is an excellent VA benefit, “Aid and Attendance,”  available to veterans or their widows who served at least 90 days on active duty with at least 1 day during a war time period.  The veteran can receive $1,600 a month depending on the veteran’s income level which is a considerable help.  To learn more about this benefit, click HERE . Ms. Derrick urged everyone to consider obtaining long term care insurance for assisted living.  It is affordable and can make a big difference in making assisted living and skilled care facilities affordable. 



Assisted Living - What it is and what it isn't Peter Dubay 2011-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Walters on Jul 30, 2011

Austin Meares discusses his Eagle Scout project 

Scout Austin Meares and his mother, Beth Meares 

 Austin Meares, member of Georgetown Scout Troop 360, recently told the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club about his ambitious Eagle Scout project to create a memorial to the victims of the 9/11 terror attack.  The granite memorial  which will be located in front of  the Midway Fire Department will stand almost 5 ½ feet tall and will display a piece of an I-beam weighing 92 lb. taken from the World Trade Center.  A bronze plaque remembering the victims of this tragedy will be placed on the monument.  Scouts from Troop 360 will prepare the site for the installation of the memorial.  Meares noted that he had raised almost $9,000 from local contributors to fund the cost of the memorial.  The memorial is scheduled to be completed by September 1st and will be dedicated on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. For more details contact the Midway Fire Department at (843) 545-3620.  To view further information about the project, click HERE.



Scout Austin Meares describes his Eagle Scout project - constructing a September 11th Memorial Alan Walters 2011-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Jul 11, 2011


Port of Georgetown Faces Uncertain Future


Speaking to the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club, David Posek, a member and former Chairman of the S.C. State Ports Authority, described the dilemma facing the Georgetown Port.  The current depth of the port channel is only 20 feet, but it needs to be dredged to 27 feet if new shippers are going to start using the Georgetown port.  Dredging costs for this project would run in the neighborhood of $33,000,000 and annual maintenance costs would be approximately 6 – 8 million dollars. 

As is often the case, money lies at the root of the problem.  In order to secure federal funding through the Army Corps of Engineers, the port must ship at least 1,000,000 tons annually to constitute a “high use” port.  The last time that Georgetown topped the 1,000,000 ton mark was in 2003.  The tonnage figure for Georgetown has declined steadily since then, particularly as the port channel has silted in.  It will only see significant increase if the funding for the dredging can be secured and the channel deepened.  Posek said that the State Ports Authority was discussing ways to secure some funding to start the Georgetown Port dredging project, but had not yet been successful identifying a source.  Federal funding for projects of this nature through “ear-marks” were eliminated by Congress.  To read more about this “Catch-22,” go to this link at the Georgetown Times HERE!




Port of Georgetown Faces Uncertain Future Nathan Kaminski 2011-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Jul 10, 2011

George Chastain is named “Rotarian of the Year”


George Chastain is named Rotarian of the Year for 2011

 Ed Kimbrough announced at the June 28th meeting that George Chastain had been selected by the Club membership to receive the 2011 Rotarian of the Year Award.  George is the Executive Director of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation at Hobcaw Barony.  George has been a member of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club since 2005 and served as Board Director for Club Administration in 2010-11.  Ed said, in presenting the award, that George exemplified the Rotary motto “Service above Self”, always providing quiet but steady leadership to the Club.  The Club greatly appreciates the contributions in time, service, and leadership that George Chastain has made to the Lunch Rotary Club.


ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD! Nathan Kaminski 2011-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Jul 08, 2011



Rotarians Ed Kimbrough and Alan Walters presented a $10,000 contribution to the “Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust” (CART) fund on behalf of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club.  These funds will help support cutting edge research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  The $10,000 check was presented to Gerald Holley, the Rotary District 7770 Chairman for the CART Fund.   Holley said that this donation is the 2nd highest made by any Rotary Club in District 7770 comprised of 78 Rotary Clubs in 25 eastern counties stretching from the Midlands to the coast.  Kimbrough, the Club’s immediate past President, said this donation was made possible because of the funds raised by the Rotary Club’s 6th annual Shag Festival held in April.  He credited the leadership of Rotarian Jenna Jordan, Chair of the 2011 Shag Festival, for making this fundraiser a success   Kimbrough also thanked all of the Georgetown County businesses and individuals who supported the Rotary Shag Festival and made this CART fund contribution possible. 

Gerald Holley (left) accepts the $10,000 contribution from Georgetown Rotarians Alan Walters (center) and Ed Kimbrough (right).




$10,000 Donation to the CART Fund Nathan Kaminski 2011-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Jun 24, 2011

Pat Tukey highlights the numerous summer programs that are now underway at beautiful Brookgreen Gardens

Philip (Pat) Tukey, Vice President of Development, spoke to the Lunch Rotary on June 21st about the numerous programs underway at “ever changing, simply amazing” Brookgreen Gardens.  Pat noted that more than 270,000 guests visited the gardens in 2010 and the number of visitors has increased by more than 60% over the last five years.  Because of the preservation work done by Brookgreen on two archaeological sites on the property, Brookgreen received the 2011 Heritage Tourism Award presented by Gov. Nikki Haley.  Also, the Coastal Living Magazine recognized Brookgreen as one of the top ten public gardens in the United States.  Pat noted that the butterfly exhibit containing 17 different species continues to be a popular exhibit.  The Brookgreen zoo, the only accredited zoo on the Carolina coast, is a favorite for many guests.    Pat also pointed out that the annual “Cool Summer Evenings” program kicked off on June 15 and will run through August 12 with various musical performances and activities for children Wednesday through Friday each week.  A very unusual performance will be offered this year August 19 - 21st at Brookgreen when the Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theater of N.C., will present Here, There, & Everywhere:  A Tribute to the Beatles, the first time that this theater group has ever performed outside of N.C.  Pat credited much of Brookgreen’s success to its dedicated volunteers who give more than 72,000 hours of their time maintaining and operating these extensive grounds.  For more information about Brookgreen Gardens, and its many events and programs, click HERE!!


"Ever Changing, Simply Amazing" Brookgreen Gardens Nathan Kaminski 2011-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski Jr. on Jun 19, 2011


QIn which year were women officially allowed to become members of Rotary?

A.  1991

Q. What does the acronym RIBI represent?

A.  Rotay International British Isle

Q.  What is the primary motto of Rotary?

A.  Service Above Self

 Q.  Where was the first Rotary International Convention hed outside North America?

A.  Edinburgh, Scotland

Q.  What was the first Rotary Club chartered in Asia?


Q.  Where was the first Rotary Club established in a non-English speaking country?

A.  Havana

Q.  What is the name of the formal women's group associated with Rotary?

A.  The Inner Wheel

Q.  Which month is designated "Rotary Awareness Month?"

A.   January

Q.  How often is a new Rotary Club chartered in the world today?

A.   Every 14 hours

Q.  How many members of the Rotary Board must be present to have a quorum?

A.  Five

Q.  With a quorum, how many of those present must vote to approve a proposal?

 A.  A simple majority

Q.  How much of our Community Service funds are disbursed to worthwhile causes?

A.  Every single dollar!

Q.  When must the Board approve disbursment of any club funds?

A.  Before the money is spent or committed 

Q.  What is the name of the tri-annual International meeting of Rotaractors?

A.  Interota

Q.  What is the motto of Rotaract?

AService Above Self  

Q.  A Rotoractor may also be an Ambassadorial Scholar.  True or False?

A.  False

Q.  What is the most popular section of The Rotarian magazine?

A.  Travel

Q.  Rotary memberhip reached one million (1,000,000) in what year?

A.  2006

Q.  Who was president of the first Rotary Club ever formed?

A. Silvester Schiele

Q.  How much of our Community Service Funds are disbursed to worthwhile causes?

A.  Every single dollar

Q.  How did "Rotary" get it's name?

A.  Because meeting places were "rotated" each week

Q.  How many Rotary Clubs are there worldwide?

A33,000 Clubs around the world

Q.  How many countries have Rotary Districts and Clubs?

A.  161 

 Q.  The United Nations was chartered in 1945.  How many Rotarians were present at that event?



The Question of the Week Nathan Kaminski Jr. 2011-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matthew Wesolowski on Jun 16, 2011

Georgetown Lunch Rotary makes 2011 Vocational Service Awards

The annual Rotary Vocational Service Awards were presented on behalf of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary by Rotarian Matt Wesolowski at a recent club meeting held at Lands End Restaurant.  Vocational service awards are presented to those in the firefighting and law enforcement community who have exemplified outstanding professional achievement while maintaining very high ethical standards.   Assisting in the presentations were Sherriff Lane Cribb; City of Georgetown Police Chief Paul Gardner; Georgetown County Fire Department Chief Mack Reed; and City of Georgetown Fire Department Chief Joey Tanner.  Receiving Service Awards in the Sherriff’s Department were Sean Wydra, Deputy of the Year; Jeff Wheeler, Correctional Officer of the Year: and Sabrina Stevens, Telecommunicator of the Year.  The City of Georgetown Police Department selected Larry Ward, Officer of the Year.  The Georgetown County Fire Department named Katheryn Michau, Firefighter/EMT of the Year; and Lesley Eastham, Firefighter/Paramedic of the Year.  Receiving Service Awards in the City of Georgetown Fire Department were Ken Taylor, Firefighter of the Year; Capt. Charlie Cribb, Officer of the Year; and Brian Webber, Volunteer of the Year.

Pictured from left:  Chief Gardner, Chief Reed, Asst. Chief Tony Hucks, Chief Tanner, Brian Webber, Capt. Cribb, Larry Ward, Matt Wesolowski, Jeff Wheeler, Lesley Eastham, Sean Wydra, Katheryn Michna, Sherriff Cribb, Sabrina Stevens.


To see the full photo album of the presentations, click on the link in the Club Photo Albums section in the lower left column of the Home page.



Georgetown Lunch Rotary makes 2011 Vocational Service Awards Matthew Wesolowski 2011-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin Alfonsi on Jun 12, 2011

Lynn B. Ford, Resource Development Director for the United Way, tells the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club about recent community initiatives.  

As pointed out by Lynn B. Ford, the United Way Resource Development Director, the Georgetown County United Way has collaborated with 28 “partner” organizations in Georgetown and Williamsburg County, raising over $11 million dollars in Georgetown County since 1970 and providing critical financial assistance to these agencies.  United Way is also developing initiatives to help improve the quality of life in the Georgetown community in which we live and work, including the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a program for successful education which encourages reading in the homes of families with pre-school children.  Ms. Ford said that United Way is teaming up with Americorps Vista beginning June 28th to bring to the Georgetown community VISTA volunteers who commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more.  Additionally, United Way is partnering with the Georgetown Business Association to sponsor the inaugural 2011 Historic Georgetown Bridge 2 Bridge Half Marathon and 5K Run on October 1st, 2011 starting on Georgetown’s Front Street.  To learn more about this inaugural event, go to 


“Collaboration” is United Way’s middle name Martin Alfonsi 2011-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Jun 05, 2011


Sharon Thomas, Executive Director of Helping Hands, talks about the work done by this organization in Georgetown County 

Helping Hands of Georgetown is a crisis ministry established in 1989 through the cooperative efforts of 17 churches to provide assistance to individuals and families in Georgetown County experiencing hardship.  As Sharon Thomas, the Executive Director of Helping Hands, pointed out to our Club at its May 31st meeting, the needs of people living here have never been greater.  Because of the recession, 2009 saw the largest increase in the poverty rate in fifty years and it has not diminished.  Almost 1/3 of our county population now lives below the poverty level and there is little sign of improvement.  Helping Hands serves as a liaison for churches, agencies, and clients, providing emergency financial assistance on a case by case basis.  It also operates a food pantry, a clothes closet, and provides for infant and toddler needs if resources permit. Ms. Thomas noted that Helping Hands makes a difference in the lives of many people and families in our county.  Although it has a small staff of only 3 part-time workers supplemented by volunteer help, Helping Hands was able to provide assistance to 5400 clients in 2010, and has already served more than 2700 people in the first 4 months of 2011.  If you would like to make a positive difference, you can volunteer at Helping Hands, or make a donation of money or food.  To contact Helping Hands, go to


Bringing Hope and Comfort - Helping Hands of Georgetown Nathan Kaminski 2011-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on May 29, 2011

Bill Bayer, a member of the Surfside Area Rotary Club, took us down memory lane in his program about growing up in Southern California.  Bill has spoken at numerous Rotary Clubs around the state, describing the lost innocence of his youth in the1950's and early 60's, and helping us remember "how it was" back then.    


"Life's a Beach" says Bill Bayer Nathan Kaminski 2011-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on May 15, 2011

 Ken Waddell was born in Concord, NC, and spent part of his early years in the upstate of South Carolina.  He received a B.S. degree from Wake Forest University, and a Masters Degree in Hospital Administration from the Medical College of Virginia/VCU.  He spent his healthcare career in Virginia with stints at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, VA and Loudoun Memorial Hospital, Leesburg, VA before returning to Galax, VA where he was President and CEO of Twin County Regional Hospital.  Shortly after his retirement, Ken received the Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. 

He and his wife, Elaine, have resided at Heritage Plantation, Pawleys Island for the last 8 years.  Ken has four daughters, seven grandchildren, two step-children and two step-grandchildren.  He enjoys golf, fishing, duck hunting, and reading.  “I am honored to be accepted as a member of the Georgetown Rotary Club and look forward to being involved in the activities of the Club and to serving the community through my membership.”



Meet Ken Waddell - our Newest GLRC Member Nathan Kaminski 2011-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on May 15, 2011


Georgetown Hospital System CEO Bruce P. Bailey told the Rotary Club at its May 10th meeting about the plans underway to expand and modernize the Georgetown Memorial Hospital Black River Road Campus that will involve the construction of a new 3 story Medical Building.  Bailey also described plans to expand the Waccamaw Community Hospital campus in Murrells Inlet.   GHS currently employs more than 1,500 healthcare workers and support staff, and provides more than $78 million in annual payroll which boosts our community’s economy.  To see the complete slide presentation, including the proposed new facility plans for both hospitals, click HERE!


The Georgetown Hospital System Unfolds Exciting Plans! Nathan Kaminski 2011-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Mueller on May 02, 2011

Oscar Weinmeister, Chairman of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, tells the Rotary Club in his program on May 3, 2011 that the Chamber has grown to 750 members, is under good leadership, and is a good advocate for business interests in Georgetown County. 


The Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce is on the move Lynn Mueller 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jenna Jordan on May 01, 2011


The festival this weekend was a HUGE SUCCESS!!  Setup went smother than ever.  The whole event was setup and ready to go in just 2 hours!  Everything came together and I believe everyone had a great time.  The band was a lot of fun and the drinks kept pouring.  In fact, every keg of beer was empty by 11:00pm and we had 6 kegs.  That has never happened before and it was perfect timing.  The last keg emptied at 11:00pm.  What great fun!  I want to especially thank some of you but in general want to thank all of those that kept their commitments and showed for the festival and did their part.  An additional BIG thanks to those that filled in for folks that did not show. 

MORE ... 


Jenna Jordan says THANKS!! for making the 2011 Shag Festival a SUCCESS! Jenna Jordan 2011-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Apr 25, 2011

Lynn Mueller, who worked in the Washington, D.C. political arena for a number of years, tells the Club during the April 26, 2011 meeting that the Congressional and state redistricting process, which occurrs every 10 years following the U.S. census, is now underway.  Mueller said each citizen should pay close attention to the process.  The debate always centers on the question of whether the party in control should redraw district lines to create competitive districts or protect the incumbents. After the 2000 U.S. Census, state legislators spent nearly $3 million as the fight over the maps headed to federal court before becoming law


How Congressional Redistricting Impacts All of Us Nathan Kaminski 2011-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Mueller on Apr 04, 2011

Rotarian Lynn Mueller wrote an editorial for the Georgetown Times about the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club.

Check out Lynn's excellent editorial   "Service above Self: A Motto – A Way of Life"  by clicking HERE!

"Service Above Self": A Motto - A Way of Life Lynn Mueller 2011-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Apr 03, 2011



March 29, 2011, Georgetown, S.C.- After advertising a small competition to create a Slogan for the Annual Shag Festival to be held April 30th , the Georgetown Rotary Club chooses “8 Steps to 1 Cure – Shag to Help Cure Alzheimer’s” as the winner.  This slogan was submitted by Maxine Altman from Pawley’s Island.  Maxine was presented with a gift donated by Boone Hall Plantation in appreciation of her efforts.

Tickets and more information about the Shag Festival is available at

Festival Chair Jenna Jordan presents Maxine Altman with gift donated by Boone Hall. 

News Release - Rotary Club chooses slogan for Shag Festival Nathan Kaminski 2011-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Mar 29, 2011

Four members of the Rotary International Group Study Exchange recently visited with the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club.  In this group were Dr Sudhir Kumar, team leader and a pediatrician/neonatologist, Surinder Vashisht, a civil engineer, Amit Roy, a journalist, and Shailendra Pandey a college professor and physicist.  The Exchange Group team talked about life and work in their home country, India. 

The Group Study Exchange experience, sponsord by the Rotary Foundation, spans 4-6 weeks.  During the exchange, the team visit local businesses, government offices, community organizations, historical and cultural sites; stays with Rotarian host families; and makes presentations about their home countries and professions.  Dr.  Kumar’s team will have visited Georgetown, Florence, Latta/Dillon, Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Beaufort, Hilton Head, and Mt. Pleasant by the end of the trip on April 11. 



Pictured from left, Surinder Vashisht, Dr. Bill Greene (GSE Coordinator), Dr. Sudhir Kumar, Shailendra Pandey, Amit Roy, and Pete Dubay, (Rotary Foundation chairman).

Members of the Rotary International Group Study Exchange Talk to Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club Nathan Kaminski 2011-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Mar 26, 2011

 Barbara Nichols talks about the Salvation Army Afterschool Program  

Most of us are aware that the Salvation Army of Georgetown administers many programs and services for those in dire straits, including emergency funds for food, housing assistance, energy, and clothing.  As Captain Jason Hughes told us in his introduction to our March 22nd program, the Salvation Army served more than 7,000 people in Georgetown County through its multi-faceted outreach programs. 

One of those programs is not as well known as some of its other services provide by the Salvation Army, but it has become a truly successful and meaningful difference-maker in the Salvation Army arsenal of compassion-driven outreach here in Georgetown.  This is the After School Reading/Math Program, headed up by our speaker, Barbara Nichols.

A Success Story: The Salvation Army's Afterschool Reading/Math Program Nathan Kaminski 2011-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Mar 19, 2011

 Susan Smith tells Rotary about her work with the Waccamaw Regional COG


Susan Smith, our program speaker on March 15, knows a lot about the conditions and availability of housing in Georgetown County.  She works for the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments (COG) in the Community Housing and Development Department.   Smith pointed out to the Club that there a “lot of substandard homes in our county.”  These homes often contain sagging floors and leaking roofs, and some even lack indoor sanitary facilities.  She works with other government agencies and non-profit housing organizations, such as the United Methodist Relief Center, to make long-lasting changes in peoples’ lives by repairing and rehabilitating substandard housing and providing new housing for very low income families.

Susan Smith with the Waccamaw Regional COG talks about housing in Georgetown County Nathan Kaminski 2011-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Mar 12, 2011


 Georgetown Chief of Police Paul Gardner tells the Rotary Club about new initiatives in the Georgetown City Police Department 

As a former member of the FBI and a participant of a Joint Terrorism Task Force formed after 9/11, Georgetown City Police Chief Paul Gardner knows that police work is dangerous business.    Chief Gardner, who was appointed Chief of Police in October 2007, reminded our Rotary Club during his recent March 15 program that March 9th marked the 17th anniversary of the tragic death of Major Deputy Chief Spencer Guerry.   Deputy Chief Guerry was gunned down on Highmarket Street while making a routine traffic stop.

City Police Chief Gardner talks about "intelligence led policing" Nathan Kaminski 2011-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Select Member on Mar 01, 2011

For 2010 Georgetown County had an average unemployment rate of 12.5% but the job market has improved, according to our speaker, Wayne Gregory, the Georgetown County Economic Development Director.  At our meeting on March 1st, Gregory noted that the unemployment rate has dropped in 2011 to 12.1%.  Securing funding to dredge the Port of Georgetown is a top priority.  The current draft is 19 ft, but the port must be dredged to 27 ft to allow the large vessels to come in without fear of running aground.  Gregory said that companies are waiting for this dredging to deepen the harbor and it could bring in up to 250 jobs and $7.6 million in new household income. 

Economic Development in Georgetown County has a bright future! Select Member 2011-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Mayor Jack Scoville reports on the "State of the City" Nathan Kaminski 2011-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
What's going on at the Coastal Carolina University Center for Marine and Wetlands Study Nathan Kaminski 2011-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Jan 29, 2011













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Website Challenge Winners! Nathan Kaminski 2011-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Jan 27, 2011

The District Nominating Committee selected Lou Mello as District Governor Nominee for Rotary Year 2013 - 2014!   Lou is a member of the Mount Pleasant Rotary Club where he served as President in 2007 - 2008.   He is currently the Area 8 Assistant Governor/Foundation Advoctae and has served the District as Paul Harris Society Chair, District Conference Chair and Zone Coordinator for the Paul Harris Society.

Lou is a Foundation Sustaining member, a Benefactor, a Pual Harris Society Charter member, a Major Donor and Ten Star Rotarian. Lou has received the Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service.

Lou is a graduate of Ohio State University & is currently employed in the ocean transportation industry. Lou & his wife Teresa live in Mount Pleasant. They enjoy sports, boating and travel.

Congratulation to Lou on his selection!

Lou Mello is selected as the District Governor nominee for Rotary Year 2013-14 Nathan Kaminski 2011-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Jan 27, 2011

 Discovering our Past

Mary Boyd talks about her new book Georgetown and Winyah Bay 

Founded in 1729, Georgetown has connections to many famous names dating back to the 18th century, such as Francis Marion (the Swamp Fox), the Marquis de Lafayette (the Revolutionary War hero), Thomas Lynch (a signer of the Declaration of Independence), and Aaron Burr, one of the early Vice Presidents of the United States (who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804).  As pointed out by Mary Boyd in her January 25th program to our Club, Georgetown is one of the most interesting places in the Lowcountry, and indeed in the world.  For historians, it is a gold mine. 

Mary Boyd, a long time resident of Georgetown, has drawn upon her research of early Georgetown newspapers and photographs, and teamed up with Jim Clark, an outdoorsman who has hunted and fished in the local waters most of his life, to produce a wonderful collection of images of life in Georgetown in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The recently published book titled Georgetown and Winyah Bay contains 125 pages of early photographs of the town with fascinating commentary about each image. 

Discovering our Past - Mary Boyd and Jim Clark's new book "Georgetown and Winyah Bay" Nathan Kaminski 2011-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Mueller on Jan 20, 2011

The Amazing Story of Friendship Place 


Charlie Ball tells the story of Friendship Place 

Charlie Ball grew up in Columbia and graduated from West Point.  After serving in the Army, he came to Georgetown to work for International Paper.  He began to get involved in community activities and found that he had a “calling.”  What he wanted to do was help fight two of the biggest problems in Georgetown, hunger and homelessness.

 And so, as Charlie related to our Club at the January 18th meeting, with the help of many concerned citizens, Friendship Place opened its doors in 2000 in a small corner in an unused room at St. Cyprian’s Catholic Church Outreach Center located at 1905 Front Street. Charlie became Friendship Place’s Director, slowly expanding its operations and services, always working to provide a hand-up for people to meet their basic needs.  As Charlie describes it, Friendship Place is a Christian organization which always strives to be “faithful, available, and teachable” by listening and responding to its clients. 

Friendship Place addresses hunger and homelessness Lynn Mueller 2011-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Jan 13, 2011

Meet our newest member of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary!!

Member picture

  Martin (Marty) Alfonsi

Marty was born and raised outside of Pittsburgh, PA.   He was in the US Army from 1962 until 1965.  He subsequently received his BS from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968.   

Marty started in the data processing field working for US Steel.  He then managed data centers for Fayette County Schools and Allegheny General Hospital.   He became a founding partner and CTO of Vector Group Inc. in 1973, and its subsidiary, Vector Communications in 1978.  In 1995, Marty became the founding partner and CTO of Codonix, Inc. (developer of ER Clinical Encounter documentation systems).  Marty then founded Methods Development Inc. in 2001 which is now located here in Georgetown.  Marty's firm has been active in Georgetown assisting businesses and non-profit organizations with Internet web design and other related services.

Meet our newest member!! Nathan Kaminski 2011-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Jan 12, 2011

Pawleys Island - "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow"


Mayor Bill Otis recounts Pawleys' interesting history 

From the earliest colonial days in the eighteenth century when the plantation owners escaped "to the salt" on this barrier island to avoid the "summer sickness," Pawleys Island has served as a haven that has nourished both the body and the soul.  As recounted by Bill Otis, the 4th mayor of Pawleys Island, at the Georgetown Lunch Rotary January 11th meeting, this 4 mile long spit of land has a wonderfully rich and interesting history.

Pawleys Island - "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" - Mayor Bill Otis recounts its history Nathan Kaminski 2011-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kirby Coker on Dec 14, 2010

 Rotary Donates to Families in Even Start Family Literacy Program

The Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club donated clothes and toys to five families of the Georgetown County Even Start Family Literacy Program on December 15. Rotary President Ed Kimbrough, Secretary Kirby Coker, and GCSD Superintendent Dr. Randy Dozier presented the items to Jon Tester, GCSD Executive Director for Elementary Education, and Patricia Canada, the Even Start Family Literacy Coordinator. The Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club has donated Christmas items to the Even Start Family Literacy Program since 2008. From left are Tester, Canada, Kimbrough, Coker and Dozier.

Rotary Donates to Families enrolled in Even Start Family Literacy Program Kirby Coker 2010-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Mueller on Dec 13, 2010

Hospice Care Helps Families in our Community


Rotary's motto is "Service above Self."  As Whitney Rogers pointed out to our Club on December 14, Hospice Care of South Carolina offers Rotarians an excellent way of providing a valuable service to our community.  Ms. Rogers serves as the Regional Volunteer Coordinator for Hospice Care helping to provide volunteer support to families and patients living with an incurable disease.  Hospice Care volunteers provide support to the caregivers and do not need any medical training or background.   

Hospice Care of South Carolina Lynn Mueller 2010-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Dec 13, 2010

Georgetown Lunch Rotary Rings the Bell for the Salvation Army!!


The Georgetown County Salvation Army helps feed hungry families in our community; provides Christmas presents to many needy children, and provides funds to help heat the homes of struggling senior citizens.  Since one of our core missions in Rotary is helping people in our community, more than 46 Rotary volunteers signed up - and showed up - for one hour shifts at the Georgetown Wal-mart doors on December 9th and December 14th to help raise funds for the Salvation Army. 


Georgetown Rotary Rings the Bell!! Nathan Kaminski 2010-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nathan Kaminski on Nov 29, 2010

Ralph Nichols, an engineer with the Savannah River National Laboratory located in Aiken, S.C.  spoke to the Lunch Rotary Club on November 30th pointing out that there is a significant untapped potential for offshore wind energy off the South Carolina coast   Mr. Nichols presented an interesting program on the efforts in which he is involved through the U.S. Department of Energy to develop cost effective means of accurately measuring the wind power that exists off our coast.  

Wind Power Opportunities Nathan Kaminski 2010-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Mueller on Nov 22, 2010


Lynn Mueller is a member of our Rotary Club and is active in a number of civic activities such as the Georgetown BusinessAssociation and has served as chairman of the Bridge2Bridge Initiative committee. 

Thanks to Lynn for his work in Rotary and all of his efforts to improve our community.

The BRIDGE2BRIDGE INITIATIVE is on the MOVE! Lynn Mueller 2010-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Dubay on Nov 08, 2010
Pete Dubay, our Rotary Club Foundation Director, makes the point that the mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

Read our story to learn some valuable information about the Rotary Foundation and the contributions made by members of the Georgetown Rotary Club

Our Rotary Foundation Peter Dubay 2010-11-09 00:00:00Z 0