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Rotary Club of Daniel Island

Rotary Club of Daniel Island
September 2009

As a group, Rotary promotes literacy worldwide. Daniel Island Rotary embodies the adage ‘think globally, act locally’! I am a librarian in a Berkeley County School, which has benefited from the generosity of Daniel Island Rotary.

The Daniel Island Rotary provides donations of books to my school’s library. They support a Berkeley County charity called Roscoe Reading Program (RRP), which focuses on rural elementary schools. At my school, the Daniel Island Rotary has worked with our after-school Boys & Girls Club, coming to the program on a regular basis to assist both program leaders and individual students, and members volunteer regularly in classrooms and in the library working on reading and literacy skills and development with students targeted by teachers.”

—Linda Bryant, librarian at Cainhoy Elementary Middle School

“During critical times for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Trident Area and citizens of the Huger and Cainhoy community, many families are struggling and searching for a safe and positive place for their children to spend their after-school hours. During these defining moments, the Daniel Island Rotary Club steps up and responds with their hearts and financial support. Their direct aid and support has assisted us in keeping our doors open as we continue to provide ‘A Positive Place For Kids’. Our impact and efforts to serve children and their families have been accelerated by the support of the Daniel Island Rotary Club.”

—Dr. Levi H. Wright, site director, Boys & Girls Club of the Trident Area

“In addition to the Duck Race, the Rotary Club of Daniel Island’s members are active in a wide array of projects that serve our community. These include donating time and books to the Cainhoy Middle and Daniel Island school libraries; distributing dictionaries to all third graders at those two schools; donating time to the Boys & Girls Clubs after-school program at the Cainhoy School; purchasing new living room furniture for the Daniel Island municipal building (fire, police, EMS); sponsoring special events for children on Daniel Island; providing partial college scholarships (freshman year) for children from the Cainhoy and Huger areas; sponsoring a foreign exchange student to attend high school in Charleston; delivering food to 50 families in the Cainhoy/Huger area at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter (through the Cainhoy Community Center); supporting Water Missions International (with time and money); contributing to Rotary International programs to fund Alzheimer’s research and to eradicate polio worldwide; and holding a separate fundraiser to raise $70,000 to provide a life-saving liver transplant to a 16-year-old young man.

The Rotary Club of Daniel Island has twice been recognized by Rotary International for having the best community service project and the best literacy program among all Rotary clubs in eastern South Carolina. We are honored to have such an active and successful organization as part of our community and are thankful for everything they’ve done to foster a spirit of giving on Daniel Island.”

—Matt Sloan, president, The Daniel Island Company

East Cooper Meals on Wheels is proud to be associated with The Rotary Club of Daniel Island, an outstanding organization that not only has supported us with monetary funds, but also has contributed much more to the East Cooper Community with service, education, and goodwill.

—Martha Kelly, Director of Development, East Cooper Meals on Wheels

The $5,000 gift to Hospice of Charleston Foundation was used to fund one of our most valuable programs, our biannual children’s bereavement camp. Shannon’s Hope Camp is held every March and October on Seabrook Island for any child ages six to 15 in the Tri-county area who has experienced the loss of someone they love. Daniel Island Rotary Club is truly dedicated to promoting positive, good works and continually strives to create healthy, prospering communities.”

—Jillian Hollingsworth, Hospice of Charleston

In today’s world, charities are trying to keep up with the increased demand for services while struggling to balance budgets. The Daniel Island Rotarians have worked diligently to identify community needs and then engage the community in meeting these needs through participating in a fun event—the Charity Duck Race. The Rotary Club is comprised of talented individuals involved in a variety of businesses and professions in their everyday work world. It is evident that all of these skills, talents, and plain hard work have been recruited and organized to provide an event that not only runs smoothly but is fun for the community. Their work is truly outstanding, makes a lasting difference, and deserves recognition.

—Pat Goss, United Methodist Relief Center