Rotary of Fort Mill Raises Money for Schools + Teachers

Rotary of Fort Mill Raises Money for Schools + Teachers

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Fort Mill Rotary Charity Gala & Auction on Saturday, October 5 in Tega Cay

‘Diamonds & Denim’ is the theme for the 2019 Rotary Club of Fort Mill, SC Charity Gala & Auction on Saturday, October 5, in Tega Cay — with the Foundation for Fort Mill School as the main beneficiary. “Join a great night out for a great cause, everyone is invited, not just Rotarians. This is a not-to-be-missed event in our community”, states the service organization. “It is our hope to provide an even larger support to the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools through this effort. We hope to grow this our giving to  $100,000 this year.” 

The Rotary Gala fundraiser is an example of the kind of volunteer effort that separates us from other communities”

Dr. Chuck Epps, Fort Mill School District Superintendent
Fort Mill Gala 2019 - hosted by Rotary

“The education of our youth is truly a community effort and partnerships with charitable organizations are a cornerstone of public education. We are excited to team with the Fort Mill Rotary Club as they support the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools to provide needed programs and resources for the Fort Mill School District”, says Fort Mill School District Superintendent Dr. Chuck Epps when asked about the direct impact the 2019 ‘Diamonds & Denim’ Charity Gala and Auction has.  “The Rotary Gala fundraiser is an example of the kind of volunteer effort that separates us from other communities.  On behalf of the students of the district, I offer a big thank you to the Fort Mill Rotary Club.” Rotary President Sabrina Gast adds: “As a lifelong resident of Fort Mill, it is exciting to know that the Fort Mill Rotary focuses on giving back to the community, that’s one of the reasons I am part of this wonderful club.”

Fort Mill Rotary focuses on giving back to the community, that’s one of the reasons I am part of this wonderful club!

Sabrina Gast, President, Rotary Club of Fort Mill

The Charity Gala is Fort Mill Rotary Club‘s main fundraiser for money for local and international causes, supporting Foundation for Fort Mill SchoolsAnne Springs Close Greenway and United Way, to name just three beneficiaries.

“Service Above Self” is Practiced in all Activities since 1991

Rotary Club of Fort Mill has given more than $2 million to local and international organizations.

Established in 1991, the focus was then and still is today, “Service Above Self” and is practiced in all activities. Over the last 28 years, Fort Mill Rotary Club has given more than $2 million to local organizations as well as to Rotary International for the eradication of Polio and clean water projects for Honduras. The 2018 gala’s proceeds contributed to Alzheimer Research. 

Highlights of the 2019 Fort Mill Rotary Gala include Live Band, Auctions, Good Food and an Open Bar

This year’s party starts with a welcome cocktail and appetizers at 6 pm at the Glennon Center at Tega Cay Golf Club, a new venue where live music by rising star Haley Mae Campbell and band, a fun photo booth, good food and open-bar, wine-pull plus silent and live auction await up to 300 guests. Expect gorgeous decorations, a carving station, mashed potato bar and sweet treats. Tickets are $100 per person, with a few still available. There is no official dress code, although paying tribute to the theme is encouraged.

Known for awesome auction items, this year’s Rotary gala is bringing back favorites like Carolina beach vacation homes, chef’s dinners with friends at local fine dining establishments, a full set of braces, a luxury river cruise to Christmas Markets in Europe, a custom golf cart, and last, but not least, the vasectomy which is always a great conversation starter. New to the live auction are Disneyworld tickets for the whole family, a newly built pergola and sod, and then there are countless items in the silent auction, too.

For a preview of the Rotary Fort Mill Gala 2019 auction items, take a look at our Fort Mill Rotary Club Facebook page.

School Board member Michele Branning adds: “What I love most about a Fort Mill Rotary Club Gala event is that I get to have fun with a lot of great people all while raising money and awareness for things that are important in our community and worldwide.  We focus on our local community and give back in a way that not many others can.  The best part is that you get to see the impact first hand that we have and that is the rewarding part of being a Rotarian.  You haven’t been to a great fundraising event until you have attended a Fort Mill Rotary Club Gala!”

Rotary past-President Patrick White confirms: “Jamie and I look forward to the Rotary Gala every fall since it is the primary fundraiser for our club. We are excited this year that our primary benefactor is the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools.”

If you can’t make it, you can still support Rotary’s mission and may even be the lucky winner of $10,000 by purchasing one or more raffle tickets. With a 1:300 chance, the odds are pretty good.

Rotary Gala Proceeds Benefit Foundation for Fort Mill Schools

Scott Patterson from the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools will ensure that the funds raised go where they are most needed and appreciated: “The Foundation is honored and blessed to partner with FM Rotary to help with our mission of Promoting Excellence in Education in the FM School District.  This partnership will allow the Foundation to increase our Innovative Classroom Teacher Grants, our Classroom Ready program and continue our effort in supporting the District’s STEAM initiative.  We are appreciative of this opportunity to partner with such an incredible organization.”

Check www.fortmillgala.org for more information and to get your tickets before the event sells out. 

New Member Portrait: Kane Rowell

New Member Portrait: Kane Rowell

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I joined the Fort Mill Rotary Club to become more involved in our community and help those who need it most!

Kane Rowell

Rotary Club of Fort Mill welcomes new member Kane Rowell for our new blog series of member portraits.

Here is Kane’s introduction: “Born and raised in Monroe, NC. I blindly followed my wife’s suggestion that we move to Fort Mill after we graduated college. This turned out to be a great decision. We’ve lived in Fort Mill and Rock Hill for 6 years. I spent my first 5 years out of college planning and producing events all over the United States. Within the past year I decided it was time to find a role that allowed me to be home more often. I joined Hospice & Community Care in April of 2019 to assist with fundraising and community outreach efforts.”

Kane continues: “A reason I joined Hospice & Community Care is very similar to the reason I joined the Fort Mill Rotary Club: to become more involved in our community and help those who need it most. The Rotary Club is a vehicle for me to pitch in and give back to the community I call home.”

Kane concludes his member portrait by sharing his hobbies: “I am an avid golfer and sports fan in general. I enjoy traveling and exploring the outdoors.”

Kane Rowell (Major Gifts Officer)
Hospice & Community Care 
2275 India Hook Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29732

Rotary Moment: “Answer to 25 Years of Prayers”

Rotary Moment: “Answer to 25 Years of Prayers”

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Fort Mill Rotary Honduras Water Project

#TBT to a special moment for Fort Mill Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow Al Steele: “Ben and I had District Governor Terry Weaver and Governor Elect Lance Young and a few others in the village of Santa Cruz, Virginia, Honduras near the Guatemala border in 2014 checking on their progress on their water project.  We found them working on the foundation for the 10,000 gallon water tank.  They took a break to meet with us in a circle around the foundation.  After 15-20 minutes when they were comfortable with the Gringos in their village the oldest man in the village stepped into the circle and looked at us and said that he had been praying for 25 years for safe water for his village and that he thought that we were sent by God with his hand raised to the sky. I will never forget the look on DG Terry’s face when he said it.”

Purchase FM Rotary 2019 Gala Tickets Online

Purchase FM Rotary 2019 Gala Tickets Online

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Tickets for our 2019 ‘Diamonds & Denim’ Gala and Fundraising Auction can now be purchased online. This year, the event takes place on Saturday, October 5, 2019 starting at 6 pm in the Glennon Center at Tega Cay Golf Club.  

A carving station dinner, live band, silent and live auction, wine pull, raffles, open bar and much await await guests. The gala’s main benefactor is the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools.

Fundraising Chair Michele Braning says: “Fort Mill Rotary Club’s annual gala/fundraising event sustains all the good work that we do locally as well as internationally. The members and donors support is greatly appreciated.”

Tickets can now be purchased online through this link.

 

20 Reasons to Join Rotary

20 Reasons to Join Rotary

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  1. Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
  2. Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary’s beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
  3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
  4. Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership: – learning how to motivate, influence and lead leaders.
  5. Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
  6. Continuing Education: Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.
  7. Fun: Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. Serving others is fun.
  8. Public Speaking Skills: Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
  9. Citizenship in the World: Every Rotarian wears a pin that says “Rotary International.” There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 33,000 clubs in over 200 nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both one’s own community and in the world community.
  10. Assistance when Traveling: Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has found assistance through Rotary.
  11. Entertainment: Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide diversion in one’s business life. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.
  12. The Development of Social Skills: Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one’s personality, social skills and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.
  13. Family Programs: Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.
  14. Vocational Skills: Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about one’s job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.
  15. The Development of Ethics: Rotarians practice the 4-Way Test that governs one’s ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and person relationships.
  16. Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.
  17. Prestige: Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.
  18. Nice People: Rotarians above all are nice people – the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy of “it is nice to be important but it is more important to be nice.”
  19. The Absence of an” Official Creed”: Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meetings or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
  20. The Opportunity to Serve: Rotary is a service club. Its product is serving. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one’s own life. It is richly rewarding.

Rotary Club of Fort Mill Raises $30,000 for The CART Fund

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Rotary Club of Fort Mill presented Rotary District 7750 Governor Carol Burdette a check for $30K for Alzheimer’s Research Grants from proceeds from their 2018 gala to support The CART Fund.

This club is helping District Governor Carol’s vision of donating $100K to The CART Fund this year. In fact, she promised to shave her head at the annual spring District Conference if together the 52 clubs in her District could raise $100K. With this contribution, District 7750 now stands at more than $120K with a few more months to go!

Barbara Ivey, a member of the Fort Mill club and former board member for The CART Fund, was recognized by the district governor and presented with a “Be The Inspiration Award.”

Guest Speaker 7/10/19: Chris Narveson, MLB

Guest Speaker 7/10/19: Chris Narveson, MLB

Guest Speaker

“My Life in the Major Leagues.
Being drafted by the St Louis Cardinals at age 18.”

Chris Narveson is the featured guest speaker at Rotary Club of Fort Mill, SC on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

Chris Narveson is the featured guest speaker at Rotary Club of Fort Mill, SC on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

For more information and his bio, take a look here and we hope you can join us for this week’s meeting.

Wednesday Rotary Meeting Location:
Fort Mill School District Office
Building A Room 209
2233 Deerfield Drive
Fort Mill, SC 29715

Save the date 10/5/19 for our Gala + Auction

Save the date 10/5/19 for our Gala + Auction

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‘Diamonds + Denim’ is the theme of our 2019 Rotary Fort Mill Gala and Fundraising Auction that takes place on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Join us at Tega Cay’s Glennon Center for an evening of fun, food and drinks with like-minded people — supporting great causes locally, nationally and even world-wide. Starting at 6:30 pm, you can browse our silent auction items with a cold drink in hand and enjoy appetizers alongside.

More information and details can be found on the Gala page.

Proceeds will benefit the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools, Anne Springs Close Greenway and our water projects in Honduras.

Rotary Resources

Rotary Resources

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The official Rotary International website is a great resource to learn more about our wonderful organization.

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Check out Rotary Voices, the official blog.

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