Service Above Self

North Charleston Rotary

Serving the North Charleston, SC community and beyond to promote literacy, better health and greater understanding.

Welcome to North Charleston Rotary

Neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers sharing ideas and taking action to create lasting change.

News

Duck Race 2024

Get Ducky. It’s time for the 2024 Rotary Duck Race. Our participation in the Duck Race allows us to raise funds to give back to

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Newest Member Inducted

The North Charleston Rotary Club inducted its newest member on October 30, 2023.Tabatha Gravelle was introduced by member Eileen Chepenik and was pinned by her

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Rotary Awards to Community

Grants were recently given to several community so they can continue their missions to serve.  The Charleston County Parks Foundation and Trident Literacy Association had

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Consider Rotary

Lunch meetings are every Monday at the Hilton Garden Inn Express, 5265 International Blvd, North Charleston. Doors open at 12pm noon. The meetings begin at 12:30pm and end by 1:30pm.

Promoting Peace

Be a part of an international organization dedicated to bringing peace and understanding throughout the world.

Fighting Disease

We have a mission to eradicate the once incurable disease, polio. We’re almost there.

Providing Clean Water

Through our global network of Rotarians, we work to provide life sustaining clean water.

Saving Mothers and Children

Pre-natal and post-natal health care is critical. Rotarians support programs that provide safe environments. 

Literacy

Supporting Education

We value a well-educated community and our club provides college scholarships to deserving students.

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Growing Local Economies

As mentors, we share our expertise through involvement in literacy and other community service projects.

Covid-19 Awareness

We are having hybrid meetings to provide options for our members and guests. During our lunch meetings, we acknowledge recommended distancing and other protective measures.
Please join us for in-person meetings at the Hilton Garden Inn – Airport or Zoom with us.
Contact us for details.

Upcoming Events

Jun
24
Mon
MEETING – Dr. Mary Thornley, Trident Technical College @ Hilton Garden Inn, Airport
Jun 24 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
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Dr. Mary Thornley, Trident Technical College

Dr. Mary Thornley has been president of Trident Technical College since 1991. She truly believes in the transformational power of education and is passionate about the community college’s role in making our communities and our nation stronger, more adaptable, and better able to face the challenges of the future.

Dr. Thornley holds a doctorate of education in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina; a master of arts in teaching English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and a bachelor of arts in English and French from Mars Hill College, North Carolina.

Dr. Thornley has received numerous awards and recognitions, including those provided below.

Leadership in Access and Equity
South Carolina Association of Technical College Commissioners Equity Award (2020)
South Carolina Association of Technical College Commissioners Equity Award (2019)
TTC MLK Humanitarian Award (2017)
Association of Community College Trustees Charles Kennedy National Equity Award (2017)
Association of Community College Trustees Southern Region Equity Award (2017)
South Carolina Association of Technical College Commissioners Equity Award (2017)
South Carolina Association of Technical College Commissioners Equity Award (2016)
Charleston Branch NAACP Septima P. Clark Education Award (2015)
The Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative (2015) (As a result of this Riley Leadership Diversity class, TTC now offers ten $1,000 scholarships annually to North Charleston High School seniors to attend Trident Tech.)
Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Vision Award (2014)
Service and Leadership Award for Promoting Access and Equity in South Carolina Higher Education from the SC Professional Association for Access and Equity (2003)
Septima Poinsette Clark Award for Excellence in Education from the Trident Urban League (2002)

Leadership in Economic Development
Charleston Business Magazine’s 50 Most Influential (2016 and 2017)
The Citadel School of Business Leader of Principal Award and Hall of Fame induction (2014)
Charleston Regional Business Journal Influential Women in Business (2014)
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce 1773 Educational Services Award to Trident Technical College (2011)
Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce (2005)
ThinkTEC Outstanding Leadership in Advancing the Knowledge Based Industry in the Region Award (2009)
Special Award Recognizing 10 years of Economic Development Leadership from the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (2006)

Leadership in Educational Opportunity
South Carolina Order of the Palmetto (2020)
Trident Literacy Association Founder’s Day Award (2018)
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from College of Charleston (2013)
Trident United Way Women’s Leadership Award (2011)
Free Enterprise Foundation’s Ethics and Civic Responsibility Award (Citadel) (2010)
Southern Regional Chief Executive Officer Award from the Association of Community College Trustees (2009)
Association of Community College Trustees Southern Regional Chief Executive Officer Award (2009)
Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction from Phi Theta Kappa (2004)
Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Administration from the Citadel (2002)
Martha Kime Piper Award from South Carolina Women in Higher Education Administration (an ACE affiliate) for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Women in Higher Education (1992)

Jul
1
Mon
NO MEETING – 4th of July Holiday week
Jul 1 all-day
Jul
8
Mon
MEETING – Cheryl O’Donnell, Florence Crittenton of SC @ Hilton Garden Inn, Airport
Jul 8 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Cheryl O’Donnell, Executive Director, Florence Crittenton Programs of SC

Cheryl O’Donnell has served as the Executive Director of Florence Crittenton Programs of SC for the past 5 years, where she is leading efforts to increase the reach and impact the organization has on pregnant and parenting young women across South Carolina.

Cheryl has more than 25 years of experience leading organizations and partnerships to enhance the health and well-being of women and families. Prior to joining Florence Critttenton, she worked for the City of Charleston Mayor’s Office on Aging coordinating a community response to elder abuse. As Regional Director for Enroll America, she mobilized local community efforts throughout the South to help uninsured Americans. Additionally, Cheryl spent seven years in Washington, DC creating award-winning public awareness campaigns and advocating for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Cheryl holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Ohio University and a master of public administration degree from the University of Arizona. She lives in Summerville with her fiance Brad and their two rescue dogs – Monty and Bob Dole.

Jul
15
Mon
MEETING – Brenda Shaw, Lowcountry Food Bank @ Hilton Garden Inn, Airport
Jul 15 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Jul
22
Mon
MEETING – Bryan Adams and Bill Stanfield, Metanoia @ Hilton Garden Inn, Airport
Jul 22 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
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Rev. Bill Stanfield, Metanoia

Rev. Bill Stanfield is the founder and CEO of Metanoia (www.metanoisc.org). Metanoia is an award winning community development organization that has pioneered an approach to listening constantly and walking with families in distressed communities to discover their own strengths and release their brilliance. Metanoia does this through year-round programming for youth grades 1-12, affordable housing development and economic development projects.

Rev. Stanfield is also a resident of the Chicora community where Metanoia is based and an associate minister at St. Matthew Baptist Church in North Charleston.

Jul
29
Mon
MEETING – Blair Phillips, Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center @ Hilton Garden Inn, Airport
Jul 29 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Aug
26
Mon
MEETING – University School of the Lowcountry, Jason Kreutner @ Hilton Garden Inn, Airport
Aug 26 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
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Jason Kreutner, University School of the Lowcountry

Jason Kreutner, raised in Mount Pleasant and a current resident, is the founder and Head of University School of the Lowcountry.

As a leader who is also a faculty member, Kreutner teaches all students in Leadership and Life Skills, organizes and leads the weekly experiential learning activities, and coaches the Quiz Bowl teams.

Prior to establishing University School of the Lowcountry, he was Dean of Students and then Director of Studies at Charleston Collegiate School, served as Upper School Dean and History Department Chair at Porter-Gaud School, and was Dean of Students and Humanities Instructor at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, SC. He consults and has guided several existing and new independent and public schools and presented at South Carolina, Southeast region, and national education forums.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the South Carolina Honors College (Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae) and received his master’s degree from Emory University in History.

Mr. Kreutner is married to Ashleigh (Tasha) Eady, a member of the corporate management team for Curated Events. They have one daughter, Kessler (’23) at the University of Virginia, and a son, John Ross (’31). In addition to his work in school settings, he is a longtime coach, builder of a strong and positive organizational culture, and developer of successful young people through swimming. He is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in West Ashley, where he is a lay leader and Sunday School teacher.

Sep
9
Mon
MEETING – Mayor Reginald L. Burgess, City of North Charleston @ Hilton Garden Inn, Airport
Sep 9 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Photo of Reggie Burgess, Mayor of N. Charleston, SC
Reginald L. Burgess, Mayor of N. Charleston, SC

Reginald L. “Reggie” Burgess, a native of North Charleston’s historical neighborhoods Union Heights and Liberty Hill, is a man of dedication and diverse achievements. His early love for sports led him to excel in track & field, baseball, football, and basketball during his youth, with football emerging as his true passion. Reggie’s prowess on the field earned him a full scholarship to Morgan State University, where he shone as a wide receiver for the Bears. His college career was marked by numerous accolades, including Sporting News Division 1-AA All-American honors, a spot on the Historical Black College Sports All-American 1st Team, and multiple All-MEAC selections. Despite his aspirations for the NFL, life had other plans, and Reggie returned to South Carolina, embarking on a distinguished law enforcement career.

Joining the North Charleston Police Department in 1989, Reggie’s commitment to justice and community service propelled him through the ranks. His roles ranged from Patrol Officer, DARE and GREAT Officer, to various investigative and supervisory positions, reflecting his versatility and leadership skills. By 2018, he reached the pinnacle of his police career as the Chief of Police for North Charleston, a testament to his dedication and expertise. His journey didn’t stop there, as on January 2, 2024, he was inaugurated as the Mayor of North Charleston, marking a new chapter in his service to the community.

Reggie’s educational pursuits complement his professional journey, holding a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Claflin University and completing advanced training at the Southern Police Institute, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and the US Secret Service Academy. These experiences reflect his commitment to continuous learning and excellence.

Guided by his mother’s wisdom, “to thine own self be true,” Reggie balances his professional endeavors with a rich personal life. He cherishes his family, including his wife Tracy Riggins Burgess, his high school sweetheart, and their two children, Reggie II and Kristen. A lifelong member of Royal Missionary Baptist Church and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Reggie embodies a deep commitment to his faith and community. His story is one of resilience, leadership, and unwavering dedication to public service.

End Polio Now

We’ve has been working to eradicate polio and our goal of ridding the earth of this disease is within sight. We started in 1979 with vaccinations for 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan are the only countries where polio remains endemic.

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