Welcome to North Charleston Rotary
Neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers sharing ideas and taking action to create lasting change.
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.
Be a part of an international organization dedicated to bringing peace and understanding throughout the world.
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.
We value a well-educated community and our club provides college scholarships to deserving students.
Growing Local Economies
As mentors, we share our expertise through involvement in literacy and other community service projects.
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.
Brian Itzkowitz is an accomplished social enterprise leader with over 20 years of experience working within the Goodwill network of 155 independent non-profit agencies. In October 2021, he was appointed by the Palmetto Goodwill Board of Directors as the new President and CEO.
His previous executive positions include Chief Member Advancement Officer of Goodwill Industries International in Rockville, MD., Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries in West Palm Beach, FL, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas.
Over the years, he received several honors and awards including the GII: Thinking to Action Award – Family Strengthening (2010); the GII Advocacy Leader Award for five years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017); Arkansas Recycling Coalition Community Involvement Award (2011); GII Center of Excellence – Family Strengthening Award (2011); GII Retail Excellence – Mission Support Net Profit Award (2012); Arkansas Business Non-Profit Executive of the Year Award (2013); GII Retail Excellence – Growing the Business Award (2014); and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce – Diversity Champion Award (2022)
Brian is an active member of the Rotary Club of Charleston.
Presentation Title: Palmetto Goodwill – Changing lives through training, education, and employment
TJ is a 2001 graduate of Clemson University. He began his profession career at the Isle of Palms Recreation Department in 2001 and was named the Athletic Director with the City of North Charleston Rec Dept in 2004. He was named the Assistant Director at North Chas Rec in 2009 and served in that role until 2018. In January of 2018 he was hired as the Recreation Director for the City of Goose Creek. He led that Department until July of 2021. In August of 2021, he went “back home” as the Recreation Director for the City of North Charleston.
In his 22 year career he has been recognized by the SC Recreation and Parks Association as the Young Professional of the year (2012) and the Professional of the Year (2022). TJ served as the SCRPA President in 2018, additionally he serves on many local and statewide boards in the recreation and sports field.
Rod Funderburk is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo in district 7770 in South Carolina. He has served Rotary in numerous capacities including District Governor in 2015-2016 and District Vice Governor in 2019-2020. Rod is currently President of the CART Fund. He serves as a Regional Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Division of Rotary Leadership Institute. He is a Ten Star Rotarian, Rotary Foundation Major Donor, Paul Harris Society member, a Benefactor, and a Bequest Society member.
Rod graduated from University of South Carolina, is active in his church and his community and is married to his wife, Rowena. In his spare time, Rod serves as an independent energy consultant with Resource Supply Management assisting industrial plants and hospitals with their energy needs.
Marie and her husband Tommie have a blended family of five beautiful daughters with ages ranging from 30 years old to 4 years old. Their youngest daughter Cameron-Jean (CJ) is rocking an extra chromosome.
Marie became aware of Cl’s Down syndrome diagnosis through early prenatal testing. Having no experience and very little knowledge of Down syndrome, she spent the duration of her pregnancy soaking up information. It became her goal to ensure that CJ was given every opportunity to live her best life.
Marie is a fervent advocate for acceptance and inclusion for her daughter and other individuals with Down syndrome. She strongly believes that acceptance and inclusion are personal rights of all people, regardless of ability level. She has always been passionate about advocating for children in need. Marie served as volunteer guardian ad litem for Orangeburg County DSS abuse and neglect cases. Additionally, she led several community service projects assisting low-income schools and families.
Marie has an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies from Midland Technical College and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Drexel University. She is a Senior Project Coordinator for Johnson Controls Fire Protection.
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.