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Written by Annemarie Neubecker
The May River High School Interact sponsored by the Rotary Club of Okatie presented a check for $1500 to Paws4Vets. The check was a combined contribution from the Interact Club and our club.
Paws4Vets provides trained service dogs to returning veterans who need mental and or physical support. Principal Todd Bornscheuer praised the efforts of the Interact Club and the generous contribution of Rotary Club of Okatie.
Story submitted a Julie Leister
The Rotary Club of Okatie (President Dave Jacox & Board Member Juliana Leister) presented Gwen Chambers the Volunteer and Workshop Coordinator from Bluffton Self Help (left) with the proceeds from their Feed the Children fund raiser. The fundraiser held in February with local restaurants The Farm, The Cottage, Captain Woody's, Fat Patties, and Sigler’s raised $1255.  The week of Feb.8th-15th, diners were invited to make a donation at the end of their meals at these establishments. BSH plans to use the funds to replenish their fresh produce for Coleman's Corner in their food pantry. The Rotary Club of Okatie and Bluffton Self Help would like to thank the restaurants and patrons who participated in this worthy fundraiser!
Written By Annemarie Neubecker
The May River High School Interact Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Okatie, held an early morning fundraiser on Feb. 10th. Panera Bread provided generous donations of fresh bagels and the Interact students took monetary donations to support Paws For Vets, a program to provide service dogs to veterans returning from combat suffering both physical and mental illnesses. The club members served the bagels with butter or cream cheese. Crowds were large as students stopped by to get a bagel between classes. The club will continue to raise funds for Paws For Vets commencing with the presentation of a check to the organization sometime in late March.
The Rotary Club of Okatie and Bluffton Self Help are pleased to announce the 2017 Have a Heart & Feed the Children fundraiser. This year, our event will take place from Tuesday, February 7th until Wednesday, February 15th.
Feed the Children was created with a simple purpose – to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity for children throughout Bluffton.  When dining at the restaurants below, diners are provided with a donation envelope when they cash out their bill. This is an opportunity to make an immediate impact in the fight against hunger in our area. All Donations will go to Bluffton Self Help to help them refill the food pantry.
This year our participating restaurants are: Sigler’s Rotisserie and Seafood, The Cottage, Dolce Vita, Fat Pattie’s, Captain Woody’s, and the Farm. Please join us for this tasty fundraising opportunity. For questions, contact Juliana Leister with the Okatie Rotary at 843-384-8010.
Peter Lang, President of Lang Capital , Platinum Sponsor for the 2016 Polo for Charity match presents their sponsorship donation to Barbara McFadden (right) and John Mosca (left) of the Rotary Club of Okatie. Lang was also at the January 17, 2017 meeting to announce that Lang Capital will return as a Platinum Sponsor for the 2017 Match, set for October 22, 2017
At our Jan. 17th meeting, member Barbara McFadden presented a $5,000 check to the Moss Creek Marines from our Polo for Charity event proceeds.
Moss Creek Marines (MCM) is a non-profit group of former Marines who now reside in Moss Creek Plantation. Through this organization and Paws4Vets, our Club helps to provide funding needed for placing assistance dogs with veterans. MCM works with Paws4Vets to support several local Marines who need dogs due to PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other mental and physical injuries.
We are excited to welcome new member Karen Beltz today. Thank you Karen for leading the charge in organizing the silence auction for our Polo for Charity event. The silent auction raised $6,000.
See photos below; check presentation of $2,000 each to the following organizations to help support the victims of Hurricane Matthew; The Deep Well Project, Bluffton Self Help and Rotary District 7770.
Celebrating Rotarian Bill Fedorko as he turns 90 years old. Congratulations Bill, we are so very blessed to have you
in our Club!
Even though it was just two weeks after Hurricane Matthew stormed through Bluffton and Hilton Head Island… over 2,000 attendees came out to support our 23rd Annual Polo for Charity event on October 23rd.
The silent auction received outstanding support, raising $6,000. Our Club was able to give $2,000 each to the following organizations to help support the victims of Hurricane Matthew; Deep Well, Bluffton Self Help and Rotary District 7770.
Additionally, this year, event proceeds will benefit Moss Creek Marinesand Paws4Vets, as well as other local charities. Moss Creek Marines (MCM) is a non-profit group of former Marines who now reside in Moss Creek Plantation. Through this organization and Paws4Vets, the Rotary Club will help to provide funding needed for placing assistance dogs with veterans. MCM works with Paws4Vets tosupport several local Marines who need dogs due to PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other mental and physical injuries.
Rotary Club of Okatie would like to again thank our sponsors: Platinum Sponsors - Engel & Vӧlkers, Premium Real Estate and Property Management and Lang Capital – Retirement, Investment, Tax Specialists; Gold Sponsors - Cook Farms Ltd, the Law Office of Barbara McFadden, J & S Construction; Diamond Sponsors - John Mosca, CPA, Palmetto Electric, The Salty Dog Café and The Tegwar Company – Daufuskie Island, Hilton Head Landscapes; and Media Sponsors - Accurate Lithograph,, Bluffton Sun/Hilton Head Sun, Bluffton Today, CH2/CB2 Magazine, Hilton Head Monthly magazine, Island Events, Island 93.5fm, Lowcountry Weekly, Premier Lowcountry Magazine, SC103.1/Surf 104.9fm/Easy 106.5fm, Tails of the Lowcounty, The Breeze magazine, The Island Packet, The Scout Guide and WHHI TV.
For everyone planning to shop at the silent auction tent during our Polo for Charity event on October 23rd… you’ll find fabulous gift baskets designed by artist Karen Beltz!
Sorry folks, the beautiful basket in this photo is going to another worthy cause; No More Diabetes (NMD) foundation silent auction event on Sept. 16th.
Bill Beltz was featured in his hometown paper the Alliance Review in Alliance, Ohio on his book, The Buried War. For more information on Bill’s book, log on to:
Annemarie Neubecker was featured in the Bluffton Sun “Training teachers in Middle East a lesson in goodwill”  regarding her work in Doha, Qatar as part of a team designing professional development for educators in the national schools. To view the entire article, log on to:
We are proud of you Bill and Annemarie!

On our August 16th fireworks cruise, the evening kicked off with President David Jacox presenting Barbara McFadden with her Paul Harris recognition for $8,000.00 in giving to the Rotary Foundation. Thank you family, friends , distinguish Assistant District Governor Nancy Riedel and husband Bernie (Past District Governor and Deputy District Governor) for joining us on a perfect Lowcountry evening. Thank you Julie Leister for organizing a wonderful summer fellowship social.

At our August 9th meeting, member Molly Smith receives the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award from president David Jacox. Congratulations Molly; we are so proud of you!
Written by Barbara McFadden
Photos: District Governor Sandee Brooks & President David Jacox; Congressman Mark Sanford & President David Jacox.
On August 2nd, our club hosted our District Governor Sandee Brooks and our Assistant District Governor Nancy Reidel. In addition, Congressman Mark Sanford stopped for lunch since he was visiting in the area.
Thank you, Sandee, Nancy, and Mark for joining us!
Happy faces at today’s meeting as we all welcomed Bill Fedorko’s son, Bill Fedorko Jr., visiting from California. Welcome “Bill Junior”… we hope you’ll come visit us again.
By Jane Mullally Higdon
On July 5th, I was extremely fortunate to visit The Rotary Club of Bandon, located in beautiful County Cork, Ireland. Similar to our club, they are classified as a small club. However, they have a long list of fundraising accomplishments that include an annual Charity Golf Event at the Bandon Golf Club (this year celebrating its 30th year), Tree of Remembrance at Christmas time, and a spring Daffodil Day Breakfast fundraiser.  It is no secret the Irish are famous for their hospitality and Bandon proved that statement to be more than true. I was treated like a royal Irish princess.
It was great fun exchanging flags with President Herbert Obbink and member Marie Norton.  For more information on The Rotary Club of Bandon, visit

At our June 21st Annual Founder’s Day Dinner, we celebrated the installation of our club officers for 2016-2017 along with our visiting guests; Assistant District Governor, Nancy Riedell, and District Governor Nominee Designate, David Tirard.

L to R: Tony Leister, Julie Leister, Bill Beltz, Nancy Riedel, Barbara McFadden, David Jacox and Judy Trombino.

At our June 14th meeting, Annelore Harrell, a weekly columnist for Bluffton Today newspaper, entertain us with her many stories about life in Bluffton. A native Savannahian and Bluffton visitor since 1935, Annelore moved to Bluffton full-time in 1985. She is a former real estate broker, has been very active in several local civic and community organizations and even hosted a local television show. We all had a lot of questions and enjoyed her visit to our club.

In a join fundraising effort with the Bluffton High School Interact Club, the Bluffton High School Soccer Team, and the Rotary Club of Bluffton, funds were wired ($2000) to the Rotary Club of Manta, Ecuador in support of their earthquake relief efforts. To follow their work, follow their Club on Facebook at: and


Alyson Barber, Development & Marketing Coordinator for Bluffton Self Help, attended our meeting today to accept our $1,000 check from the funds collected during Valentine’s week “Have a Heart & Feed the Children” campaign.
At our May 10th meeting, Lori Goodridge-Cribb, publisher of Monthly Media, entertained our members on how she arrived in Hilton Head Island over 30 years ago and how she began what has become a very successful career in publishing.  Lori enlightened everyone on the difficult job of producing a monthly publication and that print is here to stay.  Additionally, Lori tackled all of our questions from how to get your story covered to everyday workings of a magazine.  Hilton Head Monthly magazine has been a leading resource in covering the people who live in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton; their extraordinary journeys and their accomplishments. For more information on Hilton Head Monthly, visit:

Written by Annemarie Neubecker
With over thirty-eight years of experience as an educator, Annemarie lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates from 2006-2010. She and her husband both served as educational consultants during that time, developing an expertise dealing in the Arab Culture. Since September 2015, Annemarie has worked in Doha,Qatar as part of a team designing professional development for educators in the national schools. She wrote and delivered a comprehensive induction program for new teachers in Qatar. The challenge included developing and delivering a train-the-trainer model during which Arabic-English trainers were prepared to deliver strands of educational modules to 1500 new teachers.
Annemarie will be informed of the student results from the newly trained teachers as well as other key indicators of success regarding the project.

Written by Jane Higdon

On April 16th, a powerful earthquake (7.8) shook Ecuador's northwestern coast, bringing great devastation to the City of Manta. Last year, my husband and I lived in a fishing village near Manta and were very fortunate to participate in many activities with the Rotary Club of Manta. Thank you Bluffton HS Interact Club and Rotary Club of Bluffton for matching our Club’s donation to the Rotary Club of Manta. Your support will provide an enormous help with relief efforts in Ecuador, via the Rotary Club of Manta. Our message to Ecuador, we are praying for you “Nosotros estamos orando por ustedes.”


Written by Frank Nappi
The Rotary Club of Okatie was pleased to have Betsy Doughtie, Executive Director of The Deep Well Project, as our guest speaker for our April 19th meeting. Betsy Doughtie has lived on Hilton Head for nearly 46 years.  She has been active in many volunteer activities with the schools, her church and other organizations.  For the past 19 years she has been active with the Deep Well Project. She explained the operation of the Deep Well Project as a tax exempt, nonprofit organization composed primarily of volunteers who help people in emergency situations.  Among the areas they serve are providing emergency home repairs, building wheel chair ramps, and providing furniture, clothing, food, rent, utilities, prescriptions or other forms of payments . on behalf of qualified, needy clients.  Betsy emphasized that the Deep Well Project helps people in emergency situations by giving them  an immediate hand so they can continue to help themselves. The Deep Well Project works closely with other nonprofits and is part of The United Way.
Written by member Judy Trombino.
The April 12th meeting was dedicated to a presentation by Doug Burke on The Tumaini Fund USA based in Naples, Florida and organized as a 501 (c)(3) corporation.   Doug Burke and his wife Janice moved to The Cypress of Hilton Head in October 2013, where he had the pleasure of meeting Joan Mosca, John Mosca’s mother.  After learning of the Tumaini Fund USA, John recommended that we hear Doug’s presentation.  At a church service commission meeting in 2009, Doug met Dr. Susan Wilson, The founder and CEO of the Tumaini Fund, a mission that serves 25,000 HIV Aids Orphans in Tanzania.  Doug responded with setting up a Tumaini Fund USA, a US affiliate of the Tumaini Fund which seeks to provide help to thousands of orphan children in Tanzania with clothing, primitive shelter, limited access to clean water, healthcare and education.  His goal is to not only help strengthen orphan families but also the communities in which they are living. Tumaini Fund USA, is one of several affiliates around the world which raise money to support the overall Tumaini Fund.  Since its inception, Tumaini Fund USA has sent 93% of funds collected to Tanzania to aid the widows and orphans the Fun supports.

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