Posted by Nancy Riedel on Oct 11, 2018
President Steve Stauffer rang the bell at 8:00
Kevin Courtney offered the prayer and led the pledge to the flag
Raffle update - so far $960 has been turned in.  The outlets - H H Dental, Island Rec Center and Burke's have tickets.  Next week it will be promoted on Talk of the Town.  Selling the tickets will wrap up the week before the drawing - October 30 at 5:30 at Giuseppi's in Shelter Cove.
Social -  November 10th will be a trip to Harold's
Membership - Creighton Stuckert will fill the membership chair spot.
This is the first posting for potential new member Josh Gruber.
World Polio day is October 24 and there will be a rally held on the steps of the statehouse in Columbia.  Let Steve Stauffer know if you want to participate.
Visiting Rotarian Bill Beltz announced the his club - the Rotary Club of Okatie is hold their annual fundraiser - Polo for Charity on October 28.  Tickets are available for polo at $20 ahead of time from any Okatie Rotarian, Engel & Volkers offices, Markets, BB&T, Bluffton Pharmacy and Rose Hill POA and $25 at the door.  There are also $5 raffle tickets available for great packages.  The beneficiary of the fundraiser is K9's for Warriors through Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes.
Otto Ferrene presented a banner to President Steve from a Rotary Club in Houston TX that he visited. 
Hilton Head Barbershoppers have a show this Saturday and Sunday - theme is "Around the Country" and tickets at the door are $20
Ben Shelton - the La Isla festival is this Sunday and needs volunteers.  Let Ben know if you wish to volunteer.
Sergeant at Arms, Alicia Powell welcomed visiting Rotarians and collected Happy $$.  Visiting Rotarians: Ken Nykiel , Schaumburg IL; Bill Beltz, Okatie; Dick Cohen, Bridgewater, NJ.
DG David Tirard was introduced by AG Nancy Riedel.  David spoke of how important the members are in Rotary as they do the work.  His message was that of the RI theme : "Be the Inspiration".  The product of membership is service.  David also has a theme of "Leave your footprint on the sands of time" and encouraged all to be engaged and to do just that.  He challenged everyone to ask themselves what you can do to leave your footprint on the sands of time.  Ask yourself: "am I doing all that I can do?"  We can all be engaged and involved.
photo credit Barry Davis
David also told a story about a man that is his inspiration - member of the RC of Hilton Head Island - who has been a Rotarian since 1945 and is 102 years old.  He is his inspiration not just because up until recently when he suffered a stroke he had 100% attendance, but because even in his frail age he continues to want to serve.  
David asked us to question if we are being as effective as we should be.  Re-evaluate what you do, look at partnerships, make sure you draw people in.  Use social media and connect with the district Instagram account @rotarydistrict7770    DG David spoke of the importance of the Rotary Foundation and how it allows us to do good in the world.  He presented Past President Ben Shelton with two banners for recognition 2017-2018:
EREY - Every Rotarian Every Year which is presented to clubs that have every member contributing a minimum of $25 to the annual fund averaging $100 per capita or more to the annual fund  and 
100% Foundation Giving Club banner- at least $25 per member and an average of $100 to the annual fund
He also presented a certificate recognizing the club for contributing $1500 or more to PolioPlus
photo credit Barry Davis
He spoke of Rotary's tenacity in their fight to eradicate polio and the progress that has been made.  CART is also an area where Rotarians are making a difference by supporting research for the cure and treatment of Alzheimers.  David is challenging every club to tackle two things:  1.  to establish and maintain a "little free library" as well as participate in Rotary ROCS which he would like to be a district wide program, the first week in March.   Membership is a challenge and use the membership advocate for the area.  Informed Rotarians are the best Rotarians and trainings are provided and all are encouraged to attend.
The governor closed by encouraging all to attend the district conference - renamed the "all Club Conference" which will be held locally in March.  Come, celebrate and share.