Rotary District 7770 News


The new District 7770 Website has been launched highlighting the projects led by Rotarians throughout our Eastern SC service area. Visit the new website here: This new tool is aimed at an external audience of stakeholders, including prospective new club members. The Members Only link on the new website connects you to the District Database, our primary internal communication tool.

Check out the “Newsroom” page, to read the latest news from around the district – Club Public Relations Chairs & Presidents: please continue to share the good news by submitting stories to

In addition to visiting the new website, you can receive real time updates on new content via Facebook, Twitter, or an RSS Feed like Feedburner.


You can become a member of The Paul Harris Society of District 7770 by donating $1,000.00 or more each year to the Annual Programs Fund of The Rotary Foundation. Here is the easy to use form – All gifts count towards Multiple Paul Harris Fellow Recognition and Major Donor Recognition.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES – Link to District Calendar

Foundation, Membership & Future Vision Seminar: September 13 Alice Dr Baptist in Sumter.

AG Training: Feb 1 & 2 – Folly Beach Tides Hotel

PETS: March 1 & 2 – Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Ave.

District Assembly Leadership Training: April 25- Scheduled for Alice Dr Baptist in Sumter.

DG Installation Banquet: Saturday, June 29,2013 – Daniel Island Golf Club in Charleston.

Message from District Governor Ed Duryea

Dear District 7770 Rotarians and other friends,

First, congratulations to Rod Funderburk, Lou Mello, and Chad Vail along with our web design consultant and fellow Rotarian Andra Watkins (POSITUS Consulting) for their months of hard work coming to fruition with the launch of a new version of our district website. The work on this project began last year under the leadership of Paula Matthews and guidance of Lanier Jones – Great job, team! And, many thanks to Nancy Riedel for her many years of service as our district webmaster – Great job, Nancy!

There is a John Wesley quote that goes, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” Such is what I am witnessing in the clubs of our district as I make my official visits.

For example, the Summerville club is one of several clubs completing their 100% Paul Harris Fellow club status in support of our district goal of becoming only the third 100% Paul Harris Fellow district in the world. The Summerton Club is planning eight service projects, Sumter Palmetto is starting a Happy Feet project, the Cheraw Club, after experiencing a net gain of two members last year, has set a goal of growing from 35 to 50 members this year. The Sumter Club is planning to continue its leadership in supporting the CART fund after leading the district in raising $25,740 for the fund last year. I am inspired by the exceptional leadership, level of planning and preparation, high degree of motivation, generosity, and wide array of service projects. There is no doubt in my mind that we will have another successful year and again finish among the top districts in the world.

From a broader perspective, I am hoping this will be the year that we, as Rotarians, will achieve our #1 humanitarian goal of eradicating polio from the face of the earth. What a day of rejoicing that will be, and what a great time to be a Rotarian and to be part of a legacy of eradicating the most crippling disease in the history of the world!!

I want to express appreciation to PDG Paula Matthews for her leadership and vision this past year. Under her guidance we ranked 7th in the world in giving to the Foundation; significantly increased our numbers of EREY, 100% Sustaining Members, and 100% Paul Harris Fellow Clubs; increased our per capita giving to almost $200; greatly reduced our membership losses; and had a lot of fun in the process. Paula and her team have the momentum going full steam ahead, and I’m confident our team this year will keep it going.

Several of our key goals include achieving 100% Paul Harris Fellow District status, increasing our giving to the Rotary Foundation and exceeding $200 per capita in annual giving, realizing a net membership increase of at least 79, continuing to improve our communication/branding plans, and emphasizing the recitation and practice of the 4-Way Test – a hallmark of Rotary. Based on what I am witnessing in the clubs I have visited so far, I can conclude we shall meet and exceed all our goals.

Ed Duryea, District Governor

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