Rotary district conference slated for Myrtle Beach

  • Friday, March 15, 2013

City of North Myrtle Beach Mayor, Marilyn Hatley presents a proclamation declaring March 22-24 as official Rotary Roundup to District Governor, Ed Duryea. Included in the photo are S.C.State Senator Greg Hembree, North Myrtle Beach assistant city manager Steve Thomas and Rotary Assistant District Governor, Doug Roderick as well as Rotarians throughout the North Myrtle Beach/Little River area. PHOTO PROVIDED

In less than 30 days Rotarians from District 7770 will converge on Myrtle Beach for their annual district conference. The district, more than 4,100 Rotarians strong, is comprised of the eastern portion of South Carolina and is represented by 79 clubs, 10 of which are located in the Myrtle Beach area.

According to Rotary District Governor Ed Duryea, the choice to host the conference in Myrtle Beach was an easy decision. “Not only is Myrtle Beach a beautiful area, but there are numerous activities which will provide a great atmosphere for those Rotarians who wish to bring their families.

Slated for March 22-24 at the Marriott Resort, conference planners led locally by chair, Dr. William Fox of the Carolina Forest Sunrise Club, have been at work for more than a year selecting the theme, venues and working with officials throughout the area to ensure that the Rotary experience is a positive one.

The purpose of the District Conference is to provide opportunities for networking, inspirational addresses and discussions of Rotary-related matters. It recognizes the service programs, projects and public relations achievements in the district in order to inspire Rotarians to become more involved in service above self.

According to District Governor Duryea, “Many Rotarians have said that they were never truly enthusiastic about Rotary until they saw an inspirational presentation at a District Conference.”

This year’s theme, “Rotary Roundup,” offers numerous opportunities for Rotarians to not only network and learn more about Rotary, but to work hand-in-hand on a district-wide service project. Partnering with Help 4 Kids (Backpack Buddies), the group expects to prepare 2,400 - 3,000 backpack meals for needy children in Horry County. “While this may sound like a lot of meals, it actually only fulfills about a week’s worth of needs,” Duryea said.

“It is through projects such as this that our clubs continue to make their communities stronger and make me, along with my fellow Rotarians, proud to be part of this great service organization,” he concluded.

Rotarians may register for the conference at www.rotary7770.org or are encouraged to inquire through their home club.

To learn more about Rotary, visit www.Rotary.org.

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