What We Do

"We are all volunteers serving in a volunteer organization. None of us
was compelled to become a Rotarian; each of us chose, and was chosen, to
become a member. Every year, every day, each of us chooses to continue the
task we have begun, and to continue to put Service Above Self. It is not
always the easy path, but I know it is the right one." 
John Kenny, Past President, Rotary International

Beaufort Rotary is very active in supporting each of the Rotary Avenues of Service. Our members participate in numerous Community Service and Vocational Service projects; they are generous with their time and money in supporting both International Service as well as the Rotary Foundation. Youth Service is achieved through the Youth Exchange Program and the support of an Interact Club.To make all this possible Club Service sustains an ambitious fund raising agenda. But all is not work—social and fellowship events lighten the Rotary year. The following will give you an idea of the full scope of what we are doing all year long:  

Community Service

Contact: Howard Heckrotte, Home: 843-524-2642 Cell: 843-310-9467, howieheck@hotmail.com

Contact: Greg Dyson: 843-525-3962, gdyson@islc.net

Contact: Willie Mack Stansell: stansell64@gmail.com

For over twenty-eight years Dean Moss has given dedicated and loyal service to the citizens of the City of Beaufort, the Counties of Beaufort and Jasper as well as the included municipalities, and the Armed Forces personnel serving within Beaufort’s four military installations. His worthy contributions are attributed in very large measure to his service as General Manager of the Beaufort Jasper Water and Sewer Authority. Dean’s leadership, direction and significant contributions to our community were recognized and honored with the George Walter Fuller Award for distinguished service in the water supply field, the Herman F. Wiederman Award for his service to our State and the prestigious Order of the Palmetto.

Contact: Bernie Kole, 252-7109, Kole@hargray.com

You can view and download individual pictures from:

: Owen Hand, 843-524-6310, owenhand@gmail.com


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Vocational Service

Vocational service is an avenue toward which Club members volunteer many man hours. In addition the Club contributed over $14,000 to fund these programs

  • Rotary Reader

  • Rotary members volunteer to work with individual students at elementary schools to help them enhance their reading skills. Those who participate are also encouraged to provide mentoring to the students as well as general guidance. Rotarian Bob Cummins introduced the program in 1991 at Lady’s Island Elementary School following a program that had been initiated at the Rotary Club of Hilton Head. The program was moved to Coosa Elementary School in 1995 and Lady's Island Middle school was added in 2009. Currently 9 members are participating---working with about 10 children.


    Rotary Readers Coosa Elementary School Rotary Reader Program

    Contact: Whitney McDaniel, (H)843-263-1902 whitneymcdaniel2@gmail.com

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    Rotary Foundation


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    Club Service

    • Service Above Self Award - The following is a picture of Nick Hunt receiving the Rotary International Service Above Self Award from District Governor Ed Durea. This is an international competitive award granted to a maximum of 150 Rotarians each year. We are very proud to have Nick in our club!!



    Perfect Attendance - (r-l) Gabby Grabenbauer 28 years - Johnny Harvey 25 years - Linda Baily 21 years



    • Club fellowship -

      Club fellowship is maintained and enhanced by social events held throughout the year: the Installation, a holiday party, an Oyster Roast, held jointly with the other two Rotary clubs in Beaufort, a Valentine luncheon, and the Spring Fling. In addition evening fellowship meetings are held in place of a luncheon meeting when there are five wednesdays in a month.

    • oysters  

      75th Gala


      Contact: Mike Keyserling, 322-0299, mkeyserling@embarqmail.com, Jay Taylor Home: 843-522-3372 Office: 843-521-4009 jtaylor@insurancebeaufort.com

    • Fund Raising

      • Onion Sales

         In the spring Beaufort Rotarians purchase or sell boxes of "Vidalia Onions" for themselves,  family or friends. Each Club member is responsible for selling a minimum of 100 pounds of onions or paying $50 instead.

        In the Rotary year 2012-13 we made $6,500



    • Port Royal Rotary Charity Crab Race (A joint venture with the Rotary Club of the Lowcountry). A major fund raiser held in April as a part of the Old Village, Port Royal Softshell Crab Festival. The goal is to raise money for our charity projects.

      Approximately five-thousand (5,000) rubber crabs are made available for adoption. Crabs are adopted by contacting a member of the Beaufort Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of the Lowcountry or online.The participating clubs seek both individuals and businesses to adopt crab for a suggested donation of $10.00 per crab. Approximately five-thousand crabs race, regardless of the number adopted. The crabs are dropped into Battery Creek near the Sands Boat Landing in Port Royal. Winners are determined by the first adopted crab to cross the finish line. Chances of winning depend on the total number of qualified entries.

      The first crab race held in 2012 netted $2,300 which included paying off all the initial sunk costs necessary to initiate the fund raiser. In 2015 we netted $6,500.

      Contact:Johnny Harvey: 843-379-8330 Cell:843-812-2181huckleberry@hargray.com

    • Lowcountry Supper. Each year, during July, the three clubs of Beaufort sponsor the Low Country Supper as a part of the Beaufort Water festival. Forty-one of our members donned rotary aprons and served the meal, a traditional Frogmore Stew. The supper is one of the highlights of the Festival.




      Contact:Ed Boyd boyds99@embarqmail.com

    • Beer Sales

      We also participate with the other clubs in selling beer at the annual Water Festival.

      Water Festival 2014

      Contact: Billy O'Neal, 524-1804, odgdesigns@islc.net

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