Fort Mill Rotary Club member Al Steele has been named District 7750 Rotarian of the Year for 2008-2009. Steele, a long-time club member and current sergeant-at-arms, was recognized for his leadership with the club's Honduran Water Project, which works to provide safe and clean drinking water for residents in Honduras.
The club as a whole was also cited as a Club of Excellence at the district's annual conference at Clemson University last week.
"We are so proud of Al and the work he has done in Honduras," Rotary Club President Geri Rucker said.
"He exemplifies the Rotarian motto of 'Service Above Self.' If it weren't for him, our club and district would not have adopted this project so enthusiastically. All you have to do is listen to him tell the story...and you become personally invested."
Rucker also praised the club as a whole.
"Our Rotary Club has worked hard this year to serve our community," she said. "We raised over $65,000 this year for charity, with the bulk of the money going to organizations that serve the citizens and schools in Fort Mill. I am proud and pleased to be associated with such a great group of community and business leaders. The recognition for it from our District was just an added bonus."
Local Democrats host forum
The Fort Mill Democratic Forum will be meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Captain Steve's on Hwy. 21 at Springfield Parkway (opposite the Flint Hill Fire Station). Guest speaker will be Pete Skidmore speaking on Democratic Party prospects in Fort Mill and York County.
Other discussion topics will include reports on the South Carolina Democratic Convention, the Young Democratic Meeting and the South Carolina Independent Living Council Meeting. The meeting includes a self-pay dinner. The public is invited.
Art guild meets
The next Fort Mill Art Guild meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at
The Art Mill, 213 Main Street, Fort Mill.
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The New Fort Mill Elks Lodge meets at the American Legion on the first and third Mondays of the month. Anyone interested in joining the Elks or more information, can contact Exalted Ruler Patrick Coyle at email@example.com or 704-968-7219
Bridge, Lego groups on tap
The York County Education Association will celebrate the school year with its annual End of the Year Bash with the theme "The Sands of Time" 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at the York Electric Co-Op: 1385 East Alexander Love Highway, York.
This event brings together education professionals to honor those in the profession who are retiring and to honor winners of the YCEA Book Scholarships. Enjoy food, fellowship and door prizes. If you are a member of the YCEA and are retiring this year, you are invited to attend. Guest speaker is Aaron Wallace, exec. director of The S.C. Education Association. All local legislators are invited, as well.
The Catawba River Art Guild meets at the Rock Hill Art Council meets 10 a.m. the second Thursday every month. Call Sue at 802-2497.
To anyone interested in crochet or knitting, a local chapter of the Crochet Guild of America meets from 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month at the Fort Mill Public Library. For more information, e-mail Rose Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.carolinaschaingang.com.
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Toastmasters offers educational material on such topics as overcoming the fear of speaking and giving advanced speeches such as roasts and other humorous speeches. Other programs that can provide helpful material are the Better Speaker Series and the Leadership Excellence Series. The Fort Mill chapter meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road in Fort Mill. Call Tim Gunnels at 493-9048 or Andy Hanschu at 704-287-0687.
Down Syndrome support offered
A support group for Fort Mill area residents who have loved ones with Down Syndrome is now available. For more information, call Theresa Marino at 802-0332.