The Rotary Club of Daniel Island (RCDI) is a vibrant service organization of 100 people with a common interest and passion for giving to the surrounding community and fostering goodwill through fundraising, volunteerism, fellowship, and learning. Club members hail from diverse backgrounds and geographies. They are young men and women starting careers, people who are new to Daniel Island looking for friendship, and former business leaders wanting to use their expertise, talent, and time to give to others.
Rotary supports causes in seven important areas to maximize the organization’s impact in our communities and around the world:
- Promoting peace
- Fighting disease
- Providing clean water
- Saving mothers and children
- Supporting education
- Growing local economies
- Supporting the environment
Club members can choose from a number of committees, many aligned with the above service areas, providing opportunities for giving to causes that resonate with personal interests and passions.
A key way Rotary invests in our future is by empowering young leaders, helping them learn leadership skills, and giving them opportunities to have cross-cultural experiences. Rotary offers youth exchanges, scholarship programs, and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards to demonstrate a commitment to our youth. Many young students have benefitted from the scholarship program of the RCDI.
The Charleston Duck Race is the annual signature fundraising event of the RCDI in collaboration with other local Rotary Clubs. Each year, 30,000+ rubber ducks race to win, with the winning duck paying out $22,000 in prize money to the ‘duck adopters’ while providing needed funds for local charities. Since its inception, the race has raised $2 million for charities serving low country families in need. Last year, the race raised more than $130,000. The beneficiaries for this year’s race include Baldwin Carson Community Outreach, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Feeding of the Multitudes, Girls on the Run, Shifa Clinic, and our Rotary Club of Daniel Island Scholarship Program.
RCDI meets weekly on Wednesdays at 7:30 am via Zoom, with a hybrid in-person and Zoom meeting every other week at the Daniel Island Club and Blackbaud Headquarters. Breakfast is provided. Each week, a guest expert from the surrounding area speaks about a relevant and timely topic of interest to members. Anyone interested in attending a meeting can see their full schedule which is available on the Rotary website HERE.