FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence Breakfast Rotary Club is the first Rotary Club in Florence to join the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday morning at the Florence Country Club. Chamber staff and ambassadors joined the Rotary Club for the ribbon cutting and the breakfast meeting following.
The club meets weekly at the Florence Country Club, 450 Country Club Boulevard, at 7:30 a.m.
This club was started in the mid-nineties, said 2021 President Johnny Rishmawi.
The early morning meetings fit best into members’ daily schedules, and members enjoy breakfast and a guest speaker.
Rishmawi said the club joined the chamber because members wanted to be a part of another community-minded organization. Rishmawi said a lot of their members were already affiliated with the chamber through their work and businesses.
“We wanted to be the first Rotary Club in Florence to join the chamber,” he said.
Rotary’s mission is “Service Above Self,” Rishmawi said. He said the goal is to do community service projects that benefit the community.
The club has adopted the “Happy Feet” project as one of its major contributions to children in the community. The club partners with the Boys & Girls Club to make sure its member children have “happy feet” and new shoes.
Rishmawi said the club takes on different project throughout the year. He said the goal is to have all members participating in the community.
During the onset of the COVID pandemic, Rishmawi said, the club fed first responders. The club also helped with the vaccination drive at MUSC Florence.
New members are welcome.