Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments Receives National Association of Development Organizations 2016 Innovation Award
Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments based in Georgetown has received a 2016 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Waccamaw Sports Classic.
The Waccamaw Sports Classic is a local, quality sports “competition” for active seniors from 50 to 100+ years. It is an annual event that has been taking place in the Waccamaw Region for nine years. The local “games” feed into state and national senior games. The games are sanctioned by the South Carolina Senior Sports Classic and National Senior Games Association. Winners from the Classic are eligible to compete in the South Carolina Senior Sports Classic.
Modeled after the Olympics Games, the Classic enables seniors to come together and compete in sanctioned athletic events including: track and field; horse shoes; spin casting; pickle ball; corn hole and much more. Other activities are offered for our less athletic seniors so everyone can enjoy the day. The students of Coastal Carolina University earn academic credits for their role in planning, and implementing, the games each year. Students also offer educational health seminars to WSC athletes throughout the day.
The event is for seniors from Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg counties. The day-long Classic includes friendly sporting competitions, educational sessions, and social events. This year’s event stretched into two days of competition to accommodate our pickle ball tournament which included many seniors from leagues throughout our region.
In addition to the benefits for seniors, the implementation of a Sports Classic Program, strengthens the region’s senior programming for older adults. Community service groups, volunteers and sponsoring organizations/corporations work together and actively promote, healthy aging.
NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities.
Award-winning projects were honored during NADO’s 2016 Annual Training Conference, held Oct. 15-18 in San Antonio, Texas. The 2016 class of award recipients consists of 96 projects spanning 28 states. These projects are presented in an interactive “Story Map” developed by NADO and Esri and include project summaries, funding information, and partners. The Story Map is available online at: https://www.nado.org/innovation-awards/.
For more information about this award-winning project, contact Justin Blomdahl at 843-436-6123.
Sunrise Rotary Club inducts dual member
On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club inducted their first Rotaract/Rotary Dual member, Theresa Calabrese. Theresa is a college student at Coastal Carolina University and the president of the Rotaract Club.
AIA Grand Strand Service Awards issued
The AIA Grand Strand Service Awards were created to honor extraordinary service to the profession and our community by our members or other individuals worthy of recognition. This year we recognized five individuals for their contributions to the profession at the annual AIA/CSI Products Fair held on October 13, 2016.
The Member Service Award was honored to Tom Pegram of Pegram Architects. The Member Service Award recognizes the work of architects who, by their skill, professionalism, dedication, ability and commitment, and/or volunteer contributions have consistently advanced the common goals of AIA Grand Strand. Pegram attended Georgia Institute of Technology, opened his own firm in Statesville, N.C, and his career was interrupted when he was drafted by the Army and moved to Nuremberg, Germany, where he served as a French interpreter and analyst at a top-secret document center. After his service, Pegram moved back to Statesville where he re-opened his firm concentrating on residential and commercial markets. In 1982, Pegram was approached by local Myrtle Beach architect, Harrold Riddle, who was looking to retire. Pegram bought the practice and began operating it in conjunction with the Statesville firm. Pegram soon decided it was time to move to Myrtle Beach full time. Pegram and his team worked on numerous notable projects on the Grand Strand, many of which won national awards, including: The Carolina Opry, Dixie Stampede, The Alabama Theater, Seawatch Resort, Camelot, Breakers Towers, Crown Reef Resort, the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, and the Grand Dunes Beach Club. After being diagnosed with Acute Leukemia, Pegram finally decided at the age of 84 to retire in March of 2015. While Pegram greatly misses working with clients, he is grateful for the mark he has made on Myrtle Beach.
Other honorees at the event included Joel Carter of Carter Architecture was given the Citizen Architect Award for his 29 years of service on the Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation; Benjamin Ward of Curtis Group Architects received the Emerging Professional Award; Cynthia Unrue of Miller Design Services was presented the Service Award; and Debby Jenkins of Tyson Sign Company was awarded the Sponsor of the Year.
The AIA Grand Strand Chapter is a professional organization of Architects and Design Professionals, comprising of 50 members.
Community hosts Living History Day
Living History Day was held Nov. 5 at the original site of The Ark Plantation in Surfside Beach.
The guest speaker was Congressman James E. "Jim" Clyburn.
Other guest speakers were Lee Brockington, Susan Hoffer McMillan, Ron Daise, Ben Burroughs, Mayor Bob Childs, Stephen Goldfinch, Russell Fry. Music by Deonte Myers and church choir of Saint James United Methodist Church and other community church members.
Serving the Deserving
At VFW Calabash Post No. 7288 it was a case of "Serving the Deserving" when The Warrior Ride Coastal Carolina Tour ended the last leg of their ride at the Post where nearly 60 riders and staff enjoyed a sturdy lunch of meat loaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll and a beverage of their choice. The Warrior Ride was founded in North Carolina by Oak Island's Bob Racine and his late wife Debra ten years ago and as VFW Calabash Post #7288 Commander Rick Arvonio said before the meal was served "We've been waiting for you and looking forward to when you'd be here," a sentiment shared by Calabash Mayor Mary Knight who told them "You are appreciated beyond words."
The lunch at the Post has become a staple of The Warrior Ride each year and the pleasure of having these disabled veterans grows each time they return. The riders use specially fitted bicycles to make their treks in various locations throughout the United States and by doing so take increasing pride in their skills and redefine their capabilities. There’s no cost to the service members in the ride and all expenses are paid through donations and grants.
Some of these riders come back year after year and are an inspiration to VFW Calabash Post #7288 members as they witness the increasing confidence and determination that each rider displays.
As Post Commander Arvonio said, we can't wait until you come back.
Rotary Club welcomes CCU’s Hogue
The Rotary Club of Little River welcomed Matt Hogue, the Director of Athletics at Coastal Carolina University, to address the members at their weekly meeting on Oct. 19. Matt discussed the success of the athletic programs at Coastal, and the new affiliation with the Sun Belt Conference. This affiliation will benefit the school academically and athletically in the future. At the end of his discussion, he was presented with a contribution to the Coastal Carolina Athletic Foundation. Pictured from left to right is Dana Black, President of the Rotary Club, Matt Hogue, Director of Athletics at Coastal Carolina and Craig Hill, Past District Governor.