Thursday, September 19, 2013
It’s interesting that neither the Mount Pleasant Town Council nor the Charleston County School District have done what should be the necessary infrastructure studies. I believe the roads on Sullivan’s Island will not be able to handle the increased traffic. And, I believe the wet summer created problems for the sewer system. I wonder what the addition of the school’s population of students, teachers, administrators and staff will do to systems.
Finally, no one has ever explained why the development is going on when the need is so clearly in the northern part of Mount Pleasant. It all seems as though fiduciary responsibilities have been disregarded.
On behalf of all East Cooper Meals on Wheels recipients and the staff, we would like to say thank you to this community for its continued support of our mission. There are so many individuals and businesses who are making it possible for us to feed our neighbors who can’t get to the grocery store or stand at the stove long enough to prepare a good meal. They are depending upon one of our friendly volunteers to arrive on their doorstep Monday through Friday with a balanced meal and a warm smile.
Over the summer, we conducted the “100 Meal Pledge” campaign, asking individuals and businesses to contribute $225 to fund the cost of 100 meals. The response of this community was overwhelming, with more than $35,000 raised to fund the purchase of 15,857 meals. Last year we delivered 137,481 meals, so you can truly see the significant impact of this campaign. For our recipients, the nutrition that we can provide with these gifts will make the difference when it comes to recovering from surgery, staying healthy and aging in place.
Just last week Southern Season, a new member of our community, chose to launch their business by giving back. They donated $7,500 to East Cooper Meals on Wheels and to our friends at East Cooper Community Outreach. We have nearly 500 additional business partners who support us by delivering meals, donating products in kind and making monetary contributions.
The story does not end there. We have more than 300 volunteers who are the heart of our organization. In total, 97 percent of them rate their experience here as good or excellent. These people give their time and energy to pack and deliver meals, help us with fundraising events, answer phones and build meaningful relationships with our recipients.
Without this type of support, we wouldn’t be able to continue delivering meals at no charge to the homebound in Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Daniel Island, Cainhoy and Wando. Our ability to serve is rooted in this community’s willingness to give, and we just want to say thank you for all the support you have provided so far this year, and truly since 1985 when this all began. We look forward to serving you for years to come.
Andrea Ulmer, Board Chair
Richard Garcia, Vice Chair
Bill Flaherty, Secretary
Dr. John Maize, George Durney, Jenny Hanzel, Tessa Spencer, Ed Rose, Dr. Marc New,
Molly Bundy and Ed Robinson
East Cooper Meals on Wheels Board of Directors
A little history
So Daniel Island wants to secede from Berkeley County so their kids can ride bikes to school? It would be such a nice community amenity for kids to be able to walk or ride a bike to school, and Daniel Island would have another revenue-generating selling point. What is so bad about school-busing kids less than half an hour to and from a centrally located school that benefits kids from all the school district?
Perhaps not a widespread fact, but Berkeley County once encompassed Mount Pleasant a little over a hundred years ago, and Charleston County took over the land, abolished the Berkeley County Courthouse, which was in Mount Pleasant as the county seat, and took over the revenues from what was a large piece of coastal Berkeley County. Berkeley County then moved its county seat to a more centralized Moncks Corner. The City of Charleston already claims the entire Cainhoy Peninsula up to Huger on Highwy 41 and collects revenues from that entire area. Where does it stop?
Would just Daniel Island be annexed or would the “annexation” include the other two islands next to Daniel Island; Thomas Island and Poug Island where Blackbaud is located? Would it include the Beresford subdivisions? The quest for revenues drives the annexation attempt; not the school location or the veiled embarrassment that Daniel Islanders allegedly feel at belonging to rural Berkeley County.