Vocational Service Activities
  • Employee of the Year

Each year the Club presents an Employee of the Year Award as an important means of recognition for employees in the Beaufort community who contribute to civic and community efforts. 


  • Col. Jesse L. Altman Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement

This award is given to a law enforcement officer with the City of Beaufort, City of Port Royal Beaufort, County Sheriff's Department, the South Carolina Highway Patrol, or the SC Department of Natural Resources. The award was established in 1973 by retired Marine Colonel Jesse Altman who was the Beaufort Chief of Police for 18 years. 


  • Military Persons of the Year

    In recognition of the special relationship that exists between the military and the city, the Rotary Club of Beaufort annually sponsors a "Military Persons of the Year" Award to honor members of the Armed Forces stationed in the Beaufort area for their outstanding contribution and involvement in military and local civic activities. Each honoree is nominated as most deserving by their respective commanders from among the many military personnel stationed at our nearby bases. The awardees are given an engraved plaque and a check to mark their achievement.

  • Rotary Reader

Rotary members volunteer to work with individual students at elementary schools to help them enhance their reading skills. Those who participate are also encouraged to provide mentoring to the students as well as general guidance. Rotarian Bob Cummins introduced the program in 1991 at Lady’s Island Elementary School following a program that had been initiated at the Rotary Club of Hilton Head. The program was moved to Coosa Elementary School in 1995.

  • Scholarships

  • Lt. Gen. George I. Forsythe USA, Scholarships

The Club awards at least three scholarships each year to outstanding Beaufort students who will enter college in the fall or to recent winners who are attending college. The award was established in memory of Lieutenant General George Forsythe who retired to Beaufort from the Army and became an active member of the community and president of this Rotary Club.

  • Vocational Scholarship

Each year the club awards a scholarship to a student who has chosen to further his or her education via technical training in today's technology-based workforce. The scholarship of $1,000 will assist the student as he or she pursues an education at a post-secondary technical school, college or university.