The speaker at the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo meeting for the February 13, 2013 was Bo Bowman. Bo is a private pilot who volunteers to fly for Angel Flight Soars, which is a non-profit charitable organization of pilots, volunteers, and friends created by a group of pilots who believe in the benefit of volunteering. The organization arranges free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need. This service is available to individuals, and health care organizations. Angel Flight Soars serves the community by flying patients to distant medical facilities, delivering supplies to disaster areas and reuniting families during desperate times. Angel Flight Soars serves six states including South Carolina and they performed over 2500 missions in 2012. They link with similar organizations in other states when asked to transport people outside of the Southeast.
Pictured above, Bo Bowman & Club President Larry Stohs.
South Carolina State Senator John Courson spoke at Rotary Club of the Vista Night on Tuesday, February 6th. Sen. John Courson, a Republican representing Richland County and part of Lexington County, is one of the esteemed senior members of the state’s Senate. He presently serves as President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina Senate and is second in line to the governorship, following the lieutenant governor in succession to the position. Senator Courson spoke and answered questions about the state’s budget, the direction of partisan politics, education, taxes, and a host of other issues. One of the club’s members, Will Stork, is a former page for Sentator Courson and shared some of his fond memories from his time working for the senator many years prior.
The Goose Creek Rotary Club has started 2013 with many activities and programs.
We delivered 500 dictionaries to three local elementary schools on December,
Our annual Rotary Christmas Celebration was December 11th at a member’s
home. Fun and fellowship was had by all in attendance.
On February 2, 2013, Rotary members volunteered and participated in The Callen-
Lacey Center for Children Oyster Roast.
In the February 5, 2013 meeting, Deb Walworth was recognized for perfect
attendance for 2 years. Tom Martin was recognized for perfect attendance for 29
Several speakers that have attended Rotary and presented are:
Lindsay Street, Editor of The Goose Creek Patch.
Kenneth Harrell, with Joye Law Firm
Mac Burdette, Executive Director of Patriots Point
Jimmy Gibbs of the Capital City Rotary Club appeared on WIS Columbia with Dawndy Mercer Plank to discuss the Coins for Alzheimer’s Trust project.
WATCH CLIP HERE: http://youtu.be/_8F7hGwFXBg
During Jimmy’s visit to the studio, he also met six year old Emma Ashley, a student shadowing Dawndy Mercer for the day. Emma dropped 4 quarters into the bucket to support CART.
VIDEO INVITATION (not to be missed) REGISTRATION LINK
FRIDAY, MARCH 22
12:00PM Opening Luncheon
3:00 PM Plenary Session I
7:30 PM Dinner/Dance “Texas Two-Step” Country/Western Attire Suggested
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
8:30 AM Plenary Session II
11:00 AM Plenary Session III
2:00 PM Community Service Project
6:00 PM Awards Dinner, Black Tie Optional
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
9:00 AM Worship/Necrology Service
10:00 AM Plenary Session IV
Additional information on this event is available on the District Database. (click the Calendar tab at the top)
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA (January 28, 2013) – Jim Hudson, founder and principal of Jim Hudson Automotive Group, and Charter Member (1981) of the Columbia East Rotary Club was recently presented with the coveted Order of the Palmetto by South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley.
Pictured from L – R: Governor Nikki R. Haley with Sybil & Jim Hudson (Photo credit – Clark Berry Photography)
“On behalf of the people of South Carolina, I am pleased to award Jim Hudson the Order of the Palmetto – our state’s highest civilian honor. This award is in recognition of his extraordinary work and dedication to the citizens of our state,” said Governor Nikki R. Haley.
The Order of the Palmetto is considered to be the highest civilian honor first awarded in 1971 to recognize a person’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the State of South Carolina. Past recipients of the Order of the Palmetto include singer James Brown, author Pat Conroy, tap dancer Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates, Civil Rights activist Septima Clark, among many others including past governors.
A native of Turkey, North Carolina, Hudson moved to Columbia, South Carolina in 1961, where through hard work and experience, he successfully built a portfolio of automotive dealerships known today as Jim Hudson Automotive Group.
Hudson’s dedication to customer satisfaction is indisputable. For ten consecutive years, 2001-2010, his Columbia Lexus dealership ranked number one or two in the nation for customer satisfaction. Hudson’s consistently high customer service rating was a major factor in Toyota’s selection process when it came time to award another dealership in Columbia.
Hudson’s dealerships have received many awards, including the Lexus Elite highest honors for the past ten years, the President’s Award highest honors for Toyota, and Cadillac Buick GMC highest award for Excellence.
Among the most important things in Hudson’s life is his family. He and Sybil, his wife of 49 years, have two sons, Ken and Keith, and six grandchildren.
Hudson believes it is important to monitor laws and proposed legislation that might affect the many employees of the automotive industry and their families. “We must be one voice on the local and national level to protect our free enterprise system and the small business people of America,” he says. Backing up his beliefs with action, Hudson has been active in industry organizations and has been an automobile dealer spokesman for political issues in South Carolina and in Washington, DC. In 2008, he was the Chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association and lobbied in Washington, DC for import dealers throughout the United States. Hudson continues to be involved in lobbying Washington, D.C. on the behalf of small businesses not only in South Carolina, but nationwide.
Hudson has served on several dealer council boards for his franchises, advertising boards, SCADA (past president) and other state associations. He has received the Rotary Foundation President’s Award and is a Paul Harris Fellow. In 30 years of membership, he has perfect attendance.
Hudson works with the state’s community colleges on automotive training and funds scholarships for high school seniors. He has been awarded #1 new car dealer in South Carolina and voted #1 by the State newspaper for the past 10 years. He has been featured in Time Magazine three different times and most recently in the September 2008 issue as the Time Magazine Quality Dealer of the Year. He has been awarded Motor Trend Quality Dealer of the Year and is listed in the Automotive Hall of Fame.
He has served the Columbia community in many ways, including as member of the Chamber of Commerce board, Cultural Council board and Rotary Club. He has also served as a sponsor for such charities as Sunshine for Children, the Heart Association, the National Kidney Foundation, the Salvation Army and Woodyard Fund, the Oliver Gospel Mission, Meals on Wheels, Harvest Hope, and the Boy Scouts of America Indian Waters Council.
Hudson’s commitment to his community has been demonstrated through acts of kindness in providing numerous cars and trucks to countless of families in need.
As a devoted Christian businessman, Hudson is keenly aware of life’s trials and tribulations. That’s why Hudson Automotive Group has partnered with Corporate Chaplains of America to administer to the needs and fellowship on a voluntary basis to more than 500 employees.
At all his stores – over 500 employees have access to a minister on a moment’s notice, a service that will always remain personal and confidential.
As a result of Hudson’s leadership and the talented individuals that comprise his team, Automotive News Recognized Jim Hudson Automotive Group as one of the top 125 dealership groups in The United States.
Chicora Rotary “New Members Round Up”
Club membership has been divided into 6 “Gangs”, each responsible to lasso as many new members as possible. The Rotarian with the most new members each month wins a prize.
The team with the most new members at the end roundup wins a prime Western luncheon while all other members relish their chuck-wagon chili and cornbread.
Check out the Chicora Rotary website for more info: http://www.chicorarotary.com/
The January 2013 Teacher of the Month is first grade teacher, Ms. Erika Lerro. Here is what staff members had to say about her: “Ms. Lerro is always willing to help and does an awesome job with her students. She contributes so much of her personal time to the James Simons family and always maintains professionalism and courtesy … and what a fabulous smile!”
Bryce Jones is a fourth grader at James Simons Elementary School and is the January Student of the Month. His teacher, Ms. Lentz, says, “Bryce is a very bright young man who is always trying his hardest in class. He earns his PBIS points every day and I enjoy having him in my class.” PBIS points are positive behavior points that students receive each day for following procedures and expectations correctly. A student can earn a maximum of 20 points per day and Bryce always earns the total!
Each month, the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston is proud to choose from their partner school, James Simons, a teacher and a student who are exemplary and to honor them for their contributions to their educational environment.