Pictured our James Furry retired supervisory Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of investigation ,his wife and President Angelica Senn .Jim brought us up-to-date with what’s happening currently in the FBI he went over his extensive career of over 40 years of service This service included surveillance of a Russian officer countering Italian organize crime in the US and developing an overall strategy to prevent money laundering in the United States In view of today’s headlines it was a very interesting topic and the Chicora Rotary was very pleased to have Mr. fury as a speaker Mr. Furry has published his memoirs in a book called Fidelity Bravery and Integrity, My Story.
On July 18th we inducted our first new member of the 2018/2019 Rotary year, Jamal Singleton. Jamal is a mortgage loan officer with Bank of America originally from Port Royal, SC moving to Columbia in 1999. Jamal was inspired to be a Rotarian so that he can support our community service projects. He is sponsored by Deraux Branch. Welcome Jamal (to the right of membership director Sharleen Craig).
Attached please find a photos from the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island about the installation of our club’s new officers and directors, headed by President Larry Sanders, our club’s first African American President, and also about the installation of our club member David Tirard as District Governor for Rotary District 7770. District Governor Tirard is being installed by club member Bernie Reidel who is a former District Governor.
Spring Valley Rotary Club held their year end party on June 19th at Spring Valley Country Club. The Party was a celebration of 40 years as a club and the completion of 40 service projects in the Rotary year in honor of the 40 years. Since Spring Valley was chartered in 1978, our theme for the evening was, Disco Time. Jennifer Reed’s team did a wonderful job with decorations, please see attached picture. Marty Wells, the outgoing President was the emcee for the evening and did a great job. 4 past presidents from the 4 different decades gave remarks. For those of you on Facebook, this link will take you to the video of the evening, Rotary Club of Spring Valley, Year End Party Video on Facebook
A huge shout out needs to go to Michael Burney, Spring Valley Rotarian, for putting this video together. We look forward to another exciting year, Spring Valley Rotary kicks off the new Rotary new with meeting on July 12th.
Spring Valley Rotary Club has scheduled a Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, July 24 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church located at 125 Sparkleberry Lane in Northeast Columbia.
Donors need to be a minimum of 17 years of age and in general good health. Individuals who are 16 years of age can donate if accompanied by a parent. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
To make an appointment, call Diane Junis at (803) 873-0254 or sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org. (Type in the sponsor code of SV Rotary and follow the directions.) Appointments are strongly encouraged and walk-ins may need to wait. For questions regarding donor eligibility, call the Red Cross at (803) 251-6000.
RapidPass allows you to start the blood donation process from the comfort of your home or office and save time at the donation site. Please visit: redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to read and complete your medical history the day of your scheduled donation. Then print your RapidPass and bring it with you or show it on your mobile device.
Main Street Rotary Members Highlight Downtown Columbia District for Foreign Dignitary
On July 5th, Members of Main Street Rotary Club (MSRC) of Columbia assembled to highlight the revitalization of downtown Columbia district to visiting Consulate-General of Japan, Mr. Takashi (Thomas) Shinozuka, who is also a fellow Rotarian from Atlanta Rotary Club. Mr. Shinozuka was in Columbia to meet with Representative Joe Wilson. As the Consulate General of Japan, Mr. Shinozuka is tasked to strengthen economic and cultural relations between Japan and the United States, particularly with the four states in his jurisdiction: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Mr. Shinozuka reports that more than 1,300 Japan-related businesses are located within the Southeast, and some 20,000 Japanese national have chosen to call the Southeast home.
The hosting group included the following members of MSRC: President Matthew Morrison; Karel Givens, Jeremy Becraft, Scott Middleton and Patricia Junqueira. Karel Givens is Vice President of Administration and Development with City Center Partnership, a nonprofit organization that promotes downtown economic development. Jeremy Becraft is Mast General Store Manager, downtown Columbia ‘s pioneer retailer. He is also on the board of City Center Partnership, and First Thursday on Main. Scott Middleton is the founder and chief executive of Agape Senior and LTC Health Solutions, headquartered on Main Street. He is also a major catalyst/developer for downtown Columbia’s district with restaurants (Michael’s, Good Life Café), retail (Shops on Main), wellness studio (ReVive), entertainment (The Grand) among other businesses spaces on the 1600 block of Main Street. Patricia Junqueira is Vice President of Business Services with First Community Bank, with an office in the downtown Columbia district.
Pictured: Scott Middleton, Patricia Junqueira, Matt Morrison, Mr. Shinozuka, Karel Givens and Jeremy Becraft.
For information, please contact MSRC President Matthew Morrison at MSRCpresident2018@gmail.com.
Consulate General’s website: http://www.atlanta.us.emb-japan.go.jp/CGshinozuka_aisatsu_E.html
Pictured are Pres. Blakely Roof , speakers Diane and Richard Ernst, and Rotarian Sponsor Alice Yorkis The Chicora Rotary was honored to have a Vietnam Combat Veteran, who received 2 purple hearts and a Silver Star for his courage in combat . The Silver Star medal is given for conspicuous valor while in combat. It is the 3rd highest decoration for valor given by the military. His wife spoke about the Quilts of Valor that can be given to all military veterans who have served during a time of conflict affecting the U.S.. This outstanding organization has quilted over 193,000 quilts and given them free of charge to anyone who has served in the military. Several Chicora rotarians have received or are into the process to receive these quilts.
On June 6, two outstanding Rotarians were recognized at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Cheraw. Trae Michael was selected as Rotarian of the Year and Mel West received the Avenues of Service Citation for Individual Rotarians. Both recipients received plaques for their service.
Trae is the incoming club president for 2018-2019. During 2017-2018, Trae was the membership committee co-chair, lead for the club’s barbecue fundraiser, and worked long hours at the golf tournament major fundraiser. He volunteered with other club members to work at Pee Dee Coalition and presented dictionaries to multiple classrooms of third graders throughout Chesterfield county in completion of the district grant project. Trae worked tirelessly with the members of each committee in order to be a successful incoming club president. (Photos show Trae receiving his Rotarian of the Year pin from president Hough and a group photo with Incoming AG Sherrie Chapman, Hough, Mel & Trae).
Mel is a former club president and currently serves on the board of directors for the club. As fundraising chair, she was lead for the St. Patrick’s Day Event and greatly exceeded our sales in previous years. Along with other club members, Mel volunteered at McArn Food Bank in completion of the district grant project. She attended the district conference this year and will become club president in 2020-2021. She is an active recruiter for new members for our club.
Mel consistently demonstrates support of the Object of Rotary through participation in service activities in each of the five Avenues of Service: Club, Vocational, Community, International, and Youth.
We commend Trae and Mel for their accomplishments!