Rotary District 7770 Governor Gary Bradham will be guest speaker at the Wednesday, Aug. 9 Capital Rotary Club meeting. Bradham, a retired Air Force officer, has been a Myrtle Beach Rotary member since 2005 and previously served in district posts for membership and finance. He’s a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute and received several District Service-Above-Self Awards. District 7770 includes 80 clubs and about 5,000 Rotarians in 25 eastern counties of South Carolina.
EJ Newby (second from left) and Carol Caulk (far right) are welcomed to Capital Rotary membership, flanked by their respective sponsors, Craig Lemrow and Ione Cockrell. They’ve both been active in other clubs – Newby in Florence Rotary, where he was a board member and took part in a host of service projects, and Caulk in Columbia’s Main Street Rotary, where she was membership chairman and a board member. Newby is major gifts officer for Midlands Technical College and has been a Sunday school teacher for Northside Baptist Church. He and his wife, Mary, have three adult sons and five grandchildren. Caulk is director of workplace safety and wellness for Agape Hospice and LTC Health Solutions, with an extensive record of community service. She’s a 2009 graduate of Leadership Columbia, the treasurer for First Thursdays on Main Street and a board member for South Carolina’s Employers Advocate Association. She and her husband – Columbia Rotary member Glen Paul Caulk – have three children.
Rotary members make a difference in the world because they are people of action, doing good in the spirit of service above self. That’s the message Rotary District 7770 Gov. Gary Bradham delivered to Capital Rotarians at their weekly breakfast meeting Aug. 9. An Air Force veteran and Rotarian for more than 10 years, Bradham said the organization’s “power and value” is in collective accomplishments that exceed what each club member might achieve alone. His goals as leader of 4,000 Rotarians districtwide include supporting club effectiveness and strength, promoting humanitarian service, and boosting Rotary’s public image and awareness. Capital Rotary was the 26th club Bradham has visited since becoming governor earlier this summer. He and club president Blake DuBose (left in photo) also promoted attendance at next year’s district conference.
Capital Rotary program committee members Philip Flynn (left) and Mike Montgomery welcome guest speaker Elisa Strickler to the club’s Aug. 2 breakfast meeting. Strickler, who holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina, is the Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation’s grants and programs specialist. She explained how the foundation provides finance, education, technology and bereavement support to patients and families facing terminal illness. Since its founding in Spartanburg in 2000, the foundation has grown to serve and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of families in every county of South Carolina.
Its connection to the local community was a key reason the Richland Library earned a 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor our nation gives to such institutions. That was the message Georgia Coleman delivered as guest speaker at Capital Rotary’s July 26th club meeting. Coleman, chief customer officer, said the library is no longer just a repository of information, but also a place where patrons can learn, create and share their knowledge and skills with others. She outlined plans for branch library renovations and re-openings for 2017-2018, including a new Edgewood neighborhood facility in Columbia. Coleman said the library system is now recording over a million customer visits a year and expects continued program growth.
Capital Rotary president Blake DuBose (right) congratulates club members Katherine Anderson and Paul Gillam for their latest donations to The Rotary Foundation, the international service club’s charitable corporation that funds programs for world understanding and peace. Anderson and Gillam have earned designation as Paul Harris Fellow plus-one contributors (signifying a $1,000 initial donation, plus an additional gift of $1,000). Gillam has been a Rotarian for more than 10 years, while Anderson joined the club in 2009.