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.
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.