I was honored to be with Gabby Grabenbauer and Suzan from Beaufort, SC at their induction into the Arch Klumph Society yesterday at Rotary International headquarter in Evanston.
Here is a photo of Rotarian Jason Atkinson addressing 378 third grade students at Myrtle Beach Elementary as Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach presented student dictionaries to each student. 20 Rotarians were there and talked about the ideals of Rotary in Myrtle Beach and world wide.
Rotary Club was happy to provide chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, fruit and desserts to the homeless and residents of the Northwest Quadrant of Beaufort. This is a quarterly service project that we truly enjoy being a part of. Many people show up for food and fellowship where we start the evening all standing in a circle with prayer before the meal is served.
The Rotary Club of Lexington recently inducted officers and members of its board. Pictured left to right are Treasurer Kevin Adams, Secretary Ryan Slattery, board member Ken Lake, President Gary Deese, board member Kerry Brown, Vice President Allison Ford, Sgt. at Arms Ryan Holt, board members Craig Lemrow, Clare Hodge, Mike Clarke and Paul Scott and Immediate Past President Greg David.
Two community organizations, Health Learners and Indian Waters Council were recognized by the Five Points Rotary Club and its President, Teri Stomski, recently for their contributions to the people of Columbia, South Carolina. Healthy Learners received a contribution of $5,000. Indian Waters Council received $1,000.
Jo Pauling-Jones, Executive Director, and Todd Buchrig, Director of Development, are pictured with Five Points Rotary President Teri Stomski accepting on behalf of Healthy Learners. Evan Cook, with Rotarian John Tjaarda, accepted the Jamie McCue Memorial Scholarship from President Teri on behalf of the Indian Waters Council.
Healthy Learners provides assistance to children in public schools who need eye glasses and other healthcare assistance. The Indian Waters Council supports Scouting, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorer Scouts in the Columbia Region.
The Rotary Club of Five Points, founded in the 1950s, provides business leaders with opportunities to learn about their community and the world and has a motto of “Service Above Self”. Around the world Rotary is working to eradicate polio and to provide safe water supplies to people in South America, Africa and elsewhere. Rotary also provides scholarships to college students who study for a year abroad at the university of their choice.
The Five Points Rotary Club recognizes community needs and provides financial support to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations in Richland County.
Each year, this Rotary Club donates over $20,000 to community organizations.
It is my pleasure to announce that Rotary Foundation Chair Elect Ray Klinginsmith has appointed Kay Oldhouser Davis from District 7770 and South Carolina to assume the role of Zone 33 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for a three year term beginning July 1, 2015.
Kay will be replacing Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator Ron Ferrill. Kay will attend the Regional Leaders Training Institute with other new coordinators, in March of next year, at Rotary International headquarters in Evanston. As Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Kay will be part of the Zone 33 Coordinator Team along with Rotary Coordinator Paula Matthews and Rotary Public Image Coordinator Sue Poss.
Yours in Rotary Service,
The Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club recently announced its scholarship winners for 2014-15. This year’s scholarship recipients were: Tiffany McCray (Georgetown High School), Spencer Owens (Carver Bay High School), and Taylor Mercer (Mike Rogers Memorial Scholarship).
Kent Vanier, Chairman of the Georgetown Rotary Club’s Scholarship Committee, said the selection process for the scholarship recipients is never easy, but this year’s awards went to some very deserving Georgetown students. Vanier said the $1,000 scholarships are awarded to senior students from Georgetown and Carvers Bay High schools. The criteria used in the initial selection process include academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community activities, written description of future personal, educational and professional plans, and a financial needs form. The schools’ guidance counselors assist in the screening process and the Club Scholarship Committee makes the final decision.
The Mike Rogers Memorial Scholarship was established by the Rogers family to honor Mike Rogers, a sports reporter for the Georgetown Times. The $500 scholarship is given to a deserving student with an athletic or band background who meet the other criteria for the award.
The Cayce-West Columbia Rotary had reason to celebrate at its July 24th
the initial visit the by the District Governor Dr. Jimmie Williamson who has an impressive and
diverse background. Jimmie has been a Rotarian since 1996 having served as President of the
Cheraw club, President-Elect of the Kingstree club, Assistant District Governor for 3 years, and
member of the nominating committee and the finance committee. He has an undergraduate
and master’s degree from Winthrop University, a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina
and is an author of Roadways To Success, a text book for underprepared college students.
Jimmie spent 28 years in higher education as President of 2 technical colleges, left for a 6 year
period in the business/healthcare world working at Agape Senior and currently works as the
System President/CEO of the South Carolina Technical College System. He became District
Governor this year for Area 7770.
Secondly, during his visit, Dr. Williamson inducted the first new member of the year to the
Cayce-West Columbia Rotary: Ms. Stephanie Jordan. Stephanie is the West Columbia Branch
Manager of the Safe Federal Credit Union and brings a unique spirit which is sure to be an
access to the club.
We are excited about this 2014-2015 year at the Cayce-West Columbia Rotary as we celebrate
60 years of “Service above Self”. The Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club meets Tuesday
afternoons at the Brookland Baptist Banquet Center. For additional information, please contact
Chappelle Broome, President, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
meeting. Firstly, it was
Pictured: Chappelle Broome, President of Cayce- West Columbia Rotary, Stephanie Jordan,
(center) newest member of the club and Dr. Jimmie Williamson, District Governor
At the Rotary Club of Lake Murray Irmo meeting on July 16, 2014 Jimmie Williamson, District 7770 governor 2014-2015 spoke about ‘Light up Rotary’ and the plans for the 2014-2015 year. Pictured below from left to right: Rod Funderburk, District 7770 Governor Elect 2015-2016, Jimmie Williamson District 7770 Governor 2014-2015, and Johnny Moore Assistant Governor Area 3. We were so fortunate to have all three together for this motivating meeting!