Since opening earlier this year, the University of South Carolina’s new School of Law has become the anchor for a “law corridor of Columbia” running along Gervais Street, says dean Rob Wilcox. He told Capital Rotary members on a tour Nov. 29 (he’s at far right in photo) that the legal district also includes the S.C. Supreme Court, the State House and the National Advocacy Center, which trains attorneys from the U.S. Justice Department. The three-story, $80 million law school features 17 classrooms and two realistic courtrooms. Wilcox said its design has a purpose and an impact that goes beyond mere aesthetics. “It’s designed to send a message to our students – it’s not just college anymore,” he explained. “It’s the beginning of your profession. Different things will be expected of students here. There are responsibilities that come with this.” USC’s School of Law is one of the nation’s oldest and the state’s only nonprofit law school. Its new home occupies nearly an entire city block at Bull and Gervais streets. Capital Rotary’s tour was part of the club’s Fifth Wednesday program featuring local field trips in place of a regular meeting.
Do you know about Polio? Take 45 minutes of your life and learn about it. This video was produced on World Polio Day, Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and it give you the most up to date information on the efforts to eliminate this dreaded disease.
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Chapin High School Principal Akil Ross was named 2018 National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)’s. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise and has been the principal at the school for seven years. The association praised Ross for significant improvement in graduation rates and academic proficiency. That improvements happened after he helped raise money to provide extra instruction for struggling students to reduce dropouts, the group said. He pushes for social as well as academic development among students, encouraging volunteer efforts that improve the Lexington County community and areas around it. Ross is known for what he calls the six Rs: “Ready to learn, Respectful to others, Responsible to ourselves, Rigor in teaching, Relevance in learning and meaningful Relationships among students, faculty and staff.” His message to students and staff is: “We are a thousand passions with one heartbeat.” It’s a motto that he says will foster an environment where students are challenged academically while pursuing interests. Congratulations to Rotarian Akil Ross on this achievement.
Do you worry about Alzheimer’s? We do not have a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but we must find one. Finding a cure starts with you. Every year the CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) Fund gives research grants focused on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Rotary District 7770 sponsored an Alzheimer’s Gala at the Gaillard Center in Charleston in July to have fun and to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. Thanks to many people dedicated to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, the event raised $12,320. A check representing the funds raised through the gala was presented to Roger Ackerman for the CART Fund on Tuesday, September 25.
Today the Florence Breakfast Rotary Club welcomed two new members to our club. Johnny Rishmawi and Jerry Poston were inducted into the club. Johnny was sponsored by Gerry Braun (Past President) and Jerry was sponsored by Jay Lavrinc (Current President). Welcome Johnny and Jerry to Rotary. We are looking forward to your involvement in Rotary and the community.
(Cayce) The Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) Rotary Club recognized 3 outstanding local high school students with $1500.00 scholarships each at their club Tuesday lunch meeting.
The students competed at their respective high schools and were selected among a distinguished group of applicants. The selected students all represent academic excellence, involvement in extracurricular activities and most importantly the Rotary’s motto of “Service above Self.”
The recipients of the CWC Rotary Scholarships for 2017 are: Miss Kellie Wooten of Airport High School who plans to attends the University of SC/Aiken, Mr. Robert Frederick of Swansea High School who plans to attend Clemson University and Mr. Zion Carroway of Brookland-Cayce High School who plans to attend Furman University.
Monthly, the CWC Rotary Club recognized high school Students of the Month for their scholarship, leadership, sportsmanship and for their community service. The club provides four $1500.00 scholarships a year for local students as part of the club’s service to the community.
Image attached: Mr. Robert Frederick, Swansea High School; Mr. Neil Stalker, Rotary Scholarship Chair; Mr. Keith Finley, Rotary Club President; Miss Kellie Wooten, Airport High School and Mr. Zion Carroway, Brookland Cayce High School
The Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) Rotary has been serving the community since 1962. CWC Rotary meets Tuesdays for Lunch from 1:00 -2:00pm at the Brookland Baptist Church Conference Center, West Columbia. The mission of the CWC Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance understanding, goodwill and peace through it fellowship of community leaders. Please visit the CWC Rotary Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CWCrotary/ for additional information or to inquire about being a lunch guest at an upcoming meeting.
Rotarians get tips on social media management
Rotarian Katherine Anderson welcomes public relations expert Robert Butt as the guest speaker for a Capital Rotary Club meeting. Butt, president/chief creative officer for Marking Performance, LLC, has 32 years of experience in branding and strategic communications. He briefed club members on “outrage management” – how a business or organization can best respond to complaints voiced on the internet and on social media. Butt has been recognized for public service by the American Advertising Federation and received an “Aid to Advertising Education” Award from the University of South Carolina, where he’s also an adjunct professor in the College of Mass Communication & Information Studies.
The St. George Rotary Club recently held it’s end of year banquet. We were very proud to recognize our club Secretary, Cathy Byron, as Rotarian of the Year! Cathy has been the backbone of the club for several years as our Secretary. She is involved in every activity that the club has, attends all conferences and training sessions, keeps the club on track, and so much more! Congratulations Cathy!
The Rotary Club of Spring Valley begins another Rotary year with great leadership by our elected officers: Marty Wells, President, Monica Geyer, Secretary, Stevie Johnson, President-Elect and Wayne Magee, Vice President. Not pictured are Immediate Past President Wendy Fuess and treasurer Theresa Todd. Thanks for your leadership!
Rotary Club of Florence provided over $10,000 in grants to local non-profits in FY 2016/17. The recipients include Junior Leadership of Florence County, Friends of Revolutionary Rivers, Florence Darlington Technical College’s Weird Wonderful Science Camp, Chrysalis Center, Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Pee Dee, and Mercy Medicine.