Rotary Leader Encourages Foundation Support

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Apr 252018

Donors to the Rotary Foundation are supporting positive change for communities around the world, according to Deborah Burt, a Bluffton Rotarian since 2007 and Capital Rotary’s guest speaker on April 25.  Burt (at right in photo with Felicia Maloney) is Paul Harris Society chair for District 7770 in eastern South Carolina.  Society members donate at least $1,000 yearly to the Rotary Foundation, the international service club’s charitable fund for world understanding and peace programs.  Burt said the Paul Harris Society – named in honor of the Chicago attorney who founded Rotary in 1905 – was established in 1999 and has about 20,000 participants worldwide.  There are 315 Society supporters in District 7770, including seven in Capital Rotary.  Burt said the Columbia area club also has 56 Paul Harris Fellows – giving at least $100 annually to the Foundation – plus 40 Benefactors – those who’ve arranged for $1,000 donations from their estates – and four Bequest Society members giving $10,000 or more via estate planning.  Over the years Capital Rotarians have contributed a total of $315,667 to the Rotary Foundation.  Burt noted the Foundation’s cost effectiveness means about 91% of the money goes for programs rather than administration.

Apr 182018

Gubernatorial candidate James Smith (in photo with Rotarian Gloria Saeed) says South Carolina needs “smart government” to move forward responsibly and promises to deliver that if he’s elected.  Smith, currently a state representative, is running in June’s Democratic primary and was Capital Rotary’s April 18 guest speaker.  He addressed three main topics: (1) need for a state energy policy that “drives efficiency” on the part of utilities and promotes solar power – where South Carolina is “15 years behind other states” making progress; (2) supporting and improving public education, which he called a governor’s “number one job” because “education equals jobs” for our work force; and (3) reapportionment of Congressional and state legislative districts after the 2020 census, which Smith said offers a chance to remedy “30 years of gerrymandering” that’s led to partisan politics where “party is more important than government of, by and for the people.”  Smith, a Columbia native with undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina, was first elected to the SC House in 1996.

Historic Columbia Advocates, Preserves and Educates

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Apr 122018

Advocacy for, preservation of and education about the capital city’s unique houses and gardens has been the mission of Historic Columbia since the non-profit organization’s founding in 1961.  A milestone will be celebrated in May with the 200th anniversary of construction of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, according to Robin Waites, Historic Columbia’s executive director since 2004.  Waites (shown at right in photo with Rotarian Allyson Way Hank) was Capital Rotary’s April 11 guest speaker.  She said the historic property’s May reopening follows more than a year’s worth of mansion repairs and restoration of its gardens and grounds.  Also featured is a holistic reevaluation and restructuring of the site’s historical interpretation.  Waites noted that from the 1820s to the 1870s, the estate grew to be Columbia’s grandest residence under the Hampton and Preston families and the many men, women and children enslaved there.  In addition to the mansion, Historic Columbia provides house and garden tours at four other sites downtown, offsite bus and walking tours, and education programs for youth and adults.  Waites was the SC State Museum’s chief curator of art before joining Historic Columbia’s staff.

Business Leader Sees Technology Changing Marketplace

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Mar 072018

Today’s technology is a strategic asset companies can use to differentiate themselves from the competition, but a business not on board with this philosophy may not survive the future.  That’s what Capital Rotarians heard from their March 7 guest speaker, John Eckstrom, Carolina Business Equipment president and CEO.  Eckstrom said technology’s marketplace impact includes (1) social media – where two-thirds of the earth’s 3½ billion connected people are on Facebook; (2) Twitter – allowing mobile access to information at up-to-the second speed; (3) cloud computing – that lets users store data elsewhere and retrieve it via the internet from any device; and (4) big data – where companies can analyze their information to look for hidden patterns, correlations, market trends and customer preferences.  As these “converging technologies” continue to be applied in the business world, Eckstrom said, “we don’t know where we’re going because we’ve never been there before.”  In addition to his career at Carolina Business Equipment since 1994, Eckstrom also serves as president-elect of the Business Technology Association, an organization for office technology dealers nationwide. (ChannelPro Network photo)

Rotarian Neda Beal Earns Donor Recognition

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Sep 202017

Capital Rotary president Blake DuBose recognizes at-large director and service chair Neda Beal for continuing Rotary Foundation donations that support world understanding and peace programs.  Beal is now a Paul Harris Fellow plus-three giver (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with three additional gifts at the same amount).  The club previously honored Beal as 2016 Rotarian of the Year for guiding local community service, literacy and volunteer projects.


Economic Development Pays Off for Central South Carolina

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Sep 132017

Eight of the state’s central region counties are enjoying the fruits of economic development efforts seeking new business and employment – to the tune of investments totaling over $12 billion and creation of more than 68,000 jobs.  That’s what Capital Rotary Club members heard from Sept. 13 guest speaker Mike Briggs, shown talking with Rotarian Andy Markl (back to camera).  Since 1997, Briggs has been president and CEO of the Central SC Alliance, a regional public-private partnership dedicated to stimulating economies in Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties as well as the City of Columbia.  The alliance has been especially successful in boosting global investment.  Briggs said more than 22,000 workers in the area are employed by foreign affiliates, and there are businesses from over two dozen countries represented region wide.  He said the most important keys to continuing economic expansion are (1) a workforce dedicated to becoming more highly skilled and (2) an abundance of suitable buildings and site locations to quickly accommodate business needs.



Cayce-West Columbia Rotary New President and Nationally Recognized Speakers

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Aug 012017

(Cayce) The Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) Rotary Club inducted their new President Nicolette “Marnie” Robinson and she started her year with two outstanding and highly recognized speakers: Timothy Keating, Senior Vice President of Government Operations for The Boeing Company and Coach Will Muschamp, the 34th  Head Football Coach of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

Great speakers, great food and a whole lot of fun is happening at the Cayce West Columbia Rotary Club. We live the Rotary Motto of “Service above self” while making a difference in our community. Be our guest and see what being a Rotarian is all about!

Image attached:  Cayce West Columbia Rotary President 2017-2018 Nicolette “Marnie” Robinson being sworn in by AG Lisa Lee Smith, University of SC Coach Will Muschamp, Timothy Keating of Boeing


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 for additional information or to inquire about being a lunch guest at an upcoming meeting.

Installation Of Officers For The Rotary Club Of Hilton Head

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Jul 232017

On July 13, 2017, installation of officers for the Rotary Club of Hilton Head occurred beginning with our new President, Karen Cully. Past District Governor, Rod Funderburk had the privilege of presiding over the installation. Karen’s Rotary sponsor and friend, Beverly Maloney presented the President’s pin to Karen. Karen then asked Assistant Governor, Nancy Riedel to install the remaining officers and Directors for 2017-18. These officers include: Larry Sanders, President Elect; Lindsay Bunting, Vice President; Robert Eberly III, Secretary; Lisa Laudermilch, Treasurer; and Marc Stuckart, Sergeant at Arms. Directors are: Helen Ryan, Rose Jackson, Paul Heitmann, Bob Laughlin, David Deaton, Jean Vahey, Jody Levitt, Joan Grayson and Brian Julius.  Linda Neff is the Executive Secretary.

MB Rotary Club

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Jul 222017

Steve Jones, Past-President of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club, is now a Paul Harris Fellow plus 8.  He received his pin Monday at the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club.  Congratulations Steve.

Rotary Club of Beaufort Media Release

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Jul 142017

Rotary Club of Beaufort Installs New Officers



The Rotary Club of Beaufort, the oldest of Beaufort’s three Rotaries, installed its club executives and directors at an evening social gathering on Thursday, June 29.


Outgoing President Willie Mack Stansell praised the membership for their achievements and successes during his tenure, July 2016 through June 2017; he led the club in honoring and remembering those Rotarians who had passed away; then introduced District 7770 Assistant Governor Charlotte Gonzalez, who administered the oath of office to the Club’s new slate of officers.


For the year beginning on July 1, 2017 and continuing through June 30, 2018, the new club executives are:  President – Suzi Oliver; Immediate Past President – Willie Stansell; President-Elect – Lisa Giles; Secretary – Whitney McDaniel; Treasurer – John Harvey; and Membership Chair – Robert Allen.


In addition to the executives, the new directors are:  Vocational Service Chair – Wayne Heath; Public Relations Chair – Jim Weiskopf; Club Administration Chair – Cris Steele; Fund Raising Chair – Jay Taylor; Community Service Chair – Graham Holcombe; and Rotary Foundation – Dick Kruger.


Among the 80 Rotary Clubs that comprise Rotary District 7770, for the 2016-17 year, the Rotary Club of Beaufort had the distinction of having the highest annual share fund (in excess of $40,000) than any other club.  Among the large clubs in the district, the Rotary Club of Beaufort had the highest per capita donation rate – more than $400 per member.


More importantly, individual Rotarians have continued their tradition of “service above self,” contributing countless hours of public service in and around the Beaufort area.

Photo caption:

Incoming Rotary Club of Beaufort President Suzi Oliver with Outgoing President Willie Mack Stansell

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