Lee Ann Rice (center) is welcomed as Capital Rotary’s newest member by sponsor Katherine Anderson and club president Blake DuBose. Rice, a Greenville native, is the S.C. Human Affairs Commission’s general counsel. She formerly practiced law in Myrtle Beach, where she was a Chicora Rotary member, a Paul Harris Fellow, and was 2011 Rookie Rotarian of the Year. Rice is the mock trial team coach for Brookland Cayce High School and is a Women In Philanthropy member through United Way. She’s also a candidate for the state government’s Certified Public Manager program, Class of 2019. She attended Furman University and the University of South Carolina’s School of Law.
Capital Rotarian Abby Naas has been named Female Executive of the Year for the South Atlantic League. Naas joined the staff of the Columbia Fireflies minor league baseball team in January 2015 as marketing and public relations vice president. She became a Capital club member later that same year. Naas now will be the South Atlantic League’s nominee for the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award, an industry-wide honor presented annually by Rawlings and minor league baseball. Prior to joining the Fireflies, Nass was twice named Midwest League Female Executive of the Year while working for the Fort Wayne TinCaps in Indiana. (Photo courtesy of Columbia Fireflies)
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
Installation of Officers for Rotary Club of Cheraw
The Rotary Club of Spring Valley is pleased to announce that Stevie Johnson was selected the 2017 Rotarian of the Year. Club president Wendy Fuess presented the award at the club’s annual meeting on Thursday, June 15. Johnson joined Rotary in 2013. She currently serves on the board of the Spring Valley Rotary club as the President-Elect and Community Services Director responsible for overseeing the club’s community service programs. She is a Rotary Foundation sustaining member and a Paul Harris fellow.
“Stevie took on multiple roles and stepped in wherever and whenever needed this past year and has made significant contributions to our club and to our community. She exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self,” said Fuess. She previously served as club secretary and is the club’s primary liaison to the USC Rotaract Club. Rotaract (which stands for Rotary in Action) is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30.
Johnson is a portfolio manager serving homeowner associations and managing on-site staffs with Southern Community Services. She and her husband Johnny reside in Northeast Columbia and have two grown children Christopher and Patrick. She is also active with the Spring Valley Presbyterian Church community.
Founded in 1978, the Rotary Club of Spring Valley has 110 members dedicated to service above self. Rotary is the world’s oldest service organization (founded in 1905) and is one of the largest global humanitarian service organizations. To learn more about membership, visit www.springvalleyrotary.com or contact Sharleen Craig at (803) 917-0053 or by email at sharleen4homes.com for more information. The club meets for an excellent buffet lunch and program every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road.
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Karen Warner (center) had the dual distinction of being the presenter at the July 12th Rotary Club of Beaufort luncheon meeting, where she discussed Beaufort’s Digital Corridor. Additionally, she was inducted as the Club’s newest member. With Karen are (left) Rotary Club of Beaufort President Suzi Oliver and (right) Rotarian Nick Hunt, who sponsored and introduced Karen.