Capital Rotary president Philip Flynn (center in photo) congratulates Jimmy Gibbs (left) and Bud Foy for earning Paul Harris Fellow Plus-Four honors recognizing their continued contributions to The Rotary Foundation, the international service club’s charitable arm that supports programs for world understanding and peace. Gibbs and Foy have each made an initial $1,000 donation to the fund, followed by four additional gifts of $1,000 each. Gibbs, an insurance broker, is a past president and past assistant district governor who joined Capital Rotary in September 1995. Foy, a retired dentist, joined the club in March 2015 and was a member of the Rotary Club of Monterey, CA for 24 years before relocating to South Carolina.
University of South Carolina accounting/finance graduate Joel Welch (center), 2018-19 president of the college’s Rotaract Club, was saluted for his service on May 22, receiving a past president’s pin from Capital Rotarian Neda Beal (left) and District 7770 assistant governor Eric Davis. Rotaract clubs are open to adults ages 18-30 interested in community service, in developing leadership and professional skills, and who enjoy networking and social activities. USC Rotaract was formed in 2010-2011 under the sponsorship of Spring Valley Rotary. Capital Rotary assumed sponsorship earlier this year, with Beal serving as liaison to the college club.
Longtime Rotarian Gene Oliver (left in photo) has been recognized by Capital Rotary for 55 years of membership in the service club. President Philip Flynn also honored Oliver as a major donor to the Rotary Foundation in support of international programs promoting peace and world understanding. Major donors are those whose cumulative contributions total $10,000 or more. Oliver – a retired college administrator nearing his 93rd birthday – joined the Capital club in September 2009.
Patricia F. Dempster (at center in photo) was welcomed into Capital Rotary’s ranks on May 15 by sponsor Ione Cockrell and club president Philip Flynn. A Columbia native, Dempster is an insurance and financial services advisor who grew up in St. Andrews’ Whitehall area, graduated from Irmo High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Limestone College in Gaffney. For 12 years she held various positions in Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and its subsidiaries, working in claims processing, records management and systems support/programing. Since 2011 she’s been a financial planner for individuals, professionals and small business owners. Dempster is a designated Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow and a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of the Midlands. She is a sponsor for Cancer of Many Colors, a Lexington-based non-profit that helps local cancer survivors with daily living expenses and emergency needs.
Capital Rotary president Philip Flynn congratulates Dr. Tommy Gibbons (at right in photo) for earning Paul Harris Fellow Plus-Four honors through continued contributions to The Rotary Foundation, the international service club’s charitable arm that supports programs for world understanding and peace. Gibbons has made an initial $1,000 donation to the fund, followed by four additional gifts of $1,000 each. A native of Clarendon County’s Turbeville community, Gibbons is a past president of Capital Rotary and holds degrees from the College of Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina and the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.
New Capital Rotary member Le Frye (center in photo) is welcomed to the club by president Philip Flynn and sponsor Lee Ann Rice after induction ceremonies Feb. 6. Frye, a Saluda native, has spent her life in the Midlands and graduated in 2002 from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communications, public relations. She is the managing partner at Starboard Communications, an advertising and public relations firm that specializes in political affairs. Frye has over 15 years of planning, managing and executing various aspects of successful political and advocacy campaigns in the Palmetto State.
As Rotarians we share a common bond and Rotary Fellowships only add to our commitment and enjoyment to Rotary. The fellowships are international groups that share a the common passion and interest. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.
The official fellowship is not controlled by Rotary International but is approved by them requiring by-laws, constitution and membership from at least three different countries to start a new fellowship.
Most of the fellowships are open to Rotarians, family members, and program participants and alumni. Most have an application process and a small yearly fee or “lifetime” selection. Many have local active chapters and many meet on line.
The list of Rotary Fellowships approved by Rotary International is linked here.
Currently there are two “active” Rotary Clubs which grew out of a fellowships. The Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians in District 6380 meets on line every Wednesday at 7pm Eastern, Online at https://zoom.us/j/237350826. All are welcome and it counts for a makeup.
If you have questions concerning fellowships, you can contact the district fellowship coordinators Terry & Jaime Moore at 843-297-6691.
The International Marathon Fellowship of Rotarians began in 2005 with a group of Rotarians coming together to run the Paris Marathon. In 2006 the Fellowship received it’s charter recognition and since that first run together in Paris, the group gathers once a year somewhere around the world to participate in a long distance running event together. Not only do they run together, but the Fellowship also makes an annual contribution to End Polio.
Rachel Cole, of the Summerville Evening Rotary Club, joined the Fellowship in 2015 as the Fellowship returned to Paris for the celebration of the 10th running event
together. When joining the Fellowship, Rachel was the only participant from the United States and continues to be the only active member of the Fellowship since the Fellowship was in the States for the New York Marathon in 2008. While in Paris, Rachel was asked to serve as the US Representative for the Fellowship. Rachel also attended the International Conference in Atlanta, GA to help represent the Fellowship in the House of Friendship.
In 2018 the group met in Queenstown, New Zealand for the marathon in November. The group participated in the marathon, half marathon, and 10k runs. The travel destination was much further for the majority of Fellowship members, as most are located in Europe, so the annual turnout was a bit smaller than when in European countries. But, that didn’t stop the group from having wonderful time! Thanks to the gathering in 2018 the Fellowship is able to donate around $1,700 to the End Polio Fund, a great achievement for the smaller group of around 35 people that gathered this year.
While in New Zealand, Rachel was inducted as the President Elect for the Fellowship. Rachel is the first woman President Elect and the first US Representative to hold a board position for the Fellowship. This presents an exciting opportunity for Rotarian runners in the States as Rachel will be focusing on increasing US membership and possibly bringing a run to the US for the Fellowship in the next 2 to 4 years.
In the meantime, Rachel will be training to join the group again in 2019. This year’s event will be in August and they will meet in Reykjavik, Iceland for the marathon. The week prior to the run many of the members will enjoy a weeklong tour together around the country. It’s a great time for Rotarian Fellowship and Fun! The Fellowship is open to all Rotarians for a lifetime membership fee of 100 Euros. You can find out more about the Fellowship by visiting www.rotarianrun.org or by reaching out to Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capital Rotary member Mike Montgomery (left in photo) is congratulated by club president Philip Flynn for continuing contributions to The Rotary Foundation in support of international programs that promote peace, human development and world understanding. Montgomery has earned Paul Harris Fellow plus-seven honors (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with seven additional gifts in the same amount). Montgomery was an 11-year Spring Valley Rotarian before joining the Capital club in 2015. The University of South Carolina graduate has been a private practice lawyer since 1985 and formerly served on Richland District Two’s school board and on Richland County Council.
Capital Rotary member Gene Oliver (center in photo) was recognized Oct. 3 for his latest donation to The Rotary Foundation in support of international programs promoting peace and world understanding. Oliver is a Paul Harris Fellow plus-three giver (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with three additional gifts in the same amount). Oliver – a retired college administrator – joined the Capital club nine years ago and has been a Rotarian for more than 50 years. Immediate past president Blake DuBose (left) is the club’s chair for Foundation contributions, while current president Philip Flynn is at right.