Columbia College Reawakens “Pioneer Spirit”

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Aug 152018
 

Columbia College is reawakening the “pioneer spirit” from its founding 164 years ago and is focused anew on meeting community and educational needs, according to president Carol Moore.  Dr. Moore (at left in photo with Rotarian Felicia Maloney) was Capital Rotary’s Aug. 15 guest speaker.  She said the private liberal arts women’s college is expanding programs to include partnerships with Midlands Technical College, Benedict College, Northeastern University, non-profit organizations and business and industry.  Evening and online offerings will grow in the areas of entrepreneurship and workforce development.  “Columbia College has always been about experiential learning – applying learning out in the community,” Dr. Moore said.  The school also supports the City of Columbia’s revitalization goals for North Main Street.  With more than 40 years of education experience at six institutions of higher education, Dr. Moore holds BA and MA degrees in biology from Montclair State University and a doctorate in marine biology from Northeastern University.  She came to Columbia College in September 2017 and was named president in January 2018.

Scholarship Recipient Guest of Capital Rotary

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Aug 152018
 

Capital Rotarian Darren Foy welcomes recent Ben Lippen School graduate Claire Davis as a guest at the club’s Aug. 15 meeting.  Davis, who will attend North Carolina State University to major in mechanical engineering, is one of two scholarship winners named by the club after applicant interviews in April of this year.  In high school she was a National Honor Society member, earned a National Merit Commendation and was a U.S. Presidential Scholars candidate.  Capital Rotary has been supporting higher-education opportunities for local high school students for more than 20 years.  The club’s scholarships are based on a combination of academic performance, extracurricular activities and economic need.

Recognition for Past President’s Service

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Aug 152018
 

Blake Dubose (left in photo), immediate past president of Capital Rotary, receives a plaque from current president Philip Flynn in recognition of service to the Columbia-area club.  During DuBose’s 2017-18 tenure, Capital Rotary received a “Public Image Award” and a leadership citation from Rotary District 7770, among other honors.  Professionally, DuBose is president of DuBose Web Group, a website design and development firm founded in 2007.  He is a graduate of Newbery College.

Pet Rescue Key for Pawmetto Lifeline

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Aug 082018
 

Pawmetto Lifeline’s work on behalf of animal rescue and welfare in the Midlands paid dividends for more than 45,000 companion pets in the Midlands last year, according Jack Sloan, director of development for the non-profit and Capital Rotary’s Aug. 8th guest speaker.  Sloan (shown at right in photo with club president Philip Flynn) said the ultimate goal is to have a no-kill community here, so that no healthy, adoptable dog or cat is euthanized in a municipal shelter or dies because it is homeless.  Pawmetto Lifeline’s 80 employees and 200 volunteers treat pet overpopulation with adoption, medical care, rescue and education programs.  Sloan said there’s special emphasis on spay/neuter services as the most cost-effective and humane way to reduce the number of unwanted pets.  Sloan, a graduate of The Citadel with an MBA from the University of Tennessee, joined Pawmetto Lifeline after a long career at national and state chambers of commerce.  He’s also been a board member for several clubs and organizations including Columbia Rotary.

State Treasurer Touts Programs Success

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Aug 012018
 

South Carolina treasurer Curtis Loftis briefed Capital Rotary members on his role as the state’s “private banker” when he was the club’s guest speaker Aug. 1.  Loftis said his office manages, invests and maintains custody of tens of billions of dollars in public funds.  As “the taxpayer’s friend,” Loftis said he is committed to transparency and accountability in improving cash flow and eliminating fraud, waste and abuse.   He touted the success of the Unclaimed Property Program that has returned more than $137 million in unclaimed funds to state residents.  Loftis also praised growth in South Carolina’s Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan, where he has overseen an increase in the number of enrollees to 145,000 accounts and total assets of $3.34 billion.  A 1981 University of South Carolina graduate, Loftis is a member of Cayce-West Columbia Rotary and serves on a number of state and national boards and commissions.

City Official Joins Rotary Club

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Aug 012018
 

The City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities director has joined Capital Rotary.  Melissa L. Lindler (shown at center in photo with sponsor Gloria Saeed and club president Philip Flynn) took her city post after more than 20 years of experience in government and non-profit work.  Most recently she was district planning and outreach director for Congressmen Jim Clyburn.  Previously she was a staff member at the SC Department of Education and at South Carolina State University.  She received her BA in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina, and earned graduate certification in public management from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.  Lindler’s volunteer activities include board service for the International African American Museum, the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics, the Columbia Chapter of the Society, Inc., Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. and the Total Care for the Homeless Coalition.

Capital Rotary Inducts Catherine Mabry

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Jul 242018
 

New Capital Rotary member Catherine Mabry (center in photo) is welcomed to the club’s ranks by president Philip Flynn and sponsor Chris Myers.  Mabry, who handles community outreach for Shives Funeral Home, received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Alabama.  She previously worked in retail positions and in physician services at Baptist Medical Center and Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.  A member of and current elder for Eastminster Presbyterian Church, she is married to commercial realtor Hank Mabry, a former Rotarian, and the couple has two adult children.

Jul 232018
 

ALZHEIMER’S GALA – Charleston

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Champagne Reception in Grand Lobby 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Master of Ceremony Cynthia Alston Bell – WMGL, 107.3

Guest Speaker:  Mr. Todd Gallati

President and Chief Executive Officer of Trident Health

Marriott Crystal Ballroom

170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston SC

Black Tie Optional Tickets are $100 each,  Sponsorship’s available.

Rotary District 7770 is sponsoring a Gala on Saturday July 28, 2018 to benefit the C.A.R.T. (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) Fund. You are invited to join in this opportunity to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.

Register OnLine HERE

Make checks payable to the Rotary 7770.  Please return the Sponsor Form (form not necessary if registered here) and payment to:

Ed Tassin
Rotary District Executive Secretary
408 Milner Court
Daniel Island, SC 29492
Email:  EtCharleston@aol.com
Phone:   (843) 819-6680

Link to Sponsor Form

Link to Sponsor Benefits Form

Are you interested on how the 4 Way Test was developed?

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Jul 222018
 

Are you interested on how the 4 Way Test was developed?

On July 26th you are all invited to participate in the following meeting:
We ask that each participant rename them self to include their club or district. e.g., Jim Dodmead, 6650
President Andy (Rotary eClub of Southeast USA & Caribbean District 6950) announced that he invited John Smarge (Assistant to RI President Barry and Past Director for Zones 33 and 34) to speak on July 26th, at 7 PM Eastern Daylight Time. The meeting will be cohosted by the Rotary eClub of Southeast USA & Caribbean District 6950 and Rotary eClub of the Carolinas District 7750 on https://zoom.us/j/4530225765
These two clubs invite you and your club members to join us for this meeting to hear this distinguished speaker.
We are hoping to have a good enough showing that RI will see that eClubs are interested in hearing from them, so that we may be able to schedule similar caliber speakers for events in the future.
John is characterized as a wonderful speaker and is very knowledgeable on Rotary.
If you or your members have any questions for PRID John, please provide them to me.
Here is the approximate agenda for this Special Meeting (please see the background information on PRID John later in this announcement):
700 PM EDT Meeting will commence. Opening Remarks and Introduction by President Andy
705 PM PDG Roll Call
710 PM Club Introductions
720 PM PRID John comments

At 755 PM: The meeting will close with the four way test:
In the early 1930s Herbert J. Taylor set out to save the Club Aluminum Products distribution company from bankruptcy. He believed himself to be the only person in the company with 250 employees who had hope. His recovery plan started with changing the ethical climate of the company. He explained:
The first job was to set policies for the company that would reflect the high ethics and morals God would want in any business. If the people who worked for Club Aluminum were to think right, I knew they would do right. What we needed was a simple, easily remembered guide to right conduct – a sort of ethical yardstick- which all of us in the company could memorize and apply to what we thought, said and did.
I searched through many books for the answer to our need, but the right phrases eluded me, so I did what I often do when I have a problem I can’t answer myself: I turn to the One who has all the answers. I leaned over my desk, rested my head in my hands and prayed. After a few moments, I looked up and reached for a white paper card. Then I wrote down the twenty-four words that had come to me:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Herbert offered the words to Rotary International in the 1940s, which they accepted as their own. RI copyrighted the test in 1954.

John Smarge

John Smarge has been a Rotarian and resident of Naples, Florida since 1981. His classification is Moving and Storage. John and his wife Cindy are Major Donors, Bequest Society Members and Paul Harris Society Members.

John graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management. At the age of twenty-two, John left his home state of New Jersey, moved to Naples, FL and purchased a year old struggling moving company. His multi-office operation handling local, interstate and international moving is now the largest relocation business in SW Florida.

Professionally John was named a National Moving and Storage Association Young Executive Fellow. He has served as a Board Member of the Florida Movers and Warehousemen Association, as a Regional Director of the Southern Community Bank. He has three (3) times been recognized as North American Van Lines Top Quality Agent.

John served as President of The Rotary Club of Naples in 1992-93 and as District 6960 Governor in 1995-96. He is currently Rotary International Director for 2010-2012 and serves as the Chairman RI Board of Directors Executive Committee. Additionally he is a member of both the Social Media and Rotarian Action Groups Committees.

Internationally, John has twice been a Delegate to the Council on Legislation and twice a Member of the RI Board of Directors Nominating Committee. Additionally, he has served as both a Rotary International Membership Coordinator and Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator. John served as General Chair for the Zone 33-34 Rotary Institute. He is a regular speaker around the world at PETS, Assemblies, TRF and Membership Seminars and has regularly represented the President at District Conferences.

John considers the most rewarding aspects of his many years in Rotary to be the opportunity to participate in the PolioPlus National Immunization Days in India, his medical missions to Ternopil, Ukraine and his multiple humanitarian trips to the Caribbean. John continues to initiate, write and assist with Foundation Matching Grants on a yearly basis, including visiting the project sites.

John has received numerous awards for his Rotary Service including the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, the Distinguished Service Award the Rotary International Service above Self Award and was recognized in 1999 as the District 6960 Rotarian of The Decade.

John and Cindy have three daughters, Jessica, Stephanie and Amanda. He is a past Board Chairman of the Naples YMCA, Boy Scouts of America and Shelter for Abused Women. John has coached girl’s basketball teams for more than 15 years. In his most recent coaching job, John’s team went three (3) years with only losing one game. In his spare time John is a competitive auto racer.

The meeting will conclude at 8 PM.

If available, Dr. Gary Goforth, PDG will host the meeting and mute/unmute any unruly Rotarians present. If possible, he will also record the meeting and will provide a URL from which to view or download the video.

We would ask that each user use the Participant’s button to rename them self to include their location. e.g., Jim Dodmead, 6650

If you have any questions, please contact Jim at jim@dodmead.net
Linda Ryan
President, Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians
Immediate Past District 5050 Assistant Governor, Area H
Immediate Past District 5050 Youth Services Chair
Past President Rotary Club of La Conner
(360) 870-9509

A final message from Past District Governor Gary Bradham

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Jul 182018
 

A final message from Past District Governor Gary Bradham to the District Membership and leaders of District 7770.

This past Rotary year started with heartfelt enthusiasm and dedication by the membership of District 7770.  Please allow me the opportunity to express my wholehearted “thank you” to every member of the District.  Your support has been unwavering and passionate throughout.  As we “close the books” on this 2017-2018 Rotary Year, I would like to thank everyone for their support and actions to Make A Difference this Rotary year.  It is hard to realize that this year is over, and we are already “closing the books” on such a great year!   It’s been a fantastic experience for me representing the District’s membership at all of the various functions of Rotary Service and my work with all of you on the various Rotary activities.  It was also a great experience for me, personally, as the District’s only Rotary International Officer and representative for our District to the entire Rotary world.  You are all truly “People of Action” who accomplished many, many worthwhile programs.  In my view, you had a banner year in all categories of Rotary service … meeting or exceeding our collective goals for the year.

I would like to highlight some of our accomplishments since last July, 2017.  It is important to remember that everything we achieved was because of how each of you decided to personally “Make a Difference” this Rotary year.  We are nearing the end of the calculations for contributions to our great Foundation.  While there are still some contributions being processed, most clubs met and many exceeded their Foundation goals, not to mention your remarkable contributions to End Polio Now through the polio plus goals. Rotary moved closer than ever toward “making history” as we continued to “count down to zero” the number of Polio cases which will allow us to claim success on eradicating polio worldwide. Through the leadership of PDG Sandee and Bernie, we exceeded both goals as a District and Clubs in both categories and we continued to build on last year’s performance and exceeded $1 million dollars in “Total Giving”!

From the Foundation dollars returned to the district, we awarded 62 District Grants, about a dozen Global Grants, three Global Scholarships, and $25,000 to Rotary’s Peace Center. We increased the number of Paul Harris Society members to 300, one of the largest groups of PHS members in the WORLD!  The District’s Grant program allowed members to engage across the spectrum of community support with a multitude of service activities, health, youth, and children support programs.  Providing dictionaries, hot meals and take-home meals, reading books, book bags, and clothing items, to name a few.

We continued the District’s emphasis on RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) with Rotarian Akil and PDG Lou hosting another fantastic event this past June.  Clubs hosted 16 inbound and sent out 16 outbound Exchange Students. Through the leadership of Rotarian Paul Walter and retired educator Terri Brashears, we stood up the first Middle Interact Club.  This new type youth club was chartered in the Hilton Head Middle School, with over 50 student members, and leadership support from the local Interact Club, the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club, High School and Community leaders.

Clubs continued their generosity to the CART Fund this past Rotary year, through strong CART donations … a program which started in District 7770 some twenty three years ago.  Clubs donated a record breaking $202,511.55 toward the annual program, producing a $52.46 per capita giving record.  This allowed grants to be awarded again this May exceeding $700,000 for cutting edge, start-up research. After talking with and hearing the grant recipients at the Annual CART Meeting, I firmly believe we are on the verge of finding a cure for this deadly disease which impacts so many families and friends of our membership.  This year’s Club donations truly were a great way to honor the vision of Rotary Club of Sumter’s Rotarian Roger Ackerman, who has been the mainstay behind this remarkable and unique Rotary program.  Through the assistance of PDG Rod and the leadership of Rotarian Arthur Jamison from the North Charleston Rotary Club, the first-ever Annual Alzheimer’s Gala was held in Charleston in 2017 producing over $10,000 dollars to the CART Fund.  Two follow-on Galas are programed again for 2018-2019, one in Charleston and one in the Columbia area. And again this year, PDG Alan and Past Club President Pete from the Rotary Club of Georgetown raised over $40,000 for the CART Fund effort.

We had a “fun filled” and Informational District Conference with record breaking attendance with over 450 attendees.  A special “thank you” to Jaime and Terry Moore, Conference Co-chairs, and the assistance of so many other fine Rotarians who volunteered their time to “Make A Difference” at this Conference.  Volunteers like Maggie Kosinski and Sherry Smith (general administration and registration), Steve and Carolynn Jones (Hospitality, Sponsorship, and Facility Support), Jason and Britt Atkinson (PDG Dinner), PDG Anne Walker and Melissa Evans (Major Donor Luncheon), Herman Dixon (Awards – over 100 individual awards presented), Pauline and Ron Levesque (Decorations and Transportation), Drew Hansen (House of Friendship), Don Hovis (Photography) and Nichole Gainey (Entertainment and Chamber support), to name a few in some of the key areas.  At the conference, many of you may recall my update on the school situation in Ghana. Our District has been supporting this effort since the Atlanta RI Convention, as well as my announcement from the stage of a shared dream of mine and PRIVP Anne Matthews to build an additional larger school in Ghana funded entirely from District 7770 donations.  I am proud to inform the membership that this dream was made a realty when more than $175,000 was committed by District members and Clubs to support this dream… allowing a larger six room school with a modern library, clean water and a sanitation system on-site to allow both girls and boys to attend the school, to be built by Rotary.  In addition there are  also sufficient funds to drill 21 boreholes for clean water / wells and 67 micro-flush toilets in the surrounding communities where the students live who will be attending the school.  Thanks to everyone who stepped up to help.

The District Membership Chair, DGN Johnny Moore,  made significant strides growing “e-membership” classification members, a stronger Membership committee structure, and we added two Satellite Clubs; exceeding our goals for these categories of membership goals.  We should continue to attract active members and retain existing members to allow “net positive growth” within the District’s Clubs.

We had an active, strong, sharing, and educational Public Image program and focus! Successfully promoting Polio challenges, informational articles, and centrally organized campaigns to tighten the Foundation and Membership programs and activities together and sharing the benefits with everyone who would listen.  The PI Chair, Mary Gasque, used a wide variety of social and written media avenues.  The third leg of our Rotary stool has never been stronger and helping to shoulder the efforts across a board spectrum of Rotary Service and performance.

As I stated in my opening remarks, these successes were the result of each of our District’s members, deciding how they would participate and taking individual and collective actions for Rotary: Making A Difference!  I’d like to offer a special thanks to my sixteen Assistant Governors for their dedication and hard work with their clubs and almost 3900 members. We could not have done so well without your help, personal assistance, and leadership.  The Past District Governors, through the Council of Governors (COG) under the guidance of my Vice Governor and Chairperson of the COG, PDG Kay Davis, and with the help of PDG Bernie Riedel filling in on occasions when Kay had health issues, continued to offer sound and important input to me and the District’s Leadership team. Allowing us to build on the actions of those who have led our District throughout the years. A special “thank you” to my wife and Rotary partner, Susan, for assisting me on so many levels to accomplish the multitude of duties of a District Governor and for helping me to energize the District’s membership with her engaging and personal contributions to the District as a whole.  Also, our District is very fortunate to have the mentorship of  Sarah and David Michaux who epitomize tradition and embrace change while graciously providing leadership and guidance for all of us to emulate.

My most overwhelming and heartfelt thanks goes to the Club Presidents. Your enthusiasm for Rotary, programs to support your communities, and your inspiring “service above self” was absolutely marvelous this Rotary year and inspired me to work even harder on your behalf as District Governor. You made it happen at the top of the Rotary world, … where the “rubber meets the road” … the club level.  I ask you to continue to work together with this year’s leadership team to “Be an Inspiration”!   You should continue to strive to Make A Difference, as we continue to work together to make Rotary and our District, even stronger than ever before.  Add to your personal goals for this coming Rotary year to continue the “hunt” for good, engaging Rotarians that will inspire your clubs. The communities and people we serve around the world are counting on us!

The health of District 7770 has never been stronger!  You truly “Made a Difference” in 2017-2018.  Again, I would like to thank all the Rotarians in District 7770, you are all truly people of action, generously giving to others and doing good in the world.  Join me to “Be An Inspiration” in 2018-2019 and being a strong supporter of our District Governor, David Tirard.

Gary Bradham
Past District Governor
District 7770

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