Carolina Forest Rotary Club Welcomes Lauren Clever

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Aug 202018
 

Myrtle Beach, Sc – Lauren Clever, Executive Director of Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation (DRC), was on hand at 7 am this morning at the weekly meeting of the Carolina Forest Rotary Club to share their mission.

The DRC initiates and facilitates revitalization of Myrtle Beach’s central business district through strategic aesthetic, functional and business development goals; through the addition and enhancement of public infrastructure, including the boardwalk, and through the creation of economic and other incentive programs; and through partnerships with private investment and development sectors.

Pictured first is Rotarian and staff member with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Cindy Gettig, Lauren Clever, and Carolina Forest Rotary President Elect Terry Egan. Pictured Second is Rotarian James Steadman, Rotary President Kimberley Causey-Gomez, Lauren Clever, and visiting Rotarian Tyler Servant. All four were graduates in the same class of Leadership Grandstrand.

Consulate General of Japan visits Florence West Rotary August 2, 2018

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Aug 202018
 

What a wonderful meeting for Florence West Rotary! The Consul-General of Japan Mr. Takashi Shinozuka was our guest as a visiting Rotarian and speaker. The Consulate-General of Japan, Atlanta is a diplomatic mission of Japan. It is located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The consulate’s jurisdiction includes Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Senator High Leatherman was our guest and visiting Rotarian as well. Mr. Shinozuka spoke about the US and Japan relations with emphasis on the Southeast. Senator Leatherman shared a common message of how South Carolina welcomes Japanese companies and culture. Mr. Shinozuka and Senator Leatherman had met before and shared common goals and vision for our state. Mr. Shinozuka brought a trading banner from his home Rotary in Atlanta, Georgia that President Emery DeWitt happily traded a Florence West Banner with him.  How exciting it was to have two such distinguished visiting Rotarians to our Club!


Pictured: Consul-General Takashi Shinozuka addressing the Florence West Rotary Club on Thursday, August 2, 2018

Pictured: Mr. Shinozuka and President Emery DeWitt trade club banners

Pictured: Consul-General Takashi Shinozuka and Senator Hugh Leatherman

Dr. Herb Davis Celebrates 50 years as a Member of the Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia

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Aug 202018
 

The Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia celebrated Dr. Herb Davis’s 50 years of membership on Tuesday, August 6,2018.  Dr. Davis joined the club on August 8, 1968, along with Ned Funderburke and Floyd Harper.  At that time, there were only 4 Rotary clubs in the area.  Dr. Davis served the club for 20 years as Sargent-at-Arms and was the Club President in 1975-76.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Dr. Davis first encountered Rotary when he was granted a school loan from the Rotary Club of Savannah.   He is a veteran, having served in Viet Nam.  He is married to Diana, and they have 4 children and 4 grand-children.  Dr. Davis began working as an optometrist in 1967.  He retired from Eye Associates of Cayce-West Columbia in 2014.



Pictured: Dr. Herb Davis

Pictured: Lisa Smith, Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 7770.

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.

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