Two more Capital Rotarians have been recognized for donations to The Rotary Foundation in support of international programs promoting peace and world understanding. Shown in the photo from left are Blake DuBose, immediate past president and Foundation giving chair; E.J. Newby and Stephen West, both Paul Harris Fellow plus-one givers (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with an additional gift in the same amount); and Philip Flynn, club president. Newby joined Capital Rotary in 2017, while West has been a member since 2005.
The Alzheimer’s Association-South Carolina Chapter’s vision for the future is a world without the dreaded disease of dementia. Taylor Wilson (shown with Rotarian Tony Thompson), chapter director of communications and advocacy, was Capital Rotary’s guest speaker on Sept. 12. She detailed the statewide group’s work to educate, support and advance critical research for treating, preventing and, ultimately, curing Alzheimer’s. The chapter also promotes the needs and rights of patients and caregivers. Wilson said 89,000 South Carolinians have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s; there are 309,000 caregivers in the state. South Carolina’s death rate from Alzheimer’s is the nation’s highest and went up by 180% in the past year. Wilson lauded Rotary for its support of CART – the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust – a project started in 1996 to provide funds for cutting edge research to cure Alzheimer’s disease. Wilson joined the Alzheimer’s Association staff three years ago and has spent the last 10 years working with non-profits around the Midlands area. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business.
Pictured are Pres. Angelika Senn and speaker Randy Webster. Webster is the Director of Horry County Emergency Management. He is a 35 year veteran of public safety. He updated the club in the current thinking in hurricanes potential in South Carolina. He is a member American Meteorology Society and served on the Homeland Security council. He covered a wide range of topics dealing Emergency Management and Homeland security. The presentation was followed by interesting question and answer session. Mr. Webster is an excellent presenter and was well received by the Chicora Rotary.
Capital Rotary Club visited the Richland County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 29 for a slide show and briefing by Deputy Amanda Jordan (photo) on the agency’s mission, values, organization and programs. With its population of more than 400,000 spread over 756 square miles, the county presents a policing challenge for the sheriff’s force of 700 uniformed officers and 140 support personnel. Jordan said Sheriff Leon Lott stresses core values of service, integrity, accountability and professionalism for all employees and works to develop a sense of family throughout the organization’s various divisions and offices. She encouraged Rotarians to spread the word about the Citizens Police Academy – a 14-week program of classes designed to give participants an overview of the Sheriff’s Department structure, services and personnel. Jordan is a University of South Carolina gradate who’s been a deputy for 15 years and now is a sergeant in the Office of Public Information and Media Relations. Capital Rotary’s Aug. 29 briefing was part of the club’s Fifth Wednesday program substituting local field trips in place of a regular meeting.
South Carolina’s 20 electric cooperatives have a big stake in financial fallout from the V.C. Summer nuclear power plant abandoned a year ago by Santee Cooper and SC Electric & Gas. That’s according to Lou Green, communications executive vice president for the Electric Cooperatives of SC. Green (left in photo with Rotarian Tony Thompson) was Capital Rotary’s Aug. 22 guest speaker. He said co-ops are focused on financial impacts that resolution of the $9 billion failure might have on their 1.5 million customers. They are especially concerned about Santee Cooper’s fate since co-ops are the state-owned utility’s biggest customer base. Twenty-three lawsuits plus various legislative actions complicate the issue, but Green noted that a special committee is meeting now to study the idea of selling Santee Cooper to pay off its nuclear debt. “The state needs to come up with a process and bring options to the legislature,” Green said. “They’re the only ones who can make a decision about Santee Cooper.” Green joined the state co-ops organization in 1992 after working in radio and television. He is a University of Georgia graduate with a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina.
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.
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
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: Lisa Smith, Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 7770.
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.
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.