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

Achieve Columbia Mitigates Childhood Trauma

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Jul 112018
 

Working to overcome effects of significant childhood trauma leads to better lives for youngsters and their families but requires “a lot of human capital,” according to Achieve Columbia executive director Robert Lominack, Capital Rotary’s July 11 guest speaker.  Lominack (shown with Rotarian Ione Cockrell) co-founded the non-profit program in 2012 after working as a defense lawyer and high school teacher.  Currently embedded at Hand Middle School, Achieve Columbia builds long-lasting and deep relationships with at-risk students and families beginning in 7th grade and continuing through high school graduation.  Lominack said mitigating trauma’s negative impact “gives our students a wider window into the world and helps them find their place in it.”  With a combination of group and individualized mentoring, tutoring, resource coordination and counseling, Achieve Columbia successfully deals with issues including student behavior and academics, homelessness, transportation and life beyond high school.  Lominack is a Greenville, SC native and was educated at the University of the South in Tennessee and at Northeastern Law School in Boston.

Jul 112018
 

Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club is gearing up for the annual summer blood drive to be held Wednesday, July 25, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Scheduled donations and walk-ins are welcome at the donation site – first floor conference room, CB Richard Ellis Building, 1333 Main St. in downtown Columbia.  The goal is 75 pints of blood, according to Red Cross staff member Libby Wright (at center in photo with president Philip Flynn and drive chairman Paul Gillam at left).  Wright said the club over the past nine years has collected 516 units of blood, helping to save the lives of more than 1,500 patients.  Because of high demand and lagging blood donations in summertime, Wright said the Red Cross is making an “emergency appeal” now for participation by prospective donors.

Vietnam War Tunnel Rats Crawled Into Danger

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Jun 272018
 

Crawling through Viet Cong tunnels during his Vietnam War service was always an exercise in potential danger, according to C.W. Bowman, Capital Rotary guest speaker for June 27 (at left in photo with club member Chris Myers).  Bowman – a draftee shipped overseas in January 1967 – was a point man, demolition-man and tunnel rat who cleared and destroyed underground complexes that could conceal hospitals, training areas, storage facilities, headquarters and barracks.  Bowman said the dirty duty’s hazards included not only booby traps and enemy troops, but also snakes, spiders, scorpions and ants.  Typically, he faced these dangers armed only with a flashlight and a .45 caliber pistol, plus a healthy dose of caution.  Bowman served two tours in Vietnam and earned a Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal, among other awards.  He later was a drill sergeant at Ft. Jackson.  A native of Bordentown, NJ, Bowman has lived in South Carolina since 1973.

Rotary Club of Cheraw Officer Installation and New Corporate Member Induction

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Jun 222018
 

On June 13, Rotary Club of Cheraw president, Hough, presented appreciation gifts to the outgoing club officers for 2017-2018.  (Photo shows Hough with members of the outgoing board after they have received their gifts.)

 Next, the installation program for officers for 2018-2019 was conducted, beginning with the new president, Trae Michael.  President Hough presided.  Trae’s sponsor, Greg Sanderson, presented the President’s pin to Trae.

The new officers include:  Jimmy Williamson, President Elect; Mel West, President-Elect Nominee; Amanda Caulder, Secretary; Kevin Light and Franklin Hendley, Treasurer.

New Directors/Chairs are David Webb (Club Administration); A. L. Hough-Everage (Foundation); Jimmy Williamson (Membership); Jane Pigg, and Arielle Williams (Public Relations); and Kim Williamson (C.A.R.T.)  Incoming Assistant Governor Sherrie Chapman presented pins to each of the new officers and directors.  The new officers will assume their duties on July 1.

In addition, the club’s first corporate member, First Bank, was inducted with Kevin Light as sponsor.  The Corporate Executive Designee is Brad Leviner, personal banker.  Additional corporate designees are Teresa Ward, assistant branch manager, and Kellie Joyner, mortgage loan originator.  Photo shows Brad being pinned by Hough.

 

A Capital Salute to Paul Harris Benefactors, Fellows

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Jun 212018
 

Columbia’s Capital Rotary has recognized 13 new Paul Harris Benefactors for making substantial contributions to the Rotary Foundation’s international humanitarian and educational programs.  Benefactors pledge to make a $1,000 Foundation donation through their wills or estate plans.  Those honored at the club’s June 20 assembly include (from left in Photo 1) Mike Montgomery, Felicia Maloney, Lee Ann Rice, Ben Carlton, Andy Markl, EJ Newby, Austin McVay, Allyson Way Hank, Perry Lancaster, Betsy Best, Abby Naas, Paul Gillam; (not pictured) Carol Caulk and Daniel Winders.  The club also recognized those named Paul Harris Fellows, signifying a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation.  They receive a special pin, a certificate and a medal to honor their donation.  The group included (from left in Photo 2) Walker Williams; Neda Beal – Paul Harris Fellow+4 (initial $1,000 gift plus four others of $1,000 each); EJ Newby – Paul Harris Fellow+1 (initial $1,000 gift plus another of $1,000); Austin McVay and Felicia Maloney; Frank Rutkowski – Paul Harris Fellow+1; Betsy Best; Stephen West – Paul Harris Fellow+1; and Alex Serkes (not pictured).

Rotarians Review Year, Install New Leadership

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Jun 202018
 

At a year-end assembly to review some of Capital Rotary’s 2017-2018 accomplishments, outgoing president Blake DuBose thanked members for achievement that included:

  • Adding six new members.
  • Donating 936 free dictionaries to third-graders in 14 Richland County District One schools.
  • Awarding two college scholarships to deserving high school students.
  • Reaching 110% of the club’s Rotary Foundation donations goal (total contributions $12,933).
  • Adding 20 new Rotary Foundation Benefactors ($1,000 donation via will) in the past month; 95% of members are now Benefactors.
  • Donating $8,000 to aid natural disaster victims in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
  • More than doubling the goal for PolioPlus contributions (total of $3,480).
  • Several club members are organizing a Columbia-area CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) gala to raise money for medical research.
  • Sponsoring Christmas gifts for two families through the Families Helping Families organization.
  • Holding five social events promoting member fellowship.
  • Interaction with student leaders of the University of South Carolina’s Rotaract Club.
  • Continuing community service projects – Meals on Wheels delivery and volunteering at Harvest Hope Food Bank.
  • Excellent presentations at weekly club meetings, thanks to speakers committee efforts.
  • Collecting 65 units of blood at the annual Red Cross Blood Drive.  In the past seven years, the club has collected over 516 units of blood, impacting more than 1,548 lives.
  • A Rotary District 7770 “Four-Way Test Award” nomination for past president David Boucher.
  • A District “Service Above Self Award” for public relations committee chair Pete Pillow.
  • A District “Public Image Award” and a leadership citation for the club.
  • Reporting on club activities with70 website and social media posts; reaching 8,460 people through social media; 2,251 website visitors; 65 postings on District 7770’s website and newsletters; 91 press releases posted by local media; and 11 monthly club activity recaps e-mailed to members.

2018-2019 Leadership

New 2018-2019 officers and directors for Capital Rotary were sworn into office on June 20.  Pictured are (from left) Jack Williamson, at-large director and sergeant at arms; Ben Carlton, secretary; Andy Markl, at-large director; Abby Naas, president-elect; Neda Beal, at-large director and service chair; Gloria Saeed, membership chair; Paul Gillam and Ione Cockrell, at-large directors; Philip Flynn, president; Blake DuBose, past president and Rotary Foundation chair; and Bryan Goodyear, treasurer.

Jun 202018
 

Outgoing Capital Rotary Club president Blake DuBose presents the 2018 Rotarian of the Year plaque to public relations chair Pete Pillow (left) in recognition of his dedicated service and loyal devotion to the ideals of Rotary.  Pillow, a retired journalist and public information officer, joined Capital Rotary in 2006.  He’s been a Rotarian since 1980 and is a past president of clubs in Beaufort and East Spartanburg.  He’s also a past president of the SC Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association and a College of Charleston graduate.

Project Lifesaver Finds Lost Loved Ones

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Jun 132018
 

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Project Lifesaver team aims to “bring loved ones home” safely when electronic tracking is needed to find at-risk wanderers – clients with Alzheimer’s, autism, Downs Syndrome or traumatic brain injury.  Deputy Amanda Jordan (shown at left in photo with Rotarian Daniel Moses) briefed Capital Rotary on June 13, noting that 44 local clients and their families are enrolled in the program founded in Virginia nearly 20 years ago.  Project Lifesaver began in Richland County in 2006 with only eight deputies and three clients.  Today 80 deputies are trained, certified specialists in locating missing persons via electronic searching – a process that usually takes less 30 minutes as compared to a normal physical search lasting up to nine hours and sometimes involving hundreds of officers and volunteers.  Jordan said Project Lifesaver is cost effective for law enforcement and provides better protection for lost individuals.  Richland County does not charge its residents or their at-risk loved ones for receiving a transmitter and joining the program.  Jordan, a University of South Carolina graduate, has served with the Sheriff’s Department for 14 years.  She coordinates Project Lifesaver for the State of South Carolina, where 18 counties have signed on.  There are 1,300 participating agencies across the US, Canada and Australia.  To date more than 3,400 client rescues have been reported.

Jun 132018
 

Paul Gillam (left in photo), a member of Capital Rotary’s scholarship selection committee, welcomes College of Charleston graduate Victoria Bailey to the June 13 weekly meeting.  Bailey, recipient of a four-year scholarship from the club, graduated from Dreher High in 2015 and majored in biology/molecular biology.  She plans to attend medical school and is eyeing a career as a surgeon, anesthesiologist or obstetrics/gynecology practitioner.  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.

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