On Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m., coffee lovers can learn
about the intricacies of coffee from Ranny Starnes and Liv McBryde of Dolce Vita, Downtown
Florence, who will discuss the fundamentals of brewing and tasting coffee. Coffees from two
different growing regions within Latin America and Africa, will be sampled and paired with food
that will enhance the different flavors of each region.
Dolce Vita is Italian for “sweet life” Owner Dr. John Keith opened Dolce Vita opened in the
fall of 2013 as a wine and chocolate tasting room, but now its menu includes: Belgium
Chocolates, specialty coffees – including their own roast, gourmet muffins, desserts, and wines.
This workshop is for adults age 18 and over and is sponsored by Friends of Florence County
Library. Admission is free but space is limited and registration is required. Call the Reference
Desk at (843) 413-7074 to register or visit www.florencelibrary.org for more information. The
Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library is located at 509 South Dargan Street in Florence.
On Thursday, Jan 26th the Spring Valley Rotary Club will “kick off” Rotary’s February Theme of Peace and Conflict Prevention by hosting a special Rotary speaker, Peter Kyle, who is the current Chair of the Rotary Peace Centers Committee. His full bio is attached.
Our club welcomes Rotarians from throughout the District to join us for lunch to hear Peter. We meet at Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road in Northeast Columbia at 1 pm.
For more information, please contact Programs Chair, Diane Junis at 803-873-0254 or by email at Diane.Junis@palmettohealth.org
Peter was born and raised in New Zealand. After graduating with honors degrees in law and economics from Victoria University of Wellington he clerked for the Chief Justice of New Zealand and was then awarded a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship to pursue post-graduate studies in law at the University of Virginia in 1973. In 1992 he moved to Washington, DC to take up a senior position as an international attorney with the World Bank. He retired from the Bank 7 years ago. Peter was inducted into the Rotary Club of Wellington North in 1976 and has since served in a variety of leadership positions in Rotary Clubs in Manila, Auckland and Capitol Hill, (Washington, DC). He served as the Governor of District 7620 in 2013/14 and has chaired his District’s Alumni and Peace Fellowship Committees. At the international level he has chaired the RI Alumni Advisory Committee, served as the Co-Chair of the Rotary Foundation Alumni Celebration at the Bangkok Convention in 2012, chaired the Peace Symposium at the Sao Paulo Convention in 2015 and currently chairs the Rotary Peace Centers Committee. Peter has also served on various other RI and TRF committees and assignments. In 2010 he was honored with the RF Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award and he received the Citation for Meritorious Service in 2015.