Mar 012017
At the annual club assembly to review Capital Rotary’s accomplishments for 2016-17, president Dr. Tommy Gibbons highlighted the many accomplishments our club has celebrated: Our club is doing a great job again this year as usual. As we have for many years, we participate in Meals on Wheels, an annual Red Cross Blood Drive, an annual dictionary distribution project, Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust (CART), Polio Plus, Harvest Hope Food Bank, college scholarship fundraiser, excellent speakers, Fifth Wednesdays, and Club Socials. The Christmas social at Jay Von Kolnitz’s home is always special and the social we had at Spirit Communication Park was fun as well (Thanks Abby Naas!) We “adopted” the Pempleton family for Christmas gifts and will be helping them get their house back in order after the flooding. We will be volunteering to help thru the Saint Bernard Project. The project officially starts February 25, 2017. We contributed $500 to an international project this past fall. The money went towards an ophthalmic laser (mobile) for the Vincent Pescatore Clinic in Guatemala. Catherine Glen is a Global Grant Scholar for 2016-2017 that we sponsored. The 2011 University of South Carolina graduate taught special education students in rural Japan for the past three years. Her Rotary Global Grant scholarship funds a year of graduate study at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, hosted by the Rotary Club of Belfast. Glen is seeking a master’s degree in the psychology of childhood adversity. She formerly worked with youth in treatment for substance abuse and mood disorders at the Medical University of South Carolina and was a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer. We are a 100% Sustaining Member club. We currently have 57 members (58 July 1, 2016). Through December, 2016 our club members have contributed $5,303 to the Rotary International General Fund, plus $2,051 to Polio Plus, for a total of $7,359. We have exceeded our Polio Plus annual goal of $1,500.  We currently have 55 members who have earned at least one Paul Harris Fellow status, 41 PH Benefactors (including the PH fund in your will for $1,000), 4 Bequest Society Members ($10,000 upon death), and 4 Major Donors (> $ 10,000). Our club provided a $1,000 donation to District 6840 for flood assistance in Louisiana as well as $585 from individual members. Our club raised $2,100 at our Lake Murray Fishing event and $18,722 through our wreath project for our college scholarship fund. This fund provides a Richland County high school graduate $5000 a year up to 4 years for their college tuition. We select a new recipient each year. Today our club voted to approve the 2017-2018 officers and directors. Additionally we approved the revised Constitution and Bylaws. Notable speakers at our meetings thus far this year include Ray Tanner, Mark Hammond, Pamela Lackey and Ms. Columbia Suzi Roberts. Our 5th Wednesdays are offsite from our club and are always educational and interesting. We had 56 club members participate in distributing 936 dictionaries to third graders in 14 schools (Richland 1 and Lexington 1). This was a great community service project. Our Club PR-Media efforts from July 2016 – February 2017:
  • Total amount of new items/photos sent to media – 19
  • Breakdown of new items/photos by subject:
    • New members added to club – 2 releases
    • Reports of member accomplishments or donations to Foundation – 7 releases
    • Report of club community activities/service to others – 5 releases
    • Distinguished visitor at club meetings – 5
Our club is in great financial shape with over a quarter of a million dollars in equity. 16992037_1191139294339997_100185344633783012_o
Feb 232017

Last week, our club enjoyed hearing from Brian J. Roney, Berkeley County School District Coordinator Health Ed., Phys. Ed., Athletics.  We also installed Ms. Jennie Cumbie Green as our newest member.  Standing with Ms. Green is Club President Kimberly Nolte and sponsor Byron Rodgers.  (Photo attached)

This week’s speaker is Darrin Goss, President & CEO of the Coastal Community Foundation.

The Rotary Club of Moncks Corner meets every Thursday at 12:30pm, at Gilligan’s Restaurant.


Feb 232017

The St. George Rotary Club is pleased to announce its new officers for the 2017-18 year:

President: Andrew Gentry
President-elect: Police Chief Brett Camp
Secretary: Cathy Byron
Treasurer: Jean Clayton
Foundation Chair: Butch Byron
Membership Chair: Susan Walters
The Club is also proud to welcome new member Maggie Bryant. Maggie is our first corporate member! She is already very active in our club.
We also recognized member Susan Walters as a first time Paul Harris Fellow! Susan is new to the club this year and has already stepped up to be a Paul Harris Fellow! (Pictured is Susan Walters getting “pinned” by our Foundation Chair and Area Assistant Governor Butch Byron).
Feb 232017

Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Making a difference in our Community


Great thing are happening at the Cayce West Columbia Rotary Club from honoring and recognizing our wonderful students of the months, to our yard sale for students scholarships, to our stuffed animals’ donations to Happy Wheels and purchasing brand new shoes this past Saturday for 3rd and 4th graders with our Happy Feet project!  Service above self while making a difference in our community. Join us one Tuesday and see what all the fun is about!

                       Cayce West Columbia Rotary

                        Brookland Baptist Church Banquet & Conference Center

1066 Sunset Blvd.

West Columbia, SC 29169

Meets Tuesdays at Lunch 1:00pm -2:00pm

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Carolina Forest Sunrise supports Rotary has Heart

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Feb 232017

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise  supported the “Rotary has Heart ” program by collecting and delivering bags of canned goods to Churches Assisting People (CAP) in Conway. Pictured above : Darla Domke-Damonte (left)director of services of the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise and Gail LaSalle(right)Executive Director of the CAP Center.


Feb 232017

Ray Winters(left), District 3  Horry County School Board Member and Rotarian Carlos Scheer(right) are pictured above. Winters was a very interesting guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise recently and reported on a number of items including progress on the Ten Oaks Middle School, the first of five new schools in the county. An open house of the new school will be announced soon.Winters , an attorney, has a blog,,,or may be contacted at, or 843-450-4384.

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets each Wednesday at 7:00am at Beef O’Brady’s ,located in the Kroger -Carolina Forest Mall. Visitors are always welcome to enjoy a free breakfast ,learn about our community and opportunities to serve our community consistent with the Rotary credo, “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.”
Feb 232017

The Rotary Club of Columbia East celebrated Valentine’s Day with a special Valentine’s Day luncheon on Tuesday, February 14th.  Members were invited to bring their spouses and all in attendance were treated to a fantastic lunch provided by Seawell’s Catering.  Spouses were presented with roses by the club and following the meal, entertainment was provided by “Make Mine a Double” barbershop quartet.


Rotary Club of Little River Spirits Of Giving

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Feb 152017

3rd Annual Spirit of Giving held Jan. 26th at The Parsons Table 4305 McCorsley Ave.,Little River. The event was a huge success thanks to all our friends and neighbors who came out to support what we are doing in our community. Special thanks to our own members who worked hard to make it all come together.

Pictured are Little River Club President Dana Black-Bolch and her husband Mike Bolch and District 7770 Governor Sandee Brooks and her husband Mike Brooks.


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