Members of the University of South Carolina’s Rotaract Club got hands-on community service experience Feb. 13 when they joined other volunteers from Capital Rotary at Harvest Hope Food Bank for an hour of packing groceries for distribution to the hungry. Taking part were (from left in photo) Kara Owens, sophomore in marketing; Tina Sorensen, freshman in nursing; Alex Stevens, sophomore in biomedical engineering; Gioia Chakravorti, sophomore in international business/supply chain and operations management; and Rotaract president Joel Welch, a senior in accounting/finance. Also present but not pictured were Angie Church, freshman in international business/accounting and Mandy Spiegel, freshman in international business/finance. Rotaract clubs are open to adults ages 18-30 interested in community service, in developing leadership and professional skills, and who enjoy networking and social activities.
Foregoing their regular breakfast meeting, Capital Rotary Club members spent an hour of community service volunteer time Feb. 13 at Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Shop Road headquarters in Columbia. They bagged and stocked five bins with approximately 3,000 pounds of edibles destined for the Emergency Food Pantry. Harvest Hope, begun in 1981, works to meet the needs of hungry people in 20 counties in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Greater Greenville regions of South Carolina. Capital Rotarians traditionally volunteer at the facility at least once a year as a group.
Capital Rotary members Jay von Kolnitz (right in photo) and Jack Williamson (center) were recognized by club president Philip Flynn (left) on Feb. 6 for their latest donations to The Rotary Foundation in support of international programs promoting peace and world understanding. Von Kolnitz is a Paul Harris Fellow plus-four giver (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with four additional gifts in the same amount). He is a 30-year Rotary member and was a longtime sergeant-at-arms for the club. Williamson is a Paul Harris Fellow plus-one contributor (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with an additional gift in the same amount). He joined the Capital club in 2008 and currently serves as sergeant-at-arms.
Pictured are past president Blakely Roof and speaker Shellie Rabon. Shellie is the founder of Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams. Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams is a nonprofit that provides positive events and activities to abandoned, abused and neglected children who live in shelters and groups homes The children are taken on trips and they are provided with gifts during the holidays. They are also taken to sporting events , make crafts and most of all ,the volunteers offer their time. This organization is providing a service that in a small measure tries to duplicate that which the children would experience in a normal family environment. The Chicora Rotary very much appreciates the opportunity to make the public aware of the the need to support both financially and with sweat equity organizations such as the Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams program .
Mayor John Tecklenburg provided his hometown Rotary club. The Historic Rotary Club of Downtown Charleston, a preview of his upcoming Sate of the City address at a recent meeting. The Mayor is a long-time and active member of the Charleston club, making his way from City Hall to the club’s meetings and activities on a regular basis. At last week’s meeting he gave Rotarians some insight into the most pressing concerns for his administration, which are topped by flooding concerns downtown and the city’s sea level rise strategy. Other issues he focused on included roads, public transit and affordable housing.
Most pressing from many residents of Charleston are flooding issues, which the Mayor noted are partly a result of the fact that approximately half of peninsula Charleston used to be water or marsh. In 1984 the City of Charleston developed a Drainage Master Plan, but flooding issues continued to worsen. Then, in 2015 we experienced the thousand-year rainfall, in 2016 Hurricane Matthew, and in 2017 Hurricane Irma. These three years of flooding crises let the City to develop an updated vision for dealing with flooding and sea level rise due to global warming.
Mayor Tecklenburg is in his first term as mayor of Charleston and has announced he will run for re-election in the November election this year.
The Myrtle Beach Rotary Club is proud to congratulate one of its long time members, Dr. Subhash Saxena, in recognition of the recently established Dr. Subhash Saxena Math Suite on the campus of Coastal Carolina University!
In recognition of a recent gift to the College of Science from Subhash C. Saxena, a retired CCU faculty member, the mathematics faculty office suite and teaching space on the second floor of the newly renovated R. Cathcart Smith Science Center has been named the Dr. Subhash Saxena Math Suite.
The new endowed fund will support faculty members and undergraduate students who conduct mathematics research.
Saxena, distinguished professor emeritus, left his native India in late 1959 after earning a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D., all in mathematics, from the University of Delhi. He began teaching at Coastal in 1973 and was a mainstay of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2000. The annual Dr. Subhash C. Saxena Math Contest, named in his honor, draws students to campus from throughout South Carolina to compete for awards, prizes and scholarships.
In 1985, Saxena earned the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award and was then named Outstanding Teacher within the University of South Carolina system. He served as mathematics department chair from 1987 to 1993. He is also credited with establishing a Pi Mu Epsilon national mathematics honor society chapter on campus.
Pictured are Chicora Pres Angelika Senn and second from the right is Dr. Amanda Turbeville who was the speaker at the Friday meeting. Dr. Turbeville is a board certified general surgeon caring for patients at McLeod Loris Seacoast Surgery. Dr Turbeville gave a very interesting presentation on the use of robotics in a wide range of complex procedures, these include Inguinal Hernia Repair, Ventral Hernia, Gallbladder Removal, and Colon Removal. Other areas of use would be OB/Gyn and Urology. The doctors presentation was very down to earth speaking about a very high level processes and advanced technological advancements. We are proud to have such a skilled professional working in our local hospital. The Chicora Rotary is pleased to be associated with Dr. Turbeville and the McLeod Medical Group, and we hope she will come back again to visit the Rotary club.
Capital Rotary members got a firsthand look Jan. 30 at Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation’s expanded facility in Lexington County. The $125 million investment adds 36,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the company’s West Columbia campus located off 12 Street Extension near the Amazon distribution center. Nephron is a leading maker of respiratory and other sterile medications for hospitals, retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home care companies and long-term care facilities. Nephron announced plans to move to the Midlands in 2011 and relocated its headquarters from Orlando, FL. Capital Rotary first visited the campus in October 2014. The club tours various points of interest throughout the community as part of its Fifth Wednesday program that substitutes field trips in place of a regular weekly breakfast meeting.
In their Jan. 23 meeting Capital Rotarians were urged to help educate, inspire and encourage South Carolinians to participate in the nation’s 2020 census. Guest speaker Doris Greene (at left in photo with club member Daniel Moses) said the decennial population count data is used to determine federal funds for the state and in legislative and school redistricting. The 2010 numbers resulted in federal monies averaging $1,499 per year for each South Carolina resident for 10 years. Census Day is coming April 1, 2020, with results due by Dec. 31 of that year. Greene said the goal is “to count everybody residing in South Carolina whether they are a citizen or not.” She said “complete count committees” are being formed for community outreach to boost participation. The state’s 2010 response averaged 75 per cent, with every county reporting higher numbers. The 2020 census will offer and encourage people to respond via the internet so that the count can be accurate, secure and convenient. Greene is serving as a census leader for the third time. The Columbia native has been a CA Johnson High School teacher, a Midlands Tech faculty member, an adjunct professor at Benedict College and worked at the SC Department of Education. She is a magna cum laude Benedict College graduate with a master’s degree in adult education from the University of South Carolina and has been on the Habitat for Humanity International board.
Human trafficking is a growing multi-billion-dollar crime worldwide. Victims include children, the homeless or people from difficult family situations, undocumented immigrants and the disabled. Capital Rotarians heard details from Jan. 16 guest speakers Sherri Lydon (left in photo) and Elliott Daniels (right in photo). Lydon is US Attorney for the District of South Carolina, while Daniels is an Assistant US Attorney. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery – using force, fraud or coercion to exploit victims. They can be manipulated physically or psychologically and pressed into domestic service, commercial sex trafficking or forced labor. Victims may be exploited by employers, family members, caregivers or intimate partners, friends or acquaintances. In 2018 South Carolina had 127 human trafficking hotline reports, mostly for commercial sex or forced labor. Incidents were most numerous in Richland, Horry, Greenville and Charleston counties. Daniels said more citizen awareness combats human trafficking. He urged support for non-profit organizations that help and shelter victims, plus offering them job opportunities. To keep children safe from being lured into trafficking via the internet, he said parents need to “know who your kids are talking to online” and set social media boundaries. Lydon is a Clemson and University of South Carolina Law School graduate who was appointed the state’s US Attorney in May 2018. Daniels has undergraduate and law degrees from George Washington University and studied international law at Oxford University.