Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company backs community improvement outreach efforts in education, arts and culture, and health and wellness. The Columbia-based firm and its employees had a positive local impact topping $2.4 million in 2016, including over $700,000 in employee giving and more than 11,000 hours of volunteer time for charitable organizations. That’s according to president and CEO Tim Arnold – flanked by Capital Rotary members Matthew Pollard (left) and Frank Rutkowski (right) – the club’s Sept. 20 guest speaker. Arnold said Colonial Life is especially proactive in school programs such as Junior Achievement, literacy and mentoring, and educator leadership training. These demonstrate the company is a corporate good neighbor committed to student achievement and preparation of a future workforce. Arnold earned a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s in business administration degree in finance from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He joined Colonial Life in July 2011.
What a great way to kick off Membership Month. On Thursday, August 3rd the, Ann Thomason, sponsored by Doug Bridges. Ann works for Trident Solutions as an account lead/Sr IT recruiter. She’s active with her church, Junior League, suicide prevention awareness and animal rescue. Ann will fit right in because Rotary is all about Making A Difference. Thanks Doug for sponsoring a new member.
Eight of the state’s central region counties are enjoying the fruits of economic development efforts seeking new business and employment – to the tune of investments totaling over $12 billion and creation of more than 68,000 jobs. That’s what Capital Rotary Club members heard from Sept. 13 guest speaker Mike Briggs, shown talking with Rotarian Andy Markl (back to camera). Since 1997, Briggs has been president and CEO of the Central SC Alliance, a regional public-private partnership dedicated to stimulating economies in Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties as well as the City of Columbia. The alliance has been especially successful in boosting global investment. Briggs said more than 22,000 workers in the area are employed by foreign affiliates, and there are businesses from over two dozen countries represented region wide. He said the most important keys to continuing economic expansion are (1) a workforce dedicated to becoming more highly skilled and (2) an abundance of suitable buildings and site locations to quickly accommodate business needs.
Livingston presented Conway Rotary Distinguished Service Award
George Livingston was presented the Dr. Carl Busbee Distinguished Service Award at a recent special meeting of the Conway Rotary Club. Livingston is a Past President and an active member of the Conway Rotary Club. Altman was selected by Steve Williams, the previous award winner. (L-R Steve Williams and George Livingston.)
Water and Sanitation
According to Water Missions International
842,000 people die every year globally due to diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene. That is approximately 2,300 people/day.
Approximately 2.4 Billion people live without adequate sanitation. That’s 35% of the Global population.
Reductions in time to collect water has been found to increase school attendance.
Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4-$35 economic return.
District 7770 has donated over $100,000 for clean drinking water
Many of our Clubs have donated to the District Water Project. This Water Project has written and delivered over $100,000 in Water Systems to underdeveloped countries. I would like to congratulate those clubs that have been a part of these grants.
Rotarians from the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston participated in Water Missions International’s Annual Walk for Water. The funds raised will support safe water community development projects. It was a family-friendly, non-competitive event. Rotarians began their walk with an empty bucket symbolizing the trek that millions take each day to fetch water. Halfway through the walk, buckets were filled with water and the journey was completed.
The Rotary Club of Bluffon also had a walk for water to support the water system they provided in Peru. The Bluffton club recently sent a congratulatory Facebook post “to our friends at Rotary Club Paita Centro in Peru from your friends at the Bluffton Rotary Club in SC. So grateful to have had the opportunity to partner with you to bring clean water to the wonderful people of Miramar:
Walter Hughes a Virginia Rotarian has taken several groups to Ghana to provide clean water. Our District has contributed Global Grant money and talent to these missions.
Walter said, “I am honored to be a White House Champion of Change. I’m accepting on behalf of Rotarians and friends from a team of more than 80 Rotary clubs in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Ghana, and South Sudan. We are celebrating the end of Guinea worm disease in Ghana in West Africa. It all started with a dream. I’m the lucky guy who gets to witness lives transformed around the world.” District Rotarians, Dr. Anne Matthews PRIVP, David Michaux PRID, Helen Ryan Rotarian and others accompanied Walter on one such mission.
It was “Ladies Day” at Spring Valley Rotary last week, when we inducted three new members, Brenda Milton, sponsored by Martie McParland and Patsy Brewer, Gwen Rawls, sponsored by Paula Matthews and Gina Pollack, sponsored by Stevie Johnson. Our club continues to have the highest percentage of women Rotarians in our District, just one of the many ways we are a diverse Rotary Club. Thanks to these members for sponsoring new members.
Brenda Milton is a retired Media Specialist in Richland District One with 31 years of service in the Army Reserves. She currently volunteers with Richland School Districts 1 and 2, serving as a mentor to students and assisting teachers in the class room. Gina Pollack is First Citizens Bank Branch Manager and is new to Columbia as of September of 2015, relocating from Massachusetts. Gwen Rawls is the owner of Gwen Rawls Italian Shoe Boutique in Trenholm Plaza.
Welcome to our newest Spring Valley Rotarians.