Governor Sees ‘Great Opportunity’ for SC

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Sep 262018

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told Capital Rotarians that the state is “on the edge of great prosperity” and must not miss the “window of opportunity for economic expansion and growth that will take care of our problems.”  McMaster – a Republican running for re-election in November against Democrat James Smith – was Sept. 26’s guest speaker for the Columbia area club.  He said the state’s competitive advantages in attracting new industry include (1) “three great research universities – the Medical University, University of South Carolina and Clemson University”; (2) “the best technical college system in the country” to train the needed workforce; (3) the Port of Charleston, which is being deepened to accommodate the world’s largest container ships; (4) inland ports at Greer and Dillon, making South Carolina the only state in the nation with two inland ports located on major highways like I-85 and I-95; and (5)  a “unique population” made up of residents who are “friendly, hardworking and proud of what we’ve accomplished.”  McMaster became the state’s chief executive in January 20127 after serving two years as lieutenant governor, eight years as attorney general and four years as United States attorney.  McMaster received his AB degree in history in 1969 from the University of South Carolina and his JD degree in 1973 from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Hosting Basketball Regionals = Win for Columbia

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Sep 192018

When Columbia hosts the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Regionals next March, that could bring 20,000-25,000 visitors to town and generate a potential $9 million economic impact.  Scott Powers, executive director of Experience Columbia SC Sports, is working alongside the University of South Carolina to make that experience welcoming, user-friendly and enjoyable for players, coaches, media and fans.  Powers (shown at left with Rotarian Alex Serkes) was Capital Rotary’s Sept. 19 guest speaker.  He said the event – to be held March 22-24, 2019 at Colonial Life Arena – is the first time Columbia has been an NCAA Regionals host since 1970.  The eight college teams slated to compete in first and second round games won’t be announced until March 17.  How well the tournament draws will be influenced by which teams will be playing, where they’ll be traveling from, each team’s fan base and their fans’ willingness to travel.  Powers is encouraging the Midlands to get involved by offering community events, fun things to do while in town and food/drink specials.  “All eyes will be on Columbia to determine whether we will be selected to host again,” he said.  Powers has been Experience Columbia SC Sports director since 2004.  He’s a USC graduate, a Leadership Columbia gradate and a founding member of the South Carolina Sports Alliance.

Recognition for Two More Foundation Donors

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Sep 192018

Two more Capital Rotarians have been recognized for donations to The Rotary Foundation in support of international programs promoting peace and world understanding.  Shown in the photo from left are Blake DuBose, immediate past president and Foundation giving chair; E.J. Newby and Stephen West, both Paul Harris Fellow plus-one givers (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with an additional gift in the same amount); and Philip Flynn, club president.  Newby joined Capital Rotary in 2017, while West has been a member since 2005.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Clinton (Jerry) Brown at The Rotary Club of Hampton County

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Sep 172018

On August 20th, Dr. Clinton (Jerry) Brown, better known to most as “Coach”, spoke at The Hampton County Rotary Club meeting. Coach Brown came to Wade Hampton High School, in Varnville, SC, in May 2017, filling the roles of Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. Dr. Brown’s success on and off the field begins with great focus and preparation in the weight room. He builds on young men’s strength and character, as well as their drive to win. As he spoke, he shared his beliefs behind his successes. “I am not there to be their friend, but to help them build their strength to succeed on the field and in life”, he stated. Coach’s life lessons were not easy, as he struggled at a young age growing up without a father. However, this and other experiences have helped him better understand from where some of his students come from. Just as his high school football coach was an example to him, he works to be an example to his students.

While Dr. Brown gives a lot of credit to his wife, who stands by his side and supports his career, his faith in God is most important to him. It is apparent Coach’s faith follows him onto the field and throughout his career. He explains, “You must be prepared if you expect to go to Heaven, just as you must be prepared if you expect to win a ballgame”.

Within a week after speaking to our club, Dr. Brown will be inducted into the South Carolina Football Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in December 2018! During his career, Coach has won five State Championships and has been named Palmetto State Coach of the Year five times. As of today, he seems to be well on his way for another victory at Wade Hampton High School.

Coach’s efforts are not to show students and athletes how to reach the minimum, but rather to challenge them to exceed expectations and push beyond limits. This is his goal for not only on the field, but in life as well.

Dr. Brown’s philosophy can also be used to inspire Rotarians each and every day……to push beyond our comfort zones and exceed our own expectations!

Association Mission: End Alzheimer’s

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Sep 132018

The Alzheimer’s Association-South Carolina Chapter’s vision for the future is a world without the dreaded disease of dementia.  Taylor Wilson (shown with Rotarian Tony Thompson), chapter director of communications and advocacy, was Capital Rotary’s guest speaker on Sept. 12.  She detailed the statewide group’s work to educate, support and advance critical research for treating, preventing and, ultimately, curing Alzheimer’s.  The chapter also promotes the needs and rights of patients and caregivers.  Wilson said 89,000 South Carolinians have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s; there are 309,000 caregivers in the state.  South Carolina’s death rate from Alzheimer’s is the nation’s highest and went up by 180% in the past year.  Wilson lauded Rotary for its support of CART – the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust – a project started in 1996 to provide funds for cutting edge research to cure Alzheimer’s disease.  Wilson joined the Alzheimer’s Association staff three years ago and has spent the last 10 years working with non-profits around the Midlands area.  She is a 2007 graduate of the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business.

Congressman Joe Wilson Speaks at Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia

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Sep 052018
Congressman Joe Wilson spoke at the Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia on Tuesday, August 21.  Wilson served as Club President in 1979-80, currently he is an honorary member of the club.
Congressman Wilson is proud to promote Rotary in many ways.  He was instrumental in the re-establishment of the Rotary clubs in Bulgaria.
Photo # 1 is Club President Matt Patterson and Congressman Wilson
Photo #2 is Congressman Wilson

Chicora Rotary Speaker Monica Vehige

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Sep 052018

Pictured are Monica Vehige and Chicora President Angelika Senn.  Monica is a vice president for ambulatory care for Mcleod Health. She was promoted to Administrator/Chief Operating Officer for Mcleod Seacoast and Loris Hospitals.  Her commitment to Mcleod’s mission and values was the main item that drew her to this organization.  She has been in the healthcare industry for more that 23 years.  She updated the Chicora Rotary club in what McLeod Health is doing in the every changing healthcare industry.  The Chicora Rotary very much appreciated the update and look forward the improvements in the healthcare industry that Monica and the Mcleod organization will provide for this and other areas.

Chicora Rotary Impacts Local Community

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Sep 052018

For the year 2017–2018 year Chicora Rotary impacted over 3000 individuals in our local community we did this by purchasing shoes and coats for 100 kids at the project Happy Feet. Chicora Rotary donated dictionaries to 369 local third graders, feeding over 100 individuals at Street Reach Homeless Shelter. We cooked and served the food at the shelter. Over 150 students were impacted by are donations to Freedom Writers. Which helps the reader to improve their skills.  The  Anyor High School orchestra benefited from our donations of buying music stands. The elderly at Eagle Crest Retirement Home were entertained by our  Christmas caroling. Over 680 students were able to perform at the Waves of the Future. They performed in front of 1500 spectators and thousands of local students from 22 schools benefiting from our $15,000 donation to their fine arts program. This Wave of the Future program is a continuing program of the Chicora Rotary and this year we have collected with advertising and ticket sales over $60,000. The Chicora Rotary would like to thank President Blakely for the fine job that she has done in her year of presidency.  Her  accomplishments have raised the bar for future presidents, thank you so much President Blakely.

Pictured is our President Blakely Roof and incoming President Angelika Senn.

Law Enforcement Schooling for Rotarians

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Aug 292018

Capital Rotary Club visited the Richland County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 29 for a slide show and briefing by Deputy Amanda Jordan (photo) on the agency’s mission, values, organization and programs.  With its population of more than 400,000 spread over 756 square miles, the county presents a policing challenge for the sheriff’s force of 700 uniformed officers and 140 support personnel.  Jordan said Sheriff Leon Lott stresses core values of service, integrity, accountability and professionalism for all employees and works to develop a sense of family throughout the organization’s various divisions and offices.  She encouraged Rotarians to spread the word about the Citizens Police Academy – a 14-week program of classes designed to give participants an overview of the Sheriff’s Department structure, services and personnel.  Jordan is a University of South Carolina gradate who’s been a deputy for 15 years and now is a sergeant in the Office of Public Information and Media Relations.  Capital Rotary’s Aug. 29 briefing was part of the club’s Fifth Wednesday program substituting local field trips in place of a regular meeting.

25th Polo For Charity Match by the Rotary Club of Okatie

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Aug 262018

BLUFFTON, SC – The Rotary Club of Okatie is proud to present the 25th Polo for Charity match. Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 28 at Rose Hill Equestrian Center in Bluffton. The gates open at noon and the match kicks-off at 2 p.m. With a rich and vibrant history, it is considered one of the top social events of the fall in Bluffton. In addition to all the tailgating, good food, and competitive equestrian action on the field, all the proceeds go to a local charities.


New this year with the celebration of the 25th match is the unveiling of the prestigious Engel & Vӧlkers Cup that will be awarded to the winning Polo team. The silver cup will be a symbol for the 25th Polo for Charity match and this coveted prize will be displayed by the winning team sponsor in their offices for the entire year. And, Platinum team sponsor Lang Capital returns for the 4th consecutive year. Pete and Tracey Lang continue to support Polo For Charity as their biggest charitable event each year.


Tailgate tents line the field and there’s a little bit of something for everyone. Your tailgate reflects you and can be as fancy or as simple as you want it to be. There are prizes given for Best Tailgate – so if you’re competitive, then you’ll want to step up your game.

What’s more important than the décor are the people you choose with which to spend the day! It’s a great way to have a FUN group outing for family and friends. Reservations for sponsorships and VIP patron positions on the field are still available, though filling fast.

Polo fashion is always as diverse as the food and drinks. Some patrons choose to dress to the nines, while others choose to go with “Lowcountry casual” (shorts and golf shirts.) At halftime, spectators are invited on the field to replace the mounds of grass that have been unearthed by the horses’ hooves. It’s always a fun time to “stomp the divots” and meet more of the spectators.


Proceeds will benefit the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes (LFWMH) – a local all-volunteer organization whose mission is to bring awareness to combat-wounded veterans of the Lowcountry. 100% of all proceeds raised by the LFWMH go directly to support services for veterans and their families located in the Lowcountry.  “We are truly pleased that The Rotary Club of Okatie has partnered with us for the 2018 Polo for Charity Event” said Russ Spicer the founder of the LFWMH.  “Proceeds raised from this event will go toward our 17th sponsored service dog from K9s for Warriors — the nation’s largest provider of service canines for disabled vets suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injury. In honor of this event, this dog will be named ‘Okatie’ and will be paired with a deserving wounded warrior from our area.”


Support the event by becoming an Event Sponsor or by purchasing a Polo Tailgating Package. The Rotary Club can help you with all the details from tents, tables and chairs to arranging catering. You can support the event by purchasing a program ad, donating a raffle prize, buying a $5 raffle ticket or by becoming a “Friend of Polo” for just a $30 donation.

Of course, the most fun way to support the event is to attend the event. General admission tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, children 12 and under free.


For more information:

Barbara McFadden at 843-298-3055

Juli Lester at 843-384-8010.


To learn more about the event, follow on Facebook at Okatie Rotary Polo for Charity

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