University of South Carolina professor Dr. David Shields brought a tasty message as Capital Rotary’s June 5 guest speaker. Shields (flanked in photo by Rotarians Chris Myers at left and Ann Elliott) tries to revive the best-tasting produce and grains from Southern history and bring them back to the dinner table. He said these essential ingredients of delicious and distinctive foods have become nearly extinct, giving way to crops that are more economical to grow, ship and prepare but not as mouth-watering. A revival of Lowcountry farming and interest from chefs has created a demand for heirloom grains and vegetables. Shields has published more than 80 articles and a dozen books based on research into the antebellum South’s crops, meals and the cooks who prepared them. He also chairs the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation board and the Slow Food: Ark of Taste for the South project, called “a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction.” A native of Maryland, Dr. Shields received his undergraduate degree from William and Mary and his PhD from the University of Chicago. He was appointed a Carolina Distinguished Professor in 2014.
Capital Rotary president Philip Flynn (center in photo) congratulates Jimmy Gibbs (left) and Bud Foy for earning Paul Harris Fellow Plus-Four honors recognizing their continued contributions to The Rotary Foundation, the international service club’s charitable arm that supports programs for world understanding and peace. Gibbs and Foy have each made an initial $1,000 donation to the fund, followed by four additional gifts of $1,000 each. Gibbs, an insurance broker, is a past president and past assistant district governor who joined Capital Rotary in September 1995. Foy, a retired dentist, joined the club in March 2015 and was a member of the Rotary Club of Monterey, CA for 24 years before relocating to South Carolina.
The Spring Valley Rotary Club recognized four outstanding local high school students with a $1,500 scholarship at the club’s May 23 lunch meeting. The scholarship recipients from Spring Valley High School are Kristina Trifonova who plans to attend Emory University and Taylor Calista Williams who will be attending the University of South Carolina. Recipients from Ridgeview High School are Miranda Hurt, who will attend the University of South Carolina – Beaufort and Rodriquez Wilson who will enroll in the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s nursing program.
Hurt is active in the National Honor Society, National Beta Club and National Technical Honor Society. She served in leadership roles as Vice President of the Green Student Committee, Vice President of HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) and Senior Class Secretary.
Wilson has won Mr. Scholarship and Mr. Congeniality among his peers. He served on the Student Council and organized a Get Up and Vote campaign at Ridge View registering seniors to vote.
Trifonova participated in the Quiz Bowl, National Honor Society, served as a peer mentor and math competition team member and participant of the Independent Environmental Science Research group. She served in leadership roles as Co-President of the Science National Honor Society, and as an officer in the Spanish National Honor Society. She is the co-founder of Girls Who Code – a club that met weekly to teach themselves how to code, learning Python, a programming language.
Williams was active with the Beta Club, served as a peer tutor and played on the tennis team. She served on the President’s Council for Future Business Leaders of America and she is active in her youth church group, the Missionette’s at Refuge Temple Church. She will be attending USC as a Palmetto Fellow – a program for high achieving students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math.
Scholarship selection was based on the student’s academics, extracurricular involvement, financial need and an interview. The club provides applications to high school guidance counselors and selections are made annually in April. Spring Valley Rotary has been awarding these scholarships for the past thirty-one years with proceeds from the club’s annual pecan sale. The club provides four scholarships annually for local students as part of the club’s service to the community.Founded in 1978, the Rotary Club of Spring Valley has 100 members dedicated to service above self. Rotary is the world’s oldest service organization (founded in 1905) and is one of the largest global humanitarian service organizations. Visit www.springvalleyrotary.com or contact Sharleen Craig at 803-917-0053 for more information. The club meets for an excellent buffet lunch and program every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road.
Pictured are Pres. Angelika Senn , Fire Chief Tom Gwyer, Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune and Firefighter of the Year Captain Jim Clement. Second picture is Rotarian and Firefighter of the Year Committee Chair Todd Setzer. Third picture is Pres Angelika Senn, Fire Chief Tom Gwyer, Mr. Alan Clemmons-SC House of Representatives, and Firefighter of the Year Jim Clement. The fourth picture is the Myrtle Beach Fire Department Honor Guard. The fifth picture is Mr. Tom Keegan extending congratulations on behalf of Tom Rice.
On May 17, 2019 the Myrtle Beach Chicora Rotary Club hosted their 15th annual Firefighter of the Year event, honoring the hard working Firefighters of the City of Myrtle Beach. It was a capacity audience of firefighters, their families, City and State Officials and Rotarians mingling and enjoying each other’s company over lunch. This year’s nominees were Mathew Ballard, Thad Bowman, Joe Friedman and Jim Clement. While all the nominees are outstanding and deserving Firefighters, the 2019 Chicora Rotary Firefighter of the Year Award went to Captain Jim Clement!
The Myrtle Beach Fire Department responds to more than 18,000 service calls per year. More than 180 men and women help staff six stations and one administration office. The Chicora Rotary is proud to honor these unsung heroes.
The Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) awarded $2000.00 scholarships to three deserving students at its May 21, 2019 meeting.
The rotary club sponsors and recognizes students of the month from the three participating high schools (Airport High, Brookland-Cayce High and Wil Lou Gray Academy) each month during the academic year at the Tuesday Rotary meeting. Toward the end of the school year, the students apply for the scholarships. The application packets are reviewed by a panel of Rotarians from the club and a student from each school is then selected for the scholarship. This year’s recipients are named and pictured below! Congratulations to them all!
Saibriyya Pou of Airport High School received the $2000.00 Joh Parrish Scholarship
Maddison Stutts of Brookland Cayce High School received the $2000.00 Bruce Crowley Scholarship
Caitlyn Honea of Wil Lou Gray Acadmey received the $2000.00 Don Morris Scholarship to Midlands Technical College
Images: Cayce West Columbia Rotary President 2018-2019, Matt Patterson and Scholarship Chair, Neil Stalker presenting the checks to the students.
The Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) Rotary has been serving the community since 1962. CWC Rotary meets Tuesdays for Lunch from 1:00 -2:00pm at the Brookland Baptist Church Conference Center, West Columbia. The mission of the CWC Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance understanding, goodwill and peace through it fellowship of community leaders. Please visit the CWC Rotary Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CWCrotary/ for additional information or to inquire about being a lunch guest at an upcoming meeting.
Pictured are the Chicora Rotarians preparing the nightly meal for the homeless that are in the New Directions program.
This program provides room, food , clothing to any homeless person, provided that they make themselves presentable and go to classes to learn how to interview so they can again be self sufficient and get a job. We provide dinners for about 150 homeless men and women.
This project of the Chicora Rotary is repeated four times a year The Chicora Rotary is committed to serving the needs of our community, whether it be working at the Habitat for Humanity, delivering dictionaries to the school children, having a blood drive, providing shoes for needy elementary children or providing needed funds for the various school through the Waves program.
Pictured are Airman Robert Bellamy , Speaker Col. Joseph Barton and President Angeliki Senn, second picture Joseph Barton receiving a Veteran’s flag pendant from Retired Brig.General David Nagy and the third picture is the Myrtle Beach Junior Navy ROTC.Col.
Barton is combat hero who flew the A-10 or Warthog in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield for the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron in 1990-1991 He developed night tactics for the A-10 which permitted the A-10 to be used in night time operationsUpon returning home he was he was named Commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron Col Barton was base commander at Myrtle Beach until the base was deactivated in 1992. Col Barton logged over 2580 flying hours in the A-10.
The A-10 that Colonel Barton flew during Operation Desert Storm , “The Dawg Hawg” is on permanent display at the War Bird Park in Market Commons, the city that was built where the Myrtle Beach Air Force was previously located,The Chicora Rotary was honored to have this combat hero speaker at our Veteran’s Appreciation Day program
May 14, 2019: The Historic Rotary Club of Charleston celebrated students and teachers by awarding 4 high school “Service Above Self” Scholarships and celebrating the Top 5 Honor Roll Teachers, including the Charleston Teacher of the Year.
Rotary Service Above Self Scholarships were awarded to the following students:
Ke’von Singleton (First Baptist HS; Morehosue College). Ke’von described how his interest in documentary film and the creation of “Atlanta, a City You Love to Hate” led him to realize his voice needed to be heard. After his film won several honors and was shown at the National African American History Museum, he went on to participate in the Charleston Republican Students for Action committee, volunteering at the Gibbs and YMCA Summer Camp for Black Artists and other local groups.
Catherine Dixon, (ASheley Hall HS; USC Honors College. Ms. Dixon told our club about how at 6 years old she realized she didn’t want gifts and asked her mom if she could raise money for Boys Farm, a home for disadvantaged boys. Since 2007 she has been raising money for Boys Farm and estimates she has help raise over $10,000 for the program.
Halle Kilburn (Porter Gaud HS; Univ of Tennessee). Haley said she believes service to others is the most important extracurricular activity she is involved in. She is a service leader for the school’s blood drive, helps at Ronald McDonald House, Pet Helpers, Habitat for Humanity, Bishop Gadsden, and Bouquets for Vets.
Larry Singletary (Burke HS; The Citadel)
Larry volunteers for disabled veterans, participates in ROTC, is a youth altar person at his church. Mr. Singletary said that since elementary school he has always tried to help others.
Charleston County School District Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait and Chief of Staff Erica Taylor introduced the 5 finalists for CCSD Teacher of the Year. The recipients are:
- Erin Bua has taught for 27 years and is a teacher at James B. Edwards Elementary School.
- James Costner has taught math for 5 years at Laing Middle School.
- Shantia Wilder has taught for 19 years at Chicora Elementary School
- Melissa Reese is this year’s Teacher of the Year Runner Up. She has taught for 7 years at Murray- Lasaine Elementary
- Teacher of the Year, Jayuntay Williams, teaches at West Ashley Middle School.Jayuntay Williams
Williams gave a short speech about his love for teaching and that he strives to lead in all that he does. He searches for ways to engage students by dancing, singing, teaching, etc. His goal is to bridge the gap between home and school and strives to get his students parents involved in their scholastic activities.