Pawmetto Lifeline’s work on behalf of animal rescue and welfare in the Midlands paid dividends for more than 45,000 companion pets in the Midlands last year, according Jack Sloan, director of development for the non-profit and Capital Rotary’s Aug. 8th guest speaker. Sloan (shown at right in photo with club president Philip Flynn) said the ultimate goal is to have a no-kill community here, so that no healthy, adoptable dog or cat is euthanized in a municipal shelter or dies because it is homeless. Pawmetto Lifeline’s 80 employees and 200 volunteers treat pet overpopulation with adoption, medical care, rescue and education programs. Sloan said there’s special emphasis on spay/neuter services as the most cost-effective and humane way to reduce the number of unwanted pets. Sloan, a graduate of The Citadel with an MBA from the University of Tennessee, joined Pawmetto Lifeline after a long career at national and state chambers of commerce. He’s also been a board member for several clubs and organizations including Columbia Rotary.
Isaac Burt, a member of the sales team at Columbia’s Godwin Motors, has joined Capital Rotary. Burt (center in photo with club president Philip Flynn at right and sponsor Matthew Pollard) is a native of Portsmouth, NH. He was a high school swimming, football and track and field athlete and a college swimmer and wrestler. Burt majored in political science with a religion minor at Greensboro College in Greensboro, NC, where he also served as junior class president, student body president the following year and as a resident advisor for two years. He was a Founders Scholarship recipient at the college.
Pictured are the busy Chicora Rotarians working at the Street Reach facility that serves and shelters the homeless in the Myrtle Beach area. This is a quarterly project for the Chicora Rotary Club this Rotary year. We are proud to be able to help our less fortunate neighbors who are experiencing difficult times. Huge Thanks to Frank Clark for organizing the Street Reach service project. Frank spent the afternoon running around in the pouring rain to gather and deliver supplies. Thanks also to Alice Yerkes and Brightwater Retirement Community for donating potato salad and baked beans. Last, but certainly not least, thanks to those Rotarians who were not deterred by the rain and came out to prep, cook, and serve. Eight members fed about 130 hungry people who were super grateful. Well done team Chicora!
The Chicora Rotary again had the pleasure of inviting Macie McMillan and her younger sister to tell us about their pet project that has turn into a large scale operation. It all started several years ago when Macie. who is a 7th grader started the project, by asking her friends and family to bring backpacks instead of presents to her birthday party. The next Summer she began activity asking everyone she saw at church and in her neighborhood to sponsor a backpack. This little entrepreneur grew this great little idea into a major funding of assistance for less fortunate classmates To date she and her program have donated 1138 backpacks to schools in Horry County Every year she comes to Chicora Roary for assistance, last year we funded enough to purchase 30 backpacks and this year we gave her funds enough to buy 24 backpacks. These funds only represent those funds collected at the meeting. she gave her address to the entire club so they could send in additional funds,if they desired. The Chicora wishes Macie well on the wonderful civic project.
The Chicora Rotary is very proud of our participation in the Paul Harris Foundation. Pictured are two Rotarians Dale Zelglin and Tom Leath , both Past Presidents, receiving their PHL pins, Dale achieved the 3rd PHF award and Tom achieved his 7th PHF award The first picture shows Dale receiving his while the second picture show Tom receiving his award Some statistics that the Chicora Rotary Club is proud of include, We have 48 PHF, 42 of them are multiple PHF Fellows, we are a 100% PHF Club, we have been a 100% PHF Sustaining member club for 8 straight years. Our club and club members have contributed over $401,300.00 to the Rotary Foundation since we were chartered in 1979. This is no small task but with the excellent support of the members the boards the presidents and the outstanding leadership of our Foundation officer ,Mr Marc Smith ,we have achieved almost impossible goals.
Pictured is our past president Jory Taylor and speaker patrolman Kenneth Harlow and canine Roscoe and the second picture is Roscoe and a couple of his cute little friends. Patrolman Harlow is a member of the canine team with Roscoe He is certified in drug detection, tracking and article searches. This college educated Myrtle Beach police officer is an Intrical part of the excellent police force protecting the resort town of Myrtle Beach. The Chicora Rotary is very proud to be closely associated with patrolman Harlow and the Myrtle Beach Police Department. The Rotarians feel safer with Roscoe on patrol.
Special thanks to Patrolman Harlow and Roscoe
South Carolina treasurer Curtis Loftis briefed Capital Rotary members on his role as the state’s “private banker” when he was the club’s guest speaker Aug. 1. Loftis said his office manages, invests and maintains custody of tens of billions of dollars in public funds. As “the taxpayer’s friend,” Loftis said he is committed to transparency and accountability in improving cash flow and eliminating fraud, waste and abuse. He touted the success of the Unclaimed Property Program that has returned more than $137 million in unclaimed funds to state residents. Loftis also praised growth in South Carolina’s Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan, where he has overseen an increase in the number of enrollees to 145,000 accounts and total assets of $3.34 billion. A 1981 University of South Carolina graduate, Loftis is a member of Cayce-West Columbia Rotary and serves on a number of state and national boards and commissions.
The City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities director has joined Capital Rotary. Melissa L. Lindler (shown at center in photo with sponsor Gloria Saeed and club president Philip Flynn) took her city post after more than 20 years of experience in government and non-profit work. Most recently she was district planning and outreach director for Congressmen Jim Clyburn. Previously she was a staff member at the SC Department of Education and at South Carolina State University. She received her BA in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina, and earned graduate certification in public management from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. Lindler’s volunteer activities include board service for the International African American Museum, the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics, the Columbia Chapter of the Society, Inc., Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. and the Total Care for the Homeless Coalition.