Rotarians are never too young to make a difference!

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Oct 082018
 

Early Act Rotarians, Cade Kriscunas, (age 11 from Hilton Head Prep School) and Efrain Tinoco, (age 10 from Hilton Head IB Elementary School) with Rotarian Brian Julius (age much older), the Founder and CEO of Speaking Books® showcasing their latest creative concept, “Children Coping with Cancer.”

This Speaking Book for free distribution to children in pediatric oncology wards in the USA, was written in English and Spanish and narrated by our two young speakers, Cade and Efrain, to reach out to all “the other kids just like us with our message of hope and encouragement, to stay strong and brave and to never give up on beating cancer”

With a push of a button, children diagnosed with cancer, and their families and care givers can listen to storyteller “David” speaking in English or Spanish, explaining in an entertaining and uplifting way, what cancer is, their treatment and how they are going to get better. In particular David emphasizes that cancer is an illness, that it isn’t catching, and not caused by being naughty or because of doing something wrong – a popular misconception amongst children and their parents. Although written and recorded primarily for ages 4-12, this publication will be understood and appreciated by all

This groundbreaking Speaking Book was developed with the input and assistance from a number of pediatric oncologists, and endorsed by the World Medical Association, funded by Pfizer and Speaking Books, and has the support of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head to arrange with Rotary clubs throughout the USA, for the free distribution to childrens cancer centers.

For further information, and to obtain a free sample, please contact:

Brian Julius

bj@speakingbooks.com  1-843-298-1017

Rotarian Brian Julius and Cade Kriscunas Interviewed by Local Outlet

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Oct 082018
 

Rotarian Brian Julius of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island and Cade Kriscunas one of the club’s elementary Early Act members  and narrator of Speaking Book: Children Coping with Cancer are interviewed by Bob Stevens from WHHTV about the book.  Please click on the link below to see the interview.

Authority Works to Provide Affordable Housing

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Oct 032018
 

Columbia Housing Authority’s goal has not changed since its 1934 founding – it works to provide affordable homes for city and Richland County residents.  That mission was explained by executive director Gilbert Walker, guest speaker for Capital Rotary’s Oct. 3 meeting.  Walker (at right in photo with Rotarian Chris Ray) said 7,000 families – about 28,000 people – make up the authority’s current tenants list.  Housing costs range from $50 to about $1,500 monthly, depending on financial ability.  Walker said authority income includes federal funding, tenant rents and returns from investments.  Columbia Housing Authority is the nation’s third-oldest organization of its type, the biggest in South Carolina and the largest local provider of seniors housing.  Redevelopment of the 1940s-era Gonzales Gardens site – vacant since Gardens demolition last year – is expected to begin this November.  Walker said the project will create an impressive “gateway for the city and Richland County.”  Redevelopment proposals include single family houses, midrises for seniors, garage townhomes, mixed-income rentals and a community center/museum.  Despite its success and ambitious plans, Walker said the authority sees unmet needs – a waiting list of 15,000 people seeking homes.

Oct 032018
 

Capital Rotary member Gene Oliver (center in photo) was recognized Oct. 3 for his latest donation to The Rotary Foundation in support of international programs promoting peace and world understanding.  Oliver is a Paul Harris Fellow plus-three giver (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with three additional gifts in the same amount).  Oliver – a retired college administrator – joined the Capital club nine years ago and has been a Rotarian for more than 50 years.  Immediate past president Blake DuBose (left) is the club’s chair for Foundation contributions, while current president Philip Flynn is at right.

Dictionary Project Serves Students

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Oct 022018
 

Capital Rotary Club members John Guignard (standing left rear) and Rowland Alston (standing right rear) helped deliver new paperback dictionaries to this Arden Elementary School third-grade class as part of the club’s participation in The Dictionary Project.  The project – begun by a non-profit organization in Charleston in 1995 – aims to help young people become good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners.  Capital Rotary donated dictionaries to some 900 students in 12 Richland County District One schools for 2018.  Over the past 14 years, the club has distributed personal dictionaries to 14,000 students in the Columbia area.  A number of other Rotary clubs in South Carolina and throughout the country are Dictionary Project sponsors.  One of Rotary International’s major goals is improving basic education and literacy for adults and young people.

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!

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