Feb 132019

Members of the University of South Carolina’s Rotaract Club got hands-on community service experience Feb. 13 when they joined other volunteers from Capital Rotary at Harvest Hope Food Bank for an hour of packing groceries for distribution to the hungry.  Taking part were (from left in photo) Kara Owens, sophomore in marketing; Tina Sorensen, freshman in nursing; Alex Stevens, sophomore in biomedical engineering; Gioia Chakravorti, sophomore in international business/supply chain and operations management; and Rotaract president Joel Welch, a senior in accounting/finance.  Also present but not pictured were Angie Church, freshman in international business/accounting and Mandy Spiegel, freshman in international business/finance. Rotaract clubs are open to adults ages 18-30 interested in community service, in developing leadership and professional skills, and who enjoy networking and social activities.        

Feb 132019

Foregoing their regular breakfast meeting, Capital Rotary Club members spent an hour of community service volunteer time Feb. 13 at Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Shop Road headquarters in Columbia.  They bagged and stocked five bins with approximately 3,000 pounds of edibles destined for the Emergency Food Pantry.  Harvest Hope, begun in 1981, works to meet the needs of hungry people in 20 counties in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Greater Greenville regions of South Carolina.  Capital Rotarians traditionally volunteer at the facility at least once a year as a group. 

Communications Consultant Joins Capital Rotary

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Feb 072019

New Capital Rotary member Le Frye (center in photo) is welcomed to the club by president Philip Flynn and sponsor Lee Ann Rice after induction ceremonies Feb. 6.  Frye, a Saluda native, has spent her life in the Midlands and graduated in 2002 from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communications, public relations.  She is the managing partner at Starboard Communications, an advertising and public relations firm that specializes in political affairs.  Frye has over 15 years of planning, managing and executing various aspects of successful political and advocacy campaigns in the Palmetto State.  

Capital Rotarians Hear Mid-Year Highlights

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Feb 072019

At a mid-year assembly Feb. 6 to review Capital Rotary’s accomplishments to date in the 2018-2019 Rotary year, president Philip Flynn shared highlights that included:

  • Making $1,500 in charitable contributions to Rotary districts hit by natural disasters, including those affected by Hurricane Florence locally, by Hurricane Michael in Georgia/Florida and by the California wildfires.
  • Donating 741 dictionaries to third-graders in 16 Richland District One elementary schools.
  • Creation of a new Codified Policy for the club that’s a “standard operating procedure” resource for future leaders and committees. 
  • Collecting 58 units of blood at the annual Red Cross Blood Drive, each donation helping to save the lives of up to three people.
  • Assisting five local college students with scholarships – current enrollees at the College of Charleston, Claflin University, the University of South Carolina, North Carolina State and Anderson University.   
  • Adopting a local family and providing gifts for the holiday season as part of the 2018 Midlands Families Helping Families Christmas program.
  • Continuing community service projects with weekly Meals on Wheels delivery and annual volunteering at Harvest Hope Food Bank.
  • Supporting The Rotary Foundation with $242 per capita member giving that ranks among the top 10 clubs in District 7770.   
  • Serving as lead club for a Global Grant Project, partnering with the Rotary Club of Sunyani East in Ghana, Africa to construct the Nkrankrom Elementary School.  Our club donated $2,500, District 7770 raised more, and with a Rotary Foundation match, Sunyani East was awarded about $94,000 to build the school.
  • Publicizing our activities with 39 club website and social media posts; reaching over 2,700 people through social media; 1,643 website users; 38 postings on District 7770’s website and newsletters; 53 press releases posted by local media; and six monthly club activity recaps e-mailed to members.  
Feb 062019

Capital Rotary members Jay von Kolnitz (right in photo) and Jack Williamson (center) were recognized by club president Philip Flynn (left) on Feb. 6 for their latest donations to The Rotary Foundation in support of international programs promoting peace and world understanding.  Von Kolnitz is a Paul Harris Fellow plus-four giver (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with four additional gifts in the same amount).  He is a 30-year Rotary member and was a longtime sergeant-at-arms for the club.  Williamson is a Paul Harris Fellow plus-one contributor (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with an additional gift in the same amount).  He joined the Capital club in 2008 and currently serves as sergeant-at-arms.  

Chicora Rotary Speaker Shellie Rabon

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Feb 042019

Pictured are past president Blakely Roof and speaker Shellie Rabon.  Shellie is the founder of Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams.  Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams is a nonprofit that provides positive events and activities to abandoned, abused and neglected children who live in shelters and groups homes  The children are taken on trips and they are provided with gifts during the holidays.  They are also taken to sporting events , make crafts and most of all ,the volunteers offer their time. This organization is providing a service that in a small measure tries to duplicate that which the children would experience in a normal family environment.  The Chicora Rotary very much appreciates  the opportunity to make the public  aware of the the need to support both financially and with sweat equity organizations such as the Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams program .

Charleston Mayor and Rotarian John Tecklenburg previews State of the City Address

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Feb 042019

Mayor John Tecklenburg provided his hometown Rotary club. The Historic Rotary Club of Downtown Charleston, a preview of his upcoming Sate of the City address at a recent meeting. The Mayor is a long-time and active member of the Charleston club, making his way from City Hall to the club’s meetings and activities on a regular basis. At last week’s meeting he gave Rotarians some insight into the most pressing concerns for his administration, which are topped by flooding concerns downtown and the city’s sea level rise strategy. Other issues he focused on included roads, public transit and affordable housing.


Most pressing from many residents of Charleston are flooding issues, which the Mayor noted are partly a result of the fact that approximately half of peninsula Charleston used to be water or marsh.  In 1984 the City of Charleston developed a Drainage Master Plan, but flooding issues continued to worsen. Then, in 2015 we experienced the thousand-year rainfall, in 2016 Hurricane Matthew, and in 2017 Hurricane Irma.  These three years of flooding crises let the City to develop an updated vision for dealing with flooding and sea level rise due to global warming.

Mayor Tecklenburg is in his first term as mayor of Charleston and has announced he will run for re-election in the November election this year.

Dr. Subhash Saxena Math Suite Established

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Feb 042019

The Myrtle Beach Rotary Club is proud to congratulate one of its long time members, Dr. Subhash Saxena, in recognition of the recently established Dr. Subhash Saxena Math Suite on the campus of Coastal Carolina University!

In recognition of a recent gift to the College of Science from Subhash C. Saxena, a retired CCU faculty member, the mathematics faculty office suite and teaching space on the second floor of the newly renovated R. Cathcart Smith Science Center has been named the Dr. Subhash Saxena Math Suite.

The new endowed fund will support faculty members and undergraduate students who conduct mathematics research.

Saxena, distinguished professor emeritus, left his native India in late 1959 after earning a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D., all in mathematics, from the University of Delhi. He began teaching at Coastal in 1973 and was a mainstay of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2000. The annual Dr. Subhash C. Saxena Math Contest, named in his honor, draws students to campus from throughout South Carolina to compete for awards, prizes and scholarships.

In 1985, Saxena earned the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award and was then named Outstanding Teacher within the University of South Carolina system. He served as mathematics department chair from 1987 to 1993. He is also credited with establishing a Pi Mu Epsilon national mathematics honor society chapter on campus.

Chicora Rotary Speaker Dr. Amanda Turbeville

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Feb 042019

Pictured are Chicora Pres Angelika Senn and second from the right is Dr. Amanda Turbeville who was the speaker at the Friday meeting. Dr. Turbeville is a board certified general surgeon caring for patients at McLeod  Loris Seacoast Surgery.   Dr Turbeville gave a very interesting presentation on the use of robotics in a wide range of complex procedures, these include Inguinal Hernia Repair, Ventral Hernia, Gallbladder Removal, and Colon Removal.  Other areas of use would be OB/Gyn and Urology.   The doctors presentation  was very down to earth speaking about a very high level processes  and advanced technological advancements.  We are proud to have such a skilled professional working in our local hospital. The Chicora Rotary is pleased to be associated with Dr. Turbeville and the McLeod Medical Group, and we hope she will come back again to visit the Rotary club.

Rotarians View Nephron Expansion

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Jan 302019

Capital Rotary members got a firsthand look Jan. 30 at Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation’s expanded facility in Lexington County.  The $125 million investment adds 36,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the company’s West Columbia campus located off 12 Street Extension near the Amazon distribution center.  Nephron is a leading maker of respiratory and other sterile medications for hospitals, retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home care companies and long-term care facilities.  Nephron announced plans to move to the Midlands in 2011 and relocated its headquarters from Orlando, FL.  Capital Rotary first visited the campus in October 2014.  The club tours various points of interest throughout the community as part of its Fifth Wednesday program that substitutes field trips in place of a regular weekly breakfast meeting.        

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