Columbia College Reawakens “Pioneer Spirit”

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Aug 152018

Columbia College is reawakening the “pioneer spirit” from its founding 164 years ago and is focused anew on meeting community and educational needs, according to president Carol Moore.  Dr. Moore (at left in photo with Rotarian Felicia Maloney) was Capital Rotary’s Aug. 15 guest speaker.  She said the private liberal arts women’s college is expanding programs to include partnerships with Midlands Technical College, Benedict College, Northeastern University, non-profit organizations and business and industry.  Evening and online offerings will grow in the areas of entrepreneurship and workforce development.  “Columbia College has always been about experiential learning – applying learning out in the community,” Dr. Moore said.  The school also supports the City of Columbia’s revitalization goals for North Main Street.  With more than 40 years of education experience at six institutions of higher education, Dr. Moore holds BA and MA degrees in biology from Montclair State University and a doctorate in marine biology from Northeastern University.  She came to Columbia College in September 2017 and was named president in January 2018.

Scholarship Recipient Guest of Capital Rotary

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Aug 152018

Capital Rotarian Darren Foy welcomes recent Ben Lippen School graduate Claire Davis as a guest at the club’s Aug. 15 meeting.  Davis, who will attend North Carolina State University to major in mechanical engineering, is one of two scholarship winners named by the club after applicant interviews in April of this year.  In high school she was a National Honor Society member, earned a National Merit Commendation and was a U.S. Presidential Scholars candidate.  Capital Rotary has been supporting higher-education opportunities for local high school students for more than 20 years.  The club’s scholarships are based on a combination of academic performance, extracurricular activities and economic need.

Recognition for Past President’s Service

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Aug 152018

Blake Dubose (left in photo), immediate past president of Capital Rotary, receives a plaque from current president Philip Flynn in recognition of service to the Columbia-area club.  During DuBose’s 2017-18 tenure, Capital Rotary received a “Public Image Award” and a leadership citation from Rotary District 7770, among other honors.  Professionally, DuBose is president of DuBose Web Group, a website design and development firm founded in 2007.  He is a graduate of Newbery College.

Rotary Speaker Colonel Robert B. James

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Aug 102018

Pictured are Colonel Robert B  James US Army retired and president Angelica Senn . The additional picture show Mrs James pinning  Colonel James with a US Veteran  pin.  Colonel James began his career in 1968 as a six grade teacher in Marion Ohio he served as building principal from 1970 to 1981 he was called into active duty from the Ohio National Guard. He served in various functions of command including the reserve component advisor to the commander and general staff college at Fort Leavenworth Kansas assistant executive officer to the director of Army National Guard and executive officer to assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs his military career comment as a director of international affairs and chief foreign liaison for the National Guard of the United States upon retirement in 2000 and after 31 years of  service Col. James was selected as a civilian Director of the office of professional education and development for the National Guard he has received many distinguished service metals the difference service medal Legion America with Oak leaf clusters and the recipient of the Legion of honor from the kingdom of Norway he owes the owner rank of brigadier from the West Virginia National Guard he is currently a vice president and director of programs that George Marshall foundation in Lexington Virginia he currently serves as Mary Murray northern distinguished professor in the international studies and professional sciences at the Virginia Military Institute specializing in foreign-policy and political  process. He hold a Master’s degree from Bowling Green  in Educational Administration.  Colonel James walked the Chicora Rotary members through political cartoons from Leonardo Da Vinci through Hillary, Obama, and Trump.   The presentation was well received and the Chicora Rotary club would  certainly welcome back this speaker.

Rotary Day at the State Fair

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Aug 102018

On THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, join Main Street Rotary Club for the LARGEST ROTARY MEETING in SC at the inaugural Rotary Day at the State Fair!

It will be a fun-full day of fellowship, celebration and ‘HISTORY’ making as we start a new Rotary tradition in South Carolina. This historical day will feature activities for all ages, commemorative keepsakes, and an attempt to break a State and World Record!

This will be a wonderful day to relax and have fun with families, friends, potential new members, and make new friends.

  • Our meeting will commence at noon with the raise of the flag and Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Rotary members can enjoy the day at the SC State Fair
  • We’ll meet again at 5:15pm for closing ceremony, and an attempt to set a Guinness Book World Record
  • Rotary central will be at the Grandstand from 12:00pm-6:00pm.
  • Members who check-in with us at some point during the day will receive meeting make-up credit and a “Rotary” Ferris Wheel ride pass.
  • Members are welcome to attend a partial or full day of activities.

Advance commemorative ticket package includes entrance ticket to SC State Fair, celebratory t-shirt, custom wrist band, “Rotary” Ferris Wheel ride, opportunity to set a world record. Packages are $25 for an individual or $80 for a family of 4. Free entrance for Children under 5. You can order your commemorative ticket packages at or our Facebook page . Ticket packages will be delivered to your clubs at least two weeks prior to the event.

We can’t wait to see you October 18th at Rotary Day at the State Fair!

For more information on event details or participating in the world record, please visit or Facebook page for details – Rotary Day at the Fair is a partnership of Main Street Rotary Club and South Carolina State Fair. Questions, please contact us through our Facebook page or

Rotary & Rotaract Join Forces for Needy Children

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Aug 102018
Myrtle Beach, SC – Carolina Forest Rotary Club teamed up with Coastal Carolina University’s Rotaract Club today to purchase six carts full of much need school supplies for students at Carolina Forest and Waccamaw Elementary Schools. Both clubs are champions of children and education. The event is called P-Cubed (paper, pens, pencils, note pads) and the purpose is to provide school supplies for economically disadvantaged children identified by school administrators. Volunteers from each club met at 6:30 am before work at Walmart on Hwy 501 in Conway to purchase supplies that are difficult for some families to afford. Volunteers then delivered the supplies to the schools.
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Pictured Above: Carolina Forest Rotary and CCU Rotaract Clubs join forces to purchase school supplies for underprivileged
Children in Conway and Myrtle Beach.
Pictured: Christopher Rabon (Treasurer) and Brooke McIntyre (President) of CCU’s Rotaract Club help purchase school supplies for needy children. The event is held annually and underscores the club’s focus on children and education.

Pet Rescue Key for Pawmetto Lifeline

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Aug 082018

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.

Capital Rotary Welcomes Automotive Salesman

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Aug 032018

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.

Chicora Rotary and Street Reach

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Aug 032018

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!

Chicora Rotary Speaker Macie McMillan

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Aug 032018

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.

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