Daniel Winders Becomes New Member of Capital Rotary

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May 232015
 
Daniel Winders (left) is welcomed by sponsor John Guignard after induction into Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club. Winder, a native of Hickory, NC and a graduate North Carolina State University, is an HVAC sales engineer with Johnson Controls, Inc. Winders is a member of the South Carolina Mechanical Contractors Association and has been active in the state chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers since 2011. He traveled to Prague in the Czech Republic as part of NC State’s study abroad program in 2008. Daniel Winders Columbia Capital Rotary Club

Ross Oakley – Newest Paul Harris Fellow for Capital Rotary

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May 152015
 
Ross Oakley (left) is congratulated by Capital Rotary past president Scott Wallinger upon becoming the Columbia club’s latest Paul Harris Fellow in acknowledgement of a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation. Oakley, a Beaufort native and project manager for Thomas & Hutton Civil Engineering, is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He’s also a member of the S.C. Economic Developers Association, the Urban Land Institute and the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina. Donations to the Rotary Foundation help fund international programs that promote world understanding and peace. Ross Oakley - Paul Harris Award

Capital Rotary Provides Helping Hands for Harvest Hope

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Mar 072015
 

Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club members showed they “have a heart” in February by volunteering at Harvest Hope Food Bank.  Nearly 20 Rotarians helped pack groceries for distribution to the needy and elderly in lieu of a weekly club meeting.  Bagging donated soft drinks are (in background from left) Blake DuBose, Jay von Kolnitz, Mark Bokesch, Trey Boone, John Guignard  and Ann Elliott, along with (foreground left) Ione Cockrell and Denise Holland (foreground right).  Harvest Hope is headquartered in Columbia but works to meet the needs of hungry people in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Greater Greenville regions of the state.  It feeds more than 35,000 people weekly. 

Charter captain, fishing guide joins Capital Rotary

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Jan 282015
 
Michael Glover (center), the newest member of Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club, was inducted by president Mark Bokesch (left) and sponsor Bryan Goodyear at a recent meeting. A retired insurance executive, Glover is a licensed charter boat captain and guide specializing in striped bass fishing on Lake Murray. He is a native of Winnsboro and a University of South Carolina graduate who worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield and Colonial Life before beginning his outdoors career. He’s been a board member for the Free Medical Clinic and a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, is married and has a grown daughter. Michael Glover Lake Murray Fishing Guide

Commanding General at Fort Jackson speaks to Capital Rotary

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Nov 232014
 
Our speaker on Wednesday morning was Major General Bradley A. Becker, the Commanding General, U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson.  General Becker was commissioned in May 1986, following graduation from the University of California at Davis. From June 2012 to August 2013, General Becker served as the Deputy Director for Joint Training, Joint Force Development, Joint Staff J7, where he worked closely with NATO’s Allied Command Transformation and other multinational partners.  Other joint assignments include a tour as Chief, Commander’s Initiatives Group, U.S. Forces – Iraq, from June 2009 to July 2010; and special assistant to the Commander, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea, from November 2008 to June 2009.  General Becker also served as the Deputy Commanding General – West, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Division – Center, during Operation New Dawn, Iraq, from December 2010 to December 2011.  From July 2007 to October 2008, General Becker served as the Commander, 3rd Battlefield Coordination Detachment, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea.  General Becker also served as commander of 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington, and led that unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.  He has earned the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist and Air Assault identification badges, and is Ranger qualified. Major General Bradley A. Becker Fort Jackson

Capital Rotary Distributes Dictionaries to Schools

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Nov 182014
 
Happy Arden Elementary Students   Capital Rotary Club members John Guignard (left) and Jenks Mikell (center) huddle with third-grade students at Arden Elementary School after distributing paperback dictionaries as part of the club’s annual participation in The Dictionary Project. The project, begun by a non-profit organization in Charleston in 1995, aims to help students become good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. Capital Rotary donated dictionaries to 840 students in 12 Richland County District One schools for 2014-15. Over the past 10 years, the club has purchased and given dictionaries to 10,500 third-graders in the Columbia area. A number of clubs in South Carolina and throughout the country are Dictionary Project sponsors. One of Rotary International’s six major goals is improving basic education and literacy.  

Capital Rotary Tours Pharmaceutical Firm

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Nov 042014
 

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation CEO Lou Kennedy (far right) conducts a tour for Capital

Rotary Club members during a field trip to the 408,000 square foot West Columbia facility.

Though still in start-up stages, Nephron represents a $313 million investment and presently has

over 100 employees. It will manufacture and distribute respiratory products, eye drops that

are preservative and additive free, sterile injectable drugs and oral vaccines. Capital Rotary

periodically tours various points of interest throughout the community.

Capital Rotary Awards Rotarian of the Year

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Jul 012014
 

Adam Dougherty has been named 2014 Rotarian of the Year by Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club.

President Scott Wallinger (right in photo) made the plaque presentation at a club assembly

June 25th. The award recognizes dedicated service and loyal devotion to the ideals of Rotary.

Dougherty joined the club in January 2010 and has served as chair of its annual Christmas

wreath sales fundraiser. Profits from this project (approximately $15,000) go toward college

scholarships for local students.

Dougherty earned an undergraduate degree in business and an MBA from the University of

South Carolina. He is a territory manager for the John Deere construction and forestry lines at

Flint Equipment Company in West Columbia.

Dougherty and his wife, Haley, have been married for 10 years and have three children.

Capital Rotary Donates to Food Bank

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Jun 162014
 

Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club has donated $1,215 to assist Harvest Hope Food Bank in

meeting the needs of hungry people in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Greater Greenville regions of

South Carolina.

The contribution was spearheaded by Rotarian Ione Cockrell, following a visit by Harvest Hope

CEO Denise Holland, recent guest speaker at a weekly club meeting. Rotarians also helped pack

food boxes earmarked for families – a volunteer project organized by club member Chip Hardy.

Harvest Hope began as a Columbia-area undertaking in 1981. Since then it has expanded to give

food, comfort and hope to those affected by poverty and hunger across 20 counties. The food

bank partners with nearly 500 member non-profit agencies. It distributed over 28 million pounds

of food last year and fed approximately 38,000 people a week.

Present for the check presentation were (from left) club president Scott Wallinger, Ione Cockrell,

Denise Holland and Chip Hardy.

Capital Rotary Donates Dictionaries

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Jun 022014
 

Capital Rotary Club members Jenks Mikell (back row, left) and John Guignard (back row) are

all smiles after distributing paperback dictionaries to third-grade students at Arden Elementary

School, part of the club’s annual participation in The Dictionary Project.

The project – begun by a non-profit organization in Charleston in 1995 – aims to help students

become good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners by providing

them with their own personal dictionary.

Capital Rotary donated dictionaries to nearly 850 students in 12 Richland County District One

schools for 2013-14. Over the past nine years, the club has purchased and given dictionaries to

10,500 third-graders in the Columbia area.

A number of clubs in South Carolina and throughout the country are Dictionary Project sponsors.

One of Rotary International’s six major goals is improving basic education and literacy.

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