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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.