Longtime Rotarian Cited for Service

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Jul 152015
 
Jay von Kolnitz (left), a member of Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club for over 25 years, is congratulated by president Mark Bokesch for 18 years of service as sergeant at arms, a job that entails making preparations for weekly club breakfast meetings. Von Kolnitz, a retired executive for an asphalt manufacturer, also has hosted the club’s annual Christmas celebration for a number of years.  

Columbia Capital Rotary Blood Drive July 29th

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Jul 102015
 
Columbia Capital Rotary Club BLOOD DRIVE When: Wednesday, July 29, 2015  10 am – 4 pm Where: Richard Ellis Building, 1333 Main Street, Columbia, SC (Conference Room – 1st Floor) How you can help: Schedule your appointment at www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: caprotary Download a Blood Drive PDF Flyer All presenting donors will receive a FREE ticket to Carowinds and a box of Girl Scout Cookies! (while supplies last) Walk-ins Welcome! ALL Blood Types Needed! Please bring Photo ID! columbia-blood-drive

Rowland Alston joins Columbia Capital Rotary Club

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Jun 032015
 
Rowland Alston (center) is welcomed into Capital Rotary Club membership by president Mark Bokesch (right) and sponsor Bryan Goodyear. Alston, an attorney practicing general, civil and family court litigation, is a Clemson and USC Law School graduate who previously was a Columbia East Rotary member and president of that club in 2013-14. A Sumter native who enjoyed a “rustic childhood” in Rembert, Alston is a member of both the South Carolina and Washington, DC Bars. Rowland Alston is New Capital Rotarian

Leeza Gibbons speaks to Capital Rotary

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Feb 202015
 
South Carolina native Leeza Gibbons is one of the most well‐known pop‐culture icons on the air. In addition to her impressive background in the field of entertainment and news media, Leeza is an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness, and caregiving.
After caring for her mother who battled Alzheimer’s disease, Leeza created what she wished she and her family had.  She opened Leeza’s Care Connection (http://www.leezascareconnection.org), a community support center offering free programs, services and resources for family caregivers encouraging them to call on their courage and summon their strength for the long caregiving journey ahead.  Recently, she joined the cast of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice in order to raise funds and awareness for Leeza’s Care Connection, winning as project manager multiple times. Because of her winning streak on the show, Leeza recently announced that she will be opening a new caregiver support center this year in her hometown.
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New Paul Harris Fellow for Capital Rotary

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Dec 232014
 

Dr. Tommy GibbonsScott Wallinger (left), immediate past president of Columbia’s Capital Rotary, congratulates Dr.

Tommy Gibbons, the club’s most recent member to be named a Paul Harris Fellow in

acknowledgement of a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation. Gibbons, a native of

Clarendon County’s Turbeville community, is president and chief medical officer of UCI

Medical Affiliates, Inc. and Doctors Care, PA in Columbia. He has degrees from the College of

Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina and earned an MBA from the Darla Moore

School of Business. A member of numerous medical professional organizations, he’s also been a

volunteer for The Children’s Trust SAFEKIDS South Carolina, the DHEC Disease Prevention

Committee and the Pandemic Influenza Task Force. He and his wife, Lorri, have two grown

children.

Scholarship Recipient Attends Capital Rotary Meeting

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Dec 222014
 

Scholarship Recipient Travis BookertUniversity of South Carolina junior Travis Bookert (second from left) and his girlfriend, Alex

Bradley, are welcomed to a weekly Capital Rotary Club meeting by president Mark Bokesch (far

right) and Darren Foy, chairman of the club’s Scholarship Committee. Bookert – a Sport and

Entertainment Management major at USC – is one of eight recipients of annual college

scholarships the club awards in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Columbia. Proceeds from

holiday Christmas wreath sales by Capital Rotarians help provide scholarship funds.

New Paul Harris Fellow for Capital Rotary

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Dec 192014
 
Scott Wallinger (left), immediate past president of Columbia’s Capital Rotary, congratulates Dr. Tommy Gibbons, the club’s most recent member to be named a Paul Harris Fellow in acknowledgement of a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation. Gibbons, a native of Clarendon County’s Turbeville community, is president and chief medical officer of UCI Medical Affiliates, Inc. and Doctors Care, PA in Columbia. He has degrees from the College of Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina and earned an MBA from the Darla Moore School of Business. A member of numerous medical professional organizations, he’s also been a volunteer for The Children’s Trust SAFEKIDS South Carolina, the DHEC Disease Prevention Committee and the Pandemic Influenza Task Force. He and his wife, Lorri, have two grown children. Dr. Tommy Gibbons Capital Rotary Paul Harris Fellow

Capital Rotary Inducts New Member

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Dec 092014
 

Craig Lemrow InductedCraig Lemrow (center) is welcomed into Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club by president Mark Bokesch (right) and sponsor Bryan Goodyear. Lemrow, a former member and past president of the Lexington, SC Rotary Club, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and earned an MBA in Finance at the University of North Florida.

He is a senior business systems analyst in information technology for the Aflac Group in Columbia with experience in customer service, training, technical writing, installation services, technical assistance, marketing, product management, marketing communications and contract administration. He’s also been a real estate agent/broker, a military aviator and is a retired officer in the Naval Reserve.

Capital Rotary Adds New Member

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Oct 202014
 
Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank, is welcomed as the newest member of Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club by president Mark Bokesch (right) and by Chip Hardy, her sponsor for induction. Denise is a past board chair of the South Carolina Association for Non-Profits and worked for the American Red Cross for 16 years. A Palmetto State native and University of South Carolina graduate, Denise also has been a volunteer for the Souper Bowl of Caring and for Airport High’s School Improvement Council. Denise Holland photo
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