If you missed the meeting, you can always make it up online. Remember to email Debbie (firstname.lastname@example.org) so she can adjust your attendance.
On May 20, 1967, our friend and fellow Rotarian, Colonel Jack L. Van Loan of the United States Air Force, was shot down during his 74th combat mission. He was captured by the North Vietnamese and spent over 2100 days as a prisoner of war. On March 4, 1973, Colonel Van Loan was released from his internment at the “Hanoi Hilton”. Jack graduated in 1975 from the National War College in Washington D.C. His final assignments were as Vice Commander and then Commander of the 507th Tactical Air Control Wing, and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations with Headquarters 9th Air Force at Shaw AFB, South Carolina, from July 1978 until his retirement from the Air Force on November 1, 1984. Colonel Van Loan holds the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart with one oak leaf cluster and the Prisoner of War medal. Jack has made a tremendous and positive impact on Columbia as the Past President of Columbia Rotary Club, the Economic Development Director for the Five Points community, a Past President of the Five Points Association, and a chairman of the St. Pat’s in Five Points committee. The South Carolina Senate adopted a resolution in July 2012 honoring Colonel Van Loan for his volunteer service in the community, his achievements and sacrifices while active in the military and his numerous civilian accomplishments. Happy Freedom Day, Jack! We are grateful for your service and proud to call you “friend”!
Have you purchased your Leadercast tickets yet? We’re well on our way to a successful fundraiser. Remember, Leadercast tickets fund our annual scholarships. Tickets are only $100 each until March 31st. You can purchase your tickets here.
Columbia Rotary Club is honored to host Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter on Monday, January 5, 2015. What a strong way to start off the New Year! We are expecting a large crowd for this event so get their early to secure your seat. Guests are welcomed and encouraged. Kyle Carpenter is the second living, and youngest, Marine Medal of Honor Recipient since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was injured by an enemy hand grenade in November of 2010 and spent two and a half years in recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. In the fall of 2013, Kyle enrolled as a freshman at the University of South Carolina, where he is currently pursuing a degree in International Studies. He received his Medal of Honor on June 19, 2014. Here are some links for more information about Kyle Carpenter: CBS NEWS FORBES WISTV
Columbia Rotary Club will host Leadercast 2015 at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business on June 18, 2015. Tickets will be available soon. Check back for more details.
On November 12th, about 20 Rotarians and a few volunteers gathered at Harvest Hope and packed 340 boxes of food to serve those in need in the community. It was a fun evening of teamwork and service followed by some fellowship and locally brewed craft beer at River Rat Brewery. Laine Ligon and John Bakhaus are hoping to organize another service event with Harvest Hope in the spring. Stay tuned for details! Click to view slideshow.
On Monday, November 10th, Columbia Rotarian Tom Gammon presented his daughter, Ashley Gammon Bagwell, with a Paul Harris Award. Fellow Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow, Meredith Gammon Atkinson, was there to honor her sister as well.
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/02/10/3258247/from-iraq-to-peru-to-usa-judge.html#storylink=cpy
Photo courtesy of The State.