If you missed the meeting, you can make it up online. Remember to email Debbie (firstname.lastname@example.org) so she can adjust your attendance.
Our scheduled Presidential Candidate did not work out for February 15th. However, Columbia Rotary is pleased to announce that Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger has graciously offered to address the club on behalf of the Bush Campaign and we are excited to give him a warm Columbia Rotary welcome! Congressman Kinzinger has represented the 16th District of Illinois since 2011 and has served our country in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as a Major in the United States Air Force. He is a rising star in the Republican Party and we hope you will bring several guests to hear his remarks about the political climate in our country during this election year and his thoughts on the Jeb Bush candidacy. For more information, visit Congressman Kinzinger’s website to learn about his career and military experience. Have a safe weekend and we’ll see you on Monday at Rotary!
President-Elect John has a great program lined up for Monday, January 18, 2016. Martin O’Malley, the former Governor of Maryland, former Mayor of Baltimore and Democratic Candidate for President, will visit Columbia and speak to the club. We know many of you have a holiday on Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day so feel free to come to the meeting in business casual attire. We’d love to have a great showing for Mr. O’Malley! For more information about Martin O’Malley, his history and accomplishments while in office, please visit his campaign website.
Dr. Brad Smith, founder of The Souper Bowl of Caring, will address the club on Monday, January 11, 2016. What started as a small idea to feed the hungry in the Midlands has grown into an organization to feed those in need nationwide and Dr. Smith will fill us in on the history, progress and vision of this wonderful organization. For more information, visit the Souper Bowl of Caring online.
A message from President Mark regarding the ongoing Columbia Rotary Flood Relief efforts: “I had the privilege of distributing flood relief checks to recipients right before Christmas. It was a very rewarding experience. While we didn’t solve any financial problems for these families, we certainly modeled service above self by assisting these Rotarians during their time of need. We are fortunate to have such a caring and supportive Club”.
Thank you to everyone who has sponsored a new member!
Bryan P. Stirling spoke to the Columbia Rotary on November 2, 2015! Governor Nikki Haley appointed Bryan P. Stirling as Director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) effective October 1, 2013. He is responsible for a staff of over 5,700 employees at the Department of Corrections that operate 24 penal institutions across the state incarcerating more than 21,500 inmates. Prior to joining the correctional system, Director Stirling served Governor Nikki Haley as her Chief of Staff from October, 2012 to September, 2013. As Chief of Staff, he oversaw management of the governor’s cabinet and the Office of Executive Policy and Programs. From January, 2006 to October 2012, Director Stirling was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of South Carolina. He served as a Legislative Liaison reporting directly to the Attorney General. In this capacity, he was involved with the budget process, was a Criminal Domestic Violence Prosecutor, and advised the Attorney General on public policy and news media matters. He was also the attorney for the State of South Carolina vs. the State of North Carolina water dispute case. Director Stirling entered public service after working as a lawyer in the private sector. From March, 2005 to January, 2006, he worked with McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC in Columbia, S.C. His areas of emphasis included Government Affairs, Civil Litigation, and Real Estate. From 1996- February, 2005, he was employed by Tompkins and McMaster, LLP in Columbia, S.C. His areas of emphasis included Government Affairs, Civil and Criminal Litigation, and Real Estate. As a law student, Director Stirling worked for the Massachusetts High Department’s “Big Dig” Tunnel Project as a law clerk in Boston. He also served as a Staff Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Andrew H. Card, Jr. from May 1992 to January 1993. Director Stirling has been an active volunteer in the community having worked as the Pro Bono CDV Prosecutor during his time with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. He was an active Executive Committee member for the Share Our Suzy Cancer Assistance Charity. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Children’s Chance Charity and was an active member in the USC Young Alumni Association. Director Stirling received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1996 and previously received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from USC in 1991.
Roger Coulson and The Salvation Army team will be in the lobby on Monday at Rotary with the sign up boards for the 2015 Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign! We need to fill 150 slots with Columbia Rotary members and their friends, family members and colleagues. In 2014, our club raised over $12,000…Doing The Most Good! Here are the available dates and locations for the upcoming holiday season. Please check your calendars and sign up on Monday! Shift times will again be: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Green’s on Assembly Street Friday, November 20 Wednesday, November 25 Thursday, December 3 Friday, December 4 Thursday, December 10 Friday, December 11 Saturday, December 12 Wednesday, December 16 Thursday, December 17 Friday, December 18 Saturday, December 19 Monday, December 21 Bi Lo (formerly Piggly Wiggly) on Forest Drive Thursday, December 3 Friday, December 4 Wednesday, December 9 Thursday, December 10 Friday, December 11 Saturday, December 12 Thursday, December 17 Friday, December 18 Saturday, December 19 Monday, December 21 Piggly Wiggly on Devine Street Thursday, December 3 Thursday, December 10 Saturday, December 12 Thursday, December 17 Saturday, December 19 Walmart on Forest Drive – Retail side Friday, December 4 Friday, December 11 Friday, December 18
On August 24, 2015, Past President John Johnston (RY 2014-2015) and Jack Sloan were recognized by the Board for their leadership efforts for Leadercast 2015: The Brave Ones, the annual fundraiser for the Columbia Rotary Education Fund. Leadercast 2015: The Brave Ones brought in a net of $30,000+ to benefit local Rotary Scholarship recipients. Great work, gentlemen!