The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy was the recipient of Rotary’s District Simplified Grant (DSG) for 2012-2013.
On Tuesday, March 12th, Rotary Club of the Vista Night presented SCCPTP with a check for $1,000, which was made possible by $500 grant from the district and matched with another $500 provided by the club. SCCPTP intends to use the money to print educational materials about teen pregnancy rates and prevention.
Kathleen McDaniel, Rotary Foundation Chair for the Vista Night club, is presenting SCCPTP’s Taylor Wilson with the grant. This is very special not only because it is a District Simplified grant, but also Kathleen McDaniel is a Rotary Foundation Alumni She was a team member on the India Team that Mary Martin led.
For more information about the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, go to www.teenpregnancysc.org.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson spoke to the Rotary Club of the Vista Night. AG Wilson talked primarily about his continuing effort against sexual predators and his recent involvement with South Carolina’s new voter photo ID law and how it related to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
ON 30 OCTOBER 2012, DR. RODGER STROUP SPOKE ON FAMOUS HOUSES IN COLUMBIA, MANY OF WHICH ARE NOT WELL KNOWN.
On October 30, 2012, Dr. Rodger Stroup spoke to the St. Andrews Rotary Club in Columbia about famous landmarks in Columbia area. A native of St. Louis, MO, Dr. Stroup grew up in Charlotte, NC. He graduated with a B.A. degree in history from Wofford College in 1968 and served in the Army Signal Corps from 1968-1970. He then proceeded to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in southern and South Carolina History. Dr. Stroup served as Director/Curator of the Historic Columbia Foundation, 1974-1979. Stroup subsequently worked for the South Carolina State Museum from 1979-1997, including service as Deputy Director responsible for all collections-related activities from 1987 – 1997. Dr. Stroup became director of South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1997-2009. Retiring in 2009, he is currently Curator of the South Carolina Railroad Museum.
Also on October 30, 2012, Dalton Sheppard was recognized by Rotary District 7770 for his “Major Donor” support of Rotary International’s myriad humanitarian projects worldwide to include eradication of polio from the face of the earth. We’re almost there – only three countries left—Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan. Dalton is a Past President of the St. Andrews Rotary Club, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and a 10-Star Rotarian, among his many accolades. The award was presented by Rod Funderburk, Assistant District Governor, District 7770, and Ione Cockrell, District Rotary Foundation Chair.
On 4 September 2012, Rodger Stroup, Ph.D., spoke to the St. Andrews Rotary Club in Columbia about the history of steam locomotives in the Midlands and elsewhere in South Carolina, and especially their close link to the granite quarries extending from the Winnsboro area to the Piedmont.
Dr. Stroup is a native of St. Louis, MO. He grew up in Charlotte, NC and graduated with a B.A. degree in history from Wofford College in 1968. After serving as a 1st Lt. in the Army from 1968-1970, Dr. Stroup received an M.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1972 and his Ph.D. in 1980 where he studied Southern and South Carolina History. Thereafter, Dr. Stroup served as the Director/ Curator of the Historic Columbia Foundation, 1974-1979.
Later, Dr. Stroup served in 1979-1997 as the first curator of history for the South Carolina State Museum. Initially he served as the museum’s first curator of history responsible for collecting, researching, and development of exhibits for the opening of the museum in 1988. From 1989-1997 Dr. Stroup served as deputy director responsible for all collections-related activities.
Later Dr. Stroup worked with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1997-2009, where he was responsible for all aspects of the operation of the State Archives and serves as State Historic Preservation Officer.
Dr. Stroup is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and numerous professional organizations, and has served on a variety of state and community boards including the Heritage Trust Advisory Board of the Department of Natural Resources, the Old Exchange Commission, and the Drayton Hall Advisory Council. He is the past chairman of the South Carolina Archives & History Foundation and is the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Columbia, South Carolina’s largest Rotary Club.
Since retiring in August 2009, Dr. Stroup remains active in several history organizations, including serving as a member of the board of directors for the International African American Museum being developed in Charleston, volunteers at the South Carolina State Museum and the Historic Columbia Foundation, serves as the representative of the American Association for State and Local History on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and currently is the curator of the South Carolina Railroad Museum, the superintendent of railroad operations and a certified conductor on the museum’s railroad, the Rockton, Rion & Western Railroad. For more information on the SC Railroad Museum and upcoming steam train ride dates, go to www.SCRM.org
On 21 Aug 2012, Dr. Harris Pastides spoke to the St. Andrews Rotary Club about events that will shape the coming school year. Dr. Pastides is the 28th president of the University of South Carolina (USC), elected by the University’s Board of Trustees on August 1, 2008. His election marks the first internal candidate for the presidency of the University in over a half century. Previously, Dr. Pastides served as vice president for research and health sciences and dean of the Arnold School of Public Health. He and his wife, Patricia, first came to the University in 1998. Leading by example, Dr. Pastides expects students, faculty, and staff to set and exceed high expectations, push boundaries, and embrace innovation. He is an advocate for student engagement beyond the classroom through leadership, service learning, international experience, internships, and undergraduate research.
Under his leadership, Carolina’s student population has grown to record levels among the system’s eight universities on 12 campuses. Knowing that degree attainment significantly impacts the quality of life in South Carolina, Dr. Pastides continues to spearhead non-traditional programs such as Palmetto College, Back to Carolina, Gamecock Gateway and Gamecock Guarantee to increase university access and affordability. In addition, he leads an unprecedented capital campaign to fund essential needs for knowledge, research, discovery and development. USC is the only university in South Carolina with the Carnegie top-tier designation for very high research activity. In addition, incoming freshman at the research university are the brightest to date with average SAT scores breaking barriers. The Honors College is ranked No. 1 in the nation and Carolina offers the No.1 electrical engineering program in the South as well as the top undergraduate international business program.
In athletics, men’s and women’s teams throughout the university system have enjoyed historic success across an array of sports including Gamecock football’s first 11-win season and Capital One Bowl victory. USC’s women’s basketball team made it to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament and Carolina’s back-to-back World Series baseball champions made their third consecutive trip to the College World Series. As important, 121 of Carolina’s student-athletes made the SEC’s Spring Academic Honor Roll. Dr. Pastides currently serves as the Southeastern Conference representative on the NCAA Board of Directors.
Before joining the university’s faculty, he was a professor of epidemiology and chairman of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received his masters of public health and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University.