Capital Rotary Fights Hunger with Service Project

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Apr 152017
 
Twenty-one members of Columbia’s Capital Rotary volunteered at Harvest Hope Food Bank to help pack over 150 boxes of groceries for distribution to the needy and elderly.  Their participation was part of Rotary District 7770’s call for community service projects fighting hunger in the first quarter of 2017.  Harvest Hope began in 1981 and since has expanded to feed the hungry across 20 counties in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Greater Greenville regions of South Carolina.  The club counts the food bank’s executive director, Denise Holland, in its membership ranks. IMG_3047 IMG_3055 IMG_3042 IMG_3060

Capital Rotary Inducts Graphics Director

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Apr 142017
 
Capital Rotarian Abby Naas and club president Tommy Gibbons introduce Andy Markl (center) as the newest member of the Columbia-area service organization.  Markl, a Lexington native, is director at The Graphics Source, a local firm specializing in print, marketing and advertising materials.  Educated at Midlands Technical College and Clemson University, Markl serves on graphics advisory boards for both schools and has worked for International Paper and graphics/printing firms in both Carolinas.  He and his wife, Donna, are the parents of three children. Andy Markl Columbia SC

Another Rebuilding Project Concludes for Capital Rotary

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Apr 142017
 
In March of 2016, Capital Rotary Club members assisted volunteers helping to rebuild a Columbia-area residence damaged during heavy rains and flooding in October 2015.  That effort was coordinated by the St. Bernard Project, a national leader in family recovery following natural disasters. Now, about a year later, this same partnership has completed repairs to another flood-afflicted home – one occupied by Inez Pempleton and her family.  Capital Rotary “adopted” the family as a Christmas project, contributing to their 2016 holiday celebration and helping them get their house back in order in February and March of this year. Repairs included removing damaged items from the home, demolition, mold remediation, putting up insulation and drywall in the basement, plus painting and digging a drainage ditch.  A skilled volunteer group recruited by the St. Bernard Project was able to be on-site consistently for about two weeks to complete the work. In a letter, Ms. Pempleton thanked the St. Bernard group and Capital Rotary, saying that “I am so grateful to all of you for what you’ve done for us … We are so blessed to have you all in our lives. I pray God will be with you all throughout the coming year and all his love and blessing be with you.” IMG_0519 IMG_0544 IMG_0531      

Rotary Club of Charleston Inducts 16th New Member

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Mar 282017
 

The Rotary Club of Charleston is serious about membership. At today’s meeting, the last of March Membership Madness, we inducted the 16th new member – just this Rotary year! With another application pending and several more prospects, it’s possible to hit a year end (June 2017) goal of 20 new members.

 

Here’s a summary of our newest members:

1Lance Becker

2Jonathan Campaigne

15Tom Carico

14Amy Chico

3Nicolle Davies

4Heidi Finniff

5George Jarck

6Kate Marty

7Curt Mercandante

8Courtney Parades Plotner

9Lisa Stokes

10John Strickland

11Beth Britton Stuckey

16

Robert Sullivan

12Alvin Williams

13Margaret Ann Youngs

Mar 262017
 
Capital Rotary president Tommy Gibbons welcomes University of South Carolina senior Arianna Miskin to a recent club breakfast meeting.  Miskin hopes to qualify for a Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship to attend University College of London and earn a master’s degree in pediatrics and child health.  Successful Global Grant scholars may be funded for graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years.  Miskin, a Brooklyn, NY native, earned two USC Honors College research grants and has been active in student government, homeless outreach, homecoming and numerous other campus activities.  She’s also been a volunteer for medical programs and afterschool child care during her collegiate career. Arianna Miskin Columbia Capital Rotary        
Mar 262017
 
Felicia Maloney, executive director of the Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc., joins Capital Rotary Club following induction ceremonies by president Tommy Gibbons.  Maloney, a Baltimore, MD native, is a Limestone College and S.C. Economic Development School graduate.  She formerly worked with the City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities and with Columbia Housing Authority.  Maloney was named the Greater Community Relations Council “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year” and has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Cooperative Ministries, Junior Achievement, City Year, Palmetto Health Foundation and Together We Can Read Initiative.  Gloria Saeed was her Rotary member sponsor. Felicia Maloney Columbia Capital Rotary
Mar 172017
 
Capital Rotarian Bill Beers (left) is congratulated by club president Tommy Gibbons as the latest member to join the ranks of the club’s Paul Harris Fellows, signifying a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation.  Paul Harris Fellows receive a special pin, a certificate and a medal to honor their donation.  Gifts to the Rotary Foundation help fund international programs promoting world understanding and peace.  Beers’ donation was assisted by David Boucher, the club’s chairman for Foundation giving. Bill Beers - PH Fellow
Mar 122017
 
The Charleston Duck Race’s duck mascot made an appearance in the North Charleston St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block Party this weekend. St. Patrick’s Day marks the unofficial start to duck adoption season for clubs participating in the race, and members of the North Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Daniel Island offered ducks for adoption during the event. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped with this event, including Interact and Rotaract members from the Charleston region. The 11th annual Charleston Duck Race is scheduled for June 10, 2017 – More info and duck adoptions available here: www.CharlestonDuckRace.com Charleston area Rotary Clubs participating in the 2017 duck race include:100118_RCDI_Duck-logo
  • Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant
  • Rotary Club of North Charleston – Breakfast
  • Rotary Club of North Charleston
  • St. Andrews Rotary Club (West Ashley)
  • Rotary Club of Daniel Island
  • Rotary Club of John’s Island
  • Rotary Club of Summerville
  • Rotary Club of Summerville – Oakbrook Breakfastcharleston duck race mascot in N. chas st paddys parade
Mar 072017
 
Past president David Boucher (left) and sponsor Darren Foy (right) join in ceremonies inducting Walker Williams into the Capital Rotary Club.  Williams, a portfolio designer for Anchor Investment Management, is a Columbia native who earned a finance degree from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.  He was a banker, securities trader and small business owner for 11 years.  Williams is married to the former Laura Pinnell of Augusta; the couple has three children.  Williams also has been active in the Boy Scouts, the Hammond School board of directors, the vestry at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and the Executives Association of Greater Columbia. Walker Williams Columbia SC          
Mar 022017
 
Capital Rotary president Tommy Gibbons (left) and immediate past president David Boucher salute the club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow – Qing Wang – to acknowledge a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation in her name.  Boucher, who assisted with the donation, is Foundation giving chairman for the club.  Rotary Foundation contributions help fund international programs promoting world understanding and peace. Qing Wang Columbia Capital Rotary
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