Monday Jan 14th 2019

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Jan 112019
 

Please join us Monday Jan 14th 2019

For our meeting Monday Jan 14th 2019 we welcome, the charismatic Morihiko Nakahara, music director for the South Carolina Philharmonic since 2008.

Morihiko Nakahara has served as music director of the South Carolina Philharmonic since 2008. The 2018/2019 season also marks his 16th season with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, first as its associate conductor and now as resident conductor. Known for his charismatic presence on and off the podium, innovative and audience-friendly programming skills, and thoughtful interpretations of both standard and contemporary repertoire, Nakahara was featured in the League of American Orchestra’s prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview in March 2005, hosted by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has developed a close working relationship with the JSO, conducting the orchestra regularly and serving as its associate conductor during the 2007/2008 season. Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic, symphonies of Oregon, Charleston, Chattanooga, Lansing, Peoria, and Green Bay, as well as with the Chicago Pro Musica. Recipient of the David Effron Conducting Fellowship at the Chautauqua Institution in 1999, he recently returned to guest conduct the Music School Festival Orchestra there. Equally, at home in a wide variety of musical styles and concert formats, Nakahara has collaborated with Chris Botti, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Brandi Carlile, Pink Martini, Sergio Mendes, and Roby Lakatos to name a few. A tireless champion for the music of our times, Nakahara recently led world premieres of works by Joan Tower, Dan Visconti, and John Fitz Rogers. A passionate believer in audience development and music education for all, Nakahara is a popular clinician, guest conductor, and lecturer at various educational institutions. As a personable ambassador for classical music, he is regularly featured on local media outlets and speaks about wide-ranging topics including arts advocacy, leadership skills, and economic development at local businesses and service organizations. A native of Kagoshima, Japan, Nakahara holds degrees from Andrews University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He previously served as music director of the Holland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan and taught at Eastern Washington University and Andrews University.  
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Monday Jan 7th 2019

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Jan 012019
 

Please join us Monday Jan 7th 2019

For our meeting Monday January 7th 2019 we welcome Brian Maynor, Columbia’s own’ lifestyle coach here to make you look and feel great!

“How we look on the outside is a direct reflection of how we feel on the inside, making it impossible to work with one and not the other.” Brian Maynor Over the past decade, Brian Maynor has built a reputation as one of the leading image consultants and style coaches through his signature program, Find Flatter & Flaunt, which helps transform your image; boost confidence and empower you to look and feel your best. Image and the power of how we present ourselves has always been a part of Brian’s life, though it took him awhile to see it. His first job in high school was at a clothing store; he earned a degree in Journalism with a concentration in Broadcasting and went on to work as an attorney. It was that last role where all of the pieces finally came together. As an attorney, Brian managed a federal grant to assist victims of domestic violence both legally and through partnerships with shelters and coalitions. Through working with those survivors he rediscovered the power how we look has on how we feel. Once the grant ended, he had a reignited purpose for helping everyone live the life they’ve always wanted to live instead of feeling resigned to the life they had now, which launched his career as an image consultant. However, it wasn’t long before Brian discovered his clients were searching not just for advice on how to look better, but also for guidance on how to improve the overall quality of their lives. This theme of empowerment has been at the center of his work ever since.
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Tiger Corner Farms gives DI Club crash course in container farming.

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Dec 082017
 
At the November 29th meeting, Evan Aluise of Tiger Corner Farms spoke to the club about their aeroponic container farm located in Summerville, SC. What is aeroponic farming you ask? Well in short it’s a method of farming that’s done in recycled shipping containers. Yes that’s right, shipping containers. IMG_4507

Club speaker organizer Steve Slifer and Evan Aluise from Tiger Corner Farms

By growing plants aeroponically, it reduces the risk for soil borne diseases. Because the roots are exposed to more oxygen, the plants grow faster making aeroponics safer and more efficient. It was a fascinating presentation…we highly recommend checking out their website for more information on how aeroponic farming may be changing the way we think about farming: http://tigercornerfarmsmfg.com. Thanks Evan for the informative presentation! tigercorner-2

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4-way Test Award

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Oct 242017
 

Colonel Jay Seward was honored with the 4-way test award on Wednesday, October 18th. He has never missed a meeting even when he is traveling, he still finds a way to attend a Rotary meeting in that area. He has been our clubs secretary for as long as anyone can remember. He fills in as sergeant at arms when needed. He volunteers for everything our club has.  Colonel Seward surely deserves this award. Congratulation on this great honor.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg pays visit to club, discusses housing

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Oct 102017
 
The club was very honored to have Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, also a fellow Rotarian, visit us at our October 4th, 2017 meeting. With so many hot topics that can be discussed as it relates to the Charleston area, Mayor Tecklenburg chose to spend a majority of his time discussing housing and development in and around the city. mayor tecklenberg-1-2

Mayor John J. Tecklenburg

With approximately 30 new people moving to the Low Country every single day, keeping up with the growth and affordable housing options is certainly at the top of the priority list for the mayor and city officials. He layed out the city’s plan that will address affordable housing as well as the population of individuals who fall in the “Workforce Housing” demographic. These are individuals who typically earn between 81-120% of the Area Median Income…they earn too much to qualify for affordable housing subsidies, but not enough to afford a home or an apartment. mayor tecklenberg-3-2

Mayor Tecklenburg and club president Todd Musheff

Recognizing the challenges including the fact that employees such as police officers, firefighters, teachers and service industry workers cannot afford to live and work in the city, Mayor Tecklenburg and the Charleston City Council approved a Bond Resolution in April 2017. The Referendum would be placed on the ballot in November 2017, allowing voters in our community to make a choice on whether they would support the $20m Bond Referendum, which would create the revenue for the creation and and expansion of affordable housing in the Charleston community. To see Mayor Tecklenburg’s full presentation please click here. Or visit http://www.charleston-sc.gov.

Columbia Green Speaker

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Sep 212017
 
Our speaker Wednesday, September 20th was Ms. Catherine Kennedy from Columbia Green. Columbia Green is a non-profit in the Midlands that does exactly what its name implies. They make Columbia Green by planting flowers, giving out grants for tree planting, giving out grants for neighborhood planting, etc. Ms. Kennedy currently serves on Columbia Green’s board as the President. She spoke to us Wednesday morning about all the wonderful things this organization is doing and how they are raising money to continue to do these amazing things. We were honored to have Ms. Kennedy speak to us.
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