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.
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.
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.
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.
At the annual club assembly to review Capital Rotary’s accomplishments for 2016-17, president Dr. Tommy Gibbons highlighted the many accomplishments our club has celebrated: Our club is doing a great job again this year as usual. As we have for many years, we participate in Meals on Wheels, an annual Red Cross Blood Drive, an annual dictionary distribution project, Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust (CART), Polio Plus, Harvest Hope Food Bank, college scholarship fundraiser, excellent speakers, Fifth Wednesdays, and Club Socials. The Christmas social at Jay Von Kolnitz’s home is always special and the social we had at Spirit Communication Park was fun as well (Thanks Abby Naas!) We “adopted” the Pempleton family for Christmas gifts and will be helping them get their house back in order after the flooding. We will be volunteering to help thru the Saint Bernard Project. The project officially starts February 25, 2017. We contributed $500 to an international project this past fall. The money went towards an ophthalmic laser (mobile) for the Vincent Pescatore Clinic in Guatemala. Catherine Glen is a Global Grant Scholar for 2016-2017 that we sponsored. The 2011 University of South Carolina graduate taught special education students in rural Japan for the past three years. Her Rotary Global Grant scholarship funds a year of graduate study at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, hosted by the Rotary Club of Belfast. Glen is seeking a master’s degree in the psychology of childhood adversity. She formerly worked with youth in treatment for substance abuse and mood disorders at the Medical University of South Carolina and was a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer. We are a 100% Sustaining Member club. We currently have 57 members (58 July 1, 2016). Through December, 2016 our club members have contributed $5,303 to the Rotary International General Fund, plus $2,051 to Polio Plus, for a total of $7,359. We have exceeded our Polio Plus annual goal of $1,500. We currently have 55 members who have earned at least one Paul Harris Fellow status, 41 PH Benefactors (including the PH fund in your will for $1,000), 4 Bequest Society Members ($10,000 upon death), and 4 Major Donors (> $ 10,000). Our club provided a $1,000 donation to District 6840 for flood assistance in Louisiana as well as $585 from individual members. Our club raised $2,100 at our Lake Murray Fishing event and $18,722 through our wreath project for our college scholarship fund. This fund provides a Richland County high school graduate $5000 a year up to 4 years for their college tuition. We select a new recipient each year. Today our club voted to approve the 2017-2018 officers and directors. Additionally we approved the revised Constitution and Bylaws. Notable speakers at our meetings thus far this year include Ray Tanner, Mark Hammond, Pamela Lackey and Ms. Columbia Suzi Roberts. Our 5th Wednesdays are offsite from our club and are always educational and interesting. We had 56 club members participate in distributing 936 dictionaries to third graders in 14 schools (Richland 1 and Lexington 1). This was a great community service project. Our Club PR-Media efforts from July 2016 – February 2017:
- Total amount of new items/photos sent to media – 19
- Breakdown of new items/photos by subject:
- New members added to club – 2 releases
- Reports of member accomplishments or donations to Foundation – 7 releases
- Report of club community activities/service to others – 5 releases
- Distinguished visitor at club meetings – 5
Capital Rotary member Harry Carter (right) and his wife, Kathy, met Rotary International’s 2016-17 president John Germ at a December reception that was part of the Rotary Club of Columbia’s centennial observance. The reception saluted major donors who contribute $10,000 to the Rotary Foundation, the international service club’s charitable corporation funding world understanding and peace programs. Germ, a member of the Chattanooga, TN club, has been a Rotarian since 1976. Carter is a Capital Rotary past president and was co-chair for Rotary District 7770 major donors for five years.
Capital Rotary Club member Mike Montgomery (right) has been honored for donations to The Rotary Foundation, the international service club’s charitable corporation that funds programs for world understanding and peace. Montgomery is a Paul Harris Fellow plus-four donor, representing an initial $1,000 donation, plus four additional gifts of $1,000 each. He was recognized by past president David Boucher (left), the Capital club’s chairman for Foundation giving.
Rotary Club of Daniel Island has had a terrific start to the 16/17 Rotary year. Here is a quick snapshot of various community service projects undertaken by Rotarians so far this year in the club’s Southern Berkeley County service area, and beyond.
- Walk to end Alzheimer’s – Walk to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care. Our club raised over $1,400 for this worthy cause. Lead Organizer: Bill Thielfoldt
- Dictionary Project – Rotarians provided dictionaries to every third grader at DI Elementary, Cainhoy, & Phillip Simmons schools with 240 dictionaries delivered. Lead Organizer: Derek Epperson
- Charleston Seafarers Project – 6th year of providing merchant seaman, at sea during the Christmas holidays, with wrapped boxes containing toiletries and other necessities. 100 boxes provided. Lead Organizer: Pat Richards
- Meals on Wheels Blankets – Blankets were wrapped and given to Meal on Wheels recipients to keep warm during the Winter. 100 blankets provided. Lead Organizer: Billie Bacon
- Baldwin Carson Outreach Community Center – In a partnership with the Daniel Island Community Fund, Rotarians provided funds for new playground facility. The Daniel Island Community Association assisted with installation of the equipment and Rotarians provided a wooden border and mulch making this a great place for children to play. Lead Organizer: Tom Richards and special thanks to Ed Heavey for his carpentry skills and leadership.
- Lowcountry Food Bank – “Fresh for All” initiative providing fresh vegetables and fruits to those in need in the Cainhoy community. Lead Organizer: Jim White
- Cainhoy Food Drive – 171 meals delivered to the Cainhoy Community Center for local residents. This is the first of three food drives being funded in part by Rotary District Grant funds. Thanks to Publix who provided the meals at cost and donated an additional 40 whole turkeys! Lead Organizer: Cecil Mills
Daniel Island, SC – November 22, 2016 – Rotarians assembled early Tuesday morning at the Publix on Daniel Island to load 171 grocery bags, each complete with all the ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Publix provided the food at net cost and donated an additional 40 whole turkeys to the effort. Rotarians delivered the meals to the Cainhoy Community Center. Local leaders and church elders in the Cainhoy community ensured the meals reach the identified recipients, even if they are unable to pick them up at the community center. “This is the 14th year in a row for the Rotary Thanksgiving Food Drive, one of 3 annual food drives the club undertakes”, explained Rotarian Cecil Mills, long time leader of the project. “This long standing initiative targeting hunger in our club’s immediate service area is one of our most important projects.” said club president Gray Ives. “We are thankful for the support for our food drives from Publix, District 7770 Matching Grant funds and the Daniel Island Community Fund”, added Ives. Thanks to all that made this another successful food drive! In addition to 3 annual food drives, Daniel Island Rotary Club regularly assists with distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables in the Cainhoy community in cooperation with the Lowcountry Food Bank and other local organizations.
Four members of the University of South Carolina’s Rotaract Club talked with Capital Rotary president-elect Blake DuBose (center) at a recent breakfast meeting. Junior Carter Grant (far right) leads the Rotaract group, while sophomore Joel Welch (second from right) is technology coordinator. Senior Shelby Olsen (far left) is treasurer for the student group; Nicole Newsom (second from left) is a 2016 USC graduate. Rotaract is open to adults ages 18-30 interested in community service, in developing leadership and professional skills, and who enjoy networking and social activities.