The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club hosted author Tom Poland at our meeting on 7/29/2015

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Aug 042015
 
The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club enjoyed a visit from author Tom Poland at our last meeting.   Tom Poland is known as a writer of all things southern . He graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincolnton, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Masters in Education from the University of Georgia. A frequent contributor to magazines, he has written approximately 900 features. His first book, South Carolina – The Nafura/ Heritage, was published in 1989 by the University of South Carolina Press. He was the 2011-2012 playwright for Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s official folk life drama. His play, 50/id6round, presents the hardships, joys and beauty of the farming life in south Georgia.  Save the Last Dance for Me, a book on how the blues led to beach music and the shag phenomenon along the Carolina beaches, was published by the University of South Carolina Press in the summer of 2012. He contributed to State of the Heart, an anthology of writers who contributed essays about their favorite places in South Carolina, foreword by Pat Conroy, edited by Aida Rogers. He continues to write with Landforms forthcoming in 2015.  Tom, right,  is pictured here below with Club President Harold Crawford, left and club member and Sargeant at Arms Barbara Urban.       IMG_3914_resized_1

Acts Metro Speaks to the Chapin Rotary Club

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Jul 302015
 

Acts Metro Executive Director Richard Sherman (C) and Board Chairman Genia Hall (R) joined Rotary Club president Troy Crump (L) and club members to present their organizations vision and strategies. Acts Metro works with District schools to pair families with trained mentors and social service agencies to empower these families in crisis to move from despair and dependence to hope and self-sufficiency. For more information, call 764-0588.

Brandon Spence from Apprenticeship Carolina visits The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo

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Jul 222015
 
ApprenticeshipCarolinaLogo At our first official meeting of Rotary Year 2015-2016, Brandon Spence visited us to discuss his work with Apprenticeship Carolina, part of the SC Technical College System and The Division of Workforce and Economic Development.  The division works to attract new and expanding companies to the state and provide workforce development tools necessary to make certain they grow and prosper in South Carolina. Apprenticeship Carolina works with the 16 technical colleges in the state of south Carolina.  The program works with companies to assist them in formulating a plan to upskill current employees as well as train new employees coming from the technical college system.  This integrative approach allows companies to hire and train employees from the ground up while supporting technical trade work that is so very important and often overlooked.   They can help your business develop an on the job training program as well as set up youth apprenticeships.   There is no fee for the service and there is a tax credit for the supporting companies of up to $1000 per employee up to 4 years of enrollment.  Brandon, a 2001 Citadel graduate, has served active duty in the US Airforce, worked for the Department of the Army as a program analyst and then made the transition to the Department of Commerce, and his own start up companies Midlands Biofuels and B2 Strategies.   Brandon is experienced in implementing apprenticeship programs throughout his many successful endeavors.   Go to apprenticeshipcarolina.com for more information.  

Office of Aging State Director Speaks to Chapin Rotary

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Jul 122015
 

Former State Lieutenant Governor Yancy McGill joined the Chapin Rotary for breakfast and spoke to the club about the issues and challenges of his new position as State Director of the Office of Aging. His office aids over 34,000 older adults who have the greatest social. economic, and health needs, and rural and low-income elders.

Boeing Chief Counsel Addresses Rotary Club of Florence

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Jun 292015
 

June 15, 2015: Mark Fava, Chief Counsel of Boeing South Carolina provided the Rotary Club of Florence with an update of the products and facilities at Boeing SC, but not before acknowledging Sen. Hugh Leatherman and noting that Judge Luttig, General Counsel and SVP for the Boeing Corporation sent his regards and his utmost gratitude for the Senator’s diligence and integrity in negotiating incentives for the corporation to build their factory in SC. Fava noted that South Carolina will be forever indebted to the Senator for his dynamic economic development work.

Boeing made a big impression at the Paris Airshow with its vertical takeoff seen here: http://bit.ly/1TgKgnN and Boeing will be building its 787-10 (known in the industry as the “Dash Ten”) only in South Carolina. The airliner seats 323 people and can travel 7000 nautical miles before refueling. Its composite structure is ¼” thick which makes the plane light and durable and reduces the need for scheduled maintenance. There are 2.3 million separate parts to the plane, and the facility builds the plane from start to finish, other than the painting. They are in the process of building a painting facility now. Their final assembly building is the length of 10 football fields and has a zero waste to landfill policy. The roof is covered with solar panels that feed power into the grid which is then repurchased by the facility.

Boeing began with 240 acres in North Charleston, and now has 840. The capital investment in SC is over $2 billion. More information about the Rotary meeting may be found here: http://bit.ly/1filR1v

 

Chapin We Care Speaks at Chapin Sunrise Rotary Club

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Jun 272015
 

Jeff McCormack, Director of Chapin We Care, hosted the Chapin Rotary Club for their breakfast meeting and shared with the members their goal to minister to those in need and share God’s word. He gave club members a tour of both the original building, constructed over a decade ago by the Chapin Rotarians, and their new expanded facility. The latter facility now includes a “reading corner” furnished and well stocked with elementary level books for children to enjoy while their parents apply for various services. This new opportunity for our neighborhood children was designed, built and provisioned by Chapin Rotarians in support of their goal to promote literacy and the joy of reading .

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Hosts Big Paws Canine Foundation

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Jun 272015
 
The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise hosted Mrs. Eileen Sause (left) and her daughter,
 Ms. Mary S. Slavik (right) pictured with service dog “Boom” at a recent club meeting.
Ms. Slavik described the not- for- profit Big Paws Canine Foundation, Inc. founded by her and
her husband, Steve, a Marine and former police officer. The foundation provides service dogs
to our disabled Veterans and First responders injured in the line of duty at no cost. Contact
Big Paws Foundation toll free 8444-BIG-Paws (844-244-7297) or www.BigPawsCanine.com for
details on how to support this patriotic service for our Heroes.

May is Hospital Month at Sea Island Rotary

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Jun 042015
 
Our May program theme has been Inside Beaufort Memorial Hospital, with a series of programs introduced by club member and BMH Chief Human Resources Officer Dave Homyk. On consecutive weeks we heard from the hospital’s Chief Information Officer, Director of Safety, and Chief Medical Officer. After the last program, President Larry asked if we could get either certificates or discount cards from the hospital after learning so much about its inner workings. Rotary 5-12-2015 (6)   Rotary 5-5-2015 (9) Rotary 5-12-2015 (11) Rotary 5-19-2015 (7)     Rotary 5-19-2015 (4) Rotary 5-19-2015 (2)

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Scholarship Recipient

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Jun 022015
 

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise scholarship award was presented to senior
Zakia Brisbon (left) by Rotarian Bob Squatriglia (right) at the Carolina Forest High School
Academic Awards Ceremony on May 19. The one thousand dollar scholarship is presented annually by the Rotary Club to that CFHS graduating senior whose academic achievement, character and community service best typifies the Rotary motto of ” Service above Self”.  A member of the national honor society, beta club, varsity basketball, track, and volleyball  and recipient of the Panther Award for character and leadership, she plans to attend Hampton University and study pharmacy. She has served as a volunteer intern in Walgreen’s Pharmacy and participated in numerous volunteer activities in the community throughout her high school attendance. CFHS graduation is scheduled for June 4,  2015.

 

photo by Carlos Scheer

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