The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo had Rep. James Smith as their guest speaker on Wednesday, June 21st. Rep. Smith talked about his distinguished military career, which includes being awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. Rep. Smith also spoke about the importance of service, working across the aisle. It was our pleasure to have Rep. Smith as our guest.
For our 2017 Blood Drive, our club has an ambitious goal of 68 units of blood! We need your help so register and bring a friend! Download Capital Rotary Blood Drive Flyer (PDF) When: Wednesday, July 12th, 10am-4pm Where: CBRE Building, 1st Floor, 1333 Main Street, Columbia, SC Register Online!
- Visit redcrossblood.org
- In the navy blue box “Find a Blood Drive” in the top-right, enter sponsor code “caprotary”
- To the left, select the blood drive location at CBRE Building
- You’ll need to sign in (if you’ve registered before) or create an account
Dr. Michel van Tooren (wearing white shirt, blue coat in photo background) explains industrial oven use in new materials manufacturing to Capital Rotary members on a tour of the Ronald E. McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research. Van Tooren is deputy director of the center founded at the University of South Carolina in 2011 and named after the late Challenger astronaut. It supports the state’s second largest industry through aerospace education, research, outreach and economic engagement. Capital Rotary’s tour was part of the club’s Fifth Wednesday program featuring local field trips in place of a regular weekly meeting.
The Membership Social has been rescheduled! We will have a membership social on Thursday, May 25th from 6-9. This will take place at the shelter at Saluda Shoals Park. The club will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs, bake beans, slaw, and beverages. If you would like to bring a dessert please feel free to. Don’t forget to bring guests!!
This Wednesday, our speaker was James E. Clark, the 12th President of S.C. State University. As you can see from his biography, he has had an outstanding career. President Clark will speak about South Carolina State’s partnership with the community. South Carolina State University’s 12th President, Mr. James E. Clark is a native of Quincy, Florida. Referring to his parents as “the smartest people I know,” they instilled in him the value of a good education, hard work, and discipline. His father Edmond had a second grade education and his mother Annie, a sixth grade education, but they wanted more for Clark and his siblings. His father became his first role model as a well-respected businessman within the farming community and Clark followed in his footsteps, with expanded opportunities he could have only imagined. An accomplished visionary with a stellar career, Clark brings to the presidency a results-oriented, business approach that launches and drives positive outcomes. His proven experiences in leading Fortune 5-500 companies has prepared him to provide the leadership necessary to move SC State University forward to the next level. Clark firmly believes that solid business practices of the institution is critical to its operations, success, and brand enhancement. A resident of Columbia, SC, Clark has served as vice president of a $1- billion division of AT&T which he converted from a money-losing division into the most profitable division in AT&T’s computer business. Clark also worked with Gould Incorporated, General Electric, Gillette, and Exxon International. To these positions, Clark brought a wealth of expertise as a successful relationship builder, mentor, and team motivator who is highly respected for his ability to develop consensus among diverse functional groups. Clark served on the Benedict College Board of Trustees for 18 years, and he has been Chair of the University of South Carolina Research Foundation for three terms. He has also served as an SC State Board member during the past year where he chaired the Finance and Management committee. He also served as an Executive Director of the prestigious Bell Lab, the most respected research institution in the world at the time. Along with his passion for education, Clark has a passion for building and flying aircraft. He is an active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Board of Directors, and has performed as an Air Show Performer. As an engineer and a pilot, he brings the intricacy of “attention to detail” and the critical aspect of its effect on success. Clark holds a Master of Science Degree in Management (Marketing) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management (M.I.T.); a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T.; and further studies in Global Leadership and Senior Management Development programs at the University of Michigan and Indiana University.
Alzheimer’s Gala When: Saturday, July 22nd Where: Gaillard Center in Charleston Please see flyer for more information.
Capital Rotary president Tommy Gibbons welcomes retired South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal, guest speaker at a recent club breakfast meeting. Toal’s topic was how the country selects its judges, especially those to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. Toal served on the state’s highest court from March 1988 to December 2015 after representing Richland County in the South Carolina House of Representatives for 13 years. She was the first female Chief Justice in the state’s history and graduated from Agnes Scott College and the University of South Carolina School of Law.