Rotary Club of Spring Valley Awards Scholarships

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May 302014
 

Six area Richland District Two high school seniors were awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the Rotary

Club of Spring Valley at the club’s meeting on May 8. The scholarship recipients from Spring Valley High

School are: Michael Hoffman, who will attend Wofford College to major in English; Matthew Mujica

who will attend the University of South Carolina majoring in International Business; Anne Petitgout

who will attend Clemson University majoring in Engineering; Alexis Rutnik who will attend Winthrop

University majoring in Sports Medicine and Hannah Rutland who will attend the University of South

Carolina majoring in Exercise Science. LaceyAnne Robinson of Ridge View High School was also awarded

a scholarship. She will attend Wofford College majoring in Chemistry.

Awards were based on the student’s academics, extracurricular involvement, financial need and an

interview. Selections were made by members of the club’s scholarship committee led by Rotarian Bobby

Curtis. The club provides applications to high school guidance counselors in February and selections are

made annually in April. Spring Valley Rotary has been awarding these scholarships for the past twenty-
six years with proceeds from the club’s annual pecan sale.

Founded in 1978, the Rotary Club of Spring Valley has more than 115 members dedicated to service

above self. Rotary is the world’s oldest service organization (founded in 1905) and also one of the

largest global humanitarian service organizations. Visit www.springvalleyrotary.com or contact Derek

Raper at 803-528-4501 or by email at derek.raper@wellsfargo.com for more information. The club

meets for an excellent buffet lunch and program every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of

Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road.

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Photo caption:

Graduating seniors who received a 2014 Rotary scholarship are (left to right): Spring Valley Rotary

Scholarship Chairman Bobby Curtis, Scholarship Committee member Mary Dailey, scholarship recipients

Anna Petitgout, Hannah Rutland, Matthew Mujica, Alexis Rutnik, Michael Hoffman, LaceyAnne Robinson

and Scholarship Committee member Patricia Fernald.

U.S. Representative James Clyburn Speaks to Spring Valley Rotary Club

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Apr 042014
 

On March 20, 2014, James Clyburn, U.S. Representative, SC 6th District, spoke to Spring Valley Rotarians about several topics worthy of note to concerned and engaged citizens. First, Rep. Clyburn shared how he and his wife Emily met in jail while protesting the living conditions in which they were living at the time. They are now about to celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary and are proud parents and grandparents. Next, he discussed many of the challenges South Carolinians currently face such as illness, poverty and education. He expressed frustration that South Carolina is not more successful based on the resources we have in our state. He encouraged each of us to be more respectful and compassionate towards one another and make a dedicated effort towards making the Palmetto State a better place in which to live.

Spring Valley Rotary’s Pecan Sales Hit All-Tim Record

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Apr 042014
 

For many years, Spring Valley Rotary has used the proceeds from selling pecans to fund various charitable activities. With all  Spring Valley Rotarians participating, our 2013 sales were an all-time record. Over $165,000 of nuts/pecans were sold yielding $38,300 in profits.

All $38,300 will be presented to 45 local community organizations with grants ranging from $250 to $1500 each. Additionally, six $1500 Rotary scholarships will be awarded to local high school seniors.

Forest Acres and Spring Valley Rotary Clubs Have Heart

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Feb 212014
 

Forest Acres Rotary is coordinating with Spring Valley Rotary on the Rotary Has Heart Project.

There are about 30 volunteers from the two clubs filling backpacks at Harvest Hope. In addition, Forest Acres is donating $1,000 to the back-pack program and another $2,000 to Harvest Hope’s general fund.

Spring Valley Rotary Reschedules Blood Drive

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Feb 082014
 

Frigid temperatures caused cancellation of January blood drive

The Spring Valley Rotary Club has rescheduled their Red Cross Blood Drive for Tuesday, February 18 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road in Northeast Columbia.

“The bitterly cold weather in January made it impossible for us to host our blood drive. Even though our weather has improved, hospital patients in our community still need blood,” said Stevie Johnson, Rotary blood drive coordinator. She added, “The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to donate blood. Each appointment made and kept, and each unit of blood given, offers hope to a patient in need.” Donors need to be a minimum of 17 years of age and in general good health. Individuals who are 16 years of age can donate if accompanied by a parent. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

To make an appointment, call Stevie Johnson at (803) 338-1711 or sign up online at www.redcross blood.org. (Type in the sponsor code of SV Rotary and follow the directions.) Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome too. For questions regarding donor eligibility, call the Red Cross at (803) 251-6000.

Spring Valley Rotary club meets Thursdays from 1 to 2 PM in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church. To learn more about membership in the club, visit www.springvalleyrotary.com or contact Derek Raper at (803) 530-7579 or by e-mail at derek.raper@wellsfargo.com.

 

Spring Valley Rotary Club Sponsors Blood Drive

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Jan 152014
 

Sharleen 9.10.13The Spring Valley Rotary Club will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, January 28 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road in Northeast Columbia.

“The bitterly cold weather in January has already caused the cancellation of nearly 125 Red Cross blood drives in 17 states, resulting in almost 4,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Despite the weather, hospital patients in our community will still need blood,” said Stevie Johnson, Rotary blood drive coordinator. She added, “The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to donate blood. Each appointment made and kept, and each unit of blood given, offers hope to a patient in need.”

Donors need to be a minimum of 17 years of age and in general good health. Individuals who are 16 years of age can donate if accompanied by a parent. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

To make an appointment, call Stevie Johnson at (803) 338-1711 or sign up online at www.redcross blood.org. (Type in the sponsor code of SV Rotary and follow the directions.) Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome too. For questions regarding donor eligibility, call the Red Cross at (803) 251-6000.

Spring Valley Rotary club meets Thursdays from 1 to 2 PM in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church. To learn more about membership in the club, visit www.springvalleyrotary.com or contact Derek Raper at (803) 530-7579 or by e-mail at derek.raper@wellsfargo.com.

Spring Valley Hosts Gift of Life Child

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Oct 122013
 

arrival at airport.Members of the Carolina Rotaract Club welcomed Spring Valley’s Gift of Life (GOL) patient and her mother from El Salvador at the Columbia Metro Airport on Sunday, September 29. Thanks to Spring Valley GOL Chair Bill Oliver for coordinating with Gift of Life El Salvador and to Spring Valley Rotarian Kathleen Ganley for hosting the patient and her mother. A gamma knife procedure is scheduled for Tuesday at Palmetto Health Richland to treat her brain tumor.

Submitted by Diane Howard-Junis
Spring Valley Rotary Club

College Scholarships Awarded by Spring Valley Rotarians

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Jun 052012
 

On May 10th the Rotary Club of Spring Valley awarded $1,000 scholarships to six Richland School District Two graduating seniors. From Ridgeview High School are (L to R):  Anthony McCollum, representing his brother Quentin McCollum who plans to attend USC as a pre-med student and Jamal Lightbourne who plans to attend Francis Marion University and major in political science.  Representing Spring Valley High School are Sydney Johnson who will attend Clemson University and plans to major in computer engineering; Anthony Ervin who will attend Winthrop University and major in athletic training or physical therapy; Breyanna Allen who will attend USC Upstate and plans to major in criminal justice and Caylyn Bird who will attend USC and will major in early childhood education.  Special thanks to scholarship committee chairman Bobby Curtis and committee members Mary Dailey and Patricia Fernald for their service. These scholarships were funded with pecan sale proceeds.

 

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