The St. Andrews Rotary Club members listened attentively to the Job Coaches of Lexington-Richland District 5′s TOOLS Program at its weekly meeting on Tuesday. Job Coaches Kathy Gray, Beth Stone and Sara Patton informed the gathered Rotarians that TOOLS stands for Tranitional Opportunities for Optional Lifetime Success.
TOOLS is an educational program for special education, non-diploma high schools students in Lexington-Richland District 5. The purpose of TOOLS is to assist students in making a smooth transition from the school environment to the community. St. Andrews Rotary has a long-standing history of support of the program, annually recognizing an outstanding student participant.
The goal of TOOLS is to ensure students develop skills appropriate for their ability level and interest to promote lifetime success. The Job Coaches help students achieve this goal by focusing on functional academics such as lifeskills math, personal management, career exploration and teaching students job skills. The Job Coaches gave St. Andrews Rotary an update on several past students who have used the skills they learned through TOOLS to lead successful lives. Each story told demonstrates not only the achievements of those individuals but the impact the TOOLS program has upon our community.
Submitted by Cindy Owens
St. Andrews Rotary Club
Columbia, SC – St. Andrews (Columbia) Rotary Club -
Have you ever wanted to explore the United States? Maybe you thought about driving across the country seeing its natural wonders and friendly people. George Head has, and he has done it traveling 15 miles per hour on a bicycle.
Head, Senior Pastor at West Minister Presbyterian Church, spoke to the St. Andrews Rotary Club about his experience in cycling. The Pastor admits that many people get into cycling for the speed, but he prefers a much more leisurely pace. As he told his Rotarian audience, if you are exerting yourself to the point you cannot have a conversation with your fellow cyclist you are pushing too hard.
After all, to Pastor Head the fun is the trip itself and those you meet on the road. Since he picked up the passion for cycling, Pastor Head has ridden more than 30,000 miles – enough to circumnavigate the globe. He has traveled through 28 states and participated in 52 organized rides such as the RagBrai ride across the state of Iowa. His longest trip was across the United States, starting in the Pacific Northwest and ending at the Chesapeake Bay.
Head told the Rotarians that along the way he has accumulated some sore legs, a few flat tires, and a wonderful bag of stories.
Pastor George Head (R) and Club President Misty Goldiner (L)
The St. Andrews Rotary Club was chartered in 1976 and is a part of Rotary International, a global network of community volunteers representing 1.2 million members in nearly 200 countries. St. Andrews Rotary serves its community through the annual Dam Run, which supports scholarships for local students and helps keep the streets of Irmo clean through its Adopt-A-Highway program. The Club meets every Tuesday between 1 and 2 for lunch at the Ryans on Bower Parkway.
On December 18, 2012, Deborah Youmans, an Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet of the Quarter for Irmo High School, was honored by the St. Andrews Rotary Club.
Academically, Cadet Youmans has a 4.7 GPA and has been one of the most active members of the program. Deborah recently returned from a two and one-half week visit to the island nation of Singapore where she completed a cadet officer leadership development course at the prestigious International Cadet Exchange Program (ICEP.)
On 21 Aug 2012, Dr. Harris Pastides spoke to the St. Andrews Rotary Club about events that will shape the coming school year. Dr. Pastides is the 28th president of the University of South Carolina (USC), elected by the University’s Board of Trustees on August 1, 2008. His election marks the first internal candidate for the presidency of the University in over a half century. Previously, Dr. Pastides served as vice president for research and health sciences and dean of the Arnold School of Public Health. He and his wife, Patricia, first came to the University in 1998. Leading by example, Dr. Pastides expects students, faculty, and staff to set and exceed high expectations, push boundaries, and embrace innovation. He is an advocate for student engagement beyond the classroom through leadership, service learning, international experience, internships, and undergraduate research.
Under his leadership, Carolina’s student population has grown to record levels among the system’s eight universities on 12 campuses. Knowing that degree attainment significantly impacts the quality of life in South Carolina, Dr. Pastides continues to spearhead non-traditional programs such as Palmetto College, Back to Carolina, Gamecock Gateway and Gamecock Guarantee to increase university access and affordability. In addition, he leads an unprecedented capital campaign to fund essential needs for knowledge, research, discovery and development. USC is the only university in South Carolina with the Carnegie top-tier designation for very high research activity. In addition, incoming freshman at the research university are the brightest to date with average SAT scores breaking barriers. The Honors College is ranked No. 1 in the nation and Carolina offers the No.1 electrical engineering program in the South as well as the top undergraduate international business program.
In athletics, men’s and women’s teams throughout the university system have enjoyed historic success across an array of sports including Gamecock football’s first 11-win season and Capital One Bowl victory. USC’s women’s basketball team made it to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament and Carolina’s back-to-back World Series baseball champions made their third consecutive trip to the College World Series. As important, 121 of Carolina’s student-athletes made the SEC’s Spring Academic Honor Roll. Dr. Pastides currently serves as the Southeastern Conference representative on the NCAA Board of Directors.
Before joining the university’s faculty, he was a professor of epidemiology and chairman of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received his masters of public health and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University.
DG Paula Matthews and DGE Lou Mello and their spouses attended the 6th annual Rotary Charity Duck Race in Charleston on June 2 – This event led by St. Andrews (West Ashley), Summerville, Daniel Island and North Charleston Breakfast Rotary Clubs raised over $100K for Charleston area charities and Rotary projects!