Rotarians Review Year, Install New Leadership

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Jun 202018

At a year-end assembly to review some of Capital Rotary’s 2017-2018 accomplishments, outgoing president Blake DuBose thanked members for achievement that included:

  • Adding six new members.
  • Donating 936 free dictionaries to third-graders in 14 Richland County District One schools.
  • Awarding two college scholarships to deserving high school students.
  • Reaching 110% of the club’s Rotary Foundation donations goal (total contributions $12,933).
  • Adding 20 new Rotary Foundation Benefactors ($1,000 donation via will) in the past month; 95% of members are now Benefactors.
  • Donating $8,000 to aid natural disaster victims in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
  • More than doubling the goal for PolioPlus contributions (total of $3,480).
  • Several club members are organizing a Columbia-area CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) gala to raise money for medical research.
  • Sponsoring Christmas gifts for two families through the Families Helping Families organization.
  • Holding five social events promoting member fellowship.
  • Interaction with student leaders of the University of South Carolina’s Rotaract Club.
  • Continuing community service projects – Meals on Wheels delivery and volunteering at Harvest Hope Food Bank.
  • Excellent presentations at weekly club meetings, thanks to speakers committee efforts.
  • Collecting 65 units of blood at the annual Red Cross Blood Drive.  In the past seven years, the club has collected over 516 units of blood, impacting more than 1,548 lives.
  • A Rotary District 7770 “Four-Way Test Award” nomination for past president David Boucher.
  • A District “Service Above Self Award” for public relations committee chair Pete Pillow.
  • A District “Public Image Award” and a leadership citation for the club.
  • Reporting on club activities with70 website and social media posts; reaching 8,460 people through social media; 2,251 website visitors; 65 postings on District 7770’s website and newsletters; 91 press releases posted by local media; and 11 monthly club activity recaps e-mailed to members.

2018-2019 Leadership

New 2018-2019 officers and directors for Capital Rotary were sworn into office on June 20.  Pictured are (from left) Jack Williamson, at-large director and sergeant at arms; Ben Carlton, secretary; Andy Markl, at-large director; Abby Naas, president-elect; Neda Beal, at-large director and service chair; Gloria Saeed, membership chair; Paul Gillam and Ione Cockrell, at-large directors; Philip Flynn, president; Blake DuBose, past president and Rotary Foundation chair; and Bryan Goodyear, treasurer.

Jan 102018

The Boeing Company is proud to build the “airplane of the future” – its 787 Dreamliner – in South Carolina, and looks forward to continuing a rewarding partnership here for years to come.  Tommy Preston Jr., Director of National Strategy and Engagement and Government Operations at Boeing South Carolina, was Capital Rotary’s Jan. 10 guest speaker.  Preston is a native South Carolinian, a USC graduate, and formerly practiced law at Nexsen Pruet, LLC in Columbia.  He said Boeing’s aerospace campus in Charleston was made possible by commitment to workforce training, by the state’s non-union labor environment and by government flexibility in working together to solve any problems.  Boeing supports an estimated 9,000 direct and indirect Palmetto State jobs, works with 300 suppliers across the state, and invested about $2 billion in the Dreamliner final assembly and delivery facility.   The company also partners with local schools, the technical college system and the University of South Carolina to expand job opportunities and to advance aerospace products and services.  (Boeing Company photo)

Oct 192017

Cybercrime costs U.S. business more than $1.3 billion yearly and often takes the form of bogus e-mails, according to Lt. D. Britt Dove, supervisory agent for the S.C. Law Enforcement Division’s (SLED) Computer Crime Center.  Dove (at right, talking with Rotarian Tommy Gibbons) was Capital Rotary’s Oct. 18 guest speaker.  He said every business connected to the internet is a potential cybercrime victim.  Businesses are vulnerable to being scammed by e-mail as criminals expand their ability to steal money directly or to turn stolen data into money.  Dove detailed several safeguards that include (1) educate employees to recognize suspicious e-mails; (2) be cautious when e-mails request confidential information or information out of the ordinary; (3)  double check e-mail sender details carefully, watching for similar domain names or characters that have been swapped for other letters; (4) forward e-mail responses instead of hitting “reply” so you can type out the genuine e-mail address for the person you wish to communicate with; and (5) confirm details of the e-mail request by contacting the sender using a known phone number.  Lt. Dove is a University of South Carolina graduate, a former West Columbia Police Dept. investigator, and is active in the Secret Service Electronic Taskforce, FBI Cyber Taskforce and the S.C. Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.

Sep 282017

The First Tee Columbia program uses golf to teach young people life lessons and leadership skills, according to executive director Sally Beacham (shown with Capital Rotary member Chris Ray).  Beacham, guest speaker at Rotary’s Sept. 27 meeting, said First Tee’s instruction helps youngsters 5-17 become good golfers and even better people by imparting core values such as respect, integrity, honesty, confidence, confidence and sportsmanship.  An affiliate of the World Golf Foundation, Columbia’s First Tee is part of the elementary physical education program in five Richland District One schools and plans to add Richland District Two schools in the future.  Beacham said First Tee participation has grown from 105 students to 335 over the last several years.  She joined the non-profit after playing collegiately  at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, where she was captain of the women’s golf team and a member of the all-conference team in 2008.

Jun 062016

Have you given to the CART Fund this year?  The CART Fund is dedicated to raising funds to provide “seed” money for cutting edge, high impact research in hopes of finding a cure/prevention for Alzheimer’s disease.  The goal of the CART Fund is to encourage exploratory and developmental Alzheimer’s disease research projects within the United States. This is accomplished by providing financial support for the early and conceptual plans of those projects that may not yet be supported by extensive preliminary data but have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research. These projects should be distinct from those designed to increase knowledge in a well-established area unless they intend to extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.


In May 2016, the CART Fund awarded $600,000 in research grants bringing to a total of $5.8 million since the inception of the CART Fund.  CART Fund by-laws require that 100% of all donated funds must go to Alzheimer’s disease research.  We need your help to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  Will you donate today toward finding a cure?


The following link is to Carl White’s Life in the Carolinas Alzheimer’s Special entitled Remembering No More: A Story of Change.


Apr 262016

Have you registered to attend the Rotary YP Summit May 21?  This is going to be a great event that you do not want to miss.  Come to the Coastal Carolina Campus in Conway on Saturday, May 21 and interact with people excited about Rotary and the possibilities it provides.  Registration is online at the Rotary District 7770 database calendar. View an invitation video below and commit to being a part of this opportunity.


Apr 162016

Did you know that there will be a district 7770 Young Professional Summit on May 21?  We are inviting Young Rotarians, Young at Heart Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors to come together to talk about and discover what Rotary does well, dream about a future Rotary, design strategies to achieve that vision, and deliver on that change in their own clubs and communities.  The event will be at the Scholars Academy at Coastal Carolina University, 104 Chanticleer Drive, Conway, SC on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.  You can register on the district 7770 calendar.  Registration fee is just $15 per person.  Attached is a video from the Rotary International YP Summit last year to give you an idea of what is in store for you in Conway on May 21.  Space is limited, so sign up soon and bring your friends.


Mar 252016

Dear fellow Rotarians,

Welcome to Seoul, the site of the 107th Rotary International Convention. Celebrate with us the joy of bringing the work of Rotary into our communities to Be a Gift to the World. The convention is a great way to experience what it truly means to be a part of Rotary. You will not only be inspired by fascinating speakers and productive breakout sessions, but also have an excellent opportunity to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world. You will experience firsthand the vibrant city of Seoul, as well as exchange ideas, build your skill set, and have fun.

The House of Friendship also provides a space where you can connect with different cultures and clubs. As a city with a long, rich history and the latest amenities, Seoul is the ideal location for a Rotary convention and a delightful travel destination to explore. It is both the capital and largest metropolis in Korea as well as home to an expansive number of parks, museums, shopping centers, and restaurants that showcase Korea’s rich culinary tradition.

Stop by any street vendor throughout the city to try traditional snacks like tteokbokki, gimbap, or Korean barbeque. Visit the now-famous Gangnam district, made popular by K-pop recording artist Psy. Explore COEX Mall, one of the largest underground shopping malls in Asia, filled with everything from trinkets to high-tech devices. Visit Dongdaemun Market, open 24 hours a day, for a wide variety of goods, including silks and fabrics. While the convention will offer its own social activities and events, be sure to visit Lotte World Adventure, an entertainment complex that is home to the world’s second-largest indoor theme park and an outdoor amusement park. Both feature family friendly stage shows and attractions. Shopping malls, movie theaters, and the Korean Folk Museum can be found a short monorail ride away, making it a wonderful family vacation experience. Before becoming president of Rotary International, I had the pleasure to attend 25 Rotary conventions. Each convention has its own flavor and has always been an enriching experience. I took advantage of the ability to meet and get to know my fellow Rotarians. I recall having conversations with club members from all over the world, on the buses and trains, in the House of Friendship, and in the main meeting halls. These are folks who I otherwise never would have had the chance to meet. In fact, while in Seoul, I will look forward to meeting you as well. Vanathy and I invite you to join us and your fellow Rotarians as we see the sights, discover what it’s like to be a citizen of the world, and learn how we can continue to Be a Gift to the World.


K.R. Ravindran

Rotary International President, 2015-16

Play Jeopardy at the District Conference

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Mar 152016

District 7770 Rotarians:

One of the speakers at the district conference will be Ben Ingram, Jeopardy Tournament of Champions Winner from Florence, SC.

Click below to hear what Ben has to say.

We will play three Rotary Jeopardy games with three contestants each.  The winner of each game will go on to play in the Rotary Jeopardy Tournament of Champions on Saturday Night.  We have great prizes but you have to participate to win.  And, it is all about Rotary so you are sure to know the “questions.”

To sign up to play Rotary Jeopardy, contact Mary Gasque at

Looking forward to hearing from all of you Rotary savvy Rotarians.


Mar 012016

March 18-19, 2016

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

We are going to celebrate the accomplishments of the clubs in district 7770 at the district conference on March 18-19.  But we would like for you to join us for the fun and fellowship.  The food is going to be great, the venue is terrific, the program is entertaining, and you will not be bored.  The video below is an invitation to come and have fun with us as we celebrate your gifts to the world.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the Conference.

Do Good, Have Fun, Y’all Come.





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