Below is a recap for the Rotary events for the month of June in addition to the information I sent earlier about our installation banquet:
June 3, 2020, Page Kiniry, President and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens, was the weekly breakfast speaker held virtually. Brookgreen Gardens is 89 years old and contains nearly 9000 acres in the Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island area. Page shared with the members all the wonderful outdoor, socially distancing events that are available to attendees.
June 10, 2020, Sundi Herring, Senior Manager of Community Development with the American Cancer Society and Regional Director of Hope Lodge, was the weekly breakfast speaker held virtually. Hope Lodge provides a residence and supportive environment for visiting cancer patients and their caregivers while they undergo treatment locally. Hope Lodge started 50 years ago in Charleston.
June 17, 2020, Kevin Mills, President and CEO of the South Carolina Aquarium, located in downtown Charleston, was the weekly breakfast speaker held virtually. The Aquarium is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is continuing the good work of their many educational projects. College students and scholarship recipients, Jarvis Bess (senior at USC Beaufort) and Carrington Wigfall (sophomore at Winthrop) provided members updates on their educational experience.
In June, Rotarians also held service projects which included a local blood drive with the American Red Cross and another food supply drive with ECCO in the Cainhoy Community.
For more information, please visit their website at http://www.danielislandrotary.com or follow them on Instagram at di_rotary4 or on Facebook the Rotary Club of Daniel Island.
The Columbia Rotary Club has donated $2,500 to Harvest Hope to help our community with Covid-19 Relief. The Club’s donation provided 12,500 meals to local residents in need.
Harvest Hope is a respected local organization that began in 1981 as the result of a shared vision of business leaders and the faith community, who set out to provide for the hungry in Columbia. Since then, Harvest Hope has increased its mission to feed the hungry across 20 counties in South Carolina and has grown into the state’s largest food bank.
This donation was made possible by The Rotary Foundation, Rotary District 7770 and thoughtful contributions of members of the Columbia Rotary Club.
The Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) inducted it slate of 2020-2021 officers during a visit by Assistant Governor Blount Shepard on Tuesday, June 30th. The 2020-2021 CWC President is Dillon Chewning. Dillon is a financial consultant with Northwestern Mutual. Dillon’s officers are:
Gisela Kloess, President-Elect
Keith Finley, Secretary and Immediate Past-President
Karen Speer, Service Chair
Kenneth Stevenson, Sergeant-at-Arms
Vaughan Dozier, Treasurer
During the meeting, immediate Past President Keith Finley was presented with a rotary award from Public Affairs (PA) Chair Chappelle Stevenson that read: “For outstanding leadership during the year of unprecedented Rotary challenges including a Pandemic”. Keith Finley, Cayce-West Columbia Rotary 2019-2020. Thank you Keith Finley for your service above self!
Images: Gisela Kloess, Karen Speer, Keith Finley, Blount Shepherd, Dillon Chewning, Kenneth Stevenson, Vaughan Dozier/Dillon Chewning taking oath from AG Blount Shepherd, PA Chair Chappelle Stevenson presentation to Keith Finley
The Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) Rotary has been serving the community since 1962. CWC Rotary meets Tuesdays for Lunch from 1:00 -2:00pm at the Brookland Baptist Church Conference Center, West Columbia. The mission of the CWC Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance understanding, goodwill and peace through it fellowship of community leaders. Please visit the CWC Rotary Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CWCrotary/ for additional information or to inquire about being a lunch guest at an upcoming meeting.
The photos below are from last weeks event.
Bill Cannon (outgoing President) passing the torch to Angela Drake (incoming President)
Jonathan Bennett, recipient of our Club’s Rotarian of the year.
Johnny Moore awarding our Club this year’s Large Club of the year award.
The Rotary Club of Little River named two annual scholarships after the club’s co-founders during the installation of its new officers for the 2020-2021 RotaryYear. The scholarships were named for Craig Hill, Past District Governor of District 717, and Mary E. Martin, Past District Governor of District 7770, who co-founded the club on September 24th, 2002.
Vickie Harrison, President of the club for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year commented “As a club, it’s important to remember our club founders and their legacies as it is for all Rotarians to remember the legacy of Paul Harris.”
Craig was presented with an award naming the annual scholarship the “Craig J. Hill Scholarship for Leadership and Community Service” during the ceremony. Mary was unable to attend this year’s ceremony and will receive her award naming the annual scholarship the “Mary E. Martin Scholarship for Leadership and Community Service” at a future event.
The Rotary Club of Little River has contributed over $15,000 in scholarships over the past two year to young scholars in our area.
The Rotary Club of Lexington awarded $48,000 in scholarships, the 2020 recipients were recognized via Zoom and Facebook Live call. The program also featured a special appearance by Lou Kennedy of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation. The awards were as follows:
Gilbert High School: $10,000 – Gracie Howard (donated by the Hoover family in memory of Bonnie Hoover Sease); $4,000 – Aaron Berry; $1,000 – Sydney Keisler (to honor Lexington School District One retirees); $1,000 – Zoe Leaphart; $1,000 – Cooper Branham.
Lexington High School: $4,000 – Taylor Spires; $1,000 – Emily Thompson (in memory of Perry Kimball); $1,000 – Gracen Sharp; $1,000 – William Patrick Johnson; $1,000 – Amelia Hilton; $1,000 – Jordan Allen; $1,000 – Kirsten Allen.
Lexington Technology Center: $4,000 – Loni McKenzie; $1,000 – Victoria Gillis; $1,000 – Troy Dufford; $1,000 – Courtney Wisniewski.
River Bluff High School: $4,000 – Mahi Patel; $1,000 – Emerson Fife; $1,000 – Cameron Eubanks; $1,000 – Lillian Lamb.
White Knoll High School: $4,000 – Nathaniel Hope; $1,000 – Alexia Davis; $1,000 – D’Asia White; $1,000 – Emily Okon.
We are still having our meetings via zoom,as we have since mid March. We were one of the first clubs in the area to adopt this meeting format and we may be one of the last to leave it for in person meetings. We cannot meet at our Regular meeting, St Michael’s Church until the COVID-19 cases go down for at least 2 weeks. Stay tuned. We are having a childhood photo contest in our weekly bulletin to help stay connected! Be happy and stay well!
The COVID-19 pandemic curtailed blood drives across the Midlands, but the need for lifesaving donations remains critical, according to Kristen Boyle, a donor recruitment representative for the American Red Cross. Boyle was guest speaker at Capital Rotary’s biweekly meeting via Zoom on July 1. Closed colleges and businesses shrank student and employee donor pools in the spring, Boyle noted, plus a number of churches and civic groups (including the Rotary club) cancelled planned drives. Meanwhile, demand is up as much as 30 per cent while hospitals are beginning to reschedule elective surgeries. The Red Cross has safety steps in place, Boyle said, including mandatory face masks, temperature checks, gloves, rigorous sanitizing and social distancing at donor sites. Blood is now being tested for coronavirus antibodies; results are anticipated in 7 to 10 days. A positive test means the donor has previous virus exposure, but “that doesn’t mean we can’t use the blood,” Boyle explained. “COVID-19, or any respiratory illness, isn’t transfused through blood donations. Having antibodies means you can apply to the convalescent plasma program and potentially help a patient who’s battling a severe case of COVID.” Since the country has a blood need every two seconds – and every donation can help save up to three lives – Boyle declared: “Giving blood is an essential service.”
Columbia’s Capital Rotary began its 2020-2021 year July 1 by inducting a new president, saluting the Rotarian of the Year and announcing Paul Harris Fellow honors in a biweekly Zoom session. Capital’s new president is Ben Carlton (in photo), a member since 2015, who practices corporate law with the Columbia firm of Richardson, Plowden & Robinson. Carlton is a graduate of North Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina’s Law School. He was a club director and secretary before serving as president-elect in the past year. Earning Rotarian of the Year honors for the second time was Neda Beal (at left in photo below with Sophia Bertrand of the University of South Carolina’s Rotaract Club). Beal – cited in 2016 for her work with several projects – was recognized anew for serving as liaison to the student group. Rotaract clubs are for adults ages 18-30 interested in community service, in developing leadership and professional skills, and who enjoy networking and social activities. USC Rotaract formed in 2010-2011; Capital Rotary became its host in 2018-2019. New Rotary Foundation donor honors went to Jack Williamson, Philip Flynn and Pete Pillow – all named Paul Harris Fellow Plus-Two givers (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with an additional gift in the same amount). The Foundation is Rotary International’s charitable arm to support world understanding and peace programs. Williamson, a former sergeant at arms, joined Capital Rotary in 2008, as did Flynn, a past president and current director. Pillow joined in 2006 and was Rotarian of the Year in 2018. The club is holding remote meetings currently in response to the coronavirus pandemic.