South Carolina’s electric cooperatives are working together to help boost economic development in the Palmetto State. That’s what Capital Rotarians heard from Jamie Frost at their Zoom meeting May 20. Frost is senior vice president of community preparedness for the SC Power Team, a nonprofit set up in 1988. It serves 20 co-ops across two-thirds of the state seeking more industry and commerce, especially in rural areas. The Power Team offers project management, retention and expansion of existing businesses, utility rate incentives, funds to help prepare industrial sites and infrastructure, an annual economic development review, training and strategic planning. Over the past six years, co-op and Power Team efforts were key for attraction and expansion of companies investing more than $6.4 billion and creating 30,000 jobs in the state. Frost joined the team in 2017 after working for a consulting engineers’ firm. He’s a graduate of the University of South Carolina, completed the Leadership South Carolina program, Class of 2019, and is City of Columbia Planning Commission member.
The head of the SC Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has been inducted into Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club. Kitty Sutton – executive director of the legal nonprofit since 2013 – joined May 20 during the club’s second Zoom meeting. Remote sessions are being held every two weeks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Sutton is a Columbia native with both English and law degrees from the University of South Carolina, plus a Masters in English from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She’s worked at law firms in Mobile, Charleston and Columbia. She has been an adjunct professor at USC, the College of Charleston and Trident Technical College. Sutton is on the board of Justice 360, a group involved with juvenile justice and capital punishment issues. She’s also been a board member for Heathwood Hall Episcopal School and for Columbia’s Court Appointed Special Advocates, Communities in Schools and Carolina Ballet.
Giving youngsters a safe place to learn, eat and grow is the mission of Hope Foundation Liberia, according to Columbia attorney Mark Arden, a board member for the non-profit and guest speaker at Capital Rotary’s first Zoom meeting on May 6 (shown in photo). Arden detailed efforts to improve the lives of rural kindergarten students “physically, emotionally and mentally” in the poverty-stricken nation wracked by 14 years of civil war, followed by the Ebola epidemic. Hope Foundation renovated buildings to serve as a temporary school and dug a new well to bring clean drinking water to the community. A new school on seven acres of land is nearly finished. It has enrolled 160 children and has a curriculum including etiquette, agriculture, being kind to others and trusting in God in addition to reading and writing. Children are fed two meals daily and will learn how agriculture can promote sustainability for the school. Arden is a partner at Chappell, Smith & Arden and graduated from the University of South Carolina and the university’s School of Law.
Capital Rotary members – unable to hold their weekly breakfast meetings at the Palmetto Club for the past seven weeks – held their first remote meeting via Zoom (as shown in photo) at 7:30 a.m. on May 6. President Abby Naas said the digital decision was made because “it has been too long since we have seen each other,” and a time frame for resuming onsite meetings is not known at this point. Nearly half the club joined the Zoom session, where donations of $1,100 each were announced to Harvest Hope Food Bank and to Senior Resources to assist in coronavirus relief efforts. Rotarians also discussed how they’ve been able to work remotely during the pandemic and to help business clients applying for government loans and financial assistance. Naas said the club plans to hold future Zoom meetings every other week and may even induct new members using the app. She also shared contacts that might assist in getting hand sanitizer, disposable face masks and face shields for those needing personal protection equipment.
The Rotary Club of Florence has granted $20,000 to organizations with urgent needs related to COVID-19. Each of the four non-profits, Mercy Medicine Free Clinic, House of Hope, Lighthouse Ministries, and Shelter and Nutrition for All Children (SNAC), received $5,000 to provide the community with health services and medicine, shelter and sanitation for the homeless, and meals for school-age children.
The grants were supplemented this year from the Rotary Club of Florence’s Centennial Celebration, greatly increasing the club’s charitable giving.
In photos attached, Club President Blake Pate presents checks to Wayne Jackson of Mercy Medicine, Rotarian Julie Maxham of House of Hope, Cecilia Meggs of Lighthouse Ministries, and Rotarian Blake Branham whose is a board member of SNAC.
On April 2, 2020 was the Club’s first virtual meeting. Weekly virtual meetings are held on Wednesday mornings from 8 am to 9 am. If interested in attending virtually during this social distancing time please contact Bethm.Lee@att.net.
On April 8, 2020 the first Club president, Mary Murray, was the breakfast speaker at the Club’s weekly virtual breakfast meeting. Mary shared her perspective of the challenges of starting the Club and how Daniel Island has changed over the years.
On April 15, 2020, Steve Slifer, distinguished member and respected economist, provided those in attendance at the weekly virtual breakfast meeting his economic forecast. We appreciate Steve’s contribution to the Club and his willingness to share his wealth of knowledge during this unsettling time.
On April 22, 2020, Ashley Henyan, Executive Director of the local Red Cross, spoke at the Club’s weekly virtual breakfast meeting. She spoke on how the Red Cross is pivoting from addressing traditional disaster relief to focusing on the Pandemic.
April 29, 2020, George Roberts, active member and CEO of East Cooper Meals on Wheels (ECMOW), was this week’s virtual breakfast speaker. ECMOW started 35 years ago and has more than 450 volunteers. ECMOW’s motto is “More than a Meal”. George expressed appreciation for the outpouring of support for the organization from members of the community.
Rotarians were active this month in building a horseshoe pit at Summit Place that allowed residents to be outside enjoy the nice weather while practicing social distancing, as well as teaming up with Daniel Island Community Fund in its fundraising efforts for local charities.
The Club also recognized this month this year’s scholarship recipients, Emma Albano a graduate from Bishop England, and Afua Lincoln, a graduate from Philip Simmons High School. WE WISH THEM THE BEST ON THIS NEXT CHAPTER OF LIFE!
The Myrtle Beach Chicora Rotary Club has voted to donate $250 per week for the next 8 weeks in an effort to assist the local community that has been affected by COVID-19. The club feels that during this time the community needs to come together now more than ever. The funds will be distributed to a different organization each week.
Please follow the club on Facebook where you will receive weekly updates on the project, where each donation will be going and have the ability to make a donation of your own alongside the club
Constructed by neighbors in Midtown Square (Northwest Quadrant) of Beaufort.
The Rotary Club of Charleston joined a community consortium led by The Citadel to produce a 3D mask system that was designed by Dr. Michael Yost from MUSC and awaiting FDA approval. This past week, a total of 38 3D masks assembled by volunteers from the club and The Citadel and delivered to MUSC Health.Volunteers helped with the assembly process (glueing filters, attaching elastic bands, sorting the 3 sizes and preparing for delivery to the various healthcare systems in Charleston). All of this was done in a sterile environment using social distancing standards with rubber gloves and masks. Thank you to our Rotarians and community volunteers who stepped up to help: Thomas Berry, Skip Fink and his wife Sam, Sandy Morckel and her husband Craig Gangloff and brother Frank Sonntag, Toni Sottak and her daughter Lindsey and friend of Rotary Charlotte Reeves. We all found that we have special craft talents! And we especially appreciated the donated lunches provided by Thomas Berry from The Shelter Kitchen + Bar! Special thanks you to Dr. Sarah Imam, Dan Hawkins, James Bezjian and the team from The Citadel. To donate money or to utilize your own 3D printer for this cause, go to https://maskimpact.com/