Capital Rotary members toured the City of Columbia’s Busby Street Community Center on Oct. 30 as part of the club’s 5th Wednesday program that features local field trips instead of a regular breakfast meeting. The complex off Farrow Road opened in November 2018 as a local engagement and resource center for the Burton Heights/Standish Acres neighborhood. It has two buildings – a nearly 7,000-quare-foot community center run by City Parks & Recreation and a 1,400 square-foot City Police substation. The center includes bathrooms, multi-purpose offices, a kitchen, a conference room and a large presentation space with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. Outside there’s a fitness walking trail and children’s playground. Tour participants included (left to right in photo) Katherine Anderson, Gloria Saeed, Felicia Maloney, Officer Ron Felder, recreation coordinator Jalesa McKelvey, Christina Myers, Ione Cockrell, City Parks & Recreation director Randy Davis, Ann Elliott, Bob Davis and Rowland Alston.
Bernie Riedel, Past District Governor and current District End Polio Now Chair, updated Myrtle Beach Rotarians on the fight against polio. “Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we’ve reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979,” said Riedel.
Members of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach have continued their support in eradicating polio through donations that are matched at the Rotary district level, and twice again by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “For every dollar donated, $6 will be directed to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to protect children from this paralyzing virus,” said Riedel.
Photo: Rotary President, Don Hovis (l), welcomes speaker Bernie Riedel (r)
SC State Senator Greg Hembree recently made a visit to the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach where he updated club members on many of the State’s issues and provided a behind-the-scenes look at a ‘day in the life.’ In the Senate, Hembree serves on the Education, Transportation, Finance, Corrections/Penology, and Rules Committees. In addition to his regular committee assignments, he chairs the Senate K-12 Education Committee. Hembree represents the citizens of Horry and Dillon Counties in Senate District 28 and focuses his efforts on maintaining a fair and ethical system of state government.
Photo (l-r) Senator Greg Hembree and Don Hovis, President of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach
The Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) sponsors and recognizes students of the month from four participating high schools (Airport High, Brookland-Cayce High, Wil Lou Gray Academyand Lexington Two Innovation Center) each month during the academic year at the Tuesday Rotary meeting. This recognition is one of the club’s most popular and well attended meetings during the month. For the month of October 2019, the following students were recognized:
Marcus Gadsden of Airport High School
Brandon Suggs of Lexington 2 Innovation Center
Hayley Martin of Brookland Cayce High School
Images: Lexington District 2 Rotarian and Superintendent Dr. William James presenting the awards to the students: Marcus, Brandon and Hayley. Cayce West Columbia Rotary President 2019-2020, Keith Finley pictured with Marcus and Hayley.
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.
EarlyAct Club members at St. Peter’s Catholic School have presented a check for $112 to Bernie Riedel (red t-shirt in back row), past governor for Rotary District 7770 and current End Polio Now chair. The youngsters held a Purple Pinkie Fundraiser (each donation gets one of your fingers painted purple) in support of Rotary International’s campaign to eradicate polio worldwide. Their contribution will be matched two-fold by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation – a campaign partner – so that an additional 3,000 children in third-world countries can receive polio vaccinations. End Polio Now has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. Columbia-area Rotarians sponsor St, Peter’s EarlyAct Club as a service organization for students ages 5 to 13. It helps youth develop character and leadership skills linked to the ideals of Rotary International.
In folklore, vampires are undead creatures feeding on blood from the living. In reality, our homes are well-stocked with energy vampires – electronic devices that drain power even where they’re not in use and that can suck up to 10% of your monthly bill, according to Mary Pat Baldauf (in photo). She’s the City of Columbia’s sustainability facilitator and was Capital Rotary’s Oct. 23 guest speaker. Energy vampires are easy to spot because they (1) use an external power supply; (2) may include a remote control; (3) have a continuous display or LED status light; (4) may contain a battery charger; and (5) can feature a soft-touch key pad. Common examples include cable/satellite boxes; DVR, VCR, DVD players; mobile phone devices; video game consoles; and standby coffee makers. Baldauf said “slaying” energy vampires might be as simple as pulling the plug, especially for devices not used very often. Other remedies are (1) making use of energy-saving features — such as sleep mode — commonly built into electronics; (2) plugging into smart power strips that automatically cut the current when devices are not in use.; and (3) replacing old or broken products with ones that are more energy efficient and have a lower than average standby consumption rate. Baldauf noted that none of these strategies will eliminate power bills altogether, but a few small steps over time will save money. A University of South Carolina graduate, Baldauf engages residents, businesses and city employees in environmental and climate protection initiatives.
District 7770 Gov. Johnny Moore (right in photo) has honored Columbia’s Capital Rotary for 2018-2019 donations to The Rotary Foundation, the international service club’s charitable fund for programs promoting peace and world understanding. Moore presented three recognition banners to immediate past president Philip Flynn. These included (1) ranking in the Top Three Highest in Per Capital Annual Giving in the district; (2) achieving Every Rotarian, Every Year status – a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita; and (3) becoming a 100% Foundation Giving Club with 100% participation by members plus $100 average per capita contributions. Capital Rotary also was named a Three-Star Club for showing year-after-year Foundation support. Moore – a member of Chapin Sunrise Rotary – is a former assistant area governor and membership chairman for District 7770 that comprises nearly 4,000 Rotarians in clubs across the 25 eastern counties of South Carolina.