Jun 272014

Our Presidential/Board Transition meeting commenced with outgoing President John Tecklenburg and club members honoring our new President Digit Matheny with a kazoo serenade to “Hail to the Chief”. After the musical interlude, President Tecklenburg noted how quickly the year has flown by – “time truly does fly when you are having fun”. He said “the past year has been a great one thanks to how wonderful this club is.”

Digit 1


He recognized his extraordinary 2013-2014 Officers and Board Members:

Digit Matheny, President Elect

Leon deBrux , Treasurer

Alissa Collins Lietzow, Secretary

Patterson Smith, Immediate Past President

Herb McGuire, Sergeant at Arms

Catherine Jones, Board Member

Kathy Jones, Board Member

Don Oswalt, Board Member

Steve Coe, Board Member

Dan Ravenal, Board Member

Michael Saboe, Board Member

Paul Stoney, Board Member

Carroll Schweers, Executive Secretary

Swearing in


After recognizing the Board, President Tecklenburg discussed our service activities and the impact these activities have on the community. He thanked each member of the club for making the events so successful. A few of the service activities our club participated and organized that President John highlighted were:

  • Trident United Way Day of Caring
  •  Hootie Homegrown Round Up at Burke High School
  •  Dictionary Delivery
  •  Senior Holiday Giving
  •  Literacy Day / Book Drive
  •  Water Missions International/Ironman Achievement
  •  Y-Achievers
  •  Honoring Outstanding Teachers and Students
  • RCCF Grants
  • Rotary Windows
  • Waters Missions Walk for Water
  • Sponsor global scholars and have raised $25,000 for the Rotary Foundation and Polio eradication efforts.



Following Tecklenburg’s keynote address, former club president and Assistant Disrict Governor, Kyra Morris, installed Digit Matheny as the 2014-2015 President of the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston. (See photo).


She also recognized and installed the 2014-2015 Officers & Board Members:

Digit Matheny, President

Paul Stoney, President-Elect

Leon deBrux, Treasurer

Ruthie Ravenel, Secretary

John Tecklenburg, Immed. Past Pres

Herb McGuire, Sergeant-At-Arms

Catherine Jones, Board Member

Steve Coe, Board Member

Michael Saboe, Board Member

David Burt, Board Member

Cooper Coker, Board Member

Abby Edwards Saunders, Board Member

Alissa Collins Lietzow, Board Member

Carroll Schweers, Executive Secretary

(Some photographed in Photo 2)


Following the installation, President Matheny discussed how honored and excited he is to serve as President of such a wonderful group of people – a group that he considers his “best friends”. He recognized his mentors in the organization, Kyra MorrisDon OswaltBrian JohnsonMichael SaboeBill Hall and Patterson Smith. He also introduced his family members including his wife, Danielle, who were in attendance.  President Matheny thanked the Club for the “trip of a lifetime” – his trip to Australia for the 2014 Rotary International Convention. He and Danielle shared a fabulous slideshow of pictures from their travels in Australia, which started in the capital and most populous city in the State of Victoria – Melbourne. He also shared stories of the Rotarians from 180 countries that he met in Sydney, the location of the 2014 International Convention (June 1-4).



Photo credit to Historian, Fred Sales

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