Lt. Governor speaks to the Florence Rotary Club

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May 062015

The Florence Rotary Club hosted SC Lt. Governor Henry McMaster as speaker on April 27th, introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman. More information may be found at

Florence Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellows Recognized

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Feb 072015

The Florence Rotary Club recognized Paul Harris Fellows for January: Jonathan Edwards, Col. (R) Barry Wingard for his second, Regi Armstrong and Dr. Carroll Player for their third, and Sen. Hugh Leatherman (via his wife Jean) for his fifth. Brian Kelley also presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to the Rotary Foundation on behalf of the Cheryl Kelley Estate. Cheryl had been a Rotary member for many years in NY and then SC after retiring.


Florence Rotary Beauty Trail Wins Art Talent Competition

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Jan 192015

The Florence Rotary Beauty Trail was the subject of the painting which won an art talent competition among city employees. Jenny Lee is our city arborist, and her painting will grace the walls of City Center.

Florence Rotary Club’s Dictionary Project

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Nov 142014

The three Rotary Clubs in Florence delivered 1500 dictionaries to third graders across three school districts. About 75 Rotarians participated in the delivery, including Area 16 Director Walker Floyd.


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Florence Rotary Hosts Ukrainian Medical Team

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Aug 272014
Dr. Jeff Crane, Medical Director at International Faith Initiatives, with partial sponsorship by the Florence Rotary Club, hosted an Ukrainian medical professional team in Florence August 5-16, 2014: Drs. Iaroslav Susak, Volodymyr Andriiets, Ivan Kliuzko, Iuliia Andriiets, Mykola Tutchenko, Dzianis Krautchou, Valerii Babii, Diana Rudyk, Olena Nemchyna, Dmytro Yaroshuk, and interpreter Nadiia Matviichuk. The group was invited to build partnerships and improve both medical systems.
During their presentation, Drs. Tutchenko and Nemchyna provided an overview of the medical profession in the Ukraine, and Dr. Yaroshuk expressed his appreciation for the Rotary sponsorship of his airline ticket. He also provided a brief history of the recent uprising in the Ukraine.
Pictured in the photographs:
Dr. Iaroslav Susak, Dr. Volodymyr Andriiets, Dr. Ivan Kliuzko, Dr. Iuliia Andriiets, Dr. Mykola Tutchenko, Dr. Dzianis Krautchou, Dr. Valerii Babii, Dr. Diana Rudyk, Dr. Olena Nemchyna, interpreter Nadiia Matviichuk, host Dr. Jeff Crane, and Dr. Dmytro Yaroshuk.
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The Rappin Rotarian Strikes Again

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Jul 212014

Tommy Taylor, member of the Rotary Club of Florence, created this rap for the 2014 – 2015 Rotary year. Enjoy!!

Light Up Rotary

President Gary says “Light Up Rotary,”

Because we invite the world to see.

The hands, heads, and hearts,

With all the moving parts.

“Service Above Self” is our hearty motto,

Well lit with care just as we ought a.

So keep the fire burning,

With the Fourway Test yearning.

Helping, placing with hearts sincere,

Renewing our goals, thank God each year.

Tommy Taylor

The Rappin’ Rotarian


Florence Rotary Club

Florence, S.C., USA

Psalm 118:1

Florence Rotary Club Raps for Rotary

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Jan 182014

tommy taylorDistrict Governor Lou Mello suggested I send a rap to share about our International Rotary theme for this year: “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”. You have permission to publish it along with others about “The Four-way Test” and “Service Above Self”.

We have fun in our club with occasional raps. I have a mission statement on my website: <>. This should give a resume.  Our Club, the Florence Rotary Club, was chartered in February of 1920.  We are one of the oldest Rotary Clubs in our state and one of the largest with over 160 members.  I was inducted in our club February, 2002.  We will be having our annual History Program on February 24.  It will include a possible visit from “Paul Harris” to commemorate our “Full Circle” of meeting venues.  We are probably the only Rotary club with a Beauty Trail that “showcases spring” flowers and trees in local neighborhoods with a map, cd, and Rotary signs that mark the trail. Yes, that’s a map not a rap.  Citizens are honored to live on the Rotary Beauty Trail.

Our Club gives out over 1600 dictionaries to all third graders in our schools every year.  Our members love the visits with the children.  Also we support the R.I.D.D.E (Rotarians in Drug Deterrent Education) program in two schools for third graders every year.  Along with Bruce Hall staff, our members work with teams of students for several weeks. I usually “rap” for students at both projects. Of course our Club sponsors other projects for the community such as Student shadowing, student exchange, gift of life, Salvation Army Bell-ringing, Christmas Shopping, the C.A.R.T fund, and “blood and guts” blood drive.  Our club supports many local agencies and funds. Our members believe in “Service above Self”.  Our weekly “Fellowship” (report) and programs make our meetings a destination for the day. Meeting at midday on Mondays sets the “tone” for the week.

I’ll “rap” up with “7-7-7-0, Rotary District on the Go…”

Tommy Taylor
The Rappin’ Rotarian, TnT Coolpops

Sample rap from the Rappin’ Rotarian:

Engage Rotary


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