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Sep 282017
 

Capital Rotary members Carol Caulk and John Guignard have tips for Arden Elementary School third-graders on how to use the new paperback dictionaries they received as part of the club’s participation in The Dictionary Project.  The project – begun by a non-profit organization in Charleston in 1995 – aims to help students become good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learner.  Capital Rotary donated dictionaries to some 850 students in 12 Richland County District One schools for 2017.  Over the past 13 years, the club has distributed personal dictionaries to more than 13,000 students in the Columbia area.  A number of Rotary clubs in South Carolina and throughout the country are Dictionary Project sponsors.  One of Rotary International’s major goals is improving basic education and literacy for adults and young people.

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Sep 072017
 

Matthew Pollard (center), a member of Capital Rotary’s programs committee, welcomes South Carolina Education Lottery chief operating officer Tony Cooper (left) and assistant controller Brian Ford to the club’s Sept. 6 meeting.  Cooper told Rotarians the lottery is not gambling but rather “public gaming for the public good” because proceeds fund higher education scholarships, K-12 school programs, and community resources including libraries and ETV.  Since the lottery started selling tickets in January 2002 it has resulted in education appropriations of more than $4.6 billion to counties all across the state.  Cooper has overseen day-to-day lottery operations since start-up.  Previously he was executive director of the District of Columbia Lottery & Charitable Games Board and was president of the Powerball Game Group.

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Jul 262017
 

Capital Rotary president Blake DuBose (right) congratulates club members Katherine Anderson and Paul Gillam for their latest donations to The Rotary Foundation, the international service club’s charitable corporation that funds programs for world understanding and peace.  Anderson and Gillam have earned designation as Paul Harris Fellow plus-one contributors (signifying a $1,000 initial donation, plus an additional gift of $1,000).  Gillam has been a Rotarian for more than 10 years, while Anderson joined the club in 2009.

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Jul 142017
 

In the middle of an emergency appeal facing critical blood shortages, Capital Rotary’s summer blood drive collected 65 units to benefit up to 195 people.  Rotarians (from left) John Guignard, Chris Ray, Blake DuBose and Bryan Goodyear await their turn to participate in the service project that’s supported the American Red Cross with 516 blood donations – potentially saving 1,548 patients’ lives – over the past seven years.  “Thanks to our volunteers and donors, we lived up to Rotary International’s 2017-18 motto of ‘Making a Difference’,” said DuBose, president of the Columbia-area club.

Blood Drive 2017

Jun 282017
 

Capital Rotary president Tommy Gibbons awards the 2017 Rotarian of the Year plaque to treasurer Craig Lemrow (left) in recognition of his dedication and loyal devotion to the ideals of “Service Above Self.”  A former Rotarian in Lexington, Lemrow joined the Capital club in 2014.  He’s previously been recognized for multiple contributions to The Rotary Foundation, an international charitable fund that supports programs for world understanding and peace.

Craig Lemrow Columbia Capital Rotarian of the Year

May 252017
 

Capital Rotary Club members and their spouses enjoyed a spring social at Spirit Communications Park in mid-May.  The occasion was a match-up between the Columbia Fireflies – a minor league baseball affiliate of the New York Mets – and their Pittsburgh Pirates-affiliated counterparts—the West Virginia Power. An added attraction was the presence of former college football star and ex-NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, currently on the Fireflies roster while pursuing a pro baseball career.  The happy fans shown are (from front to back) Rotarians Bob Davis; Allison Atkins; Craig Lemrow; Chris Ray and his wife, Joie; Pete Pillow and his wife, Anne; and Blake DuBose, the Capital club’s president-elect.

Happy Baseball Fans

Tim Tebow on Fireflies Roster

 

 

 

Apr 272017
 

Ione Cockrell, area assistant governor for Rotary District 7770, presents two banners to Capital Rotary past president David Boucher (left) recognizing the club’s 2015-16 giving to The Rotary Foundation.  Those donations help strengthen peace efforts, provide clean water and sanitation, support education, grow local economies, save mothers and children, and fight disease around the world.  Current president Tommy Gibbons holds a Leadership Citation badge for 2016-17 participation in local/district community service projects plus contributions for international humanitarian outreach.

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Mar 012017
 

At the annual club assembly to review Capital Rotary’s accomplishments for 2016-17, president Dr. Tommy Gibbons highlighted the many accomplishments our club has celebrated:

Our club is doing a great job again this year as usual. As we have for many years, we participate in Meals on Wheels, an annual Red Cross Blood Drive, an annual dictionary distribution project, Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust (CART), Polio Plus, Harvest Hope Food Bank, college scholarship fundraiser, excellent speakers, Fifth Wednesdays, and Club Socials. The Christmas social at Jay Von Kolnitz’s home is always special and the social we had at Spirit Communication Park was fun as well (Thanks Abby Naas!)

We “adopted” the Pempleton family for Christmas gifts and will be helping them get their house back in order after the flooding. We will be volunteering to help thru the Saint Bernard Project. The project officially starts February 25, 2017.

We contributed $500 to an international project this past fall. The money went towards an ophthalmic laser (mobile) for the Vincent Pescatore Clinic in Guatemala.

Catherine Glen is a Global Grant Scholar for 2016-2017 that we sponsored. The 2011 University of South Carolina graduate taught special education students in rural Japan for the past three years. Her Rotary Global Grant scholarship funds a year of graduate study at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, hosted by the Rotary Club of Belfast. Glen is seeking a master’s degree in the psychology of childhood adversity. She formerly worked with youth in treatment for substance abuse and mood disorders at the Medical University of South Carolina and was a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer.

We are a 100% Sustaining Member club.

We currently have 57 members (58 July 1, 2016). Through December, 2016 our club members have contributed $5,303 to the Rotary International General Fund, plus $2,051 to Polio Plus, for a total of $7,359. We have exceeded our Polio Plus annual goal of $1,500.  We currently have 55 members who have earned at least one Paul Harris Fellow status, 41 PH Benefactors (including the PH fund in your will for $1,000), 4 Bequest Society Members ($10,000 upon death), and 4 Major Donors (> $ 10,000).

Our club provided a $1,000 donation to District 6840 for flood assistance in Louisiana as well as $585 from individual members.

Our club raised $2,100 at our Lake Murray Fishing event and $18,722 through our wreath project for our college scholarship fund. This fund provides a Richland County high school graduate $5000 a year up to 4 years for their college tuition. We select a new recipient each year.

Today our club voted to approve the 2017-2018 officers and directors. Additionally we approved the revised Constitution and Bylaws.

Notable speakers at our meetings thus far this year include Ray Tanner, Mark Hammond, Pamela Lackey and Ms. Columbia Suzi Roberts. Our 5th Wednesdays are offsite from our club and are always educational and interesting.

We had 56 club members participate in distributing 936 dictionaries to third graders in 14 schools (Richland 1 and Lexington 1). This was a great community service project.

Our Club PR-Media efforts from July 2016 – February 2017:

  • Total amount of new items/photos sent to media – 19
  • Breakdown of new items/photos by subject:
    • New members added to club – 2 releases
    • Reports of member accomplishments or donations to Foundation – 7 releases
    • Report of club community activities/service to others – 5 releases
    • Distinguished visitor at club meetings – 5

Our club is in great financial shape with over a quarter of a million dollars in equity.

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Sep 292016
 

Capital Rotary member Jenks Mikell gives Arden Elementary School third-graders tips on how to use the new paperback dictionaries they received as part of the club’s participation in The Dictionary Project. The project – begun by a non-profit organization in Charleston in 1995 – aims to help students become good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learner.

Capital Rotary donated dictionaries to more than 840 students in 12 Richland County District One schools for 2016-17. Over the past 12 years, the club has distributed personal dictionaries to some 12,150 students in the Columbia area.

A number of Rotary clubs in South Carolina and throughout the country are Dictionary Project sponsors. One of Rotary International’s major goals is improving basic education and literacy.

Jenks Mikell Columbia Capital Rotary

Aug 122016
 

You are officially invited to participate in our 2nd Annual Capital Rotary Club Charity Fishing Tournament on September 19 to raise money for the Columbia Capital Rotary scholarship fund.

For more than 20 years, Columbia Capital Rotary has supported the educational aspirations of high school graduates in the Richland District One area by awarding continuing four-year college scholarships. These scholarships are based on a combination of academic performance, extracurricular activity and economic need. Applicants must provide information via their school guidance counselors, take part in a personal interview and cannot have a parent or grandparent with any ties to Rotary.

Event Details:

  • Date: Monday, September 19 @ 5:30am (Back up date for bad weather: September 26)
  • Guide: Each sponsored team will be paired with a local striped bass fisherman. You will need a fishing license. Guide will provide everything else!  Team size per boat should be kept to four (4) fishermen.
  • Sponsor: $600 per boat sponsor fee (includes fish being filleted)
  • Location:  Dreher Island State Park  (3677 State Park Road, Prosperity, SC)
  • Download PDF Flyer: Rotary Fishing Flyer

CONFIRM YOUR SPONSORSHIP & REGISTER YOUR TEAM: Contact Tommy Gibbons to reserve your spot or with any questions at (803) 920-6910 or thomas.gibbons@doctorscare.com - If you cannot attend, please consider making a financial contribution to the event.

 

CART Fishing Derby Fundraiser

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