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Jul 202018
 

In July, District Governor David Tirard visited the Capital Rotary club to lead way into an exciting new Rotary year. During his comments, DG Tirard relayed Rotary International’s 2018-19 motto, “Be the Inspiration”, but emphasized that you don’t have to be a leader to be an inspiration and that everyone can leave their footprints in the sands of time to make a lasting change.

Tirard is originally from Plymouth, England where he had a 34 year banking career. He moved to the United States in 2002. Past District Governor Sandee Brooks invited Tirard to a Rotary meeting in 2003 and he has been a Rotarian since. He now lives in Hilton Head, SC where he enjoys chasing a little white ball around golf courses and has accomplished a single handicap.

 

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Jul 112018
 

Working to overcome effects of significant childhood trauma leads to better lives for youngsters and their families but requires “a lot of human capital,” according to Achieve Columbia executive director Robert Lominack, Capital Rotary’s July 11 guest speaker.  Lominack (shown with Rotarian Ione Cockrell) co-founded the non-profit program in 2012 after working as a defense lawyer and high school teacher.  Currently embedded at Hand Middle School, Achieve Columbia builds long-lasting and deep relationships with at-risk students and families beginning in 7th grade and continuing through high school graduation.  Lominack said mitigating trauma’s negative impact “gives our students a wider window into the world and helps them find their place in it.”  With a combination of group and individualized mentoring, tutoring, resource coordination and counseling, Achieve Columbia successfully deals with issues including student behavior and academics, homelessness, transportation and life beyond high school.  Lominack is a Greenville, SC native and was educated at the University of the South in Tennessee and at Northeastern Law School in Boston.

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Jun 132018
 

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Project Lifesaver team aims to “bring loved ones home” safely when electronic tracking is needed to find at-risk wanderers – clients with Alzheimer’s, autism, Downs Syndrome or traumatic brain injury.  Deputy Amanda Jordan (shown at left in photo with Rotarian Daniel Moses) briefed Capital Rotary on June 13, noting that 44 local clients and their families are enrolled in the program founded in Virginia nearly 20 years ago.  Project Lifesaver began in Richland County in 2006 with only eight deputies and three clients.  Today 80 deputies are trained, certified specialists in locating missing persons via electronic searching – a process that usually takes less than 30 minutes as compared to a normal physical search lasting up to nine hours and sometimes involving hundreds of officers and volunteers.  Jordan said Project Lifesaver is cost effective for law enforcement and provides better protection for lost individuals.  Richland County does not charge its residents or their at-risk loved ones for receiving a transmitter and joining the program.  Jordan, a University of South Carolina graduate, has served with the Sheriff’s Department for 14 years.  She coordinates Project Lifesaver for the State of South Carolina, where 18 counties have signed on.  There are 1,300 participating agencies across the US, Canada and Australia.  To date more than 3,400 client rescues have been reported.

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Oct 292017
 

Capital Rotary members held their fall social at River Rat Brewery on Shop Road in Columbia.  The brewery was founded in 2013, currently offers 15 craft beers and includes a tap room and outside covered deck.  Shown enjoying the evening’s fellowship are Rotarians Jimmy Gibbs (in light blue shirt) flanked by Allison Brumfield (left) and Abby Naas; club president Blake DuBose (blue striped shirt) and Jay von Kolnitz; (wearing vests, from left) Clint Yarborough and Tommy Phelps; and (group photo, from left) Tommy Gibbons, Jack Williamson, Bud Foy and Andy Markl.

 

Sep 132017
 

Eight of the state’s central region counties are enjoying the fruits of economic development efforts seeking new business and employment – to the tune of investments totaling over $12 billion and creation of more than 68,000 jobs.  That’s what Capital Rotary Club members heard from Sept. 13 guest speaker Mike Briggs, shown talking with Rotarian Andy Markl (back to camera).  Since 1997, Briggs has been president and CEO of the Central SC Alliance, a regional public-private partnership dedicated to stimulating economies in Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties as well as the City of Columbia.  The alliance has been especially successful in boosting global investment.  Briggs said more than 22,000 workers in the area are employed by foreign affiliates, and there are businesses from over two dozen countries represented region wide.  He said the most important keys to continuing economic expansion are (1) a workforce dedicated to becoming more highly skilled and (2) an abundance of suitable buildings and site locations to quickly accommodate business needs.

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Aug 232017
 

As long as politics continues to overshadow sound policy, it will be difficult to pass meaningful health care reform in the United States.  That’s what Capital Rotarians heard from their Aug. 23 guest speaker – Thornton Kirby.  Kirby (right), shown with club member and human resources professional Trey Boone, is a health care attorney and former hospital executive.  Noting that health care is one-sixth of the nation’s economy, Kirby said reform is also complicated by the public’s “three wishes” – (1) to have the world’s best health care, (2) to have someone else pay for it and (3) to not be responsible for changing their personal behavior to ensure better health.  Kirby said a more “intelligent design” for reform would focus on affordability for employers, employees and government; on the clinical effectiveness of drugs instead of their marketability; and on promoting wellness behaviors in place of “sick care” emphasis.  Kirby is president and CEO of the South Carolina Hospital Association, a private, not-for-profit organization created in 1921 to be a collective voice for the state’s hospital community.

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Aug 152017
 

EJ Newby (second from left) and Carol Caulk (far right) are welcomed to Capital Rotary membership, flanked by their respective sponsors, Craig Lemrow and Ione Cockrell.  They’ve both been active in other clubs – Newby in Florence Rotary, where he was a board member and took part in a host of service projects, and Caulk in Columbia’s Main Street Rotary, where she was membership chairman and a board member.  Newby is major gifts officer for Midlands Technical College and has been a Sunday school teacher for Northside Baptist Church.  He and his wife, Mary, have three adult sons and five grandchildren.  Caulk is director of workplace safety and wellness for Agape Hospice and LTC Health Solutions, with an extensive record of community service.  She’s a 2009 graduate of Leadership Columbia, the treasurer for First Thursdays on Main Street and a board member for South Carolina’s Employers Advocate Association.  She and her husband – Columbia Rotary member Glen Paul Caulk – have three children.

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Jun 302017
 

At the annual club assembly to review Capital Rotary’s accomplishments for 2016-2017, president Tommy Gibbons thanked members for achieving highlights that included:

  • Earning a Leadership Citation badge for participation in local/district community service projects plus contributions for international humanitarian outreach.
  • Donating dictionaries to third-grade students in 12 Richland County District One schools. Over the past 12 years, the club has distributed personal dictionaries to12,150 youngsters.
  • Collecting 61 pints at the annual Red Cross Blood Drive, each donation helping to save the lives of up to three people.
  • Raising $2,100 at a Lake Murray charity fishing tournament and over $18,000 in holiday wreath sales to benefit college scholarships; club stipends currently go to four students.
  • Contributing almost $40,000 in charitable funds to The Rotary Foundation, to Polio Plus efforts to eliminate the crippling disease worldwide, and for the CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) Fund to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Supporting The Rotary Foundation with 54 Paul Harris Fellows ($1,000 donation), 46 Benefactors ($1,000 donation via will), four Bequest Society members ($10,000 donation upon death), four Major Donors (donation greater than $10,000) and eight Paul Harris Society members ($1,000 donation yearly) in our ranks.
  • Providing $1,000 for flood assistance in Louisiana as well as $585 from individual members.
  • Helping a local family with Christmas gifts and working with the Saint Bernard Project to repair the family’s house after flooding.
  • Adding six new members and getting them involved and engaged early in club activities.
  • Continuing community service projects with Meals on Wheels and Harvest Hope Food Bank
  • Publicizing club activities with 60 website and social media posts; reaching 8,609 people through social media; 3,002 website visitors; 30 press releases to local media; and mention of our club in 14 district e-newsletters.

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Jun 302017
 

Blake DuBose, Capital Rotary’s incoming president, presents a distinguished service plaque to Dr. Tommy Gibbons (right), who led the club for 2016-2017.  Gibbons, a native of Clarendon County, is president and chief medical officer of UCI Medical Affiliates, Inc. and Doctors Care, PA in Columbia.  He’s also served as chair of the SAFEKIDS South Carolina Board of Directors and as a member of The Children’s Trust SAFEKIDS South Carolina Advisory Committee.  DuBose, a graduate of Newbery College, is president of DuBose Web Group, a website design and development firm based in Columbia.

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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

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