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Nov 102015

Members of the Rotary Club of Spartanburg and Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club joined forces to contribute $5,000 toward relief efforts after record rainfall amounts caused catastrophic flooding in the Palmetto State in October. The funds resulted from Spartanburg’s initial gift of $2,500, which was matched dollar for dollar by the Capital Club. The total donation was split between the Columbia chapter of the American Red Cross and Harvest Hope Food Bank – two organizations that have been active in disaster recovery efforts. Capital Rotary president David Boucher made check presentations to Denise Holland, Harvest Hope director, and to Red Cross director Rebecca Jordan on behalf of both the Upstate and Midlands clubs. Support for emergency agencies following natural disasters is common practice for Rotarians worldwide.

Harvest Hope Flood Relief donation

Red Cross donation photo

Sep 012015 – Columbia, South Carolina

David Boucher gave running a try nearly 25 years ago and he never stopped moving. Every morning he hits the pavement, running through downtown Columbia for a three-mile jog.

After a little calculation, Boucher realized he’ll soon total enough miles to have run a trip around the world.

“When one looks and thinks, ‘Gosh. I’m closing in on 24,000 – 25,000 miles over a 25-year history,’ it is surprising,” said Boucher.

While the distance was never a goal, Boucher turned to Rotary Club where he serves as president to celebrate the last 902 miles with a good deed.

“I’m going to run this anyway unless I have health problems or blow a knee out or something. How can I serve human kind at the same time?,” said Boucher.

He wrote on his Facebook page, “I am looking for sponsors who are willing to contribute just a penny per mile……up to the next 902 miles that I’m able to run. Why 902 miles? Because with another 901.55 miles in the rear view mirror, I would have run the circumference of the earth over a 25-year period (24,901.55 miles). Any money that I collect will be delivered to the CART Fund.”

Columbia’s Rotary Club, along with others across the state and those in four other states place blue buckets out at meetings, collecting pocket change for an Alzheimer’s research fund started by a Rotarian in Sumter County in 1995. During that time, CART, or Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust, has provided more than $5 million in research grants.

One-hundred percent of the money collected is used as seed money for cutting edge research, aiming to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

“Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease. Right now, it’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and today it affects over 5.1 million Americans. So it’s a big number,” said Boucher.

He said he’s been overwhelmed with the number of people who stepped up to sponsor the cause.

“If we can do something to help human kind, that would be a good thing,” said Boucher.

So far, Boucher has raised more than $2,500. With 600 miles left to run, he’s set his fundraising goal at $10,000 to make a difference for families who know the effects of Alzheimer’s far too well.


Anyone wanting to sponsor Boucher can make checks payable to: The CART Fund, c/o Columbia Capital Rotary Club, PO Box 11946, Columbia, SC 29211.

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David Boucher Alzheimer's research

Aug 122015

Our speaker on Wednesday morning, August 12th was Mr. Jason Freier, Chairman & CEO of Hardball Capital, Inc. and Columbia Fireflies ( Under his leadership, Hardball has built the Fort Wayne TinCaps into one of the premier teams in Minor League Baseball and drastically improved the performance of both the Savannah Sand Gnats and the Salem Avalanche. Hardball has set all-time attendance records with every team it has owned and operated.

Hardball recently led the acquisition of the Chattanooga Lookouts and is currently constructing a new, downtown, multi-use venue in partnership with the Famously Hot City of Columbia, South Carolina.  That venue, which will open in 2016, is part of a major downtown redevelopment project.

Jason is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he was elected to the Yale Law Journal.  Jason is an attorney by training. Prior to founding Hardball, he specialized in complex business matters and sports law, appearing in courts at all levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Following law school, he worked with former Solicitor General and Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried and practiced with Williams & Connolly in Washington D.C. and Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore in Atlanta. Jason’s work has been featured in national publications and Congressional legislation.

Jason serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern, Midwest and South Atlantic Leagues. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of Thuzio and Palmer & Cay. Jason previously served on the Board of Directors of the Carolina League. Jason is an appointed member of the Fort Wayne Stadium Advisory Board and an officer of the Harvard Club of Georgia.

Jason Freier, Chairman & CEO of Columbia Fireflies

Jul 102015

Jay von Kolnitz (left), a member of Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club for over 25 years, is congratulated by president Mark Bokesch for 18 years of service as sergeant at arms, a job that entails making preparations for weekly club breakfast meetings. Von Kolnitz, a retired executive for an asphalt manufacturer, also has hosted the club’s annual Christmas celebration for a number of years.


Jul 082015

Columbia Capital Rotary Club BLOOD DRIVE

When: Wednesday, July 29, 2015  10 am – 4 pm
Where: Richard Ellis Building, 1333 Main Street, Columbia, SC (Conference Room – 1st Floor)
How you can help: Schedule your appointment at and enter sponsor code: caprotary
Download a Blood Drive PDF Flyer

All presenting donors will receive a FREE ticket to Carowinds and a box of Girl Scout Cookies! (while supplies last)

Walk-ins Welcome! ALL Blood Types Needed! Please bring Photo ID!


Jun 162015

You are officially invited to participate in our upcoming Capital Rotary Club Charity Fishing Tournament ‐  to benefit the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust or “the C.A.R.T. Fund” as known by most Rotarians.  Alzheimer’s affects many people ‐ young and old.  The purpose of this event is to raise funds to fund Alzheimer’s research.

Since its inception in 1995, the C.A.R.T. Fund has contributed over $3 million to Alzheimer’s research. Hopefully through the efforts of C.A.R.T., we will have a cure for Alzheimer’s. 100% of funds raised go towards research grants since all administrative functions are supplied by volunteers.

The C.A.R.T. Fund is a 501(C)(3) not‐for‐profit charitable organization which means your sponsorship, contributions and donations may be tax deductible (Please consult your tax professional).  More information may be found on the C.A.R.T. Fund’s website at – Become a sponsor and register a team today to help us raise money for a great cause.  Space is limited (only six boats) – don’t miss your chance to join us.

Event Details

  • Date: Sept 18, 2015, 6:00am shove off.
  • Guide: Each sponsored team will be paired with a local striped bass fisherman. You will only need to bring a fishing license. Guide will provide everything else!  Team size per boat should be kept to four (4) fishermen.
  • Sponsor: $500 per boat sponsor fee (includes fish being filleted)
  • Location:  Dreher Island State Park  (3677 State Park Road, Prosperity)

CONFIRM YOUR SPONSORSHIP & REGISTER YOUR TEAM: To become a sponsor or make a donation contact Mike Glover at (803) 609‐0066 OR  send email to  If you cannot attend, please consider making a financial contribution to the event.

Download PDF Flyer: CART Fishing Derby Fundraiser

In early 2015, our very own Jimmy Gibbs joined Dawdy Mercer Plank on WIS-TV to discuss the Capital Rotary Club and how our donations are helping research a cure for Alzheimer’s disease through Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART).

CART Fishing Derby Fundraiser

Jun 152015

Columbia’s WIS-TV and Mungo Homes have honored Capital Rotary Club member Mike Glover for his positive contributions to life in the Midlands. A licensed charter boat captain and Lake Murray fishing guide, Glover earned a Community Builder Award for organizing a fishing tournament for local troops and wounded warriors completely free of charge over the past four years.

More than 60 veterans participated in the year’s fishing tournament, which Glover called a heartfelt “thank you” for their service to the nation. Capital Rotary president Mark Bokesch, along with several other club members, was instrumental in Glover’s award nomination.

As a Community Builder winner, Glover received a symbolic hard hat and $1,000 from the Michael J. Mungo Foundation to donate to the designated 501C-3 charity of his choice. WIS-TV featured the award presentation during a segment in their local newscast (see below)

Community Builders include those who have made a significant impact on a group in the Midlands; who have made the area a better place to live; and who fill a need not served by traditional governmental services/agencies. – Columbia, South Carolina

Other Resources:

Columbia Capital Rotary Community Builder


Feb 262015

Helping Hands for Harvest Hope

Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club members showed they “have a heart” in February by volunteering at Harvest Hope Food Bank. Nearly 20 Rotarians from Capital Rotary Club helped pack groceries for distribution to the needy and elderly in lieu of a weekly club meeting. Harvest Hope is headquartered in Columbia but works to meet the needs of hungry people in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Greater Greenville regions of the state. It feeds more than 35,000 people weekly.

In the first picture below, bagging donated drinks are (in background from left) Blake DuBose, Jay von Kolnitz, Mark Bokesch, Trey Boone, John Guignard and Ann Elliott, along with (foreground left) Ione Cockrell and Denise Holland (foreground right).

Capital Rotary Club Harvest Hope Capital Rotary Club Harvest HopeCapital Rotary Club Harvest Hope

Feb 112015
South Carolina native Leeza Gibbons is one of the most well‐known pop‐culture icons on the air. In addition to her impressive background in the field of entertainment and news media, Leeza is an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness, and caregiving.
After caring for her mother who battled Alzheimer’s disease, Leeza created what she wished she and her family had.  She opened Leeza’s Care Connection (, a community support center offering free programs, services and resources for family caregivers encouraging them to call on their courage and summon their strength for the long caregiving journey ahead.  Recently, she joined the cast of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice in order to raise funds and awareness for Leeza’s Care Connection, winning as project manager multiple times. Because of her winning streak on the show, Leeza recently announced that she will be opening a new caregiver support center this year in her hometown.
Leeza Gibbons Columbia Capital Rotary
Nov 142014

Capital Rotary Club members John Guignard (left) and Jenks Mikell (center) huddle with third-grade students at Arden Elementary School after distributing paperback dictionaries as part of the club’s annual 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 learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary.

Capital Rotary donated dictionaries to 840 students in 12 Richland County District One schools for 2014-15. Over the past 10 years, the club has purchased and given dictionaries to 10,500 third-graders in the Columbia area.

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

Happy Arden Elementary Students

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