Columbia Rotarians have been ringing the bell for the Salvation Army this holiday season!

Michael Kohn and Joe Jones ringing the bell at Green's on Assembly.
Michael Kohn and Joe Jones ringing the bell at Green’s on Assembly.

 

Sara and Ariana Tata ringing the bell with their dad (Khush Tata) at the Piggly Wiggly in Devine Street.
Sara and Ariana Tata ringing the bell with their dad (Khush Tata) at the Piggly Wiggly in Devine Street.

 

Lila Powers rang the bell for a couple of hours at Green's on her 6th birthday!
Lila Powers rang the bell with mom (Kerry Powers) for a couple of hours at Green’s on her 6th birthday!

 

John Tingen (a/k/a Elvis) and his wife, Janice ringing the bell at Green's on Assembly.  Elvis wowed the crowds as they shopped, ringing his sleigh bells for the Salvation Army. Several little old ladies had to have their picture taken with "the king." Others said they don't usually put money in the bucket this early in the year (it was the first day of ringing), but since it was "Elvis."  Some asked him to sing.  As always, it was a blessing to us to be able to ring the bell.  As Elvis would say, "Thank you, thank you very much!"
John Tingen (a/k/a Elvis) and his wife, Janice ringing the bell at Green’s on Assembly. Elvis wowed the crowds as they shopped, ringing his sleigh bells for the Salvation Army. Several little old ladies had to have their picture taken with “the king.” Others said they don’t usually put money in the bucket this early in the year (it was the first day of ringing), but since it was “Elvis.” Some asked him to sing. As always, it was a blessing to us to be able to ring the bell.
As Elvis would say, “Thank you, thank you very much!”
Connor Powers (age 10) is in his third season as a Rotary Bell Ringer with mom (Kerry Powers) at Green's on Assembly.
Connor Powers (age 10) is in his third season as a Rotary Bell Ringer with mom (Kerry Powers) at Green’s.

Meeting Recap: December 16, 2013

President Hal called the club to order and Jim Smithwick and Ellen Weaver led the club in singing of The Star Spangled Banner.  Anne Sinclair welcomed all visiting Rotarians and Guests.  Robert Goings gave the group a history of Christmas culture in modern times including the first Christmas tree and the significance of mistletoe.

Spring Valley Rotarian, Ken Morris, discussed his club fundraiser and encouraged the group to purchase pecans as holiday gifts.

Mark Sullivan (Photo credit: Mike Maddock)
Mark Sullivan (Photo credit: Mike Maddock)

Mike Robbins and Ken East presented awards to two Paul Harris Fellows: Suzanne Tarrant of Agape Senior and George Roper of Roper Staffing.

President-elect John Johnston announced that Mark Sullivan would be the club President for the 2015 Rotary year.

SC Chief Justice Jean Toal (Photo credit: Mike Maddock)
SC Chief Justice Jean Toal (Photo credit: Mike Maddock)

Judge Joe Anderson introduced our speaker, SC Chief Justice Jean Toal.  Chief Justice Toal gave the club an overview of the SC Judiciary including information on the transition to automated record keeping and the electronic filing system of court records.  The final meeting of 2013 for Columbia Rotary Club adjourned after a question and answer session with Chief Justice Toal.

 

December 16th Meeting: Chief Justice Jean Toal

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Please make plans to join Columbia Rotary on Monday, December 16th.  SC Chief Justice Jean Toal will address the club.  Click here for a full biography.  Also, Spring Valley Rotarian, Ken Morris, will be in attendance selling pecans for the holidays.  Have a great weekend and we’ll see you Monday at Rotary!

Reminder: Annual Christmas Party

The Annual Christmas Party for Columbia Rotary will be on Monday, December 9th during our usual meeting time at Seawell’s.  The Hammond Ensemble will entertain us with holiday tunes and there will be plenty of time to eat and socialize with other members while we count our blessings and look forward to a great new year!  Looking forward to seeing everyone at Rotary on Monday.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Meeting Recap: December 2, 2013

President Hal called the meeting to order and, in the absence of a piano player, Jim Smithwick led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Elliott Powell led the invocation and then informed the group that the “Vote YES” and “Vote NO” signs all over Columbia were actually for his beard that he grew for Movember (to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer screenings). So…should it stay or should it go???

Ken East spoke on behalf of the Rotary Foundation and urged all members to make their tax deductible donations to the Foundation before the end of the year.

Mike Biediger, President and CEO of Lexington Medical Center, introduced our speaker, Dr. Quillan Davis, a radiation oncologist with LMC.  Dr. Davis presented an overview of the LMC Cancer Services division and walked us through the entire process that cancer patients experience from the point of diagnosis through treatment and recovery.  Dr. Davis discussed LMC’s academic affiliation with Duke Medical and the importance of that affiliation on the ability to offer clinical trials through LMC.  Cancer is an issue that affects everyone in some form or another and Dr. Davis left some time to answer the many questions our club members had about cancer treatments available through LMC.

John Johnston updated the group on our Annual Christmas Party on December 9th during our usual meeting time.  The Hammond Ensemble will be performing.

Chief Justice Jean Toal will address the club on Monday, December 16th.

 

Recap of the November 18th meeting of Columbia Rotary Club

President Hal called the meeting to order and led the Club in the reciting of the 4-Way Test.  Rick Noble offered the Invocation that was a special poem written by former Club President Charlie Sloan, now deceased.

Rusty DePass welcomed visiting Rotarians and recognized Rotarians with guest.  Rusty adorned himself in, what he believed to be amusing, a beauty queen crown and sash for his presentation.

Bob Crutchfield gave the Health and Happiness report for the day.  Ken Childs has had heart surgery and is doing well.  Stave Hamm is back after suffering a stroke.  Jeremy Mosley and wife have a new baby boy.  Carl Robert’s son, a Clemson student, has been awarded a $10,000 prestigious scholarship.

Becky Airheart introduced the guest speakers for the program:  District Governor, Bernie Reidel and former District Governor, Rick Moore.  Governor Reidel expressed appreciation for the opportunity to speak to the largest club in District 7770.  He explained that his presentation is called Foundation 101 because there is so much misunderstanding about the Foundation.  The Charter date for the Foundation is 1916 with the mission of “To Do Good in the World.”  Governor Reidel gave a slide presentation showing the history of the Foundation and the following years of the Foundation’s services.  In 1957 the Rotary Foundation began a memorial to Rotary founder, Paul Harris, with the beginning of the Paul Harris Fellow.

Governor Reidel also presented the accomplishment of the Columbia Rotary Club that includes Every Member Every Year, 100% Sustaining Member, and Polio Plus.  He challenged the Club “to do better” to reach the remaining District and International Goals.

Past District Governor, Rick Moore, gave additional information on other means of giving:  Major Donor, Benefactor, Arch Klumph Society, and Annual Fund.  Rick explained how each of these could be accomplished and encouraged Rotarians to participate in one or more.

President Hal thanked Rotarians Bernie and Rick for their presentation and encouraged Columbia Rotarians to engage in the activities of The Rotary Foundation.

A message from Spring Valley Rotarian, Ken Morris, regarding Holiday Pecan Sales

I will be at your club meeting Monday, December 16, to ask you to support Spring Valley Rotary Club’s annual fund raiser as you have in past years.

Please click here to download the order form describing the most delicious pecans in a variety of flavors. These products are the same as those offered last year, and even the prices are the same. They are available now through December 18. When I come to your meeting I will bring a display of our products to sell or to take your order for later delivery.

The purpose of our effort is, of course, to raise funds to support our many charities. Last year our sales netted over $43,000 thanks to you and to many individuals, groups and organizations. Our charities will benefit even more this year if you would share the brochure with groups you are associated with, or let me know whom I should contact. You may, of course, email your order to me at jkenmorris@earthlink.net  As you know, these products are great holiday gifts for employees and customers.

Thanks for helping us again!

Ken Morris