The Red Kettle Campaign has officially begun!

President-elect Mark Sullivan, Seth Taylor with Salvation Army of the Midlands and President John.
President-elect Mark Sullivan, Seth Taylor with Salvation Army of the Midlands and President John.

The Salvation Army provided a festive and uplifting program on Monday, November 10th to kick off the 2014 Red Kettle Campaign!  If you have not signed up for  a shift to ring the bell, please arrive a few minutes early on Monday and choose your shift.  

Slideshow from the November 10th Meeting:

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Main Street Battle for Blood

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KP Main ST Battle for Blood 2014I just donated at The 4th Annual Main Street Battle for Blood at the Agapé Conference Center on Main Street and I ran into fellow Rotarian, Michael Kohn.   Michael Kohn-Main ST Battle for Blood 2014

Hope a lot of Columbia Rotarians were able to roll up their sleeves and donate today.  If anyone got some good photos for the website, please send them my way!  (kpowers@free-times.com) Have a great weekend, everyone!

Reminder: Salvation Army Clothing Donations

imagesIf you attended the meeting last Monday and took home a Salvation Army Clothing Donation bag or two (or twelve), don’t forget to stuff it with clothing items you no longer need or wear and bring the bag to Rotary on Monday, November 10th.  The Salvation Army will have trucks available to take those items off your hands! If you’ve switched the seasons in your closet, this is a perfect time to donate!

November 10th at 12:30-Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign

imagesYou won’t want to miss Monday’s meeting.  Roger Coulson and the folks from The Salvation Army will have the sign-up boards available in the lobby for the 2014 Christmas Kettle Campaign.  Get there early and grab your spot on the board to ring the bell for Columbia Rotary!  Giving some of your time this holiday season can make a huge difference for a family struggling to make ends meet during the holidays.  Please make plans to attend the meeting on Monday!  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Here are some photos of 2013 Bell Ringers:

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.
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.
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.
Lila Powers rang the bell for a couple of hours at Green's on her 6th birthday!
Lila Powers rang the bell for a couple of hours at Green’s on her 6th birthday!

Monday, November 3rd: Stuart Andrews; Nelson Mullins

Andrews_StuartOn Monday, November 3, 2014, Stuart Andrews, an attorney with Nelson Mullins, will address the club.  Mr. Andrews will focus on the mental health programs within the SC Department of Corrections.  In June 2014, Mr. Andrews, representing inmates with severe mental illnesses, testified  during the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights on their treatment in South Carolina prisons.  Click here to review the bio of Stuart Andrews.

Please make plans to attend and remember that guests are welcomed and encouraged!  Hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween!  Watch out for all those little ghosts and goblins.

REMINDER:

images-1Does your blood run GARNET or does it run ORANGE?  November 7th is the 4th Annual Main Street Battle for Blood.  Click here for more info.

 

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Set those clocks back on Sunday morning!

 

Monday, October 27th: Dr. Nayef H. Samhat; President of Wofford College

President_SamhatMonday, October 27th, Columbia Rotary will host Dr. Nayef H. Samhat, President of Wofford College.  Dr. Samhat became Wofford’s president on July 1, 2013. Only the 11th man to hold the post, he brings with him a wealth of experience gained in leadership roles at Centre College and most recently at Kenyon College.

Click here for Dr. Samhat’s bio and we hope to see a room full of Wofford alumni on Monday.  Have a great weekend and we’ll see you Monday at Rotary!

Monday, October 20: US Congressman Joe Wilson

UnknownPlease plan to join us at Columbia Rotary on Monday, October 20th. US Congressman Joe Wilson will address the club.  (Click here for Congressman Wilson’s bio. )

Columbia Rotary is fortunate to have access to some of the most
high profile and interesting speakers in the Midlands.  We encourage all members to attend on a regular basis.  Guests are always welcomed and encouraged.  

Hope everyone enjoys the weekend.  We’ll see you Monday at Rotary!