At the beginning of the 2014-2015 Rotary year, President John challenged the club to bring 500 guests to Columbia Rotary. President-Elect Mark has done an outstanding job this year of booking timely, high-profile speakers for our meetings and our club is known for our speakers.
As of the March 23rd meeting, Columbia Rotary has welcomed 547 guests to the club this Rotary year and we still have 3 months to go! Many thanks to the Board for pushing this initiative and to every member who has reached out to guests and potential members this year. #GoRotary
On Monday, March 9, 2015, Columbia Rotary is pleased to welcome Dr. Betsy Fleming as our guest speaker. Betsy Fleming has served as President of Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina since October 2005. Betsy was graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Fine Arts, received a M.A. in History of Design from the Royal College of Art in London, and earned a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University. Betsy has served in administrative and curatorial positions at The Frick Collection and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles, Yale University Art Gallery, and Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has taught at Yale and Parsons School of Design. Immediately prior to her arrival at Converse, Betsy was Executive Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. An Aspen Institute Liberty Fellow, she has served on the boards of the Women’s College Coalition and the National Association of Independent Colleges, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte Branch and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. She lectures widely on creativity, art and design history, women and leadership.
Remember, our goal is 500 guests this Rotary year. Guests are always welcomed and encouraged. Hope everyone has a great weekend and we’ll see you Monday at Rotary!