Monday, November 27, 2017: Gary Bradham – District Governor, Rotary District 7770

Please join us on Monday, November 27th when we will welcome Gary Bradham – District Governor, Rotary District 7770 to our podium.

Gary Bradham is President of Bradham Services LLC and has an MBA and a BA in Business Administration. A few of the honors he has received as member of the Myrtle Beach Club are as follows: 11 years of Perfect Attendance, Bequest Society, Benefactor, Major Donor, PHS – Paul Harris Society, PHF – Paul Harris Fellow, Past President 2011-12, Club Rotarian of the Year: 2013, Sustaining Member, and New Members Sponsored: 13.

Columbia Rotary: District Governor Rod Funderburk will speak to the club on November 9, 2015.

Rod-F-PictureRod Funderburk, Governor for Rotary District 7770, will address the club on Monday, November 9, 2015.

Rod Funderburk is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo, which was begun in 1989.  He served as president in 1991-92.  He was honored as Club Rotarian of the Year both in 2007 and in 2010.  He has served on the District Website Committee, on the District Training Committee and as an Assistant Governor. Rod is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society member, a Foundation Sustaining member, a Benefactor and a Bequest Society member.  He is a Ten Star Rotarian and an RLI graduate.

After graduating from the University of South Carolina and serving in the U.S Navy, Rod had a 33-year career with Allied Chemical, Allied-Signal and Honeywell International retiring in 2005 as Global Energy Manager.  He now serves as an independent energy consultant assisting companies with third-party procurement arrangements for various types of energy.

Rod is active in his church having served several terms as a Deacon and teaching an adult class for 20 years.  He is also involved in a number of community activities.

Rod and his wife, Rowena, have been married for 39 years and live near Irmo.  They have two children and five grandchildren.  He enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.

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.

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