Monday May 14, 2016: David DeCenzo, Ph.D., Presdient of Coastal Carolina University will Speak to Columbia Rotary

David DeCenzoOn Monday. David DeCenzo, Ph.D., President of Coastal Carolina University will speak to Columbia Rotary.  He has been president of the University since May 7, 2007.  As president, he has implemented a comprehensive strategic planning process, assured fiscal accountability through policy and practice, and promoted assessment and transparency throughout the University.

In addition to our speaker, on Monday, we will also be recognizing this year’s Scholarship Recipients!

Monday, May 2, 2016: Tom Keith, President of Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina will speak to Columbia Rotary

Tom KeithMonday’s program will feature Tom Keith, President of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, a $98 million dollar grant making foundation based in Columbia, S.C.

In this position he oversees the operations of the Foundation and assists the Foundation Board of Trustees in setting policies and goals. Mr. Keith is active in establishing partnerships and coalitions with other organizations and community groups across South Carolina.

Remember, guests are always welcome!

The final meeting of the 2014-2015 Rotary year is now ONLINE!

Columbia Rotary would like to thank President John Johnston for a successful and dynamic year of Rotary service and leadership.  Go Rotary!

Good luck to President Mark Sullivan as he takes the lead for the 2015-2016 Rotary year!

If you missed the meeting, you can make it up online.  Remember to email Debbie ( so she can adjust your attendance.

Columbia Rotary: Lewis Gossett from the SC Manufacturers Alliance will address the club on Monday, May 4, 2015.

image122Lewis Gossett is President & CEO of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, the state’s only statewide organization dedicated to the interests of manufacturers. He served as Director of the SC Department of Labor during the Beasley Administration from 1995-1999, and was a shareholder at the Ogletree, Deakins law firm prior to becoming the SCMA President & CEO in 2003.

Lewis was awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship in 1985. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Furman University in 1987 and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1990.

Join us at Columbia Rotary on Monday, May 4 at Seawell’s in Columbia.  Our meetings begin promptly at 12:30PM and guests are always welcomed and encouraged.

Columbia Rotary: Bill Kirkland from USC/Columbia Technology Incubator will address the club on Monday, March 23, 2015.

bill2Join us at Rotary on Monday, March 23rd as we welcome Bill Kirkland, Executive Director of the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator.  Guests are always welcomed and encouraged!  Hope everyone has a great weekend!



Bill Kirkland joined the USC / Columbia Technology Incubator as the Entrepreneur in Residence to provide early stage companies with strategic and operational planning, business development and investor management. Bill is also a Managing Partner of LK Global Consulting LLC.

Prior to founding LK Global Consulting, LLC, Bill served as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Collexis Holdings, Inc. He was the company’s co-founder, helping to bring European technology into the American market in 2006. He managed the successful sale of the company and its subsidiaries to Reed Elsevier in June of 2010.

While at Collexis, he raised over $20M in private funds from global investors.

Prior to joining Collexis, Bill spent two decades serving in executive management positions with both IBM and Pfizer. Bill earned a degree from the University of South Carolina.

Columbia Rotary: The March 16th meeting featuring the French Ambassador, Gérard Araud, is now ONLINE!

If you miss a meeting, you can make it up online!  Be sure to send Debbie an email ( so she can adjust your attendance.

Columbia Rotary welcomes new members!

Please take a moment at the next meeting to say hello and introduce yourself to the newest members of Columbia Rotary.  David Anderson is the Pastor of the Greene Street United Methodist Church and is also with the SC Conference of the United Methodist Church. Harry Jeffcoat is a Senior Banker with First Community Bank.

Welcome to Columbia Rotary!