September 11th meeting cancelled due to Irma

Very heavy rains and strong wind gusts due to Irma are forcasted in Columbia during our meeting time tomorrow.  After consulting with some members of the Board, we have made the decision to CANCEL the September 11th meeting.  Additionally, I know many of you will be home with your children since school has been cancelled so attendance would be low.

Please make plans to join us NEXT Monday, September 18th, when we welcome Pamela Lackey, CEO of AT&T.  Guests are always welcomed and encouraged!

I hope everyone stays safe and please keep those in the path of this terrible storm in your thoughts and prayers.

Monday, June 26, 2017: USC Men’s Basketball Coach Frank Martin

7796315Please join us on Monday, June 26, 2017 when we welcome USC Men’s Basketball Coach Frank Martin.  This is also transition week for our club so come out and congratulate President John on a job well done!  We anticipate a larger than normal crowd and lots of guests so get there early for a great seat.

Monday, June 19, 2017: Rep. Nathan Ballentine, SC House-Legislative Update

UnknownJoin us on Monday, June, 19, 2017 when we welcome Rep. Nathan Ballentine to our podium.  Rep. Ballentine is a fellow Rotarian and he will be giving us a Legislative Update from the SC Statehouse!

Representative Ballentine was elected to the SC House of Representatives in 2004 and represents House District 71.  During his time in office, he has been recognized as a reformer and a Tax Payer hero.  He also has consistently withstood political pressure to keep his focus on People, Not Politics.

With a focus on reforming state government he has also helped expand insurance coverage to autistic children in our state as well as put a focus on our aging population.

Having served on almost every committee in the House, Nathan currently serves on the House Ways and Means committee – which drafts our state’s budget.

Nathan  and his wife, Karen,  have 3 kids – Sarah Buck, JC, and Emma.

Monday, June 12, 2017: Dr. Melissa Strompolis, Children’s Trust-Adverse Childhood Experiences

MStrompolisPlease join us on Monday, June 12 when we will welcome Dr. Melissa Strompolis from Children’s Trust to our podium.  Dr. Strompolis will be speaking to us about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and how they affect our health as adults.

Melissa Strompolis, PhD, is the Director of Research and Evaluation at Children’s Trust of South Carolina.  Through her work at Children’s Trust, she engages in program evaluation, research, and data integration to drive and improve efforts to prevent child maltreatment and improve child well-being.  Additionally, Dr. Strompolis facilitates community-based organizing and action via the South Carolina Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Initiative.

Dr. Strompolis is also an affiliate faculty member at the Institute for Families in Society in the College of Social Work and at the Yvonne & Schuyler Moore Child Development Center in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina.  She volunteers as a guardian-ad-litem for Richland County CASA in South Carolina, and was elected as a member-at-large at the Society of Community Research and Action, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association.  Locally, she leads the South Carolina State Data Team and serves on several South Carolina-based coalitions and initiatives.  Dr. Strompolis has published numerous academic papers and presented at many state, national, and international conferences.

Dr. Strompolis received her PhD in community psychology and graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Monday, June 5, 2017: Beth Martin, SC Association of Independent Home Schools

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Please join us on Monday, June 5th when we welcome Beth Martin with the SC Association of Independent Home Schools as our speaker.  Ms. Martin is the High School Director for the oldest legal homeschool accountability organization in South Carolina.  At the South Carolina Association of Independent Homeschools (SCAIHS), Beth assists parents in making homeschool dreams into a reality.  Drawing from her four years teaching middle school math in a public school and more importantly from her seventeen years homeschooling her own three children, Beth walks alongside homeschool parents and students to select the most appropriate curriculum, maintain records and transcripts, and prepare students for college and career.