A message regarding the passing of Columbia Rotarian Charles Blackmon

My name is Diane Blackmon and I am the youngest daughter of Charles Blackmon.  I just wanted to thank you for mentioning Dad in your meeting.  Dad passed away this past Monday, January 27th at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill.  He had Parkinson’s for 12 years and his body just finally broke down; he was 92 years old. He was definitely my hero and I miss him very much.

 

We have not made any official plans; however, we have tentative plans to have a service in Rock Hill on Saturday and in Columbia at Bethel UMC on Sunday afternoon.

 

He was so very proud and honored to have been a Rotarian for the past 33 years.  He loved the fellowship and loved sitting at the Dunbar table.

 

My Mother is 90 years old and hard of hearing so if anyone calls her, please speak loudly because she may not be wearing her hearing aides.

 

Much thanks again for your care and concern!

Diane Blackmon

 

February 3rd: Jason Freier from Hardball Capital Baseball

Jason Freier, the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Hardball Capital Baseball will address Columbia Rotary on Monday, February 3rd. Hardball’s core business is the operation of affiliated Minor League Baseball teams. This has been a very controversial issue in recent weeks regarding the construction of a minor league baseball stadium on the former Bull Street property.  Please make plans to attend and bring a guest.  Don’t forget that we will hold our meeting at Stone River in West Columbia (the old New Orleans Restaurant just over the Gervais Street Bridge)  Hope everyone enjoys Snowmageddon ’14!  Stay warm and we’ll see you Monday at Rotary!

Meeting Recap: January 27th USC AD Ray Tanner

Mike Moorman introduced Beaver Hardy to a packed house including local sports media personalities like Teddy Hefner, and the state beat writer for the Gamecocks.

Robert Goings performed a memorable note entitled “Ray Tanner” to the chorus of “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond.

Jim Smithwick notified us that Russ Bell has been placed in Hospice in Rock Hill.

Hospice and Community Care 2275 Hook rd. Rock Hill, SC 29732.

Robin Gorman has been named the regional development officer for Converse College.

John Bakus updated us on the golf tournament… It will be Monday 4/28 and will take the place of the meeting that day.

Fellow Rotarian Katherine Horne has received “The Order of the Palmetto”

John Durst introduced our speaker, USC AD Ray Tanner

Coach Tanner discussed the following
:women’s basketball’s 18-2 record
:10 of 20 sports are in the top 25.
: indoor football facility construction will begin in two weeks
: “The Plaza” around the stadium construction will begin immediately following the 2014 season
: The playground at Carolina stadium is nearing completion.
: gamecock club dues deadline is Friday.
: 14th semester in a row of a 3.0 average for the athletic department.
: praised the direction of Coach Martin’s Basketball team

Next week: Jason Fryer from Hardball Capital @Stone River (Old New Orleans Resturant)

Many thanks to Travis Hollis for writing the recap this week.

January 27th Meeting: USC AD Ray Tanner

Please make plans to join us at Rotary on Monday, January 27th.  USC Athletic Director Ray Tanner will speak to the club and it’s always a fun time when Coach Tanner comes to Rotary!  We encourage you to bring a guest and get there early.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.  Stay warm and we’ll see you on Monday at Rotary!

Did you miss a Columbia Rotary meeting?

It happens.  Sometimes life just gets in the way of Rotary and you might miss a meeting every now and then.  Did you know that you can make up your attendance online?  Log on to www.columbiarotaryclub.us and click on Membership at the top, then click Online Meeting Makeup.  You’ll be redirected to the Columbia Rotary You Tube channel and you can watch the meeting you missed in its entirety.  You can also access the You Tube channel directly by clicking here.

January 13th: Percy Mack, Richland One Superintendent

Please make plans to join us at Rotary on Monday, January 16th.  Richland One Superintendent, Percy Mack will address the club.  Looking forward, @ColaRotary will NOT meet on January 20th in observance of the MLK holiday and we’ll have USC Athletic Director, Ray Tanner, join us on January 27th just in time for baseball season! Hope everyone has a great weekend and we’ll see you Monday at Rotary.

Columbia Rotarians have been ringing the bell for the Salvation Army this holiday season!

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.

 

Sara and Ariana Tata ringing the bell with their dad (Khush Tata) at the Piggly Wiggly in Devine Street.
Sara and Ariana Tata ringing the bell with their dad (Khush Tata) at the Piggly Wiggly in Devine Street.

 

Lila Powers rang the bell for a couple of hours at Green's on her 6th birthday!
Lila Powers rang the bell with mom (Kerry Powers) for a couple of hours at Green’s on her 6th birthday!

 

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. 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!”
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 with mom (Kerry Powers) at Green’s.