REMINDER: Columbia Rotary will host Corporal Kyle Carpenter on Monday, January 5th!

Kyle CarpenterHappy New Year, Rotarians!  Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season.  Don’t forget that we will be back to our usual 1PM meeting time on Monday, January 5, 2015.  Columbia Rotary is honored to host Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Kyle Carpenter.  What an uplifting and inspiring way to start off 2015!  We expect a large attendance and we encourage you to bring a guest.  Please get there early so you can find a seat.  More info about Corporal Carpenter here.

Columbia Rotary elects new President for 2016-2017 Rotary year!

Congratulations to John Bakhaus who was elected by the Board on December 15th to serve as President of Columbia Rotary for the 2016-2017 Rotary year.  John has been a member of the club for 20 years and has served three previous terms on the Board. Currently, he serves as the regional coordinator for CART. John founded The Windermere Club, and is employed by its parent company, Fairways Development. He is active in community service, and is a long time member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church.  We are looking forward to his leadership in 2016-2017!

Corporal Kyle Carpenter will address Columbia Rotary on January 5, 2015

Kyle CarpenterColumbia Rotary Club is honored to host Corporal Kyle Carpenter on Monday, January 5, 2015.  What a strong way to start off the New Year!  We are expecting a large crowd for this event so get there early to secure your seat. Guests are welcomed and encouraged.

Kyle Carpenter is the second living, and youngest, Marine Medal of Honor Recipient since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was injured by an enemy hand grenade in November of 2010 and spent two and a half years in recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. In the fall of 2013, Kyle enrolled as a freshman at the University of South Carolina, where he is currently pursuing a degree in International Studies. He received his Medal of Honor on June 19, 2014.  Kyle Carpenter

Here are some links for more information about Kyle Carpenter:




Columbia Rotary: 17 new members so far in 2014-2015 Rotary year!!

UnknownColumbia Rotary has welcomed 17 new members since July 2014!  Please take a moment to introduce yourself to our newest Rotarians at the next meeting if you have not already done so:



  • Harold Ward (Financial Consultant)
  • Lee Turner (CPA)
  • Scott Sanders (WISTV)
  • G.B. Olsen (United Way)
  • Joseph James, Jr. (Pastor, Cayce UMC)
  • William Holbrook (City of Columbia)
  • Vareva Harris (Benedict College)
  • Allyson Hank (builder, Remodeling Services Unlimited)
  • Michael Hall (LaQuinta)
  • Ed Greenleaf (Consulting-Business & Survey)
  • John Florence (Attorney)
  • Bill Dukes (Restauranteur)
  • Doug Cochran (Leadership & Career Development)
  • Joseph Byron (Acupuncturist)
  • Jesse Bullard (Southern Way Catering)
  • Detreville Bowers (Insurance-Employee Benefits)
  • James Bass (Jos. A. Bank-Men’s apparel)

The 121514 meeting is now ONLINE!!

imagesHere’s what you missed on Monday the 15th if you didn’t get to Rotary:

  • New member inductions
  • Announcement of the 2016-2017 President Elect
  • Denise Holland from Harvest Hope Food Bank
  • A partridge in a pear tree

You don’t even have to navigate over to YouTube anymore if you miss a meeting.  They are right here on our website!  Don’t forget we will not meet again until Monday, January 5, 2015.  Medal of Honor Recipient Kyle Carpenter will speak to the club.  This is sure to be a jam packed event so get there earlier to grab a seat!

The 120814 Meeting with Dr. Lincoln is now ONLINE!!

If you missed the December 8th meeting, you missed one of the most uplifting hours of Rotary that we have had in a while.  Don’t worry, you can make up the meeting online!!  You’ll find the business portion of the meeting (including the Leadercast reveal ) and Dr. Lincoln’s talk (and the announcement of the 2015-2016 Board) below:


December 8th: Dr. Dick Lincoln and Board Elections

There are 3 good reasons to attend the December 8th meeting!

1.  Peyton Manning wants you to be there but you have to show up to find out why!

2. You’ll be electing the 2015-2016 Board.

3.  Dr. Dick Lincoln, Pastor of Shandon Baptist Church will be our guest speaker.  Join us for a motivating and uplifting hour of Rotary!!0e2910579_1392740806_dick-lincoln-for-web

Click here to view Dr. Lincoln’s bio.