Columbia Rotary: The March 2nd meeting with Eric Emerson and the Burning of Columbia is now ONLINE!

If you miss a meeting, you can always make it up online.  Remember to send Debbie ( a message so she can adjust your attendance.

Monday, March 2nd: Eric Emerson and the Burning of Columbia


Please make plans to attend Columbia Rotary on Monday, March 2, 2015.

Eric Emerson, Director of the SC Department of Archives and History willDr. Emerson 002 give a presentation on the 150th Anniversary of the Burning of Columbia.

Here are a few links to recent press about events commemorating this historic event:

The State5 Myths about the Burning of Columbia by Jeff Wilkinson

Free TimesA City On Fire by Chris Trainor



The February 2nd meeting of Columbia Rotary featuring Rick Reames from the SC Department of Revenue is now ONLINE!

If you missed the February 2nd meeting, you can make it up online.  Just send Debbie an email to let her know you have watched the meeting online and she can adjust your attendance record.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!  Don’t forget we have Dr. Harris Pastides, President of USC on Monday, February 9th.

Monday, February 9: Columbia Rotary welcomes Dr. Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina

list_pastides_harris_8Calling all Gamecocks!  Dr. Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina, will address Columbia Rotary on Monday, February 9, 2015.  

Dr. Pastides began his presidency at the University of South Carolina on Aug. 1, 2008. Just a few months later, the great recession began. Strong in the face of adversity, Pastides promised to accelerate USC’s momentum as a world-class university. He has kept that promise. Today, more than six years later, USC has experienced remarkable growth and positive change.

USC Columbia’s freshman classes, counter to the national trend, have grown continuously while posting the highest average SAT scores in university history. USC’s Honors College has been named the No. 1 public honors college in the nation, and the Palmetto state’s only Carnegie top-tier university is also home to top programs in areas such as undergraduate international business, public health, engineering, hospitality retail and sport management and more. In addition, just as The Chronicle of Philanthropy was reporting a significant drop in charitable giving to higher education, USC was setting university records with five consecutive years of more than $100 million in private giving.

An unwavering advocate for a superior student experience, Pastides encourages engagement beyond the classroom through leadership, service learning, international experience, internships and undergraduate research. Innovative programs like Palmetto College, On Your Time Graduation, Gamecock Gateway and Gamecock Guarantee are successfully providing greater access, flexibility and affordability to South Carolinians seeking a higher education degree. To date, 57,210 degrees have been awarded systemwide during Pastides’ presidency. He often says, “Nothing makes me prouder than the students we enroll and those that we graduate.”

Prior to joining the university’s faculty as dean of the Arnold School of Public Health, Pastides was a professor of epidemiology and chairman of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his master’s in public health and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University. President Pastides and the first lady, Patricia Moore-Pastides, live on USC’s historic Horseshoe.

January 5th meeting with Kyle Carpenter now ONLINE!!

Kyle Carpenter-Columbia RotaryColumbia Rotary kicked off 2015 with a strong, inspirational program.  Medal of Honor Recipient, Kyle Carpenter, spoke to the club about leadership and his experiences as a United States Marine before he was injured in Afghanistan and during his recovery at Walter Reed.  Please take some time to view his remarks and share them with friends and co-workers. You’ll be glad you did.

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.