At Wednesday's meeting this week we had Alice Hodges join us from Meg's House Shelter for Abused Women and Children to talk about the shelter and the work they do. There are some very frightening statistics here in South Carolina where we are one of the top states for abused women and children in the United States. Meg's House is a beacon of hope for many women and the charity is sharing their success with other programs throughout the state.
This morning we had the pleasure of inducting our newest member, Joel Ridings, a mortgage lender with Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group. Prior to that he was a Vice President at The Commercial Bank. Joel is married with two daughters and a son. He enjoys outdoor pursuits such as hiking, camping, and dirt bikes. Joel is sponsored by Marcus Marcus M Monaghan.
This morning we stepped back in time and were joined my FDR’s secretary, Missy LeHand (Kathryn Smith) who gave a talk called ‘The Plight of FDR and Polio’.
This was a fun, informative talk presented in character that brought history to life. Can anyone tell me why FDR’s portrait appears on the Dime?
Today’s program was presented by Michael Douglas (not the actor) from Lakeland’s Lifelong Learning Network which offers classes and tours in all sorts of interesting topics from Tai Chi, Ceramics, and AARP Driver Safety, to tours of Buzzard’s Roost Dam, Eaton Plant, Velez Plant, Burdette Museum, Mushroom Mountain, and Columbia Museum of Art. You can find out more at www.lakelandslln.org
This morning we celebrated several club achievements for the year 2016-17.
•2016-17 Presidential Citation,
•End Polio Recognition for funds raised, ...
•#2 in District for per capita annual fund giving to the Rotary Foundation,
•Every Rotarian, Every Year Award,
•100% Foundation Giving Club.
There are 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.
We are one of only 1,573 clubs to achieve Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving honors in their district.
We are one of only 5,034 clubs worldwide to attain status as an Every Rotarian, Every Year Club for achieving $100 Annual Fund per capita with Every dues-paying member personally contributing $25 or more to the Annual Fund during the Rotary year.
We are one of only 4,136 clubs worldwide to become a 100% Foundation Giving Club, where a club achieves an average giving of $100, with every dues-paying member personally contributing $25 or more to The Rotary Foundation during the Rotary year.
This morning’s program was presented by Dale Boyer of Greenwood County Sheriff's Office who talked to us about the ‘Take Me Home’ program. This is a database developed by Pensacola, Florida Police Dept. and adopted by Greenwood County Sheriffs Office to provide special assistance to members of the public with Autism or Alzheimers and have a tendency to wander off and go missing. It allows officers to quickly access a current photograph, demographics and caregiver info to help them locate the missing person quicker.
You may recognize Abby Parris from last week when she received the GCS Interact Club Charter. This week we celebrate her as our Student of the Month and is seen here with her parents Brent and Monica.
Abby is a member of the National Honors Society; President of Greenwood Christian School Interact Club; High School Girls Bible Study Group Leader; and last year she attended RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Academy. Abby intends to attend Erskine College in Due West.
Greenwood is well represented at Rotary Pre-President Elect Training today.
From left to right:
Marcus M Monaghan (Emerald City President Nominee)
Angelle LaBorde (Greenwood President Elect)
Lori Kent (Emerald City Club & Assistant District Governor)...
Jerry Rentz (Emerald City President Elect)
Carol Burdette (District 7750 President Elect)
Anne Barron ( Rotary E-Club of the Carolinas President Elect)
This morning we officially recognized our newest Rotary Interact Club, from Greenwood Christian School. From left to right, Rotarian Kyle Richter, Rotarian Lorraine Angelino, Courtney Godsey from GCS, Monica Parris from GCS, Rotary Interact President and Student of GCS Abby Parris, and Rotarian Fran Wiley.
This morning’s talk was given by Houston Matthews, Executive Director of SC Vocational Rehabilitation. In this photo he is flanked by our Students of the Month: Emily Reynolds from Greenwood Christian School (left), and Alexis Pickell from Emerald High (right).
Emerald City Rotary Club and Greenwood Rotary Club came together today to participate in the District 7750 Membership Summit
Our President Rosemary Bell, and President-Elect Jerry Rentz were joined by Greenwood Club’s President Stephen Baggett and President-Elect Angelle LaBorde.
This morning we had the pleasure of being joined by Denise Manley, Exec. Dir. of Alumni Affairs for Lander University, and wife of Emerald City Rotarian Jim Manley.
Denise spoke to us about Lander University Alumni Affairs program and how they plan to improve alumni engagement. There are 17,000 Lander Alumni but only 4.4% currently have any involvement with Lander University. If you are a Lander Alum, you can pop over to the Alumni Affairs Facebook page linked above to catch up and just say hello. They would love to find out what you’re doing now and offer you a campus tour.