This morning our program was about the upcoming 150th South Carolina Festival of Flowers and all the events that are planned from topiaries and wine, to sports, music and art. This was presented to us by the current festival chairman, Richard Thomason and Rotarian Angelle LaBorde who is also President of Greenwood SC Chamber.
Last week Denise Medford from THE LINKS at Stoney Point came to talk to the club about this year’s 5th and final Self Regional healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic tournament, as part of the Symetra Tour.
The dates of the event this year is May 8th-13th.
We had the pleasure of inducting Kris Burris as a new member of our club this morning. Kris is the Executive Director for The Greenwood Promise. Her past roles have included 11 years serving victims of sexual violence in several roles including Executive Director of Beyond Abuse.
Kris is sponsored by Fran Wiley.
Today’s program was presented by Charlene McKanic of the Upstate Fatherhood Coalition.
The Upstate Fatherhood Coalition believes that fathers are the head of the household, physically, mentally, and spiritually. The mission is to engage with fathers in the positive support of their children and enhance community support for fatherhood.
This past Saturday we have a work day at Pathway House’s Women’s Shelter where we are building a Gazebo, park bench and children’s playground. We worked from 8am till 1pm and are about halfway through the project. We plan to return on Saturday April 7th to finish the project, weather permitting.
This morning our program was presented by Congressman Jeff Duncan who talked about current issues in Washington and the frustrations he faces of Bills being hijacked and passed with unrelated legislation included and how they are expected to read and vote on 2200 page bills in less than a 24hr period, not allowing enough time to properly research and digest the Bill, let alone consult public opinion.
This morning we welcomed Maggie McMahon as a new member to our club. Maggie transferred to us from Greenwood Rotary Club and is eager to become more involved in the community. Maggie is from Darlington SC and graduated from Anderson University in 2017. She is married to Matthew McMahon who is a Math teacher and football coach at Emerald High School. Her father-in-law Tim McMahon is the Athletic Director at Emerald. Maggie works for Northland as Marketing Supervisor.
Maggie is sponsored by Marcus Marcus M Monaghan
Please welcome Hannah Gantt as a new member to our club. Hannah is a local ‘Greenwoodian’ who graduated from Ninety Six High School and received a Degree in Communication and Graphic Design from Anderson University. She has been employed with a Blyth Funeral Home for 27 years. Hannah has one daughter, Gracen Mabry Gantt who is Realtor in the Irmo and Lake Murray area. Hannah has served on several Boards including Greenwood Museum, Wesley Commons Board of Visitors. Hospice Friends, Meals on Wheels, Women’s Leadership Council, and Greenwood Area Chamber of Commerce. Hannah is sponsored by Glenda Corley.
Two of our newer members have become Benefactors to the Rotary Foundation. This means they have pledged $1000 to the Foundation in their Will.
Annalisa Sherrill (center left), and Joel Ridings (center right) were given their pins by Austin Pollard (far left) and Lorraine Angelino (far right).
This morning we congratulated 3 Rotarians who have achieved their next level as Paul Harris Fellows;
Lorraine Angelino (far left) and Austin Pollard (far right) passed out new Paul Harris Fellow pins to (center left to right) Fred Grant, Phil Biffle, and John Cooper.
Fred is now a Paul Harris Fellow +1
Phil is now a Paul Harris Fellow + 2
John is now a Paul Harris Fellow +5
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.