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.
Brian Harlan, Past president of Laurens Rotary Club and currently serving as CEO of Greenwood YMCA along side his full-time role as CEO of Laurens Family YMCA talked to us this morning about YMCA and community programs they are involved with. Pictured here with Gray Stallworth, who recently retired from serving as CEO of YMCA Greenwood.
Christmas Cash Update.
We raised a net total of $12,249.00 (unaudited result) after paying out three winning tickets; $1000, $2500, and $5000.
Thank you to everyone who bought tickets, helped sell tickets, or provided us with advertising, venue, etc. ...
Your ongoing support not only benefits Emerald City Rotary Club, but through our local service projects it ultimately benefits much needed areas in our local community.
Please look out for upcoming spotlight features on these projects in the coming weeks on our Facebook page.
Today’s talk was given by Michael McCarthy, Project Co-ordinator for Greenwood County Community Indicators Project. He updated our members on many statistics for our county that showed where we are doing well, and what areas need improvement. Take a look at www.greenwoodindicators.com to learn how we fair in Education, economic vitality, community enrichment, health and wellness, and family vibrancy.