Team Captains needed for our Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign

Here are the dates that have already been filled.  If you would like to ring on one of these days, please contact the team captain directly.  As you can see, we still need quite a few captains so please reach out to Jack Sloan if you would like to take one of those days!

Green’s   Assembly St      
Fri, Nov 18 Kerry Powers 803-361-2212
Sat, Nov 19 Michael Kohn  
Tue, Nov 22  NEED    
Wed, Nov 23 Amy Beth Franks 843- 860-7888
Thu, Dec 1 Bob Crutchfield 803- 772-6152
Fri, Dec 2 Adam Jordan 803- 543-8640
Wed, Dec 7  NEED    
Thu, Dec 8 Matt Kennell 803- 269-9274
Sat, Dec 10  NEED    
Wed, Dec 14 Libby Gober 803-315-3020
Thu, Dec 15  NEED    
Fri, Dec 16 Hal Stevenson 803-319-7750
Sat, Dec 17 Rusty DePas  
Piggly Wiggly – Devine St      
Fri, Nov 18 Wade Carlisle (803) 603-1909
Sat, Nov 19  NEED    
Wed, Nov 23  NEED    
Thu, Dec 1  NEED    
Fri, Dec 2 Mike Hartley 803- 513-2009
Thu, Dec 8 Tom Jackson 803- 738-9933
Sat, Dec 10  NEED    
Thu, Dec 15  NEED    
Fri, Dec 16  NEED    
Sat, Dec 17  NEED    
Wal Mart Forest Drive Retail Side      
Fri, Dec 2  NEED    
Wed, Dec 7 John Johnston 803- 331-3873
Thu, Dec 8  NEED    
Thu, Dec 15  NEED    
Fri, Dec 16  NEED    
Sat, Dec 17  NEED    
Mon, Dec 19  NEED    

Columbia Rotary: Richland County Solicitor Dan Johnson will speak on October 31st.

danjohnsonPlease make plans to join us at Columbia Rotary on Monday, October 31, 2016.  Richland County Solicitor Dan Johnson is scheduled to address the club.  Guests are welcomed and encouraged!

The Honorable Daniel E. Johnson is the 15th Solicitor elected to serve for the Fifth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina.

He served as Chief Deputy and Legal Counsel for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked for eight years.  While there he assisted the Sheriff in directing the county’s law enforcement programs and performing various legal and administrative duties to ensure the strict enforcement of state and local laws relating to the public’s safety and welfare.  Johnson worked closely with Richland County Council and organizations throughout the community, managing the department’s annual budget of 30 million dollars.

A former prosecutor in the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Johnson served as an Assistant Solicitor and Special City Prosecutor for the City of Columbia, while serving on the Violent Crimes Task Force.  In 2008, he was one of three finalists for the job as Chief of Police of the City of Columbia.

Solicitor Johnson, a Major and Judge Advocate in the National Guard, is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom with over 13 years of military service. While serving in Korea in the summer of 2010, he received the United States Army Reserve Commander’s Coin and Certificate for Outstanding Performance.

He is a graduate of The Citadel, the University of South Carolina School of Law, and the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.  Johnson is a member of the South Carolina Bar and is a former Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina.  In 2004, he was selected as a member of the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team, traveling to Sweden and engaging in a six-week speaking tour about community policing.

Currently, Solicitor Johnson serves on the board of directors for Centura College, the Domestic Abuse Center and Youth Corps.  He is a former member of the Citadel’s Brigadier Foundation Board.  He is also a recipient of The Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian award issued by the Governor.  Johnson received The Order of the Palmetto for bravery and acts of heroism at the age of twenty-two.  In 2011, Solicitor Dan Johnson received the Citadel Alumni Association’s Young Alumnus of the Year Award.  In April of 2012, he was named an Outstanding Alumni of the University of South Carolina by the University’s Black Alumni Council and he was inducted into the Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands Alumni Hall of Fame.  He is a 2013 Fellow with the Liberty Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Solicitor Johnson was born in Washington, D.C., and attended high school in Laurel, Maryland.

Monday, October 24, 2016: Mahmoud Bah, VP and CFO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation

2016-017-1861-photo-sb-hs_e01a9526_bah_2Join us on Monday, October 24, 2016 when we welcome Mahmoud Bah, Vice President and CFO of the Millenium Challenge Corporation to the podium.  The Millennium Challenge Corporation is a small, U.S. Government agency that partners with the best governed poor countries around the world to reduce poverty through economic growth. The agency was created by the U.S. Congress in 2004 with strong bipartisan support, and is governed by a public-private board of directors whose chair is the Secretary of State.  MCC creates opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in projects that lead to economic growth in sectors like power, clean water and roads, and they help our partner country governments create the right climate to attract private investment. To maximize impact, MCC works closely with the private sector to leverage additional financing and they only partner with poor countries that meet rigorous standards for good governance, from fighting corruption to respecting the rule of law.

Guests are always welcomed and encouraged!

Fall Rotary Social to be held on Monday!

Monday, October 10, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Gregg Park Clubhouse (off Forest Drive behind the Fresh Market)

Robert Goings will be cooking some of his fantastic BBQ and we’ll have plenty of sides and sweet tea to go around.  Beer and wine will also be available. If you are interested in bringing a dessert, please contact Kerry Powers at  We are looking to have a variety of HOMEMADE specialty desserts baked with love by Columbia Rotarians!

We encourage you to bring your family and a guest to enjoy some Rotary fellowship (and hopefully some cooler weather).


If you have questions, please feel free to contact me or Robert Goings (

Join us on Monday, October 3rd, for Kassy Alia from Heroes In Blue

Heroes In Blue Join us on Monday, October 3rd for Kassy Alia from Heroes In Blue.  Kassy Alia is the President and Founder of Heroes In Blue. Greg Alia, her husband and her whole heart and sole, was killed in the line of duty on September 30, 2015 while responding to a call about a suspicious person.

The night after Greg died, she asked for two things. First, that people share stories about Greg so that Sal could learn about the man his father was. Second, that people share stories of cops doing good everywhere.  Because of this, she proposed to start spreading the hashtag #HeroesInBlue.

Greg and her often talked about the current negative attention given to police. He said, “Kassy, for every one bad situation, there are thousands more positive interactions occurring daily that go unnoticed.” Help us tell these stories. Help us show the world who our #HeroesInBlue are. Help us tell the stories about the communities who love them.

Her vision for Heroes In Blue has grown into an organization that is committed to appreciating the compassionate and courageous acts shown by law enforcement daily, to bridging the gap between police and community through empathy and action and to providing immediate support to families in response to tragedy. Currently, their action efforts are focused on South Carolina and it is the plan to grow. You can help do this by helping to spread the love and sharing those great stories that often go unnoticed.

Our Meeting From Monday, Sept. 26 Featuring Coach Curtis Frye is now online!

If you missed the meeting, you can make it up online.  Please remember to email Debbie ( so she can adjust your attendance.

Join us on Monday, Sept 23rd for USC Track and Field Coach Curtis Frye

Coach Frye_OlympicsOn Monday we welcome Curtis Frye as our speaker.  Entering the 2016 track season in his 20th year as head track & field and cross country coach at South Carolina, Curtis Frye has established a program that is regarded as one of the nation’s elite. Frye has coached or overseen over 60 NCAA champions, 116 SEC champions, 14 Academic All-Americans and more than 450 NCAA All-Americans.

This past summer he was named to the Team USA men’s coaching staff for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Frye served as an assistant, overseeing the sprint and hurdle events.

Never one to sit on the sidelines, Frye established the Frye Foundation after his family was devastated by diabetes. The foundation is dedicated to assisting those dealing with diabetes and mental illness. Each year, they host a 5K run/walk as well as a golf tournament and silent auction.

The Frye Foundation


Our Meeting from Monday, September 19 is Now Available Online!