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 (columbiarotaryclub@gmail.com) 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!

Join us on Monday, September 19 for TR Parrish, Delta Pilot

On Monday, September 19 we will have TR Parrish join us.  He is a commercial pilot with Delta and is a member of the Lexington Rotary.  His program will give us a “behind the curtain” look at the commercial airline industry.

Our Meeting from Monday, September 12 is NOW Available Online

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

REMINDER: Monday is Labor Day, No Meeting.

To serve as a reminder, we will not have a meeting on Monday, September 5, 2016.  We hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day!  We will see you on September, September 12th when we will have The Jefferson Awards.

Our meeting from Monday, August 29th is now available online.  

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

Join us on Monday, August 29 for Ashley Smith from Irmo Chapin Recreation/Saluda Shoals Park

On MAshley Smithonday, August 29 2016, we will have Ashley Smith join us for our meeting.  Smith is the Market Development Director for Irmo Chapin Recreation. He is a native of Newberry, SC where he was a product of the City of Newberry Recreation Department. He began working for the City of Newberry PRD at age 14 when he started keeping the book for the Dixie Youth Baseball league.  He continued working for the Department until July of 2002 when he joined the ICRC Athletic Staff.

He is a graduate of Newberry High School in 1997 and Newberry College in December of 2001.  Mr. Smith played soccer throughout high school and college, and holds many high school, college, and NCAA records.  Some records include all time goalkeeper win leader at NHS, All time minutes played and save records at NC, and second overall in saves and in the top 20 of minutes played in NCAA Division II soccer.

Ashley joined ICRC in July of 2002 as an Athletic Coordinator at Crooked Creek Park, promoted to Athletic Director in November of 2008, and is currently the Market Development Director.  He is a Certified Youth Sports Administrator, Certified Parks and Recreation Professional, and a South Carolina High School League Baseball umpire.

Our Meeting from Monday, August 22, 2016 is Now Available Online!

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

Join Us Monday, August 15 for Nick Galante, President of the Animal Mission

On Monday, August 15, we welcome Nick Galante, the President of the Animal Mission.  The Animal Mission is a South Carolina 501c3 charitable nonprofit organization which works to improve the safety and quality of life for animals in the Midlands. To that end, Animal Mission provides free or low cost spay/neuter vouchers to decrease the number of pets that must be euthanized, so that one day the Midlands will become a pet safe (no-kill) community.

www.animalmission.org