President Hal called the meeting to order and led the Club in the reciting of the 4-Way Test. Rick Noble offered the Invocation that was a special poem written by former Club President Charlie Sloan, now deceased.
Rusty DePass welcomed visiting Rotarians and recognized Rotarians with guest. Rusty adorned himself in, what he believed to be amusing, a beauty queen crown and sash for his presentation.
Bob Crutchfield gave the Health and Happiness report for the day. Ken Childs has had heart surgery and is doing well. Stave Hamm is back after suffering a stroke. Jeremy Mosley and wife have a new baby boy. Carl Robert’s son, a Clemson student, has been awarded a $10,000 prestigious scholarship.
Becky Airheart introduced the guest speakers for the program: District Governor, Bernie Reidel and former District Governor, Rick Moore. Governor Reidel expressed appreciation for the opportunity to speak to the largest club in District 7770. He explained that his presentation is called Foundation 101 because there is so much misunderstanding about the Foundation. The Charter date for the Foundation is 1916 with the mission of “To Do Good in the World.” Governor Reidel gave a slide presentation showing the history of the Foundation and the following years of the Foundation’s services. In 1957 the Rotary Foundation began a memorial to Rotary founder, Paul Harris, with the beginning of the Paul Harris Fellow.
Governor Reidel also presented the accomplishment of the Columbia Rotary Club that includes Every Member Every Year, 100% Sustaining Member, and Polio Plus. He challenged the Club “to do better” to reach the remaining District and International Goals.
Past District Governor, Rick Moore, gave additional information on other means of giving: Major Donor, Benefactor, Arch Klumph Society, and Annual Fund. Rick explained how each of these could be accomplished and encouraged Rotarians to participate in one or more.
President Hal thanked Rotarians Bernie and Rick for their presentation and encouraged Columbia Rotarians to engage in the activities of The Rotary Foundation.