President Hal called the club to order and Jim Smithwick and Ellen Weaver led the club in singing of The Star Spangled Banner.  Anne Sinclair welcomed all visiting Rotarians and Guests.  Robert Goings gave the group a history of Christmas culture in modern times including the first Christmas tree and the significance of mistletoe.

Spring Valley Rotarian, Ken Morris, discussed his club fundraiser and encouraged the group to purchase pecans as holiday gifts.

Mark Sullivan (Photo credit: Mike Maddock)

Mark Sullivan (Photo credit: Mike Maddock)

Mike Robbins and Ken East presented awards to two Paul Harris Fellows: Suzanne Tarrant of Agape Senior and George Roper of Roper Staffing.

President-elect John Johnston announced that Mark Sullivan would be the club President for the 2015 Rotary year.

SC Chief Justice Jean Toal (Photo credit: Mike Maddock)

SC Chief Justice Jean Toal (Photo credit: Mike Maddock)

Judge Joe Anderson introduced our speaker, SC Chief Justice Jean Toal.  Chief Justice Toal gave the club an overview of the SC Judiciary including information on the transition to automated record keeping and the electronic filing system of court records.  The final meeting of 2013 for Columbia Rotary Club adjourned after a question and answer session with Chief Justice Toal.