Special thanks to Elliot Powell for this write-up about Ms. Dot.

Congratulations to Dot Ryall, the 2014-2015 Rotarian of the Year.  Dot joined Columbia Rotary in 1989.  She is the President/CEO of Art Insights, LLC.  Born in Elgin, where her father was Mayor, Dot is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow/Sustaining Member.

Rotary Achievements This Year:

Dot has sponsored (at least) 4 New Members this Rotary year.  She has been a major contributor to the Leadercast Effort where she serves on the organizing committee, has played a key role in selling tickets within and outside of our club, and she is chairing the Food and Beverage Committee for the event.

Additionally, Dot has used her influence to advance Columbia Rotary in many ways… especially with USC. She is the Co-Chair of the Awards Committee (…BUT DIDN’T Know About This One!)

Life Achievements Include:

Dot has devoted her life to advancing the arts,  first as a volunteer, then as director of the Cultural Council and now as a consultant to local and world leaders.

Volunteer Activities: Dot worked with the city of Columbia on many events, with the United Way and directly with artists to promote their advancement. She is in the Capital Senior Center’s Hall of Fame for her work with seniors and was awarded the THENA Award for mentoring women… among many others…

While director of CCC: In 1990, under Dot’s Leadership, the CCC was awarded the state’s highest honor for an arts organization, The Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Award. Dot helped put Columbia in the news with efforts like the first ever tri-services concert to entertain our military troops at the Koger Center during Desert Storm. We all remember her “Palmetto Tree Project”, her “Open Doors Project”, and her $1 million Cancer Survivors Garden in Maxcy Gregg Park, as well.

Consulting Achievements:  Dot has made connections with world famous artists and local leaders to bring special works to Columbia. Her relationships with USC President Harris Pastides and others have brought much attention to the arts in Columbia, and those efforts continue…

And finally:

In 2010, Gov Mark Sanford awarded Dot with our state’s highest honor for volunteer and community service, The Order of the Silver Crescent.