Columbia Rotary: The May 18th meeting featuring Rotary Accomplishments is now ONLINE!

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Rotarian of The Year:  Dot Ryall

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

Columbia Rotary: The May 11th meeting featuring Senator Joel Lourie is now ONLINE!

If you missed the meeting on Monday, you can always make it up online.  Remember to email Debbie ( so she can adjust your attendance.

Special thanks to Jim Covington for recording Senator Lourie’s remarks.

Columbia Rotary: Senator Joel Lourie will address the club on Monday, May 11, 2015.

1124999865Please join us at Columbia Rotary on Monday, May 11, 2015.  Senator Joel Lourie will speak to the club.  As always, guests are welcomed and encouraged.

Senator Lourie was born and raised in Columbia and is the son of Susan and the late Senator Isadore Lourie.  He and his wife Becky have two children and a feisty miniature schnauzer.  His son and daughter attend the same public schools Joel attended over 30 years ago. Joel is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

The Louries have deep roots in South Carolina as Joel’s grandfather opened the first Lourie’s Department Store in 1912.  Joel and his family have been actively involved in the civic and business community in the Midlands for decades.   Joel was elected to the House of Representatives in 1998 and the State Senate in 2004.  He is following the footsteps of his father who served in the South Carolina Legislature for 28 years.

Joel Lourie carefully balances his time between his family, business and public service. In addition to working in the Senate, he is involved with many local boards and commissions. Throughout his career at the State House, he has been recognized by numerous organizations for his work in education, public safety and healthcare.

Columbia Rotary: Lewis Gossett from the SC Manufacturers Alliance will address the club on Monday, May 4, 2015.

image122Lewis Gossett is President & CEO of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, the state’s only statewide organization dedicated to the interests of manufacturers. He served as Director of the SC Department of Labor during the Beasley Administration from 1995-1999, and was a shareholder at the Ogletree, Deakins law firm prior to becoming the SCMA President & CEO in 2003.

Lewis was awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship in 1985. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Furman University in 1987 and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1990.

Join us at Columbia Rotary on Monday, May 4 at Seawell’s in Columbia.  Our meetings begin promptly at 12:30PM and guests are always welcomed and encouraged.

Monday, April 27th: Dr. Joey Von Nessen, USC Moore School of Business

joey_office_photoPlease join us at Columbia Rotary on Monday, April 27, 2015.  Dr. Joey Von Nessen will update the club on the state of the South Carolina economy.  Guests are always welcomed and encouraged.

Dr. Von Nessen is a Research Economist in the Division of Research at the Moore School of Business where he conducts economic impact analyses, forecasts, survey research, and other applied work involving regional economic modeling. Dr. Von Nessen also specializes in housing economics and residential real estate and provides economic and marketing research to clients in both the private and public sector.