Columbia Rotary: Chip Wile from Darlington Raceway will speak to the club on August 3, 2015.

UnknownPresident-Elect John has an exciting program lined up for us on Monday, August 3rd.  Chip Wile, President of Darlington Raceway, will address the club.  Whether you’re a NASCAR fan or you just appreciate the southern roots of stock car racing, you don’t want to miss this speaker.  Members are encouraged to bring a guest so we can fill up the room and give Mr. Wile a warm Columbia Rotary welcome!

For more information about Darlington Raceway including the history, traditions, current schedule and a great multimedia experience, please click here to visit The Lady in Black!


Columbia Rotary: Bruce Cannon from the Columbia Mental Health Center will address the club on July 27, 2015

On Monday, July 27, 2015, Bruce Cannon, Director of the Columbia Area Mental Health Center, will speak to the club.  The Columbia Area Mental Health Center provides effective mental health services to the citizens of Richland and Fairfield Counties in response to public mandates and identified needs.  Priority is given to adults with serious and persistent mental illness and to children and adolescents who are seriously emotionally disturbed and their families.  The Center will promote a quality of life through its services and educational program which enhances the recovery of the persons served.

Columbia Rotary meets at Seawell’s in Columbia every Monday at 12:30.  The cost to eat lunch is $14.  Guests are always welcomed and encouraged.

Columbia Rotary: Lonnie Carter with Santee Cooper will address the club on July 20, 2015.

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAK-AAAAJGQwOTQ2NjhmLWI0MzItNDcwYi1hMjlkLWMzMDc1YTM5MDRhMwPresident-Elect John has a great program lined up for Monday, July 20th. Lonnie Carter, CEO of Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s largest power producer and the source of electricity for people in all 46 counties, will speak about trends in the energy industry, Santee Cooper’s operations and its involvement in economic development, as well as the state’s energy future. Please remember guests are always welcomed and encouraged.

Columbia Rotary: Sharon Marra with Savannah River National Laboratory to address club on Monday, July 13, 2015


imagesWe’re back at Seawell’s on Monday, July 16th at 12:30 PM to kick off the 2015-2016 Rotary Year with President Mark.  Sharon Marra with the Savannah River National Laboratory will address the club.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about this high level research facility located here in SC with far reaching influence worldwide.  Guests are always welcomed and encouraged.  We’ll see you Monday at Rotary!

Please take a moment to learn more about our speaker:

Sharon Marra is the Acting Associate Laboratory Director of Environmental Stewardship for SRNL. In this role, she has overall leadership responsibility for the management, growth and development of the Environmental Stewardship Directorate, an $80+ million portfolio covering national and international programs. The Directorate maintains core competencies in chemical process development; radioactive waste characterization and treatment technology; materials development and analysis; modeling; remediation technologies and strategies; and, remote systems and robotics.

Ms. Marra has 25 years of experience in nuclear waste processing, as well as extensive experience
in the ceramics industry. She began her Savannah River Site career at the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF), where she was responsible for the development and management of the waste acceptance and waste qualification programs for DWPF canistered waste forms through startup of the facility. After a short break to lead the Environmental Compliance team at the SRS Tank Farms, Ms. Marra returned to DWPF as the Manager of the Process Chemistry Engineering Group.

Ms. Marra’s leadership background includes Immobilization Research Programs, Robotics and Remote Systems, and Environmental and Chemical Process Technology.

Ms. Marra is active in the American Ceramic Society serving on several committees as is a past chair of the Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division. She also serves as a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Waste Management Symposia.

Please keep Dot Ryall and her family in your thoughts and prayers

Many of you know that Ms. Dot’s son, Jon, has been fighting cancer for quite some time.  Sadly, Jon lost his battle and passed away last week.  Elliott Powell said there will be a Rotarian visitation on Sunday, July 5th from 5-7pm at Ms. Dot’s home in NE Columbia.  Please email me ( or call/text me (803-361-2212) if you need the address as I don’t want to post it online.

Jon’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, July 7th at Eastminster Presbyterian Church at 3PM.  I’ll post the link to the obituary once the family posts it online.

Please keep Ms. Dot and her entire family in your thoughts and prayers at this very sad and difficult time.

The final meeting of the 2014-2015 Rotary year is now ONLINE!

Columbia Rotary would like to thank President John Johnston for a successful and dynamic year of Rotary service and leadership.  Go Rotary!

Good luck to President Mark Sullivan as he takes the lead for the 2015-2016 Rotary year!

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