A message from President John:

In order for us to reach our year long goals it makes sense for us as a club to set short term goals as part of the big picture.  This year we have set out to accomplish two primary goals:

1. 500 or more guests

2. Average attendance of 156 or more at weekly meetings.

President-elect Mark Sullivan has scheduled some fantastic program in August that will provide a great start to these two goals.  The board has set a short term goal for our August 11th meeting which will feature Todd Ellis as our presenter.  As a club we would like to have 200 or more in attendance at this meeting!  This would surpass our highest attendance count over the last 18 months.

Todd Ellis is the voice of the Carolina Gamecocks and will be giving a preseason report just weeks before the season starts.  This is a great opportunity to invite guests to enjoy a fun and entertaining program. 

As members interested in the growth and future of our club let’s be intentional about reaching out to 1-2 potential guest for this program.  Come, Invite, and Enjoy!

Rusty DePass welcomes son-in-law to Columbia Rotary

L-R: Rusty DePass, Joseph "Joey" Byron, III, Joseph "Butch" Byron, Jr. and Brunson DePass
L-R: Rusty DePass, Joseph “Joey” Byron, III, Joseph “Butch” Byron, Jr. and Brunson DePass. Photo Credit: Hal Stevenson

On Monday, July 14th, Rusty Depass welcomed his son-in-law, Joseph “Joey” Byron, III, as the newest member of Columbia Rotary.  Joey was also presented with his first Paul Harris pin thanks to a donation by his father, Joseph “Butch” Byron, Jr.

Please take a moment to welcome Joey to the club next time you see him!

Monday, July 14th: Dr. Peter Brews-Darla Moore School of Business

On Monday, July 14th, Dr. Peter Brews, dean of the Darla Moore School of Business at USC will speak to the club.  Dr. Brews  brings more than 25 years of international business education experience to the University of South Carolina and a keen interest in ensuring the relevancy of business education in the 21st century.

The 57-year-old South Africa native most recently was on the faculty at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He started his career in banking and finance and later earned two doctorates in business administration from the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Pittsburgh.

He has written extensively about strategic management for Internet-generation companies and has developed a deep understanding of the struggle for productivity worldwide.

Brews is an avid exerciser who counts soccer and cricket among his former athletic past times; he also is a self-taught guitarist.

On the job since mid-January, Brews plans to invest the coming semester in assessing the Moore School’s strengths and opportunities for advancement before announcing new initiatives.

Please make plans to attend Rotary on Monday.  We encourage you to bring a guest or two so they can see what Columbia Rotary is all about.  Hope everyone enjoys the weekend!

2013-2014 Columbia Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year

2013-2014 President Hal Stevenson with Kerry Powers
2013-2014 President Hal Stevenson with Kerry Powers

On June 23, 2014, Hal Stevenson recognized Kerry Powers as the Columbia Rotary Club’s 2013-2014 Rotarian of the Year.  Kerry took on the management and redesign of the club’s website and social media platforms in October 2013 and has worked with the board to keep Columbia Rotarians and the public better informed of events and happenings within the club.