Columbia Rotary: Congressman Mick Mulvaney will address the club on November 16, 2015

220px-Mick_Mulvaney,_Official_Portrait,_113th_CongressOur Speaker for the November 16 meeting is Congressman Mick Mulvaney.

Mick Mulvaney was elected in November, 2010 in South Carolina’s 5th District, which includes the cities of Rock Hill, Sumter, Lancaster, Gaffney and Newberry.

A lifelong Carolinas resident, Mick attended Georgetown University where he graduated with honors in International Economics, Commerce, and Finance.  After college, Mick attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his formal education at Harvard Business School’s OPM program in 2006.

Mick is a serial entrepreneur, having started four businesses.  He has private sector experience across many fields, including law, real estate, homebuilding, and restaurants.   He has also been a columnist for his local paper and an occasional college lecturer.

He currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee as well as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He previously served on the Committee on Small Business and the Budget Committee.  For more information on Mick’s committee assignments, follow the “About Mick” tab and click on “Committees.”

He has been active locally, as a founding member of the Indian Land Rotary, a youth baseball coach, and a member of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church and founding member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Mission.

What little free time he has is spent gardening, golfing, and writing.  Mick and Pam were married in 1998, and are the proud parents of triplets.

Please bring a guest and enjoy this special program.


Columbia Rotary: Suitcases for Foster Children

imagesA message from President-Elect John Bakhaus:

The reception by our members for this Christmas Project has been outstanding! It has created a real buzz in the Club.


Here’s what we are asking you to do:

  • Bring in a nice used suitcase (or two) to our meeting on December 7th.
  • Put a gift (maybe an article of clothing and/or a toy) in the suitcase.  Toys and anything else should be appropriate for a male or female child from age 1- 18yrs.
  • Put a tag on the suitcase indicating the age and gender of the child for your gift.
  • The suitcases and gifts will be delivered to Katrina’s kids, a charity founded by Senator Katrina Shealy.  These folks will match the suitcase, and gift to an appropriate child.

Your gifts will provide more joy than you can imagine!

Our fellow Club Member, Gary Snyder, has made a very kind offer.  Gary is founder of Coats for Kindness, a charity, which gives coats to needy children.  Coats for Kindness will give up to 100 new coats for the children who will be receiving our suitcases/gifts.  Any member, who would like to make a donation to Coats for Kindness ( a 501-C3) to support Gary’s kind offer, may do so at the December 7th meeting.


Columbia Rotary: District Governor Rod Funderburk will speak to the club on November 9, 2015.

Rod-F-PictureRod Funderburk, Governor for Rotary District 7770, will address the club on Monday, November 9, 2015.

Rod Funderburk is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo, which was begun in 1989.  He served as president in 1991-92.  He was honored as Club Rotarian of the Year both in 2007 and in 2010.  He has served on the District Website Committee, on the District Training Committee and as an Assistant Governor. Rod is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society member, a Foundation Sustaining member, a Benefactor and a Bequest Society member.  He is a Ten Star Rotarian and an RLI graduate.

After graduating from the University of South Carolina and serving in the U.S Navy, Rod had a 33-year career with Allied Chemical, Allied-Signal and Honeywell International retiring in 2005 as Global Energy Manager.  He now serves as an independent energy consultant assisting companies with third-party procurement arrangements for various types of energy.

Rod is active in his church having served several terms as a Deacon and teaching an adult class for 20 years.  He is also involved in a number of community activities.

Rod and his wife, Rowena, have been married for 39 years and live near Irmo.  They have two children and five grandchildren.  He enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.