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.

Monday, June 30: NO MEETING

We will not meet on Monday, June 30th due to the July 4th holiday.  Hope everyone has a safe and happy Independence Day!

On Monday, July 7th, District Governor Jimmie Williamson will address the club.

Dr. Jimmie Williamson has been a Rotarian since 1996.  Over that time, he has served as President of the Cheraw club, President-Elect of the Kingstree club, Assistant District Governor for three years and member of the nominating committee and the finance committee.

Jimmie is a Paul Harris Society member, a Benefactor and a Bequest Society member.

Jimmie earned his undergraduate and master’s degree from Winthrop University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

He authored Roadways To Success, a text book for underprepared college students, now in its 5th edition.  He is a former member of the Winthrop University Board of Trustees and of the Chesterfield County School Board.

Professionally, Jimmie spent 28 years in higher education as President of two technical colleges and then left for a six-year period in the business/healthcare world working at Agape Senior.

He is currently the System President/CEO of the SC Technical College System.


Monday, June 23rd: Transition Week

Monday, June 23rd, we’ll start our transition to new leadership.  President Hal will turn the podium over to President-Elect John Johnston for the new Rotary year.  Please make plans to attend and show your support.  Have a wonderful weekend and try to stay cool.  It’s going to be a Famously Hot weekend!