Monday, October 24, 2016: Mahmoud Bah, VP and CFO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation

2016-017-1861-photo-sb-hs_e01a9526_bah_2Join us on Monday, October 24, 2016 when we welcome Mahmoud Bah, Vice President and CFO of the Millenium Challenge Corporation to the podium.  The Millennium Challenge Corporation is a small, U.S. Government agency that partners with the best governed poor countries around the world to reduce poverty through economic growth. The agency was created by the U.S. Congress in 2004 with strong bipartisan support, and is governed by a public-private board of directors whose chair is the Secretary of State.  MCC creates opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in projects that lead to economic growth in sectors like power, clean water and roads, and they help our partner country governments create the right climate to attract private investment. To maximize impact, MCC works closely with the private sector to leverage additional financing and they only partner with poor countries that meet rigorous standards for good governance, from fighting corruption to respecting the rule of law.

Guests are always welcomed and encouraged!

Fall Rotary Social to be held on Monday!

Monday, October 10, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Gregg Park Clubhouse (off Forest Drive behind the Fresh Market)

Robert Goings will be cooking some of his fantastic BBQ and we’ll have plenty of sides and sweet tea to go around.  Beer and wine will also be available. If you are interested in bringing a dessert, please contact Kerry Powers at  We are looking to have a variety of HOMEMADE specialty desserts baked with love by Columbia Rotarians!

We encourage you to bring your family and a guest to enjoy some Rotary fellowship (and hopefully some cooler weather).


If you have questions, please feel free to contact me or Robert Goings (

Join us on Monday, October 3rd, for Kassy Alia from Heroes In Blue

Heroes In Blue Join us on Monday, October 3rd for Kassy Alia from Heroes In Blue.  Kassy Alia is the President and Founder of Heroes In Blue. Greg Alia, her husband and her whole heart and sole, was killed in the line of duty on September 30, 2015 while responding to a call about a suspicious person.

The night after Greg died, she asked for two things. First, that people share stories about Greg so that Sal could learn about the man his father was. Second, that people share stories of cops doing good everywhere.  Because of this, she proposed to start spreading the hashtag #HeroesInBlue.

Greg and her often talked about the current negative attention given to police. He said, “Kassy, for every one bad situation, there are thousands more positive interactions occurring daily that go unnoticed.” Help us tell these stories. Help us show the world who our #HeroesInBlue are. Help us tell the stories about the communities who love them.

Her vision for Heroes In Blue has grown into an organization that is committed to appreciating the compassionate and courageous acts shown by law enforcement daily, to bridging the gap between police and community through empathy and action and to providing immediate support to families in response to tragedy. Currently, their action efforts are focused on South Carolina and it is the plan to grow. You can help do this by helping to spread the love and sharing those great stories that often go unnoticed.

Our Meeting From Monday, Sept. 26 Featuring Coach Curtis Frye is now online!

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

Join us on Monday, Sept 23rd for USC Track and Field Coach Curtis Frye

Coach Frye_OlympicsOn Monday we welcome Curtis Frye as our speaker.  Entering the 2016 track season in his 20th year as head track & field and cross country coach at South Carolina, Curtis Frye has established a program that is regarded as one of the nation’s elite. Frye has coached or overseen over 60 NCAA champions, 116 SEC champions, 14 Academic All-Americans and more than 450 NCAA All-Americans.

This past summer he was named to the Team USA men’s coaching staff for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Frye served as an assistant, overseeing the sprint and hurdle events.

Never one to sit on the sidelines, Frye established the Frye Foundation after his family was devastated by diabetes. The foundation is dedicated to assisting those dealing with diabetes and mental illness. Each year, they host a 5K run/walk as well as a golf tournament and silent auction.

The Frye Foundation


Our Meeting from Monday, September 19 is Now Available Online!

Join us on Monday, September 19 for TR Parrish, Delta Pilot

On Monday, September 19 we will have TR Parrish join us.  He is a commercial pilot with Delta and is a member of the Lexington Rotary.  His program will give us a “behind the curtain” look at the commercial airline industry.

Our Meeting from Monday, September 12 is NOW Available Online

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

REMINDER: Monday is Labor Day, No Meeting.

To serve as a reminder, we will not have a meeting on Monday, September 5, 2016.  We hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day!  We will see you on September, September 12th when we will have The Jefferson Awards.

Our meeting from Monday, August 29th is now available online.  

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