Columbia Rotary: Karen Coltrane from EdVenture will speak to the club on Monday, April 20, 2015.

karenRR-2ygk0d133cur894mtyd1qiJoin us at Columbia Rotary on Monday, April 20, 2015.  Karen Coltrane, the new President and CEO of EdVenture, will speak to the club.  Guests are always welcomed and encouraged!  Hope everyone has a great weekend.





Karen Coltrane is the new president and CEO of EdVenture Children’s Museum. She has worked with non-profit organizations for the past 25 years, focused on leadership and governance, fundraising, marketing, and public relations. After starting her career as a bank officer with Signet Bank in Virginia, Karen moved to the nonprofit sector when she was hired by her alma mater, the College of William and Mary, to be the Director of Annual Giving, where she also served as a Major Gifts Officer during the university’s Campaign for the Fourth Century. Since then, she has served in external relations positions for healthcare, national trade associations and human service organizations. Most recently, she served as the president and CEO of the Children’s Museum of Richmond, the first children’s museum in the nation to open satellite locations. Her groundbreaking work there was recognized when she was named by the Richmond YWCA as the 2012 Outstanding Woman of the Year for Nonprofit Management. In addition to her professional work, she has also been an active volunteer, including service as a regional president and member of the national Board of Trustees of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America. She chaired the first Central Virginia Heart Gallery, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards throughout the Central and Southeast Virginia.

Columbia Rotary: The April 6th meeting featuring The Honorable Judge H. Bruce Williams is now ONLINE!

And let’s not forget Bob Crutchfield’s uplifting Health and Happiness segment!  If you miss a meeting, you can make it up online.  Remember to email Debbie ( so she can adjust your attendance.

Obituary and Arrangements for fellow Rotarian George Simmons

George-Simmons-1428500164President John passed along the sad news that our friend and fellow Rotarian, George Simmons, passed away on April 8, 2015. George began serving our community as a Columbia Rotarian in 1984.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Sabie and his entire family.


Services will be held at Trinity Cathedral (1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201) on Friday, April 10th at 11AM.

Obituary for Mr. George E. Simmons

George Edward Simmons, husband of Sabie Moorer Simmons, died on April 8, 2015. George, son of the late Sue Pressley and George Garland Simmons, was born on November 16, 1948 in Spartanburg, SC. George graduated from Darlington School in Rome, GA and the University of South Carolina, Class of 1971, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order.

George enjoyed hunting, fishing, and attending USC athletic events over the years. He especially enjoyed playing golf with a select group of friends for many years at Forest Lake Club in Columbia. He enjoyed socializing with many friends and had longtime memberships at The Towne Club, Columbia Rotary Club, Pine Tree Hunt Club, and The Camellia Ball.

George served in the in the U.S. Air Force and The S.C. Air National Guard. He was honorably discharged in 1976. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia and Trinity Episcopal Church of Edisto Island. George was a founding principal of Capital Advisors, Inc., a multi-state commercial mortgage banking company.

He is survived by Sabie, his loving wife of 46 years; his daughter, Murray Simmons Yanker and husband, Randy, of Bluffton, S.C.; his son, Dr. George Heath Simmons and his wife, Chilton, of Beaufort, S.C.; five wonderful grandchildren, Mary Margaret Yanker, Caroline DuPree Yanker, George “G” Waring Simmons, Grace Evelyn Simmons, and Harrison Love Simmons; sisters Jo Simmons Aiken of New Bern, NC, Jane Simmons Painter and her husband, Robert, of Gaffney, SC, Mary Ann Simmons Heath and her husband, Cantey, of Columbia, SC; and brother in law, Robert Horger Moorer and his wife, Tammy, of Bowman, SC; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, good friends; and his dogs, Scooter & Izzy.

The service for Mr. Simmons will be held 11o’clock, Friday, April 10th, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St, Columbia, with a reception following in Satterlee Hall. A private committal will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery, Edisto Island. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family.

In honor of George’s love for all animals, donations may be made in his name to Pets, Inc., 300 Orchard Dr, West Columbia, SC 29171.



Columbia Rotary: The Honorable Judge H. Bruce Williams will speak to the club on Monday, April 6, 2015.

1131photo1On Monday, April 6th, Columbia Rotary will welcome The Honorable Judge H. Bruce Williams from the SC Court of Appeals.

Judge H. Bruce Williams was born in Columbia, South Carolina on March 13, 1956. His parents are the late Edna Richardson Harris and the late H. Lanier Williams.

He attended public schools in Columbia and received a bachelor’s degree in English and Government in 1978 from Wofford College. While at Wofford, Judge Williams served as President of the Student Body and the student representative to the Board of Trustees. He was selected to the Blue Key Honor Society and the Senior Order of Gnomes. In 1982, he graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

After graduation from law school, Judge Williams was in private practice until 1995. During that time, he served as a part-time Associate Town Judge in Irmo, South Carolina for four years (1991-1995). In addition, he served two terms on the Board of the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association for the Family Law Section.

Judge Williams was elected to the Fifth Judicial District Family Court in 1995. During his tenure as a family court judge, Judge Williams served as president of the South Carolina Conference of Family Court Judges as well as secretary-treasurer. He has presided over the Richland County Juvenile Drug Court since its inception in January 1997. In 1998 at the Governor’s Conference on Youth Crime, he was awarded the Program Achievement Award for Juvenile Drug Court.

Judge Williams also served as President of the Columbia Kiwanis Club. While a member of the Kiwanis Club, he volunteered as the advisor for the Columbia High School Key Club (1983 -1995). In November 2011, the Columbia Urban League presented Judge Williams with the distinguished Ethel M. Bolden Community Service Award.

He received the Richland County Bar Association Matthew J. Perry Civility Award in November 2012. Since 2012, Judge Williams has been an adjunct professor at the USC School of Law. In addition, he has served as faculty for numerous judicial and bar sponsored continuing legal education seminars and programs

Judge Williams was elected to the South Carolina Court of Appeals in May 2004. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar and is admitted to practice in all South Carolina courts as well as the U.S. District Court for South Carolina. He and his wife reside in Columbia and have two daughters. He enjoys golfing, cooking, and experiencing great barbeque from around the country.

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