Monday, September 29th: Rob Wilcox; Dean of the USC School of Law

wilcoxMonday, September 29th, Rob Wilcox, Dean of the USC School of Law will speak to the club.  We’re working hard to increase our membership at Columbia Rotary.  Guests are always welcomed and encouraged.  Hope everyone has a great weekend and we’ll see you Monday at Rotary!

Speaker BioRob Wilcox joined USC law faculty in 1986 after practicing with Dow, Lohnes & Albertson in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. Among his primary teaching and research interests are Professional Responsibility, Real Property, and Trusts and Estates. He has written and spoken extensively on professional ethics, and from 2003 to 2008, served as the Director of the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism, a USC School of Law -based clearinghouse of information and research pertaining to improvement of the character, competence, and conduct of legal professionals. He is the author of South Carolina Annotated Rules of Professional Conduct (with N. Crystal) and has written a number of articles pertaining to legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Dean Wilcox serves on Chief Justice’s Commission on the Profession, and on the South Carolina Commission on Judicial Conduct. He is a former chair of the University of South Carolina Faculty Senate, a frequent presenter at continuing legal education seminars around the State of South Carolina, and a member of the Order of the Coif.

He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006 to 2011 and became Dean on July 1, 2011.

Pig Pickin’ and Socializin’

imagesThe fall social for Columbia Rotary will be held NEXT TUESDAY, October 7th at the historic Seibels House.  The festivities will begin at 5:30 and Robert Goings will be cooking our pig for us.  Please make plans to attend.  This is a great way to get to know your fellow Rotarians and enjoy a little bit of Historic Columbia in the process.

Update on the Harvest Hope service project

Photo Credit: Roger Coulson

On Wednesday, September 17th,  we had over 25 Rotarians participate in our service project at Harvest Hope.  Our club packed 342 boxes to be sent to Fairfield County.  Many thanks to John Bakhaus and Laine Ligon for organizing this project.  What a wonderful way to help our community while participating in Rotary fellowship!  Go Rotary!

Monday, September 15: Jack Ellenberg; SC Ports

Join us Monday, September 15th at Rotary.  Jack Ellenberg with South Carolina Ports will give us an update on the SC Ports Authority and the operation of our state’s vital seaport assets in Charleston and Georgetown.

Click here for Mr. Ellenberg’s bio.


  • The Harvest Hope Service Project will be held on Wednesday 9/17 from 3-5.  Donate some of your time and help feed those in need within our community.  Afterwards, the group will meet up at River Rat Brewery (1231 Shop Rd.) for some locally brewed craft beer and some Rotary fellowship.  Click here for more info.
  • The October Pig Pickin’ will be held at the Seibel’s House on Tuesday, October 7th at 5:30 PM.  Robert Goings will be our chef!  Spouses, guests and better halves are most certainly welcomed.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Hope to see everyone at Rotary on Monday.





Social Media

I took over the management of the Columbia Rotary website and social media in October 2013.  At the time, our club did not have a Facebook page, a Twitter feed or an Instagram.  I am in the process of streamlining our communication so that everything I post to the website is more visible on our social media platforms.  A lot of our website traffic comes from Facebook so it’s important our messages are highly visible in the news feeds of our members, prospective members and friends.  In the meantime, thanks for your patience while I work out the bugs  in this process.


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Monday, September 8th: Satch Krantz; Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens

Join us on Monday at Rotary.  Satch Krantz, President & CEO of Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens will drop by to update the club on the multi-million dollar expansion happening at one of Columbia’s most visited and treasured attractions.  Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s houses more than 2000 magnificent creatures on a lush 170 acre site just outside of downtown Columbia.

Speaker Info:execbio_satch

Satch Krantz began his career at Riverbanks in 1973 and has served as its director since 1976, making him one of the longest serving zoo directors in the nation.

One of only three American zoo directors that have served as president of the both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums, Krantz also was the first zoo director to serve two presidential terms for the AZA since WWII.

Krantz has received numerous accolades throughout his career. Most recently, Krantz was awarded the prestigious R. Merlin Perkins Award for Professional Excellence. Established in 1978, the Marlin Perkins award is the highest honor bestowed upon a zoo professional by the AZA. Other honors include the Global Vision Award by the World Affairs Council, the International Ambassador of the Year Award by the Committee of 100, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Regional Cooperation from the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Clemson Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

Krantz has been heavily involved in the community Riverbanks serves. He is a past president of the board of Palmetto Richland Children’s Hospital and the Columbia Rotary Club. He has also served as president of the Clemson University Board of Visitors and the University of South Carolina University Associates and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the River Alliance, the Children’s Hospital and the AZA.

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Krantz is a graduate of Clemson University. He and his wife Becky are the proud parents of two grown sons.

Message from President John

This year the board set out to accomplish two goals with our club that we felt would aid our growth and prepare us for the future.

1.  Average attendance of 156 or more at meetings:  currently 143

2.  500 or more guests attend our weekly meetings or events:  currently 160 guests

Goal Number 2 has been a huge success.  The only way to promote what we do, show how we can help, and grow in numbers is to expose leaders in our community to our club.  Thank you for being an inviting club!!!