Monday, March 2nd: Eric Emerson and the Burning of Columbia


Please make plans to attend Columbia Rotary on Monday, March 2, 2015.

Eric Emerson, Director of the SC Department of Archives and History willDr. Emerson 002 give a presentation on the 150th Anniversary of the Burning of Columbia.

Here are a few links to recent press about events commemorating this historic event:

The State-5 Myths about the Burning of Columbia by Jeff Wilkinson

Free Times-A City On Fire by Chris Trainor



Monday, February 23rd: The Bulgarian Ambassador, Elena Poptodorova, will address Columbia Rotary

image002Congressman Joe Wilson has an interesting program lined up for Columbia Rotary on Monday, February 23, 2015.  Elena Poptodorova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United States of America, will speak to the club. 

President John has set a goal of 500 guests during his Rotary year and as of February 9th, we are at 458 guests!!  This program would be a great way to show guests and potential Rotarians that we have a variety of interesting speakers each week and it’s a great way to spend a lunch hour on a Monday!

Also, Ellen Weaver will be leading us in an announcement on Leadercast 2015 on Monday.  We have picked up some momentum with ticket sales over the past two weeks.  Ellen will fill us in on 1.) Reason for Leadercast, 2.) Logistics and 3.) How to buy tickets to the event.

We are asking each Rotarian to support the event by purchasing 3 or more tickets for your business, organization, potential Rotarians, customers, or up and coming leaders in the community!!  This event will sell out and the sooner the better because it will allow the committee to focus on the experience of the event in the final months.

How you can help:

1. purchase your tickets today at

2. purchase your tickets on Monday; bring a check (made out to Columbia Rotary Education Foundation ) or credit card;  we will have a table of volunteers set up to assist with purchases!

Hope everyone has a safe (and warm) weekend!  Go Rotary!

Columbia Rotary: The February 9th meeting with Dr. Pastides and Marcus Lattimore is now ONLINE!

If you missed the February 9, 2015 meeting of Columbia Rotary, you can make it up online.  Just send Debbie a note and let her know you have watched it so she can adjust your attendance record.  (Debbie’s email:

I apologize for the loss of the last 2 minutes of the meeting on the video.  The battery was not fully charged and it died before Mr. Lattimore could finish his remarks.