Jack Alterman—Charleston’s East Side

January 3, 2017:  What happens to the spirit, the rhythm, the history and the culture of our old established Charleston neighborhoods as they are undergoing development and change?  While we are committed to preserving the architectural uniqueness, beauty and charm that characterizes Charleston’s neighborhood structures, what’s happening everyday, on the ground, under the construction cranes?  Most important to Rotary speaker and well-known photographer Jack Alterman, what’s happening to the people who have been a part of these once vital community areas and how do we pay attention to these neighborhoods in transition? Continue reading “Jack Alterman—Charleston’s East Side”

Holiday Luncheon at Hall’s Chophouse

December 13, 2016:  Rotarian Bill Hall and his family hosted our annual Holiday Luncheon at Hall’s Chophouse on King Street.  It was a packed house!  Rotarians and their guests enjoyed a fabulous lunch while enjoying lovely holiday music. It was a festive event that got everyone in the Holiday spirit! A special thanks to Bill, his wonderful family and staff for making this such a special event for our members. Happy Holidays to all!!  Thank you to Fred Sales for the photos!


Perry Green & Buckey Dudley: First Tee Charleston

December 6, 2016 – Perry Green and Buckey Dudley of First Tee Charleston joined us at our meeting on Tuesday.

The First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after school and in school programs, First Tee  helps shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.  Continue reading “Perry Green & Buckey Dudley: First Tee Charleston”

David McNeil: Hannah Solar Government Services

November 29, 2016 – Our keynote speaker this week was Dave McNeil (“McNeil”).  McNeil is a retired Colonel with the United states Army and the owner of Hanna Solar Government Services (“HSGS”), which is a veteran owned solar installer.  HSGS helps the federal government, businesses, and home owners reduce their energy costs using solar panels.

McNeil discussed and explained the fundamentals of solar PV, the types of solar power systems, the cost of solar power, the South Carolina Act 236, and the benefits of investing in solar power.   Continue reading “David McNeil: Hannah Solar Government Services”

Steve Bedard: Gaillard Center

November 15, 2016 – Steve Bedard, Director and CFO of the Gaillard Center, spoke to our club about the Center’s recent redevelopment and the various outreach programs it offers. Mr. Bedard graduated from the Naval Academy and worked for the Department of the Navy, where he earned the 6th highest naval award, the Legion of Merit. After serving for a number of years with the City of Charleston as the CFO, he was asked to oversee the $145M renovation of the complex, originally envisioned in 1963 by then Mayor Palmer Gaillard. The original center opened in 1968 and contained 2,700 seats and a 15,000 sf exhibit hall. Continue reading “Steve Bedard: Gaillard Center”