August 18, 2015 – Our keynote speaker this week was Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen. As most of you know, Chief Mullen was appointed Chief of Police of the Charleston Police Department on October 2, 2006. Upon retiring from the Air Force veteran after 22 years of service, he began his law enforcement career as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Three years later he joined the Virginia Beach Police Department, rising through the ranks to Deputy Chief of Police. Read more
August 11, 2015 – Our speaker this week was Jerome Pearson and his topic was one which was truly “out of this world” and “way above our heads!” Pearson has degrees in both geological engineering and aerospace engineering and is the President of STAR, Inc., headquartered in Mount Pleasant. He came to Charleston in 1998, but before that had an illustrious career with NASA where he received the Apollo Achievement Award in 1969 – a year of great accomplishment for that program, since it saw the first time humans set foot on the Moon. Pearson has published over 100 technical articles over the years and is the inventor of much space travel technology including a space elevator system famously used in a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. He came to us to speak about his company’s current project: EDDE. Read more
August 4, 2015: Our speaker was James Scott, author and former investigative journalist for the Post and Courier. He is a graduate of Wofford College and Harvard University. He has written three books on naval history, The Attack on Liberty, The War Below and his just released book, Target Tokyo.
Scott have us a detailed overview of the book: The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 and sank half of the U.S. fleet. Within weeks military leaders began to plan a daring raid on Tokyo to boost morale and deflate Japan’s perceived invincibility. On April 18, 1942 a small force of land based B-25 bombers were launched from the carrier Hornet, led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, former boxer and stunt plan aviator. Read more
July 28, 2015: The Historic Rotary Club of Charleston met on Tuesday, July 28–a beautiful, sunny day—for camaraderie, lunch and an entertaining and informative presentation by our local meteorologist, Bill Walsh.
Bill, certainly one of the most well-known of local television personalities, was introduced by Rob Turkewitz and immediately captured his listeners.
No one could miss Bill’s skill and comfort with an audience, whether through a camera on Channel 5 or on a stage. His quick wit and easy humor made his presentation on Hurricane Preparedness as much fun to watch as his TV forecasts. Read more
July 22, 2015: Jingles in July Harbor Cruise was held in lieu of our regular meeting this week. Rotarians and their guests enjoyed wonderful food and fellowship while cruising around the Charleston Harbor aboard the Spirit of the Lowcountry. Guests were also treated to music by the duo of our own Steve Coe and friend, Cary Shealy. It was a wonderful way to kick off our new Rotary year and the Parade of Boats campaign. A fabulous time was had by all!
– Carroll Schweers, Executive Secretary