Leadership Transition

June 30, 2015: The Club’s annual “passing of the gavel” took place this week with President Digit Matheny recapping the year’s initiatives and Assistant District Governor Andy Brack swearing in Paul Stoney as President as well as the 2015/16 Board members.

With both passion and humor, Digit recounted his lessons learned, from the challenge of delivering a successful Health & Happiness punch line to the value of different points of view. Calling it his best Rotary Year ever, he noted numerous Club programs and activities: 350 coats, hats, gloves to elementary students – gifts, food, holiday music for 75 senior citizens – 10,000 school supplies to 800 students – 40 bikes and helmets to kids – Y-Achievers partnership – Tennis lessons for kids – Youth Exchange – Scholarships – Teacher and Students of the Year – new International partnerships –donations in response to local and worldwide tragedies – $10,000 distributed through grants – $55,000 Water Missions International global project – District awards for social media and literacy work – launch of inaugural Boat Parade Viewing Party to support these efforts. Read more

David Ginn: Charleston Regional Development Alliance

June 23, 2015: David Ginn, President and CEO of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA) spoke to our club on June 23. David is a native of Atlanta and has a degree in economics and international business from the University of Mississippi. He also studied at the London School of Economics. David serves on the Trident Technical College Foundation Board, is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife and 2 children. He is also a member of the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston.  Read more

Dr. Mary Thornley: Trident Technical College

June 16, 2015: Dr. Mary Thornley, President of Trident Technical College spoke to our club on June 16. Dr. Thornley has been at Trident Tech for 42 years and has been president for 25 years. TTC turned 50 last year and has been one of the fastest growing colleges in the last 7-8 years.  As college enrollment started to drop in 2009, Trident Tech’s enrollment increased dramatically and dipped for the first time last fall. Current enrollment is over 16,000. Read more

Andy Abrams: Charleston School of Law

June 9, 2015: Andy Abrams, Dean of the Charleston School of Law, spoke to our club on June 9.  Abrams was named Dean in 2008. Prior to joining the faculty at the Charleston School of Law, he held various positions at the College of Charleston, including Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Administration, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Associate Provost ,Senior Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning, Chair of the Department of Accounting and Legal Studies and Acting Dean of Graduate Studies, and Executive Athletic Director. He received his undergraduate B.A. degree from Furman University and has a J.D.  from the University of South Carolina.  Read more

Mayor Joe Riley: City of Charleston

June 2, 2015: Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., joined us with an update on City of Charleston initiatives. Elected in 1975, Mayor Riley is serving his tenth term and is nationally recognized as a leader in urban design and livability issues. Recipient of many honors and accolades over the years, he was recently presented with the National Medal for Design Leadership by the American Architecture Foundation. Read more