Jimmie Williamson: Rotary District 7770

October 21, 2014 – This week our club heard from Dr. Jimmie Williamson, District Governor for our Rotary District 7770.  Dr. Williamson has served Rotary in many capacities including as President of the Cheraw Rotary Club.  He is both a Paul Harris Fellow and a Benefactor.  He received his undergraduate degree from Winthrop and holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.  An author of widely used textbooks, he is active in his community having served on the Chesterfield County School Board among other institutions and currently serves as CEO of the South Carolina Technical College System. Continue reading

Mike Nicklaus: Nicklaus Children’s Heathcare Foundation

October 14, 2014 –Golfers–as well as just about anyone who’s ever heard of the game–had a fairway flashback as Rotarians welcomed Mike Nicklaus, son of iconic, internationally revered, golf champion and course designer, Jack Nicklaus.

Introduced by Ned Jervey, Mike resembles his famous father with his red-gold hair and easy smile but he didn’t come to talk to us about the wonderful, beguiling, frustrating sport that can turn preachers into sailors. Instead, Mike told us how his celebrated father’s nickname, the “Golden Bear,” has turned into an internationally known “brand” generating revenue that supports specialty hospital programs assisting sick children.  Continue reading

U.S. Congressman James Clyburn

October 7, 2014 — U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn, who represents the Sixth Congressional District in South Carolina, spoke to our Club this week.  Clyburn, as Assistant Democratic Leader in Congress, is the third ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives.    Clyburn began serving in Congress in 1993, after winning more than 50% of the popular vote despite being part of a field of 5 candidates.  Since then, he has held a number of important positions in national politics, including Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Chair of the Democratic Caucus, and House Majority Whip.  Continue reading

Patrick Bryant — One Cent Sales Tax – Yes 4 Schools

September 30, 2014 – We were pleased to have Patrick Bryant speak to us about the Charleston County one cent sales taxes extension campaign, Yes 4 Schools.   Patrick is an entrepreneur who likes starting companies from an idea and then developing that idea into a successful business. He started his first company, Bryant Design at the age of 16. He currently is a partner in: Go To Team, Cigar Row and South Easton Systems. Patrick also serves on the Charleston Chamber of Commerce Board, which is supportive of the extension of the one cent sales tax for Charleston County School. The Chamber of Commerce is heading up the Yes 4 Schools campaign. Continue reading

Robert Sprague: Savannah River National Laboratory

SEPT. 23, 2014 –  Richard M. Sprague “Rick”, the Associate Laboratory Director at the Savannah River National Laboratory, spoke to our club. Rick has held numerous leadership positions in nuclear materials management. He currently is in charge of business process modernization and contract management at the Savannah River National Laboratory, which is part of the Savannah River Site.  Continue reading