Scott Watson — Holidays in Charleston

December 9, 2014:  Our speaker Scott Watson became the director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in January 2013. Scott moved here from New York with his wife and their eighteen month old daughter. The Office of Cultural Affairs have been very busy as we approach the holiday season. As Scott says it is a sprint to the finish as 2014 comes to an end. Two events have already taken place kicking off the holiday celebration. Last Saturday in Marion Square the city held the annual tree lighting ceremony, which went off without a hitch, despite Captain Hook kidnapping Mayor Riley and the Wicked Witch of the West making a visit.  This past Sunday the Annual Charleston Holiday Parade took place. The city has worked really hard to make this parade a family event and included things like Santa riding in the bucket of a fire truck. Continue reading

John Osborne: The Harbor

John Osborne, one of the founders of The Harbor, revisited our Club this week to give an update about the organization that he help create.   Started during September 2013, The Harbor is an organization designed to create “collision among entrepreneurs.”   In other words, the Harbor brings together creative, entrepreneurial individuals for collective brain-storming and business development. Continue reading

US District Judge Richard Gergel

November 25, 2014 – Our speaker was US District Judge Richard Gergel.  He serves on the District Court for the District of SC.  Judge Gergel was born in Columbia SC and earned an undergraduate degree from Duke in 1975 and then graduated from Duke School of Law in 1979.  He was president and partner of his own law firm in Columbia from 1983 until his nomination to the district court in 2009 by President Obama.  Judge Gergel successfully represented public school teacher Maggi Hall in a First Amendment Rights case in 1994.  The case went to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal in Richmond VA and was considered one of the most important First Amendment cases to come down from the 4th Circuit in over a decade.  The case upheld the lower court’s decision that the school district acted illegally in firing Hall for exercising free speech in criticizing her superintendent and school board for reckless spending. Continue reading

Tommy McQueeney – Medal of Honor Bowl

November 18, 2014 – The speaker for our meeting this week was Tommy McQueeney who is the Bowl Chairman for the Medal of Honor Bowl.  Mr. McQueeney is a Charleston native a graduate of the Citadel in the class of 1974.  Familiar to us all from his years of community service and his leadership in the insurance industry locally, he spoke to us this day about the Medal of Honor Bowl. Continue reading

Marine Lt. Col. Daniel Bradley: Honoring Veterans

November 11, 2014 — Our speaker today was retired Marine Lt.Col.Daniel Bradley.  Reflecting on Veteran’s Day he quoted from President Woodrow Wilson, who established Armistice Day in 1919:  “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of all the nations”. Continue reading