Spring Social: An Evening with the Charleston Riverdogs

April 14, 2015:  Our Spring Social was a family event held at the Riverdogs game.  In spite of the all day threat of rain, dedicated Rotarian baseball fans came out and enjoyed what ended up being a perfect evening and even better game.  After a slow start, the Riverdogs made a comeback and sealed the win with a walk off single in the bottom of the ninth to win 5-4 over Augusta. Rotarians and their families enjoyed a pre-game cookout under the tent at Murray’s Mezzanine. There was plenty of hotdogs and hamburgers for everyone!  A good time was had by all!

Carroll Schweers, Executive Secretary

Steve Abrams: Heart In Haiti

April 7, 2015:  Steve Abrams , our speaker, is an attorney who specializes in computer forensics, but his topic for today is a Rotary International topic entitled Heart in Haiti. An immediate question asks: “Why Haiti?” The first answer is Haiti’s relevance to the US:  It is just 1 ½ hours away by plane, and millions of Haitians have immigrated to America.  The second answer is that Haiti is a country in economic, health and literacy crisis. Although it shares an Island with the Dominican Republic the differences between the countries are as profound as night and day.  Haiti has been deforested since 1925. All the trees have been cut down to create charcoal for fuel with which to cook.  On top of that Haiti experienced an earthquake in 2010 in which hundreds of thousands were killed and hundreds of thousands more were made homeless. It has been estimated that it will take 50 years to rebuild the earthquake damage, but it must also be recognized that the quality of construction of the buildings was very poor. Read more

Dr. David Cole: MUSC

March 31, 2015:  Dr. David Cole has been associated with MUSC since 1994 and has been the chief surgeon. He is listed nationally as one of the top U.S. surgeons and is President of the Southern Region of Surgeons, the nation’s largest such group. When approached to become president of MUSC he had to step back and ask of himself, “why me”?  In reflection he noted that he had been with the university for 20 years and achieved a level of trust of his colleagues and associates.  He further recognized that medicine is about people and as president he could have the biggest impact on change.  While the ACA has caused turmoil, it has been a catalyst for needed change. His job role would be much safer as a surgeon but strong leadership is more needed in times of tough challenges, thus he accepted the trust offered to him by the Board. Read more

Bob Moran: Family Circle Cup

March 24, 2015 – This week Bob Moran delivered an address which truly shows that spring has begun.  Moran is the general manager of the Family Circle Cup, which will take place this year from April 4 through April 12.  The Family Circle Cup was started in 1973 and Moran began working with the event in 2000 when the event moved to Charleston from Hilton Head.  The event has grown substantially since it began, encompassing as it does now many activities which surround the Women’s Tennis Association tournament.  With so many functions daily this annual event promotes tennis in a very family-friendly environment.  Read more

Rick Reames: South Carolina Department of Revenue

March 17, 2015:  Appointed by Governor Haley in July of 2014 as Director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR), Rick Reames quickly transitioned from private sector tax attorney to public sector tax policy executor.  His focus is to ensure the state taxation and collection system is fair to all, and that no one carries the burden for others. This generally translates into ensuring “voluntary compliance” with the state’s existing tax and regulatory environment.  Read more