Jack Bass: The Orangeburg Massacre

February 2, 2016 – In a week when Charleston learned that the Emmanuel AME Church had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, it was certainly timely that we would be visited by Jack Bass to learn of another mass killing with racial roots – the Orangeburg Massacre.  Dr. Bass is a graduate of the University of South Carolina who studied at Harvard and received his doctorate in American Studies from Emory University.  He is currently a professor emeritus at the College of Charleston has the unique distinction of likely being the only man in Charleston who has flown off the U.S.S. Yorktown.  Dr. Bass has had an illustrious career as a journalist and came to us this week as a first-hand witness to the events in Orangeburg which occurred forty-eight years ago.  Dr. Bass relayed to us the events leading up to that fateful day of February 8, 1968, a day which led to what Dr. Bass considers the most unknown tragedy of the civil rights era.  Read more

Dr. William Trumbull: US/Cuba Relationship

January 26, 2016:  Our speaker was Dr. William Trumbull, Professor in the School of Business at The Citadel. Dr. Trumbull is an expert on Cuba, having taken numerous trips there since 1998, many of which included students who were taking a course about Cuba.  He showed us pictures of the picturesque central historic area of Havana, but noted that within a few blocks the structures are in a state of disrepair and neglect.  In fact on any given day three 19th century crumbling buildings collapse from lack of repair. Read more

Dr. Ben Carson: Republican Candidate for President

January 19, 2016:  The City of Charleston was the site of national politics last week hosting debates by both major political parties, sponsoring fund-raisers large and small, and providing venues for “meet and greet” opportunities with candidates vying for a Presidential nomination.  Our Rotary Club had its own political event when Dr. Ben Carson, one of the Republican candidates for the nomination, spoke at our lunch meeting,

Rotarian Charlie Palmer introduced Dr. Carson and briefly reviewed his extensive, remarkable resume.  Highlights of an internationally acclaimed life and career include winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008 (the highest civilian award given in the US), being recognized by the Library of Congress in 2001 as one of 89 “Living Legends,” and being awarded 67 honorary doctoral degrees.  As the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins, Dr. Carson is one of the most well-known physicians in the country and around the world. He has written 6 books, one of which, Gifted Hands became a best-selling book and was made into a movie.  Read more

Earl Grant: College of Charleston Basketball

January 12, 2016:  College of Charleston head coach of men’s basketball, Earl Grant, spoke to our club this past Tuesday. Grant is the 23rd head coach at the College of Charleston (CofC).  He is a product of Stall High and graduated from Georgia College in  2000 with a psychology degree.  Prior to being named head coach at CofC, he worked as a coach at Winthrop, Wichita State, and Clemson and spent six years as an assistant coach under former College of Charleston assistant coach Gregg Marshall.  His first coaching position was at the Citadel. Read more

Sheriff J. Alton Cannon: The Fight Against Terrorism

January 5, 2016 – To begin the new year our club received a very timely message from Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon on the fight against terrorism.  First elected in 1988 Sheriff Cannon heads a department which employs 900 people and has an annual budget of over $60 million.  A retired colonel in the United States Air Force, he and his wife have two children and five grandchildren. Read more