Billie Attaway: Hypergrowth Strategies

November 17, 2015.  Our speaker was Bill Attaway, CEO of Hypergrowth Strategies, an organization focused on training people to get the most out of their business activities.  A graduate of the University of Florida, Bill started his career as an entrepreneur.  He prefaced his remarks by explaining that he would be telling stories of his experiences in the world of business and then tell how he reacted when faced with an extremely dangerous form of cancer. Read more

Jermaine Husser: Palmetto Warrior Connection / Recognizing our Veterans

November 10, 2015 – Our keynote speaker this week was Jermaine Husser, Executive Director of Palmetto Warrior Connection.  As most of you know, Jermaine is a past-president of this Club and he is also a veteran.

Palmetto Warrior Connection’s mission is to empower the veteran and their family by utilizing collaboration, advocacy and education to promote relentless quality care.  The values of Palmetto Warrior Connection include fierce commitment to care for the veteran and their family, respect, integrity, diversity, inclusion, outreach, engagement, and an adaptable and resilient organization.  The vision of Palmetto Warrior Connection is to cultivate a community of self-sustaining warriors.  Essentially, Palmetto Warrior Connection is the first stop for veterans determining the correct path to ensure the veterans receive the services and opportunities that will help them achieve their goals, including housing, education, employment, benefits, and mental health. Read more

Dr. David DeCenzo: Coastal Carolina University

November 3, 2015 – It was truly a pleasure for our club to host as our speaker this week a fellow Rotarian.  David A. DeCenzo is a two-time Paul Harris Fellow and is the President of Coastal Carolina University.  DeCenzo, who is only the second president of CCU, started his tenure as President in 2002 and during that time has spearheaded growth in undergraduate programs at the University from 39 to 67.  He is the author of over 30 textbooks which are used throughout the world.  Read more

Jim Rex: The American Party

October 27, 2015:  Our speaker was Dr. Jim Rex, founder and co-chairman of the American Party.  Dr. Rex is a former teacher, coach, college dean and vice president of several South Carolina universities.  He was also the South Carolina Superintendent of Education from 2007 to 2011. He has been awarded the Order of Palmetto, South Carolina’s premier award for outstanding service to the state.  Read more

Charleston Mayoral Candidates Forum

October 20, 2015:  Six candidates, 24 questions, no redundancy, no rebuttal and two 3 question speed rounds made the Mayoral forum at the October 20 meeting of the Historical Charleston Rotary Club one of the most interesting—and by many listeners’ opinions—the most informative, of the many city-wide forums to date.

Rotarians submitted more than 50 questions from which organizers Past President Andy Brack and Past President Mark Smith chose 24 to present to the six candidates. Each candidate had 3 substantive questions with 90 seconds to respond and two “speed round,” questions requiring little more than one word. Past President Mark moderated.  Read more