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

Chuck Driesell: Citadel Basketball

November 4, 2014 — Our Rotary Club welcomed Citadel Basketball Coach Chuck Driesell to our November 4 meeting. The son of former Maryland Coach Lefty Dreisell, Chuck attended the University of Maryland earning Academic All American honors and played on his father’s team. He went on to coach at the Naval Academy Preparatory school, and as assistant coach with his father at James Madison University. He was also assistant coach under Gary Williams at the University of Maryland and spent 6 seasons as head coach at Marymount University. In 2011 he became the 28th Head Coach of Basketball at the Citadel.  Continue reading

Mayor Keith Summey: North Charleston

October 28, 2014 –This week’s guest speaker, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, readily demonstrated the passion for his City and this region that has kept him in office for 20 years.  Stressing the connectivity of the region, Mayor Summey talked about the “daytime residents” of North Charleston that are the workers and shoppers who live elsewhere, and that the services of the City extend to them. Continue reading

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