September 20, 2016: Madeleine McGee didn’t need an introduction to many Rotarians at our Harbor Club meeting on September 20. A former Historic Charleston Rotarian herself and well-know for her work in community activities, Madeleine now heads up one the of state’s most valuable non-profits—the South Carolina Association of Non-Profit Organizations (SCANPO)—that is in the business of helping the state’s many non-profit organizations operate as effectively as possible.
With hundreds of active non-profits in our area, Madeleine pointed out that Charleston’s Rotarians are some of our state’s most active non-profit volunteers, giving of their time and resources to help our fellow citizens and to improve the quality of life in our beautiful area. Serving on a non-profit board, however, can bring with it challenges as well as rewards since a poorly run non-profit can lead to board frustration, alienation and an inability for the organization to fulfill its stated mission. Read more
September 13, 2016: A Happy Hour Social was held at the Harbour Club in lieu of our regular lunch meeting this week. Rotarians and their guests enjoyed wonderful appetizers and fellowship while enjoying the lovely rooftop of the Harbour Club. A fabulous time was had by all!
September 6, 2016 – Our own Chaplain Rob Dewey set the stage for a special remembrance of the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center. He noted that the date is being recognized each 5th year and this is significant as it has been 15 years. All our lives have changed since this date.
Chaplain [LtCol] Walt Bean, USAF, our speaker, has been an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene since 1985. He coordinates crisis activities at Charleston Air Force Base and other locations caring for a total of 33,000 people. He has recently proposed the signing of a joint crisis ministry system between the Air Force Base and all Charleston Area responders. Read more
August 30, 2016: Our keynote speaker this week was Pamela Lackey, President of AT&T South Carolina (“AT&T”). As we all know, AT&T is one of the nation’s largest wireless carriers, but Pamela share with us how AT&T is building the network of tomorrow. Essentially, the goal of AT&T is to allow us to watch various content we want, when we want. AT&T recently acquired DirecTV and is the largest paid television provider in the world.
In addition, AT&T has invested more than $810 million invested in its best-in-class wired and wireless networks in South Carolina from 2013-2015. Of which approximately $100 million was invested in the Charleston area. AT&T has made 1,059 upgrades in 2013-2015 including new cell sites, addition of wireless and wired network capacity and new broadband network connections in South Carolina. As of April 29, 2016, 99.7 percent of the population in South Carolina was covered by the AT&T Mobile Broadband network and the AT&T Wireless network. There are approximately 781 Wi-Fi hotspots in South Carolina as of January 13, 2016. Meaning, AT&T customers can stay connected wherever they might be. Read more
August 23, 2016 – Continuing the strong run of timely speakers, our program committee gave us a chance to hear from Julia Martinelli, the Executive Director of AccessAbility. Martinelli has been personally involved with the issues faced by South Carolinians with special needs for almost 30 years – ever since her son Richard at the age of two in 1989, just weeks after Hurricane Hugo was in an accident in which he suffered a brain injury leaving him severely disabled. AccessAbility has been in operation since 2001, but Martinelli began her service as executive director only recently. The mission of her agency is to provide advocacy, education and support to enhance access to South Carolinians with special needs in the five counties her agency serves. As she pointed out many of us at some point in our lives will be touched by disability either becoming disabled ourselves, caring for a parent who is disabled, or, like her, caring for a child who is disabled. Read more