June 13, 2017 – Our message this week came from Amy Barch, the executive director of Turning Leaf, a program with a mission to reduce crime and its costs by reducing recidivism. Turning Leaf is small – there are only three employees – but its work has the potential to validate programs which could save our community, our state and our nation thousands of dollars. Barch noted that in the 1980s there were around 500,000 prisoners incarcerated in our nations prisons and jails. Today that number is 2.3 million. It costs around $30,000.00 a year to incarcerate a prisoner in a federal penitentiary. Each year 600 inmates are released and return to the Charleston community. Currently 75% of those inmates who are released from prisons and jails nationally return to those institutions within five years of release. Continue reading “Amy Barch: Turning Leaf”
June 6, 2017: John Tippett is currently the Interim Fire Chief and previously served as the Deputy Chief of Operations. Chief Tippett came to Charleston shortly after the Sofa Super Store fire from Washington D.C. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science and Master’s in Fire Service Operations. Continue reading “Chief John Tippett: Charleston Fire Department”
May 30, 2017 Rotarians were treated to a fascinating tour of the Nucor Steel Facility in Berkeley County on Tuesday. The largest of 25 Nucor Steel Mills, the Berkeley Facility is what is considered a “mini mill” or one that is locally based in its material sourcing, labor supply and production. Although “mini” in the world of steel, Nucor Steel Berkeley sits on 8000 acres, 5000 of which is a protected wildlife preserve, and has 2.5 million square feet under roof. This facility produces steel bars such as Wide flange beams and I beams as well as coiled sheet steel. The overall process from raw material to finished product includes melting, casting and finally rolling. Continue reading “Nucor Steel: Visit/Tour”
May 23, 2017 – This week our club heard from Tim Young about Doors to Freedom. Doors to Freedom is a local nonprofit with a mission of supporting victims of sex trafficking. Young became involved with this local organization after his wife began volunteering there and he learned of the great need to assist these most vulnerable members of our community in a world most of us are not even aware exists to the great extent that it does. For many of us it is natural to think that slavery as a problem ended when the American Civil War ended. Yet Young noted that 27 million people are enslaved today. Continue reading “Tim Young: Doors to Freedom”
May 16, 2017: Our club was pleased to recognize our Four Rotary Service Above Self Scholars and the CCSD Teacher of Year and Honor Roll teachers at this week’s meeting.
Our Rotary Service Above Self Scholars were Abby Butts, First Baptist; Brianna Stanley, Burke; Douglas “DJ” Jimenez, Porter Gaud and Grace Griffith, Ashley Hall.
CCSD Teacher of the Year was Mia Pace, Mitchell Elementary. Runner-Up was Elizabeth O’Brien, Laurel Hill Primary. Honor Roll Teachers were Barbara Allen, Mt Pleasant Academy; Eric Stallings Baptist Hill Middle High School; and Glenn Tollevsen, Stono Park Elementary. We were also pleased to have Terri Nichols from the CCSD District Office and Brad Davis from Rick Hendrick Automotive in attendance to help present the awards. Congratulations to these outstanding students and teachers on their accomplishments!