Executive Director of the Midlands Housing Trust Fund, Brian Huskey, Will Talk to the Club on Friday

Our guest speaker today is Brian Huskey. Mr. Huskey is the Executive Director of the Midlands Housing Trust Fund and has more than twenty years of experience working in development of affordable workforce housing and creation of special needs housing for people suffering from homelessness, disabilities, and for working poor citizens.

Mr. Huskey’s experience includes service at the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, Nashville’s public housing authority, where he served as Assistant to the Homeless Services Director, overseeing the annual writing and administration of a $3.2 million of United States Department of Housing & Urban Development Continuum of Care grant allocated to Nashville. While at the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency he also drove Nashville’s initial research and development of its 10 Year Strategic Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. This plan laid the groundwork for one of the nation’s most successful public/private partnership efforts to place homeless people in permanent housing, moving more than 500 people off the streets in less than one year.

Mr. Huskey also served as Director of Resident Services for Urban Housing Solutions in Nashville, Tennessee, the state’s largest private non-profit affordable housing developer. In this role he managed 350 units of permanent affordable housing for homeless adults and families, supervised a staff of eight social service providers, and oversaw multiple federal, state, and private grants that funded the housing. He was also responsible for several aspects of the implementation of Urban Housing Solutions’ $9 million share of Nashville-Davidson County’s Neighborhood Stabilization grant, which created 140 new units of permanent affordable workforce housing in south and east Nashville.

Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Mr. Huskey was the founder and CEO of one of the nation’s first boutique musical artist management and booking firms, handling the careers of sixteen successful songwriters and bands. Over the course of nearly twenty years he successfully negotiated more than $50 million of live concert events, publishing, recording, and ancillary product deals. (Courtesy B. Huskey)

Please help me welcome Mr. Brian Huskey.

The meeting will be held on Friday, July 18th at 12:30 p.m. at the Convention Center

Dr. James C. “Jimmie” Williamson, New District Governor, Will Speak to the Club

Dr. Williamson became the Twelfth President and Executive Director of the South Carolina Technical College System on March 17, 2014.  He is a native of South Carolina and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Winthrop University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.  Dr. Williamson has twenty-eight years of experience in higher education administration along with eight years of private sector business experience.  He has a strong commitment to making quality higher education and advanced train both affordable and accessible for the people of South Carolina.  He has been a Rotarian since 1996. (Courtesy SC State Legislature)

The meeting will be held Friday, July 11th at the Convention Center at 1 p.m.

President Teri Accepts Gavel


President Andrew passed the gavel to Teri Stomski on June 27.  Long live President Teri!  President Teri comes well prepared for this post, having attended the Rotary International meetings in Sydney Australia earlier in June as well as all of the District 7770 education and training seminars.  She also comes with a full agenda of work and goals for the club through June 2015.  And as the style of presidents does vary, she will be holding officers and committee chairs and members to a high standard – in getting Rotary into the members and into the community.




Executive Director of the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, Cheryl Stanton Will be Our Speaker This Week

Our speaker this week is Cheryl Stanton, Executive Director of the SC Department of Employment and Workforce who will report on employment and workforce trends in South Carolina. Stanton became head of the agency in May of 2013. An attorney, she has practiced law with Ogletree Deakins Law Firm and as an associate counsel in President George W. Bush’s White House.





Our Speaker This Week is Robert D. Perry of the Department of Natural Resources

Our speaker this week is Bob Perry, who will talk about “South Carolina’s Rivers and Waterways.”  Bob is a native of Kershaw, South Carolina. He earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Carolina and a M.S. in Wildlife Biology from Clemson University. Prior to graduate school, Bob spent 3 years as an ironworker, raising high steel for erection of electric power plants. He has been employed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for almost 36 years. During much of that time, his responsibility has been to maintain and manage coastal wetlands where agency emphasis is directed toward meeting the requirements for wintering and migrating waterfowl and other wetland dependent wildlife.  Presently, Bob is the Director of the Office of Environmental Programs of DNR. In this capacity he provides oversight of the agency environmental review and comment on permit and license applications involving action by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. Bob is responsible for coordinating environmental issues with the agency director and DNR Board meshing seamlessly with agency goals and objectives. Bob and his wife Patty, and son Philip, live in Columbia.  Bob’s outside interests include hunting, fishing, golf gourmet cooking and fine woodworking.

The meeting will be held Friday, June 13, at 1 p.m. at the Convention Center.


RYLA In Columbia Needs Supplies for Service Project

RYLA-LogoThe Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) summer experience for high schoolers in Rotary District 7770 is occurring June 13-15 at Columbia College here in Columbia.

Delegates will engage in a service project to pack backpacks for the homeless. RYLA is currently accepting donations of toiletries, snacks and donations in order to supply these backpacks.

Club members may bring toiletries and snacks to the next two club meetings to donate to the project. You may also make a monetary contribution (make the check out to RYLA District 7770), and your contribution will go towards RYLA supplies. You may give your check directly to President Andrew at the next two Rotary meetings (June 6 and 13)

Col. Bryan Hilferty, Chief of Public Affairs for U. S. Army Central, Will Speak to the Club

Col. Bryan Hilferty is a native of Arlington, MA.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s degree in English from Colorado State University.  He began his Army career in 1980.  Immediately after 9-11 he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) and Fort Drum in upstate New York.  Hilferty quickly deployed to Afghanistan as the Director of Public Affairs and Spokesman for the world’s coalition, fighting terrorism there.  He is currently Chief of Public Affairs for U.S. Army Central, responsible for communicating about US land force operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, including Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. His awards and decorations are, to name a few, a Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, six Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendations and many more.  He will talk about the “History and Mission of the U.S. Army Central”.

The meeting will held at the Convention Center, Friday, June 6th at 1:00 p.m.