Deborah Cameron, Director of Aerospace Initiatives, Will Be Our Speaker Dec. 12th

In 2012 the Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness created a partnership to advance state’s aerospace sector.  Deborah was hired to build on the efforts of the Aerospace Task Force and has served as the Director of Aerospace Initiatives since November 2013.  Prior to moving to South Carolina in 2013, she served as the Director of Business Development for the Colorado Office Economic Development where she lead a team of five business recruiters and guided projects the site selection and incentive approval process.  (Courtesy:  SC Council on Competitiveness)

The meeting will be held in the Hall of Fame Room in the CMCC at 1 p.m., December 12th.

Robert Brown, Asst. Special Agent in Charge – Columbia, Spoke on Isis & Other Threats in SC

In August of 2014, Mr. Brown was named as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for criminal investigations in South Carolina, the FBI resident agencies in Greenville, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Aiken, Rock Hill, and Florence.  He began his career with the FBI on 1/13/2002.  He has worked in the Miami Field Office, and in the Washington Field Office conducting protective operations and security in advances in over 15 countries.  In 2011 he was named as Supervisory Senior Resident Agent for the Raleigh Durham Resident Agency and the Greenville Resident Agency covering 37 counties.  He is a native of Pickens SC, and graduated from The Citadel.  Prior to joining the FBI Mr. Brown served as a deputy sheriff with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office in Greenville, SC.  He will talk about “The FBI’s Operations in South Carolina”.(Courtesy:  FBI)

The meeting will be on Friday, November 21 at 1 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Hall of Fame Room.

Grant Duffield, Director of Insurance and Medical Services for the SC Workers’ Compensation Commission, Will Speak to the Club this Friday

Grant is the Director of The Insurance and Medical Services Department which is responsible for monitoring required workers’ compensation insurance coverage; investigating matters of non-compliance and enforcing compliance with the law; administering the workers’ compensation self-insurance program; establishing the fee schedules for hospitals, physicians and ambulatory surgery centers and overseeing and coordinating the creation of all Commission claim files.  This is accomplished through the efforts of four divisions.  (Courtesy:  SC Workers’ Compensation Commission)

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14 in the Hall of Fame Room at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Max Metcalf, Manager of Government and Community Relations for BMW, Addressed the Club Oct. 31st

Maxson K. Metcalf is the Manager of Government and Community Relations for BMW Manufacturing Co. He graduated from Clemson University in 1986 with a BA degree in Economics.  He has held several positions in the state:  Vice President for  Public Policy with the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce; District Administrator, Office of Congressman Bob Inglis; and Director of Transportation and Intergovernmental Relations for the Office of Governor Carroll A. Campbell.  He has also received numerous awards among them 1993 Order of the Palmetto and he is an ETV Endowment Trustee.  (Courtesy of M. Metcalf, BMW Manufacturing Co.)

The meeting will be held Friday, October 31st at 1 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention center.

Dr. Eric Brenner Extols Rotary As World-Class Health Organization

Even though EBOLA is splashed across the headlines, Dr. Brenner explained that POLIO is a much greater public health risk, as every ONE person stricken with polio is just the “tip of the iceberg” because where there is 1 case, that means there are 199 others “underneath” who are not yet symptomatic.

Polio was declared a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC) on May 5, 2014 by the World Health Organization (WHO)- only one of 3 ever declared and well before WHO declared Ebola a PHEIC – after Pakistan’s new polio outbreaks skyrocketed in 2014. Reportedly, Pakistani Taliban and other militants have waged a brutal campaign against polio vaccination teams, killing more than 50 health workers and security officials since 2012.

Adding intrigue, Dr. Brenner explained that these attacks began after it was discovered that one of the covert CIA initiatives to locate Osama Bin Laden was a door-to-door “hepatitis vaccination” campaign to gain information about his whereabouts. As has happened in Pakistan after recent militant attacks, officials are concerned that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan could result in increased terrorist attacks causing a mass exodus of unvaccinated residents to flee and spill over into and become a threat to previously polio-free countries.

But the United States isn’t “immune” to the threat.  If the Ebola headlines have taught us anything, it’s that diseases are often just a plane ride away. With growing sentiment not to immunize in those generations who haven’t seen firsthand the debilitating and sometimes deadly diseases that vaccinations have wiped out in the U.S., the risk that polio could infect unvaccinated children in the U.S. is real.

Dr. Eric Brenner, M.D., is a public health physician and medical epidemiologist from the United States.  He attended the University of California at Berkeley where he majored in French Literature (B.S. 1966) after which he worked as a teacher in West Africa in the Ivory Coast for two years.  He then attended Dartmouth Medical School (M.D. 1973) and completed further clinical training in San Francisco and South Carolina, which led to Board Certification in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease.  He was worked at the state level with the S.C. Department Health; at the national level with the US CDC in Atlanta; and internationally with the World Health Organization (WHO) both in Geneva, Switzerland, and on short-term assignments in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  At the University of South Carolina he has taught several post-graduate level courses relating to Infectious Disease Epidemiology  at the School of Public Health.  He has numerous interests including vaccine for preventable diseases and other diseases of public health importance.  (Courtesy:  Eric Brenner)