Beth Padgett, Asst. Dir. of SC Bar’s “Lawyers Helping Lawyers” Will Speak on “Mindfulness”

Beth Padgett is Asst. Director of Lawyers Helping Lawyers, a program of the South Carolina Bar that provides support for Bar members who are coping with the challenge of illness and the impact it has on their personal and professional lives. Ms. Padgett’s talk is entitled “Mindfulness.”


The SC Bar began in 1884 as an organization of approximately 200 lawyers. Today the Bar serves its more than 14,000 members through a variety of programs and services designed to advance justice, professionalism and understanding of the law. The Bar is also committed to serving and educating the public through projects and initiatives intended to create an atmosphere of communication and trust. (Courtesy:  South Carolina Bar)

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, February 27th, in the Hall of Fame Room at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

The Club Learned About Richland County’s Transportation Penny Program

ICA Engineering, was selected by Richland County to serve as its Program Development Team for the Penny Sales Tax Program.  ICA Engineering, Brownstone and M.B. Kahn are the engineering and construction management firms spearheading the Richland Penny program team. They will be responsible for ranking projects, managing the program budget and overseeing every phase of each project until completion. Richland County Council approved a five-year contract with the program development team Oct. 28.  David E. Beaty is a PE (Professional Engineer) and SC Regional Director of ICA.

Robert L. Sumwalt, Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board is Our Speaker This Week

Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt, Member Robert L. Sumwalt, III (born c. 1950s) is an American airplane pilot and safety specialist. Currently he is vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Sumwalt graduated the University of South Carolina and worked as a pilot for Piedmont Airlines and US Airways.. After his flying career he conducted aviation safety research as a consultant to NASA. He also worked for the US Airways Safety Department and was involved in the development of several airline safety programs.

He has been a member of the NTSB since August 2006.  As a member of the NTSB Sumwalt has been involved in many crash investigations.  He will talkd about “How Safety Relates to Travelers.”  (Courtesy:  Wikipedia)

The meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 13th at 1 p.m. in the Congaree Room of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Ken Burger, Prize-winning Author and Speaker Will Talk to the Club on Friday.

Author Ken Burger

Ken Burger spent almost 40 years writing for two South Carolina newspapers, a career that included stints covering sports, business, politics and life in the Palmetto State.
While writing sports for “The Post and Courier” in Charleston, Burger won numerous statewide  writing awards and was named one of the nation’s best sports columnists three times. He also was named S.C. Journalist of the Year in 1996.  Burger topped off his journalism career by writing a popular metro column for the Charleston  paper before retiring in 2011.

His first novel, Swallow Savannah, was published in 2008. His second novel, Sister Santee, came out in 2010. Both novels were touted as among the best in Southern fiction by the Independent Publishers Association. Salkehatchie Soup, the third novel in Ken Burger’s trilogy of South Carolina stories, was published in 2013. Baptized in Sweet Tea won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Gift Book in 2011 by the Independent Book Publisher Association. This award winning compilation of his best columns featured in The Post and Courier commemorates Southern identity and culture and resonates with readers of all ages. Burger previously published Life Through The Earholes Of Our Youth, a collection of sports columns that has become a  collector’s item.  (Courtesy of Ken Burger).

The meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 6th at 1 p.m. at the Main Street Methodist Church, 1830 Main Street.

Central SC Alliance’s $2 Billion in Economic Development in 4 Yrs

Mike Briggs is President and CEO of Central SC Alliance.  He spoke on “Economic Development in Central Carolina.”  Whether you’re a Central South Carolina business looking to expand or a company interested in relocating to the region, Central SC can provide valuable assistance that will ease the transition. (Courtesy of:  Central SC Alliance).

Carl Epps of Nelson Mullins Spoke On “SC Supreme Court’s Ruling on School Funding”

Carl B. Epps, III is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia. He practices in the areas of business and real estate litigation, product liability, mass torts and class actions.


  • Business litigation, including partnership, corporate, limited liability companies
  • Serves as coordinating trial counsel for clients on national and regional levels
  • Experience in both federal and state courts and an active trial lawyer throughout his career
  • Has represented clients in, among other areas of litigation:
    • banking disputes
    • directors and officers’ liability
    • professional negligence claims
    • chemical exposures
    • real estate development
    • product liability
  • Has been lead counsel in approximately 100 cases that have gone to verdict
  • Speaker on subjects related to his areas of practice

Leadership Positions

  • Served as a faculty, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy
  • Former President, American Board of Trial Advocates, Columbia-Greenville Chapter (1991)
  • Former President, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association (1987-88  (Courtesy of:  Nelson Mullins)

The meeting will be held at MAIN STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 1830 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201 on Friday, January 23rd at 1 p.m.

Novella Beskid, USC Scholarship Office, Applauds Rotary’s “No Limits” Commitment to Scholarship

Novella Beskid is Director of the Fellowships & Scholar Programs at the Unversity of South Carolina.  She received her B.A. in English and Sociology at Wofford and an M.Ed. in Student Personnel Services, Higher Education at USC.  She has been at USC for 30 years beginning in January 1984 as a graduate student.  Best part of daily life as a Gamecock is helping students crystalize their dreams and start on the path to achieving them, which is an honor and a privilege.  (Courtesy:  University of South Carolina.)

John Sherrer Spoke About 150th Anniversary of the Burning of Columbia

John is currently Director of Cultural Resources for the Historic Columbia Foundation.  His previous experience is with the South Carolina Federation of Museums and the University of South Carolina Public History Program.  His specialties include  historic preservation advocacy, historical research, academic format and popular style writing, editing and proofreading, developing historical and architectural tours, exhibit text and label coy development.