Social Rotarians. Tonight! Tuesday, February 20, 2018. No meeting on February 23, 2018. Columbia Craft Brewing Co., 520 Greene St @ Huger St., 5:30 pm ’til?

Columbia Craft Brewing Company, 520 Greene at Huger

It is time (5:30 pm) to drink and be social Rotarians on Feb. 20, 2018.  Bring your spouse, partner, or a friend who wants to drink and be with a bunch of really social Rotarians.  Bring a prospective Rotarian. No speaker.  No pledge.  No 4-Way Test.  No meeting on February 23.  Just beer on Feb. 20.   Guests welcome $10.  Members Free.

Dr. Robert Walker, Senior Pastor, Speaks on February 16, 2018. Bring your Valentine! Meet at Main Street United Methodist Church

This is our Saint Valentine‘s Day meeting.  So, bring your spouse, partner or just a friend who understands you!  It is the Week of Love, even if the actual day is, of course, February 14.

Speaking of love, our very own member and superb chef, Dr. Robert Walker, Senior Pastor, will leave the kitchen momentarily to take to the pulpit to present “A Canterbury Trail: My personal pilgrimage through history, geography, and spirituality.”  And he will talk about love.

Meet at Main Street United Methodist Church, 1830 Main Street, Columbia, SC.  This will be, without doubt, an important and emotional experience for all of us, especially the home-cooked meal prepared by Rotarian Robert.

Ted Pitts: Memoirs as a referee in college football – February 9, 2018 – Meet at Nelson Mullins – Top of Meridian Building

Ted Pitts will speak, on February 9, 2018, about his days as a referee in college football games.

We’re meeting at the offices of Nelson Mullins, top floor of the Meridian building at 1320 Main StreetColumbia, SC.  Parking garage in rear of building: enter on 1216 Washington Street.  Bring ticket to receptionist on top floor for free exit pass.  Thank you Bill Latham for arranging the meeting place.  And thanks to Georgette Sandifer for arranging the luncheon.

Ted Pitts is currently the CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of Presbyterian College.  

Bring your own football and wear the letter jacket you earned at high school or college.

Legal Challenges to State Redistricting Practices by Bob Tyson – February 2, 2018

Bob Tyson, a lawyer with the Sowell Gray firm, will tell us all about the legal challenges to North Carolina and other states’ gerrymandering “redistricting”, which favor the party in power, with explanation of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He’ll also talk with us about gerrymandering in South Carolina.

Gerrymandering Example in SC

Tyson’s areas of practice include constitutional law as well as defense of South Carolina’s utility companies.

In 1812, Governor Gerry signed a bill that redistricted Massachusetts to benefit his Democratic-Republican Party. When mapped, one of the contorted districts in the Boston area was said to resemble the shape of a mythological salamander.

Michael Tran, of the Richland County Public Library, says “There’s an app for that.” on January 12, 2018

Michael Tran will give us an overview of how a library that was once full of books, shelves, and paper magazines has been transformed into a computer-oriented resource.

Are brick and mortar libraries obsolete?   Just a comfortable place for homeless people to spend their days?  Or a place to hear lectures from live presenters?  If you have a computer with Google, do you really need to have that library card?