December 9, 2011

Charleston Airport Authority

December 6, 2011: Sue Stevens, a graduate of James Madison University, has been the Director of the Charleston Regional Airport for over 20 years. She is past president of the national airport association and is currently a member of the North Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club.

The Charleston airport was opened in 1929, the same year that the first Cooper River Bridge opened. It has been run by the airport authority since 1970 by a 13 member board. The authority manages three airports: International which it shares with the Air Force, with the Air Force owning the land since the 1940's, the Johns Island Executive Airport with a 5300 foot runway and the Mt. Pleasant Regional Airport with a 3700 foot runway. Given that international shares its runway with both the large AF transport planes and high speed fighter jets, no small or executive planes are permitted to land there. Nationally, it is rare for the managing authority not to own the airport, but the FAA does maintain the control tower, capping off an excellent cooperative venture.

The authority's business model is unique in that it is totally self-sufficient and receives no tax money. The major revenue comes from parking and rental car fees, supplemented by fees from the airlines and airport vendors.

Unlike many aspects of the economy, Charleston's airport is growing and has the same traffic volume as it did in 2007 before the economic recession. We have more flights than ever and are served by six airlines: American, Continental, Delta, United, USAir, and Southwest. The addition of SW airlines has brought increased traffic and better fares. There are currently 16 non-stop destinations from Charleston. We have 64 daily departures, the same as 2007 which notes that while we had a dip between then and 2010, we have totally recovered. Passenger activity is currently up 25% from prior years.

It is hard to begin to note the huge impact that Boeing has had on the airport. The factory is built on authority land and the company has full rights to use the runways. The company provides 6300 jobs, the airport 6700 jobs and when you add AF personnel the whole complex has about 35,000 jobs with almost 7 billion in wages.

The airport terminal is now 30 years old, too small and outdated. It is currently embarking on a major development project. Expansion of concrete to enable plane parking while construction is underway will in itself cover 17 acres. The terminal will add about 100,000 square feet, with two concourse expansions and a third baggage belt. Plane loading and departure gates will expand from 10 to 16.

The growth of Charleston Regional Airport is a direct mirror of the growth and desirability of the Charleston metropolitan area. Conde Nast notes that Charleston is the number 1 city in America people wish to visit and number 3 in the world!

Submitted by Fred Sales, Keyway Committee

December 5, 2011

Hitt's Shares Plans for South Carolina's Growth

November 29, 2011: Our speaker was Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce. A native of Charleston and a graduate of the University of South Carolina, he served for many years as publisher of The State newspaper in Columbia and another 18 years as Department Manager for Corporate Affairs for BMW. He has served on many boards and was honored in 2006 as USC distinguished alumni.

His goal in his new position, to which he was appointed by Gov. Haley, is to bring compromise for better economic development for the state. He notes that the current year is best investment year ever with over 10,000 new jobs added to the state work force with an impact of billions of dollars. High on the list of new jobs is a rebirth of manufacturing in South Carolina. We are a "right to work" state and have a loyal and skilled pool of workers who have many opportunities for training and personal development. He notes that SC today is better known internationally for its excellence than is perceived by the states' citizens. 75% of new manufacturing work has come from the international community. The new Continental Tire Company in the midlands is setting the stage for SC to be the tire manufacturing center of the nation.

Our major challenges are to be flexible to the needs of the market place and to insure that we have a transportation system for the movement of goods produced in the state.

In response to questions he noted that the Charleston Harbor WILL BE DREDGED TO A 50 FOOT CHANNEL to accommodate the larger ships that are coming when the wider Panama Canal opens. He expects the state to provide up to 200 million dollars for the project. He also predicted that there will be a settlement of the railroad issues relating to the port and North Charleston.

Submitted by Fred Sales, Keyway Committee

November 30, 2011

Local student provides big help for Indian school

November 22, 2011: Vasanth Kuppuswamy, an Academic Magnet graduate who now is a senior at Vanderbilt University, has raised more than $100,000 in recent years to help students in his family's native India.

Kuppuswamy told members of the Rotary Club of Charleston that he became interested in helping students at the school in the Tamil Nadu area of southern India after visiting as a 12-year-old and realizing how much they needed. His family is from the area. Among the challenges and accomplishments at the school:

No desks. Students once had to sit on concrete floors to learn. Through efforts of a nonprofit put together by Kuppuswamy - the Tamil Nadu India School Fund ( - the school got hundreds of desks.

No ceiling fans. Southern India is warm throughout the year with temperatures reaching 85 degrees in December. The fund helped pay for ceiling fans in each classroom to provide some relief.

School supplies needed. The fund provided notebooks, pen, paper and new textbooks.

Primitive science lab. The fund refurbished a science lab with modern equipment.

Property/facility. As conditions improved at the school, it grew from 800 to 1,200 students, causing the need for a larger facility. Not only did the fund help buy four acres adjacent to the current facility, it helped fund construction of a new eight-classroom addition.

Athletics. The fund helped to replace dilapidated basketball courts with new equipment to provide better athletic alternatives.

Electricity. Because the area has unreliable electricity, the fund paid for a small generator to keep lights on during power failures.

Scholarships. The fund also helped seed an endowment to help pay for small scholarships to help students attend college.

Kuppuswamy said the fund also partnered with Water Missions International to purchase a water system for potable water at the school. Additionally, it worked with local Rotary clubs and Rotary International to secure two matching $10,000 grants - one for medical kits for 149 schools in southern India and another for sanitary napkin vending machines at 35 high schools to encourage girls to stay in school.

Kuppuswamy, who plans to attend medical school, said starting and growing the fund has proved to him that with a good idea and drive, " You can bring about significant change."

Learn more about the fund online at: And you can read a 72-page book by Charleston author Bill Smyth about Kuppuswamy's efforts, "Everybody can be a hero," online through a link on the TNISF Web page.

Submitted by Andy Brack, Keyway Committee
Lt. Col. Edward Champberlayne, Corps of Engineers

November 15, 2011: Our speaker was LTC Edward P. Champberlayne, P.E. LTC Champberlayne is Commander and District Engineer at Charleston District, U.S Army Corps of Engineers. He is originally a native of Alexandria, Virginia. He received his PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He now resides in Mt. Pleasant with his wife and two daughters.

Currently, he is heading the Harbor Deepening Feasibility study with the Army Corps of Engineers. His agency has been maintaining the Charleston Harbor for over 130 years. Their project’s mission is to study navigation, flood risk management, ecosystem, and restoration. The motivation behind this project is the 2014 reopening of the Panama Canal and the recent manufacturing of 50ft container ships.

Charleston is currently the fourth busiest traffic container port on the east coast with 1.3 million TEUs a year. The Harbor is only 45 feet deep while the rest of the world is 52ft deep. In order to increase container traffic and keep up with trade globalization, the harbor must be deepened to 50ft. This would allow 50ft ships to pass through our harbor. These bigger ships will be able to carry 11,000 to 14,500 containers.

The goal is to have this project completed within the next 5 to 8 years or at least by year 2020. On the June 20, 2011 an agreement was signed that the cost for this project will be shared 50/50 between the South Carolina State Ports Authority and the Federal Government. The cost for this project is estimated between $18-$20 million dollars.

For more information visit:

Public Scoping Meeting will be 12/13/11 5:30p.m. Mark Clark Hall at the Citadel

Submitted by Katie McCravy, Keyway Committee

November 11, 2011

Rotary Celebrates Veterans in Honorary Program

November 8, 2011: Rotarian Steve Morse introduced our speaker, fellow Rotarian, Colonel Myron Charles Harrington, Jr. Born in Georgia and a 1960 graduate of The Citadel, Colonel Harrington was commissioned 2nd Lt. US Marine Corps in 1961. He earned a masters degree in Public Administration from Shipppensburg State College in PA in 1980. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1991 and in 1992, joined the staff of Trident Academy of Mount Pleasant as Headmaster. Upon his retirement from Trident in 2007, he was designated Headmaster Emeritus. In 2008, he was appointed Co-Chairman of the Medal of Honor Convention 2010 Committee. He is the recipient of a long list of service and campaign medals. Personal Decorations include the Navy Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars in lieu of second and third awards, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" and Gold Star in lieu of second award, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star, and the Vietnamese Staff Honor Medal 1st Class.

Colonel Harrington spoke about the meaning and significance of Veterans Day. Below are excerpts of his eloquently-delivered speech.

"This week, in communities large and small, all over our great country, people will gather to honor the service and sacrifice of veterans, some who gave their all so that we may enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this glorious day in Charleston. …The many veterans here today are, no doubt, remembering their comrades who, on the field of battle, became their brothers, sisters, and their most trusted friends. But all of us are here to honor and recognize those veterans and their services that allow us to live in freedom and not in oppression."

"As we reflect over our lifetime, I know that each of you realize how truly blessed we are to live in this great nation. But we need to know that our presence as citizens of this wonderful land is not a gift from God or just our luck to be born here. We have the privilege of living in this great nation because those who preceded us had the willingness to fight, shed their blood, and yes, even die so that we may live free in a country with liberty and justice for all. …It is up to us to keep their legacy always in our memory."

"In the past 236 years of our history as a nation, from the revolutionary war to Afghanistan, we have had 11 major wars or conflicts and hundreds of smaller conflicts that have been lost in history, but nevertheless, men and women have served and died defending our freedoms. Over these years, almost 50 million of our citizens have served in time of war or conflict. Over one million died gaining and preserving our way of life. Approximately 22 million are living today."

"This Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to give thanks for and remember our heroes, ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things, warriors who went through some of the most difficult and challenging times in our history. Thinking of them and their heroic deeds and sacrifice renews our spirits, feeds our soul, makes us stand tall and proud, and validates their sacrifice and especially the ultimate sacrifice of those who fell in battle."

"So today, ladies and gentlemen, let us remember the legion upon legion of veterans who, throughout our history, have served and especially those who died for me, for you, for our country and are still dying today. …God bless you. God bless America. Thank you."

Colonel Harrington received a standing ovation.

Submitted by Loretta Wilson, Keyway Committee

November 7, 2011

Coach Wilson of the College of Charleston Lady Cougars

November 1, 2011: The Historic Rotary Club of Charleston was treated on Tuesday to a presentation by Nancy Wilson, Head Coach of Women's Basketball at the College of Charleston. With a career win-loss record of 535-342 in her 30th year of coaching overall, and her College of Charleston win-loss record of 304-192 in her 17th year, she made a powerful impression on the club.

Wilson won her 500th career game against Georgia Southern Feb. 16, 2009, and returned to take over as head women's basketball coach at the College of Charleston on March 27th, 2003. She is now in her 17th season with the Cougars. In her own words, "timing is every point in my career I happened to be in the right place at the right time," which began with her first moves in the coaching field when she became the assistant coach under the renowned Joan Cronin at University of Tennessee.

Talking about the changes that have occurred in athletics and higher education over the years, Wilson reflected on how college sports have become so increasingly competitive and challenging. She recalled how in the '70s and '80s scholarships were few and often amounted to about $100 applied toward books or other school necessities. "It was nothing like what we see today with all of the NCAA regulations governing recruiting and training rules."

"And with all of the sports camps and clinics around the country available to young people, the skills have become so much greater," she said. "I remember when I started, I was the staff, custodian and bus driver. We had a senior who drove the bus quite a bit, but for our longer trips it wasn't right to have the players do the driving, so I went out with my assistant and players and taught ourselves how to drive in parking lots. Now, of course, we have assistant coaches, strength trainers and dedicated drivers and buses. Times are very different."

She also talked about how today's athletes have many more challenges and responsibilities: "These young people are juggling so much more. They have to maintain solid GPAs, competition is tougher on the court and off, and by the time they reach college, these young athletes have been playing for 10 or more years, so it's more like a business."

On her last year leading the Cougars, she was bullish and upbeat, "As I make plans to retire this year, I am gratified as I look back over the years to see how far women's athletics has come, and I know they will only continue to advance. It's been a wonderful journey, but I won't be far away."

Go Cougars!

Submitted by Mark Danes, Keyway Committee

October 28, 2011

Oyster Roast on the Charleston Harbor

October, 26, 2011: An evening social was held in lieu of our regular lunch meeting this week. Members and their spouses/guests enjoyed a lovely Fall evening on the Charleston Harbor at the Maritime Center. Guests were treated to a true Charleston experience ..... a lowcountry oyster roast with the first oysters of the season being cooked by local caterer, Jamie Westendorff.

A special thanks to Denise Barto and the entire Social Committee for all they did to make this such a spectacular evening for our membership. A great time was had by all those in attendance!

October 25, 2011

Cancer Avoidance & Wellness

October 18, 2011: Richard Dowell, chairman of our club wellness committee, introduced our wellness goals: to improve wellness through education and participation in wellness programs; to be a model for other Rotary Clubs; to focus on benefits of workplace, family and community wellness. He then introduced Dr. Michael Wargovich, the Director of the MUSC Cancer/Chemo Prevention Program at the Hollings Cancer Center.

His organization is a pioneer in cancer prevention: drug discovery from Ethnobotanicals in the developing world. He told of the connection of inflammation and cancer noting that chronic, clinically invisible unresolved inflammation may create a very high risk of cancer. Tumors corrupt the inflammatory pathway to survive. Persons in the SE portion of the USA are at high risk of stroke, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. The high risk in the USA in general appears to be related to our affluence in that we have the money to eat whatever we want and we make selections poorly. Cancer is highly prevalent in Canada, USA and other highly developed areas and may be strongly related to our high use of processed foods.

As developing societies such as Mexico and India live longer, they will become more susceptible to cancer. The latest high risk areas are Japan, Singapore and China. There are many outstanding fruits grown in South America that the people have been eating for centuries, but it is now becoming more profitable to plant things eaten in America so that they can be grown in their summer which is our winter.

He is involved in ethnopharmacology: learning from traditional healers, research which studies the use of natural products in health care . Anti-oxidedant [why fruits turn brown] and Anti-inflammatory [acts as a pain reliever] are two words to remember. He stressed the value of Green Tea, which most of the world drinks, as being effective in preventing some cancer. The drinking of any kind of tea is beneficial. He also stressed RED in foods, such as red grapes and red wine. He recommends a glass of red wine or juice daily, as well as red fruits. Yellow, too, is important in the use of Turmeric, found in many Indian dishes. He further recommends buying local fruits and vegetables from Johns Island, and again stressed the use of Green Tea. Vitamins and pills are not going to save you, but eating healthy food will.

Submitted by Fred Sales, Keyway Committee

October 21, 2011

The Run for Mayor in Charleston

October 11, 2011: Term limits. Infrastructure priorities and budgets. Term limits. Cruise Terminal. Term limits. 526. Term limits…

Those were the recurring themes during a spirited and civilized debate among the candidates for the mayor’s seat in Charleston.

Sitting mayor, Joseph Riley, in his 36th year as mayor spoke eloquently about the main achievements under his watch and served an appetizer of initiatives to come.

In short order, each of the challenging candidates claimed variations of the call that "thirty-six years is long enough for one administration to accomplish its agenda…"

During the tightly run, expertly facilitated session, Rotarians Mark Smith (president emeritus) and Digit Matheny (timekeepe) the mayor and candidates had the opportunity to make opening remarks, answer questions from Rotary members and provide closing remarks.

The most challenging discussion points revolved around project priorities and related budgets.

Candidate Craig Jelks was the first to challenge the Mayor on the matter of fiscal resources: "Sir, I love you, but you're spending millions on the Crosstown, and we don't have enough to complete the 526 project, we have other budgetary demands…where are we going to get the money? Unless you have a magic wand, I don't see how all this is possible…"

In his confident rebuttal, Mayor Riley assured that audience that "we have carefully planned for these much needed projects and we have budgeted for them accordingly."

Candidate David Farrow began with a strong celebration of all of the Charleston residents, saying "Yeah, us…for maintaining an exceptional quality of life." He emphasized his position to help give a voice to the other Charleston, those less fortunate in the middle and lower levels of our community. Those he termed, "the forgotten ones of Charleston."

Candidate William Dudley Gregorie led his platform with "thirty-six years is too long a time for one mayor." If elected mayor, he said, "I would put the residents first, and I will not build legacy projects. We must complete the Market Street drainage project."

The Mayor and his challengers were asked several questions. A couple of highlights are below:

When asked if the city is at a point where we are catering to too many tourists, risking the quality of life in the Holy City, the candidates replied:

Mayor Riley: "No. We have the nation's first tourism management plan, and we are managing tourism very carefully..." Mr. Jelks: "We need to be very careful because the cruise ships could harm our community. We need to be careful about the environment." Mr. Farrow: "Tourism is important for the future of the city, but we need to fix the battery seawall, it's crumbling beneath us; we also need to fix the Crosstown. We need to be sure we cover the basics to remain attractive." Mr. Gregorie: "We need to focus on quality of life for all members of our community, and we must balance healthcare and education needs with the other priorities."

To the question of where to locate the cruise terminal, the panel responded:

Mr. Farrow: "We should place the terminal up at Columbus Street. That are desperately needs economic development. We need to focus on those areas that most need development and jobs." Mr. Gregorie: "Yes, Columbus Street has great opportunities for growth, we should consider that area." Mayor Riley: "We really should proceed with the terminal plans as they are spelled out today."

And to the question of how the candidates would promote growth job development, they replied:

Mr. Gregorie: "I'm a strong proponent of economic development we need to have the tax credits and other incentives in place to attract and keep businesses. We need knowledge-based businesses." Mr. Jelks: "We need to facilitate things for entrepreneurs," he said and emphasized that "dreams need a good wind." Mayor Riley: "We are privileged to have the top tourism ranking as published in the news today, and we need to be sure we continue to provide for the best quality of life for businesses and their employees."

In closing the session, President Patterson Smith acknowledged the gracious civility and time the candidates gave to our club, and he commended Facilitator Smith and Timekeeper Matheny for their abilities to move the program along so efficiently.

Remember Rotarians, get out the vote on November 8! It's our right and privilege to ensure the solid future of our community.

Submitted by Mark Danes, Keyway Committee

October 9, 2011

Dr. Pastides on USC

October 4, 2011: Dr. Harris Pastides, fellow Rotarian and President of the University of South Carolina, addressed our club today. He was named USC's 28th president in 2008 and was the first internal candidate to be elected in more than half a century. Before joining the South Carolina faculty, Pastides served as professor of epidemiology and chairman of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He received his master's of public health and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University.

With over 21,000 applications this year, the university currently has the largest number of students enrolled in history. The class of 2015 was selected from the largest, brightest and most diverse pool of high school applicants, ever, and there are more South Carolinians enrolled than ever before. There are eight campuses in the USC system, which totals over 47,000 students. Adding faculty and staff to that count would make USC equivalent in size to the fourth largest city in South Carolina.

USC's increasing attractiveness has been reflected in national publications and rankings. Last year, Princeton Review recognized USC as a top 50 "best value" public university. Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine described USC as a top choice in the nation and one that delivers the "best BA for the buck." The Carnegie Foundation gave USC the highest research designation and recognized it as among the nation’s leaders in providing programs that benefit and engage communities.

USC recently broke ground for the new Darla Moore School of Business. Pastides mentioned a few of the green initiatives slotted. The new building will generate as much energy as it consumes. Rainwater will be collected and used for irrigation and toilets. The building will be awash with windows to allow more natural lighting and the roof will include green turf to reduce heat buildup. Also through the generosity of alumna and highest benefactor, Darla Moore, USC has began planning the new Ronald E. McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research, which will help create a cluster of knowledge-based aerospace companies, including Boeing , by providing applied research and development, and by creating the aerospace future workforce.

Dr. Pastides spoke briefly about athletics at USC, noting the phenomenal baseball seasons of the last two years and remembering one of Coach Tanner's comments: "It's not about winning every game; it's about winning the important games." He hopes to have a fine football season. After all, the team has the size, speed, and strength to beat anybody …or lose to anybody.

11/11/11 is the grand opening for the capital campaign, which will be the largest in the history of the university. Pastides discussed sources of USC funding. State appropriations ranks fifth, with tuition ranking first, grants/contracts second, auxiliary services third, and philanthropy fourth.

Submitted by Loretta Wilson, Keyway Committee
Opportunity Next

September 27, 2011: Our very own David Ginn, President and CEO of Charleston Regional Development Alliance Group, was our speaker today.

In his leadership role with the CRDA, David works closely with the region's top business, academic and political leaders to shape and execute a comprehensive regional economic development strategy.

Before being named President and CEO of CRDA, David served as the executive vice president and project director for the organization.

David is from Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a degree in economics and international business from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also studied abroad at the London School of Economics. He now lives in Mt Pleasant with his wife Jean Marie and their two children.

On Tuesday David gave us a broad overview of the initiatives of CRDA.

David leads a team that serves as the catalyst of Long Term and Sustainable Growth in the Charleston three county markets. Their job is to market the region as a global competitive place for business and talent. The team facilitates the site selection process for companies considering locating to the area and they engage top business academic leaders in economic development.

David says what energizes him the most about his job, is that he gets to speak on behalf of our community and sell it as a global destination for business.

In our three county markets we have 27 cities with over 675,000 people making us the 80th largest metropolitan area in the Country out of 362.

What makes our area unique compared to the rest of the country is we are one of three locations in the world that construct wide body commercial aircrafts and test wind turbines and drive trains. Also our ports, the Medical University and the restoration institute test facility on the naval base are just a few more of our largest assets. These factors alone truly formulate our market as an International destination for business.

CRDA with the help of national business consultants and local task forces put together an economic development strategy for the region’s future.

The four Industries that we are competitive in and have core competencies that connects within our community according to CRDA includes: Advanced Security in IT (Spa War), Aerospace (Boeing), Bio Medical (MUSC), and Wind Energy (Wind Testing Facility on the Naval Base).

Submitted by Katie McCravy, Keyway Committee

Colleen Condon on Recycling

September 20, 2011: Unfortunately, due to a communication issue, The Keyway did not get published last week. We would like to thank our guest speaker, Colleen Condon, a member of the Charleston County Council, who spoke to the club on Sept 20 and brought us up to date with a interesting discussion on the increased re-cycling of paper, plastic, glass and aluminum. A major change is that it will no longer be necessary to separate paper from the other materials; everything will go into a single container. To implement this change every property owner will receive a new enlarged blue container with wheels. The new container will be delivered to everyone within the year. The county is enthusiastic about this new venture and looks for even greater participation by all.

September 16, 2011

Haynes outlines importance of being prepared

SEPT. 13, 2011: The good news: We don't have to worry about volcano disasters in Charleston, according to Cathy Haynes, chief of operations for the Charleston County Emergency Management Department.

But that's about it, she told Rotarians in a presentation that outlined the behind-the-scenes activities of the department. That's why we have to plan for so many contingencies -- natural disasters from flooding, tornados and hurricanes to man-made disasters from hazardous material situations, terrorism, radioactivity and more.

Disasters generally share three things in common:

• They're relatively unexpected
• Emergency personnel will be overwhelmed
• Lives, health and the environment will be endangered, she said.

Haynes outlined the roles played by local governments in disasters. Among their responsibilities:
• Developing emergency plans
• Determining evacuation routes
• Providing public transportation for people in harm's way
• Setting up and supplying shelters.

She said state government supported the roles of local government, particularly the county in several ways when needed by:

• Mobilizing the National Guard
• Prepositioning assets and supplies
• Operating a state Emergency Operations Center
• Calling for federal help through a request of a disaster declaration.

Similarly, the federal government supports state government by:

• Meeting state requests for funding help
• Providing logistical support for search and rescue operations
• Providing food, water and ice
• Opening disaster centers
• Processing claims
• Removing debris, and more.

Haynes also encouraged individuals in the community to take personal responsibility during disasters by protecting their families, being prepared and getting engaged in the community. She said people could be prepared by getting a disaster kit, making a plan and being informed. More information on kits can be found at the county's Web site:

Submitted by Andy Brack, Keyway Committee

September 8, 2011

The Roots of Gullah Culture

September 6, 2011: Our speaker, Herb Frazier, is a life-long journalist, having worked for the Post and Courier as well as papers in Columbia and New Orleans. He has traveled and lectured extensively in Africa and was awarded the 1990 Journalist of the Year in South Carolina.

Recently, the Daniel Island Foundation asked him to conduct interviews of survivors of a by-gone era and write a brief paper. His work developed into a book "Behind God's Back". In 1955 Harry Guggenheim purchased Daniel Island and in later years sold it to the Daniel Island Corporation. Before they developed it he became a benefactor for the preservation of the area culture. Prior to the construction of the Mark Clark expressway and the bridge over the Wando River, the small Gullah community on Daniel Island was almost isolated. Frazier's book revisits these people along with folks from Cainhoy, which was originally called "Kenha".

To make their living in the early years after emancipation of the slaves, they harvested timber and later made "moonshine" during prohibition. Among the many persons he learned about through interviews with their heirs was Nurse Broughton who served as a mid-wife in downtown Charleston. She also pulled a trailer medical office throughout the Cainhoy area to provide health care. One entrepreneur of the time established a ferry service across the Cooper River.

While bridges, highways and elegant homes now dot the area, Frazier's book gives us a snapshot of the lives of the Gullah people who originally were the area's inhabitants.

Submitted by Fred Sales, Keyway Committee

September 2, 2011


August 30, 2011: Paula Matthews, District Governor, gave the club an inspirational address which began with a brief history of our club, noting that we have had Paul Harris and Emelia Earhardt as speakers in the 1930's. DG Matthews joined the Spring Valley Rotary Club in 1971 and was its president in 1977. She has held many positions in Rotary and is the recipient of the International Service Award.

She recently returned from an international leadership conference in which International President Kalyan Banerjee stressed service to FAMILIES through programs to improve water, sanitation, literacy, child health and economic development, all of which begin in the family. He further focused on CONTINUITY, in which every member contributes, and CHANGE, in which we all must ask ourselves what we can do differently to improve the lives of all around us.

DG Matthews challenged us to focus on membership, noting that our club has continued to lose members over the past 6 years, losing 15% of our members per year, a loss that would be critical to a small business. She noted that 20% of our members have been with the club less than 3 years, and that this is the group that turns over and must be saved. At this point she gave a personal recognition to past president Earl Walker, noting that he has brought 25 members to the club in 5 years!

Her next challenge related to the Rotary Foundation, telling us that we need to increase the number of sustaining members, members who give at least $100 annually to the foundation [at the present time we have but 40 members who do this].

She suggested that our club adopt two goals: 1. To receive the President's Citation, and 2. to become Club of the Year in our size bracket.

Finally, she focused on the upcoming District Convention in Hilton Head, giving each member a "Moon Pie" with the convention logo: HAPPY DAYS!. In closing, she asked each of us in the coming year to:
Sponsor a new member
Become a sustaining member
Have a great time!

Submitted by Fred Sales, Keyway Committee

August 25, 2011


August 23, 2011: Tom Sweeney introduced this week's speaker, Senator Lindsey Graham. Graham was elected to the Senate in 2002 and reelected in 2008. He serves on numerous committees, including Appropriations (which oversees expenditures of the Federal Treasury), Armed Services (which is responsible for all areas of national defense), Budget (which establishes the blueprint for total government revenues and spending), and Judiciary (which covers issues ranging from the Constitution to criminal justice to intellectual property law). Graham addressed issues relating to the role of the U.S. military in the Middle East, job creation in South Carolina and the U.S., and the debt debate.

The U.S. response to September 11, according to Graham, has been and continues to be of vital importance to the defense of the nation. Our involvement in regions of the Middle East (Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, Libya) and the battle against terrorism is a priority. The good news is that "what we have to offer --they want the same thing for their children." The message from the U.S.—"if you embrace representative government, then we'll stand by you." The investm-nts we are making now in this region of the world are "smart investments. We pay now or pay later." Even though we're broke, he said, he hasn't taken his eye of this ball. Our investments in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Egypt will result in a level of safety for America that is "beyond our wildest dreams."

On the issue of jobs, Graham argued that tax certainty has to be achieved before businesses will start hiring again. He said there will be a bipartisan effort to clean up the tax bill based around a plan that shrinks the tax code from six brackets to three and eliminates all deductions and subsidies except primary home mortgage interest and charitable giving.

Graham linked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint against Boeing to jobs and the economy. Boeing contracted with South Carolina because they knew it was a great place to do business. If efforts like those of NLRB stand, "it will be the end of expansion in America." The complaint would allow unions to hold a virtual 'veto' over business decisions, thus having the effect of dampening business expansion and job growth. Graham supports changing policies and introducing legislation aimed at putting an end to the NLRB threat.

Graham also pointed to the deepening of the Port of Charleston as critical to job creation in South Carolina. "The Port is the economic engine of this out of every five jobs in South Carolina is tied directly or indirectly to the operation of the Port."

Clean air and water should be part of the agenda of both parties. But the new EPA mandates threaten to destroy jobs. According to Graham, we need a sensible rational policy that will balance environmental protection with the needs of business.

Graham voted against the compromise debt-limit agreement negotiated between congressional leaders and Obama. "The agreement still adds over $7 trillion in new debt over the next decade and only makes a small reduction in future spending." The missing link, Graham argued, was a balanced budget amendment, and he will continue to work for its passage. As part of that effort, the future growth of entitlements, a major contributor of future budgetary problems, needs to be addressed. For example, the social security age could be adjusted and a means test created where those with an upper income would pay more of the cost of Medicare.

In closing, Graham noted that the debt limit debate points to fact that "kicking the can down the road is no longer an acceptable choice." It's time to bring discipline to the way Congress spends and to do things that are "smart and sensible." We are in jeopardy of losing the American Dream, defined by Graham as "where children are able to do better than their parents."

Submitted by Loretta Wilson, Keyway Committee

August 21, 2011


August 16, 2011: Rotarian Rob Dewey introduced today's speaker, Charleston County's EMS Director, Don Lundy. Rob highlighted Mr. Lundy's impressive resume including his past service on the former NAEMT Board of Governors as the representative for South Carolina and current service as Chair of the NAEMT Safety and Wellness Committee, member of the Finance Committee and NAEMT representative on the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology workgroup. Regionally, Don is Chair of the Lowcountry Regional EMS Council, former Chair of the South Carolina EMS Advisory Committee, serves on the State EMS Training Committee and is Past President of the South Carolina EMS Association, still serving on the executive board. Although his professional resume is impressive, the audience was awestricken as Rob detailed his extraordinary personal accomplishments, which includes fostering 31 children with his wife, Barbara Lundy.

Mr. Lundy began his presentation by showing a photo of a Station 51 ambulance and asking the audience if they remembered its significance. As many recalled, the ambulance was from the iconic 1970's show, Emergency!, the first show to feature paramedics who help rescue victimized or hurt patients. Almost 40 years later and the world of EMS has drastically changed, thanks to advancements in technology and the support of tax payer's dollars, which Mr. Lundy was quick to thank everyone for paying!

As the self described "penny-pinching-cheapskate," Mr. Lundy ensured the audience that he takes meticulous measures to ensure tax funds are appropriately and effectively allocated in the EMS budget. Overseeing a department of 144, covering 1,100 square miles in a coastal community with a daytime population of 600,000, is no small task, nor is establishing and monitoring its budget. Mr. Lundy outlined this year's $15M+ budget, which consists of $13M in Personnel (Walterboro has the highest paid EMS personnel in the state), $1M+ in Operation (includes 24/7 services) and $1M+ in Capital (covers 5 replacement ambulances). Utilizing an outside, private billing service, Mr. Lundy reported revenue collected in 2010 totaled $6M.

Transitioning from finances to technology, Mr. Lundy described the latest GPS systems, pod style work stations with 6 computer screens per employee, the newest EKG program and special operations ambulances. While the technology itself is impressive, the talented and heroic EMS teams, including rope, high angle, squat, bike and motorcycle, are unquestionably more remarkable.

With the help of his many employees and team members, Mr. Lundy has played in integral role in the education of both young and old students in Charleston County. With programs such as the Fourth Grade Poster Contest, EMS Education Team, High School Injury Project and Beta Babies, the department's influence will ensure a lasting effective as these students become young adults in our communities.

The department's strong community presence and nationally recognized EMS team provide a local service in which all Charleston County residents can take great pride. As Mr. Lundy says, "there's no such thing as a convenient emergency," so it is to the men and women of the EMS department, protecting and saving lives, we owe immense gratitude and thanks.

Submitted by Teal Van Saun, Keyway Committee
Ellis Predicts Success for Gamecocks This Season

August 9, 2011: Todd Ellis, the voice of Gamecocks Football broadcasting, brought us an overview of the upcoming football season at the University of South Carolina. Todd, a native of North Carolina, is a graduate of USC and holds every major quarterback record in Gamecocks Football since the great year of 1989. His passing record for the Gamecocks is 9953 yards!

Following graduation he signed with the Denver Broncos as a back-up to John Elway. Realizing that Elway was there for the long haul, he returned to USC to get a law degree and currently practices in Columbia. During football season, however, he is all football.

He lauded Coach Steve Spurrier, who is in his 7th season, as an outstanding advocate for both Gamecocks Football and the state of South Carolina. Ellis and the Spurrier family work hard together long into the early morning hours preparing the Sunday broadcast shows.

Looking ahead he sees the 2011 Gamecocks as the best ever in the school's history. He highlighted Quarterback Steve Garcia, who though prone to getting into situations outside of football, has the full support of the total team. Todd notes that Garcia is under incredible scrutiny everywhere, a pressure that few would want to endure.

He praised Marcus Latimore as a terrific person and football player who is expected to have a banner year. He also highlighted Alshon Jeffery, one of football's great receivers, and defensive player Jadeveon Clowney, last year's No.1 freshman pick.

Asked about discipline on the team, Todd noted that in speaking to young people he tries to make them all understand that they are personally under public scrutiny every time they put something on Facebook. He notes that in any group of 100 people, 10 will make serious mistakes, and the public picks up on it.

All you Gamecock fans get ready, he predicts a great 2011 Gamecocks Football year!

Submitted by Fred Sales, Keyway Committee

August 4, 2011

McGinley Reports Progress in County Schools, More Expected

August 2, 2011: Dr. Nancy McGinley, Superintendent of the Charleston County School District (CCSD), addressed our club. Prior to her 2007 appointment to this position, she served as chief academic officer for CCSD. Previous to that she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Education Fund, an independent, non-profit affiliate of the national Public Education Network dedicated to improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Before joining the Fund, she was director for leadership initiatives at Greater Philadelphia First, an organization focused on improving education and economic opportunities in the region.

Dr. McGinley oversees a system that includes over 44,000 students, 81 schools, numerous specialized programs, and 5,500 employees. (In addition, she recently adopted a puppy named Buffalo Bill Charleston who has reminded her of how hard it is to be a single parent.) She shared with us the progress that CCSD's students have made in recent years and then outlined the school building projects planned for 2011-1015.

Literacy efforts under McGinley's leadership show positive results. 45% of students in the county now attend schools rated "Excellent" compared to only one in five (20%) statewide. In 2010, CCSD seniors earned $48 million in scholarships, their highest earnings on record. For the third straight year in a row, CCSD's 3rd through 8th graders earned higher exemplary marks on the PASS test than their state peers in every grade and subject tested. CCSD schools are safer and more high tech than ever with expulsions and suspensions at four year lows.

Since 2007, the percentage of rising ninth graders reading at a fourth-grade level and below has dramatically dropped. In 2007, more than 20 percent of students entering ninth grade read at a fourth grade level. In 2011 this number is down to 12.8 percent (which includes English Language Learners and students with special needs). It is anticipated that this rate will be cut to zero within five years.

Dr. McGinley emphasized her focus on literacy improvement that starts earlier than high school. Hence, first grade reading academies were established across the county this year. Parents of students who are not on grade level in reading receive an official notification letters, and then in the fall, these students are put into an academy. The results of this program have been phenomenal. At the end of the last school year, 11 percent of our first graders read below grade level. This year that number is down to 6.7 percent.

Regarding school building projects, the six-year 1 penny sales tax increase voters approved in November will cover at least $450 million of the costs. The building program is estimated to infuse the local economy with $100 million over the next two years.

Between 2011 and 2015, the slated projects and budgets for each are as follows (in order by construction dates): Buist Academy $35.7 million; Memminger Elementary $22 million; former Rivers Middle School $25 million; Sullivan's Island Elementary $26.4 million; Harbor View Elementary $26.5 million; St. Andrews School of Math & Science $33.1 million; Chicora Elementary $28 million; Jennie Moore Elementary $72.2 million; James Island Charter High $25 million.

Success factors mentioned by Dr. McGinley include strong city leadership (on the part of Mayor Riley and others) to rebuild schools ASAP, city planning staff that provided a clear vision for each school, and extensive community engagement.

Submitted by Loretta Wilson, Keyway Committee
Thank YOU, George!

July 26 2011: Last Tuesday's meeting featured a practical and entertaining lesson in gratitude.

A former museum director, fundraising professional, and research scientist, George Stevens, the well recognized CEO and President of the Coastal Community Foundation, provided a succinct overview of the foundation's performance in giving to support our region's charities. He then surprised the audience with a welcome and captivating lesson on the etymology of "Thank you." His focus was to discuss the challenges many of us face in deciding just what the appropriate gestures should be in acknowledging a person’s or organization’s philanthropic support.

George's talk was a perfect theme dovetailing with our historic club's commitment to "Service Above Self."

"All successful philanthropy begins with a study of non-profits, charities and the overall needs and resources of a community," he said. "We need to be intelligent about how we allocate our valuable resources and also communicate what our mission is." He advocated members of our club becoming involved in grant committees. "How often do you have a chance to decide on how to give away millions of dollars? Besides, it's fun," he added with a winning smile.

He also spotlighted an issue that arose when some individuals who were studying grant options and saw just how much the Foundation and other parties contribute to community charities and non-profit organizations. "These people studying the grant options became angry," he said. "Why doesn't the community know more about what we're doing?" So, we must always be attentive to communications. Furthermore, how do we leverage the concept of community? "Rotary is a community," he said, "in fact, Rotary is MY community," making the point that when likeminded people join forces, amazing things can be accomplished. Thank you, George.

Commitment becomes contagious when we have the right communications and the right way to acknowledge the efforts of others and say…"Thank you!"

George cited a sign he noticed in the corporate offices of Piggly Wiggly, that simply said, "Go find someone to thank." Meaning, literally, make it clear that you are thinking of someone else and their needs. It is human nature to appreciate that someone thinks about us. And as fundraisers and business people, we should all be cognizant of the power that can have.

The audience was given the chance to consider points made in a letter to the editor in the Post & Courier (3/4/11), submitted by David Schools, CEO for Piggly Wiggly that rightly compared
instances of Wal-Mart's philosophy of community contributions (with strings and publicity) to that of our regional grocery store. The CEO of Piggly Wiggly said simply, "We don't think of community support as a publicity stunt."

To further illustrate his points, George shared with us examples of people who give very generously to the community and how we can best thank them. Most importantly, he reminded us, the real dividend for benefactors is the sense of community and compassion that is realized through giving. "It feels good, to know we are helping others, no matter the scale." The discussion was grounded by the precept we find in Luke 6:38:

"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

Thank you, George! We mean it. A wonderful and important reminder of the power of human compassion and selfless service. Thank you.

After nearly five years as President and CEO of Coastal Community Foundation, George's local expertise has been built by thousands of conversations with nonprofit leaders and contributors to nonprofit organizations throughout the Lowcountry. Finding connections between community needs and donor interests keeps him searching for the next great listening opportunity. When George is not at work, he enjoys botanical illustrating and Japanese nature printing.

Coastal Community Foundation began in 1974 with $9,000 from The Rotary Club of Charleston to serve the tri-county area. Today we manage over $150 million in combined assets held in over 570 individual funds. Thousands of donors are served and charitable organizations supported throughout the eight coastal Carolina counties.

Submitted by Mark Danes, Keyway Committee

July 25, 2011

Citadel's Coach Higgins Highlights Upcoming Season

July 19, 2011: Our club had the pleasure of hosting guest speaker Kevin Higgins, the head football coach for The Citadel. Coach Higgins provided this update on the team, life at The Citadel and a peek of the upcoming season:

Coach Higgins talked to the club about the unique aspects of The Citadel's program that includes the military regimen and rigorous time management disciplines required of all students. "Because The Citadel is not your traditional college environment…these kids have incredible demands on their time, and they really perform well."

But, coach Higgins noted, recruitment for the college is difficult because of the regimented lifestyle and additional challenges. This year, The Citadel is granting 12 athletic scholarships, which is significant when compared to other regional schools: six for University of South Carolina, two each for Wofford and Furman, and one for Charleston Southern.

Both the football staff and The Citadel in general offer several initiatives to help boost student retention and success:

Incoming freshmen (knobs) enroll in the College Success Institute (CSI), which is a summer school program designed to orient new students to The Citadel customs. Students take two courses during their four week stay.

The Citadel assigns full-time faculty advisors who meet with students and faculty to be sure the student athletes are progressing well.

To build a stronger relationship with the corps of cadets and military staff, the football staff joins the corps of cadets for their morning formations at 7:00 a.m., where they can interact with students and the TAC officers.

The college hosts a "career night" that features representatives from businesses and other organizations who give cadets a clear vision of what awaits them in four years. "They hear from these leaders just how important the cadets' development at The Citadel is and how well it will serve them for life," said Higgins.

He also spoke of the commitment to service learning at The Citadel. For example, when the students return in early August, they will also spend time working in the community
on projects such as Habitat for Humanity on John’s Island and in West Ashley. "Those opportunities help strengthen the students' understanding of service leadership," said Higgins.

Spotlight on Academics
Finally, coach Higgins underscored the importance of the college's emphasis on academic performance. Each year, football players are turning in stronger and stronger grades, several of whom make Dean's List routinely.

"We hope you'll come out this year and join us at the stadium," Higgins, said. "We expect a good year; we have many players returning, and we have several strong new recruits." Go Dawgs!

Career highlights: Kevin Higgins joined The Citadel as head coach in 2005. Previously, he served with the Detroit Lions, specializing in quarterback and wide receiver coaching, and he was the head coach for Lehigh University.

Submitted by Mark Danes, Keyway Committee
Lackey Touts Benefits of AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

July 12, 2011: A pending merger between telecommunications giant AT&T and T-Mobile would dramatically increase coverage and signal reliability across South Carolina, AT&T's state president Pamela Lackey told more than 100 people Tuesday.

In a talk titled "Broadband technology for South Carolina," Lackey highlighted the tremendous telecommunications changes taking place in the marketplace, most of which are driven by consumers' seemingly insatiable appetite for using wireless technologies.

She noted AT&T's wireless traffic has grown 8,000 percent in the last four years -- and is expected to grow eight to 10 times more in the next four years.

"How would you scale up for that?" she asked members. "This has just been unprecedented. More and more traffic is going to keep coming and we're going to have to continue to scale up."

Among some interesting factoids:

Between 2008 and 2010, AT&T invested $675 million in South Carolina to enlarge and improve its wireless and wired networks.

Last year, it upgraded 200 cell towers.

In 2009, the company spent more than $45 million on goods and services from Palmetto State suppliers.

The company now employs 2,400 people in the state and has a payroll here of more than $185 million. Its workers donated 142,000 volunteer hours in the last year and its corporate philanthropy arm donated $1.8 million to state charities.

Lackey outlined how the merger with T-Mobile would benefit consumers across the state:

Spectrum. It will add wireless spectrum to give wireless networks more capacity where we need it most to improve network quality. The merged company should cover wireless needs for 97 percent of the states, she said, noting that rural areas would benefit the most from increased coverage.

Speed, reliability. The merger will add speed and reliability to the company's infrastructure backbone.

Investment. Through the "enormous synergies" between the company, the merger also is expected to increase growth and investment in the state.

"Essentially, the merger will increase a 1 + 1 = 3 synergy," Lackey said.

Through the merger, the bulked-up AT&T would be able to create a stronger broadband network that should also increase educational opportunities across the state, as well as offer more tools for small business and for health care providers. More:

Submitted by Andy Brack, Keyway Committee

July 5, 2011


June 28, 2011: During Tuesday's meeting Rotary members gave a warm farewell to 2010/2011 Club President Brian Johnson and welcomed in our incoming President Patterson Smith. District Governor-Elect Paula J. Matthews was present to induct President Patterson Smith into office.

Rotary is thankful for the hard work and dedication President Brian provided during his tenor. His acts of selfless commitment and leadership awarded the club many accomplishments to be proud of. In the committee areas of Education, Service, International, Administrative, Social, and RCCF Grants, the impact was tremendous.

One of the clubs biggest achievements this past fiscal year was our club achieving 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club status. This is an honor because less than 2% of all Rotary Clubs worldwide holds this status. The Paul Harris Fellow was created in 1957 to show appreciation for contributions to the Foundation's charitable and educational program. Our club, with the help of contribution sharing, was able to reach 100%. On Tuesday, 85 members were recognized for their contribution.

The club also completed its $125,000 commitment to the Low Country Food Bank. President Brian Johnson presented Jermaine Husser, Executive Director, the final endowment payment of $25,000.

This year the club awarded $15,300 in grants to several area organizations. On Tuesday, the following organizations were present and received their awards: Begin with Books, TTC for Kids College, Carolina Youth Development, and Literacy Outreach Initiative.

These are only a few of the clubs list of achievements. As new elect President Patterson Smith stated: "Brian has set the bar very ,very high".

Submitted by Katie McCravy, Keyway Committee


JUNE 21, 2011: Rotarian Rob Dewey introduced today's speaker, Kate Parks, Project Manager for the Coastal Conservation League. Rob discussed Kate's impressive educational background including graduating cum laude from Clemson University with a BS in Environmental and Natural Resources with a Concentration in Conservation Biology. Prior to graduating, Kate studied as a NOAA Ernest F Hollings Scholar with the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office in Maryland, focusing on land use and coastal development.

Kate began her presentation by thanking the audience for inviting a Coastal Conservation League representative to address the environmental and economic impact of Charleston’s current infrastructure developments including the 526 Highway extension project and the new cruise ship terminal.

As Kate explained, the 526 Highway extension project debate has "allowed us to focus on community needs" and compare the economic invest and impact of other projects such as freight rail improvements, Boeing's expansion and mass transit needs. Unfortunately, these projects including the 526 Highway extension, share the same funding source, the Infrastructure Bank. Established in 1997, the Infrastructure Bank funds projects of state significance, such as the Ravel Bridge, the Horry County Intracoastal Bridges and Aiken County's Palmetto Parkway.
As 5 years have passed since the application for funding was submitted, the 526 Highway Extension project is no longer a top priority. Unfortunately, the current price of the project ($489M) occupies a large part of the Infrastructure Bank's funding and bonding capacity. So, the question arises, should the 526 Highway extension be built at the expense of other projects? The answer is not that simple, as Kate explained. The debate between the public opinion as well as the money ($11.6M) currently owed continues today.

An equally controversial topic, the new cruise ship terminal, was the second local concern Kate discussed. As the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SPA) plans to increase cruise ship visits and build a new cruise terminal, issues raised include: "increased traffic (pedestrian and vehicular); the visual spectacle of large cruise ships at berth that do not fit the scale or context of historic downtown Charleston; and high levels of harmful pollutants that come from cruise vessels."

In an effort to explain the recently filed lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines, by Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of CCL, the Preservation Society, Historic Ansonborough, and Charlestowne neighborhoods, Kate outlined the seven stipulations included in the "Miranda of understanding," whose collective purpose is to ensure balance. The provisions include the following: limit 104 ships per year (two per week), no discharge zone moved to 12 miles outside harbor, cruise ship option to "plug in" to decrease air pollution from idling, offsite parking, noise ordinance, accommodation tax and size limit. Kate explained the purpose of the lawsuit is for the "ability to clarify local control."

Kate's passion for the environment and balance between land and people is exemplified in the Coastal Conservation League's mission "to protect the natural environment of South Carolina coastal plain and to enhance the quality of life in our communities by working with individuals, business and government to ensure balanced solutions."

Reported by Teal Van Suan, Keyway Committee

June 10, 2011


June 7, 2011: Roger Warren, Chairman of the PGA Championship of 2012, told us about its coming to the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island next August. This event is one of the 4 MAJOR golfing events of the year, which include the US Open, the Masters and the British Open. It is the first major EVER to be played in SC; 97 of 100 top world golfers will compete.

Economic impact: 210,000 spectators, $167 million regional impact with $4.1 million just in Charleston area. There will be 154 hours of live TV in the US along with broadcasts to 200 countries, a far bigger impact than the Ryder Cup of 1991. Most visitors will stay in downtown Charleston; 5000 rooms are already reserved.

Fun facts: 250,000 bottles of water and 200,000 cups of beer will be served, along with 70,000 hot dogs. 50,000 burgers and 295 tons of ice. There will be 225 Mercedes automobiles in use by players and sponsors and 9 miles of gallery rope and 6 miles of chain link fence used.

Tickets: For the first time in PGA history ticket sales will be limited to assure that the visitors can enjoy the action; 30,000 per day will be on hand and 96% of the tickets were sold in the initial 6 week advance period. Saturday is SOLD OUT. The remaining tickets will be offered on-line the moment the last putt is played at the 2011 Championship in Atlanta. The web site is: Remaining tickets are expected to be sold in 2 days. 100 companies have bought group packages, 65% of whom are from outside the Charleston area. The 18th hole is sold out.

Publicity: This event will put Charleston on the world scene like never before, both through visitors and the world-wide television coverage. By comparison, the 2012 event sold more tickets in one day than were sold for the entire 2011 event in Atlanta.

Reported by Fred Sales, Keyway Committee

Rotarians Enjoy An Evening at the SC Aquarium

May 31, 2011: An evening social was held in lieu of our regular lunch meeting. Members and their spouses/guests enjoyed a lovely evening on the back deck of the SC Aquarium. It was a spectacular evening with cocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvres by Cru Catering. Guests also enjoyed beautiful views of the harbor where dolphins were playing and all the wonderful exhibits inside that the Aquarium has to offer. A special thanks to Digit Matheny, Denise Barto and the entire Social committee for all they did to make this such a special event for our membership. A great time was had by all those in attendance!
Southwest Airlines Visits Rotary

May 24, 2011: Ana Schwager, Community Affairs Manager at Southwest Airlines, addressed our club on May 24, 2011. Ana joined Southwest in February of 1995 as a reservation sales agent in Little Rock. A native of Little Rock, Arks., she received her bachelor's degree in marketing communications from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark.

Southwest Airlines is based in Dallas and was launched in 1971. Thirty-nine years later, Southwest operates more than 3,400 flights a day coast-to-coast, making it the largest U.S. airline based on domestic passengers carried. It has been profitable for 38 consecutive years and boasts the lowest number of customer complaints since 1987. It holds the title of the most profitable airline and the only one in the U.S. to remain profitable this decade. There have been no layoffs at Southwestern----it is the most heavily unionized airline in business. Southwest is hailed as the nation's leading low-fare carrier (where bags fly free). This year, on March 13, Southwest started service to the Palmetto State through Charleston International Airport.

Ana Schwager gave the club a glimpse into the philosophy and corporate culture of Southwest Airlines. At Southwest, employees come first, customers second, then shareholders. Southwest is committed to providing their employees with a stable work environment where creativity, fun, and innovation are encouraged and rewarded. The Golden Rule figures prominently in the culture of this company---treat others the way you want to be treated, and so, doing the right thing by employees and customers is inherent to the mission of the company. The Southwest way of living is to "Have a Warrior Spirit, a Servant's Heart , and a Fun-Loving Attitude." The company believes in these attributes so deeply that every Southwest employee is evaluated in these areas on an ongoing basis. By putting employees first, the idea is that customers and shareholders benefit.

Southwest is passionate about customer service---"We are in the customer service business. We just happen to fly airplanes." Their philosophy is to go above and beyond the call of duty, "doing whatever it takes, with proactive communication." They are dedicated to improving the customer experience and building value for the customer. To that end, they have self-service kiosks, charging stations, Business Select programs, pet-friendly flights, and, of course, bags fly free.

Southwest is committed to community outreach and volunteerism. Community initiatives include developing relationships with nonprofit organizations at both the local and national level. Employees volunteer to serve on local, state, and national boards to assist nonprofit organizations achieve their missions. Another program is the Adopt-A-Pilot program that leads students through science, geography, math, writing and other core subjects, all based on aviation-related activities. Last year, Southwest employees collectively volunteered more than 45,000 hours and the company donated more than $11.6 to nonprofit organizations across the country. Environmental stewardship is also a responsibility that Southwest takes seriously, and to that end, it has instituted a number of environmentally-responsible operations.

Submitted by Loretta Wilson, Keyway Committeee

May 22, 2011

Rotary Club of Charleston Honors Rotary Scholars and Teacher of the Year

May 17, 2011: This past Tuesday our Rotary Club recognized "Service Above Self" scholars from the following schools: Ashley Hall, Burke High School, Porter-Gaud and First Baptist. The Charleston County Teacher of the Year and Honor Roll Teachers were also honored.

The first "Service Above Self" Scholar Honoree was Betsy Cribb. Betsy is a senior at Ashley Hall. She was recognized for her continued efforts for always doing the right thing and helping others. Betsy is a member of National Honor Society, Head of Honor Council, Student Body Vice President, a member of Ashley Hall's Red Choir and Swing Choir, and she is an active participant in Charleston's theater community. As her senior platform, Betsy organized a fundraiser to benefit the Girl Up campaign. Girl Up is a campaign that raises awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations; that help some of the world's hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. She organized a choir concert at her school that raised over $5000 for the Girl Up Campaign.

The 2nd Honoree was senior Jasmine Campbell. Jasmine was described as being a mature and outstanding person. Jasmine is an academic scholar at Burke High School. While most kids her age are at the mall or playing video games, Jasmine dedicates her afternoons volunteering at the local community YMCA. She helps with the after-school program. Jasmine says she wears many hats while at the YMCA. She is role model, tutor, and mentor. She credits herself for always providing words of encouragement to the students. She enjoys putting smiles on their many faces.

The 3rd Recipient was Senior Meagan Miller of First Baptist School. Megan is currently SGA President, Senior Class President, and she is a Dancer with the Art Studio. To add to her accomplishments she was recently honored as Valedictorian of her senior class. As if her schedule was not busy enough, for the past five years Meagan has been volunteering every Sunday night at the Crisis Ministries Shelter, preparing meals for the homeless. Each Sunday evening Meagan's job is to roll the paper napkins at the shelter. In each napkin she writes a personal message of encouragement with the hopes of offering inspiration.

The 4th recipient was Stacy Fairey. Stacy is a senior at Porter-Gaud. Stacy was described as being dedicated and selfless. Stacy was recently awarded a scholarship to play basketball at John Hopkins University. Stacy was also inducted into the Service Society for dedication to Pet Helpers. Stacy says she enjoys working with Pet Helpers because it is a no kill program. She helps with fundraising and facilitating adoptions.

In addition, four outstanding Charleston County Teachers were also honored during Tuesday's program. Those teachers are Jason Kraeger, a 2nd Grade teacher at Pinehurst Elementary, Cynthia Smith from Buist Academy, Mary Zena White from Charles Pinckney Elementary and Braeden Kershner, a music instructor at CE Williams Middle School.

Finally, Charleston County Teacher of the Year, Eva Rutiri was recognized. Eva teaches web-design and entrepreneurship at West Ashley School. Eva has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Education and a Masters of Education from Winthrop University. Eva has taught for twenty-five years. She began her teaching career in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has also taught Southeast Asia. After teaching in six continents, Eva returned home to South Carolina to teach.

Submitted by Katie McCravy, Keyway Committee

May 13, 2011

Tecklenburg, Moryl, Friends Warm Up Rotarians for Piccolo Spoleto

MAY 10, 2011 - Rotarian John Tecklenburg's fingers tickled the keyboard Tuesday as he and a talented group of local jazz musicians tantalized club members with a preview of this year's Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Tecklenburg, who is coordinating Piccolo Spoleto's jazz series this year, also introduced former member Ellen Dressler Moryl, head of the city's Office of Cultural Affairs and longtime Piccolo Spoleto organizer.

"Piccolo is so important because it gives the opportunity to our local artists to be showcased against the backdrop of Spoleto Festival USA," said Moryl, who launched the series for the city in 1979. "These two festivals provide a stunning economic impact which benefits the entire state of South Carolina."

A 2007 study showed that both festivals generated $85 million in business for the Charleston area, she said.

"Cultural tourism is very important to the state of South Carolina and we can also take pleasure in knowing that supporting the arts even makes good business sense."

This year's Piccolo Spoleto Festival, which runs in conjunction with the May 27 to June 12 Spoleto Festival USA, will offer 700 events throughout the community. Not only will there be outstanding and affordable opera, theater and visual arts, but the festival will have a wide array of musical shows including classical, contemporary, jazz and the blues. Other highlights include a Sunset Serenade at the Customhouse (5 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 27), the Children's Festival (daytime, May 28 at Marion Square), a Block Party (7 p.m. to 11 p.m., June 4, Marion Square) and a finale devoted to "Motown Madness" (6 p.m. to 10 p.m., June 11, Hampton Park).

"There's something at this year's program for every one of you," Moryl said.

She picked names from a hat to give door prizes. Winners included Leslie Fellabom, Edward Jackson, Jeff Perez, Andy Brack and John Bleecker.

Tecklenburg encouraged members to take Piccolo Spoleto harbor cruises during the festival for what he called "the best deal in town" -- $16 for jazz, a cruise around the harbor and the opportunity to enjoy adult beverages via a cash bar.

He and four locals - Brian Reid on bass, Lonnie Hamilton on alto saxophone, George Kenny on tenor saxophone and Steve Berry on trumpet - entertained members before, during and after the meeting with the kind of jazz they'll here at 17 different offerings during the festival.

Submitted by Andy Brack, Keyway Committee

May 8, 2011

Local Authors Visit Rotary

May 3, 2011: Rotary member, Jodie-Beth Galos introduced this week's speakers: distinguished authors, Ken Burger, Jim Livingston and Mary Alice Monroe. Before each author took the podium, Jodie-Beth thanked Rachel from Barnes and Noble Book Store for their support and generous 15% proceeds donation as well as recognizing Tom Sweeny for "organizing the whole event."

Author, Ken Burger was the first speaker introduced. Jodie-Beth's introduction recounted Mr. Burger's take on his 1998 - 2008 career as an executive sports writer, as he stated, sports writers are always the best writers...because their readers already know the news!

Joking that although he was given 10 minutes to talk but would save the majority for Mary Alice, Mr. Burger used one word to summarize each of his two novels: Swallow Savannah as "segregation" and Sister Santee as "integration." He explained that his first novel, Swallow Savannah was about the "black and white" way of life in South Carolina during the 50's and 60's and his second novel, Sister Santee was a "natural follower" as it portrays the Lowcountry lives of "many different colors and many different people." As Mr. Burger describes, "It was an interesting time to be in South Carolina: Civil rights was alive, Martin Luther King Jr. was dead, Jim Crow was holding court down at the barbershop and Uncle Tom just bought a house in the suburbs."

From one great author to the next, Major General James E. Livingston was the second speaker introduced by Jodi-Beth. During her introduction, she recounted MG Livingston's sentiment that although it's important to win on the home front, it's just as important to win on the battlefield. This attitude is evident is his novel, Noble Warrior, which "provides insight and analysis at the highest military level."

As a Medal of Honor recipient, MG Livingston personal stories of World War II battlefront experiences, including his role in the evacuation of Saigon deliver an epic novel that will forever be a testimony not only to our country but to the young men and women of our armed forces.

During the most poignant moment of his presentation, MG Livingston described the "saddest moment" of his military career as when he boarded the evacuation helicopter in Saigon, with room for only his troops, he was forced to leave behind the 20,000 Vietnamese whom he had just looked in the eye.

Transitioning from battle stories and war heroes, the next author, Mary Alice Monroe, shared the battles our environment and its inhabitants face and the heroes who protect our landscape and its voiceless creatures. Jodie-Beth's introduction reminded the audience that everyone "can make a difference preserving the world around us," a sentiment Mary Alice carries throughout her 13 novels.

When Mary Alice took the podium, she explained what an honor it was to be on stage with two patriots, especially with her own son currently serving in Quantico. Bridging patriotism and our environment, Mary Alice described her favorite line of America the Beautiful, "purple mountains majesty." She explained this visual account of our landscape as a reminder of how quickly it can disappear.

As an active environmentalist, Mary Alice's novels share a common theme, and her newest book, The Butterfly’s Daughter is no exception as it uses the monarch butterflies' "genetic memory" migration as a metaphor for the reconciliation of a mother and daughter as they follow the migratory path of the monarchs. As Mary Alice explained, the butterflies route, traveling from the far north east to Mexico, her passion for their preservation was evident. She described her own account witness experience as a "spiritual moment." Mary Alice's environmental passion is not a solitary love for monarch butterflies, but rather for all animals, as her first New York Times hit Novel, The Beach House, showcases the endangered Sea Turtle.

The author presentations were concluded with an interesting question and answer period where writing and research styles were discussed as well as the business side of writing and the topic of title selection.

Submitted by Teal Van Saun, Keyway Committee

April 30, 2011

35th Spoleto Festival USA Features 150+ Performances

April 26, 2011: Plan on a full calendar when Spoleto opens on May 27.

Spoleto Festival USA General Director, Nigel Redden, provided a panoramic appetizer for The Historic Rotary Club of Charleston on April 26 when he previewed highlights for the Spoleto 2011 Festival set to open May 27 and run through June 12. "This year's festival is sure to be one of the most expansive in the 35 year history of its production in Charleston," said Mr. Redden as he laid out a concise summary of the multimedia events, exhibits and productions that will fill the city for 17 days.

Spoleto Festival USA will feature more than 150 performances of internationally acclaimed artists in theater, dance, opera, jazz and contemporary circus. It is likely to be the largest program in the Festival's history, and is expected to draw record visitors of all ages and demographics.

In addition to spotlighting American-grown talent, this year's festival weaves together the diverse artistic talents of individuals and groups from around the world including China, Cambodia, Spain, France, Ireland, Africa, and more. "The beauty of this year's program is that it delicately balances musical, theatrical and dramatic interpretations that create a subjective fabric that will be a different experience for each of us," added Redden.

From The Magic Flute to The Red Shoes, there is first-class entertainment that will appeal to all tastes. And, speaking of taste, the panoply of epicurean delights the chefs of The Holy City are expected to produce will surely complement the other four senses to aptly round out the experience.

For full details of Spoleto Festival USA, please visit, or call 843-579-3100.

Submitted by Mark Danes, Keyway Committee

April 22, 2011

The Treasurer of the State of South Carolina

April 19, 2011: Our speaker was The Honorable Curtis Loftis, Treasurer of the State of South Carolina. Loftis was born in Columbia and graduated from the University of South Carolina where he served as president of the student senate. After years of work in the business world, he established the Saluda Charitable Foundation, which focuses its giving on the education, nutrition and medical care of children, especially those with disabilities. Saluda has served over 170,000 meals, built a church, renovated schools and hospitals and sponsored medical missions and food pantries.

The State Treasurer's Office is responsible for the investment, cash management, and safekeeping of the State's general and restricted funds and a portion of the assets of the South Carolina Retirement Systems. It also provides fiscal management services, including receipt and disbursement of all funds. It coordinates all banking services, manages the State's debt, and administers and both the unclaimed property and college savings programs. It also works with and communicates regularly with the bond rating services to maintain high credit ratings that keep the state's borrowing cost low.

While the state is not small it has both urban and rural areas and the treasurer's office processes 3 million dollars per day. The banking system handles over 30 billion dollars a year and Loftis feels that there must be increased regulation to protect all investors. This is the only state with a Budget Control Board to regulate fiscal issues. Currently, there is a move to create a Department of Administration. He warned that things often happen in the state with little prior warning to the public at large and noted that the next 60 days may bring major changes. He supports transparency and accountability in government and cautioned that all too often, changes happen in "back rooms".

He is concerned that the public is being short changed by the workers in Columbia who do not work hard enough or long enough each day to accomplish the state's needs. In his quest for open government he proposes the rule: "see no evil, speak no evil and do no evil". He expects to release information in the very near future as to agencies or departments that are not measuring up to his standards of performance, accountability, and transparency.

Reported by Fred Sales, Keyway Committee

The Charleston Port

April 12, 2011: James I. (Jim) Newsome, III addressed our club on the topic of the South Carolina State Ports Authority. Mr. Newsome became President and CEO of the SCSPA in September of 2009, bringing with him more than 30 years of experience leading international shipping lines. Prior to joining SPCA, he was President of Hapag-Lloyd (America), Inc., He has held numerous other positions in the shipping industry. A Savannah native, Mr. Newsome received a bachelor's degree in Transportation and Logistics in 1976 and an MBA in Transportation and Logistics in 1977 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Mr. Newsome spoke about the deep water harbor initiative, growth prospects for the port, and the cruise business in Charleston. The $300 million initiative to deepen the Port of Charleston from 45 to 50 feet is a strategic priority for the port. The deepening would allow larger ships, specifically from the Panama Canal, to come into the Charleston port, bringing more business and boosting the state's economy. The volume of large, post-Panamax ships is expected to increase dramatically when the expansion of the Panama Canal opens in 2014. While currently enjoying the deepest waters in the Southeast, the port is already seeing some of the larger ships that need more than the port's current 45-foot low-tide clearance. The deepening will open the port to all classes of vessels under any tidal condition. There is consensus that a deepened Charleston Harbor is essential to facilitate the expected increases in trade through the harbor and the continued economic growth of the Southeast region.

The Port of Charleston closed 2010 with a nearly 17 percent increase in container volume, capping a year marked by new shipping services, statewide business initiatives and the arrival of the biggest ships on the East Coast. Newsome noted that South Carolina's ports are positioned to continue the upward trend in 2011. Charleston offers efficient access to a healthy growing base for both import and export cargo. On the export side, Charleston is an ideal gateway for the export-rich Southeast and this service links shippers across the region to another growing consumer market -- China. BMW's plant in Spartanburg currently produces approximately 1000 vehicles each day and is the exclusive exporter of passenger vehicles through the Port of Charleston to more than 130 global markets. The SCSPA handles international commerce valued at more than $50 billion annually while receiving no direct taxpayer subsidy. An economic development engine for the state, port operations facilitate over 260,000 jobs across South Carolina and nearly $45 billion in economic activity each year

Regarding the cruise business, Charleston is moving ahead with plans to open a new cruise terminal next year on the northern end of Union Pier Terminal. The $25 million terminal will replace the current cruise terminal that opened in 1973 much farther south on the property. It is expected to greatly improve the cruise experience in Charleston while also complementing the character of Charleston. The port is expected to handle 90 cruise ships in 2011. Charleston will remain a niche market for the major cruise lines, however, and the SCSPA is committed to limiting cruise ships to 104/year. The cruise business is a significant economic force for both the maritime and tourism industries in South Carolina, supporting more than 400 jobs and $37 million in total economic output in 2010, including $16 million in wages and $3.5 million in tax revenues. It's a vital economic driver for the maritime industry. Other businesses benefit, as well, as the cruise ships and crew buy products and services here. In addition, passengers spend money in shops, restaurants, hotels and attractions.

Submitted by Loretta Wilson, Keyway Committee

April 8, 2011

The City Market: Then and Now

April 5, 2011: Barry Newton addressed our club on the topic of The City Market. Barry is a Charleston native, a graduate of Bishop England High School and an open air vendor for over twenty years; today he is the manager of The City Market. Mr. Newton began with a brief history of the historic entity, discussed the continuing renovations and shared the anticipated long term results.

In 1788 Charles Pinkney deeded the land for the City Market to Charleston and stipulated that is must remain a public market or be returned to the Pinkney Family. The buildings that exist today were constructed between 1804 and the 1830’s to house vendors and perpetuate the market’s vitality.

Over the last 200 years the market has operated continuously, making it one of the oldest in the country. Due to the rise of super markets, in the mid 20th century, the market became run down and unattractive. In the mid 1970’s under the leadership of Mayor Palmer Gaillard the city took on the task of revitalizing the market, noting its historic value and long term potential as a land mark for our fine city!

Today, The City Market is Charleston’s number one tourist destination, though not frequented by many locals! It consists of four structures from Meeting Street to East Bay housing over 300 outdoor vendors daily, including, of course, the Sweet Grass Basket Ladies. Most recently a group of successful business owners teamed up to “return the market’s local flair”, their mission being to regain the support of locals by adding more crafts, arts and cuisine to the area. The group has instituted strict rules for all vendors pertaining to displays, products, etc. A booth owner must obtain management approval before adding any new products or making changes. To further propagate change the committee is very selective about new vendors, moving away from any more souvenir type items. The building is now housing an art show in the evening displaying over 50 local artists at each event.

The physical renovations completed last year added lights and fans to the ceilings, re-mortared the bricks, totally refreshing the dark buildings of the past. Through out the project the city has worked hard to keep all of the operators in business, moving them from one building to the next as the work progressed. The $2.1 million in bonds that were used to renovate the properties will be repaid solely through the rents generated over the years to come, NO tax dollars were spent on this improvement. Additional enhancements include restrooms, ATM’s, and a pedestrian walk way. Vendors no longer park their vans next to the building and remain there all day instead they must unload and park elsewhere, making the market much less congested.

The three open air buildings were complete last May, work continues on the first building which will house new shops, including fine cuisine, and local tenants like Wonder Works. As a city we can all look forward to the completion of this phase in late June and enjoy the fruits of this fabulous venue for years to come!

Submitted by Elizabeth Burwell, Keyway Chairperson
Spring Social at the Maritime Center

March 29, 2011: Our Spring Social was held in lieu of our regular lunch meeting. Members and their guests enjoyed an Oyster Roast at the Maritime Center. It was spectacular evening on the harbor with delicious oysters and chili cooked by Jamie Westendorf. Thanks to Digit Matheny and his social committee for all their efforts in planning such a wonderful event. They even ordered a blast of cool weather - perfect for eating oysters! And, a special thanks to Denise Barto and All Occasions Party & Events for donating all the set-up of tables, chairs, and decorations. A great time was had by all those in attendance!

March 24, 2011

An Introduction to the Roadwise Program

March 22, 2011: Allen O'Neal, the Charleston County Administrator was introduced to our club by Rob Dewey. Mr. O'Neal assumed his position in 2009 after many years working in local government from North Carolina to New Port Oregon. He has served in roles working with FEMA, disaster recovery and administration among others. Allen is a Paul Harris Fellow, the father of two grown sons, Michael and Joseph, and an avid Tarheels fan.

O'Neal began with a brief overview of county government and moved to his focus area, The Road Wise Program. Charleston County was formed in 1949; it consists of 9 districts, each represented by a council person on County Council. The county has 37 departments, employs 2300 people and operates on a budget of approximately $328 million. The Transportation Sales Tax Program was approved in 2004 and tax collection began in 2009, it anticipates a 25 year duration and $1.3 billion in collections. Those funds are allocated as follows: $847.2 million to Roadwise, $221.5 million to Green Space, and $234.6 million to Transit.

As of March 15, 2011 Roadwise has completed 279 projects, all which utilize mostly local engineering firms and construction companies and has an additional 90 active projects in motion. All funded projects are decisioned after extensive research and input from municipalities, communities and leadership. Allen pointed out that transparency is of the utmost importance; "after all they are your tax dollars, you should know how they are spent". He also reiterated that the goal is to enhance the quality of living for residents of Charleston County by creating safe avenues for bicyclist and pedestrians, improving traffic conditions for drivers, and preserving property values and landscapes.

Palmetto Commerce Parkway - Phase 1 took Ladson Road to Chrysler from two lanes to 4 lanes, its 2.1 miles long and had a budget of $48million, and it began in March 2006 and was completed in 2007. Phase 2- to complete Phase 1 and widen lanes from 2 to 4 from Ladson Road to Ashley Phosphate - budget of $43 million, project just completed.

Folly at Maybank Highway - began in March of 2009, completed in June of 2010 to improve drainage, sidewalks etc. budget of $4.1 million.

Bee Street at Courtenay Drive - began in May 2010, scheduled completion date of April 2011- improve traffic patterns- budget of $6.1 million

Glenn McConnell at I-526 - began in May 2010 scheduled completion of May 2011, adding lanes in both directions from Orleans Road to 526, address issues of highway noise for local neighborhoods - budget of $7.5 million

As is apparent by the projects above, the county works diligently to spread funding over the whole county based on need. Details pertaining to the RoadWise program and all of the projects can be found at

Submitted by Elizabeth Burwell, Keyway Committee Chair