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Dr. Marjorie Jenkiins

6/7/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Dr. Marjorie Jenkins of Greenville Medical School

Dr. Jenkins serves as the Dean of UofSC School of Medicine Greenville and as Chief Academic Officer for Prisma Health-Upstate.
In 2015, Dr. Jenkins was invited to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health (FDA OWH) in 2015 via an Interprofessional Agreement with Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Within FDA OWH, Dr. Jenkins led, and disseminated research, education and health policy initiatives across the agency, and other …

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Dwight Bradham

5/24/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Dwight Bradham, Director Aiken County Veterans Service

“I served 32 years, rising from an E-1 Private to a Major. During that time, through multiple conflicts, the service members I served with did incredible things! I became a recruiter, then as an officer. I developed, created and led a unit of non-commissioned officers, and new recruits to ….

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2021 scholarships

5/17/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Rotary Club of Aiken Scholarships 2021

The Rotary Club of Aiken has awarded scholarships worth a total of $105,000 to 21 high school graduates from the class of 2021. Each recipient received $5,000. The grants’ official name is the Rotary ..,.

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Aimee Hanna

5/10/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Aimee Hanna, Executive Director at Aiken Senior Life Services

A veteran of the luxury hospitality industry, Aimee Hanna is an experienced leader with a passion for delighting the customer, improving work processes, leading teams to success – all with an eye to generating revenue and building on profitability. Having traveled the globe extensively, Aimee has a …..

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Dave Tavernier

5/3/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Dave Tavernier, Author of Stories of the Rich and Famous

Citizen and author, David will discuss Aiken’s Winter Colony…..

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Dr. Forest Mahan

4/26/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Dr. Forest Mahan, President of Aiken Technical College

Dr. Mahan will speak about the new welding lab at ATC & returning to the workforce.

Dr. Forest Mahan became President of Aiken Technical College in 2016, becoming the College’s fifth president since it opened in fall of 1972.

Founded in 1972, Aiken Technical College is a public, two-year comprehensive college with a campus spanning 104 acres, and nearly five decades of educational service to its community in Graniteville, South Carolina. ATC provides college credit programs in health, public service, business, industrial engineering and computer technology to more than 3,200 enrolled students annually. In addition, ATC serves another 10,000 participants in non-credit and continuing education programs each year.Dr. Forest E. Mahan stepped into his new role as fifth president of Aiken Technical College on July 1, 2016, after serving 8 years at Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw as Vice President for Academic Affairs and  ….

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Michael Smith

4/19/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Michael Smith, Executive Editor at Aiken Standard

Smith will talk about his recently released book about the history of the town of Hamburg, SC.

The Coastal Carolina alumnus, who once had dreams of playing professionally on the PGA Tour, has carved out a strong niche in the newspaper industry since moving south from New York in 1993. In addition to being editor of the Chronicle, Smith was …..

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Matthew Dupee

4/12/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Retired Vice-Admiral Chuck Munns, and Matthew Dupee, a former Rotary International Fellow

Retired Vice-Admiral Chuck Munns, as well as Matthew Dupee, a former Rotary International Fellow. Matt spoke about the experiences he had while in Scotland and how it changed his life, enabling him ..

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Gary Stooksbury

4/5/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Gary Stooksbury, CEO of Aiken Electric Cooperative

Gary will speak on a topic that has been more relevant during the pandemic than ever, rural ….

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Dr. Vahid Majidi

3/29/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Dr. Vahid Majidi, Executive Vice President and Director, Savannah River National Laboratory

Vahid is a decorated former member of the senior executive service and senior intelligence service with direct reporting responsibilities to the Secretary of Defense, Director of National Intelligence and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Most recently, Vahid served as a Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc., providing solutions in highly complex scientific, engineering, technical, and research and development ….

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Mayor Rick Osbon

3/22/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Mayor Rick Osbon

Mayor Rick Osbon to discuss the State of the City.

An Aiken resident since the day he was born in the old Aiken County Hospital on Richland Avenue, Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon knew early on that he wanted …..

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Larry Byers, Joint-Master of the Aiken Hounds

3/15/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Lt. Col. Larry Byers, Joint-Master of the Aiken Hounds

Larry Byers will speak on the economic impact of the equestrian community.
Larry Byers has done everything from showing and eventing to his great passion – hunting. He spent 32 years in California where he was a career Marine, then worked as nance director of a water district. His sporting life as a whipper-in with Santa Fe Hunt in Temecula (CA) included three seasons as huntsman and four years as master. About six years ago Larry and his wife Pat moved to Aiken, SC. At the start of the 2011-12 season, he became joint-master of the Aiken Hounds. He stil ….

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3/8/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Carol Burdette, District 7750 Membership Chair

Carol currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Anderson County where she has held that position since 2002. She served as a member of Pendleton’s town council for ten years before being elected Mayor from 1997-2009. Ms. Burdette has been honored with the Point the Way Award, the Athena Award, the Leadership Anderson ….

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dr. daren timmons

3/1/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Dr. Daren Timmons, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UofSC Aiken

Dr. Daren Timmons will address the club on Cyber Security at UofSCA
Before coming to USCA in 2016, Timmons was the John C. Allen ’62 Institute Professor of Chemistry and head of the chemistry department at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, where he developed new liquid crystal materials and metal-organic ….

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Will Grimsley

2/22/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: W.F. Grimsley, SC Veterans Affairs

Will Grimsley graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina in May 1980 with a B.A. in History and was commissioned in the U.S. Army as an Infantry officer. Throughout the next 33 years he served in assignments throughout the United States, Germany, Korea, Kuwait, multiple combat tours in Iraq, and deployments to several other nations. Grimsley held command and leadership positions at every level from platoon through corps and served on staffs from small unit levels up to both the Joint Staff and ….

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Dr. Tim Hardee

2/8/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Dr. Tim Hardee, President of the South Carolina Technical College System

Dr. Tim Hardee is president of the South Carolina Technical College System, the largest higher education sector in the state. South Carolina’s Technical colleges have 160,000 students enrolled in degree, diploma, certificate and continuing education programs at 16 campuses and 64 satellite……

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Charles L. Munns

2/1/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Chuck Munns, Nuclear Defense Strategy

Charles L. Munns, retired as a Vice Admiral in the United States Navy. Munns held several posts including Commander, United States Submarine Forces (COMNAVSUBFOR) and Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (COMSUBLANT). Munns served as commander of thE ….

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aiken rotary scholarships

1/25/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Rotary Scholarship Donor Recognition

We will hear from the scholarship committee, along with a short presentation Sanela Porca is bringing to us regarding a community service project two students are doing…..

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Nature Conservancy of South Carolina

1/11/21: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Lownders Macdonald of the Nature Conservancy of South Carolina

Founded in the U.S. through grassroots action in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than a million members and the …..

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12/21/20: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Rotary Christmas Program/Brittany Kisner of the Kisner Foundation

The Kevin & Brittany Kisner Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to creating a positive environment for children to grow into …..

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Dr. Salena Porca

12/14/20: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Rotary Service Grant Awards and Dr. Salena Porca in regards to the USCA Business Symposium.

The Aiken Business Leadership Symposium (ABLS) is an opportunity for UofSC Aiken students, local businesses, and community members to gain new insights into the world of business and the role of leadership. This one-day symposium is intended to bring prominent ……

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PAUL MATTHEWS

11/30/20: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Paul Matthews, Director of the Aiken County Emergency Management Division

Mr. Matthews will be talking about COVID-19 among other emergencies and how the whole community works together on these issues.
The Aiken County Emergency Management Division coordinates the….
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Gary Farina

11/23/20: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Gary Farina of Recovery Road Ministries

Recovery Road Ministries is dedicated to improving the physical, spiritual, and psychological health of individuals recovering from drug and/or alcohol addiction. Providing life-changing outreach and Christian-based recovery, the organization is Aiken County’s only non-profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
Located in the Graniteville Historic District….
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Bill Reynolds

11/16/20: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Bill Reynolds, Status of the Aiken County Library Project

Bill Reynolds, President of the Friends of the Aiken County Public Library, spearheaded the creation of a public-private sector partnership with the county to ….
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Robert Murphy

11/9/20: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Robert Murphy, UofSC Aiken Veterans Program

Mr. Robert A. Murphy is a graduate of the Darla Moore School of Business at University of South Carolina, with a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science Business Administration, and a Minor in Professional Writing.
Mr. Murphy served over 30 years in a myriad of international, national, and community-based positions. He is a military veteran with ….
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phil wahl

11/2/20: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Phil Wahl, History of the MASTERS Golf Tournament

Phil Wahl, President of Security Federal Bank, will give the club the history of the ….
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10/26/20: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Teresa Haas & Corey Burns on the Rotary Club of Aiken’s Mentoring Program

Rotarians Teresa Haas and Corey Burns will provide an update on our club’s Mentoring Committee…
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Jessica Coach

10/19/20: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Jessica Coach Executive Director of the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons

The work provided by the staff of the Cumbee Center is vital since South Carolina ranks fifth in the nation for women who are murdered by an intimate partneR…
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Susan Meehan

10/12/20: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Susan Meehan, Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County

The Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County coordinates investigations, treatment and prosecution of the most serious cases of child abuse in Aiken and its…
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Ellen Priest

10/5/20: IN-PERSON ROTARY: Club President Ellen Priest, Rotary 2020 – 2021

Club President, Ellen Priest, discusses plans for the Rotary year 2020 – 2021…
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henry mcmaster

9/28/20: Virtual Rotary - The Honorable Henry McMaster, Governor of South Carolina

Henry Dargan McMaster of Columbia became the 117th Governor of South Carolina on January 24, 2017 and was elected to his first full term as governor on November 6, 2018….
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9/21/20: Virtual Rotary - U of SC President, Robert Caslen

Bob Caslen, the University of South Caro­lina’s 29th president, is a retired Army lieutenant general and former superintendent and president of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point…
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The Rotary Club of Aiken provides meals to the Salvation Army

The Rotary Club of Aiken continues to give back during this crisis by providing 90 meals every Monday to the Salvation Army for their clients in need.
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stuart bedenbaugh

9/14/20: Virtual Rotary - Stuart Bedenbaugh, City Manager, City of Aiken

The Clearwater, S.C., native, who graduated from Midland Valley High School and the University of South Carolina, is Aiken’s eighth city manager. Bedenbaugh served as Aiken’s assistant city manager from…
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margaret key

8/31/20: Virtual Rotary - Margaret Key, Executive Director of Aiken Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Margaret Key will be joined with Dr. Charlie Dees from Aiken Regional Medical Centers speaking about substance abuse in Aiken County..
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8/24/20: Virtual Rotary - Various religious leaders discussing challenges during the pandemic

A few prominent Aiken ministers will speak about the challenges religious leaders have faced in trying to conduct services and serve their parishioners during the pandemic.
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8/17/20: Virtual Rotary - Stephanie Franklin, President of USC Aiken’s Inclusion Advisory Council

Stephanie Franklin currently serves as vice president of the sorority’s Kappa Upsilon Omega Chapter and went on to become chairperson of the USC Aiken’s Inclusion Advisory Council and MLK Jr. Community Committee.
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beth padgett

8/10/20: VIRTUAL ROTARY: Beth Padgett, the District Governor of District 7750

Beth Padgett is the District Governor for our District 7750, overseeing 51 Clubs in our District. READ MORE

molly spearman

8/3/20: VIRTUAL ROTARY: Molly Spearman, Superintendent of Schools for the State of South Carolina

Molly Mitchell Spearman is a teacher and politician serving as the South Carolina Superintendent of Education. She took office in 2015 and her current term is scheduled to end in 2023. READ MORE

JIM NEWSOME

7/27/20: Virtual Rotary, Jim Newsome, CEO and President of the South Carolina Ports Authority

Mr. Newsome became President & CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) on September 1, 2009 and is only the fifth leader in the history of the organization. READ MORE

Bianca Otterbein

7/20/20: Virtual Rotary, Bianca Otterbein, Clinical Director for Aiken Barnwell Mental Health

Dr. Belle Wheelan

7/13/20: Virtual Rotary, Dr. Belle Wheelan

Bill Rogers

7/6/20: Virtual Rotary, Executive Director, South Carolina Press Association

aiken rotary scholarships

Rotary Club of Aiken awards $105,000 in scholarships

Rotary Club of Aiken has awarded scholarships worth a total of $105,000 to 21 high school graduates from the class of 2020. Each recipient READ MORE