October 20, 2014
President Jerry opened the meeting and called on Tim Owings who led the pledge and invocation. John Sebby introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians and Butch Whiddon welcomed the Interact Guests. President Jerry reminded everyone that we are celebrating Vocational Service Month and provided a shout out to the members who played in the golf tournament to support the Boy Scouts of America.
President Jerry gave thanks to last week's Club Cart Challenger, Charles Stewart who helped us raise $179.61 for the fund. The Club CART Challenger for the meeting is Tom Kiernan and the Outside Challenger is SunTrust Bank.
President Jerry made the following announcements/presentations:
- Thanked Connie Melear for hosting new members at a party at her house.
- Announced the "Costumes and Cocktails" Reverse Raffle Fundraiser.
- Reminded all to not forget the opportunity to write a check to the Wounded Warriors.
- Mentioned that Aline Lemis, the Georgia Rotary Student, needs a ride to Atlanta on November 7th.
A Member Moment was provided by Aimee Hall who provided an overview of "Safe Homes of Augusta".
Connie Melear introduced new member Erin Armstrong and Ed Presnell introduced new member Thomas Denlinger.
Robert Osborne introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Harris Pastides, the President of the University of South Carolina. President Pastides started his presentation by recognizing the outstanding commitment and service of the Osborne family, in particular Robert's Grandfather, to USC. President Pastides went on to detail some of the challenges that are facing college presidents today relating to college affordability in economic declines. He stated that State appropriations for the College, approximately $93 million, has dropped to 6th place in funding. The #1 funding source is Out-of-State tuition. Other funding sources include regular tuition, grants, auxiliary, and philanthropy. President Pastides provided some areas that can keep colleges affordable, which include:
- Encouraging every student to complete college on-time or less.
- Encourage student to not change majors as often as the average is 3 times.
- To remind students that they should know beforehand that a job with their major will be waiting for them.
President Pastides provided an overview of the new Darla Moore School of Business building recently built on campus. He described the new facility as a "World Class Building". As concerns athletics, President Pastides stated how proud he was for the College to be part of the SEC and how there is great use of the new SEC Network. He stated that athletics as the College benefits in funding of around $8 million per year. President Pastides concluded by stating his pride in being a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow and all that Rotary encompasses.
President Jerry stated that next week's speaker will be Neil Gordon from Buzz on Biz. He reminded that there will be a Board Meeting tomorrow morning.
The meeting was adjourned following the recital of the Four-Way Test.
Upcoming Meeting Topics
11/3/14 Batt Humphreys, Entreprenuer and Author
CART Blue buckets
Club Challenger: Tom Kiernan
Outside Challenger: SunTrust Bank
Chancellor of the Univ. of South Carolina
Chicago Rotary Club
Richmond County Interact Club
Aimee Hall 10-09-14 Augusta West Rotary
Jita Morrison 10-02-14 North Augusta Rotary
Jeanette Cummings 10-07-14 Augusta South
Jim Puryear 10-01-14 Augusta South
Darlene Price 10-20-14 On Line Make Up
The following will receive a make up for attending the October Rotary Board of Directors Meeting held on October 21, 2014.
Christine Miller Betts
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Mieko Di Sano
Jim Becton, MD,
Eddie Booth, Jr.
Carl Brown, Jr.