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Some of our past events

August 15th, 2013 
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon: 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:   Our Mission Statement
A global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and
one community at a time.



Program: Richard W. Danner
Mayor, City of Greer, SC




Rick Danner is serving his fourth term as mayor of Greer.

His tenure has covered one of the most progressive periods i

in the city’s history, including unprecedented industrial and

 commercial growth and construction of the city’s magnificent

new Municipal Complex, which includes a three-story City Hall,

a Police and Courts Complex, and the 12-acre Greer City Park

to serve the community. Mayor Danner is recognized as a leader

at the state level, as delegates at the Municipal Association

of SC’s 68th Annual Meeting unanimously elected him as

president of the MASC Board of Directors for 2008-09. Danner

 stepped down as a member of the association’s board

of directors in 2012 having completed 10 years on the board,

 three of those as its immediate past president.

He accepted MASC’s highest honor for municipal officials,

the Allison B Farlow Award, for “contributing significantly to

the advancement of municipal government in SC.”

The award has been presented just 16 times

since it was established in 1975.

A native of Knoxville TN, his family moved to SC,

where he completed high school in Florence and earned his BS from Clemson. 

He worked as a landscape designer for Harold Weldon and As

sociates in Cheraw, and Oconee Nurseries in Greenville before opening

Danner Landscape Management, Inc. He owned and operated

the full-service landscape design and construction firm for

more than 20 year before joining the administration at

Greer State Bank in 2002. He currently serves as the

VP of Human  Resources and Security.

Mayor Danner is married to Greer native Rita Howell Danner.

They are the parents of two sons, Sam and Jacob, and reside

in downtown Greer where they attend church and are active

 in community activities.

Tim Hughes is Program Chair for this event.

10-03-2013 14:01:22    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon: 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:   Our Mission Statement
A global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and
one community at a time.


Program: Kelli Seawell

Greenville County Recreation Dept

Learn to Swim/Make a Splash


Join us as we hear a report on this year's successful program and learn about it's future.

08-11-2013 14:24:14    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, June 18th, 2013 
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon: 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:   Our Mission Statement
A global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and
one community at a time.

                               Amy Clifton Keely

Communities in Schools


Amy Clifton Keely has worked for Communities In Schools of Greenville County since Feb 1999. Her roles with CIS-Greenville have included Case Manager, Site Coordinator of the Afterschool Program at Chandler Creek Elementary, and Director of Afterschool Programs for Communities In Schools of Greenville. Amy has successfully written or assisted with grants resulting in over $1 million of funds for at-risk youth in Greenville County. In 2007, Amy was honored as one of seven recipients of the National Communities In Schools “Unsung Hero Award,” which is distributed every five years. In 2008, Amy was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumna Award at Western Carolina University. Amy is a third generation graduate of Greer High and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Western Carolina Univ in Cullowhee, NC, where she received a BS degree in Psychology with a minor in English. Other work experiences include church youth ministry, school district/Title 1 Summer Enrichment Programs, and group home counselor for adolescent girls with behavior problems. Amy enjoys concerts, traveling, cooking, and photography. Amy’s favorite quotes are: “It is easier to build a child than to repair an adult” and “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” Matt Tebbetts was Program Chair for this meeting.

07-25-2013 07:43:04    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, June 6th, 2013 
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon: 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:  Elizabeth Tezza

Kiwanis International Trustee


Kiwanis ELIMINATE Program


(maternal and neonatal tetanus)




Elizabeth Tezza (Sullivan's Island, SC) was elected to a three year term as a trustee of Kiwanis International in June 2012 at the 97th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in New Orleans. She is a member of the East Cooper-Mt Pleasant Kiwanis Club, and has served as Key Club Advisor, Governor, Lt Governor, and District Coordinator of The Eliminate Program. She is a Diamond Level George F Hixson Fellow and a charter Walter Zeller Fellow. She is also a charter member of Women in Kiwanis. Outside of Kiwanis, Elizabeth serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Zoning appeals for the Town of Sullivan's Island, is Clerk of the Vestry of the Church of the Holy Cross, and treasurer for Cursillo in the Diocese of SC. She is married to Tom Simmonite and has one stepdaughter.


What is MNT? In 28 countries around the world, maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) can quickly turn the joy of childbirth into tragedy. MNT kills one baby every nine minutes. Its effects are excruciating and tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch. There is little hope of survival. And tetanus kills mothers too.
What will it take to eliminate MNT? More than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. Thisrequires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take $110 million and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.
07-16-2013 10:46:24    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, MAY 16th, 2013 
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon: 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Program: Glenda ManWaring


Executive and Artistic Director


Centre Stage SC


 A well-known Upstate performer, director and voice-over artist, Glenda has served as ED/AD for 3 seasons at CSSC. 
She served as Creative Director for the 2010 Centre Stage production of Rock n' Roll Heaven, which at the time achieved
the highest weekly gross of any show in the theatre's history and which also opened the door for her current position.  One
 of the greatest theatrical endeavors is to begin with an idea, enlist the people to cultivate that idea and watch it grow to
 success through the efforts of all involved - what a thrill!  Having  performed on Greenville's great stages including Centre
 Stage, Warehouse, Greenville Little Theatre, Peace Centre and SCCT she counts  it a privilege to be part of Greenville's
 rich theatre history. Formerly Creative Ministry Director at Southside Fellowship, Glenda is the wife of Todd ManWaring,
 owner of ManWaring Construction. They have two daughters, Chelsey Brilliandt (Alex) and Paige. Her Centre Stage
 credits as an actor include Moonlight and Magnolias, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Crimes of the Heart and
Angel Street.  Her directing credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Hairspray. 
Anne Gibson is Program Chair for
 this meeting.


05-29-2013 14:32:30    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.





Thursday, May 4th

Program: The Children’s Hospital
Greenville Health System


We are excited to make a presentation to your club. I will bring Ashland Brown with me to the meeting. She is from Raleigh, NC and has been married 23 years to Kent. They have twin sons age 13 and a girl age 9, all in public school in Duncan. The Browns moved here 12 years ago and love it. They think GHS is awesome and believe that God put them here where there is a great hospital and awesome people to take care of Sam.
Dianne Dillon /Annual Giving Coordinator

Thursday, April 18, 2013 
The Poinsett Club 
Luncheon: 12:30 – 1:30 PM 
Program:     Geneva  Anderson   “Keeping  the God Focus

“Keeping  the God Focus”   Born and reared  in Little Rock, AR, Geneva has been a long-time resident of SC since coming to  Greenville in 1964 to attend Bob Jones University, where she earned a bachelor  of arts degree in humanities. Her background includes diverse experience in  sales management, travel planning, administrative, and professional roles.   She is a member of Toastmasters  International, the world’s largest communications and leadership training  organization and has served in every leadership position at the club, area,  division and district levels. The winner of many awards, Geneva speaks  competitively throughout SC and is well known as a speaker who can connect  with her audience.   For many years,  Geneva has had a desire to be an inspirational/motivational speaker. Since she  has now lived long enough and has experienced the many vicissitudes of  life, including her own personal battle with cancer, she believes she has  something credible to say. Geneva resides in Taylors and is active in Heritage  Bible Church, Greer. She is the mother of four grown and married children who  have blessed her with nine wonderful grandchildren.   Geneva lost her husband of 40+ years in  2009.    Jim Nance is  Program Chair for this meeting.  

05-14-2013 07:44:27    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, April 4, 2013 The Poinsett Club Luncheon: 12:30 – 1:30 PM Program: David Van De Water Associate Designer, JDP Design Garden Structures

David is a SC native, growing up in Columbia. He graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture. David currently lives in Anderson with his wife, Mindy. James, their first son, was born in December, 2009. In the summer of 2010, David became the most recent addition to join the JDP Design team. “I like blending art, architecture, & nature to create spaces for people to enjoy.” Jack Thacker is Program Chair for this event.

04-16-2013 05:47:00    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

March 21st.   

Rev Deb Richardson-Moore

                   Triune Mercy Center   



Deb Richardson-Moore is pastor of the non-denominational Triune Mercy Center – a mission church that ministers to and alongside the homeless in Greenville, South Carolina.  Deb is a native South Carolinian and a graduate of Wake Forest University and Erskine Theological Seminary.  She was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Greenville in 2005.  Prior to becoming a pastor, she was an award-winning writer for The Greenville News, covering art, theater, religion and unconventional features.  She has been a member of Leadership Greenville and of the Diversity Leadership Initiative of Furman University’s Riley Institute. She is a former board member of Greenville Forward and is active in the Upstate Homeless Coalition, a consortium of agencies that work toward ending homelessness in the Upstate.  At Triune, Deb has encouraged the building of a vibrant worship community whose parishioners mingle freely across socioeconomic lines. She has introduced international opera and Broadway stars to the homeless, and in return, introduced homeless musicians and visual artists to the Greenville community.  Using art, music, drama and gardening along with more traditional programming such as mental health counseling, computer training, employment help and drug rehabilitation, Triune has become known as a ministry that practices and preaches.  She is the author of the just-released book, The Weight of Mercy, a memoir of her early years at Triune. It is published by Monarch Books, an imprint of Lion Hudson in Oxford, England.  Deb is married to Vince Moore, who is director of media relations for Furman University. They have three grown children – Dustin, 30, Taylor, 27, and Madison, 22. 



03-29-2013 15:28:41    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 The Poinsett Club Luncheon: 12:30 – 1:30 PM Program: BGeneral James “Jim” Walker Samaritan’s Purse Brigadier General Walker was raised in Greenville SC where he attended Wade Hampton High School. After graduation from Clemson University with honors in May 1976, he was commissioned in the Marine Corps. He then enrolled in law school at the University of South Carolina, and graduated with honors in May 1979. His education also includes a Masters in Taxation from Georgetown University, a Masters in International Law from The US Army Judge Advocate Generals School, and a Masters in National Security Studies for the Naval War College. BGen Walker served in diverse positions throughout his 33-year Marine Corps career. He had extensive litigation experience and provided legal advice to commanders at all levels. He was also the first judge advocate selected for command twice. From 1992-1994 he commanded Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, and from 2002-2004 he commanded Security Battalion, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton. His military career concluded with successive tours in the Pentagon. From 2003-2006 he was the Executive Assistant to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and from 2006-2009 he served as the senior uniformed attorney in the Marine Corps as the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA). As the SJA he led the 475 attorneys and 600 support personnel providing legal services to Marines around the world, including forces in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. After retirement in 2009, BGen Walker joined the Christian international relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse. He provides management and guidance for projects around the world in his capacity as Deputy Director for International Projects. He resides in Boone, NC with his wife Nancy.

03-17-2013 11:28:14    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

February 21st, 2013 The Poinsett Club Luncheon : 12: 30pm - Program: KAY ROPER Executive Director DIANE GLUCK, Chief of Operations CANCER SURVIVORS PARK Cancer Survivors Park of Greenville SC is a project of Patiens First a local non-profit 50 I(C) (3) organization (Incorporated 1999) dedicated to engaging, education, empowering and enhancing the lives of patients and their caregivers. The Signature project for Patient First is the design and construction of a Cancer Survivor Park (CSP) in Downtown
02-27-2013 09:34:05    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

February 7th, 2013

The Poinsett Club
Luncheon: 12:30 – Program: Tim Bishop

Director of Museum Development

Upcountry History Museum/Furman Univ


Tim Bishop accepted the position of Director of Museum Development for the Upcountry History Museum in 2011. He had previously served as the Manager of the Chairman’s Circle Program for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce in 2010-2011 and as President of Junior Achievement of Upstate SC from 1997 to 2010. Tim currently serves on the board of Mauldin High School’s PTA and has served on the boards of Hands on Greenville, Interfaith Ministries and the United Way Community Outreach Cabinet. He is a Past President of our club and a graduate of the XXIII Class of Leadership Greenville. Tim, a native of Spartanburg, is a graduate of Wofford College and a member of Advent United Methodist. He is married to Heidi, the Director of Teacher Training at Camperdown Academy, and they have two children – a daughter, 15 and a son, 11 years old. In his spare time, Tim enjoys shooting sports, collecting historic firearms, and studying the history of the upstate, where his ancestors have lived since 1767. Tommy Epting was Program Chair for this event.

02-19-2013 09:16:28    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

 January 17th, 2013  

Program:   Walt Wilkins, Solicitor
                   13th Judicial Circuit
Walt Wilkins was born and raised in Greenville, SC. In 1996 he graduated from Wofford and received his law degree from the USC School of Law in 1999. Walt began his professional career as an attorney with Lockheed Martin Aircraft in Argentina, and in 2000 he joined the Greenville law firm of Leatherwood, Walker, Todd and Mann. He also served as an adjunct professor at Greenville Tech. In 2003 he was selected Young Lawyer of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2005 Walt was appointed Assistant US Attorney in Greenville. While there he handled several noteworthy cases including one of the largest mortgage fraud cases in the district, a large-scale gambling operation which resulted in one of the largest forfeiture cases in the Upstate, and a high profile human trafficking case. In 2006 Walt received the US Secret Service Award for Outstanding Prosecution and the US Attorney's award for Outstanding Prosecutor. In 2007 he was recognized for Outstanding Contribution to the Asset Forfeiture Program. On May 7, 2008 President Bush appointed Walt the US Attorney for SC, and he was confirmed by the US Senate. As the 49th USAttorney for SC, Walt served as the chief federal prosecutor for SC and chairman of the District's Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee. When he became US Attorney, Walt's main prosecution priorities were violent crimes, gangs and white-collar crime. Through his cooperation with state and local law enforcement agencies some of the most serious and violent gangs operating in the state were dismantled. In Nov 2010 Walt was elected Solicitor of the 13th Judicial Circuit and was sworn in for a four-year term beginning Jan 2011. After his election Walt was appointed to serve on the Commission on Prosecution Coordination by Governor Nikki Haley. In March 2011 he established a Worthless Check Program for Greenville and Pickens that helps local businesses by collecting money on bad checks and transferring the funds to the victim. Walt also established a Sex Crime Prosecution Unit within his office to target and effectively prosecute sex crimes, particularly those against children. He also expanded the Juvenile Arbitration Program to include Greenville County. Walt is married to the formerDonyelle Burton and they are the parents of three children.
02-01-2013 12:59:57    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

 January 3rd, 2013  

Program:    Erin Murphy, Development Manager, Pendleton Place 


Erin Murphy joined the Pendleton Place team on May 1, 2012 as Development Manager. Erin, originally from Columbus, Georgia, is a 2009 graduate of Presbyterian College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education and minor in Sociology. In 2011, she received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. That same year, she got married and moved to Greenville with her new husband who works with BB&T. After three years of serving as the Director of Admissions at the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, Erin is excited to begin working at Pendleton Place to raise funds to support abused and neglected children. Ed Reed is Program Chair for this event.


01-13-2013 10:36:47    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

November 15, 2012  

The Poinsett Club
Luncheon: 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:    The Honorable Bruce Bannister
            Republican, Greenville, District 24


Bruce Bannister will come to our next meeting to share information from the state government. Bruce is a managing partner of Bannister and Wyatt and is a native of Greenville. He is a graduate of Davidson College and the USC School of Law. Bruce is a member of Leadership Greenville XXVI, Greenville’s Best & Brightest under 35 in 2007, Order of the Wig and Robe at USC, Greenville County Bar, and Christ Church. He has served on the Lawyer Legislative Task Force (2009), Board for A Child’s Haven (2008-09), Family Law Bench Bar Committee (2008-09), General Law Subcommittee (2009), Peace Center Board (2009-), and was Assistant Majority Leader 2008-09. He is married to Mary Margaret Adams, and they have four children, Bruce, Jr, Benjamin, Molly Kate and Caroline. Kevin Mertens wasProgram Chair for this meeting.
12-31-2012 06:16:30    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

November 1st , 2012

The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM

Program:    Memorial Service for Kiwanis members and Celebration of Kiwanis   

Join us at the next meeting as we honor the following members who have died during the past few years:
Witty Adkins            Tom Anderson
Harry Blair                Country Harrison
Bill McGinty              Al Parr
Bill Phillips               Ed Potter
J D Todd                   Leonard Todd


11-07-2012 12:25:40    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

October 18th, 2012

The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM

Program:     Stan Sedran

The Greatest Generation,

World War II, and The Great Depression





Join us at the next meeting as Stan Sedran, a business and community leader, shares his thoughts on the greatest generation. He has given this presentation to another local civic organization, and his speech met with great reviews. Stan has been a member of our club since 1961. He and his wife Mae have owned Sedran’s Furs for over sixty years. Kevin Mertens was Program Chair for  meeting.
10-26-2012 14:14:12    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Program:    Installation of New Officers


 Join us at the next meeting as we thank outgoing officers for their hard work for our club in 2011-2012 and welcome new officers to their positions for 2012-2013. Tom Currier, the new Governor of the Carolinas District, will be present to install the officers and to speak about future Kiwanis goals. Our new officers for 2012-2013 are:
·         Jay Martin                              President
·         Bernie Ellis                            President Elect
·         Earle Harding                                    Vice President
·         Maurice Brown                     Treasurer
·         Dennis Doherty                     Secretary
·         Towers Rice, Jr                    Past President
Board of Directors – One-Year Term
Art Baiden          Rhoda Reyner       Matt Tebbetts
Jack Thacker     Jerry Tuck
Board of Directors – Two-Year Term
Tommy Epting           Billy Howard      Paul Hughes
10-11-2012 09:24:08    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.


September 20th, 2012

PROGRAM:   Let There Be Mom

 Kathy Sheppard spoke to our club about the Let There Be Mom organization that aids Moms and Dads who have a terminal illness to preserve legacies for their families. Clients must present documentation from their doctors that they would be terminal within a two-year period without medical intervention and must have children below the age of 18. The service is free, and the items created to preserve a parent’s legacy are as varied as the interests and hobbies of the clientele. Examples of items are scrapbooks, photos, thumb print charms, journals of letters, CDs, DVDs, painted pottery, quilts, diaries, recipe books, stuffed animals, collages and snow globes. Most of LTBM’s clients have died within 3 to 4 months of creating their legacy items. There is sometimes a hard push to finish the items in time for the parents to see the completed project. LTBM is proud to have received the Angel’s award from the state of SC for using 92% of their total proceeds in support of their clients. 117 families have been served since the first mom in August of 2007. The staff is composed of one fulltime and one part-time employee and lots of volunteers who work in the office, run errands, help to create legacy items, etc. LTBM has two fundraisers each year:

·         FALL - Dining Out for Mom, Thursday, October 25, profits from local restaurants go to LTBM, see website for listing of participating restaurants, help needed to deliver posters and greet diners
·         SPRING – Seek and Snap, families meet at the Drive Stadium for a treasure hunt, taking photos of items as they are found, free food and drinks along the way at participating businesses (4 to 5 hrs)
Kathy closed by inviting the members to view examples of legacy items on display and to participate through donations or volunteering. LTBM can be reached at 608-9819 or Anne Gibson was Program Chair for this event and introduced Kathy to the membership.



   September 6th, 2012

 Program:    Mike Butler, Director 

BSA , Blue Ridge Council



Since 1910, Scouting has helped mold the future leaders of the country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes and, through nearly a century of experience, understands that helping youth puts us on a path toward a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society. Scouting, with programs for young men and women, helps meet these six essential needs of the young people growing up in our society:

  • Mentoring

  • Lifelong Learning

  • Faith Traditions

  • Serving Others

  • Building Character

For nearly 100 years, BSA has been a volunteer-based, fee-driven organization, with close to 50 million living alumni having been through the programs. This model has served the organization well and has allowed BSA to become one of the most iconic brands in American culture. Like many non-profit or for-profit organizations today, however, the BSA realizes a more diverse revenue engagement model is good for business and provides a more sustainable financial base from which to continue its good works in communities across the country. Anchored in the vision of building long-term, strategic, and integrated alliances with corporations willing to support the BSA’s mission, the Corporate Alliances team is poised to position the organization for continued success. This team identifies strategies and cultivates relationships that develop revenue and resources to support national initiatives and grassroots programs that ultimately reach local councils and Scouting families. Kevin Mertens was Program Chair for this meeting.


09-30-2012 12:24:19    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

AUGUST 16th, 2012


Program:   Art Baiden  

The Importance of the Reserves to
Our Armed Forces
 Arthur Hamilton Baiden III of Greenville, SC, is a 1962 graduate of The Citadel, receiving a BS in Civil Engineering and recognition as the second honor graduate. He has served the college as Chairman of the Board of Visitors, Vice Chairman of the Board and as President of The Citadel Alumni Association. Baiden retired in 2005 as President and CEO of Potter Shackelford Construction Company in Greenville. In addition to his 32 years with Potter Shackelford, he retired in 1997 with the rank of major general after serving 35 years in the US Army, both active duty and reserves. In addition to numerous command assignments, he also served three combat tours, one in the Dominican Republic and two in Viet Nam. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Air Medal. He is a Master Parachutist and Ranger. In 1994 Governor Carroll Campbell presented Baiden the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest honor, for his service as Commanding General of the 120th Army Reserve Command in support of Operation Desert Storm. He subsequently served as the Deputy Commanding General (IMA) of the US Army Reserve Command and as the first Commanding General of the US Army Reserve Readiness Command. He also served as a member of the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee at the Pentagon in Washington. Baiden has served his community as president of the Speech, Hearing and Learning Center; president of the Wade Hampton Sertoma Club; Chairman of the Board of Carolinas AGC, the largest construction trades organization in the Carolinas; and is the current Vice Chairman of the Board of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County and a member of the Greenville Kiwanis Club. In addition to his BS degree from The Citadel, Baiden has a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University; and in 2009 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Military Science from The Citadel. He is also a graduate of the US Army War College. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi. Baiden is married to the former Jean Parsons of Fayetteville, NC; and they have two children, Annalynn Barnett and Hamilton, Citadel Class of 1991.
09-04-2012 13:40:11    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

AUGUST 2ND, 2012


Program:        John West

As one of America's outstanding speakers, John West has enjoyed a career accented by running from one interesting assignment to another.  A native of Memphis, TN, John attended LSU and graduated from East Texas State University.  He was one of the fastest collegiate sprinters in the US, with a clocking of 9.4 seconds. He later earned a master's degree in school administration from Memphis State, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from Dallas Baptist University. John spent his early career as one of the most successful track and cross-country coaches in the country.  His teams at Frayser High School in Memphis; Union University in Jackson, TN; Furman University and USC never had a losing season. Following his coaching career, John was named Director of Athletics for Furman.  Under John's leadership, Furman won 14 conference titles in seven sports, including a national championship in women's golf. John also gained national prominence at Furman as an administrator and promoter with his  "money back guarantee" on season football tickets.  His bout with Victor, the wrestling bear, at the halftime of a basketball game drew national attention, though it almost cost the university its athletic director! John is a gifted communicator, and has made more than 2,000 presentations to NFL teams, multi-nationalcorporations, schools and churches. John and his wife, Charlotte, make their home in Tigerville, S.CJim Nance was Program Chair for this event. 
08-11-2012 15:06:32    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

JULY 19, 2012


Program:      Dr Jeff Willis,

                   Greenville County Historical Society

 . Dr Jeff Willis showed us some fascinating slides from his collection of antique postcards from Greenville. He also shared some interesting information on the history of the postcard in America:
·         Postcards were used in Europe for many years before they became legal to use in the US
·         An Act of Congress in 1898 made it legal to mail a postcard but one side was reserved for the image and one side for the address – no space for correspondence was allowed – people got around this restriction by writing messages over the image
·         An Act of Congress in 1907 made it legal to divide the back of a postcard into two sections – one for the address and one for a written message
It was entertaining to see the changes to downtown Greenville from 1800 to the present day. Dr Willis pointed out that the biggest periods of growth to the downtown area were in the 1920’s and beginning again in the 1970’s and continuing through today. Tim Hughes was Program Chair for this event and introduced Dr Willis to the membership.
07-30-2012 10:06:54    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:      Mayor Knox White


Knox White has served as Mayor of Greenville since 1995. As Mayor he has the goal of making the city of Greenville "the most beautiful and livable city in America." He has emphasized neighborhood revitalization, economic development and transformational projects for downtown. Key strategic projects include: removal of the Camperdown Bridge and creation of Falls Park, the restoration of the Poinsett Hotel and Court St, new retail (Mast General Store), a downtown baseball stadium (Fluor Field), river front development and a bike and walking trail system throughout the city, public art initiatives along Main St, record annexations, and a model infrastructure for Clemson ICAR. Neighborhood initiatives include enhanced beautification efforts, traffic calming, sidewalk construction, support for neighborhood associations, reinvestment in neighborhood parks, master plans for commercial corridors, and attractive new housing in the city's special emphasis neighborhoods. Under the mayor's leadership, the city has gone 15 years without a property tax increase, maintains a high bond rating, and enjoys a reputation for solving problems on an innovative and bipartisan basis. A native of Greenville, and a graduate of Christ Church Episcopal School, Greenville High School, Wake Forest University and the USC School of Law, Knox White is a partner in the law firm of Haynsworth, Sinkler & Boyd, where he heads the firm’s immigration and customs practices. He is married to Marsha P. White, and they have two children.   Tim Hughes was Program Chair for this event.
07-17-2012 09:13:15    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Our  Meeting JUNE 7, 2012

The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:      Presentation of 2012 Greenville Kiwanis Foundation Grants

Please join us as we present this year’s checks to the grant recipients. The following grants have been approved and will have representatives in attendance:
Communities in Schools                  $2000
            Building student leaders
Greenville Free Medical Clinic        2000
            Purchase pediatric supplies
Generations Group Home                1500
            After care for program graduates
Salvation Army Boys and Girls        1950
            Summer camp for 30 kids
SC Children’s Theatre                      1500
            Education & arts for children
Total of all grants                               $8950
Thank you to all of this year’s Foundation Board members:
Earle Harding, ex-officio transition officer
Kevin Mertens, Chairman
Steve Harkins, Treasurer
Ed Reed, Secretary
Towers Rice, Randy White
Art Baiden, Loretta Hartzell, J D Martin
07-17-2012 09:03:06    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

May 17, 2012

The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:  Rev Matt Matthews
1000-Mile Journey to Trace a WWII Story

Join us at our next meeting as our own Matt Matthews relates his journey to trace his father’s travels during WWII. Matt Matthews was on sabbatical during the summer of 2011, writing about “fathers and sons”. He and his family followed his dad’s WWII footsteps from Glasgow to Belgium, where his dad was captured in the Battle of the Bulge. Matt’s first novel and winner of the SC Arts Commission First Novel Prize, was published in May 2011 by the award-winning Hub City Press. It has been nominated for a Virginia Library Literary Award and a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Award. Fritz and Christine and Their Very Nervous Parents, a children’s story about vocation and illustrated by Adrienne Davis, was published in the fall of 2010 by Avenida Books. For eight years, Matt has been pastor at St Giles Presbyterian Church where he preaches weekly and works with a great staff of creative and devoted folk. He occasionally updates a webpage at Matt and Rachel are the parents of Joseph (19), Benjamin (15), and John Mark (12). They live in Greer.
06-03-2012 12:03:08    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

May 3, 2012

The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:      Kathleen Reynolds, CEO
                        Generations Group Home


Kathleen Reynolds is Founder and CEO of Generations Group Homes, a national accredited nonprofit organization that treats sexually aggressive teens. As CEO of Generations, Kathleen is responsible for oversight of all functions of the organization, promoting no more victims through their mission of being committed to the prevention of sexual abuse by providing best practice in the assessment and services for neglected and/or at risk youth and their families. Established in April 1991, Generations has grown from the original campus of 20 to two group home campuses with a capacity for 46 beds.   A third campus was recently opened, a psychiatric residential treatment facility with the capacity to work with up to 30 boys who have a more intense need.  These 3 sites are located together in southern Greenville County and have provided services to over 800 children and their families, continuing with a 98% success rate. Kathleen graduated from St Vincent’s College in CT and has been a practicing Psychiatric Nurse since the late 1970’s in a variety of settings from the prison system to a psychiatric residential facility. She and her husband of 40 years have two grown daughters and a precious granddaughter.    Anne Gibson is Program Chair for this event.
05-16-2012 13:14:29    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:      Erin Rodman Jones, Director
            Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery


Erin Jones is well suited to her role as Director at the Bob Jones University Museum, having earned a BS in Speech Education and an MA in Dramatic Production, both from Bob Jones University. The museum and gallery in Greenville houses one of America’s finest collections of European Old Master paintings. The galleries encompass Italian, Spanish, French, English, Flemish, Dutch, and German masterpieces from the 14th through the early 19th centuries and attract art experts and visitors from around the world. Erin has lectured widely before business, academic, civic and student audiences, both in the U.S. and abroad, and has taught both speech and drama courses at the university level. Mrs. Jones is 2010 Liberty Fellow, a statewide initiative focused on grooming emerging leaders in SC. She is active in the St. Francis Women’s Health Initiative and is also an executive board member of the Board of Directors of the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau. A multi-faceted person, Mrs. Jones’ personal life centers on her husband, Dr. Stephen B. Jones, President of Bob Jones University, and their three youngchildren. In addition, she enjoys acting in and directing plays, as well as studying art history. Tim Hughes is Program Chair for this event.
04-29-2012 11:04:50    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:      Carl Hensley
                        Property Tax Advisors of America


Carl Hensley partnered with Jay Redmond and Bruce McAdams in a franchise of EQUITAX in 2010. In June 2011, they changed the company name to Property Tax Advisors of America. PTAOA handles the valuation side of real property appeals process through relationships with the local assessor’s office and knowledge of each county’s interpretations of the tax code. They follow the process as far as the local Board of Equalization and have a partnership with Meilinger Consulting CPAs and a local attorney to take care of clients who wish to take appeals to the Administrative Law Court and beyond. Carl began his career in the appraisal industry in 2003 with Michael Thomas Appraisals, started working with Central Appraisal Agency on a contract basis in 2004 and began his position as an appraiser for the Pickens County Assessor’s Office in January 2007, assigned to the Keowee Lake section of the county, including two Cliffs communities and The Reserve at Lake Keowee. Carl was born in Greenville and is a graduate of Woodmont High School. He attended Greenville Technical College and is a Certified Resident Appraiser, continuing his education annually, including 9 credit hours per year with the SC Department of Revenue. Carl and his wife Charlotta have two sons, Caleb (4) and Jacob (3). The Hensleys are youth group leaders for First Baptist Church of Conestee. Carl is also a musician, playing the guitar, dobro and mandolin. Jim Nance is Program Chair for this meeting.      
04-17-2012 15:42:30    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:      Mike Couch, Executive Director
Museum & Library on Confederate History
Legion of Honor and Perfect Attendance Awards

Mike began working with the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Museum and Library on Confederate History after retirement. He became a board member in 2008, and became Executive Director in 2009. Mike is a life member of the SCV, a charter member of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, a member of the Gettysburg Foundation, and a life member of the History Channel. He was born in Easley and attended Northside Grammar School, Easley High School, and USC (majoring in chemical engineering) with business management courses at Limestone and Southern Wesleyan. Mike has two daughters, one son, two grandsons, and two granddaughters. Work history:
·         SC Highway Dept, survey crew for 123 between Easley & Clemson
·         Trained Tennessee Walking Horses
·         Singer Motor Products, Craftsman power tools, supervisor & manufacturing engineer
·         Avco Lycoming/Textron, gas turbine engines, manufacturing engineer and production control manager
·         Honeywell Aerospace, senior industrial engineer
04-03-2012 09:24:27    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM

Program:      Dr Bill Schmidt,

                        Medical Director Children’s Hospital, GHS


Dr Bill Schmidt, Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital in the Greenville Hospital System, specializes in pediatric hematology and oncology. He attended medical school at Duke University and performed his residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Tom Epting was Program Chair for this event.    
03-14-2012 08:18:12    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, February 16, 2012
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:      Kevin Stiens, Business Administrator

         City of Greenville, Parks and Recreation Department





Kevin has been employed with the City of Greenville since August 2006. He was hired as the Assistant Parks and Grounds Administrator and now serves as the Business Administrator for the Department. Kevin’s job entails responsibility for the department’s operating and capital budgets, personnel and policy administration, administer contracts and procurement functions, customer relations and project management. He has managed several projects in Greenville including Cleveland Park Playground replacement, assistant for AJ Whittenberg playground construction, sports lighting replacement on City’s athletic fields, Ice on Main, and park restroom renovation. Kevin graduated from Western Carolina University (2001) with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management. After graduation he was employed by the City of Hickory, NC as a Senior Recreation Programmer, and was responsible for their youth athletic programs. Kevin also worked for the Jackson County Recreation/Parks Department as the Recreation Director for Cashiers, NC. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Fall for Greenville. Tim Hughes is Program Chair for this event.

Topics that will be covered in the presentation:

  1. Highlights of the Parks and Recreation Department’s 2011 Accomplishments

  2. Goals for the Department in 2012

  3. Ongoing projects that the Department is working on

02-09-2012 07:45:36    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, January 19, 2011
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:          Todd Wiklow, Executive Director,
                            Diligent Hands Gracious Hearts
After working for several years in the durable medical equipment industry, Todd was led to start Diligent Hands Gracious Hearts in 1999. The organization helps senior citizens who have no other resources (whether poor finances, limited physical ability or lack of friends and family) to take care of basic home/lawn maintenance. Diligent Hands merged with Central Community Ministries in 2011 to offer a much wider array of services. The ministry employs 7 and serves hundreds of individuals each year while utilizing thousands of volunteers. Jerry Tuck was Program Chair for this event.
02-01-2012 17:13:51    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, January 5, 2011
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:      The Honorable Bruce Bannister
                        SC State House of Representatives
Bruce Bannister is a native of Greenville and is a graduate of both Davidson College and the USC School of Law. He is a managing partner of Bannister and Wyatt. Bruce is a member of Christ Church Episcopal, the Greenville County Bar Association, was a recipient of the Order of the Wig and Robe at USC, and a member of Leadership Greenville Class 26. He has served as the House Representative for District 24 since 2005. Bruce is married to Mary Margaret, and they have two sons, Bruce Jr and Benjamin. 
01-13-2012 11:14:32    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:      Annual Christmas Music & Holiday Trivia Program led by
Bernie Ellis, Susan Clark and Anne Gibson
Also bring contributions for
Piedmont Women’s Center




Join us at the next meeting as Bernie Ellis, Susan Clark and Anne Gibson share a time of Christmas music, trivia and nostalgia with us. We will have a time of Christmas caroling and a chance to show our expertise in knowledge of the holiday season. So bring along your singing voice and your thinking cap and don’t forget your contribution for the Piedmont Women’s Center.


12-29-2011 15:16:20    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:      Rev John Boyte
            Covenant Presbyterian Church, Easley
Also bring contributions for
Piedmont Women’s Center


John Boyte is interim pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Easley, SC. He also serves full time as RUF campus minister at Anderson University. RUF is Reformed University Fellowship that is a college ministry of the Presbyterian Church of America designed to reach and minister to college students for Jesus Christ. As a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America, RUF holds to the core beliefs of historic Christianity which motivate our heart for God and love for the university.  Some of these beliefs include the need for new life in Christ, the authority of the Scriptures, and the mission of the Church to reach and equip all people with the message of the gospel. John Boyte is a graduate of Clemson University where he earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering (1987). He has had sixteen hours of graduate course work in Recreation Administration also from Clemson University. John has worked with youth as a lay minister directing and teaching the Junior High Youth at Peoples Bible Church in Greenville, SC (1988-1992) and the Senior High at the Evangelical Church of Bangkok in Bangkok, Thailand (1992-1993). He was involved with teaching Sunday School and assisting with the youth at Covenant before joining the staff in 1996. He finished the MDiv at Erskine Seminary and is ordained as a Teaching Elder in the PCA Church. He married his wife, Cheryl in 1987. They have three children, J.J., Casey, and Caleb. John served as Associate Pastor of Covenant Church for twelve years and has been the RUF Campus Minister at Anderson University for twelve years where since January 2008 he has served full time. Towers Rice, Jr was Program Chair for this event.
12-09-2011 07:16:26    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:      The Honorable Bruce W Bannister
SC State Representative, District 24

   A wreck on I-85 prevented Representative Bannister from attending! 

 Bruce Bannister is a native of Greenville and is a graduate of both Davidson College and the USC School of Law. He is a managing partner of Bannister and Wyatt. Bruce is a member of Christ Church Episcopal, the Greenville County Bar Association and was a recipient of the Order of the Wig and Robe at USC and a member of Leadership Greenville Class 26. He has served as the House Representative for District 24 since 2005. Bruce is married to Mary Margaret, and they have two sons, Bruce Jr and Benjamin.  

12-09-2011 07:12:59    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 – 1:30 PM
Program:      Rev John Boyte
            Covenant Presbyterian Church, Easley
Also bring contributions for
Piedmont Women’s Center


12-09-2011 07:11:19    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Poinsett Club

Luncheon 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Program:      J D Martin  

Radical Bridges to Build Relationships
                        Prague mission trip report


Please join us as we discover from J D Martin, unusual ways to build relationships with people, ie, How a Park Created a Relationship with an Entire Village.
11-15-2011 17:03:49    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Poinsett Club

Luncheon 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Program:  Rebecca Callahan, Safe Harbor



Please join us as we welcome Rebecca Callahan from Safe Harbor to our meeting. Maurice Brown is Program Chair for this event.
10-31-2011 18:09:59    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Poinsett Club

Luncheon 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Program:     Induction of new Kiwanis officers for 2011-2012   



Please join us as we thank Paul Hughes for his wonderful leadership for 2010-2011, and we welcome the new officers to their roles for 2011-2012. Tom Currier, Governor-elect for the Carolinas District, will be on hand to help with the ceremony and present pins. Our officers for the new Kiwanis year are:
President                   Towers Rice, Jr
President-elect          Jay Martin
Vice-President          Bernie Ellis
Secretary                   Dennis Doherty
Treasurer                   Maurice Brown
Directors – Two-Year Term
Earle Harding          Rhoda Reyner
Brandon Smith       Matt Tebbetts
Jerry Tuck
Directors – One-Year Term
Art Baiden                Tommy Epting
Tim Hughes             Bill Linn
Betty Poe
10-16-2011 13:36:14    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Poinsett Club

Luncheon 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Program:  Jo Quatannens  

            The US Senate’s Early Years


Jo Quatannens is currently self-employed as a consulting historian, specializing in the documentation of historic properties. Jo worked for History Associates, Inc in Rockville, MD from 1985 to 1987 where she co-authored a study with Dr Richard Hewlett that led to the establishment of the Government Accountability Office. She also did contract work for the US Department of Energy, Kendall Corporation, and the Federal Emergency Management Administration. Jo served as the Assistant Historian for the US Senate Historical Office from 1989 through 1997. Her duties included maintaining the office’s online reference service, editing the Senate entries in the Biographical Directory of the US Congress, and providing assistance to Senate offices, the press, and the public. Jo complied Senators of the US: A Historical Bibliography (1995) and co-authored Vice-Presidents of the US 1789-1993 (1997) with Senator Mark Hatfield, et al. She is a native of Columbia and holds 3 degrees from USC in history, receiving her PhD in 1984. Jo is a member of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and the Spartanburg County Historical Society. She and her husband Steve have lived on a farm in Landrum, SC since 1997 with four horses and a German Shepherd dog. Steve is a West Point graduate who achieved the rank of colonel before retiring from the Army. He then worked as an attorney in Washington, DC for 20 years. Jim Nance was Program Chair for this event.


10-02-2011 17:00:57    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Poinsett Club

Luncheon 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Program:   Dr Gregory Pickett

             Clemson University, Falls Campus


Gregory Pickett is associate dean for the Greenville Clemson at the Falls campus. He is responsible for the continued development and operation of the college’s Clemson at the Falls location on the Reedy River, including the MBA program, Professional Advancement and Continuing Education (PACE), and the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Tommy Epting is Program Chair for this event.
09-09-2011 11:44:27    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Poinsett Club

Luncheon 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Program:  William Brown, Family Legacy Inc


Campbell Young Leaders, Inc &
            Legacy Charter School

William Brown is the CEO of Family Legacy, Inc that is owned by William and his son Chris, both CPA’s and Personal Financial Specialists. William is passionately involved in creating advantages for children’s learning and for empowering underserved children to “be all they can be.” He manages Campbell Young Leaders, Inc, a private foundation that owns the property for Legacy Charter School where he serves as Board Chair. At Legacy Charter School, all children are expected to attend and graduate from college. William graduated from The Citadel after completing four years of military service. He is married to Karen, and they have four children and four grandchildren. William serves on the boards of The Peace Center, The Greenville Tech Foundation and the Trustees of Limestone College. Reading and basketball are among William’s favorite pastimes. Jerry Tuck was Program Chair for this event.

08-31-2011 11:10:17    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Poinsett Club

Luncheon 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Program: Glenda ManWaring

Executive/Artistic Director

Centre Stage SC


Glenda ManWaring became the Executive/Artistic Director of Centre Stage – South Carolina in the spring of 2010. Formerly Creative Ministry Director at Southside Fellowship of Greenville, Glenda served as Creative Director for the February 2010 Centre Stage production of Rock 'n Roll Heaven, achieving the highest weekly gross of any show in the theater's history. She is a well-known Upstate performer, director and voiceover artist, having performed on stage in over 35 productions in the area. Glenda’s Centre Stage credits include Moonlight and Magnolias, It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play and Crimes of the Heart. Her background is diverse, combining extensive experience in business with a vibrant passion for the arts, participating in all things theatre, from directing to costume designing and everything in between. Glenda is the wife of Todd ManWaring, owner of ManWaring Construction, and they have two grown daughters, Chelsey and Paige. Bernie Ellis is Program Director for this event.


Fun Fact – Bernie, Glenda and Anne Gibson met on the set of The Music Man at SCCT in 2001 where Bernie was playing Professor Harold Hill and Glenda was Mrs Paroo.

08-11-2011 09:54:29    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Recognition  to JD Todd , OTTO WHITE AND

Awards by the Kiwanis Foundation

Towers Rice, Sr opened our meeting with prayer. Barry Stuart won the door prize. Guests of JD Todd were his daughter, Rosalind Tedards and son, Jack. Harriet White was a guest of Otto. Guests of the Foundation Board are listed below. Recognition of the 50th anniversary of JD Todd’s club presidency was delivered by Towers Rice, Sr. Anne Gibson read Ed Reed’s salute to Otto White and his 50 years of perfect Kiwanis attendance.


At our last meeting. . . Paul Craven reported that our Foundation balance was approximately $246,000 as of May 2011, up by $7000 from last year. We received grant applications requesting $23,725 this year. Our total grants this year of $10,000 represent a payout of approximately 4%. In granting the funds, the Foundation Board looked at where the money could make the biggest difference for younger children. Paul thanked the Board members for their dedicated service this year. The 2011 Greenville Kiwanis Foundation grant checks were received by:

Debbie Bell, Executive Director

$1,500 SC Children’s Theater

Grant funds will be used for outreach programs that exist at Marshall Pickens, Camp Courage, the Wonder Center, A Child’s Haven, Pendleton Place, Meyer Center and Title One Schools. Over 16,000 kids are reached annually through these programs.

Amy Clifton, After-school Programs Director

$2,275 Communities in Schools

Nearly 300 children are directly helped each year at 7 schools in the county. These funds will help to cover the costs of special programs and field trips to broaden the experiences of these at risk children.

Judy Outlaw, Interim Director & Carolyn Beckie, $4,125 Ready for Reading

The money will be used for circulating book bags that go home with children in the Head Start programs to encourage reading. 1200 kids and 300 parents are reached at quarterly reading events.

Breann Szmurlo, Salvation Army

$2,100 Summer Scholarship/Boy & Girl Club

Over 150 kids are served each day of this nine -week program. 700 children are served annually. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are prepared for each child. Breann also invited the membership to come for tours of the Kroc Center, which was built as a result of searching for a new and larger home for the Boys and Girls Club.

Congratulations to these recipients!

07-29-2011 13:51:13    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 

The Poinsett Club

Luncheon     12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program    Dr Mike Fanning
Executive Director - Olde English Consortium

Mike Fanning, a native of Columbia, SC, is a graduate of Wofford College, Benedict College, and USC – where he holds Masters, Educational Specialist, and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Administration, Leadership, and Policy. Mike is a former teacher. He has taught high school students (Social Studies) at Estill High School (Hampton School District #2) and Columbia High School (Richland School District #1). For the past fourteen years, Mike has served as the Executive Director of the Olde English Consortium - located in Chester, SC. The Olde English Consortium is an educational collaborative seeking to promote excellence through collaboration. It serves to promote efficiency and cooperation in the localities of the North Central region of SC. One if the consortium’s goals is to bring all stakeholders together to improve education, economic development, and the quality of life in the region...and across SC. Mike lives on a small farm in Mitford (Fairfield County) with his wife, Stephanie, and their 16-year old son, Markell. Bernie Ellis is Program Chair for this meeting.
07-29-2011 13:31:14    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, June 2, 2011 

The Poinsett Club

Luncheon     12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program   Thomas Bannister, President
                        Compass of Carolina

Thomas Bannister was born in Anderson and grew up in Greenville County. He is a graduate of Berea High School, North Greenville and Furman. Thomas earned a Masters degree in Special education and has completed advanced graduate studies in education at USC. He has served as teacher and principal at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind, as Superintendent of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind, and President of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind before assuming his position as President of Compass of Carolina in 1996. Thomas is proud to be a cancer survivor, and he has been married to his wife Debbie for 39 years. They have two married children, Jason and Joe and five grandchildren. In addition to being a grandparent, his interests include reading, church and Bible activities, public speaking, resistance weight training, outdoor activities, and travel.   Bernie Ellis was Program Chair for this meeting. 
06-14-2011 07:18:55    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, May 19, 2011
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program  Dr William Hines
            USC School of Medicine in Greenville

Dr. William Hines was born in Spartanburg and has lived in Greenville since the age of five. He is a graduate of Greenville High, Furman and the Medical University of SC. He began practicing Radiology with Greenville Radiology in 1974 and retired from clinical practice in 2009. Dr. Hines is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and past president of the SC Radiological Society, the Eastern Radiological Society and GHS Medical Staff. He also served as Chairman of Radiology and Medical Director of Radiology Services at GHS for 25 years. Currently, Dr. Hines teaches medical students and residents at GHS and is helping with the expansion of the USC School of Medicine in Greenville. He and his wife Linda have two children and four grandchildren. Bernie Ellis is Program Chair for this event.   


In Memoriam
James “Al” Alton Parr
April 18, 1926 – April 17, 2011
The club extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Al Parr, president in 1985 and instrumental in bringing the Learn to Swim program into existence. Al was a devoted member of Kiwanis.
05-30-2011 14:36:24    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, May 5, 2011
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program  Matt Reeves, Frazee Center
Past Presidents Day & Legion of Honor

Join us as we hear updates from Matt about the Frazee Dream Center and more about our upcoming work weekend.  Frazee Dream Center Workdays – Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 – JD Martin is seeking volunteers to help at the Frazee Center on these days with:
  • General landscaping duties – pruning, planting perennials and annuals, cleaning, area cleanup
  • Playground setup
  • General construction duties – painting and maintenance
  • Jobs descriptions vary from labor to management - anyone can find a task with a perfect fit
The workdays will begin at 8:30 each morning with lunch served on-site and last until evening. You can work any shift length that fits your schedule. Assistance will be received from the Kiwanis Young Professional’s Main Street club and the Singles Sunday School class at Taylors First Baptist. Children are also welcome to work at age-appropriate tasks. Please call JD at 233-8795 or 235-3589, ext 102 or e-mail him at with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
05-12-2011 13:37:52    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program:       Rev Matt Matthews
            Publication of his novel, Mercy Creek
Mercy Creek, Matt Matthews’ first novel and winner of the SC Arts Commission First Novel Prize, will be published in May 2011 by the award-winning Hub City Press. Fritz and Christine and Their Very Nervous Parents, a children’s story about vocation and illustrated by Adrienne Davis, was published in the fall of 2010 by Avenida Books. Some of Matt’s original songs are available on iTunes and For six and a half years Matt has been pastor and head of staff at St Giles Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC, where he preaches weekly and works with a great staff of creative, devoted folk. He occasionally updates a webpage at Matt and Rachel are the parents of Joseph (18), Benjamin (14), and John Mark (11). They live in Greer. Join us as we celebrate the creation of a novel by one of our own members and hear about his journey to publication.
05-03-2011 08:46:30    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, April 7, 2011
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program Jack Todd
            XIII Paralympics Games, Beijing (2008)
Jack Todd (son of our own JD) is employed as the Director of the Community and Campus Athletic Programs for the SC School for the Deaf and Blind and the coach of the Girls Cross Country/Boys & Girls Track (distance) teams at Spartanburg High School. He has been the Head Track and Field Coach for the US Blind Track and Field Team for the IX Paralympic Games in Barcelona (1992) and the International Technical Official for Track and Field for the XI Paralympic Games in Sydney (2000), the XII Paralympic Games in Athens (2004) and the XIII Paralympic Games in Beijing (2008). Jack is the Assistant Technical Delegate for the World Track and Field Championships for the Disabled in Christchurch, New Zealand this year. He has served on the Track and Field Technical Committee for the International Blind Sports Association from 1991 to the present. Jack was the Director of the Pan American Games for the Blind in 2002, the National Goalball Championships in 2004, and the World Goalball Championships in 2006. He is a graduate of Wofford College and USC and is married with three children. Bill Thomason was Program Chair for this event.
04-18-2011 19:35:20    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, March 17, 2011
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program     Rev David Taylor
Research Assistant Professor
Clemson University
Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life
Project Director, Building Dreams
The Rev. Dr. David Taylor is a Research Assistant Professor with Clemson University's Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life and is a project director for Building Dreams, a mentoring program for children who have a parent in prison.  A native of Greenville, David has a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur Georgia.  David and his wife, Tandy, have served churches in Georgia and Virginia, and were the organizing co-pastors of the Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville.  David and Tandy have 2 children: Sam, a freshman at Davidson College, and Emily, a junior at Mauldin High School. Matt Matthews was Program Chair for this event.


04-03-2011 17:58:31    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program   Beth Lindsey Templeton, Director
Our Eyes Were Opened
Beth Lindsay Templeton is a community activist, innovator, minister, consultant, teacher, and writer.  She has been with United Ministries
in Greenville for more than twenty-eight years and was executive director for twenty-four of those years. She is the author of Loving Our
Neighbor: A Thoughtful Approach to Helping People in Poverty
. Her new book, Understanding Poverty in the Classroom, will be released by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers in April 2011. She has interacted with people who are poor and marginalized, as well as with groups and individuals who want to help people who have minimal resources.  She is a graduate of Presbyterian College and Erskine Theological Seminary. She and her husband have three married sons and four grandchildren. Matt Matthews was Program Chair for this event.
03-14-2011 13:01:23    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, February 17, 2011
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program:       Calder Ehrmann, Senior Associate Riley Institute, Furman University

Calder Ehrmann joined the Riley Institute in 2005 in the Riley Diversity Leaders Initiative. After 30 years with Michelin NA, Inc., he retired as the VP of Diversity, during which time he was responsible for launching Michelin's Corporate Diversity function.  The Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics, & Public Leadership is a multi-faceted, non-partisan institute affiliated with the Dept of Political Science at Furman Univ. Named for former Governor of SC and US Secretary of Education Richard Riley, the Institute is unique in the US in the emphasis it places on engaging students in the various arenas of politics, public policy, and public leadership.  Since its inauguration in 1999, the Riley Institutehas developed a broad array of programs, symposia, and conferences designed to promote discussion and analysis of the dynamics of important public policy issues ranging from social security to national security policy. Programs include important series on urban politics and policy, women in politics, the environment, politics and the media, the American Congress, and international programs such as the multi-part "China Rising" Series, The European Union and the US, and the forthcoming “Emerging Powers” Series. Matt Matthews was Program Chair for this event.


02-23-2011 06:39:35    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Poinsett Club

Luncheon     12:30 - 1:30 PM


Program:     Ansel Sanders, Program Director
            A J Whittenberg Elementary      
Ansel Sanders is the Program Director at A J Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering, a new public elementary school in downtown Greenville. Prior to coming to Whittenberg, he served as an administrator at Mauldin Middle School for two years. Ansel began his career in education in 2004, teaching 8th grade language arts in inner city Baltimore, MD, through Teach For America, a program that places high performing college graduates in struggling urban and rural school districts throughout the country. He taught for three years before moving to Greenville. Ansel is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Virginia. Matt Matthews was Program Chair for this event.
02-15-2011 14:21:45    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program:  Greenville County Drug Court
The Honorable Judge Charles B Simmons, Jr
Mrs Pat Edwards, Drug Court Coordinator
Mr Michael Glenn, Drug Court Counselor
The Thirteenth Circuit Drug Court program is a criminal justice diversion program that offers an alternative for those persons whose crimes are the result of their drug addiction.   Defendants who wish to participate in the program are required to plead guilty in court and will be sentenced. The judge will suspend or transfer the sentence to the 18-month program. Failure to complete Drug Court will result in completion of the sentence within the S.C. Department of Corrections. Successful completion of Drug Court results in the sentence being satisfied. The 18-month program consists of a year of weekly outpatient counseling sessions, and 18 months of case management, random drug screens, and regular court sessions to monitor progress. The cost of the program is $25 per week for the 18-month period. A non-refundable application fee of $100 is due upon application. Failure to comply with the requirements of the program could result in longer or more intense treatment, community service work, or jail time. Consistent non-compliance results in unsuccessful termination from the program. All participants must maintain full employment throughout the duration of the program. Drug Court is an opportunity for those persons whose drug addiction has led to criminal behavior to change their lives. Bernie Ellis was Program Chair for this event.
01-26-2011 06:41:40    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program:       Sheriff Steve Loftis
             Greenville County Sheriff’s Dept


Steve Loftis has been employed with Greenville County Sheriff’s Office since September 1, 1977.    The Sheriff’s office employs 212 civilian workers and 417 sworn personnel and serves a population of 438,000 over an area of 794 square miles. He worked for the City of Anderson Police Department from Oct 1974 until Aug 1977 and as a Uniform Patrol Officer with the Anderson Police Department.   Steve’s work history with the Sheriff’s Office began in Uniform Patrol as a Deputy II from 1977-1979. He was promoted to Master Deputy in 1979, promoted to Sergeant in Uniform Patrol in 1981, promoted to Lieutenant in Uniform Patrol in 1984, and promoted to Captain in the Judicial Services Division in 1994. Other divisions as Captain include Uniform Patrol, Field Operations, and the Administrative Services Division. Steve served as Interim Sheriff from Sept 4, 2002–Jan. 6, 2003 and was elected Sheriff on Jan 7, 2003. He attended Crescent High School, the FBI National Academy graduating in the 171st Session, and the National Sheriff’s Institute, graduating in the 89th session. Steve has been married to Cathy for 39 years, and they have 2 children – 24 yr. old son, Andrew, and 15 yr. old daughter, Kayci. They are members of Edwards Road Baptist Church. He enjoys golf and participates in the following community programs:Greenville Rotary Club, Board of Visitor’s University Center, Greenville Tech Northwest Area Campus Board,Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Advisory Council, Greenville Family Partnership Board of Directors, and the B-Good Foundation Board of Directors. Bernie Ellis was Program Chair for this event.


01-14-2011 07:37:58    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program:   Trey Gowdy T
                        US Congressman-elect
Please bring items for Piedmont Women’s Center – cash or checks also welcomed.

Trey graduated from Spartanburg High in ‘82, Baylor University in ‘86, and the USC School of Law in ‘89 where he was a member of the scholastic honor society “Order of the Wig and Robe”. He clerked for the late John P. Gardner on the SC Court of Appeals and US District Court Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr. in Anderson. Trey then joined the law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley, and Scarborough (Greenville) before becoming a federal prosecutor in April ‘94. For 6 years as a federal prosecutor, Trey prosecuted the full range of federal crimes including narcotics trafficking rings, bank robberies, child pornography cases, and the murder of a federal witness. He was awarded the Postal Inspector’s Award for the successful prosecution of J. Mark Allen, one of “America’s Most Wanted” suspects. Trey also received the highest performance rating a federal prosecutor can receive – 2 years in a row. In Feb. of 2000, he left the US Attorney’s Office to run for 7th Circuit Solicitor. Trey defeated the incumbent Solicitor in the Republican primary and was elected in Nov. 2000 without opposition. He has been re-elected twice (’04 & ’08) without opposition. Since becoming Solicitor, Trey has led an office of 65 employees (25 attorneys). He started a Violence Against Women Task Force, a Worthless Check Program, enhanced and expanded Drug Court, and started a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction. Trey has been recognized statewide for his commitment to victim’s rights, drunken driving enforcement, and nationally for excellence in death penalty prosecutions. He has appeared on “Forensic Files,” Court TV, Dateline and ETV. Trey is married to Terri Dillard Gowdy, and they have 2 children: Watson and Abigail. Bernie Ellis was Program Chair for this event.


12-30-2010 09:41:02    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon     12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program:       Father Tom Pistolis
            St George Greek Orthodox Church
            Christmas Meditation


Father Tom Pistolis grew up in Western North Carolina (outside Hendersonville) and attended UNC at Chapel Hill, then Holy Cross School of Theology in Boston, obtaining a Masters in Divinity, in 1973.  He was ordained into priesthood in August 1973, and assigned to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Houston, TX, for 2 years. Father Tom was then assigned to Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Knoxville, TN, in 1975 and transferred to Saint George in Greenville, SC, in 1987.   He married Frances in Jan 1972, and they are blessed with 4 children -1 girl and 3 boys.  They now have 9 grandchildren spread all over the place.  Father Tom feels very blessed to have been here in Greenville for the past 23 years, and he looks forward to meeting yet many more of the outstanding people in this beautiful Upstate area. Paul Hughes is Program Chair for this event.


12-10-2010 08:46:02    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, November 18, 2010
The Poinsett Club

Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM

Program:   Mark P. Hood

Survivor of US Airways Flight 1549 on 1/15/2009 from LaGuardia to Charlotte that landed in the Hudson River

Mark Hood is a native of Greenville, SC and is currently residing in Charlotte, NC where he lives with his wife of 24 years, Lisa, and their 18- year old twins, Maggie and Hayward. He is a graduate of The Citadel and Clemson University. Mark served in the Marine Corps from 1988 – 1997 and retired as a Major. He now works for Pentax Medical Company as a National Sales Manager. While serving in the Marine Corps, Mark led an infantry platoon during Desert Storm and a weapons platoon during Operation Sharp Edge (the reinforcement and evacuation of non-combatants in Monrovia Liberia, 1990).   He also served as the assistant strength coach at Clemson, Houston and Arizona. Nate Einstein was Program Chair for this meeting.
11-24-2010 09:42:27    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, November 4, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM

Program Julie Maratek 

 High Museum of Art, Atlanta

                        Salvador Dali exhibit


Julie Maratek joined the Public Relations team at the High Museum of Art in October of 2008.   She heads up the museum’s Speaker’s Bureau Program, assists with social media, and travels to cities to be interviewed on TV and Radio stations about the High’s exhibitions. Julie is a graduate of Elon University with a BA in communications and a minor in photography. A few of her goals are to visit all seven continents, write a book, have a family and drink less coffee! Julie will be speaking to us about the Dali exhibit that will be in the museum through January 9, 2011. Bernie Ellis is our Program Chair for this event.


11-11-2010 08:28:35    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, October 21, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM

Program: Heidi Bishop

                  Camperdown Academy

Heidi Bishop, a native of CA, obtained her Bachelor of Music in Education from Queen’s College (now known as Queen’s University of Charlotte) in Charlotte and received her Fellow from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) in 2001.  She has worked with dyslexic students since 1986, having taught for four years at the Landmark School in Prides Crossing, MA, and one year at Trident Academy in Mount Pleasant, before coming to Camperdown in 1991.  She started Camperdown Academy’s summer program, Camp Creekside, in 1995 and directed it for three years.  She has worked with Camperdown Academy’s Orton-Gillingham Teacher Training Program since 1998 and has overseen this training program since 2001.  She served in the capacity of Assistant Director/ Assistant Head of School from 1994-1997 and, again from 2004-2006, as well as serving as Acting Headmaster in the spring of 2005. She was Assistant Head of School for 2005-2006, and then stepped back into the role of Acting Head of School from 2006-2008. She has been Head of Education since the 2008-2009 school year. She currently presides as VP of the board for the SC Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and takes over as president beginning January 2011 for a two-year term. Heidi is married to our Past President Tim Bishop who is Program Chair for this event.

11-01-2010 14:19:19    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program:      Induction of New Officers for the Kiwanis year 2010 - 2011

Please join us at the next meeting to thank our outgoing officers for their hard work to make the Kiwanis year 2009 – 2010 a success and to hear plans for the next year from our new officers. The slate of new officers is:
Paul Hughes                          President
Towers Rice, Jr                    President-elect
Jay Martin                              Vice-President
Maurice Brown                     Treasurer
Dennis Doherty                     Secretary
Chris Kelly                             Past President
Directors – Two year Term
Art Baiden      Tommy Epting                      
Tim Hughes   Bill Linn                      Betty Poe
Directors – One Year Term
Bernie Ellis    Earl Harding             
Jim Nance      Rhoda Reyner           Bill Thomason
10-15-2010 06:09:18    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Poinsett Club

Luncheon 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Program: Neil Smith, President/GM/Governor

Greenville Road Warriors (hockey)


As president, general manager and governor of the Greenville Road Warriors, Neil Smith is entering his 8th season in the ECHL. He was the owner and governor of the Johnstown Chiefs from 2002-10, also coaching during the second half of the 2009-10 season. Now in Greenville, Smith oversees all day-to-day operations of the Road Warriors, bringing a wealth of experience to the front office. As president and general manager of the NY Rangers, Smith led the Original Six club to its first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years in 1994. He served as the Rangers’ GM from 1989–2000 and was promoted to team president in 1992, becoming the first person in Rangers’ history to hold both positions simultaneously. Following the 1991-92 and 1993-94 seasons, Smith was named Executive of the Year by The Hockey News and The Sporting News, respectively. Smith began his front office work as a professional/amateur scout for the NY Islanders in the early 1980’s. From there he was hired by the Detroit Red Wings in 1982 and served as the director of scouting and the GM of the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings. In 1986 and 89 the Red Wings won Calder Cup Championships under Smith’s direction. In the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft the NY Islanders selected Smith (#204 overall) out of Brockville, Ontario. A defenseman, he earned All-American honors as a freshman with 31 points (4G, 27A) in 34 games. He went on to play two professional seasons splitting time between the NEHL, EHL and IHL. Bill Linn was Program Chair for this event.

09-28-2010 16:03:42    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, September 2, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program:     Lisa Van Riper

                     Political Science Professor


                     North Greenville University        

Lisa Van Riper is native of Springfield, SC, and a graduate of Furman and USC.  She has taught political science at both USC-Upstate and North Greenville University.  Lisa currently works fulltime at NGU where she also directs the Honors Scholar Program and serves as Public Affairs Director.  Her community service includes First Presbyterian Church, YWCA, United Way/Community Planning Council, Leadership Greenville Board of Regents, and the Junior League.  State service includes the Board of First Steps, State Board of Education, and “Putting Families First”, a welfare reform program initiated under Gov David Beasley.  For her work with Putting Families First, Lisa received recognition by the National Governor’s Association.  She was also awarded the Order of the Palmetto.  Lisa is married to attorney Donald Van Riper (former member of our club), mother to two daughters, mother in law to two very fine sons in law and grandmother to two objectively cute grandchildren.  One grandson, Warren, is named for Warren Van Riper, who was a member of our club.  Jim Nance was Program Chair for this event.
09-28-2010 15:48:03    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, August 19, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program:         J WilliamBill” Kinard, Jr
                        Director of Philanthropy

Children’s Hospital Office of Philanthropy & Partnership, Greenville Hospital System


At the August 19th meeting: 

At our last meeting . . . Bill Kinard with the Greenville Hospital System spoke to us about the concepts behind his work with the Office of Partnership and Philanthropy.   Most charitable giving in the US comes from private individuals.  The task is to create connections with people through community awareness, then establishment of relationships to finally reach the goal of major gifts from donors who are passionate about the cause.  The objective of receiving major gifts from individuals with balance sheet wealth must include focus on relationships rather than transactional giving.  Transactional giving comes from income sheet wealth and does not create an ongoing relationship for the future.  Philanthropy does not exist in isolation.  The objective is to inspire emotion and in turn engage the intellect.   Bill closed his interesting slide show presentation with questions from the floor and an open invitation to tour the GHS Children’s Hospital.  Tommy Epting was Program Chair for this event and introduced Bill to the membership.

08-29-2010 14:40:17    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, August 5, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program:         Aktion Club
Kiwanis Club for Disabled Adults

The mission of Aktion Club is:
  • To provide adults living with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills;
  • To serve their communities;
  • To be integrated into society; and
  • To demonstrate the dignity and value of citizens living with disabilities.
Aktion Club members strive to return to their communities the benefits, help, and caring they have received, as well as develop important skills in the process. Aktion Club members give an estimated 92.484 hours of service each year, performing a variety of community services, such as environmental projects, park beautification, food drives, nursing home visitations and assisting Kiwanis Clubs with their projects. To date Aktion Clubs have raised more than $36,000 for Sleeping Children Around the World, which provides bed kits to children in developing countries. Bed kits consist of a mat or mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net (if applicable), clothes outfit, towel and school supplies. Bernie Ellis was Program Chair for this meeting.
08-16-2010 14:25:15    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, July 15, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program:      Dr Stephen Jones, President
                        Bob Jones University

Stephen B. Jones is the president of Bob Jones University. Prior to assuming this position in May 2005, Dr. Jones served as a teaching assistant, residence hall supervisor, administrative assistant to the president, and vice president for administration at Bob Jones University. In addition to his campus speaking responsibilities, he is a frequent speaker at churches, camps, and conferences both in the United States and around the world and regularly contributes articles to publications such as Today’s Christian Preacher and Frontline magazine. Dr. Jones serves on the boards of Gospel Fellowship Association, where he also serves as secretary/treasurer, Fundamental Baptist Fellowship, Jesus Saves Mission – USA, Evangelism Foundation, Inc., and Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Speaking, a master of divinity degree, and a Ph.D. in Liberal Arts Studies from Bob Jones University. In 1999, he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the International School of Missions in Cebu City, Philippines. He is married to the former Erin Rodman and has three children. Bernie Ellis was Program Chair for this meeting.
07-28-2010 06:31:23    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, July 1, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program:       W Carter Brown, DMD
SC Dental Access Days sponsored by the SC Dental Association


Dr Carter Brown, a member of our club, will speak about the SC Dental Association’s Dental Access Days, scheduled for this August. The event in Charleston last year served over 1600 patients, giving almost $600,000 in treatment, administered by 120 dentists from all over the state, at no charge. Carter has been a member of our club since 1994 and is a graduate of Furman and the Medical Univ of SC’s College of Dental Medicine. He served as the upstate’s representative to help Katrina evacuees and displaced dentists from MS and LA. He helped screen evacuees, solicited dentists to treat them at no cost and solicited dentists who would allow displaced dentists to work in SC while they rebuilt. Carter has provided free dental services to patients at the Shriners’ Hospital and the Boys Club. He is also an accomplished musician, joining the Greenville Symphony as its youngest fulltime member at 10 years of age. Carter has played with The Four Tops, Les Brown, Helen Reddy, and Chet Atkins. The band he formed in dental school still performs, mainly for charity events. Carter and his wife Katie operate Foothill Floral Farms, producing nearly 100,000 cut flowers last year for wholesale. The SC Dental Assoc is in need of monetary donations and volunteer help to make this year’s event a success. Please join us as we hear Carter report on thisimportant community event. Bernie Ellis was Program Chair for this meeting.
07-07-2010 05:23:46    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, June 17th

Program:       J D Martin, Jr./Amazon Missions


  Presentation of 2010 Greenville Kiwanis Foundation grants

JD Martin is a graduate of Clemson with a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology and a Master of Science Degree in Landscape Design – Ornamental Horticulture. He received his BS in Biology from USC.   He is a registered Landscape Architect in SC.   JD founded Arbor Engineering in 1976, and now acts as CEO. He has over 38 years of landscape architecture, recreational design, land planning, and construction project management experience related to residential and commercial land projects, recreational sites, and public spaces.   His professional affiliations include: American Society of Landscape Architects; South Carolina Recreation and Parks Society; South Carolina Home Builders Association; and ReWA. His community involvement includes: Miracle Hill, Frazee Center, Kiwanis, and activities with his church, Taylors First Baptist.
Greenville Kiwanis Foundation Grants 2010
Ready4Reading                       $3430.00
Communities in Schools           2500.00
Boys & Girls Club                       1800.00
Jr Achievement                          1623.84
SC Children’s Theatre               1500.00
   Total                         $10,853.84
07-01-2010 04:23:53    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, June 3, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM                                       
Program:       Mike Teachey, Director of
                        Community Relations
                      Greenville County Recreation District


Mike Teachey is a Greenville native and a graduate of Christ Church School and Clemson University. Most of Mike’s professional career has been spent working with non-profits as a consultant and as a community development specialist for the national organization of Communities in Schools. JD Martin was Program Chair for this event.
06-13-2010 13:22:45    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM       

                                 Brad Wyche, Executive Director

                        Upstate Forever
 Program:    Brad Wyche left the law practice of Wyche, Burgess, Freeman & Parham in September 1998 and founded Upstate Forever, a non-profit, membership-based organization promoting sensible growth and protection of special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina. Upstate Forever now has over 3400 members and a staff of 21 (full time and part time) employees. Brad is a native of Greenville and a graduate of Greenville High School, Princeton University (A.B. Environmental Studies), Yale University (Masters, Natural Resource Management), and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.). He has been involved in the community through the Warehouse Theatre, the Greenville Symphony, Pendleton Place, the Community Foundation of Greater Greenville, Friends of the Reedy River, Upstate Roundtable and Ten at the Top along with many environmental and growth organizations. The Greenville News, Greenville Magazine, G Magazine and The State Newspaper have all recognized Brad with honors recognizing him as a highly influential citizen of the Upstate. He is the author of numerous articles published in legal journals relating to environmental and natural resource protection issues and writes guest editorials for The Greenville News and Spartanburg Herald-Journal on land use and conservation issues. Brad is married to Diane Smock and has two children, Charlie (25) and Jessica (23). Bill Thomason was Program Chair for this event.    
06-01-2010 07:56:53    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, May 6, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM       


Program:   Mayor Knox White


 Mayor Knox White brought us news about the most recent improvements to Main Street. The new Marriott Hotel located across from the Peace Center is now open. It boasts a beautiful public green space with a fountain that will be transformed into an ice skating rink during the winter months. The space was designed to look something like Rockefeller Center. There is an elevated walkway with a railing where spectators can watch the skaters on the ice. The area also boasts beautiful public restrooms that have been decorated with ceramic tiles painted by children in attendance at last year’s Artisphere celebration. Mayor White is extremely proud of this green space not only because it is functional but also because it is an example of transforming an ugly and underused property into a beautiful asset for the city. The building houses offices and a seafood restaurant in addition to the Marriott Hotel. The city’s goal is to remain in motion to add improvements to the downtown area. The next project is to transform the property along the Reedy River past the current park area and the Kroc Center (under construction). 108 acres of property exist in a flood plain along the river currently used by industrial/commercial tenants. The city currently owns about 70% of the property and has commitments from the owners of the remaining 30% to allow the city to purchase their land. Moving the public works department from its current home off Hudson Street is the city’s next major project to achieve the goal of establishing a public park in this area. Private development and affordable housing would border the park on all sides. A public amphitheatre could possibly be located within the park. The city portion of the walking trail beginning at Pleasantburg Drive (near Greenville Tech) should connect with the county portion of the trail (extending to Travelers Rest).   The city plans to create the path through the Greenville Tech campus and repair sections in Cleveland Park this summer. The Haynie/Sirrine/Church Street project is moving ahead with new affordable housing. Church Street will have sidewalks and landscaping added this summer. The key to affordable housing projects is the city’s land ownership. The city has used the downturn in the economy to take advantage of lower construction costs and more affordable consulting fees to plan new projects. Mayor White closed the presentation by taking questions from the floor. Bernie Ellis was Program Chair for this event and introduced Mayor White to the club.

05-13-2010 09:24:49    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM       


Program:     Rev Andrew “Andy” Lewis
Sr Pastor, Mitchell Rd Presbyterian

Andy Lewis became the Senior Pastor at Mitchell Road Presbyterian in January 2008. He began his ministry at MRPC in 1997 as the Associate Youth Director. He and his wife Elizabeth entered Erskine Seminary in 2000 so that they could remain active at MRPC while attending school. Upon graduation in 2002, Andy joined the staff as Pastor of Christian Education and Discipleship. In addition, he has served as Interim Youth Director and Manager of Children’s and Youth ministries. He has been in charge of curriculum and teaching and has participated in counseling. Outside of MRPC, Andy is the founder and director of Crieff Fellowship in America, a national conference for youth workers that is patterned after the Crieff Brotherhood in Scotland. The organization has continued to grow during its nine years of existence. He has also spoken at many conferences, seminars and churches.   Andy has had the opportunity to study overseas in Scotland and Israel. He grew up in Rock Hill and received his undergraduate degree from Erskine College. Andy and Elizabeth have three children, Kate (7), Maggie (6) and Daniel (3).   Jim Nance is Program Chair for this meeting.
04-29-2010 11:39:45    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, April 1, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM       


Program:        Doug Kim, Chair and Board Member, Innovision
                        Selection Committee Member, Innoventure


Doug Kim is a Shareholder with the McNair Law Firm. He is a graduate of Davidson College and the Campbell University School of Law. A member of the SC and NC Bar Associations, Doug chairs the Intellectual Property Practice Group. He is a frequent lecturer on topics that include patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, trade secrets, development agreements, licensing, intellectual property and software, litigation, infringement, electronic discovery, and document retention and destruction policies. Bernie Ellis is Program Chair for this meeting.


04-14-2010 06:24:21    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, March 4, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM       

Program          Monroe Free, President & CEO 

               Habitat for Humanity      

  Monroe Free began serving as President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County in January 2009 after many years working in both TN and SC as an advocate and service provider for America’s homeless population. He has focused his career on helping socially and economically disenfranchised people and has held leadership roles with Knox Area Rescue Ministries, Knox Christian Community Foundation and the Christian Blind Mission. He also founded the Monroe Free Group and worked with dozens of nonprofits throughout the Southeast helping with communications strategy, infrastructure development, and fundraising. Since Monroe took the helm of Habitat Greenville just over a year ago, the organization has experienced tremendous growth in its capacity to serve the families of Greenville County. Bernie Ellis was Program Chair for this meeting.
03-27-2010 13:22:33    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, March 4, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM       
Program          Tom Angermeier, Owner
              Go Fish, A Fair Trade Clothing &   Jewelry Store
                                           and Tales from a recent mission trip to Peru
A native of St Petersburg, FL, Tom Angermeier spent many summers at Camp Chimney Rock in Lake Lure, NC, where his mother worked as camp nurse. Despite his Sunshine State upbringing, the mountains have always seemed like a second home. After graduating from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN with a degree in Communications, he had hoped to settle in the Carolinas, but instead found employment with Walt Disney World. Initially hired for the Magic Kingdom’s 15-year celebration as a performer, he began his career in the Entertainment division of the resort, performing and later supervising the various talent presentations around the property. After moving into management with the company, he continued to develop several areas in the division such as training, performance appraisals, stage management, and parade production. His most recent role was Area Manager for the character performers at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. After 20 years and four hurricanes, however, he started to think about other opportunities. Tom and his wife, Paula, wandered into a Go Fish Clothing & Jewelry Store while on a family vacation to Amelia Island, looked into the company’s franchise information, and were intrigued with the company’s mission. Both were fans of the Upstate, making regular visits to see family and friends, and they believed the area would be a good location for a Go Fish store. It was a major move for the family – now consisting of 2 sons and a young daughter – a move that took much prayer and consideration. Once the decision was made, however, God seemed to open doors quickly and within 4 months they had made the move, selling their home in Florida and relocating to Greenville, including leasing a storefront in the West End on Main Street. Open since January 2007, the family business has weathered the economic storm and has become a destination for hundreds of visitors to Greenville. While it has been a challenging three years, the couple does not regret the decision to align with the Go Fish Company, nor the move to Greenville, a community they both love. Anne Gibson was Program Chair for this event.
03-17-2010 08:02:35    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, February 18, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM       
Program         Jason D Martin, Duke Energy
Senior Business Relations Executive

Jason Martin’s responsibilities include representing Duke Energy to top customers with business and regulatory matters and supporting the large business customer process for Duke’s top 1000 customers. He is a registered professional engineer and graduate of NC State University. Jason is also a Certified Energy Manager through the Association of Energy Engineers, and a member in good standing with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He will be speaking on topics such as nuclear power plants, cap and trade, and local issues. Jason is married to Tina and blessed with 4 children in their family. Bill Linn is Program Chair for this event.
03-01-2010 06:04:08    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, February 4, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program         Dr Sara Mansbach
Executive Director and Founder
                        Ready 4 Reading (Lapsits)


Dr Sara Mansbach has led this reading readiness program since 2003. She was the Greenville County School’s District Coordinator of the Family Learning GED Programs from 1994 to 2005 and was an adjunct professor at Furman in their graduate school program from 1999 to 2002. Dr. Mansbach has degrees from Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA and Boston University. She is a member of the International Reading Association and the Greenville Downtown Rotary Club. Dr Mansbach serves as a member of the Diaconate at First Baptist Church and the Rotarian’s Literary Resource Chair and was a member of Leadership Greenville 1992 and Leadership SC 1995.    She has received the SE US Humanitarian Award (2008) and the SC Humanitarian Award (2007) from the Head Start Association and the Jasmine Award for Community Service in 1991. Dr Mansbach has made her home in Greenville for 30 years. She and her husband Frank (with Fluor Corp) have been married for 34 years and have two children, Alissa and Andrew. In her spare time, Dr Mansbach enjoys reading historical fiction, history and biographies and likes to participate in water aerobics, view nonviolent movies, attend dinner parties and spend time with friends. Chris Kelly is Program Chair for this event.
02-11-2010 15:38:16    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, January 21, The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM

Program         Sherry Brown & Sharon Self  

                        Dogs for Autism



After training dogs to help people with disabilities, Dogs for Disabled shifted focus in 2007 to assist families with autistic children. In early 2008, Dogs for Disabled became Dogs for Autism. By applying an innovative vision to a broad training expertise, Dogs for Autism trains German Shepherds to work as powerful tools for parents of children with autism. These Assistive Search Alert (ASA) dogs increase the independence of children with autism – and their families. ASA dogs increase security, functionality, and independence for children with autism. They work both in the home and in public as members of a team that includes the child’s parents. Each job description is unique and tailored to the individual needs of the family. A dog can mean many things to a child with autism. But the dog means even more to the family. Dogs for Autism is a non-profit organization based in Greenville. 
Sherry Brown, MSW, has a Masters degree in social work and has over 30 years of experience in counseling. She is retired from private practice in psychotherapy. Brown has been involved with Dogs for Autism since 2000. She currently serves on the Board and assists the program with training and placement of service dogs. 
Sharon Self is Marketing Director for Gallivan, White & Boyd, PA and currently serves on the Board of Dogs for Autism. She is responsible for the programs, events, and fundraising initiatives and has been involved with DFA for over three years. Sharon is able to provide both a Board level and personal perspective of DFA because her nephew, who has autism, has an ASA Service Dog that assists his family.  
Chris Kelly is Program Chair for this event.
01-27-2010 15:29:54    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, January 7, 2010
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM

Program      Michelle Brinn

                 Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce


Join us at the next meeting when Michelle Brinn brings us up to date about the educational initiatives pursued by the Chamber of Commerce.

01-14-2010 15:39:06    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, December 3, 2009
The Poinsett Club  
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM 




Rev Richard Gibbons

                        Senior Pastor
                   First Presbyterian Church


Rev Richard Gibbons began his ministry as the tenth Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC on September 1, 2007. He is a native of Scotland, and he served The Church of Scotland from August 1997 as a Regional Development Officer to eight presbyteries and most recently as the Moderator of the Presbytery of Inverness. Rev Gibbons began biblical studies at Glasgow Bible College in 1982 where several years later he supervised the student placement program and lectured in Evangelism, Communications and Practical Homiletics. During this time he initiated missions in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Before serving as Moderator of the Presbytery of Inverness, he was an associate pastor at Claremont Church in East Kilbride.   Rev Gibbons holds joint honors in Ecclesiastical History and Systematic Theology and received a Divinity Degree from Trinity College, University of Glasgow. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Highland Theological College in partnership with Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. He and his wife, Ruth, have been married for 26 years and have one son, Michael, who is currently attending North Greenville University. Bernie Ellis is Program Chair for the meeting.

12-15-2009 19:04:27    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, October 15, 2009
The Poinsett Club  
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program:    Bruce Wyche Bannister             


            Married:           Mary Margaret Adams
            Children:           Bruce W., Jr.
                                    Benjamin A.
                                    Margaret Kate
                                    Caroline H.
            B. A. (Political Science), Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina (1995)
            J. D. University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina (1998)
            Attorney (Managing Partner) of Bannister & Wyatt, LLC, Greenville, South Carolina
            House of Representatives- District 24 (Assistant Majority Leader)
            Greenville’s Best and Brightest Under 35 (2007)
            Leadership Greenville Class XXVI
            Order of Wig & Robe, University of South Carolina (1998)
            In 2006 and 2008 taught a family law course at Greenville Technical College, Greenville, South Carolina. This course included an examination of the laws of marriage, divorce, annulment, separation, adoption, custody, and the juvenile.
            Member of Christ Church of Greenville
10-28-2009 05:03:17    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, October 1, 2009
The Poinsett Club  
Luncheon       12:30 - 1:30 PM
Program         Induction of Kiwanis Officers
for the year 2009-2010


Join us as Tom Currier, Carolinas District Trustee 2009-2010, inducts the following officers for the Kiwanis year 2009 –2010:
President                                 Chris Kelly
President-elect                        Paul Hughes
Vice-President                        Towers Rice, Jr
Directors – Two-Year Term
Bernie Ellis                            Jay Martin
Jim Nance                              Rhoda Reyner
Bill Thomason
The following officers will continue in their offices:
Secretary                                Dennis Doherty
Treasurer                                Maurice Brown
Immediate Past Pres             Kevin Mertens
Directors – One-Year Term
Tommy Epting                       Tim Hughes
Bill Linn                                  Jim Moore     
Betty Poe
Thank you to the 90th Anniversary Committee for a job well done! Loretta Hartzell, chair, Nelson Arrington, Tim Bishop, Nate Einstein, Tim Hughes, Karen Masters, Ed Reed, Rhoda Reyner, Jack Thacker
10-27-2009 19:03:25    Posted by:

Thursday, September 17, 2009
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:00 NOON – 2:00 PM
Program         90th Anniversary Celebration
Richard W. Riley, speaker
Entertainment by the Furman Singers


Richard Wilson Riley is the former US Secretary of Education (1993-2001) and former Governor of SC (1979-1987). He currently is senior partner in the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, with more than 400 attorneys in offices throughout SC and NC, as well as in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, DC. Secretary Riley counsels clients and works with partners to develop strategy on complex business governance, financial and legal matters for local, national, and international clients. Secretary Riley is also Senior Partner in the firm’s affiliate, EducationCounsel, which specializes in education advocacy, policy, strategy, and law. Dick Riley was born in Greenville, SC. He graduated cum laude from Furman University in 1954 and then served as an officer aboard a US Navy minesweeper. In 1959, Riley received a law degree from the University of SC. He served as a SC state representative and state senator from 1964-1977, was elected Governor in 1978, and reelected in 1982. Riley and his wife (now deceased), the former Ann Osteen Yarborough, affectionately known as Tunky Riley, have four children and 13 grandchildren. 
10-27-2009 19:03:14    Posted by:


Thursday, September 3, 2009
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Program:        Terri A Wilfong, Chief of Police    

                        Greenville City Police Dept.



Chief Wilfong was hired by the City of Greenville in 2007, and she directs the law enforcement efforts of 193 officers and 52 civilian personnel, serving 200,000 citizens on a daily basis. She reorganized the department by allocating manpower into three divisions in an effort to enhance efficiency, improve citizen interaction and officer involvement, and increase tracking of complaints.   Re-engineering teams of employees have been created to address identified concerns through research, evaluation, development and presentation of an action plan. The community policing approach has been implemented on a department-wide basis with emphasis on officers to problem solve and work closely with the community. Chief Wilfong was born in Louisville, KY and received a BS and a Masters degree in Justice Administration from University of Louisville. She has worked for the Jefferson County (KY) Sheriff’s Dept, the KY State Police, and the Louisville Metro Police Department. Chief Wilfong is a member of the Greenville Professional Women’s Forum, Rotary Club Downtown Greenville, Southern Police Officer’s Association (National Secretary), SC Police Chief Association, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, and the National Association of Professional Women. Loretta Hartzell is Program Chair for this event.


10-27-2009 19:02:45    Posted by:


Thursday, August 20, 2009
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Program:        The Honorable Bob Inglis



 Bob Inglis grew up in Bluffton, SC and is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Virginia School of Law. Inglis represented the 4th District of SC in the US House of Representatives from 1993 – 1998. He practiced law with Leatherwood, Walker, Todd & Mann, PC from 1998 to 2004. Then he was elected to Congress again in 2004 and to a sixth term overall in 2008. Inglis has served on the Science & Technology Committee, the Energy & Environment Subcommittee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Research Committee of the Science Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Education and Workforce Committee, and the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus. He enjoys working on the northern Greenville County farm where he lives, hiking, paddling kayaks and canoes with his wife and children, running and working out at his home gym, and sailing and skiing in Bluffton. He and his wife Mary Anne have five children ages 23 to 12 (Robert, 23; Mary Ashton, 21; McCullough, 19; Andrews, 14; Meade, 12) and attend Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Travelers Rest. Tommy Epting is Program Chair for this meeting. 

10-27-2009 19:02:35    Posted by:


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Program:        Reid Lehman, President/CEO

              Miracle Hill Ministries
Reid Lehman has worked for Miracle Hill Ministries since 1980, serving as President/CEO since 1985. A native of Greenville and graduate of Bob Jones and Winthrop Universities, Reid was ordained to ministry in 1983. Miracle Hill serves an average of 400 adults and 100 children on any given night. In addition, Reid has been involved in other community organizations such as the Community Food Bank of the Piedmont, the Greenville Association of Directors of Social and Health Agencies, the Community Planning Council of Greenville County, the SC Association of Homes for Children, and the State Council on Maternal Infant and Child Health. He has received an award for service to children and youth from the National Child Labor Committee, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Clearwater Christian College, and the Order of the Silver Crescent from the State of SC. Reid is a presenter at the annual meetings of the SC Association of Children’s Homes and Family Services and the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, teaches on nonprofit boards each year at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, and published “God Wears His Own Watch” in 2005. He is married to the former Barbara McConnell, and they have two sons, Matthew and Andrew. Reid enjoys skiing, tennis, writing and reading. Towers Rice Jr is Program Chair for this meeting.
10-27-2009 19:02:24    Posted by:


Thursday, July 16, 2009
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Program:    Keith Miller, President

            Greenville Technical College  

 Dr Keith Miller became the second president of Greenville Technical College on July 1, 2008, the same day he began work as Chairman of the Board for the American Association of Community Colleges, the leading advocacy organization for the nation’s almost 1,200 two-year colleges and their 11.5 million students. Before moving to SC, he spent 12 years as a college president in Illinois, first for Spoon River College and later for Black Hawk College. Miller began his own college education at a community college, earning an associate’s degree in technical education – radiology technology from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. Later, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in Community College Teaching from Pittsburgh State University and a doctorate degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University. Miller has served in many capacities at the colleges where he has worked including instructor, dean, and vice president. In addition, his career has taken him into the private sector, working in health care. These experiences leave him well prepared to lead SC’s largest technical college and to build new partnerships and opportunities for growth at the institution. Kevin Mertens is Program Chair for this event.
10-27-2009 19:01:42    Posted by:


June 18, 2009

Program:        Presentation of Foundation Grants

The following organizations will be receiving grants at our next meeting:
Junior Achievement
SC Children’s Theatre
Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club
The awards this year total $7500.00. Thank you to the Foundation Board members who made the decision for this year’s grants:
Tim Bishop                  Paul Craven
Howard Einstein          Earle Harding, Secretary
Steve Harkins              Paul Hughes
Jack Thacker              Bill Thomason, Chair
Randy White
07-05-2009 19:46:02    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.


June 4, 2009


Program:    Princella A Lee-Bridges,

                     Founder and CEO, Bridges from Augusta       Officers for the Kiwanis Year 2009 – 2010


Princella Lee-Bridges began Bridges from Augusta, Inc (a non-profit organization) following a tragic accident in which she suffered massive burn injuries. She realized that the needs of burn victims were not being met by the community. Bridges from Augusta seeks to identify the needs of burn victims and to make referrals, build a network of resources and trace progress in an effort to restore wholeness or an acceptable quality of life for clients. The organization also seeks to educate survivors and the community about burn rehabilitation. Princella began her career in the medical field as a volunteer Candy Striper. She worked for GHS as a Surgical Technician from 1980 until 1988 when she received her associate’s degree in nursing. Princella served in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve from 1982 until 1994, serving in the air staging facility to triage patients for aero medical flights and working as a medical crew director. She served at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base during Operation Desert Shield. Princella was called to active duty in December 1991 for Operation Desert Storm and was assigned to Rhein Main Germany for six months. She served as a flight nurse for patients on aero medical evacuation flights from Saudi Arabia to Germany and Andrews AFB, MD. Towers Rice, Jr is Program Chair for this event.

06-12-2009 13:42:24    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Program:        Mo Nasim
                        A Personal Journey

Mo Nasim was born in Pakistan and came to Clemson University on a full tennis scholarship. He taught Engineering at Greenville Tech for 30 years and currently owns his own real estate company. Mo converted to Christianity in 1970 after spending 35 years of his life as a member of the Muslim faith and is a deacon at Taylors First Baptist Church. He was married in 1959 and has three sons and seven grandchildren. Otto White is Program Chair for this meeting.


05-27-2009 07:53:34    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Program:     Tim Bishop

                      Junior Achievement


At our last meeting . . . Tim Bishop graciously filled in as a substitute speaker, and we were treated to a long-overdue presentation on his work with Junior Achievement. The purpose of JA is to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business and economics to improve the quality of their lives. Tim emphasized the need for our children’s financial literacy in today’s economic climate. JA, founded in 1919, started as an after school program for students and began here in 1973. Ed Reed was amember of the Greenville Chambercommittee that brought the program to our schools. The kids set up their own businesses, actually produced and sold a product and split the profits they earned from their enterprise.   By 1990, JA was moving into the classroom to provide educational opportunties to elementary, middle school and high school students. In its 35 year history in Greenville, over 140,000 kids have been positively impacted by the JA program. Currently Jim Nance and Ed Reed are leading two third grade classes in a program entitled OUR CITY that considers economic development, local businesses and career opportunities.   What do you need to be a volunteer?

·         Enjoy working with kids
·         Willingness to be a positive role model and share life experiences
·         Attend a one hour training session
·         Present a one hour class once a week for 6 weeks
Benefits to a JA student:
·         More positive self-comcept and higher self-esteem
·         More likely to graduate high school (93% versus 70%)
·         More likely to attend college (73% versus 60%)
·         More likely to attend college and select a business-related major (25% versus 15%)
JA is not a United Way agency and receives no governmental funding. The organization is entirely dependent on volunteers for carrying out the program and for financial support. Tim encouraged all of us to consider JA when we make our contributions of time, treasure and talent.  
05-13-2009 17:27:23    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, April 16, 2009
Program:        Walt Wilkins
US Attorney. District of SC


W Walter Wilkins was appointed US Attorney in May 2008. He serves as the chief federal prosecutor for the state and is chairman of the district’s Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee. Mr Wilkins is a native of Greenville and a graduate of Wofford College and the USC School of Law. He has worked as an attorney with Lockheed Martin Aircraft Argentina and Leatherwood, Walker, Todd and Mann and has served as an adjunct professor at Greenville Tech. Prior to his appointment, Mr Wilkins served as an Asst US Attorney in the Greenville office. He received the US Attorney’s Award for Outstanding Prosecution in 2006, the US Secret Service Award for Outstanding Prosecution in 2006, Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2003, and the Award for Heroism, Daughters of the American Revolution in 2003. Mr Wilkins is married and has one child. Tommy Epting is Program Chair for this event.
04-29-2009 13:16:49    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, April 2, 2009
Program:        Jimmy Cornelison
Retired, Greenville News    


Jimmy Cornelison worked for the Greenville News/Piedmont from 1981 as a feature writer/columnist until his retirement in 2002. His last position held was the lead writer and columnist for the City People section for three years. Jimmy continued writing a weekly column for the paper until 2006. He began his writing career with a small weekly newspaper, The Athens Observer, beginning in the sports department and eventually adding feature writing and columnist to his job description. Jimmy next worked for the Charleston News and Courier for three years as a feature writer and then columnist before coming to Greenville. He was born and raised in Athens, GA and is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Towers Rice, Jr is Program Chair for this event.  
04-08-2009 16:35:29    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

March 19, 2009

Program: Matt Reeves

Frazee Dream Center


Matt Reeves is presently serving as the director of the Frazee Dream Center’s after-school program and is Pastor of the Radius Church here in Greenville. He is a 1991 graduate of T L Hanna High School in Anderson and a 1996 graduate of Clemson, lettering four years there in football. Matt owned Reeves Landscape Management in Easley from 1997 through Jan 2007. He is married to Jenny Merritt of Easley, and they have two children, Tomy John (6) and Champ (2). Towers Rice Jr is Program chair for this meeting.

03-27-2009 13:33:21    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Program:      Mayor Knox White


Knox H White has been Mayor of the City of Greenville since 1995, the longest serving Mayor in the city’s history. A cornerstone of his leadership has been advancing neighborhood initiatives and revitalizations and involving citizens in city government. He has spearheaded downtown retail and residential revitalization. His most ambitious project has been reclaiming the birthplace of Greenville, the historic Reedy River Falls, and the creation of a world-class public garden along the river. A native of Greenville, Knox is a partner in the law firm of Haynsworth, Sinkler & Boyd, where he leads the firm’s immigration and customs practices. Mayor White graduated from Christ Church Episcopal School, Greenville High School, Wake Forest University, and the USC School of Law.  He is married to Marsha P White, and they have two children. Towers Rice, Jr is Program Chair for this event.


Program:      Mayor Knox White

03-10-2009 18:22:32    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

February 19, 2009

The Poinsett Club

Luncheon   12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Program:        Capt Stan Colbert, Salvation Army
                        Update on the Kroc Center

Captain Stan Colbert and his wife, Captain Deborah Colbert have served in The Salvation Army for 10 years, with assignments in Winston-Salem, Gaffney and Gastonia. Prior to their calling into full-time ministry, Stan was on the faculty of UNC at Charlotte and Deborah was the Executive Director of Ty Boyd Enterprises. Towers Rice, Jr is Program Chair for this event. 
02-26-2009 17:27:07    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

February 5, 2009

The Poinsett Club

Luncheon   12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Program:        C-SPAN Network Civics Bus
“100 Schools in 100 Days” Tour
Rebecca Stewart, Community Representative Donald Lipford, Affiliate Relations

You won’t want to miss this exciting and uncommon program. We will watch a 20-minute presentation from C-SPAN on the importance of civic and government education and then board the bus for a tour of their mobile production and classroom facility. The bus is in Greenville to make a stop at Furman University. Please be sure to join us! Towers Rice, Jr is Program Chair for this event. 
02-15-2009 21:16:47    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

January 15, 2009

The Poinsett Club

Luncheon   12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Program:    Dyke Spencer 

General Manager of Powdersville Water District since March, 2004. Prior experience: held several titles including Director of Operations at Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority in Beaufort, SC. Previous employment includes various positions with State, County and municipal agencies. Over 28 years experience in the water and sewer industry. Attended Clemson University and Coastal Carolina University – received a Bachelor Degree  in Marine Science & Engineering in 1980 as a James F. Byrnes Scholar. Married with three sons and lives in Powdersville. 2006 graduate of Leadership of Anderson. Member of the Anderson Chamber Board of Directors. Chairman of the Anderson Chamber Water Resources Committee. Awarded “Manager of the Year” in 2007 by the SC Rural Water Association. Member of the Easley Presbyterian Church. 

01-29-2009 15:53:48    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

November 20, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Program:        Joe Erwin, President
                        Erwin-Penland Advertising
Food for Thought Conference
And Perfect Attendance Awards Presentations              
In 2008 Joe Erwin and members of the Erwin-Penland leadership team created and hosted the first annual Food for Thought conference. This event brought leaders from around the country to Greenville to showcase and inspire creative thinking across business, non-profit, artistic, educational and culinary endeavors. Erwin-Penland was named to Elliott Davis’ “Fastest Growing Companies” list in 2002 and in 2003, received the Greenville Chamber’s “Family Friendly Workplace” award. Joe is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner and was inducted into Greenville Tech’s Entrepreneurs Forum in 2000. He is a member of the Clemson University Entrepreneur’s Roundtable, the Bi-Lo Charity Classic Board, the Board of the Upstate Alliance, the Executive Committee of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Governor Jim Hodges’ Commission on Teacher Quality and a graduate of the Diversity Leadership Academy at Furman. Joe and his wife Gretchen have two children, Douglas, a rising junior at Clemson and Valerie, a rising senior at Eastside High School. Kevin Mertens is Program Chair for this event.
12-17-2008 17:12:14    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, November 6, 2008
The Poinsett Club

Luncheon       12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Speaker        Christopher J. Doyle 


As president and CEO of American Leprosy Missions (ALM), Christopher J. Doyle is responsible for leading the organization in fulfilling its mission to serve as a channel of Christ's love to people affected by leprosy. In order to accomplish this, he travels all over the world surveying field projects and collaborating with international partner agencies.
Mr. Doyle sits on the boards of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Schieffelin Leprosy Research & Training Centre in Karigiri, India, and The Leprosy Mission Trust, India. Before joining ALM in 1995, Mr. Doyle served as the South Carolina state director of Bethany Christian Services – a child-placing agency.
His educational background includes a bachelor's degree from Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina, and an associate's degree in business from Greenville Technical College. He has also done graduate work at Clemson University and the University of South Carolina as well as Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions.
Mr. Doyle has written numerous articles on leprosy as well as leadership and management issues and fundraising. He has contributed chapters to two books and speaks frequently at national and international seminars and conferences.
11-14-2008 10:34:57    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, October 16, 2008
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Program:        Captain James E Smith, Jr
Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan       
James is a native of Columbia and holds BA and JD degrees from USC. He began his legal career with Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough. He also established a private practice that developed into Smith, Ellis & Stuckey, PA. James has been awarded USC’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award and was named the SC Bar’s 1999 Young Lawyer of the Year. He was first elected to the SC House of Representatives in 1996 and currently serves on the Judiciary Committee. James served for 8 years as aJAG officer in the SC Army National Guard. He re-enlisted and is currently a Captain, having recently returned from Deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 218th Infantry Brigade where he was awarded the Combat Infantry Men’s Badge, Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. James has served as Chair for the Public Policy Committee of the United Way’s Success by 6 Initiative, a Board member of SC First Steps, and a Board member of Prevent Child Abuse, SC. He is married to Kirkland T Smith of Mt Pleasant, and they have 3 sons, James Emerson Smith, III, (14), Thomas Bridges Smith (12) and Paul Bradford Smith (7) and a daughter, Shannon Elizabeth Smith (5). Kevin Mertens is Program Chair for this event.
10-27-2008 17:34:25    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, September 18, 2008
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Program:        Scarlet Black, Prinicpal
                        Cherrydale Elementary        
A native of NC, Scarlet earned a BS degree from NC Central University in Durham and Master’s degrees from UNC Charlotte and Clemson. Ms Black has completed additional studies at Furman and USC.   She has been a Danforth Fellow in Educational Leadership and has been recognized as a Ben Craig Outstanding Educator of the Year by First Union National Bank. Ms Black is a charter member of Greenville First Steps Board and is a legislative appointee. Betty Poe is Program Chair for this event.  
10-09-2008 14:14:26    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, September 4, 2008  The Poinsett Club    Luncheon 12:30 PM


Program: Lenna Neill, CEO

Piedmont Women’s Center



Lenna Neill has served as CEO for Piedmont Women’s Center since 1992. Under her leadership, the center has expanded to six locations in Greenville County. The centers provide crisis pregnancy counseling, referrals for supplies for mothers and children, abortion recovery assistance, a 24-hour Hopeline, an ultasound program, and a referral system to other state supported agencies. Ms Neill is a member of the Upstate Republican Women’s Club, a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class XXVIII and Leadership SC 2003, a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto in 1998, and is currently serving on the Governor’s Commission on Women. Married to Larry Neil for 36 years, Ms Neill is the mother of three and the grandmother of four. She and her husband attend Southside Fellowship and enjoy riding Harley Davidson motorcycles. Lenna is co-owner of a small marketing company called Betty Poe is Program Chair for this event.

09-16-2008 18:03:11    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.


Thursday, August 7, 2008
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Program:        Carol Scott, President/CEO
                        Children’s Museum
Carol Scott served as Executive Director of Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena, CA for 9 years prior to coming to the upstate. She has been active with the Association of Children’s Museums, serving as a Board Member and co-chair of the Program Committee for 2 years. She also participates as a MAP Surveyor for the American Association of Museums and was a member of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Museums. Carol currently serves on the Board of the Walker Foundation for the SC School for the Deaf and Blind, the Board of Visitors for Converse College, The Girl Scouts, and the Children’s Research Triangle in Chicago. She holds BA and MA degrees in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Fresno. Carol has worked both as a classroom teacher for hearing-impaired and multi-handicapped children and as an instructor in parent education. She worked as a fulltime college instructor in teacher training programs at both San Jose State University and Texas Christian University. Carol and husband Mark have been married for 34 years and have two children, Melinda and Matthew. Betty Poe is Program Chair for this event.

08-27-2008 15:21:58    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, July 17, 2008
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Program:        Chuck Porter
                        Gang Investigations Unit
                        Greenville County Sheriff’s Office
Chuck Porter has worked for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office since 2000 and began his assignment with the Gang Investigations Unit in 2007. Prior to working for Greenville County, Chuck had been employed by the Greer Police Department. Chuck also served in the US Marine Corps from 1990 –1996. The Gang Investigation Unit identifies and documents gang members within the School District of Greenville County as well as investigating gang related crimes within the schools and the county as a whole. Chuck is married and has three daughters aged 18, 14 and 7. Karen Masters is Program Chair for this event.



07-30-2008 14:06:55    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, June 19, 2008
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 PM – 1:30 PM           
Program:        2008 Greenville Kiwanis Foundation Grants
The following organizations have been awarded grants this year by our Greenville Kiwanis Foundation:
Camp Opportunity                                         $2400
Communities in Schools                              $2000
Greenville Free Medical Clinic                    $1000
Junior Achievement                                      $2000
Lapsits                                                           $1500
Pendleton Place Children’s Shelter            $1200
Resurrected Treasure Ministries                 $1200
SC Children’s Theatre                                  $1500
            Total                            $12,800
Please join us to welcome representatives from each of these organizations as they receive their checks. Thank you to Jim Nance, Chair, and the Foundation Board of Directors, for their hard work in distributing these funds.
Sue Bready, Secretary     
Tim Bishop, Treasurer
Paul Craven             Don Kiser                
Steve Harkins          Paul Hughes           
Bill Thomason         Jim Woodside        
07-07-2008 13:24:21    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, June 5, 2008
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 PM – 1:30 PM           
Program:        Brent Parker, Executive Director
                        Greenville County Disability and
                                    Special Needs Board



Mr Parker has been employed as Executive Director at the Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Board (GCDSNB) since January 2007. The GCDSNB works to improve the lives of people with mental retardation, autism and spinal cord injuries. Before coming to Greenville, he was employed as Executive Director for the Allendale Barnwell Counties Disabilities and Special Needs Board since 1989.   Mr Parker attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, earning a Master of Divinity Degree. He also holds a BA degree from Charleston Southern Univ. Mr Parker is married to Melanony, and they enjoy spending time with his children and grandchildren.   Betty Poe is Program Chair for the event.
06-12-2008 15:50:43    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, May 15, 2008
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 PM – 1:30 PM           
Program:        James Bertie Epting, President
                        North Greenville University
Dr Epting assumed the helm at North Greenville in May of 1991 after serving as the Executive Director of Furman’s Paladin Club for 9 months. He had previously served at North Greenville in different capacities from 1979 to 1990. Before coming to the upstate, Dr Epting had worked at Judson College and Tuscaloosa Academy, both in Alabama, filling positions from coaching to administration. When he came to North Greenville in 1991, the school was close to closing its doors. Under Dr Epting’s leadership North Greenville has grown from a level of 300 students to over 1900 students. The school’s endowment has grown from $2 mill to over $10 million. Thirty new buildings have been constructed with four major renovations to existing buildings. The college’s debt has declined from almost $3 million to approximately $700,000. Dr Epting is a native of Rock Hill and is a graduate of Mars Hill College. He received his masters degree and doctorate degree from the University of Alabama. Dr Epting is married to the former Gretchen Moore of Greenville, and they have three children, Daphne, Bert and Paul, and one grandson, Nathan and one granddaughter, Mallory. Otto White is Program Chair for this event.
06-04-2008 15:24:09    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, May 1, 2008
The Poinsett Club
Luncheon       12:30 PM – 1:30 PM           
Program:        Lynn Dunlap, Shriners Hospital
                        Director of Public Relations
Lynn Dunlap joined the Shriners Hospital for Children-Greenville as Director of Public Relations in late January.   She had previously served as Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca. Before joining OCH in 1999, Lynn served as the national Director of Marketing for the strategic alliance arm of a lending company. An honors graduate of Clemson University with a Master’s degree in Professional Communication, Lynn also held the position of district Director forthen-Congressman-now-Senator Lindsey Graham. Her responsibilities in this role included the initial coordination of congressional district offices to serve constituents throughout the third Congressional District’s ten counties and to serve as the Congressman’s district liaison to his Washington, DC, office. Lynn lives in Pendleton with her husband and younger son Mark, a student at Tri County Tech. Her older son Nathan lives in Clemson with his wife Tami and their sons Cameron and Nathan II. He will graduate from Clemson in May 2008. The family is completed by Mark’s dog Kimbo, a large half boxer and half something else, deaf since birth, that Lynn has affectionately dubbed Bimbo as a tribute to his “grace.” Kevin Mertens is Program chair for this meeting.  
05-12-2008 13:25:54    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

Thursday, April 17, 2008 

Luncheon       12:30 PM – 1:30 PM           
Program:        Rev Bob Lawrence
            Pastor Emeritus, Fourth Presbyterian
           Memorial Service for our Members
Please join us as we welcome Rev Bob Lawrence to speak on civic responsibility, and we hold a memorial service for our members who have died within the past two years:
Kirk Craig                    Harrison “Hassie” Forrester
George Garrett            Willie Hudson

Ernest Irby                   Glenn Kay       Wilson Wearn



Towers Rice Sr opened our meeting with prayer. Sue Bready and Bill Orders won $2 bills from Ed Reed as door prizes. The bills had been given to Ed by Willie Hudson in previous years. Guests of the club were Marge Craig (widow of Kirk), Earl Gaulden, Douglas and Indiana Thomas, Ken Baxter, Violettia Irby (widow of Ernest), Mary Irby Hayes, Walter Smith, Kalyah McCraney, George Garrett, Jr, David Hudson, and Bob Tillery, Lt Governor for District 25.
At our last meeting . . . Betty Poe organized a very meaningful memorial service for our members who died during the past two years:
Avery Wood presented a tribute to Kirk Craig who changed the face of our city through his partnership with Earl Gaulden. Avery remembers Kirk as witty, pleasant, humble, kind and complimentary of others.
Bill Orders gave a talk on Harrison Forrester. Hassie was also an architect who later became President of J E Sirrine. He moved to Pawley’s Island years ago and also became active in the community there. Bill will always remember Hassie as a dear friend.
Ed Reed read a brief bio on George Garrett Sr prepared by Earle Harding. Earle became friends with George in the Wade Hampton Kiwanis Club. George was both funny and serious, a hard worker who liked to surprise people with his humor. George had previously joined Kiwanis in Fl and served in the Army’s diplomatic corps, retiring as a Col. In addition to Kiwanis, George was also involved in the Irish Children’s Program and was very proud of his own kids.
Ed Reed also presented a tribute to Willie Hudson. Willie was a huggable, enthusiastic and jovial man who was proud of his Tires Inc business, his children, and his church. Willie liked to contribute $2 bills as door prizes. In his honor, Ed gave out two of Willlie’s bills.
Randy White gave a talk on Ernest Irby. Randy and Ernest worked together at SunTrust for years. Randy knew Ernest as a man who was proud of his family and who worked hard for his community. He was a happy person with a bit of a sweet tooth who focused on giving back to others. Randy believes Ernest should be remembered as enjoying a life worth living.
Ed Reed made a short speech on Glenn Kay in the absence of Ben Johnson. Glenn was a member who always arrived first at meetings and made sure the flag and banners were out. He was the kind of person who took charge to make sure things happened both in Kiwanis and his church.
Rev Bob Lawrence then presented a short eulogy for Wilson Wearn. Bob knew Wilson as a man with a great sense of humor who took charge of a situation and handled everything well. He was also a generous man who worked for his church and for Kiwanis. Rev Lawrence also gave a short talk based on Psalms 11:3 – If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? We see many of the foundations of civilization crumbling around us today, including a move to water down faith in order to attract more people. We must continue to strive to do right in the face of these movements and seek to support our community, our church, and our families.
04-23-2008 18:42:39    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.

April 3, 2008 Meeting.
Towers Rice Sr opened our meeting with prayer. Tommy Epting and Bill Phillips won bottles of lotion as door prizes (Rhoda Reyner). Guests of the club were Eugenia Potter, wife of Ed and Jeff Dunleavy of Al Phinney.   We also enjoyed a short live auction led by President Loretta as a few “leftover” items from our silent auction were sold to the highest bidder.
At our last meeting . . . Judge John Kittredge gave us insight into the legal profession. Although lawyers seem to receive bad press, John believes that most attorneys are ethical in the pursuit of the law, the cornerstone of our democracy. The negative stereotype may arise initially from the adversarial nature of the legal system. Our system to resolve disputes aims at determining the truth through a fair and equitable process. When the goals of due process and the truth are at odds, one goal must prevail. Although most people would initially say that truth is the more important goal, careful consideration would show that protecting an individual’s constitutional rights is maintained by careful application of the system. The accused must be given the presumption of innocence. Cross-examination is used to determine the truth of the charges made. Although the profession of law is a service, the bottom line of profitability also comes into play. Conflicts between what is best for the client, for the attorney, and for the law firm itself must be resolved. Growth in the legal profession causes greater anonymity among lawyers. Because the lawyers don’t know each other as well, civility and respect may become less important. Profitability and growth in the legal field both cause pressure to force the profession of law from a service model to a corporate business model, but SC is seeking to improve the legal system in our state. A strong institution discusses its weaknesses and seeks a solution. The presentation was closed by taking questions from the floor. John was introduced by Kevin Mertens, Program Chair for this event.   
04-10-2008 16:50:09    Posted by: Dennis J. Doherty, Jr.