Tonight Area 9 clubs had their first evening social. Over 40 Rotarians and guests attended the event at Howard's on Main in Greenwood, SC. We will start meeting once a month for some evening fellowship and networking. Abbeville, Emerald City, and Greenwood clubs were represented at the event. This event was very successful and we look forward to our next social on November 3rd at Howard's on Main. We even collected $111 for PolioPlus during the event.
Last night the Emerald City Rotary club attended the SuperNetworking event at the Medford Center on Piedmont Technical College campus. Oh, what a night! The club decided to have a booth this year and a place for club members to meet. Many of the club members had their own booths for their business, but most of them took the time to come over to the Rotary booth to meet and talk with others about joining Rotary. We had over 50% of our club at the event and had at least a half dozen members from the Greenwood Rotary club stop by to Network.
The best part of the evening was meeting about a dozen potential members that would like to visit our club on Wednesday morning. We gave out our new club brochures to everyone that was interested along with a card that had a personal invitation from the member. One lady was a Rotarian in North Carolina and was so happy to meet Rotarians in Greenwood, SC. Another gentleman had gone on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic and was to pick up some food to take to Haiti. To his surprise the bags of rice were packaged right here in Greenwood by the Greenwood and Emerald City Rotary clubs. He said he will never forget what it was like to give the rice packages to the children in Haiti.
On our table we had information on Josh the Otter. We met a couple of daycare teachers that asked us if we would come and present Josh the Otter to their daycare. One teacher won our basket with a Josh the Otter puppet, fans, books, and activity sheets. She told me about how her grandfather was a Rotarian in the Greenwood club and she has fond memories of going to club meetings with him when she was a little girl. She really wants to be a Rotarian, and is trying to work out the details at work.
We provided information about Polio Eradication and we gave out End Polio Now pins to people making a contribution. Several people that came to our table were interested in learning about what role we are playing in the Eradication of Polio.
It was a great night and in the end I was so happy we decided to be a part of the event. I think it was especially special for our newer members as they got an opportunity to introduce some of their peers to their Rotary family. ...