Two University of South Carolina Lancaster employees have been installed as presidents of their respective Rotary clubs.
Matt Williamson, director of TRiO Programs, will lead the Lancaster Rotary Club and Albert Blackmon, adjunct professor, will lead the Indian Land Lunch Rotary Club.
USC Lancaster has enjoyed a longstanding connection to Rotary Clubs in Lancaster County with several employees participating in three different clubs.
Blackmon in IL
The Indian Land Lunch Club is fairly new, but its members have worked hard to put “Service Above Self” in the Panhandle of Lancaster County and beyond.
“It’s truly an honor to serve as the president for the Rotary Club of Indian Land Lunch,” Blackmon said. “ ‘Service Above Self’ is Rotary’s motto and it’s also a core value for an educational institution like USC Lancaster. ‘How can we give back to the community where we work, play and live?’ is the question we should all ask ourselves.
“I’m fortunate to have an employer that has the desire to give back to the community, and I have an opportunity to double dip via my affiliation with Rotary International, as each are keenly focused on community improvement,” he said. “I do indeed have the best of both worlds in that my employer (USC Lancaster) and the civic organization I’m associated with (Rotary) have a strong desire to build a better and healthier community.”
Some of Blackmon’s priorities for the year include:
• Continue to build a stronger community through targeted support to those entities in need, both individuals and the community as a whole, through financial and hands-on assistance.
• Increase membership with a focused effort on diversity to include race, gender, age and business representation. The goal is to reach every business that has a physical representation in the Indian Land community.
• Partner with other area Rotary Clubs to promote the overall mission and gain additional exposure relative to Rotary’s “Service Above Self” motto.
• Continue to provide thought-provoking and engaging speakers who add value, while increasing members’ knowledge and desire to grow as individuals.
Williamson in Lancaster
Similarly, right in the heart of the city of Lancaster, the Lancaster Rotary Club is hard at work making an impact.
“I am humbled to have been voted the next president of the Lancaster Rotary Club, and I am quite aware of the rich legacy this organization has in Lancaster County,” Williamson said. “My desire is to serve faithfully and to continue building healthy relationships with our city and county governments, businesses, nonprofits and citizens of this great county in the central upstate of South Carolina.”
For this year’s priorities, Williamson said, “My presidency will focus on diversity, membership growth and developing partnerships with civic and governmental organizations throughout Lancaster County. Also, I plan to help reactivate the USC Lancaster Rotaract Club after a long two-year hiatus.”
USCL prides itself on being involved in the community and building strong and lasting partnerships. Many faculty and staff serve on a variety of boards and assist with many community services activities in our service region.
“USC Lancaster employees regularly contribute to our community, and Prof. Blackmon’s and Mr. Williamson’s work as presidents in their respective Rotary Clubs demonstrates this leadership and service firsthand,” said Dr. Walt Collins, USCL dean.