Capital Club begins new Rotary year

Columbia’s Capital Rotary began its 2020-2021 year July 1 by inducting a new president and announcing Paul Harris Fellow honors in a biweekly Zoom session. Capital’s new president is Ben Carlton, a member since 2015, who practices corporate law with the Columbia firm of Richardson, Plowden & Robinson.

Carlton is a graduate of North Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina’s Law School. He was a club director and secretary before serving as president-elect in the past year. New Rotary Foundation donor honors went to Jack Williamson, Philip Flynn and Pete Pillow – all named Paul Harris Fellow Plus-Two givers (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with an additional gift in the same amount).

The Foundation is Rotary International’s charitable arm to support world understanding and peace programs. Williamson, a former sergeant at arms, joined Capital Rotary in 2008, as did Flynn, a past president and current director. Pillow joined in 2006 and was Rotarian of the Year in 2018. The club is holding remote meetings currently in response to the coronavirus pandemic.