Women, Wine and Wisdom, a monthly program held at The Commerce Club in Greenville, S.C., celebrated Black History Month during February’s program titled “What a difference a generation makes.”
Before the speakers took center stage, the 100 or so attendees enjoyed light complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine while they met and mingled with the other women, and handful of brave men, who came.
Later on, everyone took their seats and allowed the speakers to take control of the room.
Anna Smith, an 80-years-young Commerce Club Member, transported the group to the era when the United States was legally racially segregated, an era she grew up in. Anna was a former teacher and wife to the late Honorable Willie T. Smith Jr., a judge who helped protect human and civil rights in South Carolina.
The second speaker, Nika White, is the vice president of Diversity and Inclusion for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and was born after African-Americans won legal equality in America. She offered a slightly different, and more modern side to the plight of African-American women.
It was an emotionally and intellectually-enriching evening, and the attendees were able to take away as much as they wanted from both of these women's drastically different stories and experiences.
“The event went really well,” said Stephanie Nix, member relations coordinator at the Club. “The speakers were wonderful and many Members were able to bring guests, so there was a wide variety of people who came.”
If you are in or near Greenville, S.C., you should check out the Club’s monthly offerings of Wine, Women and Wisdom.
On March 13, 2013 the Club will invite various speakers to discuss the family court system and what it tells us about living life.
Head golf professionals at three of ClubCorp’s Hilton Head, S.C. clubs competed in a golf marathon on November 7, 2012, playing as many holes as possible to support The First Tee.
Play began at 7:30 a.m. for Chip Pellerin, head golf pro at The Country Club of Hilton Head; Lance Buntin, head golf pro at The Golf Club at Indigo Run; Jeremy Steiner, head golf pro at Golden Bear Golf Club and Dan Riker, general manager of The Golf Club at Indigo Run and Golden Bear Golf Club. By the time they decided to break for lunch, the group had already completed 72 holes in under 5 hours!
The team accepted pledges and donations for every hole they played throughout the day. And although the golf marathon concluded that day, the pros plan to continue their campaign at their respective Clubs.
“Golf has a long history of giving back and we are proud to be a part of the impact of The First Tee,” said Pellerin. “The movement is spreading across the nation and young people truly benefit from the training and core values they receive. As golf professionals we are showing our support by raising awareness through this and other initiatives at our Clubs and in the community.”
Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has been able to impact more than 6.5 million young people through a network that boasts 194 chapters offering programs at more than 700 golf facilities, 4,800 elementary schools and 120 U.S. military installations. Through 2017, The First Tee’s goal is to reach 10 million additional young people and grow the network to 1,200 golf facilities, 10,000 elementary schools and 350 other youth-serving locations. Programs such as the golf marathon in Hilton Head, will help make this goal a reality.
The amount raised is still being tabulated since the generous donations are still coming in to all the Clubs. Thank you to all who participated!