SC Superintendent of Education - the Honorable Molly Spearman was our speaker in May, Her topic focused on the consolidation of school districts, educational priorities and excellence in our schools throughout the state. First Monday was also pleased to welcome Gov. Henry McMaster who awarded our very own Paul Wickensimer, GC Clerk of Court, the Order of the Palmetto - SC highest honor for service to the state.
Republican SC State Party Chairman Drew McKissick was our speaker in April - his topic focused on the DC's laundry list of left-wing priorities. Including a $1.9 trillion spending bill without one GOP vote and the democrat plan to change the way elections are run statewide.
Marcia Papin the Greenville County Solid Waste Manager was our excellent and enjoyable speaker on the topic of solid waste in Greenville County and the many issues that surround the future of disposing waste due to the explosive growth of our area and the financial burden that providing safely for waste incurs.
The Honorable Jay Luas joined us a update on the agenda for the SC House this year. Teachers pay, Santee Cooper, the state of the state were a just a few of the items he discussed. Always a good speaker and friend of 1st Monday.
Great discussion about what is actually going on with Santee Cooper and how the SC ratepayers are being put in the middle of a boondoggle. Dr. Smith gave an overview and update on Santee Cooper and the failed V.C. Summer project and the billions of dollars wasted. For more information visit: https://palmettopromise.org
First Monday hosted our member and speaker Bob Knight, President of Public Strategy, a government relations and public policy firm, to speak about the history and to the conversation around the topic of the many Special Purpose Districts in our area and the County Council discussion about sewer consolidation.
Dr. Ralph Reed the founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition will be our speaker for our Nov. meeting. Joey Hudson of The Morning Answer on WGTK 94.5fm. will be on a zoom call to interview Dr. Reed about the election and what he is seeing nationwide through his organization who has boots on the ground in every state. It was a great meeting and we'll probably bring in other speakers now that we have zoom down.
Great meeting today at 1st Monday in Greenville luncheon - our speaker was Hobart Lewis our Greenville County Sheriff and he brought us up to date on all the things his office is doing. He is doing a great job and needs our support in the upcoming election.
1st Monday was pleased to host Greenville County's director of elections and voter registration - Conway Belangia to our meeting. He gave information on how the upcoming election will be handled and how the voting will be safe and accounted for so all votes count.
On Aug. 3rd - our topic is: Where is the CARES Act money going? Greenville County Administrator Joe Kernell and his assistant Nicole Wood explained how the State and County were allocated the funds and how to go about applying for funding if COVID19 has affected your business.
Please note that the Poinsett Club is closed for the month of July - we look forward to seeing you on August 3rd.
A new way of listening to social media conversations is happening. Univ. of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications Social Media Insights Lab was our topic with Kait Park, Manager, Social Media Insights Lab Manager as our speaker. If you want to follow the work they are doing here is the link for Twitter - @UofSCInsights (and yes we were social distancing thanks to the good work of the Poinsett Club)
First Monday was pleased to host Mr. Phil Hughes and Mr. Bo Aughtry as our speakers about the Proposed City Convention Center. They spoke of the need for Greenville to have a conference center in the downtown area for national conferences and large local events. The plans for the new convention center would be located along the banks of the Reedy River on vacant land next to the Embassy Suites in RiverPlace.
Congressman William Timmons was our Feb. speaker and he brought us up to date on the work he has been doing in Washington, DC for his district. Staff member Hope Logan gave an update on the Congressman's efforts to find and honor local veterans with the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project. For more information please visit: https://timmons.house.gov/veterans-history-project
We enjoyed hearing from the Honorable Jay Lucas, who is the Speaker of the SC House. He gave an overview of the issues the House will be taking up this next session. His primary push will be for education and jobs in SC.
We are happy to welcome the new Mayor of Ft. Inn the Honorable GP McLeer to our meeting. Although just elected, GP is ready to step into the office of Mayor with a list of exciting opportunities for our sister city. Just down the road from Greenville on the Golden Strip is the city of Ft. Inn also known as the "The Diamond Tip of the Golden Strip” Make your plans to join us as we continue of series of meeting the local mayors.
With the vacancy of the former Sheriff we have an opportunity to start again. First Monday is pleased to host: Darius Hall, Hobart Lewis, A.T. Tommy Smith & Robert Whatley to our meeting. These four current candidates will tell about their vision for the office and how they plan to move the department forward into the 21st century.
Meeting starts at 12pm - ends at 1pm January 6 February 3 March 2 April 6 May 4 June 1 July - No Meeting* Club is closed August 3 Sept 14* (2nd Monday due to Labor Day holiday) October 5 November 2 December 7
We had a wonderful presentation by the Mayor of Simpsonville - the Honorable Janice Curtis. She brought the forum up to date on the new developments that are happening in our sister city. Simpsonville is doing great due the vision of their Mayor and Council and the community who are working hard to make good things happen in Simpsonville. For more information visit: https://www.simpsonville.com
We had a wonderful presentation by Mauldin City Councilman Scott Crosby. He brought the forum up to date on the new developments that are happening in our sister city. Mauldin is growing and is doing great due the vision of their Mayor and Council and the community members who are working hard to make great things happen. For more information visit: https://cityofmauldin.org
We had a wonderful presentation by the Mayor of Travelers Rest - the Honorable Brandy Amidon. She brought the forum up to date on the new developments that are happening in our sister city. Travelers Rest has become a destination due the vision of their Mayor and Council and the community who are working hard to make it happen. For more information visit: http://travelersrestsc.com
Great meeting today with Paul Howell of Honor Flight Upstate. To be a part of this worthy organization please follow their website at :http://www.honorflightupstatesc.com/2011/ They have many opportunities for you to be involved in being a blessing to those who have fought for our freedom.
Probate Judge the Honorable Debora Faulkner was our speaker for this meeting. She spoke about the role of the Probate Judge and what you need to have in order when you pass onto the next life. Some rules have changed - make sure your will and estate are ready...before you go.
Our topic was about law enforcements concerns about the legalization of medical marijuana (they are against it). It is important to keep up with the issues of the day and the pro and con from each side.
We enjoyed hearing from our Commissioner of AG - Hugh Weathers on the new and exciting things his office is doing to promote SC products and sustainable farming. Did you know that there are 25,000 farms and 6000 immigrant workers during harvest season in SC. Our state’s agriculture business leads in total business output. Buy Local - Buy SC Products from SC farmers.
We had a great meeting with Senator Lindsay Graham. He was on fire about what is going on in Washington from the Judiciary and the appointment of judges to the damaging rhetoric and the constant attacks on the President. He encouraged the audience to continue the fight to protect our President and our future.
First Monday welcomed the Speaker of the SC House - the Honorable Jay Lucas who gave an overview of the issues the SC House would be discussing in the next session. Education was the overriding theme and the need to pay teachers, lift scores, stop teaching to the test and help SC youth find a path forward to achieve success.
To keep you up to date here are our meeting dates for 2019: JAN 7th, FEB 4th, MARCH 4th, APRIL 1st, MAY 6th, JUNE 3rd, NO JULY, AUG 5th, SEPT 9th, OCT 7th, NOV 4th, DEC 2nd
Dr. Burke Royster, Superintendent of Greenville County Schools was our speaker and gave a overview of the significant advances in student achievement, with a particular focus on improving the District’s graduation rate and ensuring that all students are college and career ready.
Drew McKissick ~ Chairman of the SC Republican Party will be our speaker. He will give an overview of the races in SC and how to support Victory 2018. Please Vote, Please take a friend to the polls - Please Do Your Part for Victory 2018
Our Oct. speaker was Jim Nicholson, former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, he also served as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, and he is the past chairman of the Republican National Committee. He is currently a National Co-Chair of Explore Offshore. Learn more here: https://exploreoffshoreusa.org
Republican Solicitor Walt Wilkins spoke today on the issue of immigration in the Upstate of South Carolina. His information covered the boarder wall, families, gang activity and the cost to our community.
Did you know 42,000 Americans die each year of opioid overdose. The numbers are shocking and the trend is not getting better - come and learn about the wide spread issue of substance abuse and the cost to the community and broken families. First Monday is pleased to host Martine Helou, who sits on Governor McMasters Opioid Task Force division for Community Response and is the Executive Director of the Palmetto Foundation for Prevention and Recovery will be our speaker. The foundation focuses on facilitating the prevention, education, and recovery of students kindergarten - college – who are dealing with substance abuse. You can learn more about the organization here: www.palmettofoundationpr.org
1st Monday in partnership with 94-5 WGTK The Answer and host Joey Hudson, the Greenville County Republican Party and the South Carolina Republican Party hosted a debate between the final two republican candidates Sen. William Timmons and former state Sen. Lee Bright for the 4th Congressional District. The two faced off in a live debate held at the Hilton on Orchard Park. To see the debate use this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXrvF0lF2ug&app=desktop To hear the debate: https://soundcloud.com/craig-debolt/4thcongressionaldebate-945wgtktheanswer-061818 To read about the debate: https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/local/2018/06/18/timmons-and-bright-clash-over-personal-finances-4th-district-debate/709434002/
Join us to hear the candidates for Governor & Secretary of State on June 4th for our monthly meeting. First Monday is pleased to host John Warren for Governor and Nelson Faeber for Secy of State at our June 4th meeting at 12-1pm at the Poinsett Club. Learn more about the candidates here: http://warrenforgovernor.com https://www.nelson.vote
Here is the video from tonights SC Governor forum held in conjuction Greenville County Republican Party, 94-5 WGTK The Answer, Joey Hudson, Keith Munson & Deb Sofield. Special thanks to Nate Leupp, Greenville County Party Chairm for his hard work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3SruJQX0Pk&feature=youtu.be
First Monday in Greenville in partnership with 94-5 WGTK The Answer & WYFF News 4 hosted a forum on April 16th at 6:15-8:30pm at the Poinsett Club in downtown Greenville. Here is the link from WYFF - https://bit.ly/2JbsKRc We are also hosting a run off debate on Monday, June 18th at 6:30-8:30pm. Please mark your calendars for the second event.
To keep you up to date here are our meeting dates for 2018: APRIL 9th, MAY 7th, JUNE 4th, NO JULY, AUG 6th, SEPT 10th, OCT 1st, NOV 5th, DEC 3rd
We had an interesting meeting in December. Former SC Senator Jim DeMint spoke about his work as a senior advisor to Citizens for Self-Governance, a group which is seeking to call a convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution in order to reduce federal government spending and power. For more information visit the website: https://www.conventionofstates.com
We had a great meeting with Mr. Tommy Windsor of the South Carolina Governor's Office Director of Boards and Commissions & County Councilman Lynn Ballard who spoke about what State & Local Boards and Commissions are looking for in a candidate? For more information visit: State http://governor.sc.gov/ExecutiveBranch/Pages/BoardsandCommissions.aspx County http://www.greenvillecounty.org/apps/countycouncilboard/countywideboards.aspx City http://www.greenvillesc.gov/478/Boards-Commissions
On October 2nd we hosted a candidate forum with Greenville City Council Candidates: Wil Brasington, Matt Cotner & John DeWorken. Greenville City Council elections will be Nov. 7th at your city polling station. Also, with the retirement of Eric Bedingfield that seat is open for a Special Election to be held soon. Krystal Blume, Ashley Trantham & William Welch spoke about their campaigns. To keep up with local elections and candidates visit 1st Monday in Greenville.
Congressman Trey Gowdy was our speaker for our meeting. We changed our usual date (the 1st Monday of the month) to accommodate his schedule. We had a wonderful turnout to hear from our Congressman on the issues he is working on in DC.
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We wish you a safe and happy 4th of July. Deb - Jill - Paul
The South Carolina Policy Council was founded in 1986 as an independent, private, non-partisan research organization to promote the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty and responsibility in the state of South Carolina. The Policy Council’s purpose is to promote freedom, to protect freedom, and to prove that freedom works. In short: we want South Carolina to be the freest state in the nation. It’s that simple. Equally simple is our view of government. We don’t think of it as some impersonal force. It’s a real factor in all of our lives, and its value or intrusiveness is determined by the real people who lead it: politicians. Our aim is to make our politicians the most accountable – and therefore the least powerful – politicians in the country. The problems created by an overbearing and expensive government may be complicated, but their remedies are not. Those remedies are: lower taxes and fewer regulations for all, not just for those with effective lobbyists; separation of powers and clear lines of accountability; independence from federal money and micromanagement; and the expansion of individual choice. For more information visit: http://www.scpolicycouncil.org (info from their website)
The Honorable Senator Shane Massey, the SC Senate Majority Leader will be our speaker at our Feb. 6th meeting. Senator Massey will bring us up to date on the direction the SC Senate will follow in the new legislative session.
We are planning to have our meeting on Monday the 9th - come snow, wind or blizzard so please make your plans to join us at 11:45am to hear the SC Speaker of the House the Honorable Jay Lucas.
Join us for our first meeting of the year to hear an update and overview from the Speaker of the South Carolina House - the Honorable Jay Lucas. Speaker Lucas always brings a good word about the inside the beltway look at the upcoming state house agenda.
Please mark your calendar for our upcoming meetings. You need to register for each meeting at www.firstmondayingreenville.com Jan. 9, Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, no July meeting, Aug. 7, Sept. 11, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec 4.
Mauldin City Councilman Scott Crosby gave an overview on how Donald Trump won the election. His topic was titled, "The Presidential Election - What Happened?” Scott was kind enough to give us his notes from his talk - please see them here: http://politics.scottcrosby.info/Choices/first_monday_2016.html
Dr. Woodard of Clemson University Political Science department will be speaking about the upcoming election. You won’t want to miss this meeting and hear the "Sage of the South" give a prognosis of the Presidential election.
Join us on October 3rd for our monthly meeting with guest Catherine Templeton. She served as a Human Resources Manager at Milliken & Company. She is a former Attorney with the Ogletree Deakins Law Firm. Mrs. Templeton is the former Director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Board. She also served as the head of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control where "she has been praised for her commitment to taxpayers, businesses and the environment – and for turning around an antiquated bureaucracy resistant to change. She pushed to de-regulate whole professions, repealed unnecessary and outdated requirements on the books, and pushed through streamlined processes for entire industries that had not been addressed in decades.”
Hear the story behind the reorganization of the Greenville Health System. We'll have two speakers - Mrs. Lisa Stevens, Chairman of the Board for GHS, for the reorganization and Mr. Dell Baker, former GHS Board member, against the reorganization. Come and learn the issues around this community topic so that you will be informed.
South Carolina Treasurer Curtis M. Loftis. will be our August 1st speaker. Treasurer Loftis is the state's "private banker,” managing and investing the state’s funds. He is the custodian of more than $43 billion in State funds, including the state’s pension funds. He serves as Vice Chairman of the State Fiscal Accountability Authority, an executive body that provides oversight to such statewide policy matters as property, procurement and debt. He is the Chairman of the Board of Financial Institutions, which supervises state chartered financial institutions and supervises mortgage originators and lenders, finance companies, payday lenders, and title lenders, and is a member of the South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission which manages the $30 billion retirement fund’s investments.
The Poinsett Club is closed for renovations so we will not have a meeting in July ~ however, we will meet on August 1st and our speaker will be the SC State Treasurer Curtis Loftis.
June 6th will be our Politicapalooza meeting to hear the candidates for the upcoming election on June 14th. Since there are so many races we’re opening the floor to allow candidates (who have been invited) to come and give a shout out for the election the next day. Invited candidates: SC Senate 12 - David McCraw - Lisa Scott - Scott Talley SC House 22 - Jason Elliott - Wendy Nanney Greenville County Council 21 - Lance Byars - Stacy Kuper - Rick Roberts Greenville County Council 18 - Joe Baldwin
1st Monday is pleased to host the SC Senate Debate/Forum. Speakers SC Senate District 5 were - Johnny Edwards, Mike Fair, William Timmons. Speakers SC Senate District 6 featured John B. White.
Please mark your calendar for our upcoming meetings. You need to register for each meeting at www.firstmondayingreenville.com May 2, June 6, no July meeting, Aug. 1, Sept. 12*, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec 5. *note Sept. date change
1st Monday is pleased to host the Sheriff’s Debate/Forum. All 5 Republican candidates are coming and taking part.
Join us to hear Mr. David Bereskin, CEO of Greenville Water explain, “No Lead in Our Water”.
Mark your calendar for January 4th when the Honorable Jay Lucas will be our speaker with highlights for the 2016 legislative session.