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Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives. A Rotary club contains a diverse group of professional leaders from the community that the club serves.

Forest Acres Rotary is always looking for new members and potential members are invited to visit our club. New members must be recommended by a current member of our club.

If you’re interested in learning more about joining Rotary, start by filling out the prospective member form and talk with the Rotarian who invited you to visit our club. Please note that Membership in a Rotary club is by invitation only. To obtain a membership referral form contact the Membership Chair, George Shissias, at, or call (803) 787-5065.

Attending weekly club meetings allows you to enjoy the fellowship of your club members, enrich your professional and personal knowledge, and meet other business leaders in their community. If you miss our club’s meeting, you can expand your Rotary horizons by attending make-up meetings at any Rotary club in the world — a practice that guarantees Rotarians a warm welcome in communities around the globe.

Find meeting places and times for the other clubs in the Columbia area by viewing our calendar.  You can also make up a missed meeting by participating in a club service project, attending a club board meeting or by making up online at one of several Rotary e-clubs.

Our club’s requirements:

  • 60% annual attendance must be at home club.
  • We use the honor system. Mark your own make-ups on the attendance sheet.
  • Make-ups are valid only during the two weeks before or following the date missed.
  • Make-ups can be entered on the District website

What YOU get out of Rotary depends largely on what YOU put into it. Our membership requirements are designed to help members more fully participate in and enjoy their Rotary experience.

Members are expected to attend weekly club meetings, pay annual dues and participate in local or international Rotary activities or projects.

The club is the cornerstone of Rotary, where the most meaningful work is carried out. All effective Rotary clubs are responsible for four key elements:

  • sustaining or increasing membership
  • participating in service projects that benefit our community and those in other countries
  • supporting The Rotary Foundation financially and through program participation
  • developing leaders capable of serving in Rotary beyond the club level


Speakers & Events
  • April 18th (Wednesday) Guillermo Espinosa – Clean air issues for the Midlands
  • April 25th (Wednesday) Natalie Britt Palmetto Conservation Foundation (Palmetto Trail)
  • May 2nd (Wednesday) Rod Funderburk CART Fund
  • May 4th (Friday) Rotary Meeting at Columbia Fireflies Baseball Ground –  Spirit Communications Stadium (downtown Columbia). Meet 6pm for 7pm game opener. Cost $9 entry + $5 for hot dog, chips & soda. Book in advance by April 30th using form circulated to members. Other Rotary Clubs will participate.
Contact Us

Sandy Olson
2017-18 Club President

Interested in Becoming a Member?
Please Contact:

George Shissias
Chair, Membership
(803) 787-5065

Club Address:
Post Office Box 6402
Columbia, SC 29260-6402

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