Composting at Riverbanks Zoo
The Riverbanks Zoo’s composting success is that “bottom line” of animal manure can be a profit-maker instead of a wasted byproduct. The zoo must contend with about 1,200 pounds of excrement daily, mostly from its elephant, giraffe and zebra populations. After collection, the manure decomposes and cures in a special storage area while being monitored for temperature and moisture. When it reaches the stage where it’s ready to be called “natural soil amendment,” the compost can be distributed at Riverbanks Garden and sold. It’s available for gift shop purchase or by the pick-up truckload during spring and fall bulk sales. Some of the sale proceeds go to the zoo’s conservation fund that supports projects to save wildlife and wildlife habitat all over the world. Each year Riverbanks converts 13,418 cubic feet of dung into money-making compost.
PRESENTER: John Davis, Director of Animal Care & Welfare
Mr. Davis holds a degree in wildlife biology from Kansas State University and has run the composting program since 2009 as Director of Animal Care and Welfare at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.
500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC
We will meet at Tusker’s Restaurant at 11:00am. Lunch will be on your own at the restaurant.
The tour will commence at 11:45am.
- We are continuing to use Eventbrite for meeting registrations.
- Meeting cost is $20 in advance ($15 for current/retired military).
- NOTE: The registration fee covers only the entrance fee into the Zoo. Lunch is on your own at Tuskers Restaurant.
- Please register in advance, so we can accommodate everyone.
- Please register by Monday, November 11th @ 8:00am.
Shaw Air Force Base Program
Colonel Arno J. Bischoff is currently the Director of Installations for US Air Forces Central Command, Shaw AFB, SC. He is responsible for 6,408 facilities at multiple bases valued at $14.7 billion. He oversees planning, development & execution of $3.8 billion in construction & $3.2 billion in service & commodity contracts and provides staff oversight of 3,600 rotational contracting, engineer, firefighter, EM/CBRN, EOD, and OCN escorts. From July 2015 to August 2016 he was the Commander, 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group (AFCENT). He led this diverse unit of 619 personnel conducting theater-wide repair and construction projects in support of Joint and AFCENT forces while completing over 100 projects valued at $48 million. From July 2014 to May 2015 he was a student at Air War College. Additionally, Colonel Bischoff served at the Air Staff, US Forces Afghanistan, two Civil Engineer Squadron commands, HQ Air Combat Command as an EOD branch chief, a CE Operations Officer, and 4x Flight Commander. He has deployed six times in support of Operations SOUTHERNWATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, SPARTAN SHIELD, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, and INHERENT RESOLVE
Developing Communities of Veterans within Companies and Professional Organizations
This presentation also qualifies for one (1) hour of CEU for Professional Development.
- Understand the facts about veterans and veterans in the work place.
- Understand how improving veterans and their families quality of life improves corporate recruitment and retention.
- Recognize the measurement and evaluation of a successful program.
Presenter: Mr. Jim Lorraine, President & CEO of Americas Warrior Partnership
From city to city and town to town across America, there is no one organization or platform to ensure each unique veteran is holistically supported or that each veteran service organization has access to the national resources they need. America's Warrior Partnership is filling these gaps between current veteran service organizations: bolstering efficacy, improving results, and empowering initiatives.
America's Warrior Partnership is the connection that brings local veteran-centric nonprofits together through coordination and collaboration, ensuring consistent information is obtained, relevant services are provided, and national resources are utilized. We attack inefficiency and amplify the work of established nonprofits and government agencies.
USC Aiken - Newly Accredited Engineering Curriculum, Advanced Manufacturing Lab & Veterans Affairs Program
Robert Murphy (Director of Veterans Affairs) and Darren Timmons (Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs) USC Aiken will provide a joint presentation about their newly accredited Engineering Curriculum, the new Advanced Manufacturing Lab and their Veteran Affairs Program.
Robert Murphy is the Director of the Office of Veteran and Military Student Success at University of South Carolina-Aiken. He has served over 25 years in a myriad of international, national, and community based positions. A military veteran with zeal and passion of quality leadership and team success. Highly regarded as an expert in community relations, team building, and results-based leadership. Has cConducted hundreds of hours in research and analysis of current USC Aiken student veteran programming, policies, resources, and overall student veteran awareness and published a comprehensive Veteran and Military Student Success program. He received is BS Degree in Business Management from USC-Aiken and his MBA, Management from University of South Carolina
Dr. Daren Timmons was the interim provost, managing all academic programs and academic support services, including enrollment management, admissions and financial aid. Before assuming the interim position, Timmons was the dean of USCA's College of Sciences and Engineering. Before coming to USCA in 2016, Timmons was the John C. Allen '62 Institute Professor of Chemistry and head of the chemistry department at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, where he developed new liquid crystal materials and metal-organic frameworks, according to a news release from USCA. Timmons has an impressive list of publications and has been the recipient of several significant grants, including one from the National Science Foundation, according to the release. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Duke University and his doctorate in chemistry from Texas A&M University.
Invited guests also included Dr. Forrest Mahan (President Aiken Technical College), SC State Senator Tom Young, David Jameson (President and CEO Aiken Chamber of Commerce), and Will Williams (Director Economic Development Partnership Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick, and Saluda Regions of SC).
Making the Right Connections - The Fundamentals of Air Barrier Design
Mr. Keith Kowadlo, Federal Account Manager for Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing will be presenting on "Making the Right Connections - The Fundamentals of Air Barrier Design". This is a on-hour AIA-approved presentation.
Mr. Kowadlo is a retired Army Engineer Officer who served as a Quality Assurance Representative on numerous construction projects for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Following retirement, he worked as federal business development manager for several Architectural-Engineering design firms chasing Design/Build construction work. He is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina with a Master’s Degree in Construction Management from Penn State. He has been a member of SAME since his 1977 graduation from the Virginia Military Institute.
Lloyd, Paul and Debbi Bessinger along with their children carry on the family’s BBQ heritage. They still pit-cook each pork ham for 24 hours over hickory wood coals using their grandfather Joe’s original secret sauce recipe. This new generation has one simple focus – to serve the best pit-cooked BBQ in South Carolina. Just like their grandfather.
Tour of the South Carolina Military Museum
Organizer: Major General Retired Eisner is the Assistant Adjutant General - Army, South Carolina National Guard, South Carolina Joint Force Headquarters. He also serves as the Deputy Adjutant General, South Carolina National Guard.
Located in the capital city of Columbia, the South Carolina Military Museum is one of the largest National Guard museums in the country. Its mission is to honor and chronicle the South Carolina citizen soldier and this State's martial tradition from its colonial founding in 1670 to present-day operations. Featuring an impressive collection of artifacts, displays and exhibits, the Museum tells the story of the South Carolina militia, its evolution into the National Guard, and its important role today as a force multiplier for the United States Army and Air Force.
Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament
Old Hickory Golf Club @ Fort Jackson
We had another successful year. The rain passed us by and we were able to get all 18 holes in without any issue. As a benefit from this event the Carolina Midlands Post was able to provide a $1,000 scholarship to the SC National Guard which was presented at the Palmetto Club on Saturday, June 8th. In addition, we are happy to award two additional scholarships of $1,000 each through the SAME scholarship program.
Columbia Metropolitan Airport Tour
Columbia Metropolitan Airport is a major economic engine for South Carolina’s Midlands region. As a self-sufficient entity, the airport doesn’t take any state and local tax dollars yet generates an estimated $847 million for the state of South Carolina. Over 40 businesses operate on the airport’s campus and create a combined total payroll of nearly $80 million. The airport has a commitment to the environment thru ECO. This includes:
Columbia Metropolitan Airport is a City of Columbia Certified Green Business
Projects are GreenSpec, Energy Star and International Energy Conservation Code certified
$60 million in CIP projects between 2010 – 2018
$300,000+ savings in annual energy costs
14 MW of power on 5 acres of solar panels over the next five years 2015-2020
The tour was conducted by Mr. Frank Murray, Director of Planning & Facilities.
USC Center for Predictive Maintenance
The center is an interdisciplinary group spanning four departments and includes students at all levels of education along with faculty members and military personnel. The program combines research and implementation solutions to support the US Army Aviation program. The meeting was held at the USC Center for Predictive Maintenance and we led by MG Retired Lester D. Eisner, the Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Engagement at USC.
Tour of the Observatory at SC State Museum
Tom Falvey, Director of Education at the SC State Museum gave the SAME Carolina Midlands Post a private tour. Tom has been a part of the museum since 1996 and a member of team for the 2014 expansion which included the planetarium, 4-D theater and observatory. He oversees the education programming at the museum and curated the Robert B. Ariail telescope collection.