Our featured speaker on November 11 was Paula Harper Bethea, director of the South Carolina Education Lottery. Ms. Bethea, who has served on many boards, commissions, and other public bodies, has brought a wealth of experience to the SC Education Lottery. She explained that the lottery has contributed over $3.4 billion to South Carolina education since its inception in 2002, divided among grades K-12, higher education programs and scholarships, and other community education programs. She emphasized that her agency is a resource for education and a fiscally conservative, socially aware business enterprise. Ms. Bethea’s lively speaking style and passion for education kept our Rotarians involved in the program, and left us with an appreciation of the large program she administers.
Rotarians busy eating lunch in preparation for the program
Happy drawing winner Dave Homyk, wishing he’d won the SC Education Lottery
Paula Harper Bethea gives us a detailed explanation of the SC Education Lottery
John Perrill makes sure we understand the benefits of the Rotary Foundation