2009-12-11 / Society

St. Andrews Rotary hosts executive director and a “tunnel rat”

By Alan Shoemaker

(L–r) Elizabeth Taylor, Johnny Moore, Sergeant C.W. Bowman, and St. Andrews Rotary Club president, Scotty Griffin. (L–r) Elizabeth Taylor, Johnny Moore, Sergeant C.W. Bowman, and St. Andrews Rotary Club president, Scotty Griffin. Elizabeth Taylor, executive director of the Irmo–Chapin Recreational Commission, briefed the membership about progress made since the commission first started. With Saluda Shoals as its largest facility, the facilities were used by over 400,000 members of the Midlands and beyond. Although supported in part by public tax dollars, the majority of the commission’s operational costs come from user fees.

Run like a business, the commission operates only with a balanced budget even as they look forward to future plans for the citizens of their Special Purpose District.

On December 1, 2009, C.W. “Bo” Bowman spoke about his duties as a “tunnel rat” while serving with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. Sergeant Bowman began his first tour in 1966, getting wounded during his first of two tours. In addition to this life altering experiences investigating enemy tunnel complexes near Cu Chi, he also served as pointman, demolition specialist and sniper. Bowman retired from Bellsouth in 2002 after 30 years of employment.
Photos by Alan Shoemaker Photos by Alan Shoemaker

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