60th Anniversary Celebration - June 2009
In attendance from the 1949 class were, l to r: Dr. Bill Rowe, Rev. Hal Norton, Maurice Brown, Joanne Holliday Johnston, and Horace Gravely.
The Byrnes Scholars had their 46th annual luncheon and 60th year celebration Saturday, June 13, 2009, at The Marriott Columbia. Two hundred fifty scholars, alumni and friends attended.
A slideshow of photographs from the weekend festivities is below.
Natalie Owens, 1986 scholar and president of the Byrnes Scholars, presided. The invocation was given by April Garrett, 1999 scholar.
Paula Harper Bethea, 1974 scholar, introduced guest speaker The Honorable Lindsey O. Graham, United States Senator from South Carolina. Senator Graham has been a long time supporter of Gov. Byrnes' career and contributions to our nation's history. The Senator has held the foundation dear to his heart. After being presented with a special gift, Senator Lindsey was announced as an honorary Byrnes scholar.
Brent McDonald, 1998 scholar, provided entertainment by singing his original composition "Lost, Helplessly" in honor of the experience shared by many Byrnes Scholars.
Architect and artist David Damon, 1983 scholar, presented an original artwork for permanent display in the James F. Byrnes Room at Clemson University. He stated, "The design to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the James F. Byrnes Scholars captures key moments of memory. The design is composed of a portrait of James F. Byrnes, icons of the U.S. and S.C. domes where he worked, the S.C. state flag and map that we share as our home, an image of a parent and child that bonds each of us in unity, starfish and the nautilus that represent Super Weekend on the beach, the calendar of 12 months that keep us connected, interlocking circles of life, the red square of both loss and love, and our motto: United by Loss, Bound by Love."
Carrie Pergerson, 1992 scholar and past-president of the Byrnes Scholars, announced Kristine Hobbs, 1989 scholar, the recipient of the Jake Salley Service Award.
The 2009 Byrnes Scholars are, l to r: Barbara Ball, Jennifer Deaton, Daniel Bonanno, Aaron Tisdale, Tina Abbasi, and Megan Garland.
The graduating seniors were recognized by Lois Anderson, 1950 scholar, and Jamie Rhodes, 1993 scholar, recognized the new scholars joining the family.
Jeanette Cothran, 1952 scholar, and Carol Ann Green, 1950 scholar, were recognized for their service as they are rotating off the Foundation Board of Directors.
Rhodes, 1979 scholar Henri Duncan and 2000 scholar Justin Ballenger were introduced as new members to the Foundation Board of Directors.
Mike Alls (1989 scholar), James Dowdy (2003 scholar), April Garrett (1999 scholar), Rory Priester (1994 scholar) and Lauren Adams (2005 scholar) were recognized for their service as they rotated off the Scholars Board of Directors.
Allen Easler (1988 scholar), Jeremy Fleming (2004 scholar), Tyler Gailey (2004 scholar), Kim Hatcher (1992 scholar) and Kayla Miller (2006 scholar) were introduced as new members of the Scholars Board of Directors.
Bill Rowe, 1949 scholar, recognized Chester Caulder, 1979 scholar, for his outstanding service to the foundation. Chester has faithfully maintained the scholars web site since its inception.
2009 Luncheon Photographs
Below is a slideshow of the 2009 luncheon weekend photos from June 12-13 in Columbia. Images transition every five seconds; you may adjust the transition speed using the slider icon on the far right of the image panel. Use the thumbnail icon (first on left) to toggle the thumbnail display on and off to select specific images; you may drag and drop the thumbnail display panel anywhere within your browser window. There are three image sets. The first image set has photos from the June 12 Friday night social; the second set has photos from the luncheon registration; and the third set has photos from the luncheon ceremony.