Thursday, February 11, 2016

Celebrations and Awards Help Build Community

The front page of THE HARTSVILLE MESSENGER this past Wednesday included a prominent photo of Jamie Morphis accepting the Hartsville Citizen of the Year Award. This Award is presented by the Hartsville Rotary Club, and has been decades. Celebrating community heroes is one of the tools for building stronger communities.  In Hartsville, we are fortunate to have the opportunity for a lot of these hero celebrations and they continue to play a vital role in the community-building culture so important to the vitality of this community.

Jamie Morphis, whose community building accomplishments are long, was not the only person honored at the Hartsville Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner this past Monday night. The Chamber's program included several other hero-recognitions by other community organizations. And as I write about this topic you should notice that having an umbrella organization like a Chamber, which Rich Harwood might call a boundary-spanning organization as the host for such a recognition event is another crucial tool in the community-building kit.

Celebrations of people and celebrations of accomplishments are important in our process because it shows what we, as a community, believe are important to our culture and key areas to spend some of our precious resources.

The link above to the Chamber website will show photos of the Volunteer of the Year, the Caregiver of the Year, the Businessperson of the Year, the Innovator of the Year and the Young Professional of the Year. Celebrations show momentum and if you are involved in community building -- let those celebrations continue!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Community Building takes leadership and Leadership is not always easy

Building community is an undertaking that constant scrutiny by people who are willing to move from their comfort zone to spheres of leadership.  Community building is not easy. Being a leader is not easy.  One of the leadership principles that I have seen work over and over again is exhibited by gutsy leaders who are willing to own the problem. "It's not my fault" is the refrain we hear so often when a situation needs repair and rebuilding.

Leaders in community building generally are not all that interested in finding fault; they are interested in creating solutions.

The solution comes far more quickly when we decide it matters a lot less now about who caused it and why and a lot more about how do we fix it. There is only so much building energy to be tapped. A leader who comes in with a willingness to own the problem is likely going to have a team working on the solutions long before the manager who has a need to fix blame and punish shortcomings.

Michael Hyatt, whose platform is as a virtual mentor, had an interesting blog post this morning on key leadership characteristics written about by former Navy SEAL Team leaders.  The post is a quick read and well worth the read if you are into leading community building efforts.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Byerly Foundation Acts As Catalyst with Hartsville Grantmaking



The Byerly Foundation has been making grants in Hartsville since the late 1990s. The Foundation was formed from the proceeds of the sale of The Byerly Hospital to a for-profit hospital company. The Board of the Hospital opted to form a private foundation and use the proceeds from that sale over time to help various projects across the Hartsville area. Today, the Foundation has just over $22 million invested and it distributes grants equal to five percent of the assets on an annual basis.

BYERLY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANT CYCLE

This week the Foundation announced that it has opened the grant cycle for the 2014/2015 grant making year. Grants will be accepted through July 21 and the Board of The Foundation will be discussing the grants at meetings during the summer and early fall. Here is the announcement of the grantmaking process:




May 28, 2014
FOUNDATION ACCEPTING GRANT CONCEPT LETTERS THROUGH JULY 21
                Hartsville, SC – The Byerly Foundation will be accepting grant-concept letters from now through July 21, 2014 for the 2014/2015 grant year.
The Byerly Foundation’s fundamental mission is to help the Hartsville, South Carolina area become one of the best places in the world in which to live. All of the grants approved by the Board must have a direct impact on the immediate Hartsville, SC, community. The Foundation has focused its grant making on education, economic development and quality of life projects.

Concept Letter
The Foundation’s grant making process generally begins with a concept letter of one to three pages. The Foundation funds grants to non-profit 501(C)-3 organizations, schools, colleges, and government-sponsored community projects. Grant making for private foundations is regulated by the U. S. Tax Code. Persons with questions about eligibility should call the Foundation (383-2400).
Concept letters are requested because the Foundation Board desires to minimize the investment of time and resources for organizations to request grant funding. The Board does not require a fully developed grant request but does need certain specific information. The concept letter must include:
·          
      Name of organization and stated proof of eligibility
·         A description of the project envisioned by the organization
·        The outcome(s) that will result from the implementation of the grant project
·         The amount of funding being requested from the Foundation
·        The total cost of the planned project and the sources of other funding
·         The list of officers and board members of the organization
·         An explanation of how the project will make Hartsville a stronger community
The executive director of The Byerly Foundation, Richard Puffer, is available to help answer questions and provide any other guidance that organizations may need as they think about applying for grants. The Foundation’s email is byerlyfdn@yahoo.com. And the phone number is 843-383-2400.
The concept letters may be sent to The Foundation at P.O. Box 1925, Hartsville, SC 29551 or dropped off at the office at 101 North Second Street. They may also be submitted as attachments to an email message.
                                                                                
Grant making timeline
1.       The announcement of the grant-making cycle will be in late May.
2.       Concept letters will be accepted through July 21.
3.       The Board will begin reading and reviewing grant requests after they are received
4.       When the Board has questions, organizations will be contacted for more information.
5.       The Board will plan on taking action on grants at the August and September meetings.

The Byerly Foundation – A short history
The Byerly Foundation was established in 1995 with the sale of The Byerly Hospital to Hospital Management Associates. The proceeds of that sale were put into a private foundation managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Foundation has been making grants for the Hartsville area since 1998. The Foundation has approximately $22 million invested and according to tax law givers away five percent of those assets in grants on an annual basis.
The Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Johnna Shirley is the the Chair of the Board; Rob Tiede is the treasurer; Brianna Douglas is the secretary.  Other members of the Board include: Jerome Reyes,  Steve Avant, Monty Bell, Harris DeLoach, Nancy McGee, Barry Saunders, Alvin Heatley and Todd Shifflet. Richard Puffer is the executive director of The Foundation.

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For More Information:
Richard A. Puffer
843-383-2400
843-229-1492

 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Business graduates from Hartsville SC Center for Innovation

FME Nuclear Solutions, using technology to mitigate risk, is the first business to officially graduate from the incubator for Innovation in Hartsville, SC.  A little less than a year ago people were skeptics that a technology innovation center had any place in the Hartsville environs.  Other people had more daring vision and opened the door for Clemson University to put one of their technology innovators in this dynamic small community located in the Pee Dee of South Carolina. Today, a new business cut its ribbon in downtown Hartsville. This business already has projects with Duke Energy and Florida Power and in a few months will be heading to China to work with additional nuclear power concerns. Today the CEO of the new company said the Innovation Center accelerated his start up by about two years. This is another amazing positive story from the dynamic community of Hartsville, South Carolina.

Photo: FME Nuclear Solutions first business to graduate from the Hartsville Duke Energy Center for Innovation  ribbon cutting at noon and celebration at 5

Friday, July 26, 2013

A technology business incubator in Hartsville? Most Certainly is our reply!







Why Hartsville?  That is an interesting question. One answer is because we have some leaders with a vision to point out that Hartsville would be an excellent location for such a venture to see how a smaller, more rural area might foster business innovation. Another answer is that the vision had support from others who believe it is important to "try new new things" that have a good chance of being the next major successful initiative. The list of people speaking at the Ribbon Cutting showed some of the talent behind the philosophy. Senator Gerald Malloy laid down the challenge of "the next step."  Speaker Pro Tem Jay Lucas highlighted the strength of cooperative efforts underlining the work of the city and the initial funders and founders of the program -- Duke Energy, The Byerly Foundation and Clemson University.  Mayor Pennington pointed out the importance of the City Council to go out on the limb to support such a new venture and he spoke of the efforts of city leaders to work toward maximum success as Hartsville serves as the regional hub of this initiative.

Cooperation, Collaboration, Cash, are all elements that a community does require to continue becoming an even better place.  Barbara Steadman, who serves as a member of the Foundation for a Better Hartsville, which took this project as one of its first has an interesting blog post on the effort.

Why Hartsivlle? Because Hartsville is a can-do, will do community that will put in the effort to make new things work. Ben Chastain, a 2010 graduate of Coker College, is the executive director and his energy will power the initial effort of idea searching and idea hatching. This is an exciting opportunity for all of us in this community and in the Pee Dee Region. Now, help make the next thing happen!! Share your thoughts with Ben Chastain and see if you are not ready for the next Genentec.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Byerly Foundation seeking grant-concept letters from now until September 16

As the executive director of The Byerly Foundation in Hartsville, SC, I wanted to ensure that I put the notice of the opening of the 2012/13 grant cycle on my blog. The Foundation only funds projects having direct impact on the greater Hartsville, S.C. area and with this mission we are striving for high impact.  Here is the news release that went out in early July:

July 1, 2013
Hartsville, S.C. -- The Byerly Foundation will be accepting grant-concept letters from now through September 16, 2013 for the 2013/2014 grant year.

The fundamental mission of The Byerly Foundation is to help the Hartsville, South Carolina area become one of the best places in the world in which to live. All of the grants approved by the Board must have a direct impact on the immediate Hartsville, SC, community. The Foundation has focused its grant making on education, economic development and quality of life projects.

Grant making process begins with Concept Letter

The Foundation's grant making process generally begins with a concept letter of one to three pages. The Foundation funds grants to non-profit 501(C)-3 organizations, schools, colleges, and government-sponsored community projects. Grant making for private foundations is regulated by the U. S. Tax Code. Persons with questions about eligibility should call the Foundation (383-2400).

Concept letters are requested because the Foundation Board desires to minimize the investment of time and resources for organizations to request grant funding. The Board does not require a fully developed grant request but does need certain specific information. The concept letter must include:
  • Name of organization and stated proof of eligibility
  • A description of the project envisioned by the organization
  • The outcome(s) that will result from the implementation of the grant project
  • The amount of funding being requested from the Foundation
  • The total cost of the planned project and the sources of other funding
  • The list of officers and board members of the organization
  • An explanation of how the project will make Hartsville a stronger community
The executive director of The Byerly Foundation, Richard Puffer, is available to help answer questions and provide any other guidance that organizations may need as they think about applying for grants. The Foundation's email is byerlyfdn@yahoo.com.

The concept letters may be sent to The Foundation at P.O. Box 1925, Hartsville, SC 29551 or dropped off at the office at 101 North Second Street. They may also be submitted as attachments to an email message.

Grant making timeline
  1. The announcement of the grant-making cycle will be in July.
  2. Concept letters will be accepted through September 16.
  3. The Board will begin reviewing grant requests in October.
  4. Organizations being considered for funding will be notified in November.
  5. Often, organizations in consideration are asked for additional information.
  6. Final grant decisions are generally made prior to December 31.
The Byerly Foundation Makes Grants for Hartsville-area projects

The Byerly Foundation was established in 1995 with the sale of The Byerly Hospital to Hospital Management Associates. The proceeds of that sale were put into a private foundation managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Foundation has been making grants for the Hartsville area since 1998. Richard Puffer is the executive director of The Foundation and the Chairman of the Board of Directors is Charles J. Hupfer. Other members of the Board include: David Blackmon, Jerry Cheatham, Rob Tiede, Steve Avant, Monty Bell, Brianna Douglas, Johnna Shirley, Barry Saunders, Alvin Heatley and Todd Shifflet.
For more information, contact: Richard Puffer. He can be reached at 843-383-2400 or by email at dpuffer@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Libraries - have role as community conectors and community builders

The Hartsville Memorial Library is reaching beyond its normal services to add some gaming opportunities for teenagers -- whose major complain is often "there is nothing to do."  Here is something to do:
Saturday, July 20th

Hartsville Memorial Library

Teens in Hartsville will meet from 10:30am - 1:30pm for X-Box and Wii games. Ages 12-19

FREE Pizza!For more information call 332-5115 and ask for Lori Strickland.

CONGRATULATIONS  to the library for this idea.

Urge teens to attend. After all, this is something many of them like to do. I remember last August when I was at Coker on a Friday night about 8 p.m. and started hearing students coming into the Science Building. They were there to play some computer games -- sponsored by the Math Club but focused on Call of Duty. They were still there when I left about 9:30 - so this sounds like a great idea and a great way for the library to exert community leadership and expand connections.