Blackbaud harvests an idea
Customer Operations, Blackbaud
Special to Charleston Currents
29, 2010 - As I picked up a copy of my book club's recommended "Animal,
Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver, my eyes grazed the
cover displaying a quote from Rick Bass: "This book will change
perhaps never before has [food] been written about
is a passion of mine, but somehow I fail to even keep the plants
alive that are marked with a one-year minimum life guarantee. I
shrugged my shoulders and decided maybe I would learn a thing or
two. Little did I know this book would be a catalyst, inspiring
a passion which would yield a corporate community garden located
behind the Blackbaud headquarters building on Daniel Island.
waited until the week before my book club was scheduled to meet
to start reading (one behavior I still have a goal to change - procrastination!).
Fervently scribbling facts as I read, I found myself unable to put
the book down. It was a rare occurrence, as I frequently deem cleaning
or organizing a higher priority than sitting with a book in hand.
was fascinated by this family who devoted an entire year of their
lives to deliberately eating food that was locally raised or grown
themselves. Upon finishing the book I felt a call to action, but
needed to determine which idea to go with: an educational children's
garden, personal garden, or a community garden. As an unseasoned
gardener, a personal garden would have been the fitting challenge
for me; however my predominant "dreamer" personality kicked
into high gear. So, I entered "start a community garden"
into Blackbaud's Idea Bank. One of Blackbaud's corporate values
is "service to others makes the world a better place."
I was excited when the idea was approved.
focus was to produce a garden that would serve as a means to give
back to employees, our local community and the environment. At our
first meeting, I relished the support and enthusiasm of my fellow
co-workers. I presented the concept of an au natural garden, aligned
with green practices to conserve natural resources, that would donate
the fresh food grown to our local neighbors in need through the
to Families. The reaction was unanimously positive and we soon
began forming committees, setting target dates and holding fundraising
initiatives to kick-start this grassroots community garden. Fast
forward six months and the garden, since named "Sprouts,"
boasts nine raised beds fully stocked, lasagna style, with layers
of peat moss, compost, manure, grass clippings and tea leaves. In
the early fall we planted heirloom vegetable seeds and received
the generous donation of a beehive from a fellow employee to help
pollinate our crop (and of course, to produce honey). We are composting
with local restaurants on Daniel Island, where they save their food
scraps for us to turn into compost for the beds.
first harvest was a reality check: six baby sized carrots, four
turnips and three green beans. We did, however, extract eight quarts
of honey from our beehive. We have made great strides, yet Sprouts
is very much a work in progress.
garden is a great resource for local nonprofits, and I've also come
to realize it has become an outlet for employees as a place to relieve
stress by tending to our crops. With this simple concept of a community
garden, we have involved local businesses and employees in giving
Boisseau works in Customer Operations at Blackbaud. Read
online to learn more about how Blackbaud gives back.
back to our linguistic roots
By ANDY BRACK, publisher
29, 2010 -- A few months back, we started running a new section
-- "Lagniappe" - whenever there was an extra photograph
we thought readers would enjoy. As explained when this periodic
end-of-the-newsletter section started, a "lagniappe" a
word used in Louisiana to describe a bonus -- a small gift given
with a purchase like a "baker's dozen" of a product.
in a letter below, West Ashley resident
Mimi Dias rightly reminds us that there's a Gullah word -- "broadus"
-- that captures the same sentiment. According to an online dictionary,
"broadus" means "something given as a bonus"
or, not surprisingly, a "lagniappe."
research shows "broadus" is an English translation that
may stem from the Gullah "brawtus," as related in a glossary
of words taken from "The Black Border," a 1922 book published
by Ambrose Gonzales who was a founder and publisher of The State
newspaper. Gonzales, a Gullah speaker born on a Colleton County
plantation just before the Civil War, is remembered as a savvy businessman
who kept the newspaper alive despite big odds. As related in a biographical
essay describing why he was inducted into the S.C. Business Hall
of Fame in 1986, "he made a unique and lasting contribution
with his famous sketches employing the Gullah dialect." Gonzales
died in 1926.
like how "brawtus" seems to more closely reflect the notion
of someone who "brought us" something extra, but will
stick with convention and now rename the special section at the
end of the newsletter, "Broadus." Thanks, Mimi.
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been thinking about this based on two experiences -- one good, one
bad -- over the last week.
in Charleston, known for being the most polite city in the country,
the kind folks at Gerald's
Tires and Brakes lived up to their advertising ("It's always
a great day at Gerald's") in how they dealt with a deflated
tire. Turns out a screw punctured the tire, causing a slow leak.
The company's solution: Patch the tire and charge the customer nothing,
just like it had done hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times before.
Talk about a way to build customer loyalty. Gerald's did it gently
and with a friendly manner. They turned an annoying situation into
a good experience.
that friendly service with a hotelier in Asheville. Instead of working
with a customer who wanted a receipt and some information, a surly
manager confronted the guest with a bad attitude and said the information
already had been processed and would be on a credit card statement.
Recommendation: Don't stay at the GuestHouse International Inn near
customer service, especially in a recession, needs to be on the
top of the list for any business person. As retailers keep their
fingers crossed that the holiday season will be good for business,
they might want to remind their staffs to be extra nice to customers
looking to buy holiday gifts.
The most recent Statehouse Report commentary about South
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not give up our own words
enjoy the item -- generally a pleasant picture -- that is frequently
at the end of Charleston Currents. I only wish that instead
of titling it "Lagniappe," which comes to us from New
Orleans, you'd use the old Lowcountry term "Broadus,"
a Gullah word of much the same meaning: the extra ear of corn from
the vegetable man, the thirteenth doughnut or cookie from the bakery,
a couple of hot peppers to complement the sack of collards, the
little gift for no special reason.
accents and our language are being homogenized; let's not give up
South Carolina's own words too easily.
Mimi Dias, Charleston, S.C.
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is drop-off site for Cookie Drive for Soldiers
an effort to give those away from their families a taste of home
for the holidays, Joint Base Charleston is holding a drive to send
cookies to deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as military
personnel stationed on base here in Charleston.
the second year, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce will be
the community drop-off site for the cookie drive.
Cookies can be dropped off in the Chamber lobby at 4500 Leeds Ave.,
Suite 100, North Charleston from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from
today through Monday, Dec. 6. Cookies can be homemade or store-bought.
No special packaging is required, a zip lock bag is fine. For
more information contact
takes starring role in "Extreme Makeover"
Carolina Lanterns/Lowcountry Lighting Center in Mount Pleasant recently
took part in the "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" television
Clouse, president of Carolina Lanterns, said a representative of
the show asked if she would donate the exterior lighting for the
family of Carmen and Jim Simpson of Savannah. The show's designers
selected custom fixtures for the home.
had less than a week to make and send the lanterns to a staging
location in Savannah," Clouse said. On Nov. 12, nationally
recognized chef Paula Dean and Ty Pennington from the show woke
Crider and Jan Clouse of Carolina Lanterns were invited to the reveal.
"We participated in the 'move the bus'
the 18th, the family returned to find a beautiful restored home.
It was a great event with tears of joy." The show will air
in February 2011.
This wasn't Clouse's first experience with "Home Makeover."
Two years ago, Carolina Lanterns participated to help a family in
the Myrtle Beach area.
more about this on the store's
Web site. Click on the "Extreme
Makeover" logo, and you will be taken to story about the
event aims to raise awareness about skin cancer
anyone? Firefly Vodka is teaming up with The
Spa at Charleston Place to raise awareness about melanoma and
skin cancer on Dec. 2 from 5:30-8 p.m. at "Cocktails for a
soiree cocktail party, to be held at The Spa at Charleston Place,
is part of the "I Will Reflect" Melanoma Awareness and
Prevention Initiative to help educate Charleston residents about
the dangers of melanoma and tips for prevention.
event will include the unveiling of a signature Spa at Charleston
Place Firefly Cocktail, a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind
experiences and items, signature nail polish and more. The Spa at
Charleston Place and Firefly Vodka have set a fundraising goal of
$5,000 for the event. If the goal is reached, Firefly co-founder
Scott Newitt and his wife will donate an additional $2,500 to the
of admission is $25 per person and a limited number of tickets are
available. All proceeds from the ticket sales and auction will benefit
the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation's Department
of Dermatology. To purchase tickets call The Spa at Charleston Place
at 843-937-8522 or email email@example.com.
10 Studios gives 'winter wonderland' to NOMO
10 Studios will open its doors to welcome all to its new home in
the heart of NOMO -- North Morrison Drive -- on Dec. 4 from 5 to
at the Winter Wonderland event can make their own holiday gifts
at the ornament creation station -- an ideal way give something
unique and personal to a teacher, close friend or family member.
The handcrafted porcelain stars and snowflakes for personalized
decorating by people of all ages will be ready in time for gift
for the home, including sculpture and functional pottery created
by the studio's 15 member potters, will be displayed and available
for sale at the Winter Wonderland. Cone 10 Studios is a working
studio-gallery of award-winning local potters and sculptors.
studio owners are enthused about their new, larger space as well
as ample free parking. The studio is located at 1080-B Morrison
Drive, on the east side of the street about a half-mile north of
the Ravenel Bridge. They moved from their former Meeting Street
location this summer, and this is the premiere opening for the new
Winter Wonderland event will feature live music and refreshments
from Happy Camper Snoballs, served from a vintage camper.
as a house never feels like a home until company comes," one
of the Cone 10 owners, Susan Gregory, explained, "Cone 10 is
eager to show off the new space, introduce a growing part of town
and to gain some good mojo for the New Year."
of Courtenay Drive converted to one-way street
section of Courtenay Drive has been permanently converted to a two-lane,
one-way street from Spring Street (U.S. 17 south) to Cannon Street
(U.S. 17 north) as part of the Charleston County Transportation
Sales Tax's Bee Street and Courtenay Drive Improvement Project.
No left turns are permitted onto Courtenay Drive from Cannon Street
and no northbound through traffic is permitted on Courtenay Drive
crossing Cannon Street to access Spring Street.
The public can get up-to-date
project information on the Bee Street and Courtenay Drive Improvement
Project, including construction status and traffic alerts, online.
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MacDowell became independent in Gaffney
and model "Andie" MacDowell was born in Gaffney on April
21, 1958, the youngest of four daughters born to Marion and Paula
MacDowell. Her parents divorced when she was six.
a child, MacDowell longed to be an actress but spent much of her
teen years taking care of her mother, who suffered from alcoholism.
MacDowell has reflected about her difficult childhood in Gaffney:
"Becoming independent is what made it possible to leave a small
town and go to the big city in the first place."
attended Winthrop College for two years before boldly walking into
New York's Elite Model Management with only minimal modeling experience.
She became a successful model in Paris and New York. While continuing
to represent L'Oreal cosmetics, MacDowell pursued her dream of becoming
in her first film role as Lady Jane in Greystoke: The Legend
of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984), the director dubbed her
distinctive southern voice with the voice of actress Glenn Close.
Overcoming the humiliating setback, MacDowell would go on to receive
a Los Angeles Film Critics Award, a Golden Globe nomination and
other honors for portraying a repressed southern housewife in
sex, lies and videotape (1989). She received a second Golden
Globe nomination for playing a shy horticulturist in the romantic
comedy Green Card (1990) and continued to gain recognition
in popular films including St. Elmo's Fire (1985), Groundhog
Day (1993), and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), for
which she received her third Golden Globe nomination.
a quiet life and her role as a mother to the glamour and pace of
Hollywood, MacDowell lived on a Montana ranch and later moved to
Asheville, North Carolina. She married the model and musician Paul
Qualley in 1986 and had three children before divorcing in 1999.
In 2001 MacDowell married the businessman Rhett D. Hartzog, a former
schoolmate from Gaffney.
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is upon us, so we thought we'd ask a local expert about one of the
flu's major dangers -- dehydration. Dehydration occurs when a person
loses more water/fluids than they take in. Dr. Benjamin Yoo of Healthfirst
Rapid Care in North Charleston, created BANa,
a rehydration drink with a high concentration of sodium that serves
as an alternative to a visit to the ER for dehydration. Here are
the five things you might not know about dehydration:
and children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, (endurance)
athletes and people who live in high altitudes are more susceptible
first signs of dehydration include: headache, nausea, vomiting,
muscle cramps, weakness and dizziness.
- The electrolyte
sodium is lost when a person is dehydrated. Rehydrating with a
drink that contains a high concentration of sodium is an ideal
at-home treatment because it helps the body retain fluids.
- One of the
main reasons for a hangover is dehydration.
- There are
limitless ways to avoid dehydration. The best methods include:
drinking plenty of fluids (especially in hot weather; even if
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such as exercise or sports); wearing light-colored, loose-fitting
clothing and a hat; avoiding alcohol and caffeine; and drinking
a rehydration beverage with high levels of sodium.
to memorize your name and throw my head away."
Levant (1906-1972), composer, concert pianist, film actor and
radio and TV personality
THIS WEEK |
Studio Workshop: 10 a.m., Nov. 30, 1077 East Montague
Ave., North Charleston. Adults are invited to participate in the
November workshop, which will feature a holiday-themed project taught
by Karol Skelly. Participants will leave with a finished holiday
craft that could be a gift. Materials are provided. Fee: $5. Registration
ends two days prior to class. Call 843-740-5854.
signing: 7-9 p.m., Dec. 1, Barnes and Noble, Towne Centre,
Mount Pleasant; 5-7 p.m., Dec. 2, Waldenbooks, Charleston
Place. Patricia Moore-Pastides, author of "Greek Revival: Cooking
for Life," will be signing her cookbooks. "Greek Revival"
showcases 87 healthy recipes designed for the needs and appetites
of everyday cooks, each leavened with delectable anecdotes about
Greek culture and peppered with revealing scientific insights.
Christmas Jubilee: 6 p.m. Dec. 2,
Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston.
Tickets are $30 per person; $15 for children; $240 for a table.
Advance purchase is required by Nov. 19. For information
on the Jubilee or to purchase tickets, call 843-529-3014.
Holiday Book Sale: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 3, and 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m., Dec. 4, at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library,
1133 Mathis Ferry Road. Books, CDs, DVDs, and rare collectibles
will be on sale. Books have been picked for quality with gift-giving
in mind, and prices start at just $1.The Charleston Friends of the
Library, a non-profit volunteer organization, raises money through
book sales to help fund Library services, equipment, training, materials
and public programming. Admission is free.
24th Annual Charleston Tree Lighting Ceremony: 4:30 to 6:30
p.m., Dec. 4. Join the cast of holiday characters, including
Santa Claus himself, in lighting the magnificent 60-foot Holiday
Tree of Lights, the official City of Charleston Christmas tree in
30th Annual Holiday Parade of Boats: Dec. 4. Parade
begins along Mount Pleasant waterfront at 5 p.m.; viewing from the
peninsula begins at 6:30 p.m. Get on board with a Lowcountry holiday
tradition as this display of lighted and festive boats proceeds
through the Charleston Harbor. View the procession along Charleston's
waterfront or decorate your own boat and join the parade.
Theatre: In the Name of Liberty: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, 1214
Middle St., Sullivan's Island. The Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Historical
Trust in cooperation with PURE Theatre brings to life the turbulent
times of 1860, when Abraham Lincoln was elected president with less
than 40 percent of the popular vote and South Carolina soon after
voted to leave the Union. Actors and musicians, along with audience
participation, will illuminate the struggles, the hardships and
the galvanizing principles of this tumultuous time. Tickets are
$25 general admission or $55 VIP including a cocktail party sponsored
by Home Team BBQ at Mugdock Castle (a few steps from the Fort) following
the show. For tickets, see www.puretheatre.org
or on sight the night of the show.
(NEW) 30th Annual Charleston Christmas
Parade: 2 to 5 p.m., Dec. 5, downtown Charleston. Bands,
floats, marchers and performers parade through downtown Charleston.
The parade begins at the intersection of Calhoun and Meeting Streets,
proceeds down King Street to Broad Street to Lockwood Boulevard.
Chanukah in the Square: 4 to 6 p.m., Dec. 5, Marion
A festive party for everyone, featuring music, dancing, lighting
of the nine-foot Menorah by Charleston's Holocaust survivors, crafts
and many treats, including latkes and other traditional Chanukah
ONGOING AND SOON
Holiday Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 4 to Dec.
19, Marion Square.
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find everything
you need to deck the halls for the holidays and fill the pantry
with baked goodies, all from local farmers and artisans, including
natural wreaths, fresh greenery, special breads, cookies and fresh
vegetables, as well as the best assortment of art, crafts and holiday
(NEW) Holiday Entertainment and
Visits with Santa: Dec. 5 to Dec. 19, Marion Square.
Fridays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays: 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. (Sunday, Dec. 5: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Children's choirs, bands
and other entertainment. Bring your Christmas wish lists to the
North Pole mailbox and bring your camera for pictures with Santa
in the decorated park. (Drop-off location for Debi's Kids and the
Salvation Army Angel Tree.)
of Wreaths: 6 to 9 p.m., Dec. 9, Palmetto Café,
The Shops at Charleston Place. An auction of wreaths created by
local interior designers to benefit the Medical University of South
Carolina Children's Hospital. The wreaths will hang in The Shops
at Charleston Place beginning on Nov. 26 and will be auctioned at
the Dec. 9 event. Tickets in advance are $15 and are available at
the Orient Express Boutique at Charleston
Place. Tickets at the event will be $20.
Express 4D: Through Dec. 31, South Carolina Aquarium.
The South Carolina Aquarium invites children and parents alike to
be transported into the magical world of "The Polar Express,"
being shown through the end of the year in the 4-D Immersion Theater
next to the Aquarium. The 4-D Theater combines 3-D imagery, interactive
seating and waves of special effects such as gusts of wind, smells
of hot chocolate, flurries of snow and movement under your feet,
all synchronized to your favorite family holiday film. For information
on the several show times per day and tickets, go
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