Our children are the future of our nation. Come and hear from Republican Candidate Ellen Weaver on her plan for SC education. Get informed and be inspired by Moms for Liberty, Moms for America, Freedom Works & Patriotic Students of America. Come early and purchase a coffee or smoothie from 12-year-old entrepreneur Sweet Macy's Food Truck. You will also have the opportunity to meet upcoming candidates and visit the booths of our sponsors. Register for free here.
Hugh E. Weathers has served as South Carolina’s Commissioner of Agriculture since September 2004. Under Commissioner Weathers’ leadership, the Department has created the Certified SC Grown branding program to help consumers quickly identify and purchase South Carolina products while increasing market opportunities for farmers across the state. In addition, in 2009, Commissioner Weathers introduced the 50 by 20 goal to grow the economic impact of South Carolina agribusiness (agriculture and forestry) from $34 billion to $50 billion by the year 2020.
Under his guidance, the Department has also introduced the Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship (ACRE). This industry-driven ag research initiative seeks to provide additional economic prosperity for SC agribusiness from within the state and from across the globe. ACRE houses a unique research platform devoted to addressing specific industry challenges that can provide more market opportunities to South Carolina agribusinesses and farmers.
Commissioner Weathers was born in, and still resides in, Bowman, South Carolina, and is a fourth-generation farmer. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina in 1978, earning BS Degrees in Accounting and Finance. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1977. Upon graduation, he was employed as a Corporate Banking Officer with C&S National Bank before returning to Weathers Farm. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities in Public Service from the University of South Carolina in 2019.
The Commissioner serves on numerous local, state, and national agricultural, business, economic development, and banking committees and boards. In 2011, he was inducted into the South Carolina Dairy Hall of Fame and received numerous other awards and recognitions.
He is married to the former Blanche Gramling of Spartanburg County, who grew up on her family’s peach farm. They have three sons: Gill and his wife Elizabeth, Edward and his wife Anna, and Julius and his wife Sara, as well as three grandchildren. The Weathers are members of Orangeburg First Baptist Church.
Please make your reservations in advance by emailing Kristen Kelly. You may pay at the door.
Another wonderful CLWRW Membership Champagne Tea was enjoyed on Dec 4th at the lovely home of Sandee Wilkerson.
Thank you, Suzanne Krause, for your perfect planning, as usual.
Special thank you’s to Coroner Sabrina Gast, Sheriff Kevin Tolsen, and State Senator Wes Climer for donning aprons and making us feel extra special. Our members are very special to me. Merry Christmas!
Beautiful day at the SCFRW Legislative Day event. Our own Peggy Upchurch was acting President in Donna Gottschall’s absence. Our member, Patty Weaver Roberts enjoyed a laid-back moment on the front porch of the Governor’s Mansion with our SC First Lady Peggy McMaster and the SC First Dog Mack.
Governor Henry McMaster was welcoming and thankful for the near 200 Republican women in attendance today and all we accomplish for the local, state, and national Republicans.
Held at Lily's Bistro in Lake Wylie on April 19th, the first LTP 2021, was a huge success. Don Brown, Lisa Feeley, and Kevin Brackett were the presenters.
Be on the lookout for the next event or notify Pam Cullen at 443-223-1326 if you would like more details.
A huge thank you to Pam Cullen and Barbara Haba for their hard work on making this event a success and a big shoutout to Jerry at Lily's for his ongoing support of our community.
Lily's is located at 4547 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie, SC, 29710.