Rotarians operate under the theme “Service Above Yourself”. The Rotary Club of Greenwood has presented an award that is only given once a year in recognition of one or more individuals, not necessarily club members, for demonstrating the commitment and social responsibility of every Rotarian. characterized by “Service before self”.
On September 28, 2021, Greenwood Rotary Club President Jimmy Burton presented the club’s 2021 Community Service Award to Doug and Sally Kauffmann for their long-standing dedication to serving others.
Doug and Sally met at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, while Doug earned a master’s degree in divinity and Sally earned a master’s degree in religious education. They have two daughters and two grandsons.
After the seminary, they ministered in Oregon and North Carolina from 1978 to 1985. They then returned to the Greenwood area in 1985 to pursue their careers. From 1985 to 1991, they both ministered at McCormick First Baptist Church where Doug was pastor, and Sally served in Christian education and music.
From 1992 to 1996, Doug remained in McCormick County as Chaplain and Family Services Coordinator at John de la Howe School. During these years, Sally taught music in McCormick Public Schools.
They both began their ministries at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home and Church in 1996, where Doug again served as pastor and Sally led Christian education and music until 2016.
In 2007, Doug also began teaching at Lander University as an assistant professor of religion and still continues in this role. While teaching at Lander, he served several terms on the board of directors of the Lander Foundation.
Doug and Sally are both members of Greenwood Rotary. Doug has served as club president twice. Doug sits or sits on the boards of: Community Initiatives, Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, Meg’s House, and Lander’s Foundation Board.
Doug has long served in the Lakelands Baptist Association, twice as an annual moderator. Additionally, for the past 36 years, Doug has served as a volunteer and supervisor for the Lander Baptist Campus Ministry program. Sally is active in Greenwood Women Care and sits on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and the Greenwood Food Bank.
Along with the Rotary Club of Greenwood, both have an ongoing leadership role in Rotary Club International initiatives, such as polio eradication; Doug is currently president of Rotary District 7750 Polio Plus, and he was the club coordinator for Rise Against Hunger for over ten years. For Rise Against Hunger, local volunteers pack and seal tens of thousands of meals that are sent to countries to feed the hungry.
Doug and Sally are active members of the Greenwood Equal Justice Community Remembrance Project. They are honored to have established the Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Chair at Lander University in 2020. Dr. Benjamin E. Mays is a native son of Greenwood, SC, who has had a global impact on US history. Civil Rights and the ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Their hope is that a new generation of college students and citizens of Greenwood can be inspired to follow Dr Mays’ example through lifestyles dedicated to integrity and justice.