Fireside Chat at Nancy Moody’s Home on Thursday, March 22, 2018, 5:30 pm – No meeting on March 23, 2018

Robert Lentz presides, Jimmy Chao, proposer, and new member Qing Wang. (Photo: Andrew Folks)


Fireside Chat at Nancy Moody’s home (1426 Palmer Road, Columbia, SC  29205) on Thursday evening, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, March 22, 2018 – Newest Member Inducted on March 9 – Welcome Qing Wang (Engineer, SC Dept. of Transportation).

Members should feel free to drop-in on this meeting.

No Rotary meeting on March 23, 2018  

Rotarians celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Five Points in 2016 and 2018.   See photos on Five Points Rotary Facebook page.


Israel & the West Bank Today with Garry Powers – March 16, 2018

Garry Powers recently visited Israel and will tell us about Current Political and Economic Conditions in Israel and the West Bank.

In mid-January, Garry and Peggy Powers returned from a National Geographic expedition to Israel and the West Bank. Although they visited sites of historical significance to both the Hebrew and Arab cultures during the last 3,000 years, Garry’s presentation will focus on the current political and economic conditions in Israel and the West Bank.

Garry currently serves as the Chair of both the Midlands Technical College (MTC) Commission and MTC’s Enterprise Campus Authority. He also serves on the board of the South Carolina Association of Technical and Community College Commissioners and is the South Carolina State Director for the national American Association of Community Colleges.

Garry worked in the economic development field for 26 years, including service at the State Development Board, now the South Carolina Department of Commerce, and private-sector and economic development consulting firms.

Garry served as President of the Rotary Club of Five Points during the 2004-2005 Rotary year.  He and Peggy have two adult children and have lived in Columbia for 38 years.

Charlie Roundtree – Golf – Heritage’s Impact on SC – March 9, 2018

C. C. Roundtree  is a Contract Lobbyist representing clients before the SC General Assembly.  He is a Heritage Classic Foundation Board member, on the United States Golf Association regional affairs committee, and a past president South Carolina Golf Association.
Bring you favorite putter.  Get a hole in one and win.

Roundtree will speak on The Heritage’s Impact on South Carolina.

Life Stages – Business Showcase – March 2, 2018

What is Business Showcase?

The concept behind Business Showcase is to make sure Rotarians are aware of what their fellow members do as professionals and business leaders and, according to Kealy Carter, “to encourage members to turn to other Rotarians when purchasing goods and services.”

This is a way to keep members, especially younger ones, engaged, Carter says, when there are many options for service opportunities that exist outside of Rotary.

This meeting focuses on topics in the last stage, the twilight, of life, such as retirement, retirement communities, mental and social awareness, finances, and funerals.

Contact Kealy Carter for more information on her “Business Showcase” concept.

Of course, traditionally, one of the purposes of the Classification Talks is to let other Rotarians know what each Rotarian does for a living, why these people join Rotary, what the community interests are of Rotarians in a club, and about individual members’ family and leisure interests.  New members especially should be given the opportunity for a classification talk shortly after their induction.

Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.

It should be emphasized that Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.

March 2, 2018

Social Rotarians. Tonight! Tuesday, February 20, 2018. No meeting on February 23, 2018. Columbia Craft Brewing Co., 520 Greene St @ Huger St., 5:30 pm ’til?

Columbia Craft Brewing Company, 520 Greene at Huger

It is time (5:30 pm) to drink and be social Rotarians on Feb. 20, 2018.  Bring your spouse, partner, or a friend who wants to drink and be with a bunch of really social Rotarians.  Bring a prospective Rotarian. No speaker.  No pledge.  No 4-Way Test.  No meeting on February 23.  Just beer on Feb. 20.   Guests welcome $10.  Members Free.

Dr. Robert Walker, Senior Pastor, Speaks on February 16, 2018. Bring your Valentine! Meet at Main Street United Methodist Church

This is our Saint Valentine‘s Day meeting.  So, bring your spouse, partner or just a friend who understands you!  It is the Week of Love, even if the actual day is, of course, February 14.

Speaking of love, our very own member and superb chef, Dr. Robert Walker, Senior Pastor, will leave the kitchen momentarily to take to the pulpit to present “A Canterbury Trail: My personal pilgrimage through history, geography, and spirituality.”  And he will talk about love.

Meet at Main Street United Methodist Church, 1830 Main Street, Columbia, SC.  This will be, without doubt, an important and emotional experience for all of us, especially the home-cooked meal prepared by Rotarian Robert.

Ted Pitts: Memoirs as a referee in college football – February 9, 2018 – Meet at Nelson Mullins – Top of Meridian Building

Ted Pitts will speak, on February 9, 2018, about his days as a referee in college football games.

We’re meeting at the offices of Nelson Mullins, top floor of the Meridian building at 1320 Main StreetColumbia, SC.  Parking garage in rear of building: enter on 1216 Washington Street.  Bring ticket to receptionist on top floor for free exit pass.  Thank you Bill Latham for arranging the meeting place.  And thanks to Georgette Sandifer for arranging the luncheon.

Ted Pitts is currently the CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of Presbyterian College.  

Bring your own football and wear the letter jacket you earned at high school or college.

Legal Challenges to State Redistricting Practices by Bob Tyson – February 2, 2018

Bob Tyson, a lawyer with the Sowell Gray firm, will tell us all about the legal challenges to North Carolina and other states’ gerrymandering “redistricting”, which favor the party in power, with explanation of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He’ll also talk with us about gerrymandering in South Carolina.

Gerrymandering Example in SC

Tyson’s areas of practice include constitutional law as well as defense of South Carolina’s utility companies.

In 1812, Governor Gerry signed a bill that redistricted Massachusetts to benefit his Democratic-Republican Party. When mapped, one of the contorted districts in the Boston area was said to resemble the shape of a mythological salamander.