Robin Waites, Ex. Director of Historic Columbia Foundation, Will Talk to the Club This Week

robin-headshot-smallRobin Waites, Executive Director of the Historic Columbia Foundation, will talk to the Club about “Reconstructing an Historic Site” as interpreted at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home.

Robin is a life-long resident of Columbia and is well equipped to work with the various constituents and issues that are part of preservation and education in our capital city.

A product of Columbia’s Richland School District One, Robin attended Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont where she received a bachelor of arts with a double major in Art History and Russian.  She received a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of SC in 1996 and immediately began work at the South Carolina State Museum.  She served in a variety of capacities including the chief curator of art, which was her position when she left the State Museum to work with Historic Columbia as the director of Marketing and Development.

Robin is active in the community, serving on the board of the South Caroliniana Library and a member of the Columbia Rotary Club.  She is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Columbia and a 2007 recipient of the State Newspapers’ “20 Under 40,” which recognizes rising stars in the community. (Courtesy R. Waites)

The meeting will be held at the Convention Center, Friday, 4/25/2014 at 1 p.m.


Little League Club Social April 30

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For years now, the Rotary Club of Five Points has sponsored a team in the Palmetto Baseball League. This year, we are upping our support by attending a game in person.

Club Members are encouraged to stop by McCarter Field (part of the George K. Bellinger Complex at 1211 Veterans Road) at 5pm on April 30 to watch the Rotary Club of Five Points team take on  BB&T/Boyle-Vaughan. Bring a folding chair and come support our boys.

For directions to the complex, click here:

This is an optional social – attendees will be awarded make up credit!

NAMI Thanks from Team Captain Christian


Dear fellow Rotarians,

First or all I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all of those who joined the Nami walk, Second, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to those, walker or not, who made a financial contribution to Nami, Third, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to those, walker or not, contributor or not, who have been willing to hear the word Nami and soon will be the ambassadors of the cause.


Finally, I will not miss the opportunity to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to be involved and know some of you a little bit better. 


Sincerely, Christian 


Carolina Rotaract Event This Friday


Carolina Rotaract extends an invitation to members of Rotary Club of Five Points to attend their second annual banquet Friday April 10 at 5:30 on the USC Campus.


Please contact current Carolina Rotaract President, Nicole Newsom ( if you are able to attend and she will confirm location.


New Rotaract officers will be inducted and new members will receive their Rotaract pins.


There will be members of the Rotary Club of Spring Valley, the sponsoring club and members of Rotary Club of Five Points are most welcome. There will also be a presentation of Carolina Rotaract achievements this academic year. There will be light refreshments.


Artist Kirkland Smith to Speak to Club

headshotThis week’s speaker is local artist Kirkland Smith.  The title of her talk is “Classical Meets Contemporary Art.”   This is also our annual teacher appreciation program.  Try and arrive early to socialize with your fellow Rotarians.  The program will start promptly at 1:00 PM.

Columbia Open Studios Tour of Artists’ Studios is This Weekend!

Columbia Open Studios is a weekend-long, free tour of artists’ studios in the Greater Columbia, South Carolina area, including all of Richland and Lexington counties.

April 5 – 6, 2014

Pick up a copy of the guide in the April 2 issue of the Free Times or view online.

The Columbia Open Studios Preview Party is hosted by 701 Center of Contemporary Art in the gallery on the second floor of 701 Whaley, and will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a pop-up art exhibition by participating artists.

Attached is additional information and a few fun photos from last year’s soiree. Plus, get connected with fellow Preview Party attendees on the Facebook event page:

Sign Up Now, Get the T-Shirt for NAMIWalks

It is time to sign up for NAMIWalks.  Click here to get more information. Christian Depret-Bixio and John Cadena are the captains.  Joint the Rotary team in front of the Babcock Building on the infamous and still contested Bull Street property (where there may or may not be a tax-payer funded baseball stadium and entertainment center).  The walk is on Saturday, April 5, 2014..  Walkers will gather at 8 AM to walk at 9 AM.  NAMI raises awareness of mental illness, eliminates stigma, promotes treatment and raises funds to do all of this.


Register now.    

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