Mark Harmon of SC Petroleum Council – Drill on SC Coast – April 27, 2018

Mark Harmon, Executive Director of the SC Petroleum Council, will discuss how the oil industry will benefit financially by drilling on the coast of South Carolina.  Harmon is a native of Gaffney, SC and a 2001 graduate of Clemson University, BS in Ceramic & Materials Engineering.

Prior to working in the oil business, Harmon worked in Charlotte, NC as a technical sales engineer, designing and building water treatment systems.

In 2005, He moved to Columbia to pursue an opportunity in politics and public affairs, serving under the South Carolina Senate Majority Leader.

In 2011, Harmon was named Executive Director of the SC Senate Republican Caucus, and in 2015, he accepted the role of Vice President of Government Affairs & Public Policy for
the SC Chamber of Commerce. He became head of the South Carolina
Petroleum Council in January of 2018.

Just last year, Mark and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their first child, Evie, into
the family. Along with their Jack Russell Terrier, George, they reside in Columbia,
and are members of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

Lynn Teague – League of Women Voters – The SCANA Saga – April 20, 2018 – Main Street United Methodist Church

Lynn Teague, ethics advocate, lobbyist for League of Women Voters, will be speaking on The SCANA Saga, following the April 13, 2018 presentation by Dominion, The SCANA Suitor.

We will be meeting at the Main Street United Methodist Church.

Lynn Shuler Teague was born in Orangeburg SC and moved to New Mexico in 1968 at the time of her marriage to George Teague. She is a professional archaeologist, and was on the faculty of the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona for many years, where she served as Director of the Museum’s Cultural Resource Management Division and later as Administrator of Arizona’s repatriation laws protecting Native American burials and sacred objects.

She has published extensively on the prehistory of the Sonoran Desert and Colorado Plateau. She and her husband returned to South Carolina at the time of their retirement. Since 2013 she has been the VP for Issues and Action of the League of Women Voters of South Carolina, serving as the League’s lobbyist at the State House. She has been involved in advocacy on voting rights and elections, ethics reform, utility regulation, and other issues of concern to the League.She is a member of the Integrated Resource Plan Subcommittee of the State Energy Plan.


Jason Waters of Dominion Energy Making Pitch to Buy SCANA – April 13, 2018

Jason K. Waters is Interstate Marketing Manager, Dominion Energy Carolina Gas Transmission.

Waters is a 17-year veteran of the energy industry, spending the last 12 working in customer service and business development for Carolina Gas Transmission. During this time, Jason has worked with some of the largest organizations in the state, including power generators, local distribution companies, municipalities, economic development organizations, and a number of industrial companies spanning a wide variety of industrial segments.

Jason is a native South Carolinian, growing up in the Lexington area, where he still resides with his wife Leslie and their 7-year old daughter Emily. Jason attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia where he obtained Bachelor of Science degrees in Management and Management Science, as well as a Master of Business Administration. He is a current member of the Leadership SC class of 2018.

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