Mark Vintner tells us all about Wells Fargo and investments on October 27

Mark Vintner is an economist with Wells Fargo, a highly respected banking empire founded in San Francisco in 1852.  One in three of all U.S. households bank at Wells Fargo.

He started his studies at the University of Florida by majoring in economics as an undergrad.   Then, he received his MBA from the University of North Florida.  He moved further north to the Queen City — Charlotte, NC, the east coast center of banking and finance.

Mark will tell us about the next step for the Federal Reserve under new leadership options, what we can expect in the U.S. economy in the near and distant future, and what our best options are for investment.

Greet Newest Five Points Rotarians as District Governor Speaks on October 20

Michael Ulmer (left) and Michael Duck

Meet our newest Five Points Rotarians:

Michael Ulmer and Michael Duck

Give them a Five Points Welcome!

On Friday, October 20, we will hear from our Rotary District 7770 Governor Gary Bradham.

The next football parking date is Saturday, Oct 28, with captains Andrew Folks and Frank Hendricks.  

Members are needed for Nov 11 and Nov 18. Please sign up now!

On Friday the 13th of October, Mike Dawson took us on a walking tour of the Congaree Creek

Eighteen of us, members, spouses and guests, met at the Cayce Tennis Center (1120 Fort Congaree Trail, off of the 12th St. Extension in Cayce, SC 29033) for lunch. After lunch, John Jamison and Mike Dawson took us on a very interesting guided tour of one section of the 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek. There’s a Courtyard by Marriott here.

Thanks to Marshall for arranging for lunch, to Georgette for planning everything, and to Mike for leading us along the trail.


Amy McCulloch, Richland County Probate Judge speaks October 6

Amy McCulloch, Probate Judge

The Richland County Probate Court:

  • administers estates of decedents,
  • issues marriage licenses,
  • appoints guardians and conservators for minors and incapacitated persons,
  • orders involuntary commitments of mentally ill or chemically dependent persons, and
  • hears and decides trust and estate litigation.
  • Judge Amy is a former member of the Rotary Club of Five Points.

Scott Campbell and Bill Phillips spoke about health in Columbia on September 29



Bill Phillips, MD, an interventional cardiologist, and Scott Campbell, Market CEO of Providence Health hospitals in Columbia, talked about their efforts to improve the health of the people in Columbia.

Providence Hospitals, previously owned by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in Cleveland, is now named Providence Health, one of 72 hospitals in the U.S. operated by LifePoint Health, based in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Hospitals, in the near future, will be rewarded based on outcomes, cost control, and measured improvement in the health of the community.  Hospitals and doctors will no longer be paid simply on the number of surgeries or treatments performed, the number of patients seen, or the volume of medications prescribed.  The emphasis for doctors and hospitals in the healthcare industry will be on preventing diseases and injuries, encouraging exercise and nutrition, and reducing the need for drugs and surgery.  Hospitals will shrink in size, although the need for primary care physicians will increase, supplemented by physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

Chilean Students Study Abroad Spoke on September 22 – Bienvenidos estudiantes!

Students from Chile spoke on September 22 about their school, the University of Chile, and about their country. Thanks, Louis, for bringing the students to SC.

Chile is a long, narrow country stretching along South America’s western edge, with more than 3,628 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline. Santiago, its capital, sits in a valley surrounded by the Andes and Chilean Coast Range mountains.

Chile is one of the most economically advanced countries in South America.  Worth a visit.

Rokey Suleman to speak about Election Monitoring on September 15

Photo by Sarah Ellis, The State

Rokey Suleman is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Richland County Elections & Voter Registration Office, to speak on that date.  He will be speaking on “Election Monitoring Around the World and Election Management in Richland County.”  Suleman was recently featured in The State newspaper article.

Casey Pash Speaks September 8, 2017 on Junior Achievement

Casey Pash is President and CEO of Junior Achievement of South Carolina. JA currently sees over 11,000 students each school year in 34 counties in the state.

JA inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy, rather than a focus on just America, through classroom programs focusing on financial literacy, work readiness, and international entrepreneurship.  Global First!

Casey oversees the daily operations of JA, works with the board of directors and makes sure programs are completed to the satisfactory of the National JA standards.

SC State President James Clark speaks on August 25, 2017

South Carolina State University’s 12th President, Mr. James E. Clark is a native of Quincy, Florida.

Along with his passion for education, Clark has a passion for building and flying aircraft.  He is an active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Board of Directors, and has performed as an Air Show Performer. As an engineer and a pilot, he brings the intricacy of “attention to detail” and the critical aspect of its effect on success.

Clark holds a Master of Science Degree in Management (Marketing) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management (M.I.T.); a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T.; and further studies in Global Leadership and Senior Management Development programs at the University of Michigan and Indiana University.