Next meeting, Friday, July 28

Ameya Pethe


On July 28, Ameya Pethe (peh-tay) will be inducted as our newest Rotarian.

President-Elect Owori


Rotary International’s President-Elect Sam Owori of Uganda passed away unexpectedly on July 13, 2017 while he was recovering from elective surgery on his leg at the Medical City Dallas hospital.  Click here for more info on Owori.

Sgt Greg Pinckney on Boating Safety – July 28, 2017

Should only row-boats (left bottom photo) and sail boats be allowed on Lake  Murray?  Too many people die each year on Lake Murray due to a mix of fast motor boats (top left photo), alcohol use by drivers and passengers, distracted drivers unaware of where they are going and not responsible enough to look out for other boaters, and occupants not wearing life preservers.

Sgt Greg Pinckney (top right photo, far right) will talk with us about how to reduce these deaths on SC lakes.  Pinckney attended Walterboro High School, graduated from Claflin College with a degree in elementary education, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and joined the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in 2000, where he was named Officer of the Year. He specializes in education on safe and responsible hunting and boating.

Amanda McNulty – “Making It Grow” – July 14

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson Extension Agent, Host and Producer of ETV’s gardening advice program “Making It Grow.”  She works with clients and teaches a Master Gardener training program.  She also writes and records horticultural tips aired on all SCETV radio stations and writes a regular column for the SC Department of Natural Resources’ “SC Wildlife” magazine.  She has a MAT Secondary Science degree from SC State University and a BS in Horticulture from Clemson University.  She speaks at over 30 venues a year, including formal gardening seminars and civic and other organizations.

Photo: SCETV

David Boucher: New Directions in Health Care – July 7




David Boucher, president and CEO of UCI Medical Affiliates, Inc., manages Doctors Care urgent care and physical therapy centers, all owned by BlueCross BlueShield of SC. A past-president of the Capital Rotary Club, he will be speaking on July 7, 2017 about his perspective on the changes in health care today and in the future.  (Photo: provided)

Dr. Andrew Leaphart and Randall Young will speak on the South Carolina Department of Transportation plans for Roads and Transportation on Friday June 23, 2017 at the Convention Center at 1:00 PM

Andrew T. Leaphart, P.E., was selected as the Chief Engineer for Operations for the South Carolina Department of Transportation in September of 2015. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency’s Traffic Engineering Division, Maintenance Division, and Field Operations staff.

In his 25 years with the Department, Leaphart has served in numerous leadership roles for the agency, in both Engineering and Administrative positions. Prior to his selection as Chief Engineer for Operations, he served as Director of Support Services overseeing Information Technology Services, Capital Improvements, Occupational Safety & Health, Customer Relations, and Commission Support. He also served as the Assistant Chief Engineer for Operations for four years, and has spent the majority of his career in SCDOT’s Traffic Engineering Office.

Andy is a 1991 graduate of Clemson University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in South Carolina. He and his wife Marcie live in Lexington with their two children, Austin and Audrey.

Randall Young, P.E. began his career with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) in 1994 as a summer intern and accepted a permanent position in 1996 upon graduation. He has served in various areas throughout the agency including both field and headquarters’ positions. In 2007, Randall was promoted to Midlands Regional Production Engineer within the Preconstruction Division, where he oversaw the design and project management within fourteen counties.
Randall was appointed Chief Engineer for Project Delivery by Deputy Secretary Leland Colvin in August 2016 after serving in the Acting capacity since December 2015. He oversees the divisions of Preconstruction, Construction, Environmental, Local Programs and Rights of Way.
Randall earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 1996 and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business in 2002. Randall is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of South Carolina.

Billy Routh, from Copper Dome Strategies, LLC, to Summarize Legislation Passed by the SC General Assembly on Friday the 16th at the Carolina Convention Center at 1:00 PM

Billy Routh serves as a lobbyist and consultant for Copper Dome Strategies, LLC. They are a subsidiary of the Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Law Firm. He assists clients with governmental relations before the legislative and executive branches of the state of South Carolina.

He has nearly three decades of experience in the governmental and legislative arenas. He served on the staff of the South Carolina House of Representatives, ultimately becoming Chief of Staff for the S.C. Speaker of the House. Billy was the Legislative Liaison for Governor David Beasley for four years, where he worked to advance the governor’s agenda and that of his cabinet.

He aided the late Governor Carroll Campbell for six years in several capacities, including serving as Director of Intergovernmental Relations and Transportation. He also served as the governor’s liaison to local government officials and transportation entities such as the S.C. Department of Transportation and S.C. State Ports Authority. The Columbia native also worked for the State Budget and Control Board’s Division of the Chief Information Officer as Program Manager for Strategic Communications. All of this previous experience provides him with a well-rounded knowledge of the governmental process and a vast network of working relationships in state government.

Prior to his government service, Billy worked in the private sector as a small business owner (an all-night restaurant in Five Points). He also spent a number of years as a professional drummer and traveled around the world entertaining America’s troops and families with the USO.

Dr. Eric Emerson, Director of the SC Department of Archives, to speak on the Seven Constitutions of South Carolina Friday, June 9th, 2017 at the Convention Center at 1:00PM

Eric Emerson is the sixth director of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and State Historic Preservation Officer. During the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, he served as chair of the South Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial Advisory Board and authored a number of articles regarding the commemoration. He currently serves on the National Historic Publications and Records Commission and a number of other state and national boards and committees. A native of Charlotte, N.C., he holds a BA in history from UNC-Charlotte and a MA and PhD in history from the University of Alabama. He began his career in public history as editor of the South Carolina Historical Magazine and later served was executive director of the South Carolina Historical Society and the Charleston Library Society. He has edited three annotated editions of Civil War letters published by the University of South Carolina Press and is the author of Sons of Privilege: The Charleston Light Dragoons in the Civil War (USC Press, 2006).

Mike Dawson to speak to Rotary Club of Five Points on River Alliance Developments on Friday June 2, 2017 at the Convention Center at 1:00 PM

In the summer of 1994, local leaders asked Mike Dawson, then a serving Colonel of Infantry in the U.S. Army, to create an organization that could unlock the potential of Columbia South Carolina’s 90 miles of rivers. This resulting structure, based on citizen participation and close relationships with local governments, is an effective catalyst for change.

Mike grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.  Later, he earned a Master of Science in Systems Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and Master of Arts in Strategy and Policy from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. In his free time, Mike runs, paddles, and works on an old Tudor house in Five Points in downtown Columbia. He is a founding member of the Wales Garden Neighborhood Association, a member of the Five Points Rotary Club and a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Midlands Council of Governments Environmental Planning Advisory Committee, the Central Midlands Development Corp. and the Waterfront Center in Washington, DC.

Jen Thompson from Lighthouse for Life to speak on Human Trafficking in South Carolina on Friday May 12 at the Convention Center at 1:00 PM

Jen Thompson became Executive Director of Lighthouse for Life on February 1st, 2016. She graduated from USC-S in 2000 with a degree in Physical Education and in 2013 from USC – Columbia with her Masters in Educational Leadership.

Lighthouse for Life was founded by Andrea Wind in 2014. For several years, Andrea had been a teacher but eventually decided to stay at home with her kids. One day, human trafficking was mentioned in a sermon at her church. She was surprised to hear that, not only was it happening overseas, but it was also happening right here in the United States. It was at this time that she felt God place a call on her to do something about this problem. As she began to research and learn more about human trafficking, she realized the vast need for housing and after-care programs for survivors.