Director of DHEC, Catherine B. Templeton Is Our Speaker This Week

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One of the first cabinet appointments made by Governor Nikki Haley after her election, Templeton was confirmed as the labor secretary for South Carolina in 2010.  Concurrent with her appointment, Boeing was charged by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Director Templeton was charged individually by the NLRB and sued in federal court by the AFL-CIO for her work and position against unions throughout the country.  

Director Templeton is also credited with authoring the only law in the nation cracking down on the employment of undocumented workers that withstood the constitutional attacks of the ACLU.

Charged with protecting the air we breathe, water we drink, and health of our population, among a myriad of other important programs like nuclear facilities and controlled substance enforcement, DHEC commands a $600M federal and state budget, 3600 employees, and over 100 locations around the state.

In her first 18 months at DHEC, Director Templeton expanded healthcare services and access statewide, reduced the time it takes to get an environmental permit by 40%, and deregulated or reformed regulations that had been in place for decades.  While creating these efficiencies and service enhancements, she cut the budget $68M, maintained all services during the federal government shutdown, operated under sequester, and did not request a dime from the South Carolina General Assembly.

Templeton has also fought against federal waste and abuse.  She has refused to allow the U.S. Department of Energy to ignore its obligations to clean up high level hazardous waste at the Savannah River Site by holding the Obama Administration to a $150 Million penalty other officials have been reticent to enforce.  Director Templeton also refused to take tens of millions of taxpayer dollars offered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for programs that were already responsibly and fully funded in South Carolina. 

Templeton has directed public health efforts to the one issue that that kills the most South Carolinians, makes the most sick, and if prevented would save the state the most money in healthcare costs: Obesity.  In September 2014, the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reported that South Carolina dropped from No. 7 to No. 10 in adult obesity.

Among other boards and committees, Director Templeton sits on the Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Governor’s Savannah River Committee, First Steps board, State Emergency Response Council, South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind board, the SC Health Care Coordinating Council Board of Directors, and the National Oceanic Council – representing Florida, Georgia, SC, and NC.

 Templeton’s appointment to DHEC runs through 2016. (Courtesy:  DHEC)

The meeting will be held at the Convention Center, Friday, September 19 at 1 p.m.

Gregg White from the U.S. Small Business Administration in Columbia Will Speak to the Club This Week.

Gregg White  Gregg White is the Deputy District Director for the South Carolina’s United States Small Business Administration located in Columbia, South Carolina.  He has also served as the Program Director and Team Leader for USDA/Rural Development for South Carolina and the Southeast.  He attended Eau Claire High School and graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Administrative Management.  He has been in lending for over 30 years in both the private and public sectors.  He has owned his own real estate, construction, tax service, rental service and landscaping/plant businesses.  He has served on Chapin and Irmo, SC’s town councils, planning commissions and chairman of the Irmo Economic Development Corporation.  He is active in his church and has served as a deacon, chairman of the building committee, finance committee and their youth Royal Rangers Programs.  His hobbies include hunting, fishing, gardening and weight lifting.  (Courtesy G. White)

The meeting will be held at the Convention Center on Friday, Sept. 12th at 1 p.m.


Game #1 – 2014 Rotary GameDay Parking Project

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Parking Czar Debbie Williams congratulates and thanks the  #DynamicDuo (President Teri and Social Guru Lisa) who led the Five Points Rotary team to successfully and safely park at the ETV lot. Thanks to Garry Powers, Frank and Mary Margaret Kindrick, John Cadena, Emerson Smith, Wade Stinnette, Julian Wilson, Margie Heggie, Jenny Isgett, L E Spradlin, and Gene Reeder.  We especially thank L E who, each home game, carries a tremendous responsibility of training and overseeing the execution of the parking project, without whom there would be chaos.

Dr. Peter Brews, Dean, Darla Moore School of Business, USC, Will Speak to the Club on Friday, September 5th

Dr. Peter Brews, the new dean of the Darla Moore School of Business, brings more than 25 years of international business education experience to the University of South Carolina and a keen interest in ensuring the relevancy of business education in the 21st century.

The 57-year-old South Africa native most recently was on the faculty at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He started his career in banking and finance and later earned two doctorates in business administration from the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Pittsburgh.

He has written extensively about strategic management for Internet-generation companies and has developed a deep understanding of the struggle for productivity worldwide.  (Courtesy:  USC)

The meeting will be at the Convention Center on Friday, September 5th at 1 p.m.

Polio in Columbia SC: Bringing It Home

You will see, on the Rotary International sites, photos like the one above of the last polio victims in India and other foreign countries. Samir, second from the right, 4 yeas old now, runs and plays with a slight limp, thanks to physical therapy. Thanks to your donations to Polio Plus, India and the South West Asia region and the USA are, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), officially polio-free. Donate now.

But did you know that one of the last polio victims in the USA lives right here in the Columbia Region?

His name is Jamie Fowler. At two years old, he, like Samir, became a polio victim, leaving him with a right leg that would not grow and, initially, wheelchair bound. He got the polio virus from the live Salk vaccine that was being used at that time.  This vaccine is no longer used in the US – since 2000. Jamie has, through surgery and his own physical, body building perseverance, learned to walk, albeit with a limp, without a crutch or walker. Jamie is in his late 30s now and has a family of his own.  “Like” his Facebook page.

But, see and hear Jamie’s full story on video by clicking here. Photo credit: Rotarian Allison Kwesell [Rotary Club of Chattanooga (Tennessee) Breakfast].  We’ll have a speaker, Eric Brenner, MD, on polio in the world on our meeting on October 24, 2014, RI’s World Polio Day.

Five Points Rotary is 60 Years Old this August – Happy Birthday to us!

Happy Birthday to the Five Points (Columbia) Rotary Club, chartered on August 3, 1954 by Rotary International!  If there are any living members from that date, let them come forward, en masse, and light up the candles. They can also bring the cake (chocolate, please) and ice cream (vanilla) too. Nothing is too good for Five Points.    Continue reading

Chris Joye Spoke About Cyber Security


Is cyber-security a myth?

Chris Joye is the founder and President of the Joye Technology Group, LLC, which provides “technology solutions.” for businesses. Chris is a graduate of Clemson with a BS in Industrial Management, has an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has certifications as a Professional Manager of Projects (PMP) and a Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW).


Healthy Learners Social Event – September 18 – 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 115 Columbia, SC 29204

On September 18, 2014, from 5 to 8 pm we will have a very special and fun ( in response to the question “Will it be fun!) event, sponsored by Healthy Learners, to fill medical care kits to distribute to school nurses.  Watch for news on the exact location and time.  It will be work, but it will be a true social event.   Continue reading