Briefing on the Good Work of Epworth’s Children’s Home

The speaker for the Club’s September 21, 2012 meeting was Mitzie Schafer, Development Director for Epworth Children’s Home.

Mitzie gave a fascinating talk about the work of Epworth and thanked the Club for its financial support of Epworth in the most recent grant cycle.   After the meeting Mitzie emailed the following information that she asked be shared with the Club:

“Thanks Toby and Bill for the opportunity to tell their stories and for your financial support. You are a gift!  If your group is ever looking for volunteer opportunities we have three events coming up in the spring they might enjoy. They are listed below, and if anyone would like more information I am happy to talk with them, or they can find us on the web at or on facebook. Thank you again. Mitzie”

February 15th – A Picture Perfect Gala – hosted by the Friends of Epworth

April 20th – The Moe’s Southwest Grill Burrito Dash – to benefit Epworth (We will need people to help with traffic, set up, clean up, handing out water and food after. Super fun event! Starts and ends at Moe’s on Main St.)

April 27th (most likely) – the Alumni Associations Cook-Out-for-Kids BBQ. (We will need set up, clean up and food prep folks. This event is on campus and a great way to interact with the children.)

House District 75 Democratic Candidate McCulloch Addresses Club

Joe McCulloch, a well known Columbia attorney, spoke to the Club on September 14, 2012.  McCulloch is the Democratic candidate for the House District 75 seat long held by Jim Harrison, who is not seeking re-election.  Columbia Businessman Kirkman Finlay is the Republican candidate for this seat and is scheduled to speak to the Club on November 2, 2012.

Welcome to New Member Ron Hill

Ron Hill was inducted into the Club on September 14, 2012, by Past District Gov. Nancy Moody. Ron is employed as a vice president with Clear Channel Media & Entertainment. He is responsible for several radio stations in the local area.  His classification is “Communications.”  Welcome!


Welcome Our New Member Nick Foong

Nick Foong, President of  the Columbia branch of  Virginia College was inducted into membership of the Five Points Rotary Club on September 7, 2012.  Nick’s classification is “College-Administration.”    Nick was proposed by Jimmy Chao.    Nick– welcome to the Club!


Junior Achievement CEO Stuckey Encourages Volunteer Participation

Stephanie Stuckey, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina was the Club’s guest speaker on September 7, 2012.  Ms. Stuckey explained the vital business education role that JA fills for Midlands’ youth.  If you would like more information on how you can help , JA’s website is  Ms. Stuckey can be reached at .


Social at Publick House a Big Success

On August 30, 2012 Club members met for a Happy Hour at the Publick House on Devine Street.  Much thanks to Robert Walker and Teri Stomski who sponsored drinks and snacks.  The plan is to have at least one social per month.




District Governor Duryea Inspires Club

Rotary District 7770 Governor Ed Duryea and assistant District Governor Jimmy Gibbes the Club’s featured guests for our August 17, 2012 meeting.  Duryea gave an inspiring talk on what Rotary has meant in his life.   He also presented Paul Harris Fellow awards to a number of our club members.  Finally, he presented Club Treasurer Doug Neal with a pin for being the Club’s nominee for the District Four Way Test award.



Councilman Moe Baddourah Discusses City of Columbia Issues

The featured speaker for our August 10th meeting was City Councilman Moe Baddourah, who spoke to the Club about his first few months on city counsel and the challenges and opportunities facing the city.  Here Moe answers a question from Past Assistant District Governor/Past President  Lou Nolan.

The great Football Picture Board Project also continued– Are you off the sidelines yet?

And a special thanks to our excellent Sergeant-at-Arms Jill Michels– You never get a second chance to make a good first impression– Jill does this week after week for us.  Thank you!