Journalist Charles Bierbauer spoke: “Fake News is an Oxymoron”. Hear him this Friday, December 1, 2017.

Charles Bierbauer, for twenty-years, a CNN correspondent in Washington and at the White House, bureau chief for ABC News in Moscow and Bonn, Germany, and since 2002, dean and professor of the University of SC’s College of Information and Communications, spoke on December 1, 2017. He hosts SCETV’s public affairs program “This Week in South Carolina.” His topic was “Fake News is an Oxymoron”.   Continue reading

James Braun, Founder, President & CEO of AVANTech Inc. will speak to us about industrial water treatment.

Mr. Braun is a Chemical Engineer with an MBA. He developed AVANTech from its inception 18 years ago to the comprehensive water treatment company it is today. Mr. Braun has extensive experience in implementing water treatment solutions for numerous industries including power, government, industrial and remediation markets.

Dr. Peter Brews will speak to us on the Imbalances in the U.S. Economy

Dr. Brews is the dean of the Darla Moore School of Business and a native of South Africa. He brings more than 25 years of international business education experience to the position, having taught at Duke University and UNC prior to coming to USC.

Brews started his career in banking and finance before charting a course in academia. He started in academia as a lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Brews earned his undergraduate degree in business and an LL.B and higher diploma in corporate law from the University of Witwatersrand, a master’s degree in industrial administration from Purdue University and two doctorates in business administration from the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Pittsburgh.

Michael Hoffman with SC Ports Authority talks with us about SC Inland Terminals on November 3

Michael Hoffman is the General Manager of Intermodal Operations with the South Carolina Ports Authority and is responsible for the management and operations at the SC Inland Terminals in Greer and Dillon.  He also manages the rail drayage program between the CSX and Norfolk Southern rail yards and the marine terminals at the Port of Charleston.

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.