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.


Buddy Wier to Speak on the Ventures of the Appalachian Trail this Friday, May 5th at Main Street United Methodist Church

Buddy is a 20 year member of the Rotary Club of Five Points and has twice been recognized as The Charles Foster Rotarian of the Year first in 2006 and again in 2009. He was introduced to Rotary as non-Rotarian member of a Group Study Exchange to Italy with LE Spradlin.

Buddy is a graduate of The United States Naval Academy, served as a Naval Aviator in Vietnam, worked as a stockbroker with the same firm here in Columbia for 31 years and in 2005 decided to retire to spend more time working with NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, where he has performed many official and unofficial duties being recognized by the SC Department of Mental Health as Volunteer of the Year and by NAMI National at the 2011 National Convention as the Richard T. Greer National Advocate of the Year.

Upon retiring in 2005 Buddy visited the “Backpacker” store in Columbia and was mesmerized by the equipment and decided to acquire some gear and give backpacking a try.

His first hike was for a week and approximately 70 miles on the Palmetto Trail from Poinsett State Park to Lakes Marion and Moultrie. With no intention to do so, his travels have taken him to all seven continents since his retirement.

Buddy’s presentation centers on his three summers 2013, 2014, 2015 hiking the 2189.2 miles Georgia to Maine Appalachian Trail. The message he hopes to share is that the equipment and preparation can add zest and open opportunities on your next trip to the Tennessee Mountains, our great Western USA, Alaska, Paris, or anywhere — Who knows what opportunity the future holds.

Major General Pete Johnson, Commander at Fort Jackson, to talk about Changes in the US Army’s Initial Entry Training Strategies during the Last 60 Years this Friday at the Convention Center at 1:00 PM

Major General John P. “Pete” Johnson is the 50th Commanding General of the U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson.  Prior to arriving at Fort Jackson, MG Johnson served as the Director of Training, Headquarters Department of the Army, G-3/5/7 in Washington, D.C.

MG Johnson was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1985.  In addition to a bachelor’s degree he holds a master’s degree in Operational Analysis from the Naval Post Graduate School and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.  MG Johnson has commanded troops at company, battalion and brigade level and deployed to multiple combat tours including Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM in Afghanistan and Iraq, Operation PROVIDE COMFORT, Iraq and Operation JUST CAUSE, Panama.

Over the past 31 plus years he served in a variety of Army and Joint command and staff positions in the 7th Infantry Division, 75th Ranger Regiment, Southern European Task Force, Joint Special Operations Command, 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division, 25th Infantry Division and the Army Staff.

MG Johnson’s command assignments include Deputy Commanding General for Operations, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Combined Joint Task Force CURRAHEE, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan; 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; C Company, 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Vicenza, Italy.

MG Johnson’s other principal Army and joint staff assignments include Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, United States Army, Washington, DC; Division Chief of Staff, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY and Combined Joint Task Force 101, Afghanistan; Division G-3, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Special Operations Officer, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg NC.

His awards, decorations and military qualification badges include: Distinguished Service Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Legion of Merit (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters); Bronze Star Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters); Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Joint Service Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Achievement Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Combat Infantryman Badge (with 1 Star); Expert Infantryman Badge; Pathfinder Badge; Ranger Tab; Army Staff Identification Badge; Master Parachutist Badge (with Combat Jump Bronze Star).

Major General Johnson is married to Sheila and they have three children, Justin (18), Sarah (16) and Daniel (13).