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!

Thank You

Rita Chapman captain of the Ovations team that caters the Club’s meals at the Convention Center. We thank her and her entire staff for the fine job they do.



Emerson Smith photographed this old gear wheel, the basis of the Rotary emblem. It’s in Asheville NC, pretty far fromChicago.


Senator Courson Speaks to Club on Upcoming Legislative Adenda

State Senator John Courson, Senate President Pro Tem, spoke to the Club on upcoming legislation at the meeting held July 20, 2012.  After his formal remarks the Senator answered questions from Club members.

In this meeting the Club also presented a $4000 donation to the veterans assistance group Hidden Wounds.  Pictured–Club president Bill Latham presents the check to Hidden Wounds representative and American Hero Sgt. Steven Diaz, USMC Ret.

A special treat surprise visit by former members and Club Presidents  Hunter Clarkson and Manny Gaetan.   Alumnist Andy Leaphart also visited.  Andy created the first website for the Club.





Midlands Technical College Executives Urge Youth to Consider High Paying Technical Careers

Dr. Barrie Kirk, Vice President of Corporate and Continuing Education and Economic Development at Midlands Technical College, and Mr. Tom Ledbetter, Associate Vice President and Executive Director of the MTC Enterprise Campus spoke to the Club at our regularly scheduled meeting on Friday July 13, 2012.  They discussed  the jobs gap and the talent gap– that is the gap between what  is needed in the service area verses the available talent.  The main “take away” was that credentialed jobs made possible by technical school training such as that available at Midlands Technical College are high paying jobs that will be in high demand in the foreseeable future.  We should encourage our youth to consider the opportunities provided by a technical school education.

Wendell “Toby” Chaffin is the Recipient of the “Service Above Self” Award

The Rotary Club of Five Points has named Toby Chaffin as the winner of the “Service Above Self” award for 2012-13.

Chaffin was honored for his work as Club Program Chair.  In making the award, Club president Louis Dessau stated that the past year’s speakers were “absolutely superb” due to Chaffin’s efforts.  Louis noted that Toby even continued booking excellent speakers during a period in which he was ill– clearly Service Above Self.  Chaffin was unable to attend the award ceremony due to a prior commitment, so president Dessau, with the Club cheering on in the background, informed him of the good news by voice mail from the ceremony.

L. E. Spradlin Named Rotarian of the Year

The Rotary Club of Five Points has named L.E. Spradlin the Rotarian of the Year for 2011-12.

L.E. Spradlin and Patty Cavanaugh Representing Club in St. Patricks’ Day Parade in March 2012

Spradlin was honored for his dedicated service to the Club for his extensive work with the parking project that is the Club’s top fundraiser and which set new records this year.  Spradlin has also been active in developing matching fund grant proposals for international water projects and is extremely active in all Club activities.  He has served as Club president and a Board member.  In making the award, Club president Louis Dessau stated that it was evident early in the year that L.E. would be the most appropriate person to receive the award given his years of selfless service to the Club and community, and his exceptional efforts this Rotary year.