Past District Governor Rick Moore Gives Rotary Foundation Briefing

The Club was honored to have Past District Governor and current District Foundation Chair Rick Moore as its featured speaker for the October 5, 2012 meeting.  He provided a through briefing of current Foundation initiatives including “Future Vision.”   He also presented Paul Harris Fellows awards to (r to l– Ruben Santiago, Warren Counts, Jenny Isgette and Derek Gruner).


Welcome New Member Christian Depret-Bixio

Christian Depret-Bixio  (nickname Cricket) was inducted on September 28, 2012 as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Five Points.   He is employed a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch.  His classification is Wealth Management.  He was sponsored by Immediate Past President Louis Dessau and Troy Roberts.  Past President Randy Folks officiated.  Please welcome Christian to the Club.

Living with Multiple Sclerosis

On September 28, 2012, Bob Noe spoke to the Club about living with Multiple Sclerosis and the important work of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.   Bob’s story is one of triumph over adversity, service above self, and hope coupled with action.  We appreciate his taking the time to share his message with us.


Sergeant-at-Arms Jill Michels is passionate about Rotary attendance and makeups as is evident from this picture taken at her technology tutorial at a recent meeting.

Here are the website addresses she asked be posted:

Club website:

E-mail address for make ups:

District website:

As a reminder, make-ups should be reported within 14 days of completion.   Banked makeups will be automatically applied to missed meetings at the end of the month.

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 .