Five Points Rotary Awards Multiple Paul Harris Fellows

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Sep 012014

Paul Harris +1

Chris Boyce
Dr Sharon Buddin
Patty Cavanaugh
Cheryl Monahan

Paul Harris +2

Andrew Folks
Garry Powers
Teri Stomski

Paul Harris +3

Hunter Clarkson

Paul Harris +4

Gene Reeder

Happy 60th Birthday Five Points Rotary

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Aug 312014

Happy 60th to the Five Points (Columbia) Rotary Club, chartered on August 3, 1954 by Rotary International!  Calling all living charter members from that date- let them come forward and light up the candles to Light Up Rotary!



Five Points Rotary Makes Columbia Star

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Aug 302014

Five Points Rotary was featured in the Columbia Star for our donations to the Boy Scouts and to Healthy Learners.  “Let our light so shine” – DG Williamson

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Two community organizations, Health Learners and Indian Waters Council were recognized by the Five Points Rotary Club and its President, Teri Stomski, recently for their contributions to the people of Columbia, South Carolina.  Healthy Learners received a contribution of $5,000. Indian Waters Council received $1,000.

Jo Pauling-Jones, Executive Director, and Todd Buchrig, Director of Development, are pictured with Five Points Rotary President Teri Stomski accepting on behalf of Healthy Learners.  Evan Cook, with Rotarian John Tjaarda, accepted the Jamie McCue Memorial Scholarship from President Teri on behalf of the Indian Waters Council.


Healthy Learners provides assistance to children in public schools who need eye glasses and other healthcare assistance.   The Indian Waters Council supports Scouting, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorer Scouts in the Columbia Region.


The Rotary Club of Five Points, founded in the 1950s, provides business leaders with opportunities to learn about their community and the world and has a motto of “Service Above Self”.  Around the world Rotary is working to eradicate polio and to provide safe water supplies to people in South America, Africa and elsewhere.   Rotary also provides scholarships to college students who study for a year abroad at the university of their choice.

The Five Points Rotary Club recognizes community needs and provides financial support to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations in Richland County.
Each year, this Rotary Club donates over $20,000 to community organizations.

Five Points Rotarian Named to Top 20 Business Leaders List

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Mar 152014

Five Point Rotary Andrew

Andrew Folks, President of the Five Point (Columbia) Rotary Club has been named by The State newspaper as one of the top 20 business leaders under the age of 40 for 2014.  Three of these 20 are Rotarians in District 7770, including Folks, John Johnston (Columbia Rotary Club) and Lucas Clamp (Rotary Club of Lexington).

Five Points Rotarian Jenny Isgett was selected for 20 Under 40 in 2013.  Two in a row for Five Points Rotary! No other Rotary Club in the Columbia area has this distinction. Who is the next Five Points Rotarian to achieve this honor?

President Andrew’s title at the SC Power Team is the “existing business/industry manager”.  That means that once a company comes to South Carolina, it is his job to keep them here. Since Boeing and BMW are still here, it must mean that President Andrew is doing his job. He says he is ready to keep Airbus and Mercedes in SC if they decide to build plants here. President Andrew is quoted as saying, “I live by my own saying which is ‘No one has been more richly blessed than me. Live in a manner that is reciprocal.’”


Five Points Rotary Honors Former Member, Supports Youth Through Scholarship

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Aug 062013

On July 10, Five Points Rotarian Gus Dixon traveled to Camp Barstow, the official camp of the Indian Waters Council, Boy Scouts of America, to present the Jamie McCue Memorial Scholarship. Jamie passed away in early 2008. He was very active in his church and community, particularly the Five Points Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. Jamie was also a dedicated adult leader in Boy Scout Troop 37 at Shandon United Methodist Church in Columbia.

After his passing, the Rotary Club of Five Points created the Jamie McCue Memorial Scholarship to honor Jamie and to support Scouting in our region through the local Indian Waters Council. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a summer camp counselor at Camp Barstow. This year’s recipient is Warren Peterson who is seen in the photograph flanked by Indian Waters Scout Executive Doug Stone (left) and Five Points Rotarian Dixon (right).

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R. Andrew Folks

President – Rotary Club of Five Points

Five Points Rotary Club Installs New President

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Jul 052013

Submitted by Emerson Smith
Public Relations Chair
Five Points Rotary Club

andrew folks, five points rotary club, rotary district 7770, rotary eastern south carolinaAndrew Folks is the 2013-2014 President of the Five Points (Columbia) Rotary Club. He has been a member of the club since April 2005 and, at 35, is the youngest president of the club since its founding in 1955. Folks was named his club’s Rotarian of the Year for 2012-2013 and 2005-2006.

Professionally, Folks is director of business relations for the South Carolina Power Team, the economic development organization representing the state’s electric cooperatives and Santee Cooper in their industry recruitment efforts. He has a bachelor’s in political science from Presbyterian College and a master’s in mass communication from the University of South Carolina. Folks is a member of the Leadership South Carolina Class of 2011.

The club, with a motto of “Service Above Self”, recognizes the exceptional service over the last 12 months of Past-President Bill Lathem, an attorney with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

The Five Points club, with 90 members, was founded by the Rotary Club of Columbia.  It originally held meetings in restaurants in the Five Points shopping area.  But as the club grew the meetings were held on the State Fair grounds.  Today the club meets on Fridays at 1:00 PM at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

One of the longest serving businesses in Five Points was owned by Rotarian Archie Harrell, who operated, with his wife Mary, A. A. Harrell Jewelers, originally at 2020 Devine Street, later moving to 729 Saluda Avenue.  Harrell, who passed away at age 93 in 2011, was the last surviving charter member of the club.

The Five Points club remembers Rotarian J. Marvin “Bo” Mullis, an attorney with the Mullis Law Firm, for his service to Rotary, the community and his profession. Mullis passed away in October 2012 at age 72.

For about 30 years, the club’s primary project has been raising well over a million dollars to benefit the SCETV Endowment and many local charities by operating the parking at the SCETV offices and studios during home football games.
“For nearly 60 years,” says Folks, “this Rotary club has provided support for the Five Points area and the greater Columbia community.  It provides an avenue of service for business leaders, young and old, and since 1988, for women as well as men.  And we seek to include people to reflect the diversity in the community. During my year as president, I intend to make Rotary more visible in the community and to provide more service to benefit the community.”


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