Barbara Willm, Lexington Medical Center Foundation, will be our speaker on Monday, May 8, 2017

Barbara-Willm-212x300Monday, May 8th we will welcome Barbara Willm from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation to our podium.  Barbara will be speaking about a wonderful partnership between Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health, Providence and the United Way to bring free medical and dental care to those who are in need in the Columbia area.  This is a fantastic story about working together to serve our community so please come and bring a guest!

Amy Beth Franks, ED of the Five Points Association, will speak on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Please join us as we welcome fellow Rotarian, Amy Beth Franks, to the podium on Monday, May 1st.  Amy Beth is the Executive Director of the Five Points Association and will be giving us an update and overview of all that is happening in the Five Points neighborhood along with a recap of St. Pat’s in Five Points 2017.

Originally from Summerville, South Carolina, Amy Beth Franks has lived in Columbia since 2005, when she began her studies at the University of South Carolina. During her time at USC, Amy Beth interned for the Five Points Association, the South Carolina State Senate and the Office of Governor Mark Sanford. Amy Beth graduated from USC in 2009, with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Political Science.

Before joining the Five Points Association team in 2011, Amy Beth worked in the Governor’s Office, for the Mark Sanford Administration. Upon the election of Governor Nikki Haley, Amy Beth took a position in her administration and eventually left to become part of a four-person team charged with the creation of the Office of Inspector General. Amy Beth stayed with the Governor until she was recruited by the Five Points Association to serve as the Deputy Director. She is currently the Executive Director for the Association, a position she has held since May 2013.

Amy Beth looks forward to seeing this community grow to reach its maximum potential. She has a core belief that bars, restaurants, retailers, local residents and city officials should be working in unison to help promote a healthy, fully functioning neighborhood ecosystem.

Monday, April 10th, Andy Smith from The Nickelodeon

Join us on Monday, when Andy Smith from The Nickelodeon addresses our club. Andy spent most of his childhood wandering around the South before attending Swarthmore College at the end of the last millenium. After receiving his Masters Degree from UCLA in Film, Television and Digital Media, he finally returned home to Columbia.

In 2007, he joined the staff of the Nickelodeon and founded the Indie Grits Film Festival. In a desperate search for a hobby, Andy spends much
of his time eating foods he denied himself during his 15 years of veganism and failing as a backyard gardener. If he could, Andy would love to remake Dog Day Afternoon using the cast of The Kids in the Hall. He currently serves on the board of the Art House Convergence and the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center.