As the 2014-2015 year comes to an end, we would like to thank outgoing President Stan Bugner for his outstanding service to our club this year. We have had some great service projects with his supervision including our continued involvement with Meals on Wheels, Adopt a Highway Clean ups, C.A.R
Brian Riddle, Athletic Coordinator at Seven Oaks Park visited The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo to talk about the extensive work the park has done to develop an extensive sports program for our community. The sports program consists of fall, winter, spring and summer teams including sports camps in the summer and travel teams for baseball and lacrosse as well as adult sports programs. During his tenure he has worked to develop a district wide soccer program, increase sponsorship dollars and grow the numbers of participants. In 2014, 1500 youth participated. Special programs include athletic scholarships and a youth scholarship equipment rental service. They received a $15,000 grant from CDBG to support these programs. This is truly a community endeavor with all coaches volunteering their time and local businesses sponsoring teams and events. The newly renovated facilities include a 30,000 square foot facility with full gymnasium, nine athletic fields, six clay tennis courts and the new Saluda Shoals Athletic complex soccer fields. If you have any questions regarding the athletic program at Seven Oaks Park or you would like to become involved with keeping this program a success through volunteering or donations please contact Brian Riddle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Each quarter The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo participates in highway clean up in our community. It is that time again! This program benefits our community by establishing stewardship of public lands while advancing tourism, enhancing quality of life for all of our citizens by improving the appearance of our area. and saving taxpayer dollars by performing a valuable service on a volunteer basis. Come join us for Adopt-A-Highway clean up on august 29th!!!
The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club enjoyed a visit from author Tom Poland at our last meeting. Tom Poland is known as a writer of all things southern . He graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincolnton, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Masters in Education from the University of Georgia. A frequent contributor to magazines, he has written approximately 900 features. His first book, South Carolina – The Nafura/ Heritage, was published in 1989 by the University of South Carolina Press.
He was the 2011-2012 playwright for Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s official folk life drama. His play, 50/id6round, presents the hardships, joys and beauty of the farming life in south Georgia. Save the Last Dance for Me, a book on how the blues led to beach music and the shag phenomenon along the Carolina beaches, was published by the University of South Carolina Press in the summer of 2012. He contributed to State of the Heart, an anthology of writers who contributed essays about their favorite places in South Carolina, foreword by Pat Conroy, edited by Aida Rogers.
He continues to write with Landforms forthcoming in 2015. Tom, right, is pictured here below with Club President Harold Crawford, left and club member and Sargeant at Arms Barbara Urban.
At our first official meeting of Rotary Year 2015-2016, Brandon Spence visited us to discuss his work with Apprenticeship Carolina, part of the SC Technical College System and The Division of Workforce and Economic Development. The division works to attract new and expanding companies to the state and provide workforce development tools necessary to make certain they grow and prosper in South Carolina. Apprenticeship Carolina works with the 16 technical colleges in the state of south Carolina. The program works with companies to assist them in formulating a plan to upskill current employees as well as train new employees coming from the technical college system. This integrative approach allows companies to hire and train employees from the ground up while supporting technical trade work that is so very important and often overlooked. They can help your business develop an on the job training program as well as set up youth apprenticeships. There is no fee for the service and there is a tax credit for the supporting companies of up to $1000 per employee up to 4 years of enrollment. Brandon, a 2001 Citadel graduate, has served active duty in the US Airforce, worked for the Department of the Army as a program analyst and then made the transition to the Department of Commerce, and his own start up companies Midlands Biofuels and B2 Strategies. Brandon is experienced in implementing apprenticeship programs throughout his many successful endeavors. Go to apprenticeshipcarolina.com for more information.
As the Rotary year of 2014-2015 comes to an end we would like to thank outgoing President Stan Bugner for his outstanding service this year. With his direction and supervision we have accomplished a lot! He has helped us continue our involvement in the Meals on Wheels program, we have been recognized for our Adopt a Highway volunteer work, we have made major strides with our DJJ Rotaract and DFHS Interact Clubs, and of course our hard work with the C.A.R.T. Fund. We have had many exciting and informative speakers and he has helped us navigate through implementing a new website and a new meeting space! Thank you President Stan! Here he is pictured presenting a check to the Snack Packs Program.
On May 20th, John Bakhaus, the regional director of the C.A.R.T. (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust), visited the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo. John is a 20 year Rotarian and president elect of the Columbia Rotary Club.
The CART Fund is dedicated to raising funds to provide “seed” money for cutting edge, high impact research in hopes of finding a cure/prevention for Alzheimer’s disease. The goal of the Fund is to encourage exploratory and developmental AD research projects within the United States. This is accomplished by providing financial support for the early and conceptual plans of those projects that may not yet be supported by extensive preliminary data but have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research. These projects should be distinct from those designed to increase knowledge in a well established area unless they intend to extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.
Starting in one SC Rotary club in district 7770 in 1995, CART has been adopted to date by all Rotary district clubs in Georgia and the two Carolinas as well as a number of individual clubs throughout the United States. Assistance from the American Federation of Aging Research was invaluable in validating CART as a legitimate funding source for Alzheimer’s research. ALL proceeds raised by the C.A.R.T. fund go directly to research as compared to other organizations where just a small percentage goes to the research.
John shared with us some of the cutting edge research funded by our fundraising efforts through the C.A.R.T fund. This past year $450,000 in grants were disbursed and a total of $5.2 million since the inception of the C.A.R.T. Fund project in 1996. Current research includes circadian rhythm disruptions, neuronal and microfilm interactions to reduce neuronal plaque and the use of nano medicine to act as carriers of drugs to cross the blood brain barrier.
The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club has taken C.A.R.T. Fund bucket fundraising to a new level. This year we have begun placing the C.A.R.T. fund buckets into local businesses to extend our reach in the community and increase awareness of Alzheimer Disease research If you are interested in having a C.A.R.T. fund bucket on display at your local business feel free to use our flyers below and ask for a bucket. Every bit of change directly makes a difference. Pictured here John Bakhaus and The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo President Stan Bugner.
On Saturday, May 16th Rotarians participated in our regular road cleanup. The Rotarians in attendance were Jack Terrell, Roz Browning, Martha Beahm, Jeff Baldwin, Larry Wedekind and Stan Bugner. The Dutch Fork Highschool Interact Club joined us as well with 10 participants. It takes hard work and volunteers like this to keep our area beautiful. Thank you!
Members of the Dutch Fork Interact Club joined our weekly meeting on April 22nd to thank us for supporting their club. Members spoke and let us know the great works they are doing and how it has helped them develop into responsible and caring members of our society. The Interact club has participated in many community service activities including raising cans and money for Harvest Hope, supporting the Hannah House, sponsoring two children at Christmas, visiting the Lohman Home at Christmas, and participating in the Buddy Walk to support those with Down Syndrome. Within the school they cleaned teachers classrooms to assist the janitors in their endless job and they wrote letters to Dutch Fork Highschool teachers and veterans. They have plans to participate in a Homeworks project in the near future. These young adults have been busy! We thank them for their hard work and will continue to support their endeavors in the future.
The Department of Juvenile Justice Blazers program is in place to teach practical and useful skills to our youth in the justice system. Networking, public speaking, social etiquette are just a few of the skills taught to the youth to help them learn to become a productive citizen in society upon their release. The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club are sponsors of the program. Members of the Blazers team visited us to discuss the projects sponsored by our club. On February 13, 2015 the 1st Annual Sweetheart Dance Bridging Generations through Hope was held at the Bill Rogers Community Connections Center. With our support the youth Blazers hosted a prom style event complete with bouquets and boutonnieres and even a King and Queen of Hearts. DJJ Blazers also participated in ‘The House that DJJ Built’ in coordination with Habitat For Humanity and with the support of our club. We are so very proud of these youth as they work towards their release from DJJ and becoming an important member of our society. Pictured below are two members of the DJJ Blazers presenting club president Stan Bugner with an award in appreciation for our contribution to their efforts.