Our speaker Wednesday, April 18th was Mr. Mark Bounds. He is the Head of School at East Point Academy, a public charter school here in the Midlands. The school was founded in 2011. The school’s motto is merging cultures, inspiring minds, and expanding horizons. The students at East Point learn through immersion. Immersion is an instructional approach to foreign language education in which content classes are taught in the target language. The target language at East Point is Mandarin. Mr. Bounds was very informative. We all enjoyed learning about this school and the great things they have going on.
On Wednesday, August 30th we had a non-Rotarian Paul Harris presentation. Stacey Atkinson recognized her friend and colleague Lauren Wilkie. Lauren is a servant to her community. Here is a little about her:
Lauren Wilkie is a Licensed Independent Masters Social Worker who specializes in community and organizational change through program development and evaluation. She is a community educator in poverty and homelessness and supervises case managers and interns on how to give direct services to clients. Lauren has been directing and developing programs for non-profits in Columbia, SC since 2006. Currently, she is the Program Director at Transitions, where she oversees program development and data evaluation for a 260-bed facility as well as a 240-bed facility in the Winter the Inclement Weather Center. She has helped hundreds of people into permanent housing and has in the last year has developed programs specialized for youth in transition, seniors, emergency assistance, mobile housing outreach and financial stability. In addition to her work at Transitions, Lauren volunteers with several different philanthropic and community organizations. She is the current Chair of Women in Philanthropy and serves as a member of Young Leaders Society and Campaign Committee with the United Way of the Midlands. Lauren was a 2016 top ten recipient for the Capital Young Professional Award by Columbia Metropolitan for 2017 where it was shared that “everywhere that Lauren has worked has benefited from her effort, creativity and drive. She is one of Columbia’s experts on social work, and her knowledge and determination make the Midlands a better community.”
The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo is glad to have been able to present the Paul Harris award to Lauren Wilkie.
Congratulations to Ms. Ginny Barr for being named Rotarian of the Year 2016-2017 at the July 12th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray Irmo. Ms. Barr, is a long time member of the club, she is a Past President and has served as Foundation Chair for many years. Ginny embodies the Rotary motto, “Service above Self” she has put together programs that have made a difference in the lives of others. Ms. Barr works for the Department of Corrections and has helped our club put in place Roteract groups that help young men and women behind bars do service projects for the community. It is an excellent program that teaches about giving back. Ms. Ginny Barr is an excellent example of a Rotarian.
Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club is pleased to announce the upcoming Golf “CART” outing on the 19th of April 2016. This golf outing will start at noon. The purpose of the event is to earn money to support Alzheimer’s disease research.
The specific program we will support is South Carolina’s own Rotary Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART). 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. CART was started by the Sumter SC Rotary Club in 1996. Today, it is common to find a blue CART bucket for loose change on tables at many Rotary functions at clubs throughout the southeast. Since its inception, over $5.2 million has been collected. Twenty-nine grants have been given since 1999. Grant recommendations to the 501c3 CART Fund Board of Directors are through a Grants Advisory Team make up of medical researchers from prestigious universities. The bylaws of the CART require that 100% of the donations go into the research efforts. The CART Fund’s nonprofit tax ID is 31-1466051.
At a recent Rotary meeting, one of our members suggested we dedicate our annual golf outing to this effort. After unanimous board approval, we set out to create the best captain’s choice golf event in the midlands. The event will be at the Member’s Club at Woodcreek. We can support up to 36 teams at $400 per team. In addition, we are seeking an exclusive platinum tournament sponsor for a donation of $2500. The tournament also has gold ($1500), silver ($750), and bronze ($450) levels of sponsorship. Advertising opportunities and other benefits change by sponsorship level. Details on these levels and other funding opportunities can be found on the attached trifold brochure. The brochure also can be used to sign up teams or for sponsorship requests.
This is an important effort. Recently we asked the members of LMI Rotary how many had family or friends touched by Alzheimers. The response was 100%. This is a troubling statistic and it causes this effort to be very personal for those involved. Every dollar spent to find a cure is potentially the most important dollar spent to date.
Details on CART can be found at www.cartfund.org. The LMI Rotary contact for sponsorship is Blount Shepard. His cell phone is 803-600-4194 and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org. We sincerely thank you for your consideration of this charity event. We know you have many competing requests and hope you’ll see the benefit of this effort.
Please see attached Brochure: and pass it on:Rotary Golf 2016 CART
Calling all District 7770 Rotarians! David Tirard, our District Foundation Chair, is raring to take your contributions for the Paul Harris Society.
Paul Harris Society members commit to give $1,000 per year to the Rotary Foundation, either by check, credit card, club billings or via TRF-Direct, Rotary’s convenient way to pay monthly via bank draft.
If you’d like to join the Paul Harris Society, simply download the form below and return to David Tirard at:
David Tirard, PHS Chair
1 Queen Crescent
Bluffton, SC 29910
If you have questions about the Paul Harris Society, you may contact David at any of the contact information provided on the PHS form, or you may search for him in the District Database. (To protect the integrity of his inbox, we refrained from publishing his e-mail address here.)