Our speaker Wednesday, September 20th was Ms. Catherine Kennedy from Columbia Green. Columbia Green is a non-profit in the Midlands that does exactly what its name implies. They make Columbia Green by planting flowers, giving out grants for tree planting, giving out grants for neighborhood planting, etc. Ms. Kennedy currently serves on Columbia Green’s board as the President. She spoke to us Wednesday morning about all the wonderful things this organization is doing and how they are raising money to continue to do these amazing things. We were honored to have Ms. Kennedy speak to us.
This year, the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo had their guest speakers leave their signature so that it could be placed on the inside of books that were donated by Schools Specialty. These books were given to Lexington/Richland School District 5 Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner at Wednesday’s meeting, where they will be donated to various schools.
On Wednesday, June 28th the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo was able to present four local non-profits with a grant through their small gifts and grants program. This is made possible through the fundraising efforts. Because of this Babcock Center, Keep the Midlands Beautiful, Sister Care, and The USO were all able to receive checks at Wednesday’s meeting. Thank you to the club members for all the hard work you put into fundraising for the club.
At Wednesday’s meeting the Rotary Club of Lake Murray- Irmo presented two great programs with donations. The first was to Meals on Wheel for the Irmo Chapin area. Kim Bowers was on hand to accept this check. The second was to the Snap Pack program. Stuart Strout was present to accept this check. The club members also got to hear all the good things these programs are doing for throughout there community.
District 5 Foundation’s Paula Hite visited The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo’s weekly breakfast meeting. The District 5 Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that exists to support teachers and students in Lexington/Richland District 5 in learning readiness, arts and cultural experiences, science and technology and leadership development. Paula spoke to us about the District 5 Foundation’s Flood Victims Fund. The Flood Victims Fund has been established to serve students and families impacted by the devastating floods and their aftermath. There are 200 plus families affected in our district. They have successfully raised over $75,000 to aid in this relief work. All money raised goes directly to flood victims. District social workers identify need within our school district and oversee the distribution of funds. So far monies raised have gone towards things such as deposits on rental apartments as well as paid for hotel stays and other basic supplies such as mattresses. Club President Harold Crawford presented Paula Hite with a check for $2500. We look forward to a continued partnership with District 5 Foundation and supporting their great work. If you want more information on the foundation or the Flood Victims Fund please visit district5foundation.org
The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo proudly sponsors the GOLD Team at Nursery Road Elementary School. The GOLD Team (Goal Oriented Leadership Development) is comprised of 20 students (10 from 4th grade and 10 from 5th). The Team focuses on preparing students to become leaders both inside and outside of their school. Among other aspects of the program the team focuses on mentoring academic support and service to others. The students set goals every 9 weeks which may relate to academic, behavioral or personal achievements. We always look forward to our annual GOLD Team Christmas Program. This year they entertained us with songs and musical instruments and then surprised us by turning the tables and teaching US to play the instruments. Needless to say they did a much better job than we did. Thank you GOLD Team for bringing joy and fun to our weekly meeting.
On November 18, 2015, the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo recognizes November’s Student of the Month Clotaisa Woodbury from Irmo Elementary School. Clotaisa was chosen as an outstanding student as she demonstrates the rotary philosophy of service above self every day at school. Thank you Clotaisa for being such a great leader and role model.
Clotaisa is pictured here with her mother Shannon Davis-Woodbury, father Clovis Woodbury and Irmo Elementary School’s Principal Tina McCaskill
The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club was excited to host the Director of Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens Satch Krantz at our meeting on November 11, 2015. Satch has been the director of the zoo and gardens since 1976. With his vision and perserverance he has taken a local zoo to new heights as a top 10 zoo in the United States, the largest tourist attraction in South Carolina and the largest zoo in the southeastern United States. Not only does the zoo and botanical gardens host 1 million visitors yearly but it does so with a rating of 73% economic self sufficiency. This facility acts as a huge economic driver for our local community and is currently finishing up a 40 million dollar expansion including new parking lots, pedestrian bridges, new enclosures for sea lions and grizzly bears, and a new interactive children’s park called Waterfall Junction. Thank you Satch for being there for our community and us!
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