Nov 112015


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!

Oct 222015

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

Oct 192015

Snack Pack

Once again the Rotary Club of Lake Murray Irmo is proud to be able to support the District 5 snack pack program. President Harold Crawford is presenting Stuart Stout with a check from our club. Also a big shout out to our club member Mickey Epting for donating warehouse space to this wonderful program that helps feed children in our area. #serviceaboveself

Seven Oaks Park Athletic Director visits The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo

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Aug 312015


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,

The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club hosted author Tom Poland at our meeting on 7/29/2015

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Aug 032015

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.





Brandon Spence from Apprenticeship Carolina visits The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo

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Jul 182015


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 for more information.


Thank you President Stan Bugner for a great year!

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Jun 222015

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.


May 242015

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.




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