Rep. James Smith was inducted as a new member of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo. Rep. Smith was sponsored by our past president Jacq Buck. The membership is excited to welcome Rep. Smith as a new member of our club.
Saturday, August 26th we had a great turn out to pick up our adopted road Farming Creek Rd. As always we had breakfast before hand which consisted of Shrimp and Grits, Donuts, Orange Juice and Coffee. 13 Rotarians and 2 Volunteers gave up some of there morning to participate. We enjoyed doing our part to make the Midlands a greener, cleaner place to live, work and play.
When: Saturday, July 22nd
Where: Gaillard Center in Charleston
Please see flyer for more information.
Baseball, Hotdogs and Rotary equals a fun night. You are invited to a night out at the ballpark. Tuesday, August 9, 2016 has been designated as Rotary Night with the Fireflies. It will be an opportunity for Rotary club members to have a great social time this summer and make some money in the process. Tickets are $9.00 each and food vouchers are $5.00. We will all sit together along the first base line and have a great time. If we sell 100 tickets, each club participating will get a percentage of the ticket cost back as a fund raiser.
The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo is a strong group of business professionals that are civic and community minded. Our weekly breakfast meetings allow us to enjoy fellowship while striving for common interests. We believe that service to our community is an extremely important aspect of our club membership. We believe that we have a responsibility to work to improve our communities. Our club members regularly serve their community through participation in various community service projects. The club is active in both the Adopt-A-Highway and Meals- on-Wheels programs. We work with the Interact clubs of Dutch Fork High School and DJJ to provide young people with support and guidance through meaningful service projects. Additionally, the club is committed to education and provides scholarships to deserving students attending college through the Ambassadorial Scholarship program. The club also partners with area elementary schools to recognize an outstanding student each month.
Fundraising is also an important part of what we do as we support local charities like the District 5 Foundations Snack Pack program. Each year we host a golf tournament as well as participate in a Carraba’s Luncheon and a Belk Charity fundraising sale event to put towards local charities as well as scholarships. The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club has taken C.A.R.T. Fund (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) 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.
We are looking forward to participating in the district conference being held in Columbia, SC this year in March and hope we can connect with other clubs nearby to move forward with sharing great ideas to help our communities.
Last week’s speaker was Erin Galloway Hall from Palmetto Place. Erin has been the Executive Director of Palmetto Place for four years and although it comes with it’s fair share of challenges it rewards certainly out weigh the difficulties. and when your reward comes in smiles and hugs it makes your day seem a lot brighter. If you would like to learn how you can help the many children that come to Palmetto Place visit http://palmettoplaceshelter.org/ and check out their wishlist.
Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust is a project of the Rotary Clubs in the Southeast. C.A.R.T. Fund was founded by South Carolina Rotarians in 1995 as a way to raise money for this ongoing fight. At each meeting we empty our pockets of loose change to go towards our fundraising goals. Over 4 million dollars in grant money has been awarded during the 29 years history of these efforts. The C.A.R.T. fund provides dollars for innovative research to fight Alzheimer’s disease. 100% of all funds go to Alzheimer Disease Research.
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. On November 12th, club President Stan Bugner and club Administrator Jacq Buck presented the idea to the Irmo Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members emptied their pockets of loose change during the meeting and multiple businesses took C.A.R.T. Fund Buckets to display. 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 makes a difference.
Lake Murray-Irmo Club was proud to welcome Thaila Olive Cowan “TC” Kay as a member of our club. TC was a member of the Pemberton Rotary Club (New Jersey) from 1992 to 2014. She has recently retired to Irmo to be near family. TC brings years of experience in rotary as well as her position as mayor of her town with her. We are excited she has chosen to join our group and look forward to working with her.