On Wednesday, May 16th, Shamirah Bell a 5th grader from Harbison West Elementary School was recognized for being the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo Student of the Month. She was present with her parents as well as, her principal Ed Davis. She is consistently showing good citizenship both in and out of the classroom. Thank you to Sonic of Ballentine for sponsoring our student-of-the-month program.
Last Wednesday our speakers were from Providence Hospital and Lifepoint Health. Scott Campbell is the current CEO and told us how far Providence has come. He gave us some history behind the hospital and its future. Dr. Bill Phillips told us about the cardiovascular program at Providence. He informed the club rise of heart disease and some factors that are causing this disease to continue to rise. The two were very informative and the club was glad to have them as speakers.
Every year the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo honors a student from school district Lexington/Richland 5 with a scholarship for college, this scholarship is awarded in honor of Dr. Stephen Hefner who is District Five’s SuperIntendendent but also a long-standing Rotarian. Dr. Hefner is asked to choose the awardee and this year’s honoree is Zachary Korchert. Zachary was awarded his scholarship last Wednesday morning at the Rotary Club’s breakfast meeting. Zachary is a student at Irmo High School and the Center for Advanced Technical Studies where he is a part of the Clean Energy Technology program. Zachary was the state science fair winner and will be going to Pittsburgh to compete in the International Science Fair. Zachary plans to attend Presbyterian College.
Our speaker Wednesday morning will Liesha Huffstetler. Ms. Huffstetler will be speaking to us about the history of the Dutch Fork/Irmo area. Please join us and learn about the history of our area.
Our Rotary Golf Tournament will be Tuesday, April 24th. This is our biggest fundraiser so make sure you are asking any and everyone for sponsorship. Please find attached the brochure to help you with this.
At the club social on Tuesday, September 26th, the club recognized Chris Hargrove with the “Service Above Self” Award. Ms. Hargrove risked her own life when she ran into a neighbors burning home to save her dog. Ms. Hargrove’s neighbor was away on business and she knew that the dog was home alone. Although in her late 80’s, she never thought twice about the risk to her own life. The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo was honored to present as a token of our appreciation to Ms. Hargrove a plaque and a gift card to Firehouse Subs, she certainly exemplifies our motto “service above self”.
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.
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.