The meeting we were supposed to have at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies on Wednesday, January 17th, but was canceled due to weather has been rescheduled. We will now have our January 31st meeting at the Cate Center (916 Mt. Vernon Church Rd.). So make sure to mark your calendars of the venue change, we will not meet at Seven Oaks Park on the 31st. Again please arrive on time so that we can get everything in.
On Wednesday, January 1oth we were honored to have Dr. Bill Jones of Columbia International University. He was the president of CIU, but now serves as the chancellor of the university. He gave us some background history about CIU and filled us in on some current and future things going on at CIU. If you are ever near the campus stop by and check it out as it looks like a beautiful campus.
There are several opportunities to get involved and serve in the month of February:
Saturday, February 3rd-Adopt-A-Highway pickup
Saturday, February 10th- We are partnering with the Spring Valley Rotary Club to pack meals to go overseas to help feed the hungry. Please see the signup sheet for more information.
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.
Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray/Irmo.
This year we will be “Making a Difference” along with RI President, Ian H.S. Riseley and Rotarians throughout the world. We will Make a Difference in our community by increasing our membership and club commitment to Meals on Wheels, Adopt-A-Highway, Department of Juvenile Justice, School District Five, District 7770’s Alzheimer’s CART fund, and much more. On a Global scale, there is no greater priority for the club than the eradication of Polio.
Please join us in our commitment to “Service Above Self”. We meet the first three Wednesday’s of the month at 7:30 AM at Seven Oaks Park, located at 200 Leisure Lane. Our quarterly, fifth meeting of the month is also here. We have a delicious breakfast, fellowship and an interesting speaker to start your day.
Our fourth meeting of the month is a Tuesday social from 6:00-7:00 PM held at the Hilton Garden Inn – Harbison, located at 434 Columbiana Drive. This is an opportunity to meet new people, get to know each other and to network about upcoming Rotary Club events.
Come join us this year for more comradery, connections and community outreach.
Yours in Service,
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.