Due to Hurricane Irma the meeting for Wednesday, September 13th has been canceled. Everyone, please stay safe!
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.
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.
Congratulations to Ms. Ginny Barr for being named Rotarian of the Year 2016-2017 at the July 12th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray Irmo. Ms. Barr, is a long time member of the club, she is a Past President and has served as Foundation Chair for many years. Ginny embodies the Rotary motto, “Service above Self” she has put together programs that have made a difference in the lives of others. Ms. Barr works for the Department of Corrections and has helped our club put in place Roteract groups that help young men and women behind bars do service projects for the community. It is an excellent program that teaches about giving back. Ms. Ginny Barr is an excellent example of a Rotarian.
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.
The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo had Rep. James Smith as their guest speaker on Wednesday, June 21st. Rep. Smith talked about his distinguished military career, which includes being awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. Rep. Smith also spoke about the importance of service, working across the aisle. It was our pleasure to have Rep. Smith as our guest.