The next Adopt-A-Highway pickup will be Saturday, August 26th. Meet at Blount’s office at 8am for breakfast and safety meeting. The cleanup will be around 8:45.
The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo had William Starrett as our guest speaker on Wednesday, August 16th. Mr. Starrett talked about his distinguished dance career in ballet which included dancing with the American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet Company. Mr. Starrett also spoke about how he ended up at the Columbia City Ballet and how he has helped grow and sustain the ballet. It was our pleasure to have Mr. Starrett as our guest.
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.
At each meeting, Rotarian’s are able to give a “Happy Dollar” to celebrate a joyous or happy event. At the end of the president’s term, he or she can donate this money to an organization of their choosing. This year’s President Jacq Buck chose to donate the “Happy Dollar” monies to two different organizations. The first check was given to Carolina Wildlife Center. Jay Coles, Executive Director was on hand to accept the check. He gave a little bit of background on what Carolina Wildlife Center has been doing over the last few months. This money will go to help continue their mission of helping injured animals get back to the wild. The second check was presented to the club’s sponsored prison Rotaract club for discretionary use for re-entry into the community. Ginny Barr who is the founder of this program and is the club liaison to this program was on hand to accept the check.