BBQ Fundraising event
When: November 2nd
What: BBQ Plate (pulled pork, beans, slaw and a roll)
Time: 11am to 2pm
Where: pickup at Seven Oaks Park parking lot (200 Leisure Lane)
Delivery is available for 5 tickets or more.
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.
You’re Invited- As a member of a local Rotary club, you get a chance to become more involved in your community and to provide aid to other parts of the world through the opportunities that your Rotary club and Rotary International offer. Longtime Rotarians agree that involvement is the key to getting the most out of membership. Regular attendance is essential to a strong and active Rotary Club. Rotarians participate in weekly meetings and community projects, and enjoy the fellowship of community leaders striving for common interests. We meet every Wednesday morning at 7:30 AM for an informal breakfast and interesting speaker and fellowship at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia, SC 29210, please consider joining us to find out more about the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo.
The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo proudly sponsors the GOLD Team at Nursery Road Elementary School. The GOLD Team (Goal Oriented Leadership Development) is comprised of 20 students (10 from 4th grade and 10 from 5th). The Team focuses on preparing students to become leaders both inside and outside of their school. Among other aspects of the program the team focuses on mentoring academic support and service to others. The students set goals every 9 weeks which may relate to academic, behavioral or personal achievements. We always look forward to our annual GOLD Team Christmas Program. This year they entertained us with songs and musical instruments and then surprised us by turning the tables and teaching US to play the instruments. Needless to say they did a much better job than we did. Thank you GOLD Team for bringing joy and fun to our weekly meeting.
The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club was excited to host the Director of Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens Satch Krantz at our meeting on November 11, 2015. Satch has been the director of the zoo and gardens since 1976. With his vision and perserverance he has taken a local zoo to new heights as a top 10 zoo in the United States, the largest tourist attraction in South Carolina and the largest zoo in the southeastern United States. Not only does the zoo and botanical gardens host 1 million visitors yearly but it does so with a rating of 73% economic self sufficiency. This facility acts as a huge economic driver for our local community and is currently finishing up a 40 million dollar expansion including new parking lots, pedestrian bridges, new enclosures for sea lions and grizzly bears, and a new interactive children’s park called Waterfall Junction. Thank you Satch for being there for our community and us!
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.