Member Induction

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Nov 172017
 

The Reverand Mark Abdelnour was inducted as a new member of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo.  Rev. Abdelnour is the Reverand at St. Simon St. Jude Episcopal Church. Rev. Abdelnour was sponsored by our president Blount Shepard. The membership is excited to welcome Rev. Abdelnour as a new member of our club.

 

Holiday Meeting Schedule

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Nov 142017
 

The schedule for the upcoming holidays:

December 13 – Evening Christmas Party 6:00PM-9:00PM Saluda Shoals – River Center
December 20 – NO MEETING – Christmas
December 27 – NO MEETING – New Year
January       3 – Breakfast Meeting – Seven Oaks Park

4-way Test Award

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Oct 242017
 

Colonel Jay Seward was honored with the 4-way test award on Wednesday, October 18th. He has never missed a meeting even when he is traveling, he still finds a way to attend a Rotary meeting in that area. He has been our clubs secretary for as long as anyone can remember. He fills in as sergeant at arms when needed. He volunteers for everything our club has.  Colonel Seward surely deserves this award. Congratulation on this great honor.

Paul Harris Fellow

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Oct 242017
 

On Wednesday, October 19th the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo had a non- Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow presentation.  The club recognized Miss Emma Sue Kay. Her grandparents are members of our club Mike and T.C. Kay. Her grandmother actually got to do the presentation because she is the clubs foundation chair. Emma Sue grandparents are so proud of the young lady she has become. Congratulations Emma Sue on this honor.

Aug 312017
 

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.

 

Upcoming Speakers

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Jul 312017
 

Here are the speakers we have lined up for August!

August 9th- Brooks Williams Lexington Medical Center

August 16th- William Starrett from Columbia City Ballet

  

Membership Month

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Aug 092016
 

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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.

 

Dec 072015
 

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.

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Nov 112015
 

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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!

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