Our speaker for Wednesday, March 7th will be Chloe Rodgers from ColaToday. A resource for the best of what you need to know about Columbia, SC. It is curated, condensed and delivered to your inbox and social feeds every weekday morning.
Our Rotary Golf Tournament will be Tuesday, April 24th. This is our biggest fundraiser so make sure you are asking any and everyone for sponsorship. Please find attached the brochure to help you with this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.