The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo spent the day December 12 doing their annual ringing of the bell for the Salvation Army. This year we had a festive crowd full of rotarian volunteers and some others little helpers. Christmas music and good cheer helped raise money for this very important charity while spreading the word about Rotary. Merry Christmas everyone!
On February 6th, 2016 dedicated volunteers of The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo spent their Saturday morning cleaning up litter from our adopted highways in Irmo.
Through the Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt-A-Street programs, we take part in preserving and maintaining streets throughout the Midlands, particularly for us the Irmo area. We remove litter from our segments of road at least four times a year for two years.
The benefits are significant to our local community. Not only does it serve as an educational tool against littering, it establishes stewardship of our public lands. This program helps advance tourism, development and quality of life for all of our citizens by improving the appearance of our area and saves taxpayer dollars by performing a valuable public service on a volunteer basis.
It takes us all to keep our community beautiful and we are proud to be part of this program.
At our January 27,2016 weekly breakfast meeting, The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo honored Nursery Road Elementary School 5th grade student Mackenzie Kirk. Mackenzie was chosen for this honor as she demonstrates the rotarian values of service above self every day! Keep up the great work Mackenzie! (Pictured above Mackenzie Kirk, NRES Principal Love Lions and Rotary Club member Jacq Buck).
District 5 Foundation’s Paula Hite visited The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo’s weekly breakfast meeting. The District 5 Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that exists to support teachers and students in Lexington/Richland District 5 in learning readiness, arts and cultural experiences, science and technology and leadership development. Paula spoke to us about the District 5 Foundation’s Flood Victims Fund. The Flood Victims Fund has been established to serve students and families impacted by the devastating floods and their aftermath. There are 200 plus families affected in our district. They have successfully raised over $75,000 to aid in this relief work. All money raised goes directly to flood victims. District social workers identify need within our school district and oversee the distribution of funds. So far monies raised have gone towards things such as deposits on rental apartments as well as paid for hotel stays and other basic supplies such as mattresses. Club President Harold Crawford presented Paula Hite with a check for $2500. We look forward to a continued partnership with District 5 Foundation and supporting their great work. If you want more information on the foundation or the Flood Victims Fund please visit district5foundation.org
On December 12, 2015 The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo spent the day doing their annual ringing of the bell for The Salvation Army. Each year rotarians from our club spend the day ringing the bell and raising money. Rotarians and some very important elves spread christmas cheer while getting the word out about rotary and our club, all the while raising money for this very important charity. Merry Christmas!
On December 12, 2015 The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo spent the day doing their annual ringing of the bell for The Salvation Army. Each year rotarians from our club spend the day ringing the bell and raising money. Rotarians and some very important elves spread christmas cheer while getting the word out about rotary and our club, all the while raising money for this very important charity. Merry Christmas everyone!
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.
On November 18, 2015, the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo recognizes November’s Student of the Month Clotaisa Woodbury from Irmo Elementary School. Clotaisa was chosen as an outstanding student as she demonstrates the rotary philosophy of service above self every day at school. Thank you Clotaisa for being such a great leader and role model.
Clotaisa is pictured here with her mother Shannon Davis-Woodbury, father Clovis Woodbury and Irmo Elementary School’s Principal Tina McCaskill
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.