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See you tonight at the- Fireflies Game!

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Jul 132016

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Baseball, Hotdogs and Rotary equals a fun night.  You are invited to a night out at the ballpark.  Tuesday, August 9, 2016 has been designated as Rotary Night with the Fireflies.  It will be an opportunity for Rotary club members to have a great social time this summer and make some money in the process.  Tickets are $9.00 each and food vouchers are $5.00.  We will all sit together along the first base line and have a great time.  If we sell 100 tickets, each club participating will get a percentage of the ticket cost back as a fund raiser.

“Happy Dollar” Check Presentation

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Jul 132016

At each meeting Rotarian’s are able to give a “Happy Dollar” to celebrate a joyous or happy event. At the end of the presidents term he or she can donate this money to an organization of their choosing. This year’s President Harold Crawford chose to donate the “Happy Dollar” money to the District 5 Foundation for continued help in the ongoing flood relief.  Paula Hite was in attendance to accept a check on behalf of the District 5 Foundation.

Paula Hite 7.13.16

President Jacqueline Buck

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Jun 282016

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Welcome to the web site of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo.
Each year Rotary International gives us a theme to focus on. I can’t think of a  better time to put this one into action. Humanity! Webster defines humanity as the quality or state of being human, the quality or state of being kind to other people or to animals, all people. As Rotarian’s that fits perfectly into our motto of “Service Above Self”.
We are a diverse mixture of area business leaders, some are long-term members and some are newer members, all of which have a common goal to serve and improve our community.
If you would like to visit our club, we meet for breakfast every Wednesday morning at 7:30 AM at Seven Oaks Park.  We have a delicious breakfast, fellowship and an interesting speaker to start your day.

I am looking forward to a successful year of Rotary with more camaraderie, more connections and more community outreach.  Come join us.

Yours in service,
Jacq Buck


Chief Mike Sonefeld was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship

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Feb 112016

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Rotarian’s have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow.

At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.

The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo is proud to honor our Fire Chief Mike Sonefeld for his hard work and dedication to this community, especially through  these trying last months. Thank you Chief for your leadership and constant effort to make our Fire District the best it can be. Congratulations.

LMI- Rotary Golf Outing supporting Alzheimer’s Research

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Feb 112016


Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club is pleased to announce the upcoming Golf “CART” outing on the 19th of April 2016. This golf outing will start at noon. The purpose of the event is to earn money to support Alzheimer’s disease research.

The specific program we will support is South Carolina’s own Rotary Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART). The CART Fund is dedicated to raising funds to provide “seed” money for cutting edge, high impact research in hopes of finding a cure/prevention for Alzheimer’s disease. CART was started by the Sumter SC Rotary Club in 1996. Today, it is common to find a blue CART bucket for loose change on tables at many Rotary functions at clubs throughout the southeast. Since its inception, over $5.2 million has been collected. Twenty-nine grants have been given since 1999. Grant recommendations to the 501c3 CART Fund Board of Directors are through a Grants Advisory Team make up of medical researchers from prestigious universities. The bylaws of the CART require that 100% of the donations go into the research efforts. The CART Fund’s nonprofit tax ID is 31-1466051.

At a recent Rotary meeting, one of our members suggested we dedicate our annual golf outing to this effort. After unanimous board approval, we set out to create the best captain’s choice golf event in the midlands. The event will be at the Member’s Club at Woodcreek. We can support up to 36 teams at $400 per team. In addition, we are seeking an exclusive platinum tournament sponsor for a donation of $2500. The tournament also has gold ($1500), silver ($750), and bronze ($450) levels of sponsorship. Advertising opportunities and other benefits change by sponsorship level. Details on these levels and other funding opportunities can be found on the attached trifold brochure. The brochure also can be used to sign up teams or for sponsorship requests.

This is an important effort. Recently we asked the members of LMI Rotary how many had family or friends touched by Alzheimers. The response was 100%. This is a troubling statistic and it causes this effort to be very personal for those involved. Every dollar spent to find a cure is potentially the most important dollar spent to date.

Details on CART can be found at www.cartfund.org. The LMI Rotary contact for sponsorship is Blount Shepard. His cell phone is 803-600-4194 and his email is bshep@sc.rr.com. We sincerely thank you for your consideration of this charity event. We know you have many competing requests and hope you’ll see the benefit of this effort.

Please see attached Brochure: and pass it on:Rotary Golf 2016 CART

Oct 192015

Snack Pack

Once again the Rotary Club of Lake Murray Irmo is proud to be able to support the District 5 snack pack program. President Harold Crawford is presenting Stuart Stout with a check from our club. Also a big shout out to our club member Mickey Epting for donating warehouse space to this wonderful program that helps feed children in our area. #serviceaboveself

Oct 192015


Over 350 homes were effected by the recent flooding in the Irmo area. The neighborhood of Pine Glen (pictured) is a total loss with every house damaged to some degree if not a total loss. Also houses in Coldstream and Quail Valley were effected. Our club meets at ICRC – Seven Oaks Park which was used as a temporary shelter for the flood victims. Many of our club members volunteered at the shelter and donated their time. One of our members Mr. Jack Terrell was the main coordinator and was spending the night at the facility. Our area has been hit hard but the community showed their support through donations of food and supplies during these first weeks. If you or your club would like to help victims in the Irmo area please contact our club President Harold Crawford (irmogolfer@msn.com), many people are still displaced and have lost everything. Your support would be much appreciated.

Last week Speaker: Erin Galloway Hall

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Sep 282015


Last week’s speaker was Erin Galloway Hall from Palmetto Place.  Erin has been the Executive Director of Palmetto Place for four years and although it comes with it’s fair share of challenges it rewards certainly out weigh the difficulties. and when your reward comes in smiles and hugs it makes your day seem a lot brighter. If you would like to learn how you can help the many children that come to Palmetto Place visit http://palmettoplaceshelter.org/ and check out their wishlist.

Upcoming Speaker: August 5th-Ken Breivik

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Aug 032015

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Guest speaker Ken Breivik has been the President of Nehemiah Communications since 2002.  The company specializes in small business, nonprofits and military organizations marketing and operations and is located in Columbia, SC. Please join us for breakfast on Wednesday, August 5th and welcome Ken to our club.

Message from the President:

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Harold Crawford
Welcome to the web site of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo.
Having just celebrated our 25th Anniversary of providing service to our Irmo community, we are ready to see what the next 25 years has in store.  We are a diverse mixture of long-term members and newer members who are excited to prove our motto, “Service Above Self”.
Our club meets for breakfast every Wednesday morning at 7:30 AM at Seven Oaks Park.  We are fortunate to have the Carolina Ale House cater a delicious breakfast, and we always have an interesting speaker to start your day.
I am looking forward wonderful year of Rotary.  Please feel free to join us at any time!
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