Jul 302019

We sold sponsorships, we played golf, we did good, had fun and now we are telling everyone…we are helping Saluda Shoals purchase a Boat Swing for their universally inclusive playground.

Presenting the check: l/r President Jeff Baldwin; Immediate Past President Kevin Meetze; Michael Cromer, President of Saluda Shoals Foundation; Dolly Patton, Director of Saluda Shoals Foundation and Lynn Campbell, member of RCLMI and Saluda Shoals Foundation.

Welcome to The Rotary Club of Lake Murray/Irmo

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Jul 222019

“Rotary Connects the World”is lived daily by Rotary International (RI) President Mark Maloney and over 1.2 million Rotarians, in 35,000 Clubs, in over 200 nations.  The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo is proud to be part of such a great organization serving our local community, state, nation and the world.

Locally we serve and raise funds to support these and other programs:

  • Meals on Wheels to our senior and disabled citizens; 
  • Clean up highways and islands in Lake Murray and plant trees in conjunction with Keep the Midlands Beautiful;
  • Sponsor and support our leaders of tomorrow through Interact Clubs at Dutch Fork High School and at the Department of Juvenile Justice;
  • Donate to The CART Fund supporting cutting edge Alzheimer’s Research; the Snack Pack program for at risk youth in our community; disaster relief resulting from catastrophic weather and other causes
  • Recognize and reward leaders and scholars in School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties
  • Sponsor OkraMan at the OkraStrut Festival

On the world scene each year,Rotary members invest more than $200 million and 16 million volunteer hours to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies.  

The Rotary Foundation’s Number ONE priorityis the eradication of Polio from the earth. Since the program began in 1985, Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments and private organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort. 

Polio Today – there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Just 37 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2016.  THAT is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 children paralyzed “per day.” We will not stop until it’s gone.

Please join us in our commitment to “Service Above Self.”  We meet the first four Wednesday’s of the month at 7:30 AM at Seven Oaks Park, located at 200 Leisure Lane.  You’ll have a wonderful breakfast, fellowship and an interesting speaker to start your day.   

Yours in Service,

Jeff Baldwin

Speaker Sandee Brooks

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Jul 162019
District Foundation Chair Sandee Brooks

Speaker last week was District 7770 Foundation Chair Sandee Brooks.  Sandee shared her experience of participating in an NID (National Immunization Day) in India last year.

Not only do you immunize kids, you also spread awareness about the pros and cons of Polio.  In addition to participating in NID, we also traveled around India and saw some beautiful sights. However, the most rewarding part of the trip was talking about and doing something about eradicating Polio. 

Jul 082019

President Kevin Meetze presented highlights of a very successful Rotary Year.

We had successful Service Projects: 3 Adopt a Highway clean-ups, One Island clean-up, Okra Strut Parade and Festival, Rang the Bell for Salvation Army, Attended World Polio Day at Statehouse, joined other Rotarians to attempt the largest gathering at a State Fair and Meals on Wheels.

We had 80% of our members volunteer for over 600 hours of service!!

We raised money: $1,510 from Belk Sales, $7,682 from BBQ Sales, $1,000 from Okra Strut, $27,000 from Golf Tournament…taking out expenses, we netted $27,400.

We gave money: $1,500 to CART, $1,500 to PolioPlus, $375 to Keep the Midlands Beautiful, $1,000+ to Rise Against Hunger, $1,000 to Snack Pack Program, $3,000 Meals on Wheels Program, $10,000 to ICRC for the Boat Swing at the All-Inclusive Playground, and $1,000 to District 5 Scholarships. We exceeded our Annual Fund to Rotary by 15% and our club per capita giving was $237.00 (the District goal as $180).

And we celebrated our 30th Anniversary. It was a successful year. Congratulations and thank you Lake Murray/Irmo Rotarians.

Newest Paul Harris Award

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Jun 252019

TC Kay presented her Husband Michael with a Paul Harris Foundation Award… 

The pin TC presented Michael is his fourth PHF award.  He is now a member of the Paul Harris Society.  This means that he pledges to give $1,000.00 a year to the Foundation.  We both made this commitment when I became Foundation Chair for the Lake Murray-Irmo Club.  I would love to encourage more of our members to make this annual commitment.  It can be done as easily as making an $85.00 a month credit card payment to the Foundation which can be set up automatically on line at Rotary.org.

Dominion Energy

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Jun 182019

Last Week’s Speaker Has Concerns About Safety on Lake Murray

Billy Chastain with Dominion is charged with making Lake Murray safe for all of us.  His top priority is getting rid of the fences that go into the lake.  Doesn’t take a great imagination as to the hazard a fence extending into the water would have for boaters, skiers, and swimmers.

            After cleaning up the fences, Dominion is going to concentrate on docks that are illegal and in violation of the codes. Safety is Dominion’s primary concern. They want everyone to enjoy the lake and no one to get hurt.

            One issue that is causing a lot of concern hasn’t been dealt.  Wake boats and wakeboarding is causing a lot of damage to property.  These boats create as much as three-foot waves and are damaging boats and docks.   Only solution may be to restrict wake boats farther out possibly 100 to 150 feet from docks.

            Dominion wants to be a good neighbor and corporate citizen.  Look for more initiatives to protect the public and property owners.

Feb 212019

Our speaker for Wednesday, February 20th was our very own Dr. Hank Powell. He spoke to us on behave of the River Alliance. He told us about the Battle of the Congaree Creek during the Civil War. If you ever have a chance to take a walking tour with Dr. Powell please do he was very informative.

Oct 172018

Our speaker Wednesday, October 17th was Mr. Eddie Edstein. Mr. Edstein is from Australia and is the father of club member Jacq Buck. He spoke to the club about the time he spent in the Australian Army and foreign services. He spent 23 years in the army and 12 years working for the foreign services. He also kept the club awake and laughing this morning with a few jokes.  The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo appreciated Mr.Edstein being our guest this morning.

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