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 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.
On May 20th, John Bakhaus, the regional director of the C.A.R.T. (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust), visited the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo. John is a 20 year Rotarian and president elect of the Columbia Rotary Club.
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. The goal of the Fund is to encourage exploratory and developmental AD research projects within the United States. This is accomplished by providing financial support for the early and conceptual plans of those projects that may not yet be supported by extensive preliminary data but have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research. These projects should be distinct from those designed to increase knowledge in a well established area unless they intend to extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.
Starting in one SC Rotary club in district 7770 in 1995, CART has been adopted to date by all Rotary district clubs in Georgia and the two Carolinas as well as a number of individual clubs throughout the United States. Assistance from the American Federation of Aging Research was invaluable in validating CART as a legitimate funding source for Alzheimer’s research. ALL proceeds raised by the C.A.R.T. fund go directly to research as compared to other organizations where just a small percentage goes to the research.
John shared with us some of the cutting edge research funded by our fundraising efforts through the C.A.R.T fund. This past year $450,000 in grants were disbursed and a total of $5.2 million since the inception of the C.A.R.T. Fund project in 1996. Current research includes circadian rhythm disruptions, neuronal and microfilm interactions to reduce neuronal plaque and the use of nano medicine to act as carriers of drugs to cross the blood brain barrier.
The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club has taken C.A.R.T. Fund 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 If you are interested in having a C.A.R.T. fund bucket on display at your local business feel free to use our flyers below and ask for a bucket. Every bit of change directly makes a difference. Pictured here John Bakhaus and The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo President Stan Bugner.
The Department of Juvenile Justice Blazers program is in place to teach practical and useful skills to our youth in the justice system. Networking, public speaking, social etiquette are just a few of the skills taught to the youth to help them learn to become a productive citizen in society upon their release. The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club are sponsors of the program. Members of the Blazers team visited us to discuss the projects sponsored by our club. On February 13, 2015 the 1st Annual Sweetheart Dance Bridging Generations through Hope was held at the Bill Rogers Community Connections Center. With our support the youth Blazers hosted a prom style event complete with bouquets and boutonnieres and even a King and Queen of Hearts. DJJ Blazers also participated in ‘The House that DJJ Built’ in coordination with Habitat For Humanity and with the support of our club. We are so very proud of these youth as they work towards their release from DJJ and becoming an important member of our society. Pictured below are two members of the DJJ Blazers presenting club president Stan Bugner with an award in appreciation for our contribution to their efforts.
Members of Wateree River CI Rotoract Club Make Special Presentation
Four inmates, who are part of the Shock program at Wateree River Correctional Institute, spoke to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo on Wednesday morning, March 4, 2015, at the Carolina Ale House in Irmo. The inmates are part of the Wateree River CI Rotoract Club which is co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo. Ginny Barr, Director of SCDC’s Young Offender Parole and Reentry Services, is a member of the club and serves as a liaison between the Rotoract Club of WRCI and Lake Murray-Irmo Rotarians.
The Rotoract program is a club-sponsored organization of young adults, ages 18-30, whose purpose it is to provide opportunity for young people to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development and address the physical and social needs of their community. While Rotoract is a longstanding program, the Wateree River CI Shock program’s branch, formed in 2014, is thought to be the first of its kind in the world. Twelve of WRCI’s 24 Shock participants are members of the Rotoract Club.
During their first year, the Rotoract Club assisted in numerous community clean-up projects like cleaning the grounds of St. Stephen Church, working at the Camden horse races, participating in the Palmetto Pride program by helping clean-up area highways, and donating some of their own money to support the Salvation Army food drive in the Sumter area. The Rotoract Club also won a Keep the Midlands Beautiful Grant for their clean-up efforts.
The Shock program at Wateree River CI is a 90-day program designed as an alternative to traditional incarceration providing a therapeutic environment where young, non-violent offenders (17-29 yrs.) receive substance abuse treatment, educational opportunities, and other help to promote their reintegration into the community.
Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust is a project of the Rotary Clubs in the Southeast. C.A.R.T. Fund was founded by South Carolina Rotarians in 1995 as a way to raise money for this ongoing fight. At each meeting we empty our pockets of loose change to go towards our fundraising goals. Over 4 million dollars in grant money has been awarded during the 29 years history of these efforts. The C.A.R.T. fund provides dollars for innovative research to fight Alzheimer’s disease. 100% of all funds go to Alzheimer Disease Research.
The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club has taken C.A.R.T. Fund 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. On November 12th, club President Stan Bugner and club Administrator Jacq Buck presented the idea to the Irmo Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members emptied their pockets of loose change during the meeting and multiple businesses took C.A.R.T. Fund Buckets to display. If you are interested in having a C.A.R.T. fund bucket on display at your local business feel free to use our flyers below and ask for a bucket. Every bit of change makes a difference.
Major Donors: John Adair, Ellen Adair, Joel Collins, Jim Jeffers, Beetle Bailey
Bequest Society: Beetle Bailey, Joel Collins, Rhonda Collins, Rod Funderburk, Ben Herritage, Judy Johnson, Theresa Miley, Jim Jeffers, Eddie Robinson
Benefactors: John Adair, Beetle Bailey, Joel Collins, Rod Funderburk, Ben Herritage, Jim Jeffers, Judy Johnson, Theresa Miley, Blount Shepard, George Staples
Paul Harris Society Members: Joel Collins, Rod Funderburk, Stephen Hefner, Judy Johnson,