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.
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 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
Rotary District 7770 is sponsoring a Rotary cruise in November 2016. We are inviting every Rotarian regardless of club or district affiliation to join in this opportunity to raise money for C.A.R.T. (Coins for Alzheimer’s Trust). $100 of each ticket will be donated to C.A.R.T. to fund research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Since its inception, C.A.R.T. has given $5.2 million in research grants. Children and non-Rotarians are also invited to participate in this cruise. The cruise will depart from Charleston on Saturday, November 12, 2016 and return to Charleston on Thursday, November 17, 2016. The ship will be the Carnival Ecstasy, and the ports of call will be Nassau and Half Moon Cay. On one of the nights at sea, we will have a party for those participating in the fund raiser. There are cabins for 240 people currently reserved in the name of Rotary, and we would like to put your name on one or more of these. To reserve a cabin, a deposit of $200 per person is due by November 20, 2015. This early deadline is necessary to guarantee space on the cruise. The final payment is not due until August l, 2016. This will be a wonderful opportunity to have a great time, enjoy the fellowship of friends and support C.A.R.T. You can register online using the district database calendar. If you have any questions please contact Travel Leaders of Charleston 1132 Oakland Market Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466 TravelLeadersofCharIeston.com Telephone: 843-881-1181
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!
Brian Riddle, Athletic Coordinator at Seven Oaks Park visited The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo to talk about the extensive work the park has done to develop an extensive sports program for our community. The sports program consists of fall, winter, spring and summer teams including sports camps in the summer and travel teams for baseball and lacrosse as well as adult sports programs. During his tenure he has worked to develop a district wide soccer program, increase sponsorship dollars and grow the numbers of participants. In 2014, 1500 youth participated. Special programs include athletic scholarships and a youth scholarship equipment rental service. They received a $15,000 grant from CDBG to support these programs. This is truly a community endeavor with all coaches volunteering their time and local businesses sponsoring teams and events. The newly renovated facilities include a 30,000 square foot facility with full gymnasium, nine athletic fields, six clay tennis courts and the new Saluda Shoals Athletic complex soccer fields. If you have any questions regarding the athletic program at Seven Oaks Park or you would like to become involved with keeping this program a success through volunteering or donations please contact Brian Riddle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Each quarter The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo participates in highway clean up in our community. It is that time again! This program benefits our community by establishing stewardship of public lands while advancing tourism, enhancing quality of life for all of our citizens by improving the appearance of our area. and saving taxpayer dollars by performing a valuable service on a volunteer basis. Come join us for Adopt-A-Highway clean up on august 29th!!!
The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club enjoyed a visit from author Tom Poland at our last meeting. Tom Poland is known as a writer of all things southern . He graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincolnton, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Masters in Education from the University of Georgia. A frequent contributor to magazines, he has written approximately 900 features. His first book, South Carolina – The Nafura/ Heritage, was published in 1989 by the University of South Carolina Press. He was the 2011-2012 playwright for Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s official folk life drama. His play, 50/id6round, presents the hardships, joys and beauty of the farming life in south Georgia. Save the Last Dance for Me, a book on how the blues led to beach music and the shag phenomenon along the Carolina beaches, was published by the University of South Carolina Press in the summer of 2012. He contributed to State of the Heart, an anthology of writers who contributed essays about their favorite places in South Carolina, foreword by Pat Conroy, edited by Aida Rogers. He continues to write with Landforms forthcoming in 2015. Tom, right, is pictured here below with Club President Harold Crawford, left and club member and Sargeant at Arms Barbara Urban.