At our first official meeting of Rotary Year 2015-2016, Brandon Spence visited us to discuss his work with Apprenticeship Carolina, part of the SC Technical College System and The Division of Workforce and Economic Development. The division works to attract new and expanding companies to the state and provide workforce development tools necessary to make certain they grow and prosper in South Carolina. Apprenticeship Carolina works with the 16 technical colleges in the state of south Carolina. The program works with companies to assist them in formulating a plan to upskill current employees as well as train new employees coming from the technical college system. This integrative approach allows companies to hire and train employees from the ground up while supporting technical trade work that is so very important and often overlooked. They can help your business develop an on the job training program as well as set up youth apprenticeships. There is no fee for the service and there is a tax credit for the supporting companies of up to $1000 per employee up to 4 years of enrollment. Brandon, a 2001 Citadel graduate, has served active duty in the US Airforce, worked for the Department of the Army as a program analyst and then made the transition to the Department of Commerce, and his own start up companies Midlands Biofuels and B2 Strategies. Brandon is experienced in implementing apprenticeship programs throughout his many successful endeavors. Go to apprenticeshipcarolina.com for more information.
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. CART CART2
On Saturday, May 16th Rotarians participated in our regular road cleanup. The Rotarians in attendance were Jack Terrell, Roz Browning, Martha Beahm, Jeff Baldwin, Larry Wedekind and Stan Bugner. The Dutch Fork Highschool Interact Club joined us as well with 10 participants. It takes hard work and volunteers like this to keep our area beautiful. Thank you! .
Members of the Dutch Fork Interact Club joined our weekly meeting on April 22nd to thank us for supporting their club. Members spoke and let us know the great works they are doing and how it has helped them develop into responsible and caring members of our society. The Interact club has participated in many community service activities including raising cans and money for Harvest Hope, supporting the Hannah House, sponsoring two children at Christmas, visiting the Lohman Home at Christmas, and participating in the Buddy Walk to support those with Down Syndrome. Within the school they cleaned teachers classrooms to assist the janitors in their endless job and they wrote letters to Dutch Fork Highschool teachers and veterans. They have plans to participate in a Homeworks project in the near future. These young adults have been busy! We thank them for their hard work and will continue to support their endeavors in the future.
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.
The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo is actively involved in Adopt-A-Highway program in the Midlands. Through the Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt-A-Street programs, caring citizens take part in preserving and maintaining streets throughout the Midlands. A wide range of community organizations, like civic groups, businesses, schools, and churches, adopt sections of road in or near their communities and remove litter from those segments at least four times a year for two years. The benefits are significant. First, the program serves as an educational tool against littering and establishes stewardship of public lands. Secondly, the program helps advance tourism, development and quality of life for all of our citizens by improving the appearance of our area. Finally, the program saves taxpayer dollars by performing a valuable public service on a volunteer basis.
Lynn Campbell suprised Beverly Coates with the honor of a Paul Harris Fellow at the weekly meeting of The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo on February 11, 2105. Lynn recognized Beverly’s long time work in the community particularly for her work with Carolina Concerns of Police Survivors. Carolina C.O.P.S. works hard to help rebuild the shattered lives of law enforcement families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty. They provide support and information to police survivors and their agencies. Survivors never “get over” their loved one’s death, but in time learn to put the love in a special place and move forward. The road of grief can be very difficult and lonely. Carolina C.O.P.S. seeks to lessen the confusion and pain that a survivor will encounter, and its officers are available 24/7 to provide whatever support they can to South Carolina Surviving families. Ms Beverly is a Surviving Mother of South Carolina Highway Patrol-ACE Team Trooper Mark Coates. We thank her for her service and dedication to this worthy cause. If you would like to learn more about C.O.P.S or to make a donation to help aid their hard work please visit carolinacops.org
The Rotary Club of Lake-Murray Irmo recognized Abigail Curran as the student of the month. Abigail is a 5th grader at Irmo Elementary School. Abigail exemplifies what it means to be a great student and classmate. Pictured here from left right Club President Stan Bugner, mom Kelly Curran and the principal of Irmo Elementary Tina McCaskill. We are all very proud of Abigail and her accomplishments. Keep up the great work!
Dr. Stephen Hefner received his 8th Paul Harris Fellow award at the Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club meeting held on November 12th, 2014. As a devoted Rotarian he continues to make a difference every day in our local club as well as in Rotary worldwide. Dr. Hefner began his professional career as a high school teacher in his home state Missouri. After serving our country in the Army, he earned a Master’s degree and doctorate at the University of South Carolina. He joined Lexington-Richland Five school district as Superintendent in 2011 after 16 years of service in Richland School District Two. He has earned many awards and accolades. In 1995, he received the ‘Friend of Gifted Education’ Award from the SC Consortium for Gifted/Talented Education. In 1997, he was named Educator of the Year by the SC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. In 2002, he was named Superintendent of the Year by the SC Association of School Administrators. He was honored as ‘Distinguished Citizen of the Year’ in 2013 by the local Boy Scouts of America organizaiton. In 2005, he received three national awards for his leadership in technology education. He was one of 16 superintendents to receive the President’s Technology Award from the American Association of School Administrators, one of 10 superintendents to be named as a Tech-Savvy Superintendent by eSchool News and one of four superintendents to be named Leader of the Year by Technology and Learning magazine. In 2009, Dr. Hefner received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in the state of South Carolina. We consider ourselves fortunate to have this outstanding community leader as a member of our club. Thank you for your service Dr. Hefner.