Chip Lyerly: It is with great sadness that we make this posting. Our club lost a dear friend and founding member on Thursday July 21, 2016. Chip Lyerly’s service will be held on Friday July 30th, 2016 at 2:00PM at St. Simon and St Jude Episcopal Church, 1110 Kinley Rd, Irmo. Please continue to keep Michelle and family in your prayers. Chip was an active member of our club and we have many fond memories of his “Service above Self” acts, particularly organizing the youth shadowing project. H
Past District Governor Rod Funderburk will be our speaker this week. Rod will give us some details on his trip to Seoul, Korea and some Rotary highlights too. We are proud that Rod served as Rotary District 7770 District Governor last year. Join us also for the induction of our newest member Mr. Billy Stanick, sponsored by Kevin Meetze. Wednesday morning, 7:30AM at Seven Oaks Park.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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 (email@example.com), many people are still displaced and have lost everything. Your support would be much appreciated.
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
April 16, 2015 –Adopt-A-Highway volunteers were honored at a special luncheon in Columbia hosted by Palmetto Pride. Awards were presented to the groups who achieved highest honors in their home counties and districts.
Richland County Group of the year and also District 1 Group of the year was awarded to the Rotary Club of Lake Murray Irmo. The club has been an AAH group since 1990 with an average of 20 volunteers. Keep the Midlands Beautiful is proud to have members that take the initiative to care about their surrounding areas and we are thankful for our committed partners. We understand that beautiful communities have a greater positive economic impact as well as improved aesthetics. Congratulations, Rotary Club of Lake Murray Irmo, we appreciate your dedication.**A special thank you to Blount Shepard for all the fun, food, and fellowship.
Anne Matthews, Past Vice-President of Rotary International, visited the Rotary Club of Lake Murray Irmo and gave a wonderful presentation in which she talked about the many things that Rotary International is doing. Ms. Mathews spoke about the tragedy that is poverty and how illiteracy is a large contributor to the health problems in the developing world. She spoke about the necessity of clean water, and how many child fatalities can be prevented through clean drinking water and sanitation. While Ms. Mathews visited the club, two non-Rotarians were recognized by the club as Paul Harris Fellows. Michelle Lyerly was recognized for her long term service in education, banking and to her family by her husband Chip Lyerly. A Paul Harris fellow was also given to Hamed Javad for his extensive contributions in service to the community by Chief Brian Buck. Jeanette Coulter a Past President, was also presented with a multiple Paul Harris pin.