We are pleased to welcome Anne Mathews as our guest speaker. As Rotary clubs continue to promote diversity in their membership, we welcome Anne L. Matthews, a Rotarian from South Carolina, who began her term on 1 July 2013 as the first female vice president of Rotary International. “Women have contributed significantly to Rotary initiatives, and will continue to do so,” says Matthews, who is also the first woman to serve as both a Rotary Foundation trustee and an RI director. “No doubt, the unfortunate and sometimes misleading image of ‘an old boys’ club’ will be buried for good. Please join us at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Ln, Columbia, SC 29210 on April 8th at 7:30AM.
FUNdraiser: Golf Outing: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 Members Club at WoodCreek 301 Club Ridge Road, Elgin Shotgun start at Noon. Please contact Harold Crawford for Hole sponsorship or if you are entering a team. There are other opportunities for sponsorship. 803.240.8497. Click link: Rotary Golf 2015
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.
FUNdraiser: Golf Outing: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 Members Club at WoodCreek 301 Club Ridge Road, Elgin Shotgun start at Noon. Rotary Golf 2015
Beginning Wednesday January 14th, 2014 the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo will be meeting at Carolina Ale House, 277 Columbiana Drive. It is across from Columbiana Mall, but for those that need more detailed directions: See you there at 7:30 AM. If on I-26 traveling west (toward Spartanburg) from Columbia take the Harbison Blvd exit (103) and bear right at the top of the off ramp. Go across the interstate bridge and go 3 stoplights and turn right this light. The right turn will be just after Bank of America. Carolina Ale House is .5 mile on your left. If driving east (from Spartanburg) on I-26, take exit 102A onto Lake Murray Blvd. Exiting the interstate ramp get in the left lane because you need to make a left turn in .5 miles at the traffic light. Take a left turn onto Columbiana Drive. Carolina Ale House is 1 mile on your right from this direction just after Casa Linda.
On December 19, 2014, the Rotary Club of Lake Murray/Irmo Rotary Club sponsored a “Celebrate with a Chief” event at the Irmo Wal Mart store located at 1180 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo, SC 29063. The Rotary Club has donated $400 to two deserving families, selected by the social worker at Irmo High School, to shop for items that they may need to make their holidays a little more cheerful. The Chiefs involved in the event are Assistant Fire Chief John Hendrix of the Irmo Fire District and Police Chief Brian Buck of the Irmo Police Department. Also in attendance were some of the Rotarian’s from the club.
It was a lovely evening to gather to remember the wonderful things Rotary has accomplished and also to fellowship at this joyous time of year. We had many of our Charter members with us and Past Presidents. The evening was truly one of great celebration. Congratulations Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo on your silver anniversary. Cheers to another 25 years!
Pictured: Stuart Stout and President Stan Bugner Sustaining growing minds in need. With the Snack Pack Program, no District 5 child has to go hungry. Hundreds of Students Are Provided Food: Students are identified by school social workers and guidance counselors. During the 2012-2013 school year, 467 students in need were provided meals. During the 2013-2014 school year, we are serving more than 600 students, representing about 4% of our student population. The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo is glad to contribute once again this year to help our community sustain this program.