At the club social on Tuesday, September 26th, the club recognized Chris Hargrove with the “Service Above Self” Award. Ms. Hargrove risked her own life when she ran into a neighbors burning home to save her dog. Ms. Hargrove’s neighbor was away on business and she knew that the dog was home alone. Although in her late 80’s, she never thought twice about the risk to her own life. The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo was honored to present as a token of our appreciation to Ms. Hargrove a plaque and a gift card to Firehouse Subs, she certainly exemplifies our motto “service above self”.
Our speaker Wednesday, September 20th was Ms. Catherine Kennedy from Columbia Green. Columbia Green is a non-profit in the Midlands that does exactly what its name implies. They make Columbia Green by planting flowers, giving out grants for tree planting, giving out grants for neighborhood planting, etc. Ms. Kennedy currently serves on Columbia Green’s board as the President. She spoke to us Wednesday morning about all the wonderful things this organization is doing and how they are raising money to continue to do these amazing things. We were honored to have Ms. Kennedy speak to us.
On Wednesday, September 20th, Lola Gantt a 5th grader from Dutch Fork Elementary was recognized for being the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo Student of the Month. She was present with her family, as well as, her principal Mr. Julius Scott. She is committed to social action that leads to improvement at our school and local community. This young lady is well on her way to great things!
On Saturday, September 16th we cleaned up Susie Ebert Island. We had 9 Dutch Fork Interact Club and 11 Rotarians in attendance for the clean. We collected 16 bags of trash! Afterwards, everyone went back to Joel Collins house and had a pizza party. Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make this event successful!
On Wednesday, August 30th we had a non-Rotarian Paul Harris presentation. Stacey Atkinson recognized her friend and colleague Lauren Wilkie. Lauren is a servant to her community. Here is a little about her: Lauren Wilkie is a Licensed Independent Masters Social Worker who specializes in community and organizational change through program development and evaluation. She is a community educator in poverty and homelessness and supervises case managers and interns on how to give direct services to clients. Lauren has been directing and developing programs for non-profits in Columbia, SC since 2006. Currently, she is the Program Director at Transitions, where she oversees program development and data evaluation for a 260-bed facility as well as a 240-bed facility in the Winter the Inclement Weather Center. She has helped hundreds of people into permanent housing and has in the last year has developed programs specialized for youth in transition, seniors, emergency assistance, mobile housing outreach and financial stability. In addition to her work at Transitions, Lauren volunteers with several different philanthropic and community organizations. She is the current Chair of Women in Philanthropy and serves as a member of Young Leaders Society and Campaign Committee with the United Way of the Midlands. Lauren was a 2016 top ten recipient for the Capital Young Professional Award by Columbia Metropolitan for 2017 where it was shared that “everywhere that Lauren has worked has benefited from her effort, creativity and drive. She is one of Columbia’s experts on social work, and her knowledge and determination make the Midlands a better community.” The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo is glad to have been able to present the Paul Harris award to Lauren Wilkie.
Our speaker Wednesday, August 30th was Mr. Doug Boyd, owner of Swamp Cabbage Brewery. He talked to us about what it was like trying to start a brewery in Columbia. How Swamp Cabbage Brewery is 1 of 3 breweries in Columbia. He also talked about the process of getting Swamp Cabbage beers into the restaurants and stores. He mentioned how they only make 4 different brews, but they add something different to each brew, that way they have more beers on tap. If you are looking to explore Columbia, try new things and love beer this might be a place you want to add to your list.
Saturday, August 26th we had a great turn out to pick up our adopted road Farming Creek Rd. As always we had breakfast before hand which consisted of Shrimp and Grits, Donuts, Orange Juice and Coffee. 13 Rotarians and 2 Volunteers gave up some of there morning to participate. We enjoyed doing our part to make the Midlands a greener, cleaner place to live, work and play.
On Wednesday, June 28th the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo was able to present four local non-profits with a grant through their small gifts and grants program. This is made possible through the fundraising efforts. Because of this Babcock Center, Keep the Midlands Beautiful, Sister Care, and The USO were all able to receive checks at Wednesday’s meeting. Thank you to the club members for all the hard work you put into fundraising for the club.