Columbia Green Speaker

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Sep 212017
 
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.

Student of the Month

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Sep 212017
 
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!

Susie Ebert Island Cleanup

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Sep 192017
 
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!

Literacy Month

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Sep 192017
 
September is Literacy Month.  We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace. So let’s do our part and donate books to local schools!
Sep 062017
 

Come and join the Summerville Evening and Summerville Oakbrook Rotary Clubs celebrate Oktoberfest.

The Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest is jointly hosted by the Summerville Evening and the Summerville Oakbrook Rotary clubs. This is our sixth year hosting the event which have been very successful in the past, the most successful were hosted in Hutchinson Square, Historic Summerville where we will be again this year. The funds raised are jointly shared by both clubs and placed into charitable giving accounts. No funds raised during the event are used for operating club expenses.

District Governor September Message

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Sep 052017
 

District Governor September Message

 

Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times.  The months of August and September have been exciting times in my Rotary story.  I have visited, at this point, forty three clubs.

We met Membership challenges by hosting a Membership Summit with the Assistant Governors and newly appointed Membership Advocates in Summerville to focus on developing intentional strategies to grow membership throughout the District.  Our monthly membership report showed progress with clubs growing membership by about one percentage over the start of the year.  The recruitment process was to focus on attracting new prospective members that were already commitment to service above self.  This approach should be a “win / win” in retaining members throughout the entire membership process.  In September’s Fall Membership Training Seminar, Johnny Moore, Membership Chair, presented additional intentional strategy tools to the Club Membership Chairs.  Membership Event Grants are being offered on a “first come /first serve” basis to clubs to host Discover Rotary or Membership Social Hours to attract new members during the year.

Since September is Basic Education and Literacy Month, each year we encourage clubs to get involved in this important area of focus.  Clubs should start by identifying community needs and then working to provide solutions and support for those items.  During my visits, I saw planning for their dictionary projects for children returning for a new school year.  Several successful school supply and book drives were executed providing needed items and supplies to those who could not purchase them for themselves.  Clubs were gearing up with reading programs and brainstorming with school officials on activities that could be accomplished during the month.  Wendy Broderick, the District’s Literacy Chair, is sharing many more ideas for Clubs to consider not only during the Literacy month, but also, through the year.  She is also providing the requirements to earn the Education and Literacy Award at this year’s conference.

By sharing our member’s stories, project involvement, and fun through fellowship, clubs will increase public and community awareness.  Awareness provides the mechanism to attract diverse professionals of all ages, and service-above-self minded people. At the Club Leadership Fall Training Seminar, Mary Gasque, Public Image Chair, provided avenues to enhance Public Image Programs.

I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18. Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!

Gary C. Bradham
District Governor, 2017-18
District 7770
sgcb@earthlink.net

Paul Harris Presentation

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Aug 312017
 
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.  

Lake Murray Irmo Speaker 8.30.17

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Aug 312017
 
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.
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