The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club hosted author Tom Poland at our meeting on 7/29/2015

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Aug 042015
 
The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club enjoyed a visit from author Tom Poland at our last meeting.   Tom Poland is known as a writer of all things southern . He graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincolnton, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Masters in Education from the University of Georgia. A frequent contributor to magazines, he has written approximately 900 features. His first book, South Carolina – The Nafura/ Heritage, was published in 1989 by the University of South Carolina Press. He was the 2011-2012 playwright for Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s official folk life drama. His play, 50/id6round, presents the hardships, joys and beauty of the farming life in south Georgia.  Save the Last Dance for Me, a book on how the blues led to beach music and the shag phenomenon along the Carolina beaches, was published by the University of South Carolina Press in the summer of 2012. He contributed to State of the Heart, an anthology of writers who contributed essays about their favorite places in South Carolina, foreword by Pat Conroy, edited by Aida Rogers. He continues to write with Landforms forthcoming in 2015.  Tom, right,  is pictured here below with Club President Harold Crawford, left and club member and Sargeant at Arms Barbara Urban.       IMG_3914_resized_1

Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club’s Dr. Stephen Hefner becomes a Paul Harris Fellow for the 8th time.

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Nov 242014
 
Hefner 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.

The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club has taken C.A.R.T. Fund bucket fundraising to a new level

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Nov 212014
 
cart_fund_logo2 Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust is a project of the Rotary Clubs in the Southeast.  C.A.R.T. Fund was founded by South Carolina Rotarians in 1995 as a way to raise money for this ongoing fight.  At each meeting we empty our pockets of loose change to go towards our fundraising goals.  Over 4 million dollars in grant money has been awarded during the 29 years history of these efforts.  The C.A.R.T. fund provides dollars for innovative research to fight Alzheimer’s disease.  100% of all funds go to Alzheimer Disease Research. 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.   On November 12th, club President Stan Bugner and club Administrator Jacq Buck presented the idea to the Irmo Chamber of Commerce.   Chamber members emptied their pockets of loose change during the meeting and multiple businesses took C.A.R.T. Fund Buckets to display.  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 makes a difference. CART CART2        

Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club Welcomes New Member

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Nov 102014
 
Lake Murray-Irmo Club was proud to welcome Thaila Olive Cowan “TC” Kay as a member of our club.  TC was a member of the Pemberton Rotary Club (New Jersey) from 1992 to 2014.  She has recently retired to Irmo to be near family.  TC brings years of experience in rotary as well as her position as mayor of her town with her.  We are excited she has chosen to join our group and look forward to working with her.   .  20141029_080323_resized  

Lake Murray Irmo Rotary supports Town of Irmo’s Okra Strut

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Sep 252014
 

Please join Lake Murray Irmo Rotary club this upcoming weekend September 26, 27 at Irmo Town Park for the annual Okra Strut.  We will be there with the Struts signature mascot Okra Man.  We will be selling tshirts and face painting.

DG Jimmie Williamson Visits Lake Murray Irmo Rotary Club

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Jul 252014
 

At the Rotary Club of Lake Murray Irmo meeting on July 16, 2014 Jimmie Williamson, District 7770 governor 2014-2015 spoke about ‘Light up Rotary’ and the plans for the 2014-2015 year.  Pictured below from left to right: Rod Funderburk, District 7770 Governor Elect 2015-2016, Jimmie Williamson District 7770 Governor 2014-2015, and Johnny Moore Assistant Governor Area 3.  We were so fortunate to have all three together for this motivating meeting!

Lake Murray Irmo Rotary Awards Rotarian of the Year

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Jun 292014
 

Picture Brooks Williams and Stan Bugner

On June 25, 2014, Brooks Williams recognized Stan Bugner as the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo 2013-2014 Rotarian of the Year.  This is a well-deserved honor for someone who has faithfully participated in the club’s multitude of projects and events throughout the year.  Stan has also assumed various leadership roles for the club this year contributing above and beyond expectations.

Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo Learns About Recycling and Donates to Keep The Midlands Beautiful

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Mar 202014
 

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The speaker for the March 12, 2014 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo meeting was Jane Hiller, recycling and education director at Sonoco.  She talked about recycling and the importance of it.  The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population and produces 30% of the world’s garbage.  Sonoco Recycling is a Material Recovery Facility. Recycling keeps material out of landfills, conserves natural resources, saves energy and reduces pollution. It cost individuals nothing to recycle but makes a huge difference.  The economic impact of recycling in South Carolina is $6.5 billion.

Jamie Moore, the Major Gifts Chair for Rotary District 7770, presented recognition materials to Deborah Bailey honoring the late Beetle Bailey as a major donor to the Rotary Foundation during the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo meeting on March 12, 2014.  Contributions to the Rotary Foundation help fund humanitarian projects and promote understanding around the world.

At its meeting on March 12, 2014, the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo presented a contribution to Keep The Midlands Beautiful as an ongoing partnership to help recycling and beautification efforts in our community.  The check was accepted by Jacqueline Buck, Executive Director.

Loftis Speaks to Lake Murray Irmo Rotary

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Feb 082014
 

Loftis1The speaker for the February 5, 2014 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo meeting was Curtis Loftis, South Carolina Treasurer. The State Treasurer’s office provides banking, investment and financial management services for South Carolina State Government.  It also manages the state’s debt and the state’s 529 plans.  Mr. Loftis talked about transparency and accountability.  He also focused on the fees and return on investment associated with the state retirement system.  According to him, the state increased the fees it pays for the pension fund management by 984% in seven years without increasing the return on investment.  He is an advocate of less cost for the pension fund in the future.

Lake Murray Irmo Recognizes Student of the Month

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Feb 062014
 

JenkinsOn February 5, 2014 the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo recognized the student of the month for January 2014.  Sara Webber, Assistant Principal at Nursery Road Elementary School, presented Timothy Roy Jenkins (known as J.T.) to the club as the January student of the month.  J.T. is a student who has a servant’s heart helping in his family as well as fellow students.  The Rotary club was proud to present J.T. with an award for “service above self” the motto for Rotarians and a gift certificate from the Sonic Irmo/Ballentine location.  Sonic graciously rewards students making great choices in our community.

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