On October 2, 2013 the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo recognized the student of the month for September 2013. Beth Moore, Assistant Principal at Dutch Fork Elementary School, presented Emma Lovin to the club as the September student of the month. Emma was described as a well-rounded student who attempts to make everyone feel comfortable. She encompasses what we are trying to produce in District Five. The Rotary club was proud to present Emma with an award for “service above self” the motto for Rotarians and a gift certificate from the Sonic Irmo/Ballentine location. Sonic is delighted to reward students making great choices in our community. Her parents and older brother attended the presentation as well.
On October 2, 2013 the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo inducted its newest member, Gagara K. Abdou. Abdou resides in Irmo and is the Executive Director for Kirker African Medical Relief Association in Columbia. We welcome him to the family of Rotary.
Alan talked about internet safety, human trafficking, and the Yucca Mountain ruling. He said that his office was working to provide education regarding the internet and safety measures that people need to consider when posting items on the internet. He is working with local, state and federal law enforcement to curtail the human trafficking and gang problem in the state. He is also working with the legislature to draft new laws to address the problem. He praised the court for the Yucca Mountain ruling but said this is merely one small step in an ongoing effort.
Pictured Club President Brooks Williams and Alan Wilson
The guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo meeting for the April 11, 2012 was Joel Collins, professional travel photographer. Joel approaches travel photography with an emphasis on cultural sensitivity and respect. He has a patient approach, often trying to blend in with the local population and getting to know someone before taking their photo. As a professional he shoots for travel companies, travel magazines, and he leads instructional photo tours for aspiring amateur photographers.
Joel told the club that a travel photographer must be a good traveler as well as good photographer. He offered three tips for all travelers: go slow to absorb the surroundings, immerse yourself in the location and pack light in order to be able to easily explore the area. He offered four tips for taking better photographs: get closer to the subject, work it to get a better angle and prospective, use the background to enhance the photo and share your photos. St Augustine said “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
His love of travel started at age three when his family moved to Europe. He started photographing at age 12 with his father’s Pentax Spotmatic and received his own camera soon after. Travel and photography have been intertwined ever since. After undergraduate studies at Clemson University and earning a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Louisville, he worked at IBM for 10 years before beginning a career as a professional photographer. Joel lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife and two sons.