Jacq and Brian Buck just returned from their trip to the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia. At our June 18th, 2014 meeting the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo enjoyed hearing about their travels and experiences at the convention. Jacq is pictured here with District Governor Lou Mello at the Southland reception at the Power House Museum as part of the Rotary International convention.
Rotaract Club at Wateree River Correctional Institution. The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo, South Carolina, has partnered with SC Department of Corrections to organize a Rotaract Club within the Shock Incarceration Program located at Wateree River Correctional Institution. The Rotaract Club recently received its charter from Rotary International. The Rotaract program provides an organized club activity for members teaching leadership skills, character development, charity, and citizenship, while providing an opportunity to experience the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” through community service activities. Members also have an opportunity to actively engage with community leaders who are members of the Rotary Club. Even though the club is new, it is actively engaged in two service projects. One was a food drive for the Sumter Salvation Army and the second is the regular cleaning and maintenance of the grounds of the St. Stevens Baptist Church and its adjoining cemetery.
The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo presented a check to Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Sciences (PAALS) on April 30, 2014 to help the non-profit organization to continue to teach dogs to assist people with a variety of disabilities to live more independent and enriched lives. Accepting the check was Jennifer Rogers, Director of PAALS.
On April 30, 2014 the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo recognized the student of the month for April 2014. Glenn Hutto, Assistant Principal at Irmo Middle School, presented Donna Birdsong to the club as the April student of the month. Donna is a student with an infectious smile who lights up the room when she enters. She is a member of student government and the percussion ensemble. She also participates in mission trips with her church group. The Rotary club was proud to present Donna 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. Donna’s father, Layne Birdsong attended the presentation.
The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo presented a check to the Irmo Police Department Explorer program on April 23, 2014 to help continue the efforts to expose young people 14-21 to the opportunities of Law Enforcement through hands-on experiences.
Pictured- Chief Brian Buck, Explorer Chris Kaderly & Sgt. Andrea Grinstead.
The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo presented a check to HomeWorks on April 23, 2014 to help continue the efforts of the organization to assist those in the community. Members of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo, Dutch Fork Interact and DJJ Interact recently helped with a HomeWorks project repairing a home in the Columbia area.
On February 26, 2014 the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo recognized the student of the month for February 2014. Ann Copelan, Principal at Seven Oaks Elementary School, presented Jada Washington to the club as the February student of the month. Jada is someone who helps others, including her grandparents and her fellow students. She is involved with her church, plays basketball and serves on the school student council. The Rotary club was proud to present Jada 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. His parents Gregory and Cheryl Washington were in attendance.
On February 26, 2014 the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo presented a check to Ballentine Elementary School for its canstruction project. This project was the idea of Jacob Clark to use 7,000 cans of food to create structures as a competition and then to use the food to help the less fortunate. Accepting the check were Robin Bright, Principal, Jennie Goforth, Reading Interventionist and Jacob Clark, student at Ballentine Elementary. The Rotary club members are also providing cans of food as a part of this very worthwhile project.
On January 15, 2014, the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo presented Jenny Garris and Perri Anne Boling with Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship recognitions for their humanitarian contributions to the community and their demonstrations of Service Above Self. Both of these educators instill service in the attitudes of their students as well as the people around the community. These recognitions were made possible by Judy Johnson.