The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo welcomes John Bakhaus

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May 302015
On May 20th, John Bakhaus, the regional director of the C.A.R.T. (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust), visited the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo.  John is a 20 year Rotarian and president elect of the Columbia Rotary Club. The CART Fund is dedicated to raising funds to provide “seed” money for cutting edge, high impact research in hopes of finding a cure/prevention for Alzheimer’s disease.  The goal of the Fund is to encourage exploratory and developmental AD research projects within the United States. This is accomplished by providing financial support for the early and conceptual plans of those projects that may not yet be supported by extensive preliminary data but have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research. These projects should be distinct from those designed to increase knowledge in a well established area unless they intend to extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications. Starting in one SC Rotary club in district 7770 in 1995, CART has been adopted to date by all Rotary district clubs in Georgia and the two Carolinas as well as a number of individual clubs throughout the United States. Assistance from the American Federation of Aging Research was invaluable in validating CART as a legitimate funding source for Alzheimer’s research.  ALL proceeds raised by the C.A.R.T. fund go directly to research as compared to other organizations where just a small percentage goes to the research. John shared with us some of the cutting edge research funded by our fundraising efforts through the C.A.R.T fund.  This past year $450,000 in grants were disbursed and a total of $5.2 million since the inception of the C.A.R.T. Fund project in 1996.  Current research includes circadian rhythm disruptions, neuronal and microfilm interactions to reduce neuronal plaque and the use of nano medicine to act as carriers of drugs to cross the blood brain barrier. 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  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 directly makes a difference.  Pictured here John Bakhaus and The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo President Stan Bugner. cartfund CART CART2

Lexington Rotary awards Scholarships

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May 282015

The Rotary Club of Lexington recently awarded $17,000 in scholarships to five students in Lexington School District One.  The scholarships are awarded after an extensive application and interview process and are paid for by proceeds from the club’s annual golf tournament and oyster roast.  Pictured from left to right are scholarship chair Pandra Lemrow, Alejandro Lopez (Lexington), Lindsay Clamp (Lexington Technology Center), Elizabeth Rypkema (River Bluff), Alexis Bell (White Knoll), Emily Scircle (Lexington) and Club President Gary Deese.

Scholarship Recipients thank Rotary Club of Georgetown

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May 272015

Sarah Daniel and her daughters Alyssa and Hallie attended the Rotary Club of Georgetown meeting to thank the club for scholarships which allowed them to fulfill their ambitions to attend Clemson University. Alyssa, the older daughter graduated this year, Hallie is an upcoming junior. Both recipients spoke about their studies and upcoming overseas studies. Sarah explained that without the Rotary Scholarships, a Clemson education would have not been feasible.


Pictured are Hallie, Alyssa, and  Sarah, Alyssa, Hallie Daniel and Kent Vannier, chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Georgetown City Administrator Addresses The Rotary Club of Georgetown

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May 202015

Chris Carter, City of Georgetown Administrator addresses our meeting last week on the opportunity to install bus shelters in the city to keep people waiting for a bus out of the wind and dry. This seems like a very good service project!

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Honors Interact Club Advisor

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May 172015

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise recently honored Horry County Scholars Academy Interact Club Advisor Ms. Stanlee Morrison with Rotary’s Highest Recognition of Service by a non Rotarian:  The Paul Harris Fellowship. Pictured above are Club President Kevin Cox (left) presenting Ms. Stanlee Morrison (right) her Paul Harris Certificate and pin. A donation of $1000  was made to The Rotary Foundation by the Rotary  club in Ms. Morrison’s name in recognition of her exemplary service as club charter advisor since 2012. The Interact Club has received numerous awards and various recognitions for their performance as a service club in the Carolina Forest community. The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise sponsors both Interact (at the high school level) and the Rotaract Club of Coastal Carolina University(ages 18-35).Ms. Morrison is a member of the Academy faculty and teaches History in additional to her other duties.

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest-Sunrise Speaker Talks about Health

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May 082015

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest-Sunrise member Bob Squatriglia (left) stands with program presenter Dr. David Turner (right) whom he introduced at a recent club meeting.

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Dr. Turner, a wellness expert and 2002 graduate of the National University of Health Sciences where he earned his doctorate, is also a graduate of Coastal Carolina University. Turner focused on Health Issues and the outbreak of Chronic Stress in our society--the number one cause of chronic disease and illness in our society. He stated that his goal is an empty medicine cabinet in every household. He reminded the club that there has been a 400% increase over the period 1994 to 2008 in the use of anti -depressants and that 1 in 10 Americans takes an anti-depressant. He proceeded to outline the basics of a healthy life style:  diet, exercise, herbals, and  the  "practice of mindfulness"  by taking "time to breath" via yoga, tai chi, and other actions.  His presentation was  well received by the membership.

Lt. Governor speaks to the Florence Rotary Club

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May 062015

The Florence Rotary Club hosted SC Lt. Governor Henry McMaster as speaker on April 27th, introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman. More information may be found at

Sea Island Club learns about Drug Court in SC

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May 042015
The April 28 club meeting featured an unusual topic: lessons from SC Drug Court. The speakers, introduced by Rotarian Jim Grimsley, are officials with the local multi-county drug court. Mike Lee comes from a law enforcement background, have served as a City of Beaufort police officer before his (first) retirement. He was called upon by the Solicitor to restart a drug court in the region including Beaufort County and surrounding area. The purpose of the drug court was finding alternatives to incarceration in the face of a badly overcrowded state prison system. Our second speaker, Krista Grabenbauer (yes, she’s Beaufort Rotarian Gabby’s daughter-in-law) comes from a social work background. Krista, who deals directly with offenders, described the 3-step program that helps individuals get free of drug habits and live productive lives. This approach not only gives drug offenders a new start in life, but also saves the state the expenses of incarceration. Rotary 4-21-2015 (6) Rotary 4-21-2015 (10)
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