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.

Adopt-A-Highway

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Aug 292017
 
Saturday, August 26th we had a great turn out to pick up our adopted road Farming Creek Rd. As always we had breakfast before hand which consisted of Shrimp and Grits, Donuts, Orange Juice and Coffee. 13 Rotarians and 2 Volunteers gave up some of there morning to participate. We enjoyed doing our part to make the Midlands a greener, cleaner place to live, work and play.

Beneficiaries receive money raised from 2017 Duck Race

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Aug 162017
 
At the Aug. 2nd meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, the beneficiaries that were chosen by the club to receive proceeds raised from the 2017 Duck Race, received their checks from Club President Todd Musheff, 2017 Duck Race Chairman George Jucha, and Barbara McLaughlin from the DI Community Fund. It was a wonderful way to close out the Duck Race season in what was another successful event that, with the help of the Daniel Island Community Fund, raised over $69,000 going to these beneficiaries.  We’d like to thank everybody once again who helped make the race possible, especially all the businesses and individuals that adopted the some 23,000+ ducks.
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photo courtesy of Mary Wessner Photography

Front Row – Karen Whitley, Phillip Simmons Principal – Cindy Hay Johnson, Camp Happy DaysBarbara McLaughlin, DI Community Fund – Tim Young, Doors to Freedom – Barbara Ash, Berkeley County Library Bookmobile.

Back Row: Todd Musheff, Rotary President – George Roberts, East Cooper Meals on Wheels – Aidra Shaw, Cainhoy Principle – Kori Brown, DI Principal, George Jucha, Duck Chairman – Bev Hardin, Carolina Youth Development – Gene Brunson, Director Berkeley County Library – Beverly Hutchinson, Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center

The mission of Spirit of SC, Inc. focuses on unique educational opportunities for students

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Jul 312017
 
At the July 26th meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, Hank Hofford and Teddy Turner from Spirit of South Carolina, Inc, shared their inspiring story in their quest to help students develop leadership and enhance education, connect to the world, and reconnect with South Carolina’s history. IMG_4160

From left to right, Spirit of SC’s Teddy Turner, Club President Todd Musheff, and Hank Hofford, also of Spirit of SC.

Spirit of SC, a 140-ft. two-masted topsail schooner, honors Charleston’s once booming, but largely forgotten shipbuilding industry. The frames, planks and interior finish were shaped from reclaimed, South Carolina Live Oak, Cypress and Long Leaf Yellow Pine. Extensive varnish work showcases the raw beauty of these native woods and the fine craftsmanship joining it all together.

The educational mission of Spirit is offering unique opportunities for students focusing on history, math, science and literature of South Carolina’s water resources and encouraging personal responsibility, contribution to community and stewardship of environment. The Rotary Club of Daniel Island was excited to welcome Mr. Hofford and Mr. Turner to tell Spirit’s story and we look forward to supporting their very worthwhile mission! For more information, please visit http://spiritofsc.org.

Small Gifts and Grant Presentation

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Jul 052017
 
On Wednesday, June 28th the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo was able to present four local non-profits with a grant through their small gifts and grants program. This is made possible through the fundraising efforts. Because of this Babcock Center, Keep the Midlands Beautiful, Sister Care, and The USO were all able to receive checks at Wednesday’s meeting.  Thank you to the club members for all the hard work you put into fundraising for the club.

2017 Columbia Capital Rotarian of the Year Recognized

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Jun 292017
 
Capital Rotary president Tommy Gibbons awards the 2017 Rotarian of the Year plaque to treasurer Craig Lemrow (left) in recognition of his dedication and loyal devotion to the ideals of “Service Above Self.”  A former Rotarian in Lexington, Lemrow joined the Capital club in 2014.  He’s previously been recognized for multiple contributions to The Rotary Foundation, an international charitable fund that supports programs for world understanding and peace. Craig Lemrow Columbia Capital Rotarian of the Year

Leadership from New Philip Simmons High School Visits Daniel Island Rotary Club

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Jun 272017
 
At the June 21 meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, new “Iron Horse” Football Coach Eric Bendig and Assistant Principal & Athletic Director Brion Packett from Philip Simmons High School shared about the wide range of programs to be offered when the school opens in August 2017 for students from the lower Berkeley County region.PSHS Visit to DI RotaryAt the June 21 meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, new “Iron Horse” Football Coach Eric Bendig and Assistant Principal & Athletic Director Brion Packett from Philip Simmons High School shared about the wide range of programs to be offered when the school opens in August 2017 for students from the lower Berkeley County region. They shared their excitement about the new facilities and encouraged Rotarians to visit the school website for a 3D Fly Through of the buildings: http://www.bcsdschools.net/domain/5670 Both agreed the academic and athletic programs would be top notch. They also described the school’s focus on Project-based Learning, especially in the robust Career and Technology Education program to be offered. Rotary Club of Daniel Island looks forward to supporting the mission of this new high school for our community!
Jun 272017
 
  The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo had Rep. James Smith as their guest speaker on Wednesday, June 21st. Rep. Smith talked about his distinguished military career, which includes being awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. Rep. Smith also spoke about the importance of service, working across the aisle. It was our pleasure to have Rep. Smith as our guest.  
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