On Wednesday, February 20th, Olivia Jackson a 5th grader from Seven Oaks Elementary was recognized for being the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo Student of the Month. She was present with her mom, as well as, her principal Ms. Mays and teacher Ms. Flowers. She very creative and always coming up with ideas for the school as a whole to do. Thank you to Sonic of Ballentine for sponsoring our student-of-the-month program.
Our speaker for Wednesday, February 20th was our very own Dr. Hank Powell. He spoke to us on behave of the River Alliance. He told us about the Battle of the Congaree Creek during the Civil War. If you ever have a chance to take a walking tour with Dr. Powell please do he was very informative.
Ms. Pam Jeffers was inducted as a new member of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo. Ms. Jeffers is the Vice President of Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc. Ms. Jeffers was sponsored by her dad Mr. Jim Jeffers. The membership is excited to welcome Ms. Jeffers as a new member of our club.
On Wednesday, July 11th our speaker was District Governor David Tirard. He shared with us his journey to joining rotary. He then laid how he would like to see rotary move forward for his year as Rotary District 7770 District Governor. The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo was honored to have Mr. Tirard come and speak with us.
For our Monday Meeting on July 16th, 2018 at Seawell’s we will be welcoming District Governor David Tirard. Let us show our support and have as close to 100% club attendance as we can! David Tirard joined the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island in 2003. He is a Ten Star Rotarian and holds the Four Avenues of Service Citation. He was elected President in 2011, and he led the club to Large Club of the Year recognition at the District Conference in March 2012. At District level he has served on the Grants Committee since 2010, served as Paul Harris Society Chair since 2013 and as an Assistant Governor from the same year. He holds two Foundation District Service awards, a Distinguished District Service award, and was recognized as District Rotarian of the Year in 2014. He is a Major Donor, Paul Harris Society member and Bequest Society member. David is British by birth, and enjoyed a thirty-three year career with Barclays Bank Plc. Most of his career was spent in the UK, but a tour of duty in Zambia as a bank auditor really opened his eyes to the poverty suffered in a third-world country. (This experience helps fuel his passion for the Rotary Foundation). Upon retirement he came to the United States in 2001, where he met his wife Susan. They moved to Bluffton SC in 2002. She is also a Rotarian, and they enjoy two children and eight grand-children in the USA, and two children and three grand-children in the UK. In the little time they have outside Rotary, they enjoy cooking, gardening and looking after the three Golden Retrievers they have rescued.
The meeting we were supposed to have at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies on Wednesday, January 17th, but was canceled due to weather has been rescheduled. We will now have our January 31st meeting at the Cate Center (916 Mt. Vernon Church Rd.). So make sure to mark your calendars of the venue change, we will not meet at Seven Oaks Park on the 31st. Again please arrive on time so that we can get everything in.
At the January 17th meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, immediate past president Gray Ives shared the great news that the club earned the distinguished Presidential Citation award for 2016-17! We were only 1 of 4 clubs to win the honor out of 80 clubs in District 7770.
2016-17 President Gray Ives holding the Presidential Citation AwardIn order to win this distinguished honor, a club has too accomplish a number of goals. The 2 mandatory activities lubs must achieve are: set at least 10 goals in Rotary Club Central and second, pay semiannual dues to RI on time in July and January. In addition to those, the club has to achieve multiple goals in the areas of: Membership Attraction and Engagement, Foundation Giving, Online Tool Adoption, Humanitarian Service, New Generations, and Public Image. It was truly a successful year put together by Past President Gray, his board, and the rest of club that chipped in and made it all possible. Way to go everyone!
At the January 10th meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, we inducted our 2nd member of 2018, Miss Shelby Olsen.
Shelby with sponsor Pat RichardsShelby is a Charleston native who enjoys staying active and taking on new experiences. She works in government contracting as a Management Analyst for a Venture Technologies company. Shelby recently graduated in May 2017 from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a Bachelors Degree double majoring in HR Management and Finance and a minor in Chinese Studies. Her journey with Rotary started in high school when she participated in a Rotary Youth Exchange year to Switzerland. After finishing her year abroad she came back as a Rotex member where she has helped facilitate the RYE Inbound Training Weekends every year since. In college she was a member of Rotaract and served as Treasurer the last 2 years and filed for USC Rotaract to become an official 501c3 entity with the IRS. As a senior, Shelby won the Carolinana Award at USC for her service and leadership on campus and in the community. She is excited to continue her journey as a Rotary member actively serving the local Charleston community! It’s an excellent example of how Rotary International can impact individuals even at a young age as Shelby was in high school when her Rotary journey began. Realizing her desire to serve her community and make it a better place with those experiences makes our club very happy to have her as our newest member. Welcome Shelby!