Students from the Celebrate Freedom Foundation (CFF) recently took flight, not in the skies, but in the Lockheed Martin F-16 flight simulation project. Hosted at the South Carolina Statehouse, this hands-on experience marked a historic collaboration between the education and aerospace industries, giving students an exclusive opportunity to engage withContinue Reading

Senior Resources and the Lourie Center hosted an open house showcasing the Lourie Center, a wellness center for active adults 50 years and older who want to improve their lifestyle, learn new skills, and make new friends. Senior Resources and the Lourie Center unified in August 2023. The energy ofContinue Reading

Recognizing the positive impact of animal interaction on children with special needs, particularly with dogs and horses, the St. Andrews Optimists recently enjoyed an enlightening presentation from Dream Riders. This therapeutic horse riding experience is situated at Sunrise Farm in Lexington. Presenters Jennifer Stoudemire, Head Riding Instructor and Program Director,Continue Reading

Julius Scott, the Community Support Coordinator for District 5, was the featured speaker at the Optimist Club of St. Andrews’ meeting on January 5. In his role as a “department of one,” Scott outlined the district’s mission to “love and grow our students,” emphasizing the challenges faced by young peopleContinue Reading

Leezas Care Connection proved once again that they know how to party with a purpose. Our annual Dare2Care gala was held at the USC Alumni Center and was filled with inspiration and gratitude. This year’s Dare2Lead honoree was Senator Katrina Shealy who was recognized for her personal journey as anContinue Reading

On October 13 the Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo held a banquet celebrating the transfer of power. At the banquet, outgoing President Larry Blosser ended a successful year by symbolically passing the gavel to incoming President Kerry Powers. Powers became the first woman to lead the club in its 52-yearContinue Reading

This month, Make-A-Wish South Carolina elected Meredith Dial, marketing manager for Dial Grimm and Rupert, to the chapter’s board of directors. “We are overjoyed to add Meredith Dial as a director to our board. We are honored to have another director who understands our mission so well. Meredith embodies aContinue Reading

Local personality Charlie Benton spoke to the St. Andrews Optimist Club on September 15. Benton hosted an AM radio talk show with his father for several years and now coaches sales organizations regarding their sales techniques and their promotional/advertising efforts. Pictured are Club President Larry Blosser, Benton, and speaker sponsorContinue Reading