St. Andrews Optimists recently enjoyed a presentation from Jason Fulmer, District Construction Engineer for South Carolina Department of Transportation. Fulmer’s geographical area of responsibility consists of Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Lee, and Sumter Counties. He described the contracting and implementation methods in play, focusing mainly on those projects that involve interstates.Continue Reading

The Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo held their 37th annual golf tournament at Golden Hills Country Club in Lexington on Monday, May 1. The 9:30am shotgun captain’s choice tournament saw nearly 80 golfers tee-off in this fundraiser to support youth in the community. The platinum sponsor for the event wasContinue Reading

The March 31 speaker for the Optimist Club of Irmo-St. Andrews was Courtney Dennis, Irmo Town Manager. Dennis has a long association with the Club, beginning early-on with his representation of the police Explorer Post, a cause the Club has supported for several years. He rose through the ranks ofContinue Reading

The motto of the Optimist International organization and that of St. Andrews Optimists locally is “Friend of Youth.” Much—if not all— of the local Club’s focus is on interacting with people who work with youth and on raising funds to support those organizations. In that vein, the Club welcomed Dr.Continue Reading

St. Andrews Optimists’ February 3 speaker was Floyd Lyles, Superintendent of Education at The Department of Juvenile Justice. Lyles attended Benedict College where he credits a professor who saw much potential in him and who became a source of encouragement. Finishing Benedict with his Bachelor’s Degree, he completed his postgraduateContinue Reading

On January 20, St. Andrews Optimists welcomed Samantha Huff from the Multiplying Good organization as its featured speaker. Huff’s official title is  Manager, Community Events and Special Programs. Multiplying Good was founded in 1972 as a collaboration between Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard. The ideaContinue Reading

Ebonee Clark, from Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), was the featured speaker at the January 6 meeting of the Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo. Clark is the Assistant Director for Advocacy at the Center in Lexington.  DCAC serves children, aged from infancy to 18 years old, who have experienced someContinue Reading

The Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo made club history on December 9 when it inducted George Schodowski into its membership. In its 50-plus years of existence, Schodowski is the youngest member ever inducted. Pictured are Don Keating who administered the oath of membership, Club President Larry Blosser, Schodowski, and sponsorContinue Reading

At the St. Andrews Optimists’ December 9 meeting, Councilman Bill Danielson unveiled an aerial diagram of the current proposed project to connect Woodrow Street with Irmo Town Park. The diagram overlaid the property parcels that will have to be bought in that process. If those properties are acquired then landContinue Reading

Erinn Rowe, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank, spoke on November 11 to the Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo. She gave the group the background context for the need for Harvest Hope and provided insight into facts and figures that affect the organization’s work. With distribution centers in Columbia, Florence,Continue Reading

The Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo recently received a presentation from Dr. Lila Anna Sauls, CEO of Homeless No More. The organization’s focus is on families in Richland County that are homeless when contacted. The families must include at least one child. Within the County there are more than 1,600Continue Reading