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

On September 30, the Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo heard a presentation from two members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s Columbia Chapter.  Kappa Alpha Psi is a service fraternity that begins with college-age men and then involves them in community service long after their graduation.  The purpose of the fraternityContinue Reading

Don Keating, long-time member of the Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo, administers the oath of membership to Morgan Leath, the Club’s newest member.  Pictured to the right is Kerry Powers, who sponsored Leath.Continue Reading

The St. Andrews Optimist Club’s speaker for September 9 was Rhonda Hunsinger, Executive Director for the South Carolina Philharmonic. This is the Philharmonic’s 58th season. Hunsinger having served it for the past 25 of those years. The 2022/23 Masterworks series of performances, all to be held at the Koger CenterContinue Reading

The Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo is a service club that seeks to benefit the youth of the community. Two fundraisers provide the funds for Optimists’ giving activities: the Optimist Club Christmas Tree Lot and the annual Optimist Club Golf Tournament. Neither of those fundraisers would be a success withoutContinue Reading

Founded by its namesake in 1972 and located in Lexington County, Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter is the oldest institution of its kind in South Carolina. The Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo has partnered with the Shelter for several years and heard an update from Ryan Taylor, the Shelter’s DirectorContinue Reading