If it touches Lake Murray, either along shorelines or within the lake itself, Billy Chastain from Dominion Energy is responsible for its management. Chastain, who spoke on June 3 to St. Andrews Optimists, outlined some of his areas of responsibility. Lake Murray offers more than 650 miles of shoreline andContinue Reading

The Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo held their 36th Annual GolfTournament on Monday, May 9th at Golden Hills Golf & Country Club inLexington. The tournament was presented by Ken Shuler Schools andCorporate Sponsors included Ameris Bank-Irmo, Charles Elfert Family Farmsand John Mitchell Realty. All proceeds benefit youth programs in Irmo.Continue Reading

The St. Andrews Optimists Club welcomed Amanda Dupree as its featured speaker on May 13. Dupree is the Regional Development Director for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). She is responsible for fundraising efforts in the Georgia-South Carolina Region. Despite its name, LLS actually includes all blood cancers, such as HodgkinsContinue Reading

Mike Gula, Executive Director of Columbia Metropolitan Airport, spoke on May 6 to the Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo. The club’s speaker host was member Rick Calhoun, who happens to be a commercial pilot. In his presentation, Gula brought the club up to date on the current status of theContinue Reading

The St. Andrews Optimists Club inducted two new members on March 25.  Pictured, Optimist Don Keating administers the oath of membership to Misty Whetsell and J. B. Beckett. Left to right are Kerry Powers and Jim Turner who were the new member sponsors.Continue Reading

Shirley Clark, CLC (Certified Leadership Coach) spoke to the Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo March 11. She serves primarily in the field of corporate coaching. Clark brings with her a diversified background, including having been Executive Director of the Women’s Center of Washington, DC and Northern Virginia, now in itsContinue Reading

Sarah Mayle, of Sarah Mayle Coaching, was the featured speaker at the December breakfast meeting of the Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo. Mayle became interested in coaching after working for 20 years in corporate Human Resources. Her role there was primarily devoted to training, and in so doing, she sawContinue Reading

Darren Norris, representing Franklin Defense, spoke recently at the  St. Andrews Optimists’ breakfast meeting. A 1990 Irmo High School graduate, Norris has a U.S. Navy and civilian law enforcement background and blends that experience into his current activities.  The first such venture is his ongoing training of a variety ofContinue Reading

Bonnie Jean Sherbert, Past Governor of the South Carolina Optimist District, spoke to St. Andrews Optimists on November 12. The motto of Optimist International is “Friend of Youth,” and its nationally supported cause is childhood cancer. Sherbert has taken those ideas a step farther and has formed a virtual ChildhoodContinue Reading

On November 12, Bonnie Jean Sherbert, representing the South Carolina Optimist District, presented a Distinguished Lieutenant Governor Citation to St. Andrews Optimist Jay Downs for his recent service. After his term as Club President, Jay had become interested in the inner workings of the District and stepped forward to volunteerContinue Reading

Representing Lexington County Animal Services, Department Director/Chief Roy Mefford spoke on November 5 to the Optimist Club of St. Andrews/Irmo.  Previously, Mefford had been a law enforcement professional. After assuming his current duties and doing an evaluation of the Department, he set several goals: 1. Standardizing officers’ uniforms for moraleContinue Reading