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Emilee Syrewicze, Executive Director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

Emilee Syrewicze became the Executive Director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation on April 15, 2015, and will address the Lake Wylie Rotary Club on Tuesday, August 4. Emilee has a degree in environmental law from Vermont Law School and currently serves as the Executive Director of a non-profit in Traverse City, Michigan.   She attended Alma College and received her BA in political science.  During her time at Alma, Emilee concentrated on chemistry and environmental policy, … Continue reading

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Lake Wylie Rotary Club Honors Spirit of Service 2015

Scholarship Awards

Spirit of Service Scholarship Awards (pictured left to right): Chad Bordeaux – Rotarian, Karen Van Vierssen – President, Mia Jeanty, Rachel Capps, Maggie Ballard, Emily Atkinson, Elizabeth Hartley – Rotarian and Scholarship Coach.

The Lake Wylie Rotary Club held its Spirit of Service Scholarship Awards on Tuesday night, May 19, having narrowed down the field of nominees to five students from the Clover High School.  After welcome and introductions, the Club listened to the presentations of the 5 Student Finalists selected by a panel of judges. Each student was given the opportunity to make a presentation about their service to the community. A team of Rotarian judges selected the winners.

The club also recognized two other prestigious awards during the event: Unsung Hero; and Rotarian of the Year.

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Maggie Award

Maggie Ballard, $2,000 Scholarship Recipient and Elizabeth Hartley
– – Photo Courtesy Lake Wylie Rotary

Maggie Ballard, who will major in education at the University of South Carolina, was awarded one of the top $2,000 scholarship awards. She has a heart for mission work and reaching out to those that are less fortunate. She worked with students that had “special needs”, worked as an afterschool and summer camp counselor for the YMCA. She has also participated in short-term mission trips to provide assistance in Honduras.

Emily Atkinson, $2,000 Scholarship Recipient and Elizabeth Hartley.   -- Photo Courtesy of Lake Wylie Rotary

Emily Atkinson, $2,000 Scholarship Recipient and Elizabeth Hartley.
— Photo Courtesy of Lake Wylie Rotary

Emily Atkinson, who will attend Anderson University to prepare to become a Physical Therapist, was awarded the Clover High School Interact Club $2,000 scholarship. Atkinson served as the Clover High School Interact Club Vice President, and was responsible for maintaining the club’s Facebook page. This past year, she participated in the Special Olympics and has volunteered for Rideability, which is a program for children with disabilities. She also has plans to continue to play an active role in Rotary at Anderson University in the Rotaract Program.

The decision to the first place Scholarship Award is always a difficult and daunting task for the judges. The three other students; Rachel Capps, Billy Gallien, and Mia Jeanty, were each awarded a $500 Scholarship. By all means, these student’s activities were just as impressive and represented a significant contribution to our community.

Mia Jeanty Award

Mia Jeanty
$500 Scholarship Recipient

Rachel Capps $500 Scholarship

Rachel Capps
$500 Scholarship Recipient

Billy Gallien

Billy Gallien
$500 Scholarship

The Lake Wylie Rotary Club is very proud to award these five outstanding students scholarships who all exemplify the Rotary International Motto of “Service Above Self”. The LWRC is able to provide this opportunity to our local students primarily from the funds raised by the Annual Lake Wylie Luau, which will again be held on Saturday, September 12, at the Red Fez Club.

Congratulations to our 2015 Spirit of Service Scholarship Recipients.

Awards and Recognition

Lake Wylie Rotary Club – “Unsung Hero Award” 2015 – Lee Rowley

Lee Rowley Unsung Hero

Lee Rowely and Mary Sieck
— Photo Courtesy of Lake Wylie Rotary

It was with great gratitude that the Lake Wylie Rotary Club presented the “Unsung Hero of the Year Award” to our Fellow Community Service Friend – Lee Rowley. He has been a volunteer driver for River Hills EMS for about 12 years. He also serves as the current President of the River Hills Lions Club.

He has been the fleet master, responsible for maintenance of the ambulances and vehicles. He was also one of the point people that lead the charge with the York County Counsel to keep River Hills EMS as one of our providers for Emergency Services. For that we are very grateful.

Lake Wylie Rotarian of the Year – Bob Stigers

Bob Stigers, Rotarian of the Year

Bob Stigers, Rotarian of the Year and Karen Van Vierssen, President

Rotarian of the Year is Bob Stigers, who has literally been the face of the Lake Wylie Rotary Club. He currently serves as the Sergeant of Arms, serves on the Board of Directors and is the Chairman of Public Relations. He has maintained perfect attendance since joining the club in December 2012. He exemplifies the motto, “Service Above Self, by participating in almost every service project and fundraiser of the club. He is also responsible for keeping the LWRC 2 websites and Facebook current. He has been a member of the board of directors for one year and is serving a second term in 2015-16 in his current roles. He also supports the Lake Wylie Rotary Club Foundation through his business sponsorship.