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Little Free Libraries – Early Childhood Literacy

Little-Free-LibrariesThe Little Free Library project enabled the Lake Wylie Rotary Club to impact early childhood literacy in areas of our community with need.

The club installed three Little Free Libraries within our community with the goal of impacting early childhood literacy. The libraries are wooden boxes where individuals can take a book. We focused the locations in areas of greatest need, primarily where low income children (and adults) would have easy access to them. Rotarians painted and installed the libraries and our club members are responsible for doing book drives and keeping them stocked with books. In theory, individuals take books, read them, and then return them; however the book outflow is expected to be greater than the inflow. Therefore, the club also works to keep the books stocked. At the writing of this, our libraries have been operational less than a week; however, we expect to impact at least 500 individuals annually through these three locations.


New Members:

Dr. David Redding


– Bob Stigers (Sponsor), Dr. David Redding, Ed Lindsey (LWRC President) – Pictured (L to R)

Dr. Redding is a graduate of Dansville, NY High School and Alfred State College.  An outstanding runner in both high school and college.  In fact, he holds the Alfred State College record in the 10K Race.  Not only did he achieve the All-American status for running, he was also named to the Academic Excellence All American Team.  In 2002, Dr. Redding was inducted in the the Alfred State Hall of Fame.  In 2004, he was inducted into the the Section V Hall of Fame.  In 1992, Dr. Redding graduated from New York Chiropractic College.  He opened an office in Lima, NY in 1993 and had a very successful practice there for 23 years.  In August, 2015, Dr Redding and his wife Kris were honored as Nutrametrix Health Profressionals of the Year.

Dr. Redding resides in Lake Wylie, SC, along with his wife and teenage children.  They believe in supporting the local community and is a primary reason he decided to join the Lake Wylie Rotary Club.  He is also a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the South Carolina Chiropractic Association.

Dr Redding has opened his practice in Lake Wylie – Lake Wylie Wellness & Chiropractic Center.


Awards and Recognition

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.