June 22, 2017 - The Island Chaplain & Friends
Glenn NeffUnbeknownst to many of us, there is a very important group of people serving our island and surrounding areas during what is often the most stressful and sometimes loneliest times. Glenn Neff, husband of Linda, introduced us to The Island Chaplain & Friends which blends medical and spiritual care.
The personal experiences that Glenn shared proved what an important role this group plays for our community. With over 2.76 million vacationers on Hilton Head, many often find themselves in need of emergency medical care which means they may not immediately have the support they would have at home. Both Glenn and Rev. Morrison have aided many patients or witnesses to traumatic situations and been able to provide them with the support and sometimes guidance that was able to lead them to a better side of the situation.
Indeed, this organization is important to our community and lends their expertise and love to not just our citizens, but for any of those visiting that find themselves in a traumatic situation.
June 15, 2017 - Cycling Safety
Frank BabelFrank Babel has been an advocate for biking on the Island for many years. He is a member of the Kicking Asphalt Bike Club, which organizes safe group bicycle rides and holds social activities for our cyclists.
Thanks to the vision of Charles Fraser, Hilton Head is today a gold level bike friendly community sanctioned by the League of American Bicyclist and recognized by Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast. Millennials, the largest segment of our population are driving less and using alternative transportation. Bike sharing has become popular in large urban areas.
June 8, 2017 - Graceful Aging
Rob LeeIt goes without saying, many of our best speakers come from within and last week was no exception. Rob Lee shared information about a topic we all face…aging. The first “elder care institution” in the US was formed by a Quaker community in Philadelphia, Social Security was enacted in 1935 and in 2011 the first of 79 million baby boomers began to retire.
Rob reported that a projected 10,000 baby boomers retire every day, tipping the scales of those paying into social security and those receiving benefits from the same fund. The 2015 census showed 15.1% of Beaufort county persons were age 70 or older, compared to 9.5% of the US as a whole. From 1900 through 2013 the percentage of Americans 65+ has increased from 3.1 million to 44.7 million. In 2013 the 65-74 age group (25.2 million) was more than 10 times larger than in 1900; the 75-84 group (13.4 million) increased by 70 percent, and the 85+ group (6 million) was 49 times larger.
May 25, 2017 - The Best of USC
Dr Al PanuDr. Al Panu, chancellor of USCB, completed his undergraduate studies at Tuskegee Institute and his PHD at the University of Georgia. He asked us to move our chairs to the left then the right. He wanted to ensure that we had all been moved by his presentation!
Dr. Panu began is presentation by citing a recent study about education levels and job requirements world wide. At one point in time, the U.S. ranked #1 in the world with the percentage of the population having a post-secondary education. Today the U.S. ranks only 11-13th. This statistic is very problematic since two thirds of all future jobs will require some postsecondary education.
March 17, 2017 - Music to our Ears
JiWon YangMary Briggs introduced Clare Mackie, who, with her husband Jim (a regular Visiting Rotarian) are hosting14 year old JiWon Yang and her Mother, Kim for the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. She stated that they enjoyed having such a masterful pianist tickle the ivories of the piano in their home. It had never sounded so good!
This year’s competition is for artists ages 14-17. JiWon Yang is one of only 3 competitors that are the youngest at age14. JiWon is from Seoul, South Korea and had her first solo recital in Seoul at age 9. She plays both the piano and flute and has won many competitions. Her father and brother who are home in Korea have been able to watch her performances since our event is streamed live.
She performed pieces she had played in the first two rounds of the competition: Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, and Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11 in A minor.
March 9, 2017
Frannie GerthofferMan and Woman's Best Friend We were visited by some two AND four-legged friends today. Frannie Gerthoffer, Executive Director of the Hilton Head Humane Association, shared few updates from the HHHA for 2017. Over the past year, 3,000 abandoned, injured, abused animals and feral cats have been cared for by the Hilton Head Humane Association. They spay/neuter and release feral cats and provide food, shelter, medical, and loving care for the domesticated cats and dogs until adoptive homes are found.
Frannie shared her passion for a “no kill environment” at the facility. Her outreach to the Beaufort County Animal Shelter has created a public/private partnership that has significantly decreased the necessity for euthanizing animals due to space constraints. A new campus off Rt. 170 will expand their ability to serve the area through this partnership.
March 2, 2017
B.J. PayneA True Motivator for the Team Now in his fifth year of tenure, Coach BJ was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, from a family of military tradition, including the Normandy landings, but grew up in Massillon, Ohio.
Coach BJ, referred to as a `professional entertainer` when recruited by HHIHS because of some links with WWE, wonders if he is the only person from Ohio who has moved to Hilton Head Island without ever having vacationed here!
He remembers some of Amanda`s first words when he came to interview regarding the diverse profile of the High School kids-40% White, 30% Black, and 20% Hispanic-and the need for the coach to embrace the challenge that represents and to thrive in that environment.
Coach BJ spoke of the difficult backgrounds of many of his players-food assistance, single parents, trailer living and sees his role as not just a sports coach but as a mentor `developing young men`, and teaching them to do what is right. He also prides himself in fostering athletically gifted players who achieve their grade potential. Coach BJ truly believes in `mens sana in corpore sano`, including mandatory class attendance and sitting in the front two rows!
Contrary to negative forecasts by some, the results during his 5 years at HHIHS are convincing: team GPA up to 3.6 from 2.1, 22 players going on to college football, all Americans, Dean`s lists, Honor Students, and an engagement in the community including fundraising for breast cancer research, involvement in the CODA program, post-Matthew clean up. Go coach!