Rotary Serving Humanity
Thank you for visiting our club's website. This year we are celebrating our 50th year on the island and we have accomplished a number of significant projects that have added added to our community.
Our projects over the 50 years have been both big in scale and big in impact. During the Town's infancy, we played an instrumental role in getting the Island Recreation Center started. We purchased the first ambulance for the young Town. The spirit in the community for giving to those less fortunate led to our raising over $1 million to build and endow a home for Deep Well, one of our oldest and most dedicated non-profits. Recognizing a need for services for seniors facing dementia and related challenges, we partnered to provide a permanent home for Memory Matters.
And these are only a few of a long list of projects that our members have supported as we continue to give back to our community. Please review the rest of our website and see if our club might be a good fit as you look for ways to give back to the community. Our theme this year is Rotary Serving Humanity and I believe that you will find that our broad range of contributions lives up to our Rotary theme well.
Weekly Club Programs
Director Mark O’Neil and a very talented committee will provide speakers each week who will inform, enlighten and entertain us all with the focus of having Rotarians become the most well-informed people about things going on in and around Hilton Head Island.
Director Paul Heitmann will oversee a myriad of events and activities, including the following:
- Rotary ROCS (Rotarians Offering Community Service), which engages every Rotarian through volunteering for a specific assignment to assist several local nonprofit groups
- Happy Feet, which provides new shoes to low income children
- Safety Town, which educates 4-6 year old children about household and “street” safety
- Habitat for Humanity: we will “turn over the keys” this year to the family that will live in the house built and paid for by our club last year
- Hall of Fame: we will honor one or more new inductees to this prestigious designation that was started by our club to recognize the “giants” of our community over time
- Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign: we will once again raise upwards of $25,000 to support the December holiday programs for needy families
- Literacy Projects: several literacy efforts are planned, including International Reading Day and Cooks and Book
Director Nancy Williams will spearhead our club’s fundraising activities, which is anchored by the Rotary in Motion program that enable members to make a one-time commitment to support programs and causes for the entire year. There will also be a raffle, a continued expansion of funding for CART (Alzheimer’s Research) and our substantial volunteer efforts at the RBC Heritage golf tournament.
Director Robert Laughlin will coordinate the Youth Exchange program. In addition, we will continue our support of Rotary’s clean water initiatives, the South African teenage suicide prevention program and our own Gift of Life program offering medical treatments to those with special needs from outside of our borders.
Director Brian Little will lead the effort to assure that we have a growing, diverse, active and satisfied membership. Our goal is to experience a modest increase to 155 members by enlisting friends, family members, business associates and community volunteers.
Public Awareness and Communications
Director Bill Grand will continue to assure that our website is attractive, informative, up-to-date and relevant, while also managing our exposure through social media outlets. Public Relations endeavors will also be pursued through The Soundings and the local media.
Director Jody Levitt. will endeavor to expand our already-impressive involvement with the Rotary International Foundation and its many programs, including the Paul Harris Fellowship program, the Bequest Society and other avenues of giving. This will enable us to maintain our position as the leading club in the district and one of the top clubs in the world for foundation giving.
Director Joan Grayson will once again oversee the programs related to Vocational Service, including Rotary After Hours, the 4-Way Test Award, Teacher Recognition Honors and Public Safety Appreciation Day.
Director Scott Hamlin is planning a very active year for our Interact Clubs, Early Act groups and a new Middle Act program.
New this year will be the sponsorship of a Regional Science and Engineering Fair for area High School students.