For the past six years, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head has recognized eleven outstanding islanders that “have had a positive, direct pioneering impact on Hilton Head Island and its residents.” This year is no exception as we will induct two more such individuals into our Hall of Fame on November 8th at the Sonesta Hotel in Shipyard Plantation.
James Norris Richardson
The hard work, vision and entrepreneurial spirit of Hilton Head Island business pioneer James Norris Richardson did more than create from nothing a town center and “downtown.” The expansion of what was to become Coligny Plaza served as building blocks for a fledgling community, giving it a family focus and setting the table for other entrepreneurs to thrive.
Gene Martin created the Hilton Head Island value of corporate volunteerism by literally “giving the store away.” After taking over the Red & White Supermarket in Coligny Plaza in 1969, his name quickly became synonymous with “giving” and “yes.” His unheralded donations of food to numerous community programs, schools, PTAs, holiday food baskets
and distressed individuals set a tone for Hilton Head and set a high bar for those who followed.
Each of our Hall of Fame inductees has a pedestal and plaque proudly displayed in their honor at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation. For more detailed descriptions of this year’s inductees pl