Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island-VanLandingham
South Carolina


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 USCB School of Hospitality

Hilton Head Island-V.L

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 8:00 AM
USCB-Hilton Head
1 Sand Shark Drive
(Off Office Park Road)
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
United States of America
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President Lynn King called the meeting to order at 8:00 
Kevin Courtney offered the prayer and led the pledge to the flag
Auction- Friday (2/14) is filming for the sponsors (there is one full sponsorship left), Saturday (2/15) is taping of the auction at WTOC, Sunday (2/23) is the televised auction and viewing party at Reilley's South End.  Kristin Kelly reported that so far items turned in total $106,000 with close to 200 items.  She also reports that "text to bid" worked well as she used it at the Heart Ball.  All items to be on TV had to be in this week.  We will accept donated items next week - they won't be on TV but can be listed on the website.
March 22 is the meal packing project for local Rotary clubs.  There will be a Bluffton location as well as a location on Hilton Head Island.  More information will follow, but save the date.  We have contributed money to this event but do need hands on man power to pack the food.
Treasurer John Farrenkopf reported that you can now pay your dues using Zelle. He sent out an email with more information. 
Sergeant at Arms Julie Camp Tome welcomed visiting Rotarians and collected Happy $$.  Visiting Rotarians:  Larry Carlson (Illinois), Blain Anderson (Kentucky) and Harvey Flashing (Kennebunkport)
photo credit Angie Stone
Tom Bouthillet, Town of Hilton Head Island EMS Director spoke about how HHI EMS responds to cardiac arrest calls.  Sudden cardiac arrest is a completely unexpected event and is unlike an end of life occurrence which may be expected.  He spoke of the need for quick response, the outstanding record that HHI EMS has and the constant striving for improvement that takes place.  Sudden cardiac arrest is a death sentence in much of the world.  Our EMS has had sustainable performance in this area for the past five years, having an excellent record of saving lives. One of the most important factors in saving lives is if someone observed the collapse and is able to call 911. Industries that are successful in saving lives of sudden cardiac victims are studied and their procedures are simulated.
photo credit Angie Stone
Every single person before going into the field is trained in high perforance CPR, chest compression, shocking,etc.  It was found that transfer times are dangerous times. Now they use a checklist to follow, before as well as when they get a pulse back.  For 2020 they are reviewing 911 recordings to put a new training program together - continuous quality improvement.  There is also an app - pulse point responder. If you are within a half mile radius it notifies you in hopes of improving bystander CPR to help with response time.  There are 215 defibrilators in the area. Almost all gated community security carry defibrilators and are trained in CPR.  He showed pictures of some survivors and their stories, one being a man who was running in the Firecracker 500 5K race and was lucky enough to have a nurse running nearby who was able to offer immediate assistance.  Tom indicated that hands only CPR, chest compressions are adequate to do until EMS arrives.  Living on Hilton Head Island we are very fortunate to have EMS services which are not only high performance quality consistently, but are constantly being improved.  
Following two weeks of venue trials, and overwhelming support of the membership to make a move, the Board voted this week to change our weekly meetings to the new USCB-HHI campus (One Sandshark Drive).  The beautiful facility, its accessibility, state of the art technology and the University's hospitality and willingness to work closely with the Club, will be great assets to Van Landingham Rotary moving forward.  We look forward to our first official meeting this TUESDAY, JANUARY 28th when we welcome JOSH GRUBER, to address our group "All About the Town".  Please join us, bring a guest - and let's truly celebrate our Club's new home.
Excited to remind everyone that the 2020 VAN LANDINGHAM ROTARY AUCTION is coming up Sunday, February 23rd.  This is the 26th year for this great event and we pleased to partner again with WTOC-CHANNEL 11 SAVANNAH who once again are televising the event throughout the Coastal Empire.  This auction has generated over $1.5 million dollars for local Lowcountry charities - including:
  •  The Sandbox Children's Museum
  •  The Children's Center
  •  The Boys and Girls Club
  •  Volunteers in Medicine
  •  Coastal Discovery Museum
  •  The First Tee
And the Club is pleased to be raising monies again this year for our commitment to People for Parks, the charitable arm of the Island Recreation Center.  Our Club has funded the fitness track on the second floor of the new Island Rec Center and we are pleased to be providing this worthwhile space for Lowcountry children, families and visitors to enjoy spending time with one another and promoting better fitness and health.
Club Auction Co-Chairs Kristin Keller and Sonny Huntley are working with team captains and members to generate fabulous auction items - including dining and gift certificates, sporting event tickets and events, professional products and services, accomodations and rental packages and so much more.   Visit and stay tuned for updates to this year's event site as it unfolds.
For more information - please email or contact Lynn King, President at 843-368-9520.
Get ready to BID HIGH and BID OFTEN to help make a difference in your community.

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