Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island-VanLandingham
South Carolina


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The Golf Club at Indigo Run

Hilton Head Island-V.L

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 8:00 AM

The Golf Club at Indigo Run
Club House, 101 Berwick Drive
Indigo Run Plantation
Hilton Head Island, SC  29926
United States
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President Steve Stauffer rang the bell to start the meeting.
Kevin Courtney offered the prayer and led the pledge to the flag.
This Saturday, August 18 will be trash pickup at the High School at 9:30am.  If you did not sign up but want to help or if you need more information, contact Cory Malphrus.
Next week - Tuesday  August 21 there will be a Board meeting at 5:15 at Mangiamos
Update - member Darcy Patrick whose home was destroyed by fire recently has found a house to rent.  She will be displaced for quite some time so feel free to reach out to her.
On September 11, District Governor David Tirard will be officially visiting the club.  That morning there will be a board meeting after the regular meeting - officers and board please take note.
September 13 there will be a wine and beer tasting social at Rollers on the south end. Cost will be $5 per person at the door.
Ivan Bennett announced that shirts had come in.  He also had the new ear buds which will be presented to the students at the schools instead of dictionaries.  
Sergeant at arms, Alicia Powell welcomed visiting Rotarian, announced birthdays and collected Happy $$$
Visiting Rotarian:  Ken Nykell, Shaumbord IL.
President Steve introduced our speaker Cliff Mrkvicka.  Cliff is the field Sales Support Systems Engineer and site Manager at MCAS Beaufort for Lockheed Martin.
photo credit Barry Davis
He served for 30 years in the U S Marine Corps and during that time has many distinguished honors and accomplishments.  He joined Lockheed Martin in 2014 and oversees the F35 program in the Lowcountry.   Even more importantly, he is the President of the Rotary Club of Lowcountry Beaufort.
He talked about his company, explaining that Lockheed Martin has four business units: aeronautics-aviation; missiles and fire control; rotary emission systems; and space, space exploration.  They have 100,000 employees of which 49,000 are engineers, scientists and IT Professionals.  One in Five are veterans.  69% of their sales are to the US Government, 30% are international, and only 1% is Commercial.  Future focuses are robotics, directed energy, sensor, cyber security.  They partner with Educators and work with a lot of organizations supporting STEM education, emphasizing improving youth.  
He spoke about the F35 and its features and capabilities.  The cockpit is glass with touch screen control panel. It is a high tech plane which costs an average of $92 million depending on model.  Currently there are 30 in Beaufort with plans to in the future have 70 or a total of 4 squadrons.  The F35 can fly singularly because it can fly undetected.  Cliff said that it is "not an aircraft" but a "computer that flies"  

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Janice Gray/Art League of Hilton Head
Aug 21, 2018
Art League Update
Denise Spencer, Community Foundation of LC
Aug 28, 2018
Project Safe
Chris Kehrer, PRSF Naturalist
Sep 25, 2018
Lowcountry Environment
Greater Island Council
Oct 09, 2018
Beaufort County Transportation Referendum
CEO, Ga. Ports Authority
Oct 16, 2018
Ga. Ports Authority Update
Mark Bennett, Gulfstream Public Affairs
Nov 06, 2018
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