Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island-VanLandingham
South Carolina


Visit us at our temporary venue - Palmera Inn & Suites

Hilton Head Island-V.L

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 8:00 AM
Palmera Inn & Suites
12 Park Lane
Off Hwy 278 (between Shipyard and Palmetto Dunes)
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
United States of America
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President Lynn King called the meeting to order
Kevin Courtney offered the prayer and led the pledge to the flag.  Thank you Suzi Oliver for the flag and Dave Pierce for the pole.
Creighton Stuckart and Suzi Oliver have been working on a water project. Suzi explained the oyster bagging project and there are possible dates that we can do it.  Wednesday Nov 18, or December 9 from 3:00 TO 4:30 pm.  They furnish the supplies we fill the bags.  We need to bring masks, wear closed toe shoes and long pants.  More information to come.
Kristin Keller - the raffle tickets will be available next week.  The raffle will take place on December 22, which will give members additional time to sell tickets.  
Evan Jeffords and Brian Neumann are finalizing the holiday basket project.  Deliveries (to 50 families each time) will take place on November 24 and December 22.
Plans are being made for an off site meeting in November - to be held at the Sand Box.
Member Bev James will be out of town until after Christmas.  She is reachable via email.
Christmas party plans are still being considered.  Possible that it will be an Oyster Roast.
We will have a meeting on election day - November 3
Sergeant at Arms, Suzi Oliver collected Happy $$
Suzi introduced the speaker - VLR member Dick Storm.
photo credit Barry Davis
Dick worked for over 50 years in the Electric, mining, and power industry.  His engineering firm, Storm Technologies is located in North Carolina. 
He tries to inspire young people because he feels there is a disconnect between education and employers. Dick shared his wealth of knowledge about energy with us.  Total energy consumed is about 90% from heat engines: Coal plants, nuclear plants, internal combustion gas turbines, internal combustion reciprocating natural gas , Bio-mass and landfill gas burning steam plants, diesel generation.  Heat Engines are at the heart of driving the economies of both developed and developing countries.  The US Government Department of Energy keeps track of energy produced and how it is utilized - which sources and where our energy originated and how and where it is utilized. Each American citizen on average uses about 330 million BTU's per year.  There are about 100 Quadrillion BTU's total energy used per year.  It is used for Transportation (28.2%), Electricity Production (37%), Industrial Production (26.4%), Residential (11.9%), and Commercial (9.41%).   Cost of energy is a big deal.  The cost of fuel has a lot to do with the cost of electricity.  South Carolina is number 3 in the nation for nuclear power generation.  In SC, nuclear power is 56.9% of the total energy - natural gas is 23.3%, coal is 13.3%, renewables 7.4% and oil is 0.1%.  SC has 7 nuclear power units, four plants.  One third of SC electricity is consumed to make metal - steel and aluminum.  By comparison, China's capacity for steel and aluminum is more than 50% of the entire rest of the world.  Jobs in energy production are important.  Energy independence is important for National Security.  Energy = quality of life.  Follow Dick's blog:  
The COVID19 impact on all of us has been going on since March 2020 when Van Landingham Rotary Club, like other businesses and organizations, had to cease meetings.  In addition to the lack of feasiblity of in-person meetings, we are also faced with the uncertainty of the reopening of the USCB-Hilton Head Campus to allow us to meet again in their beautiful rotunda. In the meantime, we have been fortunate to find an alternate host site for our TUESDAY MORNING BREAKFAST meetings.  The Palmera Inn & Suites has offered use of their spacious banquet/meeting room and we have been holding meetings their by-weekly since mid July.  Beginning on August 25th, we will be meeting weekly at Palmera Inn & Suites in person - - and continuing to offer a ZOOM option for those members interested in joining online rather than in person. Any Rotarian visiting our area who is interested in joining us, please contact President Lynn King at to confirm that the weekly meetings are as scheduled and there has been no deviation to our schedules.  Hope to get back to biz with our fellow Rotarians and do what we do best - offer service to our community.
Van Landingham Rotary Club enjoys a beautiful venue for our weekly meetings.  Since January 2020, our breakfast meetings each Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM have been held at the USCB-HHI campus, One Sandshark Drive, just off Pope Avenue. on the Island's southend. The hospitality shown to our Club by the leadership at USCB-HHI has been heartwarming and their efforts to put forth outstanding food and beverage service have been more welcomed.
However, COVID-19 has caused our meetings to be suspended since the middle of March.  In addition to the guidelines for public safety set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), DHEC (Dept of Health and Environmental Control) and regional and local leaders, public gathering were suspended and as of June 1 parameters still exist with regards to safe public distancing and public gatherings. 
In addition, the University of South Carolina system is still working to establish when their campuses, including USCB-HHI,  will re-open to the public.
We hope to have some guidance and information to be able to make decisions in June with regards to reviving our weekly meetings to coincide with the NEW Rotary year 2020-2021 which begins July 1st. 
Stay tuned and until then - stay safe and Be Smart - Stay Six Feet Apart!

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Choosing a Beneficiary, part I

Choosing a Beneficiary, part II
Auction History
October 2020

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Vitaliy Bezrodnov
Nov 03, 2020 8:00 AM
Rotary Children's Fund
Mary Lou Franzoni and Brian Sullivan
Nov 10, 2020 8:00 AM
The Breeze Trolley
Sandbox on-site
Nov 17, 2020 8:00 AM
Rex Garniewicz, President/CEO Honey Horn
Dec 01, 2020 8:00 AM
On-site meeting at Honey Horn Plantation
Mike Bennett, owner
Dec 08, 2020 8:00 AM
Bernie Riedel
Dec 15, 2020 8:00 AM
Rotary Foundation International Award for a Polio Free World, and polio eradication efforts
Barbara Catenaci
Jan 05, 2021 8:00 AM
Heritage Library Foundation
Amber Kuehn
Jan 19, 2021 8:00 AM
Sea Turtles and the 2020 Nesting Season
Dr. Richard Gough, President of TCL
Jan 26, 2021 8:00 AM
TCL Culinary School updates
John Rembold
Feb 23, 2021 8:00 AM
HHI Airport Updates
President Elect
Assistant Treasurer
Foundation Chair
Past President
Bulletin Editor
Director-Membership Chair
Director-Club Service Chair
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