Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island-VanLandingham
South Carolina

 

Visit us at our new venue,
 USCB School of Hospitality

Hilton Head Island-V.L

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
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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AUGUST MEETINGS:
There will be two HYBRID meetings during August.  Please attend in person - at Palmera Inn & Suites on Tuesday August 11 and Tuesday August 25 OR attend via ZOOM (Greg Wynn has furnished the ZOOM link)  There will be a speaker (TBA) for August 11 and August 25 is the District Governor Visit.  DG Pauline Levesque will "visit" on August 25 and you will not want to miss the meeting.  
 
There are more Rotary opportunities via ZOOM with every Wednesday being a district all club meeting, always with a great speaker and Mondays and Fridays CWRAP meetings.  Check your email for communications from Mary Gasque to connect to these meetings.  
 
Apologies that we haven't had photos included in the newsletters.  There is a problem interfacing with the software which causes the images to be displayed in a rotated position.  As soon as that is all resolved, there will be a special newsletter including all the images that you have missed.  Thanks for your patience.  
 
See you at the August meetings.  
 
July 28 meeting was held at Palmera Inn & Suites at 8:00 am. It was a HYBRID meeting with 13 members attending in person and 10 members attending via ZOOM.
 
President Lynn King called the meeting to order. 
Kevin Courtney offered the prayer and led the pledge to the flag.
 
Announcements:
 
USCB - awaiting more information - still operating that the first Tuesday after Labor Day will be the earliest we can meet there.  Suzi Oliver stated that the school is doing a 1/3 rule and that it is not looking good to get back to USCB, might just do coffee.
 
President Lynn asked Dave Pierce to update us on what he has been doing.  He moved a month ago from Palmetto Hall to the Cypress.  Good to see you Dave.
 
PHF Presentation - Foundation Chair, Greg Wynn recognized Dick Storm by presenting him with his Paul Harris Fellow +3.  Thank you, Dick for your support of our charity, the Rotary Foundation.
Dick offered a few comments.
 
Speaker
This morning's speaker was Assistant Town Manager Josh Gruber.  
The first time he spoke to us he talked about the 278 corridor.  He began by updating us on this project.  It is a $240,000,000 project which covers the area between Moss Creek to Squire Pope Road.  It is now fully funded with $120 million state grant approved; $80 million local; and $40 million SC DOT.  They are still in the middle of looking at the area it will be going. DOT and contractors have narrowed it down to a preferred alternative  and will present it to Town Council then there will be opportunity to comment.  A third party is being considered to do a peer review and want to confirm that it is the best alternative.  Being fully funded has the advantage that we can apply for Federal funding.
The Town's continued response to COVID-19 -  Still in Phase 2.  The Town is open for business but must have an appointment.  There is concern about large groups gathering so no Special Events are being approved.  The CDC does not recommend groups larger than 10.  Coligny Celebrations Park is on time and on budget.  Since large gatherings are not approved, there will be a soft opening (beginning of October) and the public will be able to start to use it.  The playground and rest rooms will be the first to open.
Operating under emergency ordinance, and Beaufort Country being labeled a "high transmission" area, the mask ordinance will probably be extended another 60 days.
School is scheduled to start September 8 to buy time for the numbers to go down. If going to do virtual schooling it will be different. It will be much more like a virtual class room, more organized.  Challenge is that not all students have internet access.  The majority of the island has high speed, but rural areas do not.
The Town is finishing Comprehensive Plan - projects for the next ten years - will set the tone for the the island.
The value of real property is going up, business license revenue is expected to go down, and probably have a 5% impact. Won't know the impact of current conditions on business until business licenses come up for renewal.  Fourteen restaurants have closed between March and now, however there is more spending at grocery stores.
According to DHEC, while there are significant increases in positive cases of COVID, there is not that large an increase in hospitalization.
Hurricane season - it is a significant challenge to plan to a possible storm/evacuation.  The closest shelter when leaving is in Jasper County and it will not be able to take as many people.
 
 
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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