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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Club President Lynn King welcomed all and called the meeting to order
Ray Warco offered the prayer and led the Pledge to the flag.
Cory Malphrus told of the service project this Saturday, January 23. Hilton Head High School trash pickup at 9:30 am for an hour to an hour and a half.  We will meet at the HHH Athletic Field House behind Island Rec Center.  Bring gloves - trash bags and pickup tools are provided.  Call/text Cory for more information and to let him know that you can help out.  843-384-0394.  Six to ten people would be perfect.  This is a great project to get family members involved.  
Jonathan Eggert, membership chair announced that this is the third posting for Beth Kuzmick.  He also received an application from Lauren Hollis.
Steve Stauffer reported that the past President's committee met (also the nomination committee) and have nominated Creighton Stuckart to the President Elect for the 2021-2022 Rotary year.  Election was held with no nominations coming from the floor and Creighton was elected unanimously.  Steve had announced the other officers/directors at a previous meeting.
Sergeant at Arms, Suzi Oliver, welcomed guests Ray Enstine (zoom), Lauren Hollis.  Suzi collected happy $$ and introduced the speaker.
Amber Kuehn who enlightened us about Sea Turtles and the 2020 nesting season.
photo credit Barry Davis
Amber, who manages the Sea Turtle Patrol,  grew up in Bluffton SC and has studied marine biology and received a Masters in 2005. She also has a 100 ton Master Captains license.  She has lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Maui besides the lowcountry. Amber worked as a scuba instructor and dive boat captain in the past.
The Sea Turtle Patrol's mission is to "monitor Hilton Head Island beaches for sea turtle nests and hatchling activity May through October to promote the existence of these endangered species and to spread awareness of their struggle through public education and outreach.". 
In SC, in 2020 there were 5551 Loggerhead nests, 3 green turtle nests, 1 leatherback nest, 1 Kemp's Ridley nest and 2 unknown.  On HHI since 1991 there has been 1  Kemp's Ridley, 5 Greens, 6 Leatherbacks, and 5,648 Loggerheads. Turtle Trackers HHI is a separate organization.  Besides monitoring the nesting, they also look for dead ones, and keep track of the results of necropsies. Starting May 1 they start looking for nests. Sometimes they have to move the nests above the tide line.  They also do DNA testing to determine the number of each sex and can actually pinpoint which turtle laid the eggs.  The texture of the sand enters into the success of nesting.  The north and south ends of the island have different textures, with the south end having finer sand.  They have done a 3 year study of sex determination and have found that temperature at which the eggs incubate at is a deciding factor.  Hilton Head Island has been shown to produce more females than males.  The leading cause of the hatchlings not surviving long enough to enter the ocean is misorientation, with last season being the highest.  Covid has made a difference in the attitudes of visitors and it has become very important to emphasize "lights out" on the beach rules as well as filling holes and not leaving items on the beach.  Trash is also a problem. They do patrol and try to work with renters to comply with the regulations.  The "Myrtle Project" is named after an actual turtle that has been nesting on HHI every other year.  She is over 60 years old and unfortunately did not come back in 2019.  Amber also told of another turtle "Stumpy" that had difficulty digging her nest because of an injury.  Amber was able to help her and Stumpy laid her eggs at marker 73B  There was 70% emergence but sadly 93 were lost to misorientation.  More information can be found at:  Also check out Amber's business -Spartina Marine Education Charters which is her source of income which allows her to volunteer working with the turtles.  Coastal Discovery Museum has an adopt a nest program and you can see more about that on their website. 
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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