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
Bruce Yeager offered the prayer and led the pledge to the flag (great job on the spot, Bruce) 
The speaker scheduled for today had an accident and will not be able to be here
Rotary ROCS - will be held on Saturday September 26 on Hilton Head Island. There are four venues for the projects, all of which will be outdoors.  Masks will be required.  The link to sign up is   President Lynn will be sending out a separate email.
Island Rec Center - Frank Soule is our speaker at the October 6 meeting. At that time we will be presenting him a check towards our commitment to the Center.  Stay tuned as we may meet at the Rec Center on that day.
Sergeant at Arms, Suzi Oliver collected Happy $$.  Reminder that our Happy $$ contributions go to CART.
Discussion on the need to raise funds.  Looking for ideas from all
The board has discussed and feels that in these times a raffle works well. Kristin Keller reported that last year our raffle raised $10,000.  This year want to do a couple raffles. This year sill have a longer time to sell the tickets and want to have social media sales as well.  Can't do trips, so a cash raffle works better.  Jim Keith suggested to encourage the Rec Center to participate in selling tickets since they are the recipient.  Also a possibility to get sponsors for the raffle, but need to figure out what value we can give to the sponsors - like a commercial on facebook or instagram.  Other suggestions included a golf fund raiser and a virtual event (similar to the triathalon done by Memory Matters where they raised $25,000)
Filling in for the speaker, Suzi Oliver presented a history of Rotary International.  Suzi presented many interesting personal facts about Paul Harris, like he lived with his grand parents and his grand father was a great influence on his life.  Did you know that Paul met a woman on a hike and eventually married her? He also had many occupations prior to the one we are all familiar with.  The first meeting was held February 23, 1905 and in 1907 the first service project - a public comfort station. In 1910 PH met his wife, 1911, the motto "Service Above Self" was introduced.  By 1912 there were 50 clubs and growing. In 1914 spouses could participate in the "Rotary Anns" because women were not allowed in Rotary until 1987.  1932 the Four Way Test was introduced, Friendship trees was started and the Rotary wheel was amended.  There were 5,000 clubs in 1939. Did you know that on July 20, 1969 The Four Way Test was planted on the moon? 
Great presentation of Rotary trivia - thanks Suzi.
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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 VLR Videos

Choosing a Beneficiary, part I

Choosing a Beneficiary, part II
Auction History
September 2020

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Rhonda Lowther
Sep 29, 2020 8:00 AM
Lowcountry Council of Governments - Area Agency on Aging
Frank Soule
Oct 06, 2020 8:00 AM
Island Rec Center Updates
Dr. Jean Fruh
Oct 13, 2020 8:00 AM
Water Project
Nate Jones
Oct 27, 2020 8:00 AM
Broad Creek Marina/Electric Go Carts/Adventure Park
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
Amber Kuehn
Nov 17, 2020 8:00 AM
Sea Turtles and the 2020 Nesting Season
Bernie Riedel
Dec 15, 2020 8:00 AM
Rotary Foundation International Award for a Polio Free World, and polio eradication efforts
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