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 at the Sand Box in Celebration Park
Kevin Courtney offered the prayer and led the pledge to the flag
Creighton Stuckart reminded everyone that Wednesday November 18 the club was bagging oyster shells at Honey Horn from 3:00 to 4:30
Next Tuesday there is no meeting in the morning.  We will be delivering 55 Thanksgiving food boxes. Meet at Piggly Wiggly at 3:30.  Informal get together at Mangiamo's  afterward.
Kristin Keller - raffle sales -  drawing to be held on December 22.  Barry Davis is in the lead with sales.
Jim Gant provided an update on the progress of the new Sand Box
He thanked the club for our support.  The new building is 4,000 square feet which is 60% larger than the old Sand Box.  They would like to open in 60 to 90 days however are experiencing some Covid related shortages.  Most of the existing exhibits will be brought from the old building. Gulfstream has donated an actual cockpit from one of their planes. There will be a sand castle, toddler area, reading area, play area - the theme is "imagination play" and was designed with that in mind.  The Rotary room in the far right will house arts as well as maker space.  The Sand Box normally has 25,000 visitors per year but this year there have been only about 500. Now and will continue to limit attendance to 3 or 4 two hour sessions. We were able to see the inside of the building.
Member and Deputy Town Manager Josh Gruber updated us on the construction of Celebration Park.  The playground contains a replica of the ship that William Hilton arrived on Hilton Head Island in.  There is a water feature as well as other playground equipment.  A soft opening is planned for December 10 and will be live streamed to the public. In spring a more formal kick off is planned.  The park allows for large public meeting space, free public WIFI with plugs built into the benches.  Josh also talked about the parking situation in the area and the possibility of  needing to shuttle in for some events. . The parks are open dawn to dusk.  We were able to walk through the playground area.
Following are a few pictures - all photo credits - Barry Davis:
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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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
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