Posted by Nancy Riedel on Aug 30, 2019
President Lynn King rang the bell, calling the meeting to order
Kevin Courtney offered the prayer and led the pledge to the flag
 
Announcements:
Social - September 14, the Dog Days of Summer.  Family friendly event with various hot dog toppings, River Dog beer, sign up to bring a dish 
Fun event at Dolphin Head recreation area.
 
NO MEETING on Tuesday September 2!
 
September 17 District Governor Johnny Moore will be doing his official club visit
 
Septemeber 28 - Rotary ROCS- watch for sign up sheets
 
Membership - first posting for proposed new member Jacob Hunt
 
Julie Camp-Tome, Sergeant at Arms welcomed visitors and guests and collected Happy $$
Welcome to Dick Storm  and Jacob Hunt
 
Speaker
Ginger Allen from VIM was our speaker. She is a ten year resident of Hilton Head.
photo credit Barry Davis
Volunteers in Medicine was started in 1993 by Dr. Jack McConnell who saw the need for a clinic offering free or charitable services to those in the area that are uninsured or under-served. Dr McConnell, a trained physician and scientist, realized that there is a lot of poverty in Hilton Head Island and also realized that there were a lot of retirees that wanted to give back, had the skills and were willing to volunteer to serve the community.  The mission of VIM is: "To understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically underserved and their households, who live or work on Hilton Head or Daufuskie Islands." Their vision is: "May we have eyes to see those rendered invisible and excluded, open arms and hearts to reach out and include them, healing hands to touch their lives with love, and in the process, heal ourselves." VIM has grown to become the largest free/charitable clinic in South Carolina with over 27,000 visits annually. There are move than 50,000 volunteer hours expended annually with 110 physicians, 27 dentists representing 23 medical specialties, 500 nursing and lay volunteers.  The clinic is the only place in Hilton Head Island that those qualifies can get comprehensive health care.  Little known is that the clinic also can provide surgery at greatly reduced prices and also ensure continued care. To be qualified to receive care, one must live or work on Hilton Head or Daufuskie Islands and income must not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.  VIM does not accept federal funding and relies on contributions and grants. VIM saves the hospital 7 million dollars every year and if VIM ceased to function, the local hospital's emergency department would be left to almost an additional 30,000 patient visits annually. Because of VIM, local employers see fewer employee sick days and improved productivity and schools see fewer student sick days. Opportunity for local companies to support VIM through "Company who cares" program. VIM on Hilton Head Island was the first of its kind clinic in the nation and serves as a model for clinics nationally.  There are now 112 such clinics.  Ginger invites everyone to visit the clinic.  Until you tour the facility you cannot imagine what a wonderful operation it is.  Please contact her to arrange a tour.  Also of reading interest is a book, "Circle of Care"  written by Dr. MConnell.  
There are several events coming up which provide an opportunity to support VIM so watch for them.  Learn more at vimclinic.org