Posted by Nancy Riedel on Aug 09, 2019
President Lynn King called the meeting to order
Guest Rob Cushman offered the prayer and led the pledge to the flag.
 
Announcements:
Committee assignments and recognition will be next week
 
Julie Camp-Tome, Sergeant at Arms, introduced guests and collected Happy $$
Guests: Rob Cushman, Alan Perry, Frank Soule, Melissa Kraus, Angel de Valle, Kathryn Maglione, Dudley Ruffalo, Ferrebee Ruffalo.
 
 
A check for $40,000 was presented to the Island Rec Center.  On hand to accept our first installment of our commitment, was Executive Director Frank Soule and Alan Perry.
John Cunningham introduced Rob Cushman who gave an update on Allendale and "Change the Landscape of South Carolina prisons  and invited us to visit Allendale this fall. He also spoke about the show at the Arts Center featuring Allendale artists.  
Invitation to the event:
The United States has had serious problems with their prison systems and each year it seems to get worse. There is a model of how prison management with input from inmates and help from volunteers can make a difference. Please join us to hear how Allendale Correctional Institution has broken the mold. Presentations by key wardens, exinmates and volunteers will give you a new and exciting view on an old problem. Based on the success at Allendale, the state now wants to take this model statewide.
Following lunch there will be a group discussion on how we can all collaborate in changing the landscape.
St. Luke's Church Fellowship Hall August 24. Registration and coffee hour 9:00am; Program 9:30am. We invite people to stay for lunch if they would like to attend a group discussion on the future of incarceration in South Carolina 12:30pm  Be sure to visit our website: www.characterrestorationinitiative.org
 
Speaker Dudley Ruffalo, former deputy solicitor 14th Judicial Circuit, Former Chief Judge Hilton Head Municipal Court, and Founding member of SC Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers delivered a dynamic presentation.  He started with description of his so called "Prom Talk" followed by his rise from an attorney in Chicago to moving to his parents home in Sea Pines and how he landed a job in the 14th Solicitor's office. Lots of humorous anecdotes. The prom talks were to high school kids and dealt with criminal liability and responsibilities; scared kids by telling them the dire consequences they would face if they acted irresponsibly. (provided by Barry Davis)