Posted by Nancy Riedel on Feb 06, 2018
President Ben rang the bell at 8:00
Otto Ferrene offered the prayer and pledge to the flag
Auction - Matt and Kristen reported that today is the last day to accept items that will appear on TV.  The amount collected is at $120,000 so there has been a big push this week.  Continue to follow up and collect items this week and deliver to Matt or bring to next week's meeting.  Still need one sponsor and there are many $200 advertising slots left.  Continue to look for those, but filming will take place this Friday at 1st Tee, so that is the deadline.  
Social - John indicated that there will be a social at Porter and Pig on the 24th.
Youth and Education - Ivan reported that there will be a meeting this morning at 9:30 at the HHI School for Creative Arts with Asst. Principal Nikki Lucas.  It will be an orientation for the Rotary Reader Program.  
Ben reported that the board has authorized grants for educational supplies.  They are $500 to the Early Childhood Center and $500 to the Foundation for Educational Excellence 
Sergeant at Arms, Chuck Wiseman welcomed visiting Rotarians and collected Happy $$
Visiting Rotarians:  John Prange; Ray Enstine, Southampton NY; Dennis Hodeney, IL; Harvey Flashen, Kennebunck Portside ME; Bob Wester, Kennebunk Portside ME; Don McClure, Damariscotta, ME; Ken Nykiel, Schumberg IL; Dick Cohen Bound Brook NJ
Photo credit Barry Davis
With Chuck on the guitar and Tim, John, and Ben on vocals, "You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling"  (Brady)  Rotary Karaoke was a big hit - at least with the Eagle's fans.
Photo credit Barry Davis
Recently becoming a U S citizen, John Cunningham provided us with an enhanced version of Yankee Doodle.  Awesome, John!
Photo credit Barry Davis
VLR member Alicia, Director of Development at the Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center provided an interesting program. She showed a video which highlighted many of the activities at the center.  It is on the shores of the Chechessee River between Hilton Head Island and Beaufort.  It uses exhibits, activities and educational programming to highlight the area's ecology, history, culture, art and recreation.  She told of the many experiences available to the children that visit - eco boat tours, kayak trips, birding classes, special events, guest speakers, and story time.  There are two naturalists on staff.  The center has enjoyed growth every year and in the near future we will be hearing more of their vision.  They have acquired more land and will be having a research center.  The mission of the Maritime Center is to educate everyone about how valuable the Port Royal Sound is.   Eagle Scouts have started building trails and benches.  She told of the many speakers that speak at the Tuesday Talks.  Topics range from local wild life (recently had a talk about snakes) to local history.  Our own Lou Benefante will be speaking there about Pirates of the Lowcountry.  Another feature worth seeing is the 3,000 gallon aquarium.  Alicia invites all to come see this fantastic facility.  Admission is free.  Go to the website and check the calendar for upcoming events.