July 18, 2021



As I reported at last week’s meeting, your Board has decided for the near term to offer a meal at each meeting as opposed to the “social” every other week. With this in mind, tomorrow’s meeting will offer a meal.
On Tuesday of this past week, ten members of the Mini Golf committee met and much was accomplished. Ticket prices are set at $15ea (adult or child) with one free ticket for each 4 purchased. The Committee is asking each member to take the responsibility of selling 20 tickets. The thought being that at the lower price and the free bonus ticket, they will be easier to sell. Tickets should be available prior to August 1st. A number of ideas were discussed as a means of increasing ticket sales. Some of these will be discussed at upcoming Club meetings.
Ed Dowashinski will give a brief report on the Club’s financial transactions for the fiscal year ending June 30th.
George Haley has submitted his application for membership to the Club. Most of you have had an opportunity to meet with George as he has attended several meetings prior to submitting his application. His official induction will be at the Club’s August 2 meeting.
Our speaker this week will be Amber Kuehn, Director of Sea Turtle Patrol. This organization monitors HHI beaches for turtle nesting and batching activity to promote the existence of these endangered species.
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Speaker: Amber Kuehn, MS
Owner Spartina Charters
Director, Sea Turtle Patrol
Amber Kuehn grew up exploring the May River on a 15ft motor boat which she learned to handle by the age of 12.  This access to a watery playground planted a seed that would direct her path to complete a Masters Degree in Marine Biology and manage a 100 ton Master Captain's License.  These pursuits took her to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Maui, Hawaii for a 5 year hiatus from the Lowcountry.   
As a scuba instructor and dive boat captain, she educated divers on what they would observe submerged in the Atlantic and later, the Pacific.   When the Spanish moss, rustling palmettos, and emerald marsh called her home, she reacquainted herself with the Lowcountry by guiding eco tour charters for various companies on Hilton Head and in Bluffton.  
Currently, Amber manages Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island and immerses herself in field biology on a daily basis.  She will offer a field biology expedition with her floating laboratory as owner/operator of Spartina Marine Education Charters.
Mini Golf Tournament Silent Auction
By: Ed Finison
This is a recap of the comments that the Silent Auction Committee presented Monday at Rotary, and some discussion notes. The main purpose of the discussion was to start our engines with July and August being our time frame for gathering and presenting Silent Auction Items and challenging everyone to remember what they did in the past and encourage new contacts, and items for auction. There are 28 addressees and we need everyone’s help.
Two things to keep in mind as you go about this:
  1. As you contact people—think about two requests. One being an outright donation (hole sponsor or just a cash donation), and then an item for the silent auction. It can be golf rounds, meal discounts, physical items (big or small), business discounts, activity discounts, etc. Of course, each call or request is what fits the occasion.
  2. Communication is key, so that we don’t hit the same target multiple times. If you are successful in a pursuit, please let me know. I will be the clearing house and keep everyone posted. In the early going, I would even love to know if you have a target and want to let me know that.
Important tools to assist your efforts are coming including brochures which will be available in 2-3 weeks or sooner. Something concrete to give to folks, possibly even display.
As a general rule, we have broken our Silent Auction attack into 6 categories. I will send out notes on these areas as reminders.
  • Golf;  there are 17-20 courses on or just off the island—these are our large money makers. Don’t forget Pro-Shop items.
  • Restaurants; everyone has a favorite—please ask. Multiple meals, people, etc. Something biddable.
  • Retail Business; Spa’s, Nurseries, pet grooming, gift shops
  • Activities; Boat rental discounts (shelter cove, palmetto bay, south beach, etc.) Trips and tours, Daufuski events.
  • Baskets; we had 11 last year, popular but need to figure how to be more profitable (less cost to Rotary member)
  • Products; Large items (paintings, pottery, etc.)  Small items can go in “grab bags”
Put on your “thinking hat” and “ action shoes” as we attack the Silent Auction!
Member and Spouse Birthdays 
Marriage and Join Date Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Lisa Medford
July 15
Rosalyn Lester
July 22
Nancy Millette
July 27
Ray Makalous
August 16
Truitt Rabun
August 22
Spouse Birthdays
Ed Millette
July 10
Carolyn Evans
July 27
Barb Magee
August 16
Maureen Greger
August 28
Sunday Molen
August 31
Rich Dugan
Maureen Dugan
July 15
Truitt Rabun
Marsha Rabun
July 20
Ralph Eckles
Joan Eckles
August 8
Bart Hoemann
Dorothy Hoemann
August 17
Bill Bosse
Joni Bosse
August 27
Nancy Millette
Ed Millette
August 28
Russell Hampton
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