Rotary Club of Little River President Dana Black-Bolch and Past District Governor Craig Hill present donation of $1000.00 to Athletic Director of Coastal Carolina University Matt Hogue. Mr.Hogue was the guest speaker at the Oct. 19th meeting.
2016 Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame Honorees
For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 29, 2016
For Further Information Contact: Hank Noble, Chair, Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame
(843) 815-6014 email@example.com
Hilton Head Island, SC . . . The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island is pleased to announce that
Emory S. Campbell and Caroline “Beany” Newhall will be inducted into the Hilton Head Island
Hall of Fame on November 10, 2016.
Emory S. Campbell is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the cultural and
environmental heritage of the Lowcountry. Born and raised on Hilton Head Island, he was
Valedictorian of his high school class, earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Savannah State
College, and a Master’s degree in environmental engineering from Tufts University. Throughout
his career – first as Environmental Health Engineer for the Beaufort-Jasper Health Center and
then as Executive Director of the Penn Center on St. Helena’s Island – Emory worked vigorously
to implement public health measure in impoverished rural areas and to preserve and enhance
the rich Gullah heritage of the Sea Islands. He spearheaded the efforts to reestablish the family
connection between the Gullah people and the West African nation of Sierra Leone, and, in 2008,
was elected Chairman of the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, empowered
by the U.S. Congress to develop a program to commemorate Gullah culture in the Lowcountry.
Mr. Campbell has been featured in numerous documentaries, news magazines, films, radio and
television programs, is author of the Gullah Cultural Legacies guidebook, and currently serves of
President of the Gullah Heritage Consulting Service, conducing educational programs and
managing Gullah Heritage Trail Tours on Hilton Head Island. Emory S. Campbell truly has been a
beacon for his culture and people.
Caroline “Beany” Newhall (1904-1991) is being honored for her role as an environmentalist in
preserving the original island habitat and natural beauty of Hilton Head Island. A graduate of
Smith College, she moved to Hilton Head Island in 1954. She persuaded island developer Charles
Fraser to set aside a 50-acre tract of “green space” that became the Audubon Newhall Preserve
on Palmetto Bay Road. Later she was instrumental in development of the Whooping Crane
Conservancy in Hilton Head Plantation. As founder and first president of the Hilton Head Island
Audubon Club, Beany lead tours of the Preserve and other wildlife areas, protecting native
species and coastal waters from the downside of rapid development. It was through her
activism and leadership that German chemical company BASF was kept from building a plant on
Victoria Bluff across from Hilton Head Island, preventing pollution of precious coastal waters
and damage to local sea life. As a result of this decisive defeat, other industrial interests were
discouraged from locating here, and the natural island environment and water quality have been
preserved. In recognition of her many contributions, she was given the Good Citizenship Award
and named Woman of the Year by the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce in 1972; the Audubon
Newhall Preserve and the boardwalk at Whooping Crane Conservatory carry her name; and
Beany Newhall Day was celebrated in 1985 and again in 2010. The impact of her contributions
will be felt for generations to come
The Hall of Fame was initiated in 2012 by the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island as a gift to the
community to acknowledge innovative and community-minded island residents. Selection of
inductees is made by an anonymous group of longtime community leaders. Recipients are honored
with bronze plaques at the Hilton Head Hall of Fame site at the Coastal Discovery Museum on
Honey Horn Plantation. Earlier inductees included:
2012 — Charles Fraser, Fred Hack, Charlotte Heinrichs, Charles Simmons, Jr.
2013 – Tom Barnwell, Billie Hack
2014 – Ben Racussin
2015 – Dr. Peter LaMotte, Dr. Jack McConnell
Rotary will host a buffet luncheon and induction ceremony at the Sonesta Hotel at noon on
Thursday, November 10, 2016, at which time recognition of the honorees will be made and the
plaques presented. Members of the community are invited to attend. Cost is $20 per person
with checks made payable to the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island, P.O. Box 5771, Hilton Head
Island, SC 20038. Deadline: November 4, 2016.
Past Club President and our club’s Membership Committee Chair, Cindy Gettig (left) is pictured with our District 7770 Membership Chair, Johnny Moore (right) at a recent Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meeting. Jonny brought some exciting and impactful insights for engaging new members.
The Bluffton Rotary Club is working on an international project to bring clean water to the community of Miramar, Peru. The community consists of 2,800 people who make up 700 families. The current water source is contaminated causing diarrheal illness, cholera and malaria. These illnesses prevent the people of the community from attending school or work.
The contaminated water is a primary factor perpetuating the continuous cycle of poverty and illness plaguing this community. A housewife from the community expressed it best by saying “a healthy person can function in all respects, but when we are sick we cannot perform our activities. We pay for water that is not purified and we must spend additional funds on gas to boil the water. We know that water is contaminated, but there are things we still do not know and would like to learn to care for our health.”
For those of us who live here on the beautiful pristine May River it is hard to image the life of the people of Miramar. The Bluffton Rotary Club saw the need and committed to making a difference in Miramar. Earlier this year, we completed the process of applying for and receiving a grant from Rotary International to fund a portion of the project and the work, much of it done by the local people in the community of Miramar, now well underway with an expected completion date of early fall. However, our work is not done. We still need to raise the remaining funds to complete this project and we need your help. Please join us on September 24th at the Oyster Factory Park from 10:00am to 1:00pm for a fun day as we Walk for Water to raise money to finalize the funds needed for this project.
People in third world countries typically have to walk 3.5 miles to get water – water that we would not consider drinking. For our walk, we will begin at the Oyster Factory Park on Wharf Street in Bluffton, walk 1 mile, fill up a bucket of water, then return a mile to the May River at the Oyster Factory Park for awards, refreshments and entertainment.
Registration to walk is $10 for adult, $5 for children 10 – 17 and free for children under 10. Or you may choose to form your own team. For registration details or questions, please contact our event coordinator, Mary O’Neill via email at MaryAOneill6@aol.com.
If you cannot walk, we would be more than happy to take a small donation. Please save the date – September 24, from 10:00am – 1:00pm for our Walk for Water!
Remember: we live in the beautiful town of Bluffton, SC and know firsthand the importance of clean water. We all work to protect our very own May River. I hope you will walk to raise the necessary funding for the Bluffton Rotary’s project in Peru. We walk to raise awareness of the importance of clean water not only at home but worldwide. We walk for water!
Click below to download the application.