The-Backpack-Buddies2In late 2009 an article appeared in the Island Packet which caught the attention of the Social Action Committee of Congregation Beth Yam on Hilton Head Island.

The article dealt with the homeless and hungry in Beaufort County and specifically on Hilton Head Island.

Members of the committee felt strongly that they needed and wanted to know more about people living in our community going without food and or shelter.

The committee asked congregation member Twyla Sable to chair a committee to investigate the issue.

Her response: “This is a problem that should be presented not just to our congregation but to the entire community. We need to involve as many people as possible.”

ThinkSpace Hilton Head, the first cooperative workspace environment in Beaufort County, announces it will open on March 1, 2014. ThinkSpace Hilton Head, located at 52 New Orleans Road, Suite 300, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, will allow individuals or companies to have a workspace to create, collaborate and think along with other compatible professionals.

SAVINGS-BONDS“EXPERTS SAY SAVINGS BONDS DON’T EARN ENOUGH INTEREST TO BE A WISE INVESTMENT”

There are some things in life that most of us want. We want to feel financially secure. We want our children to go to college and we want a comfortable retirement.
However, as many people know, those things are not easily attained.
They take work and planning to be accomplished.

ReadersChoice213Again this year, Monthly celebrates local businesses and communities with the 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards, the “best of the best” places to shop, dine and live, as voted by you, our readers. We received 5,507 electronic ballots in our eight-week Readers’ Choice promotional campaign, intended to identify the top businesses in a wide range of categories. Want to find the best of the Lowcountry? You will find it here. The list of categories and winners is extensive. As you read over the list, we’re sure you will recognize your favorites among the many categories. We also expect you will find some unexpected and unknown venues. We encourage you to peruse the list and visit these reader-selected winners to judge for yourself. And, if you don’t see a business or community listed here you think is deserving, be sure to vote in the 2014 Readers’ Choice campaign. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

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Community-FoundationThink of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry as part petri dish of ideas to help everyone in the  community prosper, an angel fund to jumpstart them and a local talent search of volunteers, thinkers and donors.

Its mission is to pull together community resources to keep residents in Beaufort, Jasper, Colleton and Hampton counties safe, healthy, educated and fed and local communities vibrant.

The foundation started nearly 20 years ago when Hilton Head Hospital was sold and went from nonprofit to for-profit. The sale created a $22 million kitty organizers employed to tackle an array of community needs, not just health related.

Rotary-ClubROTARY INTERNATIONAL MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

Rotary International, also known as the Rotary Club, is an international service organization dedicated to building goodwill and peace, both at home and abroad. There are 34,282 clubs and more than 1.2 million members worldwide.

Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are blessed to have five Rotary Clubs — Rotary Club of Bluffton, Okatie-Bluffton Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island, Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island Sunset and Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island VanLandingham.

All five clubs help make the world a better place.

financialteamPiece by piece, evidence has begun to accumulate that after four years of lackluster performance, the U.S. economy is on track for stronger growth than many people had expected. The Great Recession of 2007-08, the steepest downturn since the 1930s, has been followed by a slow and steady recovery. Now is the time to formulate your financial game plan for the future. Like finding the perfect mate, finding the right financial team can be tricky, especially if you lack experience. Monthly proudly presents the following financial experts of the Lowcountry.

 

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ERNSTb2ERNST BRUDERER HAS ALWAYS VALUED LEARNING AND EDUCATION.

As a seasoned business leader, Bruderer has found a way to learn and to pass on his expertise as a chapter chair of Vistage International in Savannah and Hilton Head.

Vistage International is an organization aimed at connecting chief executives of mid- and small-sized companies together to increase leadership effectiveness. With more than 16,000 members throughout the world, the group is considered a top organization for CEOs.

Each group has about 16 members, Bruderer said, and each member represents a company that does not compete with other group members’ companies.

“All the members of the group are from non-competing companies, so you can be open about what’s going on,” he said. Larger markets, such as Atlanta, have many Vistage chapters to accommodate the people who want to be involved.

KROGER WILL OPEN IN JANUARY; SERG GIVES DETAILS ON POSEIDON RESTAURANT

sheltercove-logoSelect details are emerging as construction continues on the $76 million Shelter Cove Towne Centre, and folks involved in the mid-island redevelopment project envision a finished product worthy of lingering attention from visitors and islanders alike.

“Ultimately we’re trying to make this a place that truly lives up to it name,” said Roni Allbritton, general manager for Blanchard & Calhoun, the commercial developer partnering with Kroger Co. on the 42-acre site featuring fresh shopping, dining and leisure options. “We want this to be a place where people can spend all day playing and having a good time.”

beachbMike Ritterbeck started taking photographs at sporting events several years ago during his son’s high school soccer match.

“I’m one of those parents that has a tendency to yell in the stands,” Ritterbeck said. “My wife told me I needed to find something else to do during the games.”

The professional photographer grabbed his camera and headed to the sideline. Rather than just snapping photos of his own son, Ritterbeck followed the action, taking high-quality shots of all players on the field. It didn’t take long for parents to start heckling the former referee heckler for the images he took of their children.