MORRIS CENTER FOR LOWCOUNTRY HERITAGE PRESERVES HISTORY

The Sinclair Service Station building sits on a bustling corner in the center of Ridgeland’s downtown. With its red-tiled roof and antique gas pumps, it is a relic of another time. 

The Mission Revival-style service station was built in 1937 and operated for three decades. But today, thanks to the vision of a local businessman, it embodies both the past and future of the Jasper County seat. 

1. BERKELEY HALL CLUB NAMES ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER, CFO 

Jeff Dekruif has joined the Berkeley Hall team as assistant general manager and chief financial officer. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the golf resort and country club industries. Most recently, Dekruif served as the CFO and assistant general manager for Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, Calif. 

1. BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF HILTON HEAD NAMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS 

Jan Cooper, Lt. Andres F. Florencio and Carla Seebald are the newest Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head board members. Cooper has had a successful career with Deloitte Touche in strategy and innovation, operations, and marketing. She has a passion for youth development and has experience with the United Way, Girl Scouts and other organizations. 

ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ IS ONE OF THE LOWCOUNTRY’S PREEMINENT FORAGERS 

Roberto Rodriguez is excited about his latest find. An expert forager, this native Argentinian has made countless discoveries while on one of his many treks through the forests of the Lowcountry. It’s usually the wood that calls to him; fallen limbs and trunks that he drags back to his shop and converts into beautiful works of art and furniture through his company, Wild Wood Rescue. 

Today, it’s a mushroom. Draped over the crook of a tree, it’s a vision of pure white, a mass of white shaggy fibers that resembles a furry hat. Its unique look is what lends it the name “Lion’s Mane.” 

1. SECOND HELPINGS NAMES NEW OFFICERS, ADDS NEW BOARD MEMBER 

New officers and a new board member assumed leadership roles for nonprofit Second Helpings. Margaret (Peg) Marty, a retired consumer banking executive who lives on Dataw Island, is board president. The officers for 2021 are Mary Ann Bell, Vice President (Indigo Run); Anthony Berkant, 

SELECTIONS THAT CELEBRATE WOMEN IN WINEMAKING

As we surge into the new year, certified sommelier Stephanie Skager of Rollers Wine & Spirits has hand-picked wines that celebrate women and winemaking. These selections offer a “cheers” to women who are pioneers in the industry: 

BILL MILES IS HILTON HEAD ISLAND-BLUFFTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S TIRELESS LEADER

HHM Bill MilesThere are some people so ideally suited for their job, it’s almost impossible to picture them doing anything else. Bill Miles is definitely one of those people.

As president and CEO of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, it almost seems like he was molded from Indiana clay to be transplanted onto the island and head up a successful chamber of commerce.

MATTHEW SHERBURNE NAMED EAGLE SCOUT OF THE YEAR

SherburneMatthew Sherburne loves being outdoors. The Bluffton High School senior enjoys mountain climbing, biking, and being on the water with the Hilton Head Island Crew team.  

He also enjoys helping others. Always has. Sherburne joined the Cub Scouts in third grade with his twin brother, Andrew, thinking he’d do some camping, learn survival skills and have fun. But he quickly learned he could help make a difference in the community. 

MARTIN LESCH FOSTERS THE COMMUNITY THROUGH MUSIC

Martin LeschIf you speak with him long enough, let’s say you even interview him for your local magazine, you’ll eventually realize you still don’t know Martin Lesch. That’s because he rarely talks about himself.

If you’re close with him, you may have enjoyed his Szechuan cooking without knowing he’s a practicing Buddhist. You may think he never hits the beach unless you catch him on a moonlit stroll.