The Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club was pleased to donate over $140,000 to 34 charities at its 2nd Annual Grant Awards Dinner held on November 1, 2017 at the Turtle Point Golf Club. This special gathering, attended by over 120 members and guests, recognized non-profit organizations that have a tremendous impact on our local communities.
On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the Seabrook Island Club, member Jim Bannister initiated a new program that presents remembrances of fallen heroes that are honored on an Exchange Club American flag as part of the Exchange Club’s Americanism program of service. He and his wife Marlisa spoke of their grandson, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Zachary A. Bannister, who was killed in the line of duty on October 17, 2016 while serving his country in Kenya, Africa. He was a Green Beret and a member of the Army’s elite Special Forces Group. Among his many awards, SFC Bannister received three Bronze Stars with Valor for his actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jim concluded his presentation by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
Dinner speakers for the evening were Judge A. Victor Rawl, Chairman of the Charleston County Council and Steven L. Thigpen, Charleston County Director of Transportation Development. They spoke on the demand for new roads and bridges in our area, funding needs for construction and the time required to obtain necessary permits.
The Exchange Club will be conducting a new member orientation on December 5 at the Lake House from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The annual Holiday Gathering will be held on Wednesday, December 6 at the Seabrook Island Club.
-Submitted by Lori Leary