SIPOA 2020 Election – Nominating Committee Candidate – Melodie Murphy

Candidate for the SIPOA Nominating Committee – Melodie Murphy 

I retired from the corporate world in 2015. My husband Mark and I purchased a home and moved to Seabrook Island as full time residents on August 1, 2017. 

While getting settled into Seabrook life I have chosen to not get overly involved in activities other than golf, biking and enjoying our wonderful, wildlife filled surroundings. Some additional activities I have undertaken during the past two years include: 

  • Hole Captain for Seabrook Island’s “hole” at the US Women’s Open at Country Club of Charleston. Duties included coordinating/scheduling over 50 Seabrook Island volunteers to cover 12 shifts over 6 days during grueling conditions caused by excessive heat. I implemented a detailed communication plan which; combined with utilization of diplomatic skills to pull together a large number of volunteers I had never met; ensured that Seabrook Island maintained a wonderful reputation of providing the Professional golfers with a positive playing environment. 
  • Member of SILGA leadership committee (small roles co-coordinating social activities, assisting with the Member Guest, Pumpkin Scramble, South Carolina Women’s Open and other tournaments) 
  • Assisting the SI Birders group with registration activities during their evening programs as well as Bluebird nest box monitoring 
  • Consultation with then SIPOA President Julie McCulloch regarding SIPOA employee compensation 
  • Continued participation as a volunteer with the Basenji Rescue and Transport group. Duties include evaluating dogs being surrendered and prospective foster families and adoptive families. 

I believe I am now ready to start taking on other roles of community service, including participating on the SIPOA nominating committee. 

About half of my 37 year corporate career with Exxon Mobil was in Human Resources. I developed skills in facilitating development programs and processes that ensured the company was able to successfully recruit, develop, motivate and retain a highly skilled global workforce while meeting demanding business goals. I believe relevance to the Nominating Committee is the ability to assess, with an open mind, the backgrounds, capabilities and motivations of Seabrook Island property owners wishing to serve in SIPOA roles. 

I am constantly amazed and thankful that so many Seabrook Island property owners are willing to volunteer their time and expertise to ensure this wonderful community remains solvent and well managed. We are very lucky to be ‘self-managed’ and not have to rely on paying an outside management company to run our community. I believe that my corporate background can add value as well. My hope is I can be part of a cohesive team that is able to ensure candidates are thoroughly and impartially evaluated resulting in a slate of capable candidates that will have the best interest of Seabrook Island in mind.

-Submitted by the SIPOA Nominating Committee