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Media Release

Mayor’s "Honored Islander Award" Dinner

Release Date: October 9, 2015

Contact Information:
Lynn Buchman email icon , 843-341-4700


Mayor David Bennett will recognize five (5) Hilton Head Island residents at his semi-annual “Honored Islander Award” dinner being held on Monday, October 12, 2015, at 6:00 PM.  The dinner is generously hosted by Brian Carmines of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, located off Squire Pope Road on Skull Creek. The Honored Islanders attending the dinner were recognized at Town Council meetings held on July 21, 2015 and September 15, 2015, and are as follows:

John Shkor:
After a distinguished career in the Coast Guard, followed by service as Chief Operating Officer for the Transportation Security Administration after 9/11, we are fortunate that John chose Hilton Head Island as his next “assignment.”  As a representative to the Military Veterans Coalition, he helped establish the Veterans Memorial in Shelter Cove, and has been a speaker for Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day Ceremonies held there.  He has shared his military knowledge as a presenter for the Lifelong Learning and World Affairs Council, and is currently volunteering as a mentor in the Veterans’ Treatment Court through the Solicitor’s Office to assist returning veterans with legal issues.  John has also applied his extensive leadership and organizational skills as a founding board member and early advocate for the Hilton Head Island Institute, and has served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Greater Island Council of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, helping to advance their goals to preserve and enhance Hilton Head Island’s reputation as a premier resort destination providing exceptional residential, retirement and business opportunities.  Thank you for not only your military service and continued commitment to assist others who have served our country, but for your tireless efforts to improve the quality of life for our citizens and visitors.

Luther Strayer, III:
Dr. Lu, as he is affectionately known at Volunteers in Medicine, has arrived early at the clinic every Wednesday for the past 20 years to provide needed medical care to the uninsured working poor of Hilton Head Island.  Many of his patients are unaware that he has been a rower since childhood and was an accomplished college rower for Princeton.  He was later recruited as team doctor for the US National Junior World Rowing Championship Team and the US National Rowing Team, also serving as chairman of the Sports Medicine Committee, and traveling with the team for 17 years.  Sharing lessons from his 60-plus years of rowing experience, he donates the remainder of his free time to coaching youth, working on boats, planning competitive strategies and logistics, and driving children to and from regattas.  Together with Dave Erdman, he was a driving force behind the new Community Rowing and Sailing Center, and he continues to push for diversity among the youth served by the rowing programs.  Lu has been, and continues to be, a generous and caring physician and a rigorous but kind coach to young rowing athletes, transforming many lives in our community.

Loretta Warden:
Using her skills and knowledge gained from an extensive background in education, Loretta has served on the Education and Economic Workforce Development Subcommittee of the Greater Island Committee, as Issues Chair for the Southern Beaufort County Community Association, as a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Beaufort County School District Facilities 2000 Oversight Committee, as Secretary of the Hilton Head Community Foundation Water Task Force, as a member of the Beaufort County 2000 Steering Committee, and as a member of the Town of Hilton Head Island Planning Commission for 7 years, acting as both Chair and Vice-Chair of that Committee.  She currently serves as President of the League of Women Voters, helping to make sure all citizens have a voice through their individual vote by sponsoring voter registration drives, public candidate forums, and educational materials, resulting in better informed voters who will insure a bright future for Hilton Head Island.

Tim Drake:
For over 15 years Tim has used his skills as a landscape architect to design and showcase the beauty of Hilton Head Island for residents and visitors.  He reaches out with his positive energy and caring spirit to all segments of our community as he seeks to serve anyone in need and quietly offers his talents in places such as the Children’s Memorial Garden at Hilton Head Hospital and the re-designed Columbarium at St. Luke’s Church.  Recognizing the needs and contributions of the Hispanic community and being fluent in Spanish, he devotes time with Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry helping to bridge the language barrier and teaching valuable social skills that will build and strengthen the concept of “One Island – One Community.”  Tim’s impact on the citizens and landscape of Hilton Head Island will be a lasting legacy that will enrich many lives.

Logan Fettes:
Logan is the youngest recipient of the Honored Islander Award, but he has already accomplished a great deal, and I expect that we will hear much more from him in the future.  Watching his brother bravely fight a chronic illness, Logan was inspired to serve others.  In 2011, he founded “Operation Sunshine,” a service project to help spread “rays of comfort, joy, happiness and hope.”  Involving family and friends, he has demonstrated his caring for those in need by distributing stuffed animals to hospitalized children and tornado victims, sending suitcases filled with toys and books for children in third world countries, and providing sleeping bags and blankets to the homeless.  It is my honor to recognize Logan not only as a representative of the best of America’s youth, but as a role model to his peers and community.

NOTE:  Please note that a quorum of Town Council may result if four (4) or more of Town Council members attend this dinner.