Since 1961, the Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island has played a vital role in the community we call home. Organized in January, 1961, as the Hilton Head Garden Club by 23 farsighted and dedicated women, the group changed its name in 1965 to the Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island (WAHHI) and is now over 600 strong.
The original goals of the organization have not changed. They are to promote the natural and cultural beauty of the island, to encourage projects which benefit the community and to facilitate communication among the women of the island.
WAHHI invites and encourages all women who live on Hilton Head Island, in the Town of Bluffton, and in those communities with access to Highway 278, up to and including Island West, and within the area bounded by the Colleton River to the north and the May River to the south, to become members.
Membership in WAHHI expands our horizons in a number of ways:
- By attending one of our Informational Gatherings, we can learn more about the organization and meet new and prospective members.
- Interest Groups are a vital part of WAHHI. There are more than 40 groups in which to participate. By joining, we meet other women with similar interests in smaller venues.
- If we have a talent or interest to share, volunteering to lead an Interest Group is an easy way to become more involved.
- Attending the four luncheons is another way to enjoy the fellowship of other women. The luncheon programs are varied so as to educate and to entertain our members.
WAHHI’s commitment to the community is strong. At the Holiday luncheon, members bring presents and donations to benefit children’s organizations on Hilton Head Island and greater Bluffton. In the spring, the organization presents Youth Community Service Awards to seniors from Hilton Head and Bluffton High Schools who have demonstrated outstanding community service.
In 2016, the WAHHI Charitable Fund was established for the purpose of giving a “helping hand” to local non-profits. Each May the Charitable Fund will award grants based on established criteria.
The Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island will continue to meet the goals as envisioned by our founders because of the dedication and participation of each of our members.