Women’s Interests

Gracefully Navigating the Aging Process~:

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This interest group is proposed for those who want to be proactive in planning for the aging process, whether it be for a loved one or one’s self. Harvard studies in 2017 showed that one in five Americans – nearly 80 million people- will be older than 65 within the next 20 years, and they will want to live in their home as soon as possible. Who will pay for this? Medicare, the VA, Private Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, etc.

In order to make sound decisions, we all need to be educated and have a plan. As an example, preparing ahead of time when no one in the household has limited mobility, can lower the financial and emotional cost of these changes. To be proactive, during a bathroom remodel, adding a walk -in shower can eliminate the need for one later, when time is of the essence. Planning ahead can reduce stress later.

This group will share personal experiences, lessons learned, and success stories of gracefully aging in place. Our goal is to bring in experts in the areas that we are most interested in learning from. We will explore many different facets including: how to stay healthy in mind, spirit and body, how to take care of our skin, reducing isolation when you lose a spouse or partner, and together we will be prepared to age gracefully.

  • Location: Palmetto Electric Community Room, 111 Mathews Drive, HHI
  • Day: Last Thursday every other month at 1pm
  • Fee: $5/year

NEW! Nature Exploration~ 

Leader – Elizabeth Belenchia, 864-542-4455, ecb@cpcindustrial.com and Co-Leader Gillian Marsh, 770-634-0175, gillymarch@gmail.com

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This Interest Group will collaborate with Town of Hilton Head’s “Certified Audubon Community” Program and Leaders. We plan to have five (5) action teams formed with WAHHI Members leading and participating in each team. Listed below are the teams and the topics which will be explored, discovered, and supported. Meeting venues and times will vary based on the team. If you are interested in helping Elizabeth and Gillian with this group by being a team leader, please contact them! Sign up at the September luncheon or online with the leaders after the luncheon.

“Bee Educated” Pollinator Native Plant Team

o   Encouraging home gardens for members through workshops

o   Pollinator, butterfly, bat education

o   Pesticide/herbicide education

o   Outreach to business community

o   Sponsorship of Community Gardens (tours, judging, awards)

“The Birders of WAHHI” Bird Education Team

o   Pinkney Island to view birds of the Salt Marsh

o   Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge-Wood stork (threatened)

o   Adopt a bird to attract to home decks and patios

o   Learn about local birds of prey (raptors)

o   Monitor waders/water birds and collate numbers for patterns

“The Forest is more than Trees” Focus on Understory Team

o   What is the Understory and why is it critical (flora and fauna)

o   Importance of biodiversity for feeding native animals

o   Workshop with panel of experts from region*

o   Importance of the Maritime Forest for SC Hurricanes

o   Role of trees in stabilizing temperature and soils of HHI

“Be a Voice” Activist Team-Celebrate 50th Earth Day, April 22, 2020

o   Communicate with Town of HH on priority topics

o   Create education format for business (share through Chamber)

o   Lead local students in Earth Day Eco Film Festival*

o   Have students prepare documentaries (5 minute) on concerns they have, provide judges and recognize with award committee

o   Conduct Eco Film Festival at Public Venue/Present Awards

“Living Shorelines” Focus on Resilience (Storm Protection) Team

o   Educate on natural defenses to protect the island

o   Include the salt marsh, oyster beds, dunes and maritime forest

o   Identify potential action to improve these environments

o   Develop Speakers Bureau, Workshop Participants, and Library

o   Communicate with and support other Coastal Resources

*Community Participation Activities Projected


New! All the Single Ladies~

Leader – Nancy Presley, 843-816-3975, nancy@nancypresley.com

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You are invited to come to the inaugural meeting of the All the Single Ladies Interest Group in October! As a single, you may have many female friends, but it’s sometimes hard to find a few that you have enough in common with that you could travel together, or pursue the same interests, etc.  Many women have full time jobs, many are married, many are on different budgets, etc. At this kick off session, *single* ladies will meet and greet over wine and cheese to participate in a facilitated dialogue and planning meeting regarding exploring the needs and desires for connections, activities, and friendship. Coordinators for any activities that the group decides to do will be solicited to help plan and organize any subsequent efforts.

New! “Don’t Just Leave Them Jewelry” – Memoir Writing Workshop~

Leader – Bobbie Helbig, 508-864-9598 or bjvsh@yahoo.com

We have all arrived on the island with stories of experiences. Many say “I wish I knew more about my parents or grandparents!” Let’s not “just leave them jewelry”, let’s leave them a legacy of memories. I will provide the inspirational materials to encourage your thoughts. Simply bring your laptop, Ipad, or as I prefer pen, pencil and binder to begin your journey. I will start each day with a exhilarating quote, then we will write and share. No need to worry about the direction it will take! Don’t be intimidated! “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” Dr. Seuss

  • Location: TBD
  • Day/Dates: Tuesdays from 10am to Noon on October 1, 8 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19 (26)
  • Fee: None

Newcomers & Neighbors

Leaders – Kathy Guiteras, 847-867-0971 or kjmg12@gmail.com, Helper: Karen Rudy, 419-509-5733 or krudy@twc.com, Open for new members with no fee.

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A WAHHI group whose mission is to welcome and foster a sense of community with new residents to our island and the surrounding area. Helping introduce them to establishments, activities, little-known area treasures and fellow citizens alike. The group will meet for a girls-night-in (or out) to assist each other through the navigation of moving to a new area – or just get together to build new friendships. You DO NOT have to be a new resident to join – seasoned residents are also invited to join to share their knowledge and welcoming spirit!

  • Location: Member homes
  • Day: Last Wednesday of each month at 6pm – 8pm
  • Fee: None

Savvy Women Investors~

Leader – Sarah Stone 843-757-6845,  s.stone@edwardjones.com Open for new members with no fee.

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Women’s Financial: Mimosas & Money Learning Circles

Co-Leaders – Gigi Maxfield, 843-597-5774 or gigi@womensfinancialhhi.com or Elizabeth Loda, 843-681-7526 or elizabeth@womensfinancialhhi.com

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  • Location – Various locations
  • Day: Various days and times – RSVP 843-681-7526 or gigi@womensfinancialhhi.com. Limited seating
  • Fee: Learning Circles are complimentary and we encourage you to invite another member.

* These groups require a fee & may have additional fees for extra field trips, meals, etc.

~New this year.