The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island is pleased to announce that Gene Martin and Norris Richardson will be inducted into the Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame on November 8, 2018 at a ceremony at the Sonesta Resort.
Gene Martin created the Hilton Head Island value of corporate volunteerism by literally “giving the store away.” After taking over the Red & White Supermarket in Coligny Plaza in 1969, his name quickly became synonymous with “giving” and “yes.” His unheralded donations of food to numerous community programs, schools, PTAs, holiday food baskets and distressed individuals set a tone for Hilton Head and set a high bar for those who followed.
James Norris Richardson (1914-2001)
The hard work, vision and entrepreneurial spirit of Hilton Head Island business pioneer James Norris Richardson did more than create from nothing a town center and “downtown.” The expansion of what was to become Coligny Plaza served as building blocks for a fledgling community, giving it a family focus and setting the table for other entrepreneurs to thrive.
The Hall of Fame was initiated in 2012 by the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island as a gift to the community to acknowledge innovative and community-minded island residents, past and present. Selection of the honorees is made by an anonymous group of long-time community leaders, who are not members of the Rotary Club. Inductees are honored with bronze plaques installed at the Hilton Head Hall of Fame site at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Honey Horn Plantation. Previous inductees are:
2012: Charles Fraser, Fred Hack, Charlotte Heinrichs, Charles Simmons Sr.
2013: Tom Barnwell, Billie Hack
2014: Ben Racussin
2015: Dr. Peter LaMotte, Dr. Jack McConnell
2016: Emory Campbell, Caroilne (“Beany”) Newhall
2017: John Curry, Issac Wilborn
The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island will host a buffet luncheon and induction ceremony at the Sonesta Resort Hotel at 11:30 AM on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at which time the honorees and their family members will be recognized and the bronze plaque to be installed at Honey Horn Plantation will be presented. Members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend. Cost for lunch is $20 per person. Checks can be made payable to Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island and mailed to PO Box 5771, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938, or payment can be made online on the Rotary Club’s website at https://hiltonheadrotary.org. Deadline for reservations is Friday, November 2, 2018.