Veteran of the YearRiverbend resident Scott Whitcher was named the 2012 Veteran of the Year for 2012 at a Sun City Veteran's Association meeting in January. Whitcher received the honor based on his community service involvement and service to the association. For the last five years, Whitcher served as the Veteran's Association's quartermaster and as the Riverbend neighborhood representative for the Gift Boxes for the Troops program. As quartermaster, he designed a South Carolina Veteran's Association challenge coin that is presented to speakers at monthly association meetings. Whitcher is not only an active volunteer in Sun City, but also in the area. He is a volunteer at the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum in Savannah and is part of a team that is restoring a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress Aircraft. As a member of the woodworking team, he has built wood ammunition boxes for the plane and other boxes for a fundraiser to raise money to complete the restoration.Whitcher also is an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and has worked with the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island. His work with Habitat has included building homes in Bluffton and in Ridgeland, and involvement in a new home project on Hilton Head. Whitcher's work with the museum has included building bird houses and display cases.
Vaughn appointed safety and standards directorCorenza Vaughn has joined the Sun City Hilton Head Community Association as the safety and standards director. Vaughn spent nine years with PulteHomes, the developer of Sun City, in various sales, development and management roles. During her time at Pulte, Vaughn aided in developing and managing three communities and had a hand in the construction of Sun City's dog park and nature trail. As part of her new position, Vaughn will oversee Sun City's Community Standards Department, which includes home modifications, community rules and security contract.
New service matches retired execs, nonprofitsEncore Professionals Group, a new consulting service for nonprofits staffed by retired executives and professionals, is looking for project leaders who want to give back to the community in a meaningful way. Founded by Bluffton resident Susan Harper, the group links retirees having specific business, leadership or professional skills with short-term, strategic projects at Lowcountry nonprofit organizations. Volunteers put the program in place and then leave, Harper said. She said projects are designed to have "legacy value for the nonprofit as well as the EPG volunteer who will know that he or she made a difference." Encore Professionals Group projects are pre-contracted with the nonprofit organization. Volunteers select the project that matches their interest and skill set. Details: 773-725-2750; firstname.lastname@example.org
Community to host Home & Garden Expo If you're thinking about adding a sunroom or a paver patio is on your to-do list, then Sun City Hilton Head's Home & Garden Expo is for you. Local vendors will be on hand to help answer questions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16 at Pinckney Hall and Pavilion. Details: 843-705-4027