Grand Strand Newsmakers

Meadowlands Golf Club 20th Anniversary Event
Meadowlands Golf Club 20th Anniversary Event

Central Strand


Carolina Forest Rotary Goes Shopping for Students

August 4 began a busy shopping weekend in South Carolina as the sales tax was lifted that weekend to help shoppers buy school supplies. Among those who took advantage of that opportunity were members of the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise.

Members of the local Rotary met that day at the Walmart on Highway 501 in Carolina Forest to purchase over $640 worth of school supplies for Waccamaw Elementary School and Carolina Forest Elementary School as a part of the club's annual P3 School Supplies Project

Club members work with each school to identify needed materials and deliver them in advance of the new school year. Purchasing them on August 4 allowed the group to take advantage of the tax-free holiday.

This initiative is one of many service-related activities of the Carolina Forest Rotary that support our local schools, their students, and families. Others include Happy Feet, to bring shoes to school children who need them, dictionaries for third graders, Clothing Closet for two schools, and a cooperative project with the Conway Medical Center Foundation to provide healthy snacks over the weekend to approximately 300 students each week during the school year.

Breakfast meetings of The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 am at The Famous Toastery, 2005 Oak Heart Road, off of Carolina Forest Blvd and in the complex of stores near Ollies. Guests are always welcomed and encouraged to attend.


OLLI’s Fall Opportunities Are On The Way

By Gary Newman

Osher Lifetime Learning Institute, CCU's flourishing community adult education and activities outreach, is about to do it again. For $30 membership and sometimes a few course fees, here come Fall’s galaxy of seniors-interest courses, seminars, clubs, excursions, and volunteering, at five Grand Strand centers, all in groups of friendly, interesting folks like us.

Across the country, OLLI brings experts and “neighbors” together. Here, it offers finance, the arts, languages, history, cultures, politics, crafts, interesting places/tours, world/national/local affairs, community involvement, photography, astronomy, personal and health enhancement, living skills, digital orientation, much more --

Plus, elder living and estate affairs, our column’s concentration. “Making, Managing and Financing A Better Estate Plan” Part 1 is eight hours covering the entire process (not merely legal schemes and documents), take-home library texts and guest professional experts. Then, Part 2, six hours more of interactive conversation with a half-dozen more guest experts sharing their wisdom about managing and controlling the terrible costs of the most assets-invasive estate-shrinking elements of late life and end-of- life. Plus, more home library info literature. Join us for one or both parts!

The guest professionals, like Taber me, all are volunteers, and are returning veterans who really enjoy sharing their knowledge with us. Among them are veteran OLLI presenters, also offering their own related courses.

An email to me at will bring you full info about the estate affairs courses. Everything about OLLI and all of its wonders is in the catalogue and on its world-class website, “Taste of OLLI” open-house meet-and- greets at all five centers begin on September 6. We’d love to meet you there.

This is our fifth OLLI year. It keeps getting more rewarding and more fun. Join us.


Volunteers sought for United to Learn

A tutoring and mentoring program coordinated with Horry County Schools. It starts the week of Sept. 18 and ends Dec. 19. The expectation is to meet once per week.

Volunteers will be matched with a student, and a weekly time will be coordinated, to work on a subject where progress is needed. This may be reading, math, behavior, etc.

In their pilot year, volunteers will serve at Lakewood, Loris and Socastee Elementary.

To register, or if you have any questions, call 843-347-5195 or email

North Strand


Meadowlands Golf Club Plans Anniversary Celebration

Meadowlands Golf Club marks its 20 th anniversary this year. The 18- hole course near the North Carolina/South Carolina border has celebrated the event each month this year with an outing for members. They’re inviting golfers to celebrate with them on September 20 as they offer lunch and nine-hole rounds paired with hole-in- one prizes and much more. Entry is $50 per person with a portion of proceeds benefiting Canine Angels.

More than two decades ago, WJ McLamb determined to build a golf course on the farm where he grew up. Problem was, he didn’t quite have enough land. He did have enough property across the road for an 18-hole course and housing development. (Three years and several land deals later, he would open Farmstead Golf Links on his family farm.) A native of the county whose family has been in the area since the early 1800s or earlier, McLamb had decades of experience in earth moving, drainage, road and subdivision construction and project management. He and partners developed many of the subdivisions in Brunswick County.

McLamb was one of the original developers of Brunswick Plantation. As he considered building a course on his own, he sold out of Brunswick.

Famed Atlanta-based architect Willard Byrd was hired to design the course on 380 acres fronting Hickman Road and Calabash Road. Construction began in 1995 with the family’s heavy construction company, Mac Construction Company, doing much of the earth moving work.

Featuring native hardwoods, pine and bald cypress, Meadowlands is often described as a parkland style course where freshwater lakes and Shingletree Canal come into play on several holes. It was designed with five sets of tees, a novelty at the time, and adopted a no-steel- cleats requirement, also a new idea.

When it opened in 1997, Meadowlands was named to North Carolina Magazine’s list of Top Ten Best New Courses. Golf for Women Magazine named the course to its Top 100 Best Courses for Women list. Since that auspicious opening year, the course has been recognized several times by various golf publications.

In 2012, the original greens were replaced with TifEagle Bermuda and major modifications were made to holes 3 and 6 to improve their playability while keeping them challenging. That renovation was overseen by David Johnson who had worked with Byrd during the original design and construction. In a previously published article, the author described Hole #3 as the “course’s number 1 handicap hole ….revered as one of the toughest on the Strand.”

Now 85, McLamb maintains an office at Meadowlands where he is active in day-to- day management. He recently reflected on his vision for Meadowlands. “When I was a child, my grandparents lived in a wooden frame house on what is now Hole 7. They raised eleven children there. I remember lying awake one night when I visited, looking straight through the roof at the stars. Life then, in the 1930s, was about hard work and family. It was also simple and peaceful.

You could hear the birds all around. I wanted to reflect that feeling at Meadowlands. I want the golfers to enjoy the beauty of the land, and I want the residents to enjoy a relaxing, peaceful way of life.”

The September 20 event begins with a 9:00am nine-hole shotgun. Following a ribbon cutting and a few remarks, lunch will be catered by Middle-of- the Island (True Homes to sponsor).

Entry is $50 per person. Registration deadline is September 10. A portion of the proceeds goes to Canine Angels which rescues dogs from local kill-shelters and trains them to as service companions for military veterans. The dogs and their trainer, Rick Kaplan, are frequently seen in training at Meadowlands. A demonstration of their abilities will be part of the day’s program.

In each contest, golfers have the chance to win $10,000 with a hole-in- one on holes 8 and 15. (sponsored by Towne Insurance) and a custom golf cart on holes 5 and 11 (sponsored by E-Z-GO).

Additional sponsors include iNet Golf and CCNB. Registration forms are available by calling the pro shop, 910-287- 7529 and on the website

South Strand


Red Cross facing chronic blood shortage; collection scheduled for Aug. 28 in Pawleys Island

Help the American Red Cross overcome a chronic late-summer blood shortage by donating on Monday, Aug. 28, at Tidelands HealthPoint Center for Health and Fitness in Pawleys Island.

Donations are urgently needed from new and current donors to fully meet the need for blood, according to the Red Cross. The Red Cross regularly experiences a blood shortage in August when regular donors may delay giving due to summer vacations or the back-to-school rush.

Members of the community interested in responding to the need for blood are encouraged to donate during the Aug. 28 drive at Tidelands HealthPoint. The collection will take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the blood mobile parked outside the center, 12965 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island.

Appointments will take priority, but walk-ins are welcome.

Appointments can be made by calling (843) 237-2205. Online registration can be completed at

In addition to having a valid ID, blood donors must be healthy, be at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.

The Red Cross is offering individuals who donate blood in August a $5 Target e-gift card. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days..


Midway firefighter receives scholarship from international foundation

GEORGETOWN COUNTY — Midway Fire and Rescue Captain Joseph Ruffennach has been awarded an educational scholarship from the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He is one of just 44 firefighters from around the nation to receive one of the scholarships this year.

“The Foundation is pleased to assist these dedicated men and women in pursuing higher education to further strengthen their careers as fire and emergency services professionals,” said Anthony P. Campisi, foundation president and president/CEO of Glatfelter Insurance Group.

The IAFC Foundation provides scholarships that make it possible for fire and EMS first responders to access the advanced learning opportunities necessary to prepare for today’s complex world. The scholarship awards made by the IAFC Foundation impact the fire service and communities by providing first responders with the educational opportunities they need to lead the fire service and serve and protect citizens.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation is committed to strengthening future leaders through higher education.

For more information about the Foundation and to donate, please visit