Bluffton Rotarians were joined by long-time Bluffton resident Joannie Heyward at our breakfast meeting on September 7, 2016. Joannie is the wife of the late Tommy Heyward, a long time, faithful Bluffton rotarian.
Joannie has been a supporter of the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society for many years and her presentation was “All About Bluffton”.
We were flattered when she said the Rotary Club of Bluffton is at the top of the list of things All About Bluffton. She remembered our breakfast meetings in 1992 held in the Church of the Cross parish hall, the oyster roast we sponsored for several years in support of M.C. Riley Elementary School, the launching of our Rotary Reader program (her late husband, Tommy was a Rotary Reader), the 1st Annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival (organized by Bluffton Rotarian Dan Wood), the construction of the Rotary Community Center (the current location for our weekly breakfast meetings), our early support for Beaufort-Jasper Volunteers in Medicine, and all of our many financial contributions to needy organizations around the community. Thanks for the kind words, Joannie.
Next up, Historic preservation in the Town of Bluffton. The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society  secured Historic Status for Bluffton’s one square mile “Old Town” area on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. The national register was created after the 1966 Conference of U.S. Mayors to address the phenomenon of “people suffering from placelessness”. A movement began to identify and register historic places based on criteria including age of structures, streets, open space and landscape. Contributing structures should add to the historic attributes of the district. The age and architecture of a structure are important attributes that help the town maintain its integrity. Citizens feel a sense of place.
Joannie asked that we all support preservation in the Bluffton Historic District. “When it’s gone, it’s gone”, she said. “Participate in the process. Old Town is the core and spirit of the 55 square miles of the Town of Bluffton”. Click here to learn more about the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. Visit them on Facebook here.