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Social Organizations

POPS – Property Owners Party Group

  • There are no membership dues and there is a fall and spring dinner party and a December holiday event co-sponsored with KICA. Key dates this year are Monday Oct. 24 for the fall BBQ and Sunday April 2 (tentative) for the spring dinner. This year’s chairs are Jay and Nancy Smith. Email conniewnelson@gmail.com if you’d like to be put on the list to receive invitations.

Progressive Dinner

  • There are no membership dues and there is a fall and spring dinner party and a December holiday event co-sponsored with KICA. Key dates this year are Monday Oct. 24 for the fall BBQ and Sunday April 2 (tentative) for the spring dinner. This year’s chairs are Jay and Nancy Smith. Email conniewnelson@gmail.com if you’d like to be put on the list to receive invitations.

Kiawah Dinner Group (formerly known as Dinner for Eight)

  • This group forms yearly in the fall and involves a group of six to eight diners who share meal making responsibilities in a host home. Dinners will be scheduled in January, February and March. This year, a member recruitment event, ‘Cocktails At the Castle,’ will be held on Nov. 6. Both individuals and couples can sign up to be a regular or substitute participant. Contact Janice Rogers at janbill2006@comcast.net for further information.

Governors Club

  • The Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers property owners the opportunity to join the resort membership program. Membership categories include golf, tennis, social and pool only. Members receive access to most resort amenities and receive discounts and special pricing at resort shops and restaurants. Meet other island residents and enjoy an active island resort lifestyle. See kiawahgovclub.com for more information or contact Sara Youngner at sara_youngner@kiawahresort.com.

Special Interest Clubs

(Note: Most groups meet October – May)

Sandcastle Book Club

  • Meets the first Monday of every month September-May at Sandcastle. There are no dues but there is a list of chosen books for the year that can be obtained from the Sandcastle, Indigo Books, Frances Boyd at boydfm1@comcast.net or Mary Hoffman at mcsh49@yahoo.com.

KING- The Kiawah Island Naturalist Group

  • Annual dues are $15 per person. This group does off-island guided nature walks, boat tours, kayak adventures and other nature-oriented field trips. Recent outings have included a trip to the WCBD News 2 weather station and a brewery tour. Jay Smith at kiawahking@gmail.com or Scott Nelson at cscottnels@gmail.com can give you more information and send this year’s schedule.

KWG- The Kiawah Women’s Group

  • This organization is a really good place to meet other island women. Dues are $15. The 2016-17 year will start with a kick off lunch Sept. 27 where the yearly schedule of events will be distributed. Activities are both on- and off-island and will include a Gullah tour, game night, and trips to the theatre and the Gibbs museum, among other things. For more information contact Carol Medendorp at cmedendo@gmail.com.

Newcomers Coffees

  • Members of the KWG welcome Kiawah newcomers the first Tuesday of each month October-April. This very informal group gets together for coffee at Java Java at 10 a.m. to share information, meet new friends and get new residents off to a good start enjoying our lovely island. Contact Judy O’Brien at judy.obrien@sutherland.com for more information.

Kiawah Garden Club

Kiawah Island Photography Club

  • This 10-year-old club has approximately 100 members, from beginners to professionals. Meetings are at the Sandcastle on Monday mornings from late September to mid-May, and programs include lectures by photography professionals, workshops to teach photography and related techniques, and small group sessions to investigate topics of interest in great detail. The annual membership fee is $40, and more information may be found on the club’s website: kiawahphotoclub.org.

Bridge

  • This group meets Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. at the Sandcastle.  The group plays as many rounds of four hands of bridge as time permits, changing partners after each round. Cost is $1 per person, distributed back as prize money at the end of play. Contact Priscilla Burger at 843-768-9847 or Arla Lawson at 843-768-6666 for more information.

Seabrook Kiawah Duplicate Bridge Club

  • Two sanctioned ACBL bridge games are held on Seabrook each week at the Lake House. Times are Monday, 1:15 p.m. and Friday, 9:15 a.m. You must bring a partner. $5 per person. No reservations are needed.  Contact Dick or Banner Hughes at bannerandick@aol.com for more information.

Mahjong

  • Meets Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m., year-round, at the Sandcastle. Open to beginners and experienced players. If you already know the game, need a refresher or would like to learn the game, please contact Betty Walker at 843-768-1186 for more information.

Women’s Sandcastle Bible Study

  • All denominations of faith are welcome at this Christian bible study group that meets year-round on Mondays at the Sandcastle from 8:30-10 a.m. Worship and prayer begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by study of a specific book or topic.  Contact Karen Watson at 843-243-0308 for more information.

Women’s Community Bible Study

  • This is a women’s interdenominational Bible study group that focuses on the essentials of the Christian faith rather than any individual church or denomination’s doctrine. The group’s mission is to help women grow in their relationship to Christ through Bible study, prayer, fellowship and accountability. This group meets September -May on Wednesdays from 8:30-10 a.m. Contact Linda Wyatt at 843-768-9010 for more information.

Kiawah Island Art Guild

  • The Art Guild is open to Kiawah artists of any medium, beginner to professional. They hold workshops at the Sandcastle, plan trips into Charleston, organize studio visits and participate in art shows held at the Sandcastle and Freshfields Village. Dues are $10. The guild meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May, excluding December.
  • Location is generally at Sandcastle; however, workshops and outings have varying locations. Contact Shar Duffy at 843-768-9035 or swisteria1@aol.com for more information.

Opera Lite

  • Since 2004, Opera Lite has offered 10 weekly sessions during the fall and winter. Works feature outstanding acting singers in vintage and current productions. English subtitle translations facilitate following the action and dialogue. The operas are slimmed down to fit a 90-minute period. This is a complimentary series. Meets at the Sandcastle, Mondays from 3 – 4:30 p.m., September – November and January – March. Contact John Benzel at 843-768-1174 or jdocbenz@gmail.com for more information.

Biker Babes

  • Groups of 15-20 ladies meet monthly to enjoy casual bike rides around Kiawah Island that often include a lunch, dinner or other opportunity to have fun and socialize. All Kiawah women are welcome. The hostess for the month decides the activity and provides a meal. Beyond biking, some suggested activities include kayaking, boating, bocce ball, house or garden tour, scavenger hunt, dragon boating or just getting together. There are eight groups of Biker Babes, and a ninth group is currently being formed. Please contact Beth Driskell at escapetosea@hotmail.com to join.

Singles Group

  • If you are single and would like to participate in various activities to get to know others who are also single, this is the group for you. Emails are sent to the group about things happening locally and in Charleston. You choose the ones that interest you and join in the fun with others. There are celebrations and parties planned throughout the year. If interested call Shirley Salvo at 843-709-1406 or email her at greenwave21@bellsouth.net for more information.

The Island Choraliers

  • This is an all-male, volunteer chorus, made up of residents of the Sea Islands. Practices are 2 p.m. each Tuesday at Church of Our Saviour (no affiliation). They present four-six concerts each year along with some miscellaneous “appearances” at special events. New singers are welcome, all voice parts (TTBB), no audition, but members must be able to match a pitch and carry a tune. For info, contact Nat Malcolm at 843-768-7366  or ndmalcolm@aol.com, or come by Indigo Books.

The Sea Island Lady Singers

  • This is an all-female chorus comprised of volunteer singers from Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Islands. The group was formed in 2013 by a handful of local ladies who love to sing and who want to include other local ladies with the same passion. The Sea Island Lady Singers will be starting its fourth season in the fall and welcomes new singers. Practice is weekly on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. For more information, please contact April Gorski at 843-789-3556 or april.gorski@gmail.com.

Sea Island Cars and Coffee

  • Local car enthusiasts bring their cars and meet at Freshfields Village from 9-11 a.m. the third Saturday of every month for car talk, Java Java coffee and general socializing. All are welcome. Contact Bruce Stemerman at bstemerman@gmail.com for more information.

Night Heron Quilters

  • This is the local division of Charleston’s Cobblestone Quilters Guild which fosters the art and design of quilting. They meet the first Tuesday of each month (year-round) at 7 p.m., rotating among their member’s homes on both Kiawah and Seabrook islands. The Night Heron group also has a community outreach component, participating in the Guild’s outreach projects each year in addition to working on prayer quilts and Quilts of Valor. For information, contact Denyse Eisenhardt at kkwilt@aol.com.

Volunteering and Giving Back

Kiawah Cares

  • Sponsored by KICA, this community outreach program supports the underserved on Johns and Wadmalaw islands. Volunteer opportunities (e.g. mentoring/tutoring in local schools, chaperones for student events such as beach day and cultural trips, and other charitable activities on the Sea Islands) are numerous and can be one-time or ongoing. For more information, updates and opportunities to help our island neighbors, visit kiawahcares.org, contact kiawahcares@kica.us, or connect with Kiawah Cares on Facebook at facebook.com/KiawahCares.

Kiawah Women’s Foundation/Backpack Buddies

  • This group packs weekend food supplies for over 275 at risk of hunger children in the Johns Island elementary and middle schools (90+ percent live below the poverty level). They need volunteer helpers for about 1.5 hours every week, and there is an easy on-line program which lets you sign up to help. There are also fundraisers to help with and to attend. Email kwfoundation@comcast.net or contact Theresa Widuch at 843 768-9576 or Terry Weaver at 843 768-7233 if you’d like to get involved. Visit kiawahwomensfoundation.org to find out more.

Ryan’s Cases for Smiles

  • This group meets the first and third Wednesdays at Church of Our Saviour from 1-4 p.m. to make colorful pillowcases for sick children at MUSC Children’s Hospital. Sewing skills are helpful but not required to join this group. The monthly goal is 100 completed pillowcases. Call Shirley Salvo at 843-709-1406 or email greenwave21@bellsouth.net for more information.

Kiawah Conservancy:

  • This organization works to protect Kiawah’s natural beauty through numerous conservation efforts. They also present a series of nature-focused lectures, support the various animal research projects on the island and publish a twice yearly magazine: Naturally Kiawah. There are numerous opportunities to help with bird counts and banding, photography, research projects, fundraising and much more. For more information, visit kiawahconservancy.org.

Turtle Patrol

  • May 15 through the end of October is turtle season on Kiawah. Daily, volunteers record data about Loggerhead turtle nests and hatchlings and report findings to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. In the summer of 2015, Kiawah had 275 turtle nests. There are both nesting and hatching patrols.  Nesting patrol is accomplished with a truck, so people who are not necessarily able to walk for long periods can still volunteer. Hatching patrol is a walk of at least one mile on foot. See kiawahturtles.com for more information.

Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club

  • A service club of over 100 Kiawah and Seabrook residents, the Exchange Club publishes a yearly phone directory for the islands which funds charitable grants to numerous local not for profit organizations. They also honor top students at local schools, provide flags for our major holidays, support child abuse prevention, and many other local causes. Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month at Turtle Point clubhouse and the third Wednesday of each month at Seabrook’s Island House. For information about joining, visit ks-exchangeclub.com.

Arts, etc.

  • Joining this group is a great way to connect with Kiawah and Cassique women who are committed to contributing their time and talents to supporting the arts. Arts, etc. is best known for its April Kiawah Art and House Tour, which raises money to fund arts programs in our community. Educational events for members are held throughout the year – luncheons, gallery tours, art and wine gatherings, lectures, etc. For more information, visit kiawahartsetc.org or contact their membership chair, Maureen Dabruzzi at mgd5@bellsouth.net.

Women Build

  • Sea Island Habitat for Humanity holds a week-long Women Build event each April when women come together to help build a new home for a needy family. Kiawah ladies typically field a team one or two days during that week. Volunteers perform a variety of construction tasks under trained supervision. Depending upon the work already completed, they might be installing roof trusses, hammering, or installing windows and doors. Opportunities to support the team in non-construction roles are also available.  Contact Diane Lehder at dianezlehder@gmail.com or Wendy Kulick at wkulick@bellsouth.net for this year’s dates and more information.

Mt. Zion Elementary School on Johns Island

  • You need not have teaching experience to volunteer, only a willingness to help these students in grades K-5, plus 4-year-olds in the Child Development program. There is no minimum time commitment; Mt. Zion students and teachers appreciate whatever time you can give. If you are interested in helping in the classroom, mentoring a student, tutoring students or reading to classes, please contact one of the volunteer coordinators for Mt. Zion, either Donna Moulton at donna.moulton@gmail.com or Elaine Davis at ebdavis@comcast.net.

Haut Gap Math Tutoring

  • As part of contributing to our local community, a number of residents from both Seabrook and Kiawah provide math tutoring at Haut Gap to 7th and 8th grade students. The administration at Haut Gap typically arranges this for one or two hours during one of the school days and provides overall coordination for student identification and worksheets for the tutors to use. Residents with a variety of backgrounds can participate. Contact Will Lehder at wlehder@hotmail.com for more information.

Reading Partners

  • This program works with Angel Oak, Mt. Zion and Frierson elementary schools to support students who are reading one month to two-and-a-half years below grade-level. You will be trained and given a tight curriculum to follow so no prior teaching experience is necessary. Commitment can be as little as one hour per week. For more information or to sign up, visit readingpartners.org or call 843-860-3915. You can also register through Kiawah Cares (kiawahcares@kica.us).

Old Dogs Club

  • Help older dogs get out of the shelter and into a loving home by taking part in a new program on Kiawah and Seabrook in partnership with Pet Helpers, a nonprofit rescue and adoption center in Charleston. Compassionate property owners can help get older dogs adopted by short-term fostering or simply by taking a shelter dog to a local event to meet prospective adopters.  If you want to help well-behaved adult/senior dogs get to forever homes of their own, contact Pet Helpers Kiawah/Seabrook liaise Kimberly Rosbe at kimberlyrosbe@gmail.com.

KICA or TOKI

  • Both KICA and the Town of Kiawah Island need capable residents to volunteer for important governance roles. There are both elected and appointed positions. These volunteer jobs are crucial to the functioning of our lovely island and many areas of expertise are needed. Please see the KICA website (kica.us/board) and the town website (kiawahisland.org) for more information and the timing of upcoming elections.

Expanding Your Knowledge

Our World Lectures

  • Sponsored by KICA, this is a series of lectures, including time for discussion, on various topics of interest to island residents. Subjects include history, culture, sports, finance, current events, international affairs and much more. These talks are normally held twice a month from October through May and are presented free of charge at the Sandcastle on Thursday afternoons at 3 p.m. Typically, the guest speakers are professors from either the College of Charleston or The Citadel. This year, two mini-courses will be added to the program. See the KICA calendar (kica.us/events) for upcoming talks.

Kiawah Island Arts Council

  • The Town of Kiawah presents a series of musical and dramatic performances that are free or a minimal cost to island residents. Most performances take place at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Church of Our Saviour, Turtle Point Club House, East Beach Conference Center or at Seabrook’s Club House. Tickets can often be printed on-line or picked up in the lobby of Town Hall on Beachwalker Drive. This season’s calendar can be found at kiawahisland.org.

John’s Island Regional Library

  • At 3531 Maybank Highway, this branch library has a full program of enrichment for children and adults. Lectures include many free computer skill workshops and topics of local historical interest. There is also a book club that meets the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, visit johnsislandlibrary.wordpress.com.

Information and Referrals

KICA List

  • The KICA List is an email-based message service where KICA members can seek and give helpful service referrals, post lost and found property, list classified items for sale (such as performance tickets or household items), or post non-political community events. This is a good source of information for homeowners. To join the list, email kicalist-on@kica.us.

Kiawah Island Resident Exchange

  • This is very similar to the KICA list but sponsored by the Town of Kiawah. To register for this list, visit kiawahisland.org, and look for the Kiawah Resident Xchange under the Services tab.