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LML consists of a congenial, thoughtful group of 150 men from the Hilton Head/Bluffton area. We are back to in-person  monthly meetings with masks optional. Check out the Activity Groups and Event Calendar for updates.

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in Memory of

Mike Weingarten

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Neil Hilson

Congregation Beth Yam

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New Interest Groups:  JOIN NOW!!

Based on a recent LML survey, these four new activities are being launched.  There are already several members interested  in all of these activities.  If you would like to join any of these contact the Facilitator (emails provided below).  Each group will meet to determine specifics (not the Lunch and Learn because that is organized, Malcom will just collect names to send information to those on his list prior to each of his events).  When you join any LML activity you will be on a small email list that each facilitator has collected from your note to them wanting to be part of the group.  We want to limit emails to all members for every activity and use lists of those expressing interests to receive an email for each activity.  Please send an email to the facilitator of each activity you would like to participate in.  Members can find the facilitators' email in the March Newsletter or in the Directory of Members.


Bocce Ball:   Mike Powers (Initial Facilitator)               

This group will locate bocce ball locations wherein the group can play on a regular basis.  This group is just forming and members will determine where and how often to play as well as other logistics.

 Pickleball:  Mike Robinson (Initial Facilitator)             

This group will find pickleball locations wherein the group can play on a regular basis.  This group is just forming and members will determine where and how often to play as well as other logistics.

 Cooking:  Malcolm McLennan (Initial Facilitator)            

This group will determine how to implement.  There might be food themes, a specific food focus or other suggestions. Could be in homes, but more likely a facility will be located that has a kitchen and can be used for this purpose.  

 Sherman Barker’s Lunch and Learn:  Sherman Barker is the Facilitator          

 Lunch and Learn is a roughly monthly zoom meeting on the 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month sponsored by the Social Justice Committee at All Saints Episcopal Church on HHI.   We have sponsored speakers from a wide range of local organizations focused on social justice. This month we are helping to sponsor   a day of prayer at the church from 10-3:30 on Wednesday the 15th. All are welcome to attend.   On April 20 we ae having a Lunch and Learn with a representative from Circles and on May 18th we will close our season with a presentation on all the programs that the Boys and Girls Club has to offer.  Email Sherman to be part of this activity.


Message From  President and Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets monthly to discuss various issues, programs, and other actions for the LML. This column highlights ideas discussed, and actions to be taken to enhance our organization and its benefits for members. Members, please offer any suggestions to enhance the LML.

One of our roles as an organization is to enhance our presence in the larger community. In this regard our Community Outreach Committee continues to seek ways to accomplish this. The group has about 20 members but could use more as it expands into new ventures such as attending town council meetings, engaging with the redevelopment of the NAACP, seeks more members to participate in writing letters to the editor and more. If interested in participating with this group, contact group leader Jeff Ernico.

Reminder, to view the LML events calendar you must log in first at the upper righthand corner of the opening page, then click on the events calendar and then the events you are interested in.

We are always seeking suggestions for presentations at our general meeting. If you have ideas please contact Doug Oblander.

As we continue to grow, we encourage all members to engage others to inform them about the LML and bring them to a meeting


June 7 Member Expert Meeting at noon for lunch at OKKO

Although we pay for lunch at the restaurant, please register so we can provide them with an accurate headcount for staffing and table setup.  This meeting is open only to LML dues paid members and male guests for one time only.

Art Handman has over 40 years of experience (32 years of which as Executive Director of the Greater Hartford (Connecticut) Transit District) in transit project management, planning, and operations, intelligent transportation systems; and transportation center development and management. He also was the Director of Transportation for the City of South Portland, Maine for six years.  Prior to his transit activities, he was a research meteorologist specializing in atmospheric electrical phenomena detection and warning.  He holds a patent in a fog removal device involving the issuance of high space charge density effecting the Lenard effect.  A laboratory he managed developed the electrical circuitry used in every smoke detector and lightning warning systems.  He also served as an officer with the U. S. Army Signal Corps supporting military research and development activities. He holds an M.S. Degree in Meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University (1964) and a B.S. Degree in Meteorology from The City College of New York (1960). He is an Associate Fellow (Emeritus) of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a member of the Honorary Research Society of the Sigma Xi, and a member of the Transportation Research Board. In 2005, he was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.  Another member with a varied and interesting career.


June Pub Night, June 12 at 6:30pm at Street Meet

Join your fellow liberals for a brew and great conversation at our June Pub Night.  We will meet at Street Meet, at Port Royal Plaza, on June 12, at 6:30pm.


June Monthly Luncheon--June 14

The June Monthly Luncheon will be held on June 14 at noon at the Country Club of Hilton Head.  Our speaker will be Vicki Ringer from Planned Parenthood.  This meeting is open to women, so please invite your partners as guests.

Vicki Ringer is the South Carolina Director of Public Affairs and chief lobbyist for Planned   Parenthood South Atlantic. She is responsible for public policy and legislative affairs, working to preserve reproductive health rights in the state. She oversees the electoral work on behalf of Planned Parenthood Votes South Atlantic.

Previously she served for 15 years as press secretary for the South Carolina Department of Revenue, Deputy Director of the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, and Director of Public Relations for Conway Hospital and the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. She owned her own public relations firm, New Media Concepts, prior to joining Planned Parenthood.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in journalism, Vicki lives in Lexington with her husband Charlie and spoiled rescue pups Jack and Lucy. She is the proud new grandmother of the world’s most amazing boy.

Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is the regional affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, providing healthcare in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Planned Parenthood has served patients in South Carolina for more than 60 years. They provide care to nearly 12,000 unique patients from all 46 counties and numerous other states at their health centers in Columbia and Charleston.


June 15 Current Events Meeting at Mangiamo's at Noon

This meeting is for dues paid LML members only and a male guest for one time only.  Although we pay for lunch at the restaurant, please register on our website,  log in at the top right hand corner of opening page,  then click on Events Calendar and then on the June 15 meeting to register    or let Richard Hammes know you are coming so he can give the restaurant an accurate headcount for seating and staffing.

  • 1.     What do you think motivates people to vote in certain patterns such as parties, candidates, or issues despite the fact it may not be in their individual best interest?
  • 2.     Should Biden retain Kamala Harris as vice president in 2024 election?  Why and Why Not?  If not who should he choose?
  • 3.     Should the United States engage more closely with China economically and in international political actions?  Why and Why Not?


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