Congressional Record Publishes Mark Sanford Remarks on Sea Islands Society – 5/12/16

The Islands Society is proud to announce that “Congratulating the Sea Islands Society” has been officially published as part of the Congressional Record. The remarks by Congressman Mark Sanford (1st Congressional District, South Carolina) were originally delivered before the United States House of Representatives on April 12, 2016.

In his remarks, Congressman Sanford noted, “the [Islands] Society has been recognized as one of the up-and-coming organizations by the United Nations Foundation. They also named its president and founder, Michael Edward ‘Eddie’ Walsh, as a person to watch who wants to change the world.”

Congressman Sanford continued, “Our region’s group –The Sea Islands Society– is the only nonprofit on Hilton Head Island to be recognized as a top-rated nonprofit by GreatNonprofits. For this, I wanted to congratulate them on the achievement. I think it is encouraging to see an organization reaching out at a local level and actively encouraging them to become leaders in the field of foreign policy.”

This marks the first time that the Islands Society has been officially recognized as part of the Congressional Record.

About the Sea Islands Society

The Sea Islands Society is one of the regional societies under the Islands Society. Its primary mission is to develop and implement programs that enable individuals and sub-national organizations from barrier island communities along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina to more fully participate in international relations. Specifically, the society develops and implements programs that provide women, ethnic minorities, and the next generation of leaders from these island communities with the knowledge, networks, platforms, and exposure required to realize their full potential as artists, athletes, chefs, designers, educators, musicians, nurses, scholars, policymakers, scientists, and technologists on the world stage.

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About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit therefore develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists. To implement these programs, the nonprofit has launched local constituent societies around the world. These include the Baltic Islands Society, Caribbean Islands Society, Inland Islands Society, Pacific Islands Society, Ritō Society, and Sea Islands Society.

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