Sep 17 2012

Kiawah COO Named President of Local Rotary

Special to Island Connection

Jimmy Bailey, chief operating officer of Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA), was recently elected as the new president for the Johns Island Rotary Club. Bailey takes over for Tumiko Rucker, Kiawah Island’s Town Administrator, who finished her third one-year term last month.

Bailey, a life-long Charlestonian, has been active with Rotary for more than 10 years and has a strong history of community service. This summer he launched the Kiawah Cares community outreach program for KICA.

“It is a true honor to follow in the footsteps of someone like Mrs. Rucker,” says Bailey. “As a Johns Island resident and an integral part of the Town of Kiawah Island’s municipal leadership team, she constantly raises the bar on community service.”

Bailey is well-connected in many areas of South Carolina. He grew up in the political arena and was an assistant chief page in the office of the Speaker of the House for four years, and later served nine years as vice chair of the South Carolina Education Lottery Commission. Before moving to community management, first at Daniel Island, Bailey is now COO at KICA. Bailey completed his bachelor’s degree in English at the University of South Carolina. He holds the designations of Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) and Association Management Specialist (AMS) from the national Community Association’s Institute. His wife Beth is an attorney with a Charleston firm and they have three young children. Bailey enjoys traveling, current events, boating, cooking, and college sports. He was a recipient of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2009.

Rotary’s motto is “service above self” and works on community service projects locally and internationally. The Johns Island Rotary Club recently celebrated its 15 year anniversary. This club is a part of Rotary International, the world’s largest service organization, with 34,000 clubs and more than 1.3 million members around the world. These men and women donate their expertise, time, and funds to support community projects that help people in need and promote understanding among cultures.

The Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA) is a nonprofit organization consisting of the collective body of Kiawah Island property owners. The association’s goals include establishing community standards, programs, planning, and service. KICA also strives to support its neighbors on Johns and Wadmalaw islands through engaging in community partnerships. For more information, visit


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