Meet Ellie Smith

Ellie was a long time HHICC member and dedicated volunteer who could usually be found at the Resource Center any Tuesday morning. She helped so many of our members over the years with her knowledge of computing, her personal kindness, patience, enthusiasm and willingness to promote HHICC’s motto of “members helping members.”
She served as president of the HiltonHead Island Computer Club in 2006. During her tenure, the HHICC Board expanded on the idea of fund-raising—which was quite successful and she helped facilitate the Resource Center renovations.
As a member of the Board of Directors and Past President of HHICC, she shared her ideas and helped with so many of the management aspects of the computer club. She worked tirelessly as the Community Services Director to help HHICC reach out to other non-profits in our community and she coordinated volunteers to help those organizations with computer solutions. In her own words, “The Hilton Head Island Computer Club Community Service Project is a proactive and reactive community awareness program for not-for-profit organizations that need computer assistance and are struggling to afford computer help and training.”  As the Director, the Community Outreach program provided volunteer computer help to nearly 50 nonprofit organizations in Hilton Head and Bluffton. In 2006, HHICC won the Jerry Award from APCUG for this ongoing community service project.
Ellie retired from AT&T in 1980 and owned and operated an antique-gift-candy Shoppe in Wheaton, Illinois for 12 years. She moved to HHI from Glen Ellyn, Illinois in 1990.
Other interests included her poodle Caesar, her turtle Emily, antiques, making stained glass windows, cooking, computers, jazz and last but not least … making elaborate gingerbread houses, many of which she would give away each year, especially at Christmas.