Club Meeting Info
  We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM 
  The Plantation Club at The Landings
  1 Cottonwood Lane
  Savannah, GA  31411
  United States
Service Above Self
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Elizabeth Oxnard, American Traditions Vocal Competition’s co-founder, told us about this event on Wednesday. The Competition is celebrating 25 years of fun – and it’s still fun, Elizabeth said. It started out very small, and it grew, with more competitors and more followers, and we were asked to join the events which take place in Savannah throughout the month of February. The voices are getting better every year, and there is amazing talent; some of the competitors keep coming back, others are new voices not previously heard in Savannah. Elizabeth told us and showed us the stories of some of the competitors and played a tape for us.
Two of the visiting GRSP students, hosted by other area Rotary Clubs, told us about their lives and hopes on Wednesday.  Mary Sharples is from Wales, UK., and Brendan Mungwena is from Zimbabwe.
Our member Ron Krannich gave us some sad statistics and sadder stories of struggles last Wednesday morning.  Ron has a PhD from Northern Illinois University and has been a Peace Corps volunteer, a teacher, a professor, and a Fulbright Scholar; he is the author of more than a hundred books addressing the issues of reentry into society, both for the military and for those released from prison.  It was the latter set of problems which he addressed for us.
We welcomed Mike Muldowney to our meeting this week.  Mike is a member of the St. Simons Island Rotary Club who has had a lifelong interest in the betterment of young people.  Mike will be the Governor of our Rotary District in 2019-2020 and he brings a long history of working with young students in schools, clubs, programs and other endeavors designed to help them and their communities. Mike urged us to participate in what he called “Entrepreneurship” among young people, and he gave us pointers on how best to achieve this
Dr. Longstreth told us of a long career as a surgeon, mostly in Connecticut, and in retirement as a teacher at Memorial Health University Medical Center.  He graduated from Yale and received a medical degree from Columbia in New York.  During forty-six years of training and medical practice, Dr. Longstreth told us of some of the situations and experiences he encountered, which bear out that ‘truth is stranger than fiction.’ In the course of experiencing these strange occurrences Dr. Longstreth started to make notes and short stories, finally extending his experiences into a book.
Hamsa Thota came to our breakfast meeting last week and told us of his joy in Rotary.  He was accompanied by Andy Lohn from Savannah South and Mick McKay from Savannah Sunrise, our two Assistant Governors. Hamsa’s family grew up, he said, with Rotary as its background.  He has been a Rotarian since 1978, when he joined the St. Simons Club.  Since then he has started the Jeckyll Island and the Camden County Clubs. He told us a little of his early life and work experience and of his growing interest in Rotary and its common passion to serve.
We welcomed Dr. Miriam Rittmeyer this past Wednesday to talk to us about women’s status and health in Guatemala.  Dr. Rittmeyer is the Board Chairman of Phalarope, a non-profit established in 2016; she is an MD, PhD, and has a master’s degree in Public Health.   The organization is devoted to the cause of education and health of women, focused at present on Guatemala.  Its mandate is to ‘empower women and at the same time involve men.’  She described her organization as “shoestring,” result oriented, operating in an environmentally sustainable and scientific manner.
Our member Tom Macek is a Major Donor to Rotary International, and was thanked by Pam Lightsey, past District Governor, at our last meeting.  Tom has been a Rotary member for 26 years, and a Club President three times, twice in Hoboken, N.J., and once here at our Club.
Our Rotary Club was chartered on October 30th, 1997, and last week we celebrated its 20th anniversary at a party attended by some sixty people at the home of Steve and Diane Graham. The party was hosted by Toni Marwitz, our current President. We welcomed special guests District Governor Hamsa Thota and previous District Governor Pam Lightsey. Mick McKay from the Savannah Sunrise Club and Andy Lohn from Savannah South came to celebrate with us.
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