Club Meeting Info

Service Above Self
We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
The Plantation Club at The Landings
1 Cottonwood Lane
Savannah, GA  31411
United States
The Rock N 70's Fundraiser
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We welcomed two teachers from Hesse Elementary School to a recent meeting. Our Rotary Club members have been reading volunteers at Hesse and Isle of Hope Elementary Schools for some time and continue to participate and enjoy helping children who need extra attention and reading assistance.
Dr. Richard Roth told us an extraordinary story of a medical and aviation career when he attended our meeting recently. He has practiced medicine in Savannah for many years. He was the program director of the infectious disease training program at Memorial Health University Medical Center and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine with the Mercer University School of Medicine for sixteen years.
The Rotary Clubs of Skidaway Island and Savannah have awarded Parent University a $3,580 grant to provide books to children participating in its programs. Every child who registers will receive an age-appropriate book by mail every month, from the time of registration until his or her 5th birthday. The monthly mailing includes a parent newsletter filled with ideas about reading aloud and nurturing a child’s interest in reading, including craft projects and other fun activities. First Readers provides and distributes the books. In support of Parent University’s goal to sign-up 100 children in the 2019-20 school year, Savannah Early Childhood Foundation has matched the Rotary grant.
Skidaway Rotarians joined Atlanta's Freddy Falcon and two Falcon cheerleaders in packing over 550 boxes at Second Harvest Food Bank. We had a great time joining an inter generational group.

Dare Dukes visited us this week amid a flurry of local meetings and publicity for the DEEP CENTER, which advocates for public school youth, particularly those whose lives may be limited by circumstances of poverty and other disadvantages. Dare has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and an MFA in Theater from the University of Minnesota. He has been the Executive Director of the DEEP CENTER since 2014 and over this period has developed this organization from a local after-school program to a national leader in the fields of art education and youth development.

Our guest student, Ariel Samour, from El Salvador came to our breakfast meeting this week. She is one of about fifty students from all over the world who come to Georgia each year at the invitation of the Georgia Rotary clubs. These students come to attend the Georgia colleges for one academic year, and their tuition and dorm fees are paid by the Georgia Rotary clubs. GRSP is the “Georgia Rotary Student Program.”

We would like to introduce you and welcome our new members Captain U.S. Navy  Todd Lacy and Asia Harold to the Skidaway Island Rotary Club.
We are privileged to have enjoyed a visit and talk by Katherine (Kate) Canavan at our recent breakfast meeting.  Ms. Canavan entered the Foreign Service in 1976 and retired after her last posting in 2011.
Nick Deffley, the Director of the City of Savannah’s Office of Sustainability, talked to us about our environment this week. Nick has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Organizational Effectiveness, and he works closely with the internal city operations, local, regional and national partners with the objective of furthering the sustainability of our region. So what, actually, is sustainability?
Dr. Clark Alexander, Director of the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, talked to us this week about our ever changing coastline, its history, forces that shape it, its present formation, and actions we might consider as we live in its immediate vicinity.
The Skidaway Island Rotary Club has multiple projects currently active or planned for the coming year. All benefit local children and youth in need of help, support and/or learning as they start out in life.
Dr. Kathleen Benton is the President and CEO of a local Savannah Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. She has a doctorate in Public Health Leadership from Georgia Southern University and was for some years the Director of Ethics and Palliative Care at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital. She is the author of two books, “The Skill of End-of-Life Communication” and Daniel’s World. The former addresses end-of-life issues and the doctors whose patients are in this situation; the latter addresses acceptance of children with disabilities.
Jeff Garrison told us this week about his travels by kayak in the Okefenokee, about seeing the huge area of the swamp in the company of his father and friends over the years. The visual presentation which accompanied his talk opened our eyes to the vastness and the variability of the large and lonely area that is the Okefenokee.
Whitney Shephard came to tell us about her idea for a new collaboration between various local Rotary Clubs and the activities they might undertake together. Whitney is the Assistant Governor for District 6920, to which we belong. She has a degrees in architecture and civil engineering from Georgia Tech. She is the immediate past president of the Metro Rotary Club of Savannah and plays an active part in many local professional and charitable activities.
We enjoyed a visit and talk by Susan Dischner this past Wednesday.  Susan is a manager and leisure travel advisor at Four Seasons Travel in the Village on Skidaway Island, and she gave us lots of very sound advice.  Considering that most of us travel frequently, this advice was given to an appreciative audience. By the way, former “travel agents” are now “travel advisors” and their relationship with their clients has changed.
We welcomed a most distinguished visitor to our meeting this week, Lt. Col Elizabeth Baker. She came to talk to us about her career, her acknowledgement of her obligations in the military, and the importance of readiness to guard the safety of our country. Her educational background is in management and computer technology, and she has a Master’s Degree in Military Operations and Science from the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL.
We welcomed Michael Walters to our meeting this week. Michael is a professional actuary, a Fellow and Past President of the Casualty Actuarial Society. He is a graduate in mathematics with a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame.
On June 26, the Rotary Club of Skidaway Island awarded $9,620 to five local children’s charities that are involved in improving reading and literacy skills, exploring creativity through music and art, and strengthening parenting skills that foster improved learning at home. The winning grant proposals emphasized programs that were (1) transformative, (2) sustainable, (3) scalable, and (4) preventive. Because these charities are homegrown and hands-on, they are expected to grow and do great things for Savannah’s children, families, and neighborhood communities.

Susan Kleine told us about our new student who will arrive at the beginning of August. She is Ariela Samour, and she will be among about 50 such students who come to Georgia each year to attend its universities. These students are selected by Rotary Clubs around the world. They must be academically qualified, speak fluent English, able to afford the air fare and the cost of medical insurance.


If you missed a meeting, you can make it up by attending a meeting at another Rotary Club or... getting credit for an On-Line Make-up. The link for an On-Line make-up is on the club web site under Club Links (E-Club Make Ups).

Once you complete the on-line make-up, print the confirmation page and bring it to the next meeting. The online-make-up takes about 10-15 minutes, reading an interesting article related to Rotary.

This will help our club achieve an excellent attendance record.
Fun Meeting. Wear your ugly sweater/sweatshirt!
Dec 18, 2019
Stories, holiday plans, share your experiences, Achievements. Get to know members better.
Christmas Holiday
Dec 25, 2019
Saturday 9 am 2nd Harvest Packing!
Jan 04, 2020
Meet at Skidaway Methodist Parking lot 8:30 am
Transform Tanzania: educating Girls, Tracey Dolan
Jan 08, 2020
SEGA Girls Change villages and Region: Phil Turek, contact
Paul Fisher, President Early Childhood Foundation
Jan 15, 2020
A breakout year! Partnership with SCCSS. Future plans,initiatives.Tameka Tribble Asst.Dir. Parent U.
Dr, Kelley Waldron, Head of St. Andrews.
Jan 22, 2020
Major Changes coming to Savannah's Public and Private Education. Intro by Tom McGoldrick.
Speaker Dr. Lynn Kemp, Ethics Department, Memorial
Jan 29, 2020
The Electronic Highjacking of American Culture
Club Assembly Third Rotary Quarter
Feb 05, 2020
Reports of Committees, Projects, Progress, Officers.
Valentine's Day: Contact Miriam Rittmeyer
Feb 12, 2020
Happy Hour Format. Stay tuned for specifics.
Speaker from Savannah Tourism Council
Feb 19, 2020
What's going on in Tourism in our Metropolitan Area???
Savannah Theatre comes to Skidaway for 2 nights
Feb 25, 2020 6:00 PM
Feb 25 & 26, TUE & WED, MUSIC OF THE 70'S. Put a table together!
No Wed. am. speaker.
Feb 26, 2020
Get your tickets for the Savannah Theatre 2020 fundraiser!
Mark Winters and Ed Field on Sailing! Sailing!
Mar 04, 2020
Mark is Rear Commodore in the Sailing Club
Hands on Book Packing for Savannah Rotary Read-In
Mar 11, 2020
Get reading ready for Read-In with books for every Student! Partner, Downtown Rotary: Lynn Gensamer
Captain Falgout, United Sates Navy
Mar 18, 2020
Award winning Savannah State's Navy ROTC Program experience. Todd Lacy, Contact.
No morning club meeting. Instead join the club in
Mar 25, 2020
signing up for Rotary Read-In with Lynn ( volunteers welcome.
Savannah Rotary Read-In! For 1 hour once a year
Mar 25, 2020 9:00 AM
Participate in Literacy History as every student K-3 is read to in public schools.600+ Volunteers!