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
Rotary Fundraiser
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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.
Dr. Richard Roth, Infectious Disease Consultant
Oct 23, 2019
The Awsome Power of Innoculation in Medicine and in the Polio Story
Halloween Party is Thur, 31st Oct. No Wed am meet
Oct 31, 2019
No meeting. Instead, Party counts.BYOB & Hors d' Oeuvres.6pm. Francis&Nina Stanga's Home.
Hesse Teachers Lila Dukes and Cherie Dennis
Nov 06, 2019
In Our Partner School: Exciting Hands-On Options to help the kids
No morning meeting. Our first ROTARY COMIC REVUE!!
Nov 13, 2019
Halarious!! Professional, Buy Tickets, Sell tickets! Support the Kids who need you!! 6pm Plantation.
Youth Leadership Focus: RYLA, GRSP
Nov 20, 2019
Toni Marwitz on Rotaract, Interact. 3 GRSP Student Panel. Andy M. on RYLA
Day before Thanksgiving. No Wed meeting.
Nov 27, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Parent University/ Early Learning College
Dec 04, 2019
Michael O'Neal: Rising Collaboration in City with School System, Rotary Clubs, Grant
No morning meeting 11th. Party planned Tue.10th.
Dec 10, 2019
Plantation 6pm, Tue 10 th Dec. Attendance counts.
Our own Dr.Miriam Rittmeyer
Dec 18, 2019
RCSI One Year in Central America! Report on our Maternal Child Health Mission in Guatemala
Christmas Holiday
Dec 25, 2019