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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Skidaway Rotary Club presents Lila Duke, Academic Coach at Hesse K-8 School, a check for $6,000. The funds will purchase a COW (Computers on Wheels). Since there are not enough computers for students in every classroom, a COW, which holds up to 32 Chromebooks, is shared among 4 or 5 classrooms. Hesse K-8 is just one the beneficiaries of the Rotary Club’s fundraising activities. Childhood literacy and educational enrichment are the Club’s primary areas of interest. Below is a photo of the check presentation with Lynn Gensamer and Lila Duke.  
Ron Medders of Utilities Inc. gave us a detailed interesting presentation of water supplies, issues, and problems, present and future, for our island on Wednesday morning. Ron is a Georgian born and bred and began his “water career” twenty-nine years ago in Baxley, Ga. He came to Utilities Inc. in 2007 and in 2011 became the regional manager for Ga operations. He has been involved with all the complexities of water usage and management in our area for close on ten years.
On Wednesday Paul Egan told us of the work and joy of a lifetime spent with the Salvation Army, first with his family and later as an officer working in it. The Salvation Army was first established in 1865 in London, England; its mission was to help with food, clothing, shelter, for all with such needs.
On February 13 we welcomed Dr. Richard Leighton, a retired cardiologist, former medical school dean and a professor of medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah campus. Dr. Leighton is the editor and co-author of a book entitled “From Guam and Beyond. Stories from the Men of VW-1.” VW-1 stands for Airborne Early Warning Squadron One and Dr. Leighton who was the flight surgeon for that Navy squadron in the late 1950s, related some of those stories.
We welcomed John Buckovich, a SCAD vice president, to our breakfast meeting this week. John is a Vice President for SCAD Savannah and University Safety. He comes with 30 years of law enforcement experience, public safety know-how and emergency preparedness. He brings expertise in leadership, critical thinking and crisis response.
We took a half hour’s journey into a new world on Wednesday morning. Steve Lowry told us the “where and when” we might expect to see and perhaps use these new devices.  Steve is a distinguished partner in Harris Lowry Manton, LLP, with an impressive record as a trial lawyer.  His practice areas are personal injury/trucking/defective-dangerous product situations, car accidents, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death.  He is a graduate of the J.D. Lewis & Clark Law School of the Northwestern School of Law and “a passionate advocate for individuals who have been harmed by the actions of others.”
Our island and the Institute of Oceanography are tied together by their interwoven history. The Roebling family forms the interconnection. Dr. William Savage of the Institute told us of this piece of history on Wednesday morning. Dr. Savage, (“Bill,”) has a PhD in Oceanography from North Carolina State University and specializes in continental shelf oceanography and the interactions between the biology, chemistry and physics there. He researches how the extensive salt marshes of Georgia modify the water composition of water moving from our rivers to the sea. Bill’s talk spoke of the years from around 1935 to the present.

Dr. Jay Brandes of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, University of Georgia, spoke to us this week. Jay has dual BS degrees in chemistry and oceanography and a PhD in Chemical Oceanography; he is a professor at the Institute of Oceanography. “Microplastics” are defined as pieces of plastic material smaller than 5 millimeters. And, Jay told us, they are everywhere; they are even found in the Mariana Trench, one of the deepest ocean locations on earth.
Our speaker this Wednesday morning is a seasoned newspaper reporter; for the past 30 years he has covered sports, business and governmental affairs. This past January he assumed his current position as the Editorial Page Editor of our Savannah Morning News. Adam is a true survivor in one of today’s most stressful and volatile industries, he is an opinion leader, and he seeks to increase the paper’s digital footprint and usage. His talk to us focused on a key subject for him and for our club, that is, our local schools.
We welcomed Doug Chambers of the Law Enforcement Division of the Georgia DNR to talk to us on Wednesday morning. He gave us a detailed account of the many vital services provided to us in this state by the DNR and its departments.
The Rotary Club of Skidaway Island and the Kiwanis Club of Skidaway hosted “A Nashville Night,” benefiting the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation (SECF) on Wednesday, July 18.

The fundraiser featured the Michael and Jennifer McLain Bluegrass Band and a live auction to benefit the SECF. Over 200 tickets were sold, and in combination with items auctioned, the event raised $11,000 for the SECF throughout the evening.

We welcomed Dr. Petruzzelli to our meeting last Wednesday. His presentation to us was at once interesting and disturbing. Dr. Petruzzelli is the Physician-in-Chief of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health and Professor of Surgery for Head, Neck, and Endocrine surgery at the Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah, Georgia.
Nipuna is a university student who came to Savannah in 2015, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Georgia. He talked to us this week about the business he is in the process of establishing. Nipuna was born and raised in Sri Lanka and was close to Rotary members and Rotary business in Sri Lanka for much of his young life. He is currently pursuing a business degree at Georgia Southern (Armstrong campus) and planning the future of his new business. The theme of his business is the importance of volunteerism in the world.
Jack Coderre told us that “Kairos,” from the Greek, means a ‘special moment’ and he described the many special moments offered by the Kairos Christian Ministry in its work among men in prison. Kairos is a “volunteer Christian Ministry,” Jack said, dedicated to helping men in prison in terms of love, hope, friendship, and support.
At our meeting this last week, Kathy Siler, Chair, Incorporation Steering Committee, The Landings, gave us an update regarding the proposed incorporation of Skidaway Island as a city in Chatham County. Overall, at the present time, the feeling on the part of committee members and of many of the Landings residents is that it should become a city.  There are many doubts, questions, “what ifs”, and perhaps the greatest difficulty, uncertainty. There is uncertainty about finances, flood insurance, relationships with the county and the other entities on the island (Modena, South Harbor, The Marshes, etc.), ordinances, the necessity for our own employees, police, judiciary, and the responsibility and money that these services imply.
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