Posted by Doreen Higgins on Jul 22, 2019
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.
 
As a part of her talk to us, Whitney gave us a detailed description of the activities of the Metro Club among local children, its financial contributions to local charities, and the national and international importance of The Rotary Foundation and of Rotary International.

The four clubs which Whitney thinks might get together in the pursuit of greater effectiveness because of mutual support are, Metro, Sunrise, Savannah (downtown), and the Skidaway Island Rotary Club. The ideas she proposed are:
  • Sustained partnerships with underserved schools
  • Weekly visiting readers
The ideas build upon the Rotary Read-in recently featured by our club and Metro’s book-box project; she suggested that these activities be extended to pre/K or Kindergarten at Juliette Low, Butler, Haven and Brock. Expanding on the weekly visits idea, Whitney suggested Book Box libraries and book drives and, further ahead, maybe music workshops. Whitney proposed that we organize a Happy Hour meeting early in August to discuss and organize the details of our collaboration. Such meetings should become a regular part of our work to ensure continuity and maintain interest among the clubs and the recipients of our mutual endeavors. We thanked Whitney for her ideas and will consider implementing them soon.
 
Below is a photo of Whitney and President Tom.