The Rotary Club of Savannah Announces Ellen B. Bolch as President and Names 2019 Board
(SAVANNAH, GA) Ellen B. Bolch, President and CEO of THA Group, a family of in-home health companies serving coastal Georgia and South Carolina, has been elected president of the Rotary Club of Savannah.
Bolch will be joined on the Rotary Board of Directors by Secretary/Treasurer Harvey J. Gilbert, Sergeant-At-Arms Dale C. Critz, Jr., along with Louisa Abbot, Eddie Culver, Mark Dana, Emily Dickinson, Craig Harney, Sam McCachern, Jamie McCurry, Terri O’Neil, Cecilia Russo Turner, Philip Solomons, Jr., and Trip Tollison.
In addition to this new position, Bolch currently serves on the Boards of: The Union Society of Bethesda, The Georgia Historical Society, The Chatham Club, and the Board of Visitors of the Savannah Country Day School. She is heavily involved in her industry and community, having previously served on numerous national, regional and local Boards, including the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and as Co-Chair of the National Medicaid Action Council affiliated with NAHC. She is also a member the Advisory Board of the Home Care Technology Association of America. Bolch is the immediate past Chair of the South Carolina Home and Hospice Care Association and has been published in Caring Magazine, The Remington Report, the Journal of the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations, the Home Care Journal of Texas and, in The Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology.
Bolch, a native of Savannah, received her BS in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia and her Masters’ in Nursing and in Healthcare Administration from Penn State University. She received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2018. Ellen has been a health care educator at Penn State and Armstrong State Universities, and the Medical College of Georgia. Married to Dr. Sidney J. Bolch, III (Jeff) for 27 years, the pair have three sons and two daughters between them who have given them 10 grandchildren.
Bolch said of her newest role in Rotary, “As the new President, I am honored to ‘Stand Up’ before our Clubs auspicious group of professionals and business community leaders. Rotary connects people and we are united through these connections as we ‘Stand Up’ in our community and for our community and for those globally who cannot Stand Up for themselves.”
The Rotary Club of Savannah includes 205 community leaders and volunteers. Over the past 104 years, the club has championed local and regional developments that include completing the road to Tybee Island, improving the Savannah River for commercial traffic, enhancing the Dixie Highway system in southeast Georgia and building bridges over the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers. Most recently in recognition of its 100th anniversary, the club raised funds and built an all-accessible playground in Forsyth Park.
Savannah Attorney Charles Bowen to Discuss Film Industry at Buy Local Savannah May Meeting
(SAVANNAH, GA.) Charles “Bo” Bowen of the Bowen Law Group will discuss the Savannah area’s burgeoning film industry when Buy Local Savannah gathers for its May meeting Thursday, May 23, at Cohen’s Retreat, 5715 Skidaway Road.
Bowen will discuss film and television production in the area, including existing barriers to its continued expansion and the risks presented by potential boycotts. Bowen’s law firm specializes in commercial and entertainment law, and he has expanded his involvement to larger interests in the film industry.
He is a frequent commentator and writer on entertainment industry topics in local media. In 2015, Bowen founded the Savannah Film Alliance to promote the film community within Savannah and the greater Coastal Empire through advocacy and action via education, outreach and collaboration.
He also founded Southern Gateway Production Services to ensure a seamless experience for out-of-town producers coming to Savannah to film their projects.
Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where he graduated with honors in psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, he moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. He has developed a reputation as one of Savannah’s most experienced attorneys in entertainment law.
The Buy Local meeting will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and lunch will be served. Reservations are required.
The local trade association boasts about 150 member businesses in varied fields. Buy Local Savannah’s mission is to support locally owned and operated, independent businesses in the greater Savannah area, to maintain the area’s unique community character, provide continuing opportunities for entrepreneurs, build community economic strength and prevent the displacement of community-based businesses by national and global entities.
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Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial and entertainment law and also offers comprehensive mediation services. Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he graduated summa cum laude with honors in both psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, he moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice. Bowen was named “Business Advocate of the Year” in 2015 by the Savannah Morning News. He won the “2016 Helen V. Head Business Leader of the Year Award” presented by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. He also chaired the 24th Annual Kiss-a-Pig campaign on behalf of the American Diabetes Association. Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. He also has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law. He is the author of three eBooks. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Group is located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit thebowenlawgroup.com. Follow The Bowen Law Group on Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.
Marjorie Young to Speak at Buy Local Savannah April Meeting
(SAVANNAH, GA) Buy Local Savannahwill host Marjorie Young at their monthly luncheon on Thursday, April 25. Young, an experienced public relations consultant and president and CEO of Carriage Trade Public Relations, will present “Five Top Business Insights.”
Young has been named Entrepreneur of the Year, Business of the Year and Small Business Advocate of the Year. She is also certified in crisis PR.
She founded Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc. in 1995. Her firm creates positive word-of-mouth for businesses in the community and online by using reputation management strategies. She is also the founder of the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method, which helps businesses create a year-long public relations plan. Marjorie will publish a book later this year.
“I’m excited to share the business knowledge I’ve learned over the last 25 years,” Young said. “I’m hoping that by talking about some of the hurdles I’ve had to overcome along the way, other business owners in Savannah may be able to avoid some of the same issues.”
Formed in 1999, the Buy Local Savannahnow comprises over 150 businesses who call Savannah home. Their monthly meetings, which are open to the public, focus on the opportunities and issues inherent in running a locally based business.
The program will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on Thursday, April 25 at Cohen’s Retreat, 5715 Skidaway Rd. Registration to attend costs $25 for members or $40 for non-members. Interested parties can register at https://www.buylocalsavannah.com/luncheon-registration/?fbclid=IwAR1LH6GzdF1tq0jWStBr-9avmaQh_w7FOImV26IkHGqhdFC2k-3xM8faNp0
For more information on the event, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/368183487114501/?active_tab=about
ABOUT CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS®, INC.
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. is Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their positive word of mouth in the community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.
State of Small Business in Chatham County Announced for Wednesday, May 8
(SAVANNAH, GA) The 7th Annual State of Small Business in Chatham County, presented by Best Business Brokersand Wells Fargo & Company, will be held Wednesday, May 8, at the Eckburg Auditorium at Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA.
During the morning event, five area experts will present reports on measurable benchmarks relating to the health of Savannah’s small business community.
The goal of State of Small Business is to have current and relevant information available about the local economy, to help the small business owner make informed decisions in strategic business planning.
2019 State of Small Business presenters and topics include:
• Jen Bonnett, Savannah Economic Development Authority: Technology Trends;
• Lee Beckman, Georgia Ports Authority, Garden City Terminal: Freight Shipping Trends;
• Tony O’Reilly, president of the Small Business Assistance Corporation: Small Business Access to Capital in the Savannah Region;
• Rhett Mouchet, associate broker at Colliers International Savannah: Commercial Real Estate Trends;
• Dean Burnette, managing broker at Best Business Brokers: Business Sales Trends.
Following their presentations, the speakers will hold a round-table review to discuss the implications of the data and how it relates to small business owners.
Michael Toma, director of the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research at Georgia Southern, will join the discussion to help interpret available information.
Doors open at 8 a.m. with refreshments available. Reports start at 8:30 a.m. and the roundtable will begin at 9:30. The event will end at 10 a.m.
This event is free and open to the public but seats are limited. Registration is required through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-small-business-in-chatham-county-tickets-59453115870.
This event is sponsored by Best Business Brokers, Wells Fargo & Company, Savannah SCORE, The Creative Coast, UGA Small Business Development Center, Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, Savannah Economic Development Authority, the city of Savannah, Small Business Assistance Corporation, Joe Marchese Construction, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Cecilia Russo Marketing, the Savannah Morning News, Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerceand the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.
The event will be livestreamed on Facebook from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the Best Business Brokers, SCORE Savannahand Carriage Trade Public RelationsFacebook pages. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #SmallBizSav19.
For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-small-business-in-chatham-county-tickets-59453115870.
ABOUT BEST BUSINESS BROKERS• B3
Best Business Brokers (B3) help people buy and sell businesses and commercial real estate in Georgia and South Carolina. The company is based in Savannah, Georgia. B3offers a variety of brokerage services, including confidential targeted marketing, potential buyers’ qualifications, showcasing, transaction negotiations, due diligence management, escrow process management, valuations and pricing, and closings. Their seasoned and award-winning business brokers are all licensed, commercial realtors. B3specializes in a multitude of industries, such as manufacturing-, technology- and logistics-related businesses and properties. Their headquarters is located at 6605 Abercorn St., Suite 101D, Savannah, GA 31405. For more information, visit http://B3Brokers.comor call 912-349-0940.
ABOUT WELLS FARGO & COMPANY
Wells Fargo & Company(NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargoprovides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,800 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 37 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 259,000 team members, Wells Fargoserves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Companywas ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargoare also available at Wells FargoStories.
Savannah Parents and Students Invited to Bethesda Academy Open House to Meet New Learning Specialist on Nov. 15
(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academywill host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 15, for prospective students and their parents or guardians to get a glimpse of the quality of education, and the focus on leadership and tradition of excellence the historic school offers in addition to day-school and boarding enrollment options.
New to Bethesdathis year is Susan Boatright, a credentialed educator and learning specialist who has implemented a student success program which includes an individualized learning plan for each student, particularly those with recognized learning issues. Guests will have an opportunity to meet Boatright at the open house.
“The open house is intended for interested students and parents to get a glimpse of the leadership and quality of education that Bethesda Academyoffers,” said Bethesda Academypresident Dr. Michael Hughes.
The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Carter Space Building at Bethesda Academy, 9520 Ferguson Ave., Savannah, Ga.
“One of our biggest differentiators is Bethesda’s work study-internship program,” Hughes continued. “Every student leaves Bethesdawith entrepreneurial and real-world leadership skills. Sophomores, juniors and seniors all have an opportunity to participate in the work study-internship program. We will be explaining this program in more detail to the attendees of our open house.”
Bethesda Academyat a Glance:
• The school, which dates to 1740, prides itself on transforming every boy into a young man of the utmost character.
• Young men in grades 6-12 benefit from small class sizes, supportive teachers and yearly campus internships.
• The Bethesdaexperience goes beyond the classroom walls. Its core values, which include a love of God, a love of learning and a strong work ethic, are instilled in every student.
• Bethesdaboasts a dynamic and disciplined athletic program as well as an outstanding preparatory curriculum focused on career and higher education pursuits.
Applications are being accepted for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information about the open house or to submit an application, contact Brandi Simpson, director of admissions, at 912.351.2068or email@example.com.
ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY:
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis the oldest child-care institution in the United States. It is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and a hands-on comprehensive curriculum that includes technology applications and STEM opportunities. Through its Lead The Way initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.orgor call 912.644.4376.
The Rotary Club of Savannah Announces Lowell Kronowitz as President and Names 2018 Board
Kronowitz will be joined on the Rotary board of directors by secretary/treasurer Diana Morrison, sergeant-at-arms Roger Moss, along with Louisa Abbot, Todd Groce, Cecilia Russo Turner, Rick Belford, Jamie McCurry, Swann Seiler, Ellen Bolch, Trip Tollison, Dale Critz Jr., David Rosenblum and Marjorie Young.
In addition to his new position, Kronowitz currently serves as chairman of the 200 Club. He is a member of both the Bethesda Foundation Boardand a past treasure of the Bethesda Union Society. His previous positions include serving as the Rotary Club’s secretary/treasurer and membership on the Telfair Museumand United Wayboards.
Kronowitz attended Savannah Country Dayand Gould Academy, then received his bachelor’s degree from Hobart Collegeand attended the University of Michiganfor an MBA. He returned to Savannah to assume leadership of Levy Jewelersand has remained here with his wife, Hilary, and three children.
“The club’s motto, ‘service above self,’ is a core foundation for me,” said Kronowitz. “I am honored to stand amongst the many great business and civic leaders of our city who have led the club before me.”
The Rotary Club of Savannahincludes 225 community leaders and volunteers. Over the past 103 years, the club has championed local and regional developments that include completing the road to Tybee Island, improving the Savannah River for commercial traffic, enhancing the Dixie Highway system in southeast Georgia and building bridges over the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers. Most recently in recognition of its 100th anniversary, the club raised funds and built an all-accessible playground in Forsyth Park.
The club also sponsored the organization of new Rotary clubs in Augusta, Brunswick, Statesboro, Blackshearand Savannah West. Furthering the goals of Rotary International, the club has supported wartime relief efforts, student scholarships, polio eradication and other global health initiatives.
American Red Cross Honors Cecilia Russo Turner at Youth Heroes Awards Breakfast
(SAVANNAH, GA) The American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgiahosted its fifth Youth Heroes Awards Breakfast at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. in downtown Savannah.
This event recognized local students who are giving back to their communities by volunteering at school and for religious organizations, various non-profits, camps and more. It also honored Cecilia Russo Turnerfor her volunteer work in the community, as well as her philanthropy and advocacy.
“We hold this event each year to recognize outstanding youth for their commitment to improving our communities through volunteer service and to help increase awareness of the difference a commitment to service and compassion makes in the lives of our neighbors in need,” said Esther Sheppard, the agency’s executive director. “We know their potential is boundless. Therefore, we also honor a community mentor of the year to inspire and encourage them in their work.”
Turner, this year’s community honoree, was CEO of Cecilia Russo Marketing. During her 23-year career, she has managed and participated in philanthropic activities that have raised millions of dollars for nonprofit charities and civic improvements in Savannah and the Lowcountry. Turner also was one of the creators of the Youth Heroes event.
“Five years ago, I could not have imagined this idea would take hold, take shape and grow to be embraced the way it has by both this organization and the community it serves,” said Turner. “Professionally, my mentor is Cliff McCurry, who was, incidentally, the first recipient of this award. He and the other recipients have mentored untold numbers of young people, and each knows the power of hard work and rising above doubt, adversity and rejection.”
In addition to McCurry, who is a managing trustee at the University of Georgia Foundation; previous honorees are Cathy Hill, who recently retired as a senior executive with Georgia Power; Celia Dunn, owner of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty; and former Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson.
Students in the sixth through twelfth grades who were recognized are enrolled public or private schools or are home-school students in the 2017-2018 school year. They each had at least 30 recorded and verified volunteer activities addressing community needs within southeast and coastal Georgia.
The public were invited to support the Youth Heroes Breakfast and contribute to the American Red Crossthrough tax-deductible gifts that ranged from purchasing individual tickets or corporate-level packages to making donations to recognize the honorees.
“Contributions make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors in need when a disaster affects their lives,” said Sheppard. “We hope that, like these volunteers, members of the community will answer the call to help by supporting this organization and this event.”
ABOUT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OF SOUTHEAST AND COASTAL GEORGIA
The American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgiawas established on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1917, and has served the community for more than one hundred years, now providing services in 17 southeast Georgia counties. Volunteers constitute 96 percent of the workforce, serving as members of the board, instructors teaching lifesaving skills, disaster action team members, office administrators and event organizers. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/southeastgeorgiaor call 912-651-5300or 800-733-6767.
ABOUT CECILIA RUSSO TURNER
Cecilia Russo, of Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC,is a marketing professional with a proven record among Savannah’s top-tier non-profit and for-profit organizations, businesses and corporations in the areas of fund development, marketing, public relations and event planning. As a native Savannahian, Cecilia’s knowledge and experience give her unique insights into channeling the efforts of volunteers and constituents into effective, mission-driven public relations activities that translate into measurable results. She was voted one of Savannah’s “40 Business Leaders Under 40” by the Savannah Business Report and Journal in 2005. For more information, visit online at https://ceciliarussomarketing.wordpress.comor call 912-665-0005.