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.
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.
Savannah Rotary Clubs Call for Community Volunteers for Inaugural Read-In to 15,000 Students in Savannah-Chatham Schools
(SAVANNAH, GA) Several Rotary clubs and community volunteers in the greater Savannah area will host the inaugural Rotary Read-In on Thursday, March 22, from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Rotarians and community volunteers will participate with students from kindergarten to third grade in 31 schools and almost 600 classrooms in the Savannah-Chatham County area.
“We hope to promote literacy with almost 15,000 local students at this event,” said Nina Gompels, president of the Rotary Club of Savannah. “We are asking the community to join with our Rotarians during the Read-In, and we hope to have about 400 people participate, giving back by reading for one hour on this one special day to spark imaginations and encourage desires to read more.”
Debra Larson, President & CEO of Hospice Savannah and retired trucking company owner Frank Moore, Jr., who serves as a substitute teacher in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, are co-chairing the event.
When he moved to Savannah, Moore brought the idea to the Rotary Club of Savannah from his club in California, which ran the program for 26 years. The Rotary Club of Savannah then reached out to all of the clubs in the Greater Savannah area.
“We are looking for volunteers to help just one day for one hour with just one book,” said Moore. “This is a community building event that brings members of our community into the schools, with a very positive impact on both students and the reader.”
The club is also seeking 32 volunteers to serve as school liaisons to handle all communication with the schools’ personnel, confirm classrooms and solidify books for the read-in. E Shaver Booksellers is offering a 25 percent discount for those purchasing a children’s book to read for the Savannah Rotary Read-In with the intention of leaving that book in the classroom for the students.
According to a study published by the Reach Out and Read National Center in Boston, parents or other family members read every day to just under half of the nation’s children between birth and five years. Children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over those who are not, with the number of words in a child’s vocabulary being an important indicator of later academic success, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
The federal government has set a national goal through its Healthy People 2020 initiative to increase the proportion of children who are read to by a parent every day from 47.8 percent in 2007 to 52.6 percent in 2020, according to Child Trends.
A report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation indicates children who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of third grade are four times as likely to drop out of high school.
To register to read on March 22, sign up here by Thursday, March 15: https://savannahrotaryreadin.com/
ABOUT THE ROTARY CLUB OF SAVANNAH
The Rotary Club of Savannah includes 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 the 100th anniversary, the club raised funds and constructed an all-accessible playground in Forsyth Park. Meetings are held each Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DeSoto Hotel, 15 E. Liberty Street. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org
Local Rotary Announces 2018 Group Study Exchange Team to Travel to India in January
The local district of Rotary has selected seven members for its Group Study Exchange (GSE) team to travel to Hyderabad, India in mid-January 2018.
(SAVANNAH, HINESVILLE, JESUP) Rotary District 6920, located in southeast Georgia, is sending a Group Study Exchange (GSE) team to Hyderabad, India in early 2018.
John Neely, Past District Governor and Savannah East Rotary Club member, has been designated as the group’s team leader. “I’m thrilled to lead this outstanding group of individuals to India come January,” said Neely. “Each one of us is excited to partake in Rotary’s motto of ‘Service Above Self.’”
During the month-long trip, team members will stay in Rotarian’s homes, attend Rotary Club meetings, have vocational days, visit Rotary-sponsored humanitarian projects and tour cultural sites. Members will also participate in Polio National Immunization Day, as the eradication of polio is one of Rotary’s largest missions.
Neely will be joined by four of the following team members that are undergoing training for the trip:
Brigitte Shanken, Assistant Governor and Hinesville Rotary Club member.
Joey Darley, member of the Jesup Rotary Club.
Jasmine Head, of Savannah.
Cari Phelps, Metro Savannah Rotary Club member.
Lisa Grove, member of the Savannah Rotary Club.
Jose Dacruz, member of the Savannah East Rotary Club.
The remaining two members will be designated as alternates.
A team from District 3150 in India will travel through our District 6920 in April and attend the District Conference in Jekyll Island. Clubs wanting the India team to visit their communities should contact GSE Co-Chairs Justin Godchaux or Andy Lohn.
To apply for the GSE, individuals’ applications were solicited, and applicants were interviewed by Neely and the GSE Committee. It is anticipated that a team will travel again next year to Sri Lanka.
About Rotary District 6920
District 6920 consists of 62 clubs with a membership of over 3,200 members scattered throughout southeast Georgia to include Macon, Augusta, Valdosta, Brunswick, Camden, Tift, and Savannah.
About Rotary International
Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Our guiding principles have been the foundation of our values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. For more information, please visit https://www.rotary.org/
(BRUNSWICK, GLENNVILLE, AUGUSTA, GA) The Glennville and Augusta chapters of Rotary presented $2,250.00 to MAP International in Brunswick to supply over 200 Disaster Health Kits (DHK) to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Hamsa Thota, District Governor of Rotary District 6920, presented a check for $2,000.00 from the Augusta Rotary Club to MAP International President and CEO, Steve Stirling. The donation will supply 200 DHK’s to Puerto Rico citizens.
“Our desire to aid hurricane victims has tied in nicely with our recent collaboration with MAP International,” said Dr. Thota. “MAP is the perfect partner for us to provide relief to people in Puerto Rico who are in dire need right now.”
MAP International and Rotary launched a program last Tuesday to provide life-saving medicines to uninsured or underinsured low-income people in surrounding areas. At the launch event, Margaret Jacobs, District Governor Elect, and Mike Muldowney, Assistant District Governor, presented an additional $250.00 given by the Glennville Rotary Club and Virginia Ellis, of the St. Simons Rotary Club, to provide 25 DHK’s to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.
“MAP is profoundly grateful for the generous support from Rotary,” says Stirling. “Their support through this partnership will save lives here in Georgia.”
About MAP International
MAP International is a Christian organization providing life-changing medicines and health supplies to people in need. MAP serves all people, regardless of religion, gender, race, nationality, or ethnic background. For more information, visit map.org
About Rotary International District 6920
Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Our guiding principles have been the foundation of our values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Rotary District 6920 consists of 63 clubs with a membership of over 3200 Rotary members scattered throughout southeast Georgia including Macon, Augusta, Valdosta, Brunswick, Camden, Tift, and Savannah.
Rotary Club of Savannah Announces Gompels as Incoming President and Names 2017 Board
(SAVANNAH, GA) Nina Gompels, owner and operator of five Savannah area McDonald’s restaurants, was named as the Rotary Club of Savannah‘s new president. On Monday, June 26, the Rotary gavel was passed to Gompels from outgoing president Camille Russo, chief financial officer at Alta Innovations. This will mark the first time the club will have had two consecutive women presidents.
Gompels will be joined on the board by Secretary/Treasurer Fran Kaminsky, Sergeant at Arms Dr. Ben Spitalnick, Rick Belford, Ellen Bolch, Malcolm Butler, Todd Groce, Cliff McCurry, Phoenicia Miracle, Roger Moss, Paul Pressly, David Rosenblum, Swann Seiler, Mike Traynor, Marjorie Young.
After graduating from Savannah Country Day School, Gompels earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University in business administration. She cherished her Georgia Southern ties, and her first job after college was with the GSU foundation.
Today, Gompels owns five McDonald’s restaurants in the Savannah area and employs more than 200 people.
The Rotary Club of Savannah includes 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 the 100th anniversary, the club raised funds and constructed an all-accessible playground in Forsyth Park.
The Rotary Club of Savannah also sponsored the organization of new Rotary clubs in Augusta, Brunswick, Statesboro, Blackshear and Savannah West. Furthering the goals of Rotary International, the club has supported wartime relief efforts, student scholarships, polio eradication and other global health initiatives.
Meetings are held each Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DeSoto Hilton Hotel, 15 E. Liberty Street. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org
Local Rotary Clubs Encourage Area Young Professionals to Apply for Travel to India
Rotary District 6920 of southeast Georgia is looking for young professionals to apply for a Group Study Exchange Team that will travel to and observe previous Rotarians’ work in India at the start of 2018.
(CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST GEORGIA) Rotary District 6920 is looking for young professionals to apply for a Group Study Exchange (GSE). The team selected will travel to the Hyderabad, India area from mid January to mid February 2018. Travel expenses for the GSE team are covered by Rotary District 6920. Applicants must be 25-40 years of age and live in District 6920 which covers central, south central, southeast and coastal Georgia. Rotarians and Non-Rotarians alike who meet the criteria are welcome to apply. Team members will stay with local Rotarian families and visit humanitarian projects provided by Rotary. Team members will also partake in a number of cultural visits.
Throughout the past five years, Rotary District 6920 has collaborated with District 3150 of the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh areas of India and The Rotary Foundation (TRF) to complete a variety of humanitarian initiatives in southern India led by Dr. Ravi Vadlamani, past district governor of District 3150. Funds provided desks for school children, sewing machines, special tricycles for the victims of Polio and other diseases, education for parents and teachers in schools and water and sanitation facilities. The initiative led to the improvement and protection of hundreds of lives by giving individuals a quality of life and a hope for the future.
“The Group Study Exchange Program is a phenomenal opportunity for young professionals,” said Hamsa Thota, 2017-2018 District Governor for 6920. “Team members not only get to visit India for little to no cost, they get the chance to experience India’s culture and history while making lifelong friendships. The Rotarian host families are eager to welcome team members into their homes.”
The GSE team leader application deadline is Friday, July 7, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. The deadline for GSE team members is Friday, September 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.
To apply for the Group Study Exchange, please visit http://www.rotarydistrict6920.net, click on the Foundation tab then Group Study Exchange. or contact a rotary member in your community.
For more information, please visit https://www.rotary.org/
ABOUT ROTARY GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE
For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country’s culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships and exchange ideas. Host families provide meals and lodging and arrange cultural visits for their guests to immerse in the country’s history.
ABOUT ROTARY DISTRICT 6920
Rotarians are volunteers who work locally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace and eradicate polio under the motto “Service Above Self.” District 6920 consists of 64 clubs with a membership of over 3,200 Rotary Members with multiple clubs in cities scattered throughout central, south central, southeast and coastal Georgia Georgia including Macon, Augusta, Valdosta, Brunswick, Camden County, Tift County and Savannah. District 6920 embraced a goal along with Rotary International, to eliminate polio from the planet.
ABOUT ROTARY DISTRICT 3150
Rotary International District 3150 (comprising 96 Clubs in 38 cities/towns in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana States, India) is one among the 530 Rotary Districts in the world. The 3,300+ member strong Rotary District 3150 is headed by Abraham Jamullamudi, District Governor 2017-2018. This Rotary District has a long and outstanding history of service. It undertakes community development and vocational service projects in association with the clubs and its members, thus keeping up the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”
The Rotary Club of Savannah to Host Musical Fundraiser to Benefit Mayor Eddie DeLoach’s Summer 500 Student Internship Program
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Downtown Rotary Club of Savannah announces the eighth annual “Play It Forward” musical and food extravaganza fundraising event to be held on Monday, May 22. Proceeds from the event will support Mayor Eddie DeLoach’s Savannah Summer 500 Youth Employment Program which places area high school students in paid internship positions during the summertime.
Sponsors are needed to support the fundraising event and packages begin at $250.
“Play It Forward” will take place at the historic Savannah Theatre with a sponsor reception in Bryson Hall preceding the show. The 5:30 p.m. sponsor reception will include food, beverage, and live music performed by Savannah Philharmonic musicians Sinisa Ciric (Violin), Krisin King (Harp), and Erica Monkman (Violin).
The show will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the Savannah Theatre Troupe entertaining guests inside the Savannah Theatre, located at 222 Bull Street, Savannah, GA. Individual tickets are $30 each. General admission tickets will be available at the door, night of the performance, on a first-come first serve basis.
“This event has become a successful tradition for the entire Savannah community,” said Terri O’Neil, Chairman of Play It Forward and member of Savannah Rotary Club. “The evening is such a treat but more importantly, the funds raised help nonprofit organizations in Savannah. This year, the event will provide support to the Mayor’s Summer 500 Youth Employment Program, which is a perfect blend of education and entrepreneurship coming together to help students and youth in our community.”
The Mayor would like to place 500 high school juniors and seniors into summer internships with local businesses. If your business would like to participate please visit Savannah Summer 500 Youth Employment Program, visit http://www.savannahga.gov/summer500.
Contact the “Play It Forward” committee directly via email at RotariansPIF@gmail.com to become a sponsor or to purchase individual tickets. For more information, visit
(SAVANNAH, GA) Marjorie Young, CEO and president of Carriage Trade Public Relations™, presents to incoming Assistant Governors for Rotary District 6920. Her presentation was on the new Public Image initiation by Rotary International.