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The Rotary Club of Savannah Announces Ellen B. Bolch as President and Names 2019 Board

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.

Ellen Bolch, President of Rotary

Ellen Bolch, 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.

Meetings are held each Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DeSoto Hotel, 15 E. Liberty St. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org

CONTACT
Rotary Club of Savannah
P.O. Box 11105
Savannah, GA 31412
912.272.9711

Local Rotary Calls for Volunteers for Second Annual Savannah Rotary Read-In

Local Rotary Calls for Volunteers for Second Annual Savannah Rotary Read-In

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Club of Savannahis searching for volunteers to serve as community readers for the second annual Savannah Rotary Read-Inon Wednesday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Last year’s inaugural event drew 526 volunteer readers who read to students in 566 classrooms. This year, Savannah-Chatham public schools plans to add pre-kindergarten to the list, which means Rotarians and volunteers will read to students in 600 pre-k through third-grade classrooms in 32 schools.

“We hope to promote literacy with nearly 15,000 local students at this event,” said Lowell Kronowitz, president of the Rotary Club of Savannah. “Our goal is to have around 600 volunteers join our Rotarians in giving back by reading for one hour on this special day to spark young imaginations and encourage the desire to read more.”

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.

Debra Larson, president & CEO of Hospice Savannah, and retired trucking company owner Frank Moore, Jr., who serves as a substitute teacher in the school system, are co-chairing the event. Moore introduced the idea when he moved to Savannah from California where his club there had run the program for 26 years.

“We are looking for volunteers to help just one day for one hour with just one book. The impact for the students is tremendous,” said Moore.

The club also is seeking 32 volunteers to serve as liaisons to handle communication with the schools’ personnel, confirm classrooms and identify books for the read-in.

E Shavers Booksellers is offering a discount to anyone who buys a children’s book to read during the event.

To register to read at the Savannah Rotary Read-In, please sign up here by March 7: https://savannahrotaryreadin.com/

ABOUT THE ROTARY CLUB OF SAVANNAH
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 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

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:
Frank Moore, Jr.
frankm.jr@prodigy.net
912-604-5319

The Rotary Club of Savannah Announces Lowell Kronowitz as President and Names 2018 Board

The Rotary Club of Savannah Announces Lowell Kronowitz as President and Names 2018 Board

(SAVANNAH, GA) Lowell Kronowitz, president and fourth-generation family owner of Levy Jewelers, has been named president of the Rotary Club of Savannah.

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.

Lowell Kronowitz, Rotary Club of Savannah President

Lowell Kronowitz, Rotary Club of Savannah President

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.

Meetings are held each Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DeSoto Hotel, 15 E. Liberty St. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org

CONTACT
Rotary Club of Savannah
P.O. Box 11105
Savannah, GA 31412
912.272.9711

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
info@crussomarketing.com
912.665.0005

Savannah Rotary Clubs Call for Community Volunteers for Inaugural Read-In to 15,000 Students in Savannah-Chatham Schools

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

CONTACT
Debra Larson
Dlarson@hospicesavannah.org
(912) 629-1020

Local Rotary Announces 2018 Group Study Exchange Team to Travel to India in January

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.

To learn more about Rotary District 6920, please visit: http://www.rotarydistrict6920.net/ Follow the 6920 team on Facebook at Rotary District 6920 GSE Team.

2018 Group Study Exchange Team

From left to right: Cari Phelps, Lisa Grove, Jasmine Head, Brigitte Shanken, John Neely, Jose Dacruz, Joey Darley

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/

Local Rotary Clubs Donate to MAP International to Assist with Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

(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.”

Rotary Club of Augusta

The Rotary Club of Augusta Donates to MAP International to aid in Puerto Rico disaster relief.

Glennville Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Glennville donates to MAP International to aid in disaster relief in Puerto Rico.

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 Clubs Partner with MAP International to Give Medical Relief to Local Community

Rotary Clubs Partner with MAP International to Give Medical Relief to Local Community

(BRUNSWICK/VALDOSTA) Rotary Clubs across Southeast Georgia are partnering with MAP International to provide medical relief to local citizens who have fallen through the cracks of the healthcare system. MAP International, a Christian nonprofit based in Brunswick that provides life-changing medicines and health supplies to people in need, will partner with Rotary District 6920 to provide free medicines for qualified patients in Brunswick and Valdosta. The free medications will be available at two volunteer community clinics in these cities and will focus on four classes of disease: hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, and asthma.

Participation in the program is only available through the cooperating clinics. The program will provide medicines for approximately 1,500 uninsured or underinsured low-income adults, families, and pregnant women in Brunswick and Valdosta.

“These drugs are going to help maintain a quality of life that they wouldn’t have had otherwise,” says Dr. Hamsa Thota, 2017-18 Governor of Rotary District 6920.

The Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP) clinic, a part of Southeast Georgia Health System, will supply the medications at its Brunswick clinic to adults living in Camden, Glynn, and McIntosh counties. In Valdosta, patients can visit the Partnership Health Center, a free primary healthcare facility staffed by volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and administrative staff who serve the healthcare needs of the working uninsured in Lowndes County.

“This community partnership (Rotary and MAP) will help provide a sustainable solution, to meet the healthcare needs of people falling through the cracks of the current health system,” says MAP International CEO, Steve Stirling.

Rotary MAPRotary and MAP International Launch Partnership

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

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.

Nina Gompels, Incoming Rotary Club of Savannah President

Nina Gompels, incoming Rotary Club of Savannah President

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.

Gompels serves on the board of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, the Savannah Area McDonald’s Operator Association, and the Ameris Bank community board.

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

CONTACT
Rotary Club of Savannah
P.O. Box 11105
Savannah, GA 31412
912.272.9711

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
info@crussomarketing.com
912.665.0005

Local Rotary Clubs Encourage Area Young Professionals to Apply for Travel to India

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/

 

Rotarian in Action

A Rotarian in action on a Group Study Exchange.

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.”

CONTACT
Andy Lohn
Incoming Group Study Exchange Chair
alohn@bartmeyerlaw.com
912.598.5151

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

The Rotary Club of Savannah to Host Musical Fundraiser to Benefit Mayor Eddie DeLoach’s Summer 500 Student Internship Program

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
https://www.facebook.com/events/1786913378304595/

 

Rotary Club of Savannah Play it Foward event 2017

CONTACT INFO:
Terri O’Neil
912-844-8783
RotariansPIF@gmail.com

Rotary Club of Savannah Names Incoming 2016 President and Board Members

Rotary Club of Savannah Welcomes Camille Russo as New President.jpeg

(LEFT TO RIGHT): Rick Monroe, owner of Monroe Marketing, passes on the gavel to Camille Russo, Chief Financial Officer at Alta Innovations, and new Rotary Savannah President.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Camille Russo, Chief Financial Officer at Alta Innovations, was named as the Rotary Club of Savannah’s new President. On Monday, July 11, the Rotary gavel will be passed on to Russo from outgoing president, Rick Monroe, owner of Monroe Marketing. Russo is the second woman to serve as the president of this club.

She will be joined on the board by Lowell Kronowitz, who will serve as Secretary Treasurer, as well as Malcolm Butler, Dale Critz, Jr., Eddie Culver, Lisa Grove, Craig Harney, Fran Kaminsky, Sam McCachern, Phoenicia Miracle, Chuck Powell, Paul Pressly, Philip Solomons, Jr., and Trip Tollison.

Russo attended the University of Georgia where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Finance. Russo later went on to complete her MBA at Georgia State University in Business Administration with a focus in Management.

Prior to her current position, Russo was the regional manager for AT&T in Southeast Georgia and also worked for BellSouth in Columbus and Atlanta.

Russo has served as a director on the Board of United Way of the Coastal Empire, and was chair for the Community Investments Committee, as well as the 2010 Campaign. In addition, Russo serves on the boards of Junior Achievement of Savannah and the Armstrong State University Foundation.

ABOUT ROTARY
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. For more information, visit www.rotary.org

CONTACT
Rotary Club of Savannah
P.O. Box 11105
Savannah, GA 31412
912.272.9711

Camille Russo Headshot.jpg

Camille Russo

Savannah Rotary Sponsors Students from 100 Black Men of Savannah to Visit Georgia State Capitol

(SAVANNAH, GA)Organized in 1996, the Savannah is an affiliate of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. one of the preeminent African- American organizations that champion issues that face our communities. Our legacy has been one of hard work, innovative solutions, and an unwavering commitment to mentoring and empowering Savannah’s young people. We lead the way by Mentoring the 100 Way Across a Lifetime through our mentoring, education, leadership, and economic empowerment programs and as an advocate for Savannah’s youth.

“We’re really proud to be able to stand behind this program and support it,” said Rick Monroe, Rotary Club of Savannah.

The Rotary Club of Savannah is now comprised of 225 community leaders and volunteers. Over the past 100 years, The Savannah Club has championed local and regional developments including: 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. 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 also supported wartime relief efforts, student scholarships, polio eradication and other global health initiatives.

Meetings are held most Mondays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the DeSoto Hilton Hotel, 15 E. Liberty Street. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org

Rotary Club of Savannah
P.O. Box 11105
Savannah, GA 31412
912-272-9711

CONTACT:
Zke Zimmerman
100 Black Men of Savannah Mentoring Program
javarorlz@aol.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
info@crussomarketing.com
912.665.0005

YOUNG MEN IN PHOTO
ARRINGTON,JONATHAN
BOYD, KENYON
BROWN, KENTAVIOUS
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CHISHOLM, JAWON
DATTS, VERNON JR.
DICKINSON, UNIQUE
DUKES, DEVONTA
FRAZIER, TIMOTHY
HOLSEY, ZANE
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Savannah Rotary Sponsors Students from 100 Black Men of Savannah to Visit Georgia State Capitol

Savannah Rotary Sponsors Students from 100 Black Men of Savannah to Visit Georgia State Capitol

Savannah Rotary Presented 1.8K Check from District Chairman

Gerald Smith (LEFT), the District Rotary Chairman for the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) recently presented a check for $1,814.50 to the Rotary Club of Savannah, which President Rick Monroe (RIGHT) accepted. Smith said, “The check is thanks for the chapter’s stellar support of GRSP.” The scholarship program pays tuition for international college students. This year the Rotary Club of Savannah is sponsoring Lizzy McGhee from Scotland.

The Rotary Club of Savannah is now comprised of 225 community leaders and volunteers. Over the past 100 years, The Savannah Club has championed local and regional developments including: 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. 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 also supported wartime relief efforts, student scholarships, polio eradication and other global health initiatives.

Meetings are held most Mondays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the DeSoto Hilton Hotel, 15 E. Liberty Street. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org

Rotary Club of Savannah
P.O. Box 11105
Savannah, GA 31412
912-272-9711

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Rick Monroe Named New Rotary Club of Savannah President

(SAVANNAH, GA) Rick Monroe, owner of Monroe Marketing, was installed Monday as President of the Rotary Club of Savannah. Monroe accepted the Rotary gavel from outgoing president Holden Hayes, Regional President of South State Bank.

Joining Monroe in leading the club through its 102nd year in Savannah are Secretary/Treasurer Diana Morrison, Sergeant at Arms Craig Harney, and 2015-2016 Board of Directors members Rick Belford, Scott Center, Trey Cook, Eddie Culver, John Helmken, Stratton Leopold, Sam McCachern, Jamie McCurry, Chuck Powell, Cecilia Russo, and Philip Solomons, Jr.

“As president, my vision or mission is to ensure that members who come to Rotary every Monday will leave feeling encouraged, uplifted, and glad they were there,” Monroe said. “Holden did a wonderful job as president and I thank him for all he has done for the club and our community. We will do our best to try to continue and expand those efforts.”

Monroe grew up in Meridian, Mississippi and attended the University of Georgia, where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism with a major in Advertising in 1975. He opened his marketing firm in 1988, and has been operating in Savannah for 27 years now. The firm offers a range of marketing services including video production, TV, radio, print, direct mail, outdoor advertising and digital marketing.

Monroe has volunteered for Savannah Young Life since 1975 and now acts as a member of the Young Life Committee. He also serves as an elder at Savannah Christian Church where he leads a middle school small group each week and leads a home group at the Landings.

During his professional career, Monroe has been recognized with several awards and distinctions, including: winner of over 45 ADDY Awards from the Savannah Advertising Federation for excellence in advertising; winner of 10 national awards for advertising in the pest control and private college industries; recipient of the Silver Medal and Hadley Cammack Awards through the Savannah Advertising Federation for achievement in local advertising; received the ARCH Award from the President’s Office of the University of Georgia for volunteer work with youth of Savannah; recipient of the Outstanding Young Layman Award by the Savannah Jaycees; recipient of the 1999 “Small Business of the Year” Award presented by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce; recipient of the Helen Head Small Business Advocate Award in 2004 by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce; and the Buy Local Savannah “Business Advocate of the Year” 2008.

During Holden’s year as president, the club completed construction of a playground in Forsyth Park which is also accessible for children with disabilities. The project was part of the club’s Centennial Celebration which began in 2014. Under his leadership, the club earned a “Gold Club” award, the highest achievement a club can earn for a variety of service projects and other community efforts.

The Rotary Club of Savannah was organized Jan. 12, 1914 and has 213 members. Meetings are held most Mondays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the DeSoto Hilton Hotel, 15 E. Liberty Street.

Rotary Club of Savannah
P.O. Box 11105
Savannah, GA 31412
912-272-9711

Rotary of Savannah Held Dedication and Ribbon Cutting for Centennial Playground

Rotary of Savannah Held Dedication and Ribbon Cutting for Centennial Playground

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Club of Savannah held the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the all accessible playground in Forsyth Park on Monday, December 8 at 12:40 p.m.

The $342,000 park was funded by the club through internal sponsorship, a grant from the Alan S. Gaynor Fund and AMBUCS, the Herb Traub Fund and support from the City of Savannah and Chatham County. It is accessible to all children, including those who have wheelchair limitations and other specialized conditions. The design includes nine slides, 16 climbers, and eight swings. The equipment can support a capacity up to 300 children. The ground is covered with rubber matting and mulch.

“The Rotary Club of Savannah is excited to be able to provide this one-of-a-kind playground to our region,” said club President Holden Hayes. “This donation supports the Rotary Club’s motto – service above self, and is one of the almost countless ways this club and Rotary clubs worldwide, support our communities.”

The Rotary Club of Savannah first met Jan. 5, 1914, at the DeSoto Hotel. Founded by John S. Banks and a group of local businessmen, it was the second Rotary club established in Georgia. The Savannah club sponsored the formation of eight others around the state. Together, they championed local and regional developments including: 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. Furthering the goals of Rotary International, the club has also supported wartime relief efforts, student scholarships, polio eradication, and other global health initiatives.

Rotary International, the nation’s first service club, began in Chicago in 1905 and promotes community and economic development projects at home and abroad.

Savannah Rotary cuts the ribbon on all-inclusive playground Monday, December 8, 2014

Savannah Rotary cuts the ribbon on all-inclusive playground Monday, December 8, 2014

Rotary Club of Savannah

P.O. Box 11105
Savannah, GA 31412
912-272-9711

5th Annual Play It Forward Concert to Benefit Rotary Foundation and Centennial Playground Project

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 5th Annual Play It Forward Concert, hosted by Georgia Coastal Area Rotary Clubs, will be Saturday, May 31, at The Ships of the Sea Museum from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Rob Gibson, the Executive & Artistic Director at Savannah Music Festival, will be the emcee for this jazz concert tribute for the late Ben Tucker.

The Play It Forward Concert line up will feature singers Huxie Scott, Claire Fraiser, and Roger Moss, along with musicians Howard Paul on guitar, Billy Hoffman on drums, Mitch Hennes on bass, Bob Alberti on the piano, Teddy Adams on trombone, and Jody Espina on the saxophone.

Festivities include a silent wine auction, for which sponsoring Rotaries will be soliciting donations of wine on or before May 23. There will also be food, beer and wine for attendees to enjoy. Music will start at 4:30 p.m. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Coastal Georgia Center will be provided to alleviate problems with parking.

The Play It Forward Concert is a jazz concert tribute for Benjamin M. “Ben” Tucker, an American jazz bassist, who played on albums by Art Pepper, Billy Taylor, Quincy Jones, Grant Green, Dexter Gordon, Hank Crawford, Junior Mance, and Herbie Mann. His home was Savannah, GA. Tucker wrote the original instrumental version of the song “Comin’ Home Baby!”, first issued on the album “Two Feet in the Gutter”. He died on June 4, 2013.

The concert is a collaborative fundraising effort of the Georgia Coastal Area Rotary Clubs, including: West Chatham, Savannah, Savannah East, Savannah Sunrise, Savannah West, Metro, and Skidaway Island. The Coastal Bank is also supporting the Play It Forward Concert as a title sponsor.

Over the past 4 years, the annual concert has raised funds for the Rotary Foundation and rotary initiatives. The Savannah Rotary pledges that eighty percent (80%) of their funds raised this year will go toward the Centennial playground project and twenty percent (20%) will go to the Rotary Foundation. The other participating Rotary clubs pledge funds to the Rotary Foundation, local programs and charities.

This event is open to the public. Tickets cost $35. For more information, contact info@RotaryPIF.org or visit http://www.rotarypif.org/

Rotary Club of Savannah Awards 10 Programs with $1000 Grant

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Club of Savannah announces ten recipients have been selected for the Century Service Award, given in honor of the club’s 100th Anniversary.

The Century Service Award, comprised of ten $1,000 grants, is designed to provide funds for business enhancements. The selection committee received and reviewed 46 grant applications, and selected ten projects that aligned with the Rotary motto, “Service above Self”, and the 4-way test.

The Century Service Award recipients include: Bethesda Academy to create a Spanish program; Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy for new technology; Georgia Historical Society for video and software equipment to support the GHS School Tube site; Georgia Legal Services for new technology; Historic Savannah Foundation to supply the Hands on History program; Live Oak Public Libraries to build a Resume Completion Station; National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force to reprint books and update display cases; Savannah Speech and Hearing for new technology; Savannah Tree Foundation for new wheel barrows; and Telfair Museum of Art to install audio-visual overflow PA system in the Jepson Center Auditorium.

Projects will be fully funded with this grant.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE ROTARY CLUB OF SAVANNAH
On January 5, 1914, the Rotary Club of Savannah met for the first time at the DeSoto Hotel. Founded by John S. Banks and a group of local businessmen, this was the second Rotary club established in Georgia. The nation’s first service club, Rotary began in Chicago in 1905 and promotes community and economic development projects at home and abroad. The Savannah club sponsored the formation of eight others around the state. Together, they championed local and regional developments including: 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. Furthering the goals of Rotary International, the club has also supported wartime relief efforts, student scholarships, polio eradication, and other global health initiatives. For more information of the Rotary Club of Savannah, visit http://www.savrotary.org/

Steve Stephens Named President of The Rotary Club of Savannah

Steve Stephens Named President of The Rotary Club of Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah native Steve Stephens, president and CEO
of Stage Front Presentation Systems, will serve as the next president
of The Rotary Club of Savannah. Among Stephens’ goals for his 2012-
13 term are to prepare a list of projects and devise a funding plan for
the Rotary Club of Savannah’s 100-year anniversary celebration in
2014, to earn the organization a Rotary Gold Award, and to improve
communication about the Rotary Club’s mission, committees and
activities.

“Rotary is a special organization that does significant work to make the
world a smaller place,” Stephens said. “It’s certainly an honor to lead
Savannah’s oldest and largest Rotary club.”

Under Stephens’ leadership, Stage Front Presentation Systems
has grown to be one of the largest audio-video-lighting systems
integrators in the Southeast. The company has more than 75
employees in its offices in Savannah, Atlanta and Charleston. Stage
Front’s markets include education, corporate and healthcare, and the
company has completed installations in 35 states and eight countries.

Stephens attended Armstrong State College (now Armstrong Atlantic
State University) and began his career working in the family business,
Stephens Tire Co. He later worked as a professional musician before
starting Stage Front in 1978. Stephen’s community involvement has
included serving as a member of the Rotary Club of Savannah, CEO
Council, Savannah Film Commission, Coastal Business Education
Technology Alliance, Creative Coast Advisory Board and Lucas Theatre
for the Arts. He is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and was
involved in the Leadership Georgia program.

Stephens’ wife, Patricia, is an artist and real estate professional with
ReMax Savannah. In his spare time, Stephens enjoys windsurfing,
kayaking, biking and playing music.

About Rotary:
The Rotary Club, which is international, works to combat hunger, improve health and
sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace,
eradicate polio and assist in many other local programs under the
motto Service Above Self.

About the Rotary Club of Savannah
Founded in 1914, the Rotary Club of
Savannah has promoted and participated in numerous community
service projects including the Boy Scouts, educational funds,
Christmas for the poor, youth sport programs and Rotary Foundation
programs and Play it Forward. One of the Savannah Rotary’s
paramount projects is the Georgia Rotary Student Program, an
international foreign scholarship opportunity that brings students
from around the world to study in Georgia. The program was started
by the Rotary Club of Savannah after World War II to promote world
peace through friendship and scholarship.The Savannah Rotary
meets every Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at the DeSoto Hilton.
For more information on the Rotary Club of Savannah, please call 912-272-9711 or visit
www.savrotary.org.

Now I know the story behind all the lighted squares in Savannah, GA! –

Rotary Club of Savannah

Historical Vignettes

Presented at the Rotary Club of Savannah, June 13, 2011 meeting
Presented by Rotarian Henry Whitfield

The Rotary Club of Savannah and the Lighting of our Squares and
Parks – A Tribute to Rotarian Herb Traub, Jr.

Thank you President Trey. Today I have the honor and pleasure of reporting
on a multi-year project of our Rotary Club of Savannah. First, I give credit
for recording of this project to our Club Historian, Past President, Past
Secretary, Past Sergeant at Arms, Past Director, Paul Harris Fellow, and
Will Watt Fellow. For those of you that don’t know, all those titles describe
one person, and that person is Chuck Powell, who does such a remarkable
job as our Club Historian. Today I am simply reporting so that you will
know “the rest of the story.”

The historical records of the Rotary Club of Savannah document the club’s
long-term interest in providing leadership and funding to light the “jewels
of Savannah.” In this case, I am not referring to Levy Jewelers. No offense
Aaron and Lowell. The reference of these “jewels of Savannah,” is to
our historic squares and parks. This persistent community service project,
spanning over 57 years, began in 1948 and continued until the celebration
of Rotary International’s 100th Anniversary in 2005, when the club
purchased, installed and dedicated the large street clock in City Market to
commemorate Rotary’s founding.

The earliest mention of this community service project is from the
President’s annual report of 1948-49, under President Joseph Mendel,
where the Community Service committee chairman Rotarian Strom Trosdal
reported, “Various civic clubs and organizations were endeavoring to light
the squares in Savannah and the Rotary Club was assigned Chippewa Square
which was lighted by the club at a cost of approximately $500.” Apparently
the purpose of these early projects was simply to provide street lights for
the squares. As we will see, later efforts focused on lighting the historical
monuments within the squares and parks.

From 1948 to until the early 1970’s, there is no mention of the continuation
of the lighting project, yet, something did happen during that time which
had a great impact on the future of this community work – Herb Traub, Jr.
(Slide) joined our club in late 1962 under the classification of “Restaurants”.
Herb’s ownership and development of the tourist- attracting “Pirate’s House

Restaurant” in historical downtown Savannah certainly sparked his interest
in the idea of a Rotary community service project that would benefit both
citizens and visitors alike. Going beyond the idea of just providing street
lighting, Herb embarked on a well-thought-out plan to illuminate all of
the historical statues in the squares. In the late 1960’s, through the use
of “acquaintance as an avenue of service”, Herb engaged Savannah Park &
Tree Commissioner and fellow Rotarian Sam Monk and other Rotarians to
create a plan to launch this ambitious project.

By 1971, the “Light-Up Savannah” project completed its first lighting in
Savannah’s first square, Johnson Square in front of City Hall, as the lights
were turned on to illuminate the Greene Memorial obelisk. From this point
on, year after year, under the leadership of Rotarian Herb Traub, the Rotary
Club of Savannah continued to light the monuments in one square a year.
By 1976, the illuminations were completed in Wright Square (Gordon
Monument, Tomo Chi-Chi’s Rock), Chippewa Square (Oglethorpe’s
Statue), Madison Square (Sgt. Jasper Statue), and Monterey Square
(Pulaski’s Monument), thus lighting all the squares on Bull Street. Next,
the club paid for the installation of lighting for the John Wesley Statue in
Reynolds Square and the Waving Girl Statue on River Street.

(Slide – Map) This map of historic Savannah depicts the squares and parks
with which our Rotary Club of Savannah took the lead role in lighting.

(Slide) – This slide depicts several of the squares. You will notice
– On the lower left – Johnson Square
– Lower right – Monterey Square (Pulaski’s Monument)
– Upper Right – Wright Square (Gordon Monument)
– Upper Left – Reynolds Square (John Wesley Monument)
– In the Center – The Waving Girl on River Street

The “jewel in the crown” of this community service project was the
expensive underwater lighting of the Fountain in Forsyth Park, (Slide)
an $18,000+ gift from Rotary to the City of Savannah. Rotary President
Jim Piette and Savannah’s Mayor John Rousakis (with Herb discreetly in
the background) threw the switch to ceremoniously light the fountain on
December 29, 1977. By this time the Rotary Club had invested a total of
$35,000+ in the lighting projects.

It would be a mistake to think that Rotarian Herb Traub was done with this
project. He continued to keep this lighting and enhancement of our public
places project moving forward with new objectives and goals. A short list of
lighting projects undertaken and completed by the Rotary Club from 1979

through 2004 included the Rotary Wheel Monument on Bull Street, the
Confederate Monument and the Spanish-American Monument in Forsyth
Park, the Fountain in Emmett Park, the Washington Guns on Bay Street and
the Lion Fountain in front of the Old Savannah Cotton Exchange.

Herb raised funds for all these projects through his contacts with the
members of the Rotary Club of Savannah and their respective businesses.
Our current weekly Rotary Raffle was started by Herb to create a seed fund
for these on-going service projects. For many years, Herb singlehandedly
conducted the weekly raffle, giving him a chance to promote the projects
one-on-one with his fellow Rotarians.

When we learned that the 1996 Sailing Olympics would be hosted by
Savannah, Herb immediately saw another opportunity to motivate Rotarians
and the City to plan more public projects. This time, working with many
other Rotary clubs in the Savannah area, Herb raised the funds to completely
renovate the lake area of Daffin Park (Slide) with lighting, large illuminated
spraying fountains, walk paths and sidewalks, picnic benches and tables,
the re-location and lighting of the World War II Memorial and the crowning
achievement of a new gazebo on the lake’s island topped with a bronze
sculpture commemorating the Sailing Olympics. The cost of this public
service project exceeded the $100,000 mark.

Finally, the last project in this series and Herb’s final project before his
death was the $15,000 installation of a large street clock in City Market
(Slide). Shown in this slide with the clock are the then living 21 Presidents
of our Rotary Club of Savannah. The clock, which chimes on the hour, was a
gift from the area Rotary clubs to the City, commemorating the founding of
Rotary International, one hundred years ago on February 5, 1905 in Chicago,
Illinois. The clock was dedicated in early 2006 and Herb Traub died in
2008.

Herb Traub’s 45 years of service to his community and the Rotary Club of
Savannah can be seen and experienced all over the city he loved – Savannah.
Take an evening stroll down Bull Street from City Hall to the beautifully lit
Fountain in Forsyth Park…….and listen for the street clock to chime at nine.
Herb would be pleased.

(Slide)

2.1.2008 Lecco, Italy

Rotary in Lecco, Italy

Caffe and Caffe is a great place to get the best cappuchino in Lecco. It was a cold walk down to the center of town, but worth it! Packing for my trip home. Heading up to Anone to spend the night, then leave for Malpensa Airport at 6am tomorrow morning. Lecco is like a hidden jewel on Lake Como. Rarely do I hear any other languages but Italian. Yesterday, while in Varenna for lunch, I heard some folks speaking English. Melissa was from Wisconsin and Casey and Mark were from Portland. They were here checking on the house they bought in Colico. Another business opportunity in property management, over here.

I enjoyed attending the Lecco Rotary on Wednesday night at the Jolly Hotel. I presented the flag from Savannah and they presented their flag from Lecco. They also gave me a beautiful book about the local theater. I’m looking forward to coming back in March once Ina’s baby is born, and attending another Rotary meeting. Really nice people.