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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

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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.