Club Meeting Info
  We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM 
  The Plantation Club at The Landings
  1 Cottonwood Lane
  Savannah, GA  31411
  United States
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Our island and the Institute of Oceanography are tied together by their interwoven history. The Roebling family forms the interconnection. Dr. William Savage of the Institute told us of this piece of history on Wednesday morning. Dr. Savage, (“Bill,”) has a PhD in Oceanography from North Carolina State University and specializes in continental shelf oceanography and the interactions between the biology, chemistry and physics there. He researches how the extensive salt marshes of Georgia modify the water composition of water moving from our rivers to the sea. Bill’s talk spoke of the years from around 1935 to the present.

Dr. Jay Brandes of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, University of Georgia, spoke to us this week. Jay has dual BS degrees in chemistry and oceanography and a PhD in Chemical Oceanography; he is a professor at the Institute of Oceanography. “Microplastics” are defined as pieces of plastic material smaller than 5 millimeters. And, Jay told us, they are everywhere; they are even found in the Mariana Trench, one of the deepest ocean locations on earth.
Our speaker this Wednesday morning is a seasoned newspaper reporter; for the past 30 years he has covered sports, business and governmental affairs. This past January he assumed his current position as the Editorial Page Editor of our Savannah Morning News. Adam is a true survivor in one of today’s most stressful and volatile industries, he is an opinion leader, and he seeks to increase the paper’s digital footprint and usage. His talk to us focused on a key subject for him and for our club, that is, our local schools.
We welcomed Doug Chambers of the Law Enforcement Division of the Georgia DNR to talk to us on Wednesday morning. He gave us a detailed account of the many vital services provided to us in this state by the DNR and its departments.
The Rotary Club of Skidaway Island and the Kiwanis Club of Skidaway hosted “A Nashville Night,” benefiting the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation (SECF) on Wednesday, July 18.

The fundraiser featured the Michael and Jennifer McLain Bluegrass Band and a live auction to benefit the SECF. Over 200 tickets were sold, and in combination with items auctioned, the event raised $11,000 for the SECF throughout the evening.

We welcomed Dr. Petruzzelli to our meeting last Wednesday. His presentation to us was at once interesting and disturbing. Dr. Petruzzelli is the Physician-in-Chief of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health and Professor of Surgery for Head, Neck, and Endocrine surgery at the Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah, Georgia.
Nipuna is a university student who came to Savannah in 2015, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Georgia. He talked to us this week about the business he is in the process of establishing. Nipuna was born and raised in Sri Lanka and was close to Rotary members and Rotary business in Sri Lanka for much of his young life. He is currently pursuing a business degree at Georgia Southern (Armstrong campus) and planning the future of his new business. The theme of his business is the importance of volunteerism in the world.
Jack Coderre told us that “Kairos,” from the Greek, means a ‘special moment’ and he described the many special moments offered by the Kairos Christian Ministry in its work among men in prison. Kairos is a “volunteer Christian Ministry,” Jack said, dedicated to helping men in prison in terms of love, hope, friendship, and support.
At our meeting this last week, Kathy Siler, Chair, Incorporation Steering Committee, The Landings, gave us an update regarding the proposed incorporation of Skidaway Island as a city in Chatham County. Overall, at the present time, the feeling on the part of committee members and of many of the Landings residents is that it should become a city.  There are many doubts, questions, “what ifs”, and perhaps the greatest difficulty, uncertainty. There is uncertainty about finances, flood insurance, relationships with the county and the other entities on the island (Modena, South Harbor, The Marshes, etc.), ordinances, the necessity for our own employees, police, judiciary, and the responsibility and money that these services imply.
If you missed a meeting, you can make it up by attending a meeting at another Rotary Club or... getting credit for an On-Line Make-up. The link for an On-Line make-up is on the club web site under Club Links (E-Club Make Ups).

Once you complete the on-line make-up, print the confirmation page and bring it to the next meeting. The online-make-up takes about 10-15 minutes, reading an interesting article related to Rotary.

This will help our club achieve an excellent attendance record.
Paul Chant
Dec 19, 2018
Holiday Sing Along