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July 2017

Column: Please Meet Courtney Zechman

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Please Meet Courtney Zechman

Courtney Zechman
Lead medical esthetician at Low Country Dermatology

Courtney Zechman, Licensed Esthetician, Low Country Dermatology

Courtney Zechman, Licensed Esthetician, Low Country Dermatology

How long have you been in the profession?
I graduated from the Aveda Institute of Covington, La., in 2011, and have been in the esthetics business for about six years.

What motivated you to get into this business?
I’ve always had a love for beauty, especially making women feel beautiful through makeup. When I started school, my goal was to become a makeup artist and eventually work in television and movies. I quickly discovered that I loved teaching women how to improve their skin through integrated skin care. Treatments I provide include facials, waxing, chemical peels, dermaplaning, Laser treatments and microneedling.

What are you most passionate about?
Educating not only my clients but my friends and family on proper sunscreen protection. A lot of women think the spf in their makeup and moisturizer is enough to stop the damaging effects of sun exposure, and a lot of men think they don’t need spf because they aren’t sun bathing.

What has surprised you most about working with Low Country Dermatology?
Realizing the difference in over-the-counter beauty products versus in-office cosmeceuticals. For the same price as some of the department store skin-care products, you can achieve noticeable results with products found in an esthetics or dermatology office.

What’s the best thing to happen since you started working with Low Country Dermatology?
I can’t explain how proud I get when my clients tell me they are getting compliments on their skin all the time after having treatments with me. My schedule continues to grow each month. Knowing that my clients are talking with their friends and peers about their experience with me continues to surprise and make me feel so proud of myself.

What do you think will change about dermatology over the next five years?
Cosmetic treatments will outweigh dermatology treatments in the future. Thanks to social media and technology as a whole, people are more aware and cautious of the sun and getting too much exposure. Instead of skin cancer treatment and prevention patients may be more inclined to treat aging and other cosmetic issues.

What are three things that might surprise someone about you?
1. I attended 13 different schools and have lived in nine different states.
2. I live an hour away in a small town called Ludowici, and my two older sisters live within walking distance of me.
3. I am a single mom of one handsome six-year-old boy named Oliver Bryan who is the 10th of 20 grandchildren.

What do you do when you aren’t at the office?
You can usually find me at one of my sisters’ houses. We are always together on the weekends for birthdays, ball games, parties or some other family gathering.

Where are you from?
I was born in Tacoma, Wash., and raised in northern Kentucky, but I call Georgia home.

Who has been your professional mentor?
When I was getting into the world of beauty professionally, a woman I was so inspired by was Kandee Johnson who was a professional makeup artist, single mom and YouTube blogger. She was so positive and uplifting during one of the hardest times in my life.
Dr. Howington is another of my professional mentors. If I feel lost or stumped with my clients, she is always there to guide me in the right direction.

Who is your hero?
My heroes are my sisters. They have helped me through some of the hardest times in my life, they consistently help with my son and they never ask anything in return.

What motivates you to work hard?
When I first started at Low Country Dermatology, I did not have a lot of confidence. I was used to working in spas making people fall asleep during relaxing facials, not treating acne and aging with chemicals. My clients are the ones who made me feel like I was doing something right every time they would reschedule month after month. I have learned to believe in myself and I am continuously pushing myself to learn more and achieve more in my career.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
My family. I don’t know what I would do without them.

Contact information:
Address: 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406
Phone: 912-354-1018
Website: lcderm.com

7 PR Strategies Businesses can Implement Themselves

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7 PR Strategies Businesses can Implement Themselves
by Cecilia Russo Turner

If you are a small business, you know the importance of building and maintaining a good relationship with the public. However, as a small business owner, it may not be fiscally possible for you to hire a firm to handle your public relations needs. Still, if you are willing to put in the effort and time, creating and managing your own PR program may not be out of reach.

1. Share your story
Storytelling can help identify your brand and create trust among consumers and your peers. You can tell the fascinating story of how your brand came to be and let your customers share the stories of their experiences with your business. Be sure to divulge the history of your brand: why your business exists, its values, how the brand evolved and the full picture of your business. Transparency can be key in earning the trust of your target audience.

2. Smart networking
In Savannah, there are plenty of networking opportunities each week. Don’t get burned out by trying to attend every single one and meet every single person. Create a plan for whom you’d like to meet and then figure out what events these individuals would most likely attend. Introduce yourself. Let them know why you think you may be a good business partner or referral contact. But be sure not to be too self-promotional in your comments. Remember: Do-it-yourself PR is all about being authentic and trustworthy.

3. Be prepared before you begin
Only start a PR campaign if your product or service is truly ready. One negative review early on can be detrimental to a start-up or small business. Not sure if you know what “ready” is? Get a small group of your trusted friends or colleagues together to test drive your services. This survey sample can provide insights into your business, website, operations and customer service to provide you with feedback that could help you make last-minute changes to your final product or service if needed.

4. Send your news to the right people
Create a media list and develop a short write-up about your good news. Be personal with any media outreach. Figure out whether the reporter or editor prefers using email, telephone or social media for communications. Keep your message short and to the point, and if via email, make sure your subject line is attention-grabbing and won’t be mistaken for spam. Furthermore, your message will be taken more seriously if it is objective. You might think your product or service is the best, but not everyone will agree. Stick to the facts and keep adjectives out of your content.

5. Create impactful content
Just because something is of interest to you doesn’t mean your target audience thinks the same. Check to ensure your content is newsworthy and engaging. Events, significant business changes or accomplishments are noteworthy items to include in a press release. If you have an exciting event coming up, it’s helpful to send a media advisory to local outlets as an invitation to cover the affair. News columns and videos are other useful media to share opinions, educational pieces or business news. No matter the platform, ensure your content is relevant and interesting.

6. Educational marketing
Share trending developments in your field. You need to be the industry expert. Set up Google Alerts and Twitter Mentions to be notified of certain keywords. Follow the top industry influencers on social media, and find out what your competitors are doing. Don’t just keep this information to yourself, though. Share your knowledge through videos, blog posts and speeches. Booklets and e-booklets are another easy way to educate your audience. Don’t forget to disperse the content on your social media platforms as well. This is a great way to build trust and credibility with key elements of the public.

7. Worthy cause marketing
Get involved in your community. Choose a local charity that you’re passionate about and set aside a portion of your resources and time for it. Donating your expertise or money to a charity can help the philanthropy spread their own message and will give you an opportunity to grow as an active member of their organization. Additionally, people want to support companies that align with their values and actively participate in their communities.

As you grow, there will be a point at which you could benefit from hiring a PR firm, but take that step when you are ready. If you follow these seven strategies, maintaining your day-to-day PR plan will be a realistic and viable option for you and your small business.

Cecilia Russo Turner is the owner and president of Cecilia Russo Marketing, specializing in reputation management strategies used to create and control businesses’ word-of-mouth in the community and online. For more information visit crussomarketing.com or email info@crussomarketing.com

Oglethorpe Driving Club Presents a Donation of Over 6.5K to Bethesda Academy

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Oglethorpe Driving Club Presents a Donation of Over 6.5K to Bethesda Academy

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Oglethorpe Driving Club (ODC) presented a $6,543.96 donation to Bethesda Academy. Collected during the ODC’s monthly “Coffee and Cars” meeting, this donation will be used to provide Bethesda Academy students with tuition scholarship money.

Though typically “Coffee and Cars” is held at the Habersham Shopping Center, it was relocated this month to be held on the campus of the organization it was supporting.

“We greatly appreciate all that the Oglethorpe Driving Club has done,” said Mike Hughes, president of Bethesda Academy. “It is such a blessing to be able to provide students with scholarships to our school and it was a pleasure to see our lawn filled with beautiful cars.”

Check Presentation

Michael Shortt and Jim Piette Present Check to Michael Hughes of Bethesda Academy

During the event, car enthusiasts displayed their classic, vintage and exotic cars.

“We have great enthusiasm for our cars, but we also have a passion for giving back to the community,” said Michael Shortt of the ODC. “Bethesda is an important place to our organization, being that one of our members was adopted from here.”

The ODC is a fraternity of 50 sports car owners and those dedicated to the entertainment of auto racing and sports cars. The ODC was established in 2006 in order to honor the 100th anniversary of the first United States Grand Prix, which was held in Savannah on November 26, 1908. Generally, there are over 150 cars at ODC meetings.

As well as hosting the monthly “Coffee and Cars” meetings, the ODC commemorates its predecessor, the Savannah Automobile Club of 1904, by sponsoring rallies, racing competitions, advanced driving courses, Concours d’Elegance and other social events. Additionally, the organization actively works to improve the sport of motor racing in Savannah and to preserve Savannah’s illustrious auto racing heritage.

For more information on Bethesda Academy, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376. For more information about the Oglethorpe Driving Club visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/186856591591/

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY:
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Holds Ninth Annual Camp Buddy in Effingham and Chatham Counties

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The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Holds Ninth Annual Camp Buddy in Effingham and Chatham Counties

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) held their ninth annual Camp Buddy summer camps in Effingham and Chatham Counties.

The camp curriculum was designed by occupational, physical, special education and speech therapists with the goal of helping the children retain the educational milestones they achieved over the course of the past school year.

“We strive to help the children in our program bridge the gap created over summer,” said Savannah Camp Buddy Director Pam Hussey. “They will be better equipped to begin the new school year with the skills they gained in the previous year fresh on their minds.”

The Effingham Camp Buddy was held over one week at the Rincon Elementary School, located at 501 Richland Avenue in Rincon, GA. Chatham Camp Buddy was held over a two-week period at Marshpoint Elementary School, located at 135 Whitemarsh Island Drive in Savannah, GA.

Camp Buddy is sponsored by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society and is made possible through the generosity of the community, friends and family of LDSS and events such as the Buddy Walk and Night of Champions.

For more information about Effingham and Chatham Camp Buddy, contact campbuddy@ldssga.org. For more information about LDSS, visit https://www.ldssga.org/

Pictured left to right: Thomas Nyce, Darcy Davis and Whitley Divine build friendships at Chatham Camp Buddy

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Camp Buddy 2017

LDSS Camp Buddy 2017

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Camp Buddy 2017

LDSS Camp Buddy 2017

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Camp Buddy 2017

LDSS Camp Buddy 2017

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Camp Buddy 2017

LDSS Camp Buddy 2017

LDSS Camp Buddy 2017

Camp Buddy 2017

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit https://www.ldssga.org/

CONTACT
Candy Bogardus
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
912-728-8505
cbogardus@ldssga.org

MEDIA CONTACT 
Marjorie Young
CarriageTrade PR
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
www.carriagetradepr.com

The Dewitt Tilton Group Donates New BBQ Pit Roof to Savannah Jaycees

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The Dewitt Tilton Group Donates New BBQ Pit Roof to Savannah Jaycees

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group, a commercial construction firm in Savannah, donated their services to the Savannah Jaycees to rebuild a BBQ pit roof that fell during stormy weather. Guerry Lumber, a Lumber Company that has served Savannah since 1927, and ABC Supply, the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the United States, have also donated materials to the project.

The Jaycees include young business professionals dedicated to leadership growth through community involvement. As the only Jaycees chapter in the state with their own office, the Savannah Jaycees use their building for meetings, events and leadership speakers.

The BBQ pit roof often serves as an outdoor shelter for the group’s community activities, such as the Surging Forward Picnic, which was held for first responders and firefighters during Hurricane Matthew cleanup.

Since it was damaged by the hurricane and the storms this spring, the Jaycees have been unable to reassemble and secure the roof. So The Dewitt Tilton group reached out to them and offered to rebuild and install a new roof.

“I have seen the culture of altruistic service and progressive thinking the Savannah Jaycees promotes in our community,” said Dewitt Tilton partner Chris Tilton. “They give so much to Savannah, so when the opportunity presented itself to give back to their group, we jumped on it.”

Jaycees president Cynthia Wright said the roof could not have been reinstalled without help.

“We are so thankful that the Dewitt Tilton Group saw our need and chose to show their support for our organization with a project that will serve us both now and in the future,” Wright said.

For more information about the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

Pictured (Left to Right): Kim Thomas, Chris Tilton and Andrew DeWitt of the Dewitt Tilton Group in front of the newly built BBQ Pitt Roof for the Savannah Jaycees.

Pictured (Left to Right): Kim Thomas, Chris Tilton and Andrew DeWitt of the Dewitt Tilton Group in front of the newly built BBQ Pitt Roof for the Savannah Jaycees.

MORE ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP:
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

MORE ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
Celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, the Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys-for-Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island.

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

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

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Launches Guest Dinner Program

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Ann Levett, Superintendent of Savannah-Chatham Public Schools Featured as First Speaker

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, a support shelter for at-risk children and teens, will launch a guest dinner program in August to connect its residents with community leaders.

Every other Wednesday night, children and teens who are living in the shelter will prepare a meal and invite a guest speaker to join them for dinner. Ann Levett, superintendent of the Savannah-Chatham public schools, will speak at the first guest dinner program on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to share a home cooked meal with these young scholars and look forward to hearing the advice they will offer me about how adults can best support them,” said Levett.

Dr. Linda Sacks, a Park Place volunteer, is working with outreach case manager Fran Wilson to plan the menu for each event. Residents at the Shelter have been cultivating fresh fruits and vegetables in an on-site garden since the spring, and they will be incorporated into the menus.

“This exercise will build community among the kids and give them a sense of the opportunities available to them in the Savannah community at large,” Wilson said.

The shelter is typically home to six to 10 kids and teenagers at any given time. Volunteers and house parents will stay involved with them during the dinners to help them set the table, prepare the meal and engage in conversation with the guests.

“We are so thrilled that community influencers want to reach out to our youth through this program,” said Julie Wade, executive director for Park Place Outreach. “Dr. Levett is a product of the local school system, so she is a testament to the success young people can achieve through perseverance in school.”

To learn more about Park Place Outreach’s guest dinner program, visit http://parkplaceyes.org.

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 who are in need but might not come into the shelter. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, Park Place Outreach has helped more than 6,200 young people find emergency shelter and thousands more find stability through its non-residential programs. Park Place Outreach is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
http://www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, July 17, 2017

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Savannah’s

COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES

The Local Newswire


CAMP BUDDY
(SAVANNAH, GA-WTOC) Camping is all about the experience, and in Savannah this week, children with different abilities are having the time of their lives learning with their buddies. The camp, run by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, helps children with Down syndrome retain information they learned during the previous school year and gets them ready for the upcoming one. Camp Buddy for Chatham County began on Monday, July 10, and will continue through Friday, July 21 at Marshpoint Elementary. For more information, visit:

 http://www.wtoc.com/story/35869059/good-news-camp-buddy


SANDFLY FAMILY DENTAL AIDS ‘KIDS CAFE’

(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Angela Canfield, of Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs in Rincon, has announced her offices will be collecting donations in July and August for Second Harvest Food Bank’s Kids Cafe program, which helps feed area children who have limited food to eat during the school year. For more information, please visit

http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com or


GOLF OUTING FOR A CAUSE
(SAVANNAH, GA) The 14th annual Robbie Smith Golf Outing benefiting Hospice Savannah, Inc. will be held on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. at The Club at Savannah Harbor. The entry fee of $100 includes lunch, prizes and beverages on the course; $125 also includes two mulligans and more. For more information or to register to play, visit http://www.robbiegolf.com/. Learn more about Hospice Savannah at https://hospicesavannah.org

SUBMIT TO THE TLC COVER PHOTO CONTEST

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Tourism and Leadership Council is looking for a cover photo for the 2018 edition of Savannah: A Southern Journey, a visitors guide for guests in Coastal Empire lodging properties. Submit photos that capture a distinctly Savannah scene by Sept. 1, 2017. For rules and submissions, visit www.tourismleadershipcouncil.com/southernjourneycover

DEWITT TILTON GROUP DONATES ROOF TO SAVANNAH JAYCEES  
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group, a commercial construction firm in Savannah, donated their services to the Savannah Jaycees to rebuild a BBQ pit roof that fell during stormy weather. Guerry Lumber, a Lumber Company that has served Savannah since 1927, and ABC Supply, the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the United States, have also donated materials to the project.  For more information, please visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com  or http://savannahjaycees.com.

GUEST DINNER PROGRAM AT PPO

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, a support shelter for at-risk children and teens, will launch a guest dinner program in August to connect its residents with community leaders. Every other Wednesday night, children and teens who are living in the shelter will prepare a meal and invite a guest speaker to join them for dinner. Ann Levett, superintendent of the Savannah-Chatham public schools, will speak at the first guest dinner program on Wednesday, Aug. 9.  For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org

ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Every sixty minutes, a person dies from oral cancer. The disease is typically associated with long-term tobacco use, but it is becoming more frequent in young adults who have never smoked. Learn more from Dr. Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dental and Premier Dental Designs: http://www.wtoc.com/clip/13488732/dr-canfield

COMPLEX QUESTIONS IN ENTERTAINMENT LAW

(BOWEN LAW GROUP) Complex questions routinely arise in the entertainment field and may cause many challenging issues regarding financing, production and licensing. For more information, visit http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com/


DR. THOTA ELECTED ROTARY DISTRICT GOVERNOR

(BRUNSWICK, GA) Rotary District 6920 is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Hamsa Thota of the St. Simons Island Rotary Club as the new District Governor for 2017-2018. Dr. Thota will oversee 3200 Rotarians in 63 clubs in the central, south-central, southeast and coastal Georgia areas. For more information, visit: http://www.rotarydistrict6920.net

ECONOMIC IMPACT ON SAVANNAH
(SAVANNAH, GA) Charles Bowen presented “The Economic Impact of the Entertainment Industry on Savannah” to the Hinesville Rotary Club on July 11. Bowen is recognized within the Savannah film community for his formation of the Savannah Film Alliance and as owner of Southern Gateway Production Services. Click here to see Bowen’s presentation https://youtu.be/gvK_hIm7CyQ

BETHESDA ACADEMY FOOTBALL TEAM DONATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah dentist Angela Canfield, with Sandfly Family Dental, will donate custom-made mouth guards to the Bethesda Academy football team. Canfield will take impressions of the players’ teeth at Bethesda on July 27. In total, Canfield will donate $19,360 to the football players of Bethesda. The warranty also pays $1,093.75 per injured or replaced tooth and up to a maximum total liability of $35,000 per incident. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/

 WTOC’S JODY CHAPIN RETIRES

(SAVANNAH, GA) After more than 30 years with WTOC, Jody Chapin says goodbye.

http://www.wtoc.com/story/35871266/after-more-than-30-years-jody-chapin-says-goodbye


RAISING YOUR FIRST ROUND OF OUTSIDE CAPITAL
(SAVANNAH, GA) For many entrepreneurs, finding outside funding is a necessary but mysterious first step to launching or growing their new ventures. James Flannery, of ATDC Georgia Tech, will demystify the process through a talk about the types of investors that exist, the time it will take to raise and the documentation you’ll need. Questions are welcome. 1 Million Cups, 2222 Bull Street, Upstairs at Bull Street Labs. 9a, July 26th. FREE. www.1millioncups.com/savannah

ECLIPSE TO OCCUR AUG. 21
(TIME) A total solar eclipse occurs at a given spot on the planet only once every 375 years. Here’s why: http://time.com/4834676/total-solar-eclipse-2017-rare/?xid=newsletter-brief

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF SAVANNAH NEW MEMBER SOCIAL
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Junior League of Savannah is hosting a networking event for prospective members at Kayak Kafe Midtown on Thursday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. Kayak Kafe Midtown is located on 5002 Paulsen Street. For more information on the event and the Junior League, visit https://www.jrleaguesav.org

SAVANNAH RANKED THIRD BEST CITY IN U.S.
(SAVANNAH, GA) “From New York to Santa Fe, Honolulu to Nashville, American cities represent some of the world’s most thriving hubs for art, culture, music and incredible regional cuisine.” Of all of these cultural centers, Savannah is ranked third by Travel and Leisure. To read more, visit: http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/cities-in-us#santa-fe-new-mexico

GEORGIA’S FILM INDUSTRY IMPACTS ECONOMY
(OFFICE OF THE GOV.) Gov. Nathan Deal recently announced that Georgia film and television productions generated an economic impact of $9.5 billion in fiscal 2017. This includes $2.7 billion in direct spending. Read the full press release at https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2017-07-10/deal-film-industry-generates-95-billion-georgia%E2%80%99s-economy

NEW PRESIDENT OF DEFENSE LAWYERS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sarah B. “Sally” Akins, a partner at Ellis Painter Ratterree & Adams in Savannah, was installed as the 50th President of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association during the organization’s Golden Anniversary Annual Meeting. For more information, visit  http://www.gdla.org/

NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 CLASS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia is seeking nominations for Class of 2018. Applications are due Aug. 4. Online
form:  http://www.lsega.com/

TIPS FOR “POSTS ON GOOGLE”
(INC) How To Use Google’s New “Posts on Google” Feature

KEEPING CARRIAGE HORSES COOL
(WSAV) Savannah carriage companies committed to keeping horses cool this summer. http://wsav.com/2017/07/07/new-efforts-underway-to-keep-carriage-horses-cool-in-savannah-streets/

ROTARY HOSTS NAMESAKE OF ‘CHARLIE TWO SHOES’ MOVIE
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Club of Savannah recently hosted Charlie Two Shoes Tsui who is the subject of Stratton Leopold’s upcoming feature film. Read more about this at  http://savannahnow.com/accent/column/news/2017-07-01/bunny-city-rotary-hears-about-charlie-two-shoes-and-his-marines

HEALTHY SAVANNAH SURVEY
(SAVANNAH, GA) Since 2007, Healthy Savannah has been dedicated to making Savannah and Chatham County a healthier place to live. Follow this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KCZ3W2D to complete a short survey and help the Healthy Savannah team strengthen their strategic plan. For more information, visit

WORKING WOMEN IN NEED CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY
(SAVANNAH, GA) AWWIN (Assisting Working Women In Need) will celebrate 17 years on Aug. 17 at the Coastal Georgia Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a day of inspiration. Keynote speaker is Ann Levett, Savannah Chatham schools superintendent. This is a free event, but RSVP is required. Vendor tables available at $75. For more info: 912-659-0241 website http://www.handsonsavannah.org/agency/detail/?agency_id=12902

KOLE MANAGEMENT CO. NEW PROPERTY

(SAVANNAH, MACON) Kole Management Co. (KMC), a family-owned property management and investment firm based in Savannah, has acquired Riverstone, a 220-unit luxury apartment community in Macon, Ga. Riverstone, built in 2012, is located near the crossroads of Interstates 75 and 16 less than one mile from the city’s premier lifestyle center, The Shoppes at River Crossing. Kole Management is a family-owned company with a 25-year tradition of owning and operating well-maintained apartment communities. For more information on Kole Management, call 912-232-3555 or visit www.kolemc.com


SPEROS EXECUTIVE JOINS TAG BOARD
(SAVANNAH, GA) Keith Fletcher, Chief Operating Officer of Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, has been selected to serve on the Savannah Board of Directors for the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). TAG provides networking and educational programs for over 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia and Savannah. For more information, visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or visit www.speros.com .

BOWLAPALOOZA KICKOFF AND AUCTION 
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Ambucs will host its sixth Annual Celebrity BOWLAPALOOZA Kickoff Dinner and Auction Event on Wednesday, July 19, from 6-10 pm at The Savannah Golf Club on President Street. This event will be a fun evening with a full buffet dinner, DJ, silent and live suction items and a special presentation of an Amtryke (adaptive bicyle). Tickets are $40 or $350 for a table of 10. All proceeds will support Savannah Ambucus programs for people with different abilities. For more information, visit the Facebook event at

HIDDEN COSTS OF PHARMACY BENEFITS
(SAVANNAH, GA) This month’s CFO Council breakfast meeting will take place Wednesday, July 19, at 7 a.m. at The Coastal Georgia Center on Fahm Street. Coffee and breakfast will be served, followed by a presentation on “The ABCs of Rx Contracts – Show Me The Money.” For more information or to RSVP, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/savcfocouncil/


SAVANNAH JAYCEES DATE NIGHT AUCTION

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Jaycees have chosen 20 of Savannah’s most eligible singles to participate in their fourth annual Charity Date Night Auction on Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, 314 Williamson St. The Jaycees have chosen six local charities toreceive a portion of the proceeds. For more information, visit http://savannahceo.com/news/2017/06/savannah-jaycees-announce-2017-charity-date-night-participants-auction-be-held-savannah-smiles

HELPING THE HOMELESS ON THE SOUTHSIDE

(SAVANNAH, GA) The public is invited to a charity auction July 22 to help raise money for homeless people on the southside of Savannah. Even with more than 3,000 homeless people, few resources – if any – are available on the Southside. Organizer Heidi Peterson, of the Southern Soul Survivors, knows this story first hand. “I am hoping to establish ourselves as a resource that provides clothing, hygiene products and, eventually, shelter and shower locations so that those in need might receive help,” Peterson said. For the full story, contact: Heidi Peterson at info@southernsoulsurvivors.org. For more info, www.southernsoulsurvivors.org

SUMMER AND JOBS


LEARN HOW TO USE QUICKBOOKS ONLINE 

(STATESBORO, GA) The UGA Small Business Development Center in Savannah and the UGA SBDC at Georgia Southern will present a class on July 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Developed for beginners and prospective users, this course provides a hands-on approach to learning the features and functions available to QuickBooks online users. For more information, visit https://www.georgiasbdc.org/july-25th-quickbooks-online-statesboro/

‘BUSINESS ON THE MOVE’ TO MEET AFTER HOURS
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council’s quarterly Small Business After-Hours networking event, now Business on the Move, will be held Tuesday, July 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Polished Beauty Lounge, 107 Whitaker St, #A. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for guests. For more information or to RSVP: http://www.savannahchambernews.com/events/small-business-council-presents-business-move-july-25/

CLEAR THE SHELTERS: YAPPY HOUR
(HILTON HEAD, SC) Subaru of Hilton Head will host “Yappy Hour” in conjunction with the Clear the Shelters initiative on Wednesday, July 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the dealership at the New River Auto Mall in Hardeeville, S.C. “Yappy Hour” is free and open to the public and their pets. Guests will enjoy food from Skull Creek Boathouse and live entertainment from Brad Wells and are encouraged to bring donations for local animal shelters. Animal rescue staff also will be on site with pets available for adoption. For more information on the event and wishlist donation items, visit the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1447889955513756/permalink/1692288937740522/

LOWCOUNTRY LADIES LUNCHEON 
(BLUFFTON, S.C.) The Ladies Lowcountry Luncheon – Summer Session will be held by Aunt Laurie’s in Bluffton at the Hampton Lakes Lakehouse on July 28. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lowcountry-ladies-luncheon-summer-session-tickets-35372967498

SNAPCHAT DOESN’T HAVE THIS
(MASHABLE) Instagram’s New Feature

SEE TURTLES HATCH

(SAVANNAH, GA) A Beachside Turtle-Hatching Experience: Ossabaw Island Loggerhead Turtle Overnight Trip is August 4 – 6, 2017.  www.ossabawisland.net 

LEARN HOW TO USE LINKEDIN TO BUILD INFLUENCE
(SAVANNAH, GA) The UGA Small Business Development Center in Savannah and the UGA SBDC at Georgia Southern present a class on Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn from LinkedIn expert and UGA SBDC Business Consultant, Peter Williams, as he presents his national program teaching easy to follow steps to build influence, promote business expertise, and maximize effective networking. For more information, visit

WOMEN IN BUSINESS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Helen Stone will present at the Sandfly Women’s Business Owners Coalition meeting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24 at Bethesda Academy. To RSVP, contact Cynthia Wright at cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

SPEED NETWORKING
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Chamber will hold a speed networking session on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. with the program at 9 a.m. Cost is $15 for Chamber members only. For more information or to RSVP,  http://www.savannahchambernews.com/events/making-connection-speed-networking-august-30/

MEET CHRISSY, LEADER OF THE PACK 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Chrissy is a female american bulldog mix who is about 6 months old and currently living at Coastal Pet Rescue. She loves to play and her siblings tend to follow her lead. Chrissy is current on shots and come with a microchip. To view Chrissy and other dogs and cats available for adoption, visit:

Rotary Announces New District Governor for 2017-2018, Dr. Hamsa Thota of St. Simons Island

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Rotary Announces New District Governor for 2017-2018, Dr. Hamsa Thota of St. Simons Island
Rotary District 6920, which covers central, south central, southeast and coastal Georgia, elected Dr. Hamsa Thota of the St. Simons Island Rotary Club as the new 2017-2018 District Governor.

(BRUNSWICK, GA) Rotary District 6920 is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Hamsa Thota of the St. Simons Island Rotary Club as the new District Governor for 2017-2018. Dr. Thota will oversee 63 clubs in the central, south-central, southeast and coastal Georgia areas.

Dr. Thota has been a member of the St. Simons Island Rotary Club since 1978 and served as the club’s president in 1983-1984. In 1985, Dr. Thota received the Rotary International District 6920 Governor’s New Club Builder Award after he started the Rotary Clubs of Jekyll Island and Camden County.

As the District Governor, Dr. Thota will voluntarily strive to engage and inspire 3200 Rotary members and promote Rotary values in local communities throughout District 6920. The theme for the 2017-2018 Rotary year is “Making a Difference.”

Dr. Thota is determined to do just that, noting “We have a team of Rotarian volunteers who are committed to humanitarian service and have tremendous plans for District 6920. This is going to be a year of dedicated efforts to strengthen our clubs, make significant local impacts and improve awareness of the real impact Rotarians make every day in each of the 63 communities they live in. We will work together to do good and make a difference both locally and globally.”

Dr. Thota currently serves as the president of Innovation Business Development, Inc. (IBD), an innovation management training and consulting company. His company helps client organizations to sustain growth with new products and services.

Prior to his election as District Governor, Dr. Thota worked for Rich Products Corporation R&D for 25 years and practiced consulting and training on new product development and innovation performance management for 17 years. Dr. Thota received his Ph.D. in Food Science and Dairy Manufacturing from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Thota encourages everyone in District 6920 to consider becoming involved with his or her local Rotary club. For more information on Dr. Thota and Rotary District 6920, please visit http://www.rotarydistrict6920.net/

Hamsa Thota District Governor

Hamsa Thota, New Rotary District Governor

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 INTERNATIONAL
The world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris. The name “Rotary” derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices. As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving the professional and social interests of club members. Rotarians began pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve communities in need. The organization’s dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its principal motto: Service Above Self.

An endowment fund, set up by Rotarians in 1917 “for doing good in the world,” became a not-for-profit corporation known as The Rotary Foundation in 1928. Ambassadorial Scholarships, launched in 1947, was the Foundation’s first program. In 1985, Rotary made a historic commitment to immunize all of the world’s children against polio. Working in partnership with nongovernmental organizations and national governments through its PolioPlus program, Rotary is the largest private-sector contributor to the global polio eradication campaign.

Today, over 1.2 million Rotarians belong to 35,000+ Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries.

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Rotary District 6920 | Marketing Executive
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Dr. Angela Canfield Announces Donation Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank

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Dr. Angela Canfield Announces Donation Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank

Sandfly Family Dental and Premier Dental Designs to Hold July Donation Drive for Kids Cafe

(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Angela Canfield, of Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs in Rincon, has announced that her offices will be collecting donations in July and August for Second Harvest Food Bank’s Kids Cafe program, which helps feed area children who have limited food to eat during the school year.

Canfield invites the community to deliver nonperishable food items including peanut butter, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, mac and cheese, cereal, juice boxes and water to either dental office from Friday, July 14, through Friday, August 18, during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The donations will be presented to the Kids Cafe in August.

Kids Cafe is a program of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia that provides children who are at-risk for hunger with a safe haven during the school year where they can get a nutritious dinner, tutoring and homework assistance. Its services are proven to increase the likelihood that these children complete their education and participate in extra-curricular activities.

“When I look at my young daughter, who is healthy and well fed, I cannot imagine how heartbreaking it would be to not have the means to feed her,” Canfield said. “It takes so little to make a big difference for these children, both in the here and now and for the rest of their lives.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, healthy eating in childhood and adolescence is important for proper growth and development and can prevent various health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, iron deficiency and dental cavities.

The Georgia Food Bank estimates that over 700,000 Georgia children live in households without adequate food. Kids Cafe originated in Savannah, Georgia, in 1989 to combat this problem, and it now serves more than 3,200 children each day at one of its sites in Appling, Bulloch, Chatham, Evans, Liberty, Tattnall and Wayne counties.

Kids Cafe is nationally recognized for its balanced evening meals and the mentoring opportunities it offers the children it serves.

Food items can be dropped off at Premier Dental Designs, located at 5871 Highway 21 South in Rincon, and Sandfly Family Dental at 7360 Skidaway, Rd Suite 2 in Savannah.

For more information on the donation drive, visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/.

Angela Canfield, DDS

Angela Canfield, DDS

ABOUT PREMIER DENTAL DESIGNS AND SANDFLY FAMILY DENTAL
Dr. Angela Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentists. She practices at and owns two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs located in Rincon, GA, 5871 HWY 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental in the Norwood Market in Savannah, GA. Both offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/

For more information, contact:
Angela C. Canfield DDS
molar799@yahoo.com
912-713-1398 Cell
912-826-4037 office

Media inquiries, contact:
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Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
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