Rotary Club of Savannah announces Captain Lakshman as 2024-25 President-Elect and Board of Directors

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Rotary Club of Savannah proudly announces Captain Lakshman as its 110th president. A distinguished maritime professional with a rich history of experience and leadership, Captain Lakshman brings a wealth of expertise and a strong commitment to community service to his new role.

On June 24, the gavel will be passed to Lakshman by outgoing president, Eddie DeLoach, The ceremony will take place at the DeSoto on Liberty Street at 12:30 p.m.

The club will also install 2024-2025, officers, Secretary/Treasurer-Elect Robert Grant, and Sergeant at Arms-Elect Anita Hagin, and welcome the 2024-25 Board of Directors. They are Eddie Culver, Pete Hoffman, Bill Kelso, Roger Moss, David Paddison, Paul Pressly, David Rosenblum, Camille Russo, Philip Solomons, Cecilia Turner, Tim Walmsley and Matt West.

Captain Lakshman’s life is marked by a dynamic blend of maritime expertise, entrepreneurial success, community leadership, and a strong family foundation. A 1982 graduate of the Indian Merchant Marine Academy, he spent 17 years navigating the high seas, notably as Chief Mate during the 1991 Perfect Storm on the M.V Eagle, a vessel immortalized in Sebastian Junger’s book.

Settling in Savannah, Capt. Lakshman transitioned into consultancy, founding Viksniks Consultants for Risk Management in the maritime sector. Simultaneously, Viksniks Business Solutions emerged, specializing in medical scribing and digitizing records for healthcare and legal practices, showcasing his versatility in business.

Committed to community service, Capt. Lakshman serves as a Commissioner of the Savannah Pilotage Commission and on the Board of Trustees at the Savannah Country Day School.

His role as the incoming president of the Rotary Club of Savannah underscores his dedication to community development.

“I am deeply honored to serve as the president of the Rotary Club of Savannah. This role is a unique opportunity to continue our club’s legacy of service and community engagement. I am committed to fostering growth, collaboration, and positive change within our community. Together, we will navigate new challenges and seize opportunities to make a lasting impact. I look forward to working with our dedicated members to uphold the values of Rotary and contribute meaningfully to the betterment of Savannah.” said Lakshman.

Beyond professional achievements, family plays a pivotal role in Capt. Lakshman’s life. Celebrating 32 years of marriage to Kay, they have two accomplished sons. Vihan, continuing the family’s pursuit of excellence, is set to pursue a Ph.D. at MIT. Meanwhile, Nivan is carving a path in medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, embodying the family’s commitment to contributing to healthcare.

The Lakshman family stands as a testament to resilience, unity, and shared values. Captain Lakshman’s ability to balance a thriving career, community engagement, and a supportive family exemplifies his unwavering determination and adaptability. From navigating stormy seas to steering diverse professional landscapes, Capt. Lakshman’s journey reflects a life rich in accomplishments, relationships, and a commitment to making a positive impact.

Rotary Club of Savannah announces Captain Lakshman as 2024-25 President

ABOUT THE ROTARY CLUB OF SAVANNAH: The Rotary Club of Savannah includes 220 community leaders and volunteers. Over the past 110 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

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

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