Club President's Message From David

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And before you know it here we are in second quarter. The days are getting longer and the sun, well it just feels so good on your face. Looking back over this last month we sure have been busy as a club.

A special thanks goes out to the fine folks at Ruth’s Christ Steak House for hosting the Maritime on the 2ndof March, another outrageously great time had by all. You can check out the pictures on the STC Facebook page. St Patrick’s Day was celebrated by STC members all over town. Thank you Debbie Nelson of Rogers and Brown for allowing us the opportunity to set up shop right there in City Market, oh what some will do for those beads.

On the 22ndthis month a group of us went back out to cook dinner to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire. Spearheaded by Paul Gigis over at BTT, this is an excellent opportunity for our club to give back to our community. I heard it said “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40. Well done STC.

The 23rdhad Effingham County High School students “Follow the Container” and get a good close up look into the world of logistics. Robert Dowd of Port City Logistics and I have been working on this project in conjunction with Danica Grone of the Georgia Ports Authority, Julie T. Gerbsch and Dr. Ken Boyd of Savannah Technical College, and Mark Rogan, Industry Project Leader, Coastal Logistic Work Ready. Pictures posted on STC Facebook.    

     March 21stThe Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) announced that it experienced 16.3 percent container volume growth in February 2011 with additional impressive gains in automobiles, machinery and wood pulp. In Atlanta    The Georgia House of Representatives voted 167-3 on the  morning of the 29th  to pass Senate Resolution 312 supporting deepening of the Savannah River ship channel, That great news for all of us here in the Southeast.

     Listed below are events you’re going to want to put on your schedules right away:

• Third Annual Georgia Logistics Summit hosted by the Center of Innovation Logistics May 9thand 10th– Page Siplon is the Executive Director and can be reached at – (912) 966-7867.

•  Savannah Traffic Annual Golf Classic Friday May 6thheld at Crosswinds Golf Club  To reserve a place or team contact – Billy Robinson or Robert Dowd at Port City  - (912) 544-0321.

•  Transportation Club International (TCI) annual conference here in Savannah September 15th– 18th 
Guest speakers are being scheduled and our local club needs your help in finding companies interested in Ad Sponsorships opportunities. Contact Robert Pettigrew (912) 856-5208 for more information.

•The Savannah Traffic Facebook page has really come to life thanks to George Vasapolli of BizFace. Lots of new features including a job posting tab and coming soon resume posting. Check it out and become a fan.

• April 6ththe Maritime After Hours networking social at Tubby’s on the Wilmington River for a Low Country Boil.

•Tuesday April 12thSTC will hold its annual Scholarship Awards and Installation of Officers and Directors lunch at Crosswinds Golf Club, 232 James B. Blackburn Drive. This year we will award $10,000 in scholarships.                 

As always it’s great to look back and reflect on what we’ve done, it helps define the direction in      which we’re headed. If you need anything or have questions on STC involvement, give me a ring. See some of you on the 12thand all of you May 6th.

Have an exceptional month!

David “Fish” Mihuta

Bonny Woods