Skidaway Abigails  l  April 2022

In This Issue

President's Message

Upcoming Events

Program Recap

Member Spotlight



Board of Directors

Mission Statement

Elected Officials

n This Issue

President's Message

Upcoming Events

Member Spotlight

Communications Update


Announcements: The Glorias

A Message from your Board of Directors


Mission Statement

Contact Information


President's Message

Hello Everyone:

As we look forward to warmer weather, we are approaching the end of a very successful year. We are emerging from COVID stronger than before and returning to offer in-person programs from March through May.

I am also delighted to announce that the Abigails board of directors has unanimously approved the proposed slate of officers for the 2022-23 year. The slate will be sent to the entire membership for approval in April. The board voted to add the position of co-chair for membership, bringing the total number of directors to 15. In an impressive commitment to the Abigails, twelve members of this year’s board have agreed to continue to serve next year. Of the 15, three are recent arrivals to the Landings and new members of the Abigails. I look forward to working with this exceptional group of women. 

We offered two exemplary programs in March. Dusty Church, board chair of First City Pride, outlined its achievements during the first five years of its operation in Savannah. First City Pride offers an impressive array of services to the 23,000 members of the local LGBTQ community. The second program, Migrant Equity Southeast, was offered by WAG. Presenters, Daniela Rodriguez and Christine Magaña, outlined their personal histories as members of immigrant families and the challenges that low-income undocumented and refugee families face living in coastal Georgia and South Carolina. 

I look forward to seeing you all in our April and May programs and thank you all for your continued support of our organization.

All good wishes,

Susan Terrio

 Upcoming Events

Challenges and law enforcement responses to at-risk youth in Savannah

Roy Minter

Savannah Chief of Police

April  21

3:30 PM

Hybrid meeting: 

Messiah Lutheran Church and by Zoom

We welcome all vaccinated members and guests to the in-person meeting.                      

Roy Minter 

        Savannah Chief of Police   

Savannah Chief of Police Roy W Minter, Jr. will address the challenges and law enforcement responses to at-risk youth in the community.  Since arriving in Savannah Chief Minter had three goals; reducing crime, building relationships, and maximizing the use of resources and funding. This is a great opportunity to bring a friend. 

Roy W. Minter, Jr. was appointed as the Chief of Police for the Savannah Police Department on August 27, 2018.  He comes to Savannah from Peoria, Arizona where he served as Chief of Police for more than 7 years.

Prior to his appointment in Peoria, Chief Minter served as the Chief of Police for the Denton, Texas Police Department from 2007-2011.

Chief Minter also spent 15 years with the Aurora, Colorado Police Department where he held several positions including:  Narcotics Unit Sergeant, Training Section Commander, and Operations Support Section Commander, where he supervised the SWAT Team, K-9 Unit, Gang Intervention Unit, and Pattern Crimes Unit.  In his last assignment, he served as Commander of the Department’s largest patrol precinct.

Chief Minter began his law enforcement career with the Houston Police Department, where he served for 10 years as a patrol officer in the Special Operations Division.

Chief Minter holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.  Chief Minter is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.

In the Mouth of the Shark:  Central American Women in Search of Refuge and Hope

April 25

4:00 PM

Skidaway Community Church

50 Diamond Causeway

Fellowship Hall

 Presented by Susan Terrio

Advocating for Immigrants Rights in South Georgia

Migrant Equity Southeast

March 15

Susan Terrio

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Discourse about U.S. immigration policy often degenerates into debates about documentation, quotas, human smuggling and border walls. Abigails President Susan Terrio, Professor Emerita from Georgetown University, brings years of research to this lecture, revealing the compelling human stories behind Central American immigration. In the Mouth of the Shark is Terrio's fifth book.

Program Recaps

First City Pride

March 10 

Dusty Church

Chairman of the Board

First City Pride Center

Dusty Church, board chair of First City Pride, outlined its achievements during the first five years of operation in Savannah. First City Pride offers an impressive array of services to the 23,000 members of the local LGBTQ community. These include no cost direct line care, transgender support groups, access to a youth coordinator, information on medical interventions, as well as advocacy and outreach to combat discrimination. First City Pride faces ongoing challenges that include the need for additional funding for paid staff and for increased services for homeless transgender youth. An immediate imperative is to oppose the wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation that has been proposed or voted on nationally and in Georgia. 

Advocating for Immigrants Rights in South Georgia

Migrant Equity Southeast

March 15

Daniela Rodriguez

Executive Director

Christina Magaña

Director of Operations and Outreach

Migrant Equity Southeast’s program focused on advocating for immigrant rights. The presenters, Daniela Rodriguez and Christina Magaña, outlined their personal histories and the challenges that low-income undocumented and refugee families face living in coastal Georgia and South Carolina. Despite having a small staff they offer an impressive array of services that include rental assistance, a clothes closet, a food bank, vaccine drives, and donations of school supplies to families who live in 13 Georgia counties and two counties in South Carolina. Migrant Equity needs more funding to secure office space, provide legal counseling, offer education about voting rights, and give financial assistance to young people who qualify for DACA.  

Member Spotlight

Sheila Grossman

Sheila Grossman was born in Brooklyn and mostly raised in Greenlawn (Long Island), NY.  She went to college at SUNY Albany and after 4 years of working in NYC advertising agencies she moved to Philadelphia to get her Masters of 

Education at Temple University.  She worked in corporate communications for over 10 years where she met and married her wonderful husband Marty and immediately moved to Los Angeles with their teenage children.  She continued to do freelance communication projects, but also got involved in volunteer work as they moved from LA to Scranton, PA, to Redding, CT, to Indianapolis, IN, and finally to Savannah in 2005.  This volunteer work ranged from raising money for Westmark School in Encino, CA, which helps children with learning disabilities; to becoming a National Vice President of National Council of Jewish Women, an organization that works to better the lives of women, children and families through education, community service, and advocacy.  Her primary focus areas were communications, marketing, training and development, strategic planning, and advocacy.

Sheila was thrilled when the Skidaway Abigails was formed and joined right away.  "It was wonderful to walk into a room full of women and feel I had found a home.”  Within a short time, she joined the Abigails Board as Communications Co-Chair and went on to serve as Vice President and President.  She also co-founded and Co-Chaired WAG (Women Advocating for Georgians), Abigails advocacy group in 2017. She is currently Co-Chair of IT.

As the country has become more polarized,it is more important than ever to make sure that like-minded progressive women have a place to gather, share their thoughts, learn together, enjoy each others company, and work together to improve our community, state, and country.  Abigails has served that purpose for me and I am grateful to be a part of this dynamic organization.”

Thank you, Sheila, for your commitment to Skidaway Abigails and your contribution to creating an environment for us all to feel at home.


Spring is in the air, and this is my favorite time of year. It is also a very busy time of year with a variety of activities to participate in, both here at The Landings, as well as in Savannah. 

However, I still make room for our events and other activities with my fellow Abigails as I realize that what they offer is unique and of value and not offered anywhere else. I especially enjoy Reel Time and The America We Need Discussion Group. Thanks to them, I have read books and seen films and documentaries that I was not otherwise aware of.  The experience is further enriched by sharing points of view with others. 

If you have fallen behind on your renewal, do make sure you get it done soon so you can attend our upcoming events. It only takes a couple minutes by logging onto our website at and viewing your profile. However, if you encounter difficulties, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If you know of anyone interested in joining, please refer them to our website or have them contact me to learn more.  Membership is not limited to those living in The Landings or on Skidaway Island. We have members that live off island as well. You can also bring a guest to any event for only $10. 

Elizabeth Cowell

Membership Co-Chair

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Abigails Video Chat

March 29, April 5, 19, 26

3 PM  Zoom Meetings

Coordinated by Sheila Grossman

 As 2022 progresses, wouldn't you like to talk with like-minded women who can be a vital lifeline to keep us sane in these tumultuous and crazy days? Our conversations tend to be free-wheeling and profound and we learn from each other about what is going on in our community, locally, and nationally. Please consider joining us for our next Abigails Video Chat. It's great to be able to talk openly about what we are learning and how we are feeling. 

The America We Need Discussion Group

More than Money: Antitrust Lessons of the Gilded Age  

More than Money:  Defining American antitrust law, from Bork to Kahn

Friday, April 8

9:30 am Zoom Meeting

Led by Annette Carnow

Our Democracy is in grave danger. Not only has our society become more polarized and strident but economic power has increasingly become concentrated. As Lina Khan, the head of the Federal Trade Commission, has expressed, “Monopolies are bad. Not simply because they threaten to…. lead to higher consumer prices or undermine productivity and growth. But they are bad because they’re bad for democracy”.

Recently, the radio program On Point, on Nation Public Radio (NPR), did a fascinating five part series dealing with the hidden power of monopolies in America. For our next discussion group, April 8, 9:30 am, please listen to these podcasts or read the transcripts of the following programs:

More than Money: Antitrust lessons of the Gilded Age

More than Money:  Defining American antitrust law, from Bork to Kahn

Please join us for this discussion on the role of government oversight and regulation of the business world. Whether this will be a Zoom discussion or in person meeting has yet to be determined. If you are willing to host this group at your home, please contact

Register for America We Need

Reel Time

(Stay tuned - There will be no Reel Time in April )

Coordinated by Annette Carnow

Abigails Pot Luck Dinner

April 24

At Members' Homes

Coordinated by Pat Wallace

Potluck Dinners are back! These gatherings of about 8 people around the dining room table of a fellow Abigail, are a great way to get to know each other while enjoying a delicious dinner and friendly conversation. 

Following the pattern most of us learned in New Neighbors, we will have a host and 6 or 7 diners (fully vaccinated only, please!) in each home. The host will prepare the entree, and the other Abigails will bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert, as requested by the host. At these events, “Plus Ones” are welcomed and encouraged - but not required! (In the past, slightly over half the Abigails who participated brought husbands; a few brought a friend or sister; and over a third came by themselves.) 

If this sounds like fun to you (it is!), please register by Monday, April 18, to let us know that you will be coming to the April 24th Potluck Dinner, if you are willing to host, and if you’re bringing a “Plus One.” We need 3 vaccinated hosts to accommodate 24 vaccinated Abigails and their guests.

When we get the names of willing hosts, the chair will match the Abigails and their “Plus Ones” to each home. The host will then contact them with inquiries about food allergies, as well as information about start time, menu contribution requests, and the host’s address.

See you around the table!

Pat Wallace, Pot Luck Dinner Coordinator

Pot Luck Dinner Registration


Coordinated by Sue Kantor

We are happy that Abigails Canasta is thriving. Our group has become quite large and is now closed.  

We would like to thank Sue Storer, in partnership with her very tech savvy husband Jeff, for creating an interactive google doc for Abigails Canasta. Jeff has left no stone unturned. He has provided a way for us to sign in to play by the month, volunteer to host, keep track of who is playing, the need for subs, and included all of our contact information. Sue has added the final touch by sending out an automatic weekly reminder with the date and who is playing!  We are truly grateful to them for this wonderful tool!!

If you would like to play or help organize this group please email

Book Clubs

The AM Book Group currently has 8 members and is looking to add one more.  The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10 am. Each month one member chooses a book they have read and would like to share with the group.  The recommending member then facilitates the discussion of the book.  The book choice rotates among all the members and is usually announced 2-3 months in advance to give everyone time to read the book. If you would like to join this group please contact Sheila Jannino at

The PM Book Group will be meeting on April 20. 

They will be reading "Ragged Company" by Richard Wagamese.  The reviewer will be Kathy Dole.

  If you would like to join us please email

Message From Your Board of Directors

Your 2021-2022 Board of Directors, like you, are proud Abigails members.  We are committed to serving the mission, and the members, of Skidaway Abigails.  We look forward to a great year with our Abigail friends and sisters in action!


Susan Terrio


Susan Kurtain


Diane Hartley


Betsey Andersen


Programming Co-Chairs

Shanti Stone

Susan Terrio

Social Co-Chairs

Nikki Berdy

Sue Kantor


Membership Co-Chairs

Elizabeth Cowell

Sue Stephenson

Activities Chair

Pat Wallace

Communications Co-Chairs

Anne Boynton

Sheila Stallings

IT Co-Chairs

Sheila Grossman

Susan Kurtain

Advocacy Chair

Sandi Parshall


Betsy Beekman

Mission Statement

The Skidaway Abigails is a nonpartisan organization of progressive, liberal women whose purpose is to provide engagement opportunities for social, educational and advocacy activities to its members. We welcome women who support our values to join us, regardless of residence, race, ethnicity, age, religion or gender identification.

What We Value

A strong commitment to women's health and safety including family planning; health education, screening and research; and protection from domestic abuse and the full range of offenses against women, from harassment in the workplace to sex trafficking.

A society that provides services for its poor and its children including basic shelter, food, physical and mental healthcare, quality fact-based education, childcare, pre-K development and college opportunity.

Fair and equitable treatment for the working class including a livable minimum wage; pay equity for women; reducing the gap between the average employee's compensation and corporate executives'; affordable health care; a future in our country for working immigrants; and equitable treatment under the criminal justice system.

Fair and equitable treatment for our Lesbian/Gay/Bi-sexual/ Transgender population in all aspects of our society. We support their right to marry and create a family,

Regulation that respects individual freedom while protecting the community including the licensing and control of firearms; and eliminating unwarranted surveillance, personal data collection and criminal profiling.

Protecting our planet from mankind's impact on earth's climate and precious natural resources ranging from fresh water to the honey bee. We want to better understand opportunities to enhance sustainability.

Being informed and represented on political issues related to our values including voter registration and the right of citizens to vote; the stated positions of local, state and federal candidates; and access to articles and subject-matter-experts on value-related issues.

Current Elected Officials Contact Information

Governor Brian Kemp
206 Washington St, 111 State Capitol. Atlanta, GA 30334

(404) 656-1776

US Rep. (Dist. 1) Earl "Buddy" Carter

6602 Abercorn St, Ste 105B, Savannah, GA 31405

(202) 225-5831

US Senator Jon Ossoff

Hart Senate Office Building, Suite 825 B&C

Washington, DC 20510

202-224-3521 (DC)

US Senator Raphael Warnock

Dirksen Senate Office Building, Suite B40D

Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-3643 (DC)

State Senator Ben Watson

320-B Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg, Atlanta, GA 30334

(404) 656-7880

State Senator Lester Jackson

110-B State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334

(404) 463-5261

State Representative Jesse Petrea

408-B Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg, Atlanta, GA 30334

(404) 657-1803

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