Skidaway Abigails  l  September 2022

President's Message

Greetings All:

I hope that you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer, whether you are traveling, spending time at vacation homes, or enjoying life at the Landings.

Although we do not have programs in the summer, our co-chairs for membership, Elizabeth Cowell and Sue Stephenson, have been busy welcoming new Abigails. On August 4, they hosted the first ever New Members’ coffee at Elizabeth’s home. Eleven new members attended the event. Details follow in the newsletter below. This new member program will become part of our regular planning going forward.

We are all excited about the special programs and events that we are offering this fall. Mark your calendars for the first evening program of the year on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Messiah Lutheran Church. The Abigails are excited to present “Midterm Madness” featuring Savannah’s own Rebecca Rolfes and Margaret Coker. Thanks to Cindy Gilbert and Betsy McCullar for organizing this program. Details follow in the newsletter below.

The following week, on Thursday, September 22 is our Kick Off Social evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Sunset Pavilion at Delegal Marina. Our co-chairs for social events, Sue Kantor and Nikki Berdy, are organizing a fantastic gathering over drinks and finger foods. Details follow in the newsletter below.

With the midterm elections less than three months away, I want to alert you all to several volunteer opportunities. The League of Women Voters is urging Chatham residents to serve as poll workers in the election. If you are interested, go with your ID to the Chatham County Board of Elections at 1117 Eisenhower Dr. Suite F to submit an application. Questions? Call 912-201-4375. 

Our local chapter of the League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia (LWVCGA) is also seeking help. September 20 is National Voter Registration Day and the LWVCGA is seeking volunteers for a voter registration event. Please consider giving 2-3 hours of your time. Training is provided. If you are interested contact Sarah Denmark or Kristin Parks at: or

Looking ahead to October, plan on attending our program on criminal justice. Dr. Maxine Bryant from Georgia Southern will focus on the factors that contribute to the successful community reintegration of released prisoners.

Also in October, we will schedule our Fall potluck dinner on the 16th. Please think about attending or hosting. Thanks to Pat Wallace for coordinating this.

We have a great year planned and I look forward to seeing you soon.

With best wishes,

Susan Terrio

President, Skidaway Abigails

 Upcoming Events

Midterm Madness

Rebecca Rolfes

Margaret Coker

September 13 

7:00 PM

Messiah Lutheran Church

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

Co-ordinated by Cindy Gilbert and Betsy McCullar

Rebecca Rolfes

Margaret Coker

The Skidaway Abigails are excited to present "Midterm Madness" featuring Savannah’s own Rebecca Rolfes and Margaret Coker!  These two savvy experts will take a deep dive into the Georgia campaigns and share their insights about messaging, turnout efforts, and how voters seem to be responding.  Don't miss this chance to help us sort through the chaos and decide how to target our advocacy efforts in the final weeks leading up to an election with huge consequences for us all!

Many of us know Rebecca Rolfes for her great work during her tenure as president of the League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia. She is Executive Vice President of Imagination, a custom content agency in Chicago, as well as Editor of two weekly League e-newsletters: Under the Gold Dome which is published during the legislative session, and Election Year 2022 which covers voting issues relevant to the upcoming midterms for federal and statewide offices. These publications have a circulation of about 7000 around the state.

Margaret Coker started her two-decade career in journalism at Cox Newspapers before going to work at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. In that time she covered stories from 32 countries on four continents and won many of America's most prestigious journalism awards for investigative, business and diplomatic reporting. She came home to Savannah in 2019 to launch The Current to revive an investigative news culture in Coastal Georgia, and to mentor a new generation of journalists in our region.




Thursday,  September 22 

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Delegal Sunset Pavilion at Delegal Marina

This will be an evening of FUN and COMPANIONSHIP over drinks and delicious finger food as we WELCOME in a new year of programs and activities!  

Proof of vaccination is required. Masks optional.

Organized by Social Co-Chairs:

Sue Kantor and Nikki Berdy


We are delighted to welcome Nina Cook, Cristine Danielson, Sandy Hodge, Laura Hostettler, Martina Klein, Cindy Moore, Trudy Sack and Ann van Dyk as new members of Abigails. 

On August 4, we launched our first New Members’ coffee gathering, welcoming 11 recent new members at the home of Elizabeth Cowell, our Membership Co-Chair.  Designed to introduce them to each other and the benefits of Abigails’ membership, the event provided an opportunity to acquaint the attendees with the wide variety of activities they can get involved in and learn about plans for the organization in the year ahead.  There was rich sharing of interests and great excitement about becoming part of the Abigails' community.

If you know other progressive, liberal women who might be interested in joining Abigails, please refer them to our website or have them contact us to learn more.  We welcome anyone from the Savannah area with like-minded interests. You can also introduce your friends to Abigails by bringing them as a guest to any event for only $10. 

Whether you are interested in joining or just renewing your membership, this can all be done easily online at  If you encounter any difficulties, please don't hesitate to contact us.  We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Abigails events.

Elizabeth Cowell and Sue Stephenson, Membership Co-Chairs


Abigails Video Chat

Sept 6, 13, 27

3 PM  Zoom Meetings

Coordinated by Sheila Grossman

Now that the summer is over it's time to reconnect with other Abigails. We're looking forward to seeing our regular Video Chat members and welcoming new people to our (almost) weekly Zoom calls where we discuss everything that is going on in our crazy world. Please consider joining us!


The America We Need Discussion Group

What age is too old for elected politicians?

Friday, September 23

9:30 AM 

Meeting at the home of Annette Carnow

16 Robert Reid Court

Co-ordinated by Annette Carnow

In 1776, when our country was founded the life expectancy of the average citizen(white/male) was thirty-five years, just old enough to run for President before keeling over.  While the Founding Fathers specified that our foremost leader have the maturity to rule, no upper age limitation was imposed in the Constitution. So too, a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court could hardly be imagined to have a duration of more than twenty-five years.

Today, Biden (age 78) our oldest President to date and has spoken about his intention to run again. Nancy Pelosi (82) forbids questions regarding her re-election plans. While these leaders have demonstrated incredible leadership ability, should there be upper age limits? What age is too old? How does having senior seniors in top leadership roles affect the electorate’s perception of their government? 

For background you may wish to read the following articles that can be found on-line:

Term, age limits are needed for President,Supreme Court and Congress, USA Today, April 22, 2019

Should there be a maximum age limit for elected politicians”. Tanner Stening February 4, 2022

More than half of Americans support a maximum age limit for elected officials” Jan. 19, 2022 

We will meet at the home of Annette Carnow, 16 Robert Reid Court. Seating is limited, so please register using the link below ASAP.

Register for America We Need

Reel Time

The Martha Mitchell Effect

September 28, 3:30 PM 

Meeting at the home of Annette Carnow

16 Robert Reid Court

Coordinated by Annette Carnow

Long before Liz Cheney or Cassie Hutchinson ever challenged and revealed the details of 45’s abuse of power, another Republican woman was instrumental in unseating a president.  Martha Mitchell, dismissed by her enemies as a boozy, neurotic, out-of-control housewife was described by Bob Woodward as “a Greek chorus of one” and Richard Nixon actually credited her for taking down his presidency.  On Wednesday afternoon, September 28 at 3:30pm, come watch the documentary, “The Martha Mitchell Effect.” Learn the truth about this feisty, outspoken woman and discuss how the role of women in Washington has changed since Watergate.

We will meet at the home of Annette Carnow, 16 Robert Reid Court.  Seating is limited, so please register using the link below ASAP.

Register for Reel Time

Abigails Pot Luck Dinners

At Members' Homes

Coordinated by Pat Wallace

Potluck Dinners will be return on Sunday, October 16!  Watch this space in the next newsletter for details and registration. See you soon!


Coordinated by Sue Kantor

It is great to see so many canasta players.  Our Friday Canasta group is closed for now but we can form a new group with ease.  You can decide on your own day of the week and how you would like to organize—who plays and who is hosting.  You can also decide if you would like to teach other women who will then become part of your group.  I would be happy to help get you started. Six players for a new group are ideal, four to play and two on a waitlist or to be a sub. Please let me know.

Sue Kantor

Mah-Jongg Anyone?

If you would like to be part of forming an Abigails Mah-Jongg group, please let me know.  Everything is up for grabs—time to play, how to organize and where to host.  Those of us who play Abigails Canasta have formed many new relationships and look forward to Fridays when we gather to play, laugh and talk about the state of the world.  I am looking forward to playing with you!

Sue Kantor

Book Clubs

The AM Book Group meets at 10 AM on the third Wednesday of each month. It currently is full but I would be happy to hear from anyone who would like to join the wait list.  Please contact Sheila Jannino at

The PM Book Group will be meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month (September 28) rather than the third Wednesday, but still meeting from 4-5. Our book for September will be “State of Terror” by Hilary Clinton and Louise Penny.  If you would like to join this group, please email

Message From Your Board of Directors

Your 2022-2023 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

Carolyn DeFrancesco

Social Co-Chairs

Nikki Berdy

Sue Kantor

Membership Co-Chairs

Elizabeth Cowell

Sue Stephenson

Activities Chair

Pat Wallace

Communications Co-Chairs

Shari Panitch

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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