President's Message

On January 13, 2022 Betsy Beekman resigned from her duties as President of the Skidaway Abigails, Inc. in order to attend to the family challenges she has been facing. As I take over from Betsy, I am very aware of the time, commitment, and responsibility that the position of President requires. I hope that I can count on all of you to work with me and to share your views as we pursue the opportunities and navigate the challenges that will unfold going forward.

We are very grateful to Betsy for her leadership over the past 18 months and for her passionate commitment to the progressive issues that are the bedrock of our organization. Betsy often began our programs by reading from the Skidaway Abigails mission statement stating that we are a nonpartisan organization of progressive, liberal women. I believe strongly in the mission and values of this organization. Under my leadership, and with your help, we will maintain our commitment to offering programs that inform and engage our members on issues that affect the lives of residents at the Landings, in downtown Savannah and in Chatham County as a whole. Our advocacy wing will remain focused on identifying and calling out inequities in key institutions, policies, and legislation through direct action and campaigns for change. By the end of this year, we will have reaffirmed our mission by offering programs on at risk youth, the lack of affordable housing in Savannah, the legacy of environmental sustainability on Skidaway, the threat to reproductive rights as well as the challenges of welcoming refugees, helping undocumented families, and safeguarding the rights of the LGTBQ community. 

At our January program one member warned me that assuming the Presidency of the Abigails at this moment in time was “courageous.” She was, I think, referring to the political divisions that are roiling communities around the country and, also, here at the Landings. In the wake of recent assaults on our democratic institutions and the spread of disinformation on topics of vital public interest, we must, to quote Jimmy Carter, “resist the polarization that is reshaping our identities around politics.” We can disagree on policies and still work for change in constructive ways. Yet we must remain committed to open, honest, and civil dialogue and stand up to the forces that divide us. 

We look forward to welcoming new members and encourage you to think about serving on a committee, leading a group activity, or joining the WAG steering committee, to name just a few of the opportunities that we offer. Whether you choose to volunteer your time or to continue attending our programs, you will find yourself in a welcoming community of like-minded women. 

With all good wishes,

Susan Terrio

President, Skidaway Abigails

Skidaway Abigails, Inc  is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization

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