At the beginning of the Thirteenth Colony, to the north, South Carolina
was immensely prosperous. To the south were the expansionist interests
of the Spanish in Florida. So it was that Oglethorpe accepted the charge to
establish our colony that would buffer the two. Even the original trustees
of this colony could not have predicted that Savannah would evolve into
one of the most charming, romantic and historically important cities in
We are indeed fortunate to live in this beautiful town so rich in
history with a vibrantly dynamic present and such a promising future
that continues to intrigue and amaze ... just waiting for discovery.
There isn’t another organization I can think of that embraces
Savannah more enthusiastically, and that offers more occasions to
participate in and discover our community more fully than Savannah
Newcomers Club. Through our sponsored luncheon meetings, activities
and excursions, our members connect with one another in our
community. Acquaintances form and friendships develop. Then, as if by
magic, our new town ... becomes our Home Town!
Join us ... we are eager to get to know you.
Robin is from South Jersey, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, PA, and moved full time to Savannah in 2010. Her husband, Paul, and she lives in the Victorian District.
Robin had intentions of becoming a Home Economics teacher (go ahead and laugh; She does.) but the small business her Father had started in my high school years had other plans for her. Robin worked for Len-Dor Specialties, a distributor and manufacturer of commercial and industrial labeling products, for close to 25 years before selling the company in 2007.
Robin enjoys travel, particularly with her two daughters, film, art, and novels.
Rosemary W. Mackey joined SNC in 2019. A five year resident of The Landings, she moved to Savannah from Manhattan, New York City. Born in London, UK and trained as a pediatric oncology nurse, Rosemary transitioned into executive level administrative roles in major medical centers in the US, Scotland and Mexico City. She served for 6 years, prior to her retirement, as the Chief External Affairs Officer for the American Red Cross in New York where she was responsible for communication, marketing and fundraising. One of her most memorable events there was managing the communications around the "miracle on the Hudson" - when the USAirways plane landed on the river. She and her husband of 37 years, Irv Krakoff, have 5 children between them and 11 grandchildren. Prior to joining SNC, she served as the secretary of The Landings New Neighbors organization. In addition to serving as SNC's Secretary, she is reprising her 2020 role as the chair of Luncheon Programs for 2021.
Debbie was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Savannah (The Landings) five years ago from Princeton New Jersey.
Debbie graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. She taught young children with development disabilities in the Edison Township (NJ) school system and then high
school students with learning disabilities in The Learning Center at The Pennington School until 1982. Upon leaving the classroom, Debbie spent 2 years at the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety in the Assistant Commissioner’s Ombudsman’s Office From there she was hired as the Director of Communications for the New Jersey Depart-ment of Insurance. In 1986, Debbie was named New Jersey’s State Director of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
Debbie served on various committees ofthe National SHIP Steering Committee for several years and served as its President for a year.
Debbie has been married to Patrick for 33 years and is the proud grandmother of four. She enjoys spending her time reading, doing genealogical research, different types of
needlework, and antiquing.
She volunteers as a docent at the historic
Isaiah Davenport House.
Patty started her working career at a bank in Houston with a newly earned Secretarial Certificate and progressed in the banking world to International Banking Officer in Dallas, TX (after getting her college degree at night school). After that she and her husband fulfilled their dream of owning an Inn in New England. They both then acquired real estate brokers’ licenses and sold inns all over the state of Maine. Several moves between Maine and Texas followed until retirement and the final move to Savannah.
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