07 Jan Ossabaw Island Foundation and Education Alliance Annual Meeting and 100th Birthday Celebration of Eleanor “Sandy” Torrey West
Savannah, GA (January 7, 2013) — Media Advisory
What: The Ossabaw Island Foundation and Education Alliance host their Annual Meeting and a celebration of the 100th birthday of Eleanor “Sandy” Torrey West. A highlight of the meeting will be “Live from Ossabaw Island: A Video Conversation with Sandy West.” Other presenters: Hanif Haynes on the Pin Point Heritage Museum, and Mark Finlay on Ossabaw and Georgia’s Environmental Movement, 1960 – 1978.
When: Thursday, January 10, 2013 6:00p.m. Reception. 7:00p.m. Annual Meeting. 8:00p.m. Adjourn for birthday cake.
Program Details: At the annual meeting, The Ossabaw Island Foundation (TOIF) will thank departing board members and officers, and welcome newly elected board members and officers.
- Hanif Haynes, a TOIF board member now associated with the Pin Point Heritage Museum, will discuss the newly opened museum at the site of the former Varn’s Oyster Factory.
- Dr. Mark Finlay, a history professor at Armstrong, will discuss his upcoming book about the 20th century environmental movement in coastal Georgia, and Ossabaw’s role in that movement.
- The meeting will end with a live video conference/conversation with Sandy West, the longest resident of Ossabaw Island, who turns 100 on January 17, 2013. In the 1970s Sandy spearheaded her family’s sale of Ossabaw Island to the state of Georgia, and the island’s establishment as Georgia’s first State Heritage Preserve. Her vision of Ossabaw Island as a place where unspoiled nature can be experienced, studied, and interpreted, continues today in the work of the State of Georgia and the Ossabaw Island Foundation and Education Alliance. Sandy will “Skype” in from her home on Ossabaw Island.
- After the meeting, birthday cake in honor of Sandy will be served.
Where: The Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, Savannah, GA 31401