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Third Annual Islands Women's Day
Women's Health and Safety
Saturday, February 4, 2017 8:30am – 2:30pm
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer • 51 Wilmington Island Road • 912-897-1133

The Third Annual Island Women's Day has assembled a host of specialists in the field of women’s health and safety. In addition to a keynote presentation from Savannah’s own Gerry Long who will give us a law enforcement point of view on women’s legal rights, our focus is in presenting information and encouragement in the areas of low impact self-defense, proper nutrition, financial planning, mental health issues particular to women, caregiver red flags, and the spiritual power of forgiveness. Several exhibitors will be present to offer literature and information for women who need immediate or long-term assistance. A chaplain will be available for immediate spiritual and emotional support for anyone in need.


8:30   Check-in/Registration
9:00   Introductions, Miscellaneous Info
9:30   Keynote Address – Gerry Long
10:30   Break
10:45   Session # l  (Choose one of the following topics)
Is it time for a Caregiver?
Taking Good Care of Yourself
Balancing Nutrition in Your Life
11:30   Lunch
12:30   Session # 2  (Choose one of the following topics)
Self-Defense (Part 1; a two-period session)
Taking Good Care of Yourself
Balancing Nutrition in Your Life
1:15   Break
1:30   Session # 3  (Choose one of the following topics)
Self-Defense (Part 2)
Financial Planning
Forgiveness: The Great Healer
2:15   Evaluations and Closing

How to Register

Registration cost is $20 per attendee. You can register and pay online here: Register. Use that same link to cancel your reservation.
Or, download this registration form, fill it out and mail with a check to The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 51 Wilmington Island Rd, Savannah, GA 31410.

Keynote Speaker Gerry Long

Crime: Being Part of the Solution in Our Community

Crime seems to be the focus of our newscasts today, hitting too close to home. How does our local crime compare to the state and nationwide statistics? Join in our conversation on what we can do in our community to be part of the solution. Learn how to reduce your chances of being a victim and what we can expect in the future with our aging population and new technology.

Gerry Long is a Savannah resident since the mid-1960s. This former Major of the Savannah Police Department has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration; her educational specialty is Justice Administration. While with the Police Department, she headed up the Criminal Investigations and Support Services Divisions along with performing her duties as South Division Commander. Since 2013, Gerry consults for WSAV where she provides a police perspective and clarification of police practices/policies for the general public. Gerry serves on the Board of Directors for the Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center.

Session Choices

Is it Time for a Caregiver? (Patty Dixon)

There comes a time in all our lives when someone we love needs extra care. Caring for a partner or family member can strain even the best of relationships. According to recent information from the Mayo Clinic, informal caregivers – meaning care provided in home from non-health care professionals, now makes up more than 80 percent of long-term care in the United States. If you find yourself caring for an ill spouse or partner, a disabled child, or an aging relative – you are a caregiver and you are not alone. Join us as we discuss both the emotional and physical stress on being a caregiver, and knowing when it is time to bring in help and how to get it.
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Taking Good Care of Yourself (Irene Wood)

Women have had many changing roles over the past 50 years. It is not uncommon for a woman to be working and be the primary care giver in a family. Our culture has focused on promoting independence in women, however has left out some vital areas of focus for women to become what society wants us to be. Discussions will include how women need to cope with demands of work, being a good mother, being a good partner/wife, communication styles, and taking good care of yourself. The issues that result from a lack of balance in these areas can result in mental health concerns that include anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, loneliness, guilt, and isolation. We will have an interactive discussion on how to create harmony and your life and find a way to look forward to each day and feel your blessings and find your joy.
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Balancing Nutrition in Your Life (Sandy Brassard)

A healthy diet is very important for our emotional, physical, and cognitive health. This session is filled with information and tips on nutrition to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Topics to be discussed: Healthy eating habits; food choices and meal planning; healthy lifestyle habits; and prevention of disease.
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Self defense

Certified instructors will demonstrate how to assess a threatening situation and decide what options you have to protect yourself. This class will build confidence, awareness and stress the importance of personal safety. It is an excellent class to empower women, and help them feel safe. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. This is a two-part session.
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Financial Planning (Christopher Lazurek)

Having your financial affairs in order may seem inconceivable but is definitely achievable. Join us for a question and answer session to put your mind at ease on insurance, investment, retirement, tax and estate planning as well as learning what your next step needs to gain peace of mind for your future.
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Forgiveness: The Great Healer (Pastor Steve Hilgeman)

Whether you have been harboring resentment or bitterness from an action committed against you, or perhaps you yourself have never been able to recover from a mistake from your past, forgiveness is a necessary part of your recovery. Or perhaps you blame God for something that has caused you years of anger. Pastor Steve will provide you will helpful scriptures along with a working step-by-step plan on how to forgive yourself, others, and God.

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The Speakers

Patty Dixon

Patty Dixon was born in Topeka, Kansas and is the daughter of a career Air Force Man. Upon her father’s retirement in 1970, her family moved to Savannah where she spent most of her childhood growing up here on beautiful Wilmington Island. Patty began a career in Sales in Marketing with the majority of years focusing on healthcare. She is currently the Director of Sales at Summer Breeze Senior Living. She is a member of the Greater Savannah Coalition on Aging, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Alzheimer’s Association and also serves on the Senior Safari Planning Committee.

Patty is leading the session Is it Time for a Caregiver?

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Irene Wood

Irene Perry Wood, LpC, NCC is a native of Savannah, GA. She has full licensure to practice in Georgia and also is a National Certified Counselor. She is currently working at Coastal Harbor Health System as the Director of Clinical Services over adult programs. Over the 14 years of service in the public sector, Irene has provided services to children, adolescents, and adults. She has certifications in substance abuse treatments and PTSD. She has partnered with probation of cers, courts, schools, colleges, DFCS, state and private hospitals, and group homes in the Chatham County area.

Irene is leading the session Taking Good Care of Yourself

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Sandra Brassard

Sandra "Sandy" Brassard is a graduate from Bowling Green State University, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science degree that included a DIetetic Internship at Georgia Health and Human Service Community Internship. She is Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian in the State of Georgia and Certified Diabetes Educator. Sandy has worked at Memorial Medical Center in Clinical Dietetics including oncology, pediatrics, neurology and the rehabilitation hospital units. Currently she provides diabetes education at Endocrinology Associates.

Sandy is leading the session Balancing Nutrition in Your Life

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Todd Washburn (Self Defense)

Todd Washburn is a certified and experienced Krav Maga Instructor who hosts self-defense classes offered by the Rape Crisis Center.

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Christopher Lazurek

Christopher Lazurek is the Vice President and a Financial Consultant with Regions Investment Solutions. He has a B.A. from the College of Charleston, and is a FINRA Series 7 & 66 registered. Christopher has a South Carolina Life, Accident and Health Insurance License, and is securities and insurance licensed in Georgia as well. Next year will mark his 25th year in the securities industry.

Christopher is leading the session Financial Planning

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The Rev. Steve Hilgeman, M. Ed.; M. Div.

Pastor Steve has been leading worship at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer for two years in Savannah. He was educated at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Ohio and holds an additional Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling.  Pastor Steve spent much of his career working with persons with mental and physical disabilities, and is an experienced conference presenter and staff trainer.

Pastor Steve is leading the session Forgiveness: The Great Healer

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Deacon Allison Ward, MA Religion

Allison Ward will be on hand for anyone needing spiritual or emotional support. She is on the roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) consecrated for Word and Service. Her call comes from the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer to serve as a chaplain at Hospice Care of Georgia and to offer pastoral care for the congregation. She is a 2008 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with a Master of Arts Degree in Religion concentrating in Pastoral Care. Her post-graduate studies have included training in bereavement, mental health care, and chaplaincy. Her professional religious vocation began at Redeemer as a youth director in 2000. Her first career, Aviation, brought her and her husband to Savannah in 1981 where they stayed and raised a family with Redeemer.  She is trained to listen and to be attentive to spiritual health.
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218 Deerwood Road
Savannah, GA 31410
Augusta Livingston, Group Representative
Barbara Dean, Secretary

Coastal Behavioral Health
633 Stephenson Ave
Savannah, GA 31406
Irene Perry Wood, LPC, NCC
Director of Clinical Services

Hospice Care of Georgia
9990 Ford Avenue, Ste. 5
Richmond Hill, Georgia 31424
Stephen Head, CRL
Kathleen Stanley, RN

The Living Vine
534 E. 54th Street
Savannah, GA 31405
Melody Stiles

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
51 Wilmington Island Road
Savannah, GA 31410
Pastor Steve Hilgeman

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Lutheran Services of Georgia
401 Mall Boulevard, Ste. 201F
Savannah, GA 31406
Mary Fuller, Program Manager

Safe Shelter for Domestic Violence Services
P.O. Box 61119
Savannah, GA 31420
Cheryl Branch, Executive Director

Senior Citizens, Inc.
3025 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31405
Terrie Matthews, Director of SAGE, Private Services

Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia
2250 E. Victory Dr.#107
Savannah, GA 31404
Julie A Schwartz

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