Marjorie E. Lamb

Name: Marjorie E. Lamb

Why Are You Running For Office?: I am interested in getting more involved with the town and the direction it is going as a resident of Port Royal. I want to be a part of the solution. I have lived in Port Royal since 2001, my children attended Port Royal Elementary, and I plan to remain here the rest of my days. I want to be a voice for my neighbors to bring positive changes – sidewalks leading from residences to our schools, parks and the Spanish Moss trail, a thriving development for the Ports, a “destination” for visitors, good neighbors to the City of Beaufort, active participants in the Beaufort Regional Chamber, and more.

How Long Have You Been a Resident of the Town of Port Royal? Since 2001, Savannah 1991-2001, Hilton Head 1989-1991, Spartanburg (Converse College) 1984-1989, Born and raised in Canton, Ohio 1966-1984, Mother was a Canton City School Bus Driver & Father owned/managed Lamb’s Glass Shop.

Elected/Appointed Office Experience: None, first time running for office… we all have to start somewhere! I have the time , experience, and desire to serve our Town of Port Royal.

What are the Biggest Opportunities for the Town of Port Royal in the Next Three Years?: 

  • The Port is a large redefining moment in the Town of Port Royal’s growth, beauty, and promise. Port Royal has recently ushered in significant  value by supporting the Spanish Moss Trail, the Cypress Wetlands enhancements, the Naval Heritage Park playground addition, the renovation of Lenora Park, and more… I look forward to continuing the support of our National Treasures such as the Reconstruction Era National Monument and supporting the Ports development into a thriving “destination” for all.
  • The infrastructure of our roads, drainage, and sidewalks is a high priority that affects all residents, their health & safety and a thriving environment, keeping our conservation standards high where we work and live.
  • Community building as we continue progress with the annexation/rezoning of Shell Point to the Broad River Bridge. It is important to incorporate our extended communities and support their input and support what’s great in their areas – parks, schools, points of interest, and more. With the Port adding to our already beautiful Old Village neighborhoods, we don’t want to forget our three major corridors to Port Royal that bring our residents and visitors to and from to work & live – Ribaut Road, Parris Island Gateway, & Savannah Highway.

What are the Biggest Challenges for the Town of Port Royal in the Next Three Years?: 

Rate of growth in resident numbers and the support to address the needs without creating a backlog in transportation, support services, and housing. I have seen and experienced what a large metro center deals with when there is multiple growth in business, large scale events, and increased population. While in Savannah, I worked in operations at the Savannah College of Art & Design’s when their foot print grew by 50% in the city limits to university status in numbers. Meanwhile, the town of Savannah was front and center for the 1986 Olympics venue in sailing for several years leading up to and the burst on tourism from domestic to international following. Where residents use to live on the base floor of a three story homes, now a variety of businesses thrive and south Savannah to Richmond Hill shouldered a sudden unplanned housing push as a result.
I believe the Town of Port Royal Council needs to be that voice for the residents as annexation & rezoning move forward for our extended neighborhoods and the Port begins to develop. I hope to bring quite a bit of experience and knowledge in forecasting and developing in advance of possible growth bursts, unplanned housing issues, and backlog of support services. What a wonderful opportunity to serve our community during this time!
Please Use Three Words to Describe Yourself: hard-working, trustworthy, creative
Biography: Marjorie Elizabeth Lamb was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. Marjorie attended Canton Heritage Christian and was a competitive Synchronized Swimmer for the Canton Jewish Community Center for 11 years. She continued her swimming and coaching while attending Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design with emphasis in photography & business. After college she worked for two design firms in Hilton Head, SC, married and has two children; Blaze Strawn (age 26) & Private Sage (age 24) Strawn Hollis and son-in-law Andrew Hollis. Four years later, she moved to Savannah, GA and worked for the Savannah College of Art & Design as the Facilities Director for 9 years. She started a Synchronized Swimming Team in 2007 and directed two summer camps with a Junior Olympic Coach. In 2000 Marjorie accepted the challenge to open 3 new public indoor swimming pools for Beaufort County and manage. Two years later, Marjorie returned to property management with the new Private-Public venture, building and renovating military family housing from 2002 to 2004 for Tri-Command Military Housing. She briefly worked for Island Realty and Small Business Solutions. She returned to school and completed her Master’s in Business Administration June 2010. Marjorie has been working for Alpha Genesis Inc. in Yemassee, SC since 2008 as the Executive Assistant and now Operations Manager. Marjorie was the chairman of the Georgia Games for Synchronized Swimming for 3 years, active with the American Red Cross 2000 to 2004 providing training, one of the founding member and Treasurer for the Beaufort National Apartment Association, serves as a host parent for Cultural Homestay International, and loves volunteering with First Presbyterian local mission projects. Marjorie has been a member of First Presbyterian Church Beaufort, SC in 2001 and serves as a Deacon.