Hot Bods and Tasty Waves - these are principles upon which Metro was founded. Thus, membership is super stoked that this year's big fundraiser is "Surf's Up Beach Camp." President Dugas has been working on his pecks for your enjoyment, so for the love of The Rock please block off April 27 from 6-9 p.m. on your calendar. A whole pig taco bar luau is planned. Resort attire encouraged!
Surf's Up Beach Camp will be held at Southbound Brewing Company, 107 Lathrop Ave. Proceeds benefit our annual service partner, Fresh Air Home, which provides hundreds of deserving children with a beach camp experience on Tybee Island every summer.
Tickets on sale now! $45 in advance, $50 at the door.
Interested in sponsoring? Contact Kacey Kennickell about sponsorship opportunities including an afternoon for 5 to make a custom beer (you can name it too!) that will be served on our event night with Southbound's brew master!
Little Metro got a big mention in Rotary International's recently released Annual Report. We're featured in the section called "Transforming Rotary from the ground up." They talk a bit about our looser format and focus on service, include a spot-on quote from Michael McLeod, and feature a photo of Whitney Shephard doin' what she does best.
Check it out at https://www.rotary.org/annualreport/2015-16/en
Metro welcomed Michael Winkler, President and CEO of Goodwill of Coastal GA - and more importantly Patton and Robert's neighbor and a fellow rotarian - as well as Tom Cardiff, Develpment Officer as our speaker last week. Michael lived in Virginia before moving to Savannah two years ago to take this job. Goodwill serves those facing disability, unemployment and poverty through their work force development programs. Goodwill is best known for their retail locations which serve as recycling centers for unwanted household items and provide opportunities to teach their employees job skills, but they also have contracts to provide janitorial, staffing and manufaturing services. Each unit is run as its own business which allows the non profit to be 98% self sustaining.
A-Town Get Down founder Tom Townsend and W Projects founder Erin Wessling came to tell us about the 7th Annual A-Town Get Down Festival. The festival's purpose is to help people explore their creative passion by exposing them to as many art forms as possible during a 12 hour period. This year's festival will move from the Morris Center to the area under the Talmadge Bridge, providing an opportunity to illustrate that art transforms not just people but also places. Tom founded the festival in Savannah because it was the place where his son Alex "A-Town" Townsend (the festival's namesake) thrived creatively while at SCAD before an accident claimed his life in 2010. Save the date for this family-friendly festival on March 25 and check out more at
In honor of her example of the Rotarian ideal of "Service Above Self" Metro gifted Jessica Pedigo with enough points to become a Paul Harris Fellow. Jessica has served on the board, numerous committees and done just about anything for our club she's ever been asking to do. Jealous? You too can serve on every committee like Jessica OR you can talk to Robert McCorkle about matching points you need to donate to reach 1,000 (Paul Harris Fellow). For example, if you've given $500 to Rotary then you can give an additional $250 and Robert will match you with the other $250 and voila! - you'll be a Paul Harris Fellow.
Oysters Masters and Music Master pictured above (L-R): Kurt Hetager, Mason Heidt, DJ Oisin Daly, Chris Corey, Eric Bull, Patton Dugas, and Spencer Burch; Cari Clark awarding Liza Smith the "Chili Queen"
The 6th Annual "Roastary" Oyster Roast on December 3 was a success! 110 Metro Rotarians (and friends) ate 10 bushels of oysters and drank two kegs of beer -- a good deed that raised over $2,500 for the Fresh Air Home. There were oysters from Bluffton, Apalachicola, and Virginia as well as a a chili contest, desserts galore and tunes by DJ Oisin Daly. Our own Liza Smith was crowned "Chili Queen" for her delicious veggie "bomb".
Many thanks to the Roastary Committee -- Jennifer Huskey, Jamie Arkins, Kacey Kennickel, Eric Bull, Chris Corey, Kristen Crawley, Katie Joyner and Liza Smith -- who made it possible.
In great gratitude for their service El Jefe has granted them Paul Harris points. Keep that in mind when we're recruiting next year!
The Sacred Presidential Robary fits! And continuity of our governing body is secured. Congratulations to Patton Dugas, who was seated as the 6th President in Metro's history on July 19.
And a big wet Thank You to Suzanne Kirk, who led our Club to glory over the past year.
It was a wonderful Club Assembly, and everyone left very optimistic about the Club's new leadership and overall direction. Here's to a great Rotary Year!
ABOUT PRESIDENT DUGAS
Patton Dugas is a commercial banker with SunTrust Bank. He has served other institutions in SBA, special assets, construction & development, and disaster assistance lending. An entrepreneur at heart, he began in business by co-founding an audiovisual contracting firm while attending college.
Raised in Macon, Ga., Patton earned a B.B.A. in Finance from UGA. He serves in board positions with Chatham County Resource Protection Commission, Savannah Community Foundation, Metropolitan Savannah Rotary, Savannah CFO Council, March of Dimes, Clean Coast. He serves as a non-lawyer member of the State Bar of Georgia Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee. He was named a Generation Next Rising Star by Savannah Magazine. He is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and Leadership Southeast Georgia. He resides in Savannah with his wife, Mary, and two daughters.
Metro Rotarians have spoken: In a super tight vote, Tybee Island-based Fresh Air Home narrowly edged out two other finalists, and more than a dozen applicants overall, to become our 2016-17 Service Partner.
Metro raises roughly $10,000 for its annual service partner, and supports the nonprofit through various volunteer activities.
So who is Fresh Air Home?
The Fresh Air Home, located on Tybee off Butler Avenue, has been in existence since 1939. The nonprofit offers a beach camp, overnight experience to at-risk children ages 4-11 from Chatham and surrounding counties.
The camp provides each child with all that they need. They must only bring a bathing suit and tennis shoes. While the children are with Fresh Air, they experience the beach twice daily, field trips, picnics, arts/crafts, music, outdoor sports, talent shows, square dances and movies.
What will Metro be doing?
Money we raise will in part be used to replace the wooden floors in the main building, pictured above. Metro Rotarians will work on projects throughout the campus, including building shelving units, painting nursery furniture and dining room tables, enhancing playground equipment and the ball field, and lots of painting.
L-R: President-Elect Patton Dugas is pictured with Membership Chair Michael McLeod, Julie Wade who sponsored Suzy Wallace,
Clint Murphy who sponsored Ben Senger, and David Harris (sponsored by Jenny Woodruff).
Metro inducted three new members during the June 7 meeting. They are Suzy Wallace, Ben Senger,
anchor/reporter with WSAV, and David Harris, Director of the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.
Welcome to the club!
Spencer Burch, Allison Marrero, Katie Joyner and Anne M. Kuhlke Lee have joined the 90 day new member program
and will be inducted upon completion.
Thousands of Rotarians from around the world will descend upon Atlanta June 10-14, 2017 for the Rotary International Convention and Centennial Celebration of the Rotary Foundation! Convention and Hotel registration begins May 28 and goes up in price over the next year. Take advantage of the discounted prices beginning May 28. Find out more by watching this short video here. Metro will mostly likely organize group transportation and lodging. More to come on that. For now, we hope you will mark your calendars, register early, and plan to be in Atlanta June 10-14, 2017!
May 28 - June 6, 2016..............$265.00
June 7 - Dec. 15, 2016.............$340.00
Dec. 16, 2016-March 31, 2017..$425.00
On Site Registration.................$490.00
Metro at Work and Play
At the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club, we believe in giving back to our community, and having fun while doing it. Last year Club members volunteered more than 400 hours at 14 different service projects across Savannah, and raised nearly $10,000 to build and maintain a community garden for our 2014 service partner, Greenbriar Children's Home.
Monthly social outings have taken us everywhere from Savannah Sand Gnats baseball games to tricycle races at a local brewery.
At Metropolitan Savannah Rotary, we work hard and we play hard, and while we're at it try to better understand the community in which we live.