Club Information

Metro Savannah
Meetings are every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. Please contact the Club to purchase your lunch at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.
The Creators' Foundry
415 W Boundary St.
Savannah, GA  31401
United States
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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Speakers
Brynn Grant
May 02, 2017
Georgia Rotary Student Program
Anne Kuhlke Lee
May 16, 2017
Service Above Self - Annual Service Partner finalists
Harold Tessendorf, Habitat for Humanity
Jun 06, 2017
Habitat for Humanity
Margaret Jacobs, DGN
Jun 20, 2017
Polio Plus and RI
Jaimie Hebert, Ph.D., Georgia Southern
Jul 18, 2017
GSU ASU consolidation
Brian Wills
Sep 19, 2017
The Nature Conservancy
Past Speakers
Mahogany Bowers
Apr 18, 2017
Blessings in a Book Bag
Apr 04, 2017
City of Savannah
Hon. Louisa Abbot
Mar 21, 2017
Women in Rotary
Club Assembly
Mar 07, 2017
Go Metro!
Whitney Shephard
Feb 21, 2017
Healthy Savannah
Chatham Emergency Mgt Agency
Feb 07, 2017
Member Birthdays:
  • Cindy Mullally
    April 4
  • Jamie Arkins
    April 8
  • Tony Uhrich
    April 21
  • Jenny Woodruff
    April 25
  • Robert McCorkle
    April 25
  • Kelley Waldron
    April 26
  • Suzanne Kirk
    April 26
  • Cody Tharpe
    Nicki Tharpe
    April 29
Join Date:
  • Jeff Harris
    April 5, 2016
    1 year
  • Patrick Bentley
    April 5, 2016
    1 year
  • Lee Beckmann
    April 15, 2014
    3 years
  • Michael McLeod
    April 16, 2013
    4 years
  • John Bennett
    April 23, 2013
    4 years
Our Stories
Pictured L to R: Denise McCoy, Jamie Smith, Kelly Waldron, Rogan Thompson (friend of Jackson McCoy), Clint Murphy, Jackson McCoy, Kathleen Anderson, Sam Anderson, Florence Slatinsky, nice lady that we don't know but clearly recognizes Metro's appeal, Daniel and Ariana Berksteiner
On Saturday, March 25th Metro assisted Step Up Savannah with a poverty simulation for Deep students. The students were all high schoolers participating in Block by Block, an extension of Deep's Younth Author project, that encourages students to learn more about their communities and how to tell their stories. The students were engaging and funny, especially Jackson McCoy and his friend Rogan who ran a pawn shop with a little too much conviction. 
You're probably looking at the picture and wondering why Patton "the Rock" Presidente has on shoes aren't you? Is it because he has tiny feet? Sensitive skin? To see Patton in this outfit and find out more about why he wears shoes when he runs on the beach, buy a ticket for the spring fundraiser. Don't fret, Cari will be wearing her favorite resort style wear, covering up her sweet abs.
Surf's Up Beach Camp - drink beer and eat pig for the kids!
A Fundraiser to benefit Fresh Air Home 
April 27 from 6-9 p.m
Southbound Brewing Company, 107 Lathrop Ave.
Tickets on sale now! $45 in advance, $50 at the door.
Interested in sponsoring? We still have opportunities for flavoring a casket - customize your own beer and send 1.5 kids (you know what we mean!) to camp in the process. Contact Kacey Kennickell about sponsorship opportunities. Your limited production beer, will be served at our event!
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. 
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!
New members inducted on Tues., Oct. 18 (L-R):  Katie T Joyner-Barber (Dulany Industries) sponsored by Leigh Acevedo, Spencer Burch (Gulfstream) sponsored by Emmy Burch, Anne Kuhlke Lee (SCAD) sponsored by Kristen Crawley, and Allison Marrero (Hyatt Hotels Corporation) sponsored by Denise McCoy
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!
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!
Registration fees:
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.
From the President
We like to say over here at Metro Savannah that we're not your father's Rotary Club. That's not a knock on any other club -- we are proud to be members of Rotary International, believe strongly in its mission and traditions, and partner frequently with other clubs in the area. We're just a bit different, and do things a bit differently.
Most Metro Rotarians -- though certainly not all of us -- are under the age of 50. We have volunteer projects at least every month. We also have really fun monthly socials, throw club events that have become legend, and seek out speakers who can shed light on our world and challenge our way of thinking.
Interested in joining us? We'd love to have you, though you must be invited by a friend or colleague who is already a member of Metro Savannah Rotary. Join them for one of our bi-monthly meetings. If it looks like a good fit, we'll explain the membership process to you.
Thanks for checking out our Club. We hope to see you soon.    
President Patton Dugas
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Service Chair
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Communications Chair
Sergeant at Arms
Convention & Conference Chair