Annual Service Partner Fundraiser Announced! 2017-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
As many of you know, March 8 was International Women's Day. Metro Rotary will honor Women in Rotary at our program meeting on March 21. Judge Louisa Abbot will be presenting and is the first woman in history to serve as President of a Rotary club (Rotary Club of Savannah). The Honorable Louisa Abbot is in her seventeenth year as Judge of Superior Court of Chatham County, Eastern Judicial Circuit.  Please join us next Tuesday for a profound presentation by a dynamic guest speaker!
 
 
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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
 
Sign up for Rotary International Convention JSA 2016-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
 
It was a homecoming of sorts on April 9 as Metro Rotarians returned to Greenbriar Children's Center, our Club's first Community Service Partner. 
 
Rotarians cleaned out and planted the spring garden in the extensive raised beds that Metro created for Greenbriar in 2013. Rotarians worked with children at the center to plant all kinds of fantastic veggies, which the Center will harvest for use in its meals. 
 
Great to see this partnership continue!
 
 
Metro Gets Dirty 2016-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
 
Metro inducted two new awesome members during the April 5 Meeting. They are Patrick Bentley, a Project Manager at the Savannah Economic Development Authority, and Jeff Harris, Vice President of Human Resources & Auxiliary Operations at SCAD.
 
Congratulations Patrick and Jeff, and welcome to the Club!
Metro Inducts 2 New Members 2016-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
 
Metro inducted five new awesome members during the March 1 Meeting. 
 
They are: Justin Hummel, Sago Property Management; Henry Lee Perry, Savannah State University; Kevin Klinkenberg, Savannah Development and Renewal Authority;  Cecilia Arango, Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co.; and Liz Parizo, Memorial Health. 
 
Congratulations to all!
Metro Inducts New Members 2016-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Metro Meets the Candidates
 
 
With interminable debates in Cleveland and California in the rear-view mirror, the election world now pivots to Savannah, where the political event of the season will be held September 22 at The Florence. 
 
There, Metro Rotarians will share the stage with more than two dozen Savannah City Council candidates - an unpredictable bunch on a good day. Throw some alcohol into that mix, along with a pair of take-no-political-prisoner Rotarians named Clint Murphy and Staci Donegan, and there ain't no telling where this night is gonna go. 
 
This will be a casual opportunity to get to know the candidates better, and for them to get to know our Club better. It should be fun and informative. And The Florence has an awesome bar. 
 
We want to look good, so please make every effort to come. 
 
See everyone at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at The Florence, 2 W. Victory Drive.
Election Social Sept. 22 2015-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
We Have a New Logo  
 
Metro launched a new logo during the Sept. 1 meeting. The logo started as a conversation between Past President Robert McCorkle and Communications Chair Bret Bell over the spring: They wanted a brand that reflected the vibrancy and uniqueness of Metro while still honoring the Rotary International traditions. They wanted a logo that was more flexible than our clunky old one. They wanted to shorten Metropolitan in favor of the catchier Metro, which we all call ourselves anyway. And they really liked that M. 
 
Those talks resulted in some pretty inspiring cut-and-paste sessions (with actual scissors and glue), which thankfully led Robert and Bret to the conclusion that there was no way in hell they were going to pull this off.  
 
They tapped Cari Clark (duh), who is literally the best in town for this sort of thing. Cari was gracious with her time and talent, and lent the club the considerable resources of her amazing firm Clark Communications 
 
The result is a fresher-looking logo that is distinctly Metro, while paying homage to the Rotary wheel and true to the official Rotary colors. Look for this sucker on all of our stuff, including hipper new t-shirts that Florence Slatinsky is creating for us.    
Extreme Makeover: Metro Edition 2015-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Rodeo!
 
 
Great turnout for the Oct. 13 Food Truck Rodeo will mean lots of cold hard cash for our 2015-16 service partner, the Forsyth Farmers' Market. 
 
The event outside Service Brewing featured food trucks, plenty of beer, lots of ridiculous carnie games, and an unforgiving mechanical bull. Congratulations to cowboy Jake Crawley for winning the bull riding competition. He was awarded the coveted brass rodeo belt buckle.
 
Special thanks, too, to Jessica Pedigo, Liza Smith and their amazing team, which worked their tails off to make the event happen. Ridiculous times had by all! And only minor injuries!
All proceeds will benefit the Forsyth Farmers' Market. Metro Rotary is partnering with the Farmers' Market to develop and implement the Bring it Home! program in partnership with the brand new Farm Truck 912. Bring it Home! will provide fun, educational programming in addition to healthy food options through Farm Truck 912 to many local families in food insecure neighborhoods. Bring it Home! aims to improve the health status of Savannah’s most vulnerable community members. 
 
 
 
 
Metro rocks fund-raiser for Farmers' Market 2015-09-02 04:00:00Z 0
Volunteer for Revival Fest!
 
 
What more could you ask for.....great music, cold craft brews, and delicious food offerings???  What: You want to add a little COMMUNITY SERVICE into the mix.....you got it!
 
Looking for volunteers for the 3rd Annual Revival Fest taking place Saturday, September 12, in the Coastal Heritage Society’s Georgia State Railroad Museum. This is an awesome time. Our very own Jason Nieluwbowzyxcczz?%, pictured above, clearly enjoyed himself last year. In short, Revival Fest is like a giant backyard party with your favorite music, food, friends and libations. http://www.revivalfest.org/
 
Alcohol sales are benefiting Coastal Heritage Society. This is a Family Friendly event. Shifts are three hours. Upon arrival volunteers will be assigned by the Revival Fest staff to one and or/any of the following jobs duties:
  • VIP Area
  • Parking- general public and bands
  • Merchandise
  • Ticketing
  • Vendor assisting (set up/breakdown)
  • Band/Backstage Hospitality
Volunteers will be invited to enjoy the festival before or after their shift.
 
Due to the many shifts and not knowing where you will be assigned to work, this will be the honor system of self-reporting.  Once you complete your 3 hour shift, please email BOTH Amelia Harper & Bea Saba at harper.amelia@gmail.com and sabab@liveoakpl.org to get your service credit.
 
 
Malt + Music + Metro = Yep 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Family Field Day Needs Your Help
 
 
This much-anticipated barrel of laughs is almost upon us: 2:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in Tiedeman Park.
 
Here's what the planning committee needs from you:
  • Kids swimming pool (Just one) 
  • Water Balloons 
  • Bats (6-8 Needed)
  • Buckets (6-8 Needed)
  • Pool Noodles - Full Length (8 Needed) 
If you've got any of this, please contact Jake Crawley or Jessica Thomas
 
Event details:
  • A friendly competition for the whole family – age 5+ recommended for games.
  • BBQ and non-alcoholic beverages provided by Rotary – bring a side dish or dessert to share and a cooler with other libations, if you wish.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.
  • Bring folding chairs or a picnic blanket.
  • Tiedeman Park is located at across from Savannah Arts Academy between 46th Street and Washington; Atlantic Avenue curves around the park.
  • Please RSVP on the Metro website so we know how many people to expect.
  • Bathrooms available.
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Metro turns out for Cool Communities, Hot Savannah
 
Some scenes from the Aug. 22 volunteer event with the Forsyth Farmers' Market Farm Truck at the Cool Communities, Hot Savannah event in Wells Park. More than 15 Metro Rotarians helped organize activities for children, and paint the Farm Truck (not the awesome mural pictured, but equally impressive stuff). A great start to our partnership!
 
 
 
 
 
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The Sultan of Spreadsheets, the Master of Minutes, the Pied Piper of Planning Docs: Patton Dugas has been a busy guy folks. 
 
The new Members Only page Patton's set up on http://metropolitansavannahrotary.org is your one-stop shop for Metro business: Check you attendance, pay your dues, view Club goals, learn about prospective members, read the rules, view our budget. 
 
If you are among the Club nerds and actually read that budget, you'll see that annual Club dues will increase next year from $300 to $350. Ouch we know, but still way cheaper than every other Rotary club in town. Beginning in October, lunch will also increase from $10 to $12.50, which will include the Square processing fee.
 
Why are you greedy bastards doing this to me, you may ask? For one, things cost more. For another, we're growing into a more established club, and want to have a bigger impact on our community. The increase will allow us to do more, and have more fun.
 
Check it all out by clicking on the "Members Only" tab at the top of the homepage at http://www.metropolitansavannahrotary.org or by going directly to the page here: http://metropolitansavannahrotary.org/Page/Show?ClassCode=Page&Slug=members-only. Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to get your billing and attendance digits.
From the Metro Salt Mines Department 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Get On The Bus
 
 
During the July 21 Meeting, Forsyth Farmers Market Director Teri Schell gave Metro the 411 on Farm Truck 912, our big service project for the next year.
 
The lowdown: Farm Truck 912 is a mobile farmers’ market that will bring local fruits and vegetables to Savannah neighborhoods with the least access to healthy food. In Chatham County, 19% of people and 26% of children reported a lack of reliable access to food in 2013. 
 
Metro is on board to support Farm Truck 912 through the "Bring it Home" programming that includes cooking, exercise, health education, and social activities in conjunction with Farm Truck stops. We'll also  be directly supporting the startup of Farm Truck operations through a variety of volunteer opportunities.
 
"This is really a brand new project, so we can make it what ever we want," Schell said. 
 
You can help shape this awesome partnership during our family-friendly kickoff event with Farm Truck 912 on Saturday, Aug. 22, in Wells Park near MLK and 38th Street. The truck will be there as part of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority's (SDRA) Street Fair - "Cool Communities in Hot Savannah," which will feature local products, foods, businesses, artists, musicians, and activities for the whole family.
 
During the event, we will be helping FFM with art & crafts, games and projects centered on healthy choices & food education that hopefully the participants will “bring home” and incorporate in their daily lives.  
 
The event runs from 2 – 7pm, but FFM would love our help for the set up and take down after the event.  Thus, we have created 2 hour volunteer shifts from 1 pm until 8 pm. Sign up here: http://admin.clubrunner.ca/11960/VolunteerTask/List?VolunteerSignUpId=61ddb0df-3f68-4cb8-bde9-82e346b3ac12&SelectedId=ffee7d98-43a4-4fad-943e-665ee9611831
 
The Partnership Begins 2015-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Who Wants It?
 
 
Mark your calendar: The much-anticipated Family Field Day is ON. 
 
Set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in Tiedeman Park, it's an event you really don't want to miss. Last year's totally rocked.  
 
Jessica Thomas' planning crew is looking to make it even better, and needs your help. Please take a moment to fill out this short survey about what you'd like to see at the event: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3S2JBGN
 
Event details:
  • A friendly competition for the whole family – age 5+ recommended for games.
  • BBQ and non-alcoholic beverages provided by Rotary – bring a side dish or dessert to share and a cooler with other libations, if you wish.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.
  • Bring folding chairs or a picnic blanket.
  • Tiedeman Park is located at across from Savannah Arts Academy between 46th Street and Washington; Atlantic Avenue curves around the park.
  • Please RSVP on the Metro website so we know how many people to expect.
Family Field Day Survey Launched 2015-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians step up for Committee assignments
 
 
President Kirk pushed Committee involvement as the key to Metro’s success for the upcoming year. Below are those who signed up for each during last week’s Club Assembly. Impressive!
 
Grants Committee: Coordinates district and global grants, and annual service partner grant and fundraising efforts
Chair, Jessica Pedigo
Jason Somers
Denise McCoy
Cody Tharpe
Bea Saba
Clint Murphy
Florence Slatinsky
Robert McCorkle
Foundation Committee: Develops plans to ensure Metro support of Rotary Foundation
Chair, Jordan Chase
Brady Cannon
Jenny Woodruff
Robert McCorkle
Darron Alvord
Family of Rotary Committee: Engage members’ families in Rotary
Chair, Jessica Thomas
Jake Crawley
Jamie Arkens Smith
Amelia Harper
Clint Murphy
 
Programming Committee: Execute Club meetings and monthly social activities
Chair, Leigh Acevedo
Emmy Williams
Chris Corey
Jason Somers
Kristen Crawley
John Northup
George Barrow
Eric Bull
Lee Beckman
Bea Saba
Josh Brooks
Cindy Mullally
David Acuff
 
Communications Committee: Increase Club communications internally and Club profile in the community
Chair, Bret Bell
Alfred McGuire
Eric Bull
Jamie Smith Arkins
Florence Slatinsky
Josh Yates
Whitney Shepherd
 
Service Committee: Organizes monthly service projects and coordinates annual service partner
Chairs, Jeanine Roach and David Acuff
Staci Donegan
Devon Smyth
John Bennett
Whitney Shepherd
Darron Alvord
 
Membership Committee: Recruits, integrates and retains Club members
Chair, Michael McLeod
Emmy Williams
Jason N
George Barrow
John Northup
Clint Murphy
Cam Pope
Jeff Brady
It takes a village 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
New World Order
 
 
Suzanne Kirk left no doubt about her presidential style during last week’s regime change, ushering in a Canadian-style governance that focused on punctual efficiency, socialist populism with an emphasis on committee rule, and Yukon-style beards.
 
She introduced a new global grants initiative that will partner with worthy projects in either Ghana or Brazil, though sources indicate it’s in reality the beginning of a vast pipeline to funnel Club funds to Saskatchewan.

“Metro Savannah Rotary has accomplished so much in our first few years; it’s hard to imagine we were just chartered in 2012,” Kirk said. “Our founding members and past Presidents have established a vibrant club for today’s Rotarian. I’m honored to follow in their footsteps and help our club continue to demonstrate our commitment of service above self both here in Savannah and in the global communities we support.”
 
Outgoing President Robert McCorkle presented Kirk with the traditional framed portrait of Harris the Cat, which will proudly hang in Kirk’s home or business for the year. Kirk gave McCorkle some booze.
 
During McCorkle’s past year as president, membership grew by 5 percent, Metro became an Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) Club, inducted four new members into the Paul Harris Society, and received the Gold Award from the District Governor. Members volunteered more than 400 hours during a dozen service projects across the community, and the Club raised nearly $10,000 for service partner Savannah Bicycle Campaign. 
 
“It has been a thrill to play a small role in the continued growth of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club,” McCorkle said. “This Club continues to be a testament to what a group of individuals can do when they join together to put ‘Service Above Self’ and make concentrated efforts to transform the lives of others.  I am proud to call myself a Rotarian.”
 
 
Joining Kirk and McCorkle on the 2015-2016 Board of Directors are: Patton Dugas,  Brad Whitfield, Amelia Harper, Bea Saba Jeanine Roach, Jessica Pedigo, Jordan Chase, Michael McLeod, Bret Bell, Leigh Acevedo, Jeff Brady,  Jessica Thomas, Julie Wade, Liza Smith, Josh Brooks and David Acuff.
 
 
Metro inducts new President, Board of Directors 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Pedigo named Rotarian of the Year
 
  
 
At his final meeting as President, Robert McCorkle presented annual awards to Rotarians who went above and beyond during the course of the year.
  • Jessica Pedigo was named Rotarian of the Year. As Grants Chair, Jessica took the lead on many important initiatives, including the wildly successful Grand Prix for SBC tricycle races.
  • Ben Barksdale was named Volunteer of the Year. Ben logged the most volunteer hours in the Club, and received a separate volunteer award from the Savannah Bicycle Campaign for his efforts.
  • Special Club awards went to Secretary Bea Saba, who keeps track and follows through on all the things that would otherwise cause Metro to melt into a useless puddle; and Foundation Chair Jordan Chase, whose efforts secured EREY status for Metro.
Annual Metro Awards 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
July 10 Service Project: Emmaus House
 
 
Metro Rotarians prepped, cooked, served, cleaned and helped 100 souls receive a hot meal at Emmaus House on July 10. Amazing service, amazing experience. Nice job everyone.
 
 
 
Rotarians at Work 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Metro installs new President, Board of Directors
 
 
Suzanne Kirk, President of Employee Development Strategies Inc., was installed this week as President of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club. Kirk succeeds outgoing president Robert McCorkle, partner in the law firm of McCorkle & Johnson, LLP.
 
“Metro Savannah Rotary has accomplished so much in our first few years; it’s hard to imagine we were just chartered in 2012,” Kirk said. “Our founding members and past Presidents have established a vibrant club for today’s Rotarian. I’m honored to follow in their footsteps and help our club continue to demonstrate our commitment of service above self both here in Savannah and in the global communities we support.”
 
Joining Kirk and McCorkle on the 2015-2016 Board of Directors are: Patton Dugas,  Brad Whitfield, Amelia Harper, Bea Saba Jeanine Roach, Jessica Pedigo, Jordan Chase, Michael McLeod, Bret Bell, Leigh Acevedo, Jeff Brady,  Jessica Thomas, Julie Wade, Liza Smith, Josh Brooks and David Acuff.
 
During McCorkle’s past year as president, membership grew by 5 percent, and the Club was successful in securing donations to the Rotary Foundation from each of the Club's members. Members volunteered more than 400 hours during a dozen service projects across the community, and the Club raised nearly $10,000 for service partner Savannah Bicycle Campaign. 
 
At his final meeting as President, McCorkle presented the Rotarian of the Year Award to Jessica Pedigo, Volunteer of the Year Award to Ben Barksdale, and awards to Jordan Chase and Bea Saba for their service to the Club.
 
“It has been a thrill to play a small role in the continued growth of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club,” McCorkle said. “This Club continues to be a testament to what a group of individuals can do when they join together to put ‘Service Above Self’ and make concentrated efforts to transform the lives of others.  I am proud to call myself a Rotarian.”
Passing the Gavel 2015-07-10 00:00:00Z 0