Club Infomation
To protect the health and safety or our members and guests, Metro Rotary meetings will be held online via Zoom until further notice.
 
Upcoming Events
Speakers
Past Speakers
Stan Deaton
Oct 15, 2019 11:43 AM
Georgia History
District Governor Mike Muldowney
Sep 17, 2019 11:45 AM
 
Our Stories
Vaughnette Goode-Walker, director of the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, was the speaker at Metro's Oct. 6 meeting. She led an online tour of the building, which tells the story of Savannah's Civil Rights movement. She explained how the museum's design takes visitors along a timeline that begins at the museum's entrance on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
 
Goode-Walker said the first thing people want to know is, "Who was Ralph Mark Gilbert and what did he do to get a museum named after himself?" Gilbert was a pastor, a radio show host, organizer of around 40 NACCP chapters around the state, and a mentor to W.W. Law. An archive of his sermons, WTOC-AM radio scripts, and other documents was established at the museum about a year ago.

News from the Sept. 15 Meeting

Membership Moment: Justin Hummel

Justin has moved back to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, a small university town. He had been running restaurant, but it has been closed since April. Now he's using the kitchen to produce four different kinds of pierogis that he and his wife sell at the farmers' market on weekends. Justin has been elected to the town council, serves on the library board, and is working on a plan to reopen the municipal pool.
 
 

 

Committee Reports 

 
Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase reminded everyone to work on their Loop it Up "Something from Nothing" videos. Metro will help with a Victory Drive clean-up effort in conjunction with the City of Savannah's Great Savannah Cleanup on Oct. 24. Details to come. Through the end of the year, members who are concerned about participating in in-person events may make a $25 donation in lieu of attending.
 
Service Committee Chair Emeritus William McIntosh reported that Girls on the Run has not seen registration sufficient to continue as our service partner this year. As a result, we will shift to Bike Walk Savannah as the sole service partner for the year. We will still need volunteers to help with the Girls on the Run golf tournament on Oct. 15.
 
Membership Chair Cari Phelps reported that Sarah Smith is nearing completion of the new member intake process. Ellen Harris was inducted into Metro during the meeting. 
 
Foundation Chair Patrick Phelps announced we have reached the 50 percent mark on foundation giving. He encouraged members to check their Paul Harris Fellow progress. 
 
Family of Rotary: If you would like to earn additional points, you can help Jasmine Mills send out birthday and anniversary cards.

Other Announcements 

Alfred McGuire is sponsoring a Rotaract program at Woodville-Tompkins High School. He is looking for volunteers to participate in 15-minute virtual interviews in which they will share tips for success and insights to help the leaders of tomorrow.
 
The Grizzly Misfits are the current Metro Mania leaders.
 

Guests

Katie Balthrop attended as a guest of Daniel Weiner. 
 
 

Commit to a committee! 

All Metro members are expected to serve on a committee. Contact the appropriate committee chair to volunteer:
 
Service: Jordan Chase
Rotary Foundation: Patrick Phelps
Membership: Cari Phelps
Communications: John Bennett
Family of Rotary: Jasmine Mills
Program: Daniel Weiner
 

Featured Speaker: Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg 

 
Dr. Van Den Wymelenberg is director of the University of Oregon's Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory in Eugene and Portland, Oregon. He discussed the critical role buildings play in supporting public health, as indicated by the first thing we did after the pandemic began: We vacated buildings.
 
His research centers on microbiomes within buildings. Pathogens are detected using surface swabs, passive air settling in collection vessels, and collecting samples using active air pumps. Samples are sent through RNA sequencing to determine virus presence and concentrations. 
 
He said safer and healthier buildings can be designed with a blend of old and new technology. For example, they could feature windows that can be opened to improve ventilation along with viral monitoring technology.

News from the Sept. 1 Meeting

Membership Moment: Jasmine Mills

Jasmine shared her work over the last working as a fitness trainer/nutrition coach, and she led the meeting through some healthy stretching exercises while doing it. She is also studio manager at Salacia Salts. Born in Macon, she moved to Savannah five years ago.
 
Jasmine and her wife Brandi are now in the process of becoming foster parents. She reminded the meeting attendees that these days when we may be spending long days sitting in front of our screens, it's important to get up and move! 
 
 

 

Committee Reports 

President Jessica Pedigo reminded members to complete the Munch Survey.
 
Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase announced that the September service project will be virtual. We'll work with Loop it Up on the organization's "Something from Nothing Challenge." Check your inbox for an email from Jordan with all the details.
 
At our next meeting, Prof. Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg will talk about how to manage office spaces during the pandemic. If you have ideas for future speakers, please contact Program Chair Daniel Weiner. 
 
Membership Chair Cari Phelps reported there are two members in the training program. 
 
Foundation Chair Patrick Phelps reminded members that a recurring foundation donation earns 10 Metro Mania points, a one time donation earns five. Wondering how to make a donation?  Watch this video
 
 

Metro Mania standings updated

 

The Piledriver Posse is now leading the Metro Mania standings. Power up your team's points by: 

And enter those September points!
 


Guests

Jeff Grant attended as a guest of Suzanne Kirk.
Armand Turner attended as a guest of Denise Grabowski.
 

Commit to a committee! 

All Metro members are expected to serve on a committee. Contact the appropriate committee chair to volunteer:
 
Service: Jordan Chase
Rotary Foundation: Patrick Phelps
Membership: Cari Phelps
Communications: John Bennett
Family of Rotary: Jasmine Mills
Program: Daniel Weiner
 

Featured Speaker: Beth Nelson of the Savannah Regional Film Commission 

 
Beth Nelson, executive director of the Savannah Regional Film Commission, was the speaker at the Sept. 1 meeting. Part of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, the commission works in three broad areas:
  • Marketing the Savannah region as a premier filmmaking destination
  • Recruiting, supporting, and retaining local film industry professionals
  • Assisting with productions
Productions are looking for the best bang for their buck and SEDA has offered a number of incentives including a $25,000 bonus for hiring local crew members. The economic impact of local television and film production has grown from $18.1 million in 2014 to $125.6 million in 2019. Nelson noted MovieMaker Magazine has named Savannah the "best place to live and work as a film producer" and she said two developments that could further boost film production in Savannah include a purpose-built sound stage and direct flights between Savannah and Los Angeles. 
 

News from the Aug. 18 Meeting

Membership Moment: H. Lee Perry

Lee Perry talked about his work as business manager for the Savannah State University Foundation, where he oversees all the private and public ventures — he's also an SSU alumnus. Lee shared details of his family's deep roots in Savannah and talked about his previous work at Morgan Stanley, BB&T, and Carver State Bank. He's served on the board of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and is a past president of the 100 Black Men of Savannah. He continues to give back to the community by mentoring young people. 
 
 

 

Classification Talk: Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith, director of digital content and marketing at WTOC-TV, shared how she works toward the goals of maintaining the station's digital dominance, discovering new audiences, and growing revenues. She explained the tools and tactics she uses in her work, including social media measurement. In addition to the field of broadcasting, she has also used her communications skills in the healthcare industry. She has lived in Savannah for 10 years.
 
 
 

 

Service Partner Presentations

 

Caila Brown, executive director of Bike Walk Savannah, gave an overview of the organization's work to improve safety and mobility in Savannah neighborhoods that might not have received the attention they deserved in the past. Leah Kessler, executive director of Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia and Low County, described how participation in GTR helps girls build confidence, and how she is adapting to the pandemic through virtual programming. Stay tuned to hear more about upcoming service projects.


Guests

Jeff Grant attended as a guest of Suzanne Kirk.
Donna Pfendler attended as a guest of Mike Nadeau.
Rachel Cretella attended as a guest of Laura Lee Bocade.

Recordings of Previous Infinite Possibilities Webinars Are Now Available

If you missed Dr. Sylvia Whitlock speaking about being the first female President in Rotary and how her club fought RI in court and went to the Supreme Court to allow females in Rotary, you can view it here.  
 

 

 

From the President
Metro Savannah may not look like your father's Rotary Club, but we're not all that different. We're 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. We're younger than the average club, and our meetings are twice monthly instead of every week. We fill in the free weeks with monthly service projects and socials. We throw larger events that have become legend.  
 
Want to join us? Visiting Rotarians are welcome to join any of our lunch meetings or events. Others should come as a guest of a friend, colleague or acquaintance who is already a member of Metro. If you're interested in becoming a member after that visit, reach out to your host and they'll explain the membership process to you. 
 
Thanks for checking out Metro.    
 
Cheers,
 
Jessica Pedigo
president@metrosavannahrotary.org
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Member Birthdays:
  • Emmy Burch
    October 4
  • Julie Wade
    October 11
  • William McIntosh
    October 11
  • Christopher DeLeon
    October 19
  • Denise Grabowski
    October 21
  • Clint Murphy
    October 23
  • Cari Phelps
    October 28
  • Reshma Johnson
    October 31
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Emily Burch
    October 4
Anniversaries:
  • Sara Holton
    David Holton
    October 21
  • Jessica Thomas
    David Thomas
    October 22
Join Date:
  • Alfred McGuire
    October 6, 2015
    5 years
  • Cindy Mullally
    October 6, 2015
    5 years
  • Denise McCoy
    October 6, 2015
    5 years
  • Emmy Burch
    October 6, 2015
    5 years
  • Anne Kuhlke-Lee
    October 18, 2016
    4 years
  • Katherine Joyner
    October 18, 2016
    4 years
  • Spencer Burch
    October 18, 2016
    4 years
  • Christopher DeLeon
    October 21, 2014
    6 years
  • Cody Tharpe
    October 21, 2014
    6 years
  • Joshua Yates
    October 21, 2014
    6 years
  • Darron Alvord
    October 22, 2013
    7 years