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Metro Inducts 2020/21 Board

The Metro Savannah Rotary Club recently inducted its new slate of leadership for the 2020/2021 year at the July 14 club meeting and is proud to announce its new Club President, Jessica Pedigo.  

The 2020/2021 board includes President – Jessica Pedigo (SterlingSeacrest Partners), President Elect – Cecilia Arango (Thomas & Hutton), Treasurer – Cody Tharpe (Tharpe Engineering), Secretary – Will Gruver (Jan-Pro of SC/GA Coast), Sergeant at Arms – Daniel Weiner (Handyman Service Experts), Service Chair – Jordan Chase, Communication Chair – John Bennett (Georgia Bikes), Membership Chair – Cari Phelps (Clark Creative Communications), and Foundation Chair – Patrick Phelps (Hansen Architects, P.C.) Family of Rotary Chair – Jasmine Mills (Salacia Salts) and Immediate Past President –Bret Bell (City of Savannah).
Pictured above are the 2020-2021 board members photographed from a safe distance. 

We have a knack for P.A.C.K.

For our July service project, we helped pack at  P.A.C.K. Savannah, which helps multiple organizations in Savannah pack supplies and food, and currently distributes around 10,000 bags of food to local children each month.
On July 28, Metro Rotarians “packed” the warehouse to help put together meal kits and back to school packs for our community’s schools and neighbors. What an amazing organization we’re proud to support. See all the school supplies? A big pat on the back to our members who helped make back to school easier for the kids.

Let's get ready to rumble, Metro Maniacs!

New board, new shenanigans! Introducing 2020’s METRO MANIA!  With Covid and our lack of in-person meetings, our focus on engagement is important more than ever. METRO MANIA’s goal is to keep us engaged, while having fun (wrestler-style), by collecting points through the Rotary year.
Each of you have been assigned to a team - The Grisly Misfits, The Doomsday Devils, The Piledriver Posse, and The Mighty Mighty Bruised Bones with color-coordinated bandanas. At each meeting, we'll bounce the Reigning Champ (the team that’s has the most points). Come up with a your alter ego wrestling name, a team catchphrase, and don your best festive costume and let’s see which team collects the most points at the end of the year. 
Montell Jordan wrote a hit song in the 90s, wanna hear it?  Hear it go!
"Honeys in the street say, "Metro, yo we made it!
You gotta get your groove on, before you go get paid
So tip up your cup and throw your hands up
And let me hear you all say EREY"
As a Club, we pledged 100% club participation to have Every Rotarian Every Year - meaning each Rotarian contributes at least $100. Thank you all for making it happen and a big shout out to Patrick Phelps for herding all the cats!
William McIntosh is looking for volunteers to help serve on the ASP Committee.  Contact William at
CALLING ALL READERS!!  March 25th at 9 AM at Brock Elementary School
We're participating in the Rotary Read-In on March 25th at Brock Elementary School.  Registration deadline was Feb 25th (however, registration is still open). When you sign up, you are volunteering to read a book to students and then donating that book to the school. This is a rewarding and easy way to volunteer. E Shaver Bookseller has suggested titles once you find out what grade level you'll be reading to and will be offering a 20% discount. Sign up at https// and also register with Metro.  See Sam Caroll's email for more information.
If anyone is interested in reading regularly through Looping Literacy Together at Brock Elementary, please email
Join the party as we head on down to Jekyll Island for the District Conference on April 24-26. In recognition of the 2020 RI Convention being held in Honolulu, the district conference will be Polynesian-themed, featuring Polynesian menus and entertainment.  It'll be fun to go as a group and all events are casual.  Contact Bret Bell for more information!
Orlando Montoya is offering Metrotarians a 2-hour tour of historic downtown Savannah on Tues, March 31st.  If you're interested, please email Orlando at for more details!
We're going to have a kick-ass birthday celebrating US!  Metro turns 9! We'll have some exciting announcements (HINT! HINT!) to prepare for the inaugural "summer games".  Come join in the celebration!
Thanks to the incredible planning team, including Jordan Chase, Jessica Pedigo, Liza Smith, and Kristen Crawley on organizing such an incredible event!  We couldn't have asked for a better Sunday.  The oysters were delicious and the music with Jason Salzer was perfect!  A big shout-out to hosts, Patrick and Cari Phelps for hosting us in your backyard.  In addition, congratulations to Liza Smith and Julie Wade as our winners in the Chili Cook-Off! 
Dare Dukes spoke about his role as director of Deep Center, a non-profit that empowers Savannah’s young people to thrive as learners, community leaders, and agents of change. Through creative writing, cultural production, and art, Deep creates platforms for the city’s youth and the village of support around them, including their families and adult allies, to share stories, engage in debates, and make Savannah a more just and equitable place.  More than just an after-school program, Deep works not just with youth but the village and systems surrounding young people. The aim is to lift up Savannah’s youth and families by directly supporting them while working to change the institutions and systems harming them.
Erika Morrow spoke about her role as an optometrist with her eye care boutique located in downtown Savannah - ForSight Eye Care.  Her boutique playfully borrows from Forsyth Park. She was introduced to Metro Rotary through a fellow Metrotarian and builder, Josh Brooks. She is the only one in her large immediate family who attended college and she's a huge dog person. As an eye doctor, she's like your primary care physician for eyes and doesn't do surgery. Erika gives back to the community in many ways - one of them being a participant in the InfantSEE program which offers no-cost eye assessments for infants 6-12 months. 
Join us for our 9th Annual Metro Roastary Oyster Roast on Sunday,  March 8th from 3:00 - 6:00 PM.  Metrotarians Cari and Patrick Phelps will be graciously hosting the oyster roast at their residence at 308 E. Hall Street. Tickets are $40 advance/$45 at the door.  It'll be a casual afternoon of all-you-can-eat oysters, cold beer and wine, and live music!  Come out and enjoy a beautiful late afternoon of oysters and vote for your favorite chili. There will be an amazing Savannah raffle basket up for grabs as well.  
Proceeds will benefit local non-profit partners, in addition to Rotary International causes, such as Polio Plus.  
If you're interested in sponsoring, contact Jessica Pedigo at  or 912-544-1903. Sponsorship opportunities include:
  • Title Sponsor ($1,000) limited to one • (8) Event Tickets • 2 minute speaking opportunity at event • Large Color logo and company name in title on invitation • Signage at the event (banner or signage to be provided by sponsor) • Sponsor announced and thanked at event
  • Pearl Sponsor ($750) • (6) Event Tickets • Medium Color logo on invitations • Signage at event (banner or signage to be provided by company) • Sponsor announced and thanked at event
  • Oyster Sponsor ($500) • (4) Event Tickets • Small Color logo on invitations • Signage at event (banner or signage to be provided by company) • Logo displayed on a food or beverage vendor site • Sponsor announced and thanked at event
  • Shucker Sponsor ($250) • (2) Event Tickets • Name listed on invitations • Sponsor announced and thanked at event Salt Water Sponsor (in-kind donation for raffle) • Information on item(s) donated displayed at event • Donor name announced and thanked for donation at event.
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.    
Jessica Pedigo
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Club Service
Rotary Foundation
Public Relations
Family of Rotary
Immediate Past President
Member Birthdays:
  • Lee Beckmann
    August 24
  • Ben Barksdale
    August 30
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Brandi Mills
    August 28
  • Emmy Burch
    Spencer Burch
    August 2
  • Spencer Burch
    Emily Burch
    August 2
Join Date:
  • Ben Barksdale
    August 21, 2012
    8 years
  • Denise Grabowski
    August 21, 2012
    8 years
  • Jessica Thomas
    August 21, 2012
    8 years
  • Reshma Johnson
    August 23, 2019
    1 year