Club Infomation
Meetings are every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at the Jewish Educational Alliance. Please contact the Club to purchase your lunch at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Speakers
Frank Spears
Jun 18, 2019
Dr. Stephen D. Dolinger, President GPEE
Jun 25, 2019 5:30 PM
Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
Happy New Year Metro!
Jul 09, 2019 11:45 AM
Past Speakers
Rabbi Robert Haas, Congregation Mickve Israel
Jun 04, 2019 11:45 AM
Savannah's Jewish Heritage
Our Stories
The votes have been tallied and we'd like to announce our 2019-2020 Annual Service Partner - Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity (CEHFH)!  It came down to CEHFH and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Thank you all who voted.  
Since 1983, CEHFH has brought low-income working households together with donors and volunteers to build 145 affordable homeownership units in Chatham County. CEHFH also operates a robust homebuyer education and counseling program to equip Habitat homeowners with financial, leadership, and maintenance skills. We look forward to fundraising and providing service to Habitat!  Our Habitat for Humanity Consolidation Project will involve working on the new training and office space, as CEFHF consolidates its programs under one roof at its ReStore (701 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in downtown Savannah).  With Metro's volunteers, we'll help reduce the labor costs associated with constructing the new space. We'll also help with minor exterior repairs and landscaping work at their current office in preparation of its sale.
Our $10,000 will be used to cover the costs of purchasing the building materials and supplies which are needed for repairs at the current office and build out of the new offices and training area.  Construction is proposed to start in July 2019.
Come on out to Moon River for our upcoming social for casual conversation and drinks with other Area 1 clubs!  We'll have a presenter briefly discuss the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education in regards to working together for early literacy.
Only 2 meetings left and homegirl ain't playing.  Whitney dropped a pop quiz on us to see if we could identify the 6 areas of focus!  She's worked hard this rotary year in educating us Metrotarians on the different areas and how we've played a part in each focus.  Good news!  We just finished the paperwork and we'll be officially doing the Happy Schools project in India again for 2019-2020!
Coolio once said, "How we gon' git there?  We ain't go no car!" Fret not, Whitney will take you on this fantastic voyage to Dublin, GA.  Just let a sista know.  Shout-outs to Will Gruver and Bret Bell who are planning on attending!
Invoices have been sent.  Don't be that guy.  Pay your dues for the 2019-2020 year! 
Did you hear the one about the Rabbi?  You know - the one about the native of McAllen, TX who disappointed his Jewish parents and didn't become a doctor or a lawyer, but chose instead to become an elementary school teacher?  Yep, we're talking about Rabbi Robert Haas, the current 14th spiritual leader of Congregation Mickve Israel.  
If you missed our last meeting, you missed a great history lesson (and comedy show - Rabbi Haas also does stand-up and was delivering one-liners throughout all of lunch) on quite the impressive Jewish history in Savannah since July 11,1733.  41 Jews intentionally arrived in Savannah and brought with them one of the first Torah scrolls written in the mid-1400s.  Georgia was the only 1 of the 13 colonies to give Jews full rights, which consisted of a plot of land to farm, a house downtown, and arms -  which was unheard of.  They were well received because one of the Jews was a doctor who helped treat yellow fever at the time.  Rabbi Haas also mentioned that Savannah is unique in that we have 4,500 Jews living here and there are 2 families - the Sheftalls and the Minas - that date back their origins to 1733.
Rabbi Haas is currently the 14th spiritual leader of Congregation Mickve Israel and talked to us about the 3 different congregations in town - reformed, conservative, and traditional orthodox.   
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to in order to be included in Repeats. 
  • Ann Kuhlke Lee is looking for a reasonably priced office space, ideally in mid-town or downtown to start a private practice.  Hit her up with any suggestions/leads you may have!
  • Danny Chase bragged on the Tybee Tri team - Jordan Chase, Kristen Crawley, and Kathleen Anderson!
  • Patton Dugas bragged on closing a deal thanks to Danny Chase!
  • Kristen Crawley wants you to know about an upcoming World Trade Center's Quarterly Exporter Roundtable: Exporting Basics, 5 Things Every Exporter Should Know on Tues, June 25th. 
  • Reshma Shah Johnson bragged about hosting 2 Savannah Bananas for the summer!  Keep a look out for #34 and #21!
From the President
We like to say over here at Metro Savannah that we're not your grandfather's Rotary Club, but that's not a knock on your grandfather or any other club. 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.
Most Metro Rotarians -- though certainly not all of us -- are under the age of 50. We have the standard lunch meetings, but we also participate in monthly volunteer service projects and socials, throw club events that have become legendary, and host speakers who can shed light on our world and challenge our way of thinking.
Interested in joining us? We love to host visiting Rotarians and their guests! Rotarians, please check out our calendar to see when you can join us. Non-Rotarians must be invited by a friend or colleague who is already a member of Metro Savannah Rotary.
Thanks for checking out Metro.   
Whitney Shephard
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Sergeant at Arms
Service Chair
Service Chair
Communications Chair
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
Immediate Past President
Past Treasurer
Member Birthdays:
  • Danny Chase
    June 3
  • Ben Senger
    June 11
  • Jason Somers
    June 17
  • Anne Kuhlke-Lee
    June 18
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Dani Beckmann
    June 27
  • Kacey Ray
    Billy Ray
    June 10
  • Ariana Berksteiner
    Dan Berksteiner IV
    June 22
  • Kelley Waldron
    Matt Waldron
    June 22
Join Date:
  • Ben Senger
    June 7, 2016
    3 years
  • Suzanne Karpf
    June 7, 2016
    3 years