Club Infomation
Lunch meetings are every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at the JEA, 5111 Abercorn St. Please contact the Club to purchase your lunch at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.
Upcoming Events
Past Speakers
Stan Deaton
Oct 15, 2019 11:43 AM
Georgia History
District Governor Mike Muldowney
Sep 17, 2019 11:45 AM
Our Stories
Pat Monahan is the current City Manager and is counting down the days (less than 80ish days) before retires to his hammock in his cabin in North Carolina - and he's serious this time. After turning down the offer over and over, Pat decided to step out of retirement and assist the city (Georgia's 2nd largest municipal organization) as interim City Manager in July 2019, during a transition period when former City Manager, Rob Hernandez, took a job down in Florida.  Pat had already served 29 years as the Assistant County Manager and retired in 2012, before he started his own consulting business, Governomics. One of his iconic projects includes the Savannah International Trade Center.
In the first 2 weeks as City Manager, Pat performed a SWOT analysis, which helped identify the focus areas/targets he delved deep into during his 10 months, including:
  • Adopted Budget - millage rate
  • SPLOST passage
  • Arena groundbreaking
  • Vacancies filled
  • 5-Year Capital Improvements Plan development
  • Federal Highway money for DeRenne project
  • New Public Works Complex
  • Municipal Complex to house all City services
  • Homelessness initiatives
  • Choice Neighborhood Grant
Pat says he's definitely retiring.  However, Bret pulled together TOP 10 WAYS TO GET PAT MONAHAN TO STAY ON AS CITY MANAGER and this list goes like this:
10.  Mike Nadeau agrees to throw in lifetime supply of high-end minimalist running shoes.
9.    Set aside time every City Council Meeting for Pat's "This Week in Obscure Savannah History" lecture.
8.    Henry's Restaurant agrees to make All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Wednesdays a daily thing.
7.    Repaint the majestic City Hall Gold Dome a hideous Florida Gator orange.
6.   Move the Waving Girl to Talahi Island as a nice treat for Pat when he commutes home every evening.
5.   Robert McCorkle agrees to submit no more rezoning requests.
4.   Convert City Manager's Office into woodworking shop. Change City Manager duties to that of City Carpenter.
3.   Allow Pat to work remotely from hammock on porch of North Carolina cabin.
2.   Flat out bribe him with the title of 2020 St.  Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal.
1.  New City Council agrees to act sanely, use good judgement, and conduct efficient meetings.
Orlando Montoya (Connect Savannah) wrote an edgy piece regarding the merging of Armstrong into Georgia Southern University. Read all about it here!
Jenny Woodruff' (US News & World Report) was featured for the Savannah Music Festival's Georgia Jazz Academy. Read all about here!
Emmy Burch did a fine job singing at the City Council's inauguration!
Tharpe Engineering (Cody Tharpe), Hansen Architects, and Thomas & Hutton (Cecilia Arango) were featured in the Savannah Magazine's feature article on the Cove at Dundee (Tiny House Project).
We celebrated a kick-ass 2019! Kudos to Whitney Shephard Yates on organizing our fun Holiday Social on Dec. 18th at Savoy Society We had a blast!
A big shout-out to Liza Smith for playing Metro's Munch-Maker! Thanks everyone for signing up for a Munch-date with your Metro fam!  We took a quick break with all the December madness, but keep a look-out for your next Munch Date. Also, it's never too late if you still want to munch, please email Liza Smith and she'll hook you up (heeeheeeeheeeheee). 
Here's the gist:
  1. Put your name on the list (email Liza)
  2. Munchmaker Liza will match you up with two or three others
  3. Your crew will have one month to make Munch happen
  4. Post a pic on FB and tag Metropolitan Savannah Rotary because #PicsOrItDidntHappen
  5. Get an attendance credit
Mark your calendar for 2 exciting events that we'll need all hands on deck for:
  • Jan 25, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM (2 shifts with shift change starting at 11:30) - The Big Move and presentation of the Big Check! Please make an effort to be at the ReStore at 11:30 during the shift change. This is when we'll present our big check to Habitat for $10,000.  Our District Governor will be in atteendance as well.
  • Feb 1, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM (2 shifts with shift change starting at 11:30) - Final clean, staging, and touch-up of the old office on 70th Street
We'll see you on Jan 28 at 5:30 PM at Savannah's only Duckpin bowling bar.  If you want to get there earlier and jump on some Happy Hour bowling, it starts at 4 and ends at 6 PM for $3 per person. Did you guys know there's a Beggars Banquet on the menu?  For $20, you get a beer, a slushie, pack of cigs, and 2 games for $20?!  I know where my next munch date is!
Leigh Acevedo, Darron Alvord, Cecilia Arango, Jamie Arkins, Bret Bell, Kelley Boyd, Jeff Brady, Sam Carroll, Danny Chase, Jordan Chase, Chris Corey, Kristen Crawley, Patton Dugas, Denise Grabowski, Will Gruver, Jasmine Mills, Sara Holton, Justin Hummel - homeboy doesn't even live hereReshma Johnson, Suzanne Kirk, Anna Kuhlke-Lee, Denise McCoy, William McIntosh, Orlando Montoya, Jason Nielubowicz, Cari Phelps, Patrick Phelps, Jeanine Roach, Ben Singer, Whitney Shephard, Florence Slatinsky, Liza Smith, Jason Somers, Julie Wade, Daniel Weiner, Josh Yates THEN

We're currently at 52% and we need to be at 100%!  What does this mean? It means your deadline to contribute to the Foundation is FEBRUARY 29TH! What if we don't make EREY?
As a Club, we've pledged 100% club participation to have Every Rotarian Every Year make a contribution of at least $100. The good news is that the Club has already gifted $50 to your contribution. Please see below on how to complete your part:
Go here: and select "Foundation" in the blue menu bar:
Select your cause in which you'd like to support.
Donate a minimum of $50 in order to qualify for your every Rotarian every year contribution "EREY".   Consider selecting a recurring donation for automatic annual contributions.
Please do not forget to SIGN IN, if you've forgotten your password, create a new one. If you have not signed up to the website, do so. Recognition will only occur if you sign in.
If you'd prefer to pay by check.  Complete the form in the link below and mail your contribution to the address at the bottom of the form or bring a check (payable to Rotary Foundation) or bring cash to the next meeting!
We introduce to you our three in the New Member Process:
LEVEL 1-5: George Seaborough (level 1), sponsored by Ariana Berksteiner and Whitney Shephards with Cynthia Mullally as Membership Liaison, is the Coordinator/Executive Director for Chatham Savannah Citizen Advocacy.  He's a Savannah native and is married to Youth Minister, Tyneise Seaborough. They have a 4-year-old daughter named Sabera. He graduated from Savannah High and holds a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in Education and a Master’s of Public Administration from Savannah State University. A member of Branded Hearts International Church and President of Twickenham Neighborhood Association, George has served in leadership roles as a Union Organizer for SEIU, Field Director for Young Democrats of Georgia, Interim Director of SSU Community Future Corporation, Loan Associate for United Way, and Freshman Experience Professor at Savannah State University.  In his spare time, he has led high school students on several college road trips to South Carolina and throughout Georgia, served as a volunteer adviser to help students prepare for the Harvard Model United Nations competition, and educated students on the political process of campaigns.
LEVEL 1-5: Erika Morrow, M.S., O.D. (level 1), sponsored by Bret Bell and Cindy Mullally with Denise McCoy as Membership Liaison, is a Colorado native, one of eight children, and has 17 nieces/nephews. She is happily married to her husband, Brian, since 2009, and they have two dogs. They relocated to Savannah in 2017 for  her husband's career at Gulfstream. They enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, and  frequenting the local establishments of Savannah. Erika attended the University of Colorado at Denver and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2012. She went on to pursue her Doctorate of Optometry and Masters of Vision Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she graduated with honors in 2016. After falling in love with the Savannah area, Erika opened her own eye care practice in the historic district, ForSight Unique Eye Care & Eye Wear. She provides full service eye care services and has a wonderfully unique optical. She is the president for the First District Georgia Optometric Association and a member of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Chamber.
LEVEL 1-5: Mike Nadeau (level 5), sponsored by Cecilia Arango and Suzanne Kirk with Cari Phelps as Membership Liaison, is the Owner/Operator of Fleet Feet Savannah (and Pooler coming soon!). He's a passionate individual who never really backs down from tackling a new challenge in life.He's had the awesome opportunity to serve our country in the United States Air Force working as a Signal Intelligence Analyst, U1N471. While in the Air Force, he traveled to Japan, South Korea, and all over the Middle East. Personally, he's traveled all over Europe and Central America. One of his greatest experiences in life was driving in an old Jeep from CA to FL with his dad when he separated from the Air Force. Mike's a passionate runner and has completed an Ironman, 140.6 miles (swim 2.4, bike 112 and run a marathon), as well as completed an ultra-marathon covering 100K, 62miles. He enjoy music and plays very little guitar although he does enjoy it. He has an amazing wife who puts up with most of it, and a daughter who attends Catawba College on a soccer scholarship.  She’s majoring in biology in preparation for vet school. Mike's bucket list includes wanting to hike the AT, fly a helicopter, and travel the Pacific Northwest. 
As a part of the New Member process,guests with interest in joining Metro are asked to submit a bio so we can share with the club. This is our time to learn more about our future members! If you have any questions about the prospective member's status, please reach out to Membership Chair, Cari Clark Phelps. We want to ensure our process IS FAIR TO ALL CONCERNED. Happy reading!
Laura Sparks, sponsored by Jordan Chase, has lived in Savannah since 2002. She grew up in New Orleans and finished high school in Atlanta.  She attended the College of Charleston and finished with a degree in psychology in Minneapolis. After traveling and working abroad, Laura moved to Savannah to live near her sister.  She started her career in Real Estate before joining Ashley's Business Solutions in 2009.  Laura took a short break to raise her 2 daughters, while working part time with St. John's Episcopal Church, and as a certified health coach.  She has been an active volunteer at her church helping with their annual church conference, assisting with the silent auctions, Sunday school, and co-chairing their bazaar.  Laura now is back working with Ashley's in sales, helping businesses with work-flow management with copiers and software.
Sarah Smith, sponsored by Jamie Smith Arkins, is the Director of Digital Content and Marketing at WTOC. She started her career in television and has worked in numerous fields, including the arts, retail, and healthcare, but the magnetic pull of the universe clearly wants her in media. Sarah has proudly served on the Board of The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism for six years and is a previous Chairman.  She is also involved in her daughters' school, where she is the Communications Chairman for the PTA and President of the School Council.  She loves attending Christ Church Episcopal and helps with the children's chapel team.  Mostly though, Sarah loves being with her husband, Solomon, and daughters, Abigail (10) and Nora (8).  If she had endless time and money, Sarah would spend her days traveling the globe, drinking, eating, taking pictures, and experiencing new cultures. She has a degree in English and Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University, a Master's Degree in Art History from the University of Georgia, and a Certificate of Language and Culture from the Catholic University in Angers, France.  Sarah is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Savannah.
Karen Terry, sponsored by Jordan Chase, grew up in the one red light town of Estill, SC and graduated from high school in a class of 14 people. She spent many high school days aimlessly riding around the country with her friends wondering what people do in places with restaurants and entertainment. After being a very indecisive undergraduate, Karen moved to Savannah in 2012 where she earned a Master’s of Public Health from Armstrong State College. She began her career as a Fellow at the National Cancer Institute where she worked to disseminate research-based interventions from the national to the community level. Karen is the Director of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health University Medical Center and is the 2019 Corporate Walk Chair for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Savannah. In her spare time, Karen enjoys visiting her family in that one red light town and pretty much anything she can do outside with her cocker spaniel, Cooper.
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.    
Bret Bell
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Service Chair
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Sergeant at Arms
Communications Chair
Immediate Past President
Member Birthdays:
  • Amelia Harper
    January 1
  • Jeff Brady
    January 7
  • Denise McCoy
    January 8
  • Kacey Ray
    January 18
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Nicki Tharpe
    January 1
  • D.J. Spisso
    Melinda Spisso
    January 12
Join Date:
  • Kacey Ray
    January 6, 2015
    5 years
  • Bret Bell
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Cari Phelps
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Clint Murphy
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Danny Chase
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Jason Nielubowicz
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Jason Somers
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Jessica Pedigo
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Jordan Chase
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Julie Wade
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Kathleen Anderson
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Liza Smith
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Orlando Montoya
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Patrick Phelps
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Robert McCorkle
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Sam Carroll
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Suzanne Kirk
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • William McIntosh
    January 10, 2012
    8 years
  • Daniel Weiner
    January 16, 2018
    2 years
  • Sara Holton
    January 16, 2018
    2 years
  • Will Gruver
    January 16, 2018
    2 years
  • Florence Slatinsky
    January 21, 2014
    6 years