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
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
We introduce to you our three in the New Member Process:
LEVEL 1-5: George Seaborough (level 2), 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 2), 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: Sarah Smith (level 1), 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.
 
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.
 
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.
NEWEST METROTARIAN
Everyone welcome Mike Nadeau to the family!  He was inducted to the family at our last meeting.
 
METROS WHO MUNCH
Check out the latest munch dates!  Daniel Weiner, Julie Wade, and Denise McCoy hit up the Green Truck Pub and Bret Bell, Orlando Montoya, and Suzy Karpf dined at Flock to the Wok. Have you munched yet?
 
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PROJECT FINALE - JAN 25 & FEB 1!
Thanks to the following who volunteered their time to help with the last service projects for Habitat for Humanity:
Lee Acevedo, Cecilia Arango, Jamie Arkins, Ben Barksdale, Bret Bell, Emmy Burch, Spencer Burch, Sam Carroll, Jordan Chase, Chris Corey, Kristen Crawley, Patton Dugas, Denise Grabowski, Will Gruver, Ellen Harris, Katie Joyner, Anne Kuhlke-Lee, Denise McCoy, William McIntosh, Jessica Pedigo, Cari Phelps, Patrick Phelps, Jeanine Roach, Ben Singer, Whitney Shephard, Liza Smith, Jason Somers, Laura Sparks, Julie Wade, Daniel Weiner, Josh Yates
 
IF YOUR NAME ISN'T...
Leigh Acevedo, Darron Alvord, Kathleen Anderson, Cecilia Arango, Jamie Arkins, Ben Barksdale, Lee Beckmann, Ariana Berksteiner, Bret Bell, Kelley Boyd, Jeff Brady, Emily Burch, Spencer Burch, Sam Carroll, Danny Chase, Jordan Chase, Chris Corey, Kristen Crawley, Chris DeLeon, Patton Dugas, Denise Grabowski, Will Gruver, Suzy Karpf, Jasmine Mills, Sara Holton, Justin Hummel, Reshma Johnson, Suzanne Kirk, Anna Kuhlke-Lee, Robert McCorkle, Denise McCoy, Alfred McGuireWilliam McIntosh, Orlando Montoya, Clint MurphyJason Nielubowicz, Jessica Pedigo, Lee PerryCari Phelps, Patrick Phelps, Jeanine Roach, Ben Senger, Whitney Shephard, Florence Slatinsky, Liza Smith, Jason Somers, David Spisso, Grant Tallon, Jessica ThomasJulie Wade, Daniel Weiner, Brad Whitfield, Jenny Woodruff, Josh Yates THEN

 
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION - EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR
 
District Governor Mike Muldowney presented us with a flag for EREY for participation last year and we need to be at 100% again this year!  What does this mean? It means your deadline to contribute to the Foundation is FEBRUARY 29TH! What if we don't make EREY?
 
BRET SAYS, "NOT ON MY WATCH!"
 
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: https://metrosavannahrotary.org/ 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!
 
 
 
SAVE THE DATE!  March 8th at 3 PM at the Phelps Residence
More details coming soon!
Mackie and William McIntosh talked to the Club about fulfilling one of their lifelong dreams - to take off work for a year (June 2018 - June 2019) to travel across Europe. After two deaths of close family members, it really ignited the flame of the old adage that "life is too short" and William and Mackie decided that it was time to start working on making their travel dreams come true. It took a lot of budgeting (saving up to a 1/3 of their net income) and planning (they started the process in 2012).   Some of the things they shared included:
  • Homeschooling their 10-year old son, Liam.  Mackie focused on English, while William handled math.
  • Experiencing Tour de France was awesome!
  • Air B&Bs are the best. Know when to book and find good deals.
  • They traveled via train a lot and did camper vans
  • Poland was super cheap and any countries in the north were expensive
  • France is the only country that didn't speak English. Also - don't go to France in June.
  • They packed 28 suitcases
  • Their best meal was in Portugal
Bret Bell also shared with us his presentation on Top 10 Other Vacations Metrotarians Took Last Year:
10. Lee Beckmann fought off Somali pirates while enjoying discounted container ship travel.
 
9. Laura Lee Bocade entered a wheelie contest at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
 
8. Robert McCorkle rode bareback on a rhino during a return trip to the Serengeti.
 
7. Lee Perry helped organize a Fyre Festival
 
6. Jeff Brady went somewhere where he'd feel comfortable wearing Lycra.
 
5. Grant Tallon swam with tigers in the South China Sea
 
4. You know Cecilia and Emmy did a marathon somewhere.
 
3.  Danny Chase got burnt to a crisp in the Dominican Republic
 
2. Ariana Berksteiner went to Central American and started a revolution
 
1. Suzy and Judge Karpf went to a Cosplay Convention in Vegas
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to arango.c@tandh.com in order to be included in Repeats. 
 
  • DJ Spisso bragged about Savannah Spirit, the newest for-profit franchise to join the Women's Premier Soccer League.  The team will kick off its inaugural season in WPSL this coming May. They're currently looking for Game Day Ambassadors and sponsorships! Send DJ an email if you're interested.
  • Jenny Woodruff bragged about Savannah Music Festival's new SMF Local Partner initiative.  For $150, you'll receive a decal to display at your business identifying you as a partner in the community. Local Partners may offer discounts or specials at their discretion to SMF patrons. When posting to social media, use #SMFLocalPartner and SMF will share your offers with their social media community too. In addition, you'll be listed in the printed version of the official festival program and on the SMF website. Do it by Feb 28th!
  • Julie Wade came with checks ready to support our 2 Metrotarians running for local offices!  We know one is Denise Grabowski as she runs for Savannah-Chatham County School Board District 1 (taking over Julie's seat) and we're waiting for our other mystery Metrotarian to announce his/her running!  Julie urged everyone to donate financially to their campaigns for support as elections have become more contested and more expensive - so support your fellow Metrotarians!
  • Cindy Mullaly bragged on SCAD's upcoming event on Valentine's Day - Feb 14, 4 PM at Arnold Hall Theater - Savannah Women of Vision, commemorating women of peerless valor, altruism, and intellect. This year, the honorees include Clermont Huger Lee (one of the first women to lead a landscape architecture practice in Georgia and was the foremost expert in recreating historic landscapes in mid-20th century Savannah) and Suzanne Shank (a lauded veteran of the investment banking industry and chairwoman, CEO, and founding owner of Siebert Williams Shank & Co.).  Check out these women and details on the event here.
  • Cecilia Arango along with several of her peers in the A/E/C industry are starting a book club focusing on leadership called Literary Leaders.  The first book club discussion takes place on Thurs, April 2, 5 PM at Southbound Brewing.  Pick up a copy of Simon Sinek's Start With Why and join the discussion.
  • Chris DeLeon bragged on the Southeastern District Georgia Dental Association's Give Kids a Smile event happening across GA! Dentists provided free dental care for children on Fri, Feb 7th at Savannah Tech's Eckburg Auditorium. The volunteer initiative takes place each February in conjunction with Children's Dental Health Month and provides dental screenings, treatment, and education at no charge to underserved children in GA. 
  • Sarah Smith wants you to know about the 5th Annual Savannah Autism Conference as part of The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism that took place Feb 6-7.  
  • Arianna Berksteiner bragged on everyone who donated and attended Ms. Freda's retirement party.  Ms. Freda had been with Emmaus House for 20 years. Please welcome new executive chef, Ms. Brandy to Emmaus House!
  • Kelley Boyd is hiring! Savannah Yoga Center is hiring a General Manager position. This is an above industry paid full-time position. Please send all your amazing leads our way via the Indeed job posting! https://indeedhi.re/38w0Zjg
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,
Bret Bell
president@metrosavannahrotary.org
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Treasurer
Secretary
Service Chair
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Sergeant at Arms
Communications Chair
Director-At-Large
Director-At-Large
Director-At-Large
Immediate Past President
 
Member Birthdays:
  • Kathleen Anderson
    February 5
  • Patrick Phelps
    February 13
  • Florence Slatinsky
    February 24
  • Drew Hunt
    February 25
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Mackie McIntosh
    February 15
  • Amy Uhrich
    February 20
  • Drew Wade
    February 26
Join Date:
  • Drew Hunt
    February 4, 2014
    6 years
  • Jeanine Roach
    February 4, 2014
    6 years
  • Jasmine Mills
    February 19, 2019
    1 year