Club Infomation
Meetings are every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at the Savannah Civic Center. Please contact the Club to purchase your lunch at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Club Assembly
Mar 19, 2019 11:45 AM
Past Speakers
Club Assembly
Dec 18, 2018 11:45 AM
Katherine Sandoz
Dec 04, 2018
 
Meet our 2018/2019 Annual Service Partner
 
Each year, we have a process on selecting an annual service partner. This year, after counting all the votes, we are happy to announce that our 2018/2019 annual service partner is the Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK).  ORK's mission is to protect, preserve, and improve the water quality of the Ogeechee River Basin.
 
We'll be teaming up with ORK for the Stormwater Wise Windsor Forest project. The goals are to:
  • Connect and educate local residents in positive ways on land, water, and their neighbors, along with ORK, City, and Metro Rotary visibility
  • Provide tangible ways for homeowners and renters to build awareness about drainage systems and how toxins end up in the Ogeechee, directly impacting the Ogeechee Watershed.
The Project Overview:  Neighborhood-based flood mitigation strategies incorporating DIY stormwater workshops and local BIG demonstration projects.
 
The Timeline:  Now through June 2019
 
Our Stories
 
Meet the Political Rascals, a motley crew of a grassroots collective voice in the community, founded in 2019 who formed their very own state PAC in just 3 days. Six of the 11 Political Rascals were in attendance at our meeting, Clinton Edminster, Amanda Hollowell, Coco Papy, Michelle Solomon (not pictured), Molly Lieberman, and Tre Singleton. They spoke passionately about why they formed a PAC and their mission to teach young people how to be engaged and understand politics.  What first started as just a group of like-minded friends transitioned into this group of "rascals." They realized that money was needed to impact real change and created a PAC out of spite and love for the community. Their PAC was formed as a legal mechanism to make political contributions specifically for certain goals and candidates; however, their focus is on the policies versus the candidates. As a state PAC, they support legislation in Georgia and all 11 Political Rascals have to be in agreement for any type of support to be given. Their goal is to make progressive change with providing a whole new excitement around civics and politics with new age mechanisms and technology for communication. In 2019, the Political Rascals' goal is to make politics accessible to the common people so that all have a voice, with voter engagement as a high priority on their list.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to arango.c@thomasandhutton.com in order to be included in Repeats. 
 
  • It was our first meeting at the Knights of Columbus. DJ Spisso asked if we could open the bar. 
  • Cecilia Arango wished everyone a Happy Lunar New Year and donated some dolla bills she stole from her kids' lucky red envelopes.  Orlando Montoya taught us how to say "Happy New Year" in Vietnamese.
  • Jamie Arkins Smith gave a shout-out to those who were able to attend The Grey's fundraiser for the staff of The Green Truck since it was temporarily closed due to a kitchen fire.  **Happy to announce that it's officially open as of Feb. 14th!  Happy Valentine's Day!
  • Jenny Woodruff was excited to talk about the upcoming Savannah Music Festival starting March 28 - April 13. Tickets are available online now!  In addition, on March 9th, explore music and art with family and friends at this FREE event - Musical Explorers Family Jam - presented in partnership with last year's annual service partner, Loop It Up Savannah, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers - Savannah.  The concert starts at 11 AM and 1:30 PM.
  • Lee Perry announced that he hates the Patriots.  Go 49ers!
  • Julie Wade thanked Josh and Whitney Shephard Yates for helping non-profits while cleaning out their kitchen at The Green Truck.  
  • Whitney Shephard wants to thank Savannah for all the love and support!  
  • Bea Saba wants you to know that Live Oak Public Libraries is presenting Amazing Stories by Award-Winning Authors on Sat, Feb. 16th!  Jessica Kensky & Patrick Downes, survivors of the Boston Marathon, will be at Southwest Chatham Library at 2:00  PM and will present an engaging program about overcoming adversity.  Kwame Alexander & Randy Preston will be at the Bull Street Library at 2:30 PM and will present moving stories and beautiful photography from Ghana. These events are for all ages and are free and open to the public. 
 
As part of the Windsor Forest Stormwater-Wise Project, and in collaboration with Ogeechee Riverkeeper and UGA Marine Extension, a total of 20 volunteers from both the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club and residents of Windsor Forest neighborhood tiled 125 storm drains on Saturday, January 12, 2019. These tiles educate the public that these drains lead directly to our waterways (streams, marsh, river, ocean, etc.) and do not go to a wastewater treatment plant. Many uninformed people illegally dump paint, oil, and many other pollutants into storm drains. Storm tiles have been shown to reduce these practices, protecting our waterways.
 
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.   
 
Cheers,
Whitney Shephard
president@metrosavannahrotary.org
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Treasurer
Secretary
Sergeant at Arms
Service Chair
Service Chair
Communications Chair
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
Immediate Past President
Past Treasurer
 
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
    5 years
  • Jeanine Roach
    February 4, 2014
    5 years