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
Chrissy Edwards spoke about her role as director of Horizons Savannah, the local chapter of one of America's best summer learning programs. Each summer, the program welcomes about 150 low-income public elementary and middle school students to a 6-week enrichment program that prevents learning loss that occurs during the summer. The program provides a safe and nurturing environment, recreational and cultural activities, meals and snacks, caring professional teachers, and creative and challenging instructions to improve students' academic, social, and emotional skills.
Jenny Woodruff spoke about her role as education and community engagement director for the Savannah Music Festival. She is especially proud of a new education program that SMF recently launched called Jazz Academy. The first program served 30 students in the 5th grade. Jenny also talked about the larger Musical Explorers program which serves every student in kindergarten through 2nd grade in Chatham County. These programs bring national artists to local students, inspiring and educating them.
IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN - FEB 29TH!!  We are 82% of the way toward our goal for 100% for EREY!
Leigh Acevedo, Darron Alvord, Kathleen Anderson, Cecilia Arango, Jamie Arkins, Bret Bell, Kelley Boyd, Jeff Brady, Emily Burch, Spencer Burch, Sam Carroll, Danny Chase, Jordan Chase, Chris Corey, Kristen Crawley, 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, William McIntosh, Orlando Montoya, Clint Murphy, Jason Nielubowicz, Jessica Pedigo, Lee Perry, Cari Phelps, Patrick Phelps, Jeanine Roach, Ben Senger, Whitney Shephard, Florence Slatinsky, Liza Smith, Jason Somers, David Spisso,  Jessica Thomas, Julie Wade, Daniel Weiner, Jenny Woodruff, Josh Yates then go to and donate!
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!
CALLING ALL CHILI CHEFS!!  March 8th at 3 PM at the Phelps Residence
The chili cook-off portion of the Metro Roastary fundraiser is back again this year. We're looking for volunteers to make chili, If you're interested in volunteering or sponsoring, please contact Jessica Pedigo. This is a public event so please invite all your friends and professional contacts.  
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 (I'm sure you can still register if needed). 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 10% discount. Sign up at https//
If anyone is interested in reading regularly through Looping Literacy Together at Brock Elementary, please email
We're making a push for more club participation at the District Conference on Jekyll Island 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!
Thanks Lee Perry and Josh Yates for organizing this month's club social at a Savannah State basketball game!  
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.
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.
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:
  • 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