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
District Governor Mike Muldowney
Sep 17, 2019 11:45 AM
Stan Deaton
Oct 15, 2019 11:43 AM
Georgia History
Past Speakers
Mayor Jason Buelterman, Tybee
Jul 16, 2019 11:45 AM
Happy New Year Metro!
Jul 09, 2019 11:45 AM
Our Stories
At first glance, it does look like a snippet from the Fyre Festival, but these are shelter boxes designed for actual real disaster relief for people who need it the most. Frank Spears spoke to us about ShelterBox - a global disaster relief charity (4-star on Charity Navigator) that provides immediate emergency shelter and other lifesaving aid to survivors of a disaster or humanitarian crisis. 83 million people around the world have been displaced by some sort of force. It's estimated to rise in staggering numbers over the next 20 years due to political instability around the world, in addition to natural disasters. These ShelterBoxes contain the tools to transform lives and rebuild communities. Each ShelterBox aid is tailored to each disaster and typically includes tented shelter, blankets and groundsheets, solar lights, cooking utensils, water purification equipment, a tool kit, mosquito nets, and children's activity packs. The work of ShelterBox is made possible through ongoing contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations. 
We presented Frank our big check donation of $1,000 to ShelterBox!
And then took a selfie because pics or it didn't happen (ask them Fyre Fest suckers)!
SARA HOLTON!  Congratulations to Sara who stepped up as Sgt at Arms and Program Committee Chair mid year LIKE A BOSS! She helped coordinate our location search in 2018 and has managed caterers, speakers, and members.  In addition, she has handled all of our last minute texts, emails, and calls with such grace!  On behalf of Metro, we made a donation to Rotary Foundation in Sara's name.
DANIEL WEINER!  Congratulations Daniel on showing all of us what "Service Above Self" means! He served as Annual Service Partner Chair and has contributed more than 30 hours of service (and bringing along his amazing wife, Kristin, to help)! We'd also like to give shout-outs to Jamie Arkins, Josh Yates, and Jason Somers for their commitment to service!  On behalf of Metro, we made a donation to Rotary Foundation in Daniel's name.
This is the look of someone about to pass the gavel to the next Metro president! Here's a recap on how Metro (AKA Large Club of the Year) did this year with Whitney at the helm:
  • We gave!
    • $296 per person to TRF
    • 80% sustaining members
    • 1 new Bequest Society member
    • 1 new Benefactor
  • We worked!
    • 26 service projects and counting
    • 418 man hours of service and counting
  • We grew! (+1 member net)
  • We bragged!
    • Media stories
    • Newsletters, social media, and website
District Governor, Margaret Jacob thanks you for your service, your support, and friendship and signs off with our District accomplishments for the year:
  • Saving Lives Through Medicine
    • Opened its 5th clinic on June 13th in Augusta. Map International now supports 37 clinics due to Rotary's Inspiration
  • Global Grants supported by 6920 Foundation giving has provided
    • American farmers in Puerto Rico the opportunity to grow their own food
    • A well for genocide survivors in Uganda
    • Wash stations for girls in India
    • Safe haven for women in Nepal
    • Water in every house in Haiti
    • Women's health support in Guatemala
  • Feeding the Hungry throughout the District with the support of Back Pack Buddy, food banks, food drives, packing events, food baskets, and soup kitchens
  • Tiny Houses for homeless vets first section opened in Savannah and plans drawn for Brunswick
  • End Polio Now campaign has support
  • Effective July 1st, Rotary International will have online Grants Training available for all Rotarians
  • And support District Governor Elect, Mike, in his year with "Rotary Connects the World"
The first July meeting is July 9th (instead of July 2nd) due to the 4th of July holiday.  It's a new year with a new board and....TACOS! Feliz Ano Nuevo Metro!  Let's TACO about the different committees and how you can help! Also, Bret Bell sent everyone the Bylaws for new membership changes.  A vote is required for that so please take a look at it.  The budget for 19-20 will be also be sent out soon!
Come on out to Moon River for our upcoming social for casual conversation and drinks with other Area 1 clubs, including Skidaway, Sunrise, and Savannah clubs!  We'll have a presenter briefly discuss the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education in regards to working together for early literacy.  We'll be set up inside south of the bar.
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! Learn more about district service, Saving Lives with Medicine, the 10 Million Meal Challenge, and more!
Invoices have been sent.  Don't be that guy.  Pay your dues for the 2019-2020 year so we can pay Rotary International!
Sam Carroll received this sweet note from FFM Board Member, Laura Seifert.  If you can't read the photo, Laura says," Thank you for your support of the Forsyth Farmers' Market Farm Picnic! We couldn't hold this event without our many fantastic volunteers, and the Rotary Club comes through every year. We appreciate you organizing the team! This year was our best Picnic yet. We exceeded our fundraising goal by about $1,700 and raised $3,300 more than last year. Thanks again for your (and all of the Rotary volunteers) help!"
Service dates to look out for:
  • June 29 - Loop It Up's A-Town MiniFest - there'll be 3 PM and later shifts
  • July 11 - Emmaus House
Log into My Rotary and see how much you've given.  Hint:  It should be $100.
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
Member Birthdays:
  • Bea Saba
    July 9
  • Grant Tallon
    July 13
  • Michael McLeod
    July 18
  • Jessica Thomas
    July 22
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Kimberly McGuire
    July 2
  • Michael Arango
    July 9
  • Melinda Spisso
    July 27
  • Tony Uhrich
    Amy Uhrich
    July 23
Join Date:
  • Brad Whitfield
    July 10, 2012
    7 years
  • Jake Crawley
    July 10, 2012
    7 years
  • Jamie Arkins
    July 10, 2012
    7 years
  • Jeff Brady
    July 10, 2012
    7 years
  • Kristen Crawley
    July 10, 2012
    7 years
  • Chris Corey
    July 22, 2014
    5 years