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
Upcoming Speakers
Stan Deaton
Apr 16, 2019 11:45 AM
Historial Society
Rabbi Robert Haas, Congregation Mickve Israel
Jun 04, 2019 11:45 AM
Savannah's Jewish Heritage
Dr. Stephen D. Dolinger, President GPEE
Jun 25, 2019 5:30 PM
Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
Past Speakers
Laura Walker, City of Savannah
Mar 19, 2019 11:45 AM
Our Stories
A big warm welcome to the following guests who attended our last meetings:
  • Mike Nadeau, Owner/Manager of Fleet Feet Savannah - guest of Cecilia Arango
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to in order to be included in Repeats. 
  • Cecilia Arango bragged about trapping her man (husband) for 20 years! Happy anniversary!
  • Jamie Smith Arkins announced that it's Katie Joyner's birthday! Happy birthday!
  • Suzanne Kirk invites you to join her Komen Race for the Cure team, Kirk Krusaders!  Sign up here! Also, ladies (and dudes) come to the Pink Party upstairs at 40 Volume Salon on April 2nd for hair extensions and other services, pop-up shopping, and raffles!  Join the party here!  Save the date for April 11th for Hahas for Tatas, a comedy fundraiser starring "everyday comedians", including 2 of our own Metrotarians, Cecilia Arango and Bret Bell. Limited seating.  Laugh with us here!
  • Jessica Pedigo announced that she and Cari Phelps are helping Amelia Harper chair the Might 8th Gala on May 11th.  Amelia's father asked her to chair the gala before he passed away.  He was very involved in the museum and was serving as chairman of the board when he passed. The Gala will be an open bar and seated dinner, with a silent and live auction - including raffle tickets for $50 for a trip to Napa! This year's theme is the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the event will also include a special tribute to Amelia's father. Get your tickets here!
  • Kelley Boyd announced that Savannah Yoga Center is expanding the first floor of its current building and will be expanding current classes to include Healthy Aging Yoga classes, qigong, and a retail store called Ordinary Magic - all slated to open May 2019!
  • Jessica Thomas bragged on Will Gruver's LLS Man of the Year All-Star campaign and announced the fundraiser Oyster Roast for a Cure on Sat, April 27 from 5-9 PM at the Dutch Island Pool.  $40 per person and you can pay cash, check, or Venmo to @Will-Gruver. There'll be oysters, BBQ, beer and wine, as well as live music by Patrick Connell.
  • Leigh Acevedo bragged on the Rotary Read-In and gave kudos to all the Rotarians who participated in reading to our elementary schools!
  • Jenny Woodruff bragged on the volunteers (Jamie Arkins, Sam Carroll, Chris Corey, and Jake Crawley) for volunteering at the Musical Explorers Fam Jam session!  Get excited because the Savannah Music Festival is here!
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to in order to be included in Repeats. 
  • Leigh Acevedo's find is the Ocar-winning documentary on the Pad Project in India.  The film is called "Period. End of Sentence" and it's on Netflix.  Highly recommend!  "A period should end a sentence, not a girl's education."
  • Cari Clark Phelps has a shout-out for her "banker on my back", Patton Dugas.  Patton and Robert McCorkle's team helped Cari secure and close a loan on her office building.
  • Jamie Smith Arkins gave a shout-out to Will Gruver as one of LLS' All Stars.  Will originally ran locally in Savannah in 2014. With his 5-year campaign anniversary, Will decided to run NATIONALLY as an All-Star Candidate.  He's running against alumni from across the country.  His theme is music related - "Getting the Band Back Together".  The campaign is 10 weeks from Feb. 21 - May 3rd.  Check it out at 
  • Lee Perry gave a shout-out to Whitney and Josh for throwing a fun Metro Midway!  He's now working on his own man-cave.
  • Ariana Berksteiner wants everyone to know that she WON the chili cook-off!
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
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
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Sergeant at Arms
Service Chair
Service Chair
Communications Chair
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
Immediate Past President
Past Treasurer
Member Birthdays:
  • Sara Holton
    March 5
  • Kelley Boyd
    March 11
  • Bret Bell
    March 18
  • Katherine Joyner
    March 19
  • Justin Hummel
    March 24
  • Orlando Montoya
    March 25
  • Patton Dugas
    March 28
  • Sam Carroll
    March 30
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Brennen Arkins
    March 8
  • Matt Toole
    March 25
  • Cecilia Arango
    Michael Arango
    March 1
  • Kevin Klinkenberg
    Jamie Andersen
    March 1
  • Joshua Yates
    Whitney Shephard
    March 4
  • Anne Kuhlke-Lee
    Jonathan Lee
    March 29
Join Date:
  • Cecilia Arango
    March 1, 2016
    3 years
  • Justin Hummel
    March 1, 2016
    3 years
  • Kevin Klinkenberg
    March 1, 2016
    3 years
  • Lee Perry
    March 1, 2016
    3 years
  • Ryan Eskew
    March 13, 2012
    7 years