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Metro meets on Alternate Tuesdays at noon at the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.
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President Cecilia Arango drew members attention to Rotary partner,  ShelterBox, a program which provides essential tools for rebuilding after disasters.
She said Foundation Chair Laura Lee Bocade would be contacting members soon about their Every Rotarian Every Year contributions.
On behalf of Membership Chair Katie Joyner, Cecilia reported that Derek Goldfarb and Emily Salzer are now ready for induction at the next meeting.
On behalf of Service Committee Chair Kristen Crawley, Cecilia thanked members who volunteered with Loop It Up Savannah. Upcoming service projects include:
Members may also purchase materials needed by Future Minds Adult Education and Literacy.
Cecilia urged members to become more involved in Rotary by enrolling in the Rotary Leadership Institute. For more information contact her.
Past President Jessica Pedigo said more details on the oyster roast will be released in the near future. In addition, Munches will resume and invitations will go out soon. Jessica also announced we will soon have a final figure on the money raised by the Blood, Sweat, and Beers fundraiser for Girls on the Run
Preparedness chair Chelsea Sawyer urged members to get ready for cold weather by planning to protect the four Ps: People, pets, plants, and pipes.

Metro Member Moment

Jamie Smith Arkins is the new director of human resources for Hospice Savannah, Inc. She is happily married to Brennen Arkins and has a 13-yr old stepson, AJ who attends St. Peter's. Two interesting facts about Jamie: She was a drum major in her high school marching band over at Valdosta High School (Go Cats!) and she's no doubt Savannah's No. 1 fan of live music and theater! Why does she like being a Rotarian? Jamie says, "It's because of all the members of our club and the opportunities for fellowship and service to our community."


Kendra DeMoura and Katie Cupp from Good Cause Marketing and Mary Beth Kennedy from CAE Healthcare were the guests of Elizabeth Summerell. They are all members of the Junior League of Savannah

Featured Speaker: Richard Sanders 

Attorney Richard Sanders talked about different approaches to conflict resolution including mediation, in which a dispute is resolved when two parties reach a compromise with the help of a neutral third party. He described arbitration as being like, “court without a judge.” Both sides have the opportunity to make their case before a neutral third party, who is a specialist in the area of dispute. Finally, litigation is the legal process in which a judge or jury makes the decision.
Sanders talked about the services available through the Mediation Center of Savannah. He suggested that conflict can be positive, as it can be a catalyst for creative energy. Groups can learn to navigate conflict, he said, and it can be used to benefit highly motivate teams.

Committee Reports

President Cecilia Arango called the meeting to order. She thanked Chris Corey for volunteering to organize the annual oyster roast. Please contact Chris if you would like to help. She reminded members that November is Rotary Foundation Month and urged them to donate if they have not yet done so. On behalf of the Membership Committee, she announced that Emily Salzer and Derek Goldfarb have completed all the new member program requirements.
Immediate Past President Jessica Pedigo reported that the Blood, Sweat, and Beers fundraiser was a big success. She will update the club on how much was raised for Girls on the Run at the next meeting.
On behalf of the Program Committee, Cecilia reminded members about the November Social on Nov. 23 and the Holiday Get-Together on Nov. 30.

Membership Moment: Denise Grabowski

Denise is founder and owner of Symbioscity, an urban planning consulting firm located in Savannah. She's married with two kids in public school — her daughter is (almost) 15 and a freshman in high school, and her son is in 6th grade. She serves on the SCCPSS School Board as the District One representative.
She is a Georgia native and grew up in the Atlanta area, and moved to Savannah soon after college. She was the scholar-athlete of the year her senior year in high school. Denise said she loves Metro Rotary for great events like the Blood, Sweat and Beers fundraiser for Girls on the Run, where we can come together to raise money for a great cause and have a lot of fun at the same time!


Lauren Grout and Jeff Hatch were the guests of Katie Balthrop.
Sara Del Cuore, Will Fagan, and Anna-Maria Perez were the guests of Jeff Brady.

Featured speaker: Zelonia L. Williams

Zelonia described her background and education, and explained how it led her to found Future Minds Literacy and Adult Education. Future Minds invites students, free of charge, to participate in a learning community that allows them to work at their own pace, address barriers to learning, and identify their personal learning styles — so that they may earn their GEDs.
The program also includes an emphasis on life skills. She explained that some of the people she serves are not seeking GEDs, but simply want to improve their reading and comprehension skills. Rotarians are invited to support the program by purchasing materials needed by program participants.




Committee Reports

President Cecilia Arango made members aware of the programming available from Rotary Works, including a program on “Navigating the Shark Infested Waters of the Workplace.” 
Cecilia reminded members of upcoming service opportunities including the Nov. 13 Blood, Sweat, and Beers fundraiser and the Girls on the Run 5K. Jeanine Roach and Denise Grabowski were thanked for volunteering at the Friends of Tide to Town Love Your Trail Day event.
Program Committee Chair George Seaborough thanked everyone who attended the social at Sey Heys. He announced the next social event on Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at 1790.
Interact Liaison Sara Smith talked about the upcoming Preston Johnson Annual High School Speech Contest. Committee members will be needed to read through submissions. Contact her for more information.
Georgia Rotary Student Program Host Florence Slatinsky said Sofie is doing well and recently attended a High School football game and will be attending a Georgia Southern University game soon.  

Membership Moment

Joshua Yates described his work running the Green Truck Pub as, "living the dream." He left his career as an engineer 12 years ago because he loved the pace of working in restaurants. However, he still gets to apply his engineering training as a collector and restorer of pinball machines. He's also an internationally ranked competitive pinball player.
Josh said he likes Metro because of its commitment to hands-on service. He said it's also a great way to meet people. Don't forget the Green Truck Pub Grand Re-Re-Re-Opening on Nov. 13 from noon-4 p.m.


Ro and Brad Patrick were the guests of Whitney Shephard

Jordan Riles was the guest of Katie Joyner

Bill Horn was the guest of John Rodman

Featured Speaker: Laura Lee Bocade

Foundation Committee Chair Laura Lee Bocade reminded members that November is Foundation Month. The Foundation, she said, enables Rotarians to do much more in our areas of focus: Basic education and literacy; community economic development; disease prevention and treatment; maternal and child health; peace building; conflict prevention; and water, sanitation, and hygiene.
She noted the new Foundation focus, environmental sustainability. For more information on Foundation giving, contact Laura Lee.



From the President
Metro Savannah may not look like your grandfather'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.    
Cecilia Arango
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Programs Chair
Rotary Foundation
Membership Chair
Communications Chair
Service Chair
At Large
At Large
Family of Rotary
GRSP Liaison
Interact Liaison
Disaster Response