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
Club Assembly
Dec 18, 2018 11:45 AM
Club Assembly
Mar 19, 2019 11:45 AM
Past Speakers
Katherine Sandoz
Dec 04, 2018
Cindy Kelley
Nov 20, 2018 11:45 AM
Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless
Our Stories
Metro's highly anticipated fall fundraiser, Yachty by Nature, is in the works for our annual service partner, Ogeechee Riverkeeper!  Join us on Oct 18 at the Starland Dairy for games, food, wine, and Two Tides beer!  Don't forget your service hours and volunteer!  Of course, there will also be a fabulous silent auction.   Event revenue will go toward the Stormwater-Wise Windsor Forest project.  We're recruiting sponsors and silent auction donations.  (Ahem....if you own a boat, you might as well go ahead and donate a river cruise for the auction so that the committee doesn't have to track you down.)  TELL YOUR FRIENDS.  TELL YOUR MOM.  TELL YOUR MOM'S FRIENDS.  TELL ER'BODY TO COME!!
Sponsorship forms are available here! Thank you to the following sponsors:
  • Title Sponsor - Lucky Savannah
  • Dolphin Cruise Sponsors - Chatham Steel and Thomas & Hutton
  • Upper Deck Sponsors - Two Tides Brewing, Green Truck, OBG, Synovus Bank
  • Poolside Sponsors - Ellis Painter, Hansen Architects, Oliver Maner, Rountree & Brady Insurance, Sterling Seacrest Partners, Tharpe Engineering, Salacia Salts
A Note from the President
At last Tuesday's meeting, we confronted difficult issues for our community, our nation, and the world. We heard about a promising collaboration in the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) that can shape our legacy – our children. Whether families are living with gun violence, abuse, loss of loved ones, crime, or other trauma, community initiatives like the MARC can promote achievement and quality of life for all of Savannah. We will keep you all aware of opportunities to assist the MARC.
Rotary Clubs across the globe work to build relationships, improve lives, and create a better world. Like all worthy causes, the work starts with us as individuals, families, and neighborhoods, which builds to global impact through our international organization. If you have an idea or a concern, please reach out to a Board member.
I am deeply thankful for the response this week. I am touched by your stories. If you would like to join a small gathering as a first step, please send me a note. If you need/want a space to share, to think, to listen, even to rant or joke, you belong here. No obligations or expectations.
In Service,
(Pictured:  Judge LeRoy Burke III, Jonas Subaar, Judge Lisa Goldwire Colbert, and Nick Deffley)
MARC Collaborative
Last Tuesday's word-of-the day was "punitive".  Every time this word was mentioned (I lost count after five), I'd just imagine the scene in Pee-Wee's Playhouse where all the characters scream real loud and wave their arms in the air when the "secret word" (ahem, punitive) was mentioned.  It's because the word "punitive" means "inflicting or intended as punishment" and that is most definitely NOT what the MARC is about. Did you know that children and youth in the Savannah/Chatham community who are taken into custody for low-risk behavior are placed into the same Juvenile Justice system as those who committed high-risk offenses?  Imagine a kid stealing a candy bar treated the same way as a child who broke into someone's home.  This system has a direct impact on key health indicators, including educational status, employment opportunity, economic mobility, family and social cohesion, and mental, physical, and emotional health. 
So, what's the solution?  Speakers Judge LeRoy Burke III (Chatham County Juvenile Court Presiding Judge), Judge Lisa Goldwire Colbert (Chatham County Juvenile Court Judge), and Nick Deffley (City of Savannah Director of Sustainability) spoke to us about this community-wide collaboration called MARC (by the way, this is a temporary name until they come up with something better).   MARC (short for Multi-Agency Resource Center) is a collaborative effort between the city, county, law enforcement agencies, the juvenile court system, healthcare and social service providers, and school system that offers a community-wide program to help our troubled children in our communities.  As Judge Burke mentioned, MARC targets "the kids we're mad at, not scared of."  These are kids that don't pose a high risk to society, committing minor offenses such as truancy, underage drinking, or running away from home. This facility diverts at-risk youth from the juvenile system into appropriate and meaningful services that will lead to better outcomes for youth, their families, and the community.  MARC's aspiration is to shift the juvenile system away from punishment and towards prevention, responding to youth at risk through assessment, services, and referrals. 
The next steps for MARC include finalizing MOUs with service providers, hiring a director, forming a Youth Advisory Council, developing and finalizing data sharing process.  A soft opening will take place some time in October at their location on 2203 Abercorn Street.  Once open, youth can come in on their own, with family, or be referred by police, juvenile court, or the school system.
Thanks to our Metrotarians who volunteered their time pulling tires out of the marsh on Sept. 29th for our first service opportunity with annual service partner, the Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK)!  This event took place at Fire Station 10 in Coffee Bluff.
Look out for sign-up emails for the following upcoming service projects:
Cheers to our Metrotarians who attended our Metro Social on Sept 25th at the newest distillery in town, Savannah Spirits Distilling Company, located on the corner of Whitaker Street and W. State Street!
We need a new home!  We have to be out of the Civic Center permanently by the end of the year and we need your help to secure a new home!
If you have ideas for a new meeting space, please get in touch with Lee Beckmann at or 912-964-3909. 
Here's what you can do to help us get ready:
  1. Contact the place you are going to suggest.  Ask the following questions:
    • Can you seat up to 60 people?
    • Are there already tables and chairs?  Is there a fee for set-up?
    • How's parking?  Is it bike accessible?
    • Is there WiFi?  A projector?
    • Can we use our own caterer?  If not, what are the menu options and costs?  Is there a vegetarian option?  We feed 20-30 people per meeting and there are at least 5 vegetarians.  If we have to use their caterer, when do they need the order?  
  2. Provide a location name and contact information
Metro at Work and Play

At the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club, we believe in giving back to our community, and having fun while doing it. Last year Club members volunteered more than 400 hours at 14 different service projects across Savannah, and raised nearly $10,000 to build and maintain a community garden for our 2014 service partner, Greenbriar Children's Home.
Monthly social outings have taken us everywhere from Savannah Sand Gnats baseball games to tricycle races at a local brewery.
At Metropolitan Savannah Rotary, we work hard and we play hard, and while we're at it try to better understand the community in which we live.
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:
  • D.J. Spisso
    December 2
  • Laura Bocade
    December 6
  • Alfred McGuire
    December 7
  • Kevin Klinkenberg
    December 7
  • Jessica Pedigo
    December 15
  • Jake Crawley
    December 17
  • Liza Smith
    December 31
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Kimberly Kus
    December 13
  • Dan Berksteiner IV
    December 22
  • Kristin Weiner
    December 30
  • Whitney Shephard
    Josh Yates
    December 4
Join Date:
  • Amelia Harper
    December 3, 2013
    5 years
  • Patton Dugas
    December 4, 2012
    6 years
  • Whitney Shephard
    December 4, 2012
    6 years