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
Rabbi Robert Haas, Congregation Mickve Israel
Jun 04, 2019 11:45 AM
Savannah's Jewish Heritage
Frank Spears
Jun 18, 2019
Dr. Stephen D. Dolinger, President GPEE
Jun 25, 2019 5:30 PM
Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
Past Speakers
Stan Deaton
Apr 16, 2019 11:45 AM
Historial Society
Our Stories
Metro was awarded the title of Best Large Club of the Year because we completed the most activities on the Celebration Citation (membership, service, communications, Foundation, etc.) for a club our size, as well as other activities (fundraisers and service projects).  Let's keep up the good work!  Whitney has given Bret some shoes to fill!
Thanks to everyone who came out on Sunday, May 19th, for our annual Family Field Day in Tiedeman Park.  A fun time was had by all!
We've had some great weekends of service! Thanks to all the volunteers who made it out on Saturday, May 18, to the Tiny House Project.  Volunteers helped plant trees and made pathways on the property of The Cove on Dundee for homeless veterans.  Whitney also presented a $6,000 check, on behalf of Metro, to Cindy Kelley, Executive Director of Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless and was featured on WTOC's Mid Morning Live on Friday, May 17 to discuss our service and fundraising partnership.
On Saturday, May 11th, volunteers helped build the first of the 3 residential rain gardens to help the Ogeechee Riverkeeper. Tanya Mandel is working on drawings and designs for all 3. 
The votes have been tallied and we'd like to announce our 2019-2020 Annual Service Partner - Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity (CEHFH)!  It came down to CEHFH and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Thank you all who voted.  
Since 1983, CEHFH has brought low-income working households together with donors and volunteers to build 145 affordable homeownership units in Chatham County. CEHFH also operates a robust homebuyer education and counseling program to equip Habitat homeowners with financial, leadership, and maintenance skills. We look forward to fundraising and providing service to Habitat!  Our Habitat for Humanity Consolidation Project will involve working on the new training and office space, as CEFHF consolidates its programs under one roof at its ReStore (701 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in downtown Savannah).  With Metro's volunteers, we'll help reduce the labor costs associated with constructing the new space. We'll also help with minor exterior repairs and landscaping work at their current office in preparation of its sale.
Our $10,000 will be used to cover the costs of purchasing the building materials and supplies which are needed for repairs at the current office and build out of the new offices and training area.  Construction is proposed to start in July 2019.
Just another weekend (May 3-5) in paradise (Jekyll Island)!  Don't you wanna partake in some family fun and Kentucky Derby shenanigans?  Bring on your best bowtie and derby hats!  The District 6920 Convention is taking place the weekend of May 3-5 on Jekyll Island and registration is open for those who'd like to attend.  There'll be plenty of down time for biking, beaching, golf, kids activities, and more.  Plus, the Westin is oceanfront, pet-friendly, and has that cool lavender oil in every room to help you relax - not to mention their Heavenly beds.  If that's not enough, the Westin bar has a good bourbon selection to help you relax or hang out at Salty's poolside bar and grill for some tropical drinks.  Whitney has offered to chauffeur anyone who would like to attend. Register here!
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:
  • Kristen Crawley
    May 1
  • Ryan Eskew
    May 6
  • Jennifer Huskey
    May 8
  • John Bennett
    May 21
  • Jeanine Roach
    May 22
  • Sam Hubbard
    May 24
  • Leigh Acevedo
    May 28
  • Jonas Subaar
    May 31
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Kristen Crawley
    May 1
  • Raymond Martin
    May 1
  • Jamie Arkins
    Brennen Arkins
    May 2
  • Will Gruver
    Hope Gruver
    May 13
  • Ben Barksdale
    Lisa Barksdale
    May 20