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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!
 

Guests

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.

Guests

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.

 

 

 
 

Help us raise money for Girls on the Run and have fun doing it! Become a fall fundraiser sponsor


Metropolitan Savannah Rotary and Thomas & Hutton present "Blood, Sweat, and Beers" — a fundraiser benefiting Girls on The Run of Coastal Georgia and other nonprofits. The event will be held at Coastal Empire Brewing Company on Nov. 13 and features live music by DJ Jose Ray, snacks, shenanigans, and an amazing afternoon.
 
We invite you to help make this event even more successful by becoming a sponsor at the following levels:
 

Committee Reports

 
Immediate Past President Jessica Pedigo called the meeting to order. She reminded members that Oct. 24 is World Polio Day.
 
 
Membership Chair Katie Joyner announced that Emily Salzer and Derek Goldfarb have earned their yellow/red belts.
 
Programs Chair George Seaborough encouraged members to attend the next social on Oct. 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Sey Hey’s, 2505 Bull St. He announced that Chatham County Commissioner Aaron Whitely will be the speaker at the Nov. 16 club meeting. Whitely will discuss funding available to the county through the American Recovery Act and Chatham County Teen Court.
 
Literacy Chair Julie Wade announced the club will be working with Future Minds Literacy and Adult Education, Inc., which provides adult education including GED preparation. Metrotarians may consider purchasing books for use by program participants.
 
Program Committee Chair Kristen Crawley thanked volunteers who helped with the Girls on the Run golf tournament. Upcoming volunteer opportunities include Friends of Tide to Town’s “Love Your Trail” clean-up day at the Truman Linear Park Trail on Oct. 23 and at Metro’s Blood, Sweat, and Beers fundraiser for Girls on the Run on Nov. 13.
 

Membership Moment: Sam Hubbard

Sam is a financial adviser who came back to Savannah from New York City, where he lived for 16 years after earning his undergraduate degree at Furman University. One of his specialties is guiding clients through financial decisions they will have to make if they enter divorce proceedings. His family includes his wife and two boys, ages 8 and 11. His favorite thing about Metro Rotary is “everyone in the room.”

Guests

J.J. Collins was the guest of Jasmine Mills.
 
Liz Giddens was the guest of Laura Lee Bocade.
 
Chase Cowart was the guest of Chris Corey.
 
Brad Patrick was the guest of Josh Yates.
 
Kristin King was the guest of Katie Joyner.
 
Lauren Grout was the guest of Katie Balthrop.
 
Cynthia Garrison and Joel deNeuf visited from the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville.
 

Featured Speaker: Malena Gauss

Gauss is the dynamic entrepreneur behind Savannah's first glass recycler. She described how Lammergeier Glass Recycling launched after her interior design/lighting business was hit hard by the pandemic.
 
At present, Chatham County municipalities and private waste haulers are not recycling glass. However, she countered the idea that there is no market for recycling. In fact, she said, Georgia is the second largest market for crushed glass.
 
She recently invested in new equipment that crushes glass into a larger size preferred by companies in the state. Gauss described the four step process of glass recycling: 1. Collection. 2. Transport to a material recovery facility. 3. Color sorting and cleaning. 4. Transport to a crushing facility. Lammergeier now has more than 700 residential customers. Gauss said she remains committed to her primary goal: Keeping glass out of landfills.
 
 
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.    
 
Cheers,
 
Cecilia Arango
president@metrosavannahrotary.org
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