Club Infomation
To protect the health and safety or our members and guests, Metro Rotary meetings will be held online via Zoom until further notice.
Past Speakers
Stan Deaton
Oct 15, 2019 11:43 AM
Georgia History
District Governor Mike Muldowney
Sep 17, 2019 11:45 AM
Our Stories

Committee Reports 

President Jessica Pedigo announced that the Metro Mania Showdown Series was a success, raising $15,317.91 and fully funding the requests made by Bike Walk Savannah and Urban Hope. She thanked everyone who volunteered, bought tickets, or sponsored events.
Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase thanked everyone who volunteered at Emmaus House on Jan. 9. The next service opportunity is Jan. 18 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at P.A.C.K. District Governor Steve Barnes will join the volunteers.
Program Committee Chair Daniel Weiner announced Wayne Ashford of the Ashford Tea Co. will be the speaker at the Jan. 19 meeting.
Foundation and Grants Committee Chair Patrick Phelps reported we are at 60% on foundation donations and getting closer to our Every Rotarian Every Year contribution goal. Donations of at least $50 are appreciated and can be made here. If you are not in a financial position to make a donation, please contact Jessica Pedigo. A fund has been established to make donations on behalf of members who are not able to do so.


Kylie Carrico was the guest of Julie Wade.
Fitz Hale was the guest of Jordan Chase.
Katie Balthrop is in the New Member Program and also attended the meeting.

Guest/Prospective Member Reminder

Metro Rotary welcomes all guests to club meetings, socials and service projects! Please introduce your guests and, if on Zoom, make sure they turn their cameras on so we can actually meet them. If your guest is interested in potential membership, please let Cari Phelps (Membership Chair) know as soon as possible. There is a vetting process for membership so everyone must go through the proper steps in order to be approved for the New Member Program. The process includes being listed in Rotary Repeats (including a headshot, preferably, their name, employer/job, and two sponsors), attending at least three meetings (including one Service Project) and submitting an application to the Membership Committee for approval. As a member of Metro, if you have a conflict with a potential new member, whether professional, personal, or otherwise, please notify the Membership Chair (Cari) or President (Jessica).

Featured Speakers: Katrina Bostick, Kate Blair, and Julie Wade

Katrina Bostick of Family Promise, Kate Blair of CASA Savannah, and Julie Wade of Park Place Outreach talked about their work and the realities faced by people living in poverty. The three nonprofit leaders have been collaborating and working to improve conditions in the community in different capacities. Members were reminded that conversations about poverty in Savannah must include discussion of racial equity and generational wealth. In addition, the myth that people choose to live on public assistance and can do so comfortably is a myth rooted in racism. 
They talked about the struggles of families living at or below the poverty line, and how difficult it is for them to stay housed and cover other expenses while working at minimum wage jobs. The loss of employment will throw people into poverty and right now almost 36% of working families with full time jobs or multiple part time jobs are living under the poverty line. The situation is made worse by systemic and structural racism, predatory lending, people who are unbanked or underbanked, high housing costs, undiagnosed mental health issues, substance use disorders, high childcare costs, and low wages. 
Those interested donating to these organizations and others working to improve conditions should make unrestricted donations, which allow nonprofits to be more responsive to changing conditions. View their PowerPoint presentation for more information.

Membership Moment: Patton Dugas

Patton shared things fellow members probably know about him and other facts they may not. Patton is market president for Truist Bank in Savannah. Before he moved to Savannah and became a banker, he founded an audio/video contracting business that allowed him to "hang out with a bunch of musicians and roadies." He described himself as a "reformed hippie" who had long hair and wore flip flops. He shared a story of attending an event shortly after arriving in Savannah and being mistaken for Robert McCorkle.

Committee Reports 

Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase reminded the group that our annual service partner, Bike Walk Savannah, is still accepting bike donations at BWS HQ and at Green Truck Pub. More information on the next bike drop-off opportunity on Dec. 6  is available on the Bike Walk Savannah Facebook page. If you or your friends have bikes that are "dusty, but not rusty," they are needed. Metro will help BWS refurbish bikes on Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Two volunteer shifts are available. Sign up here

Program Committee Chair Daniel Weiner announced Club Assembly will be held at Dec. 15 at Tacos + Tequila. We will sit outside in small groups. Some Holiday Munches will be scheduled during December. Stay tuned for details.

President Elect Cecilia Arango reminded everyone to buy tickets for the Metro Mania Final Raffle, which includes more than $3,000 worth of prizes. Tickets are $25 each. Want to keep it simple? Venmo @JessicaPedigo by Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. and mention "raffle!" Otherwise, "Register" for the event to order your tickets here. If you want to purchase more than one raffle entry (and why wouldn't you?!) you will need to "register a guest" and enter your name as the guest. 

Foundation and Grants Committee Chair Patrick Phelps reminded everyone to make their Every Rotarian Every Year donations. You can do that right here


Todd Breton visited from the Rotary Club of Sugarland, Texas
Fitz Hale, a member from the early days of the club, has moved back to Savannah and joined the meeting again today.

Featured Speaker: Nancy Daly

Nancy Daly shared her experiences being a member of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Nancy explained that she and her sister were fans of the show and when they saw an announcement for auditions, they decided to tryout. Her sister changed her mind at the last minute, but Nancy decided to go ahead. The auditions were grueling and most of the aspiring wrestlers dropped out before the end of the day, but Nancy stuck with it. The director assigned her with her persona: the ax-wielding Dementia.
She said she enjoyed the theatrical nature of the program and still considers her fellow cast members as family. Her career with G.L.O.W. ended when the show was cancelled. Nancy now works at a dog day care center, a job she loves, and has been active in theater productions here in Savannah.

Membership Moment: Florence Slatinsky 

Florence Slatinsky and her husband David have two sons and have lived in Savannah for the last 16 years, after living in San Francisco. Florence is an avid boater and likes spending time on the water, one of her favorite things about living in Savannah. She also enjoys tennis, pickleball, and yoga. The number of Metro members who have been her clients at Advertising Specialty Services are too numerous to count, she said.
Three things you might not know about Florence: 1. She used to be fluent in Spanish and lived in Costa Rica. 2. Her family came to Savannah with the early Jewish settlers in 1733. 3. She turned down a job with Google in 1999.
We had eight great events for our Metro Mania Showdown Series presented by Thomas & Hutton and we are down to the FINALE RAFFLE!!! 
Raffle tickets are only $25 to win the Finale Raffle valued at over $3,000!!!  The Finale Raffle is open to the public to raise money to support Bike Walk Savannah and Urban Hope this year!
FINALE RAFFLE DETAILS: This is the raffle to beat all raffles!   "Register" for the event in order to your tickets here.  If you want to purchase more than one raffle entry (and why wouldn't you?!), you will need to "register a guest" and enter your name as the guest.  Want to keep it simple?!  Venmo @JessicaPedigo by December 15th at 10am!
  • FIVE bourbons from Ghost Coast Distillery and a cocktail shaker
  • 12 pack of beer, gift card and swag from Service Brewing
  • Oyster watercolor from local artist Tara Conway
  • Photograph of "Storm on Tybee" by local photographer Malcom Tulley
  • Gift cards to Local Farmbag, Ruth's Chris, and Lux & Nyx Luxury handbags
  • Byrd Cookie Company gift basket
  • a THREE night stay on Tybee at Wicker Cottage
  • A digital subscription to Savannah Morning News
  • Tea from Savannah Tea Room along with a mug, cookie, candle and two SCAD yoga mats to really relax
  • Two AMAZING pairs of his and hers sunglasses from ForSight Unique Eye Care and Eye Wear
  • Two bottles of wine and gift tags (should you choose to share)
Got questions?  Contact Jessica Pedigo  Otherwise, GET YOUR TICKETS NOW, the winner will be drawn at the Metro Lunch Meeting on December 15th! (You do not have to be present to win)
Please thank our great sponsors for supporting Metro Rotary and our non-profit partners!  Thank you to all who donated to make such amazing raffles during the series! Thank you to the fall fundraising committee for putting on eight great events! 
Vaughnette Goode-Walker, director of the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, was the speaker at Metro's Oct. 6 meeting. She led an online tour of the building, which tells the story of Savannah's Civil Rights movement. She explained how the museum's design takes visitors along a timeline that begins at the museum's entrance on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Goode-Walker said the first thing people want to know is, "Who was Ralph Mark Gilbert and what did he do to get a museum named after himself?" Gilbert was a pastor, a radio show host, organizer of around 40 NACCP chapters around the state, and a mentor to W.W. Law. An archive of his sermons, WTOC-AM radio scripts, and other documents was established at the museum about a year ago.
From the President
Metro Savannah may not look like your father'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.    
Jessica Pedigo
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Club Service
Rotary Foundation
Family of Rotary
Immediate Past President
Member Birthdays:
  • Amelia Harper
    January 1
  • Jeff Brady
    January 7
  • Denise McCoy
    January 8
  • Kacey Ray
    January 18
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Nicki Tharpe
    January 1
  • D.J. Spisso
    Melinda Spisso
    January 12
Join Date:
  • Kacey Ray
    January 6, 2015
    6 years
  • Bret Bell
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • Cari Phelps
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • Danny Chase
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • Jason Nielubowicz
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • Jason Somers
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • Jessica Pedigo
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • Jordan Chase
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • Julie Wade
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • Kathleen Anderson
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • Liza Smith
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • Orlando Montoya
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • Patrick Phelps
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • Robert McCorkle
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • Sam Carroll
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • Suzanne Kirk
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • William McIntosh
    January 10, 2012
    9 years
  • Daniel Weiner
    January 16, 2018
    3 years
  • Sara Holton
    January 16, 2018
    3 years
  • Will Gruver
    January 16, 2018
    3 years
  • Florence Slatinsky
    January 21, 2014
    7 years
  • Mike Nadeau
    January 21, 2020
    1 year