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
 
Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Rabbi Robert Haas, Congregation Mickve Israel
Jun 04, 2019 11:45 AM
Savannah's Jewish Heritage
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
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!
Laura Walker, City of Savannah's Environmental Administrator for the Office of Sustainability, dropped some knowledge to our club about the different types of water resources  - potable water, stormwater, and wastewater.  The Water Resources Bureau at City of Savannah designs, builds, and maintains infrastructure that produces, treats, and conveys safe drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater. Did you know a source of our drinking water is the Floridan aquifer and that it's the best drinking public source in the world? Laura also talked about getting to know your water meter.  If you just got your water bill (I did this week), check your water meter!  It should be less than what you see on the bill.  If not, call the City.  If there's a blue thing spinning, you have a leak.  And THE MORE YOU KNOW (insert Reading Rainbow here).
 
Are you scared of lead in your water?  Turn your water on and before you use it, count to 3.  This allows fresh water to come through your tap.  Here's another fun tidbit:  Use cold water, not hot, to cook.  Doing all of this limits the possibility of coming into contact with lead.  Leaking all kinds of safe water wisdom on you today.  
 
Want more?  Did you know that your water UTILITY bill includes not just water, but wastewater and utilities?  The most expensive thing on your bill is sewer because it's expensive to treat. #eew  We also learned the 4 Ps that can be flushed down the toilet - paper, pee, poop....and puke. #quadrupletheeew.   And for those who like additional wipes, don't flush those down the toilet.  There's no such thing as flushable wipes - even when it says flushable. #misleading
 
Dropping some other bombs here - 80% of the pollution was once point-source (sewer waste), now 80% of the pollution is non-point source - pointing to us vile humans.  We need to be water advocates regardless of any political leaning.  Call 311 when you see your neighbor blowing leaves down the storm drain!  Create a rain garden.  Use that water to irrigate your grass (we also learned that grass is dumb). Compost (PS - Daniel "wins everything" Weiner won the composter). 
 
Be on the lookout for a cool project in Habersham Village at Jacob G Smith Elementary.  The City is doing some green infrastructure design and have received funding from the State to deal with the school's drainage issues.  Some solutions are to put in pervious pavers and create rain gardens through functional art.  
 
 
A big warm welcome to the following guests who attended our last meetings:
  • Mike Nadeau, Owner/Manager of Fleet Feet Savannah - guest of Cecilia Arango
 
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.   
 
Cheers,
Whitney Shephard
president@metrosavannahrotary.org
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Treasurer
Secretary
Sergeant at Arms
Service Chair
Service Chair
Communications Chair
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
Immediate Past President
Past Treasurer
 
Member Birthdays:
  • Cindy Mullally
    April 4
  • Daniel Weiner
    April 6
  • Jamie Arkins
    April 8
  • Tony Uhrich
    April 21
  • Jenny Woodruff
    April 25
  • Robert McCorkle
    April 25
  • Kelley Waldron
    April 26
  • Suzanne Kirk
    April 26
Anniversaries:
  • Cody Tharpe
    Nicki Tharpe
    April 29
Join Date:
  • Lee Beckmann
    April 15, 2014
    5 years
  • Michael McLeod
    April 16, 2013
    6 years
  • John Bennett
    April 23, 2013
    6 years