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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


President Cecilia Arango made members aware of Rotary Works, an initiative provided for Rotarians within Zones 33 and 34 who are experiencing career transitions. This initiative is comprised of three distinct programs, providing education, networking, and/or financial resources for participants.

Our Blood, Sweat and Beers fall fundraiser for Girls on the Run is scheduled for Nov. 13. Sponsors are needed.

Service Committee Chair Kristen Crawley reported volunteers are still needed at the Girls on the Run Golf Tournament on Oct. 14. Rotarians are also invited to participate in the Tide To Town “Love Your Trail Day” on Oct. 23. Volunteers will help pick up trash on the Truman Linear Park Trail. There will be a sign-up sheet for volunteers. 

Membership Moment: Chris Corey

Chris Corey is Metro’s sergeant-at-arms and the advertising director at Savannah Morning News & Something you may not know about Chris: Years ago, the Savannah Sand Gnats brought in a stunt to help fill the ballpark. The gimmick was to have a stunt man run the bases while set on fire. They called Chris' name over the loudspeaker and asked if he wanted to light the stunt man on fire. Chris' first thought: "What if this guy gets hurt?" was outweighed by his second thought: "HELL YEAH! This is a unique experience." He went through with it and celebrated with the stunt man's family after the fact over some shots of Jack Daniels (not Jack Fire) and both made Sports Center a couple of days later.

Chris' interest in joining the Metro Rotary family was to meet like-minded people who want to give back to the community, while spending time with a diverse group of folks that would become friends.

Classification Talk: Derek Goldfarb

Derek Goldfarb presented a classification talk, describing his work as director of partnerships for the new Savannah arena, through Oak View Group Facilities. In this position he is responsible for securing a naming rights partner, creating founding partners, and developing advertising and promotional relationships.

When he arrived in Savannah he was eager to meet people so he sought out civic organizations, which brought him to Metro. A New York native, he says sports are in his genes. He lives in Richmond Hill with with his wife Sara, and their children, Connor and Noelle, and beagle Lemmie.



Zoe Rinker was the guest of Ellen Harris.

Katrina Bostick was the guest of Julie Wade.

Featured Speaker: Erin Wessling

Wessling spoke to the club about the Give Change That Counts Program — a campaign supported by Chatham County, the City of Savannah, and several organizations that are dedicated to reducing panhandling throughout the area. Through fundraising and donations, the campaign aims to establish day centers in the area.

The day centers will at as safe welcoming locations where individuals who are experiencing homelessness can go during the day and access support services. Because most shelters close during daytime hours, the day centers will fill an important need. Wessling said those who wish to help can make donations or sponsor advertising, community connects, and business partnerships. All funds raised goes directly to day center operations

Committee Reports

President Cecilia Arango announced that Elizabeth Summerell is president-elect of the Junior League of Savannah.
She also reminded members that Sept. 21 is International Day of Peace. Equality is both a fundamental human right and a necessity for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. Still, girls and women worldwide face inequities in areas including health and education, and they experience significant violence and disproportionate poverty, she said. 
Cecilia announced that Rotary has teamed up with Toastmasters to provide virtual professional development certifications in a variety of topics including building a welcoming community for people with disabilities, collaboration, developing inclusion plans, delivering speeches, leading teams, DEI resources, and resiliency. Find out more through the Rotary Learning Center.

Program Committee

Program Committee Chairman George Seaborough reminded everyone of the next Social at Castaways on Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. Erin Wessling will talk about the Give Change That Counts initiative at the Oct. 5 meeting and Malena Gauss of Lammergeier Glass Recycling is the featured speaker at the Oct. 19 meeting.

Service Committee

Service Committee Chair Kristen Crawley reported there are 24 volunteer opportunities at the Girls on the Run Golf Tournament on Oct. 14. The fall fundraiser will be held on Nov. 13, so save the date!

Foundation Committee

Foundation Committee Chair Laura Lee Bocade announced Metro's latest Paul Harris fellows: Darron Alvord (+5), Kelley Boyd (+1), Spencer Burch, Ellen Harris, Cari Phelps (+1), Patrick Phelps (+1) and Josh Yates (+5).

Membership Committee 

Membership Committee Chair Katie Joyner reminded members of the Each One, Bring One campaign. She presented a yellow belt to Emily Salzer. 


Interact Club Liaison Sarah Smith invited members to talk with Woodville Tompkins students about their careers or work in the community. Mondays and Wednesdays at 4 p.m. are the best times. The presentations are made via YouTube and are archived so more students can view them. Contact Sarah for more information.


Kyle Redner was the guest of Laura Lee Bocade.  
Conni Reynolds was the guest of George Seaborough.
Emily Salzer (New Members Program)

Featured Speaker: Ed Presnell

District Governor Ed Presnell is a regional business executive with Peach State Federal Credit Union and a member of the Augusta Rotary Club. He shared his optimistic outlook on how Rotary has weathered the pandemic, noting that the district has experienced a net loss in membership of 170 people. This equates to an average of three members per club from the 61 clubs arrayed throughout our district. He encouraged everyone to take their Rotary involvement to the next level and to embrace the Each One, Bring One campaign. 
Ed described Rotarians as, "change makers," noting that our individual efforts to serve people in the community — and especially Girls on the Run participants — will have a multiplier effect, which will extend to their entire families. He also reminded Metro members about the importance of having fund while serving others.

Committee Reports

President Cecilia Arango reviewed recent media coverage of Metro members, including a Forbes article that spotlighted Cari Phelps’ Salacia Salts and reporting on the grand opening of Habitat for Humanity Savannah’s new executive offices, which featured photos of CEO Zerik Samples and fellow Metro members. If you spot a Metrotarian in the news, email a link to

Program Committee

The Sept. 21 lunch meeting will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. The featured speaker is District Governor Ed Presnell of the Rotary Club of Augusta.
The September Social is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at Castaways in Sandfly.

Service Committee 

A family-friendly Tybee Island Beach Clean-up will be held on Sunday Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. in observation of International Coastal Clean-up. We will meet at the Tybee Pier. Sign up here.

Georgia Rotary Student Program

Sofie Bohl, who is a student at Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus, gave the club an overview of her life in Sweden.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Sametria McFall

Dr. McFall is Interim Provost and Vice President at Savannah State University. She previously served as vice president for academic affairs at the university and has held numerous other roles at SSU. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Savannah State, and an additional master’s degree and a doctorate from Northeastern University. She provided an overview of the degree programs available at SSU.
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.    
Cecilia Arango
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Programs Chair
Rotary Foundation
Membership Chair
Communications Chair
Service Chair
At Large
At Large
Family of Rotary
GRSP Liaison
Interact Liaison
Disaster Response