Club Infomation
Lunch meetings are every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at the JEA, 5111 Abercorn St. Please contact the Club to purchase your lunch at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
Speakers
Past Speakers
Stan Deaton
Oct 15, 2019 11:43 AM
Georgia History
District Governor Mike Muldowney
Sep 17, 2019 11:45 AM
 
Our Stories
THIS IS HOW WE DO IT!
Montell Jordan wrote a hit song in the 90s, wanna hear it?  Hear it go!
 
"Honeys in the street say, "Metro, yo we made it!
You gotta get your groove on, before you go get paid
So tip up your cup and throw your hands up
And let me hear you all say EREY"
 
As a Club, we pledged 100% club participation to have Every Rotarian Every Year - meaning each Rotarian contributes at least $100. Thank you all for making it happen and a big shout out to Patrick Phelps for herding all the cats!
 
VOLUNTEER FOR ANNUAL SERVICE PARTNER SELECTION COMMITTEE
William McIntosh is looking for volunteers to help serve on the ASP Committee.  Contact William at womcintosh@gmail.com
 
CALLING ALL READERS!!  March 25th at 9 AM at Brock Elementary School
We're participating in the Rotary Read-In on March 25th at Brock Elementary School.  Registration deadline was Feb 25th (however, registration is still open). When you sign up, you are volunteering to read a book to students and then donating that book to the school. This is a rewarding and easy way to volunteer. E Shaver Bookseller has suggested titles once you find out what grade level you'll be reading to and will be offering a 20% discount. Sign up at https//savannahrotaryreadin.com and also register with Metro.  See Sam Caroll's email for more information.
 
 
LOOPING LITERACY TOGETHER
If anyone is interested in reading regularly through Looping Literacy Together at Brock Elementary, please email carmen@loopitupsavannah.com.
 
 
WHO'S GETTING LEIED?
DISTRICT CONFERENCE - JEKYLL ISLAND ON APRIL 24-26
Join the party as we head on down to Jekyll Island for the District Conference on April 24-26. In recognition of the 2020 RI Convention being held in Honolulu, the district conference will be Polynesian-themed, featuring Polynesian menus and entertainment.  It'll be fun to go as a group and all events are casual.  Contact Bret Bell for more information!
 
MARCH 31 METRO FIELD TRIP WITH ORLANDO!
Orlando Montoya is offering Metrotarians a 2-hour tour of historic downtown Savannah on Tues, March 31st.  If you're interested, please email Orlando at o.montoya@comcast.net for more details!
 
REMINDER: NO MEETING ON MARCH 17. WE CELEBRATE BIRTHDAY SHENANIGANS ON MARCH 24TH!
We're going to have a kick-ass birthday celebrating US!  Metro turns 9! We'll have some exciting announcements (HINT! HINT!) to prepare for the inaugural "summer games".  Come join in the celebration!
 
ANOTHER ROASTARY IN THE BOOKS!
Thanks to the incredible planning team, including Jordan Chase, Jessica Pedigo, Liza Smith, and Kristen Crawley on organizing such an incredible event!  We couldn't have asked for a better Sunday.  The oysters were delicious and the music with Jason Salzer was perfect!  A big shout-out to hosts, Patrick and Cari Phelps for hosting us in your backyard.  In addition, congratulations to Liza Smith and Julie Wade as our winners in the Chili Cook-Off! 
Dare Dukes spoke about his role as director of Deep Center, a non-profit that empowers Savannah’s young people to thrive as learners, community leaders, and agents of change. Through creative writing, cultural production, and art, Deep creates platforms for the city’s youth and the village of support around them, including their families and adult allies, to share stories, engage in debates, and make Savannah a more just and equitable place.  More than just an after-school program, Deep works not just with youth but the village and systems surrounding young people. The aim is to lift up Savannah’s youth and families by directly supporting them while working to change the institutions and systems harming them.
 
Erika Morrow spoke about her role as an optometrist with her eye care boutique located in downtown Savannah - ForSight Eye Care.  Her boutique playfully borrows from Forsyth Park. She was introduced to Metro Rotary through a fellow Metrotarian and builder, Josh Brooks. She is the only one in her large immediate family who attended college and she's a huge dog person. As an eye doctor, she's like your primary care physician for eyes and doesn't do surgery. Erika gives back to the community in many ways - one of them being a participant in the InfantSEE program which offers no-cost eye assessments for infants 6-12 months. 
 
 
Join us for our 9th Annual Metro Roastary Oyster Roast on Sunday,  March 8th from 3:00 - 6:00 PM.  Metrotarians Cari and Patrick Phelps will be graciously hosting the oyster roast at their residence at 308 E. Hall Street. Tickets are $40 advance/$45 at the door.  It'll be a casual afternoon of all-you-can-eat oysters, cold beer and wine, and live music!  Come out and enjoy a beautiful late afternoon of oysters and vote for your favorite chili. There will be an amazing Savannah raffle basket up for grabs as well.  
 
Proceeds will benefit local non-profit partners, in addition to Rotary International causes, such as Polio Plus.  
 
If you're interested in sponsoring, contact Jessica Pedigo at JPedigo@SSPins.com  or 912-544-1903. Sponsorship opportunities include:
  • Title Sponsor ($1,000) limited to one • (8) Event Tickets • 2 minute speaking opportunity at event • Large Color logo and company name in title on invitation • Signage at the event (banner or signage to be provided by sponsor) • Sponsor announced and thanked at event
  • Pearl Sponsor ($750) • (6) Event Tickets • Medium Color logo on invitations • Signage at event (banner or signage to be provided by company) • Sponsor announced and thanked at event
  • Oyster Sponsor ($500) • (4) Event Tickets • Small Color logo on invitations • Signage at event (banner or signage to be provided by company) • Logo displayed on a food or beverage vendor site • Sponsor announced and thanked at event
  • Shucker Sponsor ($250) • (2) Event Tickets • Name listed on invitations • Sponsor announced and thanked at event Salt Water Sponsor (in-kind donation for raffle) • Information on item(s) donated displayed at event • Donor name announced and thanked for donation at event.
IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN - FEB 29TH!!  We are 82% of the way toward our goal for 100% for EREY!
IF YOUR NAME ISN'T...
Leigh Acevedo, Darron Alvord, Kathleen Anderson, Cecilia Arango, Jamie Arkins, Bret Bell, Kelley Boyd, Jeff Brady, Emily Burch, Spencer Burch, Sam Carroll, Danny Chase, Jordan Chase, Chris Corey, Kristen Crawley, Patton Dugas, Denise Grabowski, Will Gruver, Suzy Karpf, Jasmine Mills, Sara Holton, Justin Hummel, Reshma Johnson, Suzanne Kirk, Anna Kuhlke-Lee, Robert McCorkle, Denise McCoy, William McIntosh, Orlando Montoya, Clint Murphy, Jason Nielubowicz, Jessica Pedigo, Lee Perry, Cari Phelps, Patrick Phelps, Jeanine Roach, Ben Senger, Whitney Shephard, Florence Slatinsky, Liza Smith, Jason Somers, David Spisso,  Jessica Thomas, Julie Wade, Daniel Weiner, Jenny Woodruff, Josh Yates then go to https://my.rotary.org/en and donate!
 
As a Club, we've pledged 100% club participation to have Every Rotarian Every Year make a contribution of at least $100. The good news is that the Club has already gifted $50 to your contribution. Please see below on how to complete your part:
 
Go here: https://metrosavannahrotary.org/ and select "Foundation" in the blue menu bar:
 
Select your cause in which you'd like to support.
 
Donate a minimum of $50 in order to qualify for your every Rotarian every year contribution "EREY".   Consider selecting a recurring donation for automatic annual contributions.
 
Please do not forget to SIGN IN, if you've forgotten your password, create a new one. If you have not signed up to the website, do so. Recognition will only occur if you sign in.
 
If you'd prefer to pay by check.  Complete the form in the link below and mail your contribution to the address at the bottom of the form or bring a check (payable to Rotary Foundation) or bring cash to the next meeting!
 
 
 
 
CALLING ALL CHILI CHEFS!!  March 8th at 3 PM at the Phelps Residence
The chili cook-off portion of the Metro Roastary fundraiser is back again this year. We're looking for volunteers to make chili, If you're interested in volunteering or sponsoring, please contact Jessica Pedigo. This is a public event so please invite all your friends and professional contacts.  
CALLING ALL READERS!!  March 25th at 9 AM at Brock Elementary School
We're participating in the Rotary Read-In on March 25th at Brock Elementary School.  Registration deadline was Feb 25th (I'm sure you can still register if needed). When you sign up, you are volunteering to read a book to students and then donating that book to the school. This is a rewarding and easy way to volunteer. E Shaver Bookseller has suggested titles once you find out what grade level you'll be reading to and will be offering a 10% discount. Sign up at https//savannahrotaryreadin.com
 
 
LOOPING LITERACY TOGETHER
If anyone is interested in reading regularly through Looping Literacy Together at Brock Elementary, please email carmen@loopitupsavannah.com.
 
 
DISTRICT CONFERENCE - JEKYLL ISLAND ON APRIL 24-26
We're making a push for more club participation at the District Conference on Jekyll Island on April 24-26. In recognition of the 2020 RI Convention being held in Honolulu, the district conference will be Polynesian-themed, featuring Polynesian menus and entertainment.  It'll be fun to go as a group and all events are casual.  Contact Bret Bell for more information!
 
METRO CLUB SOCIAL @ SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY
Thanks Lee Perry and Josh Yates for organizing this month's club social at a Savannah State basketball game!  
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.    
 
Cheers,
Bret Bell
president@metrosavannahrotary.org
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Treasurer
Secretary
Service Chair
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Sergeant at Arms
Communications Chair
Director-At-Large
Director-At-Large
Director-At-Large
Immediate Past President
Member Birthdays:
  • Danny Chase
    June 3
  • Ben Senger
    June 11
  • Jason Somers
    June 17
  • Anne Kuhlke-Lee
    June 18
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Dani Beckmann
    June 27
Anniversaries:
  • Kacey Ray
    Billy Ray
    June 10
  • Ariana Berksteiner
    Dan Berksteiner IV
    June 22
  • Kelley Waldron
    Matt Waldron
    June 22
Join Date:
  • Ben Senger
    June 7, 2016
    4 years
  • Suzanne Karpf
    June 7, 2016
    4 years