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
Past Speakers
Stan Deaton
Oct 15, 2019 11:43 AM
Georgia History
District Governor Mike Muldowney
Sep 17, 2019 11:45 AM
Our Stories
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to in order to be included in Repeats. 
  • Cari Clark Phelps bragged on her donors for her Facebook birthday fundraiser that started at a goal of $300 and raised almost $1,000 for school children in India. She's going to research to see if it can be matched for a total of $2,000! As a note, when you donate to Facebook, there are no fees!
  • Julie Wade wants you aware that November is National Runaway Prevention Month! She also gave a shout-out to Cecilia Arango for being accepted into Leadership Georgia (side note: Julie nominated Cecilia) and also gave a shout-out to Thomas & Hutton for its Jeans Day helping raise $1,000 for Park Place Outreach!
  • DJ Spisso bragged on everyone who voted and then threw out Bret Bell for Mayor 2020!
  • Florence Slatinsky bragged on Ariana Berksteiner and Emmaus House's Empty Bowl Fundraiser and everyone who came out to support! 
  • Bret Bell bragged on the exciting Arena project and also the first phase of Tide to Town and gave a shout-out to Denise Grabowski on being part of the team with contractor, Perkins & Will.
unch Much?
Thanks everyone for signing up for a Munch-date with your Metro fam!  It's not too late if you still want to munch, please email Liza Smith and she'll hook you up (heeeheeeeheeeheee). 
Here's the gist:
  1. Put your name on the list (email Liza)
  2. Matchmaker Liza will match you up with two or three others
  3. Your crew will have one month to make Munch happen
  4. Post a pic on FB because #PicsOrItDidntHappen
  5. Get an attendance credit
We are at 28% EREY status!  Please make your additional (or more) $50 donation to Rotary Foundation for year-end giving.
Did y'all see the Polio stories in the last issue of the Rotarian? If not, please do and here's a story that hits close to home - did you know that Whitney Shephard Yates' mom had polio and spent almost a year in a hospital when she was very little? Whitney remembers thinking it was especially terrible that her mom hated chocolate because all of her medicine was chocolate-flavored in the hospital! Anything bad enough to make you hate chocolate has to be horrible!
Elizabeth Sommerll gave a Classification Talk.  Here's a little bit of what we learned:
 - She's a Wake Forest graduate (7-1 Woo!)
 - Moved to Savannah 4 years ago and is from Northern Virginia
 - Her family used to own and operate a winery in Virginia
 - Plays kickball for the Pooler Plantains team
 - Serves as Treasurer for a few local non-profits in town and serves as Finance Director for Junior League
 - As an auditor, she hasn't dealt with any shady dealings to report to any Board of Directors
Thank you to Alfred McGuire for sending us action shots of Laura Lee Bocade with DIRTT as a guest speaker for the Woodville Tompkins Interact Club!  
About DIRTT:  DIRTT is a building process powered by technology. They’re changing the face of construction with industry-leading software and advanced manufacturing. Complete interior spaces are built faster, cleaner and more sustainably. DIRTT removes the guesswork with the power of ICE technology.
Looping Literacy Together, a literacy reading project with Loop It Up Savannah and Otis Brock Elementary, kicks off now! Thanks to our Metrotarians who are volunteering an hour out of their day to help read to Pre-K and Kindergarten classes!
"Head"ed to the "Mills" - Congratulations to Jasmine Head, now Jasmine Mills, who married her partner for life, Brandi Mills. We wish you a lifetime of love, light, and laughter!
Metrotarians in the news:
  • Julie Wade, Whitney Shephard Yates, and Josh Yates (Savannah Morning News) collaborated on Park Place, Green Truck raising awareness of runaway prevention 
  • Julie Wade and Park Place Outreach (Savannah Morning News) with Bank of America naming Park Place in its new community investment program
  • Julie Wade (Savannah Morning News) won't seek re-election for the District 1 SCCPS board. If you're interested in running for District 1, come to Coffee Deli on Nov. 20th to learn more.
We hope everyone had a spooky Halloween! Here's a rundown of Bret's Top 10 Metro Halloween Costumes!
10. Darron Alvord as the Sadist Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors
9. Josh and Whitney as this.
8. Jenny N Cecilia as Salt N Pepa
7. Reshma as Salsa (to her Chip)
6. Robert McCorkle as Sasquatch
5. Until he got too damn hot and changed into his backup Avett Brothers Superfan costume
4. Lee Beckmann as a Sexy Nurse
3. Bea and Liza as this terrible movie
2. Chris Corey as Madman, Don Draper
1. Orlando Montoya as The King
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.    
Bret Bell
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Service Chair
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Sergeant at Arms
Communications Chair
Immediate Past President
Member Birthdays:
  • D.J. Spisso
    December 2
  • Laura Bocade
    December 6
  • Alfred McGuire
    December 7
  • Jessica Pedigo
    December 15
  • Jasmine Head
    December 23
  • Liza Smith
    December 31
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Kimberly Kus
    December 13
  • Dan Berksteiner IV
    December 22
  • Kristin Weiner
    December 30
  • Whitney Shephard
    Josh Yates
    December 4
Join Date:
  • Amelia Harper
    December 3, 2013
    6 years
  • Patton Dugas
    December 4, 2012
    7 years
  • Whitney Shephard
    December 4, 2012
    7 years