Meet the Political Rascals, a motley crew of a grassroots collective voice in the community, founded in 2019 who formed their very own state PAC in just 3 days. Six of the 11 Political Rascals were in attendance at our meeting, Clinton Edminster, Amanda Hollowell, Coco Papy, Michelle Solomon (not pictured), Molly Lieberman, and Tre Singleton. They spoke passionately about why they formed a PAC and their mission to teach young people how to be engaged and understand politics.  What first started as just a group of like-minded friends transitioned into this group of "rascals." They realized that money was needed to impact real change and created a PAC out of spite and love for the community. Their PAC was formed as a legal mechanism to make political contributions specifically for certain goals and candidates; however, their focus is on the policies versus the candidates. As a state PAC, they support legislation in Georgia and all 11 Political Rascals have to be in agreement for any type of support to be given. Their goal is to make progressive change with providing a whole new excitement around civics and politics with new age mechanisms and technology for communication. In 2019, the Political Rascals' goal is to make politics accessible to the common people so that all have a voice, with voter engagement as a high priority on their list.
Political Rascals PAC a Punch 2019-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to arango.c@thomasandhutton.com in order to be included in Repeats. 
 
  • It was our first meeting at the Knights of Columbus. DJ Spisso asked if we could open the bar. 
  • Cecilia Arango wished everyone a Happy Lunar New Year and donated some dolla bills she stole from her kids' lucky red envelopes.  Orlando Montoya taught us how to say "Happy New Year" in Vietnamese.
  • Jamie Arkins Smith gave a shout-out to those who were able to attend The Grey's fundraiser for the staff of The Green Truck since it was temporarily closed due to a kitchen fire.  **Happy to announce that it's officially open as of Feb. 14th!  Happy Valentine's Day!
  • Jenny Woodruff was excited to talk about the upcoming Savannah Music Festival starting March 28 - April 13. Tickets are available online now!  In addition, on March 9th, explore music and art with family and friends at this FREE event - Musical Explorers Family Jam - presented in partnership with last year's annual service partner, Loop It Up Savannah, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers - Savannah.  The concert starts at 11 AM and 1:30 PM.
  • Lee Perry announced that he hates the Patriots.  Go 49ers!
  • Julie Wade thanked Josh and Whitney Shephard Yates for helping non-profits while cleaning out their kitchen at The Green Truck.  
  • Whitney Shephard wants to thank Savannah for all the love and support!  
  • Bea Saba wants you to know that Live Oak Public Libraries is presenting Amazing Stories by Award-Winning Authors on Sat, Feb. 16th!  Jessica Kensky & Patrick Downes, survivors of the Boston Marathon, will be at Southwest Chatham Library at 2:00  PM and will present an engaging program about overcoming adversity.  Kwame Alexander & Randy Preston will be at the Bull Street Library at 2:30 PM and will present moving stories and beautiful photography from Ghana. These events are for all ages and are free and open to the public. 
Brags, Finds, and Whines Cecilia Arango 2019-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
 
As part of the Windsor Forest Stormwater-Wise Project, and in collaboration with Ogeechee Riverkeeper and UGA Marine Extension, a total of 20 volunteers from both the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club and residents of Windsor Forest neighborhood tiled 125 storm drains on Saturday, January 12, 2019. These tiles educate the public that these drains lead directly to our waterways (streams, marsh, river, ocean, etc.) and do not go to a wastewater treatment plant. Many uninformed people illegally dump paint, oil, and many other pollutants into storm drains. Storm tiles have been shown to reduce these practices, protecting our waterways.
First Project with Annual Service Partner, Ogeechee Riverkeeper Cecilia Arango 2019-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
RLI:  If your new year's resolution was to be a better Rotarian and make Metro the best by strengthening your Rotary knowledge, now's the time to register for Rotary Leadership Institute for Part I, II, and III & Graduation (Membership) Course now being offered and open for registration!  This will take place at Georgia Tech Savannah Campus on February 16th from 8 AM - 3:30 PM.  $100 fee includes class registration, course material notebook, breakfast, lunch, facility fees, and completion certificate. Register today!  Jamie Smith Arkins and Cecilia Arango will be attending.  Will you?
 
FUNdraisers & Club Socials:  Y'all. There's a contest for BEST CLUB Fundraiser and BEST CLUB Social event.  We could win $500 for each!  Whitney is looking for volunteers to help make our upcoming FUNdraiser on Feb 23rd a success! Please let her know if you can help!
 
STATE OF FUN District Conference May 3-5, Jekyll Island:  Registration is free!  You only have to pay for meals.  Registration opens this week. Stay tuned for more details.
Announcements Cecilia Arango 2019-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Deb Thompson became the new President/CEO of United Way of the Coastal Empire (UWCE) in August 2018. She replaced Gregg Schroeder who retired after 33 years.  She is the first woman and non-United Way member to be appointed for this position in 80 years! She comes with a strong business background and understands the struggles of small business start-ups.  In addition, she has personally benefited from the United Way as a single mother and recipient of United Way funds.  Deb says now it's her turn to give back.  
 
UWCE has the same mission and focus of United Way worldwide, but is a franchise.  What does this mean?  It means for every dollar you donate to the UWCE, 96 cents of every dollar is going to a service/program in OUR community. It's important to note that overhead expenses do not come out of donations.  These expenses specifically come out of a trust fund - Herschel Jenkins Trust Fund.
 
Deb talked about the extensive process that non-profits must go through to receive funds, as well as the Allocation Committee, a group of community and business volunteers who visit each agency, meet their staff, and see how the programs work. Last year, 55% of the campaign was designated by donors to go to specific organizations and the remaining 45% funded the rest of the programs. 
 
Deb talked about the future of UWCE. Where are we going? She mentioned UWCE and the community (private businesses, government, non-profits, religious sects, etc.) working collaboratively to solve our local community issues to make our area attractive for business. She is hoping to create multi levels of relationships with non-profits and have incubators to teach business savvy skills to help make each non-profit stronger in our community. 
 
Now, what can we do to help? 
Deb Thompson - United Way of the Coastal Empire - Talks Business 2019-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
 
Stephen Lowry, with Harris Lowry Manton, LLP, spoke to us about the wave of the future - self-driving cars. When will all of this newfangled craziness happen, you ask? The answer is...before you know it. By 2020, it's estimated that there will be 10 million vehicles with self-driving capabilities. Some of this is already happening (looking at you with your auto parallel-parking cars).  Our streets won't be completely taken over by autonomous vehicles by 2020, but it's going to happen sooner than we think.  Some say they will be commonplace by 2025.
 
Stephen discussed the ups and downs of Tesla's driverless Autopilot system and the Google Car prototype - the Waymo.  Google has installed LIDAR equipment, in addition to cameras, to help sense nearby hazards like pedestrians, cyclists, other motorists, as well as road signs and traffic signals. It's still not perfect and has experienced some fatal accidents. Tesla has been receiving quite the backlash since Elon Musk isn't a fan of LIDAR - the laser sensor that most car and tech companies sees as a vital component for self-driving cars.
 
Stephen also talked about the ethical dilemma with Self-driving Car and the Three Laws of Robotics:
  1. A robot must not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the order given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
The ethical dilemma the autonomous vehicles face include the Trolley Problem, Tunnel Problem, and the Infinite Trolley Problem. It's really interesting - check the diagram here.  For example, are you gonna push a large man onto a trolley to help save five people? Hmmm, questioning all your moral principles or whether or not you're a jerk...the struggle
 
6 THINGS I LEARNED FROM RIDING IN A GOOGLE SELF-DRIVING CAR by The Oatmeal.  READ THIS!!! DO IT!!! ALL THE COOL KIDS WHO WILL ONE DAY BE RIDIN' OUT IN A SELF-DRIVING CAR NAMED BARRY ARE READING IT. 
 
The Brave New World of Self-Driving Cars Cecilia Arango 2019-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Our family is growing!  Congratulations to Emily Salzer, with sponsors Jordan Chase and Suzanne Kirk, on her induction to the club on Tuesday, Jan 15th.  Welcome to the family!
 
Emily gave her Classification Talk a few meetings ago and here's what you should know:
  • Originally from Jacksonville, FL
  • Grew up in Rotary with her father taking her to meetings as early as age 7 or 8 
  • Went to Georgia Southern University
  • Moved to Nashville where she met her husband and started her career with Whole Foods in 2013 there
  • The opening of Whole Foods in Savannah brought them here
  • Career change in 2015 - YMCA/SCCPSS partnership - Pryme Tyme after-school program - non-profit was a big change for her since she's a "spreadsheets and timelines" kind of person - very organized
  • Pryme Tyme has been around for 30 years in 37 schools
  • Husband, Jason, teaches at Georgia Southern University at Armstrong Campus and is a musician
  • They have a 7-year old boy and two 3-year old twin boys
  • Active members of First Presbyterian Church
  • An only child and her parents relocated to Savannah and she likes having them nearby
Welcome to the Fam, Emily Salzer Cecilia Arango 2019-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to arango.c@thomasandhutton.com in order to be included in Repeats. 
 
  • Denise Grabowski announced that
    • There's a new Bike Walk Savannah Initiative called Ardsley in Motion to keep street conditions safe.  Also, Bike Walk Savannah (was Savannah Bicycle Campaign) was a finalist for the #FundMyStreets community grant.  Their road safety idea was selected to win up to $50,000 to improve road safety in our local community. Denise asked for support on Twitter by retweeting the #FundMyStreets video link.  A panel of expert judges will award up to $50,000 to the finalist with the best plan and video.  
    • The Chatham Area Transit Authority is proud to announce its Let's Go! Designing Better Transit Together Initiative, which will result in a system-wide redesign of the community's fixed-route bus network. Residents were invited to learn and provide feedback at the first community open house on Jan 15th. An online webinar will be presented on Wed, Jan 23 from noon to 1 PM. To register, send an email to letsgo@catchacat.org.
  • Jessica Pedigo's father agreed to build all 23 beds for the first phase of the Tiny House project and needs to have the beds complete by the end of January. For a good time and also if you're interested in volunteering, call Jessica (912-441-5822) as they will be getting together other days throughout the month.  There's still some priming to be finished and the actual building of the beds. 
  • Ariana Berkstiner was fishing for sympathy and asking if anyone had a quiet room for her to catch some zzzz's since her 7-month old is teething and her 4-year old is having night terrors.  HALP!
  • Leigh Acevedo celebrated the new year with her favorite people and stayed up til 1:30 AM! She gives a big shout-out to her mom for watching the baby!
  • Kelley Boyd hosted a Free Yoga-Yoga Fest on Jan 19th at the Savannah Yoga Center.  Free 40 minute classes were offered on the hour from 9 AM to 4 PM!
  • Laura Lee Bocade announced that the Banff Mountain Film Festival tickets are on sale now.  The event takes place on Fri, April 20th at the Lucas Theatre from 7 - 9 :30 PM.  Bike Walk Savannah will be raffling a mountain bike from Quality Bike Shop along with other exciting prizes. 
  • Orlando Montoya mentioned
    • The Confucius Institute at Savannah State is offering free Mandarin classes.  Last year, they canceled classes because there wasn't enough attendance.  Email confuciusinstitute@savannahstate.edu for more information.
    • The final Day Trip involves cattle, ticks, and raptors - Feb 2 to Statesboro, GA.  This trip raises fund for our annual service partner, ORK, and our global grant project.  You'll be visiting Hunter Cattle, the US National Tick Collection and Raptor Center at Georgia Southern.
  • Jamie Arkins gave a big shout-out to the volunteers who helped with our first Annual Service Partner project with Ogeechee Riverkeeper.  We were able to tag 16 storm drains.
  • Justin Hummel and his fiance, Kim, moved back to PA.  We'll miss them for sure!  The good news is Patrick Phelps will be taking Justin's place as Foundation Chair.  Welcome Patrick!
  • There's no place like home, said Kevin Klinkenberg as he and his family moved back to Kansas.  
  • Thank you to Robert McCorkle for opening up your home and to the host committee for the incredible holiday oyster roast on Dec 16th!
  • Emmy Burch is back!  She finished up her term with a 4.0!
  • Jenny Woodruff is back after 6 months of practically missing from Rotary
  • Jamie Arkins asked that we keep Clint Murphy and his family in our thoughts and prayers.  Clint's father,  Johnny Murphy, passed away on Dec. 19th.  
Brags, Finds, and Whines Cecilia Arango 2019-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
 
Please welcome (back) to the board, Jessica Pedigo!  She will serve as President after Bret Bell's reign.  The club unanimously approved the Board's nomination at Tuesday's meeting.  This is what happens when you quit coming regularly to meetings...sucker!!  
 
PS - that was actually quoted from none other than Jessica
It's Back to the Board with Jessica Pedigo Cecilia Arango 2019-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
A big warm welcome to the following guests who attended our last 2 meetings:
  • Michael Solomon with Synovus Bank, guest of Suzanne Kirk
  • Zach Thomas with Bergen & Bergen PC, guest of Jessica Pedigo
  • Daislyn Garcon with City of Savannah Water & Sewer Department, guest of Jonas Subaar
  • Cam Patterson, father and guest of Emily Salzer
  • Tim Cone with GA Tech, guest of Leigh Acevedo
Guests Cecilia Arango 2018-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
 
Metro's fall fundraiser is in the works for our annual service partner, Ogeechee Riverkeeper!  Join us on Oct 18 at the Starland Dairy for games, food, wine, and Two Tides beer!  Of course, there will also be a fabulous silent auction!  Event revenue will go toward the Stormwater-Wise Windsor Forest project.  We're recruiting sponsors and silent auction donations.  (Ahem....if you own a boat, you might as well go ahead and donate a river cruise for the auction so that the committee doesn't have to track you down.)
 
Sponsorship forms are available here!
You Down with O-gee-chee? Yeah, You Know Me! Who's Down with O-gee-chee? Metro Rotary! Cecilia Arango 2018-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
ASP Voting Is Upon Us 2018-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

 
Denise Grabowski is an urban planner who has been a part of many important ongoing projects that affect us all, from the arena, to the parking study, to the bus system redesign. She came to Savannah from her native Atlanta 23 years ago to work for the Metropolitan Planning Commission.  Denise founded her own urban planning firm, Symbioscity, 8 years ago.  She is married with 2 kids - 6th grader, Julia, and 3rd grader, Michael. She loves cooking, gardening, being on the water and travel, with recent trips to Russia, Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia.  She played for Georgia Tech’s coed Ultimate Frisbee team and was invited to a national tournament with them in San Diego, although she doesn’t play the sport much anymore.

Random: If you could replace the bow, the wave, the handshake and the salute, what interesting new gestural greeting would you create?  Blowing a kiss gesture.

Preference: Closed cabinets or open shelving?  Closed.

Trivia: Does alcohol warm or cool your body?  Denise got it right - cool is correct.  Alcohol dilates warm blood vessels near your skin, creating the impression of warmth, while it actually can drop core body temperature.

Audience: What is the transit system redesign that your firm is working on? This initiative will result in a realignment of our fixed-route bus network, led by an international transit planning firm, Jarrett Walker + Associates, with the assistance of CAT and Symbioscity.  Check out Brags, Whines, & Finds for more information on CAT's Let's Go Community Open House.
 
Membership Minute with Denise Grabowski Cecilia Arango 2018-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

Jordan Chase
*disclaimer:  This photo already existed in our photo library so I'm using it because...#america
 
Jordan is Human Resources Senior Business Partner at Memorial Health where she has worked for eight years.  Born in Macon, she was raised in Savannah from age 2, taking ballet at the former Montessori school, now Husk on Oglethorpe Avenue.  She attended John Hopkins University and College of Charleston. Her hobbies include fitness, namely, running, swimming, and health club workouts.  She also loves trying out new restaurants and reading, especially historical fiction.  She was Metro's first full-term president, a role she earned by drawing straws with Clint Murphy and David Acuff, and was the first of this club’s two "pregnidents", mother of children ages 10, 9, and 5 and married to club member Danny Chase (who proclaimed he is actually considered her oldest child).

Random: If you could use only one app that did not come pre-installed on your smartphone, and not including mail, text, browser, map, or calendar apps, which would it be? Amazon

Preference: Macarena, Achy Breaky or Electric Slide. Ahhhhh, Macarena 

Trivia: Name as many of the countries or regions where the following Christmas foods are served:
Buche de Noel: a rolled pastry in France
Pozole: hominy soup in Latin America
Panettone: a sweet bread in Italy
Zakusky: appetizers in Russia
Glogg: a mulled wine in Scandinavia
Kourabiedes: cookies in Greece
Membership Minute 2018-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Annual Service Partner Fundraiser Announced! 2017-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
As many of you know, March 8 was International Women's Day. Metro Rotary will honor Women in Rotary at our program meeting on March 21. Judge Louisa Abbot will be presenting and is the first woman in history to serve as President of a Rotary club (Rotary Club of Savannah). The Honorable Louisa Abbot is in her seventeenth year as Judge of Superior Court of Chatham County, Eastern Judicial Circuit.  Please join us next Tuesday for a profound presentation by a dynamic guest speaker!
 
 
Women in Rotary 2017-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
 
Thousands of Rotarians from around the world will descend upon Atlanta June 10-14, 2017 for the Rotary International Convention and Centennial Celebration of the Rotary Foundation! Convention and Hotel registration begins May 28 and goes up in price over the next year. Take advantage of the discounted prices beginning May 28. Find out more by watching this short video here. Metro will mostly likely organize group transportation and lodging. More to come on that. For now, we hope you will mark your calendars, register early, and plan to be in Atlanta June 10-14, 2017!
 
Registration fees:
May 28 - June 6, 2016..............$265.00
June 7 - Dec. 15, 2016.............$340.00
Dec. 16, 2016-March 31, 2017..$425.00
On Site Registration.................$490.00
 
Sign up for Rotary International Convention JSA 2016-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
 
It was a homecoming of sorts on April 9 as Metro Rotarians returned to Greenbriar Children's Center, our Club's first Community Service Partner. 
 
Rotarians cleaned out and planted the spring garden in the extensive raised beds that Metro created for Greenbriar in 2013. Rotarians worked with children at the center to plant all kinds of fantastic veggies, which the Center will harvest for use in its meals. 
 
Great to see this partnership continue!
 
 
Metro Gets Dirty 2016-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
 
Metro inducted two new awesome members during the April 5 Meeting. They are Patrick Bentley, a Project Manager at the Savannah Economic Development Authority, and Jeff Harris, Vice President of Human Resources & Auxiliary Operations at SCAD.
 
Congratulations Patrick and Jeff, and welcome to the Club!
Metro Inducts 2 New Members 2016-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
 
Metro inducted five new awesome members during the March 1 Meeting. 
 
They are: Justin Hummel, Sago Property Management; Henry Lee Perry, Savannah State University; Kevin Klinkenberg, Savannah Development and Renewal Authority;  Cecilia Arango, Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co.; and Liz Parizo, Memorial Health. 
 
Congratulations to all!
Metro Inducts New Members 2016-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Metro Meets the Candidates
 
 
With interminable debates in Cleveland and California in the rear-view mirror, the election world now pivots to Savannah, where the political event of the season will be held September 22 at The Florence. 
 
There, Metro Rotarians will share the stage with more than two dozen Savannah City Council candidates - an unpredictable bunch on a good day. Throw some alcohol into that mix, along with a pair of take-no-political-prisoner Rotarians named Clint Murphy and Staci Donegan, and there ain't no telling where this night is gonna go. 
 
This will be a casual opportunity to get to know the candidates better, and for them to get to know our Club better. It should be fun and informative. And The Florence has an awesome bar. 
 
We want to look good, so please make every effort to come. 
 
See everyone at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at The Florence, 2 W. Victory Drive.
Election Social Sept. 22 2015-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
We Have a New Logo  
 
Metro launched a new logo during the Sept. 1 meeting. The logo started as a conversation between Past President Robert McCorkle and Communications Chair Bret Bell over the spring: They wanted a brand that reflected the vibrancy and uniqueness of Metro while still honoring the Rotary International traditions. They wanted a logo that was more flexible than our clunky old one. They wanted to shorten Metropolitan in favor of the catchier Metro, which we all call ourselves anyway. And they really liked that M. 
 
Those talks resulted in some pretty inspiring cut-and-paste sessions (with actual scissors and glue), which thankfully led Robert and Bret to the conclusion that there was no way in hell they were going to pull this off.  
 
They tapped Cari Clark (duh), who is literally the best in town for this sort of thing. Cari was gracious with her time and talent, and lent the club the considerable resources of her amazing firm Clark Communications 
 
The result is a fresher-looking logo that is distinctly Metro, while paying homage to the Rotary wheel and true to the official Rotary colors. Look for this sucker on all of our stuff, including hipper new t-shirts that Florence Slatinsky is creating for us.    
Extreme Makeover: Metro Edition 2015-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Rodeo!
 
 
Great turnout for the Oct. 13 Food Truck Rodeo will mean lots of cold hard cash for our 2015-16 service partner, the Forsyth Farmers' Market. 
 
The event outside Service Brewing featured food trucks, plenty of beer, lots of ridiculous carnie games, and an unforgiving mechanical bull. Congratulations to cowboy Jake Crawley for winning the bull riding competition. He was awarded the coveted brass rodeo belt buckle.
 
Special thanks, too, to Jessica Pedigo, Liza Smith and their amazing team, which worked their tails off to make the event happen. Ridiculous times had by all! And only minor injuries!
All proceeds will benefit the Forsyth Farmers' Market. Metro Rotary is partnering with the Farmers' Market to develop and implement the Bring it Home! program in partnership with the brand new Farm Truck 912. Bring it Home! will provide fun, educational programming in addition to healthy food options through Farm Truck 912 to many local families in food insecure neighborhoods. Bring it Home! aims to improve the health status of Savannah’s most vulnerable community members. 
 
 
 
 
Metro rocks fund-raiser for Farmers' Market 2015-09-02 04:00:00Z 0
Volunteer for Revival Fest!
 
 
What more could you ask for.....great music, cold craft brews, and delicious food offerings???  What: You want to add a little COMMUNITY SERVICE into the mix.....you got it!
 
Looking for volunteers for the 3rd Annual Revival Fest taking place Saturday, September 12, in the Coastal Heritage Society’s Georgia State Railroad Museum. This is an awesome time. Our very own Jason Nieluwbowzyxcczz?%, pictured above, clearly enjoyed himself last year. In short, Revival Fest is like a giant backyard party with your favorite music, food, friends and libations. http://www.revivalfest.org/
 
Alcohol sales are benefiting Coastal Heritage Society. This is a Family Friendly event. Shifts are three hours. Upon arrival volunteers will be assigned by the Revival Fest staff to one and or/any of the following jobs duties:
  • VIP Area
  • Parking- general public and bands
  • Merchandise
  • Ticketing
  • Vendor assisting (set up/breakdown)
  • Band/Backstage Hospitality
Volunteers will be invited to enjoy the festival before or after their shift.
 
Due to the many shifts and not knowing where you will be assigned to work, this will be the honor system of self-reporting.  Once you complete your 3 hour shift, please email BOTH Amelia Harper & Bea Saba at harper.amelia@gmail.com and sabab@liveoakpl.org to get your service credit.
 
 
Malt + Music + Metro = Yep 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Family Field Day Needs Your Help
 
 
This much-anticipated barrel of laughs is almost upon us: 2:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in Tiedeman Park.
 
Here's what the planning committee needs from you:
  • Kids swimming pool (Just one) 
  • Water Balloons 
  • Bats (6-8 Needed)
  • Buckets (6-8 Needed)
  • Pool Noodles - Full Length (8 Needed) 
If you've got any of this, please contact Jake Crawley or Jessica Thomas
 
Event details:
  • A friendly competition for the whole family – age 5+ recommended for games.
  • BBQ and non-alcoholic beverages provided by Rotary – bring a side dish or dessert to share and a cooler with other libations, if you wish.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.
  • Bring folding chairs or a picnic blanket.
  • Tiedeman Park is located at across from Savannah Arts Academy between 46th Street and Washington; Atlantic Avenue curves around the park.
  • Please RSVP on the Metro website so we know how many people to expect.
  • Bathrooms available.
See you in Ardsley! 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Metro turns out for Cool Communities, Hot Savannah
 
Some scenes from the Aug. 22 volunteer event with the Forsyth Farmers' Market Farm Truck at the Cool Communities, Hot Savannah event in Wells Park. More than 15 Metro Rotarians helped organize activities for children, and paint the Farm Truck (not the awesome mural pictured, but equally impressive stuff). A great start to our partnership!
 
 
 
 
 
August Service Project 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
 
The Sultan of Spreadsheets, the Master of Minutes, the Pied Piper of Planning Docs: Patton Dugas has been a busy guy folks. 
 
The new Members Only page Patton's set up on http://metropolitansavannahrotary.org is your one-stop shop for Metro business: Check you attendance, pay your dues, view Club goals, learn about prospective members, read the rules, view our budget. 
 
If you are among the Club nerds and actually read that budget, you'll see that annual Club dues will increase next year from $300 to $350. Ouch we know, but still way cheaper than every other Rotary club in town. Beginning in October, lunch will also increase from $10 to $12.50, which will include the Square processing fee.
 
Why are you greedy bastards doing this to me, you may ask? For one, things cost more. For another, we're growing into a more established club, and want to have a bigger impact on our community. The increase will allow us to do more, and have more fun.
 
Check it all out by clicking on the "Members Only" tab at the top of the homepage at http://www.metropolitansavannahrotary.org or by going directly to the page here: http://metropolitansavannahrotary.org/Page/Show?ClassCode=Page&Slug=members-only. Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to get your billing and attendance digits.
From the Metro Salt Mines Department 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Get On The Bus
 
 
During the July 21 Meeting, Forsyth Farmers Market Director Teri Schell gave Metro the 411 on Farm Truck 912, our big service project for the next year.
 
The lowdown: Farm Truck 912 is a mobile farmers’ market that will bring local fruits and vegetables to Savannah neighborhoods with the least access to healthy food. In Chatham County, 19% of people and 26% of children reported a lack of reliable access to food in 2013. 
 
Metro is on board to support Farm Truck 912 through the "Bring it Home" programming that includes cooking, exercise, health education, and social activities in conjunction with Farm Truck stops. We'll also  be directly supporting the startup of Farm Truck operations through a variety of volunteer opportunities.
 
"This is really a brand new project, so we can make it what ever we want," Schell said. 
 
You can help shape this awesome partnership during our family-friendly kickoff event with Farm Truck 912 on Saturday, Aug. 22, in Wells Park near MLK and 38th Street. The truck will be there as part of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority's (SDRA) Street Fair - "Cool Communities in Hot Savannah," which will feature local products, foods, businesses, artists, musicians, and activities for the whole family.
 
During the event, we will be helping FFM with art & crafts, games and projects centered on healthy choices & food education that hopefully the participants will “bring home” and incorporate in their daily lives.  
 
The event runs from 2 – 7pm, but FFM would love our help for the set up and take down after the event.  Thus, we have created 2 hour volunteer shifts from 1 pm until 8 pm. Sign up here: http://admin.clubrunner.ca/11960/VolunteerTask/List?VolunteerSignUpId=61ddb0df-3f68-4cb8-bde9-82e346b3ac12&SelectedId=ffee7d98-43a4-4fad-943e-665ee9611831
 
The Partnership Begins 2015-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Who Wants It?
 
 
Mark your calendar: The much-anticipated Family Field Day is ON. 
 
Set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in Tiedeman Park, it's an event you really don't want to miss. Last year's totally rocked.  
 
Jessica Thomas' planning crew is looking to make it even better, and needs your help. Please take a moment to fill out this short survey about what you'd like to see at the event: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3S2JBGN
 
Event details:
  • A friendly competition for the whole family – age 5+ recommended for games.
  • BBQ and non-alcoholic beverages provided by Rotary – bring a side dish or dessert to share and a cooler with other libations, if you wish.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.
  • Bring folding chairs or a picnic blanket.
  • Tiedeman Park is located at across from Savannah Arts Academy between 46th Street and Washington; Atlantic Avenue curves around the park.
  • Please RSVP on the Metro website so we know how many people to expect.
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Rotarians step up for Committee assignments
 
 
President Kirk pushed Committee involvement as the key to Metro’s success for the upcoming year. Below are those who signed up for each during last week’s Club Assembly. Impressive!
 
Grants Committee: Coordinates district and global grants, and annual service partner grant and fundraising efforts
Chair, Jessica Pedigo
Jason Somers
Denise McCoy
Cody Tharpe
Bea Saba
Clint Murphy
Florence Slatinsky
Robert McCorkle
Foundation Committee: Develops plans to ensure Metro support of Rotary Foundation
Chair, Jordan Chase
Brady Cannon
Jenny Woodruff
Robert McCorkle
Darron Alvord
Family of Rotary Committee: Engage members’ families in Rotary
Chair, Jessica Thomas
Jake Crawley
Jamie Arkens Smith
Amelia Harper
Clint Murphy
 
Programming Committee: Execute Club meetings and monthly social activities
Chair, Leigh Acevedo
Emmy Williams
Chris Corey
Jason Somers
Kristen Crawley
John Northup
George Barrow
Eric Bull
Lee Beckman
Bea Saba
Josh Brooks
Cindy Mullally
David Acuff
 
Communications Committee: Increase Club communications internally and Club profile in the community
Chair, Bret Bell
Alfred McGuire
Eric Bull
Jamie Smith Arkins
Florence Slatinsky
Josh Yates
Whitney Shepherd
 
Service Committee: Organizes monthly service projects and coordinates annual service partner
Chairs, Jeanine Roach and David Acuff
Staci Donegan
Devon Smyth
John Bennett
Whitney Shepherd
Darron Alvord
 
Membership Committee: Recruits, integrates and retains Club members
Chair, Michael McLeod
Emmy Williams
Jason N
George Barrow
John Northup
Clint Murphy
Cam Pope
Jeff Brady
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New World Order
 
 
Suzanne Kirk left no doubt about her presidential style during last week’s regime change, ushering in a Canadian-style governance that focused on punctual efficiency, socialist populism with an emphasis on committee rule, and Yukon-style beards.
 
She introduced a new global grants initiative that will partner with worthy projects in either Ghana or Brazil, though sources indicate it’s in reality the beginning of a vast pipeline to funnel Club funds to Saskatchewan.

“Metro Savannah Rotary has accomplished so much in our first few years; it’s hard to imagine we were just chartered in 2012,” Kirk said. “Our founding members and past Presidents have established a vibrant club for today’s Rotarian. I’m honored to follow in their footsteps and help our club continue to demonstrate our commitment of service above self both here in Savannah and in the global communities we support.”
 
Outgoing President Robert McCorkle presented Kirk with the traditional framed portrait of Harris the Cat, which will proudly hang in Kirk’s home or business for the year. Kirk gave McCorkle some booze.
 
During McCorkle’s past year as president, membership grew by 5 percent, Metro became an Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) Club, inducted four new members into the Paul Harris Society, and received the Gold Award from the District Governor. Members volunteered more than 400 hours during a dozen service projects across the community, and the Club raised nearly $10,000 for service partner Savannah Bicycle Campaign. 
 
“It has been a thrill to play a small role in the continued growth of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club,” McCorkle said. “This Club continues to be a testament to what a group of individuals can do when they join together to put ‘Service Above Self’ and make concentrated efforts to transform the lives of others.  I am proud to call myself a Rotarian.”
 
 
Joining Kirk and McCorkle on the 2015-2016 Board of Directors are: Patton Dugas,  Brad Whitfield, Amelia Harper, Bea Saba Jeanine Roach, Jessica Pedigo, Jordan Chase, Michael McLeod, Bret Bell, Leigh Acevedo, Jeff Brady,  Jessica Thomas, Julie Wade, Liza Smith, Josh Brooks and David Acuff.
 
 
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Pedigo named Rotarian of the Year
 
  
 
At his final meeting as President, Robert McCorkle presented annual awards to Rotarians who went above and beyond during the course of the year.
  • Jessica Pedigo was named Rotarian of the Year. As Grants Chair, Jessica took the lead on many important initiatives, including the wildly successful Grand Prix for SBC tricycle races.
  • Ben Barksdale was named Volunteer of the Year. Ben logged the most volunteer hours in the Club, and received a separate volunteer award from the Savannah Bicycle Campaign for his efforts.
  • Special Club awards went to Secretary Bea Saba, who keeps track and follows through on all the things that would otherwise cause Metro to melt into a useless puddle; and Foundation Chair Jordan Chase, whose efforts secured EREY status for Metro.
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July 10 Service Project: Emmaus House
 
 
Metro Rotarians prepped, cooked, served, cleaned and helped 100 souls receive a hot meal at Emmaus House on July 10. Amazing service, amazing experience. Nice job everyone.
 
 
 
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Metro installs new President, Board of Directors
 
 
Suzanne Kirk, President of Employee Development Strategies Inc., was installed this week as President of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club. Kirk succeeds outgoing president Robert McCorkle, partner in the law firm of McCorkle & Johnson, LLP.
 
“Metro Savannah Rotary has accomplished so much in our first few years; it’s hard to imagine we were just chartered in 2012,” Kirk said. “Our founding members and past Presidents have established a vibrant club for today’s Rotarian. I’m honored to follow in their footsteps and help our club continue to demonstrate our commitment of service above self both here in Savannah and in the global communities we support.”
 
Joining Kirk and McCorkle on the 2015-2016 Board of Directors are: Patton Dugas,  Brad Whitfield, Amelia Harper, Bea Saba Jeanine Roach, Jessica Pedigo, Jordan Chase, Michael McLeod, Bret Bell, Leigh Acevedo, Jeff Brady,  Jessica Thomas, Julie Wade, Liza Smith, Josh Brooks and David Acuff.
 
During McCorkle’s past year as president, membership grew by 5 percent, and the Club was successful in securing donations to the Rotary Foundation from each of the Club's members. Members volunteered more than 400 hours during a dozen service projects across the community, and the Club raised nearly $10,000 for service partner Savannah Bicycle Campaign. 
 
At his final meeting as President, McCorkle presented the Rotarian of the Year Award to Jessica Pedigo, Volunteer of the Year Award to Ben Barksdale, and awards to Jordan Chase and Bea Saba for their service to the Club.
 
“It has been a thrill to play a small role in the continued growth of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club,” McCorkle said. “This Club continues to be a testament to what a group of individuals can do when they join together to put ‘Service Above Self’ and make concentrated efforts to transform the lives of others.  I am proud to call myself a Rotarian.”
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