Liza Smith announced a new Metro Rotary program called "Munch" (Metro Lunch) ... name may change because well, because we're all still 14 at heart. I see and hear you snickering right now (...and I like it!) Regardless, this is just another opportunity for all of us to get to know one another and Metro better.  Metrotarians will be set up on small group lunch dates that will count towards attendance as long as a picture is taken because #PicsOrItDidntHappen
The wise rapper, Drake, once said,
Got the club goin' up
On a Tuesday
Metro knows how to throw the best house parties and we're doing it again this time for our ASP, Habitat for Humanity! Join us Tuesday, Sept 24 for the hottest Fall fundraiser in town - THE HOUSE PARTY FOR HABITAT! It'll take place at the Acura Show Room on Broughton Street from 6-9 PM and will be opened to the public. There'll be JENGA, Hammerschlagen, a construction-themed costume contest, a taco bar, and margaritas.  We'll be jamming out to the tunes of DJ Jose Ray.  Tickets are $45 and $55 at the door. If you have silent auction items, please contact Jordan Chase or event co-chair, Jamie Smith Arkins. If you'd like to be a sponsor, please contact Suzy Wallace or Jason Nielubowicz. Please spread the word!  
Metrotarians provided butt sweat and tears at our first ASP Service Project for Habitat for Humanity. We worked on Habitat's headquarters on 70th Street on Saturday, Aug 24th to help prepare it to sell on the market. We helped repair and paint the wooden fence, trimmed branches and bushes, pressure washed the house, and helped repair the stairs and ramp. Habitat has outgrown this space and is planning to relocate to the Restore property on MLK. Thank you all for volunteering your time!
Congratulations to Jamie Smith Arkins on winning a prize package for becoming the first Metrotarian to complete an annual Rotary Foundation contribution. The club is looking for 100% and you have an entire year to do it, but since the new Rotary year has just begun, any contribution that you made before now is for the old Rotary year. Jamie's prize package was a Bloody Mary mix.  Hell yeah.
JK...YOU TOTES CAN.  LET'S HAVE MUNCH! (Cody is totes snickering at this....)
Cari Clark Phelps announced that the Membership  Committee is considering consolidating the membership process for new members.  The change still has to be approved by the board. It's not so much a change as a consolidation of many steps into fewer steps. Contact the Membership Committee as early in the process as possible for more information if you believe you or someone you know would like to become a member. Bret Bell's goal is to add 6 new members this Rotary year.
Metro's Social on Tuesday, August 27th was brought to us by our very own Metrotarian, Kelley Boyd with Savannah Yoga Center! We had a nice yoga session followed by drinks at White Whale. Check out our "Rogis"!
Registration is now open to all Rotarians for Parts 1, 2, 3, and a special Graduate Class for the next District 6920 RLI that will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5th (7:30 AM - 3:30 PM) at the Oconee Fall-Line Technical College Campus in Dublin, GA. Some of the interesting leadership topics that will be discussed include Membership Engagement, Analyzing Your Rotary Club, Strategic Planning, Service Projects, Effective Leadership Strategies and the History of Rotary. A special Graduate Class on “Transforming Your Club” will also be offered for those Rotarians that have completed Graduation of RLI.
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to in order to be included in Repeats. 
  • Whitney Shephard is calling all her runner friends!  Who wants to be in a posse of 5K or 10K runners to support GRSP? Whitney's running the 10K for Savannah Sunrise Rotary's Trick or Trot event on Sat, Oct. 19th. There's already one metro team, but it'd be fun to have more! $35 for the 10K and $25 for the 5K. If enough people sign up, Whitney may be reviving the Hulk Hogan costume! Um...there may be burgers after the race. SIGN ME UP, brother! 
  • Orlando Montoya celebrated his 20th Savannahversary on Fri, Aug 23rd at Edgar's Proof and Provision 
  • Bret Bell announced a City of Savannah master plan workshop for the Canal District held on Thur, Aug 22 at the Coastal Georgia Center
  • Jenny Woodruff is excited that she found child care!
  • Cari Clark Phelps is excited about an upcoming trip to LaCoste France
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Metrotarians in the news:
  • Jason Nielubowicz was recognized by Judge Realty as Top Producer for July 2019
  • Robert McCorkle was recognized by Savannah Magazine with a feature on his house, formerly that of Johnny Mercer, in a recent issue
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A big warm welcome to the following guests who attended our last meetings:
  • Steven & Jessica Alford, new Savannah residents - Steven worked in PR in Texas and Jessica's joining WTOC as on-air reporter, Jessica Savage 
  • Kelli Weis, Sotheby's International Realty
  • Karen Terry, Memorial Health
  • Laura Sparks, Ashley's Business Solutions
  • Melinda Fradley, Savannah Children's Choir
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Tim Cone, Program Director for Georgia Institute of Technology's Savannah Campus' Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computer (CEISMC) taught manufacturing, robotics, and engineering at Savannah's Woodville Thompkins Technical and Career High School, where he was recognized as Savannah Chatham County District High School Teacher of the Year in 2014. He is also the co-founder of Maven Makers. His role is now building STEM/STEAM in the public schools. He verified his geek status by showing his socks featuring BB-8, a droid character who appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.
The force is strong with this one.
Tim Cone Building Up Some STEAM/STEM Cecilia Arango 2019-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Check out our new 2019-2020 board!  Can you believe this photo shoot was organized in 2 days and everyone showed up?!  On top of that - in 100-degree weather?!  I secretly gave myself the Sally Field's "They Really Like Me" speech as I walked to my car drenched in sweat. Thanks for your cooperation, you beautiful people, you!
Metro's Board of Directors include:
  • President - Bret Bell
  • President Elect - Jessica Pedigo
  • Immediate Past President - Whitney Shephard
  • Treasurer - Cody Tharpe
  • Secretary - Will Gruver
  • Sergeant at Arms - Sara Holton
  • Service Chair: Sam Carroll
  • Foundation Chair: Patrick Phelps
  • Membership Chair: Cari Phelps
  • Communications Chair: Cecilia Arango
  • Directors at Large: Jason Nielubowicz, Liza Smith, Jordan Chase
With Bret now at the helm, he would like to enrich Metro with the following:
  • Tacos
  • Top 10 Lists for everything
  • The 4-Way Test is now the 5-Way Test.  Repeat after me -  Of the things we think, say, or do,
    1. Is it the TRUTH?
    2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
    3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
    4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
    5. **NEW** Will it be AWESOME?
  • Metro in the News Spotlights
  • Prezi please, let's make PPTs great again!
  • Your Facebook photos will need to be set to private and hidden unless you want them shared via PPT 
  • But seriously, Bret's goals include:
    • Increase the club size by 6 members
    • Add more networking opportunities
    • Every member does a service project
    • Enhance Metro's stature in Savannah
    • Make Metro More Awesome
Rotary Area 1 clubs, including Metro, Sunrise, Savannah (Downtown),and Skidaway Island, will participate in early childhood literacy with Loop It Up as a sustained partnership with underserved schools.  This will be an extension of the book box project we did a few years ago. We'll be doing book drives, reading to classes, etc. and the program will be focused on Pre-K and Kindergarten.  If you're interested in helping, please contact Whitney Shephard!
Next Service Opportunity - Annual Service Partnership:
  • August 24 - Habitat for Humanity.  Two shifts available:  8:30 - 11:30 and 11:30 - 2:30 at 1106 E. 70th Street
    • Some of the work that needs to be done include repairs to the fence and stairs, tree trimming, pressure washing, and painting.  Please go online and sign waivers.  We are looking for tools, trucks, and chop saws.
  • Fundraiser - come on out for Hops for Habitat at Coastal Empire Beer on Aug 24 from 7:00-9:00 PM to benefit Habitat for Humanity.  There'll be live music from SOAP and food from Big Bon Pizza! Tickets are $35.
Our Membership Committee will present our new streamlined New Member Process at our next meeting on Aug 20th! It's now a 5-step process.
  • Almost (New) Members include Elizabeth Summerell and Reshma Johnson
  • (Retired) Members include Jennifer Huskey (she is pursuing her endeavors in jewelry making), Josh Brooks (building an empire with Brooks Construction, but we'll see more of Josh as he chairs our ASP, Habitat for Humanity), and Jake Crawley (who is now working at Byrd Cookie Company)
Patrick?  It is me you're looking for? Log into My Rotary and see how much you've given.  Hint:  It should be $100. Metro has already committed to giving $50 on your behalf, now it's your turn to give your part (hint: $50).
Other creative ways to give is via social media.  Facebook created 2 new non-profits - Rotary International and End Polio.  Pick one of those and ask your friends and family to give! 
Thank you everyone who donated school supplies to help kids in need. Weslyn Mahogany Bowers, with Blessings in a Bookbag, Inc., was grateful for the supplies and will be distributing them to families she serves in the public school system.
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Harold Tessendorf, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, talked to the club about its mission and how we will help their organization. The Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity subscribes to a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.  The organization brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Harold talked about the "American Dream" of being able to own a home and discussed Savannah and its surrounding areas' lack of affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity is an affordable homeownership ministry committed to partnering with low-income, working families to realize their dreams of owning quality, affordable, and energy-efficient homes in safe and revitalizing neighborhoods in Chatham County. As one of 1,600 affiliates in the US and part of Habitat for Humanity International, which is active in 70 countries around the world, Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity addresses the need for safe and affordable shelter both locally and around the world.
As part of our Annual Service Partnership, we will help prepare the existing office located on E. 70th Street to have it ready to sell on the market. The organization has outgrown this facility and needs a professional presence. The office will be relocated to the Restore property on MLK.  The goal is to consolidate the office space and Restore to be in one facility. Please sign up for our first Service opportunity on Aug 24th!
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  1. What do you do?  I'm a librarian
  2. How did you end up in Savannah?  I moved to Savannah because I liked the weather.  I'm used to the tropical temps.
  3. What's one thing we don't know about you? I drive like a New Yorker.  I grew up in the Bronx and am pretty sassy and rough, which means I'm very assertive when it comes to driving. 
Three Questions with Bea Saba Cecilia Arango 2019-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
A big warm welcome to the following guests who attended our last meetings:
  • Stacy Cleveland, guest of Emily Burch
  • Valerie Kirk, daughter/guest of Suzanne Kirk
  • Sarah Smith, WTOC, guest of Jamie Smith Arkins
  • Alexis Spisso, daughter/guest of DJ Spisso
  • Karen Terry, Director of Operations at Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute, guest of Jordan Chase
  • Hunt's Belly Hump, future child of Drew Hunt
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to in order to be included in Repeats. 
  • Julie Wade announced that Savannah/Chatham County Schools are back in session and thanked everyone who proudly says #wechoosepublicschool!
  • Denise Grabowski announced that she's going to be on NPR's Political Rewind on Aug 19th!  Set your stations to the NPR Podcast and listen to the current political issues and hear from the decision makers.
  • DJ Spisso announced his new position over at the National Guard!  Congrats!
  • Cecilia Arango announced that tickets for HAIR, THE AMERICAN TRIBAL-LOVE ROCK MUSICAL are still available.  Thanks to Metrotarians, Jamie Smith Arkins and Daniel Weiner, who came out to support!  This weekend is the final run of the show.  Don't miss out! Check out this awesome review posted in Connect Savannah!
  • Liza Smith announced the Girls on the Run Pace-Setter concert featuring local female powerhouse musicians that took place on Sun, Aug 11th to raise money for scholarships for Girls on the Run!
  • Ann Kuhlke Lee announced her last day at SCAD!  She has opened up her own therapy business and it's located near Green Truck! 
  • Ariana Berksteiner announced the Aug 30th benefit, Feeding the Soul: Comedy Fundraiser, for Emmaus House. Front Porch Improv will host the event at Ghost Coast Distillery and will feature comedy and storytelling mix starring some of Savannah's most brilliant storytellers and improvisers telling true stories and witty comedic scenes. 
  • Emily Salzer announced that she is no longer with the YMCA and has taken over Roger Moss' former position over at the Savannah Children's Choir. Congrats!
  • Leigh Acevedo announced that they are moving into a new house!
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At first glance, it does look like a snippet from the Fyre Festival, but these are shelter boxes designed for actual real disaster relief for people who need it the most. Frank Spears spoke to us about ShelterBox - a global disaster relief charity (4-star on Charity Navigator) that provides immediate emergency shelter and other lifesaving aid to survivors of a disaster or humanitarian crisis. 83 million people around the world have been displaced by some sort of force. It's estimated to rise in staggering numbers over the next 20 years due to political instability around the world, in addition to natural disasters. These ShelterBoxes contain the tools to transform lives and rebuild communities. Each ShelterBox aid is tailored to each disaster and typically includes tented shelter, blankets and groundsheets, solar lights, cooking utensils, water purification equipment, a tool kit, mosquito nets, and children's activity packs. The work of ShelterBox is made possible through ongoing contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations. 
We presented Frank our big check donation of $1,000 to ShelterBox!
And then took a selfie because pics or it didn't happen (ask them Fyre Fest suckers)!
What is ShelterBox? Cecilia Arango 2019-06-24 04:00:00Z 0
This is the look of someone about to pass the gavel to the next Metro president! Here's a recap on how Metro (AKA Large Club of the Year) did this year with Whitney at the helm:
  • We gave!
    • $296 per person to TRF
    • 80% sustaining members
    • 1 new Bequest Society member
    • 1 new Benefactor
  • We worked!
    • 26 service projects and counting
    • 418 man hours of service and counting
  • We grew! (+1 member net)
  • We bragged!
    • Media stories
    • Newsletters, social media, and website
District Governor, Margaret Jacob thanks you for your service, your support, and friendship and signs off with our District accomplishments for the year:
  • Saving Lives Through Medicine
    • Opened its 5th clinic on June 13th in Augusta. Map International now supports 37 clinics due to Rotary's Inspiration
  • Global Grants supported by 6920 Foundation giving has provided
    • American farmers in Puerto Rico the opportunity to grow their own food
    • A well for genocide survivors in Uganda
    • Wash stations for girls in India
    • Safe haven for women in Nepal
    • Water in every house in Haiti
    • Women's health support in Guatemala
  • Feeding the Hungry throughout the District with the support of Back Pack Buddy, food banks, food drives, packing events, food baskets, and soup kitchens
  • Tiny Houses for homeless vets first section opened in Savannah and plans drawn for Brunswick
  • End Polio Now campaign has support
  • Effective July 1st, Rotary International will have online Grants Training available for all Rotarians
  • And support District Governor Elect, Mike, in his year with "Rotary Connects the World"
The first July meeting is July 9th (instead of July 2nd) due to the 4th of July holiday.  It's a new year with a new board and....TACOS! Feliz Ano Nuevo Metro!  Let's TACO about the different committees and how you can help! Also, Bret Bell sent everyone the Bylaws for new membership changes.  A vote is required for that so please take a look at it.  The budget for 19-20 will be also be sent out soon!
Come on out to Moon River for our upcoming social for casual conversation and drinks with other Area 1 clubs, including Skidaway, Sunrise, and Savannah clubs!  We'll have a presenter briefly discuss the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education in regards to working together for early literacy.  We'll be set up inside south of the bar.
Coolio once said, "How we gon' git there?  We ain't go no car!" Fret not, Whitney will take you on this fantastic voyage to Dublin, GA.  Just let a sista know.  Shout-outs to Will Gruver and Bret Bell who are planning on attending! Learn more about district service, Saving Lives with Medicine, the 10 Million Meal Challenge, and more!
Invoices have been sent.  Don't be that guy.  Pay your dues for the 2019-2020 year so we can pay Rotary International!
Sam Carroll received this sweet note from FFM Board Member, Laura Seifert.  If you can't read the photo, Laura says," Thank you for your support of the Forsyth Farmers' Market Farm Picnic! We couldn't hold this event without our many fantastic volunteers, and the Rotary Club comes through every year. We appreciate you organizing the team! This year was our best Picnic yet. We exceeded our fundraising goal by about $1,700 and raised $3,300 more than last year. Thanks again for your (and all of the Rotary volunteers) help!"
Service dates to look out for:
  • June 29 - Loop It Up's A-Town MiniFest - there'll be 3 PM and later shifts
  • July 11 - Emmaus House
Log into My Rotary and see how much you've given.  Hint:  It should be $100.
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to in order to be included in Repeats. 
  • Jordan Chase bragged on this year's TEDx Savannah and how inspiring it was!  There were about 8 Metrotarians present at the event. You must check it out next year!  Don't forget that our our very own, Laura Lee Bocade, sits on the TEDx Board.
  • Jamie Arkins bragged on Cari Clark Phelps for being named Savannah Chamber's 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year! Who knew you could be rewarded for being the "crazy" behind 3 businesses - Clark Creative Communications, Salacia Salts, and Faux Show Table Covers - as well as 2 community initiatives, Make Savannah and cSpot!
  • Leigh Acevedo bragged on being Mother of the Year as she whined about finding her 18th month old chilling in the toilet! #littleshit
  • Kelly Boyd wants you to know about Ordinary Magic, an offshoot of Savannah Yoga Center.  It had a soft opening this past Friday, June 21st, to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Come by and visit to pick up some skin, hair, and face small batch products that are all female owned companies from around the US and Canada.  The store will also carry medicinal herbal elixirs, adaptogen products, books, jewelry, rocks/minerals, tarot/oracle cards, and all your magical life needs!   
  • Lee Beckmann brags on this year's Leadership Southeast Georgia program!  He congratulates our very own, Laura Lee Bocade, from graduating Class of 2019!  A big shout-out to Cecilia Arango who planned the Chatham County session on Health & Infrastructure; Suzanne Kirk as our site administrator; and tour guides and panelists, including Bret Bell, Whitney Shephard, and John Bennett.
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DANIEL WEINER!  Congratulations Daniel on showing all of us what "Service Above Self" means! He served as Annual Service Partner Chair and has contributed more than 30 hours of service (and bringing along his amazing wife, Kristin, to help)! We'd also like to give shout-outs to Jamie Arkins, Josh Yates, and Jason Somers for their commitment to service!  On behalf of Metro, we made a donation to Rotary Foundation in Daniel's name.
And the Service Above Self Award Goes to.... Cecilia Arango 2019-06-24 04:00:00Z 0
SARA HOLTON!  Congratulations to Sara who stepped up as Sgt at Arms and Program Committee Chair mid year LIKE A BOSS! She helped coordinate our location search in 2018 and has managed caterers, speakers, and members.  In addition, she has handled all of our last minute texts, emails, and calls with such grace!  On behalf of Metro, we made a donation to Rotary Foundation in Sara's name.
And the Metro Member of the Year is... Cecilia Arango 2019-06-24 04:00:00Z 0
A big warm welcome to the following guests who attended our last meetings:
  • Laura Sparks, Sales Executive at Ashley Business Solutions, guest (and college roommate) of Jordan Chase
  • Karen Terry, Director of Operations at Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute, guest of Jordan Chase
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Surveys are important.  Thank you for taking time to fill out our Metro membership survey so we can improve and make our club better.  The people (okay, so 1 out of 4 responses) have spoken.  By far, this is pertinent information you all need to know. 
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Come on out to Moon River for our upcoming social for casual conversation and drinks with other Area 1 clubs!  We'll have a presenter briefly discuss the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education in regards to working together for early literacy.
Only 2 meetings left and homegirl ain't playing.  Whitney dropped a pop quiz on us to see if we could identify the 6 areas of focus!  She's worked hard this rotary year in educating us Metrotarians on the different areas and how we've played a part in each focus.  Good news!  We just finished the paperwork and we'll be officially doing the Happy Schools project in India again for 2019-2020!
Coolio once said, "How we gon' git there?  We ain't go no car!" Fret not, Whitney will take you on this fantastic voyage to Dublin, GA.  Just let a sista know.  Shout-outs to Will Gruver and Bret Bell who are planning on attending!
Invoices have been sent.  Don't be that guy.  Pay your dues for the 2019-2020 year! 
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Did you hear the one about the Rabbi?  You know - the one about the native of McAllen, TX who disappointed his Jewish parents and didn't become a doctor or a lawyer, but chose instead to become an elementary school teacher?  Yep, we're talking about Rabbi Robert Haas, the current 14th spiritual leader of Congregation Mickve Israel.  
If you missed our last meeting, you missed a great history lesson (and comedy show - Rabbi Haas also does stand-up and was delivering one-liners throughout all of lunch) on quite the impressive Jewish history in Savannah since July 11,1733.  41 Jews intentionally arrived in Savannah and brought with them one of the first Torah scrolls written in the mid-1400s.  Georgia was the only 1 of the 13 colonies to give Jews full rights, which consisted of a plot of land to farm, a house downtown, and arms -  which was unheard of.  They were well received because one of the Jews was a doctor who helped treat yellow fever at the time.  Rabbi Haas also mentioned that Savannah is unique in that we have 4,500 Jews living here and there are 2 families - the Sheftalls and the Minas - that date back their origins to 1733.
Rabbi Haas is currently the 14th spiritual leader of Congregation Mickve Israel and talked to us about the 3 different congregations in town - reformed, conservative, and traditional orthodox.   
There's a Rabbi in the Haas! Cecilia Arango 2019-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
A big warm welcome to the following guests who attended our last meetings:
  • Robyn Carroll, President of the Jewish Educational Alliance, guest (and wife) of Sam Carroll
  • Laura Sparks, Sales Executive of Ashley Business Solutions, guest (and college roommate) of Jordan Chase
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to in order to be included in Repeats. 
  • Ann Kuhlke Lee is looking for a reasonably priced office space, ideally in mid-town or downtown to start a private practice.  Hit her up with any suggestions/leads you may have!
  • Danny Chase bragged on the Tybee Tri team - Jordan Chase, Kristen Crawley, and Kathleen Anderson!
  • Patton Dugas bragged on closing a deal thanks to Danny Chase!
  • Kristen Crawley wants you to know about an upcoming World Trade Center's Quarterly Exporter Roundtable: Exporting Basics, 5 Things Every Exporter Should Know on Tues, June 25th. 
  • Reshma Shah Johnson bragged about hosting 2 Savannah Bananas for the summer!  Keep a look out for #34 and #21!
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(L to R: Bea Saba, Tom Sloane, Whitney Shephard Yates)
Tom Sloane, the new Executive Director of Live Oak Public Libraries, gave us a pop quiz on history facts (call me the Millennium Master) to segue into the vision of the future of libraries, specifically with our Live Oak Public Libraries.  Tom talked about expanding programming and its larger digital collection.  He also gave a big shout-out to our girl, Bea Saba, for her hard work as the library system went through some transitioning and challenging times. 
Libraries are a place to connect and serve as lifelong learning centers because of its accessibility. Some exciting news to share is that currently there are 470 public computers available for anyone to come in and use.  Live Oak is partnering with Comcast in a fiber optic network that will connect its 16 locations (in Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty) to thousands of people.  What does this mean?  The system, to be provided by Comcast, is expected to deliver internet speeds of up to 300 megabits per second, which will allow for movie-streaming and transmitting large files. It could be useful to the small business community and for educational purposes. It could provide access to the community for decades to come.
There are 106,000 active library cardholders with a recorded 1.2 million visits with 1.3 million items (books, e-books, and audio books) borrowed. In addition, there are 3,500 sponsored programs available for children and adults. 
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Our GRSP student, Vitoria, a chemical engineering major, shared her experience with us and these were some of her featured highlights:
  • She was 1 of 42 GRSP students from all over the world based in Georgia
  • She learned programming as part of her job as an IT Student Technician
  • She was involved in Rotaract as one of the coordinators and is excited that they're trying to start an Interact club here
  • She also served as an Event Coordinator for the International Student Organization and enjoyed learning the different cultures
  • She had fun celebrating different holidays not observed in Brazil. Thanksgiving is her favorite and she also wants Savannahians to never compare Savannah's St. Patrick's Day to Brazil's Carnival.  "It's definitely not like Carnival."
  • Cue Taylor Swift's "I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22" because Vitoria did turn 22 in March!
  • What's next?  Vitoria plans on heading back to Brazil next month.  She'll graduate in 2 years and will try to get an internship here in the US, as well as her Masters.  She was diggin' Boston!
  • Vitoria's advice to upcoming GRSP students?  "Be open to what comes.  Don't come with high expectations. Learn new things."
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A big warm welcome to the following guests who attended our last meetings:
  • Susan Klein, Skidaway Island Rotary and GRSP Trustee for Vitoria Pagliaci
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to in order to be included in Repeats. 
  • "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die"  - Cersei "and you also take a day off work to recover" - Lee Perry.  He announced that it was his first day back to work after watching the series finale of Game of Thrones and after watching it, Lee signed the petition because "you know nothing, Jon Snow."
  • Lee Perry also gave a shout-out to Amelia Harper, Cari Clark Phelps, and Jessica Pedigo for their hard work on putting together the Mighty 8th's 2019 Legacy Ball. 18 Metrotarians came out to support!  Way to go!
  • Kristen Crawley bragged on Kathleen Anderson and Jordan Chase on getting her ready for her first sprint tri! Kristen had a #butdidyoudie moment and these girls got her through the mild panic attack!
  • Something to write "ommmm" about - Kelley Boyd bragged about the lifestyles shop, Ordinary Magic (located at 1323 Bull Street - corner of Bull/Anderson), will be opening on June 1st! Carrying female-owned, small batch natural skin, body, and hair care, crystals, jewelry, adaptogens, herbs, and tonics, Ordinary Magic is an offshoot of Yoga Center.  Also, join the 30-day yoga challenge running June 1-30 at Savannah Yoga Center!  Community, accountability, strength, zen, and fun! Stay connected to your health and well-being goals with yoga!
  • Ariana Berksteiner bragged that Theo turned 1 on Sunday! 
  • Bea Saba wants you to know about NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus. These are free databases provided to all patrons of Live Oak Public Libraries to help you find books you'll want to read based on titles, authors, series, or genres. Find "Read-alikes" - books based on content or author. Search by title, author, series, etc. and you’ll find a list of similar Read-alikes on the right sidebar of the page.  Password cavern expires on 8/6/2019. To continue using that resource, be sure to obtain a library card to access new password after that date and by logging on here for the new password. For more information, visit your local community library or at And don’t forget to sign your kids up for our Summer Reading Program. Happy Reading!
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The votes have been tallied and we'd like to announce our 2019-2020 Annual Service Partner - Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity (CEHFH)!  It came down to CEHFH and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Thank you all who voted.  
Since 1983, CEHFH has brought low-income working households together with donors and volunteers to build 145 affordable homeownership units in Chatham County. CEHFH also operates a robust homebuyer education and counseling program to equip Habitat homeowners with financial, leadership, and maintenance skills. We look forward to fundraising and providing service to Habitat!  Our Habitat for Humanity Consolidation Project will involve working on the new training and office space, as CEFHF consolidates its programs under one roof at its ReStore (701 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in downtown Savannah).  With Metro's volunteers, we'll help reduce the labor costs associated with constructing the new space. We'll also help with minor exterior repairs and landscaping work at their current office in preparation of its sale.
Our $10,000 will be used to cover the costs of purchasing the building materials and supplies which are needed for repairs at the current office and build out of the new offices and training area.  Construction is proposed to start in July 2019.
Your Vote Counts! Habitat for Humanity Voted 2019-2020's Annual Service Partner Cecilia Arango 2019-05-20 04:00:00Z 0
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  • Julie Wade wants you to know about Go South Summer where Yale student interns will be working with Savannah non-profits.  This year, they'll be working at Park Place, Deep Center, Step Up Savannah, and Inspiritus Refugee Resettlement (formerly Lutheran Family Services).  They are looking for 2 more hosts to provide housing for these amazing college students from June 3-July 28th.  If you're interested in hosting or know someone who might be, please get with Julie.  Julie served as a host last year and can answer any questions you may have!  
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Metro was awarded the title of Best Large Club of the Year because we completed the most activities on the Celebration Citation (membership, service, communications, Foundation, etc.) for a club our size, as well as other activities (fundraisers and service projects).  Let's keep up the good work!  Whitney has given Bret some shoes to fill!
Thanks to everyone who came out on Sunday, May 19th, for our annual Family Field Day in Tiedeman Park.  A fun time was had by all!
We've had some great weekends of service! Thanks to all the volunteers who made it out on Saturday, May 18, to the Tiny House Project.  Volunteers helped plant trees and made pathways on the property of The Cove on Dundee for homeless veterans.  Whitney also presented a $6,000 check, on behalf of Metro, to Cindy Kelley, Executive Director of Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless and was featured on WTOC's Mid Morning Live on Friday, May 17 to discuss our service and fundraising partnership.
On Saturday, May 11th, volunteers helped build the first of the 3 residential rain gardens to help the Ogeechee Riverkeeper. Tanya Mandel is working on drawings and designs for all 3. 
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Elizabeth Summerell, sponsored by Patrick Phelps and Mason Heidt, is a Certified Public Account and is an audit manager for Holland, Bromley, Barnhill & Brett, LLP.  She has more than 10 years of public accounting experience servicing publicly traded and closely held companies in a number of industries. Engagements include providing services in the audit and accounting areas for software development, software-as-a-service, biotechnology, government contracting, manufacturers and distributors, financial institutions, restaurant franchisor, airport facilities development, not-for-profits, construction, professional sports franchise. 
Elizabeth grew up and spent the first 30 or so years of her life in Northern Virginia before moving down to Savannah to be closer to family. She received both her bachelors and master’s in accounting at Wake Forest University and was on the ’99 Virginia State tennis champion high school team.  When not working or participating in philanthropic activities, Elizabeth enjoys playing in an adult recreational kickball league.  She has a mutt named Kayce who is mostly corgi, but after a dog DNA test, it was confirmed she is 33% chihuahua, 12.5% Boston terrier, 12.5% Rhodesian ridgeback, 12.5% basset hound, and the rest unknown.
Nominated Guest: Elizabeth Summerell Cecilia Arango 2019-05-20 04:00:00Z 0
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.  
Don't Be a Dumb (Gr)Ass! Take Care of our Water! Cecilia Arango 2019-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
METRO MIDWAY SUCCESS:  Thanks to all the pinball wizards, ping pongsters, cornholians, rock-paper-scissorsssszzzzers, chili cooks, and house partiers for coming out to Metro Midway and raising $6,085!  Thanks to our Kick-Ass Committee who made it a success:  Kelley Boyd, Amelia Harper, Suzanne Kirk, Daniel Weiner, and Josh Yates, as well as all of our volunteers to make the magic happen!
$10,000 DONE: Congratulations and a pat on the back for us in reaching our $10,000 donation to our Annual Service Partner, Ogeechee Riverkeeper!  With that said, here's your REMINDER! ANNUAL SERVICE PARTNER:  The application deadline is 4/8/19 so please distribute it out to your favorite organizations and get the word out!  The Committee will narrow the applicants down to 6 finalists and each will be asked for an in-person interview during the week of 4/26/19, which will then narrow the finalists down to 3.  The finalists will be presented at the 5/7/19 Program Meeting and everyone will have an opportunity to vote for their choice via SurveyMonkey.  The voting will close on 5/14/19.  The application is posted on our Members Only page.
REMINDER! ROTARY FOUNDATION DONATION (for you Voldemorts that shall not be named):  You know how Metro donates $50 to the Rotary Foundation each year on your behalf, and we ask you to match that with another $50 donated at Great news - you have until March 30 to make it count! Log into to get started. Don't have a Rotary International account yet? This is your chance to change that. Otherwise, you'll have to deal with Whitney's RBF.
CART Donations:  Thanks to Whitney Shephard who matched CART donations for a total of $153.80 raised for Alzheimer's research!That nearly doubles our year-to-date giving. It's not too late to contribute.  Email Whitney if you'd like to make an online donation and she will match it dollar for dollar!
NEW MEMBER ALERT: Please welcome Reshma Shah as she enters into our new member program!  If you haven't met Reshma yet, introduce yourself at the next lunch meeting! 
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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
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  • Cecilia Arango bragged about trapping her man (husband) for 20 years! Happy anniversary!
  • Jamie Smith Arkins announced that it's Katie Joyner's birthday! Happy birthday!
  • Suzanne Kirk invites you to join her Komen Race for the Cure team, Kirk Krusaders!  Sign up here! Also, ladies (and dudes) come to the Pink Party upstairs at 40 Volume Salon on April 2nd for hair extensions and other services, pop-up shopping, and raffles!  Join the party here!  Save the date for April 11th for Hahas for Tatas, a comedy fundraiser starring "everyday comedians", including 2 of our own Metrotarians, Cecilia Arango and Bret Bell. Limited seating.  Laugh with us here!
  • Jessica Pedigo announced that she and Cari Phelps are helping Amelia Harper chair the Might 8th Gala on May 11th.  Amelia's father asked her to chair the gala before he passed away.  He was very involved in the museum and was serving as chairman of the board when he passed. The Gala will be an open bar and seated dinner, with a silent and live auction - including raffle tickets for $50 for a trip to Napa! This year's theme is the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the event will also include a special tribute to Amelia's father. Get your tickets here!
  • Kelley Boyd announced that Savannah Yoga Center is expanding the first floor of its current building and will be expanding current classes to include Healthy Aging Yoga classes, qigong, and a retail store called Ordinary Magic - all slated to open May 2019!
  • Jessica Thomas bragged on Will Gruver's LLS Man of the Year All-Star campaign and announced the fundraiser Oyster Roast for a Cure on Sat, April 27 from 5-9 PM at the Dutch Island Pool.  $40 per person and you can pay cash, check, or Venmo to @Will-Gruver. There'll be oysters, BBQ, beer and wine, as well as live music by Patrick Connell.
  • Leigh Acevedo bragged on the Rotary Read-In and gave kudos to all the Rotarians who participated in reading to our elementary schools!
  • Jenny Woodruff bragged on the volunteers (Jamie Arkins, Sam Carroll, Chris Corey, and Jake Crawley) for volunteering at the Musical Explorers Fam Jam session!  Get excited because the Savannah Music Festival is here!
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  • Leigh Acevedo's find is the Ocar-winning documentary on the Pad Project in India.  The film is called "Period. End of Sentence" and it's on Netflix.  Highly recommend!  "A period should end a sentence, not a girl's education."
  • Cari Clark Phelps has a shout-out for her "banker on my back", Patton Dugas.  Patton and Robert McCorkle's team helped Cari secure and close a loan on her office building.
  • Jamie Smith Arkins gave a shout-out to Will Gruver as one of LLS' All Stars.  Will originally ran locally in Savannah in 2014. With his 5-year campaign anniversary, Will decided to run NATIONALLY as an All-Star Candidate.  He's running against alumni from across the country.  His theme is music related - "Getting the Band Back Together".  The campaign is 10 weeks from Feb. 21 - May 3rd.  Check it out at 
  • Lee Perry gave a shout-out to Whitney and Josh for throwing a fun Metro Midway!  He's now working on his own man-cave.
  • Ariana Berksteiner wants everyone to know that she WON the chili cook-off!
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Getting to know you, getting to know all about you! 
We had a blast getting to know the hobbies and passions of members Cecilia Arango, Jake Crawley, and Josh Yates.  Cecilia is a Marketing Manager for Thomas & Hutton and is a marathoner, actress, singer, and booknerd.  Jake is a transportation broker in logistics and enjoys woodworking and racing remote control cars.  Josh is a restaurant owner (Green Truck) and has an affinity for pinball machines.  Each of them talked about their different passions, what drives them, and what they enjoy most about their hobbies.  They discussed how they make time to do the things they love and encouraged everyone to get to know one another better and discover each other's passions to help build better relationships.  
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Our Metro Midway fundraiser was a huge time and a YUGE success!  People were dropping fists with the Rock Paper Scissors competition where Leigh Acevedo was proclaimed the winner because she got "lei-ed" all night!  Josh Yates was busy upstairs with everyone exercising those thumbs with the pinball competition - and can I say, what a stellar 80s playlist Josh had going on upstairs?!  Ariana Berksteiner dropped it like it's hot with that kick ass chili that took home first place, while people were ping ponging and cornhole tossing all night.  Thank you to Whitney and Josh for opening their crib to all of us for one epic house party!  PS - we're still talking about Lee Perry's momma's red velvet cake.
Metro Midway raised over $6,000 and with both fundraisers (Yachty by Nature), we've raised our $10,000 for our ASP, The Ogeechee Riverkeeper!  Thank you everyone for making it happen!
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Jasmine Head is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor.  Jasmine grew up in Forsyth, Georgia and attended Macon State College and Georgia College and State University.  She loves hiking, reading, sunshine, shopping, and attending live theater.  She and her girlfriend, Brandi Mills, have two cats, Sarabi and Si.  Congratulations to Jasmine on finally getting inducted into the Metro family!  ONE OF US!  ONE OF US!  What better way to welcome you in than kicking it off with Orlando's Membership Minute!
Random Question: What is the bug, insect, or crawling creature that makes you scream? SPIDERS
Preference Question: Should macaroni and cheese be creamy, pot-cooked and edible with a spoon or dense, oven-baked and able to be cut into perfect squares? CREAMY
Trivia Question: A question inspired by our meeting today at the JEA.  The first JEA building was built on a downtown square in 1915 and still stands, although today it is used as a dormitory for SCAD.  What is the name of that SCAD building, which also is the name of the square on which it stands? PULASKI HOUSE ON PULASKI SQUARE (with help from an audience member)
Audience Question: Have you set a date for your wedding? YES, NOVEMBER 10TH.
Membership Minute with Jasmine Head Cecilia Arango 2019-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
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.
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  • 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. 
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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.
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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
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
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  • 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
  • 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 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
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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
Mike Nadeau, sponsored by Cecilia Arango and Suzanne Kirk, is the owner/operator of Fleet Feet Savannah. He's had an awesome opportunity to serve our country in the United States Air Force working as a Signal Intelligence Analyst, U1N471. While in the Air Force, he traveled to Japan, South Korea, and all over the Middle East. Personally, he's traveled all over Europe and Central America. One of Mike's greatest experiences in life was driving in an old Jeep from CA to FL with his dad when he separated from the Air Force. Mike's career has taken him all over the country and provided him with experiences that have created amazing memories. He's a passionate runner and has completed an Ironman, 140.6 miles (swim 2.4, bike 112 and run a marathon), as well as completed an ultra-marathon covering 100K, 62miles. He enjoys music and plays very little guitar, although he does enjoy it. Mike has an amazing wife who puts up with most of it, and a daughter who attends Catawba College on a soccer scholarship. She’s majoring in biology in preparation for vet school. Mike's bucket list includes wanting to hike the AT, fly a helicopter and travel the Pacific Northwest. Still so much to do in life, but he's tackling it one challenge at a time.  
Nominated Guest: Mike Nadeau of Fleet Feet Savannah Cecilia Arango 2018-03-08 05:00:00Z 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
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 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.
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 and 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 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 or by going directly to the page here: 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:
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:
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.
Family Field Day Survey Launched 2015-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
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
It takes a village 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Metro inducts new President, Board of Directors 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Annual Metro Awards 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotarians at Work 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
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.”
Passing the Gavel 2015-07-10 00:00:00Z 0