News from the Sept. 1 Meeting

Membership Moment: Jasmine Mills

Jasmine shared her work over the last working as a fitness trainer/nutrition coach, and she led the meeting through some healthy stretching exercises while doing it. She is also studio manager at Salacia Salts. Born in Macon, she moved to Savannah five years ago.
Jasmine and her wife Brandi are now in the process of becoming foster parents. She reminded the meeting attendees that these days when we may be spending long days sitting in front of our screens, it's important to get up and move! 


Committee Reports 

President Jessica Pedigo reminded members to complete the Munch Survey.
Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase announced that the September service project will be virtual. We'll work with Loop it Up on the organization's "Something from Nothing Challenge." Check your inbox for an email from Jordan with all the details.
At our next meeting, Prof. Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg will talk about how to manage office spaces during the pandemic. If you have ideas for future speakers, please contact Program Chair Daniel Weiner. 
Membership Chair Cari Phelps reported there are two members in the training program. 
Foundation Chair Patrick Phelps reminded members that a recurring foundation donation earns 10 Metro Mania points, a one time donation earns five. Wondering how to make a donation?  Watch this video

Metro Mania standings updated


The Piledriver Posse is now leading the Metro Mania standings. Power up your team's points by: 

And enter those September points!


Jeff Grant attended as a guest of Suzanne Kirk.
Armand Turner attended as a guest of Denise Grabowski.

Commit to a committee! 

All Metro members are expected to serve on a committee. Contact the appropriate committee chair to volunteer:
Service: Jordan Chase
Rotary Foundation: Patrick Phelps
Membership: Cari Phelps
Communications: John Bennett
Family of Rotary: Jasmine Mills
Program: Daniel Weiner

Featured Speaker: Beth Nelson of the Savannah Regional Film Commission 

Beth Nelson, executive director of the Savannah Regional Film Commission, was the speaker at the Sept. 1 meeting. Part of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, the commission works in three broad areas:
  • Marketing the Savannah region as a premier filmmaking destination
  • Recruiting, supporting, and retaining local film industry professionals
  • Assisting with productions
Productions are looking for the best bang for their buck and SEDA has offered a number of incentives including a $25,000 bonus for hiring local crew members. The economic impact of local television and film production has grown from $18.1 million in 2014 to $125.6 million in 2019. Nelson noted MovieMaker Magazine has named Savannah the "best place to live and work as a film producer" and she said two developments that could further boost film production in Savannah include a purpose-built sound stage and direct flights between Savannah and Los Angeles.