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Committee Reports

President Will Gruver 
  • April is Maternal & Child Health Month (Rotary International)
  • Annual Service Partner: 22 applications to review and then the committee will narrow it down to 6, those 6 will present in person to the committee, then they will narrow it down to 3 for the club members to vote on.
  • The current ASP, Brightside Child & Family Advocacy/Savannah CASA, was submitted to the District for an award.
President-Elect, Jasmine Mills 
  • Jasmine will announce her 2023-2024 Metro Board in May!
  • If you have any interest in serving on the Board, we need a more team approach for GRSP. Needs being "house mom" help during the holidays when they can't back to their home country to visit, help with entertaining them, driving them around to special events or club meetings, etc. 
DISTRICT CONFERENCE 7 Metro members attending District Conference April 28-30. Raffle and silent auction items still needed - contact Will if you have anything to contribute
  • April 23 - Forsyth Farmer's Market Farm Picnic - openings for service
  • April 20 - Brightside Dancing with Savannah Stars service
  • May 13 - Tharros Place volunteer - Julie Wade, Executive Director
  • May 25 - TEDxSavannah volunteering (bonus service)
  • The membership committee is wrapping up the current slate of members in April and induction will happen soon.
LEGACY PROJECT - John Bennett will provide an update at the next meeting
FOUNDATION: We are in good shape as a club in giving; please continue to give to RI Foundation!
  • Dorothy & Jerry Gustafson - Kristin King's parents visiting from Michigan
  • Aaron Kelton. SSU Head Football Coach - guest of Lee Perry
  • Fitz Haile, United Way of the Coastal Empire - guest of Kristen Crawley
  • Brett Lundy, Broe Real Estate - guest of Emily Salzer

FEATURED SPEAKER: Preston Johnson Speech Contest winners from Woodville-Tompkins

Alfred introduced his two 9th grade students, Serani and Syniah, winners from the Preston Johnson Speech Competition at Woodville Tompkins. He’s honored to continue to work with wonderful students.
Syniah compared narcissistic behavior to the way we treat our world. Questioning why we continue torturing ourselves and the inability to set aside our own agenda for the better of the good. Help more, hurt less. Challenged us to act better - not just with words, but with actions. Everyone’s presence makes a difference. Every day we wake up knowing it’s possible to make or break our world. We perceive a world that deserves our best - so let’s give it to our world.
Serani challenged us to see the bright side when we are inundated with the world’s problems: sexism, hate crimes, safety at school, inflation, etc. We need to find hope in the small things. She asked us what one of our a favorite moments is. Do not give energy to the negative stuff. Priceless moments slip through our hands. She challenged us to apply the 4-way test to all parts of our lives. Take the steps needed to improve our society. Go beyond waiting for a better day. Better personality/family/mindset/community will all better our world. Are you willing to take that step forward?
Will presented both students with framed certificates and checks. Alfred also expressed his gratitude for our members and judges who provided feedback and assisted the students.