Committee Reports

President Cecilia Arango reminded members that March is water and sanitation month. She recommended club members look into the WASH in Schools Target Challenge.
She also noted, now through June 30, designated Rotary Districts that border Ukraine and the Rotary District in Ukraine may apply for grants up to $50,000 each from the Disaster Response Fund used to provide relief to refugees or other victims including water, food, shelter, medicine, and clothing. Contributions can be made here.
Membership Committee Chair Katie Joyner reported that Kristin King, Ro Patrick, and Brad Patrick are all making their way through the new member process. 

Service Committee Chair Kristen Crawley reminded members of the bonus service project with The GOTR Pink Up the Pace Party on March 31.

Program Committee Chair George Seaborough reminded members of upcoming lunch speakers: Savannah City Manager Jay Melder on April 5 and GSRP student Sofie Bohl on April 15. The Fifth Tuesday Social will be held March 29 in Oglethorpe Square.


The deadline to submit Annual Service Partner applications is April 1. Please spread the word to local nonprofits that would benefit from financial and volunteer support from Metro.


Annette Ogletree-McDougal was the guest of Zerik Samples.
Anne Allen Westbrook was the guest of Julie Wade.
Shannon McClure and Ashley Womack were the guests of Jamie Smith Arkins.
Diane Parker and Campion Usry were the guests of Katie Joyner.

Prospective Member Profiles

Kristin King is marketing director for Sago Property Management, a boutique firm specializing in long-term residential rentals. She’s also worked in hospitality, banking, public works, and at the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women & Children Job Resources Department. She was raised in Farmington Hills, MI and attended Loyola University of Chicago for her undergraduate degree as a concert harpist, majoring in music with minors in business and psychology. She moved to Savannah in 2004 to start New Arts Ensembles, a live music booking agency, which she co-owns with violinist Ricardo Ochoa. She remains an active/working concert harpist.
Rowena (Ro) Patrick works at the Ad Council, where she leads a cross-functional team, is part of the organization’s senior leadership team, and stewards more than $10 million annually in resources and budgets, while leading all facets of campaign development. As a college undergrad during the tech boom of the late 1990s, her dream was to move to Silicon Valley and work at a startup. Ro was born in Hong Kong and has lived in many different cities throughout her life, but she calls New York City her hometown. That’s where she’s lived the longest, found herself, and met her husband, Brad.  
Brad Patrick is the deputy chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he supervises other assistant U.S. attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and support staff. He grew up “on a dirt road 30 miles northwest of Charleston where everyone in my community knew each other, and most were somehow related to me.” After completing undergrad at the University of South Carolina and law school at Tulane University Law School, he moved to New York City to take a job as a lawyer for the City and met his wife, Ro.
Lexi Henigman is a California native, but lived in New York City for 15 years before coming to Savannah. She earned a B.F.A  in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and works as a video editor and director. Lexi is currently working as an editor on Right Over the Edge, a feature documentary about the extremely endangered North Pacific Right Whale. In New York, she was involved with Hour Children, a Queens-based non-profit that helps women and their families during and after incarceration and equips them with tools to build their futures. She lives in Savannah with her husband, Steve.

Featured Speakers: Kayla Lathan, Katerina Lee, and Taisha Johnson


The three Preston Johnston Speech Contest winners, all students at Woodville-Tompkins High School, read their essays to the club. Lathan's speech centered on the life-changing act of serving others and emphasized that even small acts of kindness can make a big difference. Lee reminded everyone to recognize when people need help, even if they do not ask, so they do not suffer in silence. Johnson talked about the struggles she faced as a child and urged the audience to help young people who are in situations like hers.