Committee Reports

Immediate Past President Jessica Pedigo called the meeting to order. She reminded members that Oct. 24 is World Polio Day.
Membership Chair Katie Joyner announced that Emily Salzer and Derek Goldfarb have earned their yellow/red belts.
Programs Chair George Seaborough encouraged members to attend the next social on Oct. 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Sey Hey’s, 2505 Bull St. He announced that Chatham County Commissioner Aaron Whitely will be the speaker at the Nov. 16 club meeting. Whitely will discuss funding available to the county through the American Recovery Act and Chatham County Teen Court.
Literacy Chair Julie Wade announced the club will be working with Future Minds Literacy and Adult Education, Inc., which provides adult education including GED preparation. Metrotarians may consider purchasing books for use by program participants.
Program Committee Chair Kristen Crawley thanked volunteers who helped with the Girls on the Run golf tournament. Upcoming volunteer opportunities include Friends of Tide to Town’s “Love Your Trail” clean-up day at the Truman Linear Park Trail on Oct. 23 and at Metro’s Blood, Sweat, and Beers fundraiser for Girls on the Run on Nov. 13.

Membership Moment: Sam Hubbard

Sam is a financial adviser who came back to Savannah from New York City, where he lived for 16 years after earning his undergraduate degree at Furman University. One of his specialties is guiding clients through financial decisions they will have to make if they enter divorce proceedings. His family includes his wife and two boys, ages 8 and 11. His favorite thing about Metro Rotary is “everyone in the room.”


J.J. Collins was the guest of Jasmine Mills.
Liz Giddens was the guest of Laura Lee Bocade.
Chase Cowart was the guest of Chris Corey.
Brad Patrick was the guest of Josh Yates.
Kristin King was the guest of Katie Joyner.
Lauren Grout was the guest of Katie Balthrop.
Cynthia Garrison and Joel deNeuf visited from the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville.

Featured Speaker: Malena Gauss

Gauss is the dynamic entrepreneur behind Savannah's first glass recycler. She described how Lammergeier Glass Recycling launched after her interior design/lighting business was hit hard by the pandemic.
At present, Chatham County municipalities and private waste haulers are not recycling glass. However, she countered the idea that there is no market for recycling. In fact, she said, Georgia is the second largest market for crushed glass.
She recently invested in new equipment that crushes glass into a larger size preferred by companies in the state. Gauss described the four step process of glass recycling: 1. Collection. 2. Transport to a material recovery facility. 3. Color sorting and cleaning. 4. Transport to a crushing facility. Lammergeier now has more than 700 residential customers. Gauss said she remains committed to her primary goal: Keeping glass out of landfills.