Committee Reports

President Cecilia Arango called the meeting to order. She thanked Chris Corey for volunteering to organize the annual oyster roast. Please contact Chris if you would like to help. She reminded members that November is Rotary Foundation Month and urged them to donate if they have not yet done so. On behalf of the Membership Committee, she announced that Emily Salzer and Derek Goldfarb have completed all the new member program requirements.
Immediate Past President Jessica Pedigo reported that the Blood, Sweat, and Beers fundraiser was a big success. She will update the club on how much was raised for Girls on the Run at the next meeting.
On behalf of the Program Committee, Cecilia reminded members about the November Social on Nov. 23 and the Holiday Get-Together on Nov. 30.

Membership Moment: Denise Grabowski

Denise is founder and owner of Symbioscity, an urban planning consulting firm located in Savannah. She's married with two kids in public school — her daughter is (almost) 15 and a freshman in high school, and her son is in 6th grade. She serves on the SCCPSS School Board as the District One representative.
She is a Georgia native and grew up in the Atlanta area, and moved to Savannah soon after college. She was the scholar-athlete of the year her senior year in high school. Denise said she loves Metro Rotary for great events like the Blood, Sweat and Beers fundraiser for Girls on the Run, where we can come together to raise money for a great cause and have a lot of fun at the same time!


Lauren Grout and Jeff Hatch were the guests of Katie Balthrop.
Sara Del Cuore, Will Fagan, and Anna-Maria Perez were the guests of Jeff Brady.

Featured speaker: Zelonia L. Williams

Zelonia described her background and education, and explained how it led her to found Future Minds Literacy and Adult Education. Future Minds invites students, free of charge, to participate in a learning community that allows them to work at their own pace, address barriers to learning, and identify their personal learning styles — so that they may earn their GEDs.
The program also includes an emphasis on life skills. She explained that some of the people she serves are not seeking GEDs, but simply want to improve their reading and comprehension skills. Rotarians are invited to support the program by purchasing materials needed by program participants.