Service | April 2024

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Hey Metro,

Don't be a fool, stay cool this April. Here's a look at the coolest service projects coming up this month:

APRIL SERVICE PROJECTS

Emmaus House - Monday April 8 Sign up here 

The 2nd Monday of each month is now "Metro Monday"!  We will assist with the soup kitchen from 7:30-9:30am. This service project is for adult volunteers. Minors 13 and up can volunteer accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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Tybee Island Maritime Academy - Saturday April 27 Sign up here

Join us at Tybee Island Maritime Academy (TIMA) on Saturday April 27th from 9am to noon as we help the school mulch and spruce up their backyard.

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Hope to see you there, and as always--

Thanks for being ridiculously awesome!
Ro

Service | April 2024 Jamie Arkins 2024-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

Featured Guest Speaker | March 19

Featured Speakers: Katheryne Fields  Executive Director, Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) and Maria Juliana "MJ" de Vivero Cortes, our current GRSP student from Cartagena, Colombia
 

Katheryne Fields serves as the Executive Director for Georgia Rotary Student Program, a critical position that was identified by GRSP’s strategic plan. She previously served as the Marketing and Development Director and Program Director for GRSP. Katheryne brings more than 20 years of communications, management and nonprofit experience to her role.

GRSP was founded in 1946 by Will Watt (Thomasville) and Hue Thomas (Savannah, Thomas & Hutton) was the chair for 30 years. Students must be between 18 - 24 years old to apply. 

Katheryne works closely with the GRSP Chair, officers, directors, trustees, staff, GRSP Foundation plus Georgia Rotary Clubs and GRSP student. Her role is to promote the cause of world peace through higher education by assisting students, speaking to clubs plus raising funds and awareness for the organization. Katheryne is a member and President for 23-24 for Daybreak Griffin Rotary Club in Griffin, where she and her husband Dale, an avid golfer, reside.



Maria Juliana "MJ" de Vivero Cortes is from Cartagena, Colombia, and she has been attending Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus Savannah this year. At almost 19 years old, MJ shared her adventures and experiences throughout her time at Georgia Southern, her various travels and trips through GRSP, and her passions for her homeland of Colombia. She has participated in Model UN. Some of MJ's activities include softball, dancing, baking, and watching the sunsets.

Rotary has always been a part of MJ's life. Both of her parents are Rotarians and have been active for over 20 years. The club her father is a member of is one of the oldest in Colombia. Mother is an Occupational Therapist, her father is a Gastroenterologist, one brother is a lawyer, and the other one is an ophthalmologist. MJ wants to go to law school and she doesn't have to complete an undergraduate degree to go in Colombia.  

Colombia is a beautiful country her city of Cartagena is full of tourists and has a relaxed atmosphere. What puts Colombia on the map are gold, emeralds, coffee, Encanto, carnivals, and art. She said Cartagena is the most beautiful of all cities in Colombia. 

MJ has traveled extensively during her time in Georgia. She has gone to a UGA football game, a Clemson game, Columbus, Alpharetta/TopGolf. Her parents visited over Thanksgiving and loved Savannah! Winter break consisted of a trip to New York City, a Ghost Pirates game, and Disneyworld. She attended student leadership weekend in Dunwoody, Daytona 500, an oyster roast, and Pelham (where she rode on a tractor!).  For spring break she went to 30A in Florida. She enjoyed her first St. Patrick's Day in Savannah! 

MJ would like to thank Suzy Wallace from Metro for being her host. She is grateful to our club and the other area Rotary clubs who have sponsored her and it has been one of the best year's of her life. 

Featured Guest Speaker | March 19 Jamie Arkins 2024-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

Announcements | March 19 Meeting

Posted by Jamie Arkins

PRESIDENT UPDATE & COMMITTEE REPORTS

President Jasmine Mills kicked off the meeting with the 4-way test and reminded us the following:

  • Goal for every member to be on a committee. Get plugged in!
  • Lunch purchase policy:
    • If absent but already paid, members can buy lunches and pay via Venmo/cash to Treasurer at $10 discounted price.
    • Absentees need to alert Leigh beforehand @ leigh.acevedo@gmail.com
GUESTS/VISITORS:
  • Kyle Reese, Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church - formerly in Rotary in a Jacksonville club
  • Maria "M.J." Juliana de Vivero Cortes - GRSP student from Colombia
RECOGNITION/AWARDS:
  • Alfred McGuire was awarded Administrator Of The Year from the Foreign Language Association of Georgia
  • Denise Grabowski is running for second term on the SCCPSS school board! Join her at a fundraiser at Julie Wade's home, 134 E 51st St. - Thurs., March 28, 5:30pm - please donate here
UPCOMING DATES (PROGRAMS & SOCIALS):
  • March
    • 3/26: Club Social @ Mint To Be Mojito, 12 W State St, 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • April
    • 4/2:   Bruce Clemens, People’s Consultants, Rotary Club of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala (Kristen presiding)
    • 4/16: Michael Schwartz, Safety Valve Project
    • 4/23: Club Social @ TBA
SERVICE:
  • March 23: 17 Metro members turned out for our Re:Purpose service and check presentation (see above photo) - all agreed that was some serious work!
  • 4/8: Emmaus House Soup Kitchen - 7:30-9:30 am, 2nd Monday of each month
  • 4/27: Tybee Island Maritime Academy - Join us at TIMA on Saturday, April 27th from 9am to noon as we help the school mulch and spruce up their backyard.
  • Legacy Project will take the place of ASP – chair John Bennett
DISTRICT EVENTS:
  • Register for District Conference in Jekyll Island - lots of fun activities and dynamic speakers: April 26th-28th, 2024.
    • Register online HERE
    • Deadline for hotel discount is March 26.
    • 3 Credits per full day of attendance at district conference
  • Oslo Summer 2024 GRSP Scholarship Opens for Georgia college students
    • Spend summer attending school & exchanging cultural customs in Norway, 6/24 - 8/2/2024
    • Application is now open & closes Jan. 5, 2024.
    • Applicants must have completed sophomore year of college by Spring 2024 & have the recommendation of a Georgia Rotarian.
MEMBERSHIP:
  • Check your attendance in ClubRunner. Is it accurate? Email if not: metrosavannahrotary@gmail.com
  • Membership Committee  - reaching out if not meeting 50% attendance to discuss options
  • Visit the “Members Only” area of the website for more info
  • If you are interested in being on the Board, please reach out to Kristen Crawley
  • “Fireside Chat”: First step for a new member. Thu, 3/28, 5:30 PM @ Habitat for Humanity Restore on 701 MLK. If you are interested in sponsoring a member, check out the “Members Only” area of the website for more info!
  • Sponsor Challenge: Anyone who sponsors a new member this rotary year will be entered into a drawing to be held on June 18 (last meeting of the Rotary Year!)
NEW MEMBER PROGRAM:
  • Fitz Haile: Data and Analytics Consultant, United Way. Sponsors: Kristen Crawley & Jordan Chase
  • Ruth Hutson: Outside sales rep for SESCO Lighting. Sponsors: Laura Lee Bocade & Denise Grabowski
  • Emerson Ingram: Systems Engineer Contractor & Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton. Sponsors: Jeff Brady & Will Gruver
 
YOUTH SERVICES:
  • Preston Johnson Speech Contest - March 27, 3:15pm at Woodville Tompkins High School
  • District 6920 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) June 12-15, College of Coastal Georgia-Metro is supporting a Jenkins HS student selected by Savannah South 
  • GRSP: Sonali, a young woman from Sri Lanka, arrives in August! (Her brother was a former GRSP student.) Committee is seeking a host.
    • Sponsor clubs: Metro, Savannah South, Richmond Hill, & Savannah East
    LEGACY PROJECT:
    • Metro's 15th anniversary in 2027, currently saving $ for this
    • Currently have 6 nominated projects
    • Project nominees are acquiring more information from “owners” - top 2-3 will be presented to club
    • Contact John Bennett to submit ideas or for more information
    Announcements | March 19 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2024-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Brags, Finds, and Whines | March 19

    Posted by Jamie Arkins
     
    Funds support CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust)
    • Sarah Smith announced Denise Grabowski's SCCPSS school board fundraiser at Julie Wade's house, March 28 at 5:30pm 
    • Emily Doherty announced TEDxSavannah on May 16: Support Cecilia Arango as emcee and Suzanne Kirk's debut as a TEDx speaker! TEDx is offering a group discount to attend on Thursday, May 16, 1pm-5pm at the Armstrong Center. We need 6+ to attend - discounted tix are $45. Contact Emily Doherty if you are interested in attending. 
    • Zerik Samples thanked Cecilia Arango for moderated Habitat's Wine Down Wednesday. He also announced he was able to meet the CEO of the national Habitat for Humanity as well as speak at the Habitat for Humanity International Conference!
    • Denise Grabowski announced her campaign kickoff is March 19 and please attend the March 28 fundraiser. 
    • Katheryne Fields (GRSP Exec. Dir.) thanked everyone in Metro for hosting Maria "M.J." this year for GRSP
    Brags, Finds, and Whines | March 19 Jamie Arkins 2024-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

    Announcements | March 5 Meeting

    Posted by Jamie Arkins

    PRESIDENT UPDATE & COMMITTEE REPORTS

    President Jasmine Mills kicked off the meeting with the 4-way test and reminded us the following:

    • Goal for every member to be on a committee. Get plugged in!
    • Lunch purchase policy:
      • If absent but already paid, members can buy lunches and pay via Venmo/cash to Treasurer at $10 discounted price.
      • Absentees need to alert Leigh beforehand @ leigh.acevedo@gmail.com
    MEMBERSHIP MINUTE: 
    “Left Right Center” Game played with candy. Super fun learning unique stories from members!
     
    GUESTS/VISITORS:
    RECOGNITION/AWARDS:
    • Paul Harris Fellow +2 awarded to Will Gruver!
    • Suzanne Kirk celebrated her 11th year serving Leadership Southeast GA
    • Denise Grabowski is running for second term on the SCCPSS school board! Join her at two upcoming events:
      • Campaign Kick-Off at 5 Spot Midtown - Tues., March 19, 5:30pm 
      • Fundraiser at Julie Wade's home, 134 E 51st St. - Thurs., March 28, 5:30pm - please donate here
    CLUB UPDATES:
    • If you would be interested in speaking to the club or being on a panel, let Jasmine know.
    • March Birthdays & Anniversaries:
      • Birthdays: Sara Holton (5th), Kelley Boyd (11th), Bret Bell - Nifty 50! (18th), Katie Joyner (19th), Ellen Harris (24th), Patton Dugas (28th), Sam Carroll (30th)
      • Wedding anniversaries: Cecilia & Michael Arango (25 years!), Katie & Paul Balthrop (19), Sam & Robyn Carroll (13)
      • Club anniversaries: John Bennett (12), Clint Murphy (12), Ellen Harris (12), Kathleen Anderson (12), Leigh Acevedo (12), Lee Perry (8), Cecilia Arango (8)
    • Budget update
      • Looking good! 😃👏
      • FY23 operating overage:
        • Waiting for confirmation from Tony, but we get to decide this as a club.
        • Options: new shirts, Shelter Box (3/31), Legacy project
     
    UPCOMING DATES (PROGRAMS & SOCIALS):
    • 12th Annual Spring Fundraiser: Roastary was a huge success! We netted $6471- thank you to all who attended and supported the event!
    • March
      • 3/19: GRSP Double Feature - Katheryne Fields, GRSP Exec. Dir. & Maria Juliana de Viveros, our GRSP student from Colombia
      • 3/26: Club Social @ Sobremesa
    • April
      • 4/2: Bruce Clemens, People’s Consultants, Rotary Club of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala (Kristen presiding)
      • 4/16: Michael Schwartz, Safety Valve Project
    SERVICE:
    • 3/23: Re:Purpose service and check presentation - 9:30am-11:30am
    • 4/8: Emmaus House Soup Kitchen - 7:30-9:30 am, 2nd Monday of each month
    • Legacy Project will take the place of ASP- chair John Bennett
    • Meals on Wheels Kitchen – discontinued for now (we are sticking to only 1 recurring monthly events for now)
    DISTRICT EVENTS:
    • Register for District Conference in Jekyll Island - lots of fun activities and dynamic speakers: April 26th-28th, 2024.
      • Register online HERE
      • Deadline for hotel discount is March 26.
      • 3 Credits per full day of attendance at district conference
    • Oslo Summer 2024 GRSP Scholarship Opens for Georgia college students
      • Spend summer attending school & exchanging cultural customs in Norway, 6/24 - 8/2/2024
      • Application is now open & closes Jan. 5, 2024.
      • Applicants must have completed sophomore year of college by Spring 2024 & have the recommendation of a Georgia Rotarian.
    MEMBERSHIP:
    • Check your attendance in ClubRunner. Is it accurate? Email if not: metrosavannahrotary@gmail.com
    • Membership Committee  - reaching out if not meeting 50% attendance to discuss options
    • Visit the “Members Only” area of the website for more info
    • If you are interested in being on the Board, please reach out to Kristen Crawley
    • “Fireside Chat”: First step for a new member. Thu, 3/28, 5:30 PM @ Habitat for Humanity Restore on 701 MLK. If you are interested in sponsoring a member, check out the “Members Only” area of the website for more info!
    • Sponsor Challenge: Anyone who sponsors a new member this rotary year will be entered into a drawing to be held on 6/18 (last meeting of the Rotary Year!)
    NEW MEMBER PROGRAM:
    • Fitz Haile: Data and Analytics Consultant, United Way. Sponsors: Kristen Crawley & Jordan Chase
    • Ruth Hutson: Outside sales rep for SESCO Lighting. Sponsors: Laura Lee Bocade & Denise Grabowski
    • Emerson Ingram: Systems Engineer Contractor & Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton. Sponsors: Jeff Brady & Will Gruver
     
    YOUTH SERVICES:
    • GRSP: Sonali, a young woman from Sri Lanka, arrives in August! (Her brother was a former GRSP student.) Committee is seeking a host.
      • Sponsor clubs: Metro, Savannah South, Richmond Hill, & Savannah East
    • Interact Clubs participated for a week of service for St. Andrew’s Interact Clubs
      • Tue, 2/20: Middle School joined Kindergarteners for annual beach clean up as part of their Sea Turtles study & picnic.
      • Thu, 2/22: Upper School joined PreK and 2nd grades for their weekly book buddies session to read with the students.
      LEGACY PROJECT:
      • Metro's 15th anniversary in 2027, currently saving $ for this
      • Currently have 8 nominated projects
      • Project nominees are acquiring more information from “owners” - top 2-3 will be presented to club
      • Contact John Bennett to submit ideas or for more information
      Announcements | March 5 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2024-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

      Announcements | Feb. 20 Meeting

      Posted by Jamie Arkins

      PRESIDENT UPDATE & COMMITTEE REPORTS

      President Jasmine Mills kicked off the meeting with the 4-way test and reminded us the following:

      • Goal for every member to be on a committee. Get plugged in!
      • Lunch purchase policy:
        • If absent but already paid, members can buy lunches and pay via Venmo/cash to Treasurer at $10 discounted price.
        • Absentees need to alert Leigh beforehand @ leigh.acevedo@gmail.com
      MEMBERSHIP MINUTE: Guest Rob Douberly shared that he loves working with plants, growing them, and then giving them away.
       
      GUESTS/VISITORS:
      • Lynne Wolf - HCA Healthcare Contracting & Development Specialist - guest of Katie Joyner
      • Suzy Karpf brought Maria (MJ), our GRSP student who expressed her gratitude for being here!
      • Robert Douberly - new administrator at Citizen’s Advocacy - guest of George Seaborough
      • Suzanne Smith - Public Relations Coordinator with Cecilia Russo Marketing - guest of Zerik Samples
      • Ruth Hutson - soon to be a new member! (in new membership program)
      CLUB UPDATES:
      • If anyone is interested in serving on the board, please contact Kristen Crawley directly.
      • If you would be interested in speaking to the club or being on a panel, let Jasmine know.
       
      UPCOMING DATES (PROGRAMS, SERVICE, SOCIALS):
      • Spring Fundraiser: 12th Annual Roastary! Get your tickets here for $55/Adults, $20/Kids 16 or younger.
        • Sunday, March 3, 3pm-6pm @ Coach’s Corner
        • Oysters, chili, salads, dessert, games, live music by Jason Salzer, KID FRIENDLY
        • Contact Jessica Pedigo, Chair, for more info
      • February
        • 2/27: Club Social 5:30pm @ Das Box at 1006 E Broad St
      • March
        • 3/5: Club Assembly: Happy 12th Birthday, Metro!
        • 3/19: Katheryne Fields, GRSP
      SERVICE:
      • 3/3:   Service at Roastary
      • 3/11: Emmaus House Soup Kitchen - 7:30-9:30am, 2nd Monday of each month
      • 3/23: Re:Purpose service and check presentation
      • 3/25: Meals on Wheels Kitchen - 6-8 am, 4th Monday of each month
      • Legacy Project will take the place of ASP - chair John Bennett
      • Savannah Tree Foundation is incredibly grateful for our support.
      • Brad Patrick presented the Service Superlative award to Will & Mackie McIntosh for being “Tree-Mendous”
      DISTRICT EVENTS:
      • Registration is open for District conference in Jekyll - lots of fun activities and dynamic speakers: April 26th-28th, 2024.
        • Deadline for hotel discount is March 26.
        • 3 Credits per full day of attendance at district conference
      • Oslo Summer 2024 GRSP Scholarship Opens for Georgia college students
        • Spend summer attending school & exchanging cultural customs in Norway, 6/24 - 8/2/2024
        • Application is now open & closes Jan. 5, 2024.
        • Applicants must have completed sophomore year of college by Spring 2024 & have the recommendation of a Georgia Rotarian.
      MEMBERSHIP:
      • Check your attendance in ClubRunner. Is it accurate? metrosavannahrotary@gmail.com
      • Membership Committee  - reaching out if not meeting 50% attendance to discuss options
      • Visit the “Members Only” area of the website for more info
      • If you are interested in being on the Board, please reach out to Kristen Crawley
      • Kamala Harris exclusive event on Feb. 6 was attended my many of our club members, including Whitney Shephard, Bret Bell, Josh Yates, Leigh Acevedo, Julie Wade, & Kelley Boyd. Jamie Arkins and Kristen Crawley went to RLI in Perry on Feb. 10 She also encouraged us all to attend when/if possible.
      NEW MEMBER PROGRAM:
      • Fitz Haile: Data and Analytics Consultant, United Way. Sponsors: Kristen Crawley & Jordan Chase
      • Ruth Hutson: Outside sales rep for SESCO Lighting. Sponsors: Laura Lee Bocade & Denise Grabowski
      • Emerson Ingram: Systems Engineer Contractor & Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton. Sponsors: Jeff Brady & Will Gruver
      • Inducted Katie Rudder Fender: Direcor of Community Outreach, South University. Sponsors: Kristen Crawley & Jamie Arkins
       
      YOUTH SERVICES:
      • GRSP: Sonali, a young woman from Sri Lanka, arrives in August! Her brother was a former GRSP student. Committee is seeking a host. Sponsor clubs: Metro, Savannah South, Richmond Hill, & Savannah East
        LEGACY PROJECT:
        • Metro's 15th anniversary in 2027, currently saving $ for this
        • Currently have 8 nominated projects
        • Project nominees are acquiring more information from “owners” - top 2-3 will be presented to club
        • Contact John Bennett to submit ideas or for more information
        Announcements | Feb. 20 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2024-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

        Featured Guest Speaker | February 20

        Featured Speaker: Aaron "Adot" Whitely  6th District Chatham County Commissioner 
         
        As the elected representative for the 6th District of Chatham County, Commissioner Aaron “Adot” Whitely will continue to use his position to ensure that southwest Chatham County thrives and the citizens of District 6 are engaged in the decision-making process.
        Adot believes in consistent engagement and partnership with local leaders and activists, community organizations, neighborhoods associations, small and large businesses, houses of worship, schools, and youth; through and with these connections, we will foster the development of the 6th District into a better place to live and work!

        Priorities:
         
        - Transparency and Accessibility
        - Business Growth and Development
        - Collaborate with City of Savannah and Chatham Public Schools
        - Youth Engagement
        - Expanding Resources and Awareness
         
        He represents the south and southwest area of Chatham County, and titled his presentation “Chatham County: Where are we going? Making a case for Regionalism.” He sees a lot of growth and change happening in our community and sees our status as similar to where Atlanta was in 1987. Currently in Atlanta, their population is at a growth rate of 2.35% annually.
        In 1987, Savannah’s population was 100,000 with a 0.52% annual growth rate. Currently we are at 340,000 with a 2.05% annual growth rate. Property values continue to increase. Taxes have increased. Employers are flocking to Georgia to conduct business.
         
        He serves on a task force to help recruit international companies to bring their business in America. He says that Georgia is incredibly attractive for foreign companies. Huge developments with the Hyundai Metaplant and Sports Tourism (Nike, ADIDAS, basketball tournaments, etc.) Collaborative efforts are in full effect, including:
        • Storm Drainage Basin Study is being conducted
        • County Fire Department - outsourcing fire support is no longer cost effective. The past has had minimal investment in a fire department.
        • New Trial Court Building - it costs $78/day to keep someone in jail. This is not about “letting the bad guys out,” but more about how to save the strained judicial system.
        • EOC: 911 Emergency Housing/Station near the airport (groundbreaking in May 2024). Specifically mentioned that our 911 system is outdated. He can’t imagine being in a panic/emergency state only to get a voicemail when calling 911.
        • County-Wide Land Use Plan: important to unify zoning across the counties. i.e. Multi-family zoning.
        Current Issues:
        • Growing traffic issues - Hwy 16, Port Wentworth: Regionalism is the way to prepare/fix. TSPLOST helps share the costs of roads with tourists/visitors. TRANSISPLOST - mass transit, CAT/Micro-transit, all to lessen the number of vehicles on the road. He proposes county-wide free bus transit. In 1965 MARTA was passed as a regional project with the only county that didn’t approve it being Cobb.
        • Infrastructure
        • Limited Workforce - slated we won’t have enough workforce to fill the jobs here by 2025. Leads to influx and competitive wages. Solutions include training those already living here. Also includes consideration for school systems - creating the workforce needed (i.e. Woodville-Tompkins). State-run training for incarcerated people so they are employable after serving time.
        • Housing shortage (around 10,000 units) and affordability is also a challenge. Need more developments in neighboring areas of where the work is. More ADU’s and creative monitoring of STVR. Tax abatement options as well. Increase density by growing/building up.
        • Water Water Water - he shared song lyrics from New World Water by Mos Def. Our source here is from the Floridian Aquifer. We need to start using less water effective Jan 2025. Regional Water Authority would address inequities in the system and fund a de-salinization system.
        Q&A:
        • Whitney expressed her gratitude and asked how we all can help. Aaron says to “share the message” and communicate with those around you what the bigger picture is here. 
        • Bret asked if consolidation of the 8 municipalities would work in the future. Aaron says not likely. Unincorporated Chatham County doesn’t want to become part of Savannah and it’s the largest region.
        Featured Guest Speaker | February 20 2024-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

        Service | March 2024

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        Hello Metro! Hope you enjoyed the spectacular weather this past weekend. Let's spring into action with a snapshot of March's service opportunities!
         
        MARCH SERVICE PROJECTS
         
        12th Annual Roastary - Sunday, March 3 ***Sign up here for March 3***
         
        Get service credit while you party!  Most of the shifts are full but there is 1 spot left for clean up. 
         
         
        Re:Purpose Service + ASP Check Presentation - Saturday, March 23 ***Sign up here for March 23***
         
        Join us for the check presentation to our ASP Re:Purpose, and to help clean up one of their big storage shed bays with materials from their very first ever decon project, the Anderson Twins. This service project is for ages 13+.
         
        The Anderson Twins, built in 1874, were a pair of Victorian homes that once stood on Anderson street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Number 414 had fallen victim to Hurricane Irma and 418 had to be removed quickly. 
         
        What could be saved was transported to their lumber yard in haste and has been waiting to be processed and made available to the community. The Re:Purpose crew is so excited to tackle this long awaited project with us. These Victorian buildings were incredibly special, an example of a shift in building craftsmanship from timber framed to balloon. 
         
         
        MONTHLY PROJECTS
         
        Emmaus House - Monday, March 11 ***Sign up here for March 11***
         
        The 2nd Monday of each month is now "Metro Monday"!  We will assist with the soup kitchen from 7:30-9:30am. This service project is for adult volunteers. Minors 13 and up can volunteer accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
         
        Meals on Wheels Kitchen - Monday, March 25 ***Sign up here for March 25***
         
        The 4th Monday of each month we’ll be at the Meals on Wheels kitchen to help prepare meals for delivery from 6-8am. This service project is for 18 years or older. 
         
        Reminder: All volunteers must complete a volunteer application and go through a background check to be submitted no later than two weeks before the service date.
         
        Hope to see you at one/some/all of these service projects. Thank you for being ridiculously awesome! ~Ro
        Service | March 2024 Jamie Arkins 2024-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

        Featured Guest Speaker | February 6

        Featured Speaker: John Parker CEO of The First Tee
         
        John Parker was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has always had a passion for making a difference in the world. He began his career as a 3rd Grade Teacher in the Bryan County School System in 2005 and worked in that role for 17 years. Within the past 7 years, he found golf and quickly realized that all of the core values of the game directly relate to the character education being taught in schools everyday. This prompted him to create a golf themed classroom. From there he gained the attention of The First Tee, which introduced him to their school program where he began teaching this model at his school in 2019.
         
        Two years later, The First Tee-Savannah was launched, and John was hired as the Program Director. He worked in this role part-time and continued teaching until 2023 where he transitioned into the chapter's full-time Program Director.
         
        Seeing the remarkable difference that he has made through this role, John was promoted to CEO of The First Tee-Savannah at the start of 2024, where he will oversee all of the chapter's operations and continue to build this organization to reach as many youth as possible.
         
        The First Tee's Mission statement: We enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills curriculum, we created learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do. The First Tee Empowers kids and team by instilling life-enhancing values through the game of golf. The program has grown tremendously in the past few years. They currently have 16 coaches, 50 volunteers. 48% of participants are on full scholarship. This started off as a school program at 26 schools, 19 of which are Title One, reaching 14,000 kids. Success stories include Reshma’s two daughters!
         
        Programming and Charity Partners include Park Place Outreach and the LB3 Foundation, promotes ending gun violence and holds an annual golf camp. 
         
        How you can help? Spread the word about The First Tee-Savannah to help them gain exposure via word of mouth You can volunteer, donate new golf equipment, and funding for programs. They are building a mentor program. This enables kids to build character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. They integrate the game of golf with life skills curriculum to create learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience. The program also helps kids appreciate diversity and respect others.  
         
        They are entering a new phase, that includes an adaptive, girls-only program, and a little “putter’s program.” They are reorganized with a new energy and laser-focused on their mission for inner-city Savannah. 6:1 ratio per class. John is clearly passionate about the relationships formed with the children they work with and they are not numbers to him. They are about changing as many lives as possible and building tomorrow’s leaders!
         
        The Core Values taught include respect, courtesy, honesty, sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility, confidence, judgement, and perseverance. The First Tee only has one full-time intern on staff in addition to John, all others are volunteers. The First Tee relies solely on all of the golf courses that participate in the program as well as their availability, which are all of the courses in the area except Savannah Quarters, Savannah Country Club, and Mary Calder. 
         
         
        ***
        We invite you to attend The First Tee's inaugural Tee Off Party on Sunday, March 3, 6-8pm at the Palmetto Terrace at The Landings Golf & Athletic Club. This event will kick off our Golf Marathon on Monday, March 4. The all-inclusive evening includes a full southern table menu, open bar, and live auction. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased here. Contact John Parker or Dana Whitfield for more info. Facebook invite here. Follow us on Facebook here and on Instagram here. Thank you for supporting The First Tee.
        Featured Guest Speaker | February 6 2024-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

        Announcements from Feb. 6 Meeting

        Posted by Jamie Arkins

        PRESIDENT UPDATE & COMMITTEE REPORTS

        President Jasmine Mills kicked off the meeting with the 4-way test and reminded us the following:

        • Goal for every member to be on a committee. Get plugged in!
        • Lunch purchase policy:
          • If absent but already paid, members can buy lunches and pay via Venmo/cash to Treasurer at $10 discounted price.
          • Absentees need to alert Leigh beforehand @ leigh.acevedo@gmail.com
        GUESTS/VISITORS:
        • Lane McCulley, Legal Administrative Assistant - guest of Elizabeth Summerell
        • Lynne Wolf, HCA Healthcare Contracting & Development Specialist - guest of Katie Joyner
        CLUB UPDATES:
        • If anyone is interested in serving on the board, please contact Kristen Crawley directly.
        • February Birthdays: Kathleen Anderson (5th), Patrick Phelps (13th), Florence Slatinsky (24th)
        • Club anniversaries: Jeanine Roach (10), Jasmine Mills (5)
        • Paul Harris Fellow awarded to Brad Patrick!
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        UPCOMING DATES (PROGRAMS, SERVICE, SOCIALS):
        • Spring Fundraiser: 12th Annual Roastary! Get your tickets here before they go up in price!
          • Sunday, March 3, 3pm-6pm @ Coach’s Corner
          • Contact Jessica Pedigo, Chair, for more info
        • February
          • 2/20: Aaron Whitely, Dist. 6 Commissioner
          • 2/27: Club Social 5:30pm @ Das Box at 1006 E Broad St
        • March
          • 3/5: Club Assembly: Happy 12th Birthday, Metro!
          • 3/19: Katheryne Fields, GRSP
        SERVICE:
        • Emmaus House Soup Kitchen - 7:30-9:30 am, 2nd Monday of each month (upcoming 3/11 and 4/8)
        • ASP - Chairs are Cari Phelps and Chelsea Sawyer
        • 3/23: Re:Purpose service project & check presentation (TBD- morning time)
        DISTRICT EVENTS:
        • Registration is open for District conference in Jekyll - lots of fun activities and dynamic speakers: April 26th-28th, 2024.
          • Deadline for hotel discount is March 26.
          • 3 Credits per full day of attendance at district conference
        • Oslo Summer 2024 GRSP Scholarship Opens for Georgia college students
          • Spend summer attending school & exchanging cultural customs in Norway, 6/24 - 8/2/2024
          • Application is now open & closes Jan. 5, 2024.
          • Applicants must have completed sophomore year of college by Spring 2024 & have the recommendation of a Georgia Rotarian.
        LOCAL/OTHER CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS:
        • Saturday Feb 17th @ 4pm-8pm: Crab Races & Live Auction. Rotary Club of Savannah South is hosting this event benefiting P.A.C.K. RYLA, and other local charities. More info here
         
        MEMBERSHIP:
        • "If you are interested in sponsoring a member, reach out to Zerik Samples, Kristen Crawley, or Jasmine!" to "If you are interested in sponsoring a member, check out the “Members Only” area of the website for more info!"
        NEW MEMBER PROGRAM:
        • Fitz Haile: Data and Analytics Consultant, United Way. Sponsors: Kristen Crawley & Jordan Chase
        • Ruth Hutson: Outside sales rep for SESCO Lighting. Sponsors: Laure Lee Bocade & Denise Grabowski
        • Katie Rudder Fender: Dir of Community Outreach, South University. Sponsors: Kristen Crawley & Jamie Arkins
          • Katie Rudder Fender gave her Classification talk on Feb. 6: She is the Director of Community Outreach and Development at South University. She manages their corporate education program and partners with the majority of Savannah’s major employers in providing discounted programing and education. She considers herself the “front door” of the University. She’s also a student at South getting a MPA (Masters of Public Administration.) She has worked as a recruiter, the American Red Cross, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and the St. Joseph/Candler Foundation. She’s lived in Savannah for 10 years and her husband Robert is a born and raised Savannahian. She graduated from USC and is from Annapolis, Maryland. Katie played basketball in high school. She’s over 6 feet tall! She goes to CYCLEBAR most nights and is a “gas station foodie.” She gave a special thanks to Kristen Crawley and Jamie Arkins for being her sponsors and she’s very excited about joining the group!
        RECOGNITION/AWARDS/IN THE NEWS
        • Kelley Boyd spoke with Becky Sattero at WTOC 11 News morning break about SYC’s new location and YogaFest.
        • Cecilia Arango spoke about the upcoming TEDxSavannah on Savannah CEO.
        • Beautiful Savannah Magazine article featured the work of Reshma Johnson and her company SHAH Architecture & Interiors.
        YOUTH SERVICES:
        • Read United on Feb. 2: 60 Schools, 986 Classrooms, 19,650 Books
        • Interact club of St. Andrew's Upper School officially received its certificate of organization!
        • Upper School Interact Club is reading to 2nd and PK4 students on Thursday, February 22, as a literacy service project.
        • GRSP: Sonali, a young woman from Sri Lanka, arrives in August! Her brother was a former GRSP student. Committee is seeking a host. Sponsor clubs: Metro, Savannah South, Richmond Hill, & Savannah East
            LEGACY PROJECT:
            • Metro's 15th anniversary in 2027, currently saving $ for this
            • Currently have 8 nominated projects
            • Project nominees are acquiring more information from “owners” - top 2-3 will be presented to club
            • Contact John Bennett to submit ideas or for more information
             
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            Announcements from Jan. 16 Meeting

            Posted by Jamie Arkins

            PRESIDENT UPDATE & COMMITTEE REPORTS

            President Jasmine Mills kicked off the first program meeting of 2024 with the 4-way test and reminded us the following:

            • Goal-Every Member on a committee. Get plugged in!
            • Lunch purchase policy
              • If absent but already paid, members can buy lunches and pay via Venmo/cash to Treasurer at $10 discounted price.
              • Absentees need to alert Leigh beforehand @ leigh.acevedo@gmail.com
            GUESTS/VISITORS:
             
            CLUB UPDATES:
            • January Birthdays: Amelia Harper, Jeff Brady, Denise McCoy, Emily Doherty
            • Club Anniversaries: Bret Bell (12), Sam Carroll (12), Jordan Chase (12), Suzanne Kirk (12) Robert McCorkle (12), William McIntosh (12), Jason Nielubowicz (12), Jessica Pedigo (12), Cari Phelps (12), Patrick Phelps (12), Liza Smith (12), Jason Somers (12), Julie Wade (12),Emily Salzer (5), Will Gruver (6), Sara Holton (6), Florence Slatinsky (10)
            • Special THANK YOU from Kelley Waldron
            • Wedding Anniversary: D.J. & Melinda Spisso (7)
            • Metro’s 2025-2026 Presidential Nominee Vote: Kristen Crawley presented George Seaborough. Present membership in full support. If anyone is interested in serving on the board, please contact Kristen directly.
            UPCOMING DATES (PROGRAMS, SERVICE, SOCIALS):
            • 1/23: Social @ Sobremesa @ 5:30pm
              • 1/26: Tharros Place Cocktails for Courage: https://www.tharrosplace.com/events.html
              • 1/30: 22 Square Meals Family Of Rotary (FOR) Lunch @ Chippewa Square @ 12noon - bring your own lunch!
              • 2/4:  Citizen Advocacy Oyster Roast – Tickets here
              • 2/6:  Program meeting: John Parker, CEO of First Tee – Savannah
              • Spring Fundraiser: Roastary
                • Jessica Pedigo, Chair
                • Save the Date: Either 2/25 or 3/3
                • Looking for sponsors
              SERVICE:
              • Service Superlative Award: Ben Barksdale for his service as the “SINK-erater" at the Empty Bowl event at St. Andrew's
              • Meals on Wheels Kitchen (1/22) - 6am-8 am, 4th Monday of each month
              • Read United (Feb. 2) - One Day Event - schools are filling up fast, so sign up now!
              • January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Julie Wade told us Chatham County ranks 4th highest in GA, and these are often girls from Chatham County. Tourism side of Savannah definitely contributes to our risk. Tharros Place has an outreach staff member who can present to groups, so if you are interested, reach out to her. Cocktails for Courage event at Cohen's Retreat on Jan. 26th. Facility is completely running and taking in more girls.
              DISTRICT EVENTS:
              • District conference in Jekyll: lots of fun activities and dynamic speakers: April 26th-28th, 2024
              • Oslo Summer 2024 GRSP Scholarship Opens for Georgia college students
                • Spend summer attending school & exchanging cultural customs in Norway, 6/24 - 8/2/2024
                • Application is now open & closes Jan. 5, 2024.
                • Applicants must have completed sophomore year of college by Spring 2024 & have the recommendation of a Georgia Rotarian.
              MEMBERSHIP:
              • Classification Talk soon by Fitz Hale, Data and analytics consultant, United Way. Sponsors: Kristen Crawley, Jordan Chase
              • New Member Program:
                • Ruth Hutson, outside sales rep for SESCO Lighting. Sponsors: Laure Lee Bocade & Denise Grabowski
                • Katie Rudder Fender, Director of Community Outreach for South University. Sponsors: Kristen Crawley & Jamie Arkins
              • **If you are interested in sponsoring a member, reach out to Zerik Samples, Kristen Crawley, or Jasmine!
               
              RECOGNITION/AWARDS/IN THE NEWS
              • Julie Wade discussed the Tharros Place opening in The Savannahian.
              • Metro's 2023-2024 Annual Service Partner, RePurpose Savannah, was featured on CBS Saturday Morning.
              • Will Gruver, General Manager of Operations of JAN-PRO, discussed continued expansion in the region and the services they provide in Savannah CEO.
              LEGACY PROJECT:
              • 15th anniversary in 2027, currently saving $ for this
              • Currently have 8 nominated projects
              • Project nominees are acquiring more information from “owners”, Dec. 15 deadline, top 2-3 will be presented to club
              • Next meeting: Thursday, January 18 at 10am via Teams
               
              FEATURED SPEAKER: Jesse Dillon, COO of Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA)
               
              As Chief Operating Officer, Jesse develops, implements, and manages SEDA’s Business Development strategic plan for developing product, attracting new business, and supporting established businesses grow in Chatham County. Jesse is a graduate of Leadership Savannah. She proudly serves as a board member for the Greater Savannah Regional Alliance, the Savannah Technical College Foundation, Housing Savannah Inc., the Creative Coast, and the Advisory Board for Junior Achievement.  
               
              She is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in International Relations. In 2014, Jesse and her husband, Jack, relocated to Savannah and have since put down roots, which include two spirited young children.
               
              Jesse provided an update to us about the Hyundai metaplant and the I-16 Corridor Joint Development Authority. The corridor was formed in 2014. On May 25, 2021 Govenor Brian Kemp announced the purchase of the Bryan County Mega Site. The Volvo project that never happened gave SEDA and the I-16 corridor teams the training and practice to ultimately achieve this purchase.
               
              The RFI was received in Jan 2021. This process happened fairly quickly, but this was due to years and years of planning and being ready to strike when appropriate. Their job is to bring capital investment and jobs to the county. This also has to be done discretely due to the nature of client’s exposure and the fallout effect of rumors, etc… to avoid disrupting existing operations.
               
              They also needed to be able to deliver on speed, especially in the electric motor industry. The market is moving towards electric motors and they want to capture the new entries into that market. Thus, the need for speed. They partnered with the State of Georgia in purchasing the site, with no specific project in mind.
               
              Clarification: The Pooler mega site was purchased for Daimler-Chrysler Sprinter vans in 2003. It was a “black eye” to the community, so the state held that property to make sure they could redeem that promise. However, it eventually aged out of being a mega-site. In 2020 they purchased the land that was reserved for Volvo. The state was able to do so in part by selling the other site to Amazon, along with the 1000 jobs that they promised.
               
              On May 20, 2022, they announced this $5.545 Billion project. Hyundai is anticipating rolling out 300,000 units per year, and up to 500,000 is possible. An additional battery cell manufacturing facility will be a joint venture with LG Energy Solutions. This brought with it another $2 billion in investment and 400 more jobs.
               
              The next factor is suppliers. Supply chain proximity is key. Sequence specific as well - not completed in “just in time” mode. 14 new suppliers announced creating 6,506 jobs. $9.966 Billion Capital Investment and 15,006 new jobs. Anticipating cars out the door by January 2025, for domestic distribution. Lofty goals!
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              Brags, Finds, and Whines | January 16

              Posted by Jamie Arkins
               
              • Funds support Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART)
              • ***Challenge by anonymous club member to match funds up to $150 today only, January 16!***
              • Whitney Shephard - Farmsgiving on SUNDAY! Gamesgiving. Featuring homemade paloma cocktails. 
              • Ruth Hutson - traveled to ATL to do music theater with 7000 kids ages 7-17
              • Chelsea Sawyer - her second child turns one this week! She also whined that her friend cannot seek the medical care she needs in the State of Georgia, post Roe v Wade. Her friend is struggling for her life.
              • Suzanne Kirk - bragged on being one more vote in the US as a new American Citizen! Also whined that she’s been without a car since Thanksgiving.
              • Jasmine - bragged that she and her wife adopted their daughter on January 2nd from foster care!!
              • Sarah Smith - presented a gift to Jasmine - a little pink Rotary tee shirt for her new daughter!
              • George Seaborough - bragged on the new hire with the help of Suzanne - now a team of 3 at Citizen Advocacy. Annual oyster roast on Feb. 4th- get your tickets now. www.citizenadvocacy.org
              • Julie Wade - announced that Elizabeth Summerell is Tharros Place's newest board member
              • Kristin King - bragged on Sarah Smith for the thoughtful cards for our club members
              • Ro Patrick - bragged on George and Aaron who stepped up for Thursday’s service project - Jasmine reminded us that this is a great example of the power in this club. BOOM.
              • Reshma Johnson - bragged that her daughter is in New Zealand for six weeks, then she's headed Australia, and she’s received great support from her community. They are going to visit for her spring break.
              • Kristen Crawley - announced that Read United has 150 spots left. Registration closes on 1/30/24.
              Brags, Finds, and Whines | January 16 Jamie Arkins 2024-01-21 05:00:00Z 0

              Announcements from Dec. 19 Meeting

              Posted by Jamie Arkins

              PRESIDENT UPDATE & COMMITTEE REPORTS

              President Jasmine Mills kicked off the meeting with the 4-way test and reminded us the following:

              • Goal- Every Member on a committee. Get plugged in!
              • Lunch purchase policy
                • If absent but already paid, members can buy lunches and pay via Venmo/cash to Treasurer at $10 discounted price.
                • Absentees need to alert Leigh beforehand @ leigh.acevedo@gmail.com
              GUESTS/VISITORS:
               
              CLUB UPDATES:
              • Re-Purpose Rendezvous raised over $17,000 for our ASP and other Rotary-related charitable endeavors this year!
              • Club Social/World Polio Day FUNdraiser brought in $1,275 in just a couple of hours. Our club members and guests showed up and showed out!
              • GRSP: The selection process for next year has begun! Kristen Crawley, our PE, is reviewing the hundreds of applications. She would appreciate any of your input/support. Reach out to her directly if you want to be on the committee.  We are sharing a student with 2 other clubs, Richmond Hill & Savannah East.
              • Keep an eye on our FB page where you can see what our club has been up to lately! Jamie Arkins keeps this updated so if you have anything to share, please send them to Jamie.
              • Jessica Pedigo has agreed to chair Roastary, anyone interested in joining the committee please reach out directly to Jessica.
               
              DISTRICT EVENTS:
              • District conference in Jekyll: lots of fun activities and dynamic speakers: April 26th-28th, 2024
              • Oslo Summer 2024 GRSP Scholarship Opens for Georgia college students
                • Spend summer attending school & exchanging cultural customs in Norway, 6/24 - 8/2/2024
                • Application is now open & closes Jan. 5, 2024.
                • Applicants must have completed sophomore year of college by Spring 2024 & have the recommendation of a Georgia Rotarian.
              MEMBERSHIP:
              • Classification Talk soon by Fitz Hale, Data and analytics consultant, United Way. Sponsors: Kristen Crawley, Jordan Chase
              • New Member Program:
                • Ruth Hutson, outside sales rep for SESCO Lighting. Sponsors: Laure Lee Bocade & Denise Grabowski
                • Katie Rudder Fender, Director of Community Outreach for South University. Sponsors: Kristen Crawley & Jamie Arkins
              • **If you are interested in sponsoring a member, reach out to Zerik Samples, Kristen Crawley, or Jasmine!
              UPCOMING DATES (PROGRAMS, SERVICE, SOCIALS):
              • January 2024:
                • 1/2: ***No meeting*** Happy New Year!
                • 1/9: Taco Tuesday Lunch Munch @ Java Burrito (in the basement), 11:45am-1pm - drop in or stay the whole time!
                • 1/16: Club Meeting @ JEA
                • 1/23: Social - location TBA
                • 1/30: 22 Square Meal (FOR)- Family friendly, bring a dish, BYOB
              • (Note: service projects and dates listed in separate section below)​​​​​​​
              SERVICE:
              • Ro Patrick reported that reading at Juliette Gordon Low Elementary was a big success and they were very appreciative of the mugs and hot cocoa. She honored Jasmine with the Superlative Service Award for being a Triple Duty Reader!
              • Joint service project with the Interact Clubs @ St. Andrew’s School:
                • Thursday, January 18, 4pm-7pm
                • Empty Bowl Fundraiser for “Children Inspiring Hope”
                • Needs: setup, help prepare & serve dinner, 10 x $20 gift cards to Publix or Kroger
               
              LEGACY PROJECT:
              • 15th anniversary in 2027, currently saving $ for this
              • Currently have 8 nominated projects
              • Project nominees are acquiring more information from “owners”, Dec. 15 deadline, top 2-3 will be presented to club
              • Next meeting: Thursday, January 18 at 10am via Teams
               
              FEATURED SPEAKER: Scott Scheidt, Chief Security Officer at Seimitsu (click here to view Scott's presentation from the meeting)
               
              Scott has presented to six Rotary chapters in our area recently and and has really enjoyed learning about what everyone is doing in the community. He didn’t anticipate being so inspired and excited to learn about all our Rotary programs. He is a member of the Lions Club. 
               
              “Protecting Your Business Through a Strong Cybersecurity Posture” is designed to help business owners:
               • discern if their information is on the dark web.
               • understand the cost of a cyber breach.
               • discover different ways the organization may be at risk.
               • learn the measures to take to better protect their organizations for clients as well as in-house and remote workforce members.

               “Cyber-attacks occur every 39 seconds and as a small business you need to protect yourself, your staff and your clients,” said Scheidt. “Business owners work endlessly to build the trust of their clients and employees and if there is a security breach of private information, there is nothing more grounding than having to send out a mass email to all of your clients and employees that there was a breach of security on your client’s private information.” 

              Scheidt of Seimitsu says the ‘clean-up’ of a cyber-attack can be as or more costly than the ransom requested as well.
               
              The FTC broadened their definition of a “Financial Institution” and extended compliance to June of 2023 (this has been in the works for 23 years “Bank Holdings Act of 1956”)
               
              There are nine things that are required by these entities revolving around risk management and securities. This will put a financial burden on these businesses, especially small businesses. Fines associated with lack of compliance to these activities will be comparable to HIPPA fines.
               
              Steps to Business Compliance include Designating a Qualified Individual, Conduct a Risk Assessment, Have a Written Incident Response Plan, Provide Security Awareness Training and Security Policy Compliance (documented, Trackable by Employee, Managed Update)
              Implement Safeguards to Reduce Risk, Monitor & Test Effectiveness of the Security Program, Manage & Maintain Infrastructure, Monitor 3rd Party Systems & Service Providers, Annual Reports to your Board of Directors or Senior Management. 
               
               
              Announcements from Dec. 19 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2023-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

              Announcements from Dec. 5 Meeting

              Posted by Jamie Arkins

              PRESIDENT UPDATE & COMMITTEE REPORTS

              President Jasmine Mills kicked off the meeting with the 4 way test and reminded us the following:

              • If you have purchased a meal and cannot attend the meeting, let Leigh know so she can re-sell it!
              • Goal: every member needs to be on a committee. Get plugged in!
              CLUB UPDATES:
              • December Birthdays: D.J. Spisso, Laura Lee Bocade, Alfred McGuire, George Seaborough, Jessica Pedigo, Jasmine Mills, Liza Smith
              • Club Anniversaries: Amelia Harper (10), Elizabeth Summerell (4), Patton Dugas (11), Whitney Shephard (11)
              • Re-Purpose Rendezvous raised over $17,000 for our ASP and other Rotary-related charitable endeavors this year!
              • GRSP: The selection process for next year has begun! Kristen Crawley, our PE, is reviewing the hundreds of applications. She would appreciate any of your input/support. Reach out to her directly if you want to be on the committee. 
              • Keep an eye on our Metro Facebook page where you can see what our club has been up to lately! Jamie Arkins keeps this updated so if you have anything to share, please send them to Jamie.
              • Jessica Pedigo has agreed to chair the Roastary! anyone interested in joining the committee please reach out directly to Jessica.
               
              DISTRICT EVENTS:
              • District conference in Jekyll Island - lots of fun activities and dynamic speakers: April 26th-28th, 2024
               
              MEMBERSHIP:
              • Classification talks coming up by Fitz Hale, Data and analytics consultant, United Way. Sponsors: Kristen Crawley, Jordan Chase
              • New Member Program:
                • Ruth Hutson, outside sales rep for SESCO Lighting. Sponsors: Laure Lee Bocade & Denise Grabowski
                • Katie Rudder Fender, Director of Community Outreach for South University. Sponsors: Kristen Crawley & Jamie Arkins
              UPCOMING DATES (PROGRAMS, SERVICE, SOCIALS):
              • 12/9: Bonus Social/Service: Jaycee's Reindeer Games
                • 10am-12noon Jaycee Park Tybee
                • $20 to participate in corn hole tournament
                • Lunch at Huc-a-poos after tournament
                • Bring pet toys - $30 + for service credit
              • 12/13: Holiday Social: The Bar Bar on Wilmington Island - Register yourself and guests
              • 12/16: Everyone is invited to Aaron Miller’s party- 2:00-5:00 Bar Julian. Text him at 404.313.1773 if you can make it!
              • 12/19: Scott Scheidt, Chief Security Officer, Seimitsu
              LEGACY PROJECT:
              • 15th anniversary in 2027, currently saving $ for this
              • Currently have 8 nominated projects
              • Project nominees are acquiring more information from “owners”, 12/15 deadline, top 2-3 will present to club
              • Next meeting: 1/18 at 10 AM via Teams
               
              Metro’s FY24 Rotary Foundation Wall of Pride:
              • Leigh Acevedo
              • Darron Alvord
              • Cecilia Arango
              • Jamie Arkins
              • Kelley Boyd
              • Jeff Brady
              • Sam Carroll
              • Jordan Chase
              • Chris Corey
              • Kristen Crawley
              • Patton Dugas
              • Denise Grabowski
              • Will Gruver
              • Reshma Johnson
              • Katie Joyner
              • Suzanne Kirk
              • Robert McCorkle
              • Denise McCoy
              • Jasmine Mills
              • Clint Murphy
              • Brad Patrick
              • Ro Patrick
              • Jessica Pedigo
              • Cari Phelps
              • Patrick Phelps
              • Whitney Shephard
              • Sarah Smith
              • Elizabeth Summerell
              • Josh Yates
               
              FEATURED SPEAKER: Felix Smith, Rotary District #6920 Governor 2023-2024
               
              Dr. Felix Smith holds a BS in Animal Science and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. He owned and operated his own clinic and practiced in Perry, for 40 years before retiring in 2021. Felix has been a dedicated member of the Perry Rotary Club since joining in 2002. He has served as the chair for club membership, programs, and club president in 2009-2010. He was awarded The Rotarian of the Year by his club in 2014 and is a Rotary Foundation PHF +8 and Major Donor. Felix is a Paul Harris Society and a Polio Plus Member. Felix is also a member of the CART fund’s Roger Ackerman Circle and was selected for the CART fund Changemaker Award in 2023. Felix served in district leadership as an Assistant Governor from 2018-2021 and has been a host family for the Georgia Rotary Student Program. Felix has served as President for both the South Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the Middle Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. He has served on the Board of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce and is currently serving on the City of Perry Public Facility Authority. Felix is an exercise enthusiast and spends much of his free time cycling, swimming, and running. He has travelled all over the world participating in biking events, triathlons, and competitive endurance events. For relaxation, he plays pickleball and likes to garden.
               
              46,000 clubs worldwide. 1.4 million members across the world. Our district spreads far and wide...58 clubs and we're soon adding a 59th club in Ludowici with 35 founding members. Dr. Smith is very excited by this and honored to be a part of it. It’s tradition of the Gov to travel and visit clubs, often via his camper and staying in state parks. He wants to engage us in reciprocal help with projects, highlighting the worldwide projects that Rotarians do.
               
              Dr. Felix’s biggest local passion is literacy. The average reading proficiency of 3rd graders in GA is 37% (2021) and mentioned it’s not our teacher’s faults, board of education, etc. Family dynamics have changed drastically since he grew up. Between electronics, gadgets, drug addictions, children raised by grandparents, etc. there are
              many factors affecting this. For example, Butler is at 9%. 3rd grad is so important because by 4th grade, a child needs to LEARN. Without reading, it’s going to be hard to learn. This data can be used to predict the number of prison beds that will be needed in the future.
               
              Resources:
              • publicschoolreview.com
              • getgeorgiareading.org
              • Georgia Dept. of Education GaDOE.org 
               
              Felix wants to encourage us to participate in Read United, a 1 hour per week commitment. He shared personal stories of reading in Perry to two boys, both named Kadin (sp?), who changed his life. 84% of the students they tutored were reading at the 3rd grade level by the end of the program.
               
              Closed with the thought that children are NOT the ones responsible for our literacy problem. Not just via United Way, but lots of other programs out there (i.e. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, etc.)
               
              Felix asked Denise Grabowski to respond to his comments. She claimed the current numbers are not based on 2021criteria. Denise will provide new number and claims that data doesn’t lie, but it doesn’t tell the whole truth. New Superintendent, Denise Watts, is calling literacy our North Star with big investments in teachers. Retraining teachers in how to teach reading. It is a skill to teach reading.
               
              Felix switched topics to Polio Eradication. In 1985 over 100 countries still had Polio with 350,000 kids dying or disabled every year. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matches donations, giving Rotary International $2 for every $1 raised. Continued vaccination is needed but we are down to 2 counties with only 10 cases so far this year in Afghanistan & Pakistan. Successful negotiations with the Taliban to have access to remote villages. The experts think we only have 2 more years to go, so the Polio Plus club asks for $100/year until Polio is eradicated. A Polio Free World is Rotary's gift to our planet.
               
              Next he addressed Alzheimer’s. He’s very encouraged by our CART blue buckets! The CART Fund website hosts two Zoom meetings each month to attend - the a la carte meetings are at 12:00 once per month (link on website) and you can learn about various research by experts.
               
              Rotary International also focuses on malaria, diarrhea diseases, etc. in 4 Sub-Saharan Countries. There’s a new vaccination coming out to help with this. Keep an eye out!
               
              The final area is the environment. He’s ordered white oak saplings for us to plant. They will deliver in early January. We need to be thinking about where to plant these trees.
               
              District Conference in Jekyll. Lots of fun activities and dynamic speakers: April 26th-28th, 2024
               
              Dr. Felix closed with encouraging news that Metro has given $140,000 to the Foundation and he’s so proud of us! “Together we see a world, where people unite and take action.” (exact mission statement)
              Announcements from Dec. 5 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2023-12-19 05:00:00Z 0

              Brags, Finds, and Whines | December 5

              Posted by Jamie Arkins
              • Florence Slatinsky celebrated her 24th wedding anniversary at Elizabeth’s on 37th
              • Emily Salzer announced First Presbyterian's A Gracious Christmas event on Thursday, December 7 at 8:30am. Tickets available on Facebook.
              • Cari Phelps seconded that she will be attending A Gracious Christmas and a huge kudos to Zerik and his team for 320 in attendance at Home for the Holidays for Habitat for Humanity!
              • Zerik Samples thanked all those who attended and those who donated auction items. $160,000 raised!!
              • Sarah Smith bragged on all the business owners in our club and how generous everyone has been this season.
              • Katie Balthrop is on her 2nd day of re-locating her business Savannah Sport & Wellness to her new space in Sandfly.
              • Kristen Crawley boosted Katie’s comment about the quality of the gym.
              • Leigh Acevedo bragged on her and her husband for keeping their child alive for almost 6 years and she is celebrating her birthday this month!
              • Jamie Arkins bragged on the entire committee for putting on Re:Purpose Rendezvous.
              • Julie Wade gave $40 to the bucket and announced that today is the first day that Tharros place is welcoming their first residents!
              Brags, Finds, and Whines | December 5 Jamie Arkins 2023-12-19 05:00:00Z 0

              Re:Purpose Rendezvous Sponsors

              Re:Purpose Rendezvous Sponsors Jamie Arkins 2023-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

              Announcements from Nov. 21 Meeting

              Posted by Kristin King

              PRESIDENT UPDATE & COMMITTEE REPORTS

              President Jasmine Mills kicked off the meeting with the 4 way test and reminded us the following:

              • If you have purchased a meal and cannot attend the meeting, let Leigh know so she can re-sell it!
              • Goal- Every Member on a committee. Get plugged in!
              • November birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated.
               
              MEMBERSHIP:
              NMP: Classification Talk & Induction
              Aaron Miller- sponsored by Clint Murphy and Jamie Arkins. Growing up in Catskill Mountains, Aaron participated in Rotary Exchange in HS. He considers their exchange students as brothers and is very passionate about the program! After HS, Arron joined the army. He applied to West Point and played the tuba in their band, as well as singing in the glee cub. After West Point, Aaron was stationed in Savannah. He was deployed to Bosnia for a year and eventually deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. Post-army, he went to Business School in NY. He joined a sailing team and met his wife. Their work prevented them to start a family, but they finally did and have a young son. Aaron is an avid runner and owns around 170 investment properties.
              CLUB:
              • Paul Harris Fellow- Jeff Brady +4.
              • Fall Fundraise: Font Porch Improv, Wednesday 11/29 6:00-9:30. “Re-Purpose Rendezvous” https://metrosavannahrotary.org/donate/re-purpose-rendezvous/
              • PURCHSAE TICKETS NOW PLEASE! ($60/$75 at the Door)
              • Theme is “Secret Confessions”
              • You can purchase tickets for someone else even if you can’t attend.
              • Booze raffle contributions are being collected by Cindy Mullally- $40 will give you an attendance credit.
              • Amelia Harper has done a great job getting sponsors- check out FB to see who!
              VISITORS:
              • Ruth Hudson visitor of Laura Lee Bocade)
              • Emerson Ingram (guest of Jeff Brady)
               
              UPCOMING DATES (PROGRAMS, SERVICE, SOCIALS):
              • Loop it Up Holiday Service: Mugs & Coco- donations (drop off at ForeSight or Ro’s Home by Dec. 3rd) & Polar Express Story Time program- Background check needed to be completed this week.
              • 11/28: (No Social b/c fundraiser is the following day)
              • 11/29: Re:Purpose Rendezvous at Front Porch Improv!
              • 12/5: Dr. Felix Smith, District Governor
              • 12/9" Bonus Social/Service: Jaycee's Reindeer Games
                • 10am-noon- Jaycee Park Tybee
                • $20 to participate in corn hole tournament
                • Lunch at huckapoo's after tournament
                • Bring pet toys- $30 + for service credit
              • 12/13: Holiday Social: The Bar Bar on Wilmington Island- Register yourself and guests
              • 12/16: Everyone is invited to Aaron Miller’s party- 2:00-5:00 Bar Julian. Text him at 404.313.1773 if you can make it!
              • 12/19" Scott Scheidt, Chief Security Officer, Seimitsu
               
              FEATURED SPEAKER: Foundation Giving Impact Panel
               
              Dr. Darron Alvord kicked off our panel via video, then Jeff Brady spoke about all the different ways to give back- time/money balance and the importance knowing what your donations go towards. He also works hard to make sure his kids foster the spirit of giving as well as staying grounded in awareness for what they have.
               
              Julie Wade mentioned that she focuses her giving locally and appreciates that she doesn’t need to worry about doing due diligence to give to Rotary because she knows Rotary is solid. She also spoke about the way the foundation gives back to our local programing.
               
              Whitney Shepherd shared that she and Josh are each Paul Harris Fellows, and also support the chapter via Green Truck Pub. She shared a few personal stories from PETs (President Elect) about how society has a lot of work to do in the world- unifying private and public sectors, countries, leaders, etc… to promote peace and equality and be part of a worldwide impact. Also mentioned a story about the local clubs getting some money back from the district conference. This lead to a large discussion and sharing of Tiny Homes Resources for Vets, which has developed in other towns, funded completely by rotary chapters.
               
              Clint Murphy does not have kids- he has made Rotary his beneficiary for his assets because of how effective they are with their funding/resources. Each dollar plugged into the Foundation is multiplied.
               
              Will Gruver tells us “to much is given, much will be expected.” He had a near death experience in 2005, and he’s grateful he had the resources to deal with mental health issues at the time. Therefore he’s incredibly passionate about Mental Health. $85/month will get you to the Paul Harris level.
              Announcements from Nov. 21 Meeting Kristin King 2023-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

              Brags, Finds, and Whines | November 7

              Posted by Kristin King
              • Cindy Mullally promoted Re-Purpose Rendezvous and Dairy Daze- at the Dairy-area (11/18) at Robert’s Dairy.
              • Whitney Shephard announced Farmsgiving is back- hosting it at their home. Chili, drinks, etc.. Sunday 3:30-8:00 ($50)
              • Suzanne Kirk updated us on her citizenship- she passed the test and interview. Next Thursday will be her swearing in ceremony!
              • Zerik Samples announced Habitat Humanity- Dec 1 Home for the Holiday’s Gala at the DeSoto. Open bar. www.Habitatsavannah.org
              • Leigh Acevedo congratulated Jordan Chase & Suzanne Kirk for their event at Emmaus House- Empty Bowl blew their goal out of the water. 
              • Florence Slatinsky bragged on Shelter from the Rain and their successful graduation, and Habit's partnership with the persons they support.
              • Erika Morrow announced the end of year event for Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision.
              • Lee Perry mentioned the visit by Shannon Sharpe featured at SSU- former football player.
              • Kristin King bragged on Whitney Shephard for running a fabulous Housing Coalition meeting and on Sam Carroll, Leigh Acevedo, Liza Smith, Lexi Henigman & George Seaborough  for jumping in to volunteer for the GOTR 5K on Nov. 11th.
              Brags, Finds, and Whines | November 7 Kristin King 2023-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

              Brags, Finds, and Whines | October 3

              Posted by Jamie Arkins
              • Cecilia Arango announced an upcoming concert she is performing in: TRAVELING WILBURYS - SAVANNAH SALUTES PETTY, HARRISON, ORBISON, LYNNE & DYLAN at Victory North on Wednesday, November 22nd at 7:30pm (the night before Thanksgiving). Get your tickets here!
              • Elizabeth Summerall announced the last ever Junior League of Savannah Thrift Sale will be on Sat., Nov. 4th celebrating JLS's 75th Anniversary
              • Cari Phelps reminded us we can opt in/out for Rotary communications. Also, it’s hers and Patrick's 14th wedding anniversary...Congratulations Cari & Patrick!
              • Kristin King bragged on Denise Grabowski’s son for CC championship and also mentioned the John Prine Tribute Concert at Tybee Post Theater, for those not going to Phil the Park (only 3 seats left!).
              • Leigh Acevedo bragged that we had more food than ordered.
              Brags, Finds, and Whines | October 3 Jamie Arkins 2023-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

              Re:Purpose Rendezvous - Annual Service Partner Fundraiser

              Metropolitan Savannah Rotary presents...
              Re:Purpose Rendezvous fall fundraiser benefiting Re:Purpose Savannah on Wednesday, November 29 at Front Porch Improv!
               
              Get your tickets today! The early bird ticket window has already passed. Tickets are $60 on and will be $75 at the door (if any remain). Tickets include: 2 drink tickets, small bites and games by Front Porch Improv. We will also be raffling off amazing prizes.
               
              Limited seating is available! Tickets can purchased here
              (Club Members can register via link in ClubRunner invitation.)
               
              Sponsored by YOU! Find out more about opportunities here
              Re:Purpose Rendezvous - Annual Service Partner Fundraiser Jamie Arkins 2023-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

              Announcements from Oct. 3 Meeting

              Posted by Jamie Arkins

              PRESIDENT UPDATE & COMMITTEE REPORTS

              President Jasmine Mills

              • We are close to having 100% paid dues - only one or two members remain who have not paid
              • Reminder to provide any and all feedback in real-time (don’t wait until the end of the year)
              • Let Jasmine and Jamie know if you spot club members in the news, any recognition/awards/announcements on social media - let's spread the good MetRotarians news!
              SERVICE:
              • Read United Buddies - October launch at Otis Brock & Windsor forest. Looking for volunteers to reach with 2nd grade students 30 minutes twice/week. Reach out to Jasmine with you are interested.
              • 10/20-10/21: Bonus service project: Pride Festival
              • 11/15 Senior Citizens Inc. kitchen meal prep: 
                • Background check must be completed by 10/17 - print and complete the application here - send completed form AND a copy of your Driver's License to Julie Wade 
                • Ro is setting up a monthly recurring senior pet food delivery through Senior Citizens - more info coming
              •  December TBA: Emmaus House breakfast, Loop It up 
              DISTRICT EVENTS:
              • We need your help, Metro! 21 Host families are needed for GRSP weekend, Oct. 13-15. Pick-Up/Drop-Off requirements. Contact Jim Drake ASAP at jdrake@drakefirmpc.com 912.655.9882 
              • Savannah Sunrise Rotary is hosting the 1st annual Sam Eskew Memorial Golf Tournament. 11/10, 8:30am tee, Savannah Country Club. Benefits Operation Patriots FOB. Register or donate via Venmo to Tony Uhrich as part of Metro Support.
              MEMBERSHIP:
              • Zerik is still challenging us to each ring a guest, and especially the longer standing members to get plugged in at the next level.
              CLUB:
              • October Birthdays and Anniversaries were celebrated.
              • Family Rotary event at Phil the Park: 10/7 at 4:30. Theme is “Around the World” celebrating global rhythms of Savannah. Volunteers needed- contact Sarah Smith 912.944.7012. Dress up as Amazing Race contestants. Snacks & drinks provided.
              • Fall Fundraiser: Cindy Mullally, Chair. Save the Date: Font Porch Improv, Wednesday 11/29 6:00-9:30. “Re-Purpose Rendezous” $50 pp. Looking for sponsors! https://metrosavannahrotary.org/donate/re-purpose-rendezvous/ - Weekly meetings, Wed @5:30 via Zoom
              • 15 Anniversary Legacy Project: 8 ideas submitted so far. Teams meeting 10/5 10:00-11:00am– ask John Bennett if you want to join.
              • Fun times at Jerry’s social and Service Project Day with Re-Purpose
               
              UPCOMING DATES (PROGRAMS, SERVICE, SOCIALS):
              • 10/17: Program Speaker: Cari Phelps, Global Grant Update
              • 10/24: Sorry Charlie’s Rooftop Social, 5:30-7:30 - World Polio Day Fundraiser (Afghanistan & Pakistan are the only 2 nations where polio is still rampant)
              • 11/7: Program Field Trip - Location TBD
              • (11/28: No Social b/c fundraiser is the following day)
              • 11/29: Re:Purpose Rendezvous at Front Porch Improv!
              RECOGNITION/AWARDS:
              • Suzanne Kirk joined the board of Chatham Savannah Citizen Advocacy.
              • Julie Wade spoke about the services offered at Tharros Place and cultivating a culture of courage.
              • Zerik Samples promoted the upcoming Holiday Gala for Habitat for Humanity.

                   

                  GUESTS/VISITORS:

                   
                  FEATURED SPEAKER: Our fellow MetRotraian, Chelsea Sawyer, Emergency Preparedness Manager - Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)
                   
                  Chelsea Sawyer has worked for the Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) since September 2016. Throughout her time with the agency, she has served as an Emergency Management Specialist, Emergency Management Coordinator and is now the Emergency Preparedness Manager.
                   
                  In this role, Chelsea serves as the lead of the Community Preparedness Division and is responsible for overseeing the agency's community outreach programs as well as managing Emergency Support Function (ESF) 6- Mass Care, ESF 8- Health and Medical, ESF 11- Food and Water, ESF 14- Public-Private Partnerships and ESF 18- Animal Services. In addition, Chelsea manages the agency's social and digital media presence, coordinates the Chatham County Disaster Faith Network, liaises with Chatham County's disaster recovery committee and supervises the Agency's volunteer workforce. Throughout her time with CEMA, Chelsea has gained a wealth of experience in disaster response and recovery communications and operations in both natural and man-made disasters such as tropical storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms and during a military plane crash.
                   
                  Chelsea is a Georgia Certified Emergency Manager and holds her Master's Degree in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Tech. One of her many passions is working with government agencies as they craft crisis communication plans and develop standards for emergency messaging. This passion led her to become the Southeast United States representative on the Government Social Media Membership Council.
                   
                  Chelsea's love for emergency management and response is also evident in her personal life as she has served as the panel chair for the United Way of the Coastal Empire's Crisis Intervention Community Investments process and as the Disaster Response Chair for the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club. When she is not working or volunteering, Chelsea enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband, Seth, and their two children.
                   
                  Chelsea commented that she reported to our chapter immediately after Hurricane Matthew and only after 3 weeks on the job.
                   
                  Hurricane Season Forecast:
                  • Named Storms: 18
                  • Hurricane: 9
                  • Major Hurricanes: 4
                  So far there have been 17:
                  • Named Storms: 17
                  • Hurricanes: 5
                  • Major Hurricanes: 5
                  Hurricane Seasons ends Nov. 30th
                  TV Meteorologists came up with the idea of naming storms in the 1950’s
                   
                  Largest threats to Life & Property:
                  • Water- 80% of deaths (drive through floods and drown)
                    • Deadliest storms are NOT always the primary threat.
                  • Heavy Rainfall & Flooding (weaker storms can produce more rainfall)
                    • i.e. Hurricane Harvey- up to 60 inches of rain. Overpasses were flooded.
                  • Storm Surge- water pulled and pushed based on the storm’s counterclockwise motion.
                    • i.e. Hurricane Ian in Tampa Bay- water pulled out of the bay and pushed onto normally dry land.
                    • MEOW (Maximum Envelopes of Water)- worst case scenarios maps was shown for each category of storm. (size, strength, slow speed, high tide, direct hit/angle of approach- right front quadrant is the “dirty side” of the storm.)
                  Family Emergency Plan: Booklets available.
                  • What’s your shelter plan? Can we stay at home and feel safe?
                  • CEMA alerts- text CEMA to 77295, news, social media, NOAA Weather Radio, disaster website: ready.chathamcountyga.gov
                  • Evacuation Plan- know your zone & routes, A, B, C
                    • “Voluntary Evacuation” is NOT used in Chatham County- Evacuation Order is used instead, and a Mandatory is an executive directive- personal discretion is NOT an option. There is no legal obligation for first responders to respond to citizens. Would also void your life insurance policy if you died while staying for the storm.
                  • Household communication, multiple vehicles
                  • Supplies- create your own emergency kit.
                  • Re-Entry Plan, 5 step process:
                    • Render Safe Task Force-
                    • Life Safety Workers (requires pass)
                    • Essential Public and Private Sector (requires pass)
                    • Local residents, property owners
                    • Open to public with limited access (i.e. Tybee Island)
                  Announcements from Oct. 3 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2023-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

                  Announcements from Nov. 7 Meeting

                  Posted by Kristin King

                  PRESIDENT UPDATE & COMMITTEE REPORTS

                  President Jasmine Mills kicked off the meeting with the 4 way test and thanked us for showing up for our off-site field trip. What a fabulous view!

                   
                  DISTRICT EVENTS:
                  • Savannah Sunrise Rotary is hosting the 1st annual Sam Eskew Memorial Golf Tournament. 11/10, 8:30 tee, Savannah Country Club. Benefits Operations Patriots FOB. Register or donate via Venmo to Tony Uhrich as part of Metro Support.
                   
                  CLUB:
                  • Fall Fundraiser: Cindy Mullally, Chair. Save the Date: Font Porch Improv, Wednesday 11/29 6:00-9:30. “Re-Purpose Rendezous” $60 pp. Looking for sponsors! https://metrosavannahrotary.org/donate/re-purpose-rendezvous/ - Weekly meetings, Wed @5:30 via Zoo
                  • Cindy reminded us we can purchase tickets for someone else even if you can’t attend.
                  • Booze raffle contributions are being collected by Cindy at the next meeting- $40 will give you an attendance credit.
                  • Amelia has done a great job getting sponsors- you can still sponsor to get an attendance credit.
                   
                  UPCOMING DATES (PROGRAMS, SERVICE, SOCIALS):
                  • 11/21: Foundation Giving Impact Panel 
                  • 11/28: (No Social b/c fundraiser is the following day)
                  • 11/29: Re:Purpose Rendezvous at Front Porch Improv!
                   
                  FEATURED SPEAKER:
                  Dr. Carol Pride, Marine & Environmental Sciences Department Chair, Savannah State University.
                   
                  Lee announced that the Marine Science program has been a big success. He introduced Dr. Carol Pride, who joined the faculty of Savannah State University in 2002 and serves as chair of SSU’s Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences. Her background is in marine science and paleoceanography. Before coming to Savannah, she completed a BA in Environmental Science at Wesleyan University, a PhD at the University of South Carolina in Marine Science, a visiting professorship at the College of Charleston, and postdoctoral research at the University of California Santa Barbara. She currently mentors SSU undergraduate and graduate students in research on our local estuaries, with emphasis on the impacts of humans and climate change on these systems.
                   
                  Learning about nature in nature, while developing career-based skills. The program has existed  since the 1980’s in an effort to integrate SSU with Armstrong.  Students participate in boat, beach, and saltmarsh fieldwork, lab and analytical development, research and community outreach.
                  Programs offered:
                  • M.S. & B.S. and Minor in Marines Sciences, as well as a 4 + 0.5 partnership with Auburn University.
                  • Minor in Environmental Science
                  • Analytical laboratory funded by the Department of Energy
                  • Outdoor learning center, aquaponics and GeoAg research, community garden.
                   
                  Nationally, black graduates earn only <2% of all marine science degrees. SSU is number one in the nation in this field. Diverse student body with more BS and MS in the field per year than UGA. (SSU has 7 faculty, UGA has 25!!)
                   
                  There’s a on-campus building for classes and recently a research center off campus was added to provide a home for the grad students to operate. This allows them more access to water without having to worry as much about tides. They have deep water access and wet labs to pump in water from the creek for research.
                   
                  Funding:
                  • >$10 Million in Grants
                  • Every Faculty member has a great that funds student training and research.
                  • Funders include NSF, NOAA, DoEd, DOE, DOD/ONR, GA Sea Grant, Thoreau Foundation, and U.S. Geology Survey
                   
                  All of their research is relevant to coastal GA, including impact of sea level rising, impact on Ogeechee business, and drainage projects, light pollution on Tybee effects on sea turtles, water quality work while warehouses are being developed, dolphin science lab, bio-coustics.
                   
                  Outreach is very important.
                  • Coast Camp (grades 2nd- HS) free to low-cost summer camp
                  • School Science Night Events
                  • Community Festivals
                  • Visits to Campus
                  • Service on Boards for Non-Profits focused on the Environment and Education.
                   
                  She gave over 10 careers that students go to after their degree, as well as graduate schools in the southeast area (and Alaska- the biggest state in the US, right Suzanne :))
                   
                  Employment record from alumna shows that 71% of their bachelor graduates and 96% of their master's graduates have documented post-graduation STEM employment. This is very impressive considering the national level is at 26%.
                   
                  2 of their Sea Grant State Fellows attended a conference on Tybee and are now part of Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center.
                   
                  Shed Dawson, Director of Career Services, spoke with us about his support for the student’s next steps after graduation. Learning is very hands on so that students have made the mistakes in class instead of at their first internship/job. Grant funding has dried up a bit over the years, but Title 3 gives them $7-11 Billion dollars! Leadership development is a huge focus as well. Students are required to put together all 306 events on campus (i.e. Homecoming festivities/entertainment) and this is considered extra-curricular learning, half of their student body participated in this over the past year. There are also 75 campus organizations with positions for the students to be leaders. 1890 Land Grant. Shrimping/fishing industry.
                   
                  Issue- Brain Drain to try to keep graduates in Savannah.
                  Email dawsons@savannahstate.org if you have an internship opportunity you need filled. Their “stepping block” program provides context for student body background.
                   
                  Interim-President Cynthia Alexander was introduced- she reported this is the first time having positive growth in enrollment in the past 7 years. Focus is on recruitment, retain and graduate students. (From New Jersey originally)
                   
                   
                  Announcements from Nov. 7 Meeting Kristin King 2023-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

                  Announcements from Sept. 19 Meeting

                  Posted by Jamie Arkins

                  PRESIDENT UPDATE & COMMITTEE REPORTS

                  President Jasmine Mills

                  • Reminder to provide any and all feedback in real-time (don’t wait until the end of the year)
                  • Let Jasmine and Jamie know if you spot club members in the news, any recognition/awards/announcements on social media - let's spread the good MetRotarians news!
                  SERVICE:
                  • Read United Buddies: October launch at Otis Brock & Windsor Forest Elementary Schools. Looking for volunteers to read with 2nd grade students 30 minutes twice/week. Reach out to Jasmine if you are interested.
                  • Brad Patrick thanked all who participated in the service day this past weekend. The staff at Re-Purpose Savannah are very grateful and happy with how our partnership is going. Michael Grabowski was awarded the exceptional achievement award, received by his mother, Denise - Proud mom!
                  • 10/7 volunteers shifts for Fish Gotta Swim Paddle Battle - Wilderness Southeast
                  • 11/15 Senior Citizens Inc. kitchen meal prep 
                    • Background check must be completed by 10/17 - print and complete the application here - send completed form AND a copy of your Driver's License to Julie Wade 
                    • Ro is setting up a monthly recurring senior pet food delivery through Senior Citizens - more info coming
                  DISTRICT EVENTS:
                  • We need your help, Metro! 21 Host families are needed for GRSP weekend, Oct. 13-15. Pick-Up/Drop-Off requirements. Contact Jim Drake ASAP at jdrake@drakefirmpc.com 912.655.9882 
                  • Savannah Sunrise Rotary is hosting the 1st annual Sam Eskew Memorial Golf Tournament. 11/10, 8:30am tee, Savannah Country Club. Benefits Operation Patriots FOB. Register or donate via Venmo to Tony Uhrich as part of Metro Support.
                  MEMBERSHIP:
                  • Membership goals presented by Zerik - getting more involvement with committees and boards.
                  • September Challenge: “Each One Bring One”
                  CLUB:
                  • Peace Pole unveiling with Interact at Woodville-Tomkins. Will Gruver was able to get all the materials needed to make this happen for International Day of Peace - Thurs., Sept. 21 at 11:30am.
                  • Family Rotary event at Phil the Park: 10/7 at 4:30. Theme is “Around the World” celebrating global rhythms of Savannah. Volunteers needed- contact Sarah Smith 912.944.7012.
                  • Fall Fundraiser: Cindy Mullally, Chair. Save the Date: Font Porch Improv, Wednesday 11/29 6:00-9:00 
                    • Weekly meetings, Wed @5:30 via Zoom
                  • Legacy Project: 8 ideas submitted so far. Committee meeting 9/28 @ 10am.
                   
                  UPCOMING DATES (PROGRAMS, SERVICE, SOCIALS):
                  •  9/26: Social: Jerry's Lounge 5:30-7pm
                  • 10/3: Program Speaker: Chelsea Sawyer, CEMA
                  • 10/7 Service: Wilderness Southeast 50th Anniversary Paddle Battle
                  • 10/17: Program Speaker: Cari Phelps, Global Grant Update
                  • 10/24 Social: Rooftop bar TBA
                  • 11/15: Service: Kitchen meal prep with Senior Citizens Inc.

                  GUESTS/VISITORS:

                  • Hillary Bradbury, Director of Marketing & Communications with Goodwill Southeast Georgia- guest of Zerik Samples
                  • Ruth Hutson, SESCO Lighting - guest of Laura Lee Bocade  
                  • Matthew Roach, IT with Thomas & Hutton - guest of Jennine Roach
                  • Emerson Ingram, Booz Allen Hamilton Cyber Security - guest of Jeff Brady
                  • Kristen Sommer, Gym Manager at Savannah Sport & Wellness - guest of Katie Balthrop
                  • Carol Bell, Public Administration - guest of Jamie Arkins
                  • Julian Miller, Alcove Properties real estate management - guest of Jamie Arkins
                  • Anne Robinson, Director of The Front Porch
                   
                  FEATURED SPEAKER: Shawnessey Cargile - The Front Porch, Family Engagement & Activities Coordinator
                   
                  The Front Porch – Where Youth and Families Gather, is a community-based risk reduction program. Youth who are referred to The Front Porch are assessed to identify any needs, concerning behaviors or situations that may warrant intervention. The Front Porch staff will then connect youth and families with appropriate services to address those needs.
                   
                  Unique to Chatham County, this program believes that punitive doesn’t work in any area, restorative is the way to go. The court system, attorneys, mayors, DA officers have all come together to create this restorative program. Carol Bell shared her experiences regarding the 2 1/2 year start-up process of this organization. Impressed by how people decided to collaborate for the best of the children & their family.
                   
                  The majority of people handling kids in trouble are carrying gun and that doesn’t need to be the case. Julian Miller spoke up and reminded us that The Front Porch received almost 20 referrals before they even opened, two of them were by children who referred themselves. 
                   
                  Shawnessey gave an overview of the process: from a referral to The Front Porch, youth & parent assessment, case manager involvement & referrals to agencies, follow-ups, with plans established and monitored for the next 90 days. Ultimately, families can continue to receive resources after those 90 days. One of the goals is to avoid juvenile court. The Front Porch is the only Youth MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center) in the state of Georgia.
                   
                  Multi-Agency approach: Doubling down with staff from agencies – i.e. Tharros Place agent also working with The Front Porch or Shelter from the Rain placed a diaper bank at TFP.
                   
                  Additional resources for the community and families. Back to School Block Rock, Healing Power of Improv, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, in hour Step Team, Household Budgeting.
                   
                  Save The Date (STD): Elevator Mixer on Sept. 28th, 5:30pm at TFP
                   
                  Anne Robinson, TFP Director, spoke about the return on your investment when it comes to social service agencies. It costs $90K to incarcerate a single person for one year!
                   
                  Denise Grabowski mentioned that this program is invaluable. The educational outcome of this program and the resources provided is huge. Issues that the school system cannot battle on their own.
                   
                  What can Rotarians and other community members to do support The Front Porch? We can scan referral QR Code and share with family and youth who might need assistance or exposed to at-risk environments. Trauma, Trouble, Grades, Relationships, Mental Health, etc… TFP aims to serve the full spectrum of situations to fully support our families and youth.
                  Announcements from Sept. 19 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2023-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

                  Brags, Finds, and Whines | Sept. 19

                  Posted by Jamie Arkins
                  • Denise Grabowski has three brags: 1) She bragged on Julian Miller (guest) for his past role with the homeless authority, 2) Ruth Hutson’s (guest) son, Campbell, for being first chair tuba musician, and 3) Kristin King for her performance at Wesley Monumental this past weekend.
                  • Jasmine Mills bragged that her foster daughter has been released for adoption.
                  • Suzanne Kirk has decided to become a US citizen, and her interview/final step will be in October!
                  • Laura Lee Brocade bragged on Facility Planner and on Suzanne for being an incredible resource and her company won the bid for furniture at the Convention Center.
                  • Kristen Crawley bragged on Will Gruver for providing supplies for our Woodville-Tompkins peace pole. Also, United Way Shop and Dine needs participants for United Way for October 6-8.
                  • Katie Joyner had her appendix removed last week and is doing great.
                  • Elizabeth Summerall announced Make-A-Wish Foundation is starting a gingerbread house building competition.
                  Brags, Finds, and Whines | Sept. 19 Jamie Arkins 2023-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

                  Announcements from Sept. 5 Meeting

                  Posted by Jamie Arkins

                  PRESIDENT UPDATE & COMMITTEE REPORTS

                  President Jasmine Mills

                  • If you have not received a membership pin, let Jasmine know. She has pins. (Possible resurrection of “Flair Day”)
                  • Reminder to provide any and all feedback in real-time (don’t wait until the end of the year)
                  • Let Jasmine and Jamie know if you spot club members in the news, any recognition/awards/announcements on social media - let's spread the good MetRotarians news!
                  SERVICE:
                   
                  • SCBLV 60th Anniversary Celebration on Sat., Sept. 28th , 5:30-8:00pm
                  • Read United Buddies - October launch at Otis Brock & Windsor Forest Elementary Schools. Looking for volunteers to reach with 2nd grade students 30 minutes twice/week. Reach out to Jasmine with you are interested. 
                  • 9/16: ASP Re:Purpose Service - slots available
                  • 11/15 Kitchen meal prep with Senior Citizens Inc.
                  DISTRICT EVENTS:
                  • Metro Rotary has purchased a brick for the Golden Isles Veterans Village, 30 tiny homes & center project in Brunswick.
                  • RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) on Sat., Sept. 16, 7:30am-3:30pm at GA Institute of Technology. Register by 9/6 @rlitraining.org $100. 
                  • Polio Plus Society of District 6920 - time to pledge.
                  MEMBERSHIP:
                  • Membership push in September- led by Zerik. Focus on people that might be a good fit for Metro. Asking everyone to bring a guest to both meetings in September.
                  • Be aware of the 6 things you need to know when sponsoring a member.
                    • Identify a co-sponsor
                    • Invite member to all of our meetings, socials, events
                    • Alert them as to the different committees
                    • Application
                    • Headshot
                    • Inform member if they are approved
                  • Membership moments are coming back.
                  • Munches will be focused on membership.
                  CLUB:
                  • Fall Fundraiser - Cindy Mullally with Chair- let her know if you’d like to be involved.
                  • Metro Linkedin page is public - share/connect focus on service and sharing member news.
                  • September birthdays & anniversaries celebrated.
                  • GRSP held their conference in Macon - Jasmine attended and met all of the GA students.
                  RECOGNITION/AWARDS:
                  • Metro logo shirt presented to Will Gruver
                  UPCOMING DATES (PROGRAMS, SERVICE, SOCIALS):
                  • 9/16: Service: ASP Re:Purpose - slots available.
                  • 9/19 Program Speaker: Shawnessey Cargile with The Front Porch
                  • 9/26: Social: Jerry's Lounge 5:30-7pm
                  • 10/3: Program Speaker: Chelsea Sawyer, CEMA
                  • 10/7 Service: Wilderness Southeast 50th Anniversary Paddle Battle
                  • 10/17: Program Speaker: Cari Phelps, Global Grant Update
                  • 10/24 Social: Rooftop bar TBA
                  • 11/15: Service: Kitchen meal prep with Senior Citizens Inc.

                  GUESTS/VISITORS:

                  • Emerson Ingram, cyber securities engineer new to Savannah - guest of Jeff Brady
                  • Katherine Johnson, Marketing Manager with Coleman Company and former Richmond Hill Rotary member - guest of Emily Doherty
                  • Ruth Hutson, SESCO Lighting Outside Sales Rep - guest of Laura Lee Bocade
                  • Bob Doe, former Rotarian in North Carolina - guest of Ro Patrick
                  • Frank Pennington,  Assistant US Attorney running for Chatham County Superior Court Judge - guest of Jessica Pedigo
                  • Frank Twum-Barimah from Ghana and currently in Ukraine - guest of Jessica Pedigo
                  • Katie Rudder Fender, Director of Community Outreach and Development at South University - guest of Kristen Crawley
                  • Conni Reynolds, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and member of Rotary Club of Savannah East 
                  • Burt Brantley, CEO of Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and member of Rotary Club of Savannah (Downtown) 
                  FEATURED SPEAKER: Bert Brantley, CEO of Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
                   
                  Bert Brantley began his tenure as President & CEO of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 1, 2023 after more than two decades of service in various state government leadership positions. Bert and the world-class team at the Chamber and Visit Savannah are dedicated to ensuring economic opportunity spreads through the business community as the Savannah region enters a new era of growth and prosperity.
                   
                  He most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp. As a Senior Advisor, he managed the Communications, External Affairs, Legislative, Policy, and Constituent Services teams. Brantley also held the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, appointed to that role by Governor Nathan Deal in 2017.
                   
                  With more than 20 years of experience in state government, Brantley has held other roles in the Office of Governor Sonny Perdue, the Department of Driver Services, the State Road & Tollway Authority, and the Department of Transportation.
                  Bert is married to Tonya Brantley, an elementary physical education teacher. They have two daughters, Kendall and Carson, who are both students at the University of Georgia.
                   
                  Bert was formerly a speech writer. He covered three points:
                  • Personal (see bio above): Recently moved to Savannah in February from McDonough where he worked in state/government positions. He was burned out on Politics and was looking for a change. He’s excited to follow in Bill Hubbard’s footsteps. He and his family reside on Wilmington Island. His wife is recently retired and she is still figuring out what her role will be in the community. He commented on how great we have it here in Savannah!
                  • Chamber: 7th oldest chamber in the country. Started focused on the ports and has grown to support almost 2400 members. Businesses outside of Savannah have been joining our chamber because they see what’s going on in our region. Lots of interest in doing business here.
                  • What they are working on:
                    • Infrastructure and keeping up with growth:
                      • Transportation & water/sewer are behind, but this is common for any area that is growing. Also a time consuming process. 
                      • Fiscally supportive of these efforts and appropriate spending. 
                      • Focused project list to present to voters at a later time. 
                      • Spends a lot of time advocating for more support.
                    • Education/workforce development:
                      • Both private & public schools- says there’s unique amount of school options in Savannah. More than larger cities by comparison.
                      • Level of business investment into our public schools is very unique. Gulfstream, Ports, Woodville Tompkins career pathways.
                      • Savannah State needs to be strengthened.
                      • Dual enrolment options for HS students - working on transportation options
                      • Savannah Tech is doing great work.
                      • Armstrong Campus at GA Southern - Medical campus starting next year. Very exciting for our medical industry!
                      • Request in for Dental School funding.
                      • Excited about SCAD
                    • Housing/Homelessness 
                      • New area for Bert - very important to Chamber members.
                      • Infrastructure is in place and we need to build from that. Many services out there but more to come, including a possible “community court” focused on these issues and provide aid with services. They are visiting another model to see if this might be a good fit.
                      • Ideally we want our community employees to be able to live where they work, not have to commute for hours.
                      • Policy matching with the needs of the community.
                      • New housing/renovations needed.​​​​​​​
                  Announcements from Sept. 5 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2023-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

                  Brags, Finds, and Whines - Sept. 5

                  Posted by Jamie Arkins
                  • Suzanne Kirk’s niece was engaged this weekend! She's a teacher, but also has a side hustle making amazing cookies: KB Cookies (@_kbcookies_ on IG). Also, Suzanne is looking for a Spanish translator to help translate documents for one of her clients. 
                  • Florence just returned from the US Open, and her whine is that she thinks she tore her rotator cuff doing nothing :-(
                  • George bragged on Zerik’s Habitat for Humanity Savannah's 40 year birthday bash event last Saturday. Buddy Carter was in attendance and attendees enjoyed a dunk tank.
                  • Cecilia bragged/whined that she’s running her 28th marathon in Utah this weekend on minimal training. She also will be singing/dancing at the United Way Campaign Kickoff on Thursday!
                  • Cari bragged on her epic summer vacations (she went to 8 countries!). She has asked for folks to save their plastic bubble wrap for shipping. She also announced that on Sat., Sept 30th WRUU community radio is hosting a fundraiser, Southern Speakeasy Fashion Show. WRUU needs sponsors and community support. Tickets $19 (general admission). 
                  • DJ Spisso thanked Chelsea and Ben for updates on the hurricane intel since he was in Little Rock last week. There will be a huge exercise going on next week at the base Sept. 11-15, the William Tell air-to-air weapons fighter exercise off the coast.
                  • Katie Joyner announced her first day as the Executive Assistant to the VP of Economic Development at Savannah Tech - Crossroads Campus.
                  • Jordan Chase announced Emmaus House Empty Bowl fundraiser on Reynolds Square on Sunday afternoon, 12-2pm on Nov. 5th. Sponsorships available starting at $300.
                  • Will Gruver shared that his father is a candidate for grant funding with the Alzheimer’s Research Trust - it really means something for him to give to C.A.R.T. when it helps your family. 
                  • John Rodman serves on the board of the Kicklighter Resource Center and their annual dinner is on Sat., Oct. 19th at 6pm at the Knights of Columbus downtown. Tickets on Eventbrite: Soul of Kicklighter $65/person, food, music, live and silent auctions. Sponsorships also available.
                  • Jamie Arkins shared that Grant Tallon is selling 2 general admission tickets to the two-day Sing Out Loud Festival in St. Augustine on Fri., Sept. 22 (Black Keys & Lord Huron) and Sat., Sept. 23 (Mumford & Sons and Maggie Rogers). 
                  • Tony Uhrich thanked Will for helping collect dues. Only two people have not paid!
                  Brags, Finds, and Whines - Sept. 5 Jamie Arkins 2023-09-06 04:00:00Z 0

                  Lunch at Program Meetings

                  Lunch at Program Meetings
                   
                  We now have a standing order with Starland Café for our 1st and 3rd Tuesday program meetings. Salads will rotate. We know how much you love the Kitchen Sink salad! Panini sandwich offerings will remain the same. Leigh always orders a few vegetarian options, but she can always order more. In an effort to reduce waste, we encourage you to please bring your own water bottle and fill up at the filtered water fountain just outside of our meeting space at the JEA. We appreciate all of Leigh's efforts in finding a solution to the ongoing saga of lunch. 
                  Lunch at Program Meetings Jamie Arkins 2023-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

                  September is Membership Month

                  SEPTEMBER IS MEMBERSHIP MONTH - Bring guests to our 9/16 service project, our 9/19 lunch meeting, and our 9/24 social!

                  Below is a review of our membership process from prospective member to induction:

                  Prospective Member Process

                  Guests interested in joining must attend one (1) hands-on service project and two (2) program/lunch meetings and find two (2) Metro Rotarians to serve as sponsors. After attending two lunch meetings and one hands-on service project, Prospective Members will need to submit an application and headshot in order to be listed in Rotary Repeats as a Prospective Member. Once the Prospective Member is listed in Repeats twice, Membership Committee will propose their name and membership to the Board for approval.  If approved, Prospect will need to pay the $75 Prospective Member Program Fee to begin the Prospective Member Program. Once the Prospect fulfills the 5-Step Prospective Member Program and pays prorated dues, they will be inducted.

                  Prospective Member Program

                  1. Learn about Rotary by reading ABC's of Rotary and Metro Top 10.
                  2. Prospective member attends Group Meeting #1: Orientation with a Membership Committee Member and Sponsors to provide background on Metro and Rotary International.
                  3. Prospective Member serves as a greeter at 2 lunch meetings (to be coordinated with Sergeant at Arms)
                  4. Prospective Member attends Group Meeting #2 with representatives of Membership, Foundation, and a Past President to learn about a)ways to contribute to the Foundation and how the funds are used, b) Annual Service Project and c) Induction.
                  5. Prospective Member gives a Classification Talk.

                  Metro Member Sponsor Responsibilities

                  ○ Identify the Prospect’s co-sponsors (each prospective member must have two Metro member sponsors).
                  ○ Invite Prospect to meetings, service events, and socials until they are entered into ClubRunner (you will need to forward emails to them with our event details).
                  ○ Sponsors must be present at meetings and social events with Prospects.
                  ○ Prospects may attend hands-on service projects without a Sponsor being present.
                  ○ Alert Membership Committee Chair that Prospect is interested in membership by sending headshot, application and names of both Metro Sponsors after Prospect has attended the necessary meetings.
                   
                  ○ Communicate Board decision to Prospect and facilitate group meetings with Membership Committee.
                  September is Membership Month Jamie Arkins 2023-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

                  Brags, Finds, and Whines - August 15

                  Posted by Kristin King
                  • Emily Salzer- Thanked Rotary for Anniversary Card, kudos to Sarah Smith for sending out cards
                  • Julie Wade- Sept 20th- Therros Place stakeholders meeting and speaker Susan Coppedge- register here: (it’s free) https://www.tharrosplace.com/events.html
                  • Ro Patrick bragged on the service committee- great energy and ideas! Whine is that she got a speeding ticket on the way home from the meeting.
                  • Kristen Crawley bragged that she’s looking for people to attend the UW kickoff event; Purchase tickets here.
                  • Cecilia Arango bragged on her daughter starting UGA and she’s an empty nester!
                  • Jeff Braddy- whined that he hasn’t been at Rotary much because he needs staff! Contact him with any leads for his established and growing insurance agency.
                  • Erika Morrow announced that Foresight celebrated 4 years and grateful for our support!
                  • Zerik Samples announced that Habit for Humanity is celebrating 40 years as part of our communities. 10:00-2:00 on Sept 26th Gwinnett and MLK
                  • Brooke Allison (visitor from Charleston Rotary) announced that her son got engaged this weekend.
                  Brags, Finds, and Whines - August 15 Kristin King 2023-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

                  Announcements from August 15 Meeting

                  Posted by Kristin King

                  COMMITTEE REPORTS

                  President Jasmine Mills

                  • Membership dues invoices are out and are past due (July 15). Please make sure your email address is up to date with Tony as he goes by the ones in ClubRunner. You can arrange for a payment plan throughout the year with Tony or Jasmine. You may also pay for all of your lunches up front for the entire year or be billed for them.

                  • Reminder: Please register and pre-pay for lunch by Saturday before each Tuesday meeting. . You do not need to register for the meeting if you are not buying lunch. Leigh Acevedo is on a mission to decrease financial and food waste. You have the option to pay quarterly or for the whole year (contact treasurer Tony Uhrich with questions).

                  • Reminder to provide any and all feedback in real-time (don’t wait until the end of the year)
                  • Birthdays/Anniversaries
                  • Miles Diede spoke about what Savannah Ghost Pirates has to offer to groups. Ice Deck, VIP seating, The Overlook, Chatham Parkway Toyota Club Lounge, Fan Zam (Zamboni), High Five Tunnel, and group shot on the ice. Potential for our holiday party- BOD is working on options.
                  • Upcoming Speakers - contact Lee Perry for speaker ideas

                  • Let Jasmine and Jamie know if you spot club members in the news, any recognition/awards/announcements on social media - let's spread the good MetRotarians news!
                  MEMBERSHIP
                  • Reach out to a committee chair if you have not heard from them yet following the committee "speed dating" and roundtable discussions at our July 18 meeting

                  • Membership push led by Zerik in September - focus on bringing guests who might be a good fit for our Metro.

                  • If you have not received a membership pin yet, let Jasmine know as she has pins. Possible resurrection of "wear your flair" with incentives! 

                  SERVICE

                  • Ro updated us on the very successful service project with the center for the blind this past weekend. They sent Metro a thank you card.
                  • SCBLV 60th Anniversary Sept. 28th 5:30-8:00
                  • Metro Service Superlative award presented to Sam Carrol and his family for crushing it at the service project. 

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                  SOCIAL

                  • 3rd Tuesday, August 29, 4:00-6:00pm, location Tiedeman Park. Let Sarah know if you have a “must taste” dish!

                  FOUNDATION

                  • When you give to the foundation, a portion of those funds come back to us for our District Designated Funds as a grant to our ASP.
                  • Paul Harris Fellow Awarded to Ro Patrick!

                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                  DISTRICT EVENTS:
                  • Golden Isles Veterans Village in Brunswick is raising funds for their 30 tiny homes & center project. If anyone would like to contribute, you can make a contribution via Venmo @tony-Urich (note what it’s for) or cash. Any amount helps us purchase a $180 brick.
                  • RLI-9/16 7:30-am-3:30 at GA Institute of Technology. Register by 9/6 @rlitraining.org $100. Click Here.

                  GUESTS/VISITORS

                  • Kristen Crawley- Fitz Hale, United Way & Katie Rudder Fender, Dir of Community outreach at South University
                  • Zerik Samples, Susannah (Suz)Smith, Cecelia Russo Marketing and leadership SE GA, and Miles Diede with Dir of Ticket Sales Savannah Ghost Pirates
                  • Anne Kuhlke-Lee supporting featured speaker
                  • Brook Allison (member of Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club, Commercial Flooring)
                  FEATURED SPEAKER: Bridget Cross, Perinatal Health therapist
                   
                  Bridget shared that she and her partner had both of their children through IVF, and mentioned her motivation for her current work was based partially on her own experience with postpartum and the day-to-day stories from her clients.
                   
                  The perinatal term refers to the start of the pregnancy and extends until 2 years postpartum. This includes experiences of pregnancy or infant loss, termination, and infertility. Applies to dads, partners, etc…Maternal/Perinatal mental health refer to the mental and emotional wellbeing of an individual during the perinatal period and includes depression & anxiety.
                   
                   
                   
                  Georgia Statistics:
                  • #1 complication of childbirth in the U.S.
                  • 1 in 5 parents will experience a PMHD (1 in 3 for BIPOC)
                  • 1 in 4 parents will experience a traumatic birth
                  • 41% or perinatal women report symptoms since the pandemic began\
                  • Highest maternal mortality rate and labeled “the most dangerous state for pregnant women.
                  • Black mothers are dying at the rate of 3-4 times higher than their white counterparts, regardless of location or socioeconomic status.
                  • Rank the lowest in access to mental health care in the US
                  Georgia Fund for PMH:
                  • Provides fully funded mental health care
                  • All fundraising through third party and crowd funding
                  Goal: raise $50,000 to provide 10 fully funded therapy session to 50 perinatal mothers and parents. Applications open to anyone who has been effected by any perinatal issues in the past two years. (currently there’s a waitlist of applicants- once funding is secured, recipients are matched with a therapist to begin treatment.
                  • $8,000 was raised in the first 6 months which directly funded 10 full sessions for 8 mothers.
                  Background: 
                   
                  In November 2022, Bridget Cross launched the Georgia Fund for Perinatal Mental Health, which provides fully funded therapy sessions for moms & parents across Georgia. She has been practicing individual and family psychotherapy since 2007 and earned her Masters in Social Work with Honors from the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York. She also worked in the arts for over 15 years before becoming a therapist, and earned an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College.
                   
                  Before moving to Savannah in 2015, she worked in New York City with clients from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and spiritual backgrounds – in community mental health clinics, college counseling centers, clinical research programs, and court-based settings.
                   
                  She received postgraduate training from the NYU Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, and she has trained in perinatal mental health, internal family systems, somatic experiencing, trauma-informed therapy, and motivational interviewing. In 2020, she also completed a yoga teacher training program (200-hour).

                  She currently serves on the Board of Postpartum Support International (PSI) Georgia Chapter and also volunteers as a PSI State Coordinator for the Savannah area. She is a certified Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) provider through PSI, and in 2019, she helped form the Maternal Mental Health Collective of Savannah.
                   
                   
                   
                  Announcements from August 15 Meeting Kristin King 2023-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

                  Announcements from August 1 Meeting

                  Posted by Jamie Arkins

                  COMMITTEE REPORTS

                  President Jasmine Mills

                  • Membership dues invoices are out and are past due (July 15). Please make sure your email address is up to date with Tony as he goes by the ones in ClubRunner. You can arrange for a payment plan throughout the year with Tony or Jasmine. You may also pay for all of your lunches up front for the entire year or be billed for them.

                  • Reminder: Please register and pre-pay for lunch by Saturday before each Tuesday meeting. . You do not need to register for the meeting if you are not buying lunch. Leigh Acevedo is on a mission to decrease financial and food waste. You have the option to pay quarterly or for the whole year (contact treasurer Tony Uhrich with questions).

                  • Metro has had a lot of fun over the summer! Jasmine shared photos of our recent social at Cotton & Rye, three Munch lunches, and our first service project with our ASP Re:Purpose Savannah on July 29th.

                  • Upcoming Speakers - contact Lee Perry for speaker ideas

                  • Let Jasmine and Jamie know if you spot club members in the news, any recognition/awards/announcements on social media - let's spread the good MetRotarians news!
                  • We inducted Jason Usry into Metro on August 1st - welcome Jason!
                  • Stand by for more info on Metro Night at the Savannah Ghost Pirates!

                  SERVICE

                  Ro gave a summary of our first project with our ASP Re:Purpose Savannah on Sat., July 29. 21 members attended along with Sarah's two daughters! The next service day will be on a job site - stay tuned for details. First service committee meeting was held on Aug. 4. Contact Ro to join her committee. 

                  MEMBERSHIP
                  • Reach out to a committee chair if you have not heard from them yet following the committee "speed dating" and roundtable discussions at our July 18 meeting

                  • Membership push led by Zerik in September - focus on bringing guests who might be a good fit for our Metro.

                  • If you have not received a membership pin yet, let Jasmine know as she has pins. Possible resurrection of "wear your flair" with incentives! 

                  SERVICE

                  • July 29th is our first service project with our new Annual Service Partner- Re:Purpose SavannahThere are still slots available for the afternoon shift (1:30-3:30) so be sure to sign up in ClubRunner!

                  SOCIAL

                  • Tuesday, August 22, 5:30-7pm, location TBA

                  GUESTS/VISITORS

                  • Jody Patterson - Chapter Director, Gray's Reef National Marine Science Sanctuary - guest of Derek Goldfarb & Jamie Arkins
                  • Ruth Huston - Outside Sales Rep, SESCO Lighting - guest of Laura Lee Bocade
                  FEATURED SPEAKER: Jessica Leigh Lebos, Author, Blogger, & All-Around Delightful Human 
                   
                  Jessica Leigh Lebos is a longtime weekly columnist who writes about interesting people, enchanting places, and the compelling, confounding connections in between. She is the author of two books, Savannah Sideways and the newly released The Camellia Thief & Other Tales, available at your favorite local independent bookstore and online corporate megalodon. You can find her in the bushes stalking what's in bloom by subscribing to her Substack at savannahsideways.com.
                   
                  Jessica has lived here since the late 90s and “married in” to Savannah via her husband, Mark. They had their children in California and then moved to Savannah. They first connected with the Savannah community at the JEA attending the Senior lunches by listening to incredible elders telling amazing stories. She knew that as a writer, she had landed in a special place.
                   
                  She first worked at SKIRT! Magazine, and then Connect Savannah as a weekly columnist. Her first book is called Savannah Sideways, a collection of stories from her time at Connect. She went on from there to “do a bunch of her own things” then post-COVID, she found herself confused and wondering what was going on..."farmisht" as she says. Her good friend Rubi encouraged her to start writing again. She learned about Substack, which is similar to a blog, and started writing a column there. She loved hearing other’s perspectives.
                   
                  This year, post-pandemic, she put together another collection called The Camellia Thief and Other Tales. She shared a passage from her own life and had us laughing at her dreams and banter with her husband. (Especially fun for those of us who know this wonderful couple.) She also incorporated Carl Jung’s teachings regarding dreams into her writing. She references countless Savannah highlights, new and old, and truly transports her reader/listener to each depicted scene. She also comments on Savannah’s growth, sprawling developments, and the dredging of the Savannah River.
                   
                  She also shared a story about working at a River Street Marketplace kiosk during COVID titled “Respect the River Street Hustle.” If you want to keep laughing in the face of the city deemed "a beautiful woman with a dirty face", follow Jessica Leigh Lebos' writing and you'll have a newfoudn respect for our fair Savannah. 
                  Announcements from August 1 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2023-08-06 04:00:00Z 0

                  Announcements from July 18 Meeting

                  Posted by Kristin King

                  *HAPPY NEW ROTARY YEAR*

                  COMMITTEE REPORTS

                  President Jasmine Mills

                  • Membership dues invoices are out and due by July 15th. Please make sure your email address is up to date with Tony as he goes by the ones in ClubRunner. You can arrange for a payment plan throughout the year with Tony or Jasmine. You may also pay for all of your lunches up front for the entire year or be billed for them.

                  • Please join area Rotarians on Friday, August 4 at approximately 6:15pm to greet Maria Juliana deViveres (GRSP student) at the airport coming in from Colombia! We will communicate any flight change info by text and GroupMe should she be delayed. Attendance counts as a make-up credit. 

                  • Reminder: You do not need to register for the meeting if you are not buying lunch. Leigh Acevedo is on a mission to decrease financial and food waste.

                  • Upcoming Speakers:

                    • August 8th: Jessica Lebos

                    • August 15th: Georgia Bridget Cross

                  • Jasmine Mills shared her personal Rotary story which started as part of the Friendship Exchange to India in January of 2018 prior to joining Rotary. She participated in World Polio Day and administered vaccines. She then joined Metro Rotary in February 2019 as a worker bee, Secretary-in-training, Secretary and President Elect. She proudly declares Rotary as part of her chosen family.

                  LEGACY PROJECT

                  • Submit your ideas for our next Legacy Project by clicking HERE.
                  ANNUAL MEETING BUSINESS
                  *Budget has been emailed to membership
                   
                  Will Gruver swore in the incoming board
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                  Past Presidents passed the gavel to Jasmine Mills after Will Gruver bestowed her with the Rotary Robe
                   
                   
                   
                  Cat paintings were passed on to Jasmine Mills & Kristen Crawley to “display prominently” in their place of work.
                   
                   
                   
                  Cecilia Arango and Will Gruver were presented with presidential gavel plaques and honored our Madame Sensei Cecilia Arango with her own custom belt, crafted by the power couple of Kristen & Jake Crowley and his workshop Blue Heron Crafts
                   
                   
                   

                  MEMBERSHIP

                  • GroupMe- let Jamie Arkins know if you need to be invited to the group thread.

                  • August is Membership Month

                  SERVICE

                  • July 29th is our first service project with our new Annual Service Partner- Re:Purpose SavannahThere are still slots available for the afternoon shift (1:30-3:30) so be sure to sign up in ClubRunner!

                  SOCIAL

                  • July 25th at 5:30-Cotton and Rye

                  RECOGNITION & AWARDS

                  Will Gruver recognized the outgoing and incoming members:
                  • Lexi Henigman for jumping in and taking over GRSP
                  • Katie Joyner for 2 years as membership chair
                  • Jessica Pedigo for doing ALL THE THINGS and moving into the position of Assistant District Governor
                  • Chelsea Sawyer for her incredible fundraising efforts
                  • Chris Cory for his service to our club as Sargent in Arms for the past 2 years
                  • Cecilia Arango for coaching Will as outgoing president
                  • Whitney Shephard for her 4 years spent as Assistant District Governor

                  GUESTS/VISITORS

                  • Katie Rudder Fender- South University- guest of Kristen Crawley
                  • Aaron Miller - guest of Clint Murphy and in the new member program
                  COMMITTEE FAIR
                   
                  Members had the opportunity to visit with different committee chairs to see where they might be interested in getting plugged in further. If you missed the meeting, reach out to any of the committee chairs to learn more about how you can serve Metro Rotary.
                  Announcements from July 18 Meeting Kristin King 2023-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

                  Brags, Finds, and Whines - July 18

                  Posted by Kristin King
                  • Katie Joyner is healing from her second hand surgery.

                  • Kristen Crawley is heading to Italy and bragging on how strong she feels from working out with Katie Balthrop.

                  • Florence Slatinsky bragged on her entire family surviving a boating vacation.

                  Brags, Finds, and Whines - July 18 Kristin King 2023-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

                  Announcements from June 20 Meeting

                  Posted by Jamie Arkins

                  *HAPPY NEW ROTARY YEAR and HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!*

                  COMMITTEE REPORTS

                  President Will Gruver

                  • June 20 was Will's final meeting as El Presidente! He thanked everyone for supporting him during a great Rotary year. He said he came in as a member of Rotary, and is ending his presidency as a Rotarian. Will led us in a round of Rotary Jeopardy in place of our regularly scheduled speaker and he paid for everyone's lunch :-)

                  • The Legacy Project currently has four strong suggestions - you have one more chance to nominate a project - 53% of the club chose to donate the excess from our fundraiser to go towards the Legacy Fund

                  • Membership dues invoices are out and due by July 15th. Please make sure your email address is up to date with Tony as he goes by the ones in ClubRunner. You can arrange for a payment plan throughout the year with Tony or Jasmine. You may also pay for all of your lunches up front for the entire year or be billed for them.

                  MEMBERSHIP

                  • Emily Doherty and Beth Whelan were officially inducted as our newest Metro Rotary club members!  

                  • Will announced that Ro and Brad Patrick are Metro's Rookies of the Year!

                  • Next Program meeting on Tuesday, July 18th: Committee “fair” to get all members plugged in.

                  • August is Membership Month

                  SERVICE

                  • Our new Annual Service Partner for 2023-2024 is Re:Purpose SavannahThanks to everyone who voted!

                  • Jasmine Mills will keep us posted on GRSP arrival and will invite us to meet her at the airport, etc. Suzy Karpf has already been in touch with our student as well.

                  FOUNDATION

                  • Josh Yates pinned Kelley Boyd as a Paul Harris Fellow +2!

                  • Will Gruver is a new Paul Harris Society member! He pledges to give $1,000 or more every year for the rest of his Rotary days. 

                  SOCIAL

                  • July 4: there will be no formal meeting, but small group options that day - Happy Independence Day!

                  GUESTS/VISITORS:

                  • Luke Boyd - Business Development Officer with Bank South, guest of Julie Wade
                  • Susan Joyner - Retired teacher & Katie Joyner's mom - Ms. Joyner was Will Gruver's 4th grade teacher!
                  • Melany Crees - guest of Leigh Acevedo and in the new member program
                  • Aaron Miller - guest of Clint Murphy and in the new member program
                  Announcements from June 20 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2023-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

                  Brags, Finds, and Whines - June 20

                  Posted by Jamie Arkins
                  • Julie Wade thanked Metro members for all of their help with volunteering at Tharros Place in May - please help Tharros Place with donations from their Amazon Wish List this summer to get the house ready for the fall!

                  • Clint Murphy bragged on himself for being accepted into the Governor's School Leadership Academy - Teacher Leader Support Program through the Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA)

                  • Cecilia Arango had several announcements:

                    • Her daughter Camille is over gallavanting in Italy with Julie's daughter Margaret

                    • Leadership Southeast Georgia is now accepting nominations for the class of 2024 - from now until August 15 you can nominate yourself or another inspiring leader in your community

                    • Contact Cecilia if you'd like to volunteer or be involved in some way with TEDxSavannah for 2024

                  • Kelley Boyd bragged on Cecilia Arango on what an amazing job she did emceeing TEDxSavannah!

                  • Denise Grabowski announced the newly appointed SCCPSS Superintendent of School is Dr. Denise Watts who began her new role on July 1. Denise asked us to please show her love and support from Metro!

                  • George Seaborough bragged on high school student Julia Grabowski (Denise's daughter) joining the board of Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy as one of their youngest board members

                  • Sarah Smith has a new job as the Director of University of Engagement at SCAD - way to go Sarah! 

                  • Leigh Acevedo is starting her own consulting business, ELA Consultants, focused on helping area companies make deeper connections across the community - she wishes to thank so many wonderful women in Rotary...Ro, Sarah, Julie, Cecilia, Denise, Kristen, and Whitney and others. "Rotary Rocks!" -Leigh 

                  • Katie Balthrop celebrated 7 years of Savannah Sport & Wellness being in business at their open house on June 22. She recently hired Kristen Sommer as a trainer, and her newest employee is Alexis Spisso, DJ's daughter!

                  • Lee Perry announced that as the new Programs Committee chair for Metro he wants YOU to get involved and join his committee, particularly new members in the club. Have fun by helping plan parties, events, meetings, etc.!

                  Brags, Finds, and Whines - June 20 Jamie Arkins 2023-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

                  Announcements from June 6 Meeting

                  Posted by Kristin King

                  COMMITTEE REPORTS

                  President Will Gruver

                  • Saturday, June 17 is District Assembly in Dublin, 9:30am - 3:00pm at Oconee Fall Line Technical College. Register to attend here

                  • Membership dues invoices are out and due by July 15th. Please make sure your email address is up to date with Tony as he goes by the ones in ClubRunner. You can arrange for a payment plan throughout the year with Tony or Jasmine. You may also pay for all of your lunches up front for the entire year or be billed for them.

                  • June 20 - Will's Presidential Address and final club meeting as President- Includes fun games!

                  MEMBERSHIP

                  • July 18th: Committee “fair” to get all members plugged in.

                  • August is Membership Month

                  • Inducting 3 new members June 20th

                  SERVICE

                  • ASP will be Re:Purpose Savannah!!! Thanks to everyone who voted!

                  • Jasmine Mills will keep us posted on GRSP arrival and will invite us to meet her at the airport, etc…Suzy Karpf has already been in touch with our student as well.

                  FOUNDATION

                  • Will Gruver thanked Josh Yates for challenging members to contribute to the foundation

                   

                  SOCIAL

                  • Next social is Tuesday, June 27th: Social at Wormhole 5:30-7:30

                  • Upcoming: July 4: no formal meeting, but small group options that day.

                  GUESTS/VISITORS:

                  • Suzanne Ainsley- with Camp Sunshine (Guest of DJ Spisso) is promoting a Pickle Ball Tournament July 10th. Registration deadline is June 30th, $75/player registration @Savannah Golf Club: Click Here.

                  FEATURED SPEAKER: Tania June Sammons, Savannah Victorian Society

                  Tania Sammons Tania is the current president of the Savannah Victorian Society. She has nearly 30 years of experience as a writer, curator, public historian, and museum specialist. She has led and consulted with institutions in the development and implementation of many significant educational, artistic, and historical programming projects via exhibitions, books, lectures, and symposia. Tania began her career in museums at the University of Kentucky Art Museum as an undergraduate student and continued her professional path in Savannah working at several Savannah museums, including 17 years at Telfair Museums, and four years at the Andrew Low House.

                  Currently writing a book about the history of Citizen Advocacy.

                  Savannah Chapter of the Victorian Society of America- our chapter is the 2nd largest in the country with around 100 members, just behind the NY Metro Chapter. Founded in 1966 in response to the train station demo in 1964. Committed to the cultural arts, education (through summer school programs, trips, tours, etc…) but open to anyone who is interested. Most meetings are held at St. John’s church on Madison Square.

                  Sav society offers partial scholarships for the Newport School (student will be speaking on June 13th) and focus their programing on lectures, which follow the school year calendar. Coming up in September will be Andrew Nag (SCAD professor) patriot design and Russian art.

                  National society offers study programs as well 3-4 days, includes behind the scenes tours, lectures, homes, etc… Publications focus on cultural and social history.

                  SAVE THE DATE: SSU Event: 6:00 Sept 26th: Dr Tiya Miles- a Harvard Professor and Author to discuss her book “All that she carried: the journey of Ashley’s Sack, A Black Family Keepsake.” Incredible story about the power of objects with an incredible story. Reminder- every lecture they host includes a reception, so there’s a social element.

                    Announcements from June 6 Meeting Kristin King 2023-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines - June 6

                    Posted by Kristin King
                    • Denise Grabowski bragged on Jessica Pedigo and her entertaining presentation to CAT about insurance

                    • DJ Spisso had one child graduate from HS, both daughters love babysitting and want jobs this summer!

                    • Erika Morrow bragged on George Seaborough for connecting her with Ginger with Citizen Advocacy. She also bragged on Lexi Henigman or her fabulous cooking, on Patrick Phelps for making anything look good in a house.

                    • Jason Sommers bragged on himself for his first Eagle as well as getting 1 of 4 kids off the payroll.

                    • Jasmine Mills bragged on Cari Phelps for spearheading the ASP process, which is incredibly time consuming.

                    • Zerik Samples also bragged on Cari Phelps about working with Design for Good and partnering with SCAD and Cindy Mullally.

                    • Will Gruver bragged on Lexi Henigman and her street/neighbors for keeping an eye out on his mom during her booze strolls 

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines - June 6 Kristin King 2023-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements from May 16 Meeting

                    Posted by Jamie Arkins

                    Committee Reports

                    President-Elect, Jasmine Mills
                    • Metro was awarded District 6920's LARGE CLUB OF THE YEAR at District Conference!!!
                    • Metro named GOLD club again this year!
                    • We were awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Brightside Child & Family Advocacy!
                    • We were awarded the Distinguished Fundraising Award for Belly Laughs for Brightside!
                    ***June 20 - Will's Presidential Address and final club meeting as President!***
                     
                    President Will Gruver
                    • Saturday, June 17 is District Assembly in Dublin, 9:30am - 3:00pm at Oconee Fall Line Technical College. Register to attend here
                    • Membership dues invoices will be coming out soon from Tony Uhrich. Please make sure your email address is up to date with Tony as he goes by the ones in ClubRunner. You can arrange for a payment plan throughout the year with Tony or Jasmine. You may also pay for all of your lunches up front for the entire year or be billed for them.
                     
                    SERVICE
                    • May 25 - TEDxSavannah volunteering (bonus service)
                    • The May 13th service at Tharros Place was a HUGE success!
                    SOCIAL
                    • Next social is Tuesday, May 23rd - Late Air, 2805 Bull St. (SW corner of Victory and Bull)
                     
                    GUESTS/VISITORS:
                    • Isabel Costa, Marketing Coordinator with Devin Olson Media - guest of Cari Phelps
                    • Dana Schuller Smith, Board Vice-Chair for Matthew Reardon Center for Autism - guest of Jordan Chase
                    • Kristen Sommer, new full-time trainer at Savannah Sport & Wellness and voted Savannah's Best Zumba Instructor - guest of Katie Balthrop
                    Announcements from May 16 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2023-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements from April 18 Meeting

                    Posted by Jamie Arkins

                    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
                     
                    SERVICE & INTERACT 
                    • 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)
                    MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: 
                    • 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!
                     
                    GUESTS/VISITORS:
                    • 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.
                    Announcements from April 18 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2023-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements from April 4 Meeting

                    Posted by Kristin King

                    Committee Reports

                    President Will Gruver announced that April is Maternal & Child Health Month (Rotary International); Roastary was a success with the ever-changing Coach's Corner.
                     
                    President Elect, Jasmine Mills welcomes ideas for the 2023-2024 Metro Rotary year and please get involve.
                     
                     
                    SERVICE & INTERACT 
                    • Cari Phelps announced we are accepting Annual Service Partner applications - get the word out to non-profits and apply - look at groups who would align with one of our 7 Areas of Focus - deadline is April 11!
                    • Forsyth Farmers Market Farm Picnic on Sun., April 23 - sign up via ClubRunner
                    •  
                      Preston Johnson Speech Contest: Will went to St. Simons Island to see our Woodville Tompkins students compete; you do not want to miss these two freshmen at our program meeting on April 18!
                       
                    MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: 
                    • The membership committee is wrapping up the current slate of members in April and induction will happen soon.
                     
                    FOUNDATION: We are in good shape as a club in giving; please continue to give to RI Foundation!
                     
                    GUESTS
                     
                    • Shraddha Nunziata, Director of Experiential Learning w/ Uncommon Schools (guest of Katie Joyner)
                    • Dr. Melissa Keller, ForSight Unique Eye Care & Eye Wear (guest of Erika Morrow
                    • Fitz Haile, United Way of the Coastal Empire (guest of Kristen Crawley
                    • Abigail Smith, 8th Grade at Garrison - Sarah Smith's favorite eldest daughter :-)
                    • Mike Muldowney, former DG, with St. Simons Island club - spoke as the District Chair of the Rotary Youth Exchange 
                     

                    FEATURED SPEAKERS: Aileen Gabbey

                    Aileen has led organizations for over 25 years including serving as Executive Director of The Maryland SPCA and Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia. Under her leadership in Baltimore, the SPCA became no-kill, conducted a capital campaign to build a new center, and opened businesses for pet wellness, spay/neuter, and adoption. Aileen also formed and chaired an alliance of fellow organizations and served on other local Boards in Maryland before moving to Savannah. In the South, Aileen served as Executive Director of Susan G. Komen for seven years and led the expansion of its programs and services. Aileen has led teams through
                    transitions including improving complex operations, developing agency partnerships, evolving philosophies, communications challenges, crisis management, building new businesses, conducting major campaigns, expanding programs, and developing team cultures. She volunteers at SCORE and the United Way of the Coastal Empire. She and her husband, a teacher and writer, live in Ardsley Park with their adopted street cat Gus. 
                    Aileen challenged us to think "why do I give?" and "what do I receive?" when it comes to service. She specifically focused on serving on boards and what meaningful service looks like.

                    Announcements from April 4 Meeting Kristin King 2023-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements from February 21 Meeting

                    Posted by Jamie Arkins

                    Committee Reports

                    President Will Gruver announced that February is Peace and conflict resolution month. What can you do? 
                    • Donate to Second Harvest  $25/1 service credit up to 3 credits (Jan-March) Email savannahmetrorotary@gmail.com to receive credit Deadline March 15th (Link to Donate)
                    PRESIDENT REPORT
                    • Metro needs a GRSP liaison and host - we would share a student with Richmond Hill Rotary Club - please reach out to Jasmine Mills for more information
                    • Roastary Committee Members needed- reach out to Jessica Pedigo if you are interested.
                    • Annual Service Partner for next year - it's that time again! - Cari Phelps to Chair
                    SAVE THE DATE/UPCOMING EVENTS:
                    • ROASTARY Annual Oyster Roast on Sunday, March 26, 3:00-6:00 at Coach's Corner - get your tickets here ASAP before they go up in price!
                    SERVICE & INTERACT 
                    • Read United (formerly Rotary Read-In) is coming up on Friday, February 24. Sign up to read here.
                    • Canned Food Drive competition with Lion's Club: Donate up to $75 by March 15 deadline to America's Second Harvest Food Bank here to receive up to 3 service credits. For every $25 donated, you will receive 1 service credit (up to 3 max). You may donate as much as you wish and every dollar will help us win the contest!  Email metrosavannahrotary@gmail.com to get service credit for your donations. 
                    • Preston Johnson Speech Contest (with Woodville-Tompkins Interact Club) - thank you club members Sarah Smith, Cecilia Arango, Will Gruver, Suzanne Kirk, Zerik Samples and Alfred McGuire (principal of Woodville-Tompkins HS) for judging on February 22! First place winner: Syniah Seabrain will receive $750 - Second Place: Serani Hassan will receive $500 
                    • 7th and 8th Grade students in the St. Andrews School Interact Club met the Kindergarten class at North Beach to help them do a beach clean up on the afternoon of February 27 as part of their Passport to Knowledge unit on sea turtles.  A beautiful day to join together for service and connection!
                     
                    MEMBERSHIP: Katie Joyner hosting a meeting on March 1st for new members who have completed all prerequisites for membership. Sponsors and board members are invited also. Our current new member class is: Emily Doherty (Great Oaks Bank), Ashley Harsey (Savannah Ghost Pirates), Jason Usry (WJCL), and Beth Whelan (SCCPSS/Charles Ellis Montessori Academy)
                     
                    FOUNDATION: Josh Yates presented Lee Beckmann with his first Paul Harris Fellow award. Jeanine Roach received a PHF +1 Award. Thank you for supporting the Rotary Foundation!
                     
                    LEGACY PROJECT: Please provide your Metro Rotary Legacy Project Suggestions here: Click Here - reach out to John Bennett for more details
                     
                    PROGRAMS/SOCIAL
                    • Tuesday, March 7 - TEDxSavannah: The Power of Community - Brian Judson and Clinton Edminster
                    • Tuesday, March 21 - Beach Institute Tour - reach out to George Seaborough for more details
                    • Tuesday, March 28 - Social at Edgar's Proof & Provision
                     
                    GUESTS
                    • Aaron Miller (guest of Clint Murphy) - Gallery Stays Luxury Vacation Rentals - had been stationed at Fort Stewart 1999-2004

                    FEATURED SPEAKER: Courtney Rawlins - President & CEO of the Greater Pooler Chamber of Commerce

                    Courtney Rawlins hit the ground running when she accepted the top position at the Greater Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce. Pooler has been Courtney's home for 17 years. She deemed her presentation to us as "The State of West Chatham Business." The growth there is not stopping anytime soon.

                    Growth is occurring in all industries, especially hospitality, hotels and restaurants (Crumble Cookie, Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux, etc.), a senior living center, JC Lewis Ford is expanding, Big Shots (similar to Top Golf), and you heard correctly, Dave & Buster's. No sign of Trader Joe's yet. With the Hyundai plants and its subsidiaries coming in 2025, things will grow even more exponentially.

                    The Pooler Chamber is instituting a forward vision for growth in several key ways: 1. Creating a Member Concierge position to enhance the membership experience, 2. by growing their social media presence and strategy (highlighting events, ribbon cuttings, etc.), 3. through a series of twice monthly digital newsletters (1st week is about chamber business and 3rd week provides resources for member businesses), 4. through fresh marketing campaigns and rebranding that highlight Pooler as a gateway to many surrounding vacation destinations and contribute to the visitor economy (the train is gone!), 5. Travel Guides, and 6. New hotel ad in the Tourism Leadership Council's guide Savannah: A Southern Journey.

                    Courtney joined the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. She has joined and teamed up with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Sharon Dupont, Director of Visitor Economy, has taken taken her role by storm. The Chamber offers an online membership directory and they provide three core networking events: 1. A.M. Chamber Chats in the mornings (quarterly), 2. BA5's (Business Afterhours) every month for business exposure, connections, and networking, and 3. Knowledge Now Luncheons each month (February - October).

                    When asked about traffic and water concerns, Courtney advised us to pay close attention to the Pooler Mayoral and City Council campaigns this year. She is also concerned about workforce development and the need for public transportation. One thing is for sure, Courtney will keep her thumb pressed against these issues! 

                    The Greater Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce goes by the motto "While You Are Working In Your business, We Are Working For Your Business." Join today!

                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                    Announcements from February 21 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2023-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements from February 7 Meeting

                    Committee Reports

                    President Will Gruver announced that February is Peace and conflict resolution month. What can you do? 
                    • Donate to Second Harvest  $25/1 service credit up to 3 credits (Jan-March) Email savannahmetrorotary@gmail.com to receive credit Deadline March 15th (Link to Donate)
                    PRESIDENT REPORT
                    • Foundation Goal has been surpassed for the foundation (Goal $10K, we are at $12K) but let's keep going!!
                    • Interact- addition of St. Andrews
                    • Roastary Committee Members needed- reach out to Jessica Pedigo if you are interested.
                    • ASP for next year- Cari Phelps to Chair
                    • Working on Board for next Rotary Year- reach out to Jazmine if you are interested
                    SAVE THE DATE:
                    • ROASTARY Annual Oyster Roast on March 26, 3:00-6:00 at Coach's Corner- committee members needed.
                    • SAT., FEB. 11, 8:30am-10am - Metro and Family ONLY ice skating session at the Civic Center - reach out to Julie Wade for more details
                    SERVICE & INTERACT 
                    • Read United (formerly Rotary Read-In) is coming up on Friday, February 24. Sign up to read here.
                    • Canned Food Drive competition with Lion's Club: Donate up to $75 by March 15 deadline to America's Second Harvest Food Bank here to receive up to 3 service credits. For every $25 donated, you will receive 1 service credit (up to 3 max). You may donate as much as you wish and every dollar will help us win the contest!  Email savannahmetrorotary@gmail.com to get service credit for your donations. 
                    • Preston Johnson Speech Contest (with Woodville-Tompkins Interact Club) - Need 4-5 volunteers who would like to judge the Preston Johnson Speech contest in February (date TBA). Contact Sarah Smith (sbockelsmith@gmail.com or 912-944.7012) if you are interested.
                     
                    MEMBERSHIP: Send any potential applicants and head shots to Katie. March 1st is slated to be the meeting for new members who have completed all prerequisites for membership.
                     
                    FOUNDATION: Josh Yates presented Will Groover with a Paul Harris award.
                     
                    LEGACY PROJECT: John Bennett shared the suggestion form for Metro Rotary Legacy Project Suggestions (Click Here)
                     
                    PROGRAMS/SOCIAL Next Social-Feb 28th Midtown Grill 5:30-7:30
                     
                    GUESTS
                    • Meghan Reed with Henry Plumbing (guest of Kristin King)
                    • Emily Dougherty with Great Oaks Bank
                    • Jason Usry with WJCL22 (guest of Sarah Smith)
                    • Beth Whalen with Charles Ellis Montessori Academy (guest of Sarah Smith)
                    • Rev. Helen White with Christ Church Episcopal (guest of Sarah Smith)
                    • Maureen Pacifici (guest of Laura Lee Bocade)
                    • Sarah Hughes – previous Rotary exchange student (guest of Katie Balthrop/Julie Wade)
                    • Melanie Creese a freelance construction manager (guest of Leigh Acevedo)

                    FEATURED SPEAKER: Roger Moss- Savannah Chatham County School Board President

                    Roger Moss became the Savannah Chatham County School Board President on Jan. 1, 2023 and he immediately has focused his attention on putting students first. He opened by bragging on Woodville Tomkin's Culinary training program and highlighted their fried chicken, which blew him away.

                    Roger then challenged us to embrace and welcome the following:
                    Be Inspired
                    Be Motivated
                    Be Uncomfortable
                     
                    Roger shared a story about the Savannah Children’s Choir's highly coveted paid internship ($1000/week along with room and board.) During the interview process, he would ask the interns “what have you learned from students?” Over the years, Roger has learned so much from children, especially in his role with the children’s choir.
                     
                    His motivation for running for School Board is the number of heartfelt, inspiring stories of children overcoming adversity and persevering factors (i.e. poverty) and embracing education to empower our youth. Having people believe in our youth makes a huge difference and it's a key part of achieving his goal of improving our public schools.
                     
                    Roger shared another story about a welding teacher at Woodville Tomkins who is not only teaching them a technical skill, but he's also teaching them life skills (this man became a teacher after being with larger companies for 30 years). He then mentioned a principal at Savannah High School who's been in that position for 3 years. As a former military member, she has reduced the violence statistics by over 50% and has created a new culture at that school.
                     
                    Next we saw an impressive video featuring a variety of programs at Woodville Tomkins, including programs in Veterinary Skills, Culinary Arts, Construction, Electrician, a Student run Credit Union, Nail technician lab/Beautician, and a Law enforcement and cyber security lab. We also learned that International Paper is partnering with Woodville Tompkins to hire skilled labor positions in an effort to organically grow their workforce. Roger likes to call this “The Public School Advantage.”
                     
                    Roger also told us to "get uncomfortable" by letting people that disagree with you help you grow. As a result, Roger says he’s learning how to listen more and understand that a lot of opinions and passions are based on our life experiences. True listening is not listening preparing to answer, but being present and taking it all in. Leaving politics out of it- just a human being.
                     
                    Challenge: Volunteers are needed as tutors & readers. Click this Link and join the army of “Roger’s Readers”
                     
                    Roger also mentioned that he's all about affordable housing, but also about jobs that allow people to afford housing. Savannah is attracting companies who want to come to Savannah for business. Leigh Acevedo commented that this leads to overall economic development and it will take all of us engaging in the schools as a whole to improve our community.
                     
                    Roger closed with an open initiation to attend the SCCPSS March meeting and any of the board meetings (meeting also available on line). He clarified that the board sets policies and priorities which determine budget allocations. He is focused on prioritizing people who work directly with kids- teachers, counselors, police. He loves buildings but cares even more about what goes on inside the building. Send any questions/feedback in advance to your district rep/board member
                     
                    *** PSA: know who your district rep is!
                     
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines - February 7

                    • Leigh Acevedo announced the legacy leadership luncheon on April 19th. $75/ticket
                    • Sarah Smith announced the ice skating event for Tharros Place on behalf of Julie Wade- Saturday Feb. 11th 8:30am at the Civic Center Ice Rink. If you are planning to attend, please let Julie know asap, text 912-332-2455 or email juliemwade@gmail.com  
                    • Lee Parry asked us to save the date for the SSU annual gala April 1st.
                    • Jordan Chase announced the Fresh Air Home has openings for a few members. (50 women who run the summer camp for 8 weeks on Tybee)
                    • Katie Balthrop bragged on starting a tutorial program with SBA with Erica Morrow
                    • Katie Balthrop also wined about her hand injury (the result of a fist fight with a box jump)
                    • Elizabeth Summerell announced Junior League's FREE Fit Kid Fest on Feb 18th 1:00-4:00 at the Children’s Museum. She also mentioned that community assistance funds are open for applications (their focus this year is on youth development). Deadline for applications is Feb. 24th.
                    • Denise Grabowski announced Urban Hope's signature event, Chefs & Chocolate will be on March 4th (Ticket Link) and Soup it Up for Loop it up is on March 11th (Ticket Link).
                    • Kristin King announced the 6th annual Pacesetter's Concert for Girls on the Run will be on June 4th (Ticket Link)
                    Brags, Finds, and Whines - February 7 Kristin King 2023-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

                    Prospective Member Profiles

                    PROSPECTIVE MEMBER PROFILES
                     
                    Emily Doherty is the Director of Marketing for Great Oaks Bank. With six locations in Middle Georgia and Coastal Georgia, Great Oaks Bank is focused on providing excellent customer service at a fair price utilizing the latest technology. Emily is a Marketing and Development professional with 20+ years of experience building strategic marketing, business development, and fundraising programs. She has been in Savannah since the mid-nineties and graduated with a BFA in Photography from SCAD in 1999. Emily is a 2022 Graduate of Leadership Bryan, she serves on the Richmond Hill Historical Society board, and is a founding member of the Savannah Marketing Group. She was a 2017 Generation NEXT recipient presented by Business in Savannah and Savannah Magazine, which awards Savannah's rising stars of business. Emily was extremely instrumental organizing and raising funds for Friends of Statts, who hosted fundraisers and concerts to help with healthcare costs for Emily's good friend, beloved local musician and graphic artist Jason Statts. She also supports the United Way of the Coastal Empire and the Telfair Art Museum. When Emily isn't working or serving the community, she enjoys time with her husband Tim, their 9-year-old son Patrick, and their sweet rescue dog Flower. 
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                    Jason Usry is the Creative Services Director at WJCL 22 which is the ABC Network affiliate serving Southeast Georgia and South Carolina’s Low Country. He holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Mass Media Communication from Valdosta State University, as well additional certifications through the television station’s parent company Hearst Television.He is committed to making the community a better place and volunteers his time for several different local non-profits including The United Way of the Coastal Empire, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, and The Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club.In his free time he maintains his creative edge by writing and producing podcast. He is also an award-winning, produced screenwriter.He and his wife Dru have two small boys, Grayson and Lucas. The family loves calling Savannah and the surrounding community home.   
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                    Ashley Harsey is the Director Of Operations at Savannah Ghost Pirates and has over 15 years of experience in marketing, strategic partnerships, advertising, and providing an extraordinary customer experience. She establishes strong community relationships and establishes a competitive advantage by coordinating chaos with effective organization.  Ashley works hard to implement creative solutions with relentless determination.
                    As a new Savannahian, Ashley wants to partner with industry leaders, learn from pioneers, and collaborate with community influencers, and inspire others.
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                    Beth Whalen is an educator and Montessori Coach at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy where she has worked alongside the most dedicated and passionate teachers in the school district. She is also a Board member of Montessori Partnerships of Georgia, shepherding the work of supporting public Montessori teachers across the state. Additionally, she is the 2023 Teacher of the Year for the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. This distinction has allowed her the opportunity to be a vocal advocate for all public school teachers in the district. She has a Bachelor’s in Education, a Master’s in Curriculum Integration Through the Arts and will begin work on Educational Leadership Certification in the Fall. 
                     
                    She believes fully in the power of public education. She believes in its capacity to provide opportunity to all, its ability to create respectful and compassionate communities, and its power to bring about peace and social justice.  Beth has two incredible children, one in high school and the other in college, a doting husband of eighteen years and a lazy pup. She is an ardent lover of learning and enjoys reading, using power tools, and any opportunity for outdoor adventures.
                    Prospective Member Profiles Jamie Arkins 2023-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements from January 17 Meeting

                    Committee Reports

                    President Will Gruver announced that January is Rotary International's Vocational Service Month, in which vocational service means holding ourselves and our businesses to the highest ethical standards. What can you do?
                    • Donate to the Rotary Foundation to help us continue to be an EREY club
                    • Participate in service projects - Jan. 21 brown bag for the elderly and the canned food drive competition with Lion's Club
                    • Register for District 6920 Conference April 27-30 - reach out to Whitney for more details
                     
                    PRESIDENT-ELECT News & Notes Jasmine "Jazzy J" Mills announced our President-Elect nominee for 2024-2025 is Kristen Crawley. The club voted unanimously to elect her!
                     
                    LUNCH will increase in price to $15.50 in advance and $17.00 the day of as of January 2023. Please pre-pay in advance (preferred) for accurate food ordering. Reach out to Chris Corey for more details. 
                     
                    SAVE THE DATE:
                    • ROASTARY Annual Oyster Roast in March - Date TBA - need committee members
                    • SAT., FEB. 11, 8am-10am - Metro and Family ONLY ice skating session at the Civic Center - reach out to Julie Wade for more details
                    SERVICE & INTERACT 
                    • Read United (formerly Rotary Read-In) is coming up on Friday, February 24. Sign up to read here.
                    • Canned Food Drive competition with Lion's Club: Donate up to $75 by March 15 deadline to America's Second Harvest Food Bank here to receive up to 3 service credits. For every $25 donated, you will receive 1 service credit (up to 3 max). You may donate as much as you wish and every dollar will help us win the contest!  Email savannahmetrorotary@gmail.com to get service credit for your donations. 
                    • Preston Johnson Speech Contest (with Woodville-Tompkins Interact Club) - Need 4-5 volunteers who would like to judge the Preston Johnson Speech contest in February (date TBA). Contact Sarah Smith (sbockelsmith@gmail.com or 912-944.7012) if you are interested.
                    FOUNDATION Josh mentioned that over half of our club have donation to the Rotary Foundation! 32 members have not donated yet so please do so before Josh has to remind you to. There are 9 members who are not registered on My Rotary - it's very easy to register here
                     
                    MEMBERSHIP Katie announced that the membership committee will host an orientation meeting sometime in February with orientation in March - stay tuned for more!
                     
                    PROGRAMS/SOCIAL Send your programs and social ideas to George Seaborough for 2023!
                     
                    GUESTS
                    • Joel Goodman, The Fiduciary Group - guest of Michael McLeod
                    • Scott McGhie, The Fiduciary Group - guest of Michael McLeod
                    • Jessica Gilstrap, Supreme Lending - guest of Emily Salzer
                    • Melaney Crees, Co-Axe Studio - guest of Leigh Acevedo
                    • Emily Doherty, Great Oaks Bank - guest of Suzanne Kirk

                    FEATURED SPEAKER: Derek Mallow - East Savannah United

                    Jeff Kole, Board Chair of the newly formed East Savannah United and the owner of Kole Management Company, introduced Executive Director Derek Mallow. Derek is no stranger to Metro Rotary and also serves as State Senator District 2. He was born and raised in Savannah and is a proud Jenkins High School Warrior. He is also an Eagle Scout. Derek is a son of East Savannah and thus, he has great passion in this new initiative. East Savannah United started as a Neighborhood Revitalization project for Hitch Village and Blackshear Neighborhoods. The organization is following the model of Purpose Built Communities and focusing on mixed income housing, reducing poverty, and "cradle to college" to promote equity in education for all students. Derek considers himself a "Community Quarterback". East Savannah United is focusing on these three main areas: Housing, Wellness, and Education. This approach can truly transform neighborhoods. 
                     
                    Near the edge of these neighborhoods are great facilities such as Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club, DFCS, Curtis V. Cooper, and the Formey Early Learning Center. East Savannah United approached the Housing Authority and asked for 9 acres of land on Wheaton St. behind Randy's BBQ to create their own Early Learning Center. They engaged the Chamber of Commerce to lobby the city and county to put up funds, half of each from SPLOST. YMCA and Goodwill have agreed to add their own programs to the Early Learning Center and both have launched capital campaigns. East Savannah United needs to raise $8.25 Million to open the Early Learning Center. It will serve 140 kids ages 6 weeks to 3 years old, and will include a children's library. The Economic Development Impact on this new initiative will be quite sizable! 

                     

                    Announcements from January 17 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2023-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines - January 17

                     
                    Chelsea Sawyer announced that her breech baby boy was being evicted from her womb on Jan. 25th....as of the time of this writing Marshall Bennett Sawyer was born late Thursday night, January 19, with a head full of hair and wonderful set of lungs!!!
                     
                    DJ Spisso said he was glad to be back!
                     
                    Whitney Shephard announced that DEEP Center is seeking Writing Fellows as writing mentors to DEEP's Young Author Project participants for an 11-week commitment. More info can be found here and reach out to Whitney if you are interested!
                     
                    Suzanne Kirk made an announcement on behalf of Julie Wade: January is Human Trafficking Month and Tharros Place is hosting the fundraiser Cocktails for Courage on Jan. 27th at Cohen's Retreat. More info here.
                     
                    Bret Bell also announced on behalf of Julie Wade: Mark your calendars for Sat., Feb. 11, 8am-10am to enjoy a private ice skating session at the Civic Center for Metro Rotarians and families! Suggested donation to Tharros Place. 
                     
                    Reshma Johnson announced that her daughter Raiyan is the winner of $20,000 First Tee National Scholarship! See the news story here from Augusta 2022. Reshma also expressed relief from rolling off the AIA Board as the former chair and her daughter gave the speech in her absence. Proud Mama!
                    Brags, Finds, and Whines - January 17 Jamie Arkins 2023-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements from January 3 Meeting

                    Committee Reports

                    President Elect Jasmine Mills kicked off the meeting and reminded everyone to send your EREY receipts to Josh Yates- $50 or more paid via the Rotary website-
                     
                     
                    LUNCH will increase in price to $15.50 in advance and $17.00 the day of (if food is still available) as of January 2023. Please pre-pay in advance (preferred) for accurate food ordering. Reach out to Chris Corey for more details. 
                     
                    SERVICE 
                    • Check website for upcoming volunteer slots
                    • Brown Bag for the Elderly with Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia at 8am on January 21st. Two shifts available: 8:00-9:30, 9:30-11:00. Children welcome.
                    • Lisa Colbert with Downtown Rotary and United Way presented on Rotary Reading and the literacy efforts. Read United is the name of this effort- Friday Feb. 24th is Read United Way with a goal of reaching thousands of students. Link to sign up to follow.
                    • Send programing or social ideas to George for next year.
                     
                    PROGRAMS/SOCIAL Send your programs and social ideas to George for 2023. 
                     
                    Guests
                    • David & Marie Crawford from Circleville, OH Rotary Club and they presented us a flag.
                    • Cheri Dean (Savannah West) and Judge Lisa Colbert (Savannah Rotary.)

                     

                    Featured Speaker: Lisa Goodman- Wilderness Southeast

                    Lisa Goodman is the Donor Relations Manager for Wilderness Southeast (WiSE), a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to developing an awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the natural world. Their mission is to Explore, Discover, and Understand the world around us. Founded in 1973 by Joyce & Dick Murlelss & John Crawford. One of the first organizations to offer ego-tourism starting with 3-7 day long expeditions to Central and South America. Now they offer programs throughout South Georgia led by educators, including Wassaw, Black Water Paddle (Ebenezer Creek), Salt Marsh Adventures (Butter Bean Beach), Alligators & Friends (re-opening soon!) and Costal Birding. Their signature program is “Fish Gotta Swim” which is an immersive program for Title One schools consisting of 8 sessions (5 in class & 3 trips) and is funded by their other programing. They serve around 900 students each year. Stay tuned for their 50th Anniversary Event!

                     

                    Announcements from January 3 Meeting Kristin King 2023-01-05 05:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines - January 3

                     
                    Jasmine Mills gave a shout out to Josh for easily explaining the Rotary website for donations.
                     
                    Erika Morrow announced that Habitat for Humanity raised $112,000 at their first gala!
                     
                    Jamie Arkins announced her new job as a Recruiter for Thomas & Hutton and bragged on Cecilia Arango for the lightening speed in which she generated a text message opt-in for our Club
                     
                    Brags, Finds, and Whines - January 3 Kristin King 2023-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements from December 20 Meeting

                    Committee Reports

                    President Will Gruver  reminded announced that December is Rotary International's Disease Prevention & Treatment Month. Take care of your health and others. Here are some things you can do during the holiday season:
                    • Spend time with family
                    • Ponder ideas for the second half of the Rotary year (Jan. 1-June 30)
                    • Donate to the Rotary International Foundation
                    • Register for the District Conference in Callaway Gardens April 27-30
                     
                    LUNCH will increase in price to $15.50 in advance and $17.00 the day of (if food is still available) as of January 2023. Please pre-pay in advance (preferred) for accurate food ordering. Reach out to Chris Corey for more details. 
                     
                    FOOD DRIVE Joseph Marshall of the Lion's Club of Savannah spoke about the food drive that Rotary and Lion's Clubs are partnering in friendly competition on. Food costs have gone up 13% in homes. Hundreds of thousands of people are “food insecure” and we will be collecting food for the next year. Sarah Smith is our point of contact for this challenge. 
                     
                    SERVICE Kathleen Anderson announced that our club will participate in the America's Second Harvest Brown Bag for the Elderly at 8am on January 21st. Two shifts available: 8:00-9:30, 9:30-11:00. Children welcome.
                     
                    INTERACT Speaking opportunities to address the St. Andrews Middle School program. Contact Kelly Waldron or Sarah Smith.  
                     
                    PROGRAMS/SOCIAL Send your programs and social ideas to George for 2023. 
                     
                    Guests
                    • Beth Whalen (guest of Sarah Smith) - SCCPSS Teacher of the Year, Charles Ellis Montessori Academy
                    • Kels Bonham (guest of Ro Patrick) - co-owner of Transform Savannah Athletic Club/personal training
                    • David Slatinsky (guest of Florence Slatinsky) - member of downtown Rotary Club/Alliant Insurance Services
                    • Joseph Marshall (guest of Jamie Arkins) - Secretary of the Lion's Club of Savannah/McIntosh Realty Team realtor - he spoke about the food drive competition between Rotary Clubs of District 6920 and Lion's Clubs in their district

                     

                    Featured Speaker: Michael Sarhatt, Director - Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team

                    Michael is the Director of the Chatham County Counter Narcotics Team. He started by stating we are in the middle of an opioid epidemic. We are not at critical mass status yet in Chatham County and Mike’s here to ensure we do not get there. 

                    What is Fentanyl? Natural (heroine) vs. synthetic (oxy, Fentanyl). Methamphetamines physically alter your brain to the point that you can’t say no. This epidemic is a disease. Certain people are more susceptible...despite many of us having been prescribed in the past, we didn’t become addicted. Sadly, some people get addicted after one pill. Even after 14 months without using, the brain is not healed. That's why so many people relapse. Here are some of the cold, hard facts:

                    • A fatal dose of fentanyl is miniscule.  
                    • Heroine went from 3-5% to 25% pure; hence, the need for stronger drugs. 
                    • Big pharma started “pill mills” which got people addicted quicker, but restricted access to meds on the weekends, hence turning to the streets. Heroine is cheaper than pills so they go that route. At this point it still wasn’t an epidemic until Fentanyl came on the scene. 
                    • Incarceration, rehab, and re-integration back into the community often leads to the person dying.  
                    • Stamps and dyes are bought from China and they are re-creating the pill with a Pill Press.  
                    • #1 cause of death between 19-45 years. Nation wide: 78,000 OD Deaths in 2020, 107,000 in 2021. 72 call-outs in 2022 in Chatham, and we only have 2 detectives. 85% are fentanyl.
                    Quick treatments if you come in contact with fentanyl? NARCAN is a nasal spray available at all pharmacies. 

                    Michael is currently working with the DA’s office on 5 felony murder cases. He runs the Healing Hearts Family Support Group at the Circle of Recovery Peer Center at 2423 Abercorn St For Families that have lost a loved one to an Opioid Death. Contact 912-652-3930 for more information. 

                    Announcements from December 20 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2023-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines - December 20

                     
                    Kristen Crawley bragged on Suzanne Kirk on collecting the gift wrap and supplies and Ro Patrick on her coordination efforts Dec. 15-17 for Brightside/CASA. The kids surely must have had a great Christmas with all of the donated gifts and receiving them beautifully wrapped on Christmas morning! 
                     
                    Erika Morrow announced her ForSight annual New Year's party and fundraiser for the Savannah Center for Blind & Low Vision on Thursday, December 29, 4-7pm featuring live music, a magician, incredible raffles items and beer and wine and munchies. Please plan to join the party again the last week of December 2023! 
                     
                    Brad Patrick bragged on his wife Ro on her incredible PSA campaign work on the dangers of fentanyl. Below are links to the campaigns directly to youth and to their parents. Ro said she would be glad to answer any questions she can on fentanyl as she has lived and breathed the issue for the past two years.
                     
                    Real Deal on Fentanyl This is our campaign directly to youth 13-24, educating them on the dangers and prevalence of fentanyl: PSA https://youtu.be/34uweSBm_XI   Website https://realdealonfentanyl.com/ 
                     
                    Drop the F*Bomb This is our campaign for parents of youth 13-24, educating them on the dangers and prevalence of fentanyl, and how to start a life-saving conversation with their kids:
                     
                     
                    Julie Wade is hosting an event coming up for Tharros Place: Cocktails for Courage will take place on Jan. 27th at Cohen's Retreat, in conjunction with the SIDC's 8th Annual Traffick Jam at SSU. Click here for event information/tickets/sponsorships.
                    Brags, Finds, and Whines - December 20 Jamie Arkins 2023-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines - December 6

                     
                    Will Gruver announced that he will be dancing in the 2023 Dancing with the Savannah Stars for Brightside Advocacy (formerly CASA). 
                     
                    Leigh Acevedo announced that she recently left her employment with SEDA after 15 years and will soon be back on the job market. 
                     
                    Kelley Waldron recommended a "find" of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.
                     
                    Liza Smith thanked everyone for a great turnout and success at our Brightside ASP fundraiser, Belly Laughs for Brighside in November at Front Porch Improv!
                     
                    Lee Perry announced the Savannah State University Basketball Classic coming up in February or March. You can check out the schedule here
                     
                    Julie Wade has an event coming up for Tharros Place: "Cocktails for Courage" will take place on Jan. 27th at Cohen's Retreat, in conjunction with Traffick Jam at SSU. Click here for event information/tickets/sponsorships.
                    Brags, Finds, and Whines - December 6 Jamie Arkins 2022-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements from December 6 Meeting

                    Committee Reports

                    President Will Gruver  reminded us of the importance of The CART Fund buckets on our tables collecting "Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust." Loose change goes a long way for research.  
                     
                     
                    • Paul Harris Fellows: 
                      • Ben Senger - first-time PHF
                      • Jeff Brady - PHF +3
                      • Whitney Shephard - PHF +7
                    • District Conference update:
                      • April 27-30, 2023 in Callaway Gardens
                      • Friday night 4/28 party being hosted by Metro!
                    • Social:
                      • Post-Holiday Social: December 27th at Miracle Bar at Thompson Hotel (2nd Floor)
                     
                    Guests
                    • Ian Lewis (guest of Jeff Brady) - Southern Oak Advisory/Capstone Benefits Consulting

                     

                    Featured Speaker: Gene Dobbs-Bradford, Savannah Music Festival

                    We enjoyed hearing from Gene who is the new Executive Director of Savannah Music Festival. Mark your calendars for the festival coming up March 23 - April 8, 2023. Joining him were three beloved SMF staff, Ryan McMaken (Artistic Director), Larissa Thut Davidson (Marketing Director), and Kat Clark (Development Manager).  

                    Gene was formerly with Jazz St. Louis for 23 years. He is an Eastman School of Music graduate and his former college roommate Marc Chesanow is a busy professional upright and electric bass player here in Savannah. When Gene was on the NEA Grants Panel in 2011 he noticed that SMF was doing great things and offered unique programming. He thought to himself he'd love to have a job leading the Savannah Music Festival and 10 years later the top job opened up and he applied for it. The board and staff welcomed him with open arms in 2021. Savannah is fortunate to have him here!

                    Savannah Music Festival is Georgia's largest musical arts event and one of the largest cross-genre music festivals in the country. The economic impact on the city is tremendous, with last year boasting $12M spent by festival-goers. 

                    2023 will showcase 90 performances by 70 different acts! Six things Gene highlighted include:
                    1. Four nights at Trustees Garden outdoor stage! Tedeschi Trucks Band, Buddy Guy (two nights), and Galactic/Cory Wong/Nate Smith
                    2. Excellent Classical programming with Phillip Dukes taking the reigns as Associate Artistic Director
                    3. Exciting Co-Bills - getting two shows for the price of one
                    4. Strongest Jazz Programming ever - featuring octogenarians and Terence Blanchard, who co-wrote the Mo' Better Blues soundtrack
                    5. Return of International Artists following the COVID-19 pandemic
                    6. Explorer Pass - any student can attend any general admission concert accompanied by a chaperone. This is a new program being funded through SMF Education/Musical Explorers.
                     
                    As a 501(c)3 nonprofit music organization, SMF relies on the support of generous donors and sponsors, without whom the festival and their education programs would not be possible. Wish to support the festival further? Go here for more details. Peruse the lineup and purchase tickets for the spring festival here
                     
                    Be sure to follow Savannah Music Festival on Instagram, Facebook, or via their website!
                    Announcements from December 6 Meeting Jamie Arkins 2022-12-19 05:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements from November 15 Meeting

                    Committee Reports

                    Jasmine Mills started the meeting reminding us that November is Rotary Foundation month and encouraged us to make our $50 donation to the Rotary Foundation (click here) to meet our EREY goal!
                    • ASP Fundraiser: Only 4 tickets left for Nov. 17th, 6:00-9:30  http://https://metrosavannahrotary.org/event/belly-laughs-for-brightside--save-the-date/ 
                      • Doors open at 6:00, Show starts at 7:15
                      • Additional parking at Gurry Lumber
                      • Front Porch Improve: 210 W Victory Dr
                    • Service Update:
                      • Earn up to 2 attendance credits when you purchase $30 or $60 worth of holiday wrapping paper (deliver to Suzanne Kirk or have your order shipped directly to "Suzanne Kirk C/O Metro" 522 E 45th St, Savannah, GA 31405
                      • Wrappers & Runners: Dec 15th & 16th (to wrap and deliver gifts to 400 children!)
                      • Food Drive is punted to start in January
                    • Social
                      • Metro Holiday Party: November 30th at Aqua Vita Lounge. Please RSVP Click Here.
                     
                     
                    Guests
                    • Ashley Harsey (Guest of Suzanne Kirk) with the Savannah Ghost Pirates
                    • Joshua Web- Rotarian who recently relocated to Savannah from West Virginia
                     

                    Featured Speaker: Brianne (Bri) Halverson, Front Porch Improv

                     We enjoyed learning and laughing about all the ways Front Porch Improv partners with a number of community organizations and businesses. This community theater consists of 20 primetime players as well as a couple hundred students. Bri told us that the core principal to any improv is saying "yes!!" They hold weekly shows every Friday and Saturday at 8pm, in addition to 12 fundraisers a year, private events in homes or place of work, as well as team building workshops.

                    One of Bri's brilliant programs (her brain child) is "Trauma Drama" for middle and high school aged youth. This 14 week program helps children address everything from abuse to struggles with abandonment and neglect, which she says is the biggest issue.

                    Another featured program from FPI is "Savannah for Morons" which is basically a trolley tour roast of Savannah's history. Oh, and if you are in need for a host or two to Emcee your event with a light hearted and fun approach, look no further- FPI has got you covered!

                    Want to support FPI further? Consider the following membership levels:

                    • $6/month: supporter
                    • $25/month: unlimited tickets to all shows
                    • $45/month- unlimited tickets to shows and classes
                    Contact Bri directly on Instagram, Facebook, or via their website: https://www.frontporchimprov.com/
                    Announcements from November 15 Meeting Kristin King 2022-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines- November 15

                     
                    Whitney Shephard announced that Green Truck celebrated their 12 year anniversary and partnered with the Savannah Tree Foundation to plant 12 trees!
                     
                    Brad Patrick thanked everyone for their support of him running the NY Marathon (sub 4:00 on a very hot day!!) and came in as the top fundraiser for Teddy's Team!
                     
                    Erika Morrow was awarded Young Optometrist of the Year! 
                     
                    Julie Wade has an event coming up for Tharros Place: "Cocktails for Courage" will take place on Jan. 27th at Cohen's Retreat, in conjunction with Traffick Jam at SSU. Click here for event information/tickets/sponsorships
                     
                    Florence Slatinsky announced that her son was accepted to Auburn!
                     
                     
                     
                     
                    Brags, Finds, and Whines- November 15 Kristin King 2022-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines- October 18

                     
                    Brett Bell bragged on Suzanne Kirk for her facilitation of Savannah Leadership Training.
                     
                    Chelsea Sawyer slated to speak at GA Southern Armstrong campus
                     
                    Brad Patrick announced he will be running the NY Marathon and raising funds for Teddy's Team @bradpatrick00: Direct Link to donate now: Click Here!
                     
                    John Rodman mentioned that the Kicklighter Research Center will be adding a landscaping arm to their business model.
                     
                     
                    Brags, Finds, and Whines- October 18 Kristin King 2022-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements from October 18 Meeting

                    Committee Reports

                    President Will Gruver started the meeting reminding us once again that October is Economic & Community Development month and encouraged us to bring a guest to our meetings and directly donating to the Rotary Foundation (click here). 
                    • District Governors Shellie Smith (Lion's Club District 18N) & Heather Kellen (Rotary District 6920) are holding a “friendly competition” to see which service organization can donate the most items non-perishable items for the rest of the year. 
                    • ASP Fundraiser: Don't forget to get your tickets for Nov. 17th, 6:00-9:30  http://https://metrosavannahrotary.org/event/belly-laughs-for-brightside--save-the-date/ 
                    • Jessica Pedigo announced that Munch assignments have gone out- Get a date on the schedule and meet up!
                    • ASP: Kristen Crawley announced that the ribbon cutting at the Bighteside House was a huge success! All parties involved shared their appreciation for Metro Rotary's support, saying this project would not have been possible without us.
                    • Membership: Katie Joyner reported that we will be moving to quarterly membership inductions and also adding responsibilities to each sponsor.
                     
                     
                     
                    Guests
                    • Fritz Hale (Guest of Jordan Chase) a non-profit consultant with United Way
                     

                    Featured Speaker: Dr. Alan Meglin, Advanced Regenerative Therapy

                    Dr. Meglin had our chapter thoroughly engaged during his presentation on cellular therapy and how he and his team work to make people "Hyper Healers." In fact, they specialize in anything that has to do with healing at their main office in Savannah. He briefly explained various therapies, including dissolving oxygen into ones blood using hyperbaric chambers, stem cell growth, differentiation, and injections, post-trauma brain regeneration, and the "bio hacks" that aid in reversing one's biological age. 
                     
                    We learned that since 1980, the number of Nobel Peace Prizes awarded in the field of regeneration is significant. 

                    Dr Meglin states "For some patients, regenerative medicine sits at the intersection of hope, despair, desperation and false promises. This places an added burden to provide the most ethical care possible. Patient's often come to us when conventional treatments have failed. Advanced Regenerative Therapies believe that patients must be informed and it is recommended that our patients read the articles [provided by other sources] before coming to us."

                    For more information about treatment options, click here: https://www.advancedregenerativetherapies.com/savannah-ga

                     
                    Announcements from October 18 Meeting Kristin King 2022-10-26 04:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines- October 4

                     
                    Suzanne Kirk announced the annual Empty Bowl fundraiser benefiting Emmaus House on Nov. 6th. They are still looking for sponsors and invite everyone to buy tickets! https://unitedministriessavannah.org/emptybowl 
                     
                    Elizabeth Summerall announced the Junior League Thrift Sale on Nov. 5th. They are accepting donations.
                     
                    Florence Slatinsky bragged about a wonderful vacation through AM Fund Trip, which they purchased at a Hospice fundraiser. She also encouraged us to check out the Fat Bear Week- click here to set up your bracket!! https://explore.org/fat-bear-week
                      
                    Zerik Samples enjoyed time with his father cleaning his garage and assembling a gazebo this weekend! He also announced that Habitat for Humanity will have their Gala on Wednesday Dec. 7th.
                     
                    Jessica Pedigo bragged on Ben Senger and the team at WSAV. Her niece and nephew had a blast playing "Newscaster For A Day" and is hoping they will donate that experience again for the ASP fundraiser!
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                    Brags, Finds, and Whines- October 4 Kristin King 2022-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements from October 4 Meeting

                    Committee Reports

                    President Will Gruver kicked off the meeting reminding us that October is Economic & Community Development month and encouraged us to bring a guest to our meetings and directly donating to the Rotary Foundation (click here). 
                    • District Governors Shellie Smith (Lion's Club District 18N) & Heather Kellen (Rotary District 6920) are holding a “friendly competition” to see which service organization can donate the most items non-perishable items for the rest of the year. 
                    • Will also mentioned that they are still looking for a host family for the weekend of Oct. 14th. Message Will for contact information.
                     
                    District 6960 is raising funds to support those effected by Hurricane Ian. Click here for more information.
                     
                    Our Annual Service Partner Brightside's newest Bright House on Wheaton St. will have the official ribbon cutting on Oct. 7th at 1:30 PM. 
                     
                    Save the Date: Nov. 17th Front Porch Improv Theater: ASP Fundraiser!!
                     
                    Jessica Pedigo announced that Munch assignments will be going out soon...don't be shy! Get a date on the schedule and meet up!
                     
                     
                     
                    Guests
                    • Claire Holton daughter of Sara Holton
                    • Helen White of Christ Church, guest of Sarah Smith
                    • Todd Freesemann District Governor for 2024-2025
                     

                    Featured Speaker: Heather Keller, District Governor 

                    Heather opened her address to the club by speaking of her early years as a Rotarian. She identified as a "back bencher" and states that it wasn't until she got truly involved with her chapter on a local level that she started to realize the power behind this organization. This led her to attend Rotary Leadership Institute which led to attending international conferences. She encouraged us to engage "Service Above Self" and the 4 Way Test in all areas of our lives, and asked us to imagine a world where everyone embraced the Rotary Values. Heather specifically sited 3 international programs that all started at chapter levels. Polio Plus, End Human Trafficking, and the 4 Way Test coloring books.
                     
                    Heather also focused on the 2 big goals she has for our district this year:
                    • 1 million dollars in giving to the foundation. This averages around $333/member, and she is requesting that $100 of that be earmarked for Polio efforts.
                    • Increase membership, especially amongst females. The goal is to have over 30% female members.
                    Let's all follow Heather's lead and imagine feeling like we can make a difference every day! Imagine bigger things- like her example of a school renovation leading to shipping containers of desks and chairs for a school in India- all of which was facilitated amongst Rotary Clubs and Governors.
                    Announcements from October 4 Meeting Kristin King 2022-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements from Aug 20 Meeting

                    Committee Reports

                    President Will Groover kicked off the meeting reminding us that September is Basic Education & Literacy Month as well as encouraging us to engage in our chapter by bringing a guest, directly donating to the Rotary Foundation (click here), or joining the ASP Fundraiser Committee! We welcome District 6920 Governor Heather Kellen as our next speaker, who, along with Lions District 18-N Governor Shellie Smith, are working together to collect food to fill food banks, feed first responders, and serve their communities' food insecurity needs. The two governors are holding a “friendly competition” to see which service organization can donate the most items. Will also mentioned that they are still looking for host families for the weekend of Oct. 14th. 
                     
                     
                    Our Annual Service Partner Brightside's newest Bright House on Wheaton St. is close to being ready to receive people in need of service. Our final service day at the home is Oct. 1st, 9:00am-12:00pm, with the official ribbon cutting on Oct. 7th at 1:30 PM. 
                     
                     
                     
                    Guests
                    • Sondra Tackett a Registered Dietician, was guest of Katie Belthrop
                    • Fitz Hale of United Way, guest of Kristen Crawley
                    • Brooke Phillips Executive Director of Savannah Downtown Business Association, guest of Julie Wade
                    • Wanda Jackson FSA Paralegal, guest of George Seaborough
                     

                    Featured Speaker: Cristina Gibson, MPH

                    Cristina has been in public health for 19 years, in the divisions of epidemiology, youth development, and has finally found her passion in health promotion. She is the Chronic Disease Prevention Director for the Coastal Health District, serving all the counties along the coast of Georgia and her branch’s motto is “Make the healthy choice the easy choice.” Her current work involves increasing community assets in the way of opportunities for physical activity, access points to healthy foods, and smoke-free environments. Cristina shared statistics showing the impact of the smoke-free work place and Breatheasy Campaign on Chatham County over the past 22 years, specifically the decline in the death rate.
                     
                    Unfortunately, vaping is still on the rise, especially among the youth especially with flavors marketed to appeal to younger persons. One in10 middle schoolers are smoking e-cigarettes, and one in four high school students are. Sadly, 63% of JUUL users aged 15-24 do not know that JUUL contains nicotine, and the FDA only began evaluating the chemical makeup ta few months ago (Summer of 2022). 
                     
                    On a hopeful note, Cristina reported that "Tobacco 21" has been implemented, meaning you must be 21 years or older to purchase any tobacco products now. She also shared the following resources:
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                    Announcements from September 6 meeting

                    Featured Speaker: Zerik Samples

                    Zerik is the Chief Executive Officer of the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. He hails from Brunswick and has 9 years in non-profit under his belt. District Governer Mike Muldowney told Zerik to visit the Metro club and he's never looked back since!
                     
                    Habitat for Humanity prides itself on bringing people together and hopes for a world where everyone deserves a decent place to live. With Habitat's focus on shelter, for more than 40 years Habitat has done just this: "Build Homes, Communities and Hope". Habitat wants to be part of a larger solution to help our county and region. In fact, Habitat partnered with Local Farmbag to help building a refrigerated container to store produce longer to keep them from rotting too quickly. 
                     
                    Habitat is comprised of three major services: Contractors, Homeowner Services, and the ReStore. General Contractors and sight supervisors to teach you how to use the nail gun and do other building tasks. Homeowner services is homeowner education which contributes to building families by offering financial planning, first time homebuyer classes, and owners are required to put in 350 sweat equity hours. The ReStore is a conduit of resources from local furniture stores in which items are too expensive to ship back. 
                     
                    Since COVID, Habitat has built 5 new homes. They are currently 8 partner families in the homeowner services program, and 5 mortgages were burned. Habitat hosted one CEO build and one women's build. There are developments in process on Darling St., Spivey St., and they received a two-acre donation of land in Garden City. Habitat is always look for volunteers! Mark your calendars for the following upcoming Habitat events and fundraiser: Sept. 27 - Hops for Habitat at Moodright's; Oct. 18 - Sips at the Station benefiting Habitat at Ardsley Station; Dec. 7 - Annual Home for the Holidays Gala 
                     
                     

                    Committee Reports

                    President Will Gruver opened the meeting by informing us that September is Rotary International's Basic Education and Literacy month and reminded us to 1) bring a guest, 2) participate in Service with Brightside, and 3) sign up and attend RLI! Rotary Leadership Institute registration for the September 10th session at GA Tech Savannah Campus. Click here to register: http://rlitraining.org
                     
                     
                    Our Annual Service Partner Brightside's newest Bright House on Wheaton St. is close to being ready to receive people in need of service. Our next service day is September 17th, 9:00am-12:00pm. Please contact Kristen Crawley and Chelsea Sawyer to help plan the ASP Fundraiser!
                     
                    Sarah Smith announced that St. Andrew's School will be chartering a new Interact Club for middle school students! Member Kelly Waldron, Headmaster is spearheading this project with Metro's help.  
                     
                    GRSP student Beatriz will be speaking to our club soon - her classes get out at 12:15pm. Oct. 14-16 will be GRSP Weekend here in Savannah.
                     
                    Mark your calendars: Metro Holiday Party on Tuesday, November 30! 5th Tuesday celebration. Location and time to be announced. 
                     
                    Guests
                    • Emily Doherty, Marketing Director with Great Oaks Banks - guest of Cecilia Arango
                    • Jason Usry, Marketing Director with WJCL and podcaster - guest of Sarah Smith
                    • Bill Kelso, VP of Mission Advancement with Goodwill Southeast Georgia - guest of Cecilia Arango
                    • Jason Marshall, COO with Goodwill Southeast Georgia - guest of Cecilia

                    Rotary Anniversaries

                    Derek Goldfarb celebrates one year in Metro in September!
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                    Announcements from Aug. 16 meeting

                    Committee Reports

                    President Elect Jasmine Mills filled in as the pinch hitter for Will and called the meeting to order. She focused on membership and new club development month. Let's all follow her lead and go to bat bringing a guest to our next meeting! Rotary Leadership Institute registration for the September 10th session at GA Tech Savannah Campus. Click here to register: http://rlitraining.org
                     
                     
                    Our Annual Service Partner Brightside's newest Bright House on Wheaton St. is close to being ready to receive people in need of service. Our next service day is September 17th, 9:00am-12:00pm.
                     
                    Guests
                    • Emily Doherty, Marketing Director with Great Oaks Banks, was guest of Cecilia Arango
                    • Paul Stevens, guest of George Seaborough
                     

                    Featured Speaker: Bob Ohrablo

                    Bob is the president of the Savannah Ghost Pirates Hockey Team and is beyond excited about their presence in Savannah. He is a fellow Rotarian in Jacksonville, FL and is starting his 38th hockey season this fall. The ECHL has 28 teams and the newly formed Savannah team is affiliated with the Las Vegas Golden Knights and the Henderson, NV Silver Knights. Opening Day for the Ghost Pirates is November 5th, 2022 and Girls on the Run of Coastal GA will the charity partner for that night. (GOTR was our Annual Service Partner last year.) Bob commended the Enmarket Arena as having the best ice and spoke about the expectation that the players will be engaged in our community on many levels. The mascot was named just after our meeting, after over 4000 naming entries, we official have ourselves Davy (Jones)! When asked about regional and national recruitment, we were told that they are tapping into non-traditional markets and pulling young men from regions that would not be expected, but showing lots of passion and talent (and a propensity for fighting at times...which is completely allowed in the sport of hockey.) At the end of the day, Bob says it's all about having the "hockey mind" which, he says, cannot be taught. It's instinct and a mindset that must be intrinsic to the athlete. 
                     
                    • Weekday games: 7:00pm
                    • Friday/Saturday games: 7:30pm
                    • Sunday games: 3:00pm
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                    Announcements from Aug. 2 meeting

                    Announcements/Committee Reports

                    President Will Gruver called the meeting to order. He announced the Board of Directors for 2022-2023. Will highlighted that Paul Harris was Rotary International's founder. Fun fact: the very first service project was installing public toilets outside of the Chicago City Hall a century ago. 
                     
                    Our new GRSP student Beatriz Hashimoto is here after 28 hours of traveling in late July. Meagen Burrows and her husband are hosting and representing Metro of the four clubs hosting Beatriz. She has moved into the dorms at the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University. 
                     
                    Our Annual Service Partner Brightside's newest Bright House on Wheaton St. is close to being ready to receive people in need of service. Metro has helped over two service days on July 30 and Aug. 6 to paint and assemble furniture. There will be more projects coming from our Service Committee...stay tuned! 
                     

                    Guests

                    Emily Doherty is the Marketing Director with Great Oaks Banks and was guest of Cecilia Arango
                     

                    Featured Speaker: Whitney Shephard

                    Our own MetRotarian Whitney Shephard serves beyond our club as our Rotary District 6920 Assistant District Governor, serving the Area including Metro, Rotary Club of Savannah (Downtown), Sunrise Rotary, and Skidaway Island Rotary. 
                     
                    She embodies the spirit of what being a Rotarian truly means. 6920 is being lead by a dynamic District Governor and great things are happening! Highlights from her remarks: 
                     
                    • This year marks the first time Rotary International is being led by a female president, Jennifer E. Jones of Ontario, Canada.
                    • Jennifer worked with an Aboriginal artist to create this year's logo to capture the Imagine Rotary theme, with each dot around the circle representing the Seven Areas of Focus.
                    • District Governor (6920) Heather Kellen is a Physical Therapist from the Rotary Club of Perry. Her theme this year is to "Dream Big, Serve Big" and is challenging the District to raise a total of $1M roughly equivalent to $333 per member! Read more about these goals on the new District website here
                    • Kellen encourages D6920 Rotarians to "cast a line and not a net" to grow our membership. Be intentional in inviting guests and sponsoring members. Seek those who want to be Rotarians, not just members of a Rotary club. 
                    • Paul Harris Society, Bequest Society and the RI Foundation can be a part of your legacy as a Rotarian. 
                    • The newest 7th Area of Focus is Supporting the Environment in which Global Grants projects can support - the 2018-2019 RI President Barry Rassin from the Bahamas saw first-hand what hurricanes and climate change were doing to his beloved island country. 
                    • Rotary is proud to support girls from the local, national and international communities such as Girls on the Run (USA and Canada), Girl Scouts of the USA, and Happy Schools (India)
                    • When disaster happens and Ask yourself:
                      • What is your purpose and your passion?
                      • What is your Rotary dream?
                      • How can we partner with other organizations in our community such as the Lions' Club 
                    • With 1.4 Millions members worldwide, 47 million volunteer hours, and $333 Million awarded in grants, we should be very proud to be Rotarians!
                    • Mark your calendars for two upcoming important dates:
                      • Tues., Oct. 4th - District Governor Heather Kellen visiting Metro
                      • April 27-30, 2023 - District Conference at Callaway Gardens (Metro is hosting the Friday night event)
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines,  Aug. 2

                     
                     
                    Kelley Boyd said she is still searching for a new location for Savannah Yoga Center. Please contact her if you have leads.
                     
                    Cari Phelps said the Salacia Salts studio has moved from Hall Street to a new location. The retail location on Abercorn Street remains on Abercorn Street.
                     
                    John Rodman, chair of the Kicklighter Resource Center board of directors, said the center has a new playground set and needs volunteers to help assemble and install it on May 21 at 8 a.m. He said the center is also looking for new board members. Anyone who is interested should contact him.
                     
                    Sarah Smith encouraged club members to attend the Shelter From the Rain Motors for Mom Car Show fundraiser. in Richmond Hill on May 21.
                     
                    Jordan Chase said the Fresh Air Home is in need of buses to transport approximately 45 children to six to eight field trips over the summer. They have a transportation budget, but are having trouble finding buses and drivers. Please contact her if you have ideas.
                     
                    Will Gruver said he met a fellow Rotarian and was invited to a meeting while in France, proving that Rotary is truly an international movement.
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                    Announcements July 19


                     

                    Committee Reports

                    President Will Gruver called the meeting to order. This was his first meeting as president (Immediate Past President Cecilia Arango covered on July 5 when Will's flight was delayed). He showed the "not a walking stick" he received from the district governor at the Presidents Elect Training Seminar to do the "digging" and to do the work of Rotary. 
                     
                    Campion Usry was inducted into the club. He is is vice president of Coastal Medical Billing and previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantryman and martial arts instructor. He earned a bachelor of science degree in finance from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Charleston Southern University. He moved to Savannah 18 months ago and is married with two children. He was a charter board member and secretary of the Summerville Evening Rotary Club.

                    Guests

                    Mary Francis Kidd with Klarna (Swedish company) was the guest of Erika Morrow.
                    Jason Usry with WJCL (and a screenwriter) was the guest of Sarah Smith.
                    Jake Wood of the Rotary Club of Columbus, Ga, attended the meeting. He is in town aiding in implementing a new chapter of House of Heroes in Savannah (a non-profit founded in Columbus).

                    Rotary Anniversaries

                    Highlights: Jamie Arkins, Kristen Crawley, and Jeff Brady have been members for 10 years.
                     

                    Featured Speaker: Joe Marchese

                    Joe Marchese is the owner of Marchese Construction and co-founder of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS). Highlights from his remarks: 
                    • He's an advocate for inclusion — he wears two different socks every day.
                    • 11 homeless vets will move into 35 tiny houses at 75 Dundee St. (Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless)
                    • Daughter Ella Marchese (16 years old) is an orange belt in karate and has down syndrome. She's now in a special needs cheerleading group.
                    • Dr. Ben Spitalnick encouraged Joe to start LDSS along with the Husseys, the Bogardis, and the Fields.
                    • He advocates for one person at a time
                    • LDSS Camp Buddy - directed by Molly Marchese at St. Andrews School this year
                    • LDSS Buddy Walk (founded by Marjorie Young, another strong Rotarian in our community) - usually every October
                    • LDSS Night of Champions - every May - to award differently abled individuals and their employers who employ them - very inspiration evening and no family can be turned away if they cannot afford to attend - save the day May 12, 2023 at Savannah Convention Center
                    • Our area needs a transportation company solely devoted to getting these devoted employees to their jobs every day
                    • He shared wonderful stories of Jason Thompson, who drives a sweeper scrubber, and Mikey Holton, who is a "para pro" at South Effingham Elementary School, and the difference they make at their jobs and in their co-workers 'and students' lives.
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                    Announcements June 21


                     

                    Committee Reports

                    In her final meeting as president, Cecilia Arango presented the following 2021-2022 Metro Rotary Awards:
                     
                    • Rookie of the Year: Chelsea Sawyer
                    • Service Above Self Award: Elizabeth Summerell
                    • Metro’s Winging It WingWoman: Jessica Pedigo
                    • Rotarian of the Year: Florence Slatinsky
                     
                    She encouraged club members to look into the Rotary Leadership Institute as an avenue for learning how to be a better Rotarian through three sessions: The Rotarian, The Rotary Club, and the Rotary Journey. 
                     
                     
                    In the Metrotarians in the Spotlight segment, Cecilia noted coverage of TEDx Savannah, for which she served as emcee. Zerik Samples received Georgia Southern University's George & Lucy Armstrong Award. Kristin Crawley completed the Leadership Southeast Georgia program.
                     
                    Ro Patrick and Lexi Henigman were inducted into the club and Whitney Shephard was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow + 6.
                     
                    Program Committee Chair George Seaborough announced the next social will be July 26 at Vic’s on the River.
                     

                    Classification Talk: Kristin King

                    After Kristin moved to Savannah from Michigan in 2004, she co-founded New Arts Ensembles with Ricardo Ochoa. The firm coordinates live music for more than 200 events throughout the year, including weddings, corporate functions, private parties, and more. She is also the marketing director for Sago Property Management, which specializes in long-term residential properties.
                     
                    She is president of the Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia and Lowcountry board and previously served on the board of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.
                     

                    Guests

                    Emily Doherty was the guest of Cecilia Arango.
                    Kim Campbell was the guest of Ellen Harris
                    Sarah Smith’s guest was her daughter Nora.
                     

                    Prospective Member Profile: Campion Usry

                    Campion Usry is vice president of Coastal Medical Billing and previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantryman and martial arts instructor. He earned a bachelor of science degree in finance from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Charleston Southern University. He moved to Savannah 18 months ago and is married with two children. He was a charter board member and secretary of the Summerville Evening Rotary Club.

                    Featured Speaker: Conni Reynolds, Savannah Chamber of Commerce

                    Conni Reynolds is small business and events manager for the Savannah Area Chamber and is a Savannah native. She emphasized that Chamber is primarily composed of small businesses and has 2,200 members in total. She said her work focuses on connecting small businesses with the resources they need to succeed.
                     
                    She organizes networking opportunities, ribbon-cuttings, and large events and helps members connect through service on councils and committees within the Chamber. 
                     
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                    Announcements June 7

                     

                    Committee Reports

                    President Cecilia Arango reminded club members that June is Rotary Fellowships month. Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world and explore shared hobbies, professions, and interests. She also announced July 1 is the deadline to pay dues for the coming Rotary year.
                     
                    Service Committee Chair Kristen Crawley reminded members they can still volunteer for Bike Walk Savannah bicyclist and pedestrian counts.
                     
                    Program Committee Chair George Seaborough said details on the June social will be announced soon. 
                     
                    Annual Service Partner Committee Co-Charis Cari Phelps and Chelsea Sawyer announced that Brightside Child and Family Advocacy has been selected as this year’s service partner. Stay tuned for details on service opportunities.
                     
                    Membership Committee Chair Katie Joyner announced Lexi Henigman and Campion Usry are moving through the projective member program.
                     
                     

                    Guests

                    Connor Buchanan was the guest of Cecilia Arango.
                    Charles Pace was the guest of Zerik Samples.
                    Lexi Henigman (Prospective Members Program) was the guest of Chelsea Sawyer.
                    Brendan West was the guest of Katie Joyner.
                    Aileen Gabbey was the guest of Sarah Smith.
                    Kelley Waldron’s guest was her son, Charlie.
                    Opollo Johnson was the guest of Kristen Crawley.
                     
                     
                     

                    Featured Speaker: Dr. Amy Williams, Savannah Philharmonic

                    Executive Director Dr. Amy Williams described the changes the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus has undertaken to overcome barriers to participation so that all members of the community can attend concerts, including adjusting pricing, relaxing concert dress codes, and finding additional concert locations. She explained how programs such as Phil the Neighborhood, Phil the Park, Phil the Squares, the On the Road Series, and the Subscription series are aimed at making performances more accessible to communities in our region. Williams also talked about the education initiatives the Philharmonic has launched to build programming which provides all students at every school with equitable access to high-quality music education.
                     
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines, July 19

                     
                    Leigh Acevedo needs a babysitter for her daughter on July 27 OR Aug. 1
                     
                    Julie Wade and her husband Drew celebrated 25 years of marriage on July 19.
                     
                    Sarah Smith thanked Metro Rotary for the opportunities to do service projects this summer with her daughter. Girl Scouts QuestFest was particularly fun on July 16.
                     
                    Jamie Arkins invited Rotarians to join her at the Savannah Bananas game and party deck on July 22 with the Mutual of America group.
                     
                    Will Gruver reminded everyone to give their loose change to the CART buckets to support Alzheimer's disease research.
                     
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines,  May 17

                     
                     
                    Kelley Boyd said she is still searching for a new location for Savannah Yoga Center. Please contact her if you have leads.
                     
                    Cari Phelps said the Salacia Salts studio has moved from Hall Street to a new location. The retail location on Abercorn Street remains on Abercorn Street.
                     
                    John Rodman, chair of the Kicklighter Resource Center board of directors, said the center has a new playground set and needs volunteers to help assemble and install it on May 21 at 8 a.m. He said the center is also looking for new board members. Anyone who is interested should contact him.
                     
                    Sarah Smith encouraged club members to attend the Shelter From the Rain Motors for Mom Car Show fundraiser. in Richmond Hill on May 21.
                     
                    Jordan Chase said the Fresh Air Home is in need of buses to transport approximately 45 children to six to eight field trips over the summer. They have a transportation budget, but are having trouble finding buses and drivers. Please contact her if you have ideas.
                     
                    Will Gruver said he met a fellow Rotarian and was invited to a meeting while in France, proving that Rotary is truly an international movement.
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                    Announcements May 17

                     

                    Committee Reports

                    President-Elect Will Gruver reminded club members that May is Youth Services Month and talked about Rotary’s areas of focus. He also discussed preparing for the new Rotary year, which begins in July. He asked members to be on the lookout for the Club Member Satisfaction Survey that is used to plan for the new year at the board retreat. He encouraged everyone to consider joining a committee, and attend the District Assembly on June 18. He also noted that recruiting for the fall fundraiser chair and committee is already underway. Will announced that the Hue Thomas Jr. Georgia Rotary Student Program is returning to Savannah, Oct. 14-16.
                     
                    Program Committee Chair George Seaborough announced the May Social will be held May 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Pinky’s and the Fifth Tuesday social on May 31 in Greene Square
                    Service credits are also available through purchasing books for the Loop it Up Drive and through participation in the Rotary East beach clean-up on May 21.

                    Guests 

                    Kendall Walker
                    Kate Blair

                    Annual Service Partner Presentations

                    Annual Service Partner Committee Co-Chairs Carri Clark and Chelsea Sawyer reported they received a total of 20 qualified applications. Five of these sere invited to present to the Service Committee, which selected the two finalists: Brightside Child & Family Advocacy and Elevate Savannah. Kate Blair of Brightside and Kendall Walker of Elevate each made presentations to the club. Each club member has received a link to vote on the Annual Service Partner via email.
                     
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                    Announcements May 3

                     

                    Committee Reports

                     
                    President Cecilia Arango announced that May is Youth Service Month. She reported that she, Will Gruver, Jessica Pedigo, and Meagen Burrows attended the District 6920 Conference in Augusta. Rotarians raised $20,250 for Ukraine relief and Metro was once again designated as a Gold Club. The Woodville Tompkins Interact Club also received a Zone 34 Citation. In the Metrotarians in the News segment, she directed members’ attention to a Savannah Morning News story on Josh Yates and Ghost City Pinball.
                     
                    Membership Committee Chair Katie Joyner inducted Kristin King and Brad Patrick into the club.
                     
                     
                    On behalf of Service Committee Chair Kristen Crawley, Jordan Chase thanked everyone who volunteered at the April service opportunities with Forsyth Farmers Market Picnic and Over the Moon Diaper Drive. Upcoming service projects include the May 19 Citizen Advocacy Picnic and the May 21 Beach Clean-Up with Rotary Club of Savannah East. Rotarians may also purchase books through the Loop it Up Savannah Book Drive to receive service credit.
                     
                    Program Committee Chair George Seaborough announced upcoming events including the May 17 Club Meeting, where Annual Service Partner finalists will present, the fifth Tuesday social on May 31 in Greene Square, and a social with a date and location to be announced soon.
                     
                    Mackie McIntosh spoke to the club about her experiences as a Chatham County poll worker for the last three years. She emphasized that election processes and equipment and secure and that election officials have developed contingency plans for every possibility. She said working at the polls has been a great experience and she is impressed with the training poll workers receive, the machines, and the expertise of the technicians who maintain the machines.

                    Guests 

                    Anna-Maria Perez and Tommy Rushing were the guests of Jeff Brady.

                    Featured Speaker: Brad Raffensperger

                    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger talked about his work investigating reports of irregularities following the 2020 election. He talked about the Election Integrity act of 2022, including the photo ID requirements for absentee ballots. He described how he became involved in public service and his path to running for secretary of state. He also discussed his office’s role in professional licensing and emphasized a new law that expedites the issuance of licenses for military spouses who are new to the state.  
                     
                     
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines,  April 5

                     
                    Suzanne Kirk announced that her kitchen renovation is finished. She thanked Reshma Johnson for her work and recommended Lamon Luther custom tables.
                     
                    Lee Perry said he is once again doing the 2,000 Burpee Challenge to stop soldier suicides. 
                     
                    Laura Lee Bocade announced that TEDxSavannah is returning on June 24.
                     
                    Kristin King thanked everyone who volunteered with Girls on the Run at the Publix Savannah Women's Half Marathon & 5K.
                     
                    Whitney Shephard encouraged everyone to attend Forsyth Farmers Market Fam Picnic on April 24.

                    Katie Balthrop announced she has hired two new employees at Savannah Sport and Wellness, a trainer and a dietician. 
                     
                    Leigh Acevedo announced that her dog had passed away, but was comforted by Pets at Peace by Fox & Weeks.
                     
                    Jasmine Mills said she and her wife, Brandi, have been foster parents for one year in March. She and Brandi are both going back to school this year. Jasmine started a year-long journey to become a national board-certified health coach and Brandi will be working on her education specialist degree in coaching pedagogy.
                     
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                    Announcements March 15

                     

                    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.
                     

                    Guests 

                    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.
                     
                     
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines March 15

                     
                    Zerik Samples reported how happy he was with the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity’s  CEO Build and Women Build events. Alfred McGuire said Zerik did a great job with the events.
                     
                    Kristen Crawley thanked Chris Corey and everyone who worked to make the Roastary a success.
                     
                    Kelly Boyd announced that she had recently hired two new staff members at Savannah Yoga Center. In less positive news, she said a  jiu-jitsu academy is now located above the yoga studio.
                     
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                    Announcements Feb. 15

                     

                    Committee Reports

                    President Cecilia Arango reminded members that February is Rotary Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Month. She recommended the article, Education on the Front Lines by Frank Bures, from the Rotarian. Cecilia discussed our roles in promoting peace by explaining that Rotary and its members can serve as practitioners, educators, mediators, and advocates.
                     
                    She announced that Metro President Elect and General Manager of Operations for JAN-PRO South Carolina & Georgia Coast Will Gruver was featured in Savannah CEO in a segment covering, “continuing cleaning practices coming out of the pandemic.”
                     
                    Cecelia urged members to download the GroupMe app for a more robust method of receiving texts and other information from Metro.
                     
                    She reminded everyone to purchase their Roastary tickets. The event will be held at Coach's Corner on March 13, which is also Metro’s birthday. Past President Jessica Pedigo reminded members that ticket prices will increase on March 1.
                     
                    Interact Liaison Sarah Smith said five students will compete in the Preston Johnson essay contest and will present their essays at an upcoming meeting.
                     
                    Disaster Response Chair Chelsea Sawyer talked with the club about the differences between weather watches and warnings, using cupcakes as an example. She also asked members to take the Chatham County Hurricane Questionnaire.
                     
                     

                    Guests

                    Pitch Powers
                    Helen White
                    Lexi Henigman
                    Jennifer Graham
                     

                    Membership Minute

                     
                    Ellen Harris is owner of Ethos Preservation, a firm that offers a wide range of preservation planning services with a focus on project consulting in historic districts. She has three children, a five-year-old and two 15-month-old twins. Interesting facts about Ellen: She earned an undergraduate degree in medieval history and had a pet goose who lived in her house. She likes being a Rotarian because of Rotary’s dedication to both local and international service.


                    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.
                     

                    Featured Speakers: Denise Grabowski and Ellen Harris

                     
                    Denise and Ellen gave a presentation on the benefits of removing the I-16 flyover and redeveloping the acreage it occupies. They talked about this history of this area of Savannah from the Oglethorpe era, through the establishment of rail service, to the destruction of Union Station and neighborhoods to make way for the interstate off-ramp.
                     
                    They described how the flyover has created a physical, social, economic, and psychological barrier that has had negative consequences for the Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Montgomery Street corridors for decades. New opportunities for federal funding make this an ideal time to explore the possibilities, they said. Their previous presentation at the Jan. 27 Savannah City Council workshop can be viewed here.
                     
                     
                     
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                    Announcements Feb. 1
                     

                    Committee Reports

                    President Cecilia Arango announced that February is Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Month
                     
                    Membership Committee Chair Katie Joyner inducted Derek Goldfarb into the club.
                     
                    Chris Corey reminded members that Roastary tickets are available for purchase on our website and he is actively seeking sponsors.
                     
                     
                    Emergency Preparedness Chair Chelsea Sawyer announced that February is Severe Weather Preparedness Month. She offered guidance on what to do during a tornado warning, including moving to an interior room and making sure everyone in the household has shoes on to prevent them from having to walk through broken glass in the wake of a storm.
                     
                    Service Committee Chair Kristen Crawley thanked everyone who came out to help with the Tide To Town Love Your Trail Day event at Police Memorial Trail.

                    Guests

                    Shannon McClure of Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School
                    Jennifer Graham of Shelter from the Rain, Inc.
                    Katie Cupp of Good Cause Marketing
                     

                    Featured Speaker: Donna Williams

                     
                    Donna Williams of Center Parc Credit Union talked about the organization and traced its origin back to the Atlanta Postal Credit Union, which was founded in 1925. Center Parc expanded to Chatham County in 2020 and also serves Bryan and Effingham counties. She described several of the credit union’s products and initiatives, including Renewal Checking Accounts and the Community Gardens Initiative.
                     

                     

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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines, Jan. 18

                     
                    Brags, Finds, and Whines
                    • Julie Wade shared a find: Taking an Amtrak train to Charleston as a day trip is great
                    • Cari Phelps reported that her hair almost choked her in her sleep
                    • Kristin Crawley is looking for people to join the United Way’s Community Investment Panel
                    • Katie Joyner announced she has started a new job at DAI Commercial
                    • Cecilia Arango announced the Blood, Sweat and Beers event raised $19,500
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                    Announcements Jan. 4

                    Committee Reports

                     
                    President Cecilia Arango drew members attention to Rotary partner,  ShelterBox, a program which provides essential tools for rebuilding after disasters.
                     
                    She said Foundation Chair Laura Lee Bocade would be contacting members soon about their Every Rotarian Every Year contributions.
                     
                    On behalf of Membership Chair Katie Joyner, Cecilia reported that Derek Goldfarb and Emily Salzer are now ready for induction at the next meeting.
                     
                     
                    On behalf of Service Committee Chair Kristen Crawley, Cecilia thanked members who volunteered with Loop It Up Savannah. Upcoming service projects include:
                     
                     
                    Members may also purchase materials needed by Future Minds Adult Education and Literacy.
                     
                     
                    Cecilia urged members to become more involved in Rotary by enrolling in the Rotary Leadership Institute. For more information contact her.
                     
                     
                    Past President Jessica Pedigo said more details on the oyster roast will be released in the near future. In addition, Munches will resume and invitations will go out soon. Jessica also announced we will soon have a final figure on the money raised by the Blood, Sweat, and Beers fundraiser for Girls on the Run
                     
                    Preparedness chair Chelsea Sawyer urged members to get ready for cold weather by planning to protect the four Ps: People, pets, plants, and pipes.
                     

                    Metro Member Moment

                     
                    Jamie Smith Arkins is the new director of human resources for Hospice Savannah, Inc. She is happily married to Brennen Arkins and has a 13-yr old stepson, AJ who attends St. Peter's. Two interesting facts about Jamie: She was a drum major in her high school marching band over at Valdosta High School (Go Cats!) and she's no doubt Savannah's No. 1 fan of live music and theater! Why does she like being a Rotarian? Jamie says, "It's because of all the members of our club and the opportunities for fellowship and service to our community."

                    Guests

                    Kendra DeMoura and Katie Cupp from Good Cause Marketing and Mary Beth Kennedy from CAE Healthcare were the guests of Elizabeth Summerell. They are all members of the Junior League of Savannah

                    Featured Speaker: Richard Sanders 

                    Attorney Richard Sanders talked about different approaches to conflict resolution including mediation, in which a dispute is resolved when two parties reach a compromise with the help of a neutral third party. He described arbitration as being like, “court without a judge.” Both sides have the opportunity to make their case before a neutral third party, who is a specialist in the area of dispute. Finally, litigation is the legal process in which a judge or jury makes the decision.
                     
                    Sanders talked about the services available through the Mediation Center of Savannah. He suggested that conflict can be positive, as it can be a catalyst for creative energy. Groups can learn to navigate conflict, he said, and it can be used to benefit highly motivate teams.
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines, Jan. 4

                     
                    Cecilia Arango said her son has graduated from the University of Georgia and is now at home filling out job applications.
                     
                    Jamie Smith Arkins announced she is now the director of human resources at Hospice Savannah.
                     
                    Zerik Samples shared that he is now engaged. He and his fiancée toured the Biltmore House in Ashville and he recommends it.
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                    Announcements Nov. 16

                    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!
                     

                    Guests

                    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.

                     

                     

                     
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: Nov. 16

                     
                    Jason Somers announced that his son Sam is now working at JDR Construction & Design.
                     
                    Jordan Chase reported that the Emmaus House Empty Bowl event raised $53,000.
                     
                    Lee Perry announced the Nov. 13 Savannah State University Scholarship Gala raised $250,000.
                     
                    Destiny Mojica-Taylor said she is closing on a house in two weeks.
                     
                    Cecilia Arango thanked Destiny for inviting her for coffee at the Blue Door. She complained that she received a $485 water bill, indicating a leak. Unfortunately, the plumber said leak is under concrete.
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                    Copy of Brags, Finds, and Whines: Nov. 2

                     
                    Jason Somers announced that his son Sam is now working at JDR Construction & Design.
                     
                    Jordan Chase reported that the Emmaus House Empty Bowl event raised $53,000.
                     
                    Lee Perry announced the Nov. 13 Savannah State University Scholarship Gala raised $250,000.
                     
                    Destiny Mojica-Taylor said she is closing on a house in two weeks.
                     
                    Cecilia Arango thanked Destiny for inviting her for coffee at the Blue Door. She complained that she received a $485 water bill, indicating a leak. Unfortunately, the plumber said leak is under concrete.
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                    Announcements Nov. 2

                    Committee Reports

                     
                    President Cecilia Arango made members aware of the programming available from Rotary Works, including a program on “Navigating the Shark Infested Waters of the Workplace.” 
                     
                    Cecilia reminded members of upcoming service opportunities including the Nov. 13 Blood, Sweat, and Beers fundraiser and the Girls on the Run 5K. Jeanine Roach and Denise Grabowski were thanked for volunteering at the Friends of Tide to Town Love Your Trail Day event.
                     
                    Program Committee Chair George Seaborough thanked everyone who attended the social at Sey Heys. He announced the next social event on Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at 1790.
                     
                    Interact Liaison Sara Smith talked about the upcoming Preston Johnson Annual High School Speech Contest. Committee members will be needed to read through submissions. Contact her for more information.
                     
                    Georgia Rotary Student Program Host Florence Slatinsky said Sofie is doing well and recently attended a High School football game and will be attending a Georgia Southern University game soon.  

                    Membership Moment

                    Joshua Yates described his work running the Green Truck Pub as, "living the dream." He left his career as an engineer 12 years ago because he loved the pace of working in restaurants. However, he still gets to apply his engineering training as a collector and restorer of pinball machines. He's also an internationally ranked competitive pinball player.
                     
                    Josh said he likes Metro because of its commitment to hands-on service. He said it's also a great way to meet people. Don't forget the Green Truck Pub Grand Re-Re-Re-Opening on Nov. 13 from noon-4 p.m.

                    Guests

                    Ro and Brad Patrick were the guests of Whitney Shephard

                    Jordan Riles was the guest of Katie Joyner

                    Bill Horn was the guest of John Rodman

                    Featured Speaker: Laura Lee Bocade

                    Foundation Committee Chair Laura Lee Bocade reminded members that November is Foundation Month. The Foundation, she said, enables Rotarians to do much more in our areas of focus: Basic education and literacy; community economic development; disease prevention and treatment; maternal and child health; peace building; conflict prevention; and water, sanitation, and hygiene.
                     
                    She noted the new Foundation focus, environmental sustainability. For more information on Foundation giving, contact Laura Lee.

                     

                     

                     
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: Nov. 2

                     
                    Kelley Waldron thanked Cari Clark Phelps for her entrepreneurship presentation at St. Andrew's School.
                     
                    Sara Smith gave Cecilia Arango rave reviews for her Rocky Horror Picture Show performance.
                     
                    Jeff Brady he is seeking additional employees to join his firm. 
                     
                    Lee Perry noted that Georgia beat Florida.
                     
                    Florence Slatinsky thanked everyone who has been involved in Emmaus House's Empty Bowl fundraiser.
                     
                    Josh Yates encouraged everyone to come out to Green Truck Pub's anniversary celebration on Nov. 13 starting at noon.
                     
                    Laura Lee Bocade announced Mountainfilm's Veteran's Day Program.
                     
                    Chelsea Swayer said she got to go trick-or-treating with her daughter for the first time.
                     
                    Cecilia Arango thanked everyone who attended Rocky Horror Picture Show performances and bragged on the Savannah Arts Academy Cross Country Team's recent victories.
                     
                    Julie Wade announced the hiring process for her successor at Park Place Emergency Shelter is underway and reminded everyone that November is National Runaway Prevention Month.
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                    Announcements Oct. 19

                    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.”

                    Guests

                    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.
                     
                     
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                    Fall Fundraiser Sponsors Needed!

                     

                    Help us raise money for Girls on the Run and have fun doing it! Become a fall fundraiser sponsor


                    Metropolitan Savannah Rotary and Thomas & Hutton present "Blood, Sweat, and Beers" — a fundraiser benefiting Girls on The Run of Coastal Georgia and other nonprofits. The event will be held at Coastal Empire Brewing Company on Nov. 13 and features live music by DJ Jose Ray, snacks, shenanigans, and an amazing afternoon.
                     
                    We invite you to help make this event even more successful by becoming a sponsor at the following levels:
                     
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                    Announcements Oct. 3

                    Committee Reports

                     

                    President Cecilia Arango made members aware of Rotary Works, an initiative provided for Rotarians within Zones 33 and 34 who are experiencing career transitions. This initiative is comprised of three distinct programs, providing education, networking, and/or financial resources for participants.

                    Our Blood, Sweat and Beers fall fundraiser for Girls on the Run is scheduled for Nov. 13. Sponsors are needed!

                    Service Committee Chair Kristen Crawley reported Rotarians are invited to participate in the Tide To Town “Love Your Trail Day” on Oct. 23. Volunteers will clean up the Truman Linear Park Trail.


                    Membership Moment: Chris Corey

                    Chris Corey is Metro’s sergeant-at-arms and the advertising director at Savannah Morning News & SavannahNow.com. Something you may not know about Chris: Years ago, the Savannah Sand Gnats brought in a stunt to help fill the ballpark. The gimmick was to have a stunt man run the bases while set on fire. They called Chris' name over the loudspeaker and asked if he wanted to light the stunt man on fire. Chris' first thought: "What if this guy gets hurt?" was outweighed by his second thought: "HELL YEAH! This is a unique experience." He went through with it and celebrated with the stunt man's family after the fact over some shots of Jack Daniels (not Jack Fire) and both made Sports Center a couple of days later.

                    Chris' interest in joining the Metro Rotary family was to meet like-minded people who want to give back to the community, while spending time with a diverse group of folks that would become friends.


                    Classification Talk: Derek Goldfarb

                    Derek Goldfarb presented a classification talk, describing his work as director of partnerships for the new Savannah arena, through Oak View Group Facilities. In this position he is responsible for securing a naming rights partner, creating founding partners, and developing advertising and promotional relationships.

                    When he arrived in Savannah he was eager to meet people so he sought out civic organizations, which brought him to Metro. A New York native, he says sports are in his genes. He lives in Richmond Hill with with his wife Sara, and their children, Connor and Noelle, and beagle Lemmie.

                     


                    Guests 

                    Zoe Rinker was the guest of Ellen Harris.

                    Katrina Bostick was the guest of Julie Wade.


                    Featured Speaker: Erin Wessling

                    Wessling spoke to the club about the Give Change That Counts Program — a campaign supported by Chatham County, the City of Savannah, and several organizations that are dedicated to reducing panhandling throughout the area. Through fundraising and donations, the campaign aims to establish day centers in the area.

                    The day centers will at as safe welcoming locations where individuals who are experiencing homelessness can go during the day and access support services. Because most shelters close during daytime hours, the day centers will fill an important need. Wessling said those who wish to help can make donations or sponsor advertising, community connects, and business partnerships. All funds raised goes directly to day center operations.

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                    Announcements Sept. 21

                    Committee Reports

                    President Cecilia Arango announced that Elizabeth Summerell is president-elect of the Junior League of Savannah.
                     
                    She also reminded members that Sept. 21 is International Day of Peace. Equality is both a fundamental human right and a necessity for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. Still, girls and women worldwide face inequities in areas including health and education, and they experience significant violence and disproportionate poverty, she said. 
                     
                    Cecilia announced that Rotary has teamed up with Toastmasters to provide virtual professional development certifications in a variety of topics including building a welcoming community for people with disabilities, collaboration, developing inclusion plans, delivering speeches, leading teams, DEI resources, and resiliency. Find out more through the Rotary Learning Center.
                     

                    Program Committee

                    Program Committee Chairman George Seaborough reminded everyone of the next Social at Castaways on Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. Erin Wessling will talk about the Give Change That Counts initiative at the Oct. 5 meeting and Malena Gauss of Lammergeier Glass Recycling is the featured speaker at the Oct. 19 meeting.

                    Service Committee

                    Service Committee Chair Kristen Crawley reported there are 24 volunteer opportunities at the Girls on the Run Golf Tournament on Oct. 14. The fall fundraiser will be held on Nov. 13, so save the date!

                    Foundation Committee

                    Foundation Committee Chair Laura Lee Bocade announced Metro's latest Paul Harris fellows: Darron Alvord (+5), Kelley Boyd (+1), Spencer Burch, Ellen Harris, Cari Phelps (+1), Patrick Phelps (+1) and Josh Yates (+5).
                     

                    Membership Committee 

                    Membership Committee Chair Katie Joyner reminded members of the Each One, Bring One campaign. She presented a yellow belt to Emily Salzer. 
                     

                    Interact

                    Interact Club Liaison Sarah Smith invited members to talk with Woodville Tompkins students about their careers or work in the community. Mondays and Wednesdays at 4 p.m. are the best times. The presentations are made via YouTube and are archived so more students can view them. Contact Sarah for more information.
                     

                    Guests

                    Kyle Redner was the guest of Laura Lee Bocade.  
                    Conni Reynolds was the guest of George Seaborough.
                    Emily Salzer (New Members Program)

                    Featured Speaker: Ed Presnell

                    District Governor Ed Presnell is a regional business executive with Peach State Federal Credit Union and a member of the Augusta Rotary Club. He shared his optimistic outlook on how Rotary has weathered the pandemic, noting that the district has experienced a net loss in membership of 170 people. This equates to an average of three members per club from the 61 clubs arrayed throughout our district. He encouraged everyone to take their Rotary involvement to the next level and to embrace the Each One, Bring One campaign. 
                     
                    Ed described Rotarians as, "change makers," noting that our individual efforts to serve people in the community — and especially Girls on the Run participants — will have a multiplier effect, which will extend to their entire families. He also reminded Metro members about the importance of having fund while serving others.
                     
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                    Announcements Sept. 7

                    Committee Reports

                     
                    President Cecilia Arango reviewed recent media coverage of Metro members, including a Forbes article that spotlighted Cari Phelps’ Salacia Salts and reporting on the grand opening of Habitat for Humanity Savannah’s new executive offices, which featured photos of CEO Zerik Samples and fellow Metro members. If you spot a Metrotarian in the news, email a link to metrosavannahrotary@gmail.com

                    Program Committee

                    The Sept. 21 lunch meeting will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. The featured speaker is District Governor Ed Presnell of the Rotary Club of Augusta.
                     
                    The September Social is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at Castaways in Sandfly.
                     

                    Service Committee 

                    A family-friendly Tybee Island Beach Clean-up will be held on Sunday Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. in observation of International Coastal Clean-up. We will meet at the Tybee Pier. Sign up here.

                    Georgia Rotary Student Program

                    Sofie Bohl, who is a student at Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus, gave the club an overview of her life in Sweden.
                     

                    Featured Speaker: Dr. Sametria McFall

                    Dr. McFall is Interim Provost and Vice President at Savannah State University. She previously served as vice president for academic affairs at the university and has held numerous other roles at SSU. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Savannah State, and an additional master’s degree and a doctorate from Northeastern University. She provided an overview of the degree programs available at SSU.
                     
                     
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                    Announcements Aug. 17

                    Committee Reports

                    President Cecilia Arango announced Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta’s Each One Bring One membership initiative. Each member is urged to invite a prospective member to a club meeting. When thinking about who you would like to invite, be intentional and consider the following: Is the prospective member service oriented? Do they have the time and level of commitment necessary to be an active Metro member? Remember, there are many local Rotary Clubs.

                    Membership Committee

                    Membership Committee Chair Katie Joyner explained the "New Member Obi Belt Process." In related news, Derek Goldfarb has now reached yellow belt status in the new member program. She also described methods Metrotarians can employ to identify prospective members including participating in community events, mentioning Rotary when you are asked about your leadership skills, identifying a missing classification and developing a plan to fill it, and making prospective members feel important. 
                     

                    Rotarian Reader

                    Reshma Shah Johnson directed members’ attention to Frank Bures’ article, “That’s What Friends Are For,” in the August issue of the Rotarian. The author notes a Paul Harris quote from the early 1990s, “There is no place like a city park on a Sunday afternoon to feel one’s loneliness. To me one essential was lacking, the presence of friends."Reshma shared information from the article that describes how friendships are established and how important they are. Loneliness is a health problem. Friendship is the cure, she said.

                    Program Committee

                    The Sept. 7 lunch meeting will be held at Savannah State University. Featured speakers are Dr. Semetria McFall, interirm provost and vice president at SSU, and Sofie Bohl, GRSP student. The Sept. 21 meeting will be held at First Presbyterian Church. District Governor Ed Presnell is the speaker.

                    Interact 

                    Sarah Smith, Interact liaison for Woodville-Tompkins High School, reported the club will not be meeting in person, but has a YouTube channel allowing speakers to interact with students. The sessions are archived so other students can view later. Contact Sarah for more details about how to get involved.

                    Georgia Rotary Student Program

                    Georgia Rotary Student Program Host Florence Slatinsky announced there are around 50 students in the program and for now they are interacting virtually instead of attending in-person events. GRSP Student Sofie Bohl will speak at our Sept. 7 meeting.
                     

                    Metrotarians in the News

                    A Savannah Morning News article reported on Susan Kirk's work with the City of Tybee Island to investigate allegations of improprieties against a city official.
                     

                    Guests

                    Ryan Smith was the guest of Liza Smith.
                    Melissa Harvey was the guest of Jordan Chase.
                    Kristen Baird was the guest of Cecilia Arango
                    Sofie Bohl was the guest of Florence Slatinsky

                    Featured Speaker: Tiffany Collins

                    Tiffany explained how teaching at a technical college helped her learn that she had a lot to learn from her students, a perspective she continues in her current role as executive director of Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia and Lowcountry. Founded in 2006, Girls on the Run has programs in all 50 states, Mexico, and Canada — but each local council must support itself 100%, she explained.
                     
                    Trained coaches lead small teams through a inclusive research based curricula, which includes dynamic discussions, problem solving, intentional decision making, and goal setting. The program serves around 1,400 girls with 50 teams each season, and two celebration runs per year. Some 70% of participants receive scholarships. GOTR is Metro's service partner for this year.

                    Late Breaking News: Updates from After the Meeting

                    Jessica Pedigo, immediate past president, shared this executive assistant job opening. Please share with people you think would be interested. 
                     
                     
                     
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines Aug. 17

                     
                    Cecilia Arango thanked Cindy Mullally for scheduling the location for the board photo shoot and praised Someari Benson-Jaja of Shot by Somi Studios for his work. She also gave a shout out to everyone who volunteered at the service project at Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. 
                     
                    Lee Perry announced he is now an empty nester. He recently dropped off his daughter at college. Cecilia reported her son is in his final semester at the University of Georgia.
                     
                     
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                    Announcements Aug. 3

                    Committee Reports

                    President Cecilia Arango convened the meeting.
                     
                     

                    Foundation 

                    Foundation Committee Chair Laura Lee Bocade announced Metro’s newest Paul Harris Fellows: Kelley Boyd (+1) and Denise McCoy. Jasmine Mills attended the meeting and we were able to present her with her Paul Harris Fellow certificate and pin.
                     

                    Disaster Response 

                    Disaster Response Committee Chair Chelsea Sawyer invited members to join the committee after bribing everyone with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Contact her if you would like to get involved. As one of the tips offered to the club, she discussed her favorite (dripping in sarcasm) – the cone of uncertainty – and how misleading the cone can be.
                     

                    Membership

                    Membership Committee Chair Katie Joyner reviewed the steps in the new member program process:
                     
                    Prospective Member Responsibilities
                     
                    1. Guests interested in joining must attend one service project and two meetings.
                    2. Then find two Metro Rotarians to serve as sponsors.
                    3. Submit an application and pay $200 new member fee to begin the New Member Program
                    4. Photo/bio are sent to communications committee to be featured twice in Rotary Repeats.
                    5. Fulfill the five step new member program. Pay prorated dues. Induction.
                    Metro Member and Sponsor Responsibilities
                     
                    1. Identify the prospect’s two co-sponsors.
                    2. Invite prospect to meetings, service events, and socials until they become an official member.
                    3. Explain attendance requirements and types of meetings/schedule.
                    4. Explain to the prospect that they are not automatically guaranteed membership. Current members, for whatever reason — personally or professionally — do have the right to speak up if they are uncomfortable with the prospective member. No reason must be given, but if one is offered, it will remain confidential. Members should send communication to the president and membership chair.
                    5. Once a prospect’s application is approved and the $200 new member program fees have been paid, coordinate two group meetings and share the ABCs of Rotary.
                     
                    Missed a meeting? Here are ways to get back on track:
                     
                    1. Visit Rotary EClub One.
                    2. Attend another club’s meeting.
                    3. Donate $25 to our Girls on the Run fundraising committee.
                    4. Attend a munch.
                    5. Attend a Metro Board Meeting, every second Thursday at 8 a.m. at Corporate Environments, 2 E. Bryan St. Suite 1500B.

                    Program

                    Program Chair George Seaborough announced upcoming events:
                     
                    Lunch Meetings
                    • Aug. 17: Tiffany Collins, executive director of Girls on the Run
                    • Sept. 7: Savannah State University Interim Provost and Vice President Dr. Semetria McFall. The meeting will be held on the SSU campus.
                    • Sept. 21: District Governor Ed Presnell. The meeting will be held at First Presbyterian Church.
                    Social: Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Taste of India
                     
                    Fifth Tuesday of the Month Special Social: Aug. 31, 5:30 at Starland Yard
                     

                    Service

                     
                    Service Committee Chair Kristen Crawley reminded members to donate business clothing to the Interact Club at Woodville Tompkins. Donate two pieces of business wear and you’ll receive one service credit for a maximum of three credits. Contact Kristen to coordinate drop-off.
                     
                    On Aug. 21 from 9 -11 a.m. Girls on the Run needs help packing snacks for the school year. The location will be announced soon. Contact Kristen for details.
                     
                    It’s time to start planning the annual service fundraising party. Email Kristen and Cecilia to volunteer. And save the date for a Tybee Beach Clean-up to be held on Sept. 21.
                     

                    Literary 

                    Literary Committee Chair Julie Wade has established a partnership with Hubert Middle School, where 30 incoming 6th graders read at a pre-K level. An Amazon wish list will be created with required reading books to be sent directly to the school and volunteers will be needed to read to students. A volunteer training session will be scheduled soon, along with a writing and oratory contest in the spring, and an end of the year ice cream and pizza party to celebrate gains in literacy. To get involved, contact Julie.
                     

                    Georgia Rotary Student Program

                     
                    Georgia Rotary Student Program Host Florence Slatinsky announced that Sophie Bohl arrived on Aug. 2. Florence will let us know of future dates where we can meet Sophie.
                     

                    Featured Speaker: Maryann Brickey, Live Oak Public Libraries

                     
                    Brickey, senior library manager at Southwest Chatham Library, shared some snapshots from 2020-2021. During that time the libraries had 722,424 visitors and 117,119 account holders. She reported that 849,367 items were checked out and 107,588 e-resources were downloaded, during the same period. Community engagement activities undertaken by the library system include a community book donation program, Ready Readers at Mercer Middle School, and the Books on the Go homebound mail service.
                     
                    Brickey also shared information on Live Oak’s early literacy, student success, access to technology, and economic empowerment support programs. In addition, she highlighted new innovation initiatives including Story Walk at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Literary Scavenger Hunts with Bike Walk Savannah, and the Seed Library with Chatham County Extension, Islands Farmers Market, and Forsyth Farmers Market.
                     
                    A donation to Girls on the Run in Brickey's name will be made by Metro. 
                     

                    New Members Program Spotlight: Derek Goldfarb

                     
                    Goldfarb is director of partnerships for the new 9,500-seat Savannah Arena scheduled to open in 2022. As a member of the Oak View Group Facilities team, which will manage and operate the new Savannah Arena, he will be responsible for securing a naming rights partner, creating founding partners, and developing advertising and promotional relationships.
                     
                    Goldfarb is a nearly 20-year veteran of selling naming rights, sponsorship sales and premium seating for arenas and stadiums across the United States. He joins Oak View Group Facilities from the South Carolina Stingrays Hockey Team, an ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, where he served as chief revenue officer overseeing advertising sales and business development. A Native New Yorker, Goldfarb resides in Richmond Hill with his wife Sara, and their children, Connor and Noelle, and beagle Lemmie.
                     

                    Late Breaking News: Updates from After the Meeting

                     
                    Beginning with the Aug. 17 meeting, face coverings will be required inside the J.E.A. except when members, guests, and speakers are eating. 
                     
                     
                     
                     
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                    Announcements July 20

                    Committee Reports

                     
                    Immediate Past President Jessica Pedigo presided over the meeting on behalf of President Cecilia Arango and announced that Metro has received three District Governor 6920 Awards: The Governor’s Gold Award, The Governor’s Best of the Best Award, and The Governor’s Superior Leadership Award to Jessica.
                     
                    She reminded members that they could earn meeting credits by attending Rotary EClub One meetings. Don’t forget to send your make-up info to metrosavannahrotary@gmail.com 
                     
                    Foundation Committee Chair Laura Lee Bocade announced Metro’s newest Paul Harris Fellows: Ellen Harris, Elizabeth Summerell, Jamie Smith Arkins (+1), Spencer Burch, Jordan Chase (+1), Jasmine Mills, Cari Phelps (+1) and Patrick Phelps (+1).
                     
                     
                    Contact Program Chair George Seaborough for more information on these upcoming events: 
                    • July 27 — Social at 5:30 p.m. at Taca
                    • Aug. 3 — Lunch meeting with Maryann Brickey, children’s librarian and branch manager with Live Oak Public Libraries.
                    • Aug. 3 — Program Committee meeting, 5 p.m. at Taca
                    • Aug. 17 — Lunch meeting with Tiffany Collins, executive director of Girls on the Run
                    • Aug. 24  — Social at 5:30 p.m. at Taste of India
                    Looking for Service Committee opportunities? 1. Donate two pieces of business attire to the Interact Business Clothing Drive. Receive one service credits for every two items donated for a maximum of three credits. 2. A beautification project will be held at the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision on Aug. 7. There will be one shift, held indoors, for 8-10 volunteers. Contact Service Committee Chair Kristen Crawley for more information.
                     
                    Sarah Bockel Smith, Interact liaison for Woodville-Tompkins High School, invited members to present to the club. You are not limited to talking about your career. You can also speak to the students about your involvement in the community and other topics. Contact Sarah for more details.
                     
                    Sophie Bohl of Sweden, the area’s Georgia Rotary Student Program participant, will be arriving in Savannah Aug. 2. Contact Florence Slatinsky if you would like to help welcome her to Savannah.
                     
                    Reshma Shah Johnson, The Rotarian Reader, directed the club's attention to Friends in Need from the July issue of The Rotarian. The article describes how an international relationship came full circle when clubs in India provided aid to Detroit in the early days of the pandemic.

                    Metrotarians in the Spotlight

                    Bret Bell presented at the Savannah Rotary Club's recent meeting and Julie Wade’s was included in the University of Georgia Alumni Association Bulldog 100 for Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services. The list recognizes the fastest growing businesses and organizations owned or operated by UGA alumni in 2021.
                     

                    Membership Moment: Jamie Smith Arkins

                     
                    Jamie works in human resources, but talked about what she likes to do outside of work, including her love for live music. She’s looking forward to seeing Hamilton, one of her bucket list items. Jamie grew up in Valdosta and will be visiting this weekend for the first time since 2014. She said her favorite thing about being a Metro member is, “I get to be me!”

                    Guests 

                    Nate Wayne, a loan officer with the Small Business Assistance Corporation, was the guest of Katie Joyner.
                     
                    Brad Trower, vice president of development for St. Joseph's/Candler, attended along with Chase Cowart, manager of strategic planning at the hospital. Brad is a member of the Statesboro Rotary Club.

                     
                    Featured Speaker: Georgia House District 163 Rep. Derek Mallow

                     
                    Rep. Mallow — a native of Savannah who earned a bachelor's and a master's degree from Savannah State University — outlined the contours of his district, which includes both affluent areas of the city of Savannah, along with every public housing property.
                     
                    He reviewed legislation he considers victories from the last session, including the overhaul of Georgia’s citizens arrest law; Senate Bill 85, which expands the definition of hazing; and a pair of bills which help victims of human trafficking, among others. He explained his main passions as a lawmaker are mental health, education, and criminal justice.
                     

                    Late Breaking News: Updates from After the Meeting

                    Whitney Shephard directs our attention to this from Bill Gates: "Thanks to the commitment of Rotary and other partners, as well as the dedicated political leadership of polio-affected countries, I’m confident that we can create a world where no child will ever be paralyzed by polio again." Read more.
                     
                    The Gates Foundation is matching our donations to Polio Plus two to one. 

                     
                     
                     
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                    Metro Rotary Announces New President and Board

                    Metro Announces New President and Board 2021-2022

                     
                    The Rotary Club of Metropolitan Savannah recently inducted its new slate of leadership for the 2021/2022 year at its July 6 meeting and is proud to announce its new Club President Cecilia Arango.
                     
                    Cecilia Arango is the marketing manager at engineering and consulting firm, Thomas & Hutton. She handles company-wide marketing, public relations, and communications for Thomas & Hutton’s 13 offices in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
                     
                    Arango is passionate about service to the community and has been an active Rotarian with the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary since 2016. She has served on the board as communications chair and is a Paul Harris Fellow. In addition, Arango sits on various boards, including Savannah Sports Council, Savannah Repertory Theatre, and Park Place Outreach and is a community adviser for the Student Leadership Program.
                     
                    Named a Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 and a Savannah Magazine’s New Guard, Arango is an avid runner on a quest to run a marathon in each state and is the founder of local running book club, Read, Run & Rant, that was featured in Shape Magazine. She is a local actress/performer with the Bay Street Theatre and The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble.
                     
                    Arango is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and Leadership Southeast Georgia and is currently in the 2020/2021 Leadership Georgia class. She is happily married and has a son graduating this year from UGA and a daughter who will be a rising junior at Savannah Arts Academy.
                     
                    In addition to Arango, the 2018/2019 board includes President Elect – Will Gruver (Jan-Pro of SC/GA Coast), Immediate Past President – Jessica Pedigo (Sterling Seacrest Partners) Treasurer – Tony Uhrich (Hussey Gay Bell), Secretary – Jasmine Mills (Noom), Sergeant at Arms – Chris Corey (Savannah Morning News & SavannahNow), Program Chair – George Seaborough (Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy) Service Chair – Kristen Crawley (United Way of the Coastal Empire), Communications Chair – John Bennett (Georgia Bikes/Valdosta State University), Membership Chair – Katie Joyner (Small Business Assistance Corporation), Foundation Chair – Laura Lee Bocade (Corporate Environments of Georgia), Family of Rotary Chair – Destiny Mojica-Taylor (scDataCom) and Members at Large – Jamie Smith Arkins (Help at Home LLC) and Jason Somers (JDR Construction & Design).
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines July 20

                     
                    Whitney Shephard bragged about the recent visit to Green Truck Pub by First Lady Jill Biden and Sen. Raphael Warnock, but would have liked to have received more notice from the Secret Service. 
                     
                    Kelley Boyd bragged on Suzanne Kirk’s Daughter, Audrey, joined team at Savannah Yoga Center through its Energy Exchange program. If you know high school or college students who could benefit from a little yoga in their lives, please contact Kelley.
                     
                    Elizabeth Summerell bragged on Kelley Waldron for being on a DEI panel during a Junior League of Savannah training on July 10.
                     
                    John Rodman is chair of the Kicklighter Resource Center board of directors and announced they are seeking additional members to grow the board. Contact him if you are interested in serving.
                     
                    Reshma Shah Johnson announced that she has resigned from her position as town architect for The Ford Plantation.

                     
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines June 15

                     
                    Orlando Montoya, a founding member of Metro, announced he is moving to Atlanta in July. 
                     
                    Kristen Crawley said United Way of the Coastal Empire is looking for ambassadors and loaned executives for the annual campaign this fall. Contact her for details.
                     
                    George Seaborough reported that Zerik Samples has just purchased a new home. Tell him congratulations next time you see him!
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                    Announcements June 1

                    Committee Reports

                    President Jessica Pedigo confirmed the following people are currently in the New Members Program: John RodmanKatie Balthrop, Destiny Mojica-Taylor, Meagen Burrows, and Chelsea Sawyer. She announced the end of the year party will be scheduled for late June and more information is coming. In the meantime, don’t forget to report your munch attendance. Leigh Ryan of World Trade Center Savannah will be the speaker at the June 15 meeting.
                     
                    Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase reported that details of the June service project with Bike Walk Savannah were still being worked out and she hoped they would be announced soon. UPDATE: Our June service project will be comprised of two street audit sessions in the Edgemere-Sackville neighborhood. The two sessions will take place on Monday, June 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and on Saturday, June 26 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Prior to the session volunteers will receive information about the process and instructions on how to download the mobile application, and the group will meet at the beginning of the audit session to answer any questions and receive their assignments. The signup link is now available. See email from Jordan for more information.
                     

                    Guests

                    • Sen. Jen Jordan was the guest of Julie Wade.
                    • Derek Goldfarb was the guest of Cecilia Arango.
                    • Emily Salzer was the guest of Jordan Chase.
                    • Hannah Simons, visiting from France, was the guest of Whitney Shephard.
                    • Ed and Lois Engel are Rotarians from Holland, Michigan. They are new to Savannah and looking for a new club.
                    • Chelsea Sawyer (New Members Program)

                    Featured Speaker: Michael Traynor

                    Michael said he was a little over 90 days into his role as CEO of Union Mission, but explained he has previously served as chair of the organization’s board of directors. Union Mission serves more than 700 people per year through its various departments, including individual programs that focused on women, women and children, men, special needs housing, permanent supportive housing, and mental health counseling.
                     
                    He said he was particularly excited about the conversion of the J.C. Lewis Health Center’s former location on Fahm Street into a shelter, which will serve unaccompanied women experiencing homelessness. Michael said his research indicates it’s the only such facility on the Georgia Coast. It will include 32 rooms and onsite counseling.
                     

                    Membership Moment: Cody Tharpe

                    Cody said Tharpe Engineering Group recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. The structural engineering firm works on a wide range of commercial, industrial, preservation, and multi-family residential projects. When asked about his favorite Rotarian, Cody named Patton Dugas. Cody serves as Metro’s treasurer.

                     

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                    Announcements May 18

                    President Jessica Pedigo reminded members of Metro’s 50% attendance minimum, which is more generous than many other clubs. Running low? You can earn attendance credits by:
                    • Attending an eClub Meeting
                    • Attending a meeting of another Rotary Club
                    • Donate to our service partners Bike Walk Savannah or Urban Hope
                    • Participate in a service project
                    • Attend a Munch or social
                    Service Committee Jordan Chase thanked everyone who participated in bike and pedestrian counts with Bike Walk Savannah. She hopes to have more information on the June street audit project soon.
                     
                    Program Committee Report: Michael Traynor of Union Mission will talk about the organization’s Phoenix Project at the June 1 meeting. Don’t forget to report your Munch attendance to metrosavannahrotary@gmail.com
                     
                    A lively game of Metro Jeoparty (yes, you read that right) ensued with a fierce competition between teams quizzed on categories such as Pandemic Shift, Official-ish Rotary Things and Metro History. Winners walked away with priceless prizes of Hansen Architects mouse pads, Sterling Seacrest cups, Daniel Weiner Handyman pens and more.
                     

                    Guests

                    Alyssa Harvey was the guest of Jordan Chase
                    Chelsea Sawyer (New Member Program)
                     
                    The following people are currently in the New Members Program: John Rodman, Katie Balthrop, Destiny Mojica-Taylor, and Meagen Burrows.
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                    Announcements May 4



                     

                    May 4 Announcements

                    Committee Reports 

                    Membership Committee Chair Cari Clark Phelps reported that four people are in the new member process: Katie Balthrop, Destiny Mojica-Taylor, Meagen Burrows, and John Rodman. All are nearing completion, except John, who just started the process.
                     
                    If your attendance is under 40% please contact Cari immediately. If you need attendance credit you should attend an e-club meeting, attend another local club meeting, donate $25 to one of our service partners, attend a Munch, or attend a board meeting. If you have changed careers or job descriptions, please update your classification in ClubRunner.
                     
                     
                    President Jessica Pedigo said her car was broken into and many valuable items were taken, but miraculously the perpetrator had no use for the Rotary Robe. Also, if you are interested in helping plan the end of year party, email Jessica (even if you told her at the end of the meeting as she cannot retain anything from the meetings). This is a great way to get attendance credit if you are lacking! If you want to be on the steering committee for Metro’s Legacy Project, email her as well.
                     
                    Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase thanked everyone who has done bicycle and pedestrian counts with Bike Walk Savannah and said it was a great way to get kids involved in a service project. Volunteer opportunities have been extended through May 15. Sign up on the Bike Walk Savannah website.
                     

                    Guests

                    Derek Goldfarb was the guest of Cecilia Arango.
                    Emily Salzer and Alyssa Harvey were the guests of Jordan Chase.
                     

                    Featured Speaker Leslie Mattingly of the St. Simons Island Rotary Club

                     
                    Leslie presented on the work Rotary has been doing in Puerto Rico with a Global Grant to encourage sustainable agriculture through a partnership with Para la Naturaleza, a nonprofit that focuses on conservation of natural ecosystems, and the San Juan and St. Simons Rotary Clubs. Because the majority of food consumed in Puerto Rico is imported, supplies were severely strained during natural disasters. The project trains local farmers and workers in associated industries on ways to supply restaurants and markets. Other education programs focus on teaching about nutrition and cooking with fresh ingredients. Metro was among the clubs that supported the program.

                     
                     

                    Metro Mania Challenge Update

                     
                    President Elect Cecilia Arango announced that the Mighty Mighty Bruised Bones are the April Metro Mania Champions. To earn points in the May challenge, contribute to Brags, Finds, and Whines at a club meeting, bring a guest to a meeting, attend a social or service event. If you do all three, email Cecilia.
                     
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: May 18

                     
                    Jordan Chase reported that Danny has suffered a full ACL tear and partial MCL and PCL tendon tears. UPDATE: The good news is his surgery is scheduled for July so they will still get to go to Jamaica!
                     
                    Cecilia Arango shared that her daughter, Julie Wade’s Daughter, and Suzanne Kirk’s daughter took third in the state 4x800 relay. Cecilia, Julie, and Suzanne sang karaoke and did some tequila shots to celebrate. Unfortunately, they were informed by their daughters that they are Cheugy
                     
                    Lee Perry also bragged on his daughter’s recent successes on the St. Vincent’s Academy track team and mentioned that he has served as an assistant coach at SVA.
                     
                    Leigh Acevedo reported that the Savannah Economic Development Authority is now operating out of their new building on Drayton Street. SEDA will be holding some open houses this summer, but if anyone would like a tour before then, get in touch with Leigh.
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                    Copy of Brags, Finds, and Whines: May 4

                     
                    Suzanne Kirk said she has recently done business with two fellow Rotarians: Reshma Johnson of Shah Architecture is designing her kitchen remodel and Kelley Boyd of Savannah Yoga Center led a yoga session for her birthday. She also mentioned her daughter, along with Cecilia Arango’s and Julie Wade’s daughters are members of the Savannah Arts Academy track team, which won the regional championship.
                     
                    Kelley Waldron announced that Wednesday, May 12 is Horizons Savannah’s Annual Giving Day. She is raising funds for them as a board member and has also contributed a $500 match for the first $500 donated. There is another match from an anonymous donor, which means every dollar donated is tripled. Her giving page is here. Any and all donations make a difference for students served by the program.
                     
                    Cecilia Arango announced that Derek Goldfarb, a guest at the May 4 meeting, is a contestant in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man and Woman of the Year program. To purchase a raffle ticket, visit  www.teamlifesavers.com click on "additional opportunities," under "merchandise" scroll to bottom and click on image to buy. Follow prompts to purchase the $100 raffle tickets. You can also purchase a raffle ticket via Venmo by sending $100 to Derek. He will send a confirmation email and notify LLS of your donation.
                     
                     
                     

                     
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                    Announcements April 6 and 20



                     

                    April 20 Announcements 

                    Committee Reports 

                     
                    Membership Committee Chair Cari Clark Phelps reminded the group that 50% attendance is required. She explained ways for members to boost their attendance, including online opportunities and supporting nonprofit organizations. Also, if your spouse is a club member, attendance is combined for your household. Still, we have a number of people who have dropped below 40%. We are offering assistance for people who are having financial hardships as well as a leave of absence option for members who cannot be involved at the moment, but who do not want to leave the club permanently. She invited members to contact her to discuss options, but stressed that many people want to become members and we want to offer them opportunities to become involved in the club without the club growing too large. She announced that John Rodman is entering the new members program. He is sponsored by Lee Perry and Ariana Berksteiner.
                     
                    Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase thanked everyone who helped at the Make A Wish Foundation 5K on Skidaway Island on April 17, including Jason Summers, Chelsea Sawyer, Zerik Samples, Sam Carroll and George Seaborough. The next service project is participating in Bike Walk Savannah’s bicycle and pedestrian counts at locations around town. The counts collect data on biking and walking traffic, which is used to plan for bike lanes, sidewalks, and trails. You can sign up for a date, time, and location via the BWS website. The counts continue into May, but you must register for a date in April to get service credit for this month. The May service project will also be with Bike Walk Savannah. Stay tuned for details.
                     
                    President Jessica Pedigo asked members to respond to a survey on preferences for meeting and social event formats. The survey also invites input on potential legacy projects the club could fund over several years.

                    Guests

                    Chelsea Sawyer (New Members Program)
                    Katie Balthrop (New Members Program)
                    Destiny Mojica-Taylor (New Members Program)
                    Mary Francis was the guest of Erica Morrow
                     

                    Featured Speakers: Jessica Savage of WTOC-TV

                    Jessica moved to Savannah when she was in middle school and she graduated from Jenkins High School, but has worked in Texas for most of her career. She called working at WTOC, a station she grew up watching, an amazing opportunity. Jessica praised the station for investing in investigative journalism as it requires a lot of time and resources. She said investigative reporting can also help solve problems in the community.
                     
                    As an example, she mentioned the recent sale of the Chatham Apartments building, which required residents to find new places to live. She was able to track down a resident who was having financial difficulties. After the story aired, someone called the newsroom offering to pay for her expenses. Later, Jessica did a follow-up story on the woman, who was able to find a place to call home at Live Oak Landing. She shared another story about how her reporting helped a resident find a long-term solution after trash and other debris was illegally dumped on his property. Jessica explained that this kind of reporting can have lasting, positive impacts in the community
                     
                     

                    Metro Mania Challenge UpdateU

                     

                    Upcoming Meetings

                    Report any munch attendance to MetroSavannahRotary@gmail.com!

                    April 6 Announcements 

                    Committee Reports

                     
                    Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase announced a service project with the Make A Wish Foundation 5K on Skidaway Island State Park on April 17. We will also be helping with Bike Walk Savannah’s annual bike and pedestrian counts.
                     
                    Program Committee Chair Daniel Weiner announced Jessica Savage, an investigative reporter at WTOC-TV, would be the speaker at the April 20 meeting.
                     
                    President Elect Cecilia Arango announced that Danny Chase is now a Paul Harris fellow.
                     

                    Guests

                    Amy Johnson, of the Washington-Wilkes Rotary Club, was the guest of Jamie Smith Arkins.
                    Rick Battinger was the guest of Laura Lee Bocade.
                    John Rodman was the guest of Lee Perry.
                    Zerik Samples was the guest of Jessica Pedigo
                    Emily Salzer was the guest of Jordan Chase.
                    Chelsea Sawyer was a guest via Zoom.
                    Ann Shealy was the guest of Jamie Arkins.
                    Meagen Burrows and Katie Balthrop, who are in the new members program, attended the meeting
                     

                    Classification Talk: Meagen Burrows

                     
                    Meagen lived in Tulsa and attended Oklahoma State University. She moved to Seattle for Law school and started working for a firm that dissolved and eventually became GableGotwals, a full service firm where she became an associate in 2014 and a partner in 2018. She’s worked mainly in healthcare issues including day-to-day hospital legal issues and HIPAA. She is now focused on the provider side of the equation working with physicians, labs, and radiology groups. She also does corporate and human resources work, and thinks of herself as a utility player in the transactional world. She has a fantastic husband named Andrew and the best dog in the world, Zoey.
                     

                    Featured Speaker: Bret Bell

                    Bret presented an update on the City of Savannah’s arena project. He explained it’s a multipurpose facility designed for concerts and sporting events. Construction began on Sept. 19, 2020 and is expected to be completed in February 2022. He explained the technology and configuration of arenas has changed dramatically since the current civic center was built in 1972, and now the trend is providing different kinds of spaces for people to use, and it’s no longer just about “sitting in your seat and watching what’s in front of you.”
                     
                    Bret is particularly excited about the hockey team that will be playing in the arena. He said they have been meeting with the Savannah Bananas and talking about how to make the games entertaining. Bret expects about 150 nights of entertainment to be offered when the arena opens with about 25 concerts, 50 hockey games, and 75 other events.
                     
                    The arena is located 1,200 feet away from the National Historic Landmark District, but there are wooded areas, former industrial properties, and canals in between. A lot of the master plan process looks at ways to bridge these divides and there has been a lot of interaction with stakeholders. However, the plan to connect the arena and westside neighborhoods with downtown is not fully funded and will have to be done in phases. The city remains fully committed to creating these connections so residents and visitors can safely move back and forth from the arena and surrounding neighborhoods to the historic district. The project also includes other stormwater and roadway improvements, and rehabilitation of the 19th Century waterworks property.
                     
                     
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: April 20

                     
                     
                    Lee Perry is participating in a fundraiser called Stop Soldier Suicide. The rate of soldier suicide is twice the national average. With the fundraiser comes the burpee challenge that he has also undertaken. For more information, visit his Facebook fundraiser. Lee is also arranging for the club to attend a Savannah State University Tigers football game in the fall.
                     
                    Elizabeth Summerell is now with Marcum, LLP.
                     
                    Katie Joyner said SBAC is looking for a (unpaid) summer intern, contact Katie for more information.
                     
                    Jessica Pedigo reminded everyone to Venmo donations to Cody Tharpe (@ctharpe11)  if they have submitted a brag, find, or whine.
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                    Announcements Feb. 16



                     

                    Committee Reports 

                    George Seaborough reminded members about the Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy take out food event and raffle fundraiser on Feb. 21 at Benedictine. The raffle remains open through Feb. 26 at 2:59 a.m. He thanked those who have already ordered. Julie Wade announced the Park Place Toss for a Cause event on March 6.
                     
                    President Jessica Pedigo announced that we are at 80% on Foundation giving and urged members to make their contributions by the end of the month. A fund has been established to donate on behalf of members who may not be able to otherwise. Contact her for more information.
                     
                    Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase reminded members we will be collecting running shoes for the Fleet Feet donation program. The shoes will go to local organizations that help unhoused people. Race medals will also be collected and given to children at Memorial who are completing their cancer treatments. Donations can be dropped off at the Savannah and Pooler Fleet Feet locations. Sign the attendance sheet while there to get credit.
                     
                    Program Committee Chair Daniel Weiner will have someone from the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee speak to the group on March. 2. A representative of the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision will speak to the club at the March 16 meeting. He encouraged everyone to continue scheduling munches.
                     
                    On behalf of President Elect Cecilia Arango, Jessica Pedigo reminded members the February Metro Mania Challenge involves participating in the shoe and medal collection effort, supporting a Metrotarian owned business, and giving a shout-out to a Rotary member on social media. She also announced Will Gruver will be the next president-elect once Cecilia takes office.
                     
                    AV Support Needed: We had an issue with Wi-Fi at the meeting that presented unexpected challenges that we had to work with on the fly. If you have any experience in IT or audio/visual production, we welcome your assistance at our meetings! Please contact Jessica for details.
                     

                    Featured Speaker: David Pratt

                    David began the presentation by announcing that he was stepping down from his position with the Savannah Music Festival to become chief executive officer at the Austin Symphony Orchestra. He explained how the Savannah festival  is different from others in that it does not focus on a single genre. Instead, it features performers from American roots music (blues, bluegrass, etc.) international music, jazz, and classical. Pratt said that in 2019, the festival resulted in $10.05 million in direct spending, $7.65 million in visitor spending, and $852,344 in sales and hotel tax revenue. The festival generated 8,916 room nights and 1,783 flights.
                     
                    He described how festival staff worked to pivot to bring programs — especially educational programs —online so they could continue to reach participants during the pandemic. They also studied how outdoor concerts in Florida and Tennessee were able to be staged while maintaining Covid protocols. The plan for 2021 is to use the outdoor performance space at Trustees Garden at reduced capacity. Pratt said Coastal Health District Director Dr. Lawton Davis is a supporter of the festival and has offered consultation on how to maximize safety.
                     

                    Membership Moment: Jason Nielubowicz

                    Jason talked about his work in commercial and residential real estate at Judge Realty. As most people know, Jason is an avid live music fan and if not for the pandemic would be out seeing music every night.
                     
                    He has had a large collection of vintage motorcycles, which once totaled 14 machines. Now he’s down to two BMWs. He said he's lucky to be alive, having been shocked with 7,620 volts of electricity from a downed power line in 2007.
                    Announcements Feb. 16  John Bennett 2021-02-16 05:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: Feb. 16

                     
                    Anne Kuhlke-Lee showed off her new baby, Grady, who attended the meeting with her via Zoom.
                     
                    Sarah Smith thanked Julie Wade and Denise Grabowski for working hard to get children back in schools. She also bragged on Fleet Feet and how great her experience and new shoes are.
                     
                    Kristen Crawley whined that she learned of Anne’s pregnancy during the pandemic and Grady is now 5 months old and we are still in the pandemic!
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                    Announcements Feb. 2


                     

                    Committee Reports 

                    President Jessica Pedigo reminded members about the Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy take out food event and raffle fundraiser on Feb. 21 and the Park Place Toss for a Cause event on March 6.
                     
                    Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase announced we will be collecting running shoes for the Fleet Feet donation program. The shoes will go to local organizations that help unhoused people. Race medals will also be collected and given to children at Memorial who are completing their cancer treatments. Donations can be dropped off at the Savannah and Pooler Fleet Feet locations.
                     
                    Program Committee Chair Daniel Weiner announced that David Pratt of the Savannah Music Festival will be the speaker on Feb. 16.
                     
                    Family of Rotary Chair Jasmine Mills said she will be taking over the secretary position this summer. She asked everyone to send attendance documentation and other correspondence to the metropolitansavannahrotary@gmail.com account.
                     
                    Foundation and Grants Committee Chair Patrick Phelps reported we are extremely close to meeting our Every Rotarian Every Year giving goal. If you have not made your foundation contribution yet, please do so by the end of February.
                     
                    President Elect Cecilia Arango announced the February Metro Mania Challenge involves participating in a service project, supporting a Metrotarian owned business, and giving a shout-out to a Rotary member on social media.
                     

                    Guests

                    Zerik Samples was a guest at the meeting. He is CEO of Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity and, before moving to Savannah, he was a member of the Rotary Club of St. Simons.

                    Featured Speaker: Jackson Evans

                    In a presentation featuring musical interludes, Jackson Evans talked about his work at Benedetto Guitars, which Bob Benedetto founded in 1968 to build archtop jazz guitars.
                     
                    Jackson explained the mechanics of guitars and their evolution over the years, describing the design elements that allow louder volumes while still maintaining structural integrity. He demonstrated the features and acoustics of several guitars, including an instrument built in Chicago between 1886 and 1890.
                     
                    Although archtops are often called jazz guitars, they are used in other genres. He cited Maybelle Carter of the Carter Family as a noted archtop player. Benedetto produces 80-100 guitars per year, with the highest end models costing $20-50,000.
                     
                     
                     

                    Membership Moment: Cynthia Mullally

                    Cindy said the highest profile event she’s managed in her role as an event planner was a 2012 event focusing on the nation’s economic recovery, featuring President Bill Clinton and President George Bush.
                     
                    She is married to Matt Toole and her most famous relative is her cousin Tommy Norden, who played Bud Ricks on the television show, “Flipper.” Cindy also talked about how much she enjoys living in Gordonston.
                     
                    Announcements Feb. 2  John Bennett 2021-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements Jan. 19

                     

                    Committee Reports 

                    President Jessica Pedigo said she was pleased to see everyone actively involved in scheduling Munch meetings. She also announced that Josh Yates is a Paul Harris Fellow once again. Jessica reminded members they have until the end of February to make a donation of $50 or more. At present, 64% of the club has donated. If your financial situation does not permit a donation, a fund has been established so that a donation can be made in on your behalf. For more information, contact Jessica.
                     
                    Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase thanked everyone who volunteered at PACK on Jan. 18 and at Emmaus House on Jan. 9 The February service project will involve collecting running shoes for Fleet Feet and their donation program, as well as race medals that will go towards children at Memorial who are completing their cancer treatments.
                     
                    Program Committee Chair Daniel Weiner told members that Jackson Evans of Benedetto Guitars will be the Feb. 2 speaker and David Pratt of the Savannah Music Festival will present on Feb. 16. Daniel announced that he has moved to Arizona, but will continue involvement in the club remotely. 
                     
                     

                    Guests

                    Chelsea Sawyer was the guest of Sarah Smith.

                    Featured Speaker: Wayne Ashford

                    Wayne Ashford of Ashford Tea Company explained how he built up his café business in Indianapolis. About 13 years ago he and his wife started talking about moving and created a list of the qualities they wanted in a community. Eventually they visited Savannah, explored the city, and started coming back every year — sometimes twice a year. They moved to Savannah almost three years ago.
                     
                    He said tea has always been a constant in his life, but when he discovered loose tea, it changed his world. For the last 20 years he’s been teaching people about tea. Wayne described his business as being about a lifestyle, and not just a retail venture. He explained the health benefits of teas and said his shop on Oglethorpe Avenue now stocks more than 60 varieties.
                     
                     

                    Membership Moment: Alfred McGuire

                    Alfred McGuire is principal at Woodville Tompkins High School. He offered some facts that people might not know about him: Alfred is really excited about this year’s Metro Mania theme as he attended WrestleMania when it came to Tampa.
                     
                    He also loves running, but is not able to at this time because he is recovering from foot surgery. Alfred said his son often picks out a tie for him to wear each morning.
                    Announcements Jan. 19  John Bennett 2021-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements Jan. 11

                     

                    Committee Reports 

                    President Jessica Pedigo announced that the Metro Mania Showdown Series was a success, raising $15,317.91 and fully funding the requests made by Bike Walk Savannah and Urban Hope. She thanked everyone who volunteered, bought tickets, or sponsored events.
                     
                    Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase thanked everyone who volunteered at Emmaus House on Jan. 9. The next service opportunity is Jan. 18 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at P.A.C.K. District Governor Steve Barnes will join the volunteers.
                     
                    Program Committee Chair Daniel Weiner announced Wayne Ashford of the Ashford Tea Co. will be the speaker at the Jan. 19 meeting.
                     
                    Foundation and Grants Committee Chair Patrick Phelps reported we are at 60% on foundation donations and getting closer to our Every Rotarian Every Year contribution goal. Donations of at least $50 are appreciated and can be made here. If you are not in a financial position to make a donation, please contact Jessica Pedigo. A fund has been established to make donations on behalf of members who are not able to do so.
                     
                     

                    Guests

                    Kylie Carrico was the guest of Julie Wade.
                    Fitz Hale was the guest of Jordan Chase.
                    Katie Balthrop is in the New Member Program and also attended the meeting.

                    Guest/Prospective Member Reminder

                    Metro Rotary welcomes all guests to club meetings, socials and service projects! Please introduce your guests and, if on Zoom, make sure they turn their cameras on so we can actually meet them. If your guest is interested in potential membership, please let Cari Phelps (Membership Chair) know as soon as possible. There is a vetting process for membership so everyone must go through the proper steps in order to be approved for the New Member Program. The process includes being listed in Rotary Repeats (including a headshot, preferably, their name, employer/job, and two sponsors), attending at least three meetings (including one Service Project) and submitting an application to the Membership Committee for approval. As a member of Metro, if you have a conflict with a potential new member, whether professional, personal, or otherwise, please notify the Membership Chair (Cari) or President (Jessica).
                     

                    Featured Speakers: Katrina Bostick, Kate Blair, and Julie Wade

                     
                    Katrina Bostick of Family Promise, Kate Blair of CASA Savannah, and Julie Wade of Park Place Outreach talked about their work and the realities faced by people living in poverty. The three nonprofit leaders have been collaborating and working to improve conditions in the community in different capacities. Members were reminded that conversations about poverty in Savannah must include discussion of racial equity and generational wealth. In addition, the myth that people choose to live on public assistance and can do so comfortably is a myth rooted in racism. 
                     
                    They talked about the struggles of families living at or below the poverty line, and how difficult it is for them to stay housed and cover other expenses while working at minimum wage jobs. The loss of employment will throw people into poverty and right now almost 36% of working families with full time jobs or multiple part time jobs are living under the poverty line. The situation is made worse by systemic and structural racism, predatory lending, people who are unbanked or underbanked, high housing costs, undiagnosed mental health issues, substance use disorders, high childcare costs, and low wages. 
                     
                    Those interested donating to these organizations and others working to improve conditions should make unrestricted donations, which allow nonprofits to be more responsive to changing conditions. View their PowerPoint presentation for more information.
                     
                     

                    Membership Moment: Patton Dugas

                    Patton shared things fellow members probably know about him and other facts they may not. Patton is market president for Truist Bank in Savannah. Before he moved to Savannah and became a banker, he founded an audio/video contracting business that allowed him to "hang out with a bunch of musicians and roadies." He described himself as a "reformed hippie" who had long hair and wore flip flops. He shared a story of attending an event shortly after arriving in Savannah and being mistaken for Robert McCorkle.
                     
                    Announcements Jan. 11  John Bennett 2021-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines Feb. 2

                     
                    Daniel Weiner announced Justin Hummel is running for mayor of Bloomsburg, Pa.
                     
                    Katie Joyner bragged on Jessica Pedigo for inviting Zerik Samples to the outing at Wormsloe Historic Site.
                     
                    After the presentation from Wayne Ashford at the Jan. 19 meeting, Sarah Smith said she visited Ashford Tea Company and purchased a tea she has enjoyed.
                     
                    Jessica Pedigo announced an American Red Cross program aimed at increasing the number of Black blood donors in an effort to battle sickle cell disease. A blood drive is being held at Savannah State University on Feb. 18.
                    Brags, Finds, and Whines Feb. 2 2020-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: Jan. 11

                     
                    Julie Wade announced that since it is not possible to hold the annual gala this year, Park Place Outreach is hosting a corn hole fundraiser on March 6 at Southbound Brewing Company. She is currently seeking sponsors for the event.
                     
                    George Seaborough reported that Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy would not be able to hold its annual oyster roast fundraiser. Instead, he is organizing a drive-through pick-up event. For $20 you'll get barbecue chicken fingers with two sides in a roll. They will also have a raffle. More details will be announced soon. 
                     
                    Denise Grabowski said she had a great experience buying new running shoes at Fleet Feet and wanted to brag on Mike Nadeau and his employee Jacob.
                     
                    Jessica Pedigo thanked the Family of Rotary Committee for sending an email and card celebrating her Rotary anniversary. She whined that she missed Erika Morrow's ForSight Eye Care New Year's Eve celebration.
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: Dec. 1

                     
                    Leigh Acevedo said, "It’s cold and that’s my whine."
                     
                    Katie Joyner bragged on Julie Wade for organizing the Metro Mania Scavenger Hunt.

                    Jasmine Mills announced she is now group coach at Noom.

                    Julie Wade reminded the meeting that several nonprofit professionals are members of our club and many others serve on nonprofit boards. She encouraged everyone to support them on Giving Tuesday and for the rest of the year.

                     

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: Dec. 1 2020-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements Nov. 10
                     

                    Committee Reports 

                     
                     
                    Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase announced those seeking November service opportunities should volunteer at Metro Mania Events. The December project will be collecting and refurbishing kids bikes for the annual Holiday Bike Drive conducted by Bike Walk Savannah and Loop it Up. If you or your friends have bikes that are collecting dust, but are still in good shape, please consider donating them. Bike Walk Savannah is also seeking businesses to serve as drop off locations.
                     
                    Membership Chair Phelps Sarah Smith was inducted at today's meeting. Congratulations, Sarah! 
                     
                    Foundation Chair Patrick Phelps announced that November is Foundation Month. Our current giving rate is 47.1 percent and 54 percent of our members are Paul Harris Fellows. 
                     
                    Program Committee Chair Daniel Weiner reminded everyone to register for the in-person meeting at the JEA on Nov. 17— with speaker Dr. Marc Bailey — by 5 p.m. on Nov. 10. This will determine if we commit to the in-person meetings going forward. The following heath and Safety protocols will be in place at the JEA: 
                    • Separate Entrance
                    • Distant Tables
                    • Temperature Checks
                    • Hand Sanitizer
                    • Masks Worn Continuously During Meeting
                    You MUST register. If you would like to request lunch, do so in the comments.
                     
                     
                    President Jessica Pedigo reminded everyone to register for the remaining Metro Mania Showdown Series fundraising events and invite your friends buy their tickets. These events are not just for Metrotarians! Each person who attends an event will be entered to win a prize package worth more than $3,000. A complete list of remaining events and links to purchase tickets are available on our website. 

                    Guests

                    Nicole Goggins was a guest of Leigh Acevedo.
                    Tom Kohler was a guest of Whitney Shephard.

                    Membership Moment


                    Since George Seaborough has recently talked with us about his work with Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy, he decided to share facts about himself, including his full name: George Washington Seaborough III.  He has been married to his wife Connie for 14 years and they have a daughter. George earned an undergraduate degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration from Savannah State University. He enjoys playing billiards and pool, and working in his backyard and garden. He also enthusiastically encourages people to move to the Twickenham neighborhood. 

                    Featured Speaker

                    Marion Curry, assistant district governor for Area 9 (Ashburn, Fitzgerald, Ocilla, and Tifton), shared photos and videos from her work with Rotary in Uganda. Her focus has been primarily on water and school projects. Once clean water and schools are available, the next step is improving public health through medical clinics. Marion described programs that engage young people to promote health and healthy living among their peers. Her presentation included a video of wild car and motorcycle traffic in Kampala, a city of 1.7 million people, along with photos of the wildlife that can be seen in the countryside. She hopes to return to Uganda next year.

                     

                    Announcements Nov. 10  John Bennett 2020-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

                    Metro Mania Showdown Series

                     
                     
                    We had eight great events for our Metro Mania Showdown Series presented by Thomas & Hutton and we are down to the FINALE RAFFLE!!! 
                     
                    Raffle tickets are only $25 to win the Finale Raffle valued at over $3,000!!!  The Finale Raffle is open to the public to raise money to support Bike Walk Savannah and Urban Hope this year!
                     
                     
                    FINALE RAFFLE DETAILS: This is the raffle to beat all raffles!   "Register" for the event in order to your tickets here.  If you want to purchase more than one raffle entry (and why wouldn't you?!), you will need to "register a guest" and enter your name as the guest.  Want to keep it simple?!  Venmo @JessicaPedigo by December 15th at 10am!
                     
                    • FIVE bourbons from Ghost Coast Distillery and a cocktail shaker
                    • 12 pack of beer, gift card and swag from Service Brewing
                    • Oyster watercolor from local artist Tara Conway
                    • Photograph of "Storm on Tybee" by local photographer Malcom Tulley
                    • Gift cards to Local Farmbag, Ruth's Chris, and Lux & Nyx Luxury handbags
                    • Byrd Cookie Company gift basket
                    • a THREE night stay on Tybee at Wicker Cottage
                    • A digital subscription to Savannah Morning News
                    • Tea from Savannah Tea Room along with a mug, cookie, candle and two SCAD yoga mats to really relax
                    • Two AMAZING pairs of his and hers sunglasses from ForSight Unique Eye Care and Eye Wear
                    • Two bottles of wine and gift tags (should you choose to share)
                    Got questions?  Contact Jessica Pedigo JPedigo@sspins.com.  Otherwise, GET YOUR TICKETS NOW, the winner will be drawn at the Metro Lunch Meeting on December 15th! (You do not have to be present to win)
                     
                    Please thank our great sponsors for supporting Metro Rotary and our non-profit partners!  Thank you to all who donated to make such amazing raffles during the series! Thank you to the fall fundraising committee for putting on eight great events! 
                     
                    Metro Mania Showdown Series Cecilia Arango 2020-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements Oct. 20
                     

                    Featured Speaker

                    Dave Lake, station manager at WRUU, was the speaker at the Oct. 20 meeting. He discussed how the all-volunteer community radio station has grown since it began broadcasting in 2017 and described WRUU's mix of music, public affairs, news, and cultural programming. In 2019 the station was selected as Best Local Radio Station and Best Talk Radio Station in the annual Connect Savannah Best of Savannah readers' poll. Because of the pandemic, the noncommercial station had to cancel its largest fundraising events and is now depending on donations from listeners to keep the station on the air. The station currently has more than 60 volunteers producing programs. Proposals for new shows can be submitted via the station's website.

                    Committee Reports 

                     
                    Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase reminded members about the Victory Volunteers effort, which worked to pick up trash and trim back overgrown vegetation along Victory Drive on Oct. 24. 
                     
                    Membership Chair Phelps reported that Sarah Stone will be inducted at the next club meeting.
                     
                    Foundation Chair Patrick Phelps announced the latest Paul Harris Fellows are Cecilia Arango and Chris Corey. Justin Hummel has received his two ruby pin.
                     
                    President Jessica Pedigo announced the club is scheduled to resume in-person meetings at the JEA on Nov. 17. Box lunches will be available to go so that members will not have to take off their masks to eat. Everyone who plans to attend must register, even if you don't want a to-go lunch. A Zoom attendance option will be available if someone will volunteer to handle the A/V. She said sponsors are needed for the upcoming Metro Mania Showdown Series events

                    Metro Mania standings updated

                    The Grisly Misfits are leading in Metro Mania standings. Earn points for your team by becoming a sponsor for a Metro Mania Showdown Series event, registering for the meeting at the JEA, and registering for fundraising events.

                    Guests

                    Meagen Burroughs attended as a guest of George Seaborough.
                    Destiny Mojica-Taylor attended as a guest of Cari Phelps.

                    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
                     

                     

                    Announcements Oct. 20  John Bennett 2020-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

                    Featured Speaker: Vaughnette Goode-Walker

                    Vaughnette Goode-Walker, director of the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, was the speaker at Metro's Oct. 6 meeting. She led an online tour of the building, which tells the story of Savannah's Civil Rights movement. She explained how the museum's design takes visitors along a timeline that begins at the museum's entrance on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
                     
                    Goode-Walker said the first thing people want to know is, "Who was Ralph Mark Gilbert and what did he do to get a museum named after himself?" Gilbert was a pastor, a radio show host, organizer of around 40 NACCP chapters around the state, and a mentor to W.W. Law. An archive of his sermons, WTOC-AM radio scripts, and other documents was established at the museum about a year ago.
                    Featured Speaker: Vaughnette Goode-Walker 2020-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: Nov. 17  2020-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: Nov. 10
                     

                     
                    Cari Clark announced that she will be a guest on the Creative Coast's Entrepreneur's Night Podcast on Nov. 12, from 6-7:30 p.m.
                     
                    Cari also announced that Make Savannah's Holiday Fair is scheduled for Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Broad on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Food will be provided by the Grey Market and complimentary coffee by Origins. More than 30 vendors will be on site. Those who bring three canned goods will be entered to win a box of local items. The event is being held in an open warehouse space and face coverings are requested. Items are being posted on Make Savannah's Instagram.

                    Elizabeth Summerall announced the annual St. John's Church 2020 Holly Days Bazaar is coming up on Nov. 11 and 12. She is also selling tickets for the Junior League to the Savannah Bananas' Fansgiving 2020 on Feb. 13, so contact her to get yours.

                    Florence Slatinsky bragged on Ariana Berksteiner for a very successful Empty Bowl event benefiting Emmaus House. Jordan Chase bragged on Florence, noting that the event raised $47,000 this year.

                    Kristen Crawley invited members to join Somi Benson Jaja and team for shots and headshots at the beautiful Mansion on Forsyth Park on Thursday, Nov. 12, 5-7 p.m. Guests are kindly asked to make a $10 suggested donation to benefit United Way of the Coastal Empire. With your donation to United Way, you’ll enjoy a complimentary shot and hors d'oeuvres courtesy of the Mansion on Forsyth Park as well as live music by LaFaye. The Shot by Somi Studios team will be taking complimentary headshots at the event, which will be available for purchase for $50 each. All headshot proceeds will be donated to the United Way. Donations for the event can be made in advance or text SOMI to 40403 to donate.

                    Jason Summers has some slightly used office furniture — including filing cabinets, desks, and chairs — he'd like to donate to a nonprofit. 

                    Jordan Chase bragged on Bret Bell for his online standup comedy set benefitting Performance Initiatives. 

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: Nov. 10  2020-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: Oct. 20
                     

                     
                    Cari Clark announced that she and Patrick have three new nieces. Her sister adopted three children. 
                     
                    Denise Grabowski shared good reviews of a virtual play produced by students at The STEM Academy at Bartlett Middle School's Black Box Productions.

                    Kelley Boyd announced that she is the proud owner of a mini Winnebago camper.

                    Jordan Chase reminded meeting attendees about the Emmaus House's Empty Bowl Fundraiser on Nov. 1. The online silent auction for handmade bowls is now underway.

                     

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: Oct. 20  2020-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements Oct. 6

                    Membership Moment: Sara Holton

                    Sara was Born in Springfield, Missouri, moved to Marietta when she was 9, then Savannah when she was 16 years old. She graduated from Savannah Christian, then went on to Georgia Southern. She has two children and has been married for 14 years. She has been working in the commercial furniture field since 2003. Her favorite aspects of her work are getting to know clients, identifying what they need, and determining how she can help them.
                     

                    Committee Reports 

                    Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase thanked the members who completed "Something from Nothing" videos for Loop it Up Savannah. There are three spots still open for the Girls on the Run golf tournament on Oct 15. Sign up here. The October service project is being coordinated with the Great Savannah Cleanup on Oct. 24 and specifically the Victory Volunteers effort, which will work to pick up trash and trim back overgrown vegetation along Victory Drive. 
                     
                    Program Committee Chair Daniel Weiner announced the next speaker is Dave Lake, program director at WRUU, Savannah's all-volunteer community radio station. Daniel is also planning a social ride on the Truman Linear Park Trail to celebrate Bike Walk Savannah's Moonlight Garden Rides. He is also working to arrange a virtual tour of the Graveface Museum
                     
                    Membership Chair Phelps reported that Sarah Stone has nearly completed the new member program.
                     
                    Foundation Chair Patrick Phelps announced that Sara Holton and Brad Whitfield are Metro's newest Paul Harris Fellows. In addition, Josh Yates is PHF+3, Whitney Shephard is PHF+4, Daron Alvord is PHF+5, and Robert McCorkle is PHF+8. In all, Metro has 46 Paul Harris Fellows. You can make a donation here and check your PHF status here.
                     
                     

                    Metro Mania standings updated

                    The Piledriver Posse continues to lead the Metro Mania standings. Power up your team's points by: 

                    • Attending a Munch with five other members. 
                    • Sending a full body photo in wresting gear to Cecilia. 
                    • Sign up for a Woodville Tompkins High School Rotaract interview. Contact Alfred McGuire for more information. 

                    Guests

                    Meagen Burroughs attended as a guest of George Seaborough.
                    Destiny Mojica-Taylor attended as a guest of Cari Phelps.
                    Katie Balthrop attended as a guest of Daniel Weiner. 

                    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
                     

                     

                    Announcements Oct. 6 John Bennett 2020-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: Oct. 6,

                     
                    Kristen Crawley announced Ready-Pedi-go, an event to celebrate Jessica Pedigo‘s 40th birthday. The 13.1 mile event is Saturday, Dec. 12 and starts at your own time. All are invited to participate and celebrate Jessica’s birthday! For anyone that is interested call Kristen Crawley at 678-232-7241.
                     
                    Suzanne Kirk invited members to follow her competition with Julie Wade in the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Race Where You Are event. Check them out on Facebook.

                    The Junior League of Savannah was forced to cancel its annual Thrift Sale due to the ongoing pandemic, Elizabeth Summerell reported. Instead the League will be collecting donations to give to some of its community partners including Ronald McDonald House, Safe Shelter, Park Place, and Over the Moon Diaper Bank.

                    Jordan Chase reminded meeting attendees that tickets are still available for Emmaus House's Empty Bowl Fundraiser on Nov. 1. The online silent auction for handmade bowls begins Oct. 19. 

                    Whitney Shephard shared the story of how Josh Yates, who was trained an engineer, decided that he wanted to open a restaurant. A decade later, Green Truck Pub is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a fundraiser for Loop It Up Savannah, a children's art contest, and giving gift cards to educators

                    George Seaborough announced he has launched a fundraising challenge for Chatham Savannah Citizen Advocacy.

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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: Sept. 15

                     
                    Kristen Crawley announced she is now working with the United Way of the Coastal Empire as United Way ambassador.
                     
                    Cari Phelps: Thanked William McIntosh for helping her with some science-related questions.
                     
                    Leigh Acevedo shared the news that she has found a new childcare provider and is hoping for a smooth transition.
                     
                    Jordan Chase said Emmaus House is seeking additional sponsors for its Empty Bowl fundraiser on Nov. 1.
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                    Announcements

                    News from the Sept. 15 Meeting

                    Membership Moment: Justin Hummel

                    Justin has moved back to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, a small university town. He had been running restaurant, but it has been closed since April. Now he's using the kitchen to produce four different kinds of pierogis that he and his wife sell at the farmers' market on weekends. Justin has been elected to the town council, serves on the library board, and is working on a plan to reopen the municipal pool.
                     
                     

                     

                    Committee Reports 

                     
                    Service Committee Chair Jordan Chase reminded everyone to work on their Loop it Up "Something from Nothing" videos. Metro will help with a Victory Drive clean-up effort in conjunction with the City of Savannah's Great Savannah Cleanup on Oct. 24. Details to come. Through the end of the year, members who are concerned about participating in in-person events may make a $25 donation in lieu of attending.
                     
                    Service Committee Chair Emeritus William McIntosh reported that Girls on the Run has not seen registration sufficient to continue as our service partner this year. As a result, we will shift to Bike Walk Savannah as the sole service partner for the year. We will still need volunteers to help with the Girls on the Run golf tournament on Oct. 15.
                     
                    Membership Chair Cari Phelps reported that Sarah Smith is nearing completion of the new member intake process. Ellen Harris was inducted into Metro during the meeting. 
                     
                    Foundation Chair Patrick Phelps announced we have reached the 50 percent mark on foundation giving. He encouraged members to check their Paul Harris Fellow progress. 
                     
                    Family of Rotary: If you would like to earn additional points, you can help Jasmine Mills send out birthday and anniversary cards.

                    Other Announcements 

                    Alfred McGuire is sponsoring a Rotaract program at Woodville-Tompkins High School. He is looking for volunteers to participate in 15-minute virtual interviews in which they will share tips for success and insights to help the leaders of tomorrow.
                     
                    The Grizzly Misfits are the current Metro Mania leaders.
                     

                    Guests

                    Katie Balthrop attended as a guest of Daniel Weiner. 
                     
                     

                    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: Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg 

                     
                    Dr. Van Den Wymelenberg is director of the University of Oregon's Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory in Eugene and Portland, Oregon. He discussed the critical role buildings play in supporting public health, as indicated by the first thing we did after the pandemic began: We vacated buildings.
                     
                    His research centers on microbiomes within buildings. Pathogens are detected using surface swabs, passive air settling in collection vessels, and collecting samples using active air pumps. Samples are sent through RNA sequencing to determine virus presence and concentrations. 
                     
                    He said safer and healthier buildings can be designed with a blend of old and new technology. For example, they could feature windows that can be opened to improve ventilation along with viral monitoring technology.
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                    Announcements 

                    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!
                     


                    Guests

                    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. 
                     
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                    Brags, Finds, and Whines: Sept. 1, 2020

                    Jasmine Mills and her wife are in the process of becoming foster parents and needed to undertake some home improvement projects. She praised Daniel Weiner for doing a great job with the work and keeping her informed and on budget during the projects.

                    Denise Grabowski reminded everyone to complete the Census online if you have not already. 

                    Jamie Smith Arkins thanked Orlando Montoya for hosting another online trivia night. 

                    Ben Senger announced that Nexstar Media Group, which owns WSAV, launched  a new primetime national newscast on WGN America on Sept. 1. "News Nation" will air daily from 8 - 11 p.m. and will feature stores from local stations around the country, including WSAV.

                    Bret Bell will be performing in an online standup comedy show benefiting Performance Initiatives Savannah. He will share more details soon.

                    Cari Phelps announced the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force 2020 Wick Searcy Memorial Clay Shoot, which is scheduled for Sept. 25 at Forest City Gun Club. The event is named in memory of Amelia Harper's father, who was chairman of the board of the museum. For more information, email Amelia.

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                    Announcements 

                    News from the Aug. 18 Meeting

                    Membership Moment: H. Lee Perry

                    Lee Perry talked about his work as business manager for the Savannah State University Foundation, where he oversees all the private and public ventures — he's also an SSU alumnus. Lee shared details of his family's deep roots in Savannah and talked about his previous work at Morgan Stanley, BB&T, and Carver State Bank. He's served on the board of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and is a past president of the 100 Black Men of Savannah. He continues to give back to the community by mentoring young people. 
                     
                     

                     

                    Classification Talk: Sarah Smith

                    Sarah Smith, director of digital content and marketing at WTOC-TV, shared how she works toward the goals of maintaining the station's digital dominance, discovering new audiences, and growing revenues. She explained the tools and tactics she uses in her work, including social media measurement. In addition to the field of broadcasting, she has also used her communications skills in the healthcare industry. She has lived in Savannah for 10 years.
                     
                     
                     

                     

                    Service Partner Presentations

                     

                    Caila Brown, executive director of Bike Walk Savannah, gave an overview of the organization's work to improve safety and mobility in Savannah neighborhoods that might not have received the attention they deserved in the past. Leah Kessler, executive director of Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia and Low County, described how participation in GTR helps girls build confidence, and how she is adapting to the pandemic through virtual programming. Stay tuned to hear more about upcoming service projects.


                    Guests

                    Jeff Grant attended as a guest of Suzanne Kirk.
                    Donna Pfendler attended as a guest of Mike Nadeau.
                    Rachel Cretella attended as a guest of Laura Lee Bocade.

                    Recordings of Previous Infinite Possibilities Webinars Are Now Available

                    If you missed Dr. Sylvia Whitlock speaking about being the first female President in Rotary and how her club fought RI in court and went to the Supreme Court to allow females in Rotary, you can view it here.  
                     

                     

                     

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                    Announcements 

                    Membership Moment: Erika Morrow

                     
                     
                    Erika Morrow of ForSight talked about her work and offered the follow advice for summertime eye health:
                    • Make sure to wear eye protection while working in the yard with power equipment.
                    • Wear UV protective eyewear if you're out in the sun.
                    • Eat plenty of greens. They are good for your eyeballs. 

                     


                    Infinite Possibilities series celebrates women in Rotary 

                    The first Infinite Possibilities series is now underway with the following speakers scheduled: 
                     
                    Aug. 28:  Rotarian Jenny Stotts, Boldly Leading the Way, Hosted by RI Director Peter Kyle
                    and PDG Vanessa Ervin
                    Sept. 25:  Past RI Vice President Dean Rohrs, Hosted by Past RI Director John Smarge
                    and Zone 34 ARC Cyndi Doragh
                    Oct. 30: Very Special Guest Speaker, Hosted by RI Director Stephanie Urchick
                     
                    The second series, focusing on strength and diversity, is scheduled for January 2021. Registration and more information. 

                    Classification Talk: Ellen Harris

                    Ellen talked about her work in historic preservation, including her service at the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission's Historic Preservation Department, teaching at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and launching her own consulting firm, Ethos.
                     
                    The firm offers preservation planning, historic tax credit and tax freeze applications, grant writing, historic resources surveys,  historic structure reports, grant writing and more.  Ellen earned a bachelor's degree in medieval studies from the University of Birmingham and a master of fine arts degree in historic preservation from SCAD. 
                     

                    Know someone interested in becoming a Metro Savannah member?

                    Here's the summary of the New Member Process:

                    Guests interested in joining must attend one service project and two meetings, and find two Metro Rotarians to serve as sponsors. They must submit an application and pay the $200 New Member Program Fee to begin New Member Program, fulfill the 5 Step New Member Program, and pay prorated annual dues before induction.

                    New Member Program:

                    1. Learn about Rotary; read ABC's of Rotary

                    2. Prospective member attends Group Meeting No. 1: Orientation with a Membership Committee Member and Sponsors to provide background on Metro and Rotary International.

                    3. Prospective Member gives a Classification Talk.

                    4. Prospective Member attends Group Meeting No. 2 with representatives of Membership, Foundation, and a Past President to learn about a) ways to contribute to the Foundation and how the funds are used, b) Annual Service Project and c) Induction. 

                    5. Prospective Member serves as a greeter at two lunch meetings (in the future after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted).

                    Questions? Contact Cari Clark Phelps, membership chair.


                     

                    Metro Mania Standings 

                    The Mighty Mighty Bruised Bones are the current Metro Mania Champions, eeking out a slight lead over the Pile Driver Posse. Help your team claim the championship belt by participating in an August Munch, completing the membership survey, paying your dues, and updating your Metro Mania Points in the spreadsheet. 

                     

                     

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                    Featured Speaker Aug. 4

                    Featured Speaker: Ravi Vadlamadi 

                    Ravi Vadlamadi was the featured speaker at the Aug. 4 Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club meeting. Vadlamadi provided a progress report on The Happy Schools project, which was started by Rotarians in India who saw the need in rural schools.
                     
                    Many students do not have access to proper sanitation at home, let alone at school, need education about basic hygiene and some do not have even a desk to sit at in the classroom. The program address is these issues. The grant funds nine schools in the area around Narasaraopet near Gunter in Andhra Pradesh, India. He was joined at our virtual meeting by  Raja Reddy and Vinita Harnathka.
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                    Announcements 

                    Metro Inducts 2020/21 Board

                    The Metro Savannah Rotary Club recently inducted its new slate of leadership for the 2020/2021 year at the July 14 club meeting and is proud to announce its new Club President, Jessica Pedigo.  

                    The 2020/2021 board includes President – Jessica Pedigo (SterlingSeacrest Partners), President Elect – Cecilia Arango (Thomas & Hutton), Treasurer – Cody Tharpe (Tharpe Engineering), Secretary – Will Gruver (Jan-Pro of SC/GA Coast), Sergeant at Arms – Daniel Weiner (Handyman Service Experts), Service Chair – Jordan Chase, Communication Chair – John Bennett (Georgia Bikes), Membership Chair – Cari Phelps (Clark Creative Communications), and Foundation Chair – Patrick Phelps (Hansen Architects, P.C.) Family of Rotary Chair – Jasmine Mills (Salacia Salts) and Immediate Past President –Bret Bell (City of Savannah).
                     
                    Pictured above are the 2020-2021 board members photographed from a safe distance. 
                     

                    We have a knack for P.A.C.K.

                    For our July service project, we helped pack at  P.A.C.K. Savannah, which helps multiple organizations in Savannah pack supplies and food, and currently distributes around 10,000 bags of food to local children each month.
                     
                    On July 28, Metro Rotarians “packed” the warehouse to help put together meal kits and back to school packs for our community’s schools and neighbors. What an amazing organization we’re proud to support. See all the school supplies? A big pat on the back to our members who helped make back to school easier for the kids.


                    Let's get ready to rumble, Metro Maniacs!

                    New board, new shenanigans! Introducing 2020’s METRO MANIA!  With Covid and our lack of in-person meetings, our focus on engagement is important more than ever. METRO MANIA’s goal is to keep us engaged, while having fun (wrestler-style), by collecting points through the Rotary year.
                     
                    Each of you have been assigned to a team - The Grisly Misfits, The Doomsday Devils, The Piledriver Posse, and The Mighty Mighty Bruised Bones with color-coordinated bandanas. At each meeting, we'll bounce the Reigning Champ (the team that’s has the most points). Come up with a your alter ego wrestling name, a team catchphrase, and don your best festive costume and let’s see which team collects the most points at the end of the year. 
                     
                     
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                    Featured Speakers

                    Coach Shawn Quinn spoke to us about the Savannah State University Tigers football team at our July 21 meeting. Quinn became the 26th head football coach at SSU in March 2019.
                     
                    Only the second head coach in the program’s 100 plus year history to post a winning record in an inaugural coaching season, he described the tactics he uses to keep his team motivated and focused on their goals. Quinn also answered question about the team’s move from Division I to Division II, and his efforts to recruit players from Savannah and Coastal Georgia.
                     
                    The native of Chicago also talked about living on Tybee and riding his bicycle around the island to relax. Prior to being selected head coach, he served as interim head football coach at Savannah State from December 2018-March 2019. He was hired by the Tigers in February of 2018 as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
                     
                    Photo courtesy of Savannah State University Athletics
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                    Brags, Finds, & Whines

                    Brags, Finds, and Whines

                    You don't have to build your own finder. We've got your Brags, Finds, and Whines right here.
                     
                    • Cari Clark Phelps announced that Salacia Salts has been in business for nine years!
                    • Erika Morrow was featured in Savannah Magazine
                    • Ariana Berksteiner  is featured in the United Way of the Coastal Empire's Women Who Rule campaign.
                    • Bret Bell the 2019/2020 club awards.
                      • Best Attendance: Jamie Arkins
                      • Best Volunteer: Daniel Weiner
                      • Donna Shalala Making Rotary Awesome Award: Cari Clark Phelps
                      • Sir Kenneth Fung Ping-Fan Award: Cody Tharpe
                      • Rotarian of the Year: Sam Carroll
                    Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to johnreidbennett@gmail.com in order to be included in Repeats. 
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                    Brags, Finds, & Whines

                    Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
                    Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to arango.c@tandh.com in order to be included in Repeats. 
                    • Julie Wade and Jordan Chase invited Rotarians to a fundraising party to support fellow Metrotarians running for office - Denise Grabowski for District 1 school board and Lee Perry for County Tax Commissioner.  The event was Tues, March 3 from 5:30-7:00 at the Wade's residence and was limited to Metrotarians and spouses/partners. This was not an official Metro event. 
                    • Erika Morrow announced an event called What She Wants that will take place on April 4 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at ForSight. Local makers will be there and it's free to the public.
                    • Mike Nadeau announced it's race season!  Look forward to the Cure for Cancer Komen Race, Publix Women's Half (use code CECILIA10 for 10% discount off registration), and Make-a-Wish Trail Run.
                    • Jenny Woodruff gave a shout-out to Mike Nadeau and Fleet Feet for getting some new running shoes so she can chase her son around.
                    • Bret Bell gave a shout-out to Suzy Wallace for transporting our GRSP student around and connecting her to Darron Alvord for dental work.
                    • Cari Clark Phelps gave a shout-out to Patrick Phelps, Cody Tharpe, and Jason Somers for their project, Perry Lane Hotel, as the host hotel for the American Idol filming
                    • Jamie Arkins announced that Sarah Smith was on the cover of Ardsley Park Living
                    • Orlando Montoya is looking for a room to rent, ideally near Abercorn, ideally someone professional - perhaps a property management situation.  If you know of anything, please let him know!
                    • Orlando Montoya will present a message on themes of personal risk taking, starting anew, and personal transformation at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Savannah on Sunday, March 15 at 11 AM.
                    • Cecilia Arango is hosting Literary Leaders, a book club focusing on leadership skills.  The event takes place on April 2nd at Southbound Brewing from 5:00-7:00 PM. Grab a copy of Simon Sinek's "Start with Why" and join the discussion.
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                    Announcements

                    THIS IS HOW WE DO IT!
                    Montell Jordan wrote a hit song in the 90s, wanna hear it?  Hear it go!
                     
                    "Honeys in the street say, "Metro, yo we made it!
                    You gotta get your groove on, before you go get paid
                    So tip up your cup and throw your hands up
                    And let me hear you all say EREY"
                     
                    As a Club, we pledged 100% club participation to have Every Rotarian Every Year - meaning each Rotarian contributes at least $100. Thank you all for making it happen and a big shout out to Patrick Phelps for herding all the cats!
                     
                    VOLUNTEER FOR ANNUAL SERVICE PARTNER SELECTION COMMITTEE
                    William McIntosh is looking for volunteers to help serve on the ASP Committee.  Contact William at womcintosh@gmail.com
                     
                    CALLING ALL READERS!!  March 25th at 9 AM at Brock Elementary School
                    We're participating in the Rotary Read-In on March 25th at Brock Elementary School.  Registration deadline was Feb 25th (however, registration is still open). When you sign up, you are volunteering to read a book to students and then donating that book to the school. This is a rewarding and easy way to volunteer. E Shaver Bookseller has suggested titles once you find out what grade level you'll be reading to and will be offering a 20% discount. Sign up at https//savannahrotaryreadin.com and also register with Metro.  See Sam Caroll's email for more information.
                     
                     
                    LOOPING LITERACY TOGETHER
                    If anyone is interested in reading regularly through Looping Literacy Together at Brock Elementary, please email carmen@loopitupsavannah.com.
                     
                     
                    WHO'S GETTING LEIED?
                    DISTRICT CONFERENCE - JEKYLL ISLAND ON APRIL 24-26
                    Join the party as we head on down to Jekyll Island for the District Conference on April 24-26. In recognition of the 2020 RI Convention being held in Honolulu, the district conference will be Polynesian-themed, featuring Polynesian menus and entertainment.  It'll be fun to go as a group and all events are casual.  Contact Bret Bell for more information!
                     
                    MARCH 31 METRO FIELD TRIP WITH ORLANDO!
                    Orlando Montoya is offering Metrotarians a 2-hour tour of historic downtown Savannah on Tues, March 31st.  If you're interested, please email Orlando at o.montoya@comcast.net for more details!
                     
                    REMINDER: NO MEETING ON MARCH 17. WE CELEBRATE BIRTHDAY SHENANIGANS ON MARCH 24TH!
                    We're going to have a kick-ass birthday celebrating US!  Metro turns 9! We'll have some exciting announcements (HINT! HINT!) to prepare for the inaugural "summer games".  Come join in the celebration!
                     
                    ANOTHER ROASTARY IN THE BOOKS!
                    Thanks to the incredible planning team, including Jordan Chase, Jessica Pedigo, Liza Smith, and Kristen Crawley on organizing such an incredible event!  We couldn't have asked for a better Sunday.  The oysters were delicious and the music with Jason Salzer was perfect!  A big shout-out to hosts, Patrick and Cari Phelps for hosting us in your backyard.  In addition, congratulations to Liza Smith and Julie Wade as our winners in the Chili Cook-Off! 
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                    Guests

                    A big warm welcome to the following guests who attended our last meetings:
                    • Sheri Dean
                    • Dare Dukes
                    • Connie Keller
                    • Jessica Messere
                    • Erika Morrow
                    • Laura Sparks 
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                    Featured Speakers

                    Dare Dukes spoke about his role as director of Deep Center, a non-profit that empowers Savannah’s young people to thrive as learners, community leaders, and agents of change. Through creative writing, cultural production, and art, Deep creates platforms for the city’s youth and the village of support around them, including their families and adult allies, to share stories, engage in debates, and make Savannah a more just and equitable place.  More than just an after-school program, Deep works not just with youth but the village and systems surrounding young people. The aim is to lift up Savannah’s youth and families by directly supporting them while working to change the institutions and systems harming them.
                     
                    Erika Morrow spoke about her role as an optometrist with her eye care boutique located in downtown Savannah - ForSight Eye Care.  Her boutique playfully borrows from Forsyth Park. She was introduced to Metro Rotary through a fellow Metrotarian and builder, Josh Brooks. She is the only one in her large immediate family who attended college and she's a huge dog person. As an eye doctor, she's like your primary care physician for eyes and doesn't do surgery. Erika gives back to the community in many ways - one of them being a participant in the InfantSEE program which offers no-cost eye assessments for infants 6-12 months. 
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                    Featured Speakers

                    Chrissy Edwards spoke about her role as director of Horizons Savannah, the local chapter of one of America's best summer learning programs. Each summer, the program welcomes about 150 low-income public elementary and middle school students to a 6-week enrichment program that prevents learning loss that occurs during the summer. The program provides a safe and nurturing environment, recreational and cultural activities, meals and snacks, caring professional teachers, and creative and challenging instructions to improve students' academic, social, and emotional skills.
                     
                    Jenny Woodruff spoke about her role as education and community engagement director for the Savannah Music Festival. She is especially proud of a new education program that SMF recently launched called Jazz Academy. The first program served 30 students in the 5th grade. Jenny also talked about the larger Musical Explorers program which serves every student in kindergarten through 2nd grade in Chatham County. These programs bring national artists to local students, inspiring and educating them.
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                    Announcements

                    IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN - FEB 29TH!!  We are 82% of the way toward our goal for 100% for EREY!
                    IF YOUR NAME ISN'T...
                    Leigh Acevedo, Darron Alvord, Kathleen Anderson, Cecilia Arango, Jamie Arkins, Bret Bell, Kelley Boyd, Jeff Brady, Emily Burch, Spencer Burch, Sam Carroll, Danny Chase, Jordan Chase, Chris Corey, Kristen Crawley, Patton Dugas, Denise Grabowski, Will Gruver, Suzy Karpf, Jasmine Mills, Sara Holton, Justin Hummel, Reshma Johnson, Suzanne Kirk, Anna Kuhlke-Lee, Robert McCorkle, Denise McCoy, William McIntosh, Orlando Montoya, Clint Murphy, Jason Nielubowicz, Jessica Pedigo, Lee Perry, Cari Phelps, Patrick Phelps, Jeanine Roach, Ben Senger, Whitney Shephard, Florence Slatinsky, Liza Smith, Jason Somers, David Spisso,  Jessica Thomas, Julie Wade, Daniel Weiner, Jenny Woodruff, Josh Yates then go to https://my.rotary.org/en and donate!
                     
                    As a Club, we've pledged 100% club participation to have Every Rotarian Every Year make a contribution of at least $100. The good news is that the Club has already gifted $50 to your contribution. Please see below on how to complete your part:
                     
                    Go here: https://metrosavannahrotary.org/ and select "Foundation" in the blue menu bar:
                     
                    Select your cause in which you'd like to support.
                     
                    Donate a minimum of $50 in order to qualify for your every Rotarian every year contribution "EREY".   Consider selecting a recurring donation for automatic annual contributions.
                     
                    Please do not forget to SIGN IN, if you've forgotten your password, create a new one. If you have not signed up to the website, do so. Recognition will only occur if you sign in.
                     
                    If you'd prefer to pay by check.  Complete the form in the link below and mail your contribution to the address at the bottom of the form or bring a check (payable to Rotary Foundation) or bring cash to the next meeting!
                     
                     
                     
                     
                    CALLING ALL CHILI CHEFS!!  March 8th at 3 PM at the Phelps Residence
                    The chili cook-off portion of the Metro Roastary fundraiser is back again this year. We're looking for volunteers to make chili, If you're interested in volunteering or sponsoring, please contact Jessica Pedigo. This is a public event so please invite all your friends and professional contacts.  
                    CALLING ALL READERS!!  March 25th at 9 AM at Brock Elementary School
                    We're participating in the Rotary Read-In on March 25th at Brock Elementary School.  Registration deadline was Feb 25th (I'm sure you can still register if needed). When you sign up, you are volunteering to read a book to students and then donating that book to the school. This is a rewarding and easy way to volunteer. E Shaver Bookseller has suggested titles once you find out what grade level you'll be reading to and will be offering a 10% discount. Sign up at https//savannahrotaryreadin.com
                     
                     
                    LOOPING LITERACY TOGETHER
                    If anyone is interested in reading regularly through Looping Literacy Together at Brock Elementary, please email carmen@loopitupsavannah.com.
                     
                     
                    DISTRICT CONFERENCE - JEKYLL ISLAND ON APRIL 24-26
                    We're making a push for more club participation at the District Conference on Jekyll Island on April 24-26. In recognition of the 2020 RI Convention being held in Honolulu, the district conference will be Polynesian-themed, featuring Polynesian menus and entertainment.  It'll be fun to go as a group and all events are casual.  Contact Bret Bell for more information!
                     
                    METRO CLUB SOCIAL @ SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY
                    Thanks Lee Perry and Josh Yates for organizing this month's club social at a Savannah State basketball game!  
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                    9th Annual Roastary Oyster Roast

                     
                     
                    Join us for our 9th Annual Metro Roastary Oyster Roast on Sunday,  March 8th from 3:00 - 6:00 PM.  Metrotarians Cari and Patrick Phelps will be graciously hosting the oyster roast at their residence at 308 E. Hall Street. Tickets are $40 advance/$45 at the door.  It'll be a casual afternoon of all-you-can-eat oysters, cold beer and wine, and live music!  Come out and enjoy a beautiful late afternoon of oysters and vote for your favorite chili. There will be an amazing Savannah raffle basket up for grabs as well.  
                     
                    Proceeds will benefit local non-profit partners, in addition to Rotary International causes, such as Polio Plus.  
                     
                    If you're interested in sponsoring, contact Jessica Pedigo at JPedigo@SSPins.com  or 912-544-1903. Sponsorship opportunities include:
                    • Title Sponsor ($1,000) limited to one • (8) Event Tickets • 2 minute speaking opportunity at event • Large Color logo and company name in title on invitation • Signage at the event (banner or signage to be provided by sponsor) • Sponsor announced and thanked at event
                    • Pearl Sponsor ($750) • (6) Event Tickets • Medium Color logo on invitations • Signage at event (banner or signage to be provided by company) • Sponsor announced and thanked at event
                    • Oyster Sponsor ($500) • (4) Event Tickets • Small Color logo on invitations • Signage at event (banner or signage to be provided by company) • Logo displayed on a food or beverage vendor site • Sponsor announced and thanked at event
                    • Shucker Sponsor ($250) • (2) Event Tickets • Name listed on invitations • Sponsor announced and thanked at event Salt Water Sponsor (in-kind donation for raffle) • Information on item(s) donated displayed at event • Donor name announced and thanked for donation at event.
                    9th Annual Roastary Oyster Roast Cecilia Arango 2020-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, & Whines

                    Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
                    Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to arango.c@tandh.com in order to be included in Repeats. 
                     
                    • Whitney Shephard invited Rotarians to Sunday Funday on Feb 23rd at Green Truck Pub to benefit Savannah Tree Foundation. Suzanne Kirk gave the poutine 2 thumbs up!
                    • Jeff Brady bragged about an amazing trip that he had with 5th graders to Rock Eagle
                    • Cari Clark Phelps announced the opening of a second location for her store, Salacia Salts, at 148 Abercorn Street
                    • Denise Grabowski thanked everyone for supporting her in her campaign for a seat of the Savannah/Chatham County Public School Board
                    • Lee Perry announced that he's running for Chatham County Tax Commissioner
                    • Jordan Chase and Julie Wade is throwing a fundraising party to support fellow Metrotarians running for office - Denise Grabowski and Lee Perry (and anyone else who wants to  jump into a 2020 race).  The event takes place on Tues, March 3 from 5:30-7:00 at the Wade's residence on 3410 Abercorn Street (house is at 51st and Vetsburg - facing a park that faces Abercorn). The event is limited to Metrotarians and spouses/partners, but is not an official Metro event. Check your emails for more information. There are opportunities for host sponsorships. Contact Jordan and/or Julie.
                    • Bret Bell reminded us that political fundraisers is not a club-sponsored event and club resources are not being used for it.
                    • Cecilia Arango is hosting Literary Leaders, a book club focusing on leadership skills.  The event takes place on April 2nd at Southbound Brewing from 5:00-7:00 PM. Grab a copy of Simon Sinek's "Start with Why" and join the discussion.
                    Brags, Finds, &amp; Whines Cecilia Arango 2020-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

                    Guests

                    A big warm welcome to the following guests who attended our last meetings:
                    • Megan Burrows
                    • Lori Cook
                    • Ellen Harris
                    • Erika Morrow
                    • George Seaborough
                    • Sarah Smith
                    Guests Cecilia Arango 2020-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

                    Nominated Guests

                    We introduce to you our three in the New Member Process:
                    LEVEL 1-5: George Seaborough (level 2), sponsored by Ariana Berksteiner and Whitney Shephards with Cynthia Mullally as Membership Liaison, is the Coordinator/Executive Director for Chatham Savannah Citizen Advocacy.  He's a Savannah native and is married to Youth Minister, Tyneise Seaborough. They have a 4-year-old daughter named Sabera. He graduated from Savannah High and holds a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in Education and a Master’s of Public Administration from Savannah State University. A member of Branded Hearts International Church and President of Twickenham Neighborhood Association, George has served in leadership roles as a Union Organizer for SEIU, Field Director for Young Democrats of Georgia, Interim Director of SSU Community Future Corporation, Loan Associate for United Way, and Freshman Experience Professor at Savannah State University.  In his spare time, he has led high school students on several college road trips to South Carolina and throughout Georgia, served as a volunteer adviser to help students prepare for the Harvard Model United Nations competition, and educated students on the political process of campaigns.
                     
                    LEVEL 1-5: Erika Morrow, M.S., O.D. (level 2), sponsored by Bret Bell and Cindy Mullally with Denise McCoy as Membership Liaison, is a Colorado native, one of eight children, and has 17 nieces/nephews. She is happily married to her husband, Brian, since 2009, and they have two dogs. They relocated to Savannah in 2017 for  her husband's career at Gulfstream. They enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, and  frequenting the local establishments of Savannah. Erika attended the University of Colorado at Denver and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2012. She went on to pursue her Doctorate of Optometry and Masters of Vision Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she graduated with honors in 2016. After falling in love with the Savannah area, Erika opened her own eye care practice in the historic district, ForSight Unique Eye Care & Eye Wear. She provides full service eye care services and has a wonderfully unique optical. She is the president for the First District Georgia Optometric Association and a member of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Chamber.
                     
                    LEVEL 1-5: Sarah Smith (level 1), sponsored by Jamie Smith Arkins, is the Director of Digital Content and Marketing at WTOC. She started her career in television and has worked in numerous fields, including the arts, retail, and healthcare, but the magnetic pull of the universe clearly wants her in media. Sarah has proudly served on the Board of The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism for six years and is a previous Chairman.  She is also involved in her daughters' school, where she is the Communications Chairman for the PTA and President of the School Council.  She loves attending Christ Church Episcopal and helps with the children's chapel team.  Mostly though, Sarah loves being with her husband, Solomon, and daughters, Abigail (10) and Nora (8).  If she had endless time and money, Sarah would spend her days traveling the globe, drinking, eating, taking pictures, and experiencing new cultures. She has a degree in English and Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University, a Master's Degree in Art History from the University of Georgia, and a Certificate of Language and Culture from the Catholic University in Angers, France.  Sarah is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Savannah.
                     
                    As a part of the New Member process,guests with interest in joining Metro are asked to submit a bio so we can share with the club. This is our time to learn more about our future members! If you have any questions about the prospective member's status, please reach out to Membership Chair, Cari Clark Phelps. We want to ensure our process IS FAIR TO ALL CONCERNED. Happy reading!
                     
                    Laura Sparks, sponsored by Jordan Chase, has lived in Savannah since 2002. She grew up in New Orleans and finished high school in Atlanta.  She attended the College of Charleston and finished with a degree in psychology in Minneapolis. After traveling and working abroad, Laura moved to Savannah to live near her sister.  She started her career in Real Estate before joining Ashley's Business Solutions in 2009.  Laura took a short break to raise her 2 daughters, while working part time with St. John's Episcopal Church, and as a certified health coach.  She has been an active volunteer at her church helping with their annual church conference, assisting with the silent auctions, Sunday school, and co-chairing their bazaar.  Laura now is back working with Ashley's in sales, helping businesses with work-flow management with copiers and software.
                     
                    Karen Terry, sponsored by Jordan Chase, grew up in the one red light town of Estill, SC and graduated from high school in a class of 14 people. She spent many high school days aimlessly riding around the country with her friends wondering what people do in places with restaurants and entertainment. After being a very indecisive undergraduate, Karen moved to Savannah in 2012 where she earned a Master’s of Public Health from Armstrong State College. She began her career as a Fellow at the National Cancer Institute where she worked to disseminate research-based interventions from the national to the community level. Karen is the Director of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health University Medical Center and is the 2019 Corporate Walk Chair for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Savannah. In her spare time, Karen enjoys visiting her family in that one red light town and pretty much anything she can do outside with her cocker spaniel, Cooper.
                    Nominated Guests Cecilia Arango 2020-02-11 05:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements

                    NEWEST METROTARIAN
                    Everyone welcome Mike Nadeau to the family!  He was inducted to the family at our last meeting.
                     
                    METROS WHO MUNCH
                    Check out the latest munch dates!  Daniel Weiner, Julie Wade, and Denise McCoy hit up the Green Truck Pub and Bret Bell, Orlando Montoya, and Suzy Karpf dined at Flock to the Wok. Have you munched yet?
                     
                    HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PROJECT FINALE - JAN 25 & FEB 1!
                    Thanks to the following who volunteered their time to help with the last service projects for Habitat for Humanity:
                    Lee Acevedo, Cecilia Arango, Jamie Arkins, Ben Barksdale, Bret Bell, Emmy Burch, Spencer Burch, Sam Carroll, Jordan Chase, Chris Corey, Kristen Crawley, Patton Dugas, Denise Grabowski, Will Gruver, Ellen Harris, Katie Joyner, Anne Kuhlke-Lee, Denise McCoy, William McIntosh, Jessica Pedigo, Cari Phelps, Patrick Phelps, Jeanine Roach, Ben Singer, Whitney Shephard, Liza Smith, Jason Somers, Laura Sparks, Julie Wade, Daniel Weiner, Josh Yates
                     
                    IF YOUR NAME ISN'T...
                    Leigh Acevedo, Darron Alvord, Kathleen Anderson, Cecilia Arango, Jamie Arkins, Ben Barksdale, Lee Beckmann, Ariana Berksteiner, Bret Bell, Kelley Boyd, Jeff Brady, Emily Burch, Spencer Burch, Sam Carroll, Danny Chase, Jordan Chase, Chris Corey, Kristen Crawley, Chris DeLeon, Patton Dugas, Denise Grabowski, Will Gruver, Suzy Karpf, Jasmine Mills, Sara Holton, Justin Hummel, Reshma Johnson, Suzanne Kirk, Anna Kuhlke-Lee, Robert McCorkle, Denise McCoy, Alfred McGuireWilliam McIntosh, Orlando Montoya, Clint MurphyJason Nielubowicz, Jessica Pedigo, Lee PerryCari Phelps, Patrick Phelps, Jeanine Roach, Ben Senger, Whitney Shephard, Florence Slatinsky, Liza Smith, Jason Somers, David Spisso, Grant Tallon, Jessica ThomasJulie Wade, Daniel Weiner, Brad Whitfield, Jenny Woodruff, Josh Yates THEN

                     
                    THE ROTARY FOUNDATION - EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR
                     
                    District Governor Mike Muldowney presented us with a flag for EREY for participation last year and we need to be at 100% again this year!  What does this mean? It means your deadline to contribute to the Foundation is FEBRUARY 29TH! What if we don't make EREY?
                     
                    BRET SAYS, "NOT ON MY WATCH!"
                     
                    As a Club, we've pledged 100% club participation to have Every Rotarian Every Year make a contribution of at least $100. The good news is that the Club has already gifted $50 to your contribution. Please see below on how to complete your part:
                     
                    Go here: https://metrosavannahrotary.org/ and select "Foundation" in the blue menu bar:
                     
                    Select your cause in which you'd like to support.
                     
                    Donate a minimum of $50 in order to qualify for your every Rotarian every year contribution "EREY".   Consider selecting a recurring donation for automatic annual contributions.
                     
                    Please do not forget to SIGN IN, if you've forgotten your password, create a new one. If you have not signed up to the website, do so. Recognition will only occur if you sign in.
                     
                    If you'd prefer to pay by check.  Complete the form in the link below and mail your contribution to the address at the bottom of the form or bring a check (payable to Rotary Foundation) or bring cash to the next meeting!
                     
                     
                     
                    SAVE THE DATE!  March 8th at 3 PM at the Phelps Residence
                    More details coming soon!
                    Announcements Cecilia Arango 2020-02-11 05:00:00Z 0

                    Featured Guests: McIntoshes Live Out Their Travel Dreams

                    Mackie and William McIntosh talked to the Club about fulfilling one of their lifelong dreams - to take off work for a year (June 2018 - June 2019) to travel across Europe. After two deaths of close family members, it really ignited the flame of the old adage that "life is too short" and William and Mackie decided that it was time to start working on making their travel dreams come true. It took a lot of budgeting (saving up to a 1/3 of their net income) and planning (they started the process in 2012).   Some of the things they shared included:
                    • Homeschooling their 10-year old son, Liam.  Mackie focused on English, while William handled math.
                    • Experiencing Tour de France was awesome!
                    • Air B&Bs are the best. Know when to book and find good deals.
                    • They traveled via train a lot and did camper vans
                    • Poland was super cheap and any countries in the north were expensive
                    • France is the only country that didn't speak English. Also - don't go to France in June.
                    • They packed 28 suitcases
                    • Their best meal was in Portugal
                    Bret Bell also shared with us his presentation on Top 10 Other Vacations Metrotarians Took Last Year:
                    10. Lee Beckmann fought off Somali pirates while enjoying discounted container ship travel.
                     
                    9. Laura Lee Bocade entered a wheelie contest at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
                     
                    8. Robert McCorkle rode bareback on a rhino during a return trip to the Serengeti.
                     
                    7. Lee Perry helped organize a Fyre Festival
                     
                    6. Jeff Brady went somewhere where he'd feel comfortable wearing Lycra.
                     
                    5. Grant Tallon swam with tigers in the South China Sea
                     
                    4. You know Cecilia and Emmy did a marathon somewhere.
                     
                    3.  Danny Chase got burnt to a crisp in the Dominican Republic
                     
                    2. Ariana Berksteiner went to Central American and started a revolution
                     
                    1. Suzy and Judge Karpf went to a Cosplay Convention in Vegas
                    Featured Guests: McIntoshes Live Out Their Travel Dreams Cecilia Arango 2020-02-11 05:00:00Z 0

                    Guests

                    A big warm welcome to the following guests who attended our last meetings:
                    • Josh McIntosh, guest of DJ Spisso
                    • Ellen Harris (Ethos Preservation), former Metrotarian and guest of Cari Clark Phelps
                    Guests Cecilia Arango 2020-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

                    Brags, Finds, & Whines

                    Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
                    Please send your Brags, Finds, and Whines to arango.c@tandh.com in order to be included in Repeats. 
                     
                    • DJ Spisso bragged about Savannah Spirit, the newest for-profit franchise to join the Women's Premier Soccer League.  The team will kick off its inaugural season in WPSL this coming May. They're currently looking for Game Day Ambassadors and sponsorships! Send DJ an email if you're interested.
                    • Jenny Woodruff bragged about Savannah Music Festival's new SMF Local Partner initiative.  For $150, you'll receive a decal to display at your business identifying you as a partner in the community. Local Partners may offer discounts or specials at their discretion to SMF patrons. When posting to social media, use #SMFLocalPartner and SMF will share your offers with their social media community too. In addition, you'll be listed in the printed version of the official festival program and on the SMF website. Do it by Feb 28th!
                    • Julie Wade came with checks ready to support our 2 Metrotarians running for local offices!  We know one is Denise Grabowski as she runs for Savannah-Chatham County School Board District 1 (taking over Julie's seat) and we're waiting for our other mystery Metrotarian to announce his/her running!  Julie urged everyone to donate financially to their campaigns for support as elections have become more contested and more expensive - so support your fellow Metrotarians!
                    • Cindy Mullaly bragged on SCAD's upcoming event on Valentine's Day - Feb 14, 4 PM at Arnold Hall Theater - Savannah Women of Vision, commemorating women of peerless valor, altruism, and intellect. This year, the honorees include Clermont Huger Lee (one of the first women to lead a landscape architecture practice in Georgia and was the foremost expert in recreating historic landscapes in mid-20th century Savannah) and Suzanne Shank (a lauded veteran of the investment banking industry and chairwoman, CEO, and founding owner of Siebert Williams Shank & Co.).  Check out these women and details on the event here.
                    • Cecilia Arango along with several of her peers in the A/E/C industry are starting a book club focusing on leadership called Literary Leaders.  The first book club discussion takes place on Thurs, April 2, 5 PM at Southbound Brewing.  Pick up a copy of Simon Sinek's Start With Why and join the discussion.
                    • Chris DeLeon bragged on the Southeastern District Georgia Dental Association's Give Kids a Smile event happening across GA! Dentists provided free dental care for children on Fri, Feb 7th at Savannah Tech's Eckburg Auditorium. The volunteer initiative takes place each February in conjunction with Children's Dental Health Month and provides dental screenings, treatment, and education at no charge to underserved children in GA. 
                    • Sarah Smith wants you to know about the 5th Annual Savannah Autism Conference as part of The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism that took place Feb 6-7.  
                    • Arianna Berksteiner bragged on everyone who donated and attended Ms. Freda's retirement party.  Ms. Freda had been with Emmaus House for 20 years. Please welcome new executive chef, Ms. Brandy to Emmaus House!
                    • Kelley Boyd is hiring! Savannah Yoga Center is hiring a General Manager position. This is an above industry paid full-time position. Please send all your amazing leads our way via the Indeed job posting! https://indeedhi.re/38w0Zjg
                    Brags, Finds, &amp; Whines Cecilia Arango 2020-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

                    Featured Guest: Nick Palumbo

                    A GREATER SAVANNAH (1903-1906), AN ERA OF NOTEWORTHY CIVIC INNOVATION THROUGH POSTCARDS
                    Nick was excited to share with us his collection of postcards, specifically with Savannah's history and infrastructure that exists today and those that are sorely missed.  What about postcards?  They convey place, emotion, and time. They relay tragedy, disaster, feelings, celebrations, and more.  World War I ended postcards as print quality declined and ink was running out. After showing us his collection and a history through time, Nick posed the question - What are the buildings today that will be cherished in the future?"
                     
                    And our favorite - BRET'S TOP 10 NICK PALUMBO VINTAGE POSTCARD FINDS
                    10. This guy floating with a gun down the Savannah River.
                     
                    9. Early SCADdies loitering near the Armory
                     
                    8. Public art on Bull Street
                     
                    7. First generation drone prototype over Forsyth Park
                     
                    6. Palm frond rose guy at Old City Market
                     
                    5. Sasquatch frolicking through azaleas
                     
                    4. Swimming with Great Whites on Tybee
                     
                    3. Original Gen. Oglethorpe Hotel tower on Wilmington Island
                     
                    2. Tony Thomas on Broughton Street
                     
                    1. Good old-fashioned bare-knuckled post-meeting City Council street fight
                     
                     
                     
                    Featured Guest: Nick Palumbo Cecilia Arango 2020-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

                    Classification Talk with Anne Kuhlke-Lee

                    Anne Kuhlke-Lee is a licensed professional counselor and has all the acronyms behind her name to prove it! She worked for SCAD for 7 years - and before that she was Savannah Technical College's first counselor - before opening her own counseling services. She is a Master's-degreed mental health service provider and is trained to work with individuals, families, and groups in treating mental, behavioral, and emotional problems and disorders. Anne accepts insurance, doesn't prescribe meds, and believes that psychotherapist or mental health counselor might be a better descriptor than "counseling services." If you know of any moms out there struggling with any mental health issues, Anne helped start the Facebook group, Maternal Mental Health Collective of Savannah (@ListenToMoms). 
                    Classification Talk with Anne Kuhlke-Lee Cecilia Arango 2020-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

                    Nominated Guests

                    We introduce to you our three in the New Member Process:
                    LEVEL 1-5: George Seaborough (level 2), sponsored by Ariana Berksteiner and Whitney Shephards with Cynthia Mullally as Membership Liaison, is the Coordinator/Executive Director for Chatham Savannah Citizen Advocacy.  He's a Savannah native and is married to Youth Minister, Tyneise Seaborough. They have a 4-year-old daughter named Sabera. He graduated from Savannah High and holds a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in Education and a Master’s of Public Administration from Savannah State University. A member of Branded Hearts International Church and President of Twickenham Neighborhood Association, George has served in leadership roles as a Union Organizer for SEIU, Field Director for Young Democrats of Georgia, Interim Director of SSU Community Future Corporation, Loan Associate for United Way, and Freshman Experience Professor at Savannah State University.  In his spare time, he has led high school students on several college road trips to South Carolina and throughout Georgia, served as a volunteer adviser to help students prepare for the Harvard Model United Nations competition, and educated students on the political process of campaigns.
                     
                    LEVEL 1-5: Erika Morrow, M.S., O.D. (level 1), sponsored by Bret Bell and Cindy Mullally with Denise McCoy as Membership Liaison, is a Colorado native, one of eight children, and has 17 nieces/nephews. She is happily married to her husband, Brian, since 2009, and they have two dogs. They relocated to Savannah in 2017 for  her husband's career at Gulfstream. They enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, and  frequenting the local establishments of Savannah. Erika attended the University of Colorado at Denver and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2012. She went on to pursue her Doctorate of Optometry and Masters of Vision Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she graduated with honors in 2016. After falling in love with the Savannah area, Erika opened her own eye care practice in the historic district, ForSight Unique Eye Care & Eye Wear. She provides full service eye care services and has a wonderfully unique optical. She is the president for the First District Georgia Optometric Association and a member of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Chamber.
                     
                    LEVEL 1-5: Mike Nadeau (level 5), sponsored by Cecilia Arango and Suzanne Kirk with Cari Phelps as Membership Liaison, is the Owner/Operator of Fleet Feet Savannah (and Pooler coming soon!). He's a passionate individual who never really backs down from tackling a new challenge in life.He's had the awesome opportunity to serve our country in the United States Air Force working as a Signal Intelligence Analyst, U1N471. While in the Air Force, he traveled to Japan, South Korea, and all over the Middle East. Personally, he's traveled all over Europe and Central America. One of his greatest experiences in life was driving in an old Jeep from CA to FL with his dad when he separated from the Air Force. Mike's a passionate runner and has completed an Ironman, 140.6 miles (swim 2.4, bike 112 and run a marathon), as well as completed an ultra-marathon covering 100K, 62miles. He enjoy music and plays very little guitar although he does enjoy it. He has an amazing wife who puts up with most of it, and a daughter who attends Catawba College on a soccer scholarship.  She’s majoring in biology in preparation for vet school. Mike's bucket list includes wanting to hike the AT, fly a helicopter, and travel the Pacific Northwest. 
                     
                    LEVEL 1-5: Sarah Smith (level 1), sponsored by Jamie Smith Arkins, is the Director of Digital Content and Marketing at WTOC. She started her career in television and has worked in numerous fields, including the arts, retail, and healthcare, but the magnetic pull of the universe clearly wants her in media. Sarah has proudly served on the Board of The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism for six years and is a previous Chairman.  She is also involved in her daughters' school, where she is the Communications Chairman for the PTA and President of the School Council.  She loves attending Christ Church Episcopal and helps with the children's chapel team.  Mostly though, Sarah loves being with her husband, Solomon, and daughters, Abigail (10) and Nora (8).  If she had endless time and money, Sarah would spend her days traveling the globe, drinking, eating, taking pictures, and experiencing new cultures. She has a degree in English and Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University, a Master's Degree in Art History from the University of Georgia, and a Certificate of Language and Culture from the Catholic University in Angers, France.  Sarah is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Savannah.
                     
                    As a part of the New Member process,guests with interest in joining Metro are asked to submit a bio so we can share with the club. This is our time to learn more about our future members! If you have any questions about the prospective member's status, please reach out to Membership Chair, Cari Clark Phelps. We want to ensure our process IS FAIR TO ALL CONCERNED. Happy reading!
                     
                    Laura Sparks, sponsored by Jordan Chase, has lived in Savannah since 2002. She grew up in New Orleans and finished high school in Atlanta.  She attended the College of Charleston and finished with a degree in psychology in Minneapolis. After traveling and working abroad, Laura moved to Savannah to live near her sister.  She started her career in Real Estate before joining Ashley's Business Solutions in 2009.  Laura took a short break to raise her 2 daughters, while working part time with St. John's Episcopal Church, and as a certified health coach.  She has been an active volunteer at her church helping with their annual church conference, assisting with the silent auctions, Sunday school, and co-chairing their bazaar.  Laura now is back working with Ashley's in sales, helping businesses with work-flow management with copiers and software.
                     
                    Karen Terry, sponsored by Jordan Chase, grew up in the one red light town of Estill, SC and graduated from high school in a class of 14 people. She spent many high school days aimlessly riding around the country with her friends wondering what people do in places with restaurants and entertainment. After being a very indecisive undergraduate, Karen moved to Savannah in 2012 where she earned a Master’s of Public Health from Armstrong State College. She began her career as a Fellow at the National Cancer Institute where she worked to disseminate research-based interventions from the national to the community level. Karen is the Director of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health University Medical Center and is the 2019 Corporate Walk Chair for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Savannah. In her spare time, Karen enjoys visiting her family in that one red light town and pretty much anything she can do outside with her cocker spaniel, Cooper.
                    Nominated Guests Cecilia Arango 2020-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

                    Announcements

                    JANUARY MONTHLY METRO SOCIAL @ MOODRIGHT'S
                    Thanks to all those who came out for our monthly Metro Social at one of the newest spots in town, Moodright's! Harold Yellin, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, joined us also.
                     
                     
                    ASP - HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SERVICE & BIG CHECK DELIVERY!
                    Thanks everyone who came out to help move Habitat out of 70th Street location to their new digs at the ReStore on MLK.  As a group, we presented Harold with Habitat a check for $10,000. Thanks to Metrotarian Ben Senger for taking video and interviews to post on WSAV.  
                     
                    IF YOUR NAME ISN'T...
                    Leigh Acevedo, Darron Alvord, Kathleen Anderson, Cecilia Arango, Jamie Arkins, Bret Bell, Kelley Boyd, Jeff Brady,  Emily Burch, Spencer Burch, Sam Carroll, Danny Chase, Jordan Chase, Chris Corey, Kristen Crawley, Chris DeLeon, Patton Dugas, Denise Grabowski, Will Gruver, Jasmine Mills, Sara Holton, Justin Hummel, Reshma Johnson, Suzanne Kirk, Anna Kuhlke-Lee, Robert McCorkle, Denise McCoy, William McIntosh, Orlando Montoya, Jason Nielubowicz, Jessica Pedigo, Cari Phelps, Patrick Phelps, Jeanine Roach, Ben Senger, Whitney Shephard, Florence Slatinsky, Liza Smith, Jason Somers, Julie Wade, Daniel Weiner, Josh Yates THEN