Check out our new 2019-2020 board!  Can you believe this photo shoot was organized in 2 days and everyone showed up?!  On top of that - in 100-degree weather?!  I secretly gave myself the Sally Field's "They Really Like Me" speech as I walked to my car drenched in sweat. Thanks for your cooperation, you beautiful people, you!
Metro's Board of Directors include:
  • President - Bret Bell
  • President Elect - Jessica Pedigo
  • Immediate Past President - Whitney Shephard
  • Treasurer - Cody Tharpe
  • Secretary - Will Gruver
  • Sergeant at Arms - Sara Holton
  • Service Chair: Sam Carroll
  • Foundation Chair: Patrick Phelps
  • Membership Chair: Cari Phelps
  • Communications Chair: Cecilia Arango
  • Directors at Large: Jason Nielubowicz, Liza Smith, Jordan Chase
With Bret now at the helm, he would like to enrich Metro with the following:
  • Tacos
  • Top 10 Lists for everything
  • The 4-Way Test is now the 5-Way Test.  Repeat after me -  Of the things we think, say, or do,
    1. Is it the TRUTH?
    2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
    3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
    4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
    5. **NEW** Will it be AWESOME?
  • Metro in the News Spotlights
  • Prezi please, let's make PPTs great again!
  • Your Facebook photos will need to be set to private and hidden unless you want them shared via PPT 
  • But seriously, Bret's goals include:
    • Increase the club size by 6 members
    • Add more networking opportunities
    • Every member does a service project
    • Enhance Metro's stature in Savannah
    • Make Metro More Awesome
Rotary Area 1 clubs, including Metro, Sunrise, Savannah (Downtown),and Skidaway Island, will participate in early childhood literacy with Loop It Up as a sustained partnership with underserved schools.  This will be an extension of the book box project we did a few years ago. We'll be doing book drives, reading to classes, etc. and the program will be focused on Pre-K and Kindergarten.  If you're interested in helping, please contact Whitney Shephard!
Next Service Opportunity - Annual Service Partnership:
  • August 24 - Habitat for Humanity.  Two shifts available:  8:30 - 11:30 and 11:30 - 2:30 at 1106 E. 70th Street
    • Some of the work that needs to be done include repairs to the fence and stairs, tree trimming, pressure washing, and painting.  Please go online and sign waivers.  We are looking for tools, trucks, and chop saws.
  • Fundraiser - come on out for Hops for Habitat at Coastal Empire Beer on Aug 24 from 7:00-9:00 PM to benefit Habitat for Humanity.  There'll be live music from SOAP and food from Big Bon Pizza! Tickets are $35.
Our Membership Committee will present our new streamlined New Member Process at our next meeting on Aug 20th! It's now a 5-step process.
  • Almost (New) Members include Elizabeth Summerell and Reshma Johnson
  • (Retired) Members include Jennifer Huskey (she is pursuing her endeavors in jewelry making), Josh Brooks (building an empire with Brooks Construction, but we'll see more of Josh as he chairs our ASP, Habitat for Humanity), and Jake Crawley (who is now working at Byrd Cookie Company)
Patrick?  It is me you're looking for? Log into My Rotary and see how much you've given.  Hint:  It should be $100. Metro has already committed to giving $50 on your behalf, now it's your turn to give your part (hint: $50).
Other creative ways to give is via social media.  Facebook created 2 new non-profits - Rotary International and End Polio.  Pick one of those and ask your friends and family to give! 
Thank you everyone who donated school supplies to help kids in need. Weslyn Mahogany Bowers, with Blessings in a Bookbag, Inc., was grateful for the supplies and will be distributing them to families she serves in the public school system.