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."


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.