Congratulations to the 2017-18 Centerville Rotary Board. Thank you for your service and commitment to Rotary!
2017-18 Centerville Rotary Board Carol Kennard 2017-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to the 2017 Rotary Scholarship Recipients 

Rose Minton, Chance Koogler, Abigail Magoffin

Rotary Educational Foundation member Ray Merz introduces Madison Balsinger with her father David Balsinger and Christopher Kang with his brother Yejoon Kang.

2017 Rotary Scholarship Recipients Carol Kennard 2017-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Boyd Preston, named Rotarian of the Year at the annual Christmas Party. Thanks for all you do for our club, Boyd!
Rotarian of the Year is Boyd Preston! Carol Kennard 2017-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

THANKS TO YOUR SUPPORT OF THE 16TH ANNUAL CENTERVILLE ROTARY PANCAKE BREAKFAST!

Centerville Rotary held its sixteenth annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7 am to noon, in the West Commons at Centerville High School.

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Forty-seven volunteers from the Centerville Rotary Club, some 60 members strong, donned their gold Rotarian at Work shirts March 19 for an all-inclusive service day at six Dayton area charity venues. Six more volunteers will work a make-up day March 26 in the Centerville Washington Park District.
 
Centerville Rotary Service Day Kitty Ullmer 2016-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
Sadly we lost our dear member Fred in 2016, but his wonderful life story is a joy to read!
 
Fred, who has been a member of the Centerville Rotary for 23 years, said he was born in his parent's farm house on Kemp Road in Dayton. His mother was a nurse. He was the first of three children. He has a younger brother and then six years later his younger sister was born. He went to Kemp School in East Dayton, being held back a year before he could go and then attended school in Beavercreek from third grade through eighth grade before going to Wilbur Wright High School, where he graduated in 1949. 
 
Getting to Know Member Fred Weir Carol Kennard 2015-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kitty Ullmer on Oct 31, 2014
Mark Balsan said he has two older and one younger siblings. He grew up in a two-story home in southwest Chicago. He played soccer but his primary sport was baseball. He studied business management at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He and his wife are now expecting their second child in March. He works for his father-in-law, Erich Eggers and moved to the Dayton area to become part of the second generation in his father-in-law's business, Remodeling Design.
He noted that one thing people probably don't know about him is that he is one of the minority of people who don't like peanut butter. (So sad...comment from a PB lover), He said his father-in-law is "a good chef behind the scenes. He's a great supportive person," he said.
Getting to Know Rotarians - Mark Balsan Kitty Ullmer 2014-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
It's Pancake Time again - Centerville Rotary's largest fundraiser and GREAT community event! You can be a part of our efforts by sponsoring the 2014 Pancake Day. A new opportunity this year for donations of $500 or more includes an ad in a Dayton Daily News insert to be distributed to all subscribers in Centerville and Washington Township the week of Pancake Day!
 
Download the Sponsor Form here or in our downloads section on the website and send it with your check no later than October 1 to be included in the Dayton Daily News insert and on the Pancake Day placemats. Thanks for your support!
Rotary Pancake Day Sponsors Needed Carol Kennard 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Our annual service project with Rebuilding Together Dayton took place this past weekend.
Rebuilding Together Dayton 2014 Carol Kennard 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kitty Ullmer
Centerville Rotary Club member Ed Flohre was recently interviewed at a club meeting so we could learn more about him. He is a 14-year member of the Centerville Rotary and has served as Secretary of the club the past 12 years. 
Getting To Know Centerville Rotarians Kitty Ullmer 2014-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Dec 03, 2013

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The Centerville Rotary Club has been busy this fall doing what they do best - providing “Service above Self,” which happens to be the motto of Rotary. Hopefully you had a chance to participate in the annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser in October, which provides funds for the club’s service projects. Thanks to the generosity of the community, Centerville Rotary has been able to make some significant contributions to help others this fall.

Centerville Rotary Gives Back Carol Kennard 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Nov 25, 2013

Drawing for the Super Bowl Raffle is December 8th at 5:30 pm! Did you purchase raffle tickets? Check here for more details!

Super Bowl Raffle Drawing Carol Kennard 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gary Kuntz on Oct 20, 2013

WOW!!!

10% Back to Our Club

Act Now!  Only Good FROM 26 OCTOBER TO 30 NOVEMBER 2013

Chili’s vouchers are on the Centerville Rotary website! All you have to do is copy the vouchers and take with you when you eat at Chili’s on Miamisburg-Centerville Road!  Our Club will receive 10% back from people who present this voucher when dining at Chili’s on Miamisburg-Centerville Road.  So visit this location only and often,  oh, and eat a lot.  What an easy way to raise money for our Rotary Club.

In fine print:  Each person eating must have their own voucher (coupon).  Do not cut up!  Take in whole sheet of 4 each time you eat a Chili's on Miamisburg-Centerville Road.

Wow!!! 10% Back to Our Club Gary Kuntz 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Sep 17, 2013

What’s round and brown and hard to turn down? Pancakes, of course, and the Centerville Rotary Club will be whipping them up by the thousands, for eat in or carryout, during its 13th Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, October 26 from 7 a.m. until noon at Hithergreen Center, 5900 Hithergreen Drive.

Hungry to Help? Carol Kennard 2013-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Jul 29, 2013
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Carol Kennard was named Rotarian of the Year at a recent meeting of the Centerville Rotary Club.
2012-13 Rotarian of the Year Carol Kennard 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gary Kuntz on Jul 28, 2013
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Here is an essay by our member Rotarian Cynthia, reflecting on the changes that have come about in Rotary in a very short time.  Take a minute to reflect and enjoy.................................. 

The Women of Rotary Gary Kuntz 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Jun 05, 2013

The time is here to nominate the Rotarian you feel deserves to be named our Rotarian of the Year. Nomination ballots will be accepted from now until June 20. Please refer to the nomination form available under the Download section on the website and submit your nomination to President Kim no later than June 20. Good luck to everyone!

Time to Nominate Rotarian of the Year Carol Kennard 2013-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Jul 19, 2012

The Rotary District 6670 website can be found at www.rotary6670.org or click here: Rotary District 6670

For questions on the district website, please contact Chris Celek  at chris@celekmedia.com.

District 6670 Website Carol Kennard 2012-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on May 17, 2012
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Long time Centerville Rotarian, Nunzio Donald Cotrone passed away this week. Rotarians gave happy bucks at this week's meeting to share fond memories of Don, who was known as a gentle spirit and caring friend, with a humorous attitude. Services for Don will be held Saturday, May 19, 10 am at Centerville United Methodist Church. Obituary
Remembering Don Cotrone Carol Kennard 2012-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans (J) Berkel on Feb 24, 2012
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In the March 2012 issue of "the Rotarian" this article appeared about the Maji Mazuri project in Nairobi, Kenya. Our club has financially supported this project in the past. The aim of the project was to "rescue" children from one of the worst slums in Africa and bring them to a safe place where they can live, go to school, get to eat and help on the farm. The project was - after 5 years - completed earlier this year.
Maji Mazuri : The Children of the slums Hans (J) Berkel 2012-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Feb 13, 2012
June 13, 1972 the Centerville Rotary Club was formed. In preparation for our 40th anniversary, we are collecting stories and photos depicting the activities of the club. If you have any old photos, programs, stories, etc. please share them with Judy Budi or Hans Berkel.
Centerville Rotary Turns 40 Carol Kennard 2012-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mae E. Berkel - Ave' on Jan 09, 2012

A CHRISTMAS STORY

 There was a counselor of a school in Centerville who wrote this letter:

“I find myself in a position to help a little boy and his family. A 10 year old at our school has been diagnosed with a terrible, rare disease, called "Dock 8 Mutation". He has basically little or no immune system and the prognosis is not good. Mom is a single mother with 4 kids. Her paycheck depends on her being at work, which is tough because she is so often at the hospital. My heart breaks for her. We are reaching out in every way at our school with fundraisers, church donations, staff donations, clubs and groups. We are hoping to provide mom with enough money to pay her bills for four months. If he gets a bone marrow transplant, that’s about what she will need since she will have to stay near him at the children's hospital in Cincinnati.I have known this family for eight years and I know this to be a hard working woman doing her best for her children. She often works 50 hours a week, which is difficult on her children, but what choice does she have? She is not on welfare. This, finally is just a bit more than she can handle alone.

I am writing to all of you to ask if you would like to help. Maybe you are in a position to help a little, maybe a lot. So many of us hear sad stories on the news and don’t know how to help. Here’s a little guy who I know, and we can touch his life. I know whatever we collect will go directly to paying her rent, heat, food and car. Money should not be her primary worry at this most heart breaking time.”

 

Our Centerville club heard about this sad story and decided to give the "Christmas jar" money to this sick child. But how do we get enough money into a jar?? Just our small change would never amount to much. So we did crazy things, having members pay for chocolates in crystal dishes bought from rummage sales. Raffling off champagne with glasses, signed by a district governor from two years ago. Giving a dinner for $100.- / person which was attended by 16  people.

We wrote the counselor our good news, we were able to pay at least for one month “less problems” for the family.

We received a note back which said:

“OH MY GOSH!!! This is so exiting. You brought a tear to my eye! THANK YOUR CLUB. I hope you all know you are the embodiment of the Christmas spirit! There are no words to express how much this will help this family. Blessing to you all.”

Now WHAT is a Christmas jar? Just a jar where we saved money in, but the story started with the “Christmas Jar” book written by Jason Wright.  Money is given anonymously to people in need and this problem fit the story perfectly. So some “elves” got together having great fun and bringing three jars filled with money to the home of the sick boy. They rang the bell and ran away, but made sure that the door was opened and the jars taken in.

Then we received an e-mail with a story submitted by a Lady from Centerville in Ohio and this is what she wrote:

“My Christmas miracle was the Christmas jars I received on my front porch two nights ago from an anonymous Christmas angel! I am a single mother of 4 children and in October my youngest son was diagnosed with a very rare life threatening  disease called Dock 8 mutation The only treatment currently being tried for these patients is a bone marrow transplant. Due to the many appointments and with needing to be home more with my children I have been unable to work much these past few months. When I opened the door and saw these jars and the book “Christmas Jars”, me and my son broke down and cried. We were so touched! My youngest son said while in tears “mommy people really love me and they are helping me”. The Christmas jars are a true Christmas miracle and we are so grateful. The Centerville community have been so wonderful to me and my family during this difficult time. The community is beyond Amazing! Thanks again for bringing cheer and joy to our hearts. We are so grateful.”

 

Centerville Rotary is a small club of 56 members, they were able to bring together $3.600.- for this sick boy who now feels so much loved. Isn’t this what Rotary is all about?

“SERVICE ABOVE SELF”

Believe me, this club feels blessed being able to serve.

Christmas Story ...... Mae E. Berkel - Ave' 2012-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Oct 26, 2011
Thanks to the community for coming out in record numbers to support our annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast! We are grateful for the generous support from our sponsors and patrons. Check back here later for the final fundraising report.
Rotary Pancake Breakfast Carol Kennard 2011-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Oct 17, 2011
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After Pancake Day has come and gone, you can still support the Centerville Rotary Club just by eating at Bob Evans in Centerville on Monday, October 24. Take this flyer with you, give to your server and our club will receive 15% of your bill back in donations! It's that simple! Print out the flyer located under the Downloads section of the website, cut in half and share with a friend or neighbor.  Support a great local business while supporting a great local service club! Hope to see you there!

Rotary Fundraiser at Bob Evans Carol Kennard 2011-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Erich Eggers on Aug 22, 2011

Enjoy a casual gathering of Rotarians and friends at our next After Hours on September 14 at 6:30 pm. Details to follow

Rotary After Hours Erich Eggers 2011-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Jun 21, 2011
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 Help contribute to Polio Plus while enjoying great fellowship with fellow Rotarians at a Cincinnati Reds Game on August 13.
Rotary at the REDS Carol Kennard 2011-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Jun 16, 2011
And the winner is...Kim Senft-Paras -  the 2011 Rotarian of the Year! Thank you Kim for all you do! Check this site page for more details ROY Kim
Rotarian of the Year Carol Kennard 2011-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on May 16, 2011
Centerville Rotary members asked friends and relatives all over the world to vote for the video in order to garner the most votes for the Food 4 Summer program. The show of support won $1000 to buy all the milk for the program during school vacation.
Centerville Rotary Clubs wins $1,000 for Food 4 Summer Carol Kennard 2011-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Mar 17, 2011
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Congratulations go out to the outstanding students who were recipients of the 2010 Rotary Scholarships. Pictured here are: Robin Gimm, Katy Steele, Andrew Kolpitcke, Sunny Xu and Nolan Plate. Missing is Matthew Wall, who received a scholarship for a second year.
2010 Scholarship Winners Carol Kennard 2011-03-17 10:48:17Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Mar 17, 2011
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One of President Mark Koogler's first official duties was to induct two new members into our club on July 1. Please give a warm welcome to Terry Smith and Sandy Miles!
Welcome New Members Carol Kennard 2011-03-17 10:48:02Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Mar 17, 2011
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Welcome the 2010-2011 Centerville Rotary Board. President Mark Koogler, Club Service Director Brad Thorp, Treasurer Steve Hinshaw (hiding), Community Service Director Kim Paras, Secretary Bob Fry, Past President Jeff Senney, President-Elect Erich Eggers, Publicity Chair Joyce Young. Other board members not present include: Vice President Bob Kidd, Vocational Service Director and Interact Chair Mae Berkel, and Sergeant-at-Arms Don Stewart.
President Koogler Inducted Carol Kennard 2011-03-17 10:47:46Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Mar 17, 2011
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A few hearty Centerville Rotarians supported Polio Plus and survived the intense heat at the Great American Ballpark on Sunday! Too bad the Reds weren't able to pull one out for us.
Rotary Reds Game Carol Kennard 2011-03-17 10:47:34Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Mar 06, 2011
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Here is all of the information you need for the District 6670 Video Contest voting. 
Vote NOW thru April 1 for District Video Contest Carol Kennard 2011-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Feb 24, 2011
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Vineela Appalaneni from Centerville High School will represent the Centerville Rotary Club at the District Four-Way Speech Contest on April 3 at Wittenberg University in Springfield. Vineela treated our club to her winning speech at this past week's meeting. Vineela is the daughter of Rotarian Vas Appalaneni. Many thanks to Mae Berkel and Kim Senft-Paras for their work on selecting a student to represent our club!

Club Names Four-Way Speech Contest Winner Carol Kennard 2011-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Jan 31, 2011
Check out this new video about our annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser. It is a terrific community event, held the 4th Saturday in October at the Hithergreen Center in Washington Township. Hope you can join us!
Centerville Rotary Pancake Day
Centerville Rotary Pancake Day Carol Kennard 2011-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vas Appalaneni on Jan 12, 2011

Member Birthdays

 Scott Paulson

Jan 03

Jack Workman

Jan 10

Member Anniversaries

 John Callander

Jan 15

Sandy Miles

Jan 20

Jim Landsiedel

Jan 29

Mark Koogler

Jan 31

 Member Rotary Anniversaries

John Beals

Jan 01

18 Yrs

Sally Beals

Jan 01

18 Yrs

Don Gerhardt

Jan 01

37 Yrs

Steve Hinshaw

Jan 01

6 Yrs

Dick Hoback

Jan 01

37 Yrs

Rick Terhune

Jan 01

18 Yrs

Jeff Senney

Jan 05

7 Yrs

John Callander

Jan 13

12 Yrs

Ed Flohre

Jan 13

11 Yrs

 

Birthdays & Anniversaries Vas Appalaneni 2011-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vas Appalaneni on Jan 12, 2011
Club Birthdays & Anniversaries Vas Appalaneni 2011-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Dec 08, 2010
 
PDG Harvey Smith inducted Vas Appalaneni into the Centerville Rotary Club last week, shown here with stand-in sponsor Sally Beals and President-Elect Erich Eggers. Vas learned about our club while attending our annual Pancake Breakfast, Mae Berkel invited him to a meeting, and a few short months later, he is an official member! Vas lives in Washington Township with his wife and two children and works for a software company. Please welcome Vas to the club!
Vas Appalaneni Joins Centerville Rotary Carol Kennard 2010-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Dec 01, 2010
PDG Harvey Smith inducted two new members to the Centerville Rotary Club on Thursday, December 2.  Lindsey Daugherty was sponsored by Bob Fry and Amy Constable was  sponsored by Lindsey Daugherty. Both Lindsey and Amy are employed by Elmcroft  of Washington Township. Amy has two boys, ages 4 & 6 and Lindsey has four  girls ranging in age from 5 months to 13 years. Lindsey was a member of the  Xenia Rotary and Amy is getting involved in Rotary right away – she has agreed  to serve sa Secretary on the Board! Congratulations and welcome to both Lindsey  and Amy! Pictured here are President Mark Koogler, PDG Harvey Smith, Amy Constable, Lindsey Daugherty & Bob Fry.
Two More NEW Members Inducted!! Carol Kennard 2010-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Nov 17, 2010
 Please give a warm Rotary welcome to our newest member of the Centerville Rotary Club - Shirley Winterhalter!



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Welcome Shirley! Carol Kennard 2010-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Oct 24, 2010
John A. Thompson

Saying goodbye to one of our Rotarians


 
John Thompson Carol Kennard 2010-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Oct 11, 2010
 The Rotary Foundation is issuing a challenge to all Ohio State and Michigan fans...
Rotary Foundation Challenge Carol Kennard 2010-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Oct 05, 2010
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Join us for a terrific morning of fellowship and good food at our 10th Annual Pancake Day!

10th Annual Pancake Day Carol Kennard 2010-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Sep 05, 2010
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 Centerville Rotarians joined Rotarians from Kettering, Oakwood, Beavercreek and Moraine to spread the word of Rotary to thousands of people at the annual Holiday at Home parade in Kettering on Labor Day. Thanks to Lee H. & Cathy, Jeff S. & Sharon, Kim P. & Bruce, Carol K. & John, Don G. & his grandson, Hans B., John C., and Dan S. for displaying your Service Above Self!! To see photos of the event, view the photo album on the Rotary website.
Centerville Rotary in Holiday at Home Parade Carol Kennard 2010-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Aug 08, 2010
 
Please give a warm Centerville Rotary welcome to our newest member, Bob Jackson, who was inducted on August 5, 2010. Bob comes to us from the Fairborn club.


Bob Jackson Inducted Carol Kennard 2010-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard on Jul 21, 2010
Our newest partnership gives us the opportunity to provide food for needy children in our community. See Kim Paras for information on how you can help.
Food 2 Go Carol Kennard 2010-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Callander on Mar 28, 2009
Bob Corbin and Lori Shade April 30 - Don Cotrone and Dale Berry May 7 - Dave Dawson and Jim Singer
Greeters today John Callander 2009-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kennard

Read some interesting information on awareness of personal security in this fast-changing world, presented by a recent speaker at the Centerville Rotary Club.

Mark Metzner Talks Security Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
ImageOn May 2nd, Centerville Rotary Club participated in Operation 1000 Cherry Trees Project by planting five Yoshino cherry trees on the front lawn of Centerville Library, 111 W. Spring Valley Rd. The trees are complemented by a Peace Pole to commemorate this year’s Rotary International theme of “Peace through Service”. 
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Gather your golfing friends and register to participate in our May 2 Yankee Trace golf outing. The games will begin sequentially after our club meeting at 1:00 pm at 8-minute intervals. The amenities include 18-holes of championship golf; practice balls prior to play; EZ-Go RXV golf car; professional bag drop service and one roaming concession cart! Pat tells us that there will be activities for non-golfers, too. The cost is $35.00/player to join the fun! Contact Pat Beckel at (937) 436-2333 for more information.
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25 Years - What a Difference!

Rotary District 6670 Conference will celebrate Rotary's success, share Rotary stories, recognize excellence in our activities, achievement among our new generations, and contributions to humanity. 

April 19-20, 2013
Cincinnati Marriott Northeast
9664 S Mason-Montgomery Road
Mason, OH 45040 
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Hans Berkel 

1944-2013


It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our Rotary friend, and Past District Governor, Hans Berkel. Hans was diagnosed with stage four lymphoma in June, and although he put up a good fight, he passed away peacefully this morning at home, surrounded by his family. Hans was District 6670 Governor from 2009-10, and served in many leadership positions at his local Rotary Club, in the District, and for Rotary International. 

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This year's Rotarian of the Year was awarded to Hans Berkel. Thank you Hans for all you do for our club!
2012 Rotarian of the Year - Hans Berkel Carol Kennard 0
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Each spring, local Rotary Clubs partner with local school districts to select one or more High School sophomores and juniors (Award Winners) to attend a leadership development program known as RYLA, which stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. This camp is a terrific 48 hour Leadership training event for your Award Winners.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Hans (J) Berkel
Watch a video message from RI President Kalyan Banerjee

Rotary club members worldwide are cautiously celebrating a major milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio. India, until recently an epicenter of the wild poliovirus, has gone one year without recording a new case of the crippling, sometimes fatal, disease. India’s last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal State on 13 January 2011. The country recorded 42 cases in 2010, and 741 in 2009.

A chief factor in India’s success has been the widespread use of the bivalent oral polio vaccine, which is effective against both remaining types of the poliovirus. Another has been rigorous monitoring, which has helped reduce the number of children missed by health workers during National Immunization Days to less than 1 percent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Rotary has been a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since 1988, along with WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is also a key supporter of the initiative. 

Sporting their signature yellow vests and caps, the nearly 119,000 Rotarians in India have helped administer vaccine to children, organize free health camps and polio awareness rallies, and distribute banners, caps, comic books, and other items.

“With the support of their Rotary brothers and sisters around the world, Indian Rotarians have worked diligently month after month, year after year, to help organize and carry out the National Immunization Days that reach millions of children with the oral polio vaccine,” says RI President Kalyan Banerjee, of the Rotary Club of Vapi, Gujarat.

“The achievement of a polio-free India for a full year is a significant step towards a polio-free world -- an example as to what can be accomplished no matter what problems need to be overcome,” says Robert S. Scott, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “Rotarians of India are and should be proud of the key efforts they have made at all levels, without which the world would not be marking this milestone.”

Deepak Kapur, chair of the India PolioPlus Committee, also credits the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for its commitment to ending polio. To date, the Indian government has spent more than US$1.2 billion on domestic polio eradication activities. “Government support is crucial if we are to defeat polio, and we are fortunate that our government is our biggest advocate in this effort,” Kapur says.

“Marching ahead, the goal is to sustain this momentum,” he adds, describing as potentially “decisive” the upcoming immunization rounds this month and in February and March.

If all ongoing testing for polio cases recorded through 13 January continues to yield negative results, WHO will declare that India has interrupted transmission of indigenous wild poliovirus, laying the groundwork for its removal from the polio-endemic countries list, which also includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. However, because non-endemic countries remain at risk for cases imported from endemic countries, immunizations in India and other endemic and at-risk countries must continue. Neighboring Pakistan, which has reported 189 cases so far for 2011, is a major threat to India’s continued polio-free status. Last year, an outbreak in China, which had been polio-free for a decade, was traced genetically to Pakistan.

“As an Indian, I am immensely proud of what Rotary has accomplished,” Banerjee says. “However, we know this is not the end of our work. Rotary and our partners must continue to immunize children in India and in other countries until the goal of a polio-free world is finally achieved.”

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A village in Bolivia now has access to clean water as the result of a project supported by The Rotary Foundation’s Clean Water for Coffee Growing Countries Donor Advised Fund. Photo courtesy of Five for Water

By selling fair trade coffee to Rotary clubs throughout the United States, a former Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar is helping to raise money to fund worldwide clean water initiatives.  


A pump provides water to a village in Tanzania -- part of a project made possible by the Foundation’s donor advised fund. Water and sanitation is one of Rotary’s areas of focus under the Future Vision Plan. Photo courtesy of Five for Water

Five for Water, a project started by Bill Prost, a member of the Rotary Club of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA, finances a Rotary Foundation donor advised fund for water projects in coffee-producing countries. After forming a partnership with Green Mountain Coffee, Prost invited clubs to purchase the organic coffee and sell it in their community. Funds generated from the sales would go toward water projects throughout Africa, Central and South America, and Indonesia. 

“I wanted to create a year-round project that’s fit for any size club,” says Prost, who studied in England as a 1979-80 Rotary Scholar. “Any club, no matter how large or small, can help be a part of this. It’s a really simple project.” 

Coffee sales

Even though the project was launched only a year ago, more than 300 clubs in the United States are already selling the coffee. Their efforts have netted nearly $184,000, providing more than 50,000 people in 10 countries with access to clean water. 

An estimated two million people die every year from waterborne diseases, and more than one billion lack access to clean water, according to the World Health Organization. “I told myself that, as a Rotarian, it was my responsibility to do something about [that],” Prost says.  

After the money is raised, clubs seek an international partnership with another club and apply for a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant. A big focus of Five for Water has been funding the installation of wells to serve schools, orphanages, and medical clinics -- but, according to Prost, the project’s scope goes beyond that. 

“We’re not narrow-minded on what we’ll fund,” he says. “It’s always about water and where we can have a good partnership.” 

Wells in Bolivia

Recently, Five for Water installed eight wells in Bolivia and pump stations near a reservoir in Sumatra. Prost has also partnered with a club in Missouri and Engineers Without Borders to create a pipeline in Honduras that supplies water from an existing well and a water tower. The project’s goal is to provide more than 300 families with clean drinking water. 

Because Five for Water only sells coffee in the United States, and several clubs elsewhere have expressed an interest in getting involved, Prost says the next step is to expand the project internationally. 

“This is a simple and fun project designed for any club,” he says. “It works because Rotary has so many international components, and we’re all wanting to work together for a similar cause.”

This story appeared on the RI Website. Our Centerville Rotary club is selling the coffee to (a) help with raising moneys for clean water projects around the world ; (b) raise funds for our own club. Coffee is now on sale through Hans Berkel. Contact Hans if you need/want any coffee. Remember... you can also buy coffee for your friends, family, neighbors etc.etc.

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Posted by Dan Sortman
Please join us for the 4th Annual Miami Valley Freedom Alliance Golf Classic Friday, July 30 & Saturday, July 31 at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace. For more information and online registration go to www.freedomgolfclassic.com
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Posted by Carol Kennard
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Another new member was inducted into the Centerville Rotary Club last week. Please join me in welcoming George Korenyi-Both as our newest member. George is an engineer and neighbor of Jeff Senney.
Welcome George Korenyi-Both Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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The newest Centerville Rotarian, Nikima Barnhill, was inducted into the club on May 13. Niki works in the Business Services Division with the Ohio Secretary of State. She lives in Centerville and is a Philadelphia Eagles fan! Please give a warm welcome to Niki!
Welcome Niki Barnhill Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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A new Centerville Rotarian is a familiar face! Bev Fitzgerald rejoined the club last month. Please help us welcome her back into our family!
Bev Fitzgerald is Back! Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
Calling all future leaders of Rotary! Sign up for this FREE leadership training session NOW!
Rotary Leadership Institute Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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Several cub scouts and their parents joined Centerville Rotarians at Grant Park on April 17 to complete our annual mulching of the trees in the Rotary Memorial Pine Forest. Thanks to Rotarians John Beals, Matt Kuhn, Dan Hodapp, Fred Weir and Carol Kennard for your help! Good work was done by all!
2010 Rotary Mulch Day Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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John Grubb was inducted as the newest member of the Centerville Rotary Club. Please seek him out at the next meeting to get to know him better. Welcome John!
Newest Member Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
By now all of you should have received in the mail the official invitation for the first ever District 6670 Gala Event on March 11 at the Dayton Art Institute. It promises to be a great evening and our DG Hans is really hoping that we will sell out the place. He encourages all clubs to buy a table and fill it up with Rotarians from your club. Plan to come and be part of Rotary history in our district when we formally launch the Paul Harris Society in District 6670. The Paul Harris Society is for Rotarians who pledge to contribute $1,000 per year for at least 5 years to the RI Foundation. Do you want to become a part of this prestigious group? See President Senney for a registration form.
Foundation Gala Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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Several Rotarians accompanied DG Hans Berkel to Nigeria for a National Immunization Day in February. When this photo was taken in Kano, Nigeria, they had already immunized 900 children with the polio vaccine! Thanks to all Rotarians who make the polio vaccine available and to those who travel across the world administering the vaccine. Your efforts make a difference to the children of the world!
National Immunization Day Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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2009 Pancake Day was a great success thanks to the hard work of many Centerville Rotarians:
Pancakes 09 a Success! Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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The Centerville Rotary Club celebrated the holidays with their traditional lunch with family members at Yankee Trace and entertainment by the talented show choir, Center Stage. President Senney joined in the fun, portraying the jolly old elf himself!
Santa Senney Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
Would you like to help some needy children in the Centerville/Washington Township area have a good Christmas? Check the Downloads section of the website for information about the Adopt A Family program the Centerville Rotary Club supports each year.
Christmas Adopt A Family Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
Message from DG Hans Berkel on how we can assist the countries that have recently experienced natural disasters.
Samoa, Indonesia, Phillipines Assistance Needed Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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See letter we received from the Rotary Club of Candido Mota regarding our donation to purchase running shoes for the track team!
Candido Mota Shoes Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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DG Hans came home with one of the coveted "gold medals", partnering with Kelly Eggers in the Egg on Spoon Relay at the Picnic on the Farm O'lympics! The Centerville Club showed good support of our District Governor during a lovely afternoon at Carriage Hill Metropark. Rotarians Judy Stang, Don Stewart, John Callander, Chuck Ackley, Erich Eggers, Don Gerhardt, Carol Kennard and their families had an enjoyable meal and good comaraderie with fellow Rotarians! Sorry the rest of you missed a great time! Check out pictures in the photo journal on the home page.
Family Day of Rotary Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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Rotary Pancake Day is moving to the Hithergreen Center on October 24!
Rotary Pancake Day Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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Centerville Rotary was proudly represented in the Americana Festival Parade thanks to Lee Hieronymus and his firetruck & Cathy, President Jeff Senney, Judy Stang, and Bob Fry & grandson.
Americana Parade Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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Congratulations to Hans Berkel for being inducted as District 6670's Governor for the 2009-2010 year. We wish Hans and Mae a successful and enjoyable year leading our district!
District Governor Berkel Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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Centerville Rotarians had another successful work day at the House of Bread this week. Thanks to Greg Horn for leading the project and for helpers Matt Kuhn, Hans & Mae Berkel (and their friend), Don Gerhardt, Jack Workman, Don Cotrone and photographer Fred Weir.
House of Bread Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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Five of the 2009 Rotary Scholarship recipients and their families were honored guests at the meeting June 4.
2009 Scholarship Recipients Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
Rotary sponsorship helped team succeed at the National Tournament.
CHS Science Olympiad Update Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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Ten Rotarians, 4 scouts, 3 scout leaders and 1 Park District employee joined forces to spruce up the Rotary Memorial Pine Forest last Saturday.
Rotary Mulch Day Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Hans (J) Berkel

Our club has for many years now gone to help at the "House of Bread". Recently a team of Centerville Rotarians volunteered again to help prepare and cook a meal for about 250 people. In the current economic climate the need for feeding those less fortunate than we is enormous. Hence, Mae Berkel wrote a grant request to our district to receive money from our District Simplified Grants to support the "House of Bread".

 

Centerville receives DSG grant for House of bread" Hans (J) Berkel 0
Rotary loses long time member Jac Sheley Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Hans (J) Berkel
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It has become a tradition for the Presidents-Elect and their partners participate in a community service project during the PETS-traning. This year's service project was selected by the partners of the DGE's of all 5 districts in Ohio. All Rotary clubs in Ohio (n = 280) were asked to fill a 30 gallon container with supplies for the Fisher house and bring it to PETS.
Rotary supports Fisher house at WPAFB Hans (J) Berkel 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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Five students and three Rotarians are making final preparations for their international service project in Brazil.
Brazil Group Prepares for Service Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Hans (J) Berkel
Mercy Manor Hans (J) Berkel 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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New Paul Harris member recognized.
Congrats Dan Hodapp Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Carol Kennard
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New Paul Harris recognized.
Congrats Judy Stang Carol Kennard 0
Posted by Hans (J) Berkel
Mae made a tomato soup for the Assistant Governors when a training meeting was held in our house. Apparently people sort of liked it because all of them wanted the recipe....Here it is.
Soup anyone....?? Hans (J) Berkel 0
Posted by Hans (J) Berkel

In 1985 Rotary International took on the challenge of eradicating polio worldwide. In collaboration with WHO and the CDC, Rotarians have contributed US$ 850 million towards this cause. In addition countless volunteers hours have been spend by Rotarians to give the polio vaccine to over two billion children in 122 countries. Currently polio is only endemic in four countries : India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Rotarians are  determined to "finish the job" and make this world polio free.   

Rotary's Polio challenge Hans (J) Berkel 0
Posted by Hans (J) Berkel
"Library in a box" Hans (J) Berkel 0
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