This Week at Rotary: July 13, 2017
Past President Ron Hollenbeck (L) is seen here with our newest club member, inducted this day, Katie Neubert (third from left), and her sponsor Ann Blackburn (second from left), and PDG Harvey Smith, who inducted Katie. Welcome, Katie.
Our new Assistant District Governor Don E. Schweitzer, from the Moraine Rotary, honored us with a visit.
He is seen in the picture below.
Our speaker for the day, Kim Bramlage, talked about the many services of the Goodwill/Easter Seals program, one of six such merged programs in the nation.
Carolyn Rice, Montgomery County Treasurer, came representing the Dayton Rotary Club and their upcoming peace project.
Proving what Ron said about Saloni being back in India is not "Fake News," is this picture of her upon her arrival in her native India, surrounded by her family, with her nephew in the front row. Happy, happy. Home with her beautiful family.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Don Overly
July 3
Deborah Dulaney
July 8
Sally D. Beals
July 12
Kim Senft-Paras
July 13
Brian Bergmann
July 14
David Trout
July 14
Michael Wier
July 17
Erich Eggers
July 23
Ron Hollenbeck
July 30
Spouse Birthdays
Allison Durnbaugh
July 28
Dan Sortman
July 2
Brad Huffman
Shannon Huffman-McAfee
July 4
Frank Perez
Maureen Perez
July 14
Join Date
Rebecca Quiñones
July 7, 2016
1 year
Jul 20, 2017
Fraze Pavilion
Jul 27, 2017
Downtown Dayton Partnership
Aug 03, 2017
Dayton Council of World Affairs (DCOWA)
Aug 17, 2017
DLM Culinary Center
Aug 31, 2017
District Governor Address
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Rotary's Theme for 2017-18
The GREETERS​​​: ​​​​ 
07/20/2017 Graham Ross and Lee Hieronymus
07/27/2017 Dave Trout and Mark Febus
08/03/2017 Judy Budi and Katie Neubert
08/10/2017 Kim Senft-Paras and Joyce Young
If you cannot greet on the day assigned, contact Kitty and she will schedule a replacement.
Meeting on 07/13/2017
Frank Perez and Don Gerhardt greeted this day. Frank is on the left.
Here the greeters are welcoming Tom Broadwell, Ron Hollenbeck, and Arnie Biondo. 
Today's speaker Kim Bramlage (L) is seen arriving and talking with Arnie Biondo. Behind her is Carolyn Rice, Montgomery County Treasurer, who has come to talk about a peace project hosted by the Dayton Rotary, and then Chuck King.
Arnie Biondo and Chuck King helped set up the Rotary banner and objects needed for the club meeting this day. They are seen in the picture below doing just that.

The desserts and coffee are spread out on a table to be picked up before dinner is served. The salads and rolls are put on the tables before the members arrive.
What is not pictured is the filet mignon served this day with string beans and mashed potatoes. We were too busy eating then. Bringing the meal this day was Carla Salon. She has her hands full.
The Centerville Rotary Club met at The Club House at Yankee Trace at noon. Past President Ron Hollenbeck led the Pledge of Allegiance, PDG Harvey Smith led the prayer, and Ann Blackburn led the singing of God Bless America.
Today's guests included: 
Our Assistant District Governor Don E. Schweitzer, seen above, who replaces Greg Birkemeyer in that role; our new member to be installed this day, Katie Neubert, seen above; our speaker Kim Bramlage, seen above, with Goodwill/Easter Seals; and Montgomery Country Treasurer Carolyn Rice, seen above, with Dayton Rotary. All four are seen in picture below
Before the announcements, a message from Saloni, our Indian youth exchange student, now back in India. She sends greetings to all the club members and is now on our Friends list to receive news about the club, which she said should keep her connected. As you know she is very appreciative of the club's support during her stay and left a hand-written thank-you note to each and every member. See Ron Hollenbeck if you haven't gotten yours yet.
Past president Ron Hollenbeck said Peachy Metzner, our newly installed president, could not make today's meeting because his new granddaughter was back in the hospital with pneumonia and he and his wife had charge of the new born's young siblings. Ron stepped in to do the honors this day.
Ron said Bridget Herzog has handed in her resignation from the club due to added responsibilities at St. Vincent dePaul that require her attention. She said she enjoyed her short time here and the friendliness of all the club members.
Ron reminded club members of the social mixer at Carrabbas this coming Monday at 5 p.m., hosted by Adam Manning, manager at the restaurant.
Ron told board members that he would e-mail them about their next meeting that might be held at Washington Twp. offices. 
Ron called Katie Neubert up front to be installed as a new member. PDG Harvey Smith did the honors and Katie talked a bit about her background.
A former Dayton Rotarian, Katie said she has been married three years, and at age 47, she had never been married and has no children. She said her husband is the director at SICSA, the pet adoption center. She said she grew up in Steubenville, but is a UD grad and got her master's degree at a university in Sheffield, England.
Here Katie is shaking hands with Ann Blackburn her sponsor, with Harvey to the right.
Katie had been with the Dayton Rotary and so Harvey dispensed with the info he usually gives about Rotary's mission. 
Boyd Preston then stepped to the podium to mention that the next bi-annual club service day would be Aug. 19, a Saturday, with the 18th being for the House of Bread service day. An option to be added would be to work with BOGG at their Chevy Chase outing Aug. 15, where they serve food and a hot meal. This is a Tuesday and would be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. They serve food and talk to residents and have music and games to play. 
Boyd said Hannah's Treasure Chest is in need of volunteers to help out with their half marathon July 22, sponsored by the Friends of Hannah's Treasure Chest. You'd have to be there early..5:30 a.m., 6 a.m., 6:15 a.m, he said
HAPPY BUCKS: Sgt.-at-Arms Erich Eggers was absent, so club member Brian Hayes collected Happy Bucks for Project Warm with the help of club treasurer Gerry Eastabrooks. Each $20 donation buys a new children's winter coat distributed by Hannah's Treasure Chest in partnership with local social agencies.
Arnie Biondo gave $10 for half a coat, and for his two favorite Dayton Rotary Club members...Whom he didn't identify...Carolyn, Kim and Katie have all been Dayton Rotary Club members.
Frank Perez gave $5 for his 33rd anniversary.
Ann Blackburn gave $4 for missing some meetings and for Katie Neubert becoming a new member today.
Brian Bergman gave for what sounded like three!
Lee Hieronymus gave, mentioning the auction at the Montgomery County Fair, and Dan Johnson gave for the new members. Phil Raynes gave $5 for Katie as a new member, and Jim Harris and Gerry Eastabrooks gave for a new coat, and Judy Budi gave a Happy Buck for our new member. Raj Grandhi gave $20 for a coat and Harvey gave for our new member and Katie gave and Kim Senft-Paras gave for her birthday, and Joyce Young gave to welcome Katie, and Ron Hollenbeck gave for half a coat and for knocking something off his bucket list. He said he sang a duet with a guy named Mike McDonald...or something that sounded like that, at the Fraze where he was one night.
Today's Speaker: Kim Bramlage, Public Relations Manager for Goodwill/Easter Seals, Miami Valley
Chuck King introduced our speaker Kim Bramlage, and Carolyn Rice, who came to speak about the Dayton Rotary's upcoming peace project, which she hopes we might participate in.
Chuck said Kim has worked for the Goodwill/Easter Seals agency for seven years. She was in the Dayton Rotary from 2007-9 and was president of the Northmont Rotary in 2004. In 2014 she was president of Leadership Dayton. 
Kim said the local agency is part of a much larger organization, whose mission it is to empower people with disabilities and other disadvantages, and to help them lead an independent life, and to improve the quality of their lives. Goodwill and Easter Seals merged 20 years ago, in 1999, because they felt they had overlapping missions of helping people and supporting them. Goodwill helped mostly people of middle age, while Easter Seals helped the disabled children and seniors. They are one of only six such merged agencies in the country, she said. 
 Their Community Service Center on Main Street served more than 20,000 people last year, she said. The original center on Kuntz Road off Stanley Avenue was opened 30 years ago, and it only served a couple hundred people, she said. Of the agency's 1,100 employees, 50 percent have a disability of one sort or another, sometimes not always visible, she said.
They serve individuals in 23 counties, from Defiance in the north to Adams County in the south. There are two Goodwills in Cincinnati, she said, "ours and Cincinnati's." The agency has three operating divisions...a support division with a facilitator (HR); program services, with outreach, work force development, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, with children and youth services, and adult developmental and day program, to develop social interaction. They have mentors with teenagers and sign language for those with autism. They do testing of youth in pre-schools to help find developmental delays, and they have senior adult day services where a caregiver can bring a person to a day program. 
They also have a business service division for janitorial training and services. They have resource solutions with people assembling packages, e-cycling, computer sales, and recycling and repair of computers, working with DELL. They have people shelf stocking at WPAFB working third shift. About 130 people work at night as part of a federal agreement for people with disabilities. 
They also have a Retail Division, 29 stores plus the Outlet store, where items are not sorted but sold by the pound. These are the last ditch items that weren't sold in the area stores, she said. They also have an auto auction.
They opened three new stores last year: Butler Township/Miller Lane, Lima, Huber Heights/Sulplur Grove. "It is a $2 million operation for us," she said. The Outlet store is on Woodman Drive, out where Gold Circle used to be, she said.
Also there is a huge e-commerce business, she said. You can reach it at The retail stores help bring awareness of the people with disabilities, she said. 
At the senior adult day care the people are fed breakfast and lunch and have exercise classes and field trips, and balance work to learn how to maneuver better.
They have adult daycare in Dayton and Kettering and would like to be in north Dayton again, she said. She mentioned Lima, Piqua, Springfield, and Dayton-
Beavercreek. In Beavercreek they have a store and a Daycare program. In the future they would like to combine retail and programming, she said. Mostly people with Alzheimers/dementia are the ones who come to the day care, she said.
They also provide things to help people with disabilities, such as magnification, calendars and color coded things, so they can stay independent. Medical equipment can be loaned. They have walkers and wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment which they get through donations. They loan them out on a temporary basis, which can be long or short. We live our mission, Kim said. 
She said GraceWorks does some credit counseling for them. "We try to help people get the help they need," she said. They have a radio reading service and they hope they will soon be able to listen on-line. This is Tuesdays at 3 p.m. They might read a suburban newspaper. A schedule is provided and radio is free. 
Club member Ray Merz asked about where the organization started about 80 years ago by a Methodist minister. Kim said it was Boston, and that people were hired to mend clothes and fix toys. 
She said Goodwill charges for items in its retail stores because "we give a hand up and not a handout. There is a value to those clothes items, she said.
Carolyn Rice came to speak about the Rotary Action for Peace event that the Dayton Rotary is hosting Sunda, Sept. 10. It is a Peacebuilder's Walk, which will begin at RiverScape and last from 3 to 6 p.m. You can register on-line or the day of the event, she said. You can walk or volunteer to help out. A $20 donation is asked to participate, she said. Carolyn said they hope to have a Peacebuilder's District in the coming year for Rotary. Carolyn said last year 750 people walked. You will walk by the Peace Museum and come back via the Peace Bridge at the end, at 4-5 p.m. There will be a brief concert at 6 p.m., she said. For the whole Rotary district to become a Peacebuilder would cost around $25,000, she said. 
With 3,000 members in the district, that would amount to about $8 per member. Ron Hollenbeck said our club's board has opted to fund our club's share at the board level.
Carolyn said they'd like to see some kind of competition among clubs, with the most participants getting to have a Peace Pole for the year.
The program was a little murky to me, so I looked it up on the Internet and found a more lengthy explanation:

Join the 3rd Annual Miami Valley Peacebuilders Walk & Village on Sunday, September 10 at Five Rivers Metro Park, downtown Dayton (Registration begins at 3:00 PM). This effort is organized by the Rotary Club of Dayton in collaboration with the Peace and 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation and dozens of local peacebuilder organizations.


WHAT IS A PEACEBUILDERS WALK & VILLAGE? It is a family-friendly, educational event designed to promote peace literacy (i.e. the art of living peaceably) through the stories of peace heroes and peacebuilders.

PEACEBUILDING IS A 'TEAM SPORT'  Teams are formed by individuals who select a peace hero to be honored.  These individuals often represent an organization they belong to such as service club, faith community, business, school or civic organization.

IS THERE A COST TO PARTICIPATE? The walk is free to the public and donations are gladly received to help support local peace literacy and peacebuilding initiatives. 

HOW ARE THE FUNDS HANDLED? A local service club such as a Rotary Club or respected nonprofit handles the funds and allocates them for local peace literacy initatives and peacebuilding organizations such as the Rotarian Action Group for Peace which serves as a hub for consensus peace action worldwide. 

The Peace Hero/Builder Walks are supported in part by a generous donation of funds and volunteer support of the Rotary Club of Dayton, Ohio


is often an everyday person who accepts risk and succeeds in making the world a less violent and more just place.

WHAT IS PEACE LITERACY?  Peace literacy refers to competency in the knowledge and skills needed to create a more peaceful world.


  • recognize interconnections;
  • promote justice;
  • reject vengeance;
  • foster reconciliation.


Words lead to thoughts ... that lead to action ...that lead to CHANGE!  Peace literacy words are the building blocks for a more secure, just and prosperous world.

The meeting was closed with the reciting of the Rotary Four-Way Test.
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