The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
eBulletin - November 11, 2021
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
President Brian Hayes welcomed everyone to the meeting of the Centerville Rotary Club and led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. PDG Harvey Smith provided the prayer.
President Brian gave the following announcements:
  • Thought of the moment – writer Carlos Casaneda said, “We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.”
  • Today our Guest Speaker is District Governor Elect Frank Scott, and he will receive a proper introduction in a few moments.
Ron Hollenbeck reminded all to  pick up your annual Rotary Foundation drive letter. It details how much you need to get your first Paul Harris Fellow or to the next level of Paul Harris Fellow. Remember the club will match your donation dollar for dollar, using points. Ron will mail any letters left after the meeting today.
Ron also mentioned the new Rotary 125 Club. Simply donate $100 to the Annual Fund and $25 to Polio Plus this year, and you will get the 125 Club pin.
This quarter we are collecting for Blue Star Mothers (of America) – which is a private nonprofit organization in the United States that provides support for mothers who have sons or daughters in active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Our Sergeant of Arms today was Pat Beckel. Pat introduced his guest and local celebrity, Jake Preston. Jake appears in all movies filmed in Dayton, including the last movie Robert Redford filmed here.
Happy Bucks were generously given today for:
  • Pat Beckel was grateful for everyone who served in the Armed Forces
  • Mike Wier announced the Ohio Valley British Band will perform a concert this Sunday at Springboro High School beginning at 4 pm
  • Bill Menker was thankful the library levy passed last week
  • Uriah Anderson was celebrating his 7 year anniversary, and apologized as he needed to leave early to meet the plumber
  • Judy Budi was thankful for all Veterans and that she will get to babysit her 6 month old granddaughter this weekend
  • Arnie Biondo was thankful for his dad and father-in-law who were both WWII Vets
  • Frank Scott gave for Veterans Day and the Rotary Foundation
  • Ron Hollenbeck gave for Frank Scott, Veterans, and Pat’s legs
  • Adam Manning gave for his Grandpa Manning who was a Silver Star recipient
  • Harvey Smith received an email from Rodrigo, former exchange student who just turned 20, and says hello to everyone
  • Jim Harris for uncles and cousins for their service in the wars
  • Chuck King gave for all Veterans
  • Ray Merz gave for all Veterans
  • Carol Sue Galloway gave for her father who was a WWII Purple Heart recipient, and a cousin who’s had a career at the Pentagon
  • Elda Gotos-Gay gave for many family members who are Veterans
  • Sofie Ameloot gave for Veterans
  • Brad Thorp gave for two of his sons who are Veterans
  • Brad Hoffman gave for Veterans, and for the Centerville Jazz Band who will be performing this weekend at grand nationals and then in NYC at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. They will also perform during the Holiday Walk before they get on the bus for NYC
  • Boyd Preston gave for Veterans and the 246th birthday of US Marine Corps
  • Carol Kennard gave for Veterans and for the fun Rotarians had separating Milkweed seed from the fluff (which ended up all over everyone!)
  • Larry Marchand for Veterans
  • Jeff Senney for his dad Walter, who was in the Navy, got a call about Pearl Harbor and was ready with just a shovel and rake in hand but no one ever came
  • Brian Hayes gave for Veterans
Our speaker today was Frank Scott, District Governor Elect.
Arnie Biondo introduced our speaker today, Frank Scott, a member of the Dayton club, has been involved in many District roles, and is currently our District Governor Elect.
Frank Scott mentioned when he visits the Centerville Club, he has a hard time knowing what to say about the Rotary Foundation, as our club is always in the top 3 most generous in the district.
When there was a need for a global grant for the driest country in the world, the Centerville club led by Ron Hollenbeck, stepped up to secure funding for 20 life pumps in Malawi. Frank shared that women in undeveloped countries worldwide, spend 200 million hours/year collecting clean water, often times walking 6 hours one way to reach a water source. Frank gave thanks for the impact the Centerville Club has had worldwide.
Frank then shared the lifetime giving to the Rotary Foundation from our club is $480,000. Rotary has a new area of focus this year - the Environment and our 50th anniversary plans include protecting the environment. He recognized our club for being in the forefront of Rotary needs.
District recognition
  • Matching point system: you earn a point for every dollar contributed to the Rotary Foundation - Polio, Annual Fund, Global grants; can use your points on anyone but yourself. Can recognize others
  • Paul Harris Fellow: We have 42 PHF in our club currently, with many multiple PHF; you can earn up to 9 PHF
  • PHF can be a combination of dollars and points
Can donate to an area of focus if want: clean water, promote peace, (Kim Forester we sponsored is now a peace sponsor for Rotary), fight disease, save mothers and children, support education, grow local economies, and protect the environment.
Last year, the Rotary Foundation ran out of money on June 4 (had spent all in budget). Usually approve 1,000 grants, and last fiscal year they approved 2,000. Ultimate budget totaled $140 million and covered all areas of focus.
Polio became a focus in 1980’s. District 6670 raised $1.2 million from ’85-’87
In 2007 Bill Gates made his Polio challenge and Rotarians met the challenge. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only 2 countries still with polio and only 2 new cases were reported this year in February. Rotarians/Vaccinators are still able to go house to house even with the recent change in government in Afghanistan.
So why is there still a need to raise funds for polio?
There is a requirement to vaccinate children 3 years in a row and 450 million still need vaccinated. Not every lab in the world can detect the polio, (by looking at wastewater systems). Still have several years of eradication before the world can be declared polio free.
In 2020 Africa was declared polio free by the WHO. Rotarians still volunteer on national immunization days - a life changing experience for them.
Have to get through 3 years without a new case to declare polio free
Gates challenged Rotary to raise $50 million this year to get $100 million from Gates. Donations provide for worldwide work. If every member participates, we can raise enough for the Gates match. John Germ is the current chair of the Rotary Foundation.
Frank explained about how the District grants work. District 6670 was able to fund our 3 requests this year. They gave out $75,000 total this year and transitioned to online for grant submissions and closing reports. April 30 is the deadline to apply; review in May; fund in July/August. Rotary changed accounting system this year so there have been a few bumps in the road.
Frank explained how Rotary invests money. Annual Fund Share is a 3 year funding cycle. RI invests the principal on short term basis, and 50% of the funds are returned to the District three years later. He gave the example of district contributing $200,000; three years later district receives $100,000 which the district splits up as $50,000 district grants, $50,000 global grants of which 20,000 goes back for Polio. Rotary Foundation investment proceeds provide operating funds, so they are not taking from the donations to operate the foundation.
You can designate Polio for your PHF donation, if desired.
Global Polio Eradication Initiative - oversees all polio operations around the world. Our money goes there and they decide how it is spent.
72 labs around the world are currently operating to detect polio in wastewater. Research, vaccinations, and education still going on to eradicate polio totally. India still has immunization days.
Ron Hollenbeck noted Frank has been a great friend to this club; helped marshal through our district grant applications. He is a great resource for the Global grant process.
President Brian thanked Frank for the great information.
To honor the sacrifices of our Veterans, Chuck King shared a video of Steve Richie, a Veteran and speaker at Eustis, Florida Rotary Club. Steve is one of the five aces in Vietnam. (Shot down 5 airplanes) He told the story of a soldier rescue after being lost in Vietnam for 23 days. You can watch this inspiring story by visiting this LINK.
Next week our guest speaker will be Mike Cordonnier who will share about the CHS Theater Tech Program.
President Brian led reciting of the 4 Way Test and wished everyone a good week.
Rotary 50th Anniversary Service Project
Several Rotarians and family members met at the Activity Center Park this week to separate milkweed seed from the fluff for winter storage. Next spring we will plant all seed collected this fall in the pollinator area at Grant Park-McEwen Entrance. Thanks to a somewhat windy day, we were all wearing much of the fluff in no time!
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