This Week at Rotary: May 31, 2018
Our speaker, Dr. Vincent J. Russo (L), president of Air Camp in Dayton,
is seen here with our club vice president Chuck King. 
Former Centerville City Manager received two awards this day. Here he is seen getting his 
Paul Harris-plus one pin from PDG Harvey Smith. He also received the club's
Service Above Self award for all he has done over the years for the club and community.
This sock belongs to one of our unofficial greeters today. 
Proud dad Dave Bockrath gave $100 in Happy Bucks to announce
that his youngest daughter, Perri Bockrath,
a recent Alter High School grad,
is headed to the state tournament
to compete in the girls cross country races.
Jun 07, 2018
Scholarship Awardees
Jun 14, 2018
WWII in the Pacific
Jun 21, 2018
Installation of Officers @ Benham Grove
Jul 19, 2018
Saluting Our Grandmas: Women of WWII
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bob Fry
June 15
Matthew Kuhn
June 17
Donald K. Gerhardt
June 22
Carol Kennard
June 28
Spouse Birthdays
Carlos Quiñones
June 1
Kate Huffman
June 4
Bev Callander
June 22
Harvey B. Smith
Carolyn Smith
June 8
Dick Hoback
Marilyn Hoback
June 16
John Beals
June 21
Peachy Metzner
Pamela Metzner
June 21
Chuck King
Elaine King
June 25
Donald K. Gerhardt
June 25
Raymond A. Merz
June 26
Boyd Preston
Deborah Preston
June 27
Don Stewart
Teri Stewart
June 28
Join Date
Michael Wier
June 1, 1981
37 years
Ann Blackburn
June 5, 2001
17 years
Bob Fry
June 8, 2005
13 years
Don Overly
June 13, 1972
46 years
Harvey B. Smith
June 13, 1972
46 years
Lee Hieronymus
June 13, 1972
46 years
Matthew Kuhn
June 30, 2004
14 years
Shelley Fisher
June 30, 2006
12 years
Russell Hampton
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Centerville Rotary Club Meeting May 31, 2018
The GREETERS​​​: ​​​​ 
05/31/2018  Sofie Ameloot with Boyd Preston, Peachy Metzner, Jim Briggs, etc.
06/07/2018  Greg Horn and Dan Johnson
06/14/2018  Katie Neubert and Carol Kennard
06/21/2018  Eric Beach and John Beals
Our official greeter today was Sofie Ameloot. When Don Gerhardt couldn't make it, a bevy of other team mates stepped up to the plate.  Here's Boyd Preston, our soon-to-be new president, greeting Don Overly and his wife Dottie.
And here's Boyd and Peachy Metzner, our president, greeting Dale Berry.
Doc Hoback, Jim Harris and John Callander are also early arrivals.
Boyd and Peachy greet Harvey Smith.
An administrator in training at St. Leonard, Karlee Lennen of Greenville, Ohio, has come with
our club member Jen Gibbs, who works at St. Leonard.
Jen Gibbs is seen next to Harvey as she arrives.
Butch Spencer looks ready to take off his glasses. Hope no fight is about to break out.
Brian Hayes always comes with a big smile, competing with Boyd's.
Those who arrive early get a chance to chat before the meal.
This looks like a fight brewing, but I think this was staged for the camera...with Peachy as referee.
And now Brian and Frank Perez get time for a face-to-face by the door.
And here comes our famous sock seen up above...Jim Briggs. His gift-giving friend, Ron Hollenbeck, is in Haiti, making connections for our club to put a well pump there for clean and safe water.
Brad Thorp joins Jim at the sign-in table.
And our official greeter for the day, Sofie Ameloot, makes up for lost time by greeting those who have come before her.
She's just in time to greet sunny Ray Merz in his summertime wear.
Then Kim Senft-Paras joins the group.
Erich Eggers, our Sgt.-at-Arms arrives with a guest behind him.
The guest is a new hire at Erich's Remodeling Designs business. Blake Ahlgrim is his name and construction is his game. A nice fit, Erich says.
Erich receives two greets and right behind him comes Joyce Young.
There's Peachy, greeting for Don again.
Gerry Eastabrooks gives her best treasurer's smile.
John Beals is a man about town, being on Centerville City Council for eons now.
And did we say Mark Febus had arrived? 
And here's the chicken and mashed potatoes our ex-city manager had been longing for 
when he came back from Florida last week. A lucky few got a delicious key lime pie among the dessert choices this week. They were the early birds.
Lunch had not arrived for these folks yet.
Adam Manning arrives hungry and probably thinking ahead to the next Pancake Breakfast.
Jennifer Walling, Business Relationship Manager for Chase Bank on 
Washington Village Drive, has come as Jeff Senney's guest this day.
The Centerville Rotary Club met at The Clubhouse at Yankee Trace at noon. Club President Peachy Metzner led the Pledge of Allegiance; Ray Merz gave the prayer; and Brad Thorp led the singing of God Bless America.
The guests at this week's meeting included:
Dottie Overly, Blake Ahlgrim, Perri Bockrath, Jennifer Walling, and our speaker Vincent J. Russo.
President Peachy Metzner presided over the meeting.
Our president called former city manager Greg Horn to the front of the room, where he was presented with his Paul Harris-plus one pin and also given a plaque stating the club was honoring him with a Service Above Self award for the years he has spent serving the club and community. He has served as a past president and Harvey Smith recounted all the other things he has done to enhance the city and community, including overseeing the construction of Yankee Trace, which is to be fully paid for at the end of the year, as rumor has it.
Greg said Sally Beals and others were instrumental in getting this done, but Harvey went on to enumerate other achievements during Greg's tenure as city manager, such as getting the PGA Tour here and the Dayton Open for five years at the Trace. Harvey said there are 900 families in the residential area of Yankee Trace. A new police facility and public works center were built, and the new Krogers and Miami Valley South and Cornerstone of Centerville all came about during his tenure, Harvey said.
Joyce Young and Harvey both helped present the Paul Harris award.
Peachy said that next week all five scholarship winners will be our guests at the meeting.
He reminded everyone that June 21 will be our meeting at Benham's Grove when our new president takes over and other transitions are made...Peachy will give up his gavel and "Boyd tries to run away," as Peachy put it. New officers will be inducted. The meeting was moved from June 28 to June 21 so Harvey Smith could be there to help out, Peachy said.
Peachy said we have a new membership application on-line, thanks to Brad Huffman.
Peachy also announced that Carl Gill, of Hospice of Ohio, has applied to join the club.
He noted that Kitty Ullmer had made 100 cards with encouraging messages to children to put in the lunch backpacks school children take home during the summer. Sofie Ameloot passed out blank cards so each member could make one during the meeting. They had crayons and stickers to use if wanted. Messages like: You're special, and You're doing a good job, were suggested.
Note...the July 5 meeting has been cancelled....though you can "make it up" by riding on the fire truck driven by Lee Hieronymus in the Americana Parade on July 4. You're to meet at the city building around 9:30 a.m. if you want to ride...Water will be provided for squirt guns. If you have a Super Soaker, bring it along, Peachy said.
PB&J and applesauce are still needed for the House of Bread and kids lunches during the summer, Peachy said. Drop off can be here at a future meeting or at Pat Beckel's insurance office on Franklin St.
Our Sgt.-at-Arms Erich Eggers and our club treasurer Gerry Eastabrooks collected the club's Happy Bucks.
HAPPY BUCKS: The Happy Bucks this quarter go to help the Brunner Literacy Center, which tutors adults 19 and older in reading, writing, and math skills, etc.
Eric began by telling about having the twins and youngest grandson over the weekend and smoking some pork 16 hours. He then announced the May birthdays and had the club sing Happy Birthday. He then named our guests for the day, including Blake, his new hiree, who graduated with a degree in business from Cedarville College and wants to work in construction, and Karlee, a Bowling Green University grad.
Harvey Smith announced that the memorial for one of our club's former presidents, Mike Hayde, would be held Friday. He also said that if enough money for a Paul Harris Award is collected by the club we could offer to present a Paul Harris Award to Mike's daughter, who is the incoming president for one of the Cincinnati Rotary clubs.
Mike's obit notice follows:
Michael Eugene HAYDE Obituary
HAYDE, Michael Eugene Age 77, of Kettering Ohio passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 19, 2018. He was surrounded by his entire family at the home of his son, John, in Johns Creek, Georgia. Mike was born in Kansas City Missouri on August 27, 1940. When he was 18 he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served our Country proudly for three years. On St. Patrick's Day in 1963, in Kansas City, a young woman named Kathaleen Fromm stole his heart and they were married August 3 of that year. They were married for 54 years. After moving back to Ohio, Mike began a successful 34 year career with State Farm Insurance as an agent in Centerville, Ohio. Mike was also very active in the Centerville Rotary club, a Paul Harris fellow and a past President of the club. In 1980 he was honored as the Rotarian of the year. Most of us know Mike in the last 20 years as an accomplished artist and poet. His water colors and oil paintings are proudly displayed in homes across the country. He also has published two books of his poetry and paintings. Mike is survived by his wife Kathy, his daughter Alison (Ken)Taylor, son John (Liz) Hayde, six beautiful grandchildren, Nick Taylor, Emily (Robert)Kirby; John Michael, Patrick, Andrew, and Alex Hayde, his nephew Patrick (Janine)Phelan and their two children Jordan and Michael. Mike joins his 3 brothers and his parents in heaven. Memorial service will be held 3:00PM Friday, June 1, 2018 at the Presidential Banquet Center 4572 Presidential Way, Dayton, Ohio 45429 with a Celebration of Life to follow at the same location. The family will have a private burial service at David's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Rotary International Foundation, C/O Frank Scott, 9361 Avingnon Way, Centerville, OH 45458 The family of Michael Hayde wishes to thank Dr Manish Sheth from the Dayton Cancer Institute, MD Anderson of Houston, and Hospice of Daytonand Homestead Hospice of Atlanta for their amazing care and compassion for our family. Condolences can be expressed to the family at
Published in Dayton Daily News on May 27, 2018
Judy Budi gave her Happy Bucks for someone heading to the state track meet.
Kim Senft-Paras said she is just Happy.
Ray Merz said something about coming back off I-75 heading towards Paris, but then that he never did see the Eiffel Tower or the Louve. 
Mark Febus gave to announce that there is now a new Web site available: It's free to register.
This announcement was on his Website:
(Dayton, Ohio – May 22, 2018) Home Care Assistance, Dayton’s premier home care provider, is introducing the Family Learning Center®, making it easier for family caregivers to find training and support resources to help them better care for the needs of their loved ones at home. The Family Learning Center® is free for family caregivers who provide home care for friends or loved ones who are homebound, suffer from a debilitating disease or who are simply aging and need companion care. The site includes over 50 training topics created just for family caregivers that cover everything from basic caregiver training, to transitioning of care, to Alzheimer’s disease and memory care. “Our Family Learning Center® courses focus on multi-generational family caregiving and are designed to be immediately available to families who need help, but don’t always know where to turn for information or support,” said Mark Febus, Owner of Home Care Assistance. “We wanted to make it easy for family caregivers to always have a caregiving resource to turn to whenever they need it. The Family Learning Center® is that resource and it’s available online 24/7, simply by logging on to the learning platform.” Family caregivers can visit the Family Learning Center® and register with their name and email address (no password required!). Once registered, caregivers are provided a list of courses that will take them stepby-step through a specific topic with engaging and interactive video. The courses are narrated, but can also be read onscreen, allowing caregivers to learn through the method most comfortable to them. In addition to courses, the Family Learning Center® provides a selection of videos and tip sheets that focus on relevant and timely topic for the family caregiver. “There aren’t a lot of resources available to family caregivers to make their challenges easier,” Mark Febus said. “The new Family Learning Center® is one way we can help. We hope it answers a lot of questions, gives them some much-needed training and support and allows caregivers to keep their loved ones more comfortable and remaining at home.” To find out more about Home Care Assistance of Dayton, please visit or call 937-353-7997 at any time.
Home Care Assistance of Dayton is in same shopping center as Dorothy Lane Market off Whipp Road.
Doc Hoback gave a "healing dollar" for Erich, noting that he hopes he catches up on his sleep.
Jim Harris gave for his son finishing an internship at Texas A&M.
Butch Spencer gave and Mike Wier gave a couple for Jim who got season tickets to the Dragons and allowed him to use them and take their grandson.
Doug Bockrath gave a $100 for his youngest daughter Perri graduating from Alter and being recognized and heading to the state to participate in three events in girls cross country. And then he mentioned her college and coach, etc. 
Added note: Perri said she knows Emma Bucher, a freshman at Centerville High School who is also headed for the state meet. She said Emma's fantastic for a freshman runner and is a great person. That's nice to know as Emma is this editor's great niece, whose mother is Jennifer Bucher, who teaches at Watts Middle School, and dad is Brian Bucher, who teaches at Centerville High School. And Jennifer Bucher is the daughter of this editor's brother Jim and his wife Martha, thus Emma is the great granddaughter of Irene Ullmer. You could say it runs in the family.
Rebecca Quinones said the collection of peanut butter and applesauce to feed the kids has been going so well that the drive will be featured on Fox 45 Monday at 7:45. Several deliveries have been made to the House of Bread, she said.
Gerry said she was giving because Mark (Balsan) lost her badge.
Then there was the story of a jungle gym being built for an only granddaughter that was supposed to take 20 man-hours to build but took about ten days..
And then there was a just happy, and a Jeff Senney story about his daughter's youngest son being a little kid with a big head. "He's short but he's social," he said.
Don Stewart gave noting that Joe Namath is 75 years old now.
Wayne Davis, our new Centerville City Manager, recognized Greg Horn and thanked him for indicating the job would be a breeze, or something like that...and mentioned state Columbus and Colin Jasin, a senior pole vaulter at CHS who vaulted 15-2 to win the region. Last year's state winner vaulted 15-8. Let's hope Colin beats his mark.
Chuck King gave $5 Happy Bucks for our past president Ron Hollenbeck being in Haiti to help make connections for us to provide a pump to bring safe water to the people there.
Jim Briggs gave $5 to say he wore his new socks with his face on them last Thursday and then put them on the hall table and Friday morning there wasn't a mouse in the house.
Vince Russo gave for being a guest at the club.
This Week's Speaker: Vincent J. Russo, President of Air Camp in Dayton, which he hopes will become as well known as the Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.
Our club Vice President Chuck King introduced our speaker. 
Chuck said Vincent Russo was a member of the Senior Executive Service of the United States Air Force when he retired as the Executive Director, Aeronautical Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The center was responsible for the management of 47 major programs, an annual budget of $12 billion, and a work force of about 12,000 people. Prior to that he was the Director of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Chuck said Vince has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester, an MS in Materials Engineering from the AFI of Technology, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He had numerous awards and honors, including the United States Presidential Distinguished Executive Award and two Presidential Meritorious Executive Awards.
He is now the President and CEO of Aerospace Technologies Associates; President and CEO of GSL (a leadership development organization); Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and President of Air Camp; an Adjunct Professor at The Ohio State University, and at UD; Chairman of the Board of the Wright Brothers Institute; Member of the Board of Directors of UES, Inc.; Member of the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee of the State of Ohio General Assembly; Member of the Board of Trustees for the National Aviation Hall of Fame; and a Board member of several other volunteer organizations...
And that is just the short list, Vince Russo said.
He said the goal is to make Air Camp in Dayton, Ohio, a national entity. It can help build the future work force for our country, he said.
The U.S. global ranking in STEM education is about 24 of 36, he said.
He'd like to see a technical workforce built. He said 85 percent of the work force at Wright-Patt is civilian. He'd like to inspire the next generation to build on what Dayton has already done in the area of aeronautics and aviation. He said the region has the assets, programs and networks in place already. The core values of scholarship, leadership, and citizenship are here and a hands-on approach to learn more about technical engineering is what Air Camp can provide, he said.
Air Camp has three types of programs, Vince said.
There's a residential camp for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. It is five to five-and-a-half days, with 15 hours a day. Students are emerged in activities.
There's also a three-and-a-half day teacher's camp with 15 contact hours per day.
He said United Air Lines pays for eight million flight hours. They want the program to grow, he said.
They have week-long day camps for rising fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. Camps teach science, technical engineering, and math.
The programs are Hub and Spoke, he said. The hubs are the Marriott Hotel and Oakwood High School. The kids are then bused all over the place, he said.
Class size is 44 students, as that is what bus capacity is, he said.
A sample week of activities includes: Sunday...Water Safety exercise at Sinclair Community College. They learn how to save each other and raise a black box from the bottom of an ocean without touching it....using balloons, etc. At 11 p.m. they would go back to dorms and at 6 a.m. Monday they would go to the AF Museum for a lecture on the physics of flight, and have a tour of the museum to learn how they flew these airplanes. At Carillon Park they would learn the history of the Wright Brothers from a UD professor. They would have a geo-caching exercise on campus to find parts of an airplane.
On Tuesday they would to to Wright Patt and visit a C-17 and talk to a plane in the air or go to the Greater Dayton Airport and go behind the baggage claims area, and visit with the fire department. In the afternoon they would go to the AF Research Lab. In the evening they would go to the Boonshoft Museum.
On Wednesday they would go to Sinclair and learn about ground school and flying UAVs.
On Thursday they would go to the South Dayton Airport and pilot a Cessna 182. In the right seat will be an FAA certified instructor, he said.
He said they bought their own wind tunnel and students will design and build a wing to test.
On Friday they do two things, mission and design, to be briefed by each person to a panel of experts. There's a graduation ceremony with certificates.
It costs $100,000 a week to run the camp, Vince said.
Student tuition is $995. They need to raise $60,000 beyond the tuition, he said.
He said groups can sponsor a student to come to the camp.
The Air Camp goal is to have 15 percent needs-based scholarships, he said.  
In 2018 they will have three overnight camps, two day camps, one Girl Scout joint camp, and a teacher camp. The day camps for grades 4,5, and 6 are June 4-8/11-15. The overnight camps for grades 7,8 and 9 are July 8-13/15-20, and 22-27. The teacher camp is June 14-17.
The meeting was closed  as usual with the reciting of the Rotary Four-Way Test.
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