The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
Rotary Club of Centerville - May 2, 2024
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
Our Rotary theme for this month is
the Youth Services
President Adam Manning welcomed everyone to the Centerville Rotary Club and led reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. PDG Harvey Smith provided the prayer. Lee Hieronymus led the singing of God Bless America.
Thanks to today’s greeters, Ger Eastabrooks & Kristin Hutton.
Our guests today were Brad Thorp’s son Isaac (today’s speaker), daughter-in-law Amber, and Brad’s wife Chris.
Today’s announcements:
  • Thanks to those who attended the District 6670 Gala Dinner-Amy Hary, Kelly McDonald, Chuck King, Brian Hayes, and Adam. Adam said he was really impressed with the exchange students in our District.
  • Thanks to Bill Menker, Kelly McDonald, Socks Bowersocks & his wife, Mary for cleaning up 2 miles of I-675 north of I-75, the section Centerville Rotary has adopted. Next time we need about 8-10 people to cover the area effectively.
  • Thanks to Jeff Senney for coordinating the visit to the Dayton Philharmonic program with Direct from Sweden, performing songs from ABBA.
  • Frank Perez gave the golf outing announcements including that we still need some important volunteer slots filled including cashiers and someone to play Vanna White for Kelly during the Raffle awards.
  • Check out information on the Rotary night with Dayton Dragons, Saturday, August 10 at 7:05 pm. Tickets are only $14 and $7 from every ticket will be donated to the End Polio Now fund at The Rotary Foundation. You can use this link to purchase tickets: and pay for your tickets by credit card. Dragons’ tickets are virtual. Tickets can be put right on your phone. Order now for the best seats..      
  • Centerville Community Chorus will be performing songs of the 70s on Saturday, May 25, at Epiphany Lutheran Church. More info HERE.
  • Crissy Allums thanked the volunteers who filled the needed spots to serve lunch at St Vincent de Paul.
  • Brad Huffman said our club will host a student from Thailand next year. The family who hosted Yok will also host this new student. We need 1-2 more host families for next year. She arrives in early August.
Happy Bucks this month will go to Dear Dinah, who provides a safe place for survivors of human trafficking and helps raise awareness by connecting a community of people who are devoted to protecting and empowering the Dinah's of the world.
Pat Beckel was our Sergeant at Arms with assistance by Brian Hayes.
Happy Bucks were generously given for:
  • Pat Beckel’s son, Duncan, is going to attend the OSU School of Business honors program in the fall. He successfully completed 12 years of school getting all A’s!
  • Adam Manning was happy his girlfriend got a new couch.
  • Bill Menker gave thanks to those who helped with the litter pickup.
  • Dale Berry was happy.
  • Brad Thorp was happy his family is here, and is excited to hear what Isaac says, as every time he’s asked what he does at work, Isaac said he could tell him, but then he’d have to kill him ;-)
  • Chuck King was happy.
  • Mark Febus was happy to be here.
  • Jackie D’Aurora’s granddaughter turned 1 over the weekend.
  • Ron Hollenbeck was happy and glad to see Brad’s family.
  • Susan Schnell had to dig into her own pockets (no laundry money), is happy her son is also going to OSU, and not only did she graduate from her Masters program, but also passed her social work licensing exam!
  • Brad Huffman was happy Amy Hary took Marti to the District Gala. This is her last month here and will be at Rotary on the 30th to share some of her experiences. She goes home June 14 and it would be good to have a nice send off at the airport
  • Pat Turnbull’s daughters are going to Miami and Sinclair. His third daughter is a chemical engineering student.
  • Carol Kennard is headed to Philly for the first of three granddaughters’ dance recitals this spring, in three different cities.
  • Gina Smith announced her happy bucks are sponsored by the farm report. Back from the Readers Take Denver book event (which made national news because it was so poorly organized.) Also, her son Nick is doing an internship with a race club.
  • Lee Hieronymus gave Harvey’s Farm Report - the Ohio department of Agriculture has issued a quarantine of 6 counties - Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Greene, Montgomery, and Warren -  for the Box Tree moth. You can not move any boxwoods out of these 6 counties which would spread the disease. If you have damage, take photos and report to the ODA’s Division of Plant Health.
  • Crissy Allums hosted a successful baby shower for her daughter; her princess is expected in June.
  • Elda Gotos Gay is going to Indiana for her granddaughter’s graduation. (And she has a job - Harvey added!)
  • Ray Merz noted they have removed 220 boxwood plants around his complex.
  • Kelly McDonald was thankful for the grace and patience of the club as we get close to the Golf Tournament.
  • Wyatt Thorp for being late.
Our speaker today was Isaac Thorp, speaking on Space Force.
Isaac Thorp has spent a 15 year career with the Air Force so far. He has been based in Los Angeles, Alabama, and Wright Patterson Air Force.
Isaac is a Contracting Officer for the Air Force. He was speaking to us, not on an official capacity but through the thoughts of Isaac. He noted we don’t go through a day without some reliance on Space.
A contracting officer works to spend public dollars the best way possible. He is responsible for buying stuff, and negotiates fair and reasonable prices.
In 2019 the National Defense Authorization Act established Space Force as the newest service branch. It includes 4,000 officers and 4,000 civilians.
Isaac noted we have entered a period of great power competition in space domain between the US, China & Russia. He works for the Department of Defense and also answers to the Department of the Air Force. Space Force is responsible to protect military and civilian assets in space and those that rely on space. All GPS satellites are managed by the Air Force.
To learn more about Space Force, view this VIDEO.
More and more companies are sending equipment to space.
SpaceX and Blue Origin can now recover rockets to use again, which has helped lower the cost.
Chinese and Russians are in space, too. China recently demonstrated their ability to take out a satellite. Space Force discovered a way to block satellites- turn it off and back on only after agreements are reached.
Debris field can be a risk to other items in space like satellites and the International Space Station. Several countries are working on cleaning up space debris
NASA is a civil organization that is involved in space exploration.
Space Force is a military organization.
Everything that goes into space is heavily regulated. There are space treaties in place that define what military items can be there.
More information:
President Manning led the group in reciting the 4 Way Test and wished everyone a good week.
Next week's program:  Kelly McDonald and the Golf Committee followed by stuffing bags for the Golf Outing.
Please arrange for a sub if you are unable to greet on your assigned day or contact Jackie D'Aurora 
5/9  Erich Eggers & Brad Thorp
5/16  Mark Febus & Wyatt Thorp
5/23  Bob Fry & Dave Trout
5/30  Lisa Goris May & Kisha Taylor
Guatemala Literacy Project Info
Dear Bill and the Rotary Club of Centerville, OH, 
Thank you so much for your generous  $1000 USD pledge. Your support will help thousands of Guatemalan students access the tools they need to overcome poverty. Their lives will be forever changed for the better - because of YOU.
I'm thrilled to include all our upcoming 2025 tour dates for you to consider joining us on tour:
  • GLP Tour: February 2-9, 2025
    Deliver textbooks, inaugurate computer centers, and share in fellowship with other Rotarians from around the world.
  • Snapshot Tour: February 18-23, 2025
    Travel through beautiful landscapes and experience Guatemalan culture as you see CoEd programs in action!
  • Helping Hands: July 13-19th, 2025
    Perform hands-on service projects alongside primary school students at a Spark Reading Program school!
Looking forward to talking more, Bill. We appreciate you and the Centerville Club!
Emily K. Swisher
Marketing & Outreach Manager
Cooperative for Education | Guatemala Literacy Project
(513) 956-9002 | (she/her)
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5/9  Erich Eggers & Brad Thorp
5/16  Mark Febus & Wyatt Thorp
5/23  Bob Fry & Dave Trout
5/30  Lisa Goris May & Kisha Taylor
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