This Week at Rotary: April 25, 2019
Exchange student Rodrigo visited with his host father, Dave Garel who talked about the wonderful impact hosting an exchange student has had on his whole family.
President Boyd led the Club Assembly where a recap of recent Service Projects was shared.
Brad Huffman shared the work done by Rotarians packing food for those in need at the Foodbank.
Deb Dulaney shared about how many books they sorted at Project Read.
"Minor" yard work at St. Leonard's that turned out to be "major" efforts was shared by Jen Gibbs.
Ron Hollenbeck noted Rotarians packaged diapers at one of our regular charities - Hannah's Treasure Chest.
Gerry Eastabrooks gave highlights of food distributed and games played with BOGG Ministries.
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Kitty Ullmer
Jul 25, 2019
Tornado Recovery Efforts - New City Church, Northridge area
Aug 01, 2019
Mound Lab Museum - Miamisburg, OH
Aug 08, 2019
Club Assembly
Aug 15, 2019
Better Angels
Aug 22, 2019
Pancake Day Sponsor Thank You Meeting 6-8 PM Yankee Trace
Aug 29, 2019
Things that Go Bump in the Night
Sep 12, 2019
District Governor Visit
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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
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
3 years
Carl Gill
July 12, 2018
1 year
Ron Hollenbeck
July 29, 2008
11 years
Russell Hampton
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Centerville Rotary Club Meeting July 18, 2019
Official Greeters for the week:
07/18/2019 Mark Balsan and Kim Senft-Paras
07/25/2019 Wayne Davis and Pat Beckel
08/08/01/2019 John Beals and Vas Appalaneni
08/08/2019 Doug Bockrath and Jack Durnbaugh
08/15/2019 David Hermann and Deb Dulaney
Our official greeters were Mark Balsan and Kim Senft-Paras
Our early arrival, Terry Hanauer, gets practice hanging the tall club banner
Club Vice President Brian Hayes and Erich Eggers, our Sgt.-at-Arms, chat before the 
meeting outside the Shirley Heinz Room.
John Callander and Vice President Brian Hayes are among the early arrivals.
Jim Stuart, Erich Eggers, and Ron Hollenbeck make a good trio. Red, white, and blue.
Not sure what Kim is signaling here, but Harvey Smith has just arrived.
And the camera does its job here, capturing the allure of these two...Kim and Judy Budi.
And again the lighting works, as here we see Matthew D. DiCicco, senior vice president of Consulting Services for Eubel Brady & Suttman, Asset Management. He
is a Beavercreek Rotarian who works at Austin Landing. Our club was convenient to 
get to at lunch time.

Matt sits next to Bob Fry and Dale Berry.
Judy Budi gives the camera the eye, while Joyce Young smiles and closes an eye...The eyes have it today. Call the roll...
Here's the executive director of Artemis, Jane Keiffer.
Robert Ford (how is it one always wants to write Henry, when one hears Ford?) sits with Kisha Taylor...whose ever-changing hair styles almost make you mistake her for a 
guest. But it's our own Kisha.
Group picture with Kisha.
Group picture with all males.
Group picture with eaters of turkey sandwiches and broccoli salad and chips.
Matt Kuhn seems to be the only one spotting the camera. Mark Gerken is busy drinking
and Sury PeddiReddi is either eating or checking out something to eat.
Sury seems to be explaining something here.
The Centerville Rotary Club met at Yankee Trace at noon  for the weekly meeting. President Chuck King led the Pledge of Allegiance; Terry Hanauer gave the prayer, and it sounded as if Brian Hayes led the singing of God Bless America. 
Menu this week: Turkey sandwich, chips, broccoli salad
Menu next week: Side salad, BBQ chicken, roasted potatoes, green beans
Guests this week: Jane Keiffer, Bob Neff
President Chuck King presided over the meeting.
President Chuck King thanked our greeters and noted that next week's official greeters would be Wayne Davis and Pat Beckel.
President King said Don Gerhardt is attempting to get his strength back again so he can go back home from rehab and would welcome any visitors to help cheer him up.
He said Sivaji is still recovering from having a pacemaker put in and hopes to be back at our next meeting. 
Jane Keiffer, executive director of Artemis Center, was then called to receive a check from the club for $1,430, from last quarter's Happy Bucks.  
President King then called up Mark Febus and Mark Balsan to present them with their Rotary pins as office holders. Both are continuing in their positions, Mark Febus as chairman of New Generations and Mark Balsan as club secretary.
President King noted that Jen Gibbs will serve as an advisor for our incoming exchange student from Thailand. 
It was noted that last week the club gave $305 for Operation Warm. This week's total was $475, making the total thus far: $780.
President King noted that the Rotary Day Dayton Dragon's game is coming up Aug. 10. Tickets are $12, of which $6 comes back to Rotary.
Chuck said Aug. 8 will be a Club Assembly and the new assistant governor will be present.
He said Aug. 10 is the Boomer Fest by St. Leonards, with more information to come on that.
The meeting with sponsors has been moved from Aug. 10 to Aug. 22, Chuck said.
The second week of September the District Governor will be here to talk with us, he said.
Aug. 24 will be the moving of the fences for the dog park, so more handi-hands will be needed then.
Kim Senft-Paras read from a thank you letter sent by a $2,000 scholarship recipient in 2017 from our club. She thanked the club profusely for helping her go to college at a time when her family needed the money most, and for giving her the inspiration to continue on a successful career path and for believing in her future. She gave a Happy Buck for Bob Neff being at the club.
Wayne Davis said he was glad to see our guest Matt at the club, and Dave Trout said he was just glad to be here. Our guest Matt said two years ago he had an exchange student stay with him who was from Thailand.
Happy Bucks are collected by Sgt.-at-Arms Erich Eggers, and our Treasurer Gerry Eastabrooks.
HAPPY BUCKS go this quarter to Operation Warm, which provides new coats to area needy kids. Hannah's Treasure Chest works with us to provide the names and sizes for the coats needed as gathered from area social agencies.
Erich Eggers started off the giving, stating his birthday was this week, and Judy Budi made a notable contribution for five coats, noting that she would be paying each week otherwise anyway. Coats being $20 apiece, and many in the club having their $20s ready, the total, as noted above was $475, with some giving for whole coats and some for parts of a coat. 
Terry Hanauer gave for a coat just for being Happy, and Adam Manning gave for a coat, noting something about grandchildren. Frank Perez mentioned his anniversary of 35 years, worthy of a coat, and Mike Wier and Kim Senft-Paras gave for coats. 
Dale Berry, Doc Hoback gave, along with Ron Hollenbeck, who said John Callander took him up in the Wright-B Flyer, and Don Stewart, who said his daughter Mallory is now at OSU and that before he left her there, she had already been asked out for donuts by a young man. Harvey Smith and Jim Harris, John Callander and Mark Febus and Sury Peddireddi all gave, and then Matt Kuhn said he would be gone for 6 weeks, and Mark Balsan gave, and others I may have missed.
Speaker of the Week: Bob Ness, master gardener and volunteer, speaking on the work that has been done at the VA Grotto, and plans for a bronze statue of Lincoln to be placed in the center of the Veteran's Administration Medical Center property in Dayton.  
Bob Ness said he first wanted to give feedback on the VA Grotto project, which the Centerville Rotary Club helped restore with financial help and the physical backbending work of Ron Hollenbeck and Chuck King, both of whom did extensive mulching, and helping with the installing of the new gardens and moving heavy boulders, putting benches together, etc. 
Bob said in 1966 President Johnson established The National Preservation Act, with an award presented to the best preservation project each year. In 2017, the 50th year of the award, the Grotto project was selected, he said. It was among 120,000 projects submitted, and was presented at the National Conference in Washington D.C.
The Grotto was originally a limestone quarry, he said. It was 25 acres and since 2013 about 12 of those acres have been restored.
The World War II gardens have boulders on them and Ron helped put the boulders up there, Bob said.
In 2015 the Home Depot gave them a grant and they put a new ramp in for the people in wheelchairs, using pavers. Home Depot then gave them six additional pallets, he said, so they built 150 feet more of path. Steps were built by Civil War Veterans, which the Grotto was built by and used as a place to heal and restore one's health. They've put in 10 to 12 tons of mulch in the new gardens, Bob said. "We were really fortunate to have Ron and Chuck there to help," he said. Also in 2017 Home Depot gave them a grant for landscape lighting, which they have been able to install to create a magical paradise at night.
In 2019 it was one of 21 public gardens showcased among the U.S. Botanic Gardens, in Washington D.C.
The newest project is to put a bronze statue of Lincoln at the Dayton VA Medical Center. On March 3, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation establishing Dayton as one of the first three National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. In September, 1867, the VA Medical Center opened in Dayton, Ohio.
The statue is to honor Lincoln's concern for Veterans, and to create a place for solitude and reflection, and healing, and add teaching and learning opportunities dedicated to Lincoln's principles.
"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan..." Abraham Lincoln. It will also create a significant tourist destination, Bob said.
Urbana, Ohio, artist Mike Major, who designed the bronze Lincoln statue in front of the Dayton Courthouse, is the designer of the seated Lincoln statue that will be placed in a park-like setting.
Bob said the statue will be on a five-foot base, so it will be monumental. The goal is to get $379,000 by March 2020, Bob said. The landscaping has already been donated, he said.
They would like to have a Memorial Day 2020 dedication, he said.
The American Veterans Heritage Center, in partnership with the Lincoln Society of Dayton, are raising funds to erect the statue. Checks can be made payable to AVHC-Lincoln Statue and mailed to: AVHC P.O. Box 95, Bellbrook, OH 45305.
Here you see Ron Hollenbeck and Chuck King in action.
This is the brochure passed out. It shows different levels for giving.
Second part of brochure showing fundraising goal by
June 30, 2019
and area showing where statue would be placed.
The Rotary meeting was adjourned with the reciting of the Four-Way Test 
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