The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
eBulletin - April 29, 2021
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
Thanks to Boyd Preston for filling in as guest editor this week!
President Frank Perez called the meeting to order by leading attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Reverend Harvey Smith led the prayer and included a special mention for Mike Gentile, a past president (1999-2000) of our club who passed away recently. Harvey attended his funeral on Tuesday.
Sofie passed out 50th Anniversary commemorative shirts for those who ordered them. Timing allows us to wear at next week’s golf outing. She will have them at next meeting also.
Total attendees (including speaker) – 27 (25 in person and 2 via Zoom)
Frank’s announcements-
  • Frank welcomed club back to in person meetings at Yankee Trace (1st for this year) and to those who chose to join via Zoom.
  • Golf Outing is next Saturday (May 8th). Looking to be a big success for the club. All golfing slots are now full. Great work by Brad Huffman and the golf outing committee.
  • Dick Hoback is organizing a wheelbarrow of wines as a raffle prize for the outing. He collected wines and accessories at this meeting and will do so again next week. If you haven’t donated yet and wish to make a contribution, just bring it to next meeting.
  • Club plans for balance of current Rotarian year:
    • We will continue to have hybrid weekly meetings allowing members to choose to attend in person or via Zoom. Masks will be mandatory whenever away from your table.
    • Leadership change-over plans will be changed since we had to cancel our traditional Christmas party last December. In lieu of a meeting, on Thursday, June 24th, the club will host a formal dinner at Yankee Trace for members and their spouses/ guests. Rotarian of The Year and other awards/ recognitions will also be presented.
  • Recent Rotarian magazine included input from Brian Hayes who responded to a previous article on how clubs should deal with internal disagreements among members, especially when they could adversely impact the club’s operations. His suggestions included all sides sitting down together and ensuring an open dialog where all points of view could be heard, understood and discussed.
  • Committee Chair updates:
    Sofie (Community Service) – Still collecting children’s (all ages) books, toys, supplies for the Artemis Center. Deadline for contributions is May 13th as she will deliver donations the next day. Items being requested are for children to use individually while attending court or other functions (e.g., coloring books, pencils/ watercolors, puzzle books). Drop off at her or Gerry Eastabrook’s homes or Pat Beckel’s business. Further details are in her email to the club dated 4/16.
Our Happy Bucks recipient this quarter is Luke5 Ministries. You can send your check to the club mailbox:  Centerville Rotary Club, PO Box 41431, Centerville, OH 45441-0431

Happy Bucks- Luke 5 Ministries- Pat Beckel was our Sergeant at Arms

  • Pat Beckel kicked off donations to celebrate the great golf outing results to date. Also, his son has qualified for the 2021 National Gymnastics Championships in Daytona Beach, FL and his other son has been selected as an Academic All American. Clearly, their impressive genes came from their mother Hao’s side of the family, almost exclusively.
  • Phil Raynes- Happy to see everyone together.
  • Tom Broadwell- Also happy to be back to in person meetings
  • Boyd Preston- $10- happy to be back and for Frank’s strong leadership through this challenging year
  • Ron Hollebeck- $20- golf outing exceeding expectations, congratulations to Brian for the Rotarian magazine input and happy he was able to get rid of his landline recently.
  • Dick Hoback- $5- in memory of Mike Gentile
  • Jim Harris- for Dick doing the wheelbarrow of wines drive.
  • Harvey Smith gave in memory of Mike and Sally Beals
  • Dale Berry- $20- just happy
  • Susan Schnell- $10- happy to be back after being gone for a while
  • Elda Gotos-Gay- happy to be here
  • Sofie Ameloot- happy to be back and that her daughter is graduating from Ohio University.
  • Ray Merz- interviewing 7 candidates soon for our college scholarships for this year.
  • Mark Febus- $50- happy to be back and for the upcoming student interviews for scholarships
  • Brian Hayes- happy to be back to in person meetings
  • Wayne Davis- in memory of past city mayor, Sally Beals, being back together and the launch of Pat Beckel’s new businesses in Centerville
  • Mike Wier- happy to see everyone in person
  • Chuck King- $10- happy to be here
  • Dan Johnson- happy to be here and will be giving a digital program at the library soon on retirement. Registration is open on the library’s website.
  • Frank Pererz- $20- happy to see everyone
Our speaker today was Debe Dockins, Community Outreach Coordinator at the Washington-Centerville Public Library, who shared her program on Annie Oakley, "Little Sure Shot".
Before speaking, Debe, a proud member of the Centerville Noon Optimist club as well as their current President, commented that they are pleased to be sending a foursome of golfers to support our Golf outing.
Phoebe Ann (“Annie”) Mosey was born in 1860 in Darke County and started hunting/ trapping early on to support the family after her father died. Worked and lived at the Darke County Poor House and Infirmary for a while and then went to work for a local family, an experience that was characterized by very hard work and mistreatment. She returned to the farm at 15 years old to help support the family by hunting, trapping and sewing. She started to participate in local shooting contests but was eventually banned as no one could beat her. She was challenged to a shooting contest by a man (Frank Butler) passing through town who was a well-known trick shooter. Annie won with a perfect score. They were married in 1876 and she adopted the stage name of Annie Oakley, taking the name of a nearby town. Frank became her manager and trainer.
In 1884 in St. Paul the great Lakota Sioux leader, Sitting Bull saw her show and they became lifelong friends. He gave her a Lakota name which translated to Little Sure Shot. Annie and Frank eventually joined him as members of the Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show. The show toured both within the US and in Europe and played to huge crowds, including royalty.
In 1901, the show’s train had an accident and Annie was badly injured. She and Frank then retired to New Jersey. After 40 years of marriage, Annie passed away in 1926 and Frank died 18 days later. Both are buried in Greenville, OH, the home of the annual Annie Oakley Festival.
District 6670 Virtual Conference included a remarkable presentation from Kim Forster, who first became familiar with Rotary when she went on a Rotary international service trip to Brazil, sponsored by our club. She told of her career working with Lawyers without Borders and other efforts to reduce human trafficking. 
The Rotary Scholarship Committee kicked off interviews this week, via Zoom. We look forward to hearing more about this year's applicants!
Frank Perez closed the meeting by leading the reciting of the Rotary Four-Way Testt.
As more of our members have now been vaccinated against COVID-19, our Rotary club is now meeting in-person and on Zoom meetings. Please join us!
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Centerville, OH 45458
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