Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) directives, our Rotary club is unable to meet face-to-face, but we want to continue sharing news of what members are doing to get through the pandemic. If you'd like to share what you're doing, email Carol at or text a photo to 937-581-6744. 
Centerville Rotarian news this week
August 13, 2020
Thank you letter and newsletter received from the Kaplani School Fund (Himalayas) for our donation in memory of Centerville Rotarian Robin Parker. 
Carol Kennard was happy to visit her kid/grandkids/parents/siblings all across the state of Pennsylvania last week.
You can join Centerville Rotary Club Zoom meetings through video on your computer or smart phone, or through audio only by calling in. Here is the information on how to join:
Topic: Weekly Centerville Rotary Zoom Meeting
Time: THURSDAYS 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Check the Centerville Rotary Facebook page each week for the latest link. 
Aug 20, 2020
City of Centerville Interesting Happenings
Aug 27, 2020
Sinclair College Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
Sep 03, 2020
Metro Public Library
Sep 10, 2020
Improvements and Excitement at Washington Township Rec Center
Sep 17, 2020
District 6670 for the Rotary Year
Sep 24, 2020
First year as W-C Library Director
Oct 01, 2020
Rotary Foundation
Oct 08, 2020
Young Ladies Aspiring to Greatness
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Jim Briggs
August 5
Mark Balsan
August 16
Eric Beach
August 18
Harvey B. Smith
August 29
Spouse Birthdays
August 5
August 6
Erica Hayes
August 12
Shannon Huffman-McAfee
August 15
Susan Carter
August 16
Erin Bockrath
August 19
Dave Eastabrooks
August 30
Mark Gerken
Lacy Gerken
August 1
Michael Wier
August 2
Brad Thorp
August 14
Ron Hollenbeck
Lori Hollenbeck
August 28
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Adam Manning
August 4, 2016
4 years
Brad Thorp
August 8, 2002
18 years
Raymond A. Merz
August 13, 1998
22 years
Deborah Dulaney
August 23, 2012
8 years
Russell Hampton
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We held our 15th Zoom Rotary Club meeting August 13, 2020
Frank Perez welcomed everyone to the 15th Zoom meeting of the Centerville Rotary Club, as we are still unable to meet face to face due to the coronavirus. Frank welcomed our speaker, Becky Benná.
Brian Hayes led the Pledge of Allegiance, Mike Wier recited the 4-Way Test, and Ray Merz led us in a prayer.
President Frank Perez provided these updates:
  • The club received a thank you letter from the Kaplani School Fund (Himalayas) for our donation in memory of Centerville Rotarian Robin Parker. The note included their latest newsletter where they announced Robin’s death. See the letter and newsletter above.
  • The District Trilogy meeting will be Wednesday September 23. Registration will be available soon and the meeting will be virtual.
  • The next Centerville Rotary Board meeting is Monday, August 17, 5:30 pm on Zoom. All are welcome to attend. Frank will send the link out on Monday.
Chuck King announced a service project opportunity to rebuild the Rotary memorial brick walkway at the Kennard Nature Nook in Grant Park. He needs a couple of workers to help on August 21, beginning at 8 am. Ron Hollenbeck and Sofie Ameloot volunteered to help.
Yankee Trace restaurant is closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. Wayne Davis noted it was a restaurant worker who had been taking precautions. Other employees have been quarantined and have been given the opportunity to be tested.
Happy Bucks
Our Happy Dollars for this quarter are going to Project Warm – please be generous with your Happy Dollars for this good cause. You can send your check to the club mailbox:  Centerville Rotary Club, PO Box 41431, Centerville, OH 45458.
Frank noted that so far, we have collected $1,561 in Happy Bucks this quarter.
Boyd Preston served as Sergeant at arms again this week.
  • Carol Kennard ($20) thanked Boyd for taking notes last week as the Internet was spotty while she was traveling through the Pennsylvania mountains to visit grandkids last Thursday.
  • Dick Hoback ($20) is happy.
  • Boyd Preston ($20) has a new respect for all Carol does for the newsletter and he really hates taking notes.
  • Ray Merz ($17.50) for the 17.5 years he lived in the house on Kentshire. They recently moved to Whispering Oaks.
  • Arnie Biondo ($10) is just happy.
  • Harvey Smith ($20) congratulated Pat Beckel for receiving the Small Business Award.
  • Joyce Young ($20) announced her oldest grandson got married last Saturday, and she was able to watch the beautiful ceremony online.
  • Mike Wier ($1) is happy/unhappy; happy to see fellow Rotarians and unhappy because so many are missing. He then asked if anyone had ideas for how to get people to attend the Zoom. Frank noted since we started Zoom meetings, 46/72 club members have attended and he suggested everyone reach out to their friends who haven’t been on.
  • Elda Gotos Gay ($20) is just happy.
  • Jim Harris ($10) is happy for the beautiful day and noted he will call some Rotarians.
  • Mark Febus ($40) wished everyone a great weekend.
  • Don Overly ($20) announced his son, Mike is coming to golf with him, and his son Jeff calls him weekly.
  • Sofie Ameloot ($10) for the other half of Arnie’s coat donation and for her excitement to discover the beauty of Bill Yeck Park as she has been walking there lately. She is also looking for recommendations of a place to camp this weekend that won’t be raining.
  • Adam Manning ($20) is happy to see our speaker, Becky, as several years ago, he worked for her at Sycamore Trails pool in Miamisburg, and loved the pool parties.
  • Ron Hollenbeck ($40) since he was not here last week and to thank Carol for the weekly bulletin. He also shared he attended the Kettering Rotary Club meeting which is a hybrid - 12 people were in attendance in person with others joining via Zoom. He will have a Design Outreach update next week.
  • Chuck King ($20) had a great time in Hocking Hills last weekend.
Sofie suggested everyone download ClubRunner on their phones so it is easy to find club member’s contact information.
Speaker today was Becky Benná, Executive Director for Five Rivers Metroparks.
Arnie Biondo introduced Becky Benná, who is one of the top parks & recreation professionals in the Dayton area, and is also well-known across the country. Arnie said he’s known Becky for 40 years as they worked together at Kettering Parks back in the day. Becky was the director of Miamisburg Parks before moving to Arizona for several years. She returned to the Dayton area in 2011 when hired as Executive Director for Five Rivers Metroparks.
Becky said she owes a lot to Arnie, as he not only hired her as an intern out of college, but also introduced her to her husband! She is also a Dayton Rotarian, and formerly Miamisburg Rotarian.
Becky came to Metroparks when the economy was bad, so they started looking for ways to do things differently (just like now with the pandemic.) Their goal is to get people connected to nature, which they do at 30 park locations with over 16,000 acres. The parks closest to Centerville include Sugarcreek Reserve, Cox Arboretum, and Medlar Natural Area.
Five Rivers Metroparks was established in 1963, as a citizen initiative. They are an accredited park agency, as they adhere to the highest standards for parks. They constantly focus on how to effectively communicate to the public.
Once COVID hit, the staff worked to reassess the short-term goals and made incremental changes to programs and facilities as changes were announced. When the Dayton tornado hit, they lost many old growth trees, so they started harvesting tree nuts, planted, cultivated seedlings and replanted 100,000 trees to replace those lost.
From a recent public survey, a priority identified was to provide opportunities for an active lifestyle. Explore the Outdoors is a weeklong nature camp, offered virtually through a partnership with ThinkTV.  The survey also identified the #1 desired amenity is trails to provide connections in the community. The Miami Valley area has the largest network of paved trails in the country (350 miles), which includes 160 miles under Five Rivers Metroparks management.
Metroparks also has a law enforcement division, working 24/7. Rangers patrol in car, on foot and bikes to assist the public and ensure safe parks.
A favored activity includes community gatherings, which are difficult now. The 2nd Street Market was a popular indoor venue, but it has been moved outside this year to accommodate social distancing.
When the coronavirus struck in March, the staff felt strongly about being able to keep the parks and trails open for the public to have a place for physical and emotional well being. They asked the public to help them stay open by following distancing guidelines. As in most park systems, they saw a drastic increase in park usage - 40 percent increase! Some parks across the country had to close due to overcrowding. The COVID pandemic clearly demonstrated the need for parks as an essential service.
Becky announced Metroparks recently launched a new mobile app where you can get park and trail information easily from your phone. Check out the website for information on how to download it.
Then Becky shared a story about a young woman who came back to Dayton to recover from COVID. When she first started walking, she was not able to walk more than 5 minutes without being winded. She and her parents discovered the Metroparks Trail Challenge program and throughout June and July, they completed all 17 trails. She was able to build her physical and emotional health by walking with her parents on these trails!
When asked about funding, Becky said the primary source of revenue is a property tax levy that is voted on by Montgomery County residents every 10 years. They receive some state funding, but as that was being cut, they developed a park foundation which raises funds for specific projects.
She was asked to explain the Ranger’s authority, so Becky noted they are commissioned law enforcement officers who assist the public, respond to emergencies and provide mutual aid. Carol Kennard shared that Five Rivers Metroparks Rangers were one of the first officers on the scene of the Oregon District shooting. Those Rangers received recognition from the Ohio Parks & Recreation Association for their public service during the tragedy.
For more information check the website
Frank Perez thanked Becky for the great information and said for everyone to be safe, stay dry, and have a great week!
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