The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
Rotary Club of Centerville - November 03, 2022
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights

President Arnie Biondo welcomed everyone to the Centerville Rotary Club and lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Brian Hayes provided the prayer and then Lee Hieronymus, Jeff Senney, and Dick Hoback led singing of God Bless America.

The Rotary theme this month is the Rotary Foundation.

Quote of the day: "Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you."  -  WALT WHITMAN

PDG Harvey Smith inducted new members today:

  • Amy Hary, who’s sponsor is Sofie Ameloot and mentor is Susan Schnell
  • Jackie D’Aurora, who’s sponsor is Kim Senft-Paras and mentor is Carol Kennard

PDG Smith gave each a chance to tell the club a little about themselves:

Amy Hary - She is Sofie’s neighbor and mother of 4 children. Her mother had polio when young, and her father was a Rotarian.

Jackie D’Aurora - I live in Kettering and I'm married with 3 grown sons, 31, 27 and 27.  I'm a native Daytonian and have seen an inspiring example of community volunteerism from my Uncle, Bob Daley.  I've been at Graceworks 11 years heading up marketing, communications, fundraising and Bethany Village sales.  I previously worked in marketing for Kettering Health Network for 10 years.  I'm currently Board Chair for Rebuilding Together Dayton, and a Leadership Dayton graduate.

President Biondo challenged the club with trivia questions about the record setter at last night’s World Series game. The answer was it was a no hitter with multiple pitchers and had not happened in a World Series game in decades. On October 8, 1956, in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series, pitcher Don Larsen of the New York Yankees threw a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Yankee Stadium.

President Biondo recognized our visitors this week:

  • Gina Smith, guest of Carol Kennard and prospective member.
  • Bob Sacks, guest of Don Overly (who has turned in his application)
  • And a guest of Ashlee Walton

Announcements this week:

  • President Biondo announced the Diaper Drive was a big success - within days he heard from Maggie that our diapers were already being distributed, as they picked up 6 more locations. It was a little thing, that didn’t take a lot of effort but makes a big impact. Congrats!
  • Rotary has 2 free entries to the Race for the Holidays Walk or Run that came with our sponsorship of Woodland Lights.
  • The next Board meeting is on November 30, 5:30 pm at Bock Family Brewery on Washington Village Drive.
  • Sofie Ameloot announced to save the date of December 15 for our annual Christmas party starting at 6pm at Yankee Trace. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and the bar will be open.
  • Uriah Anderson announced he has club member tickets for Woodland lights opening night on November 18 thanks to our sponsorship. He also has a limited supply of tickets for the pre-opening on November 17, 6-8pm. Let him know if you’re interested.
  • Jeff Senney shared everyone had a fabulous time at the Zink’s social last week. According to his count, 30 Rotarians showed up so he honored his pledge by giving a $500 donation. Ann Blackburn matched his donation and said she is coming back to the club. Kelly McDonald then also gave a donation of $100. Sofie said the donations will go for Puerto Rico flood relief.

This quarter our Happy Bucks will go for Puerto Rico hurricane relief. Pat Beckel was our Sergeant-at-Arms.

  • Pat Beckel recognized the amazing job we did with diapers, and shared his Optimist friends complimented Rotary on our efforts. He encouraged all to attend the Hometown Holiday Walk on November 20, 12-5:30 pm Uptown with live entertainment, music, Santa, carriage rides, and tree lighting. And reminded all about the Veterans Benefit at the Moose lodge from 6-11 pm on November 19. He was also thankful for our new members.
  • Carol Kennard for our new and prospective members.
  • Kim Senft-Paras for our new members and for a great trip to Colorado to celebrate her daughter Emma’s birthday.
  • Ger Eastabrooks for Puerto Rico
  • Sofie Ameloot for Puerto Rico, new members, and Jeff & Kelly’s donations
  • Susan Schnell for Puerto Rico and the new members
  • Amy Hary for the last great hurrah of beautiful days before winter arrives
  • Kelly McDonald was excited for his first pancake day
  • Lee Hieronymus reminded all that “We serve no cake before its time,” and gave the farm report that corn is averaging 200 bushels/acre and Soybean 70/acre
  • Tom Broadwell for the great weather
  • Boyd Preston for the new members
  • Dick Hoback for the new members
  • Jim Harris for the new members
  • Larry Marchand for for Puerto Rico
  • Chuck King for for Puerto Rico and the new members
  • Scott Kujawa for his first pancake breakfast
  • Dale Berry for Pancake Day
  • Don Stewart for Monday night’s Brown’s win over the Bengals and Ohio State’s win on Saturday.
  • Brian Hayes was sad for the Bengals loss
  • Don Overly for his friend, Bob, who has submitted and application to join Rotary
  • Dan Johnson for the new members
  • Bob Fry was enjoying his 3rd day of retirement, and to support Puerto Rico, noting he just came back from Sanibel and it is really  bad there with so much hurricane damage
  • Adam Manning for the new members and Pancake Day
  • Wayne Davis for 60 people in attendance today, and reminded all that Tuesday is Election Day
  • Bob Sacks was happy
  • Sivaji Subramaniam was happy about something, but it couldn’t be heard across the room!
  • Frank Perez for new members
  • Ron Hollenbeck for new members and 3 potential members, and to support Puerto Rico relief.
  • Elda Gotos-Gay for Puerto Rico and the new members
  • Jeff Senney for Zinks on Wednesday, Saturday Buckeyes win, Monday Browns win, Saturday Pancake Day and baptism on Sunday
  • Harvey Smith for for Puerto Rico and the new members

Rotary Foundation Update

Frank Perez announced November is Rotary Foundation Month so we will share some information each week. When he was in Washington, D.C. recently, he noticed some monuments. The Extra Mile - Points of Light Volunteer Pathway was established in 2005 and is dedicated to the spirit of service. It is a mile long walking path in the heart of DC. The markers honor the actions and service of famous Americans who have transformed the nation and the world.

Among those honored were:

Frederick Douglas

Clara Barton

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Our own Paul Harris - located on 15th Street east of the White House.

Paul Harris pioneered the service club movement with the founding of Rotary International. His legacy of Rotary and the Rotary Foundation impacts lives all over the world.

Contributions to the Foundation provides the fuel for projects both internationally, through global grants, and locally through district grants.

Next week we will have letters for everyone to let you know how you can contribute to the Foundation and how the club can help you become a Paul Harris Fellow.

This month we are going to highlight “The Foundation at Work.”

Ron Hollenbeck shared how donations to the Rotary Foundation work - any pledge we make comes back 50% to District for District grants and 50% for Rotary International sponsorship of global grants.

Our club has been #1 per capita (by a lot) in our district for many years. Helps our club when we request grants such as for Operation Warm or dictionary projects.

Ron shared about our most recent global grant. District 6670 and District 6690 clubs pledged $100,000; Districts matched $100,000 each, and then Rotary International matched those donations. With these funds we are able to install 20 Life Pumps in Malawi.

Of all global grants, almost 2/3 went to water and clean sanitation.

Heart to Heart organization started 20 years ago, that has Rotary zones help find projects in need in Mexico. (Such as providing a fire truck.) Ron has been appointed our District International Service chair and will take a trip next week to identify needs to sponsor in Mexico.


Our speaker today was Adam Manning, sharing information on our upcoming Pancake Day.

Adam started by reminding everyone that Saturday is Pancake Day! After canceling the last two years, we are excited to bring the community back together. Adam gave a big thanks to the committee members, as each one played a big part. He gave a shout out to several folks who have served on many committees this year - Golf, 50th Anniversary, and now Pancake. And he recognized Sofie Ameloot & Carol Kennard as the heartbeat of the club.

Adam shared the historical data on funds raised and meals served. He said we hope to reach 1,000 served this year. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we get lots of community support.

Meals Served

-2001                800 est

-2002                850 est

-2003                950 est

-2004                1000

-2005                1000

-2006                908

-2007                994

-2008                916

-2009                802

-2010                918

-2011                1016

-2012                983

-2013                933

-2014                942

-2015                937

-2016                944

-2017                961 

-2018               908

-2019               978

Total              17,740


Fundraising History 

-2001                $15,596

-2002                $12,895

-2003                $10,472

-2004                $13,957

-2005                $15,585

-2006                $17,035.01     

-2007                $18,861.84

-2008                $16,515.74

-2009                $13,862.98

-2010                $13,878.16     

-2011                $17,302.12

-2012                $18,066.56

-2013                $18,493.04

-2014                $20,319.70

-2015                $18,868.86

-2016                $19,126.38

-2017                $23,304.64

-2018               $20,863.59

-2019               $26,652.44

Total for all yrs    $329,732.11

For this year, we’ve received $21,435 in corporate donations, which includes those that chose the combo sponsorship for golf and pancakes. Our expenses are estimated at $6,291.73 (large increase from last time.)

We had great publicity with an ad in the Dayton Daily News last Sunday.


  • Double check your shift - know what time you work (volunteer list is on the website.)
  • Pay for your tickets
  • Volunteers eat before or after your shift.
  • 7 am doors open to public, 12 close doors & clean up

Greeters be sure to give a warm welcome

Servers clear and clean tables and be friendly

Kitchen workers work in a calm, clean, efficient environment

Be sure to check in at Volunteer table and report to section chairs:

Kitchen - Brad Thorp

Ger Eastabrooks - Section A Chair

Brad Huffman - Section B Chair

Ron Hollenbeck - Section C Chair

Interact with friends and guests, thank them for coming, make volunteers feel welcome. Big thanks to Sofie’s daughter, Delphine for recruiting friends. This is the first year all volunteer slots are filled!

No active political campaigning is permitted. Candidates can wear a shirt but not go table to table passing out anything. Notify Adam, Ron or Arnie if needed to speak to someone. Will have security on site, too if needed.

Wear your 50th Anniversary shirt to show Rotary pride!


Member Notes:

Ashlee Walton recently shared her thoughts on the Stock-Bond market. Listen here:


Several Rotarians recently attended a District event with Barry Rassin, Rotary International president 2018-19:


Brian Hayes and Frank Perez delivered Dictionaries and Thesauri to Cline Elementary School students:


Jeff Senney found a Rotary statue while on a trip in North Carolina.


Next week's speaker is JoBeth Hopp with Threads of the Miami Valley.



Pancake Day was a great success!

  • We had more volunteers than ever before - thank you!
  • We served around 863 people
  • We received $150 through electronic donations for the first time
  • Financial report  and more information to come!
  • Check Facebook and Instagram for photos!
Please arrange for a sub if you are unable to greet on your assigned day or contact Crissy Allums.
Nov 10 = Scott Kujawa & Jim Harris
Nov 17 = Matt Kuhn & Brian Hayes
Nov 24 = Chuck King & David Herman
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