The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
Rotary Club of Centerville - January 11, 2024
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
Our Rotary theme for this month is
Vocational Services.
President Adam Manning welcomed everyone back to the Centerville Rotary Club after the holiday break and led reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. PDG Harvey Smith provided the prayer.
Lee Hieronymus led singing of God Bless America.
Today’s quote: "The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.” By John Ruskin - English writer
Thanks to today’s greeters, Jim Stuart, Jesse Campbell, and Ger Eastabrooks.
Harvey Smith gave updates on members:
  • Dick Hoback had successful back surgery and is in rehab. He says Happy New Year!
  • Sivaji Subramaniam is in the ICU at Miami Valley Hospital with pneumonia and kidney issues & his wife, Elvessa was also admitted with double pneumonia. Lots of prayers needed for our members!
President Manning’s announcements:
  • Diversity Council MLK Jr Breakfast is next Monday 7:30 am and Rotary has 5 seats available. Adam, Sofie Ameloot, and Dale Berry are attending. Let Adam know if you’d like to attend.
  • Rand Oliver encouraged everyone to sign up for the social, Wednesday, Jan 17 pot luck, bring appetizer or dessert and bring a guest. Beverages, soft drinks, beer, & wine provided by club. There are 6 steps to get up in the house.
  • Jan 22, 5:30 pm Woodbourne Library is the next Board meeting. Open to all.
  • Flyer from Emily Biondo was on the table promoting the Worthington-Dublin Club Bowling outing.
  • Brian Hayes reminded everyone to pay your bill. Next one will be out soon.
Happy Bucks this quarter are going toward the International Red Cross /Red Crescent.
Happy Bucks were generously given for:
  • Adam Manning had great holidays and is happy to see everyone.
  • Amy Hary had COVID but took paxlovid and it helped.
  • Jeff Senney saw all grand kids over holidays - 2 youngest are crawling and dangerous!
  • Sofie Ameloot shared Kelly McDonald got matching funds for last month’s happy bucks from Etna so we were able to send $7,000 to Maui. Sofie had a great holiday with all her girls home and has a friend who’s niece is French speaking and wants to learn English. She is 18 year old and is looking for host family.
  • Ger Eastabrooks was happy.
  • Chuck King for Sivaji & Dick.
  • Ginger Clark was happy we got Venmo.
  • Socks Bowersocks for the New Year, and next week he will have a new bride!
  • Jim Harris had a great holiday, birthday, and visit from an old friend from Istanbul.
  • Mark Febus welcomed all to the New Year.
  • Arnie Biondo was happy to be back together, and shared he talked to Yok (former exchange student) and she is doing well.
  • Gina Smith was happy for technology, and that the edits back from her editor were not horrid.
  • Crissy Allums for Sivaji & Dick.
  • Bill Menker said Happy New Year.
  • Matt Kuhn spent the holidays in the Dominican Republic with family and future in-laws without any drama, but gained 6 pounds since the food was so good.
  • Jesse Campbell for the new year and farm reports.
  • Dale Berry for two good weeks in FL with his grands and great grand!
  • Mike Wier said he showed up the last two weeks and wondered where everyone was.
  • Tyler Roark gave a shout out to Venmo.
  • Rand Oliver for the rolling holidays that spanned from Thanksgiving to this weekend.
  • Carol Kennard for four grandkids who were at her house daily for a week and shared Sivaji is texting if anyone wants to send him a message.
  • Lee Hieronymus had no farm report, but instead shared a LONG story about his wife’s run in with a mouse.
  • Ron Hollenbeck had two grandkids visiting for a week, and shared a joke: What do you can a wreath made with hundred dollar bills? A wreath of Franklins. (Aretha Franklin)
  • Harvey Smith for Sivaji and Dick.
  • Elda Gotos Gay for Sivaji, Elvessa & Dick.
  • Brad Thorp said Happy New Year, and shared his wife, Chris suggested he grow a beard to look like a movie star, but he looked more like Lee, so he shaved.
Our speaker today was Brandon Raglin from Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.
Brandon Raglin graduated from Butler University with a degree in Dance Arts. He has previous experience dancing with the Alabama ballet and Louisville Ballet, and has received many arts awards. He started with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance on August 1 of this year.
Brandon shared the Dayton Ballet is one of the 2nd oldest ballets. The Schwartz sisters who started the ballet were trailblazers, and trained Jeraldine Blunden, the founder of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Brandon said he was excited to see the support for the arts in Dayton.
Dayton Ballet, Opera & Philharmonic make up the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance - the three organizations merged in 2012. One main goal is to provide arts for everyone.
At the Dayton Ballet, Brandon oversees the dancers and artistic program, and is the artistic director of Dayton Ballet school. He is working to create a community engagement programs in schools where young dancers go into libraries & schools to tell stories through dance.
Dayton Ballet has 20 professional dancers who reside in Dayton, and have four performances each year. Nutcracker is most well known holiday classic. In 2024 we will be treated to a new production of the Nutcracker, choreographed by Brandon.
Dayton Ballet’s focus on DEI is high on list and they work to have representation in the company. Swan Lake in Feb. Want to bring in new works by new choreographers.
Upcoming performances
Swan Lake - Feb 16-18 with a world renowned choreographer
New Beginnings - April includes works Brandon had curated including work by George Balanchine.
The Ballet sometimes uses recorded music but since collaborating with the Dayton Philharmonic, they can use live music more often.
For more information and tickets, visit
Please arrange for a sub if you are unable to greet on your assigned day or contact Crissy Allums who is subbing for Jackie D'Aurora while she recovers from knee replacement surgery.
Jan 18 - Socks Bowersocks & Don Overly
Jan 25 - Doug Bockrath & Tyler Roark
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Sherre Wright
January 1
Sofie Ameloot
January 3
Boyd Preston
January 6
Jackie D'Aurora
January 15
Susan Schnell
January 22
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Maureen Perez
January 14
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Dick Hoback
January 1, 1974
50 years
Frank Perez
January 1, 1999
25 years
Jen Gibbs
January 1, 2013
11 years
Socks Bowersock
January 1, 1997
27 years
Wayne Davis
January 1, 2012
12 years
Jeffrey Senney
January 5, 2004
20 years
Boyd Preston
January 9, 2014
10 years
Dan Johnson
January 17, 2013
11 years
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Meeting Greeters
Please get a sub if you're unable to greet on your assigned day or contact Jackie D'Aurora!
Jan 18 - Socks Bowersocks & Don Overly
Jan 25 - Doug Bockrath & Tyler Roark
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