The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
Rotary Club of Centerville - February 16, 2023
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
Our Rotary theme for this month is Peacebuilding & Conflict Prevention
President-elect Adam Manning welcomed everyone to the Centerville Rotary Club and lead the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. Brian Hayes provided the prayer.
President Arnie Biondo is at the Rotary Youth Exchange conference in D.C. where it was announced Rotary has donated
$15 million in relief for Ukraine.
Quote of the day: ”Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
               Thomas Edison
Today’s Announcements:
  • Thanks to Erich Eggers, Wyatt Thorp, and Brad Thorp for being greeters today.
  • Welcome to Erich’s return guest, Bob Dorwart. It was reported Bob is halfway through the Rotary application!
  • Sofie Ameloot announced the next social will be on Tuesday, February 28, 5:30-7 pm at Rumbleseat Wine, 101 E Alex Bell Rd. Sandwiches, chips, and cookies will be provided. RSVP to Kelly McDonald by Feb 23.
  • The next Rotary Board meeting is Monday, February 20 5:30 - 6:30 pm at the Kennard Nature Nook, Grant Park, 6588 McEwen Road.
Our speaker for today from Artemis was sick so Rotarians filled in for the program.
Pat Beckel highlighted several upcoming community events
Merchant Market at Stubbs Park - May 21
  • Last year’s inaugural event had16 food trucks, movies,120 vendors and 8,000 people in attendance. Expect it to be bigger this year.
Party in the Park at Stubbs Park - June 9, July 14, Aug 11
  • Live music, food trucks, vendor village, Centerville Community Choir. Please provide suggestions of local people who would be good for future events.
Uptown Events Twice a month Fridays in Summer
  • Held at the corner of Graeters/City BBQ  - live music using all local, acoustic acts
  • DORA - designated outdoor refreshment area, can walk around with alcohol in that area
Fall Fest Sept 30
  • Gave out over 2,000 pumpkins last year.
Ghost Walk October
  • Presented by the Washington-Centerville Public Library and Centerville-Washington History. Program starts at Benham’s Grove with dinner, then guided walk around Centerville to hear local ghost stories.
Hometown Holiday Walk at Benham’s Grove Nov 19
  • Includes tree lighting, Santa, and more
Americana Festival & Parade July 4th
  • Lee reminded about the Rotary fire truck - new members don’t want to miss the fun of riding on the truck and spraying the crowd with squirt guns
Fan Fest at Stubbs Park in the fall
  • Giant inflatable screen, broadcast OSU game, food trucks
All events are looking for sponsors so check the City’s website or Heart of Centerville’s Facebook for more information.
Pat noted the City is working to modernize the Uptown area making it more walkable with attractions for all.
Happy Bucks for this quarter go to support Florida Hurricane Relief. Pat Beckel, our illustrious Sergeant of Arms, presided.
Happy Bucks were given for:
  • Pat Beckel was happy to have his wife back from China.
  • Matt Kuhn was happy.
  • Jeff Senney is exhausted preparing for the classes he’s teaching at the UD law school.
  • Don Stewart shared that 9 years ago he and his wife took their first cruise during tax season, and continue the tradition by leaving tomorrow for a music cruise with the band Train as the headlining act. 12 bands from 11 am to late night perform, including Yacht Rock Review!
  • Uriah Andersons is happy to be leaving at 5 pm today, traveling to Detroit then California with in-laws and other family for a wine tasting vacation together.
  • Kelly announced the golf sponsorship form and golf flyer is now available - take what you can use and distribute wide!
  • Sofie Ameloot is going to see her in-laws in Cleveland.
  • Susan Schnell doesn’t have any laundry money since her machine has been broken for 2.5 weeks. The washing machine is locked closed. Pat mentioned Home Goods store sells close out appliances and have great stock right now.
  • Dan Wilson was happy to be here.
  • Bob Sachs noted his wife’s great nephew plays for Notre Dame and Tuesday, he dropped 25 points against Duke!
  • Adam Manning shared he never had a pet before, but his girlfriend’s niece & nephew got him a fish named Fiona for his birthday. Adam noticed Fiona was getting fat and he realize he was over feeding her.  Adam said he and Fiona are now on a diet, getting in shape for summer.
  • Amy Hary is leaving for a trip to Mexico with friends for the week.
  • Rand Oliver was just happy.
  • Gina Smith is going out of state for a book event and will be meeting up with a childhood friend who’s also a writer.
  • Jim Harris was happy today and glad for the potential new member.
  • Carol Kennard will celebrate her 22nd Rotary anniversary on the 22nd of this month.
  • Lee Hieronymus bought a tractor today and he’s going to Southern California to see the National Parks in that area. He confirmed he will not be driving the tractor there.
  • Elda Gotos-Gay had a nice Valentine’s Day!
  • Erich Eggers was happy Bob Dorwart will be joining Rotary. Erich went to the driving range yesterday, preparing for a guys golf weekend in Florida. He got the jumbo bucket of balls and shot 2 of them straight…
  • Ron Bowersocks announced his twin daughters turned 56, and said he’s been on lots of cruises thanks to the Navy but never had music on those cruises!
  • Bob Dorwart said his new wife came with a dog and cat!
  • Ron Hollenbeck said he wanted to take a jog yesterday so he went to the RecPlex because of high winds, but found crime scene tape! Ron was glad to have his step son in from CA, but sad he’s here because his father passed away.
  • Uriah Anderson explained renovations are underway at the fitness center, and they re-poured the floor in the walking track so it is closed until Monday. He noted it was caution tape, not crime scene tape!
  • Chuck King had an unfortunate experience with inflation. He had a tire with a slow leak and the cheapest replacement tire he could find was $300!
  • Crissy Allums encouraged all to sign up for milkweed cleaning on March 8, 1-3 pm at the Activity Center Park. Also, she is looking for donations for Adam to take to the All Ohio PETS training. Collection starts next week through March 6. Crissy will shop for you, if preferred.
  • Harvey Smith recognized everyone giving $1 at his table, so he gave more.
Rand Oliver then gave some thoughts on the upcoming Golf Outing
It would take 36 foursomes to fill the field, which is possible if each Rotarian brings a foursome. But the real money is in sponsorships. For only $150, you can have your name on a sign, but we are also looking for in-kind donations, such as funding breakfast or lunch, sleeve of balls or coupons for the gift bags. Everything helps.
Reach out to your friends, business associates, places where you shop. April 15 is the deadline for sponsorships to be included on signage.
Adam then shared a fun presidential fact he saw in a magazine in honor of President’s Day coming up Monday. Our 10th president, John Tyler, was born in 1790 and as of 2020, his last surviving grandson passed away!
Kelly McDonald announced the Artemis Center accepts old phones to refurbish and distribute to those in need. They have electronics recycling, too, if not usable. Our April social event will include collection of old electronics, charging cables, etc.
Next week greeters are Pat Beckel and Brad Thorp.
Thanks to Jackie D’Aurora for taking over managing the Greeter Schedule!
Next week’s speaker is KaLynn Clark from 4 Paws for Ability.
President- Elect Manning led the group in reciting the 4 Way Test and wished everyone a good week.
Please arrange for a sub if you are unable to greet on your assigned day or contact Jackie D'Aurora.
February 23 = Pat Beckel and Brad Thorp
March 2 = Dale Berry and Kisha Taylor
March 9 = Jackie D’Aurora and Harvey Smith
March 16 = Doug Bockrath and Jim Stuart
March 23 = Ron Bowersock and Don Stewart
March 30 = Tom Broadwell and 
Sivaji  Subramaniam

Volunteer Opportunity
Join the Board of Directors!4 Paws for Ability is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. As a nonprofit, 4 Paws is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is a team of passionate and talented volunteers responsible for 4 Paws governance and fiscal responsibility. Currently, there is
an opening on the board for an individual with a financial background or a CPA. If you believe you would be a good fit, please email Jennifer Lutes at to receive an application.
Service Projects - from Crissy Allums
Rotary strongly believes that we have the ability to make a difference in our local community, in our country and in the world. With this in mind, I am seeking your help for two initiatives we have on the horizon. 
  • Milkweed seed cleaning on March 8, 2023 from 1-3 pm at the Activity Center Park, 221 N. Main St, Centerviile
  • Women and Girls Empowerment Drive (this is a statewide service project that focuses on improving the health, education, well-being, and economic security of girls across the globe.)
I will have the sign-up sheets for the milkweed seed cleaning at our weekly meeting or you can email me directly if you want to participate.
In regards to the Women and Girls Empowerment Drive, there are two ways you can participate.
  • Order straight from the Amazon Wishlist: ROTARY ALL OHIO PETS WOMEN AND GIRLS EMPOWERMENT 2022
  • You can bring your donation to our weekly meetings and I will collect them.
Please check out the Amazon Wishlist so you know what items are being collected for this Drive. WE will collect items for two weeks Feb 20 - March 06. Our very own Adam Manning will be going to this training (President-Elect Training) and our very own President Arnie Biondo will be a facilitator.
Let's send Arnie and Adam to Columbus with a vehicle full of our donations to support this statewide Drive.
Thank you for all you do to meet the needs of those in need!
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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!
February 16 = Mark Balsan and Wyatt Thorp
February 23 = Pat Beckel and Brad Thorp
March 2 = Dale Berry and Kisha Taylor
March 9 = Jackie D’Aurora and Harvey Smith
March 16 = Doug Bockrath and Jim Stuart
March 23 = Ron Bowersock and Don Stewart
March 30 = Tom Broadwell and  Sivaji Subramaniam
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