This Week at Rotary: August 9, 2018
Rotarian and Centerville City Manager, Wayne Davis provided an update on the city's strategic plan.
The Pancake Committee started meeting this week to prepare for this year's event. How would you like to help? There are still some planning positions available! See Adam or Brad if you'd like to help and be sure to mark your calendar!
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August 15
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August 19
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August 2
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August 13
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August 14
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August 8, 2002
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August 23, 2012
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Centerville Rotary Club Meeting August 9, 2018
The GREETERS​​​: ​​​​ 
08/09/2018 Jeff Senney and Dale Berry
08/16/2018 Frank Perez and Greg Horn
08/23/2018 Tom Broadwell and Sally Beals
08/30/2018 Carl Gill and Brian Bergmann
Dale Berry stood in for Joyce Young who was relaxing at a lake in Michigan and Brian Hayes
and others stood in for Jeff Senney until he arrived just before the meeting began. He claims
he was greeting in the parking lot, and we leave it at that.
But before we get to any of our greeters, we have to let everyone see the star of our show
this day: Rodrigo Fernando Garnica Tinajeros from Arequipa, Peru, our exchange student, seen here with Jen Gibbs, of his first host family. Jen is a member of this club.
He came in on the plane yesterday, and here he is already at Rotary, sitting
in on the first meeting of the Pancake Breakfast Committee, as you see in the picture
below this one.
The Pancake Breakfast Committee is already engaged in making this the best Pancake
Breakfast ever. Remember, it's Oct. 27 at Centerville High School.
We wish Rodrigo's family could be here to enjoy some of the pancakes
and sausages, with the community's best customers. 
Brian Hayes has come in early to set up the meeting's banners and sign-in materials. The
Four-Way Test is repeated by club members at the end of each meeting.
And Brian is the only greeter around at this time, so he welcomes Tom Broadwell and Don
Vice President Frank Perez signs in along with our speaker for the day, club member
Wayne Davis, the Centerville City Manager, seen behind Frank. Last week we heard about Washington Twp., and this week we got to hear about Centerville
and it's new 5-year strategic plan.
Our past president Ron Hollenbeck arrives. He's our water pump expert, and brought the
Operation Warm Project to the club. 
And now we see Doc Hoback arriving and being greeted by both Dale Berry and Brian Hayes.
Blue seems to be the theme of the day as Lee Hieronymus arrived with his blue Rotary 
shirt on. And if you noticed, Carol Kennard had her blue Rotary shirt on in the Pancake
Breakfast Committee picture.
Lee and Tom Broadwell take seats together. Tom is just back from a visit to Wisconsin, where
the temperature was in the 70s each day.
Did I mention blue? Even our Fremont, California guest, Rick Hood, sports the color of the day. He has his sunglasses on and treats us to his presence when he comes into town to see his grandson.
And while she's in town, now just back from Europe, Matt Kuhn's daughter Lauren, graces
the room with her presence. Dale has one of those Don Gerhardt big smiles. You gotta 
luv um.
John Beals is one of the hosts of this month's mixer, with his wife Sally. Should be a good 
one, if just to see the flowers and their buckeye trees. Hope they produce a lot this year.
Ben brings in the pork chops and huge potatoes this day.
Our treasurer Gerry Eastabrooks helps collect the Happy Bucks each Thursday.
Judy Budi arrives just as our official greeter Jeff Senney arrives to greet a few people.
Jeff stops to practice his best greeter grin.
Jeff shares the limelight with Brian. GQ could use these two on its cover.
What is Jeff Senney up to?
He's sharing the limelight with our exchange student now. Rodrigo will have something to
write home about. And pictures too. We hope he comes back often to be at the club, though
school may take up much of his time.
And here are several pictures of Rodrigo's arrival, thanks to Doc Hoback.
And did we say that Brian Hayes was also helping greet this day? Think we did...And now
we see Erich Eggers arrive.
And with Brad Thorp leading God Bless America, the meeting has begun.
The Centerville Rotary Club met at the Clubhouse at Yankee Trace at noon. Club President Boyd Preston led the Pledge of Allegiance; PDG Harvey Smith led the prayer, and Brad Thorp led the singing of God Bless America.
The guests at this week's meeting included:  Rick Hood of Fremont, California; Lauren Kuhn, daughter of Matt Kuhn; and Rodrigo Fernando Garnica Tinajeros of Arequipa, Peru.      
Here we see President Boyd Preston, who presided over the meeting.
Jen Gibbs introduced Rodrigo to the club and Rodrigo thanked the club for hosting him in the Rotary Youth Exchange program. The club gave Rodrigo a round of applause. We think we have another 
winner in this exchange program and we hope to make Rodrigo feel at home here in America. He will be attending one of the area's finest schools and with his background and good looks, should stand out in the crowd. We wish him well during this school year.
Ann Blackburn noted that members will be receiving notices about the next mixer, which John and Sally Beals have offered to host at their home in Centerville. It will be on Aug. 15, she said.
Jen Gibbs reminded people of the Boomer Fest Aug. 11 at St. Leonard. 
Ann Blackburn said she will be manning a booth there between 2 and 4 p,m. and all are invited to come join her, except Boyd.
And everyone laughed, and Boyd said he has to keep reminding himself "I love my club, I love my club," and that she probably owed him one for all the kidding he gives her at times. Ann, who
belonged to another Rotary Club before joining ours, is known for clapping when nobody else when our Happy Bucks collector takes center stage.
President-Elect Chuck King presented a recruiting brochure he had made to inform people about Centerville Rotary and the projects and events we are involved in and what it means to be a service club, etc. He said he had 100 brochures printed up after getting the board's approval of its contents. Two pictures of the brochure appear below. It's really well done, and we probably should get lots more to hand out when we mention Rotary to someone who knows nothing about it.  Putting some at places like Bill's Donut Shop and Dorothy Lane Market (with their permission), might be inviting...
President Preston noted at an earlier meeting that World Polio Day is Oct. 24, two days after our Pancake Breakfast Fund-raiser at Centerville High School on Oct. 22. He said they are looking for ways for the club to celebrate World Polio Day. 
At a previous meeting President Preston reminded members of the Sept. 12 District meeting at Normandy Church, which will start at 5:30 p.m. It's a good opportunity to meet with other club members and see what they are doing, he said.
He also noted that the Rotary District's Dragon's Night is Aug. 18 and that ticket sales have been extended to Aug. 17, if not sold out before. Our District Governor sent out ticket information to members. The game starts at 7 p.m. The Dragon's ticket office is 937-228-2287.
 A reminder: Our exchange student Rodrigo has finished secondary school, which is through the 11th grade in Peru. He likes math, history, science, etc. He plays the guitar and piano and sings. His first family will be with Jen and Travis Gibbs and her family. His third family is Carolyn and Mike Rice, home of the Montgomery County Treasurer, Carolyn Rice. Rodrigo was in the top 20 percent of his class.
He lives with his parents and 14 year old brother in the second largest city in Peru, Arequipa, with a population of 1,500,000 inhabitants. It's located in a valley with an elevation of 7,600 ft. on the foot of the magnificent Misti volcano, and the Chachani and Pichu Pichu mountains.
He's fluent in English (10 years of study) and Portuguese, and speaks Spanish.
Special note: PDG Harvey Smith noted that the family of Michael Hayde, a past member of the club who passed away in 1978, is gifting $1,000 to the club for Operation Warm, which will fund 50 new winter coats for this year's project, helping needy children. Harvey said Mike's widow plans to present the check at a future meeting, possibly on Aug. 23, and that he hopes to be able to present
her with a Paul Harris Fellow at that time.
And the Really good news about the three district grant requests that were made by the club, is that all three have been granted, President Preston said.
The club will receive $1,200 to help with the purchase of dictionaries and thesauri for the third and fifth graders in the area schools. We will receive $2,000 for Operation Warm, which allows us to purchase 100 new warm winter coats. And, we will receive $400 for Project Read.
President Preston also mentioned that the club will continue to send out the minutes of its monthly board meetings so the membership can get a better idea of the inner workings of the club and comment on any matters they wish. These will also be available in hard copy for those who don't have computer access, he said. The first set sent out were very thorough and should prove valuable
to club members if you take time to read them.
President Preston said to survive and grow into the future, Rotary International is encouraging all clubs to try to engage new young members in the 18 to 30 group. There are 250,000 young people in Rotary and about 10,000 clubs have a Rotaract club, he said. Those in the clubs at college should be encouraged to continue as Rotary members, he said. Young professionals can bring a lot of energy and new ideas into the club. 
HAPPY BUCKS: The Happy Bucks this quarter go to Operation Warm, and Brian Hayes said our goal is to buy 375 coats, which will cost $7,500. 
Erich Eggers, our Sgt.-at-Arms started the Happy Bucks by donating $50, and Gerry Eastabrooks, our treasurer gave $20 for a coat. 
Remember, Erich will host an open house at his Remodeling Designs office at 3720 Benner Road in Miamisburg from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 25, a Saturday. You get to tour the showroom, have light hors d'oeuvres, and raffle prizes. "Bring a friend and enter to win dinner for four cooked by Erich in our new kitchen," the invitation reads. You need to RSVP by Aug. 15 at 937-438-0031 or e-mail
Brian started the Happy Bucks by saying we had just 8 weeks left to gather enough money to purchase the coats, and that we would need about $800 a week if we do not depend on the gifts of others to meet the 375 coat goal, though one never knows about funding, and if we go over the goal, so much the better. More kids will benefit from our efforts. And Miamisburg has said they may participate somewhat this year and really try to outdo us next year. 
Brian said thus far we have $1,139, enough for 57 coats, 15 percent of our goal. If we count the gifts allowing us to purchase 150 coats, we would have to have $420 a week to meet our goal, he said.
Right now we need 318 coats more, he said.
Arnie and Boyd and Chuck and Frank gave, and our speaker Wayne Davis gave for being happy, and Matt Kuhn gave for having his daughter home for a fun day, and Jeff Senney gave for two things, one being a coat, and one for seeing Matt's daughter Lauren at the club, and Don Stewart gave for the development being paved after 24 years, and for telling a story related to the Four-Way-Test, about a guy named Thomas Fleetwood who came in 12th at the PGA Tournament. The payout was $151,848, but the check was sent to a guy named Tommy Fleetwood, who returned it. The guy who won the money said he didn't even know he got paid for coming in 12th...
Lee Hieronymus gave $5 to announce the Washington Twp. Fire Department's Annual Ice Cream Social this weekend at station number two on Clyo Road. Lee used to be the guy in the big orange hat dishing out ice cream, but in the past few years he's been the cake and pie salesman.
Tom Broadwell gave for being back from Wisconsin, and Jim Harris gave for a coat, and Doc Hoback
for half a coat. Eric Beach gave for being happy school is back in session next week, and Ron Hollenbeck gave for a coat and said the Greg Bixler Group that makes the LifePumps is holding a gala Sept. 20 and that anyone wishing to attend should let him know. Dan Johnson said he is Happy and Dan Sortman said his youngest daughter came in second in a Midwest Region cookie bake-off.
Harvey Smith gave for a coat in honor of our exchange student Rodrigo.
Then Brad Thorp, the luckiest of lucky guys and great GBA singer, gave $20 to let us know that while in Scotland he got to go to Edinburgh's oldest golf course, St. Andrews and play. There were four spots and he won one of them. He took a train up and played the 650-year-old course. "It was the round of my life," he said. He scored a 94, he said.
Sofie Ameloot also paid for a coat in honor of Rodrigo. She also said she would like to get a team up from our club to ride in the TourdeGem coming up.
Adam gave and Brad Huffman gave being happy for Rodrigo being here, and Mark Febus gave $5 for Rodrigo and $5 for a caregiver at his business, Juanita, receiving the National Caregiver of the Year award.
Carol Kennard gave a Happy $5 for Rodrigo, and Jen Gibbs gave for half a coat to welcome Rodrigo. We're happy to have him, she said.
Rick Hood gave for a coat in honor of his grandson, who lives here in the area and just got back from being out of the country.
John Beals also gave for a coat.
This Week's Speaker: Centerville City Manager Wayne Davis, a club member
Vice President Frank Perez introduced our speaker, Wayne Davis, noting that due to time restraints he would keep it short. He said our new city manager is very well qualified and that we're lucky to have him as a city manager. Wayne gave a quick presentation of the city's new five-year strategic plan. He did not go over all the material he had prepared, but hit the highlights.
His city staff bio adds a bit more:

Wayne Davis began his duties in August 2017 as City Manager appointed by Centerville City Council on July 10, 2017.  He serves as the chief administrative officer for the City and responsible for its overall operations including municipal activities, the Police Department, Public Works, Benham's Grove,  and The Golf Club at Yankee Trace.

Davis brings more than 20 years of public sector finance and government experience.   He previously served as City Manager in Montgomery, Ohio, where he also held the assistant city manager and finance director positions.

Davis has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in public administration from Wright State University.  He is a graduate of the Leading, Educating and Development Program from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. He serves as president of the Ohio City/County Management Association (OCMA).

Wayne started with a discussion of the mission, vision and values.
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Wayne said they began working on the new five-year strategic plan with a retreat back in October in the police department. In March they had a retreat here (Yankee Trace), he said. Then in June they finalized the plan. They have to match the operational with finances, he said. They developed six
goal areas and 30 strategies, with implementation steps assigned to senior and frontline staff. "If you have a plan and don't enact it, shame on you," he said. The plan is set to work with the city council's guidance, he said. He said they have to have clear reasons why they are going to do something so there is no confusion. Once they have settled on the vision, they also have to have an action plan so there are no false starts. They have to have staff in place with the skills and ability to be involved and the resources to make it all happen, so there is no frustration.
Economic development, a residential piece, and business, are all a part of the plan.
The first goal involves economic development.
"We can't do it alone," Wayne said. There's a public and private side. The Centerville Community Improvement Corporation can be an economic development tool to assist the city in getting quicker responses to market opportunities, he said. They can promote the redevelopment of underutilized properties throughout the city. The residential neighborhoods can offer new housing choices adaptable to a changing demographic and market, he said.
Goal 2 involves planning. They want to take a look back at the city's Create the Vision plan made in the year 2004. They want to make a plan for vacant properties throughout the community to help guide new development. Retention and/or expansion, of existing businesses, and attraction of new businesses is a goal. To do that they plan to support neighborhood and business improvement programs.
Goal 3 involves finance. They want to have better tracking of resources and to find out what the cost of various services are. What does it cost to put on a specific event? To have a police check? Are we doing the right one? Are we delivering the right service to the community?  The policies need to insure the city maintains a fiscally stable condition.
Goal 4 involves housing and infrastructure.  They are looking for neighborhood improvement and economic viability. This involves keeping the community looking good and repairing sidewalks, curbs and roads, and looking at the return on investments, among other things.
Goal 5 involves Core services, which are listed in the Goal 5 picture below.
The picture below shows the fiber optics grid. Goal 6 involves technology modernization to enable
sharing and collaboration of information with the city's stakeholders (Russians excluded, we suppose.)
The final piece of information is: A performance assessment...Are we as good as our neighbors,
Kettering, or Cincinnati...etc., across the country...

 And with the close of the meeting, a few more pictures of the departing crowd.




The meeting was adjourned with the reciting of the 4-Way Test.
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