The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
eBulletin - November 4, 2021
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
President Brian Hayes welcomed everyone to the meeting of the Centerville Rotary Club, and led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Ray Merz provided the prayer.
Thought of the moment – religious leader, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, said “We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.”
Ron Hollenbeck announced letters were distributed to share what you need in order to get to the next level Paul Harris Fellow as the club will provide matching points dollar for dollar. Please make the check payable to the Rotary Foundation and give to Ron.
Ron also reminded everyone about the Rotary 125 Club and noted that a separate check needs to be written for the $100 to the Annual Foundation and the $25 to Polio Plus.
Sofie Ameloot reported for Boyd by announcing our next 50th Anniversary Service Day: Tuesday, November 9, 3:00-4:15 pm where we will harvest milkweed seed out of their pods. Meet at the Activity Center Park shelter (221 N. Main Street, where Park Headquarters is). We could use a couple more Rotarians.
Arnie Biondo reminded all the deadline for our virtual pancake sponsors is next Friday. Please make calls or reach out and let him know of any sponsors your obtain.
Brad Huffman announced the Golf committee is looking for members who would like to help plan the May 7, 2022 event.
Happy Bucks this quarter are for Blue Star Mothers (of America) A private nonprofit organization in the United States that provides support for mothers who have sons or daughters in active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Pat Beckel served as our Sergeant at Arms this week.
Happy Bucks this week, were generously given by:
  • Pat Beckel confessed to be a big nerd: named his kids after the Highlander TV show. He was able to book Adrian Paul, (the actor who played Duncan Macleod in Highlander,) to sword fight with Pat and they even made a movie of it! Watch for the release soon!
  • Carol Kennard begrudgingly congratulated the Buckeyes for their win over the Nittany Lions last weekend
  • Matt Kuhn for the bold shirt Pat was wearing
  • Ron Hollenbeck to share that Peachy said hello to everyone and he helped put together the PHF letters
  • Ray Merz appreciated the 44,000 who voted for the school board members, an all time record
  • Ger Eastabrooks noted the Van Gogh Immersion Experience exhibit in Columbus is really great
  • Elda Gotos-Gay was happy
  • Uriah Anderson was happy
  • Susan Schnell for the Blue Star Mothers, and that she had CLEAN cash today since it went through the laundry
  • Brad Huffman gave for the OSU Buckeyes game he got to attend and when his daughter bailed, Adam Manning filled in. He also saw Kisha last night who said she will try to come back to Rotary soon
  • Jim Harris gave for OSU, and noted he enjoyed the Michigan/Michigan State game
  • Chuck King noted most of his leaves have fallen and have already been picked up
  • Dick Hoback gave for the OSU win
  • Harvey Smith said he went to Lee Hieronymus’s wedding, and although he was in a wheelchair, he was able to stand up for the vows
  • Scott Kujawą gave for something I couldn’t hear across the room!
  • Arnie Biondo was happy
  • Larry Marchand gave for Blue Star Mothers
  • Nick Cruz said his wife had surgery and is doing well
  • Sofie Ameloot was happy
  • Dan Johnson was happy to see Norm (speaker), and he is taking his middle daughter to Gainesville for her first Florida game
  • Mark Febus announced the work conference went well, and he got to enjoy seeing Red Rocks
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Our speaker this week was Norm Miozzi, from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton.
Arnie Biondo introduced our speaker, Norm Miozzi, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton. He has been with Habitat since 2009, and prior to that was a Construction Manager in Georgia.
Norm is also a Housing Advisory Board member.
Norm said Habitat for Humanity is recognized for their donation to each family of a Habitat home. They build, renovate, and repair homes to provide affordable home ownership. Families buy the homes, which then helps transform lives for the families. Families they serve don’t have the luxuries we take for granted - a stable home, stable schools, neighborhood, teachers, coaches, etc.
Habitat helps families to move up, build wealth, and become more involved citizens from living in a neighborhood. They builds houses that fit in to the neighborhood, not stick out. Some are on Dorothy Lane, Woodman Drive, Greene and Clark Counties now.
Since 1983, Habitat has built close to 400 houses and Habitat homeowners paid $212,351 in property tax in 2020, which flows back into the community.
Their newest mission is providing critical repairs. Norm shared a story about a house in West Dayton. A social service agency called them about a 94 year old woman who has a leak in her roof (i.e. hole) Google map showed the house has looked the same since 2017. She would walked tubs filled with rainwater downstairs to empty. They recognize this is her stable, affordable home, but she can’t afford roof repairs. They put on a new roof, and repaired all of the drywall. She is now able to stay in her house.
Another house had defective shingles, which led to a leaking roof. They didn’t know to call the manufacturer. She contacted Habitat and said while she was sleeping, plaster from above fell on her in bed. Habitat replaced the roof, and fixed the drywall. Two months later, she’s walking and again and her health has improved now that they got rid of mold.
They were called to a house where an electrical extension cord had lots plugged in, including a space heater which was used along with an oven to heat the house. The furnace had not worked for three years. They put in a new furnace & hot water heater, and replaced the back door. They are now able to stay in their home comfortably.
They are seeing a lot of need - 200-300 calls/year. With their capacity and funding, they are not able to help all, but they also network with other non-profits to expand their reach. 1 in 9 households spend more than half income on housing and new home construction is becoming unattainable for first time homebuyers (priced out).
Preserving housing stock is important in the Dayton area. When there is compounded deferred maintenance, first time homeowner can’t afford to purchase a starter home that needs major repairs. By preserving current housing stock, it makes it affordable for the next home owner.
What if they do nothing?
There would be fewer places for low-moderate income folks to purchase. Their focus is to provide a service to help everyone buy a home.
Critical repair is the new focus.
They met a woman who had a tornado damaged home on the east side of I75, with no insurance. Her father lived next door and lost his roof. She didn’t see a way to fix the house and was ready to leave it. With Habitat and other partnerships, they were able to rebuild the house for her. Check video on website with Christine Kreuger’s story HERE.
How can you help?
Become a board member
Donate goods/services
Be a home sponsor - Club, business or individual (financial, any level $5,000-$100,000), recognized with your logo on the sign.
Norm mentioned if you visit the Trail Town Brewery in Yellow Springs, try the Welcome Home beer as $1 for each sold goes to Habitat.
Have to be 17-18 in order to help on-site primarily; some younger can help with more gardening work.
Families are given a hand up, not a hand out. Typically the family is in the program for 1.5-2 years before presented with keys to their house. Adults are required to give 275 volunteer hours to Habitat and take 6 months of education classes, all to help them to be successful.
For more information visit
President Brian thanked Norm for his good work and led everyone in reciting the Rotary 4-Way Test.
Next week our guest speaker will be District 6670 Governor-Elect, Frank Scott to share information about the Rotary Foundation.
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