The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
Rotary Club of Centerville - September 29, 2022
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
NOTE: THANKS to Boyd Preston for taking notes this week!
President Arnie Biondo welcomed everyone to the Centerville Rotary Club. Past President Brian Hayes provided the prayer.
President Biondo had several announcements:
  • The thought of the day is from Oprah Winfrey: “You can have it all. Just not all at once”
  • Our speakers today are from We Care Arts and will be introduced later
  • Guests include:
    • Rick Hood - visiting Rotarian from the Niles Rotary club in California
    • Marilyn Hoback - Dick’s wife
    • Rebecca O’Neil- principal of Normandy Elementary & potential new member
    • Wyatt Thorp- Brad’s son and business partner
    • Katie Neubert- previous club member & Executive Director at We Care Arts
  • Volunteers needed for this Friday’s (1 PM) service project- painting the Iron Horse Park train climber
    • Sign-up sheet being passed- he does not want to work alone!
Directors/ Others report to the club:
  • Jeff Senney-
    • Last night’s social event at Lock 27 was successful. Had 3 objectives:
      • Social time for members to interact
      • Generate community awareness of club & attract potential new members
      • Raise funds for Operation Warm 
  • Arnie recognized the hard work by the committee and especially Kelly McDonald, for last night’s event
  • Kelly shared $559.52 was raised for Operation Warm
  • Arnie & Crissy- Diaper drive update
    • Collection runs Oct 8 to 22nd- collection barrels to be dropped off Oct 7th
    • Competition with local Optimists Club
    • Encourage our friends & relatives to donate
    • Volunteers needed for Oct 25th to meet with Optimists after their weekly meeting at Yankee Trace to re-bundle donations
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  • Frank- Dictionary/ Thesaurus project- need volunteers for putting 4 Way Test labels in books next Thursday after our meeting. Sign-up sheet on table
  • Adam- Pancake Day- Sign-up sheet available for volunteers for event set up & day of
Spirit Chain- Centerville vs Fairmont High Schools’ annual friendly fundraising competition has started. CHS student council members visited club today to share this year’s plans.
  • Sam McLain- student council President gave overview of program & this year’s charities to be supported.
    • TJ’s House of Hope
    • House of Bread
    • Battle Buddies Foundation
  • This Sunday is Spirit Fest @ the high school to raise funds
    • Food trucks, vendors, raffles- family event
  • President Biondo confirmed club would be making a donation to support
  • Jars were passed for individual club mbrs who may want to support directly
    • Don Stewart shared later that $362 was donated
Happy Bucks for this quarter go to support Operation Warm, providing new winter coats to local children in need. This is the last week for collecting funds for this very worthy cause.
Sergeant of Arms this week was Chuck King
Happy Bucks were given for:
  • Adam Manning gave a coat for Operation Warm
  • Bill Menker for his 29th wedding anniversary
  • Brad Huffman- for his Florida relatives and residents affected by Hurricane Ian
  • Crissy Allums - Operation Warm
  • Judy Budi- had a great trip to Israel
  • Sofie Ameloot- great trivia night event
  • Ashlee Walton- had a very good time at trivia night
  • Jeff Senney- looking forward to going to Gatlinburg, TN this weekend but a bit concerned about possible weather impact from remnants of Hurricane Ian
  • Katie Neubert- starting new job with We Care Arts
  • Lauren Lintzenich (co-speaker)- Operation Warm
  • Chris Alvarado- (co-speaker)- getting married next week
  • Ray Merz- for the hurricane victims
  • Rick Hood (guest)- happy to be here visiting his grandchildren; will be awarding Paul Harris Fellowships to them next week. Also, for those impacted by hurricane.
  • Arnie Biondo- just happy
  • Dale Berry- Operation Warm
  • Dick Hoback- glad Marilyn joined us today
  • Jim Harris- for his family members living in Tampa
  • Tom Broadwell- he and his wife just got back from California vacation. Last time they will be using their time share there
  • Scott Kujawa- happy to be here
  • Uriah Anderson- upcoming health fair at the Joyce Young Center in the RecPlex
  • Larry Marchand – Operation Warm
  • Ron Hollenbeck- 10 coats- laid sod with his brother-in-law yesterday and happy to have feeling coming back to his arms today
  • Elda Gotos Gay- Operation Warm
  • Gerry Eastabrooks- just happy
  • David Trout- fully recovered from COVID
  • Bob Fry- unhappy bucks- his home in Florida that will be their retirement place was heavily damaged by Ian
  • Don Stewart- Browns won last week and had a great father-daughter weekend last week at OSU.
  • Harvey Smith- both his daughter and sister who live in the Tampa area have no electricity but are ok otherwise
  • Brad Thorp- Operation Warm
  • Chuck King- gas line is installed in his house finally and hoping to have heat working by mid next week
  • Brian Hayes- daughter having a great trip in Europe, currently in Italy.
Our speakers this week were Chris Alvarado (Outreach Coordinator) and Lauren Lintzenich (Employment Services Coordinator) from We Care Arts.
The mission of the program is to empower and heal through art and community. They believe in the healing power of creating and producing art that transforms physical, developmental, and mental challenges into a future rich with possibilities for a variety of individuals with varying disabilities and physical challenges.
They operate a gift shop at Town & Country selling works by local artists and the Berkeley Center on Wilmington Pike that offers classes, woodshop, and a kiln for their clients.
The program goals are to build confidence, improve focus, leverage individual strengths & interests, improve communication skills, and encourage responsibility.
For 2021, they served 707 local artists, fielded programs in 7 different school districts in the Dayton area and almost all participants showed both improved art and personal skills.
They also offer:
  • Transitioning to work programs
  • The possibility project partners
  • Art Café at the Berkeley Center
  • Mental Health & Art for Wellness programs
  • Adult Day programs
  • High School outreach classes
We are all encouraged to stop by the gift shop to see what is available. If you have any left-over art supplies, please consider donating them to We Care Arts for use in the classrooms.
President Elect Biondo lead the group in reciting the 4 Way Test and wished everyone a good week.
Next week’s speaker will be Pam Walker with Kettering Health.
- Time to sell tickets! Pick up your packet at the meeting or let Boyd Preston know if you need them delivered.
- Sign up for your favorite work assignment now before someone beats you to it! See Adam Manning to sign up.
Please arrange for a sub if you are unable to greet on your assigned day or contact Crissy Allums.
October 6 = Mark Gerken & Ray Merz
October 13 = Jen Gibbs & Kelly McDonald
October 20 = Carl Gill & Larry Marchand
October 27 = Elda Gotos Gay & Adam Manning
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