The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
Rotary Club of Centerville - January 12, 2023
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
THANKS to Boyd Preston, this week's bulletin editor!
President Arnie Biondo welcomed everyone to the Centerville Rotary Club and lead the reciting of the Pledge. Past President Brian Hayes provided the prayer.
President Biondo had several announcements:
  • The thought of the day is from J. K. Rowling: “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
  • Our speaker today is from the Miami Valley Peace Heroes Trail and will be introduced later
  • Guests include:
    • Cody Terrell – friend of Adam Manning. Cody is planning on applying to join our club.
    • Ron Bowerstock- his application is with the Board for approval.
  • Our greeter today was Ron Hollenbeck
  • The MLK Community Breakfast is this Monday (1/16) at Yankee Trace at 7:30 AM. Club is a sponsor and has a few tickets still available so, if interested, please contact Arnie quickly.
  • Next monthly Board meeting is also this Monday at 5:30 PM at Arnie’s home. Good chance for new members to check off an item on their to do list, if they have not attended a meeting yet.
  • Next week’s club meeting (1/19) will be a Club Assembly. We will review the past 6 months accomplishments, discuss plans for the balance of year and elect the new slate of club officers for 2023-24.
New member induction: Bob Sachs. His sponsor is Don Overly and mentor Brad Huffman.
Bob is a native Daytonian, graduate of Chaminade-Julienne High School and has an Engineering Technology degree from UD. He was a sales manager for an engineering company and then in 1975, founded his own company as a manufacturing rep for parts for the automotive industry. He is also a licensed commercial pilot and volunteers at St. Leonard’s.
Directors/ Others report to the club:
  • Sofie Ameloot- Next club social will be on Friday, January 27th. Details to follow.
Happy Bucks for this quarter go to support Florida Hurricane Relief. Pat Beckel, our esteemed Sergeant of Arms, presided with help from Brian Hayes.
Pat presented the club with a bottle of Freedom small batch straight whiskey in appreciation of our club’s gold level support for their Memorial Day Veterans event. The manufacturer is 100% veteran owned. Arnie will discuss next steps with the Board for this generous gift.
Happy Bucks were given for:
  • Pat Beckel- hoping his wife will be able to return from China where she has been visiting her parents in the next 1 ½ months. COVID restrictions have made her return challenging.
  • Rand Oliver- happy he is no longer the newest member and is leaving for Washington D.C. to visit with his children and grandchildren.
  • Lee Hieronymus - will be on a roof this afternoon which needs to be repaired
  • Jeff Senney - just got back from a visit to New Orleans with his wife Sharon. Had a good time and met with their son who was there on a conference who had not been able to make it home for Christmas.
  • Sofie Ameloot- happy to announce that the Interact club at Centerville High School now has an advisor, Mrs. Manfredi. Also, her daughter, Delphine was elected club President.
  • Mike Weir- just happy
  • Bob Fry- happy to support fellow Floridians who had been impacted by the hurricane.
  • Bob Sachs- happy to be called a Rotarian.
  • Wayne Davis- for our new member and wishes for a great 2023 for all club members.
  • Don Overly - for Bob S. joining our club.
  • Dick Hoback- missed last week’s meeting due to a senior moment and for our new member.
  • Jim Harris- for our new member.
  • Gerry Eastabrooks – looking forward to going soon to IFly Cincinnati in Liberty Township for indoor skydiving.
  • Ron Hollenbeck- for new member and his granddaughter’s 6th birthday.
  • Harvey Smith- for Bob joining our club.
  • Elda Gotos-Gay - Bob joining our club and for him being a volunteer at St. Leonard’s
  • Arnie Biondo- for missing several meetings due to trips and illness.
  • Ron Bowerstock- happy to be joining the club
  • Uriah Anderson - happy his folks are doing well in California and have not been impacted by the current bad storms.
  • Boyd Preston - for new member.
  • Chuck King - for new member
  • Dale Berry - just happy and glad to be back in town
  • Dan Johnson- new member and he must leave meeting early with apologies to speaker
  • Sivaji Subramaniam - for the upcoming MLK breakfast and for the community meet and greet tonight at the Centerville Police station’s training room to help people learn more about the Centerville-Washington Diversity Council.
  • Brian Hayes- became a small business owner effective January 1 as he bought out his current boss who is retiring. Name of his company is Comprehensive Planning Group.
Our speaker this week was Ms. Catherine Queener from the Miami Valley Peace Heroes Trail (MVPHT).
The mission of the program, now in its 4th year, is to promote peacebuilding through the stories of peace heroes and the exploration of the ideals that guide them.
The MVPHT portrays local, national, and international peacebuilders both alive and from history. The series of inspirational signs are on the campus of the Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship church in Centerville. They placed their first sign in December 2020 and now have 57 along the trail. It is free of charge and is open to the public during daylight hours.
Some of the heroes highlighted: Heather Cumming for her work in establishing wells in Sierra Leone and Zambia, Amaha Sellassie for helping to lead the creation of the Gem City Market, addressing a significant need in a food desert here in Dayton and Dr. John Fleming for his work in creating museums around the US highlighting the African American experience.
They maintain that a peace hero is frequently an everyday person who accepts risk and succeeds in making the world less violent and a more just place. The ideals they strive to live by:
Catherine then asked the club who our peace heroes are:
  • Uriah: his mom who is the Executive Director of Aid Africa
  • Harvey: Jesus who epitomized loving, caring, healing, and living together peacefully
  • Rand: Paul Harris- founder of Rotary and all the good being done with the Foundation, scholarships, and peace initiatives.
  • Wayne- the Centerville Police Dept for their work in making our area more just and less violent.
  • Bob Pry- Tony Hall- his work in Africa in addressing starvation
  • Arnie- Saloni Bagwani- our club’s exchange student for all the work she is doing to promote the Rotary ideals
  • Crissy- this club and its members who are truly selfless, very generous and all accepting
  • Bill M.- Dolly Parton for her work in fighting illiteracy.
  • Chuck- Design Outreach for their work in developing and installing highly reliable and capable water pumps to provide people with life changing clean water
  • Brian H- Dr. Martin Luther King- a man committed to peace and dedicated to helping those in need
  • Sivaji- Mahatma Gandhi- a true man of peace
Her final requests of the club
  • Come visit the site, especially with some children. Contact her ahead of time and she would be happy to meet you there.
  • Help her reach any teachers we might know. They are developing a booklet on this program targeting children and are looking for best ways to effectively connect with them.
Her contact info:
The Miami Valley Peace Heroes Trail program can be reached at:
President Biondo 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 Crissy Allums.
January 19 = Daniel Wilson & Crissy Allums
January 26 = Mike Wier & Sofie Ameloot
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