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Centerville, OH
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eBulletin - April 14, 2022
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
Our theme this month is Maternal and Child Health.
President Brian Hayes welcomed everyone to the Centerville Rotary Club and led the Pledge of Allegiance. PDG Harvey Smith provided the prayer.
President Hayes had the following announcements:
  • Our Club Theme this month covers the areas of Maternal and Child Health
  • Our thought of the moment comes from actor, Robert Redford who said “Happiness is sporadic. It comes in moments and that is it. Extract the blood from every moment.”
  • April 23rd - Inaugural Rotary District 6670 Youth Peace Advocacy, Leadership & Service Day @ Sinclair Community College, Building 12,  8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • District 6670 Empowering Girls Gala & District Conference Friday April 29 5:30pm – 9:00pm tickets are $48/person @ Sycamore Creek Country Club
  • Today Our speaker is James Hoffer who will discuss The Foodbank Gardens. And he will receive a proper introduction here in a few moments.
Other announcements included:
  • Adam Manning is looking for our May 6 Golf Outing volunteers. Sign up with him after the meeting.
  • Frank Perez announced we are up to 66 golfers so get your team signed up now before we fill up! If your sponsorship includes free golfers, see Frank to register your golfers.
  • Sofie Ameloot just delivered donations to Artemis. Thanks for your generosity!
  • Mike Wier announced there are 17 tickets left for the May 3 Dragon’s game. Let him know if you are interested in attending.
Kim Senft-Paras shared this week’s i50th Anniversary Tidbits on our theme of Maternal and child health
Birth Kits distributed to some expectant mothers included: cord clamp, cotton wool 450g, sanitary pad, surgical gloves, razor blade, scalpel blade, mucus extractor, delivery mat and chloxy-G gel.
Kim asked everyone to be ready to share next week, what our club has done in the area or bring ideas for how we can do more.
We will be sending our Happy Bucks for this quarter through Matthew 25 Ministries to provide support where needed in the Ukraine.
Pat Beckel was our Sergeant of Arms today. He commented on the nice facility we get to spend. He mentioned for every $1 spent at a local business, $4 goes back into community.
Pat introduced our visitors today: Connie Hatch from Strongsville, Nikki Gates with Double Jay Construction, and Rick Hartley, all visiting to learn more about our club.
Happy Bucks were given for:
  • Pat Beckel played golf and tennis recently and is sore!
  • Wayne Davis for getting out of Washington, DC alive.
  • Michael Norton-Smith for the same as Wayne and said he likes Pat’s shirt.
  • Jim Harris was happy.
  • Don Overly was happy.
  • Judy Budi for Ukraine.
  • Sofie Ameloot for Ukraine, and paid a fine as she went to an Optimist meeting this week where her daughter won first place in a photo contest. She also shared that Elda’s son is doing better and they are back home in St Louis.
  • Gerry Eastabrooks for Ukraine.
  • Dale Berry paid a fine for his phone ringing during the meeting.
  • Connie Hatch was happy to be at our meeting.
  • Frank Perez was happy and for the fun prairie seeding project.
  • Chuck King went to a pipe organ concert where the performer was from his hometown and also his cousin’s nephew. He is 45 yrs old and has been the chair of organ at Juilliard for 20 years.
  • Adam Manning said his niece talked him into helping at the World Colorguard competition next weekend.
  • Boyd Preston for the successful seed project.
  • Brad Thorp for all 4 of his sons and their significant others being here for Easter.
  • Harvey Smith was happy.
  • Carol Kennard for the sunshine today as she is picking up her granddaughters to spend the afternoon outdoors.
  • Dick Hoback for Ukraine.
  • Jeff Senney is going to Cleveland to see his granddaughter in a play and then picking up Sharon at airport early in the morning.
  • Nikki Gates was happy the sun was shining and happy to be here.
  • Robert Ford was happy.
  • James Hoffer was happy to be here and at a golf course, as he has a tee time for after the meeting to play the course with his son.
Our speaker today was James Hoffer with The Foodbank.
James said the Dayton Foodbank provides hunger relief for the Miami Valley, serving Montgomery, Greene, and Preble counties. They are part of the Feeding America network, which has 200+ food banks in the country. They are The Foodbank, Inc. and have been in business over 40 years. They started as part of Red Cross.
James said their facility is located at the Rte 35/ Rte 75 interchange, where they have been since 2013. When they started, they distributed around 4 million pounds of food annually, and now serve 18-20 million pounds of food annually. It is very common to see 600 cars come through twice a week, serving 1,000 households per day. They also do 30 mobile pantries/month and work with over 100 local partners to provide food for hunger relief.
James is the urban garden manager, the only outdoor employee of The Foodbank. The space started as a vacant parking lot of the former Reynolds and Reynolds property. 3 acres of asphalt were cleared, and although they looked at other options for use of the area, decided to develop it into a garden.
In 2017 they ripped out the asphalt, and received a water quality grant to use gravel instead of asphalt. Then constructed cinderblock raised beds with an automated drip irrigation system. They currently grow 8,000 pounds of food in 40 beds. And survey their clients to grow what they want - mostly tomatoes, green beans, and peppers.
They also have an orchard. They are located on an old industrial site with ground pollution, so they had to go above ground due to ground contamination. Their orchard is unique because it is mobile - they can move the trees around. They plant dwarf varieties and all trees are doing well.
In 2019 they started compost facility. They rescue food that is near it’s sell date from grocery stores. They re-distribute what they can to partners and then compost the spoilage. There is less than 1% spoilage in food they take in, and use lots of compost since they are a chemical free garden.The compost facility was a partnership with Montgomery County, Kroger, and the EPA. It is considered a Class 2 compost facility since they bring product in and distribute. They are the food bank in country with Class 2 compost facility. 80% of the compost material is turned into a useable product for their use.
Use re-purposed shipping container to collect the spoilage. It then gets chopped, blended, and aerated and about 2-3 weeks later, it is compost. The project is then stored in storage bays to further cure another month or so. They turn it over 1/week and use a Trommel screener to sift out the large pieces.
A hydroponic greenhouse just opened up at their facility too. Local resident showed up and asked what they needed next. James mentioned a hydroponic greenhouse, and the man came back a few days later and offered to help finance it. The greenhouse was dedicated to his wife who loved gardens.
The garden has produced 12,000 heads of lettuce so far, should easily get up to producing 100,000 heads per year. It is harvested in the morning and that afternoon it goes out - can’t get much fresher than that.
They are working to expand the facility so more construction will be going on for awhile.
James said they are looking for volunteers. Pre-pandemic, they had around 7,000-10,000 volunteers, but that number dropped off significantly.
They generate enough compost for their use and do give away compost to partner organizations, too. They also have a program where you can pick up a 5 gallon bucket to fill up at home and bring back. The long term plan is for commercial garden operations, but not yet≥
Many of their partners are religious affiliates, and also With Gods Grace, St. Vincent de Paul, Dayton Schools, Miami Valley Meals, and more
Through members of the Ohio Association of Food Banks, all 88 counties are covered.
The American Institute of Bakers regulates their food safety.   
President Hayes thanked James for the great work and announced  next week’s Board Meeting will be on Monday at 5:30 pm via Zoom. Watch for a link in your e-mail.
Our speakers next week will be Carol Hughes and Frank Scott from the District as we recognize our Paul Harris recipients.
President Hayes led the group in reciting the 4-way Test and wished everyone a great week.
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