The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
Rotary Club of Centerville - February 15, 2024
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
Our Rotary theme for this month is
Peace and Conflict Resolution and Prevention.
President Adam Manning welcomed everyone to the Centerville Rotary Club and led reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. PDG Harvey Smith provided the prayer, including special prayers for Sivaji Subramaniam and Sofie Ameloot.
Quote of the Day: "Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.” By John Wesley
Thanks to our greeters today: Bill Menker & Jim Stuart
  • Keep Sofie Ameloot in your thoughts & prayers as her mother has taken ill. Sofie is in Belgium with her now and will be back March 10.
  • Sivaji Subramaniam appreciates all the messages and visits from the club. He’s home now and is thinking of all of us and looking forward to coming back as soon as possible.
  • Feb 26 is the next Board meeting, starting at 5:30 pm at Woodbourne Library
  • Feb 29 is the next Rotary Social - the Senney Soirèe, beginning at 6:30 pm. Bring a dish to share and let Jeff know if you can attend.
  • Sofie will be attending the All Ohio President-Elect Training (PETS) in March. The District project this year is raising funds for “On our Sleeves”. A $25 donation funds a kit to schools for child mental health awareness.
  • Crissy Allums is looking for volunteers to help the Dayton Diaper Depot wrap diapers on Saturday, March 23, 9:30-noon.
  • Another upcoming service project consists of a garden clean up at the Salvation Army on Friday, February 23, 9:30-10:30 am, only 5 spots available.
Happy Bucks this quarter are going toward the International Conflict Relief through the Red Cross/Red Crescent.
Pat Beckel returned as our Sergeant at Arms.
Happy Bucks were generously given for:
  • Pat Beckel for the Summer Concert Series moving to St. Leonard’s while renovation takes place at Stubbs Park. His business was highlighted on Good Day Dayton (Fox 45/ABC). For only $300, they will come to your business, produce a promotional video that you get to keep. 501 (c)(3) organizations are free. Heart of Centerville membership is now up to 260 members. They meet every Friday, 8:30 am at St Leonards for networking.
  • Jim Stuart said it was good to see Kristin, Gina and Pat. Harvey brought in a 1977 Centerville Rotary membership book. Jim’s maternal grandfather is in the book, which is one of the reasons he joined the club.
  • Mark Febus said it was good to see everyone and apologized for having to leave early.
  • Don Stewart’s daughter Mallory reported they have 2 feet of snow in Wyoming.
  • Kristin Hutton said it’s good to be back after several weeks of work getting in the way of Rotary.
  • Kelly McDonald for 10 rounds of golf in Myrtle Beach.
  • Wyatt Thorp for missing so many meetings this year - family and business are good but busy.
  • Amy Hary for her 13 year old giving her a hug and saying, “I love you, Mom!”
  • Carol Kennard will miss next week as she is visiting her mom in PA.
  • Dick Hoback for the $2 bill that just happened to appear.
  • Boyd Preston was impressed with the math at the table.
  • Crissy Allums for Patrick Mahomes and Chief’s Super Bowl win.
  • Elda Gotos Gay was happy to be here.
  • Bob Daley for the Dayton Flyers big win over Duquesne.
  • Brad Thorp was happy to see his son.
  • Ron Hollenbeck missed last week and was happy to see Dick and gave congrats to Carol Kennard.
  • Adam Manning for Sofie Ameloot.
  • Gina Smith said it was good to see everyone, and she will be traveling for an author event in St Augustine, FL next week.
Our speaker this week was our own Kelly McDonald with a kickoff of our Golf Outing.
Kelly said the goal of the Golf Committee this year is to expand services, improve the member experience, and increase donor opportunities. The goal is to have 100 players at our 4th Annual Golf Outing. It is scheduled for Friday, May 10, a week later than last year so we’re hoping for better weather.
Top 8 goals this year:
-100 players
  • Elevate player experience
  • Optimize raffle
  • Optimal donor/sponsor experience
  • Align better with Yankee Trace
  • Realign prizes to include handicap
  • All Hands on Deck for club participation
  • Extend high touch experience through luncheon
We will keep aiming for improvement each year. There was an issue last year having bags lined up but no cart to put them in. Solution: Club will help line up carts ahead of time.
Thought on how we can improve our collaboration with Yankee Trace:
  • Thursday evening set up main room
  • Club volunteers assist with cart rollout and staging
  • Free range balls are included for outing participants - better communication to participants
  • Pre-print cart name placards Thursday
  • Fliers in ProShop in advance of event/registration
  • Staging drinks (water/Gatorade) and snacks on course instead of roving cart (publicize where it is ahead of time)
  • Putting contest
  • Recognition and thanks of event staff & participants
Also we will improve communicating the plan to the players with a better scripting of the event.
Survey results from last year suggested more players, more volunteers, donor recognition, and align raffle items.
We had 57 raffle items and 31 received 9 or fewer tickets, 9 received none. Six of the prizes accounted for 43% of all tickets.
Alcohol and cigars were the most popular. Retailers can’t donate. It would be great to have members donate rare bottles and advertise ahead of time. Anyone have anything they can donate? Rounds of golf go well, too.
We need to attract more and new sponsors.
Kelly noted we really need more people to join the planning committee. Specific areas where we need help:
  • Help recruit additional players
  • Help recruit additional sponsors
  • Day of - cart staging, traffic management, snack staging
  • Social media - help capture images/tags to post and publicize
  • Donations and ideas from club members
Looking at a Banker’s handicap and identify some weighted holes to give some other opportunities. Team handicap instead of individual was suggested.
Sports memorabilia or tickets always go well. Anyone have a connection with a local athlete?
On a side note, Kelly shared that the Hawaii District Governor received our donation check this week for Maui relief. He sends thanks for our generous support.
President Manning thanked Kelly and the Golf Committee for the good work they do, led reciting of the 4-Way Test, and wished everyone a great week.
Please arrange for a sub if you are unable to greet on your assigned day or contact Crissy Allums who is subbing for Jackie D'Aurora while she recovers from knee replacement surgery.
02/22 = Mark Balsan and Kelly McDonald
02/29 = Vimbai Mazani and Vas Appalaneni
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Centerville, OH 45458
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02/22 = Mark Balsan and Kelly McDonald
02/29 = Vimbai Mazani and Vas Appalaneni
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