This Week at Rotary: September 6, 2018
Our Assistant District Governor, Carol Hughes stopped by this week to encourage club members to attend the upcoming District Trilogy.
District Governor (for second time), Bill Shula shared the vision of RI President Barry Rassin, and asked us to think about how we can inspire others.
District 6670 leadership! Greg Birkemeyer (DG Nominee), Boyd Preston, Centerville Rotary President, DG Bill Shula, ADG Carol Hughes.
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Judy A Budi
September 4
Chuck King
September 6
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September 7
John Beals
September 9
John Callander
September 16
Patrick Beckel
September 18
Jack Durnbaugh
September 22
Adam Manning
September 23
Dan Sortman
September 23
Kisha Taylor
September 24
Carl Gill
September 25
Don Stewart
September 25
Joyce C. Young
September 27
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September 11
Gregory Camp
September 15
Don Overly
September 5
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Peachy Metzner
September 5, 2013
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September 10, 1998
20 years
Mark Febus
September 15, 2016
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Centerville Rotary Club Meeting September 6, 2018
The GREETERS​​​: ​​​​ 
09/06/2018 Brad Thorp and Pat Beckel 
09/13/2018 Deb Dulaney and Dave Trout
09/20/2018 Brian Hayes and Dick Hoback
09/27/2018 Doc Dave Herman and Mike Wier
10/04/2018 John Callander and Butch Spencer
Pat Beckel (R) greets our other official greeter of the day, Brad Thorp, as he arrives. Dale
Berry is not far behind.
Before our official greeters arrived, our guest speaker, District Governor Bill Shula, 
club president Boyd Preston, and past club president Peachy Metzner, had a good chat.
And here's the Pancake Breakfast Committee, part of it, anyway, with Ann Blackburn and
President-Elect Chuck King. The Breakfast is Oct. 27 at Centerville High School. Come one, come all...
The Overlys and Irene Ullmer get a table close to the podium each week.
John Callander had a rough climb up the hill to the club house, as his knees have been bothering 
him recently.
Life is good with this trio of hard working men. DG Bill Shula, PDG Harvey Smith, and John Callander.
Joyce Young is always on the move, and thus we get a little action with this shot.
Doc Hoback brings his smile along each week. And Pat Beckel always makes one feel good.
Then there's Sivaji Subramaniam, a man who's happy to share his family's joys with others.
The more the merrier. Dale Berry will sell your house for you, if you want.
And here's more of the committee, meeting before the meeting.
And here's Mark Gerken being greeted.
Jeff Senney made sure to be here to see the District Governor and crew.
I called them "kissin cousins" but they said: "NO WAY!" Peachy and Jim Briggs just can't
keep from cutting up for the camera.
Brian Hayes (L) always brightens the day in a stylish way.
And look at Kim Senft-Paras. You wouldn't know she always has her nose in a book and used
to close her eyes when the camera clicked. She's a librarian who know a good book when
she sees one.
And Jeff Senney couldn't let this charming lady be photographed alone, so here he is again.
DG Bill Shula didn't come alone. Carol Hughes, the Assistant District Governor, was one of
two in the group who graced our meeting this day. We thank them and hope to see them
all again at Pancake Day, Oct. 27. They can bring along others, and we hope they do.
Did we mention Pancake Day already? Well, we're all hoping Don Gerhardt gets out of rehab
at Sycamore Hospital soon, as he leads the Pancake Breakfast song and sells tons of tickets.
The club members are going to help sell to his past customers in his honor and for his credit
as he recovers from several broken ribs. Here we see club member Judy Budi signing a check
for the tickets she plans to sell. The packets you see are those left to be picked up by club
Sally Beals seems to be delighting in every club meeting anymore. And the hickory nuts
are falling on her farm up north and she brought a few of the hard shelled nuts for this
person who had never seen the edible nuts in shell to sample. Hammer, hammer, hammer.
Did we say Rodrigo Garnica, our Rotary exchange student from Peru, is back? He sure is
getting an earful of how Rotary works these days.
He said he is really enjoying Centerville and school and feels right at home.
Gregg Birkemeyer, District Governor nominee...our next DG, has come back to lunch with
us and also said he would be at the Pancake Breakfast. Soooo many dignitaries....who could
ask for more...Great ambassadors for Rotary and service above self. DG Bill Shula said he
travels 6,000 miles in visiting all the Rotary clubs in our district...Rubber on the road...
And here's a better picture of Assistant District Governor Carol Hughes, representing
The Centerville Rotary Club met at the Clubhouse at Yankee Trace at noon. Club President Boyd Preston led the Pledge of Allegiance; PDG Harvey Smith led the prayer, and Brad Thorp led the singing of God Bless America.
The guests at this week's meeting included: our speaker DG Bill Shula; Carol Hughes;
Greg Birkemeyer; Rodrigo Garnica; Dottie Overly.
President Boyd Preston presided over the meeting. Here he is again, in the middle.
Club President Boyd Preston introduced our guests and Carol Hughes reminded members of the coming District Trilogy at Normandy Church Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. Registration is on the district web site. Dinner is free. She said the discussions will center on increasing membership, the Rotary Foundation, the new generations program, from the Rotary Youth Exchange, Interact, and what
other clubs are doing. It's hoped that all the club's board members will attend, and others are welcome too.
Vice President Frank Perez then spoke about the sign-up for the upcoming service days starting Sept. 18 for the club. He listed the six different locations: The Washington-Centerville Park District; BOGG at Chevy Chase; Project Read, next to the Antiques Village behind Sam's Club; The Dayton Food Bank; the House of Bread;
and Hannah's Treasure Chest. In conjunction with the latter group, he said help is needed for the $1 Book Swap on Webster Street. He said we need at least 45 members to participate in the service days. He said he is bringing his son along to help and others can bring family and friends to volunteer and see what service Rotary members are involved in. It's a fun time for all. 
Ann Blackburn announced that the next social mixer will be hosted by Adam Manning at Carrabba's on Sept. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m., and that she sent out invites to all...spouses and prospective members are also invited. You need to RSVP by Sept. 9 if attending.
It's a good way to network and tell people about our projects and get new members, she said. 
President Preston noted at an earlier meeting that World Polio Day is Oct. 24, two days after our Pancake Breakfast Fund-raiser at Centerville High School on Oct. 22. He said they are looking for ways for the club to celebrate World Polio Day. 
At the July 26 meeting the club agreed to change the 50/50 drawing.
President-Elect Chuck King explained the new system. Twenty cards will be pulled out of a deck of cards. Whoever has their number called will draw from the cards. If you get the Ace of Spades you win the pot. If not, the card is taken from the pile and no money is exchanged. The drawing gets bigger until someone draws the Ace of Spades. Then it goes back to the 20 cards again. The maximum the drawing can go is 20 weeks.
The jackpot is now at $23....Jen Gibbs did not get the Ace of Spades either this week.
The next board meeting will be on Sept. 17 at the Kennard Nature Nook.
Harvey Smith passed around a recent DDN article by Tom Archdeacon that appeared on the sports pages, noting that it featured one of our Rotary Scholarship winners headed for Stanford University, Trisha Kulkarni, who is blind. She wore her Stanford University shirt to a golf tournament where he was playing and he came up to her and greeted her amidst the crowd.
Chuck King, our president-elect, told about going to the Miamisburg Club on Wednesday to tell them more about Operation Warm. Sarah Williams from Hannah's Treasure Chest was also there to tell them how the coats are distributed to needy family. She also lauded the Centerville Rotary for our contributions of new coats, as before that they often got used coats that had to be dry cleaned and that it was a major struggle to get the coats they needed in the sizes they needed. He said last year we did 510 coats.
Sofie Ameloot thanks the Rotarians who helped support her in the Tour De Gem. Some fellow workers accompanied her on the bicycle ride, she said. She said she was almost at her goal of $450, and that you could ride at your own pace.
Event to honor Joyce Young was mentioned again.
HAPPY BUCKS: The Happy Bucks this quarter go to Operation Warm, and Brian Hayes said our goal is to buy 375 coats, which will cost $7,500. 
Sgt.-at-Arms Erich Eggers collected the Happy Bucks along with Gerry Eastabrooks, our club treasurer. 
Erich said two anonymous club donors have each offered a $1,000 challenge, saying they would match what club members give. He said there was $803 towards one challenge, with four weeks left for another $1,000.
Many gave for five coats this day, starting with Pat Beckel, who said he was at the U.S. Open.
Jeff Senney also gave for five coats, noting he was at the OSU game with Don Stewart.
Mark Gerken also gave for five coats.
Frank Perez gave a $1 for just being Happy.
Then there was a coat, and John Beals and Rodrigo, and Jen Gibbs gave...
And Doc wrote a check for five coats. and Jim gave for half a coat and there was a zipper or 2 from another member, and then Tom gave, and then Carol gave a Happy Five.
And Arnie gave $5, because he was not given tickets to the OSU game.
And Matt Kuhn said he was happy he didn't have to go to the OSU game.
And Bob Fry gave for five coats and for Don Gerhardt to get better...
Then there was Jim Briggs, and Harvey, who gave for a coat in honor of the DG being at our club.
Brian Hayes gave and then Mike Wier, who wore the orange shirt for the University of Texas, and he said something about playing the Big 10 and a loss. Ann Blackburn gave, noting she had to leave.
Then Chuck said something about having a check for $100, and then said he was buying two coats...
Peachy donated for a coat and Greg Birkemeyer said he was buying a coat because it was his
birthday...and everyone sang the birthday song a bit later.
And Boyd, who was sitting at a table all by himself, said he was buying a coat because he was sitting with all his friends. (That's what you get for being president and at the podium for most of the meeting.)
This Week's Speaker: Bill Shula, District Governor for District 6670
Club President Boyd Preston introduced our speaker DG Bill Shula, seen below.
Boyd said Bill really needed no introduction, as he served as our DG from 2015 to 2016, and 
now has again become the DG for District 6670, because the current DG moved out of the area for a job. Boyd said Bill first became a Rotarian in 2000, while in Illinois. When he became a member of the Cincinnati Club he got involved in the District. A dedicated educator, who has his Ph.D., he has served as a superintendent, school administrator, principal, and professor in numerous high schools  and colleges.
He put up a "Be the Inspiration" banner, the theme of this Rotary year, on the podium. Bill said he was the 100th president of the Cincinnati Club and the 104th DG in the organization.
Bill said he was a 25-year member of the Lions Club, before becoming a member of the Rotary.
He thought he didn't have time for Rotary, but was told that Heimlich and Sabin had both found time to be members of the Cincinnati Rotary Club. 
"Rotary saved my life," he said.
He had an abdominal aneurism three years ago. His doctor told him then that 87 percent of such patients do not survive....Later he learned from the doctor that only 30 percent of the people live three years after having one.
He said he teaches at Xavier University but has failed to get one of his colleagues to join the Rotary.
They all have excuses they are too busy, he said.
"I'm lucky to be here," he said.
He talked about Barry Rassin, the new Rotary International President from Nassau. He said Barry wants us to be the inspiration and to consider how we can make this club be an inspiration. He is challenging us as Rotarians, he said. A retired administrator from a hospital, Barry is interested in sanitation and water projects, with over $ 2 billion for Haiti, he said. He wants to double the number of Interact Clubs and Rotoract Clubs.
The clubs don't have to be high school or college based, he said. They can be community based, so Interact Clubs can include Middle School kids and Rotoract Clubs can have college age people who are not in college. There are 35 Interact Clubs in our District, he said.
There is an Interact Club that is community based at Walnut Hills High School, he said. It includes
Middle School kids. 
The Issue of New Generations challenges us about diversity, not just male/female, he said.
We need to look at who in the community is outstanding. Look at companies and business. In Cincinnati they need to get Kroger and Procter and Gamble involved, he said.
There are 1.2 million Rotarians and 35,000 Rotary Clubs around the world, that meet at various times of the day.
Rotary's fight to eradicate Polio has met with success, with just 13 new cases reported in the last year. They were in Afghanistan, Pakistan and New Guinea.
In giving to the International Rotary Foundation, 50 cents of every dollar comes back to the District three years later, he said.
There is $10,000 more this year than last, $50,000 rather than $40,000, he said.
Rotary has six areas of focus. He gave statistics on many of the areas. As for Peace...there are 20,000 people maimed or killed, with half of them being children, from land mines, he said. 
There are leprosy sufferers, and 2.5 billion people who suffer form lack of access to sanitation. He said 1,400 children die daily from unsafe water. And 748 million people do not have access to safe drinking water, thus diseases are rampant.
Basic education is not available to many, he said. 57 million children don't go to school at all.
In many countries the economy is so bad, people live on less than $1.25 a day, he said.
The most important people in Rotary are its members, he said. There are close to 3,000 members in our District.
Some clubs are trying to get an additional global grant. The Cincinnati Club is working with a club in North Carolina to get a grant for Uganda, he said.
He said getting a Presidential Citation has certain criteria to meet, which includes adding to membership. The Miamisburg Club has received it 23 straight years, he said.
He said he is making a challenge to the presidents of the District's Rotary clubs and will recognize those who meet the challenge. He said he's putting $20 on the table to challenge our president and putting $2,500 on the table to match that and recognize the district. He is asking the presidents to get one new member this year. The presidents will be recognized at the District Conference which will be held in Cincinnati next April, he said.
The District lost a club in Blanchester, and doesn't have clubs in Brown or Adams County, he said. New clubs need to be started.
Clubs need to send information to the District Newsletter by the 15th of each month, he said.
Communication of what the club is doing needs to be better, he said.
And as the meeting concluded, there is still time to chat with friends. Arnie Biondo meets up with Rodrigo Garnica of Peru, our Rotary exchange student, who said he really likes the city of Centerville, and
after just a month here, he's feeling right at home. We were all glad to see him back at
the club for a visit. Our DG Bill Shula said he got to meet Rodrigo when the students in the
Rotary Youth Exchange all arrived.
And here is a Gem of a rider, Sofie Ameloot, who rode in the Tour de Gem this past Labor Day, talking to our greeter Pat Beckel. And Don Stewart and Eric Eggers have a chat, probably about
The meeting was adjourned with the reciting of the 4-Way Test.
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