The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
Rotary Club of Centerville - November 2, 2023
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
Our Rotary theme for this month is
Rotary Foundation.
President Adam Manning welcomed everyone to the Centerville Rotary Club and led reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. PDG Harvey Smith provided the prayer.
President Manning’s announcements:
- Welcome to our special guests today: Brad Huffman’s daughter Bella and Amy Hary’s daughter, Kaya
- Welcome to our special Rotary guests today: PDG Carol Hughes, DG Doug Buchy, and Larry Lunsford, Rotary Foundation Trustee
Larry Lunsford was visiting from St Louis, and is one of 15 trustees on the Rotary Foundation. He thanked our club for being so engaged in the Rotary Foundation. He was an ambassadorial scholarship recipient over 40 years ago, so he knows first hand the value of donations to the Rotary Foundation.
Larry and DG Doug Buchy then announced the Centerville Club is the #1 club in per capita giving to the Rotary Foundation in District 6670, and presented President Manning with a banner.
Uriah Anderson announced everyone will get a letter outlining your current level of giving to the Rotary Foundation. During this month, the club matches your donation up to $500 to obtain the next Paul Harris Fellow. Let him know if you’d like to participate
Quote for today: "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Announcements continued:
- Thanks to today’s greeters Bob Daley & Raj Grandhi
- The Board approved Tyler Roark’s application.
- Thanks to labeling party volunteers. Still need volunteers to deliver dictionaries and thesauri to schools. See Jackie D’Aurora to sign up.
- We had another great Pancake Day, and Adam gave a big thanks to all volunteers, spouses, family, and students who helped out. It takes a lot of effort from a lot of people to set up, serve, and clean up and we were done in record time this year. We served 664 guests (down from last year). We are still taking in donations, so will have a final financial report later.
- Pancake Committee will meet at 11 am next week to recap and prepare for next year!
Harvey Smith announced he was at Hannah’s Treasure Chest and saw that coats are already being distributed. We got a big thanks from Operation Warm for how quickly we got the 600 coats in.
Brian Hayes reminded all to pay your quarterly bill if you haven’t yet, so you don’t have to get a call from him!
The Ohio Special Response team sent a thank you for purchase generator for them.
Happy Bucks this quarter are going toward the Maui Fire/Disaster Relief fund. Ron Hollenbeck was our Sergeant at Arms with help from Brian Hayes.
Happy Bucks were generously given for:
  • Ron Hollenbeck for today’s guests and he’s getting ready to kick off another water pump project
  • Ginger Clark was happy to be here
  • Chuck King for today’s guests and new puppy
  • Harvey Smith for today’s guests and PDG Carol Hughes
  • Elda Gotos Gay for Bella and Kaya.
  • Jim Harris for guests and especially the students
  • Brad Huffman for today’s guests and the Pancake Committee, recognizing Adam and Cody for all of their hard work
  • Boyd Preston for the Pancake committee
  • Sofie Ameloot gave thanks to Adam, and fined herself as she went to the Dayton Convention Center anniversary but forgot to wear her Rotary pin
  • Adam Manning for today’s guests and Pancake committee
  • Sivaji Subramaniam for today’s guests
  • Carol Hughes announced she spent the weekend with our exchange student, Marti and had a wonderful visit, including a tour of Miami University.
  • Doug Buchy said this is his 5th rotary meeting this week, with 3 more to go, and gave congratulations for all our Club does
  • Arnie Biondo for today’s guests and for spending time with Carol Hughes after Pancake Day
  • Kaya Hary for all of us being here and especially Bella
  • Jeff Senney reminded all to vote next Tuesday, and encouraged all to vote Yes for Parks. If Park Levy passes, he will buy a couple of PHF
  • Raj Grand for kids being here today
  • Rand Oliver for today’s guests and noted next week in honor of Veteran’s Day, he will be in NYC marching in the parade, and gave thanks to all Veterans
  • Dale Berry for a successful Pancake Day, everyone worked together so well, it was a great event
  • Bob Daley said it was good to see Harvey back at Rotary today
  • Dave Trout for Adam and the Pancake committee
  • Carol Kennard for today’s guests and the great work by everyone in the club to help make Pancake Day a success.
  • Wayne Davis for today’s guests, and the fine city of Kansas City
  • Ray Merz for Adam’s leadership on the Pancake committee
  • Lee Hieronymus reminded all of the pancake motto, “Serve no cake before it’s time”, and although we had wind, rain, and a machine that didn’t turn, we were still able to serve good pancakes. Thanks to Rotary leadership visiting today, and finally, Harvey’s farm report - most soybeans are in and that’s good. Some corn at 23% moisture, need to be down to 19%, frost leads to more corn harvesting.
  • Mike Wier apologized for not being able to make it to Pancake Day
Our speaker today was Brady Kress, President & CEO of Dayton History, including Carillon Historical Park.
Brady Kress distributed books to everyone on the history of Carillon Historical Park and shared some history of the park and displays.
Colonel Deeds traveled through Belgium and liked the carillon they saw there, so decided to build one in Dayton. The first concert was in 1941. In 1951, Deeds acquired land to build a museum to tell stories from the region and preserve local landmarks.
(Sofie provided a photo of the carillon in Bruges, Belgium, which was Colonel Deeds' inspiration.)
Brady shared their motto: “Can’t go a day without Dayton”, because of all of the Invention and innovation here.
Preserved the old Callahan clock on top of a tower that gives a great view of downtown and Great Miami River.
Brady said a Wright Brothers National Museum was being talked about in Alabama and we couldn’t have that, so he worked with Congressman Mike Turner, to designate the heritage center as the Wright Brothers National Museum. The were able to collect a lot of Wright family artifacts for display at the museum.
Berry family display gives history of the original search engine, the Berry Company (Yellow pages).
They have been moving some historic buildings around on the property such as the Sunoco building, to created an industrial block.
They excavation a 1 mile loop for the new train, constructed a Con/Span bridge and retaining walls. Saved a stable from the Montgomery County Fairgrounds that was built in 1901 (one of the oldest structures on the property). It now houses the train at night. And they moved the depot and now use it as the check-in for the train.
Jane Ellen is the new locomotive that is modeled after a model Col Deeds made of first train to roll into Dayton. 120 people can ride at a time.
An upcoming new project is a paper mill, to tell the story of the Mead Company’s early days of 19th century paper production.
A Carillon Christmas opens November 21 through December 30 and includes lights, music, food, and demonstrations.
The 200 foot tall Tree of Light is the largest musical tree of light with 20,000 bulbs.
1815 original stone house came from Brad Huffman’s property. It was moved in 1950 to Carillon Park.
Next week our program will be Major General Scott Bergren, USAF retired in commemoration of Veteran's Day. 
Save the date: The annual Christmas Party will be on Thursday, December 14, 6:30-8:30 pm. More details to follow.
Please arrange for a sub if you are unable to greet on your assigned day or contact Jackie D'Aurora.
Nov. 9     Kristin Hutton/Vimbainashe Mazani
Nov. 16   Nicolas Hutton/Jackie D'Aurora
Nov. 30   Ram Nunna/Andi Share
Dec. 7     Ginger Clark/Jeffrey Senney
Dec. 14   Ger Eastabrooks/Frank Perez
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