This Week at Rotary: September 14, 2017
Past-President Ron traded club flags with Rotarian Ram Nunna's uncle, Rao Yannamami, from Birmingham, England.
Our speaker this week was Steve Geib, Executive Director and Founder of Agape for Youth, Inc.
Sep 21, 2017
Sep 28, 2017
BPH - Sept National Prostate Health Month
Oct 05, 2017
New Location for Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Oct 12, 2017
Noble Circle
Oct 19, 2017
Run - Hide - Fight Instruction
Oct 26, 2017
Pancake Breakfast Prep
Nov 09, 2017
New SICSA Facility in Washington Twp
View entire list
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Interested in being a sponsor?
Download the website sponsorship guide
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Judy A Budi
September 4
Chuck King
September 6
John J. 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
Don Stewart
September 25
Joyce C. Young
September 27
Spouse Birthdays
Mary Ann Briggs
September 11
Don Overly
September 5
Join Date
Peachy Metzner
September 5, 2013
4 years
Tracie Hoker
September 8, 2016
1 year
J. Thomas Broadwell
September 10, 1998
19 years
Mark Febus
September 15, 2016
1 year
Rotary's Theme for 2017-18
Centerville Rotary Club Meeting Sept. 14, 2017
The GREETERS​​​: ​​​​  
09/14/2017 Brian Bergman and Dan Sortman
09/21/2017 Bob Fry and Deb Dulaney (Deb switched from 28th/Don Stewart to 28th, ok?)
09/28/2017 Don Stewart and Katie Neubert
10/05/2017 Jack Durnbaugh and Jennifer Gibbs
10/12/2017 Brad Huffman and Boyd Preston
If you cannot greet on the day assigned, contact Kitty and she will schedule a replacement.

The greeters this day were Brian Bergman and Dan Sortman
And here they are, arriving almost in tandem. Good job guys!
And Don Overly, seen also in a picture with his wife in another picture below, is an early arrival.
Past President Ron Hollenbeck and Jim Briggs, who is always at the meetings helping out.
Brian and Dan have just greeted another Rotarian, who passed by the camera before it focused.
The legs have it as Jack Workman, seen in the picture above, arrives wearing his summer shorts. Fall is just a week away, but some folks carry summer as far as they can. 
And the two men we met at the door are now still chatting inside the dining room, as we see below.
Boyd Preston is proud of his Rotary Peace Builder shirt, acquired at Sunday's Peace Builder march in Dayton, sponsored by the Dayton Rotary. He and Brian hit it off at shaking hands.
Brian Hayes is in charge of the sign-in table this day. He looks busy...and serious.
And here comes Rotarian Joyce Young with her sister Pam Saba, to the right behind her, and her sister's friend, Linda Marinic, both who came north from Naples, Florida, a week ago Thursday, to escape Hurricane Irma and the devastation it did in a direct hit on the Naples area.
And below is a table of hungry Rotarians who faced a rather tough steak with sharp knives, one in their midst shaking the whole table with her sawing expertise. And look at those eyes at the front of the picture...Certainly not red in the real world. Deb Dulaney, we just need to do a better job getting a picture of you, although the hair and eyes are quite striking...kinda like that Trump lady with the pretty pumps. Stylish and fashionable like Melania in her pumps. Or Kisha Taylor in her new boots.
Here you see Joyce and Linda and Pam again in the picture below.
And then above, Ray Merz is greeted by Brian. Ray always is a ray of light.
Today's Guests included:
Ram Nunna, club Rotarian, seen at right, invited his uncle Rao Yannamami, from Birmingham, England, where he is a Rotarian, to visit our club. The two are with PDG Sivaji Subramaniam, of our club. Sivaji's sister served as president of the London Rotary Club last year.
And here you see our guest Rotarian Rao exchanging Rotary banners with our own Rob Hollenbeck.
Sofie Ameloot, a guest of Rebecca Quinones, who will soon be a new member, is pictured in two pictures below.
We see Sofie at a previous meeting, and below then she is pictured at the Sept. 14 meeting. Just so you get to know her better.
And our guest Dottie Overly is seen here with her husband Don Overly a retired Centerville High School of the best.
And Joyce Young's sister Pam (R) and Pam's friend Linda, both from Naples, Florida now, are seen coming in the door to be greeted in picture below. 
And now And now you see a picture of Sandra (Sandie) Geib, Director of Development and Marketing for Agape for Youth, Inc. in Dayton. She is the wife of today's speaker.
And here we see today's speaker, Steve Geib, Executive Director and Founder of Agape for Youth, Inc. He is standing with Ron Hollenbeck.
Past President Ron Hollenbeck reminded everyone of the imminent deadline for applying for a Rotary Youth Exchange student for our club, and the Rotary Leadership program beginning Nov. 4 that costs $50 for the three sessions. Our club will pick up the cost for individuals attending, he said.
While we are in the midst of collecting Happy Bucks for Operation Warm right now, Ron said that the first week in October, students from the Centerville High School Spirit Chain will be coming to Rotary to ask for our support. The annual contest is a rivalry between CHS and Kettering’s Fairmont High School, to see who can raise the most money, with the money going to the charity of the school’s choosing.
Ron gave an update on our club president Peachy Metzner, stating that he has been sleeping better and hopes to be able to attend the board’s Monday meeting.
Frank Perez thanked those who have become or gotten sponsors for the Pancake Breakfast fund-raiser at Centerville High School from 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 28. He said Dictionary sign-ups would be next week at Rotary.  You can help put the Four-Way Test labels in the dictionaries and/or go to the school classes to help hand them out. 
Ron said the annual fund-raiser for the House of Bread, called Harvest Home, will be Friday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. You can buy an individual ticket or a table. He has more info, if needed.
Ram Nunna introduced his uncle, noting that he is a retired physician and a present member of the Birmingham Rotary Club. He exchanged Rotary flags with our club president.
Sgt.-at-arms Erich Eggers collected Happy Bucks for Operation Warm. Each $20 donation buys a new children's winter coat distributed by Hannah's Treasure Chest in partnership with local social agencies. Gerry Eastabrooks, our club treasurer, made the rounds with the collection cup. 
Eric Eggers reminded club members that two members of the club have pledged to give $1,000 each if the club comes up with $2,000 in additional money.
More than overly generous members helped us make a giant leap last week.
Among them was Ram Nunna, with $200 for 10 coats, which he paid for at today's meeting. 
Erich Eggers announced that we have two more weeks to collect Happy Bucks for Project Warm. And he reminded everyone of the two anonymous club members who said they would give $,1000 each if the club would match that by the time our collections are concluded. In announcing the guests, Erich used several wrong names, so in giving his Happy Bucks for a coat, Ron said, “This is for our Sgt.-at-Arms, Larry.”
Brian Bergman gave $5 in Happy Bucks and Dan Sortman gave $5 and then another $1. He had been absent for several weeks, and the extra dollar was for the Lions Game at Washington Twp. Townhall Theater.
Don Stewart gave saying he was at the Fraze and saw another Rotarian there..who evidently enjoyed the same kind of rockin’ music he did.
Vas Appalaneni gave for a coat and Ram Nunna gave for another coat.
Joyce Young gave and her sister Pam gave $10 each for her and her friend. Pam said she had bought her home in Naples just a month ago, and knows it is still standing and that the lanai is a little bit torn up, but that she considers herself lucky. Joyce said she was glad to see the Peacebuilder walkers from our club at the Dayton Rotary-hosted walk in Dayton Sunday.
Kim Senf-Paras gave noting the Peacebuilder Walk. She, Boyd Preston and Katie Neubert all wore their Peacebuilder shirts to the club this day. In the first picture you see Boyd and Kim.
In the next picture you see the back of Kim's shirt.
And in the next picture you see the three of them together 
There was another coat giver and then Harvey Smith who spent a week at Yellowstone National Park and said he has a daughter in Tampa, who had a little roof damage but no damage to the house itself due to Hurricane Irma.
Lee, unimpressed by everyone’s fancy vacations, said he was in Franklin, Ohio, recently.
Jeff Senney said he had a way of giving $300 for coats that he would pursue with some money he has.
Carol Kennard gave her Happy Bucks for her son and daughter-in-law and two-year-old son being home for a visit, and said one was for the bliss of the quiet after they all left. She also said that in two weeks the Centerville-Washington Foundation would be honoring Sally Beals, “one of our own” for her community contributions over the years. See Carol for more info.
Deb Dulaney gave a Happy Five for her sister in Lakeland, Florida, who had some roof damage from Hurricane Irma, but “she’s okay.”
Ann Blackburn gave for a coat, noting that she had a niece and cousin in the eye of the storm, one who headed up towards S. Carolina, but they were okay.
Sofie Ameloot gave, as she said she found money in her purse, since she had no wallet.
Boyd Preston contributed for a coat, noting that he “implied” last week that there were some delusional Brown friends among us, but noted now that his New England Partiots weren’t faring so well either.
Doc Hoback contributed, noting that his son who had left his puppy with Doc during his extended surgeries for a hip replacement, now is home and has his puppy back.
Jim gave a Happy Ten for a niece and nephew and cousins in Florida, one who had a 40-foot sail boat that is still there. He also has a birthday, so he said he was giving for a fourth a coat and his birthday.
Dave Trout also gave for another coat. Then someone after him gave for a coat and then Harvey Smith gave for the Peacebuilder Walk and that “Boyd was actually working.”
Katie Neubert said they lost a wonderful man that was on the Dayton Rotary bowling team and that they need a replacement. She said one of the perks of being on the team, perhaps the best perk is their team shirts with their name: The Bowling Stones.
Dan Johnson gave for a coat  and finding Florida still there.
Ed gave a Happy Five and Chuck King gave for two-and-a-half coats, for the speaker and his wife, and noted that an 80-year-old Foridian being interviewed said his cottage had clean sheets and though there was no electricity, that it was like camping, so “I’m staying.” 
Brad Thorp said he had a few Happy Bucks, and $5 for seeing vintage Rock and Roll at the Fraze.
Dan Johnson said he was five coats Happy, as he was given tickets to the Brown’s Game.
Today's Speaker:  Steve Geib, Executive Director and Founder of Agape for Youth, Inc.
Chuck King introduced our speaker. He said:
After beginning his professional career in the field of child welfare Stephen became the founding director of Agape for Youth, Inc. in 1989. He is a highly accomplished, non-profit visionary with more than 30 years experience providing high-quality foster care, adoption and reunification services for children, adolescents, young adults, and additional programs and services for families. 
The programs and services for at-risk youth have grown over the years. His expertise includes organizational leadership, community outreach, and public speaking. 
 He said Steve is a licensed social worker in Ohio and a graduate of OSU's College of Social Work. He is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Career Alumni Hall of Fame Award from the Ohio University College of Social Work, the recipient of the 2017 The Brother Raymond L. Fitz, SM.Ph.D. Award and the 2017 recipient of the Wright State Non-profit Leadership Alliance Award for Outstanding Non-profit Leadership. He is a member of the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies, the Ohio Association of Non-Profit Organizations, the National Association of Christian Social Workers, the OSU Alumni Society, the OSU College of Social Work Alumni Society, and the Dayton Rotary. 
He has served on the Warren and Clinton County Mental Health Recovery Board, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the BJ Kids 91 Foundation. He has been a volunteer for the LLS lMan and Woman of the Year campaigns, the March of Dimes Chef Auction, the BJ Kids 91 Cutoff, Rotary Reads, the NACSW National Conference Committee and the Better Business Bureau Eclipse Integrity Awards Committee. He is also a member of the Montgomery County Children and Family First Vulnerable Youth in Transition Task Force and the Montgomery County Out of School Youth Task Force.
He and his wife Sandie have been married 33 years and he is the proud father of three grown children, all married, and is "Pop-Pop" to Kaiden and Oliver.
According to Steve, Agape for Youth, Inc. has a twenty-eight-year history of providing quality services to children and families in southwest Ohio. He said their first certified foster family with the agency is still doing foster care and adopted two foster children along the way.
He said Agape is the Koine Greek word for unconditional love. We need to care for our kids beyond behavior, he said. He said the organization had its beginnings in an office on Paragon Road in Centerville. 
He said services include foster care treatment with therapeutic services to address physical, mental, emotional, and medical needs.
There is a need for more foster families, Steve said. The foster care program tries to find permanent adoptive homes for adoption eligible children. The program is licensed in all 88 counties in Ohio and is certified to handle private and interstate adoptions. Services include adoption training and
education, matching, home studies, adoption supervision and post finalization services. 
Another end goal is helping biological families reunite.  The Children's Services program is used to insure success.
Education Services include referrals for tutoring, good grade incentives, continuing education stipends for college and assistance with applying for college and financial aid.
Family foster care is for youth with needs that can be met within traditional family settings, Steve said.
When a court decides that children are unable to remain with their primary families for reasons such as abuse, neglect, and dependency, they are often placed in foster homes, he said.
Agape for Youth, Inc. provides personal and individual services within a family environment to help answer questions and reduce any anxiety a couple may have about becoming a foster parent. 

When someone chooses to work with Agape, a social worker helps with each step in the process. Information shared with Agape is kept in strict confidence, and potential foster parents work as a team to determine goals and abilities. Once certified for foster care, the potential parents are called about the children who have been referred for foster placement. The goal is for children to experience the fewest placement moves possible. The foster parents make the final decision about the age, sex, number, and need level of the children who will be placed in their home.

After children are placed, an Agape social worker visit the family at home several times a month to provide case management services. Agape for Youth also provides 24-hour day availability through their on-call social worker.

There is a need for foster parents from age 21 to early 70, or even the late 70's, Steve said. "It's all about desire to share the adoptive mission and vision."

There are volunteer opportunities at Education Nights, to help students with homework, studies, and reading, etc. There's an Annual Family Picnic, with volunteers needed to help with set-up, activities and crafts, and clean-up. Volunteers are needed for Supplies for Success to fill and tag backpacks with school supplies. There's a Santa's Secret Workshop, where gift-wrapping and Santa's Helpers are needed to assist children with item selection. The Comfort Bags program provides a duffle bag with age and gender appropriate under garments, body care items, school supplies, a blanket, stuffed animal, etc., to each child entering foster care at the agency. Volunteers are needed to fill and tag the bags with gender and age group tags. There's also an annual Christmas Party on a Saturday evening in December. Assisting with games and activities is needed and dinner is provided for all volunteers. 

Agape for Youth, Inc. is a private non-profit 501 (C) Foster Care, Adoption through Foster Care and Reunification Services agency, providing out of home care for youth from birth to 21 years of age in the state of Ohio since 1989. The group's Web site states the following:

Requirements of the Applicants

  • A caring spirit, with a desire to help children who have been the victims of abuse and neglect.
  • The ability to work as a member of a team serving the needs of a child. The belief that people can learn, grow and change.
  • At least one applicant in the home must be able to read, write and speak English or be able to effectively communicate with any child placed in their home and with the recommending agency.
  • May be single or legally married. Be at least 21 years old.
  • Must show the household has an income sufficient to meet the basic needs of the household.
  • Must be free of any physical, emotional, or mental condition, which would endanger a child or seriously impair the ability of the foster caregiver or applicant to care for a foster child.
  • Must have a medical statement on all household members.
  • Must obtain an approved fire inspection.
  • Must complete all pre-placement and continuing training.
  • Provide references
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Submit to a home study process that includes home visits and interviews by a foster home assessor.
  • Additional information from their Web site about becoming a foster parent:

Is there a cost to become a foster parent?

  • There is no cost for the work completed by Agape for Youth, Inc. for individuals and/or couples to become certified foster parents.
  • There are some fees associated with the documentation required by the process, such as a fee for a fire inspection and the fees to obtain medical statements.
  • Once a foster child is placed in your home, monies are provided to assist with the care of the child.

What are the general steps to become a foster parent?

  • Contact Agape through this website, e-mail or by phone
  • Attend an Orientation to Foster Care & Adoption meeting to learn more about Agape. These meeting are typically held on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Please contact the Agape office to confirm the meeting date at (937) 439-4406 extension 1113.
  • Begin attending the 36 hours of education courses required for the licensing process.
  • Complete an application to care for children.
  • Submit paperwork for the homestudy and licensing process (such as a medical statement, background check, fire inspection)
  • Meet with a social worker for an interview(s) so that the agency can become better acquainted with your family to determine the type of child(ren) you are interested in parenting.


And not to forget, the song we sing for the upcoming Pancake Breakfast Fund-raiser Oct. 28:
Don Gerhardt's original Pancake Breakfast song, sung to the tune of Take Me Out to the Ballgame:
The meeting was closed with the reciting of the Rotary Four-Way Test.
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Service Above Self
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Golf Club at Yankee Trace
10000 Yankee Street
Centerville, OH  45458
United States
DistrictSiteIcon District Site
VenueMap Venue Map
Did you know you don't even have to be on Facebook to see what's posted on the Centerville Rotary Facebook page? You can get to it easily by clicking on the FB link on the home page of the club's website.
Each week in the eBulletin, we'll make it even easier for you to connect through social media, by including links to our Facebook, website, and LinkedIn.