The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
eBulletin - May 6, 2021
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
President Frank Perez welcomed everyone in person and on Zoom to the meeting of the Centerville Rotary Club and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Dick Hoback shared a prayer.
Frank shared these announcements:
This Sunday is Mother’s Day. A big thank you and best wishes to all the mothers in our group. He said the best heroes are our moms!
The golf outing is this Saturday. When covid forced us to cancel the Pancake Breakfast last fall, we had to think creatively about making sure we could support our scholarships for this year. Our “Fund Raising” committee stepped up and did a marvelous job putting our first golf outing together. I would like to thank Brad Huffman, Adam Manning and their committee along with all the members of our club for what I am sure is going to be a great event and hopefully something we can continue to enjoy in future years.
Rotarian of the Year ballots went out this week and votes are already rolling in. Please vote by May 25th. We will present the award at our leadership change over celebration on June 24th  in the evening at Yankee Trace.
Ron Hollenbeck announced he got word that our global grant for 20 Life Pumps to be installed in Malawi was approved by Rotary International! The total cost for the pumps is $307,000. Ron also learned another 10 Life Pumps were approved to be installed Africa by Ron’s previous club.
Sofie Ameloot announced still collecting craft/activity items for kids to do while sitting in courtrooms. Please drop items off in the box at her door.
Our Happy Bucks recipient is Luke5 Ministries. You can send your check to the club mailbox:  Centerville Rotary Club, PO Box 41431, Centerville, OH 45441-0431.
Pat Beckel was our Sergeant at Arms today.
  • Lee Hieronymus gave $20 in celebration of his 75th birthday on Friday, noting Harvey prayed for him. He also gave a remembrance of John Callander who was good friend of his, and contrary to popular belief, it was John who started squirting water guns from the firetruck at the Americana Parade. He recognized that we lost two other great Rotarians recently.
  • Brad Thorp shared that last Thursday John Callander’s family had a private service for him and made several nice comments on what Rotary meant to him and also shared how much the Rotary memorial brick meant to the family.
  • Jeff Senney said he stopped at Pat’s new Humidor, and said even if you don’t smoke cigars, it’s a great place to meet friends.
  • Dick Hoback gave thanks for those who brought wine for the Golf Outing raffle. And gave a shout out to Rumbleseat Wine for giving us $175 of wine for only $100.
  • Jim Harris is happy his son and daughter-in-law were finally able to visit from Canada.
  • Adam Mannings was happy to see everyone and is excited for the Golf Outing.
  • Brad Huffman is happy to see everyone in person and thanked the golf committee for all the hard work.
  • Ron Hollenbeck is thankful for the great job of the golf committee and for the 20 Life Pumps.
  • Gerry Eastabrooks is just happy.
  • Ginger Clark is happy that the Centerville-Washington Park District is a Gold Medal finalist for NRPA for a third time. She gave credit to retired director, Arnie Biondo who wrote the application.
  • Arnie then also gave happy bucks for the Park District.
  • Judy Budi gave thanks to the Education Foundation members who recently completed interviews for 2021 scholarship awards and noted the 5 winners will attend our June 10th meeting.
  • Bob Fry is happy to be here, and said great job on water pumps.
  • Carol Sue Galloway is happy she got to help cut the ribbon for Vienna Parkway which gives better access to her new facility.
  • Elda Gotos Gay is happy for the news about the water pumps.
  • Sofie Ameloot is happy her daughter Delphine made first goal in lacrosse, gave thanks for Judy’s leadership with the Education Foundation committee, and Ron for cheerleading the Life Pumps.
  • Dan Johnson is happy after a successful father/daughter campout at Camp Kern with his oldest daughter (7 yrs old)
  • Carol Kennard gave thanks to Boyd Preston for being the guest eBulletin editor last week while she was visiting grandkids in Philadelphia, who she hadn’t seen in 9 months!
  • Pat Beckel gave thanks to Jeff Senney for stopping at his new business and complimented Ginger Clark, noting she is an incredible resource and great addition to the club.
  • Katie Neubert was happy to announce she and her husband celebrated their 6 year anniversary and neither ended up dead or maimed.
Pat announced he is imposing fines when Rotarians show up in publicity.
  • Fined Wayne Davis $2 for the Uptown project announcement and sign
He also reminded all that any amount of donation for Happy Bucks is welcome; we love to hear everyone’s stories.
Our speaker this week was Brad Huffman and the Golf Committee.
Brad Huffman started by saying thee committee was getting nervous when the forecast earlier in the week called for rain, but now there’s a 95% chance of sunshine and 100% chance of FUN!
When the pancake breakfast was cancelled due to the pandemic, we formed a fundraising committee. The group talked about different fundraising ideas - drive thru pancakes, car wash, Octoberfest - then Harvey Smith suggested a golf outing and since it takes place outdoors, it was a winner!
Since we were starting from scratch, a team attended the Springboro Rotary Club’s golf outing in October and talked with Carol Hughes from that club, who shared her thoughts, ideas, tips.
There is a lot planned to supplement the golf. If you’re not a golfer and not volunteering, still show up to be here, participate in the raffles, and talk Rotary to our guests.
Special activities include:
Hole in One  with a CAR as the prize!
Longest Drive
Closest to the Pin
1st Place
2nd Place
Swag bag with water bottles for each golfer
Raffle - 30+ items (every sponsorship level gets a ticket) or you can purchase 5 tickets for $10 or 10 tickets for the discounted price of $15.
Silent Auction items, too that include:
Homemade wood bowl made by Rotarian Ron Hollenbeck
OSU AJ Hawk signed/framed jersey, OSU football & CHS football
Barrel of Booze
6 am - set up
7:15 am - check in, range balls
8:00 am - golfers at carts
8:10 am announcements
8:15 am start
1-1:30 pm lunch starts
2 pm wrap up
Sponsorships make the difference in our fundraising. This event has a record number of Platinum sponsors - 10 sponsors gave at the $1,000 level.
With our current expected expenses, we will raise a little over $15,000 now plus revenue generated by the raffles.
Brad gave a big thanks to Arnie Biondo for his leadership with fundraising. Arnie then showed one of the sponsor signs for all to see.
Brad gave a big thanks to the sponsors, many of who are part of this club.
He said as a first time event, we were worried about getting enough golfers. We set a goal of 40 and have 75 golfers. Amazing!
Saturday will be great for our club, and we will still do Pancake Day in October.
The Golf Committee then led the club in singing of new Golf Outing song in honor of Don Gerhardt:
Take me out to Yankee Trace
Take me to our golf carts
Buy me some tees and golf balls
I don’t care if I ever get them back
So let’s root, root, root for a hole-in-one
If you don’t tee off it’s a shame
For it’s one, two, three mulligans at the Rotary Golf Outing!
Sofie Ameloot then shared photos of raffle prizes which include a painting, gift cards, Nutmeg cafe, Lock 27, gift baskets, DLM, books, games, Esther Price, and more.
President Frank Perez then led the club in reciting of the 4 Way Test
Did you pick up your 50th Anniversary polo shirt yet? If not, we'll have them at the Golf Outing on Saturday.
As more of our members have now been vaccinated against COVID-19, our Rotary club is now meeting in-person and on Zoom meetings. Please join us!
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Service Above Self
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Golf Club at Yankee Trace
10000 Yankee Street
Centerville, OH 45458
United States of America
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