The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
Rotary Club of Centerville - March 16, 2023
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
Our Rotary theme for this month is Water and Sanitation
President Arnie Biondo welcomed everyone to the Centerville Rotary Club and lead the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. Ray Merz provided the prayer.
The quote for today: " I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples."
                  Mother Teresa
President Biondo had the following announcements:
  • Our guests today included Sherre Wright (potential member), Kristin & Nicholas Hutton (Cody Terrell’s cousins), Andrea Share guest of Lisa Goris-May, and Jesse Campbell, guest of Kisha Taylor.
  • Thanks to our greeters today:Doug Bockrath (AKA Ron Hollenbeck) and Jim Stuart (AKA Dick Hoback) :-)
Adam Manning shared about the All Ohio PETS (President-Elect Training). He discovered how organized our club is and said many are struggling with membership. Kudos to the club. Arnie was a facilitator and said it was interesting to see what other clubs are doing. The Springboro club has one speaker a month  and work on projects the other weeks.
Ron Hollenbeck said he has been sharing about the Heart to Heart program at many other clubs and still hasn’t found anyone who was aware of it.
Bob Sachs reported on the Golf Outing planning.
  • Goody bag items are being secured
  • Rand secured donation of a round of golf at Sycamore
  • Working on giving a team photo to each member at the end of the outing
  • Golf Genius website is up and running
  • Committee will be the program Thursday before event; will use that time to stuff goody bags
  • Next meeting is March 22; Ask Brad Huffman for Teams link
President Biondo said the Board meets next Tuesday 5:30 pm at Woodbourne Library. New members were reminded attendance at a Board meeting is one requirement to fulfill to get the new member ribbon removed.
The CHS Culinary Arts Management Team teacher and students shared a summary of a presentation that won 1st place at the recent Ohio ProStart Invitational. Mark Mitrovich instructor, introduced two of the four-person team - James Owsley and Andreas Meza.
Their concept was for a Solorio’s Restaurante with a focus on Latino culture. In marketing the restaurant, they developed a Tacos for Tots where they would donate 55% of funds to schools in food deserts.  Olé Email Loyalty Club would give perks to members. The students are responsible for developing marketing, return on investment, profitability, and floor plan design.
The curriculum is sponsored by the Ohio Restaurant Association. They will next compete nationally in Washington, D.C.
James said they won last year so had more confidence going in this year. They had a unique story with Andreas’ family connection. Judges love incorporating real life stories.
President Biondo noted the Board will consider making a donation to the team for their trip to Washington, D.C.
Happy Bucks for this quarter go to support Florida Hurricane Relief. Our Sergeant at Arms this week was Pat Beckel.
Happy Bucks were given generously for:
  • Pat Beckel said Beckel’s Humidor will have live music and food trucks tomorrow under heated tents. Everything is free to the public. The Restless Riders will be performing and it is open 9 am - 9 pm.
  • Carol Kennard said that when Boyd Preston gives his happy bucks, for him to remember, “Is it the truth?”
  • Chuck King celebrated his 7th year in Rotary.
  • Chris Norman was happy to be back in action.
  • Adam Manning was happy to be here and for our speaker, Nancy.
  • Jim Harris for our guests and getting to go to Columbus for a shower for his first grandson.
  • Ron Hollenbeck for our guests today and mentioned if they are looking for a new Rotary club, there’s no need to look any further.
  • Andrea Share was glad to be here.
  • Lisa Goris-May was happy to have brought one of her favorite people to the meeting.
  • Dale Berry for the new members, guests, and the annual Washington Township employee appreciation lunch taking place at the same time.
  • Ray Merz said his condo association here said they had good weather until the Merz’ came back from FL, so they are considering voting to send them back!
  • Raj Grandhi was glad to be back a second week.
  • Dan Wilson for guests & welcome to everyone.
  • Dick Hoback’s 14 year old grandson played a soccer tourney in Cincinnati, so he got to see the whole family.
  • Ron Bowersocks was happy his daughter Andrea Share joined us for lunch
  • Boyd Preston was happy to be here as he was recovering from the emotional blow when Carol fired him from his volunteer job at Clark County Park District. (Editor’s note: Boyd was a wonderful temporary volunteer, who provided great assistance during a difficult time at the Park District! He was relieved of duties when a new volunteer was hired. THANK YOU, BOYD!) 
  • Ger Eastabrooks was happy.
  • Bob Sachs forgot to mention Sofie got another premium sponsor - Ardent Technologies (Thanks Vas Appalaneni!)
  • Kelly McDonald was glad to be back from FL where he saw a lot of residual damage still prevalent. Ft Myers Beach looks really different.
  • Elda Gotos-Gay celebrated her oldest son’s 51st birthday today.
  • Harvey Smith quipped he didn’t know how Carol put up with Boyd for 2 months - He would have fired him the first day!
Our speaker today was Nancy Bernotaitis with Good Works Farm, Inc.
Nancy said she was a High School classmate with Lisa Goris-May! The main goal of the Good Works Farm is supporting families living with developmental disabilities.
Nancy is the founder and director of operations at Good Works Farm, which is located in Spring Valley Township, just outside of Waynesville. She grew up in suburbia, and has had to learn all about farming.
The farm started in 2012 as a way of support for her son, Sam, who has autism. 1 in 6 children are diagnosed with a developmental disability, she said, and there are a lack of services.
Sam was born with a metabolic disorder that caused autism and other issues. At age 25, he is still living at home. Early on, Nancy visited some group homes and didn’t like what she saw. She and her husband decided to do something different for their son.
Everyone is here for a reason to do good works.
In 2015, they started a summer day camp for ages 5+ with disabilities and their siblings, in partnership with someone who owned a farm. It started with 20 campers and quickly grew to 48 campers and they outgrew the space.
So they sold their house and bought a farm. The Good Works Farm provides many services:
  • Transportation program: non-medical
  • Adult Day Habilitation: recreation program for adults with disabilities
  • Ohio Shared Living: families are paid to care for their loved ones in their home
  • Homemaker personal care
  • Vocational Habilitation to learn every day skills
They are looking to grow housing opportunities, but she’s not sure what that might look like.
Nancy said they are always looking for volunteers for summer camps, board members, advisors, help dig a pond, help with animals, or to purchase needed items from their Amazon wish list.
The morning is spent doing chores, and in the afternoon, they volunteer out in the community. The students have become best friends, who love to hang out together. When the group is out in the community, you can’t always tell who is staff and who is a client - that’s on purpose.
The farm has chickens, goats, rabbits, and a pig.
Nancy closed with these thoughts: Seeds of opportunity are planted and then independence grows. We see people, not their label.
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Next week we will have a Club Assembly and learn how to navigate our Club website and social media.

President Biondo led the group in reciting the 4 Way Test and wished everyone a good week.

Please arrange for a sub if you are unable to greet on your assigned day or contact Jackie D'Aurora.
March 23 = Ron Bowersock and Don Stewart
March 30 = Tom Broadwell and 
Sivaji  Subramaniam
April 6 = Lisa Goris-May and Wyatt Thorp
April 13 = Ginger Clark and Bob Sachs
April 20 = Ger Eastabrooks and Rand Oliver
April 27 = Amy Hary and Cody Terrell
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March 23 = Ron Bowersock and Don Stewart
March 30 = Tom Broadwell and  Sivaji Subramaniam
April 6 = Lisa Goris-May and Wyatt Thorp
April 13 = Ginger Clark and Bob Sachs
April 20 = Ger Eastabrooks and Rand Oliver
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