The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
Rotary Club of Centerville - November 10, 2022
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights


President Elect Adam Manning, serving as President this week, welcomed everyone to the Centerville Rotary Club and led the club in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Past President Brian Hayes provided the prayer. The thought of the day is from Oprah Winfrey: “If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough”.
PDG Harvey Smith led the induction ceremony for new member Nathan Wyatt Thorp. Wyatt’s sponsor is his father, Brad and his mentor is Jim Harris. Wyatt is Brad’s youngest son and has 3 brothers. He has been married to his wife Kayla for 2 years and moved here from Charlotte, NC to become a business partner in his father’s Edward Jones office. Growing up, he worked as a camp director, including at local Camp Kern.
Our theme this month is Rotary Foundation.
  • Club Foundation chair, Frank Perez shared that all donated funds basically operate on a 3-year cycle. At the end of that period, one half of all donations are returned to the district to support local & international projects. He distributed letters today to all members encouraging further support and highlighting that the club will match donations up to $500 to help members become Paul Harris Fellows. If any questions after reading the letter, please see Frank.
  • Kelly McDonald then shared how the Foundation supports projects. In October 2019 he went with 25 fellow Rotarians from his Hawaii club to Indonesia and Bali to work with other Rotarians with local charities. Kelly described the trip as a truly transformative opportunity for him. They worked with the Bali Blood Bank (built with funds from a global grant from the Foundation), the Kolewa Foundation, Puspadi Bali Foundation, and the Jodie O’Shea House. Typical work they did included painting murals on the walls, assembling and distributing prosthetics, refurbishing and installing hearing aids and refurbishing vital equipment ($50K worth) at the blood bank.
  • Chuck King then presented to PP’s Brian Hayes and Frank Perez awards the club received at last week’s District Foundation dinner where Barry Rassin, RI Past President (2018-19) was guest speaker.
    • End Polio Now contributions certificate for 21-22
    • #1 club in district for per capita giving to Foundation for 21-22
President Elect Manning had several announcements:
  • Adam thanked our greeters for today, Jim Harris and Scott Kujawa
  • Guests- none today
  • Pancake Day was another strong success with about 780 guests served, thanks to the hard work of so many club members. If you have any monies to turn in from ticket sales, please see Boyd or mail in to the club so that we can finish tabulating total costs and identify funds for our scholarship program. Combined with the golf outing, it looks like we should have a profit around $30K to support the club’s activities.
  • November 30th is next Board meeting. A good opportunity for any new members to attend and check off an item towards removing their red ribbon.
Directors/ Others reports to the club:
  • Membership (Kim Senft-Paras) shared that she has sent Rotary and club information to 6 potential members
  • Sofie Ameloot announced that the club’s Holiday Party is December 15th at Yankee Trace in the evening. More info to follow.
  • Uriah Anderson - Woodland Lights- Club is a sponsor which comes with prepaid tickets. He has them for any club member who would like to go with his/ her family.
This quarter our Happy Bucks will go for Puerto Rico hurricane relief. Pat Beckel was our Sergeant-at-Arms.
Happy Bucks were given for:
  • Pat Beckel gave a thank you for the club members who worked so hard at Pancake Day
  • Adam Manning gave for our speaker JoBeth Hopp
  • Lee Hieronymus – No crop report for today
  • Harvey Smith - for Wyatt joining the club
  • Crissy Allums gave for OSU being #2 in college football poll.
  • Ray Merz - presented the dictionaries and thesauri at Driscoll Elementary and it went well. Also, his youngest grandson is graduating college with a degree in Astrophysics.
  • Wayne Davis - for all of Pat’s hard work at Pancake Day on Saturday
  • Chuck King - for our new member Wyatt.
  • Uriah Anderson - Great pancake day. Unfortunately, his wife missed it as she was on a trip to Washington D.C. and came back with COVID.
  • Dick Hoback - for Wyatt joining us.
  • Jim Harris – for Wyatt
  • Don Overly - for Kelly’s outstanding presentation on his trip to Bali.
  • Brad Huffman - Adam’s hard work for the pancake day
  • Elda Gotos-Gay — she and Gerry successfully presented our dictionaries and thesauri at John Hole Elementary.
  • Kim Senft-Paras- for all Rotary is doing
  • Sofie Ameloot - for Adam’s hard work
  • Jeff Senney - for Adam
  • James Stuart - was out and about seeing clients and stopped by Beckel Insurance and had a nice visit with Pat.
Our speaker this week is JoBeth Hopp, Executive Director of The Threads of Miami Valley organization.
Threads is a non-profit organization whose mission is to clothe individuals and families in need in the Miami Valley. It relies on over 100 volunteers monthly who are made up of community members, several area churches, people seeking service hours and in partnership with agencies such as Volunteers of America.
Montgomery Country is truly a community in need of help. 1 in 5 families live in poverty which in Dayton, include over one half of the children.
Clients make appointments to come in and browse their inventory and chose what they need for themselves and their families. Clothing choices include winter garments, everyday clothes, and work/ interview related items. Clients can come in once every 3 months.
Programs They Support:
  • South Community Health Center
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Clothes That Work
  • Daybreak Dayton
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Dayton Public Schools
  • Homefull
  • Miamisburg Public Schools
Several volunteer opportunities exist for those looking to help:
Donations are appreciated and vital to their success. Gently used and new items per below slide can be dropped off at their offices (33 Lawrence Avenue, Miamisburg) or at Plato’s Closet or Once Upon a Child.
Financial donations also are appreciated which allow them to buy any clothing to fill in gaps in what they have to offer their clients.
President Elect Manning lead the group in reciting the 4 Way Test and wished everyone a good week.


Member Notes:

Jeff Senney found a Rotary statue while on a trip in North Carolina.


Next week's speaker is Ian Emmons from the Washington Township Fire Department.

Please arrange for a sub if you are unable to greet on your assigned day or contact Crissy Allums.
Nov 17 = Matt Kuhn & Brian Hayes
Nov 24 - No meeting
Dec 1 = Chuck King & David Herman
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