The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
Rotary Club of Centerville - October 5, 2023
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
Our Rotary theme for this month is
Community and Economic Development.
President Adam Manning welcomed everyone to the Centerville Rotary Club and led reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. Ron Bowersocks provided the prayer.
As this was the first meeting of the month, we started the meeting by singing God Bless America.
Thanks to today’s greeters Cody Terrell & Rand Oliver.
Today’s quote: "All our dreams are within reach.  All you have to do is keep moving towards them."
Viola Davis
Guests today included:
Visiting Rotarian Russell Maas from the Oakwood Club; Brad Huffman’s guest Brian Lunne who owns a landscape company and is running for Washington Township Trustee; Pat Beckel’s guest State Representative Tom Young; Sherre Wright’s guest Dr, Donna Beavens.
PDG Harvey Smith inducted Bob Daley as the newest member of the Centerville Rotary Club. Carol Kennard & Jackie D'Aurora are Bob's sponsors. Bob was a member of the Dayton Rotary Club and is a longtime community volunteer, who photographs all important community events. Welcome Bob!
Special guests Leah Matthews & Maddie Turber, Centerville High School seniors shared about this year’s Spirit Chain charities: Diabetes Dayton and Clothes that Work.
Today’s Announcements:
- Thanks to Rotarians who participated in the service projects at the Hannah's Treasure Chest, House of Bread and Crayons to Classrooms.
- There were roughly 25 people at the Old Scratch Pizza social last night and a good time was had by all.
- Ginger Clark sent a report that Happy Bucks in Q3 totaled $9,646 + $2,112 in district grant = $11,758 total collected which purchased 534 coats. Thanks for your generosity!
Happy Bucks this quarter are going toward the Maui Fire/Disaster Relief fund. Pat Beckel was our Sergeant at Arms with help from Brian Hayes.
Happy Bucks were generously given for:
  • Pat Beckel noted Brad Thorp has raised amazing sons as he had positive interactions with two of them recently and he was happy Sherre Wright introduced herself to him at a recent event. He was also happy to see Tom Young here as he listens to constituents.
  • Carol Kennard was happy to be back and also for Bob Daley joining the club.
  • Bob Daley was happy to be part of this group and is looking forward to working see at Pancake Day.
  • Lee Hieronymus was concerned that Harvey said the farm report has been getting stale. He shared an article on potatoes in Ohio, noting the potato has sustained Ohio for generations. They do not always come from Idaho, there is a successful 4th generation farm in Urbana.
  • Harvey Smith for Bob Daley joining the club.
  • Elda Gotos Gay for Bob Daley joining the club.
  • Sofie Ameloot had great time at Tour de Gem and thanked all for the support.
  • Kelly McDonald thanked everyone who is participating in the service projects and Old Scratch Pizza social.
  • Erich Eggers noted Rand Oliver did an awesome job scheduling CPR trainings, and noted he will be getting an AED for his office.
  • Rand Oliver said he has been certified for many years and much has changed over the years. Another CPR class is at 6 pm today if you still want to attend.
  • Chuck King was happy and will never look at a potato the same way again :-)
  • Ron Bowersocks reminded everyone that Pancake breakfast is an all hands on deck affair. Sign up to work!
  • Jim Harris for all of our guests today, CPR training and said potatoes from Urbana go to the Food Bank
  • Ron Hollenbeck welcomed Bob Daley & Russell Maas and shared that Lee’s thorn is out of the tire.
  • Brad Thorp was thrilled that Bob Daley is in the Club, noting he is a most thoughtful, generous, kind person.
  • Arnie Biondo was happy for Bob & Berneta Daley being in attendance, and said he will be gone the next couple of weeks.
  • Adam Manning for our guests & Bob Daley, and prayers as a colleague lost his wife to cancer this week.
  • Dale Berry has been in Washington Township since 1973 and has been involved in Washington Township since the late 1980’s. He said there are two standout leaders in our community, and we’re lucky to have them in our club -  Harvey Smith & Bob Daley.
  • Brad Huffman shared they had a combined memorial service for both parents who passed away 6 months apart.
  • Don Stewart for the service project at Crayons to Classrooms, and he saw a Bengals banner upside down in a yard.
  • Brian Hayes for Crayons to Classrooms service project, noting there was great storytelling while doing the project.
This week was a Club Assembly where President Manning and committee chairs shared details on what is going on in this busy club.
Adam Manning said he met with Dottie Meade, DGE and learned more about her desire to develop more butterfly habitat during her year. She’s looking for parks to get her initiative started.
Bill Menker & Frank Perez have COVID - please keep them in your prayers.
Bill Menker, International Service Director, sent a report that we are buying a generator for the Ohio Disaster Response Team.
Ron Hollenbeck said our previous water pump project in partnership with District 6690, placed 20 pumps in Haiti and Malawi. This year the goal is to install 10-15 pumps in Kenya.
Uriah Anderson, Rotary Foundation Director, announced that October 24 is World Polio Day - Pints for Polio fundraiser is Friday 6 pm at Southern Ohio Brewing in Beavercreek.
Don Stewart, Treasurer, gave a financial overview. We currently have $128,000 in reserve - CD, checking & savings, and investment fund at Edward Jones. The Rotary Education Foundation currently has $120,000. We pay dues to District 6670, who then utilize those funds to coordinate trainings and allocate grants. Of our dues, $85 goes to Rotary International and $40 to the District.
Our club raises approximately $30,000 each year for projects plus Happy Bucks that are designated for a different charity each quarter.
Brian Hayes, Secretary, shared we have 71 members currently. New members should have received login info for ClubRunner. Check to be sure your info is correct. Reminder to pay your bill for pancake tickets. And billing for 3rd quarter will go out next week.
Arnie Biondo, Membership Chair, noted we recently added 4 new members. Dan Wilson is on a leave of absence due to work conflict.
Arnie noted the best way to grow membership is to ask someone to visit/join. Last year District 6670 finished the year with same number of members but our Centerville Club was plus 14!
Sofie Ameloot, Pancake Breakfast Co-chair, noted our annual fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, October 28. Supplies are being ordered from Camp Chautauqua Catering. We still need volunteers to sign up, and will take kids, spouses, & friends!
Ticket sales doing ok but not as good as in past years - we do miss Tom Broadwell. Sell more! $250 in Sueno gift cards will go to the top seller and so far, that is Sofie!
Donations are currently at $12,000, and the goal is $16,000. Please ask a business who might want to sponsor - but do it now, as next week is the deadline to be included in the Dayton Daily News ad. Remember this raises funds for scholarships.
Signs are available to put out in your yard or business. Help spread the word.
We are looking for someone with a box truck/lift that is really helpful to help move the supplies and grills.
Kelly McDonald, President-Elect noted 25 members participated in service week activities. There is another opportunity this Saturday at Threads of Miami - Clothing distribution and gardening work from 10 am - 1 pm.
Jackie D’Aurora announced this year’s lDictionary/Thesaurus project is kicking off next week. She needs help labeling next week after the meeting - at School District office, 111 Virginia Ave. And needs people to sign up to deliver to the schools. Rotary duo will present books to the classrooms and tell about Rotary.
Next week our program will be Kristen Marks, giving an update on the Park District, and Carol Kennard sharing information about the Yes for Parks levy.
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.
Oct 12 - Pat Beckel/Ashlee Walton
Oct 19 - Arnie Biondo/Kisha Taylor
Oct 26 - Jesse Campbell/Sivaji Subramaniam
Please take a sponsor flyer and start asking! The success of our fundraiser relies on great sponsorships! See Kristin Hutton for more information. NOTE: The Pancake Sponsor form is available for download on the Club website.
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Centerville, OH 45458
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