The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
eBulletin - January 21, 2021
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
President Frank Perez opened the meeting of the Centerville Rotary Club and welcomed everyone and our guest, Uriah Anderson from Washington Township RecPlex.
Frank Perez led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Harvey Smith led us in prayer.
President Frank Perez announced Uriah Anderson will be submitting an application for membership. Uriah gave some of his background - he is the Rec Supervisor for Guest Services at Washington Township RecPlex. He was introduced to Centerville Rotary through Jill Reid who will be retiring soon. In 2012, he moved here from California for work, met his wife, bought a house, and stayed. He attended California State University Channel Islands. Since it was a new school at the time, Uriah was a founding member of university’s Rotaract Club!
Frank also introduced Carol Galloway who was a Rotarian in Kentucky. She recently relocated to Dayton, her hometown, and is interested in membership in our club.
Chuck King reported he sent out a survey regarding meetings, timing, etc. The goal is to improved engagement with the club. Please fill out the survey if you haven’t already. The email was resent Thursday morning.
Rebecca Quiñones reported we received news from Saloni Bagwani on Instagram. Today she is becoming a new member of the Rotary Club of Nagpur. Saloni was our 2016-17 Exchange student from India. She loved her experience here, and is very excited to stay involved in Rotary.
Sofie Ameloot reminded everyone about the new community project to support Artemis by donating feminine hygiene products. Drop off donations at Sofie’s house, Gerry Eastabrook’s house or Pat Beckel’s business. Sofie also offered to pick up, if needed and noted collections will run through mid-February.
Brad Huffman gave an update on the golf committee. The Centerville Rotary Club Golf Outing fundraiser will be held May 8  at Yankee Trace. A flyer draft is under development. We will ask Rotarians to help recruit sponsorships and also to help out at the event that day. Jeff Senney already signed up as high level sponsor. Thanks Jeff! The 2021 golf tournament will benefit scholarships, since we were not able to hold the Pancake Breakfast last October.
Carol Kennard reported the 50th Anniversary committee work is in full swing. We are asking Interact to help come up with a design for our 50th Anniversary logo which would be used in publicity and on shirts - collared or t-shirts, which members will be able to purchase at cost. We are looking to find all former members of the club, and to track down exchange students we sponsored. If you have contact information or names, please pass it on to Dick Hoback or Don Overly.
Our Happy Bucks recipient this quarter is St. Paul, United Methodist Church Food Bank. You can send your check to the club mailbox:  Centerville Rotary Club, PO Box 41431, Centerville, OH 45458
Boyd Preston was our Sergeant at Arms today.
Peachy Metzner gave $20 for such a beautiful day and to support food banks, which are so necessary today
Ron Hollenbeck gave $20 as he was very happy the inauguration was uneventful and welcomed Uriah to the meeting.
Elda Gotos Gay gave $20 and is happy since on Monday she got the second dose of COVID vaccine
Harvey Smith gave $20 for getting his second dose on Monday as well
Mike Wier gave $10 and noted it looks like Uriah is under 40 and said it is good to bring in younger members
Jim Harris gave $10 for Uriah’s interest in the club
Boyd Preston gave $10 for Uriah and the Cleveland Browns finally losing so he won’t have to give each week for them any more.
Chuck King gave $20 for Uriah and Carol Galloway interested in becoming new members
Ray Merz gave $20 for getting the first COVID vaccine shot today
Arnie Biondo gave $20 for Carol Galloway and that the fog of COVID has finally lifted after 4 weeks in his household.
Terry Hanauer gave $100 as he has missed a bunch of meetings, he’s happy for new members, and announced the ground is snow covered in Michigan
Sofie Ameloot gave $10 for new members and encouraged them to bring their friends!
Dick Hoback gave $20 for his good fortune yesterday to get his first COVID shot. He bought a mega million ticket but hasn’t checked yet to see if he won.
Carol Kennard gave $20 for the beautiful day and encouraged all to go for a walk, and is also excited for the new members.
Our speakers today were Kari Tucker and Bethany Deines from Shriners Hospital.
Kari Tucker is the Associate Director of Development and has been there for almost a year. She is also a Beavercreek Rotarian. Bethany Deines is the Director of Development for Shriners Ohio. Both have extensive experience in development. Shriners Hospital is changing their name to Shriners Ohio and moving to Dayton. Their focus is primarily burn patients, but also do plastic surgery. They have developed a partnership with Dayton Children’s which will enable them to handle different cases. Most of their surgeries are for cleft lip, cleft palate, and kids with burns when the skin contracts. They are the children’s burn center for the Midwest.
Patients come from 35 countries around the world. Anyone can refer a patient to Shriners. Just make a phone call to the hospital and the charge nurses will work with the family. Other Shriners Hospitals around the country treat orthopedic conditions.
They are moving from Cincinnati to Dayton because their current space is too big. They don’t have as many overnight patients because of changing health care plans and not as many child burn situations as in the past thanks to flame retardant clothing, smoke detectors, and air bags in cars. Plastic surgeries are increasing. Kids don’t need long extended stays now so now treating more as outpatient, since kids heal better at home. Moving to right-size the hospital to smaller facility. 100% of their donations cover operational expenses, so they want to reduce overhead.
By partnering with Dayton Children’s, they can share services housekeeping, security, pharmacy, surgical services, etc. Dayton Children’s had space and an interest in partnering.
They are transitioning now. They will have a virtual Open House in February and start new patients then. Later in the summer they hope to have a community open house if COVID allows it.
They will be a fully functional independent hospital located inside Dayton Children’s building. They shared photos of the new space and how it has been designed for kids. Each exam room includes a chalk board to help distract kids. In-patient rooms have windows and are all single rooms but can be converted to doubles if multiple family members are being treated
Shriners is considered a destination hospital so they try to find lodging for families, and provide all transportation costs. Families will have access to the Ronald McDonald House or nearby hotels, Drury Hotel or Fisher House if they are a military family.
How can we help?
They have scheduled all visits before or after the move, so no patients will be in limbo. If they receive a catastrophic case, could refer to other Shriners hospitals.
Job opportunities are available now - nurse, occupational therapist, etc. More information is available at
The new facility will have 8 total inpatient beds, 5 outpatient clinic beds, and 4 exam beds.
President Frank thanked them for the interesting presentation and noted next week our speakers will be Ginger Clark and Kristen Marks from Centerville-Washington Park District.
President Frank led the group in the 4 Way Test and wished everyone a good week.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) directives, our Rotary club has gone back to Zoom meetings only. Please join us!
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Centerville, OH 45458
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