This Week at Rotary: August 2, 2018
Sergeant-at-Arms Erich and Secretary, Mark collected Happy Bucks in matching shirts today!
Washington Township Administrator, Jesse Lightle provided an update on Township services this week.
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Member Birthdays
Jim Briggs
August 5
Carrie Lifer
August 13
Mark Balsan
August 16
Eric Beach
August 18
Harvey B. Smith
August 29
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August 5
August 6
Erica Hayes
August 12
Shannon Huffman-McAfee
August 15
Susan Carter
August 16
Erin Bockrath
August 19
Mark Gerken
Lacy Gerken
August 1
Michael Wier
August 2
Bill Abrams
Chris Abrams
August 13
Brad Thorp
August 14
Join Date
Gregory B. Horn
August 1, 1992
26 years
Adam Manning
August 4, 2016
2 years
Brad Thorp
August 8, 2002
16 years
Raymond A. Merz
August 13, 1998
20 years
Bill Abrams
August 23, 2012
6 years
Deborah Dulaney
August 23, 2012
6 years
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Centerville Rotary Club Meeting August 2, 2018
The GREETERS​​​: ​​​​ 
08/02/2018 Sofie Ameloot and Don Overly
08/09/2018 Jeff Senney and Joyce Young
08/16/2018 Raj Grandhi and Greg Horn
08/23/2018 Tom Broadwell and Sally Beals
Sofie Ameloot was our official greeter of the day. Don Overly was present but forgot 
he was to be a greeter. He greeted everyone during Happy Bucks.
Club member Brian Hayes got caught in a big traffic jam before our last meeting, but was here this
meeting to set up the banner and sign-in table. Here he is with the banner.
Club President Boyd Preston arrives early to distribute information sheets and discuss 
news with presenters for the meeting.
Vice President Frank Perez was one of our club presenters this day. President-Elect Chuck
King is part of this discussion group.
Our guest Gene Gross, with the Knights of Columbus, has arrived with Jen Gibbs to discuss
the parking at the upcoming Boomer Fest at St. Leonard on Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Volunteers from our Rotary club will help with the parking. Four more were needed.
Jim Briggs served as our unofficial greeter until Sofie Ameloot arrived. He
had just kissed the hand of Jen, when our guest put his hand up to be kissed and everyone
had a good laugh.
Here is Past-President Peachie Metzner with our guest.
This trio looks good. Past club member Rand Oliver (R) has come back to visit and has just
changed jobs, moving from the Springfield Rotary Club to the Cincinnati Rotary Club, as he is now National Dean at the Union Institute and University of Cincinnati, and director of the Institute which does work with social justice.
Here comes one of our greeters with his lovely wife Dottie, only no one knows he is to
greet today. Jen Gibbs greeted them, so you see this is a very greet-able club.
Here's Past President Peachie wearing his past-president pin, which has a small diamond in it. 
And here's a better picture of the pin
Phil Parks of the Dayton Rotary Club has come to speak briefly about the Tour De Gem, 2018 Dayton Cycling Classic on Sept 2 at Don Crawford Plaza at Fifth Third Field. Phil told the club we could join a participating charity team and help them fund-raise for their cause. Registration is at:
Registration is $50 per person, with a $150 minimum fund-raising goal to your designated charity.
The Rotary Club of Dayton is the steering committee. Participating charities have formed ride teams with riders joining the teams using the event as a fund-raising opportunity. Individual riders may also join a team created by a charity they support.
The ride will consist of two 50-mile loops with entry points for the metric and half metric riders. The route goes through urban, suburban and rural areas of Dayton, highlighting some of our local GEMS.
Doc Hoback arrives after a few weeks absence.
Carol Kennard missed last week's meeting and came back exhausted from helping her daughter
move. She and her husband John traveled by car and plane back and forth from Rhode Island to Pittsburgh, helping pack and unpack and drive a rental van to her new digs in Pittsburgh.
Here we see our speaker Jesse Lightle, Washington Twp. Administrator, along with our 
club member Dale Berry, a Washington Twp. Trustee, who will introduce her during the
meeting. Our official greeter Sofie Ameloot, back from five weeks in her native Belgium,
is on the right and Peachie on the left. Jim Harris is seen in the background.
And here's Jim Harris again. It appears to be coffee time.
Phil Raynes moves in to be greeted by Sofie.
Peachie has filled in to help greet at this time.
Ohh, Kim Senft-Paras seems to be surprised by Peachie helping greet.
And did we say that Brian Hayes was also helping greet this day? Here he says hello to Arnie
Biondo's daughter Emily. She is studying Business Administration at Miami University. Go
Miami Red Hawks!
And here's Emily again.
Joyce Young always has good words to share with all.
Judy Budi gets to stop and chat with Arnie and his daughter Emily for a while.
President-Elect Chuck King is always on track to back up anything going on in the club.
And Ron Hollenbeck is doing wonders as our International Affairs director. He's working with
area clubs, with the help of the district, to get $30,000 needed to apply for a matching
global grant of $50,000, that would enable the purchase and installation of 10 water pumps
in Haiti to bring clean and safe water to about 10,000 people there. Here he's talking to
Rand Oliver. If the club gets $15,000 in pledges from area clubs, Frank Scott said the District would match that $15,000 to get to the needed threshold of $30,000 to get started. Huber Heights
has pledged $3,000, and the club is about two-thirds of the way, being close to $10,000 in pledges.
Lee Hieronymus has that mischievous grin of his. 
The Centerville Rotary Club met at the Clubhouse at Yankee Trace at noon. Club President Boyd Preston led the Pledge of Allegiance; PDG Harvey Smith led the prayer, and Brian Hayes led the singing of God Bless America.
The guests at this week's meeting included:  
Phil Parks, Gene Gross, Rand Oliver, Dottie Overly, Emily Biondo; our speaker Jesse Lightle; and James Stuart, a client service associate, planning to become a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley, and a prospective member of the club.
Here we see President Boyd Preston, who presided over the meeting, with James Stuart.
James said he had never visited a Rotary meeting before, but was influenced by his
grandfather's participation in the club.
Phil Parks reminded members of the upcoming Tour De Gem on Sept. 2, noting that they expect about 200 riders in this first ride. There will be a $25 discount for a Rotary team ride, he said.
You can register at:
President Preston passed around five cards, asking just one person to add a personal note to the recipient on each card, which will be dropped into the mail to remind them that Rotary misses them and that we welcome their return to the club. Among the members noted were Kisha Taylor, Robin Parker and Dan Sortman.
Ann Blackburn noted that members will be receiving notices about the next mixer, which John and Sally Beals have offered to host at their home in Centerville. It will be on Aug. 15, she said.
Jen Gibbs said her guest Gene Gross would be talking for a few minutes after the meeting to those who will be volunteering at the Boomer Fest Aug. 11 at St. Leonard. Any additional volunteers would be appreciated, she said. As Frank Perez had indicated about four more were needed for the 4 p.m. to closing time.
Jen also noted that our exchange student Rodrigo Fernando Garnica Tinajeros will be arriving at 2:41 p.m. at the Dayton Airport..coming in from Arequipa, Peru via the Dallas/ Ft. Worth Airport to Dayton. The club is hoping to have a large number of Rotarians there to greet him.
President Preston noted at an earlier meeting that World Polio Day is Oct. 24, two days after our Pancake Breakfast Fund-raiser at Centerville High School on Oct. 22. He said they are looking for ways for the club to celebrate World Polio Day. 
At a previous meeting President Preston reminded members of the Sept. 12 District meeting at Normandy Church, which will start at 5:30 p.m. It's a good opportunity to meet with other club members and see what they are doing, he said.
He also noted that the Rotary District's Dragon's Night is Aug. 18 and that ticket sales have been extended to Aug. 17, if not sold out before. Our District Governor sent out ticket information to members more than a week ago. The game starts at 7 p.m. The Dragon's ticket office is 937-228-2287.
Our exchange student Rodrigo has finished secondary school, which is through the 11th grade in Peru. He likes math, history, science, etc. He plays the guitar and piano and sings. His first family will be with Jen and Travis Gibbs and her family. His third family is Carolyn and Mike Rice, home of the Montgomery County Treasurer, Carolyn Rice. Rodrigo was in the top 20 percent of his class.
He lives with his parents and 14 year old brother in the second largest city in Peru, Arequipa, with a population of 1,500,000 inhabitants. It's located in a valley with an elevation of 7,600 ft. on the foot of the magnificent Misti volcano, and the Chachani and Pichu Pichu mountains.
He's fluent in English (10 years of study) and Portuguese, and speaks Spanish.
Adam Manning left a note that volunteers who wish to be on the Pancake Breakfast committee need to meet at 11:15 a.m. before next week's meeting at Yankee Trace. 
Pat Beckel said that a week from Friday will be downtown Centerville's Food Truck event again.
President Preston put information on the tables about the 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3rd Caring Cradle dedication ceremony in loving memory of  the Herman's son Lincoln Matthew who was stillborn. The caring cradle they used was the first one in the state of Ohio, and allowed them to spend three days with their son instead of just hours.
David and Lauren said the Caring Cradle they were donating with the help of friends, family, Indiana Cuddle Cot Campaign, and Lincoln's Angels, would be the second in the state of Ohio. The dedication was to take place in the Chapel at Miami Valley Hospital's main campus.
HAPPY BUCKS: The Happy Bucks this quarter go to Operation Warm, and Brian Hayes said our goal is to buy 375 coats, which will cost $7,500. 
Erich Eggers, our Sgt.-at-Arms started the Happy Bucks by donating $20 to announce an open house at his Remodeling Designs office at 3720 Benner Road in Miamisburg. It will be 2 to 6 p.m.
Aug. 25, a Saturday. You get to tour the showroom, have light hors d'oeuvres, and raffle prizes. "Bring a friend and enter to win dinner for four cooked by Erich in our new kitchen," the invitation reads. You need to RSVP by Aug. 15 at 937-438-0031 or e-mail
Past-president Peachie Metzner donated for a coat and Joyce Young gave a couple dollars for being gone for the next couple of weeks. President Boyd Preston gave for a coat and then Erich said Rand Oliver should be fined for not saying he is a visiting Rotarian.
Mike Wier gave $5 for his birthday and Ann Blackburn gave for missing something a couple of weeks ago. 
Dan Johnson gave for Arnie Biondo putting a new play field near where his little ones can play.
Arnie then gave $3 and said something about past presidents of the club wearing shorts these days and something about our present president maybe doing the same when his term is over..and people laughed and then Arnie said something about his guest (his daughter) and being a rebound exchange student...probably not clear to most.
Ron Hollenbeck gave for a coat and mentioned something about a birthday, etc.
Doug Bockrath gave for being gone a couple of weeks and then someone mentioned that Doug's name had been in the Dayton magazine for the Bockrath Company's business savvy, and that he should pay for that...
Carol Kennard gave $10 for getting to visit with her daughter and son-in-law and helping them move, and then said her two-year-old granddaughter broke her leg, but that the other grandmother would have to deal with that.
Kim Senft-Paras gave and Ray Merz gave, noting something about Minneapolis and 29 years old and Iron Horse Park.
Wayne Davis gave saying he was Happy.
And Brian Hays gave noting that he is happy to see his son move into his first apartment, but that his mother was sad about it.
Don Overly greeted everyone with one swoop of his hand, noting that he forgot he was to be a greeter.
Then there was the person who gave $20 for a coat and said that he was with 20 people in the family, all in the same house in Hilton Head, and came home after the week with everyone smiling.
Jim Harris gave for a coat and then Lee Hieronymus gave, noting that Ann Blackburn was not at the Butler County Fair.
Jen Gibbs gave and then Sofie Ameloot gave, noting that it was too bad that the Belgium Soccer Team did not take the top trophy in the recent soccer tournament.
Pat Beckel gave for a coat and Jeff Senney gave, noting that he had been away, and golf is his game.
Our president-elect Chuck King gave for a coat, and then it was time for our speaker.
This Week's Speaker: Washington Twp. Administrator Jesse Lightle spoke about 
upcoming events in the township.
Jesse Lightle is seen in the picture below
Washington Twp. Trustee Dale Berry, a member of the Centerville Rotary Club introduced
our speaker, a member of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club.
Before he did that though, he described the township, noting that it is the fourth largest township in Ohio, with 31 square miles. 
Fifty years ago, the village of Centerville, which was within the township, grew large enough to become a city and incorporated. It is still part of the township and they share the fire department,
EMS, and Recreation Center. A map was given out showing the township with Centerville within its boundaries colored in light blue.
Dale said today's presentation would be phase one of a two-phase presentation on local government, with Centerville being on next week's agenda.
Dale said Jesse became Washington Twp.'s third administrator in 2008. She handles the day-to-day operation of the township, reporting to the three township trustees.
In 2006, Jesse had become the deputy administrator, he said. Before that she was the assistant city manager of Clayton.

  There she was responsible for budget preparation, human resources, economic development and communications.

Jesse also has worked as assistant to the city manager for the City of Centerville, community project coordinator for the Wright State University Center for Urban and Public Affairs, and as an adjunct professor in the WSU Master of Public Administration Program, Dale said.

She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree Urban Affairs from Wright State in 1999, and she has a Master’s in Urban Administration from Wright State, graduating in June, 2001.

She currently serves as chair of the Master of Public Administration Advisory Board at Wright State University and is a member of the Dayton Area Managers Association, Dale said. She also is a member of the International City/County Managers Association where she has been a member of the Task Force on Financing and the Ohio City/County Management Association where she served on the Board of Directors from 2006-2013 and as president from 2011 to 2012, he said.

As a member of the Centerville Noon Optimists, she served on the Board from 2013-2016, and was the recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award from the Dayton Business Journal. She has lived in Washington Township since 2001, Dale said.

Jesse said the township now has a new Website with a new design, more graphics, and now is mobile friendly.
She said there is a community fiber optic network that connects our city schools and libraries and public assets throughout the community.
She also noted that the fire department is one of nine in Ohio and 247 world-wide to be accredited by the Committee on Fire Accreditation International. "It's one of the benchmarks we strive for," she said.
She thanked everyone for supporting the May Issue 17, a renewal levy for the fire department. The challenge today is that Washington Twp., like everyone else has a shortage of part-time firefighters, she said. It is "like we have never seen before. We will need more money to hire full-time firefighters," she said. People are finding more full-time work and are not applying for part-time work, she said.
"Our goal is to hire 12 new full-time firefighters," she said. The department has had 7,778 calls, 6,396 of them medical calls.
The emergency dispatch was put over at Mound at the Regional Dispatch Center, where Washington Twp. leases space, she said. The next step at the end of the month is to put the entire dispatch center there, which would save an estimated $500,000 a year, she said. This could be used to hire the additional firefighters, she said.
911 calls from Centerville would go to the police to answer and transfer to the regional center, she said.
Aug.12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be the annual Ice Cream Social at the fire department, she said.
Oct.8-12 is Fire Prevention Week and there will be five days of open houses. Each evening a different fire station will hold an open house, she said.
Jesse also thanked everyone for helping pass Issue 16 for the Rec Center.
It helps fund the STAR Program that keeps seniors and at-risk residents safe, she said. A former deputy runs the program and there are emergency contacts, a lock box for at-risk residents, and assistance in an emergency.
There's also an Indoor Garden Playhouse and Lil' Crew for 3-to-6-year-olds, with a new flexible
drop-off program.
There are business memberships, a street improvement program, with 16 streets on the list, and  the McEwen Road Bridge Replacement.  McEwen Road will be closed Aug 15 between Beryl Trail and Congress Park. A detour will be put in place, Jesse said. It reopens Nov. 30, weather permitting. Thirty buses will have to be rerouted for Watts Middle School, she said.
She said the Nutt Road improvement should be completed in September. It will have one mile of three lanes.
As for Business and Development, she listed:
Social Row Transitional Care by Premier Health
Redevelopment of Incenta Rewards on East Spring Valley Pike
Ohio's Hospice at Paragon and Congress Park
SICSA Pet Adoption Center on Washington Church Road
and at Far Hills and Whipp:
A new Dunkin Donuts and a UDF are to be built in the empty lot there where Pizza Hut used to be.
Lee Hieronymus, who knows first-hand about being a firefighter, told Jesse he knows why there are not more part-time firefighters. He said the fire departments are not starting with volunteer firefighters anymore. He said there are lots of opportunities and good pay for firefighters, but that even Sinclair College's program for fire and EMS is not finding young people willing to go into it. 


The meeting was adjourned with the reciting of the 4-Way Test.
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