The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
eBulletin - December 9, 2021
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
President Brian Hayes welcomed everyone to the meeting of the Centerville Rotary Club and led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Ray Merz provided the prayer.
President Brian shared the Thought of the Moment - writer Paulo Coelho stated, “You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”
Brian noted our speaker today is Rick Willits, Career Services Director from the Modern College of Design, and he will receive a proper introduction in a few minutes.
Adam Manning announced the sign up sheet for the holiday party is on the tables. Let him know if you’re able to attend and if you’re bringing a guest. It will be held at Yankee Trace, next Thursday, Dec 16, 6-8 pm.
Ron Hollenbeck sent a note saying we were one of only 1530 clubs to achieve the "Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving" honors in their district. Not only were we in in the top 3, but we were number one!!!  Centerville Rotary per capita giving was $270. The next highest club in the District had a per capita giving of $172. Congratulations to this generous club!
We received a certificate recognizing our club's financial support of the "End Polio Now" campaign.  Frank Scott had mentioned that if every Rotary club gave $1500 towards Polio Plus, RI could raise $52.5M in total.  Our club contributed almost $12,000, which is eight (8) times the requested amount. 
He also sent a reminder that if you want to donate to the Annual Fund or Polio Plus, let him know by end of this week
Brian said he needs feedback from the Board on an issue so please watch for his email and OPEN IT!
Our Sergeant of Arms today was Pat Beckel
This quarter we are collecting for Blue Star Mothers (of America) – which is a private nonprofit organization in the United States that provides support for mothers who have sons or daughters in active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Pat Beckel noted how generous our club is and that we do so much more than just give money.
He recognized visiting Rotarian and our Assistant Governor,  Mary Nenninger, who echoed her congratulations for being one of the top clubs in the country. She said we should be proud of ourselves.
  • Pat Beckel gave for Blue Star Mothers.
  • Jim Harris was happy
  • Brad Huffman was happy
  • Elda Gotos-Gay was happy and announced her old Rotary club recently celebrated their 95th anniversary
  • Uriah Anderson was happy
  • Carol Kennard was happy
  • Jeff Senney announced he got a Christmas tree from the Optimist lot this week and only had the last 4 trees to choose from
  • Sofie Ameloot gave thanks for the generous food drive donations for Delphine, one side of the garage is filled. This weekend is the deadline if you’d like to contribute
  • Crissy Allums was happy to be part of best Rotary club in the country
  • Wayne Davis was happy for his table mates and the leadership of our president
  • Susan Schnell found more clean money, which always comes to Rotary. She was happy to get her covid booster shot but had side effects for a couple of days
  • Ger Eastabrooks was happy
  • Adam Manning was really happy
  • Ray Merz announced his oldest grandson is working for company in Indianapolis that conducts drone surveys of farm fields to see what nutrients they’re lacking
  • Mike Wier announced the Dayton British Brass Band will perform Sunday 3-4pm at Christ United Methodist  Church on Shroyer
  • Dale Berry announced it is not too late to go enjoy Woodland Lights
  • Harvey Smith was happy
  • Brad Thorp was happy to be sitting with these “old timers”
  • Chuck King shared last Tuesday he was driving down Lytle Five Points Road and got to experience the new roundabout. A guy in front of him stopped to let someone else in, and Chuck didn’t even swear at him (because Harvey and Sivaji were in the car with him!)
  • Rebecca Quiñones requested more PB&J and applesauce donations for the Dayton school.- drop off at her house, Pat’s business or Adam’s business
  • Frank Perez was a little happy
  • Mary Nenninger was happy she found this out of the way room, as she followed Carol in the door
  • Brian Hayes was happy for his grandson recently turned 2
Brian introduced our speaker, Rick Willits, Director of Career Services at The Modern College of Design.
Rick Willits is a native Daytonian, who grew up in the Centerville and Kettering area. He graduated from Alter High School, and later taught and served as the Advancement Director. He was an executive recruiter in the printing and graphic arts industries for 10 years and has served as the Director of Career Services for The Modern College of Design since September of 2020. He has recently also accepted a dual role handling strategic partnerships for the college.
Rick first asked who had heard of The Modern College of Design, and many had not. It was founded in 1983 in Yellow Springs and first offered a 2 yr diploma in advertising arts. In 1999 they added an Associate degree to their offerings. Jessica Barry was the first president of the college, and she eventually purchased the college. In 2017 they had a groundbreaking for a new building and in 2018 added a Bachelor’s program.
The school graduated 13 students in the bachelor’s program last year. They currently have 200 students enrolled and offer in person or online classes that can be taken at their own pace
The program includes internships, and externship - one month paid assignment, real world opportunity where they receive a $500 stipend;. Many companies in the Dayton area utilize the students. In the 4-year program, students do internships between their 2nd and 3rd year, and also co-op.
Rick helps students determine their career paths and roles in those jobs. He said video grads get hired immediately and social media design is one of the hottest careers.
Grads may just use their skills as freelance or work their way up in a company. There are many freelance sites where they post their work and hope to get noticed.
Graphic Design USA named The College of Modern Design as one of the top programs in the country, and they have students on the “ones to watch” list determined by national creative directors.
App design is very popular now, too. Students participate in the NSAC competition where the team gets to work on a real product. Students recently worked on a rebranding of the Oculus VR goggles. (Augmented reality - people in room interact with the VR they are all looking at and can interact with is such as learning car engine repair.)
Rick showed some examples of student work:
Work can be found all over the country but 80% of their graduates stay in Ohio. Many companies are now bringing design talent in-house as it is too expensive to outsource.
90% of their grads are placed in the industry. All 13 grads this year were placed within 90 days of graduation, mostly where they did their co-op.
He asks student what they love to do when not working? He then helps them find ways to do what they love while utilizing their skills. He educates students on professional development and finding ways to build networks. Students ask for feedback on a project on LinkedIn and many are willing to respond. Students are then building a network without even knowing it.
Rick is always looking for professionals to do mock interviews.
Students are always great artists, but not always able to express it to others, so the mock interviews help with that.
Rick shared the top brands where graduates work and it was an impressive list
Salary can vary depending on the artist’s field:
Tuition is $25,000/year and they give out $1 million in financial aide yearly, which equates to about $5,000 per student. They also share scholarship opportunities.
Partnership with the Commons at end of David Road for student housing and they recently purchased land adjacent tot he college for future student housing.
Most of their students are just out of high school and the oldest student is mid 30’s. Employer programs sometimes allow grads to come back for completion of bachelor’s program while working
For more information visit the website:
Brian thanked Rick for the interesting presentation and reminded everyone that there will be NO LUNCH MEETING NEXT WEEK since we are having our holiday party in the evening. He said there will be no announcements, just time to enjoy each other’s company.
The next meeting will be January 6, 2022.
Brian led the group in reciting the 4-Way Test.
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