The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
eBulletin - October 21, 2021
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
The Power Women Table this week!
President Brian Hayes welcomed everyone to the meeting of the Centerville Rotary Club and led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. PDG Harvey Smith provided the prayer.
The thought of the moment was from writer J.M Barrie - “It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness.”
PDG Harvey Smith inducted Larry Marchand into the Centerville Rotary Club with Boyd Preston as his sponsor.
In sharing about the work of Rotary, Harvey announced there were only 2 new polio cases this year worldwide, in Afghanistan and Pakistan!
Larry shared that he’s been married for 36 yrs, and has a daughter who recently graduated from OSU and is now looking for a job in marketing. Larry has lived in this community for 14 years, and was a neighbor of Boyd’s. He went to Pancake Day, and liked what he saw about how our club gives back to the community. Larry said he is proud to be a part of Rotary. Welcome to the club, Larry!
Director Announcements included:
Frank Perez announced he is still working on filling Board positions for next year. He is thankful that some people are stepping up. Director positions are still available - this is a good position for your first time on the Board so you can learn more about the inner workings of the club. International Director, Community Service Director, and Treasurer positions are still available!
Ron Hollenbeck announce that if you’re looking for another club to join, Rotary now has the 125 Club. Simply donate $100 to the Annual Fund and $25 to Polio Plus this year, and you will get the 125 Club pin. Let Brian know if you want to join, as it can be confusing on line.
Susan Schnell announced that this weekend two ladies from Centerville High School (including Sofie’s daughter, Delphine) are going to Camp Kern for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award program. They will share their experiences at a later date.
Elda Gotos-Gay announced she still needs a couple of gift cards turned in for the Adopt a Family. If you pledged to support a family, please get your gift card to Elda soon.
Our Happy Bucks this quarter are going to Blue Star Mothers.
Blue Star Mothers was originally formed during World War II, and 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. The name came from the custom of families of serviceman hanging a banner (called a Service Flag) in a window of their homes. The Service Flag had a star for each family member in the military. Living servicemen were represented by a Blue Star and those who had lost their lives were represented by a Gold Star.
Pat Beckel was Sergeant at Arms today. He shared that we have extras of the fashionable Rotarian At Work t-shirt, and then proceeded to auction them off to Carol Sue Galloway. Wayne Davie. Jim Stuart. Elda Gotos-Gay and Brian Hayes.
Pat shared information about a fundraising event to honor those who served in the Armed Forces - the 4th Annual Freedom Whiskey Co. This year’s event is in honor of the co-founder, Captain Zach Hollingsworth, who we lost earlier this year. $1 of every bottle sold goes to support Veterans wellness.
Happy Bucks this week included:
  • Jim Stuart for the nice compliment about his car
  • Frank Perez is just happy
  • Boyd Preston is happy for Larry joining the club
  • Ron Hollenbeck gave for Larry and because he got to see a Russian band, named Leonid & Friends, a great cover band who plays Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, and more good tunes.
  • Larry Marchand was glad Boyd brought him into the club
  • Brad Thorp warned that t-shirt will backfire on you - his wife laid it on the bed one morning with a long list of chores to be accomplished
  • Harvey Smith announced it is Elda’s 75th birthday. Happy Birthday, Elda!
  • Brad Hoffman announced he will be traveling to Indianapolis for the Centerville Jazz Band contest, and then to NYC in November to watch them perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and support his stepdaughter, who plays the flute
  • Rebecca Quiñones announced they also looking for raffle donations for the Freedom Whiskey fundraiser and wished Elda a Happy Birthday.
  • Jim Harris was happy for Larry and Elda
  • Dick Hoback said, “Ditto.”
  • Kim Senft-Paras gave thanks to those that helped with dictionary/thesaurus labeling and said she will be gone the next couple of weeks to see her grandkids.
  • Jeff Senney said he is always happy
  • Carol Kennard was looking forward to an anniversary getaway to Shawnee State Park this weekend.
  • Susan Schnell was happy to also be going to Indy and NYC for the CHS Jazz Band, for Larry, for Blue Star Mothers and Elda’s birthday
  • Elda Gotos-Gay said she has been celebrating her birthday since last Friday, and will be visiting her son in St Louis this weekend
  • Carol Sue  Galloway was happy to be traveling to Bloomington, IN this weekend to watch OSU with her grandkids
  • Ger Eastabrooks was happy for our outstanding group
  • Crissy Allums was happy for Elda and Larry
Our speaker today was Dr. Pamela Ellis, with Compass College Advisory.
Dan Johnson introduced Dr. Pamela Ellis, who has degrees from both Stanford and Dartmouth. She helps busy parents to select a college for their student that feels like home. She has visited over 500 Colleges/Universities in her work.
Dr. Ellis first asked us to close our eyes and then think about one word or phrase that comes to mind when we think about last 18 months. Several Rotarians then shared their word:
Anxious. Disappointed, Frustrated. Tired. Fear. Sad.
She then asked us to imagine how our young people are feeling.
Dr. Ellis is a first generation HS and college graduate. She had to figure everything out on her own. Her mom did not want her to go away to college or to places she had never heard of. She got on Greyhound bus from Memphis to California and her Mom gave her $70 for the whole school year. When she arrived, she discovered the books for first quarter were $350. This is why she is passionate about the work she does today.
She works to partner with family, school districts, and employers to support the educational paths of students. She is a mom of 3 - the oldest just graduated from Georgetown, she has a son at Stanford, and her daughter just started at Oberlin College.
She set out to discover what kids want and was surprised to discover, they are really looking for a sense of community above all else. It really plays a big part in their decision on where they will go. Her daughter was in the Class of 2020, and because of COVID, had no graduation, no prom. Those typical experiences were lost. She looked to find which college embraced her and where she felt community. Community even trumped the financial considerations.
Dr. Ellis looks for the student’s fit in these areas:
  1. Academic
  2. Social
  3. Financial
  4. Vocational
  5. Cultural
Students of color are gravitating to HBCU (historically black colleges and universities.) She is seeing more boys than girls gravitating to HBCU, partly due to the fact that there are significantly more females than males at those schools already.
She is seeing a lot more support around mental health in the past year, including professional development for faculty, too. Schools are looking for ways to support students and faculty for all they’ve been through in the past 18 months.
Dr. Ellis works with students individually. She conducts assessments to help determine what could be a good fit for them. She develops a rubric to give them a guide to help narrow it down.
There are colleges that thrive on students who don’t know what to do. Those would be the best match for them - where they can thrive while exploring what they want to do.
Dr. Ellis also helps students find the right scholarship package. She said you can start applying as early as age 13! Biggest scholarship money will come from the college.
Some high schools are going away from student rankings and moving away from ACT and SAT testing. Are colleges requiring them? 1,000 colleges had gone to test optional before COVID. But kids still submit test scores, and those that did were admitted at a higher rate. She recommends focusing on only one test, and taking it twice during their junior year.
She was asked about the financial burden on young adults trying to establish themselves after college. She said she helps negotiate those packages for students, to minimize their debt.
For more information, contact Dr. Pamela Ellis here:
Brian Hayes thanked Dr. Ellis and led the group in the Four-Way Test.
Next week, our speaker will be Shannon Huffman, discussing Women’s Health.
Anyone still need one of our stylish 50th Anniversary polo shirts? We ordered a few extra so contact Carol Kennard if interested! ONLY ONE LEFT! Is it your size???
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