The Rotary Club of
Centerville, OH
Chartered 1972
Rotary Club of Centerville - November 9, 2023
Centerville Rotary Meeting Highlights
Our Rotary theme for this month is
Rotary Foundation.
President Adam Manning welcomed everyone to the Centerville Rotary Club and led reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. Brian Hayes provided the prayer.
Today’s quote: "When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." By Paulo Coelho  (Brazilian author )
President Manning’s announcements:
  • Thanks to today’s greeters Kristin Hutton and Jackie D’Aurora
  • Welcome to our guests: Chuck King’s wife Elaine, Pam Bergren, wife of today’s speaker; Bill Menker’s guest Becky Ehling; and Gina Smith’s husband Aaron.
  • Thanks to Chuck & Ron for attending the Rotary Foundation dinner. Sofie & Adam attended the RI Institute Training, and Brian Hayes was a facilitator. The next one is on January 27.
  • Next board meeting is Monday, 5:30 pm at Adam’s house: 1236 Berna Lane, Kettering (Marshall & Berna)
  • Our server, AJ shared information about a fundraiser golf outing at Yankee Trace on November 11, 1-3 pm
  • Veteran’s Day is this Saturday. Adam recognized all Rotarians who served. Adam shared a quote, “A true soldier fights not because they hate what’s in front of them, but because they love what is behind them.”
Uriah Anderson announce the Paul Harris Fellow match is underway so let him know if you want to participate. Ron Hollenbeck will collect checks next week in Uriah’s absence.
Crissy Allums (back from knee replacement surgery) announced we have adopted 20 children for Adopt a Family again this year. The expectation is to spend $75 per child. She has wish lists with her today so you can pick a child to sponsor.
Jackie D’Aurora announced we still need a few more volunteers to distribute dictionaries/thesauri to schools as part of our literacy project.
Sherre Wright announced she and Sofie Ameloot represented Rotary at the 50th anniversary of the Dayton Convention Center.
Happy Bucks this quarter are going toward the Maui Fire/Disaster Relief fund. Pat Beckel was our Sergeant at Arms with help from Jim Stuart.
Happy Bucks were generously given for:
  • Pat announcement next Friday the annual Holiday Walk kicks off and runs through Sunday in uptown. Tree lighting, Santa, food and fun for all!
  • Gina Smith for today’s guests.
  • Sofie Ameloot announced her daughter had a successful AP physics competition building a trebuchet.
  • Ger Eastabrooks was happy
  • Pat Turnbull for Veteran’s Memorial ceremony, noting the City will host a Veteran’s Day ceremony at 11:11 am on Nov 11 at Stubbs Park, and will honor our Rotarian, Bob Daley.
  • Dale Berry echoed the Township’s hosting of the same event and welcomed our guests today.
  • Bob Daley for Veterans.
  • Uriah Anderson announced the Air Force Museum has a new display for enlisted service people and he’s leaving on a vacation in Minnesota.
  • Elda Gotos Gay for Crissy and Elaine being here today.
  • Jim Harris for today’s guests and Veterans.
  • Lee Hieronymus’ farm report included a story about OSU and the Air Force conducting research to grow dandelions to use for making rubber.
  • Boyd Preston for Veterans.
  • Ron Hollenbeck for Veterans, guests, and he saw David Foster and Katherine McPhee in concert and it was awesome.  The drummer was amazing.
  • Lisa Goris May for Crissy’s return.
  • Crissy Allums said she missed the Rotary family and appreciated all of the support following her surgery.
  • Wayne Davis for Lee’s farm report, Veterans, Election Day, and future Rotary inductee Tyler Roark.
  • Bill Menker for today’s guests and Crissy’s return.
  • Brian Hayes for Wayne joining him at the last minute to help distribute books to a school.
  • Jeff Senney was grateful the park levy passed, and although he is trying to slow down, he got 3 new clients on his way to the meeting.
  • Carol Kennard for the park levy passage, Veterans, and Crissy’s return.
  • Chuck King for Veterans, today’s speaker and Crissy’s return.
  • Adam Manning for Veterans and Crissy’s return.
PDG Harvey Smith then Inducted Tyler Roark into the Centerville Rotary Club. Tyler’s sponsor Wayne Davis assisted.
Tyler said he is from Hamilton, OH, graduated from OSU and Miami University in Finance and now works as the Finance Director for the City of Centerville. Welcome Tyler!
Our speaker today was Major General Scott Bergren, USAF Retired.
General Bergren started his Air Force career in 1970 completing the ROTC program at Clemson University. He flew more than 200 combat flights in Viet Nam and spent many years as an aircraft instructor and in maintenance of aircraft. His three sons are all in Air Force careers.
General Bergren has participated in all of our golf outings and plays on a golf team with Chuck King & Frank Perez, so he knows about the great work Rotary does.
General Bergren said he loves to see how everyone treats service men and women now. It was not always so respectful.
After 911, all military were asked to wear their uniform whenever traveling to show terrorists we were not going to give up and show the American people that the military was moving around. People often times confuse him for airline pilot or airport security.
He said there are some perks when flying. A gentleman in First Class offered to trade seats, but the General refused - not on the public’s dollar, and even though it wouldn’t have cost him more, the public perception is always out there.
General Bergren explored why young men and women sacrifice for our country. During WWI, we had the largest number of American casualties in the history of wars. Many have died in subsequent wars and we are still preparing all around the world for our next fight.
He shared a story told by General Jumper, Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He was at the 2001 World Series - Diamondbacks & NY Yankees. It was postponed to October after the 911 attacks.
One game was Military Appreciation Night. He was recognized on the Jumbotron after which people lined up to thank him for his service or tell him to “Go get ‘em.” The crowd parted, and a small young woman dressed in black came forward. She was a widow of someone killed during the 911 attacks. He didn’t know what to say to her at that moment in time. She gave him a hug and said, “You get those guys.”
That’s why they do it. They take an Oath to Protect and Defend, and they will.
He ended with, “God Bless those who serve and God Bless America.”
“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” — General Douglas MacArthur
Thank you Veterans for your sacrifice and service!
Next week our program will be Rob Dement, Athletic Director at Centerville High School.
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.
Nov. 16   Nicolas Hutton/Vimbainashe Mazani
Nov. 30   Ram Nunna/Andi Share
Dec. 7     Ginger Clark/Jeffrey Senney
Dec. 14   Ger Eastabrooks/Frank Perez
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Nov. 16   Nicolas Hutton/ Vimbainashe Mazani
Nov. 30   Ram Nunna/Andi Share
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