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Service Above Self

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Last year (Sept. 2015) the Athens Rotary Club adopted an Award Policy to recognize Athens Rotary Club members and members of the community "...for their service and commitment to the values of Rotary International and with an emphasis on Service Above Self".  These awards are to be presented at the Annual Meeting.  Therefore, the Athens Rotary Board requests nominations for these two awards.
The Award Policy, and Nomination Forms (MS Word files) for each award may be downloaded from the "Download Files" section of our web page and completed forms should be sent to Secretary Ed Peterson, petersonedward@hotmail.com,
or...follow these steps:
  1.  Click here to read the Club Award Policy.
  2.  Download the Nomination Form by clicking on the appropriate policy: "Rotarian of the year",   or "Community Member of the Year"
  3. Email the completed form to Secretary Ed Paterson, petersonedward@hotmail.com.  (Do not forget to attach the completed form to your email.)
Your completed form must be received by November 9, 2016.
Thank You, ...and thanks to President Emilia Alonso Sameño and Cita Strauss for providing the information for this post.

On June 18, members of the Rotary Club of Athens, Ohio and the Rotary Club of Loja, Ecuador joined the villagers of Bellamaria, Ecuador along with faculty and students from Ohio University (OHIO) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE) in a celebration to dedicate the new Bellamaria Potable Water System.  The new water system was funded through a $43,000 Rotary Global Grant and was made possible through the hard work of 35 village families over the course of a year.
L to R: Diego Rodriguez, President Elect, (Loja); Daniel Valdivieso Arias, President, (Loja); Dave Diggle, (Athens); Mario J. Grijalva, President, (Athens); Leonardo Burneo, (Loja).
The Rotary Club of Athens spearheaded the Global Grant request.  The Athens Club was joined by local clubs in Nelsonville and Belpre, Ohio along with District 6690 of Central and Southeast Ohio.  In Ecuador, the Rotary Club of Loja and District 4400 supported the project.  PUCE was the in-country partner who provided engineering expertise, technical advice, and overall project supervision.
Thanks to Tara Gilts for arranging a well attended tour (on Aug. 31) of the Little Fish Brewing Company at 8675 Armitage Rd.  Below are a couple pictures taken at the event and provided by Tara.


Heads-Up… or more appropriately, Fore! 
The 20-th Annual Athens Rotary Charity Golf Tournament (Scramble) will be held on Sept. 12 at the Athens Country Club.  The event will begin immediately after a brief version of our weekly Noon-Meeting, that will also be held (that day) at the Athens Country Club.
The profit raised from this event (The Athens Rotary Foundation's only fundraiser) helps fund the many projects in Athens County supported by the Athens Rotary Foundation.  Recent examples are:  The handicapped accessible playground at the City's South Side Park; refurbished and remodeled the cabin at Camp Rotan; satisfied our $50,000 pledge to rebuild the Athens High School football field and stadium; and we have pledged $50,000 each to the capital improvement projects of Stuart's Opera House and The Dairy Barn Arts Center.  Our Foundation has no administrative expenses; all moneys flow directly to our projects.
If you would like to play in the Tournament, be a Non-Participating Sponsor, or volunteer to help with the event contact either:
Tournament Chair: Channing McAllister (740) 592-4882
Foundation President: Karin Harvey (740) 593-5097

Rotarians, with family and friends attending the Rotarian/Copperheads baseball game.  The Copperheads are the local team in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.  More great photos taken by our Club Photographer, Don Fucci, can be found in the photo album here.

Worstell Scholarship Awards
  Emily McCulloch, Nelsonville York        $2,800
  Blue Kennedy, Alexander                    $2,300
  Meghan Trout, Alexander                   $1,500
Gawande Scholarship Awards:
  Hannah Johnson, Nelsonville York       $2,000
  Winter Wilson, Athens High School     $2,000
  Laura Young, Athens High School       $1,100
  Tyler Martin, Alexander                       $1,100
The Athens Rotary Scholarship Committee consists of Alan Boyd, Ed Peterson, Cita Strauss, Karen Vedder, Rich Vedder and John M. Miller.
   Thanks to John Miller for the information in this story.

  Athens Rotary has a special relationship with Amesville Elementary (See story on our Amesville Library Project).  Linda Cochran, Volunteer Library Coordinator at Amesville Elementary School, and Diane McVey distributed the Rotary Dictionaries to both Third-Grade Classes during their regular library time just a few weeks ago.  The 3rd grade teachers are Karli McGrain and Bethany Burley.  Students were excited about receiving them and show their appreciation in the photo above (Karli McGrain's class).  Other pictures (including Bethany's class) can be found in the photo album here.

  Although most of the Rotary Dictionaries were distributed earlier in the 2015-2016 school year, as reported earlier, Linda and the teachers had suggested waiting until the end of the school year so each child had a book of their own for the summer.  A story is always read to every class at the start of their library time so there was the opportunity to discuss the Dictionary and each student was shown where to write their name on the Rotary bookplate.
  The library depends totally on volunteers to have it open four days each week during the school year and on Thursdays during the summer months (same day as food is distributed).  If any Rotarian would like to be a regular volunteer, please contact Linda Cochran, or Diane McVey to get connected.
  Thanks to Diane McVey for the information and pictures included in this story.

Fellow Rotarian, Harry Kaneshige, Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at Ohio University, passed away at his home in the early morning of Thursday May 26, 2016.  Harry joined Rotary in 2006 and was a very faithful attendee of our weekly meetings and participated generously in club activities.
He was born and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, and gave a memorable presentation at one of our noon meetings that included his eyewitness memories of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the immediate local aftermath.  Harry was 12 yrs. old at the time of the attack and was still in bed at about 8:00am that morning when he awoke to popping firecracker-like sounds and Coast artillery... 
If pressed to do so, Harry would proudly tell you he graduated from the Punahou School in Honolulu, and then quietly mention that President Obama later graduated from the same High School. 
Harry's soft-spoken presence and his generous service to our club and community will certainly be missed.  I include a few photos from his recent Rotary service below.
Harry at Copperheads Game Jul 1, 2015  
Attending the Copperheads Game, July 1, 2015.
Harry assisting at Friday Night Life Dinner with Good Works Feb 21, 2014
Assisting at Friday Night Life Dinner with Good Works, Feb 21, 2014.
Harry serving as an Observer-of-Record at 2015 Rotary Golf Tournament.
Serving as Hole-in-One Observer-of-Record at the 2015 Rotary Golf Tournament.
     I thank Harry's wife, Susan, for some of the information in this story.

Oct 31, 2016
Bob Bolin
Ohio University Women Basketball Coach
Nov 07, 2016
Doctor Jim Gaskell
Honduras Mission Trip
Nov 14, 2016
Jeff Maiden
Athens County and Our Bridges
Nov 21, 2016
Gary Vaughan
District Chair for Rotary Foundation
Nov 28, 2016
President Roderick McDavis
Ohio University Future
Dec 05, 2016
Club Holiday Party
Music By Jaz Muscian Bob Thompson
Photo Albums