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Ohio University Inn
331 Richland Ave
Athens, OH  45701
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Mark your calendars because you will want to attend this free grand opening that will include a Live and Silent Auction, Self-Guided Tours of the new space, a Cash Bar, Hors d’oeuvres, and more!  See their expanded 4,000+ square foot lobby and the brand new Education and Community Center at 30 Public Square.  And feel proud that your Athens Rotary Foundation provided $50,000 in support for the remodeling project.
  Credits:  The Photo is from the Stuart's Opera House website, and thanks to Diane McVey for bringing my attention to the event.
As you may remember Sarah Baker was awarded our 2017 Athens Rotary Rotarian of the Year Award for her work on the Yard Sale Fundraiser Project.
Now our Board is seeking nominations for the 2017 Athens Rotary Community Member of the Year  Award.  You are encouraged to nominate someone who, although not a Rotarian, has exhibited the values espoused in the Four Way Test.
You can download this year's nomination form from our web-pages HERE.  Fill-out the MS Word form and send (as an attachment) to President Mike Noel at mike.noel5050@gmail.com.
Please get right on this because we are getting our request for nominations out late this year!
    Thank You!
A little history (adapted from Nov.27, 2015 story):  The Rotary Club of Athens has been hosting Food Baskets for the Community for at least 11 years.  Susan Urano started with food baskets sponsored by Rotarians and Kroger at Christmas time served to families in conjunction with The Salvation Army.  Since 2008 it has been Thanksgiving Food Baskets sponsored by Rotarians and Walmart for families in conjunction with The Athens County Children's Services (ACCS).  Twenty-seven  families were served in 2008 and it grew slowly to 32 families in 2012.  In 2013, we applied for, and received, a matching grant of $1000 from our Rotary District which, with the help of donations from Rotarians and Walmart, allowed us to serve 50 local families in conjunction with ACCS.  We continued to serve Fifty local families in a similar way each year from 2014 thru 2016.
We are planning to do the same this year!  Besides fundraising, organization, and scheduling, this project requires allot of carrying and packing.  So get ready to roll up your sleeves and help our Community Service Committee and Betsy Baringer in the coming weeks...
President Mike Noel has made our club a part of an international Rotary project that collects used crutches, walkers, and other mobility devices and ships them to developing countries where they are given (free) to people who need them.  Learn more about the international project here: Crutches 4 Africa.
Mike has been collecting crutches, walkers, etc. that members donate at our weekly meetings and he also used the recent District Meeting to collect from District members.  After returning from the District Meeting, Mike announced we have collected our first truck load (see above).  Please continue to bring to our noon meeting any used crutches, walkers, or other mobility assisting devices you wish to donate to the project.  View more photos here: Our Crutches 4 Africa Project.
    Photos provided by Mike Noel.
The International Rotary Foundation continues to collect emergency relief funds to help the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the Earthquakes in Mexico.  Here is a link to a Rotary website providing ways to donate to these specific funds helping victims along the Gulf Coast of Texas, Louisiana and Florida, Puerto Rico and in Mexico:
  Thanks to Cita Strauss for first bringing this link to my attention.

The Athens Rotary Foundation is holding its 21-st Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 11-th at the Athens Country Club.  The profit raised from this event helps fund the projects, emphasizing the benefit of children, we support in Athens county.

Recently we helped build a handicapped accessible playground at the City's South Side Park; refurbished and remodeled the cabin at Camp Rotan; satisfied our $50,000 pledge to help rebuild the Athens High School football field and stadium; and 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.

It's support from community members like you that makes Athens a great place to live and raise children.  Please consider volunteering, being a sponsor, or participating in this year's event.

Become a Hole Sponsor ($125); Play ($125); Become a non-participating General Sponsor ($250); Become a participating Team Sponsor ($500); or simply Volunteer your services to help with the event (Free!).

Contact: Foundation President and Golf Chair,  Channing McAllister (740-592-4882).

(Credit: Photo by Don Fucci, from the 19-th Annual Golf Event.)

The following letter from Rotary International was received by President Mike Noel following the unexpected death of RI President-elect, Sam Owori. 
From Ian Riseley, RI President, 2017-18:

Dear fellow Rotarians,

There has been an outpouring of heartfelt messages since President-elect Sam’s passing last week. Rotarians and members of the public have been sharing memories and recalling how Sam inspired them through his hard work as a Rotarian and as a dedicated civil servant. It is clear that his impact and legacy were felt worldwide.

There will be a service for Sam on Friday, 21 July, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, Texas. Friends in the area are encouraged to visit. Funeral services in Uganda are currently being planned.

Memorial contributions in honor of Sam will be directed to the Sam F. Owori Memorial to Polio. This fund has been established to honor his commitment to Rotary’s polio eradication efforts. Sam was a member of both the Africa Regional PolioPlus Committee and the International PolioPlus Committee. You can make online contributions to the fund here.

The 2017-18 nominating committee will select a new president-elect, in addition to the president-nominee, during its scheduled meeting in early August.

Thank you all for your continued support during this difficult time.


Ian Riseley

Rotary International President, 2017-18

Rotary had a night-out with family and friends supporting our local Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball team "The Southern Ohio Copperheads".  On this night the Copperheads shut-out "The Licking County Settlers" by a score of 9-0!  More great photos of Rotarians, family and friends taken by Don Fucci during the event can be viewed in the photo album here!