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The 2017 Annual Athens Rotary Holiday Party will occur on Monday evening, December 11th at the Ohio University InnJohn Horne (guitar) will perform during the social and dinner hours.  Sean Parsons (jazz pianist) & Jess Baldwin (vocalist) will provide the after-dinner entertainment. More about the entertainment here.
Here are the details…
WHO: Athens Rotary Members, Spouses & their guests
WHAT:     Annual Holiday Party
WHERE:   Ohio University Inn
WHEN:     Monday - December 11th, 2017
               6 PM Social Hour (Lindley Room)
               7 PM Dinner (Ballroom)
                   [Serving Chicken, Pork, or Veggie]
               ~8 PM Entertainment!
               ~9 PM Adjournment
ATTIRE:   Dressy (but not formal)
It is probably too late to sign-up...but you could try by contacting Dave Palmer directly with the number in your group and meal preferences.
Thanks to Dave Palmer and the Holiday Party Committee for organizing this event again this year.
John Horne (guitar) will perform during the social and dinner hours.
Originally from Pittsburgh PA guitarist and music teacher John Horne attended Duquesne University School of Music and now resides in Athens OH with his wife Melanie (also a music teacher and choral director) and their dogs Lena Horne and Sammy Davis, Jr. 
John teaches guitar methods and jazz improvisation classes for Ohio University and private guitar lessons for Athens Community Music School (ACMS) during the week and can often be found playing guitar at area venues on the weekends. 
John has also taught lessons and workshops for National Guitar Workshop and Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp and has partnered with area arts organizations to offer informances and residencies in local schools.
More information on John's work can be found at: www.johnhorneguitar.com
Sean Parsons & Jess Baldwin will perform during the program.
Sean Parsons is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator.  Originally from Illinois, Sean holds a Bachelor's degree in music composition from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master's degree in jazz studies from DePaul University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois.
Prior to his appointment at Ohio University, Sean has held faculty positions at Marshall University and Illinois Wesleyan University.  He is in demand as a performer and clinician nationwide.  Sean has been invited to direct several All-State and district big bands, combos, and vocal jazz ensembles and has shared the stage with many of the most notable musicians in jazz including Clark Terry, James Moody, Jon Faddis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Steve Turre, and Randy Brecker.  Additionally, he has regularly performed with and arranged for Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
Jess Baldwin's voice has been described as “world class,” “effortless,” and “pure beauty.” She performed on Mountain Stage in 2013, won Best Cover Song in the 2015 and 2017 Ohio Music Awards, and was a quarterfinalist in the 2015 and 2017 American Traditions Competitions. 
As an artist, her eclectic style melds indie and chamber pop with soul and jazz, living somewhere between Regina Spektor, Lake Street Dive, Becca Stevens, and Laura Mvula. 
More information on Jess can be found at: https://jessbaldwin.com/
“That was as good a show as could be seen anywhere in the world and it was right here in Marietta!!! Flawless!"
— Hunt Brawley, Peoples Bank Theatre.
“Jessica brings that rare combination of a high degree of technical skill and a palpable level of emotion to her vocalizations. She well understands and knows how to deliver the soul of a song. Simply stated: Pure Beauty."
— John Walsh, composer, The Fields of Gettysburg.
“Jessica is a world-class vocalist with an effortless, beautiful sound." — David Traugh, Emmy-winning composer.
     Thanks to Dave Palmer for this information.
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.)