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We Meet Mondays at 12 Noon
Ohio University Inn
331 Richland Ave
Athens, OH  45701
United States
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Dr. Howell-Ohio Health Oncology
Oct 23, 2017
New Oncology and Radiation healthcare in Athens
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Oct 30, 2017
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Nov 06, 2017
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Nov 13, 2017
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The 31st Indo-American Friendship Dinner is coming up soon:  Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 5 PM - 8 PM in Baker Center Ballroom.  The Indian Buffet Dinner will be catered again this year from Amol India in Columbus (including appetizer and desert).  There will also be a cash bar, a 30 minute cultural show and a silent auction.  Proceeds go to the Friends of India Endowment supporting students who would like to conduct research on India.  Many students have traveled to India through this foundation to promote their research endeavors. 
Ticket Details:  Adults: $35;  Children (4- 10): $15;  Student (over 10  yrs. age) [Perhaps limited No. tickets available]: $25;  Table of eight can be reserved for $280.
For tickets/reservations please contact:
Brian Collins, 740 597 2103, collinb1@ohio.edu
Vipin Koshal, vkoshal@gmail.com
Ashok Gupta, 740 707 9008, gupta@ohio.edu
Jatin Srivastava, jatinsri@gmail.com
Julie White, 740 593 1333, whitej@ohio.edu
or mail your request with check and with a self-addressed envelope (for sending the tickets to you)to:
Dr. Rajendar Koshal
Dr. Manjulika Koshal
7 Canterbury Drive
Athens, OH 45701-3708
Note:  Make checks payable to: OU Foundation with "Friends of India" on the memo line.
And finally: If anyone has any items they would like to donate to the silent auction, bring them to Our Noon Meeting and Rotarian Karen Vedder has volunteered that she will be happy to deliver them to Manju and Raj Koshal's home.
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!
With plenty of merchandise and plenty of shoppers, the June 3rd and 4th yard-sale brought in over $5,500 for the Rotary Foundation.   Sarah Baker, Rotary Foundation Chair, began planning the Yard-Sale Fundraiser way back in February and it grew into a huge community event.  A heartfelt "Thank You" to all who supported, donated items, and volunteered time to make it a big success.  Click on Photo Album here to see pictures taken by Don Fucci on the first day (Jun. 3) of the two-day event.  More pictures showing progress from beginning to end coming soon.
    Thanks to Sarah Baker for the picture and information in this post.
Special Olympics for Athens and the surrounding counties was held at Alexander H.S. field on Friday April 21, 2017. For over 10 years our club has been responsible for the Vector 2 Softball throw which included organizing the participants into small groups, showing them where and how to throw the softball, and marking and measuring the throwing distances. 
Present to help this year were Jody Harris and son Seth, Jan Garske, John Costanzo, Dave Diggle, Scott Malcom, and our photographer, Don Fucci.  Thanks to all who helped with this event.
See more of Don Fucci's Photographs of the event in this year's Special Olympics Photo Album.
  Thanks to Scott Malcom for the information in this post.