Welcome to the Athens Rotary club!


Service Above Self

We Meet Mondays at 12 Noon
Ohio University Inn
331 Richland Ave
Athens, OH  45701
United States
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Left to Right: Shawna Stump, Jeanne Heaton, Diane McVey, Amrit Singh, Emilia Alonso Sameño, Mike Noel, Jody Harris, George Weckman, Channing McAllister, Janet Garske, Bruce Wentworth, Alan Boyd, and Scott Malcom.  Not shown: Ivan Arnold, John Burns, and Ellsworth Holden.
Sixteen Rotarians from our club received Paul Harris Fellow recognition in 2016.   The Awards were presented at our Holidays Party and those in attendance are shown above.
Each time a person's donations to The (International) Rotary Foundation accumulate to an additional $1000, they receive a pin honoring their contributions.  These donations help Rotary worldwide to:  promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies.  The Rotary Foundation's motto on giving is "$100 -- Every Rotarian/Every Year".  You can donate directly to The Rotary Foundation, or have $25 added to your quarterly billing through Treasurer, Dave Diggle.  These contributions are Tax Deductible.  Note:  A full list of our club's Paul Harris Fellows can be viewed on our web site here.
Thanks to all participants.
     Thanks to Rotary Foundation Chair, Sarah Baker, for the information in this post.
Great conversation, food and entertainment marked the 2016 Holidays Party.  Fellow Rotarian (and Club Photographer), Don Fucci, snapped photos throughout the evening.  Here are just a few, while many more can be seen by clicking on the "Holidays Party 2016" photo album.
Thanks go to the Holidays Party Committee consisting of:  Dave Palmer (Chair), Sarah Baker, Betsy Baringer, Mary Diles, Sheila Mark, Diane McVey, and Shawna Stump.
Terry Efaw will be entertaining members and Guests during the reception and dinner hour at the Athens Rotary Club's Annual Holidays Party on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at the Ohio University Inn beginning at 6 PM.
Terry Efaw, Guitarist
Terry’s musical Journey began at the age of 13.  He was introduced to a friend of his father, the Legendary Athens guitarist Ron Scott.  He was fortunate enough to have Ron take him under his wing as he really didn't give out lessons.  Ron’s style was based in jazz and chordal modes, so Terry learned a lot about chord work, phrasing, etc. 
From there, Terry became aware of Chet Atkins.  At the age of 19, Terry was the fortunate winner of the coveted Chet Atkins Guitar Festival, which was an annual event held for amateurs nationwide and some from other countries. 
The Annual Athens Rotary Holidays Party for Athens Rotary Members and their spouses and guests will occur on Monday evening, December 5th at the Ohio University Inn. This year’s entertainment will feature the well respected jazz pianist Bob Thompson (See below). And guitarist Terry Efaw will join us to set the mood during the reception and dinner.  Click here to see event information.
 Bob Thompson
Sheri Huckleberry
Assistant Professor, Recreation and Sport Pedagogy, Ohio University
Welcome to our newest Rotarian, pictured with President Emilia Alonso Sameño (on left).  Dr. Sheri Huckleberry holds the B.S. in Sport Science from the University of Connecticut.  She holds the M.S.P.E. in Athletic Administration and the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Educational Research and specialization in Coaching Education, both from Ohio University. Dr. Huckleberry teaches courses in the coaching education program.  Her research focuses on the commitment and self-efficacy of youth sport coaches and the impact of deliberate play on the retention of youth sport participants. Recently she has been involved with the Sport and Development project in Ecuador that is part of Ohio’s Tropical Disease Institute and the Healthy Living Initiative. 
Sheri has been in Athens since 2007.  She helped to start the women’s soccer program at OU.  She is interested in International Service and in giving children in our area exposure to other cultures.
   Picture and information provided by Sheila Mark.
Athens Rotary Club's Award Policy recognizes 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 two awards are to be presented at the Annual Meeting.  Therefore, the Athens Rotary Board requests nominations for these awards.
The Award Policy, and Nomination Forms (MS Word docs) 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 award: "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.