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Dr. Lynn Harter receives 2017 Community Service Person of the Year Award
The "Athens Rotary Club Community Service Person of the Year Award" is given to an Athens community member who exemplifies fellowship and the ideals of Rotary as interpreted by the Rotary Motto "Service Above Self". 
The 2017 Award was presented to Dr. Lynn Harter (on the right) by her nominator, Susan Barga, at the Annual Holiday Party on Dec. 11, 2017.   Dr. Harter is a Professor in the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication and co-director of the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact.
Dr. Harter received the award for her outstanding work that raised awareness and knowledge about the fight against childhood cancer here in Athens Ohio.
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and is represented by a gold ribbon.  Dr. Harter rallied the engagement of the Athens County community to join in the national "Turn it Gold" or "Go Gold" movement in the fight against childhood cancer.    In 2015-16 the Athens High School community worked together on a "Turn it Gold" Football Weekend.  Athens High Students raised thousands of dollars for one of their own who was fighting cancer and presented her with the gift on their "Turn it Gold" Weekend. 
The Campaign continued to 2017 and Ohio University joined the "Turn it Gold" movement.  In Fall 2017 there was an Ohio University Bobcat "Turn it Gold" Weekend in support of the fight against childhood cancer.   It was very uplifting to behold the depth and scope of the community involvement.  As Susan Barga said in her nomination: "Uptown Athens had bows on every post.  Business's had giving boxes and kids wore special T-shirts.  The entire community benefited from the goodwill this program gave us.  It educated our children, students engaged in fundraising, and people were helping people." 
Lynn Harter and colleague, Evan Shaw, produced a short documentary film on the "Turn it Gold" movement entitled Going Gold.  View the documentary film and read more about the local involvement in the "Go Gold" movement on the WOUB Digital web pages:  Athens High School and Ohio University Organize "Go Gold" Initiative for Childhood Cancer.  
Thank you Dr. Lynn Harter and thank you Athens Community!
 
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Sarah Baker named 2017 Athens Rotarian of the Year
The "Athens Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year" is reserved for the club member who best exemplifies the fellowship and the ideals of Rotary as interpreted in the Rotary motto, "service above self". 
The 2017 Award was presented to Sarah Baker for her extraordinary leadership and enthusiasm while serving as Rotary Foundation Chair.  In particular, for her organizing an amazing indoor Yard Sale Fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation.
Recognizing the need for a big fundraiser, Sarah started planning early in 2017.  She announced to the Club in February that she had planned a Rotary Foundation Yard Sale Fundraiser for June 3rd and 4th!  This was not going to be an ordinary yard sale.  It was to be a large indoor yard sale and she would provide the venue.   It would take place at her farm about 4.5 mi SE of Athens on Angel Ridge Road in her large riding-horse arena.  Most items would not be priced, but the buyer would pay what they felt the item was worth to them. 
From mid-April she started collecting items for the yard sale donated by Rotarians and others and storing them in her horse arena.  Sarah sought support for the yard sale in the newspapers, with posters in store fronts, meeting with local leaders, businesses and other organizations.  On May 19th The Athens Messenger ran an article entitled “Not Your Average Yard Sale”.  The Rotary Foundation Yard Sale Fundraiser had become a huge Community Event. 
Sarah worked tirelessly from mid-April to the date of the event.  Collecting items to be sold, signing up Rotarians (and often their spouses) to work on the big task of sorting donated items and arranging items on the many display tables and clothes-racks for the sale.  And then there was the tearing down of it all after the two-day Yard Sale was over.  Many Rotarians and their spouses helped in the set-up, managing things at the two-day sale, and tear-down and clean-up after the event.
How much of a Community Event was it?  A Thank You message titled “It’s Amazing What We Can Do Together” appearing in the The Athens Messenger in early July listed 21 Businesses that made In-Kind Donations and 57 Businesses Whose Employees Donated Items to be sold.  On the day of the Yard Sale the floor of the horse arena was full of items.  Here is an album of photos taken on the first day of the Yard Sale.
This community effort made over $5,500 during the two-day event.  All proceeds will be contributed to the Rotary Foundation supporting their effort to eradicate polio worldwide.
Thank you Sarah Baker, and thank you Athens Community!
 
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Split the Pot Contest #34
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on December 18th was once again the pooling players at Dave Palmer's table.   Don Fucci represented the table to collect the weekly split of $18, but was unsuccessful in cutting the Joker from the deck, drawing the Two of Hearts.   The accumulated pot will start at $524 when we next meet after the holidays with  29 cards remaining in the deck.
 
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on December 4th was Jan Garske.   Jan collected the weekly split of $20, but she missed out on the accumulated pot when she cut the Ace of Spades instead of the Joker from the deck.   The contest will continue on December 18th with $506 in the accumulated pot and  30 cards remaining in the deck.
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on November 27th was Jeanne Heaton.   She collected the weekly split of $21, but failed in her attempt to cut the Joker from the deck, drawing instead, the Jack of Hearts.   So, the contest continues with $486 in the accumulated pot with  31 cards remaining in the deck.
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on November 20th was Mike Noel.   Mike collected the weekly split of $21, but failed in his attempt to cut the Joker from the deck when he drew the Queen of Hearts.   So, the contest continues with $465 in the accumulated pot with  32 cards remaining in the deck.
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on November 13th was once again the pooling players at Dave Palmer's table.   Dave represented the table to collect the weekly split of $23, but was unsuccessful in cutting the Joker from the deck, drawing the King of Clubs.   The accumulated pot will start at $424 next meeting with  33 cards remaining in the deck.
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on November 11th was Pete Couladis.   Pete collected the weekly split of $25, but failed in her attempt to cut the Joker from the deck, drawing instead, the Ten of Diamonds.   So, the contest continues with $401 in the accumulated pot with  34 cards remaining in the deck.
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on October  30th was Sheila Mark.   She collected the weekly split of $23, but failed in her attempt to cut the Joker from the deck, drawing instead, the Three of Clubs.   So, the contest continues with $376 in the accumulated pot with  35 cards remaining in the deck.
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on October 23rd was Guy Philips.   Guy collected the weekly split of $25, but failed to cut the Joker from the deck, drawing the Jack of Clubs.   The accumulated pot will start at $353 next meeting with  36 cards remaining in the deck.
 
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on October 16th was Roger Rollins.   Roger collected the weekly split of $19, but failed to cut the Joker from the deck, drawing the Queen of Clubs.   The accumulated pot will start at $328 next meeting with  37 cards remaining in the deck.
 
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on September 9th was once again the pooling players at Dave Palmer's table (for the seventh time during the current contest!).   Mike Carpenter represented the table to collect the weekly split of $18, but was unsuccessful in cutting the Joker from the deck, drawing the Nine of Hearts.   The accumulated pot will start at $309 next meeting with  38 cards remaining in the deck.
 
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on October 2nd was Paul Cadamagnani.   Paul collected the weekly split of $25, but failed to cut the Joker from the deck, drawing the Seven of Spades.   The accumulated pot will start at $291 next meeting with  39 cards remaining in the deck
 
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on September 25th was Ed Peterson.   Ed collected the weekly split of $19, but failed to cut the Joker from the deck, drawing the Six of Diamonds.   The accumulated pot will start at $266 next meeting with  40 cards remaining in the deck
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on September 18th was Ann Poling.   Ann collected the weekly split of $19,  but failed to cut the Joker from the deck, drawing the 2 of Diamonds.   The accumulated pot will start at $247 next meeting with  41 cards remaining in the deck.
 
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on August 28th was once again the pooling players at Dave Palmer's table (for the sixth time in the eleven drawings of the current contest!).   Bob Barcikowski represented the table to collect the weekly split of $22, but was unsuccessful in cutting the Joker from the deck, drawing the Six of Clubs.   The accumulated pot will start at $228 next meeting with  42 cards remaining in the deck.
 
 
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on August 14th was Karen Vedder.   Karen donated  back the weekly split of $22, but failed to cut the Joker from the deck, drawing the Five of Spades.   The accumulated pot will start at $185 next meeting with  44 cards remaining in the deck.
 
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on August 7th was, once again, the pooling players at Dave Palmer's table.   Don Fucci represented the table and collected the weekly split of $23, but was unsuccessful in cutting the Joker from the deck, drawing the Ten of Spades.   The accumulated pot will start at $163 next meeting with  46 cards remaining in the deck.
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on July 31 was Dave Diggle.   Dave collected the weekly split of $23, but failed to cut the Joker from the deck, drawing the Three of Diamonds.   The accumulated pot will start at $140 next meeting with  46 cards remaining in the deck.
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on July 24th was Bruce Wentworth.   Bruce collected the weekly split of $23, but failed to cut the Joker from the deck, drawing the Two of  Spades.   The accumulated pot will start at $117 next meeting with  47 cards remaining in the deck
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on July 17th was, for the third week in a row, the pooling players at Dave Palmer's table.   Don Fucci represented the table and collected the weekly split of $20, but was unsuccessful in cutting the Joker from the deck, drawing the King of Diamonds.   The accumulated pot will start at $94 next meeting with  48 cards remaining in the deck
 
After a 2 week hiatus, the winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on July 10th was once again the pooling players at Dave Palmer's table.   Don Fucci once again represented the table and collected the weekly split of $20, but his luck in cutting the Joker from the deck of cards was no better this week, drawing the 8 of Hearts.   The accumulated pot will start at $74 next meeting with  49 cards remaining in the deck
 
 
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on June 19th was  the pooling players at Dave Palmer's table.   Don Fucci represented the table and collected the weekly split of $21, but was unsuccessful in cutting the Joker from the deck of cards, drawing the 7 of Diamonds.   The accumulated pot will start at $54 next meeting with  50 cards remaining in the deck.
 
 
 
A new Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest started on June 5, 2017.   The weekly winner was Kathy Hill.   Kathy collected the weekly split of $15, but failed to find the Joker and instead drew the 8 of  Spades from the full deck of cards.   The accumulated pot will start at $15 next meeting with  52 cards remaining in the deck.
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