Posted by Roger Rollins on Dec 10, 2017
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.
 
No Noon Meeting but...Holiday Party is Monday Evening! Roger Rollins 2017-12-10 05:00:00Z 0
Split the Pot Contest #34 John M. Miller 2017-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Nov 29, 2017
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/
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
“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.
 
Holiday Party Entertainment Roger Rollins 2017-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Nov 18, 2017
 
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.
 
Grand Opening at Stuart's Opera House Dec. 7 Roger Rollins 2017-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Holiday Party is Dec. 11 Roger Rollins 2017-11-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Nov 05, 2017
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!
 
Seeking Nominations for Community Member of the Year Roger Rollins 2017-11-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Oct 29, 2017
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...
 
Fifty Local Families To Receive Thanksgiving Food Baskets again This Year Roger Rollins 2017-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Oct 14, 2017
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.
 
31st Annual Indo-American Friendship Dinner: Nov. 4 Roger Rollins 2017-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Oct 07, 2017
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.
 
Our Crutches-for-Africa Project Underway Roger Rollins 2017-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Oct 01, 2017
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.
 
Rotary Helps Recent Disaster Victims Roger Rollins 2017-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Aug 27, 2017

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.)

21st Annual Rotary Charity Golf Scramble: Sept. 11 Roger Rollins 2017-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jul 21, 2017
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!
 
Copperheads-Rotary Social Event Photos (July 12, 2017) Roger Rollins 2017-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jul 21, 2017
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:
 
Rotary.orgRotary.org

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.
 

Sincerely,

Ian Riseley

Rotary International President, 2017-18

 
Sam F. Owori Memorial to Polio Fund Established Roger Rollins 2017-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jul 09, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, Rotary heads to Bob Wren stadium to cheer on the Copperheads at 7:00 p.m.!

Please RSVP either at the Rotary Meeting tomorrow (July 10), or by contacting Tara.Gilts@ohiohealth.com or (419) 356.8524. 

When you RSVP please include the name of each person attendinga meal choice for each attendee, and the total number of Copperheads tickets you need for your party. Meal options include: Pulled Pork Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Hamburger, or Vegetarian option. Members will only be billed for guest game tickets. 

Dinner will be served from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the tables near the third base line.

          Thanks to Tara Gilts for the information in this post.

 

Rotary Copperheads Night, Wed. July 12 Roger Rollins 2017-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jul 01, 2017
Our District Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference will be held at Ohio University (again this year), July 20 -- 22, 2017.  You can find out more about RYLA and the conference on the District Web Site: http://rotary6690.org/get-involved/ryla/
  
Roe Mauro, a District Contact Person for the Conference, has placed the call for Volunteers.  Particularly needed are volunteers to help with:
Thursday Registration (Slots now filled, Thanks!)
Thursday Luggage Handlers  (Slots now filled, Thanks!)
Friday Dance Chaperones
Overnight Chaperones
 
Go to their online sign up sheet here:  SIGN UP!
 
Contact person: Brandon Elliot,  New Generations Chair & Pres. Elect
     
Volunteers Needed for RYLA Conference Roger Rollins 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
No Meeting Mon. July 3 Roger Rollins 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jun 06, 2017
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.
 
Rotary Yard-Sale Fundraiser a Success! Roger Rollins 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jun 04, 2017
Shoppers Arrive
Shoppers arrive at 7 am on Saturday.  
It was a very successful day, and now, (noon Sunday) the sale re-opens, and continues until 6 pm. 
 
What is left over will need to be boxed up for pick-up by ReStore.  All Bedrock Rental tables need to be cleared and stacked to be returned to them.  Thank you all for a very successful, fun weekend.
 
Please!  Everyone is encouraged to try to find some time Monday after our meeting to go to the Yard Sale site (EMBE Acres, 4515 Angel Ridge Rd.) to help pack things up to be taken away!
 
  Thanks to Sarah Baker for the picture and information in this post.
 
The Great Yard-Sale Fundraiser is Happening Now! Roger Rollins 2017-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
Reminders: No Meeting May 29! ...Help needed for Yard Sale Fundraiser! Roger Rollins 2017-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Split the Pot Contest #33 John M. Miller 2017-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on May 21, 2017
Our President-Elect, Mike Noel, spent most of his Saturday transporting SEPTA residents and picking up, then arranging, donations in the arena so that we can begin sorting. Anyone who can help sort items from NOW until the sale, please call Sara Baker (740-592-3623) and volunteer to go to 4515 Angel Ridge Road. Our sale really is HUGE!
 
Note:  Read the great Athens Messenger article on our Yard Sale Fundraiser by clicking:  "Not Your Average Yard Sale".  Then volunteer to help as suggested above.
 
Questions?  Contact Rotary Foundation Chair Sarah Baker, bakersarahlouise@gmail.com
 
Helping Hands Needed Now Roger Rollins 2017-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on May 07, 2017
Athens Rotary says " Thank You to all the volunteers who help collect items and delivered them to EMBE Acres during ReStore's OU Student Move OUt event."  See photos taken at the event: Photo Album of Collection Event.
 
Now, back to the main event.  Volunteers needed pre-sale (June 2), during-sale (June 3 & 4), and after-sale cleanup (June 5).  Sign-up three ways:
  1. Sign-Up Sheet at Monday Noon Meetings.
  2. Use our Online Link: AthensRotarySignUpLink
  3. Call Sara Baker: 740-592-EMBE (3623).
Questions?  Contact Rotary Foundation Chair Sarah Baker, bakersarahlouise@gmail.com
 
Rotary Yard Sale Fundraiser in Just Four Wks Roger Rollins 2017-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Apr 30, 2017
Donations continue to accumulate for our HUGE Fundraiser on June 3 and June 4 for The Rotary Foundation.  Please pass the word verbally and by digitally sharing this picture on Facebook, via email mass distribution, etc.  Let’s all help to get the word out to attract a huge crowd to enjoy a wide selection of yard sale finds!
 
Questions?  Contact Rotary Foundation Chair Sarah Baker, bakersarahlouise@gmail.com
 
Rotary Yard Sale Fundraiser coming up fast! Roger Rollins 2017-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Apr 27, 2017
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.
 
Rotarians Assist with Special Olympics Roger Rollins 2017-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Apr 23, 2017
Thank you to Ed Peterson and his neighbor for delivering racks (loaned by ReUse) and assembling them in Sarah's garage temporarily.  They will be moved into the arena for the sale.  Clothing will be organized by size and type.  Sale items will be organized on 30 tables from Bedrock Rentals. 
Many volunteers are needed pre-sale/during sale/post-sale!
 
To volunteer, click on: AthensRotarySignUpLink
 
 Sign up for a day and time slot that works for you.  
We need a great deal of help setting the sale up on Friday.  
We need help during the sale on Sat. and Sun.
then clean up on Sun. evening and Monday if needed.
Thank you for participating!
 
Thanks to Jan Garske for the online sign-up sheet.  The sign up sheet is also available from our website!
 
Questions?  Contact Rotary Foundation Chair Sarah Baker, bakersarahlouise@gmail.com
Rotary Yard Sale Fundraiser June 3 and 4! Roger Rollins 2017-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Apr 22, 2017
 
We NEED volunteers for this HUGE Fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation on June 3rd & 4th at EMBE Acres (shown above).
 
To volunteer, just click on: AthensRotarySignUpLink
 
 Sign up for a day and time slot that works for you.  
We need a great deal of help setting the sale up on Friday.  
We need help during the sale on Sat. and Sun.
then clean up on Sun. evening and Monday if needed.
Thank you for participating!
 
Questions?  Contact Rotary Foundation Chair Sarah Baker, bakersarahlouise@gmail.com
 
Rotary Yard Sale Fundraiser June 3 & 4. Roger Rollins 2017-04-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Apr 16, 2017
Habitat For Humanity ReStore in Athens has agreed to help us collect items for our Rotary Foundation Yard Sale Fundraiser.

ReStore will set up a drop off location for students to leave things behind at The Athens Depot/123 W Union St (across the street from Star of India) the last weekend of April.  Our club will man the location, accepting donations for ReStore and for our June 3rd and 4th yard sale.   This will serve as our bi-annual commitment to help at ReStore.

Shifts together with volunteers so far...would like two people per shift:

Friday, April 28th   

 10am-1pm:  Michelle Wilson/Margy Kramer

 1pm-5pm:  Scott Malcom 

Sat.,  April 29th    

 10am-1pm: Emilia Alonso & Dave Ruble/Karen Vedder

 1pm-5pm: Ed Peterson 

Sun.  April 30th       

 10am-2pm: Chuck Atkins

So we need just three more volunteers to fill-out each shift.  Students living at the Athens Station Apartments can bring things to the parking area at the depot.  Flyers will be distributed prior to those dates to encourage drop off items.

A sign up sheet will be passed around again at our Monday Noon Meeting.  Thank you, Rotarians!
 
Questions?  Contact Rotary Foundation Chair, Sarah Baker at bakersarahlouise@gmail.com or 740-592-EMBE (3623)
 
Rotary Yard Sale Fundraiser VOLUNTEERS still NEEDED Roger Rollins 2017-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Feb 17, 2017
 
Spring will be here soon, and with it comes “Spring Cleaning”.  A June 3 yard sale is being planned to raise money for The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International to help us reach our annual goal of $7500 by 06-30-17. (To-date, we are at $3703).
 
Ladies/Gentleman of Rotary and Your Spouses – please start thinking of things you can donate toward this sale – (Items that would normally be taken to Goodwill, New-To-You, and ReUse).
 
The “uniqueness” of this sale will be that items will not be priced, but rather “Pay What The Item Is Worth To You”.  Not pricing items will be a real time-saver, and studies have shown that oftentimes this leads to more profit.  We are even going to take credit/debit cards.
 
Location: EMBE Acres – 4515 Angel Ridge Road/Athens
(Indoor Arena and Plenty of Parking)
 
You may bring things to Rotary meetings and Sarah Baker
will take them to the farm to store for the sale. 
Or, you may deliver things to EMBE Acres.
 
Our success will result from:
Lots of Donations from You & Widespread Advertising
 
Questions can be emailed to Rotary Foundation Chair Sarah Baker:
 
Rotary Yard Sale Fundraiser Planned Roger Rollins 2017-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Feb 07, 2017
The slate of officers for Rotary-year 2017-2018 (term starts July 1, 2017):
 
President: Mike Noel
President Elect: Brandon Elliott
Secretary: Ed Peterson
Treasurer: Dave Diggle
Past President: Emilia Alonso-Sameño
Club Service: Tara Gilts
Vocational Service: Tom Gibbs
Community Sevice: Tom Pyle
New Generations: Brandon Elliott
International Service Coordinator: Cita Strauss
 
Thanks to President Emilia Alonso-Sameño for providing the above information.
 
 
Slate of Officers for Next Rotary-year Roger Rollins 2017-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jan 13, 2017
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.
 
Paul Harris Fellows Awards in 2016 Roger Rollins 2017-01-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Dec 09, 2016
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.
 
 
Moments Captured at our Holidays Party Roger Rollins 2016-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Nov 27, 2016
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. 
Terry Efaw, Guitarist, also entertaining at Holidays Party Roger Rollins 2016-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Nov 13, 2016
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jazz Pianist to play at Annual Holidays Party Roger Rollins 2016-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Oct 31, 2016
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.
Newest Member: Sheri Huckleberry Roger Rollins 2016-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Oct 22, 2016
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 Peterson, 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.
Nominations for "Rotarian" and "Community Member" of the Year Roger Rollins 2016-10-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Oct 14, 2016
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.
The Bellamaria Potable Water Project Roger Rollins 2016-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Tour Little Fish Brewery Roger Rollins 2016-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Aug 20, 2016
Heads-Up… or more appropriately, Fore! 
 
The 20-th Annual Athens Rotary Charity Golf Tournament (Scramble) will be held on Sept. 12 at the Athens Country Club.  The event will begin immediately after a brief version of our weekly Noon-Meeting, that will also be held (that day) at the Athens Country Club.
The profit raised from this event (The Athens Rotary Foundation's only fundraiser) helps fund the many projects in Athens County supported by the Athens Rotary Foundation.  Recent examples are:  The handicapped accessible playground at the City's South Side Park; refurbished and remodeled the cabin at Camp Rotan; satisfied our $50,000 pledge to rebuild the Athens High School football field and stadium; and we 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.
If you would like to play in the Tournament, be a Non-Participating Sponsor, or volunteer to help with the event contact either:
 
Tournament Chair: Channing McAllister (740) 592-4882
Foundation President: Karin Harvey (740) 593-5097
 
Annual Rotary Golf Tournament: Sept. 12 Roger Rollins 2016-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jul 25, 2016
Rotarians, with family and friends attending the Rotarian/Copperheads baseball game.  The Copperheads are the local team in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.  More great photos taken by our Club Photographer, Don Fucci, can be found in the photo album here.
 
Copperheads Game Social Event Photos (July 21, 2016) Roger Rollins 2016-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jun 20, 2016
Worstell Scholarship Awards
 
  Emily McCulloch, Nelsonville York        $2,800
  Blue Kennedy, Alexander                    $2,300
  Meghan Trout, Alexander                   $1,500
 
Gawande Scholarship Awards:
 
  Hannah Johnson, Nelsonville York       $2,000
  Winter Wilson, Athens High School     $2,000
  Laura Young, Athens High School       $1,100
  Tyler Martin, Alexander                       $1,100
 
The Athens Rotary Scholarship Committee consists of Alan Boyd, Ed Peterson, Cita Strauss, Karen Vedder, Rich Vedder and John M. Miller.
 
   Thanks to John Miller for the information in this story.
 
2016-2017 Athens Rotary Scholarship Awards Roger Rollins 2016-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jun 15, 2016
  Bob Barcikowski has been released from the hospital in Columbus directly to a Rehab Facility also in Columbus.  For those wishing to visit or send Bob notes of encouragement, his address is:
Update...: I just learned that Bob will be released from the Rehab Facility in Columbus on Thur., June 16.
 
Update June 20:  Bob had a setback and was taken back to Riverside Hospital in Columbus late Sunday night, June 19.
 
Update June 27:  Bob was released from Riverside Hospital and is now back home in Athens.
 
19 Canterbury Dr
Athens, OH 45701
 
Temporary address for Bob Barcikowski Roger Rollins 2016-06-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jun 04, 2016
dictionaries-delivered-to-amesville-elementary
  Athens Rotary has a special relationship with Amesville Elementary (See story on our Amesville Library Project).  Linda Cochran, Volunteer Library Coordinator at Amesville Elementary School, and Diane McVey distributed the Rotary Dictionaries to both Third-Grade Classes during their regular library time just a few weeks ago.  The 3rd grade teachers are Karli McGrain and Bethany Burley.  Students were excited about receiving them and show their appreciation in the photo above (Karli McGrain's class).  Other pictures (including Bethany's class) can be found in the photo album here.

  Although most of the Rotary Dictionaries were distributed earlier in the 2015-2016 school year, as reported earlier, Linda and the teachers had suggested waiting until the end of the school year so each child had a book of their own for the summer.  A story is always read to every class at the start of their library time so there was the opportunity to discuss the Dictionary and each student was shown where to write their name on the Rotary bookplate.
 
  The library depends totally on volunteers to have it open four days each week during the school year and on Thursdays during the summer months (same day as food is distributed).  If any Rotarian would like to be a regular volunteer, please contact Linda Cochran, or Diane McVey to get connected.
 
  Thanks to Diane McVey for the information and pictures included in this story.
 
Dictionaries Delivered to Amesville Elementary 3rd Grade Roger Rollins 2016-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on May 28, 2016
Fellow Rotarian, Harry Kaneshige, Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at Ohio University, passed away at his home in the early morning of Thursday May 26, 2016.  Harry joined Rotary in 2006 and was a very faithful attendee of our weekly meetings and participated generously in club activities.
 
He was born and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, and gave a memorable presentation at one of our noon meetings that included his eyewitness memories of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the immediate local aftermath.  Harry was 12 yrs. old at the time of the attack and was still in bed at about 8:00am that morning when he awoke to popping firecracker-like sounds and Coast artillery... 
 
If pressed to do so, Harry would proudly tell you he graduated from the Punahou School in Honolulu, and then quietly mention that President Obama later graduated from the same High School. 
 
Harry's soft-spoken presence and his generous service to our club and community will certainly be missed.  I include a few photos from his recent Rotary service below.
In Memory of Harry Kaneshige Roger Rollins 2016-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Weekly Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Split-the-Pot Contest #32 Results John Miller 2016-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
The board has approved details and language for a new membership designed specifically for spouses and partners of current members. It is our goal to encourage family participation and share the Family of Rotary.  We look forward to welcoming the special people in your life to the Rotary Club of Athens so that they may serve your community and world along with you.  Below you will find the official language to the addendum that we will be voting on, but here are some key points:
 
1. Spouses or partners will become regular Rotarians and will pay full dues, but will only pay for meals when they are in attendance. 
2. Spouses and partners will be welcome to join in all Rotary events and roles for the club, the district and beyond; chair committees; and attend board meetings. 
3. Of a potential dissolution occurs or the active member sponsoring the spouse/partner member leaves the club, the spouse or partner member will be allowed to move to a regular active membership with no new membership fees or application.
 
If you have questions regarding this new membership before the vote, please contact Jackie Collins at jcollin4@amfam.com or 740-592-4496.  Votes will be taken by paper ballot.  The membership option will pass if two thirds of the Rotarians present at the business meeting vote yes.  If you would like to vote by absentee ballot, please contact us to request a ballot via email. 
 
New Membership Passed by Vote On May 2, 2016 2016-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on May 06, 2016
Keith Wasserman told this story as the Invocation at a recent noon meeting.  Karen Vedder ask Keith to send his invocation to Past-President Jackie Collins so that it could be shared more widely on our web pages... 
 
Rotary Invocation
April 25, 2016
Keith Wasserman
==============
 
In 1930, Herbert Taylor went searching for a code for ethical business relationships for his company Club Aluminum.
 
I searched through many books for the answer to our need, but the right phrases eluded me, so I did what I often do when I have a problem I can't answer myself: I turn to the One who has all the answers. I leaned over my desk, rested my head in my hands and prayed. After a few moments, I looked up and reached for a white paper card. Then I wrote down the twenty-four words that had come to me:
 
He called it the 4-way test of things we think, say or do:
 
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it bring good will and better friendships?
Is it beneficial to all concerned?
 
In 1940, when he was the International Director of Rotary, he offered his company’s four-way test to Rotary International. Never changed, the 24 word 4-way test remains a central part of the permanent Rotary structure around the world.
 
And these are the very values we practice; that make us Rotarians (and the reason I participate in Rotary).
 
On an average day, I don’t meet very many people who live by these values.
 
Truth matters.
Fairness matters.
Good will and better friendships matter.
Considering others more important than ourselves matter.
 
The Rotary test is not some set of questions we lay out prior to each decision we make to build a very unique park, develop a community fountain or give dictionaries out (although it is)….
 
Indeed, the four-way test is something we carry in the pocket of our soul, isn’t it? It becomes a way of looking at the world for Rotarians. It is what sets us a part.  Many groups do good things. Many groups do service in their community. Many groups build things but Rotarians do it with a particular philosophy in mind:  truth matters, fairness matters, good will and better friendship matter to us and doing things beneficial to all concerned matters.   Remember, according to Herbert Taylor, it is the four-way test of things we think, say or do.
 
The Origin of the 4-Way Test and its Relevance to Rotary...and Beyond Roger Rollins 2016-05-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane McVey on May 02, 2016
The Athens Rotary Foundation Board decided at the April 29, 2016 meeting to offer a paid scholarship to a Rotarian for the upcoming 2016-17 class of Leadership Athens County (LAC).  This program was launched in 2006 by the Athens Foundation with support from the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, the Voinovich School of Ohio University, the Columbus Foundation and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation.
 
Leadership Athens County begins its tenth class this year.  The nine-month program begins with an overnight retreat September 15 & 16 at the Inn at Cedar Falls.  The class of typically 18-20 (Maximum is 25) meets each month to explore various aspects of Athens’ economic, political, social and cultural landscape with the goal of developing informed citizens and future leaders.
 
The scholarship ($750) will cover meals, snacks, room rentals for the sessions and reading materials.  It does not cover the initial Retreat overnight room accommodations or travel.
 
Ask anyone who has participated and they will report that it was an extremely meaningful experience.  Several Rotarians including Diane McVey and Tara Gilts are recent graduates and willing to answer questions.
 
The deadline for the September 2016 Class is NOW so anyone interested should immediately apply.  An application is available by contacting Jesse Stock, Program Director (740-594-6061 / jesse@athensfoundation.org) or Susan Urano, Director of the Athens Foundation.
 
Athens Rotary Club Offers LAC Scholarship -- Interested Rotarians Should Apply Immediately Diane McVey 2016-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Apr 26, 2016
Special Olympics for Athens and the surrounding counties was held at Alexander H.S. field on Friday April 22. For over 10 years our club has been responsible for the Vector 2 Softball throw. This year 7 Rotarians assisted in this event.
Dave Diggle was the leader who instructed all of the participants on throwing the ball, Jody Harris assisted by Scott Malcom ran the bullpen getting the throwers lined up, Sushi Gawande and two volunteers from Alexander HS did the marking of throws, and Alan Boyd with John Costanzo were in charge of the measurements. Don Fucci was our official photographer. Approximately 50 athletes participated in our section of the softball throw.   See more great pictures in the Special Olympics photo album.
   Thanks to Scott Malcom for the story and Don Fucci for the photographs.
 
Rotarians Assist at Special Olympics Again This Year Roger Rollins 2016-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Mar 27, 2016
Secretary Andrea Reik announced two new members joined our club:
  • Ms Kaitlyn Hixson - branch manager for the WesBanco Bank Inc.
  • Dr. James (Dick) Gaskell - Health Commissioner for the Athens City/County Health Department.
They were inducted officially into the Club at the meeting on Mar. 21, 2016. 
Welcome Two New Members Roger Rollins 2016-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Feb 15 Meeting Canceled Roger Rollins 2016-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Feb 06, 2016
January 29, 2016:  A healthy meal was enjoyed by 135+ area residents at the Good Works Friday Night Life dinner.  Betsy Baringer and Calvin James shopped for groceries.  Food was prepared by Chiefs Bob Troxel, Tom Pyle, and Bob Rymer.  Margy Kramer, Tara Gilts, Kerri Sheridan-Boyd, along with her husband and two daughters, Mike Noel, Kapil Bajaj and his wife, Jody and Seth Harris, and Sarah Baker helped with preparing the food trays and clean up.  The most important part of the evening was eating with and visiting among the attendees.  Thanks to all who gave money/time toward this very worthwhile project.
 
See more great photos from the dinner as a Photo Album on our web pages.
 
Thanks to Sarah Baker for the photos and information.
Friday Night Life Dinner with Good Works Roger Rollins 2016-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jan 09, 2016
NOTICE - The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (TRF)

Emails were sent to all members on Jan 8, providing new givers the opportunity to have a TRF donation of $25 added to each quarterly dues billing from Dave Diggle. Let’s help President Mario increase our club’s giving amount beginning this first quarter of 2016.

Furthermore, what is donated to TRF in 2016 will be matched by Sushi Gawande’s Club Recognition Points to double your money!  Thus, $100 given this year will give you $200 toward the $1000 Paul Harris Fellow recognition! 

Email bakersarahlouise@gmail.com with your sign up commitment or see Dave Diggle or Sarah Baker at our Monday Meeting.

$100, Every Rotarian, Every Year.

(Tax Deductable)
 
Important Message from Sarah Baker -- Rotary Foundation Chair Roger Rollins 2016-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jan 02, 2016
The "Athens Rotary Club Community Service 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 2015 Award was presented to Patty Mitchell by President Mario Grijalva at the Holiday Party on Dec. 7, 2015.
 
Patty Mitchell is an artist and social entrepreneur specializing in collaborations between artists with and without developmental disabilities. Her dream is to turn institutional and community settings into creative art-making spaces.
 
Patty Mitchell is the co-author (with Susan Dlouhy) of “Upcycling Sheltered Workshops” subtitled A Revolutionary approach to Transforming Workshops into Creative Spaces, Ohio University Press (Spring 2015) and her work is featured in the WOUB/PBS documentary  “Creative Abundance” (Spring 2015) -- a new film in the Courage of Creativity collection.
 
As they work through the art process, the participant’s talents and passions become evident and form the core of program design. Creativity and enthusiasm are the tools for developing a new culture and lifting expectations for what is possible. Sewing, woodworking, painting, photography, sculpture, giant puppetry, repurposed materials, and innovative approaches become public artworks/spectacle.
 
Ms. Mitchell has received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts; a “Tremendous Attainment” award from the Senate of the State of Ohio; an Ohioana Citation for Art and Education; an Individual Artist Award from the Ohio Arts Council; a Citizen of the Year Award from Civitan; a Eusebia Hunkins Award for Outstanding Service in the Arts; the Keystone Award from Ohio University for outstanding community service; and the Bryant True Local Hero award.
 
Patty received her BFA and MFA from Ohio University’s Fine Art Photography program, is the CEO of The Creative Abundance Group and a founding member of Honey for the Heart.
 
Patty has actively participated in bringing the community together through the arts.  This includes relationships between the schools, Ohio University faculty and students, community members, artist groups and members of those with disabilities to create and celebrate all that is Athens.  The month of October is a celebration of the arts, laughter, joy which culminates in the Honey for the Heart Parade.
 
Patty continues to examine and consider how to expand these activities in our community and possibly include summer camp programs.
 
Information Source:  Secretary Andrea Reik
Photo by:  Club Photographer Don Fucci
Patty Mitchell, receives "Athens Rotary Club Community Service Award" Roger Rollins 2016-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jan 02, 2016
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 2015 Award was presented to Karen Harvey by President Mario Grijalva at the Holiday Party on Dec. 7, 2015. 
 
Karen was described as a loyal, committed, very well organized, forward thinking and dependable club member.  Her Rotary activities along with her public service and local volunteer activities demonstrate a concern for the members of this community at all levels.
 
Rotary activities
●Karen Harvey joined Rotary in 1992.
●Harvey was President of the Athens Rotary Club in 1998.
●Harvey was Secretary/Board member of the Athens Rotary Club for 6 years, leaving the position in June 2014.
●Harvey has been a long standing member of the Athens Rotary Foundation Board which was incorporated in 1998.  Karen was President of Rotary at the time.  She has remained on the Foundation Board and became Chair of the Athens Rotary Foundation in July 2014.
●She has been a long-time annual volunteer/organizer for the Rotary Club Golf Fundraiser.
●She participated on the committee for the Athens Rotary Club 75th anniversary.
●Karen has been a mentor to new Board members including incoming President Diane McVey as well as Andrea Reik as incoming Secretary.
●Karen has assumed the role of Club historian – The members of the Rotary Board have utilized Karen’s history in the Club as well as her understanding of the operation of Rotary International.
●Karen is a regular volunteer at Club sponsored events including Habitat for Humanity, Gawande Garden Project, Friends of India dinner, District Governor’s Conference during Ram Gawande’s presidency as well as Camp Rotan.
●Karen also regularly participates in Rotary social events including Holiday Parties, Copperhead games and various Rotary get acquainted events.
 
In addition to her rotary service, she has been a long-time volunteer in many other local organizations and is well-known for her Public Service as
Athens County Commissioner (1977-1988) and Magistrate – Athens County Court of Common Pleas  (1989-2008).
 
Information Source:  Secretary Andrea Reik
Photo by:  Club Photographer Don Fucci
Karen Harvey named "Athens Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year" Roger Rollins 2016-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Dec 24, 2015
Athens Rotary's 3rd Grade Dictionary Project Report:   Ann Paulins, coordinator of the Athens Rotary Literacy Project, announces that 600 dictionaries were distributed to 3rd graders in Athens County.
Special thanks to Jan Garske and the Athens High School Rotaract Club for labeling the dictionaries with Rotary-logo nameplates.  Appreciation is extended to the following Rotarians who delivered the dictionaries: Besty Baringer (Alexander), Diane McVey (Amesville), Jodi Harris (Coolville), Alan Boyd (East), Karen Harvey (Morrison-Gordon), Jan Garske (Nelsonville-York), Susan Barge (The Plains), Ann Paulins (Trimble), and Josh Wise (West).
Six-Hundred Dictionarys Distributed to 3rd-Graders in Athens Co. Roger Rollins 2015-12-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Dec 15, 2015
Past-President Jackie Collins obtained her bachelors degree at Ohio University's Fall Commencement Ceremony held on Dec. 12, 2015 at the Convocation Center. She is pictured with husband Cam and son CJ. Her dad surreptitiously brought Jackie's mom who had open heart surgery three weeks ago. It was a heart warming rendezvous that touched all of us who witnessed Jackie's tears of surprise and joy. 
  Thanks to Karen Vedder for the photo and text for this post.
Congratulations Past-President Jackie! Roger Rollins 2015-12-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Nov 27, 2015
 
A little history:  The Rotary Club of Athens has been hosting Food Baskets for the Community for at least 9 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.  Last year, 2014, we received a $500 matching grant from our Rotary District, and $500 from our Rotaract Club which, with the help of Rotarians and Walmart, allowed us to serve 50 families with ACCS.
 
This year there were food baskets for 50 families (through ACCS) funded by a $500 matching grant from our Rotary District, over $1,200 in donations from Rotarians (envelope passed at lunch meetings), and $250 from Walmart. 
 
The Community Service Committee is responsible for spear-heading this project.  Tom Pyle, the current Chair of the Committee, and Betsy Baringer coordinated the details for this year's project (Betsy has been involved with this project for several years).    Besides fundraising, organization, and scheduling, this project requires allot of carrying and packing.  Many volunteers are needed and many thanks go out to all those who answered the call.
 
   On Sat. (11/21/15) Betsy Baringer and Tom Lazear picked up boxes from Walmart to store-overnight at the OU INN.  On Sun. (11/22/15) Betsy Baringer, Tom Lazear, Mary Diles, Ron Luce, Amrit Singh, Sheila and Max Mark, Sarah Baker, Tom and Kris Pyle, Dave Diggle and 10 volunteers from our Rotary Interact Club got food from Walmart, stored perishables in OU INN refrigeration, packed non-perishable items in boxes and decorated the boxes. 
 
On Monday morning (11/22/15) Betsy Baringer, Bruce Ergood, Cathy Hill, Dick Hogan and 6 additional ACCS workers moved perishables from OU INN refrigeration, and finished packing the 50 boxes.  They moved the packed boxes to cars for delivery.  
 
Thanks to Betsy Baringer and Sarah Baker for the information and photos in this story.  You can see more great photos of Rotarians at work on this project in the Thanksgiving 2015 Food Baskets photo album.
 
Fifty Local Families Receive Thanksgiving Food Baskets Roger Rollins 2015-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 30, 2015
The finale of the Amesville Elementary Library Project was held on October 28, 2015, at the Amesville Elementary Library, 23 Main St., Amesville, OH.  Shown in the photograph from Left to Right: Linda Cochran, Volunteer Librarian/Project Leader; Cathe Blower, Amesville Elementary Principal; George Wood, Federal Hocking Superintendent; Athena Brumfield, Amesville Elementary preschool student; Kerry Sheridan-Boyd, Rotarian/Amesville PTO; Raj Koshal, Rotarian/Friends of India; and Jackie Collins, Athens Rotary Club Past President.  See more pictures taken at the event in the photo album: http://www.athensohiorotary.org/PhotoAlbums/check-presentation-ceremony-for-amesville-elementary-library
 
The Amesville Elementary Library Project was a joint undertaking by the Athens Rotary Club and The Friends of India Endowment.  The $11,166 check included $5000 from the Athens Rotary Foundation and $6,166 from Friends of India.  It should be noted that the Amesville PTO also contributed through a local community grant and the full Library Enhancement Campaign raised over $20,000 to update and restore the Amesville Elementary School Library. 
 
Linda Cochran, who is retired from the Athens Public Libraries, leads the project which is now in its second year.  For example, she updated the book collection and enlisted volunteers to move shelves and furniture as well as staff the library.  Now the library is open from 10-1 on M-Th staffed totally by volunteers and herself.  Every class of students has a regular time scheduled each week to come to the library to listen to the reading of a book and to select books to check out for the week.
 
      Thanks to Diane McVey, Rotary Foundation Sec.; Raj Koshal; and Jackie Collins for the information and photos in this story.
Check Presentation Ceremony for Amesville Elementary School Library Roger Rollins 2015-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Oct 19, 2015
Secretary Andrea Reik wishes to encourage nominations for "Athens Rotary Club Community Member of the Year".
Just follow these steps:
  1. Click here to read the Athens Rotary Club Award Policy.
  2. Click here to download an Athens Rotary Club Community Member of the Year nomination form.
  3. Email the completed nomination form to Secretary Andrea Reik at areik@frontier.com before midnight, Nov 9. (Don't forget to attach your completed nomination form to your email.)
The recipient will be recognized at the Holiday Party.
 
Thank You!
Seeking Nominations for Community Member of the Year Roger Rollins 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Oct 17, 2015
An important message from our Rotary District and from our Secretary Andrea Reik follows:
 
In honor of Rotary World Polio Day, Bob Evans has graciously agreed to give 15% of all sales on ThursdayOctober 22, 2015 to Rotary’s effort to End Polio Now.
 
Three Easy Steps:
  1. Click here and then print the Bob Evans flier.
  2. Eat at Bob Evans on Thur. Oct. 22 for Breakfast and present the flier when paying your bill.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for Lunch and Dinner!
 
What could be better?  You get to enjoy eating out and at the same time, at no extra cost to you (thanks to Bob Evans and Rotary), you help End Polio Now.
 
This offer is available at any Bob Evans in Ohio.  Please, feel free to give copies of the Bob Evans World Polio Day fliers to your friends and family.
Help End Polio Now by eating out at Bob Evans on Thur. Oct. 22 Roger Rollins 2015-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Oct 17, 2015
Helen and Bill Coffey will have a new address on Nov. 7, 2015:
 
Dublin Retirement Village, Apt 104
6470 Post Rd
Dublin, OH 43016
 
Bill has been a member of Rotary for 53 years.  He was President of the Rotary Club in Cambridge, OH, in 1972. He was also President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce.  Bill has served as Ohio University Credit Union (OUCU) Senior Associate Coordinator and was recently elected to serve on the OUCU Board of Directors.  He is a retired Broadcaster (35 years); Marketing, Advertising and PR Consultant; and Hocking College instructor where he taught Communications, Speech, Interpersonal Communications, and Time Management.
 
Note added:  When I asked Bill to check this announcement for accuracy, he asked that I add that he “enjoyed Athens Rotary and will miss everyone.”   --Roger Rollins
Long-time Rotarian (Bill Coffey) to move, in retirement, to Dublin Roger Rollins 2015-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Sep 30, 2015
Club Secretary Andrea Reik announces that the Rotarian of the Year nominations will be accepted up until midnight October 5th!  Nomination Forms may be downloaded from this web site by clicking HERE.  Also, the award forms will be on the table at our weekly meeting on Monday, October 5. 
The recipient will be recognized at the Holiday Party.  The recipient will also receive a Paul Harris Fellowship.
 
Please email nominations to Andrea Reik at areik@frontier.com.
Call for Athens Rotarian of the Year Nominations Roger Rollins 2015-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Photo album captures the spirit of charity golf Tournament Rollins 2015-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Sep 19, 2015
Sat Oct 17, 2015 (Baker Center Ballroom)

The Indian dinner will be catered by Amul Indian Restaurant from Columbus, Ohio.

This year the Friends of India endowment is teaming up with our Athens Rotary Club. Half of the funds raised will be donated to the rotary International Program to eradicate polio from the world. With the help of the CDC, WHO and the Rotary International it is a matter of a few years that the world will be free of Polio. The other half of the funds will be used as travel grants for OU students to do research in India. This money goes towards worthy causes and we need your help to raise money so please purchase tickets for this year’s dinner.

Adults Tickets $35
Student Ticket $25 (limited quantity available)
Child (under 10) Ticket $15
Reserve a table of eight for $280
They usually sell out weeks ahead of the event - so make sure to book your tickets now!

Tickets may be purchased from the following individuals:

Kapil  Bajaj, 740-707-2894, bajajkapil@gmail.com
Mario
Grijalva, 740-593-3571, grijalva@ohio.edu
Calvin James, 740-591-6240, semaj@columbus.rr.com;
Rajindar Koshal, 740-974-6607, koshalr@ohio.edu;  
Sheila Mark, 740-591-5973, sheilamark2@aol.com; 
Karen
Vedder, 740-591-7015, karen.vedder@gmail.com;
and others.
 
                     -- Contact Person:  Rajindar Koshal
29th Annual Indo-American Friendship Dinner: Oct. 17. Roger Rollins 2015-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Sep 12, 2015

ImageYou could still volunteer to help at The Tournament.  It is all for very worthy causes.

The Athens Rotary Foundation is holding its 19-th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 14-th at the Athens Country Club.  The profit raised from this event (our only fundraiser) helps fund the many projects we support in this 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 the event.Image

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 Golf Chair:  Channing McAllister (740-592-4882)
or Foundation President:  Karen Harvey (740-593-5097).

19th Annual Rotary Charity Golf Scramble: Sept. 14 Roger Rollins 2015-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jul 29, 2015

                At an Athens Rotary Foundation Board meeting on July 17th the seven members attending the Board meeting (Diane McVey, David Diggle, Sheila Mark, Channing McAllister, Jerry Mollica, John Miller, and Karen Harvey) listened to an excellent presentation by Rotarian Bruce Wentworth and Jane Redfern, Executive Director of The Dairy Barn, concerning the Barn’s efforts to raise $1,500,000.  Their $50,000.00 request was part of the Barn’s Building for a Second Century Capital Campaign.

                The Second Century Project will significantly alter the main entrance area of the Barn; create a new Gallery Shop where visitors will have enhanced access to the works of local and/or exhibiting artists; create a new multipurpose room; add a catering kitchen; provide enhanced space for child and adult art-related activities; and create an endowment fund to help sustain the Barn over the next century.

                In voting to provide $50,000.00 over a five-year period, the Rotary Foundation joined the O’Bleness Foundation ($100,000) and the State of Ohio’s Art Fund ($200,000), and many individuals and businesses/corporations in supporting this project. 

 

                                      Karen Harvey, President

                                      Athens Rotary Foundation

Athens Rotary Foundation Supports The Dairy Barn Roger Rollins 2015-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to all the Volunteers that helped with the District RYLA Conference! Roger Rollins 2015-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet (Jan) Garske on Jul 08, 2015

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp/Conference  -  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We still need:

6 Volunteers for:  Thursday 7/16         8:00 am to 10:30 am  @  Tiffin Hall
Duties = Registration and  moving luggage

3 Volunteers for:   Friday  7/17            7:45 pm to 11:15 pm   @  Tiffin Hall
Duties = Dance  Chaperone 

2 Volunteers for:   Saturday  7/18     12:30 pm to 2:00 pm   @  Morton Hall
Duties = Parking Lot Duty

IF YOU ALREADY SIGNED UP -  on one of Jan's lists at Rotary on Monday, you need to sign up again using "Sign Up Genius."  Our District Youth Services Coordinator, Roe Mauro, should have sent you a link to sign up on-line. Please click on the link below or cut and paste the address in your browser window to view the online sign up sheet.  If the positions have been filled you will see that when you go to this site.  If you need assistance, please contact Jan Garske 740-591-3892.

To sign up, go to:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D48AAAA2EA57-ryla/1056946

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp/Conference - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Janet (Jan) Garske 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Copperheads Game Social Event Photos (July 1, 2015) Roger Rollins 2015-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
June 2015 thru May 2016 Officers are Installed. Roger Rollins 2015-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on May 22, 2015

ImagePleasant Hill Vineyards, a boutique winery with tasting room located in Athens, provided a lovely atmosphere for the May Rotary social event held on Friday, May 15, 2015.   Several Rotarians and guests enjoyed the appetizers, wine, and good conversation.   Click here to see more photos from the event.

Pleasant Hill Vineyards is open year round Wednesday-Saturday 11am-6pm. The winery offers nine local wines and appetizers nightly. The Corders - Ross, Sandy, Nick and Anne bought the Athens, Ohio property and began renovations in 2012.  Previously a horse farm with rolling pastures, it provided the perfect setting for a winery. The vision of opening a boutique winery began in 2005 when Ross and Sandy had the opportunity to learn the wine business hands on from Lee and Joy Wyse, owners of Rainbow Hills Winery in Coshocton, Ohio. 

Thanks to Tara Gilts for the information and photos in this story.

A Report from our May Rotary Social Event at Pleasant Hill Vinyards Roger Rollins 2015-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on May 14, 2015

Worstell Scholarships:

Quinn Mitchell, Athens High School             $2,500
Austin Downs, Trimble High School             $2,000

Conner Hammonds, N-Y High School           $1,000
Allissa Jayjohn, Trimble High School           $  750
Nathan Rickey, Athens High School             $  500

Gawande Scholarships:

Eileen Wang, Athens High School                 $1,500
Kaitlin Baker, Athens High School                 $  
500
Stephen Bishop, N-Y High School                  $   500
Kylie Yinger, N-Y High School                        $   500

The Athens Rotary Scholarship Committee consists of Rich Vedder, Alan Boyd, Susan Urano, Karen Vedder, John Miller, and Ed Peterson.

Thanks to John Miller for the information in this story.

2014-2015 Athens Rotary Scholarship Awards Roger Rollins 2015-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet (Jan) Garske on May 08, 2015

Award Recipients

Sonya Ferrier                          Federal Hocking High School

Amihan Tindongan                  Olney Friends School

Alternates

Richard Hwang                      Athens High School

Sue-Yeon Ryu                       Athens High School

There were four additional applications.  All applicants were sent a letter informing them of the committee’s decision regarding their application.

Thank you to the selection committee for all of their work.

Chair   Donelle Batty          Karen Vedder                Cita Strauss                Margie Kramer

Ann Paulins                         Dick Hogan                    Jan Garske

ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS Janet (Jan) Garske 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Apr 27, 2015

ImageFriday April 24 was the annual Special Olympics held at the Alexander H.S. field. Our Rotary Club has provided volunteers to assist with this event for over 10 years.  This year Dave Diggle, Jan Garske, Jody Harris, Scott Malcom, and Don Fucci were the leader, markers, shaggers, bull pen operator, and photographer (Don) for the Vector 2 Softball throw.  Approximately 60 participants took part in the 11 heats of this softball throw event.  Click here for more great pictures of the event. 

[Thanks to Scott and Don for the material in this story.]

Rotarians Asssist at Special Olympics Roger Rollins 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Apr 25, 2015

ImageImageRotarians Tara Gilts and Brandon Elliott participated in the Ohio Health O'BLENNESS HOSPITAL “Race For A Reason” (Tri/Du, Mud Run, 5k Run, 3k Walk) on Saturday April 25th at Peden Stadium.  The race started in front of the Ohio University Field House and was led off by motor cyclists.  Rotarian Karen Vedder was there to watch them come in at the finish line at Peden Stadium (and provided the material for this story). Karen reported that she felt relieved to see Tara and Brandon chose the 5k (instead of the Mud) Run—“ Those folks crossed the finish line elated… but muddy.”  It was a fun event.  Karen overheard one woman say she drove 14 hours to run in this race.  Karen was also a volunteer who supplied a vegetable tray for all the band members.

Fellow Rotarians "Running for a Reason" Roger Rollins 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Mar 28, 2015

On Friday, March 27, at 11AM attending Rotarians and Guests were given an on-site tour of Global Cooling, Inc.’s manufacturing plant located at 6000 Poston Road, The Plains.  The tour was facilitated by fellow Rotarian Tara Gilts and was hosted by fellow Rotarian Dave Berchowitz, Founder and CTO of Global Cooling.  The CEO of Global Cooling, Neil Lane, conducted the tour.

Rotarians and Guests Tour Global Cooling, Inc. Roger Rollins 2015-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Miller on Mar 09, 2015

The winner of the Rotary Foundation split-the-pot contest on March 9, 2015 was Mario Grijalva.  Mario collected the weekly split of $21, but was unsuccessful in his attempt to win the accumulated pot of $83 when he cut the 3 of Clubs from the deck.  The contest will continue next week with only 49 cards remaining in the deck.

 

The winner of the Rotary Foundation split-the-pot contest on March 2, 2015 was Stuart Goldsberry.  Stuart collected the weekly split of $23, but was unsuccessful in his attempt to win the accumulated pot of $62 when he cut the Jack of Diamonds from the deck.  The contest will continue next week with only 50 cards remaining in the deck.

 

The winner of the Rotary Foundation split-the-pot contest on February 23, 2015 was Ed Peterson.  Ed collected the weekly split of $23, but was unsuccessful in his attempt to win the accumulated pot of $39 when he cut the 8 of Hearts from the deck.  The contest will continue next week with only 51 cards remaining in the deck.

The winner of the Rotary Foundation split-the-pot contest on February 16, 2015 was Tom Erlenwein, a guest and soon to be proposed member.  Attendance was low due to the combination of the Presidents Day holiday and the nasty weather, resulting in a small weekly split of $16.  Since this was the initial drawing for the new contest, the accumulated pot was also $16.  Tom donated the weekly split back to the scholarship fund and then cut the Jack of Spades from the deck.  So the contest will continue next week with only 52 cards remaining in the deck.

Weekly Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Split-the-Pot Contest #31 Results John Miller 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
RLYA applications for 2015 now being accepted! Roger Rollins 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Weekly Split-the-Pot Contest #30 Results John Miller 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jan 11, 2015

After telling us about her experiences as a rotary-sponsored exchange student in Athens, Hina Oichai gives her district flag (from Japan) to past president Calvin James.

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Thanks to Cita Strauss for information and photo. --/Roger Rollins

International Exchange Student, Hina Oichai, Makes Presentation Roger Rollins 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Dec 22, 2014

Dictionary ProjectIt really does take a village . . .
Ann Paulins spearheaded our Education Outreach Dictionary Program.  We provided dictionaries to every 3rd grader in the Athens County Schools.  Jan Garske enlisted the help of our High School Interact club.  Betsy Baringer sent out an invitation to all Rotary members to come participate.

 

See participants below:

Athens Rotarians at Work -- 3rd Grade Dictionary Project Roger Rollins 2014-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Dec 05, 2014

 Athens Rotary Foundation Up-date

          On December 23, 1998, the Trustees of the Athens Rotary Foundation approved its first grant -- $3,215.00 to permit the completion of a tennis pavilion at Athens High School.   In the sixteen years since, the Foundation has awarded $207,291.89 in grants to a variety of organizations and projects throughout Athens County.   In addition, the Foundation has worked to establish an endowment fund, the income from which can be used to enhance Rotary's giving ability.  At present, the Athens Rotary Foundation combined accounts, as held by Edward Jones, total $301,027.94, $80,936.07 in the Gawande Scholarship Fund and $220,091.85 in a general fund.  For the first time since establishing the general fund in 1998, the Board has approved a spending policy that will allow us to begin using income from this fund as part of our annual giving.   This will bring the amount available for grants in 2014-2015 to approximately $30,000.00, a significant increase since 1998!  This increase not only allows the Foundation to increase the amount of total giving but allows us to consider giving larger grants and thereby making a larger impact with our giving choices.

          As you consider the possibility of making end-of-year charitable donations, please consider the Athens Rotary Foundation as a possible recipient of your largesse.  Checks should be made out to The Athens  Rotary Foundation and handed or mailed to Dave Diggle, Treasurer, 13368 N. Peach Ridge Road, Athens, Ohio 45701.

The Board of the Athens Rotary Foundation
Jackie Collins, Dave Diggle, Mario
Grijalva, Karen Harvey, Sheila Mark,
Channing McAllister, Diane McVey,
John Miller and Jerry Mollica

A Message from our Athens Rotary Foundation Board Roger Rollins 2014-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Nov 21, 2014

Scott Malcom was asked (by Chuck's daughter Beth) to speak at the Memorial as a representative of Rotary.  Below is a copy of Scott's remarks (made at Chuck Carlson's Memorial on Nov. 15, 2014) :

Remembering Chuck Carlson, as a Rotarian Roger Rollins 2014-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Nov 01, 2014

The 28th Annual Indo-American Friendship day was a huge success thanks to all of you!  The proceeds from this year will go towards helping with the Amesville Elementary School Library project and scholarships to students traveling to India for service/research/learning projects. We are really grateful to all the Rotarians who helped secure sponsorships, ads, and items for silent auction, and to our program committee and volunteers:  Karen Vedder; Jackie Collins; Mark Hutchinson; Jody Harris (& Seth); Mario Grijalva; Calvin James; Sheila Mark; Tara Gilts; Raj Koshal; Alan Boyd; Sarah Baker; Mary Diles; Sushi Gawande.

Photographs and videos from the event are posted on the  Friends of India Endowment facebook page

Information for this story was provided by Kapil Bajaj.

Thanks to All for Successful Indo-American Friendship Day Roger Rollins 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Oct 12, 2014

Mario Grijalva announced that Rotary International has approved the Bella Maria Water Project grant in the amount of $43,000.  He thanked the committee for their support; Betsy Baringer, Calvin James, Emila Alonso-Samino and the Friends of India.

Bella Maria Water Project grant has been funded. Roger Rollins 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Aug 24, 2014

Annual Rotary Golf Scramble on Monday Sept. 8,

Registration opens at 11 am,

Lunch is at noon, Golf begins about 12:45 pm,

Dinner and prizes are awarded after 18 holes (around 5 pm)

This is a fundraising event for the Athens Rotary Foundation.

Still soliciting Golfers, Hole (and other) Sponsorships
Rotary volunteers are still needed.
Contacts: 
Event Chair Channing McAlllister, email: cmcallister@columbus.rr.com
Athens Rotary Foundation Chair Karen Harvey, email: krn_harvey@yahoo.com

18th Annual Rotary Golf Tournament Roger Rollins 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jul 29, 2014

Donelle Batty is a member of a Rotary Club on the island of Tasmania, Australia.   She is doing graduate work in the Ohio University College of Education, and also will be attending our Monday meetings for the next year.  Please, let's all help make our Rotary Club, and Athens, a friendly "home away from home" for her.

Australian Rotarian will be a regular visitor of our Club Roger Rollins 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Jul 06, 2014

The new Board of Directors was sworn in on the last meeting (June 30) of the 2013-2014 Rotary year.  The new board is:

President:  Jackie Collins
President Elect:  Mario Grijalva
Past President/Membership Chair:  Calvin James
Secretary:  Andrea Reik
Treasurer:  David Diggle
Club Service Chair:  Tarra Gilts
Community Service Chair:  Thomas Pyle II
Vocational Service Chair:  Thomas Gibbs
International Service Chair:  Cita Strauss
New Generations Chair:  Janet (Jan) Garske

New officers for the Athens Rotary Foundation board were also sworn in: 
President: Karen Harvey;  Secretary: Diane McVey; and Treasurer: David Diggle.

New Board of Directors Installed Roger Rollins 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Weekly Split-the-Pot Contest #30 Results John Miller 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Rollins on Mar 02, 2014

     Good teamwork made this the best Friday Night Life Dinner so far.  Rotary participants were:  Sarah Baker, Betsy Baringer, Mario Grijalva, Jody Harris, Calvin James, Harry Kaneshige, Margy Kramer, Ed Peterson, Tom Pyle, and Bob Troxel.  Special thanks go to Betsy and Calvin for grocery shopping, Betsy for preparing fruits and veggies, and Bob for cooking.  Thanks also go to everyone who chipped in to help fund the event.

     Please check out the photo album "Friday Night Life" to see for yourself; a good time was had by all.

Friday Night Dinner with Good Works, Feb. 21 Roger Rollins 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Feb 28, 2014
ImageAbout 30 people turned out again for the Rotary social gathering on Friday, February 28, 2014 at Jackie O's Pub & Brewery on Stimson Avenue. People came and went between 4:30 and 8:00 P.M.  The food was catered by Jay and Donna Wamsley; their company is called Not Guilty.  The gumbo was delicious!  They also served some nice sandwiches.  We drank some beer and at 6:00 P.M. we took a tour of the brewery.  Family members and friends joined us to add to the fun.  Thanks to Andrea Reik, Club Service Chair, for arranging this great event.
February 28th, another Rotary Gathering Sheila Mark 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Dec 08, 2013
Holiday Party tonight at Baker University Center.  Starts at 6:00 PM.  Park in the underground lot.  Call Sheila Mark for more details.  (740)591-5973
Holiday Party December 9, 2013 Sheila Mark 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Weekly Split-the-Pot Contest #29 Results John Miller 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Oct 26, 2013

Thanks to everyone who helped to make the event a huge success with a sell-out crowd.  The food is always good, but this

year’s was the best ever. The pakoras, samosas, and chicken 65, along with mango lassi, kept the edge off our hunger during the entertainment. 

 

The performers were incredibly talented, starting with Sharell Arocho, who gave us chills with her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Indian music followed with an incredible singer of classical music and a talented classical dancer, The Folk and Bollywood dancers added to the fun and a Colombian classical dancer rounded out  the global atmosphere.

 

The meal was superb, with chicken curry, lamb masala, dal (lentils), saag paneer (greens with cheese), nav ratna korma (9 vegetables), and Kheer (rice pudding).

 

The silent auction alone brought in over $2700.  The proceeds will go to the Bella Maria Water Project and scholarships for OU students to study in India.

Indo-American Friendship Dinner Sheila Mark 2013-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Oct 26, 2013

Thomas (Tom) Gibbs was inducted as a new member. Tom is the
Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Athens City School District.

He is Past President of the Belpre Rotary Club.

WELCOME TOM!!


New Member Induction Sheila Mark 2013-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Weekly Split-the-Pot Contest #28 Results John Miller 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Sep 22, 2013
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 An evening of Indian cuisine & entertainment

Indo-American Friendship Day Dinner

Saturday, October 19, 2013

at 5:00 pm

In the Ballroom of Baker University Center

Half of the proceeds will go to support Ohio University students who study and participate in service learning projects in India.

Other half of the proceeds will go to support the Rotary and OU Clean Water Project in Ecuador

Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children under 10

A limited number of tickets available to OU students for $20

Reservations available for tables of 8 by contacting:

Kapil Bajaj 740.707.2894 bajaj@ohio.edu

Raj Koshal 740.592.3805 koshalr@ohio.edu

Vipin Koshal 740.856.2465 vkoshal@gmail.com

Karen Vedder 740.591.7015 karen.vedder@gmail.com

Mario Grijalva 740.593.2192 gvijalva@ohio.edu

CLWR Office 210 Ellis Hall collinse@ohio.edu

Make checks payable to: The Ohio University Foundation

Please add "Friends of India" in the memo section

Indo-American Friendship Dinner Sheila Mark 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Jul 10, 2013
The Board has approved Dave Berchowitz for membership.  He is CTO of Global Cooling, Inc.  He is sponsored by Doug Bennett.  If you have any reservations or concerns, please notify Secretary Karen Harvey  krn_harvey@yahoo.com.
Berchowitz Proposed for Membership Sheila Mark 2013-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on May 14, 2013
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Early in the morning at 6:30 AM, six bright-eyed Rotarians manned the phones for the WOUB Spring pledge drive. We took pledges for $5,020 from 50 callers by 8:30 AM.  Thanks to Betsy Baringer, Mario Grijalva, Bruce Ergood, Karen Harvey, Diane McVey and Sheila Mark.  Though promises of donuts went unfulfilled, we did enjoy coffee, Danish pastries, scones, and muffins. Don't forget, Rotarians do more before breakfast than most people do all day!
WOUB Pledge Drive Sheila Mark 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Apr 28, 2013

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Delegates from Rotary's 532 districts met in Chicago 21-26 April for the 2013 Council on Legislation, a triennial assembly to propose and debate changes to the policies governing Rotary International and its member clubs. During the week, the Council voted to increase per capita dues by US$1, to change the name of the Fifth Avenue of Service to Youth Service, to remove limits on the number of e-clubs per district, and to allow participation in service projects to be counted toward club attendance requirements.

Our Speaker of April 29, 2013 Raje Sangramsingh Bhonsle participated and our friend, John Germ, presided.

http://www.rotary.org/en/MediaAndNews/News/Pages/130425_news_COLgallery.aspx?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rotary%2FPBqj+%28Rotary+International%29

Our Speaker attends Council on Legislation, John Germ Presides Sheila Mark 2013-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange Assembly Cita Strauss 2013-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Apr 02, 2013

A hearty welcome to our new member Richard Wilhelm "Dick", who is a world renown professional in hotel management. He has over thirty years of experience in managing a number of leading hotel franchises such as the Plaza Hotel where he was the president and managing director for eight years. He has also worked with the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC, Aspen Hotel Management Group, and Trump Castle in Atlantic City.

Dick was sponsored by Ann Paulins.

Welcome to Richard Wilhelm Sheila Mark 2013-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Apr 02, 2013

ImageAt its regularly-scheduled meeting of March 25, 2013, the Board members of the Rotary Club of Athens voted to adopt the proposed revised by-laws.

These by-laws may be downloaded by clicking on the link in the DOWNLOADS section at the bottom of the right column in this Website.

 

By-Laws Updated Sheila Mark 2013-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Weekly Split-the-Pot Contest #27 John Miller 2013-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Weekly Split-the-Pot Contest #27 John Miller 2013-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Weekly Split-the-Pot Contest #26 Winner John Miller 2013-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Miller on Aug 05, 2012
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Split-the-Pot contest on August 6, 2012 was Bob Handley.  Bob collected the weekly split of $33 and proceed to cut the deck for the Joker, with only 12 cards left in the deck.  The odds finally played out and the Joker was drawn, thus ending contest #25.  The final accumulated pot was $1,305.  Congratulations, Bob.  Next week will start contest #26 with a fresh deck of cards. 
Weekly Split-the-Pot Contest Results John Miller 2012-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Jun 24, 2012
ImageThe new 2012-2013 Board of Directors was inducted at the noon meeting on June 25, 2012 by Assistant Governor, Shawna Stump. From right to left are President, Elizabeth Baringer; Sarah Baker. Calvin James, AG Shawna Stump, Cita Strauss, Jaclyn Collins, Karen Harvey, Andrea Reik, and Jan Garske. Excused from the meeting was treasurer, David Diggle.
2012-2013 Board Inducted Sheila Mark 2012-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
SPLIT THE POT RESULTS - CONTEST #25 John Miller 2012-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Apr 07, 2012
Doug Bennett has proposed the following individual for membership with approval from the Board.
Chris Cielec
Business address: 21 Watkins Street, Nelsonville, Ohio
Owner of ATMCD Management, LLC (the Athens McDonald's restaurants)

If you have reservations or objections, please make them in writing to Karen Harvey, secretary. krn_harvey@yahoo.com

New Member Proposal Sheila Mark 2012-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Mar 02, 2012
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Eighteen Rotarians and spouses turned out on Saturday morning to start work on Camp Rotan.  The first task was to tear down the old latrine.  The area around the cabin was cleared to prepare for the renovation.  See the photos in the Photo Album below.
Work Day at Camp Rotan Sheila Mark 2012-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Feb 15, 2012
Our dear Bill Diles passed away peacefully this morning.  He enjoyed his 88th birthday at the Laurels yesterday with Mary and a few friends.  True to his nature, he has willed his body to the Ohio University College of Medicine.  A memorial service is being planned at the First Presbyterian Church on Feb.25 at 2 P.M. with a reception following at The Ohio University Inn..  Click here to read some comments from our members
Bill Diles Passed Away Sheila Mark 2012-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Feb 11, 2012
Bob Troxel is sponsoring the following two individuals who were approved by the Board for membership in our club.
1. Ron Erickson, President of Hocking College
2. Bruce Martin, Professor of Recreation and Sports Sciences at Ohio University
If you have reservations or objections, please make them in writing to Karen Harvey, secretary. krn_harvey@yahoo.com
Two New Members Proposed Sheila Mark 2012-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
SPLIT THE POT RESULTS - CONTEST #25 John Miller 2012-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Jan 15, 2012
Dr. Mario Grijalva was inducted as a new member at today's meeting.  He is sponsored by Emilia Marks. Dr. Grijalva was our speaker on October 31st, speaking about Chagas Disease.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Ohio University.  He is Director of The Tropical Disease Institute at O.U. as well as Director of The Center for Infectious Disease Research at Catholic University, Quito, Ecuador.  He lives in Athens with his wife and three children. 
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On January 12, 2012, we celebrated 1 full year since the last case of polio in India was reported.  This is indeed a remarkable achievement about which Rotarians should be proud and all humanity should rejoice.  Here is the news release from RI:

http://www.rotary.org/en/MediaAndNews/News/Pages/120112_news_indiapolio.aspx

Thank you all for supporting Polio Plus. Every day we get closer to the day polio is relegated to history books because of your dedication and generous contributions to this cause.

No More Polio In India Sheila Mark 2012-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Jan 08, 2012
Ann Janet Fitz-Gibbon Holden died Saturday evening, January 7th, at the Lindley Inn.  She was 88.  She was born August 25, 1923 in Beverly, Massachusetts.  Ann was the daughter of Elmer J. and Francis J. Connolly Fitz-Gibbon.  Her early career included employment with the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Commerce, a three-year stint with the Boston Globe as a feature writer, and positions with NATO and the State Department.  In 1962, she was hired by Ohio University starting as an assistant to the president. Over the years since, she has been involved in civic affairs, serving on the Athens Citizens' Advisory Committee and the Charter Commission, later as Athens City Treasurer and member of City Council.  Ann is survived by her husband of 45 years, Ellsworth, also a Rotarian.  A memorial service will be held this spring in Athens.
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Posted by Sheila Mark on Dec 11, 2011
 The new Playground Equipment was delivered on Monday, December 12, 2011.  The city recreations staff has begun installing it.
Playground Equipment Delivered Sheila Mark 2011-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Now You Can Donate by Credit Card to the Athens Accessible Playground! Jaclyn Collins 2011-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
SPLIT THE POT RESULTS - CONTEST #25 John Miller 2011-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
SPLIT THE POT RESULTS - CONTEST #25 John Miller 2011-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
SPLIT THE POT RESULTS- CONTEST 24 WINNER John Miller 2011-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Aug 09, 2011
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It is with great sadness that we report that Dr. Atmaram Gawande, PDG, passed away peacefully on August 10, 2011, at 6:10 pm, at the age of 76, from complications of cancer.

Ram Gawande, PDG Passed Away Sheila Mark 2011-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Andrea Reik's father-in-law, a long-time Rotarian in the Fairborn Club, honored Andrea with a Paul Harris Fellow. He had planned to visit our club to present it to her, but was recently diagnosed with a serious illness and was unable to make the trip. Andrea's husband, Rudy Leatherman, stood in his father's place today to make the presentation to Andrea. Andrea was surprised and quite moved, and acknowledged how important the honor is to her and to her father-in-law.
Our Newest Paul Harris Fellow Sheila Mark 2011-04-28 07:28:23Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Apr 28, 2011
The Board has approved two applications for membership: Chrissy Sharp is sponsored by Roger Varner. Chrissy is a Financial Service Representative for the Ohio University Credit Union Roger has also sponsored Robert George, known as "Dave". Dave is a General Manager for Frontier Communication. If you have any concerns or objections about either of these prospective members, please make them in writing to Karen Harvey krn_harvey@yahoo.com
Two New Members Proposed Sheila Mark 2011-04-28 07:27:53Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Apr 28, 2011
Tad Grover Jr. died Saturday morning, March 5, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus. Arrangements will be announced by Jagers and Sons Funeral Home. Tad was 84
Tad Grover Passed On Sheila Mark 2011-04-28 07:26:14Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Apr 27, 2011
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Past President Jody Harris and her committee are working hard on a big project - a really big project that will benefit all children of the Athens area and especially those with handicaps. We are working in collaboration with Athens Community Arts, Parks, and Recreation to renovate and update The Southside Park on Richland Avenue.
Rotary Inspired Accessible Playground Sheila Mark 2011-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Apr 03, 2011
Roger Finlay Passes On Former Athens Rotarian Roger Finlay died unexpectedly on March 13th at Beaufort Memorial Hospital near his home on Dataw Island, South Carolina.
Roger Finlay Passes Away Sheila Mark 2011-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Aug 21, 2010

The following applications have been approved by the Board for membership in the Athens Rotary Club:

Ralph Mordocco
Manager, The Ohio University Inn and Conference Center
Sponsor:  Betsy Baringer

Jaclyn E. (Jackie) Jenkins
Agency Owner, American Family Insurance
Sponsor:  Mike Noel

If you have any objections, please put them in writing and send to krn_harvey@yahoo.com by August 30, 2010.

New Member Proposals Sheila Mark 2010-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Mar 28, 2010
We lost a friend and Rotarian, James Anastas on March 27, 2010. Condolences to his family and friends.
James Anastas Passed Away Sheila Mark 2010-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Split The Pot Results-- Congratulations Bill Diles John Miller 2009-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Mar 15, 2009
To get an item added to the Web Page and Table Page News, submit it to Dave Diggle diggle@ohio.edu or Sheila Mark sheilamark2@aol.com
Submissions Sheila Mark 2009-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Aug 17, 2008
We inducted a new member today - Greg Ross, director of Athens County Habitat for Humanity and pastor of Rolling Hills Baptist Church. He was sponsored by Cita Strauss. Welcome Greg!
Greg Ross Inducted Sheila Mark 2008-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Aug 17, 2008
Gary Lamberg has moved from the area. Good Luck Gary.
We'll Miss Gary Sheila Mark 2008-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Jul 27, 2008
Fritz Wheaton's wife Gene died. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Fritz and his family.
Sad News Sheila Mark 2008-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Jul 12, 2008
Effective July 7, the meal charge increased by $1 to $13 per week. Included in the charge are choice of entrée, dessert, beverage, gratuity, room rental, audio/visual setup, printing and distribution of the Table Page News....click title for more...
Dues Increase Sheila Mark 2008-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Jul 12, 2008
Dave Diggle is assuming the role of Editor of the Table Page news. Please send news items to him. diggle@ohio.edu Thanks, Dave, for taking on this task.
Table Page News Takes On New Editor Sheila Mark 2008-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Jul 12, 2008
Get a new member proposal form - in the right column of this Web site, scroll down to Downloads and click on New Member Application. ...click on title for more...
New Member Procedure Sheila Mark 2008-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Jun 14, 2008
We lost a good Rotarian on June 14th. Bob Johnson died at about 11:00 PM from
More Sad News Sheila Mark 2008-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Jun 10, 2008
Christy Mitchell's husband died unexpectedly on June 10. We all grieve with Christy and the family.
Sad News Sheila Mark 2008-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Columbus Club Supports Nagpur Water Project Sheila Mark 2008-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Feb 17, 2008
Dave Diggle was approved for membership by the Board on Feb. 8, 2008.
Membership Sheila Mark 2008-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Feb 12, 2008
Kay Johnson is sending cards for Rotary as part of the Family of Rotary program. If members are aware of someone in Rotary who should be sent a card they need to e-mail Kay. kjohnson@obleness.org
Family of Rotary Sheila Mark 2008-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Jan 06, 2008
On January 4, 2008, the Board with regret accepted Wilhelmina Lusty's resignation. David Lusty and Gary Schumacher were given a leave of absence from January through March.
Membership Sheila Mark 2008-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Dec 15, 2007
Claudia was inducted at the Holiday meeting on the evening of December 3. Welcome Claudia.
Claudia Gonzalez Inducted Sheila Mark 2007-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Dec 15, 2007
Scott will be gone for 2 weeks. Sheila Mark will preside in his absence on December 10 and December 17.
President Scott is on Vacation Sheila Mark 2007-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Nov 26, 2007
William Rickey, a member of the Athens Rotary Club, died Sunday Nov. 25, 2007. A memorial service will be held at The Plains United Methodist Church on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 3 pm. Calling hours will precede the service at 2 pm.
We'll Miss Bill Rickey Sheila Mark 2007-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Nov 22, 2007
An updated Manual of Procedure has been published. The Club Constitution, required of all clubs, lists an update that affects our policies/procedures.
Updated Manual of Procedure Sheila Mark 2007-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Christie Mitchell becomes Treasurer Sheila Mark 2007-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Feb 14, 2007
A second meeting has been held in attempt to reform the Rotaract Club. Two excellent potential members attended a meeting on February 15th. They received an orientation to Rotaract and its relationship to Rotary, given by Alisa Thomas and Sheila Mark
Rotaract Sheila Mark 2007-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Jan 28, 2007
James Bruning was inducted to The Athens Rotary Club on January 29, 2007. Welcome Jim!!!
James Bruning Inducted Sheila Mark 2007-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Jan 19, 2007
Andrea Lewis has completed all the requirements to wear a blue badge. Congratulations Andrea!!!
Andrea Lewis Earns Blue Badge Sheila Mark 2007-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Dec 13, 2006
Cita is currently the Director of The Athens County Habitat for Humanity. She was inducted on December 11, 2006.
Cita Strauss Inducted Sheila Mark 2006-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Emilia Marks Assumes Position as Outbound Coordinator Sheila Mark 2006-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by CFP Michael Carpenter on Oct 11, 2006
Say cheese when you see Kay Johnson. She'll probably be taking your photo. She will try to attend as many functions as she can to document our activities. When she can't attend, she might ask you to take her place.
Kay Johnson Assumes Role as Club Photographer CFP Michael Carpenter 2006-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
James Stephens fills Board Position Sheila Mark 2006-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
The Athens Rotary Foundation Board Sheila Mark 2006-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Alisa Thomas to be the Rotaract Advisor Sheila Mark 2006-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Jul 22, 2006
On July 17, our club International Director won Split the Pot for $39. Not only that, she picked the Joker out of the deck to win the accumulated pot. Congratulations, Julia.
Julia Zimmerman Wins the Accumulated Pot Sheila Mark 2006-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
GSE Team from India to Visit Wilhelmina Lusty 2006-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
David Petitjean's Brother Killed Sheila Mark 2006-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Mar 31, 2006
The Athens Rotary Club is Sponsoring a delegation of Russian Bankers April 21-29, 2006.
Russian Bankers Sheila Mark 2006-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark on Mar 14, 2006
Julie Cashin, OU Inn General Manager, was inducted as a new member on 3/13/06. She was sponsored by Tad Grover, who will be her mentor.
Cashin Inducted Sheila Mark 2006-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Bolin wins $700 at the Poker Tournament Feb 17 & 18 Sheila Mark 2006-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Project Policy - Std Operating Procedure developed for our club Bob Marinellie 2005-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Centennial Fountain Sheila Mark 2005-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Marinellie on Nov 01, 2005
With the upcoming elections going to a paper ballot a motion was put forth to the board (after lengthy discussion) and is published on our site.
Election Rules enacated by the Board Bob Marinellie 2005-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
New Members Proposed to be inducted Bob Marinellie 2005-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Marinellie on Oct 10, 2005
The Rotary Club of Dover has come upon a wonderful fundraiser using bears, artwork, and eBay.
Dover Dancing Bears Bob Marinellie 2005-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Chicago (Rotary/One) now online with ClubRunner Bob Marinellie 2005-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Mark

ImageOverview as of April 26, 2013

1. Good news!!! The drinking fountain base and frost free facet have been installed by the city and the grating for the bricks completed. Thanks Rich.

2. Mike  and Sharon Noel have been supervising the laying of the brick sidewalks.  Thanks to Rotarians Jody Harris, Andrea Reik, Ed Peterson, Sheila Mark,and the boys from SEPTA. See the photo album below entitled "Brick walks at the Playground"

3. Emilie Wood presented the new plant list, diagrams and pictures of the plants intended for the Ram Gawande Memorial Garden. Some changes were made due to trying to find plants that are deer resistant, won’t over grow, and will bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall. Great job Emilie, AlviMcWilliams and Lowell Verheul.

4. Project Plant has volunteered to purchase the plants.

5. District 3030 in India has donated $1,000 and we need to raise money to match the donation for a fund to maintain the memorial garden. Funds donated to the Athens Rotary Foundation on Ram’s behalf went into the scholarship funds. We talked about selling bricks and plants as a fundraiser. We will come up with the details at our next meeting which is April 1st. Sushi and family will match whatever we can raise. Ram and Sushi’s daughter, Meeta, is getting married and is planning to have her wedding reception in Athens. Meeta will be asking for donations to the memorial garden in lieu of wedding gifts. Thank you Meeta! Money raised will be put into a fund at the Athens Rotary Foundation and the interest from the fund will be used to maintain the garden at the park and if we can raise enough money we can also maintain the area around the fountain. We need to raise at least $10,000 but would prefer to raise $20,000. Jerry says that we can expect approximately 5% return on our investment per year which would be about $500 per year if we raise $10,000 and $1,000 if we raise $20,000.

6. Rich C. will be pricing a new fence along Richland Ave.

7. Rich has contacted a tree trimmer to shape up and remove the dead wood from the trees along the fence line. This has to go before the city tree commission.

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ImageA lot of work has been going on in the cabin at Camp Rotan.  See the photo journal below for before and after shots.
New Kitchen at Camp Rotan Sheila Mark 0
Posted by Scott Malcom
ImageOur Rotary Club has again been asked to 
staff one of the vectors for the softball throw at the
Special Olympics.
This year the event will be Friday, April 26, at the Alexander
High School athletic field in Albany. Assuming a schedule
similar to last year, the softball throw will begin around
10:30 AM and last less than 2 hours. We will need up to 8
volunteers to run the bull pen, mark the throws, measure the
throws, and return the balls to the starting point.
See Scott Malcom to volunteer. malcom@ohio.edu
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As you may know, two of our members,
Shawna Stump and John Yanes,
are each participating in a very worthy cause

Dancing with the Athens Stars         
one of Athens' biggest fund-raisers. In hopes 
that you can help them make this a worthwhile
experience, please click here to read on.
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Posted by Jaclyn Collins

ImageHave you been considering giving to the Athens Southside Accessible Playground? Donate a playground piece, a brick for the walks and columns, or simply buy a tee shirt by simply copying the link below, pasting it in your browser, and following the instructions. Don't forget to tell us what the donation is for so that we can give you proper credit for your generosity! We are down to the final stages and your donation has never been so important! Thank you Rotarians for creating a place where all kids can play!

 

                  

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=s-xclick&hosted_buttonid=LLX7JW5TNE48N

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Posted by Sheila Mark

We sadly report that Howard Stevens passed away this afternoon.  Services are being held at Jagers on Monday afternoon 2:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 - 7:30 pm.  A short service will be held at 7:30 pm.  He will be buried near Chillicothe.  Services will be held on Tuesday morning at 10:30 am at Brown's Chapel.

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Bruce and Marilyn Wentworth are having their annual ALPACA OPEN HOUSE this weekend and you are all invited.   For more information, click on More below the poster.

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President Bob Troxel held his first Board Meeting on July 14, 2011.  Lots of enthusiasm and lots of great ideas were generated.  We can look forward to many great projects, more social activities for networking, better use of Camp Rotan. Troxel2
President Troxel Holds His First Board Meeting Sheila Mark 0
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Bob Mayer, Ismail's neighbor, reports that Ismail arrived home at 6:30 AM.  Barb says he's fine.
Ismail is Home Sheila Mark 0
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Alert Message has been issued by the City of Athens, Ohio.

Tuesday July 12, 2011 11:14 PM EDT

Update: Missing Athens, Ohio Man

The Athens Police Department has been advised by the Ohio State Highway Patrol that Ismail Ghazalah has been located in Portage County, Ohio. Mr. Ghazalah is fine and his family members are making arrangements to go and pick him up at this time. The Athens Police Department would like to thank all the agencies involved in this investigation and the media for their attention in this matter.

Ismail Has Been Located Sheila Mark 0
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The Board has approved Tom Pyle's application. He is Athens City's Chief of Police

Sponsor: Bob Troxel

If you have any concerns or objections, please make them in writing to the secretary, Karen Harvey. krn_harvey@yahoo.com

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Kapil Bajaj has been approved by the Board for mebership.  He is the Medical Information Program Manager with the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His sponsor is Calvin James.

If you have any objections or concerns, please make them in writing to Karen Harvey, secretary by June 22, 2011.

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ImageTo download a new member application, scroll all the way down to the bottom in the right column of this Web site.  Click on New Member Application. You might notice that you can also obtain a copy of our financial policy by clicking on that as well.
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Ed Peterson has applied for membership. He is sponsored by Rich and Karen Vedder. He is a retired project engineer from BP. He and his wife Deb moved to Athens after he retired. If you have any concerns or objections, please make them in writing to Karen Harvey krn_harvey@yahoo.com
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Our club will host the Good Works Friday Night Life Dinner on January 28, 20011. The program is offered to the community each week and is held in the Family Life Center at The Plains Methodist Church, located on the corner of SR 682 and Johnson Road. The purpose of the dinner according to Good Works is to, "build a sense of community within the neighborhood".

Because this is an opportunity for our club members to interact with and learn from a cross section of our community, we are encouraging you to join the community for supper. Rotarians can get in to the church at 4:00 PM for preparation and Dinner is served at 5:30 PM. Club members will prepare all meals for the event.

The estimated cost for the dinner is six hundred dollars ($600). We anticipate that a donation of approximately $10.00 per Rotarian should cover the cost of hosting this event. A donation of your time to help in food preparation and your financial support would ensure that this event is a success.

A sign up sheet will be available to members at all club meetings leading up to the event. Please contact Calvin James at semaj@columbus.rr.com or by telephone at (740) 592-5840 with any questions, offers of assistance, or comments.
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On February 11,the Athens AM Club is puttin' on the Ritz at the Ohio University Inn. Get dolled up and put on your glad rags, come to the juke joint and don't be left holding the bag. The game's afoot - a murder mystery game, that is - with a cast that includes local celebrities. Enjoy a live musical performance, appetizers, dinner, dessert, and a cash bar while you try to solve the murders before time runs out. All proceeds to benefit Athens AM Rotary in furthering their community projects. Purchase tickets from any AM Rotary member.
The Pink Lace Diamond Sheila Mark 0
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Greg Ross's father-in-law, C.B.Stephenson passed away Saturday December 11. We are sad to lose a former Rotarian and a gentleman. There will be a memorial service on Sunday December 19th at 2pm. It will be at the First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Court and Washington in downtown Athens.
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The following e-mail was received from Emily Miner

Dear all,
Warm wishes and hellos from Oxford! I have now been here a month, and it has been an incredible fall. I've slowly become accustomed to the pomp and circumstance of everything and the idiosyncracies of
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The Club voted in the following slate of Officers and Board Members for the 2011-2012 Rotary Year that begins July 1, 2011.

Bob Troxel - President
Betsy Baringer - President Elect
Emilia Marks - President Nominee
Karen Harvey – Secretary
Dave Diggle - Treasurer
Andrea Reik - Club Service
Calvin James - Community Service
Cita Strauss - International Service
Jackie Collins - Vocational Service
Jody Harris - Past President/Nominating
Committee Chair
Slate of Officers for 2011-12 Sheila Mark 0
Rotary/James Cancer Research Center Endowment Sheila Mark 0
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Yes, it always snows for our Holiday Party - every year. But it doesn't deter The Athens Rotary Club members from coming out to Nelson Commons on the first Monday evening of December. One hundred and twenty two people enjoyed "An Evening in Tuscany."
Snow Returns for Holiday Party 2010 Sheila Mark 0
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At last Thursday's Board meeting, a new member application for Randy Morris was approved. His sponsor is Pete Couladis. Randy is the Director of Member Services for the National Business Incubation Association. If you have concerns or reservations about accepting him as a member, please make them in writing to secretary Karen Harvey krn_harvey@yahoo.com by December 12, 2010.
New Member Proposed Sheila Mark 0
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We would like to welcome our newest member, Ralph Mordocco, the general manager of the OU Inn. We're happy to have you, Ralph.
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We received $5,000 from The Athens Foundation from the SEPAN Fund and Rotary Fund. The Athens Foundation's mission is to enhance the quality of life for the people of the region through building endeowments, awarding grants, and providing leadership on key community issues.
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The Reverend Arthur L. "Dutch" Savage Jr. passed on to glory on Sunday, October 24th , at Riverside Hospital in Columbus with his wife, Bonnie, and his daughter, Leslie, at his side. He was 82. For 20 years, he taught classes at Ohio University in Broadcast Management and Broadcast Law; he was a member of the Emeriti Association. Dutch was an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church and a long-time member of the Athens Rotary Club. The family would appreciate that any contributions be made to the Church of The Good Shepherd Music Ministry or Food Ministry.
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If you want updated news about PDG Ram Gawande, you can go to the blog that he updates weekly. http://ramgawande.wordpress.com
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SEE PHOTO JOURNAL OF OPEN HOUSE IN RIGHT COLUMN
ALEXANDER TURNER TOPPING b. December 24,1923 Alexander Turner Topping died on September 26th, 2010 at the Heartland Nursing Home in Marysville, OH after a valiant and prolonged attempt to recover from esophageal cancer. He was born December 24th, 1923 in Manistee, MI, son of Robert Sylvestro Topping and Lucy Flavelle Turner Topping. He will be greatly missed by his extensive and very close family.
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One of our newest members is Jaclyn E. (Jackie) Jenkins, owner of American Family Insurance Agency. Jackie was sponsored by Mike Noel. Welcome, Jackie. We hope you find your membership in Rotary to be fun and fulfilling.
Jackie Jenkins Inducted Sheila Mark 0
Reason to Act Sheila Mark 0
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Bill Gates notes in his blog that by July 20th,2010, there were only 6 new cases of polio, as compared to 346 for the same period in 2009.
Progress Against Polio in Nigeria Sheila Mark 0
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"Rotary is the best in the world at linking people of goodwill around the globe and then gaining their cooperation and support to make the world a much better place to live and work." -Ray Klinginsmith, RI President, 2010-2011

Learn more about him and his goals at:

http://www.rotary.org/en/AboutUs/RotaryLeadership/RIPresident/Pages/ridefault.aspx

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Dave Diggle has been elected to the open seat on the Board of The Athens Rotary Foundation, replacing Dick Mottl. This is a three year term. Thanks to those who demonstrated an interest in serving on this board. It was wonderful to have several very qualified persons express an interest, as it shows how strong our club has become. We would like to thank Dick for his service for the past 6 years.
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There were 493 registrants.  We received around 800 children's books for the District project. Everything went well because so many people stepped up to donate their time and talent. We set a new standard for the district with a quality event we can all be proud of.Thanks to the Conference Committee and to all those members who volunteered for the myriad of details, as well as those who stepped in at the last minute to handle unforeseen issues.  We are a great group of Rotarians and our club has been strengthened by a new sense of admiration and respect for each other. Photos are posted on

 

http://www2.snapfish.com/snapfish/groupview/groupname=distconf/ groupid=89351013/groupownerid=108747674/

 

Everyone can load photos to this site, so if you have some, put them up for everyone to see.  If you need help doing this, get them to Sheila Mark or call her at (740) 591-5973 for instructions. There is also a space for attendees to make comments and see what others have to say.

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We have new member applications for three new members, all of whom have been approved by the Board for publication.  If you have concerns about any of them, please make them in writing to Karen Harvey krn_harvey@yahoo.com by Tuesday May 25, 2010.  

Richard T. Conard, M.D.     sponsored by Bill and Mary Diles
804 Altamont Drive
Athens, Ohio 45701

Richard is the President and CEO of University Estates, 9200 State Route 682, Athens, Ohio 45701

Ann Paulins    sponsored by Scott Malcom
6269 Angel Ridge Road
Athens, Ohio 45701

Ann is the Director, School of Human and Consumer Sciences, Ohio University

Sonita Uijt de Haag    sponsored by Emilia Marks
6005 Crestview Drive
Athens, Ohio 45701

Sonita is self-employed and a business advisor to TechGROWTH Ohio.   She is also a former Rotary Outbound Exchange student.

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Andrea Adams, NY; Robbie Lane, Athens; Xiao Ma, Athens; Sarah Robles, Athens; and Kimberly Sheets, NY are this year's winners. A total of $6,875 has been awarded, thanks to the generosity of you, our club members! This year's committee consisted of Bruce Wentworth, Cita Strauss, Allen Boyd, Susan Urano, Rich Vedder, Bob Mayer, and John Miller. A special thanks to Betsy Baringer and the OU Inn for the use of the interview room. 

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Thanks to all those who helped with the registration mailing for the District Conference:

Alan Boyd

Pete Couladis

Bill and Mary Diles

Jan Garske

Ram and Sushi Gawande

Ismail Ghazalah

Claudia Gonzalez-Vallejo

Karen Harvey

Calvin James

Scott Malcom

Debbie Peterson

Andrea Reik

Bodie Stewart

Cita Strauss

Karen Vedder

Lowell Verheul

Louis Wright

Isn't this a wonderful turn-out?  Your commitment to our club and your contribution to making our District Conference successful is very much appreciated.  3900 envelopes was a lot of work, but together we met the deadline.  You can view the photos in the Photo Journal titled "Conference Mailing"

 

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A big THANKS to Alan Boyd, Shawna Stump, and Sheila Mark for answering phones for WOUB's TV pledge drive on Wednesday evening, the 10th.  Though we had planned to stay until 11 pm, we left early because there was very little action.  It seems that most people are pledging Online.  By 10:30 pm, they had reached $9,500 with a goal of $40,000 in the next 4 days.  We're glad they are reaching their goal, but if the online pledging is an upward trend, we'll miss this activity.  What?  You mean Rotarians are no longer needed?  Wouldn't it be wonderful if we weren't needed for Polio eradication or water projects or literacy projects?  Maybe the day will come.

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The Board has approved the application of a new member proposed by April Crabtree.  His name is  Roger Varner.   Roger is the Member Development Specialist for the Ohio University Credit Union.   He lives in Laurelville.

 If you have any reservations or comments, please make them in writing to secretary Karen Harvey krn_harvey@yahoo.com by March 19, 2010.
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Good Works has set days and time for two bed-making workshops and needs Rotary volunteers.   Dates are March 10 and March 11, both days from 9-4.   If a Rotarian wants to volunteer, he/she should call Paul Richard at 594-3336 (Be sure to ask him for directions when you call).
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Bill was a long-time Rotarian who generously donated $50,000 to the Athens Rotary Foundation a few years ago.   This is the reason one of the ballfields at the West State Park is called the Athens Rotary and William Harmon Field.
Bill Harmon Died at 94 Sheila Mark 0
Matching Grant Received for Deaf School in India Sheila Mark 0
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The Board has approved the application of Robert Donald Stewart, who teaches at The Ohio University in the OPIE program.  (his vocation was previously listed incorrectly -sorry). If you have any comments or objections,please make them in writing to Karen Harvey, secretary by February 21, 2010.
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Thanks to the early birds Alan Boyd, Ismail Ghazalah, Sheila Mark, and Diane McVey who manned the phones for the WOUB Winter pledge drive.  From 6:15 - 8:00 AM. they fielded 61 calls and collected $3400.  Thanks!
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Click on the photo to make it bigger.  This is an awesome message by a member of the Athens High School Interact Club.  The club participated in last Saturday's Walk for the Homeless.  Look in the photo journal for more photos.

***NEWS FLASH***   Betsy Baringer and her kids (with the help of Rotarians) raised $456 during the walk.   They walked on the routediscussing Food Insecurities for the Homeless and found it educational on many levels.

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Good Works, the only homeless shelter for our county and eight neighboring counties, is adding a new building.  They are seeking volunteers with specific skills who would be willing to come and assist them as they construct this new building.
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Noorjahan Rahman is one of two Ambassadorial Scholars from our district this year.  She is currently a senior
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“Keeping Christmas” by Henry Van Dyke Sheila Mark 0
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Ambassadorial Scholar Emily Miner and her parents attended the Rotary Meeting on December 21.  Emily thanked Rotary for her scholarship and spoke to us about her background and interests in international relations.  She hopes to attend Oxford University.
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"Christmas in Athens" was the historic theme, which included a menu based on one from The Berry Hotel in 1941.  A reading by Calvin James took us back in time and the Music Makers Band provided the entertainment.  With 104 attending (54 members), there was still room for dancing.  Sandy Shirey received the Community Service Award and gave a lovely acceptance speech.  Four Paul Harris Fellows were inducted: Bob Troxel, Karen Post, Greg Ross, and Bill Diles (multiple).  Take a look at some photos in the photo journal in the right hand column.  Click on Holiday 2009.  Click on the photos to make them bigger.

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Monday, December 28th. 
The OU Inn 
10am-4pm 
 
We do not have a meeting that day, but this time of year.. the American Red Cross is desperate for blood donations. 
Please make time to give and help another's life! 

Call Betsy Baringer for appt.   593-6661 

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Michael Struble was inducted on December 14, 2009.  Demonstrating his talents and leadership ability, he was also our speaker that day!  Welcome Michael!!

 

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The Board has approved a transfer from the Rotary Club of Tallahassee for Ed Penson.  Welcome back to Athens, Ed.
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November is Rotary Foundation month.  Our Rotary Foundation is the "purse" that provides the funds to support the educational, humanitarian and cultural programs of Rotary.  Projects like Operation We Care, Gift of Sight, Rafiki AIDS orphanage, Group Study Exchange, Ambassadorial Scholars, Rotary Centers for International Peace Studies, and other humanitarian projects around the world are all funded by Foundation matching grants.  And District Simplified Grants provide matching funds for so many community service projects right here in District 6690. 

 

Annual giving is the cornerstone

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David Lusty, a former member and Past District Governor, has rejoined the Athens Club.  Although he can't begin attending meetings until the spring, he will do what he can to support our Club.  To begin with, he presents the following offer:
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"Whenever there's a need, Rotarians are there to help."  That's what Sherwyn Simon told Bruce Ergood and Sheila Mark when they delivered a pick-up truck load of items to Gallipolis to be added to the shipping container headed for The Philippines.  "Wow, where did you get all this stuff - from one club?"

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GET RID OF THAT RED BADGE!!!  Please attend the New Member Orientation at President Ismail's home on October 25, 2009 at 5:00 PM.  The address is 26 Elmwood Place in Athens.  Plan to spend a couple of hours immersed in Rotary.  It's a good time to get to know the new members and their interests, to brush up on the ideals of Rotary and to make suggestions about how our club should operate.   

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The Fall Rotary picnic was held at the South Side Park in Athens.  The weather was cool, but sunny.  The main dish - pulled pork with a choice of sauces was yummy, but the sides provided by our members were unbelievable.  Great veggies!!!!  (That's one benefit of having an international group.) These were topped only by the incredible desserts and the delicious fellowship.  Putt Putt golf and Corn Toss kept the group warm in the sun.  Thanks to Kay Johnson for arranging this fun event.  Wish we could do it every weekend.
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Friday, September 25th, is the Rotary Sponsored Friday Night Life dinner at Goodworks on Luhrig Road.  We are excited for an opportunity of fellowship with Rotarians and Goodworks' residents around the dinner table.

Thank you again to everyone who sign-up for the potluck side dishes.  As a reminder, below is a list of those who have signed up for a dish as well as those who will attend. 

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Foundation Chair, Gerald Mollica reports the recents grants have included:

$5000 to Sandlot Baseball, the last of 4 installments to fulfill our $20,000 commitment

$1000 to Lace Up for Kids

$1000 to Coats for Kids

$ 1,500 for Community Friends Food Center in Lotteridge

$1,200 in track scholarships

$2000 for the Dairy Barn Arts Project

$1,300 for Camp Rotan

$500 for Christmas Food Baskets

$500 to Good Works

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July 6, 2009 was a memorable evening for The Athens Rotary Club.  See the photo journal in the right hand column titled "Installation Dinner 2009".  Ram Gawande was inducted as the new District Governor of District 6690 by
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For an On-Line makeup, go to http://www.rotaryeclubone.org/ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More than 100 programs, including videos, are available with current programs changing regularly. All programs are archived.
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This event is not only for a great cause but it is intended to give Rotary both local and national recognition. Our Troops and Families Need Your Support!
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Anytime is a good time to invite prospective members to visit our Rotary Club. DG Tom Kokensparger reports that the district was 52 members ahead of July 1 last year.
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Stacy Wood procured a PR grant for the District. Take a look at the blog http://www.columbusunderground.com/category/video
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The following are proposed for membership and have been approved by the Board. If you have objections, make them in writing to Karen Harvey, secretary, before June 23, 2009.
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Two proposed new members were approved by the Board. They are: 1. Stephen A. Haren who is with Century National Bank and is being sponsored by Ram Gawande. 2. Abbot "Pat" Smith, a former Rotarian, who is the President and owner of Financial Accounting & Advisory Services, Inc., sponsored by Bill Diles. If you have any objections to either, please put them in writing to Karen Harvey, secretary at krn_harvey@yahoo.com
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Did you see all the Rotarians working in the flower beds around the Fountain this past weekend? Be sure to drive by soon to see how wonderful it looks, thanks to all the hard work. Those beds are huge! I figure it took 26 man hours to complete the job.
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May 6, 2009

Keith Wasserman writes:

Greetings friends!

This summer, Good Works will sponsor another Summer Kids Discovery Club and lunch each day [from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at The Plains UM Church for 8 weeks. (June 22- August 14th). This [article] is written in the HOPE that you might be able to help us find people who would be willing to make presentations to the kids on subjects they are passionate about or things they (you) are interested in and know something about.   

ps- if you<

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The Friends of India Endowment at Ohio University has been collaborating with The Athens Rotary Club for
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If you know of a possible candidate for the World Peace Fellowship, please have them get in touch with Ram Gawande for more information.

 

Rotary World Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities.   Fellows can earn a master's degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, and conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution. 

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We currently have a 3 tiered project in the works with Friends and Neighbors Community Food Center.  Our project consists of providing food, vitamins and school materials to children in Rural Athens County that are touched through the Food Center.  The Athens Rotary Foundation has graciously granted us $1500.00 toward this project, and we would like to match these funds by holding a fundraiser.  We are going to  conduct a 10-day raffle to help raise money toward our goal.  Many of you will remember the 12 Days to St Patrick's Day Raffle that was held some year's ago which raised close to $8000.00 overall.  We are planning to do a shortened version of this raffle, but need some prize donations for the days.  Tickets are now on sale at the meetings or call Shawna Stump.
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The Board has approved Andrea Reik and Bill Beamish for memership.  If you have any ojections, please make them to Secretary, Karen Harvey by March 23.
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Fritz Wheaton sits in the same seat every week.  When I first joined Rotary, his table was full of his friends.  Gradually, as the years passed, his table emptied and new friends have taken their place.  He rarely speaks out in any meeting.   He is a steadfast, supportive Rotarian, who was instrumental in bringing women into our club.  He joined in 1959, was president in 1966 -1967, and has held the job of Classification "forever."  It is his creativity that allows our club to have more than one attorney, and more than one physician.  See the PHOTO JOURNAL titled Wheaton to see photos of the celebration.  Click on "more" to read the tributes of some of his Rotarian friends.
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From Keith Wasserman:

Greetings dear friends!
Because of the struggle many of our friends in poverty are having with food, (especially healthy and nutritional food) we are intending to increase and accelerate our garden projects beginning in March and April. 
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Bill Gates attended the International Assembly in San Diego to announce that The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is redoubling its efforts to erradicate polio.  He announced that they will give $255 million, on top of the $100 million they already gave, bringing the total to $355 million.  Click on this link to see the video of his announcement.

http://rotary.org/en/MediaAndNews/News/Pages/090121_news_gatesvideo.aspx

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Ram Gawande, our District Governor Elect for 2009-2010 writes:

We are having good time at Assembly . We met DGE from 200 countries talking many languages, dressing uniquely, having so much variety but united on doing good in the world.  It is absolutely mind boggling.
 
New theme is:  The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands
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Saturday, January 17, 2009 was a very cold morning (5 F). Rotaract members Verne and Erin Simons joined the large group of supporters of the 7th Annual Walk for the Homeless. Rotary members Dr. Emilia Marks (and her fiancé Dr. Horacio Castillo), and Dr. Claudia González Vallejo (along with her son Derek DeMel) joined Rotaract members and participated in the "No Room at The Inn" walk (2.25 miles), which took them through

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Do you remember Sanjay Arora from the GSE team from India?  The one who demonstrated Yoga and gave us the little book he had written on Yoga?  You might recognize him from the photo in this card.  Ram and Sushi, Louie and Karen, and Max and I visited him at his home in Nagpur, India for dinner.  What a wonderful meal.  His wife Shalini is a terrific cook, and Indian people are the ultimate hosts.   We were in awe of their beautiful house decorated with a fascinating combination of old and modern.  We talked and laughed about their experiences in the US, discussed current events, met their extended family, and found the visit entirely too short.  I spoke with Giatri on the phone, but didn't get to see her.  We did get to say hello to some of the other team members in person.  Of course we invited them to visit us again in the USA as soon as they can come - not with a GSE team this time, so they can spend more time in Athens.
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Click on the link below to see photos of the eye camp that Karen, Ram, and Sheila attended in India.  Look at all these people who can now see again and be more productive members of society.  With their dignity and their sight restored, they can be proud and happy.  I sat and "talked" to one man after surgery.  Though we didn't speak each others' languages, I was told that he was praying for a long life for me and my family because he was so grateful for the help of Rotarians in restoring his sight.  Another man got a message to us the next day about his excitement and joy at being able to see everything again, "Even a hair from my head!"   As I held the hand of a lady waiting for surgery, I was told that she felt less afraid because I was there and more confident about the upcoming procedure.  You don't have to speak another's language to share a profound experience like this one.  This is the miracle of Rotary. 

http://www1.snapfish.com/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=263522880/a=18140997_8646387/t_=18140997

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Share your joy and good news.  Please send stories about the successes of your family to share on our Web site and/or Table Page News - everything from a new grandchild, making a home run in the T ball game, to making the honor roll, or landing on Mars.  My email address is sheilamark2@aol.com or call me at 591-5973.

Stories about:

Atul Gawande:  to see a video clip that was on NBC news, go to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#28663035

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On December 14th, 2008, Rotaract members Verne and Erin Simons, Greg Moeller, and Regina Warfel visited and helped at the Last Chance Corral. They spent half a day cleaning all of the stalls and replacing them with fresh shavings. Rotaract would like to thank Victoria for giving them the opportunity to volunteer. It was a great day.

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Renewing America's promise begins with each one of us making a commitment to bring change to our local communities. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the day before Inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama is calling upon all Americans to participate in a national day of service, following

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Keith Wasserman is our community's unsung hero.. he makes people who have little feel quite wealthy.   Sometimes he needs help.

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Rotary International News -- 5 December 2008 

Brian Farr expected to hear inspiring speakers at the Rotary World Peace Symposium last year in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA -- among them, his daughter Jana, a Rotary World Peace Fellow, who was delivering the invocation.

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PLEASE help Good Works raise desperately needed funds for 
The Good Works Timothy House through the 7th annual WALK FOR THE HOMELESS

The WALK is scheduled for Saturday January 17th from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
The WALK begins from and return to the First United Methodist Church in Athens. 
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Please mark your calendar for the following events: June 20-24, 2009 - International Conference, Birmingham, England June 29, 2009 - noon meeting canceled July 1, 2009 - Copperheads night July 6, 2009 - Induction Dinner for Ram Gawande, DG and the officers of The Athens Rotary Club
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The following story was posted on Rotary.org:

 

Indian Rotarians help Ohio school district

by Ryan Hyland 
Rotary International News -- 24 November 2008 

More than 800 students of the Trimble Local School District  near Athens, Ohio, USA, received thousands of textbooks in August, in part through a gift from an unusual source: Indian Rotarians.

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By Ryan Hyland 
Rotary International News -- 26 November 2008 

ShelterBox has issued an urgent appeal for funds to help provide aid to tens of thousands of displaced people in four countries following a succession of humanitarian crises. 

Response teams from ShelterBox reacted quickly to distribute emergency aid to victims of the 29 October earthquake in Pakistan. And worsening humanitarian situations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Honduras, and Swaziland have stretched operations to the limit, ShelterBox representatives say. 

"This is a life-or-death situation. Families who have lost their homes are in desperate need of shelter and warmth," says Sally Grint, ShelterBox communications and fundraising manager. "Donations are urgently needed to fund further deliveries of aid."

  


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What a wonderful party!!  Mary outdid herself again!  The tables were elegant with all white linens and ribbons reflective of the Italian flag.  The silver/gold money plant was beautiful.  The open bar was so nice...I was able to take guests there and offer them a drink without the awkwardness of paying.  I met Lisa Roberts and her husband.  She was truly honored by her award, but more important, she was really interested in her honorary membership in Rotary and plans to attend meetings.  She and her husband seemed to enjoy the party.  District Governor Tom Kokensparger and his wife were in attendance, despite the snowy weather.   Dinner was enjoyable.  My favorite was the wedding soup at the beginning and the cannoli at the end.  I must admit - there were a few left as I took the long way out the door and
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Louis Wright was inducted on October 20, 2008.  He was sponsored by Roger Rollins.  Welcome Lewis!
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Randy was inducted on October 6, 2008.  He comes to us from Bowling Green State University with
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Dairy Barn Arts Center  $2000 for youth outreach programs in Athens County

Coats for Kids  $1000

Lace Up For Kids  $1000

Sandlot Baseball $5000 for Bill Harmon field

$3500 Athens H.S. Boosters for batting cage 

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Sarah Baker was inducted as a new member on November 10, 2008.  She was sponsored by Ram Gawande.  Welcome Sarah!
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The nominating committee for the Athens Rotary Club presents the following slate of Officers and Board Members for the 2009-2010 Rotary year that begins July 1, 2009.

Ismail Ghazalah - President

Jody Harris - President Elect

David Diggle - President Nominee

Karen Harvey - Secretary

Christie Mitchell - Treasurer

Kay Johnson - Club Service

Betsy Baringer - Community Service

Cita Strauss - International Service

Emilia Marks - Vocational Service

Shawna Stump - Past President/Membership

This slate will be presented to the Club for a vote at the annual Holiday Party on December 1, 2008.

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A huge thanks to Ram and Sushi Gawande for hosting a New Member Orientation on October 26 at their home.  With about 25 people attending, both new and old members, it was a great time for everyone to get to know each other a little.  Accompanied by Power Point and videos, Ram gave the new members an overview of Rotary International, District 6690, and our Club.  Some delicious Indian food was served to round out the event.  One more activity checked off toward your blue badges!  Thanks again, Ram and Sushi!!   

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Greg gave his 3 minute biography at October 27th's meeting.  Greg was born and raised in Jackson, Ohio, so he knew a few of our members and considers himself almost a homeboy.  He states he is as old as God intended him to be.  He is married to a gal named Jan who works at the College of  Business.  She received some applause from a certain section of our Club who would have sung her praises if we had allowed time.  Greg and Jan have
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Greg Moeller of the Rotaract Club attended our  meeting today to solicit help for the Friday Night Supper they will provide for GoodWorks on October 31, 2008.  They requested help in the form of either money to purchase food, or help for shopping, preparing, or serving food.  He left our meeting with $200 donated by our members.  If you would like to help, you can e-mail Greg at  moeller.greg1@gmail.com

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The winners of the 2008 Athens Rotary Golf Tournament were:  Paul Cadamagnani, Tom Burns, Jerry Mollica, and John Burns.  Congratulations to these fine golfers.

The tournament made $10,000 this year.  Proceeds go to the Athens Rotary Foundation to fund local projects.  This year's emphasis will be on projects that benefit the youth of Athens County.

To see a list of projects funded in past years, click on The Athens Rotary Foundation (not to be confused with THE ROTARY FOUNDATION just above it) in the left column on the home page.  Then click on each year to see projects funded in that year.  To see more photos of the golf tournament, go to Photo Journals in the right column on the home page and click on 2008 Golf.

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Welcome to Randy!  Dr. Leite was inducted at the meeting on October 6, 2008.  He is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Health and Human Services at Ohio University.  We look forward to getting to know him and working with him on Rotary projects.  Let's help our new members get rid of those red badges.
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The Holiday committee has a great plan for this year's extravaganza.  They have chosen an Italian theme with a scrumtuous menu that includes a variety of dishes, something to everyone's liking.  An open bar will stock wine, beer and liquor.  Wine will be served at the table during the meal.  Mary has outdone herself with plans for beautiful centerpieces for the tables using the "silver dollar" like dried seed pods of the Money Plant, also known as Honesty or Satin Flower.  Though some poinsettias will be available after they adorn the stage area, gifts for each household are an exciting change this year - a surprise!  Richard Syracuse will play piano and Ivy Cockron will wow us with her incredible voice.   Another surprise will be a performance by... well, it's a surprise and, believe me, you won't want to miss it.  But most of all, we're looking forward to a lovely evening with time to relax and get together with our Rotary family.  Do plan to attend with your family and friends.  We are taking reservations at our regular meetings, but if you call president Shawna before Thursday, you can still attend.  Remember, if your company pays your dues, they will not pay the extra charge for the Holiday Party ($13 for members and $26 for guests) so you will need to write a separate check.
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Ram has proposed a new member.   Her name is Sarah L. Baker.   She owns and operates EMBE Acres at 4515 Angel Ridge Road.   EMBE Acres is a horse farm with an indoor riding arena.  Sarah is a retired account manager for Verizon. 

If you have comments regarding Sarah as a member, please make them in writing to Karen Harvey  krn_harvey@yahoo.com  

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Our newest member is Calvin James.  He was inducted at the meeting on September 29, 2008.  Welcome Calvin!  We look forward to gettting to know you. 

Calvin's resume is certainly impressive.  He was born in Hopetown, Guyana, South America, and is now a US citizen.  He has been married for 26 years to his wife, Deborah.  He has 2 daughters, Jenica and Alana, aged 25 and 21. He is a neighbor of Bill Coffee's on Banbury Drive.   His doctoral degree in microbiology is from  

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Jim Schaus was inducted at the meeting on September 22, accompanied by his sponsor Larry Schey.  Jim is Director of Athletics at Ohio University.  He has a history of being active in his community and church and he has been involved in community sports activities and charity events.  We look forward to getting to know Jim and working with him in Rotary.  WELCOME JIM!!!!
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Sushi was awarded a Major Donor pin and crystal for her financial contribution to support the Rotary Foundation and her commitment to helping Rotary fulfill its promise.  With the important contributions of generous donors like Sushi, The Rotary Foundation is fulfilling its promise of creating a polio-free world, helping children and families live healthier lives through Rotary's Humanitarian Grants Program, and educating young people about cultures worldwide. Rotary World Peace Fellows are engaging in the study of peace building, which may allow them to participate in resolution efforts in some of the world's most challenging situations. Every amount contributed to The Rotary Foundation is spent in support of these humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs and their operations. Clubs and districts apply for and receive Foundation grants to carry out worthy projects worldwide.  THANK YOU, SUSHI!!!
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Our speaker on September 22, 2008 was Gary Kirksey, an Associate Professor of photography at Ohio University.  He gave a wonderful talk about how photography has affected his life, beginning at 12 years old.  He related the privileges that photography granted him in high school and the distractions it offered in college.  He spoke of the famous people that photography introduced to him.  He was even allowed to travel to Cuba and photographed scenes that
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An Afghan vaccinator woman clad in burqa gives vaccination to a baby during a polio vaccination campaign in the city of lashker Gah the provincial capital of Helmand province south of Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008. Afghans around the country celebrated the day with sporting events, gatherings and marches. The Ministry of Public Health launched a polio vaccination campaign in which some 12,000 volunteers would vaccinate up to 1.8 million children from Sunday through Tuesday, the U.N. said. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaleq)

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The Board has approved Randy Leite, Ph.D. for membership.  He is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Health and Human Services at Ohio University.  If you have any objections, please send President Shawna Stump or Secretary Karen Harvey a confidential e-mail by Sept 27.

shawna.stump.l8e7@statefarm.com

krn_harvey@hotmail.com 

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The following people have been approved by the Board for membership in our club:

1. Louis E. Wright - professor/chair of Physics Dept at Ohio University

2. Calvin James - assoc prof of Life Sciences at Ohio University

If you have any objections, place them in a confidential e-mail to President Shawna Stump shawna.stump.l8e7@statefarm.com, or to secretary Karen Harvey  krn_harvey@yahoo.com.                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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The Golf Committee, under the direction of Channing McAllister, is working hard to pull off this year's golf tournament to be held on September 15.  This is our biggest fund raiser of the year.  Proceeds will go to the Athens Rotary Foundation to be used for projects for the youth of our community, such as Coats for Kids, Lace Up for Kids, the Dictionary Project, Sand Lot baseball, and others. 

This year we have our first $1000 major donor - Holzer Clinic.  We also have several $500 sponsors - Classic Brands, Diagnostic Hybrids, Hampton Inn, Hocking Valley Bank, Channing McAllister/Edward Jones, Ohio University Inn, Peoples Bank, Pepsi, Karen Post & Louie Leach, Pat Smith/FAAS, and Wendy's.  $250 sponsors are AEP, Cetide, Taylor Motors, University Off-Campus Housing, and WalMart.  We have twenty five $100 hole sponsors.  A 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt from Larry Schey Chevrolet will be the prize for the first hole-in-one on hole #8.   The longest putt on holes #9 or #18 wins a putter, courtesy of Scott Nisley.

A raffle will be held for two nights in Chicago and Indianapolis, offered by The Ohio University Inn.  Stays at the Hampton Inn,  Holiday Inn Express, and The Mead House Bed & Breakfast are also among the raffle prizes,  as well as a bicycle from Kerr Distributing, various gift certificates, and many other great prizes.  Don't miss out on the opportunity to buy raffle tickets at the regular Rotary meetings.  You need not be present to win.

Thanks to the Golf Committee for making this year special.  Thanks to all who are volunteering on the day of the Tournament.  We think this year will be the most successful tournament we've ever held. 

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Jim Schaus, the new Director of Athletics at Ohio University, has been proposed for membership of The Athens Rotary Club.  He has been proposed by Larry Schey and Larry Conrath.  Jim is from Wichita, Kansas, where he was Director of Athletics at Wichita State University.  He was active in the area Sports Commission, his church, and charity events.  If you have any objections, please put them in writing to the secretary Karen Harvey by August 30, 2008.  krn_harvey@yahoo.com
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We need host families for Mariana from Brazil for Winter and Spring quarters.  Help a child realize her dreams.  Contact Karen Post  541-1545 or kpcrna@hotmail.com
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We just received some great news from DG Tom Kokensparger and Tara, the TRF Annual Giving Chair for District 6690.  The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International received a check from the State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles in the amount of $2,010.00 for the license plate project in which the District participates.  For those of you not familiar with the project, please visit the attached website link to
learn more.  This is such an easy way to show your pride in Rotary and
help support the Foundation!  For every Rotary license plate sold,
$15.00 goes to the Foundation.

Please pass this information on to your Clubs to give every Rotarian a
chance to get involved in this project!

http://bmv.ohio.gov/vehicle_registration/rotary_international.htm

Make Dreams Real
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Claudia Gonzalez Vallejo is from South America.  She says that when she came to the United States, she never expected to be asking for food for hungry people in this country.

 
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Rotary has launched a new "mini" Web site to give the general public an opportunity to help end polio by contributing to Rotary's US$100 Million Challenge from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

View the three-page site at www.rotary.org/endpolio. The new site will be marketed throughout North America starting this month. All funds raised will go directly to The Rotary Foundation in support of polio eradication, helping Rotary fulfill its pledge to match the $100 million challenge grant received from the Gates Foundation in November 2007.

Rotarians should continue to contribute through the Member Access Portal at www.rotary.org, but are encouraged to help spread the word about the new Web site within their communities.

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S et the dial to 1955 and the Rotary Golden Theater Radio Show, a series of radio dramas that Rotary produced for its 50th anniversary.

The Rotary Global History Fellowship worked with RI's History and Archives staff to help Rotarians rediscover these episodes from the golden age of radio, and members of the Old Time Radio Researchers Group digitized the original audiotapes. For more information, e-mail RI's History and Archives.

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Joe McGowan is our new Assistant Governor, beginning July 1.  Joe is a member of the Athens AM club and is taking over for Mark Bisang.
Joe McGowan Sheila Mark 0
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Two new applicants have been approved for membership by the Board.  If you have objections, please make them in writing to secretary Karen Harvey by July 21.

The first is Ed Pauley, Director of the Kennedy Museum of Art.

The second is Renee Middleton, Dean of The College of Education at Ohio University.

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Greg Ross has been approved by the Board for membership.  He is Executive Director of Athens County Habitat for Humanity and pastor of The Rolling Hills Baptist Church.  He has a background in the military and accounting.  If you have any objections, make them in writing to secretary Karen Harvey by July 21.

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In 1919, the past president of the Rotary Club of Seattle, Roger D. Pinneo, was traveling through the Far East on business. It turned out to be
Rotary's History in China Sheila Mark 0
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Rotary International President Dong Kurn Lee stressed that a diverse Rotary is a strong Rotary during a visit to the Rotary Club of Chicago on 1 July.

As part of a long-standing tradition for RI presidents, Lee addressed members of the Chicago club, the birthplace of Rotary, as one of his first official acts. He stressed the need to bring in new leadership to take over for the old as part of the 2008-09 RI theme, Make Dreams Real.

Message from RI President, D.K. Lee Sheila Mark 0
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The Board has approved George Wechman for membership.  He is a member of the Dept of Philosophy at OU.  If you have any objections, please send them in writing to Karen Harvey, secretary, by July 15, 2008.
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Andrew Vogt was inducted on July 7, 2008.  Welcome Andy!!
New Member Inducted Sheila Mark 0
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A group of Rotarians from District 3110 in India has extended a personal invitation to Rotarians from our Club (as well as other Rotarians) to come to Agra , the home of the Taj Mahal. 
We're Invited Sheila Mark 0
Disasters in China and Myanmar: Rotary's response Sheila Mark 0
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Polio cases double in Nigeria

By MARIA CHENG
AP MEDICAL WRITER

LONDON -- Polio cases have nearly doubled this year in the West African nation of Nigeria

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The Rotary Centers for International Studies program offers
fellowships for master's degree study fields related to peace and
conflict resolution.  Beyond academics, Rotary World Peace Fellows
also gain practical skills in conflict resolution appropriate to their
individual careers.

The Rotary Foundation announces a call for applications for the
2009-11 Rotary World Peace Fellowships (RWPF) and January and June
2009 Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies (RPCS) Program sessions.  The
deadline for completed applications to be submitted to The Rotary
Foundation for these sessions is 1 July 2008, so they must be in to the District by May 12.

Up to 60 Rotary World Peace Fellows

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A Group Study Exchange team from Sweden will be in Athens April 15 - 17, Tuesday - Thursday.  A full schedule is attached.  Rotarians may attend any or all of the events. 

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A nomadic child in Somalia is immunized against polio. Health officials identified and mapped routes used by nomadic populations, and set up vaccination points at key gathering sites to ensure coverage of this highly at-risk group of children. Photo by World Health Organization/Ahmed Tajudin.   Read more.....
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TOGETHER WE STAND

When there is a need, a crisis, or an emergency, Rotary is there. As we face increasing environmental challenges, it is the role and responsibility of Rotarians to bring people together, rather than drive them apart.

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This is a report of The Rotary Foundation activities of the Rotary Club of Athens.

President Scott Malcom has set a goal of $14,300 for annual giving to the Rotary Foundation this year.  At the end of February,

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See the Speakers Album for a brief review of the informative and inspirational talk by Hans Berkel, District Governor Nominee for District 6670.  He and his wife stayed with the Gawandes on Sunday night before the Rotary meeting.  They are dynamite!  There are more photos in the Photo Journal titled Hans Berkel.

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The Athens Rotary Foundation Sheila Mark 0
Gordon Gee's Talk Sheila Mark 0
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Five crematorial shades have been built as a matching grant project by the Athens Rotary Club, District 6690 and Rotary Club of Pusad in District 3030 in India.  See the photo journal by the same name.
Mokshdham Development Project Sheila Mark 0
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Thanks to those members who stood at Kroger for two hour shifts on December 7th and 8th, ringing the bell to collect donations for the Salvation Army.  Organized by Curt Allison, our bell ringers this year were: Alan Boyd, Bruce Ergood, Dick Mottl, Gary Schumacher, Jim  Bruning, Curt Allison, Gary Lamberg, Al Topping,  Max Evans, and Bob Barcikowski.  
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Sheila Mark 0
Holiday Party a Huge Success Sheila Mark 0
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The slate of officers and directors for our club was approved at the annual Holiday Party held Dec. 3 at Nelson Commons. Elected are the following: Shawna Stump, president; Ismail Ghazalah, president elect; Karen Harvey, secretary; Christie Mitchell, treasurer; Kay Johnson, Club Service; Betsy Baringer, Community Service; Cita Strauss, International Service; Emilia Marks, Vocational Service; and Scott Malcom, Past President,
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From November 12 through December 21, Milo's Will donate up to 20% of sales back to our Club.  Last year we made over $700.  Let's try to raise $1000 this year to buy a Shelter Box.  Milo's offers delicious food for your own family and a very convenient way to send gifts our of town.  For more info,
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The Interact Club (the Rotary Club for High School Students) is active again this year under the enthusiastic direction of Mary Abel.  With her son Jason Abel as president, they are meeting after school on the first and third Mondays of each month. 

Over the next two weeks they are involved in a service project to help serve community meals at The Athens Church of Christ.

Remember to thank Mary for incubating future Rotarians. 

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Just in.....a short e-mail from Laura Watson, our outbound exchange student to Argentina:

Hey Everyone,
Just wanted to let you all know I´m on the BOTTOM OF THE WORLD!!!!!
We got to Tierra Del Fuego last night and I´m walking on a glacier this afternoon. We´ve seen penguins (in the desert?!?!?!) and we´re off to the island of marine elephants tomorrow....
Ok, well I´m out...
Love to all!
Laura
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Join fellow Rotarians to watch the Harlem Globetrotters in action Wed. Jan. 16 at Convocation Center. A pre-game gathering will be held at the Malcoms, 31 Utah Place at 5:15 and the game will begin at 7 PM. Cost per ticket is $14 [will be reduced to $13 if we have a minimum of 25 participants]. Sign up at a club meeting or see the event notice at the bottom of the home page on the website. Click on it to register.
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DEAR RORARIANS
ROTARY CLUB OF PUSAD 54010/3030
MG PROJECT MOKSHDHAM
OUR CLUB RECEIVED GRANT OF US$45000 (INR 20LAKH 35 THOUSAND)IN JUNE LAST WEEK.IMMEDIATELY WE START WORK OF FIVE CREMETORIAL SHADES.

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Read about the progress of MG no#59299,  Ram's project in India to provide cataract surgeriesis with intra occular lence implant...

See other photos in the photo journal titled Ram's Vision Project

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Some Argentinian News from Laura Watson Sheila Mark 0
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Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the paperwork for an exchange student has increased exponentially.  New policies to protect them from sexual assault and harrassment have further increased the work.  To keep our exchange program from being a full time job, a committee has been formed.  Dividing the work of home interviews, background checks, and certifications will insure the success of this very important program.
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Our inbound exchange students have arrived and attended Rotary on August 27. Constance is from France and Mathieu is from Belgium. Constance will be hosted Fall quarter by Keith and Maureen Watson in The Plains.  Mathieu is hosted by Cynthia Holliday.  Please consider hosting one of these students for Winter or Spring quarter
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The Athens Rotary Club has gained a new respect for Keith Wasserman and Good Works.  After his program at a Monday meeting, our Club volunteered to host a Friday night dinner on August 10, 2007 at the Good Works property on Luhrig Road.  It was held

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The Rotary Wedding Park is beginning to take shape. The brick walkway is nearly completed and the columns for the pavillion are in place. A number of large trees have also been planted

The park is on city property, directly behind the new Holiday Express motel.
WORK PROGRESSING AT WEDDING PARK Sheila Mark 0
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Spearheaded by Community Service Chair, Susan Urano, Rotarians painted 4 bedrooms and a hall in the Timothy House. The Timothy House, located in west Athens, is operated by Good Works as a shelter for the homeless. Four second floor bedrooms and hallway were repainted as part of a community service project of our Rotary Club. Fifteen volunteers worked for two days on July 25 and 26. Craig Johnson was  on hand to supervise the Rotarians Ben Ogles, Scott Moody, Jim Bruning, John Miller, Shawna Stumf, Jody Harris, David Lusty along with morning Rotarians Muriel Frederick and Joe McGowan.  Carpet was installed by Athens Paint and Decorating, owned by David West, a morning Rotarian.
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Ball caps, pork bar-b-que, free drinks,and a great game. The night was a sure winner.

It was a beautiful day for a ballgame. And, with 104 Rotarians and family members present to cheer them on, the Copperheads defeated the Xenia All Americans by a score of 14 to 1. Seth Harris, 6 year old son of Jody,threw out the opening pitch. Alan Boyd sang the Star Spangled Banner. Tickets and soft drinks were courtesy of Curt Allison and Pepsi. They along with People's Bank and Ismail Ghazalah provided enough door prizes that nearly everyone present became a winner. Thanks also to Betsy Baringer, George Smalley, Marjorie Malcom, Sheila Mark, Wilhelmina Lusty, and John Miller for making the outing a great success.  See the photo journal titled COPPERHEADS 07.02.07 more posted later today
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Diane McVey was selected as ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR for 2007-2008.   Diane was recognized at the Installation Banquet for her many contributions, including her position as a past assistant district governor, attendance and input at our club's board meetings, and her work on behalf of the Rotary Foundation. Congratulations Diane.  We appreciate all your hard work for Rotary.

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Below is a brief summary of the 2007 Council on Legislation actions. Of particular interest is the dues increase and the resolution to the TRF trustees to lower the minimum matching grant amount from $5,000 to $2,500. In addition the COL increased the number of Rotarians sitting on the nominating committee for RI President from 17 to 34...one for each Zone.

Regards,

David Lusty, PDG
D6690 2007 Council on Legislation Delegate
2007 Council on Legislation Sheila Mark 0
An Invitation to the Ecuador Project Fair Carpenter, CFP, Michael 0
Letter from our Youth Exchange Student Carpenter, CFP, Michael 0
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Interact Clubs from throughout District 6690 were asked to submit up to two projects this past year for consideration for the "Governor's Citation for Outstanding Project Award" and one project with a focus on Literacy for the "Governor's Citation for Outstanding Literacy Project"

Upon review of the projects, the judges have selected 

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The Life of a Rotary World Peace Fellow Go to http://rotary.org/interactive and click on story 1 to hear an interview with Shai Tamari, a first year Rotary World Peace Fellow. A Jewish man born in Jerusalem, Tamari hopes that by studying global history with a specialization in conflict resolution and Arabic, he'll be able to help find a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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David and Bonnie Prince each retired in 2000 after 30 years at Hocking College and Ohio University.  They created Prince Consultants LLC, their own company, which is the foundation for their new education and technology consulting careers.  They are members of the World Futurist Society.

Profiles of Nominated Members Carpenter, CFP, Michael 0
A Report from our Outbound Student in Mexico Sheila Mark 0
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The Rotary Book Sale has been making about $10 a week.  Last year, the money was donated to the Polio Eradication effort.  I propose we donate the money toward Shelter Boxes this year.  Send me your thoughts. 

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See another side of Rotary in a new digital publication, Rotary International Interactive. Each month, experience the mission and fellowship of Rotarians and young adults involved in programs such as Ambassadorial Scholarships, Interact, and Rotaract. The publication goes beyond words to tell Rotary's story using photo essays, videos, and other media. In addition, Interactive offers articles about some of the varied careers of Rotarians and the family of Rotary, as well as unique places Rotarians meet and a blog from a Youth Exchange student. In every issue of Interactive, you also can read advice from the RI president and send in your own questions to him, which you might see answered in upcoming issues. Delve deeper into the many sides of Rotary by getting Interactive e-mailed to you, subscribing to an RSS feed, or reading the current edition now at www.rotary.org/interactive.
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The nominations of new club members Bonnie and David Prince were approved by the Athens Rotary Board on March 1, 2007. They are sponsored by Ram Gawande. If you have any comments or concerns about the nominations, please put these in writing to Shawna Stump no later than March 12.
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After contracting polio, Dianne Odell has spent most of her life in the machine. Odell, who turned 60 last week, is among only 30 to 40 people in the U.S. who depend on the devices.
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So far, we are selling 4-9 books a week. We have made a total of $22.73. That is not much until you consider that the work is minimal and it will pay to immunize 38 children against polio. Though books are donated by Edmap, new titles are not often available. We might consider approaching other book stores for their dead stock, but that gets into more work than is reasonable for what we make. The donations that Rotarians have made seemed to sell well. Let's continue to bring titles that will sell quickly. We'll raise the price to $.60, the cost of one immunization.
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The Athens Rotary Club has been a big supporter of the Polio Plus Program. Club historians report that we donated $30,000 during the initial campaign. True to our values, we pledged $23,000 for the second campaign. As of Dec 31, 2004 our members had donated
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Our exchange student from Taiwan, Pan Tzu-Wen, turned 17 on Thursday, January 18th. His host family had an American birthday party for him, complete with 17 candles on his cake. He received some presents that he loved, including sports apparel and a basketball. It's not too late to send him a birthday card.
Pan Tzu-Wen
c/o Bruce Mitchell
191 East State Street
Athens, Ohio 45701
Pan Had a Birthday Sheila Mark 0
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Our exchange students need host families for Spring Quarter. Both are bright, lovely, interesting teenagers. Bica is a girl from Milan, Italy. She speaks very good English. Pan is a boy from Taiwan. His English is fair and improving every day. They are both fun to be with and deserve a good variety of experiences in the U.S.A. Their current host parents, Guy and Linda Philips, and Bruce and Susan Mitchell will be glad to tell you more about them. Or call President Sheila.
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Congratulations!  Athens Rotary achieved its goal in sales of Milo's Products!  With Jonathan Leal's gracious offer, we received a percentage of product sales made by Athens Rotary members.

$716.05 went toward our club's commitment to Polio Funding!

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Cita Strauss, the Executive Director of Athens County Habitat for Humanity, became a member of the Athens Rotary Club in December.  Cita has been an active volunteer in church, schools, the university and the Athens Community for 30 years.  She has been the founder and executive director of her own business and non-profit organization too. Please welcome Cita!
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EdMap has donated books to our Club for a Literacy Project. While Bob Mayer and President Sheila sorted through books to see what organization might be able to use them, they came across titles they wanted to read themselves. Being the bright, innovative souls that they are, they came up with the idea of a Rotary book sale.
Rotary Book Sale Sheila Mark 0
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Alberica Ferraris, the exchange student from Milan, Italy is now hosted by Guy and Linda Philips. Pan Tzu-Wen from Taipei, Taiwan, is now hosted by Bruce and Susan Mitchell. We still need families for these two students for Spring Quarter. If you know someone who might like to host one of these students, notify President Sheila
Inbound Youth Exchange Students Move to New Host Families Sheila Mark 0
Coach Crawley Invites Rotarians to a Women's Basketball Game Sheila Mark 0
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The minutes of the meetings of The Athens Rotary Foundation are posted.  If you would like to read them, go to Site Pages in the left hand column. 
Click on The Athens Rotary Foundation
Click on the date you would like to read.
Minutes of meetings of The Athens Rotary Foundataion Sheila Mark 0
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President: Scott Malcom

President Elect: Bob Marinellie

President Nominee: Shawna Stump

Secretary: Shawna Stump

Treasurer: Christie Mitchell

Club Service: Kay Johnson

Community Service: Susan Urano

Vocational Service: James Stephens

International Service: Julia Zimmerman

 

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"The Holiday Party is traditionally one of the club's highlights of the year.  This year was no exception!"  Chuck Carlson

"My wife thought is it was one of our best Holiday Parties."  Mike Noel

"This should be a Christmas Party, not a Holiday Party . . . the lines took too long . .  by the time I went thru the food was cold."  Dick Mottl

"It was a great evening . . the food was good and the entertainment was outstanding.  Thanks to all who planned the gala."  R.L. and Marlene Weinfurtner

"This being my first Rotary Holiday Party I have attended, I didn't know what to expect, but I thought it was a truly lovely evening."  Christie Mitchell

"I thought the music was outstanding.  I enjoyed both the pianist and the vocal program.  The food was very good, but I had trouble handling the large tortilla."  Bob Johnson

"The Rotary Holiday Party is a wonderful tradition that I really enjoy.  Dave Palmer and his committee do a great job.  The Southwest theme was fun and a little different."  Wilhelmina Lusty

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David Tolley played an incredible repertoire during dinner, one wonderful piece after another.  Each time he started a new piece, I would think, "Oh, this is my favorite song." 

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With tables set for 160 people, the Holiday Party was a great success.  Dave Palmer was Chair for the 10th year.  This year he outdid himself.  He says his committee is a "well oiled machine."   The committee included:  Mary & Bill Diles, Betsy Baringer, Ismail Ghazalah, Faye Klahn, Raj Koshal, Sheila Mark, Steve Sloan, and Shawna Stump. 

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April 21:  Harry Kaneshige, Bruce Ergood, Shawna Stump; Invocation: need volunteer

April 28:  Alan Boyd, Roger Rollins, Emilia Marks, Invocation: Shawna Stump

May 5:   Amy Hartley, Cita Strauss     Invocation: need volunteer

May 12: Elsworth Holden, Kay Johnson   Invocation:
See Kay Johnson to sign up to be a greeter or give the invocation.

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The 2007 Group Study Exchange Committe is looking for Team Members who wish to participate in the outbound program for Uberlandia, Brazil.  Their team will be leaving for our district April 21 to May 20 and our Outbound Team will be arriving May 19 to June 18, 2007.

Team Member applications are due by December 22, 2006 and should be sent to Calvin Gebhart, c/o The Citizens Bank, P. O. Box 227, Ashville, OH  43103.  Applications can be downloaded from:

http://www.rotary.org/newsroom/downloadcenter/pdfs/161en/pdf

 

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Our Holiday Party will be held December 4th at 6:00 p. m.  We will be dining at Nelson Commons on the Ohio University South Green Campus.  This year's Southwestern theme will include luminaries and Christmas cacti.

Social Hour and Cash Bar begin at 6:00 and dinner begins at 7:15.  Come and enjoy an evening of good food and entertainment!

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Our Club Runner website allow us to put sponsors' ads on our website. If you would like to sponsor an ad, announce an event, put up a Happy Buck, put your business card on line, or just say "Hi" in your ad the cost is $5/month.  Your ad can be in the Table Page News as well for $10/month. 

Our web site will rotate, on the main page, the sponsors as the page is viewed. Other web pages on Club Runner will show all the sponsors. Our club newsletter (bulletin)also shows the sponsors as noted by the turkeys and light bulb balloons on the side of the emailed bulletin.  The ads on the Table Page News will appear weekly. 

If you would like to sponsor our site, it can accommodate up to 12 ads at a time. Cost is $5/month and will run from the time it meets your approval for presentation until the money runs out :)  

The Table Page can accommodate up to 4 ads at a time.  Cost is $10/month and includes an ad on our Web site. 

Please contact Bob Marinellie or Sheila Mark if you would like to sponsor our site. This money will help defray the cost of mailing the Bulletin to those who do not have e-mail.

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In past seasons, Oprah has given away her favorite hand-picked products, including a Maytag washer and dryer, a diamond watch by Philip Stein and fudge brownies.

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District 6690, along with all member districts of The Ohio-Erie Youth Exchange Multi-district,  has been notified that we are certified to continue participating in The Rotary Youth Exchange program. 

 

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Send your stories, photos, and news items to Michael Carpenter.  He'll publish them on the Web and they'll go in to the Bulletin as well.   Michael will be attending Board meetings to get some news first hand, but he can't be everywhere, so help him by alerting him of any news or stories.   
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George K. Smalley joined The Athens Rotary Club on August 7, 2006.  He works at Peoples Bank as The Vice President and Residential Lending Manager. 

He was originally from Jackson, Ohio   After earning his Bachelor's Degree
from Ohio Northern University in  Ada, Ohio, he pursued a Masters Degree from Ohio University.  While at O.U., he was an assistant coach with the Ohio University Baseball Team and helped lead them to the 1997 MAC Championship.

Previous to living in Athens, he resided in Powell, Ohio for 3 years and in Westerville, Ohio for 5 years.  His wife is Jill and he has a daughter named Jenna.  His community involvement in addition to Rotary includes membership in the  Executive Board of Directors for Southern Ohio Copperheads.  His hobbies are: sports, travel, motorcycling, snowmobiling, home improvement projects.

Welcome to Rotary, George
!!!
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The Athens High School Interact Club officers are Katie Holroyd, Jason Abel, Yosha Gunasekera, Alexandra Shostak, Alana Dakin, and advisor Mary Abel.  They attended the Rotary District 6690 Interact Officer Training program at Sharon Woods Metro Park, Spring Hollow Lodge.
 
The students participated in leadership activities, saw a film about Rotary and heard several Rotary speakers. In addition, the training covered such topics as how to run a successful meeting, membership, recruitment and retention and fudraising and service project ideas. 
 
The Athens Interact Club will develop a service project devoted to literacy.  They have also decided to help The Athens Rotary Club with holiday baskets.  If there are other projects in which the Interactors can  participate  with the  Rotary Club, please contact Mary Abel. 
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James Stephens is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Science at Ohio University.  He lives with his wife, Mary Linda.  He has three sons, Robert, Craig and Eric.
James (he goes by James, not Jim) has been a Rotary member for 30 years and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  He comes to us from the club in Indianapolis.  Before moving to Athens, he held executive postions in large hospitals and health systems for 25 years (18 years as the CEO).  He received his Doctoral degree from Central Michigan University, and both his Bachelor and Masters degree fom Iniana University.  James has already assumed the role of Vocational Chair in our Club.  We are lucky to have someone so experienced in Rotary and so willing to take an active role.

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Below is an e-mail we received from Mel Simon of "Operation We Care".  If anyone else would like to contribute money to his project, you may contact Diane McVey.

Dear President Sheila:   (Rotary Club of Athens)
On behalf of the "Operation We Care", it is a pleasure to convey to you our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for your generosity on your indiviual support and donation in the amount of $700.00 towards Matching Grant #60937. Your leadership along with Diane McVey, Atmaran Gawande,. Ismail Ghazalah, William Diles, Paul Scott Malcom, Robert Marinellie, Shawna Stump, April Crabtree and Julia Zimmerman.
 
A copy of this e-mail is being sent to Meredith Burlew, TRF Coordinator for Humanitarian Grants in Evanston Rotary Foundation Headquarters for proper recording.
 
Again thank you for "Leading The Way"
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
PDG Mel
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Posted by Sheila Mark
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September is NEW GENERATIONS month. Rotary's programs that fall into that category include Interact, Rotaract and Youth Exchange. GET INVOLVED WITH YOUTH THROUGH ROTARY!