Welcome to the Athens Rotary club!


Service Above Self

We Meet Mondays at 12 Noon
Ohio University Inn
331 Richland Ave
Athens, OH  45701
United States of America
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February 2019
Dr. Frans Doppen, Patton College of Education
Feb 25, 2019
His Book, "Richard L. Davis and the Color Line in Ohio Coal"
John Coen
Mar 04, 2019 12:00 PM
Special Effects in Film
Bill & Bob Johnson
Mar 11, 2019 12:00 PM
Watts Antenna
Jennifer Wilfong: American Electric Power
Mar 18, 2019
The AEP Ohio Story
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New Generations
Rotary Foundation
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Executive Secretary


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Marcello Fornari (Ctr.) was a visiting Rotarian at the Feb. 11, Athens Rotary Club noon meeting.  He has an MBA (IT Business), lives in the São Paulo area of Brazil and is a member of Rotary Club Jundiaí Sul.  Marcello is shown trading Rotary Club Banners with President Elect, Tom Gibbs and Sheila Mark (Nominee for President Elect 2019-2020).  Learn more about Marcello Fornari on Linkedin.
  Photo provided by Tom Gibbs.
The slate of officers for Rotary-year 2019-2020 (term starts July 1, 2019):
President: Thomas Gibbs
President Elect: Sheila Mark
Secretary: Ed Peterson
Treasurer: Dave Diggle
Past Pres. & Membership Chair : Brandon Elliott
Club Service: Tara Gilts
Vocational Service: Thomas Gibbs
Community Sevice: Calvin James
New Generations: Brandon Elliott
International Service:
Rotary Foundation: Calvin James
Club Foundation Chair: Channing McAllister
Club Foundation Secretary: Diane McVey
Club Foundation Treasurer: Dave Diggle
Club Foundation Investments: Channing McAllister
Executive Secretary: Ed Peterson
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 2018 Award was presented to Betsy Baringer at the Annual Holiday Party on Dec. 10, 2018.
Several members nominated Betsy Baringer for her superb efforts spearheading the Thanksgiving Food Basket Project this year (as she has for the past several years!). Betsy was also heavily involved in the operations management of the Athens Rotary Club.  She is responsible for making sure meals and tables are ready for each of our weekly meetings.   She is always on hand to assist with technical issues, special foods for members and advising our guests.  Betsy exemplifies the 4-way test of Rotary by showing great Character, building Goodwill, being Fair and Truthful and providing Benefit to all she serves.  Thank You Betsy!
The photo above is by Rotarian Don Fucci and information was provided by President Brandon Elliott.
The "Athens Rotary Club Community Service Person of the Year Award" is given to an Athens community member who exemplifies fellowship and the ideals of Rotary as interpreted by the Rotary Motto "Service Above Self".  The 2018 Award was presented to Thomas O’Grady at the Annual Holiday Party on Dec. 10, 2018.
Thomas O’Grady was nominated by Rotarian Mary Diles.  He was instrumental in successfully moving the Southeast Ohio History Center to its new location at 24 W. State St., Athens, OH.  Thomas (an Astronomy Instructor at Ohio University for more than 30 years) has been a member of the board of the Southeast Ohio History Center since 1999 and became Executive Director of the Center in 2014.  The ribbon cutting ceremony for the History Center at its new location took place on April 12th.  Tom’s efforts with the historical society have made a tremendous impact in preserving the history of the Athens area for future generations.  Tom’s ability to work with community members and preserve our heritage made him an excellent choice for Athens Rotary’s Community Award.  Tom’s efforts exemplify “Service Above Self” throughout our area. 
The photo above is by Rotarian Don Fucci and information was provided by President Brandon Elliott.
Here is a link to Athens County schools Clean Hands Project GoFundMe
Athens Rotary Club has set up a GoFundMe activity to raise donations for the Clean Hands Project in Athens County Elementary schools.
Clicking on the link above will allow visitors to make donations to the Athens Rotary Foundation for this project. 
Athens Rotary Club will be installing Hand Sanitizer dispensers and provide refills in each classroom for grades K thru 6 at 8 Elementary Schools.
Schools receiving this benefit include : Alexander, East, Morrison, The Plains, West, Trimble, Amesville, and Coolville
For any questions please email President Brandon Elliott at: elliottb@ohio.edu
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 ideally to be presented at the Annual Holidays Party.  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 the completed forms should be sent to President Brandon Elliott, elliottb@ohio.edu
...in other words...follow these steps:
  1.  Download the Nomination Form by clicking on the appropriate award: "Rotarian of the year",   or "Community Member of the Year"
  2.  Email the completed form (as an attachment) to President Brandon Elliott, elliottb@ohio.edu  
We are obviously late in getting this process started this year so please get your nominations in as soon as possible.  The Athens Rotary Board may close nominations for this year at any time.
    This post was made at the request of President Brandon Elliott and Past President Mike Noel.
Athens Rotary’s Annual Holidays Party for members and their spouses, and guests, will be held on Monday, December 10th at the Ohio University Inn.  A social hour (open bar) begins at 6 PM, dinner will be served at 7 (See Menu below).  Guitarist Gary Efaw will provide the ambiance.  Shortly after 8 PM there will be some brief business and announcements and then our musical feature this year will be The Heights who will perform till 9 or so.  (See more about the Entertainment below.)
If you plan to attend, please let Dave Palmer (palmerd@wxtq.com) know the number in your party and the entre (Chicken, Pork, Veggie) for each attendee either by using the sign-up sheet at our noon meetings or by contacting Dave directly by email.
On Sunday November 2nd, a strong showing of Interact Students (shown below)
together with Rotary member-volunteers  Alan Boyd, Brandon Elliot, Ann Paulins, Karen Vedder, Keith Wasserman (and wife Darlene) labeled 600 dictionaries for delivery to all Athens County 3rd graders. Labeling was completed in a record 17 minutes! Thanks to the Interact Students for their tremendous assistance – including carrying boxes of dictionaries to the cars of Rotarians who are making the deliveries.
Deliveries will occur throughout the month of November, most in collaboration with faculty liaisons in The Patton College Professional Development Partnership program.  Rotarians delivering dictionaries are:
Brandon Elliot (Alexander)
Alan Boyd (East)
Karen Vedder (Morrison-Gordon)
Ann Paulins (The Plains)
Keith Wasserman (West)
Jan Garske (Nelsonville-York)
Jodie Harris (Amesville & Coolville)
Sandy Nesbit (Trimble)
Thanks are extended to all who participated in this project.
The information and photograph in this post was supplied by Ann Paulins, Athens Rotary Literacy Project Chair.