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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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December 2018
Rotary Christmas Party
Dec 10, 2018
No Lunch Meeting Today
Sharon Hatfield, Author and Local Historian
Dec 17, 2018
Her book . . . "Enchanted Ground: The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons"
Christmas Eve: No Meeting
Dec 24, 2018
No Lunch Meeting Today
New Years Eve: No Meeting
Dec 31, 2018
No Lunch Meeting Today
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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.
The speakers at our Noon Meeting on Monday, November 5, are:
Dr. Lisa Harrison (associate professor) and Dr. Theda Gibbs Grey (assistant Professor), both in the Department of Teacher Education in the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education at Ohio University. Dr. Harrison, whose area of expertise is middle grades, and Gibbs Grey, who has an academic emphasis in literacy, have conducted research, sponsored by The Spencer Foundation, to explore the experiences of black girls who have faced school disciplinary actions to better understand their needs and to improve school structures that support their social, emotional, and academic well-being.
Their presentation is titled: Black Girls Matter: Exploring the Lives of Black Middle School Girls Who Have Faced School Disciplinary Actions.
  Thanks to Rotarian Ann Paulins, Assoc. Dean and Professor, The Patton College of Education, Ohio University, for this information.
Find out more about this fundraiser HERE
Nelsonville Rotary has asked Athens Rotary
to sponsor a table of 8 at this event.
Members should contact President Brandon Elliott at elliottb@ohio.edu if they are interested in attending this event at Stuart’s Opera House, Sat. Nov. 10.
Rotary District 6690 will be providing a Large Firetruck for our members to ride on, and walk behind, to promote Rotary in the community during the Ohio University Homecoming Parade on October 20, 2018.   We are planning to carry buckets for donations to: Polio Plus.
If you would like to ride or walk in the OU Homecoming Parade, please arrive at 160 West Union Street before 9:30 am on Saturday October 20th, 2018!  The parade will begin at 10:00 am.
     Note: Information provided by President Brandon Elliott.
The Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest continued on December 3,  2018.  The winner for the week was John M. Miller.  John collected the weekly split of $25, but failed to find the Joker and instead drew the six of Clubs.   The accumulated pot will start at $704 at the next with only 18 cards remaining in the deck.

(Photo by Don Fucci, from the 2015, 19-th Annual Event.)

Channing McAllister, President of the Athens Rotary Foundation, and Chair of the 22nd Annual Rotary Charity Golf Scramble released the following statement: 

"While Rotary is known for its world-wide efforts, the Athens Rotary Foundation is focused entirely on the needs here in Athens County, particularly those of the youth.  Your support is very much appreciated and will help us address those needs"

The Athens Rotary Foundation is holding its 22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 10, 2018, at the Athens Country Club.  Play starts shortly after Noon.  The proceeds raised from this event go to the Athens Rotary Foundation.

Some of the projects we assisted in the last few years are:  helped build a handicapped accessible playground at the City's South Side Park; satisfied our $50,000 pledge to help rebuild the Athens High School football field and stadium; and 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 is 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).

 Photo by Sheila Mark.
President Brandon Elliott welcomes Athens Rotary’s newest members at the noon meeting on August 20.  Mrs. Sandra Nesbitt became an Active Member and the Athens firm of Snider Fuller and Stroh located at 5 Depot St. (https://sniderfullerstroh.com) became a Corporate Member with Mr. Shane Jarrett as the primary member and Mr. Snider and Mr. Stroh as alternate members.