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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Teresa Caldwell, Athens SWCD
Aug 26, 2019
The Birds & Bees: A Local Involvement
No meeting - Labor Day
Sep 02, 2019
Dr. Danny Twilley
Sep 09, 2019
Asst Prof Recreation and Sport Pedagogy
Clarence Page
Sep 16, 2019
Pulitzer Prize Winning American Journalist
August 2019
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President Elect
Past President/Membership Chair
Community Service
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New Generations
Rotary Foundation
Club Foundation Chair
Club Foundation Secretary
Club Foundation Treasurer
Club Foundations Investments
Executive Secretary


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  Photo by Cita Strauss
President Thomas Gibbs and Rotary Exchange Student Eloïse Mancel, from Normandy, France, exchange Rotary Banners.  Eloïse stayed with Nora Anderson (far right) and her family in Athens after Nora stayed with Eloïse and her family in Normandy.

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

Channing McAllister, President of the Athens Rotary Foundation, and Chair of the 23nd Annual Rotary Charity Golf Scramble, gave the announcement for this year's event.  This is the only yearly fundraising event event for the Athens Rotary Foundation.  Channing McAllister has previously said:

"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"

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!).  

Make checks payable to The Athens Rotary Foundation, Tax ID# 31-1600581

Mail to: The Athens Rotary Foundation; P.O. Box 681, Athens, OH 45701 

Sign-up and pay with a credit card: Click Here!

Contact: Foundation President and Golf Chair,  Channing McAllister (740-592-4882).

Photo by Don Fucci
Athens Rotary 2019-2020 Officers were installed by Jenny Stotts, Assistant Governor, at our Noon Meeting on July 14, 2019.
Shown above were those present: (L to R)  Shane Jarrett, Community Service Chair; Abe Alassaf, International Service Chair; Ed Peterson, Secretary; Dave Diggle, Treasurer; Sheila Mark, President Elect; Thomas Gibbs, President;  Jenny Stotts, Assistant Governor.  Not Shown are Tara Gilts, Club Service Chair;  Ann Paulins, Vocational Service Chair; and Brandon Elliott, Past President/Membership Chair and New Generations Chair.
See more of Don Fucci's photos taken during the installation in the photo album here.
The District 6690 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Event is going to be held at Ohio University again this year!  Learn more about the annual RYLA event HERE.
The event is July 18 -- 20.  Volunteers are needed for the event and the District depends heavily on the three local Rotary Clubs (Us, Athens Sunrise, and Nelsonville)  Jenny Rebekah Stotts, Assistant Governor, District 6690 - Area 13, is requesting volunteers.

Please consider volunteering, CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP! 

If you have any questions at all please Email: Jenny Rebekah Stotts at jenny@athenscasa.org

The winner of the weekly Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship split the pot contest on August 19, 2019 was Jan Garske.  Jan collected the weekly split of $20 and proceeded to cut the seven of Diamonds from the deck.  So, the contest will continue next week with $204 beginning in the accumulated pot and 43 cards in the deck.
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship split the pot contest on June 3, 2019 was Lois Gerig.   She collected the weekly split of $20 and then proceeded to cut the Joker from the remaining 45 cards in the deck, thus claiming the accumulated pot of $176.  Congratulations, Lois.  We will start contest #37 next week.
Worstell Scholarship Awards – Submitted to OU Financial Aid Office
JadeMarie XiangSi HowardAthens High School$2,500
Mary Kate McCullochNelsonville York High School$1,900
Jaelyn SayersTrimble Local High School$1,900
Gawande Scholarship Awards – Submitted to Athens Rotary Foundation
Sylvie C. WilsonAthens High School$3,000
Iman AbukamailAthens High School$1,200
Teagan HughesAthens High School$1,200
Karen Vedder
Rich Vedder
Ed Peterson
Brandon Elliot
John M. Miller
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
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 "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.