Welcome to the Rotary Club of Athens OH!


Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Ohio University Inn
331 Richland Ave
Athens, OH 45701
United States of America
Currently We Meet Virtually, Mondays at 12 Noon
Eddith Dashiell, Director, Sch. of Journalism, OU
Nov 23, 2020 12:00 PM
Importance of the 1st Amendment in the Digital Age
Bonnie Proudfoot
Nov 30, 2020
Goshen Road: A Novel
November 2020
Directors & Execs.
President Elect
Pres.-Elect, Elect
Past President/Membership Chair
Community Service
Vocational Service
Club Service
International Service
New Generations
Rotary Foundation
Club Foundation Chair
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Club Foundation Treasurer
Club Foundations Investments
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Athens Country Club Golf course Photo by Don Fucci

     Photo by Don Fucci (from last year's Event.)

     Channing McAllister, President of the Athens Rotary Foundation, and Chair of the 24th Annual Athens Rotary Foundation Charity Fundraiser announced that, because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Golf Scramble would be "IMAGINARY" this year, but the Charity Fundraiser would be held as usual!  The proceeds of this event have always helped fund the projects benefitting children that we support in Athens County.  This is the only yearly fundraising event for the Athens Rotary Foundation.  He has said previously,

"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" 

     This year those projects are even more vital and include recent grants to Operation Backpack, Imagination Library, Coolville Elementary, O'Bleness Diversity Books for Pediatric Offices as well as the annual Dictionary Project for every third grader in the Athens County Schools.  Most recently we are providing Aid to International Students who are having a difficult time in Athens this summer because of the Pandemic. We have pledged, and completed, $50,000  commitments to Stuart's Opera House, The Dairy Barn Arts Center and continue to provide substantial scholarship support to area high school students.  Our Foundation has no administrative expenses;  all moneys flow directly to our projects.

     We will not be able to enjoy all the fun competition at the Athens Country Club this year because of the Pandemic.  But we promise you will have a warm feeling in your heart for continuing to support the Athens Rotary Foundation and our projects by supporting our "IMAGINARY" event.

Become a Hole Sponsor ($125); "Play" ($125); Become a non-participating General Sponsor ($250); Become a participating "Team" Sponsor ($500). 

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 

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

 Photo by Diane McVey.  Click on photo to see more.
     On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, The Athens Rotary Club and The Athens Sunrise Rotary Club collaborated on our third Frontline Appreciation Event.   This one was held at Station 51 of the Athens County Emergency Medical Service (ACEMS) on West Union Street.  We met at 7:30 AM to set up the signs and plants.  The staff has 24-hour shifts that change at 8:00 AM, so we were able to recognize two shifts, one coming and one leaving.  It was really nice to meet the staff and let them know how much the community values their service.        
     Thanks to Rotarians Jeanne Heaton, Diane McVey, Karen Vedder, and Athens Rotary Pres. Sheila Mark for staffing this event.  Thanks to all of you, your family, and friends who made signs.  They were terrific! 
      ---Story provided by Pres. Sheila Mark 

Athens Rotary joins with the American Red Cross to sponsor a Blood Drive:

  Monday, July 27, 2020 
  9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  100 May Street,
  Athens, Athens OH 45701

Note the location is at the Red Cross site on May Street.  

To Schedule an appointment:  Go to Redcrossblood.org and enter your zip code, click-on find drive, scroll to the blood drive on July 27 at 100 May St. in Athens, and enter your information.


-- Walk-ins are NOT SUPPOSED to be taken, but if there is a slot available for a later time they can try to schedule a same day appointment.

Also Note:

--Everyone is kept 6 feet apart no matter what. They take donors one at a time through check in, health history, and through the donation process.

--You will need:  License, donor card (if you have one), and a mask!
  This information was provided by Rotarian Betsy Baringer.  Thank You!!
  Photo from Pres. Sheila Mark.  Click on photo to see album
On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the Athens Rotary Club and The Athens Sunrise Rotary Club held an appreciation event at the Athens County Health Department.  We masked up and placed signs at the building entrance and around the parking lot to thank the staff for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.  A table was set up in the parking lot, filled with outdoor perennial plants to be distributed to each of the staff.   The date of the event was very appropriate, as the nurses had worked overtime the previous 2 weekends tracking cases after the numbers recently spiked in Athens County.  Thanks to Diane McVey, Mike Noel, Ed Peterson, and Sheila Mark from the Athens Rotary Club as well as Kelly Pero from the Sunrise Club for staffing the event.  It was rewarding to hear the expressions of gratitude from the staff.   
   ---Story provided by Pres. Sheila Mark.
Photo is from Pres. Sheila Mark.  Click on the photo, to view a photo album (still under construction).
     International Students are having a difficult time this summer in Athens because of the pandemic.  The Athens Rotary Club has joined other individuals, institutions, and charity organization in Athens, to help out.  Rotarians Betsy Baringer, Diane McVey, and Pres. Sheila Mark and her husband Max Mark joined a food drive on Monday Jun. 22 from 4 to 6pm, donning masks and greeting the donors in the OU INN parking lot (across the street from the OU INN).  Pres. Sheila reported that there was a "wonderful turn-out.   Thanks so much to everyone who came by and sent food and personal care items, as well as money.  We filled 2 vehicles and collected about $900.  Everyone thanked us for being there and it felt so good to know we are part of such a generous community that rallies around our students in such a difficult time, difficult for us all."   
     There are plans to repeat the event several times during this summer at specific times to be announced.  Interested person's can donate money by sending a check made out to The Athens Rotary Foundation with memo: OU International Student Emergency Relief  Fund (abbreviated by simply: OUISER Fund).  Send the check to our Treasurer:
Dave Diggle 
13368 N. Peach Ridge Road,
Athens, Ohio 45701.
There is much more to this continuing story....
Photo from Pres. Sheila MarkClick on the photo to view the album.
     The two Rotary Clubs in the city of Athens [Athens (noon) Rotary Club and Athens Sunrise Rotary Club] are collaborating on a project named: The Frontline Appreciation Project.  Its purpose is to thank Athens front-line workers, as well as locally owned businesses, for their extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
     Perennial plants from White's Mill were recently purchased to give to our local healthcare workers.   President Sheila Mark reports that the recent project-event (June 29, 2020) was a great success!  Rotarians, children of Rotarians, and friends of Rotarians decorated signs to place at the entrances and walkways at Ohio Health O'Bleness Hospital to thank the healthcare workers for their service during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click on the photo above to see an album of photos from Pres. Sheila taken at the event.  Pres. Sheila suggests, if you look closely, you may notice the special expressions on the faces of the medical workers who received perennials.
Rotarians made a big dent in the Autumn Olive Grove at Camp Rotan. These invasive plants are very aggressive and choke out native plants. Cutting them does not suffice, as they are extremely proficient at resprouting. We had to dig them out😅. Thanks to Mayor Steve Patterson, Mike Noel, Alan Boyd, Diane McVey with her husband & son, Tara Gilts with her son, John Miller, Shane Jarrett with his wife & 2 children, Jeanne Heaton, and Sheila Mark with her husband. We had perfect weather and saw some spectacular wild flowers and ferns, along with some other flora & fauna.  See the photos in the photo journal.
Worstell Scholarship Awards – Submitted to OU Financial Aid Office
Anna Crabtree, Alexander High School          $3,000
Collin Williams, Alexander High School        $1,300
Dillon Banik, Trimble High School                 $1,000
John “JK” Kearns, Alexander High School     $1,000
Gawande Scholarship Awards – Submitted to Athens Rotary Foundation
Abigail Miller, Athens High School                  $3,000
Karli Graham, Nelsonville York High School   $1,800
Clay Williams, Nelsonville York High School  $1,500
Karen Vedder
Rich Vedder
Don Green
Ed Peterson
John M. Miller (Chair)
Covered bridge in Athens Co. 8/4/2015
    Our Photographer, Rotarian Don Fucci, has provided several of his photographs (taken over the past few years) that reveal the flavor of life here in the Athens OH area.  Don called the collection "Athens Reflections" and they can be viewed in the photo album on our web pages:  Athens Reflections by Don Fucci.
Photo by Shane Jarrett
    Welcome to our two newest members:  Jessie Parker (right) and Michael Yandrich (left) shown with their Rotary Mentor Mike Noel as they were Inducted into Corporate Membership of the Rotary Club of Athens OH on March 9, 2020.   Jessie is the President and Michael is a Senior Engineer of S&S Engineering, a new firm in Athens specializing in Civil Engineering site work.
The winner of the weekly Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship split the pot contest on March 9, 2020 was Don Green.  Don collected the weekly split of $17 (which he donated to the scholarship fund) and then cut the nine of Clubs from the remaining deck of cards.  So, the contest will continue next week with $700 in the accumulated pot and only 19 cards in the deck.
  Athens Rotary's Good Works Friday Night Supper was held on Jan. 17, 2020 at The Plains United Methodist Church.
    The team of Rotary (and friends) volunteers to plan, purchase, prepare, cook, serve and clean-up were: Betsy Baringer and Tom Lazear, Tara Gilts, Mario Grijalva, Shane Jarrett, Candy Kemmerer, Diane McVey and Craig Johnson and their friend Dave Bradley, Mike Noel, Ann Paulins, Karen Vedder and Keith and Darlene Wasserman
  Approximately 100 community members attended the meal, and 40 community members signed up for take-home food.  Click on the photo to see the Photo Album.
 Photo by Roger Rollins
   Welcome to our newest member Thomas O'Grady, Executive Director of the Southeast Ohio History Center!  Tom O'Grady (center) is shown receiving his Rotary Pin by Diane McVey, assisting during the ceremony administered by President Thomas Gibbs (right) on the day of his initiation as a member of The Rotary Club of Athens OH, January 20, 2020.  Tom O'Grady previously received our "Athens Rotary Club Community Service Person of the Year Award" for 2018!
Slate of officers for Rotary-year 2020-2021 (term starts July 1, 2020):
The following elected Officers form the Board of Directors:
President: Sheila Mark
1st Vice-President (Pres. Elect): Shane Jarrett
2nd Vice-Pres. (1st Vice-Pres. Elect):  Tara Gilts
Secretary: Ed Peterson
Treasurer: Dave Diggle
Past Pres. & Membership Chair : Thomas Gibbs
Club Service: Tara Gilts
Vocational Service: Ann Paulins
Community Service: TBA
New Generations:  Tom Gibbs
International Service: Abe Alassaf
Officials appointed by the Board of Directors:
Rotary Foundation Chair: Calvin James
Club Foundation Chair: Channing McAllister
Club Foundation Secretary: Diane McVey
Club Foundation Treasurer: Dave Diggle
Club Foundation Investments: Channing McAllister
Photo Albums