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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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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
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
Volunteers for the Rotary Pizza Fest:  Please bring our your Rotary shirts and hats to display your Rotary pride during our fund raiser on April 6th!
I will bring the extra Rotary shirts I have for the event. 
You may purchase Rotary Merchandise at the link above if you are interested.
Thank you for all you do for our community!
Brandon Elliott

The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship split the pot contest on April 15, 2019 was Pete Couladis.  Pete collected the weekly split of $17 and then proceeded to cut the Ace of Spades from the  deck of cards.  So, the contest will continue next week with $77 beginning in the accumulated pot and 49 cards in the deck.
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contests on March 18, 2019 was Betsy Baringer.  The weekly split for the drawing was $34.  Our Rotarian of the year calmly drew the Joker from the remaining 7 cards and claimed the accumulated pot of $1,008.   Congratulations, Betsy! 
Note:  Photo by Diane McVey shows Scholarship Fund Chair John Miller with winner Betsy Baringer.
Split the Pot Contest #36 will begin next week.
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.
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.