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
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Venue Map
May 2018
Memorial Day: No Scheduled Meeting
May 28, 2018
No Scheduled Meeting
Copperheads Baseball
Jun 04, 2018
2018 Season Preview
Tania Basta, OU Dept. of Social & Public Health
Jun 11, 2018
Research on HIV in the Appalachian Region
Dr. Matthew Shaftel, OU College of Fine Arts
Jun 18, 2018
The Arts in the 21st Century: Identity, Sustainability, Education, and Wellness
Directors & Execs.
President Elect
Past President/Membership Chair
Vocational Service
Club Service
International Service
New Generations
Rotary Foundation
Club Foundation Chair
Club Foundation Secretary
Club Foundation Treasurer
Club Foundations Investments


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Worstell Scholarship Awards – Submitted to OU Financial Aid Office
Calen A Campbell, Trimble High School  $3,000
Emily Bails, Alexander High School  $1,650
Colton Joseph Wright, Trimble High School $1,650
Gawande Scholarship Awards – Submitted to Athens Rotary Foundation
Grace Pratt, Athens High School     $1,500
Mikayla Lynn Bradford, Federal Hocking High School   $1,500
Yushin Jeng, Athens High School    $1,500
Karen Vedder
Rich Vedder
Cita Strauss
Ed Peterson
Brandon Elliot
John M. Miller
The 2018 Southeastern Ohio Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled for September 29.  Athens Sunshine Rotary has formed a team:  Rotary Walks  and has invited us to join-in their first planning session at their regular “Drafts for a Difference” get-to gather at Eclipse Company Store on Wed., June 6, 5 PM – 7:30 PM. 
We could simply join the Athens Sunshine Rotary club’s efforts, or we could fund-raise on our own using the various tools that are available through the online "Walk to End Alzheimer's" participant center.  President Mike Noel wants to raise our awareness of this up-coming event.
Rescheduled for May 13, 2018.  Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and Athens Sunrise Rotary will be planting trees along the banks of the Hocking River near the Columbus Road Hockhocking-Adena bikeway spur to help with stream bank reforesting efforts.  Also, Athens Rotary and Nelsonville Rotary have joined in support of this effort.
Rotary Tree planting:  May 13 2018.
Time:  Planting will begin at 12:00 pm and will last until approximately 4:00 pm.
Sign-up:  Volunteers interested in helping with this event can use the web-form to SIGN-UP HERE.
Directions to the tree planting site:
Note:  The bridge over the river on the bike path spur (near the AceNet building) is closed, so we cannot get to the tree planting site from the Columbus Rd. side of the river.  Thus, volunteers interested in helping with this event must approach the site from Armitage Road.  
From Downtown Athens:  Take Union St. to SR 682.  Turn right onto 682, cross RR Tracks, and then turn right onto Armitage Road toward Little Fish Brewing Co.  Travel to the end of Armitage Road.  You will see the bike trail, rail road tracks, and a couple old RR Box Cars.  Cross the bike trail, cross the RR, and head into the field, the gate to the tree planting area will be open.  (With GPS, entering address 10002 Armitage Rd. should take you to the gate.)
Volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear and to bring water, work gloves, and a shovel if you have one.
If you would like to make a donation in lieu of planting trees, please let Dave Simon at Simond1044@gmail.com know  and arrangements can be made.  Any donation would be appreciated!
Special Olympics for Athens and the surrounding counties was held at Alexander H.S. field on Friday April 27, 2018. For over 10 years our club has been responsible for the Vector 2 Softball throw. This includes organizing the participants into small groups, showing them where and how to throw the softball, and marking and measuring the throwing distances.
Athens Rotarian Scott Malcom has taken the lead in organizing our participation for several years.  Thanks to all who volunteered to help with the event this year!
See more of Don Fucci's great photographs of the event in this year's Special Olympics Photo Album.
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on May 21, 2018 was Jan Garske.  Jan collected the weekly split of $22 but failed to find the Joker from the remaining deck of cards and instead drew the  Eight of Hearts.   The accumulated pot will start at $238 next meeting with  41 cards in the deck.
May 4, 5, and 6 (that's Fri., Sat. and Sun.) will be the Athens Rotary annual volunteer days with Restore. We will be assisting with the staffing of ReStore collection stations during the Ohio University "Student Move-out Weekend".  The schedule below lists the times and locations that need Rotary Volunteers.  Two volunteers per station are preferred.
On Friday and Saturday (May 4 & 5):
Christ the King, 75 Stewart St.
  11 AM - 2:30 PM
  2:30 PM - 6 PM
Christ Lutheran,  69 Mill St.
  11 AM - 2:30 PM
  2:30 PM - 6 PM
Southeast Ohio Historical Society, 24 W. State St.
  11 AM - 2:30 PM
  2:30 PM - 6 PM
On Sunday May 6:
Southeast Ohio Historical Society, 24 W. State St.
  10 AM - 1:30 PM
  1:30 PM - 5 PM
Please pick a day and time slot and come to our meeting Monday (April 30) ready to sign-up to volunteer!
  Contact person: Bob Rymer  rymerrj@yahoo.com
Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE)
ShelterBox Fundraiser*
Rotary Dinner/Silent Auction
May 12, 2018
Location:          St. Patricks Episcopal Church
                            7121 Muirfield Dr.
                            Dublin, Ohio
Date:                  May 12, 2018   6pm - 9 pm
Ticket Price:     $50 Per Ticket
* Athens Rotary Youth Exchange Students are accepting Donations & Silent Auction Items.
Make Checks Payable To:  District 6690 RYE
Memo Line:  RYE ShelterBox Fundraiser
More information on the event can be found here on the Rotary District 6690 webpage.
Note:  ShelterBox is an international emergency-disaster-relief charity helping people around the world that have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict.  Rotary International joined as a partner with ShelterBox to help the cause.
Update:  This fundraiser is coming up soon on May 12.  The time to buy tickets is coming to an end. 
New great description of the fundraiser:  SHELTER BOX flyer
Here are two volunteer contacts if you want to get tickets or make donations for auction items:
Iman Abukamail
(740) 591-7337
Elizabeth Goldsberry
(740) 590-0077
Thanks to Stuart Goldsberry and Pres. Mike Noel for the basic information in this post.
Athens Rotary's Good Works Friday Night Supper was held on March 23, 2018 at The Plains United Methodist Church.   Approximately 80 community members attended the supper of veggies and hummus, vegetarian chili, coleslaw, sloppy-joes, and peaches and blueberries with whipped topping for dessert.  Rotarians donated over $500 as the envelope was passed at weekly meetings to make this meal possible.  Rotarian volunteers  planned the meal and bought the supplies.  And, on the evening of the dinner, Rotarian and friend volunteers cooked, prepared, and served the food and then relaxed and enjoyed the meal with the Good Works community members.  Finally, the volunteers washed a mountain of dishes!
The volunteers for the event were:
Cooks/Planners: Sheila Mark, Margy Kramer, Jody Harris, and Tara Gilts.
Food preparers, servers, and dish washers:  Sheila Mark, Margy Kramer, Jody Harris, Tara Gilts, Ed Peterson, Brandon Elliott, Shawna Stump, Karen Harvey, Maisie Mitchell (AmeriCorps Member serving at O'Bleness Hospital) and Suzy Kaneshige.
A special "Thank You!" goes to our members and friends for their generosity and commitment to service!
  Thanks to Tara Gilts for the information and pictures of the event.  See Photo Album of pictures here.
The slate of officers for Rotary-year 2018-2019 (term starts July 1, 2018):
President: Brandon Elliott
President Elect: Thomas Gibbs
Secretary: Ed Peterson
Treasurer: Dave Diggle
Past Pres. & Membership Chair : Mike Noel
Club Service: Tara Gilts
Vocational Service: Thomas Gibbs
Community Sevice:
New Generations: Brandon Elliott
International Service:
Foundation Chair: Calvin James
The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on February 26th was Steve Patterson.   Steve collected the weekly split of $22, which he donated back to the scholarship fund and then nonchalantly drew the Joker from the deck, thus winning the accumulated pot of $639.   So, we will begin a new contest next week.  Congratulations to Steve!