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
District Site
Venue Map
October 2018
Brent Armel, Events Manager
Oct 22, 2018
Stuart's Opera House
Steve Patterson, Mayor
Oct 29, 2018
City of Athens Update
Sydney Webber, OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital
Nov 12, 2018
O'Bleness Hospital Sustainability Plan
Rotary Short-Term Exchange HS Students
Nov 19, 2018
Rotary Short-Term Exchange Program & Experiences
Directors & Execs.
President Elect
Past President/Membership Chair
Community Service
Vocational Service
Club Service
New Generations
Rotary Foundation
Club Foundation Chair
Club Foundation Secretary
Club Foundation Treasurer
Club Foundations Investments
Executive Secretary


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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 on October 15, 2018 was Sandra Nesbitt.   She collected the weekly split of $19, but failed to find the Joker and instead drew the nine of Spades.   The accumulated pot will start at $551 at the next with  25 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.
Monday July 30, Athens Rotary members partnered with the American Red Cross by sponsoring a blood drive. Members helped get the word out regarding the need for blood and a number of members donated blood.
The goal for the blood drive was 23 units. Thanks to your efforts, a total of 26 units were collected.
Keep in mind, each unit can save 3 lives so, these units will impact 78 lives!
In addition, we had 6 first time donors. FANTASTIC!
Donating blood is such an easy thing to do and costs nothing.
Blood cannot be manufactured. The only way to ensure there is an adequate supply of blood available is through volunteer donation.
To those of you who participated, know that your gift is on its way to help a mother during childbirth, a grandfather fighting cancer, a teenager involved in an auto accident or a friend with a chronic medical condition.
On behalf of these individuals, I extend a heartfelt
“Thank You”
Christina Warbington
Account Manager II
American Red Cross Central Ohio Region

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

Monday, July 30, 2018
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
The OU Inn
Lindley Room, 2nd Floor

To Schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBloodAthensRotOUInn
(The link above is: RedCrossBlood.org, with sponsor code: AthensRotOUInn)
Note: Walk-ins are welcome, but schedule appointment to avoid wait.

Note: Receive a Columbus Zoo BOGO entry offer & enter a weekly drawing for 4 Zoombezi Bay passes!

   Contact Person:  Past President, Mike Noel

Sat. June 30th was Athens Rotary Night at the Southern Ohio Copperheads (SOC) baseball game at Wren Stadium.  If you missed the event you missed a great baseball game and great, close-up Fire Works display after the game! 
Our Copperheads came into the game leading the Southern Division, and overall leaders of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League (GLSCL), with a record of 12-4.  They were playing the GLSCL Defending Champion Lima Locos, who came to the game as leaders of the Northern Division with a 12-5 record.  So it was an important game! 
The Locos took the lead in the top of the second inning only to have our SOC take it back with a grand slam home run in the bottom of the inning.  The Locos took the lead back in the 6th but our Copperheads stole it back again in the 7th and held on to win the game 7-8! 
The SOC play the Locos for the second, and I believe the last time in the regular season, tomorrow (Sun. July 1st) again at Bob Wren Stadium. 
Note added:  The Copperheads swept their series with the Locos by winning the Sunday game 5-8.  So the Copperheads finished the July 1st weekend leading the GLSCL with a record of 14-4. 
Photos are by Don Fucci.  See more of Don Fucci's photos taken at the event in the Photo Album "Copperheads Game Social Event" posted here!
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.
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.