March 14: Tom Creager, Shelly Heller
March 15: Rick Schwartz
March 16: Bill Bretz
March 17: Patrick Hillier
March 18: Stephen Keyes
March 19: Heather Mendelson-Goodrich
March 20: Fred Strahorn
The Rotarian by Laura Erbaugh
The March Rotarian Magazine features an article about the 1913 Great Miami Flood here in Dayton. The Flood Relief was the first humanitarian effort of Rotary International.
Keeneland by Laura Erbaugh
Your Day at the Races Keeneland
Thursday, April 21st
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
ONLY $ spots left
Tavern Dinner by Laura Erbaugh
Join Your Fellows Rotarians for a Taver Dinner
at Carillon Historical Park'
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
$25 pp -
ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT
Shoes for Orphan Souls Project by Laura Erbaugh
District Governor Norma Berry is calling all Rotarians in Southwest Ohio to Participate in a District-Wide Project to collect NEW shoes for Shoes and socks For Orphan Souls www.shoesforphansouls.org .
We will be collecting NEW shoes and socks each Monday at Rotary (or you may bring them to the Rotary Office ( between now and April 4th.) The shoes will then be transported to the District Conference in Cincinnati on April 8 & 9 and will be shipped out from there.
Any styles and sizes are acceptable children's or adults however the greatest need is for athletic type shoes. Please bring your shoes with the laces tied together and no need to bring the box—we will not be shipping them in their original packaging.
The goal is for each member to bring in one pair of shoes—but of course we welcome you to do as much as you can for this very worthwhile project.
Foundation Grant Presentation by Laura Erbaugh
Cathy Ponitz, On behalf of the Dayton Rotary Foundation presented a check in the amount of $2,700 to Marc Martens of the Samaritan Health Foundation. The funds will be used for a community outreach program for students GSH 101: Introduction to Careers in Health Sciences. This program is a mean to encourage the development of young leaders abd to interest local high school youth in healthcare careers by providing a unique, behind-the-scenes and up-close look at the inner workings of a hospital.
YOU are the Key to Rotary Membership by Laura Erbaugh
YOU are the Key to
Propose a New Member Today!
Please contact Penny Wolff, Membership Chair or Laura for a proposal form or if you have any questions.You may also obtain a proposal form under club documents when you log in as a member on the website.
Rotary To Honor Excellence in Education at May 19th Meeting by Erbaugh, Laura
Dayton Rotary Club Announces Excellence in Education Awards Nominations
The Rotary Club of Dayton is accepting nominations for its Excellence in Education Awards through March 12, 2014. Three teachers and one administrator within the city of Dayton will receive the $500 award at the Dayton Rotary Club meeting on May 19th to be held at Sinclair Community College, Ponitz Center in the Earley Auditorium.
Principals, teachers, colleagues, and parents are eligible to nominate outstanding teachers and administrators who exemplify the best of the profession by: finding ways to reach all of his or her students; giving of himself or herself beyond what is expected of them; and by demonstrating “Service Above Self” for their students and/or colleagues.
A committee of the Dayton Rotary Club will review the nominations and make site visits to the classrooms of the finalists, before making their final decisions.
Contact the Dayton Rotary office for a nomination form: email@example.com, (937) 228-3331 or see the Excellence in Education Link on the left side of this website to download a form.
Dayton Rotary's Centennial Project is Completed by Erbaugh, Laura
For the Dayton Rotary Club's 100th Anniversary which was celebrated in June 2013 the club raised $100,000 to fund a Legacy Launch project in conjunction with Five Rivers MetroParks to create the first drop (of an entire River Run of drops through downtown) near Eastwood MetroPark that would create a "play area" for Kayakers. The Centennial Project construction is now completed. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in the Spring 2014. Thank you to the Siebenthaler Family for their financial leadership, Kathleen Carlson for her Centennial Project committee leadership and all members who contributed their time, talent and treasure to make the project a reality.
Dayton Rotary Welcomes Youth Exchange Student by Erbaugh, Laura
Rotarians Welcome 2013-2014
Youth Exchange Student
Francheska to Dayton, Ohio USA!
In Photo (from left to right): Miller Family, first host family (L-R: Lauren, Paul (Dayton Rotarian), Liam, Chris, and Levi), Carolyn Rice, Dayton Rotarian (& husband, Mike, took photo), Francheska, Terry Williamson (Terry is Dayton YEO), and Jason Hillard and Ann Charles Watts, second host family (Jason is District 6670 Inbound Chair, Ann Charles is Dayton RYE Chair). Francheska will be hosted by three Rotarian families throughout her school year and she will be studying at Stiver's School for the Arts.
Dayton Rotary Hosts Group Study Exchange Team from Nigeria by Erbaugh, Laura
Carolyn Rice, Director of International Services for our Club introduced our special guests a Group Study Exchange Team from Nigeria at the Dayton Rotary meeting on Monday, April 29th. The group consists of one Rotarian Team Leader and three young professionals. Team Leader Joe Uweri (Rotarian), Osehon Irehoubude (attorney), Danie Braide (broadcaster/reporter), and Amanda Akonjom (school administrator). Each team member took a few minutes to talk about the Rotary Club in Nigeria and about Nigeria itself and we were encouraged to look up Nigeria on the internet and learn more about their country. In fact Amanda gave us a homework assignment to do so! The team was hosted by our club for 4 days and thank you to the host families: Paul Miller, Carolyn Rice, Jack Lohbeck and Alan Pippenger. We are the 5th club in our District to host the team that arrived in the United States on April 15th. They have four more clubs to visit before they return home. While they are here they get to visit with companies similar to their occupation back in Nigeria so that they can experience the cultural differences between the two countries in their relevant field of interest. Carolyn Rice also made note that an outbound GSE team just left several days ago to go to Nigeria and that we had a candidate that we sponsored on that trip, Jennifer Reitz who will report back to us on her experiences when she returns.
Rotary Kenya Project Comes to a Completion by Erbaugh, Laura
During the May 29, 2011 Site Visit and dedication of the Clinic, School, Bio-Gas Plant and Greenhouses, the children performed a poem thanking Rotarians for what we have done. "Thank You Rotarians - You Are Taking Us to Caanan."
Coming Up Next Monday... by Erbaugh, Laura
Monday, March 10, 2014 , Dr. Liam Anderson, Associate Professor of Political Science, Wright State University "Responding to Syria's Use of Chemical Weapons"
Speaker: Dr. Liam Anderson,
Associate Professor of Political Science Wright State University
In his apparent decision to use Chemical Weapons against his own civilian population, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad crossed a clear red line set by President Obama. His punishment? - to have his Chemical Weapons taken away. Was the response of the US and the international community a sensible, pragmatic acknowledgement of the practical limitations of collective action, or was an important opportunity missed to act decisively to punish a crime against humanity?
Chair of the Day: Carolyn Rice
This Happened Last Monday... by Laura Erbaugh
Monday, March 3 , 2014 Gary Smiga, Executive Director, Montgomery County Ohio College Promise
By: Bill Pflaum
As the clock struck 12:15pm President Greg called the meeting to order. Judd Plattenburg gave the invocation in rhyme couplets, reflecting on the recent weather and our response to it. Bill Nance’s news report described the move of 6,000 Russian troops into the Crimean peninsula. Dave McMillen, whose blue ribbon was removed at the meeting’s end, welcomed guests and visitors. Amy Luttrell had as her guest Joyce Young, a friend of many in our club and a member of Centerville Rotary. Iris Juergens had Claudia Cortez from the Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. A Montgomery County Ohio College Promise student from Miamisburg High School was the guest of Tina Ortiz as was Tom Maultsby of the United Way. Another student guest was the daughter of Walt Hibner, Jordan, a student at Ohio U and interested in possible summer internships in architecture. Bob Hoopes guest was Peter Gettings who was active with Rotaract in college.. Steve Ireland was joined by his brother Jeff, a College Promise mentor. Another College Promise mentor, Jan Balbach, was introduced by her husband Karl.
Secretary Phil Parks noted that tickets are still available for the Keeneland trip on April 9th but the Wright State opening night reception and
production of Les Miserables is fully subscribed. Waiting list spots are available. Birthdays that Phil announced were Bob Hanseman and Shaun Yu. Hands shot up for Day-tens, including: $25.00 from Walt Hibner in honor of Kim Haverstick, who last week received a Home Builders’ award renamed for Kim’s father the first President of the Home Builders Association; $100.00 from Kim in celebration and honor of his father; $10.00 from Julie Barhorst who told of the Dayton Business Journal’s recently created innovations awards which will recognize companies that develop innovative solutions to business challenges; $10.00 from Tina Ortiz recognizing Rotary participation in the Dr. Seuss Read Across America event; Penny Wolff pledged $10.00 plus a second $10.00 in recognition of that event and her grandchildren’s participation; Shaun Yu pledged $100.00 toward his Paul Harris for his birthday and noting the warm welcome that the club has given him as a new member.
Tom Maher, inspired perhaps by Jeff Plattenburg, strung together several couplets describing the NCAA tournament pool. (see left). This part of the meeting was closed out by Kim Bramlage who volunteered last week to organize our club’s basket for the Rotary district conference. The basket will contain items carrying out an It’s Great in Dayton theme. Kim asked for donations to the basket before March 17th.
President Greg conferred Paul Harris Fellowships on three members: a second to Greg Robinson; a fourth to Bill Bretz; and a ninth to Amy Luttrell.
Chair-of-the-Day Chuck Vella then introduced our speaker, retired Centerville superintendent of schools Gary Smiga, now Executive Director of the Montgomery County College Promise scholarship program. The program, in its fourth year, promises fifty 4-year college scholarships annually for ten years to qualifying Montgomery County students. Gary recognized club members who serve as College Promise mentors Carolyn Rice, Toni Perry Gillespie, Tina Ortiz and Dave Williamson.
To participate, students commit to being drug free, tobacco free and crime free in high school. Parents commit to providing support and a quiet place for their child to study. Students are selected on the basis of their academic preparedness and the quality and completeness of their applications.
Gary described mentoring as the most important thing the program does. Mentors make a four year commitment to meet weekly during the school year, at the student’s school, for 30-50 minutes. Upon graduating, a student participant has the option or attending Sinclair Community College tuition free for two years, and then transferring to Wright State, Central State or one of the other participating universities. Among these, each with its own financial commitment, are the University of Dayton, Miami University, Dennison, Kettering College and Wilmington College.
Twenty-five high schools participate in the program. Currently 200 mentors work with students. Fifty more mentors will be needed each year and Gary urged Rotary members to consider signing up and letting others know of the need and opportunity.