Service Above Self
Rotary Club of Dayton Club #47


Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Editor:   Laura Erbaugh
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Future Speakers
Jul 28 2014
David Lightle
"The Wright Brothers USA LLC."
Aug 4 2014
General Lester Lyles (retired)
Aug 11 2014
Chief Richard Biehl
"Dayton Police Department"
Aug 18 2014
Diane Graham
"Habitat for Humanity Dayton "
Aug 25 2014
Brady Kress, Dayton History
"Tour of New Brewery at Carillon Park"
Sep 1 2014
Sep 8 2014
Carter Stewart
"US Attorney Southern District of Ohio"
Sep 15 2014
Dean Herbert
"K & G Bike Centers"
Sep 22 2014
Derrick Foward
"Dayton Unit NAACP"
Sep 29 2014
Dr. Kent Harshbarger
"Montogmery County Coroner"
Oct 6 2014
Mike Stover
"Warped Wing Brewing Company"
Oct 13 2014
Jaro Bilocrkowycz, University of Dayton
"Russia and the Ukraine Crisis"
Oct 20 2014
Annual Rotary Vocational Fair

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Birthday's Next Week
by Laura Erbaugh

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.
by Laura Erbaugh

Your Day at the Races Keeneland Thursday, April 21st 9:00 am - 7:00 pm $55 pp ONLY $ spots left
Tavern Dinner
by Laura Erbaugh

Join Your Fellows Rotarians for a Taver Dinner at Carillon Historical Park' Tuesday, March 22, 2011 6:00 p.m. $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 . 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

Dayton Rotary Membership....

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.

Congratulations to the Excellence In Education Honorees
by Erbaugh, Laura

ImageRotary Club of Dayton would like to congratulate our Excellence in Administration award winner Ms. Sharon Goins, Principal of Thurgood Marshall High School and our 3 Excellence in Education award winners Ms. Desirae Shaw of Thurgood Marshall High School, Ms. Gloria Taylor of River's Edge Montessori School, and Ms. Tracey Turner of Horace Mann Pre K-8. All were honored at the May 19th Rotary Club of Dayton Luncheon at Sinclair Community College.  We thank them all for their efforts with the chilren in this community.  Our youth could not do it without you!

Rotarians Provide Books for Over 400 Dayton Public School Second Grade Children
by Erbaugh, Laura

On May 21st hundreds of rising 2nd grade children where assisted by Rotarians to pick out 10 books of their own to take home for summer reading at EJ Brown school.  These books were sponsored by the efforts of the recent Blue Ribbon Committee Take-Over meeting and all the generous Rotarians who contributed during that meeting.  The Club Board of Directors also provided funds for the sponsorship of the books at Meadowdale School  for hundreds of 2nd graders there as well to choose 10 books each in hopes of getting them reading during summer break and reducing the “summer slide” effect.  Each child at both schools also received a Rotary 4-Way Test Bookmark as well.




Dayton Rotary Sponsored Mad River Run, New Regional Recreation Destination, opens at Eastwood MetroPark
by Erbaugh, Laura


ImageMad River Run, New regional recreation DESTINATION, opens at eastwood MetroPark IN-RIVER FEATURE ALSO IMPROVES AQUATIC HABITAT


DAYTON, OH (May 2, 2014) — A grand opening event will be held for the Mad  River Run at Eastwood MetroPark at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 5. Enter at 1385 Harshman Road.


Part conservation, part recreation, the Mad River Run includes a kayak and canoe whitewater feature in the Mad River, river access points, and an area for observing paddlers or just enjoying the river. Construction was funded in part by a $100,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Dayton. Members will celebrate and commemorate the Mad River Run during the grand opening.


“The Rotary Club of Dayton is excited to support this new destination for free, active outdoor recreation and place where everyone can connect with the Mad River,” said Greg Birkemeyer, president of the Rotary Club of Dayton. “Enhancing our river assets is critical to making the Miami Valley an even better place to live, work and play.


“Recovery work after Dayton’s great flood of 1913 was the first relief project for Rotary International, so this was the perfect project for the Rotary Club of Dayton to support to commemorate our 100 years of service to the local community,” Birkemeyer added.


The Mad River Run also improved the aquatic habitat and safety characteristics of the river while providing a 4-mile paddling experience from Eastwood to RiverScape MetroParks.


“The Mad River Run is part of a renewed focus on rivers in our community, and this project accentuates a key river corridor that leads right into downtown,” MetroParks Executive Director Becky Benná said. “Improving outdoor recreation opportunities is a key component in attracting and retaining the workforce that will power our regional economy, as well as in strengthening Dayton’s vibrancy.


“We thank the Rotary Club of Dayton for its generous donation that has helped Five Rivers MetroParks’ fulfill its mission to protect the region’s natural heritage and provide outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature,” Benná added.


In addition to the new play areas for paddlers at Mad River Run, spectators can view the action from the riverbank. The river feature serves as a swiftwater rescue training classroom, and additional programs are planned for advanced paddling and maneuvering training in moving water.


“The features on the Mad River have helped meet the needs of the paddling community — not only for current paddlers and the new ones we gain daily, but for future generations,” said local paddling expert and enthusiast Lamar Jackson. “As a father of two, a paddler and instructor, I see the big picture of something like this and can assure you my children and I will be taking full advantage of what the current feature and planned features have to offer. The ease of access and location makes this a great place for instructional clinics for paddling or swift water rescue, and the location of the Mad River Run couldn’t be at a better spot for the public to see.”


In addition, those interested in fishing will benefit from deep water holes formed by the water flow around the River Run rock structures, where fish tend to concentrate to stay out of the river current.


“The Mad River Run is a great addition to the Miami Valley,” said Pete Ziehler of the National Association of Professional River Anglers. “It’s a place for anglers to seek fish pooled above and below the run. This also enables fly anglers to hone their skills with the calmness of the waters. This gem is really a keystone in the continued development of the waterways in the MetroParks system.”

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.Image

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, July 21, 2014 Judge Dennis Adkins  "What is Veteran's Treatment Court"  


Speaker:  Judge Dennis Adkins                               

“What is Veteran’s Treatment Court?  How was it formed and how does it help our Veterans who have served their Country?  Judge Adkins will discuss how the wounds of war lead many into the Criminal Justice System and what the local Montgomery County Common Pleas Court is doing  to assist those Veterans.”

Chair of the Day:  Tracey Ballard Tangeman




This Happened Last Monday...
by Laura Erbaugh

Monday, July 14, 2014 ,  Rotary District Governor, Eric Marcus   "Light Up Rotary"


By:  Brad Eaton

New President Steve Naas officially opened the first meeting of his tenure shortly after noon. He introduced Laura Seyfang for the invocation and pledge. Laura took a bit of a different tact, instead showing a great video from Thailand about a man who gives his money, time, and even his seat on a bus…all to get nothing in return but great feelings and true happiness. It’s the first time in a while that the invocation brought tears to several Rotarians in attendance.  For those of you who asked Laura for the link to the video it is:    After drying our eyes, Bill Nance returned to the podium after a week off to deliver the news of the day, and Tom Maultsby helped us welcome visiting Rotarians and guests. Visiting the club this week were District Governor Elect Bill Shula of the Cincinnati Rotary and Assistant Governor Bob Young of the Blue Ash/Montgomery Club. David McMillen also welcomed his daughter Heather Moret as a guest. Next up, Phil Parks went through a rather lengthy list of birthdays which included Steve Naas, Linda Groover, Carol Clark, Laura Seyfang, Mark Ruetschle, Rick Schwartz and Martin Clark. A rather active session of Day-Tens followed the birthday greetings and included Dennis Grant offering a Day-10 in honor of a recent United Rehabilitation Services fundraiser, Mark Ruetschle with a Day-100 in honor of his birthday and an exceptionally well-trained new puppy, and a Day-20 from Kathleen Carlson in honor of a great, overbooked kayak trip this past weekend. Additionally, Sue Taylor offered a Day- 25 for her Soiree for Strays art show, Susan Hayes offered a Day-50 to thank all of the Rotarians who participated in her dissertation survey, Laura Seyfang left everyone desperate for a calculator with her Day-100 where she mentioned her age and the year she was born were the same (HINT: The answer isn’t 1929…but we should go with it!). Carolyn Rice offered a Day- 100 in honor of her International Committee and all of the great work they’ve all be doing to help with projects. Patrick Hillier offered a Day-20 in honor of his wife supporting him as he transitions jobs into architecture. Martin Clark gave a Day-100 for his birthday.  Linda Groover gave a Day-50 for her birthday and Rick Schwartz gave a Day-100 for his birthday.  Dudley Bray offered a Day-50 for his upcoming Learning Tree Farm events. Lorna Dawes offered a Day-10 to promote the Muse Machine’s upcoming performance, and finally Steve Naas in a desperate attempt to take back the meeting from Phil Parks offered a Day-100 for his birthday and wrapped up the Secretary’s time.


Bill Nance was back at the mic to interview Jean Maychack of  VanCon General Contractors. She talked about how she grew up from the bottom rungs to eventually take over as president of this family company, citing relationships, honesty and fair dealing as some of the secret behind her success. Steve then asked Mona Vollmer and Carl Moyler to stand and have their blue ribbons removed as they have completed all their new member tasks.  Steve then called Jack Lohbeck up to the podium and presented him with his William Anderson Fellowship and also his 3rd PHF Pin.


Steve then introduced District Governor Eric Marcus who gave a rousing, motivational presentation about his experiences, his vision for the district and what “Light Up Rotary” really means in practice. Among his stories was a memorable trip to Belize where he sorted through 2,000 pairs of glasses matching needy recipients with the correct lenses to fix their eyesight.  He calls himself a “Born Again Rotarian” citing a chance encounter with two other Rotarians in a bar at the Rotary Conference in Indianapolis several years ago where he truly began lifelong friendships and a renewed passion for the work of Rotary throughout the world. His words “Rotary is a journey, not a destination” highlighted his request for Dayton Rotarians to find what they have passion in with regards to Rotary and become even more involved.