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Service Above Self

We Meet Mondays at 12 Noon
Ohio University Inn
331 Richland Ave
Athens, OH  45701
United States
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Jan 22, 2018
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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 "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 2017 Award was presented to Dr. Lynn Harter (on the right) by her nominator, Susan Barga, at the Annual Holiday Party on Dec. 11, 2017.   Dr. Harter is a Professor in the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication and co-director of the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact.
Dr. Harter received the award for her outstanding work that raised awareness and knowledge about the fight against childhood cancer here in Athens Ohio.
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 2017 Award was presented to Sarah Baker for her extraordinary leadership and enthusiasm while serving as Rotary Foundation Chair.  In particular, for her organizing an amazing indoor Yard Sale Fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation.
This plaque is on the wall of the education room at Stuart's.  We Rotarians can be proud of our donation to this wonderful facility, supporting educational programs in the arts for the youth and adults in our community. 
John Horne (guitar) will perform during the social and dinner hours.
Originally from Pittsburgh PA guitarist and music teacher John Horne attended Duquesne University School of Music and now resides in Athens OH with his with Melanie (also a music teacher and choral director) and their dogs Lena Horne and Sammy Davis, Jr. 
John teaches guitar methods and jazz improvisation classes for Ohio University and private guitar lessons for Athens Community Music School (ACMS) during the week and can often be found playing guitar at area venues on the weekends. 
John has also taught lessons and workshops for National Guitar Workshop and Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp and has partnered with area arts organizations to offer informances and residencies in local schools.
More information on John's work can be found at: www.johnhorneguitar.com
Sean Parsons & Jess Baldwin will perform during the program.
Sean Parsons is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator.  Originally from Illinois, Sean holds a Bachelor's degree in music composition from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master's degree in jazz studies from DePaul University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois.
Prior to his appointment at Ohio University, Sean has held faculty positions at Marshall University and Illinois Wesleyan University.  He is in demand as a performer and clinician nationwide.  Sean has been invited to direct several All-State and district big bands, combos, and vocal jazz ensembles and has shared the stage with many of the most notable musicians in jazz including Clark Terry, James Moody, Jon Faddis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Steve Turre, and Randy Brecker.  Additionally, he has regularly performed with and arranged for Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
Jess Baldwin's voice has been described as “world class,” “effortless,” and “pure beauty.” She performed on Mountain Stage in 2013, won Best Cover Song in the 2015 and 2017 Ohio Music Awards, and was a quarterfinalist in the 2015 and 2017 American Traditions Competitions. 
As an artist, her eclectic style melds indie and chamber pop with soul and jazz, living somewhere between Regina Spektor, Lake Street Dive, Becca Stevens, and Laura Mvula. 
More information on Jess can be found at: https://jessbaldwin.com/
“That was as good a show as could be seen anywhere in the world and it was right here in Marietta!!! Flawless!"
— Hunt Brawley, Peoples Bank Theatre.
“Jessica brings that rare combination of a high degree of technical skill and a palpable level of emotion to her vocalizations. She well understands and knows how to deliver the soul of a song. Simply stated: Pure Beauty."
— John Walsh, composer, The Fields of Gettysburg.
“Jessica is a world-class vocalist with an effortless, beautiful sound." — David Traugh, Emmy-winning composer.
     Thanks to Dave Palmer for this information.
Mark your calendars because you will want to attend this free grand opening that will include a Live and Silent Auction, Self-Guided Tours of the new space, a Cash Bar, Hors d’oeuvres, and more!  See their expanded 4,000+ square foot lobby and the brand new Education and Community Center at 30 Public Square.  And feel proud that your Athens Rotary Foundation provided $50,000 in support for the remodeling project.
  Credits:  The Photo is from the Stuart's Opera House website, and thanks to Diane McVey for bringing my attention to the event.
A little history (adapted from Nov.27, 2015 story):  The Rotary Club of Athens has been hosting Food Baskets for the Community for at least 11 years.  Susan Urano started with food baskets sponsored by Rotarians and Kroger at Christmas time served to families in conjunction with The Salvation Army.  Since 2008 it has been Thanksgiving Food Baskets sponsored by Rotarians and Walmart for families in conjunction with The Athens County Children's Services (ACCS).  Twenty-seven  families were served in 2008 and it grew slowly to 32 families in 2012.  In 2013, we applied for, and received, a matching grant of $1000 from our Rotary District which, with the help of donations from Rotarians and Walmart, allowed us to serve 50 local families in conjunction with ACCS.  We continued to serve Fifty local families in a similar way each year from 2014 thru 2016.
We are planning to do the same this year!  Besides fundraising, organization, and scheduling, this project requires allot of carrying and packing.  So get ready to roll up your sleeves and help our Community Service Committee and Betsy Baringer in the coming weeks...