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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July 2017
Debbie Philips and Michelle Decker
Jul 31, 2017
Rural Action
Shane Pyle
Aug 07, 2017
Rotary District Govenor
Michelle Oestrike
Aug 14, 2017
Athens Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Duane Nellis
Sep 18, 2017
Ohio University President
Directors & Execs.
President Elect
Past President/Membership Chair
Community Service
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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The following letter from Rotary International was received by President Mike Noel following the unexpected death of RI President-elect, Sam Owori. 
From Ian Riseley, RI President, 2017-18:

Dear fellow Rotarians,

There has been an outpouring of heartfelt messages since President-elect Sam’s passing last week. Rotarians and members of the public have been sharing memories and recalling how Sam inspired them through his hard work as a Rotarian and as a dedicated civil servant. It is clear that his impact and legacy were felt worldwide.

There will be a service for Sam on Friday, 21 July, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, Texas. Friends in the area are encouraged to visit. Funeral services in Uganda are currently being planned.

Memorial contributions in honor of Sam will be directed to the Sam F. Owori Memorial to Polio. This fund has been established to honor his commitment to Rotary’s polio eradication efforts. Sam was a member of both the Africa Regional PolioPlus Committee and the International PolioPlus Committee. You can make online contributions to the fund here.

The 2017-18 nominating committee will select a new president-elect, in addition to the president-nominee, during its scheduled meeting in early August.

Thank you all for your continued support during this difficult time.


Ian Riseley

Rotary International President, 2017-18

Rotary had a night-out with family and friends supporting our local Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball team "The Southern Ohio Copperheads".  On this night the Copperheads shut-out "The Licking County Settlers" by a score of 9-0!  More great photos of Rotarians, family and friends taken by Don Fucci during the event can be viewed in the photo album here!
With plenty of merchandise and plenty of shoppers, the June 3rd and 4th yard-sale brought in over $5,500 for the Rotary Foundation.   Sarah Baker, Rotary Foundation Chair, began planning the Yard-Sale Fundraiser way back in February and it grew into a huge community event.  A heartfelt "Thank You" to all who supported, donated items, and volunteered time to make it a big success.  Click on Photo Album here to see pictures taken by Don Fucci on the first day (Jun. 3) of the two-day event.  More pictures showing progress from beginning to end coming soon.
    Thanks to Sarah Baker for the picture and information in this post.
Special Olympics for Athens and the surrounding counties was held at Alexander H.S. field on Friday April 21, 2017. For over 10 years our club has been responsible for the Vector 2 Softball throw which included organizing the participants into small groups, showing them where and how to throw the softball, and marking and measuring the throwing distances. 
Present to help this year were Jody Harris and son Seth, Jan Garske, John Costanzo, Dave Diggle, Scott Malcom, and our photographer, Don Fucci.  Thanks to all who helped with this event.
See more of Don Fucci's Photographs of the event in this year's Special Olympics Photo Album.
  Thanks to Scott Malcom for the information in this post.
We NEED volunteers for this HUGE Fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation on June 3rd & 4th at EMBE Acres (shown above).
To volunteer, just click on: AthensRotarySignUpLink
 Sign up for a day and time slot that works for you.  
We need a great deal of help setting the sale up on Friday.  
We need help during the sale on Sat. and Sun.
then clean up on Sun. evening and Monday if needed.
Thank you for participating!
Questions?  Contact Rotary Foundation Chair Sarah Baker, bakersarahlouise@gmail.com
Spring will be here soon, and with it comes “Spring Cleaning”.  A June 3 yard sale is being planned to raise money for The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International to help us reach our annual goal of $7500 by 06-30-17. (To-date, we are at $3703).
Ladies/Gentleman of Rotary and Your Spouses – please start thinking of things you can donate toward this sale – (Items that would normally be taken to Goodwill, New-To-You, and ReUse).
The “uniqueness” of this sale will be that items will not be priced, but rather “Pay What The Item Is Worth To You”.  Not pricing items will be a real time-saver, and studies have shown that oftentimes this leads to more profit.  We are even going to take credit/debit cards.
Location: EMBE Acres – 4515 Angel Ridge Road/Athens
(Indoor Arena and Plenty of Parking)
You may bring things to Rotary meetings and Sarah Baker
will take them to the farm to store for the sale. 
Or, you may deliver things to EMBE Acres.
Our success will result from:
Lots of Donations from You & Widespread Advertising
Questions can be emailed to Rotary Foundation Chair Sarah Baker:
The slate of officers for Rotary-year 2017-2018 (term starts July 1, 2017):
President: Mike Noel
President Elect: Brandon Elliott
Secretary: Ed Peterson
Treasurer: Dave Diggle
Past President: Emilia Alonso-Sameño
Club Service: Tara Gilts
Vocational Service: Tom Gibbs
Community Sevice: Tom Pyle
New Generations: Brandon Elliott
International Service Coordinator: Cita Strauss
Thanks to President Emilia Alonso-Sameño for providing the above information.
Left to Right: Shawna Stump, Jeanne Heaton, Diane McVey, Amrit Singh, Emilia Alonso Sameño, Mike Noel, Jody Harris, George Weckman, Channing McAllister, Janet Garske, Bruce Wentworth, Alan Boyd, and Scott Malcom.  Not shown: Ivan Arnold, John Burns, and Ellsworth Holden.
Sixteen Rotarians from our club received Paul Harris Fellow recognition in 2016.   The Awards were presented at our Holidays Party and those in attendance are shown above.
Each time a person's donations to The (International) Rotary Foundation accumulate to an additional $1000, they receive a pin honoring their contributions.  These donations help Rotary worldwide to:  promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies.  The Rotary Foundation's motto on giving is "$100 -- Every Rotarian/Every Year".  You can donate directly to The Rotary Foundation, or have $25 added to your quarterly billing through Treasurer, Dave Diggle.  These contributions are Tax Deductible.  Note:  A full list of our club's Paul Harris Fellows can be viewed on our web site here.
Thanks to all participants.
     Thanks to Rotary Foundation Chair, Sarah Baker, for the information in this post.