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Service Above Self

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Ohio University Inn
331 Richland Ave
Athens, OH  45701
United States
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December 2016
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Dec 05, 2016
Music By Jaz Musician Bob Thompson
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Dec 12, 2016
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Dec 19, 2016
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Terry Efaw will be entertaining members and Guests during the reception and dinner hour at the Athens Rotary Club's Annual Holidays Party on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at the Ohio University Inn beginning at 6 PM.
Terry Efaw, Guitarist
Terry’s musical Journey began at the age of 13.  He was introduced to a friend of his father, the Legendary Athens guitarist Ron Scott.  He was fortunate enough to have Ron take him under his wing as he really didn't give out lessons.  Ron’s style was based in jazz and chordal modes, so Terry learned a lot about chord work, phrasing, etc. 
From there, Terry became aware of Chet Atkins.  At the age of 19, Terry was the fortunate winner of the coveted Chet Atkins Guitar Festival, which was an annual event held for amateurs nationwide and some from other countries. 
The Annual Athens Rotary Holidays Party for Athens Rotary Members and their spouses and guests will occur on Monday evening, December 5th at the Ohio University Inn. This year’s entertainment will feature the well respected jazz pianist Bob Thompson (See below). And guitarist Terry Efaw will join us to set the mood during the reception and dinner.  Click here to see event information.
 Bob Thompson
Sheri Huckleberry
Assistant Professor, Recreation and Sport Pedagogy, Ohio University
Welcome to our newest Rotarian, pictured with President Emilia Alonso Sameño (on left).  Dr. Sheri Huckleberry holds the B.S. in Sport Science from the University of Connecticut.  She holds the M.S.P.E. in Athletic Administration and the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Educational Research and specialization in Coaching Education, both from Ohio University. Dr. Huckleberry teaches courses in the coaching education program.  Her research focuses on the commitment and self-efficacy of youth sport coaches and the impact of deliberate play on the retention of youth sport participants. Recently she has been involved with the Sport and Development project in Ecuador that is part of Ohio’s Tropical Disease Institute and the Healthy Living Initiative. 
Sheri has been in Athens since 2007.  She helped to start the women’s soccer program at OU.  She is interested in International Service and in giving children in our area exposure to other cultures.
   Picture and information provided by Sheila Mark.
Athens Rotary Club's Award Policy recognizes Athens Rotary Club members and members of the community "...for their service and commitment to the values of Rotary International and with an emphasis on Service Above Self".  These two awards are to be presented at the Annual Meeting.  Therefore, the Athens Rotary Board requests nominations for these awards.
The Award Policy, and Nomination Forms (MS Word docs) for each award may be downloaded from the "Download Files" section of our web page and completed forms should be sent to Secretary Ed Peterson, petersonedward@hotmail.com,
or...follow these steps:
  1.  Click here to read the Club Award Policy.
  2.  Download the Nomination Form by clicking on the appropriate award: "Rotarian of the year",   or "Community Member of the Year"
  3. Email the completed form to Secretary Ed Paterson, petersonedward@hotmail.com.  (Do not forget to attach the completed form to your email.)
Your completed form must be received by November 9, 2016.
Thank You, ...and thanks to President Emilia Alonso Sameño and Cita Strauss for providing the information for this post.
On June 18, members of the Rotary Club of Athens, Ohio and the Rotary Club of Loja, Ecuador joined the villagers of Bellamaria, Ecuador along with faculty and students from Ohio University (OHIO) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE) in a celebration to dedicate the new Bellamaria Potable Water System.  The new water system was funded through a $43,000 Rotary Global Grant and was made possible through the hard work of 35 village families over the course of a year.
L to R: Diego Rodriguez, President Elect, (Loja); Daniel Valdivieso Arias, President, (Loja); Dave Diggle, (Athens); Mario J. Grijalva, President, (Athens); Leonardo Burneo, (Loja).
The Rotary Club of Athens spearheaded the Global Grant request.  The Athens Club was joined by local clubs in Nelsonville and Belpre, Ohio along with District 6690 of Central and Southeast Ohio.  In Ecuador, the Rotary Club of Loja and District 4400 supported the project.  PUCE was the in-country partner who provided engineering expertise, technical advice, and overall project supervision.
Thanks to Tara Gilts for arranging a well attended tour (on Aug. 31) of the Little Fish Brewing Company at 8675 Armitage Rd.  Below are a couple pictures taken at the event and provided by Tara.

Heads-Up… or more appropriately, Fore! 
The 20-th Annual Athens Rotary Charity Golf Tournament (Scramble) will be held on Sept. 12 at the Athens Country Club.  The event will begin immediately after a brief version of our weekly Noon-Meeting, that will also be held (that day) at the Athens Country Club.
The profit raised from this event (The Athens Rotary Foundation's only fundraiser) helps fund the many projects in Athens County supported by the Athens Rotary Foundation.  Recent examples are:  The handicapped accessible playground at the City's South Side Park; refurbished and remodeled the cabin at Camp Rotan; satisfied our $50,000 pledge to rebuild the Athens High School football field and stadium; and we have 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.
If you would like to play in the Tournament, be a Non-Participating Sponsor, or volunteer to help with the event contact either:
Tournament Chair: Channing McAllister (740) 592-4882
Foundation President: Karin Harvey (740) 593-5097
Rotarians, with family and friends attending the Rotarian/Copperheads baseball game.  The Copperheads are the local team in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.  More great photos taken by our Club Photographer, Don Fucci, can be found in the photo album here.