Welcome to the Rotary Club of Athens OH!


Service Above Self

We Meet Mondays at 12 Noon
Ohio University Inn
331 Richland Ave
Athens, OH  45701
United States of America
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Calvin James & Karie Cook
Dec 09, 2019
Ohio Diabetes Institute: Combating Diabetes In Our Region
No meeting
Dec 23, 2019
No meeting
Dec 30, 2019
December 2019
Directors & Execs.
President Elect
Community Service
Vocational Service
Club Service
International Service
Rotary Foundation
Club Foundation Chair
Club Foundation Secretary
Club Foundation Treasurer
Club Foundations Investments
Executive Secretary


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 Don Fucci's photographs taken during the 2019 Holiday Party are posted  as a photo album here.  The Holiday Party Committee:  Dave Palmer, Chair; Sheila Mark, Betsy Baringer, Karen Vedder, and Lois Gerig.  The venue was the Ohio University Inn again this year.  Excellent entertainment was provided by John Horne, guitarist, and after dinner, a host of holiday classics were presented by vocalist Laura Nadeau and guitarist John Juliano.
Tara Gilts, Club Service Chair, provided the following photos taken during the Rotary Tour of the new Athens Central Hotel located at 88 East State Street.  The tour at 10 AM, Mon. Nov. 4, 2019, was lead by Demetrois Prokos, the hotel owner. 
Click on the photo above to see more photos in the Photo Album on our web pages.  Several members who attended both the tour, and our Noon Meeting shortly thereafter, reported that they were very favorably impressed with Athens' newest hotel.  You may also find this September OU Post article on the new hotel of interest.
 Photo by Sheila Mark, President Elect
   Welcome to our newest member Dominick Brook, Director of Real Estate at Ohio University!  Dominick is shown with his Rotary Mentor, Jack Ellis (right above) on 10/28/2019; the day of his initiation as a member of The Rotary Club of Athens OH.
     Rotary International District 6690 Governor, Gary R. Vaughan and his wife Janet, were our guests and speaker last week (Oct. 14).  He spoke about Rotary International's service projects and the International Rotary Foundation.  DG Vaughan emphasized recent progress in the ongoing End Polio Now project and presented special lapel pins to two members of our club (Lois Gerig and Dave Diggle) (see photo right) who recently became members of the District’s “125 Club” ("For members that have contributed at least $100 to The International Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund and Contributed at least $25 to PolioPlus in the same year").  
     DG Vaughan complemented all of us for our club's annual service projects and was particularly impressed with our Rotary Centennial Fountain Project which we initiated in the International Rotary Centennial Year, 2005, and just revisited this year with our Rotary Fountain Renovation Project led by Bruce Wentworth.
    DG Vaughan then presented our club with an award for the Rotary Centennial Fountain Project (which was accepted by President Tom Gibbs) (see photo left).  He also presented Bruce Wentworth an award for leading the Fountain Renovation Project (no photo available).
     Thanks to President Elect Sheila Mark for providing these photographs.
While rummaging thru old stories that appeared on our website, I found the following story published 14 years ago in October, 2005 (The Rotary Centennial year) posted by (now President Elect) Sheila Mark under the title Centennial Fountain:
The project to renovate the Rotary Fountain located at the Athens Community Center is complete.  The Renovation Project was led by Rotarian Bruce Wentworth.   Click Here, or on the photo above, to view photos provided by Bruce showing a few "before" and "after" photos  collected in a photo album on this website.
Here is a brief summary of the project, from information and photos provided by Bruce Wentworth:
Tara Gilts, Club Service Chair, provided the following photos taken during the Tour of the RXQ Compounding Facility with Athens Rotarian Edward Zatta on Thursday Sep. 19, 2019.
 Photo by Tara Gilts, Club Service Chair
Click on the photo above to see more photos in the Photo Album on our web pages.
The winner of the weekly Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship split the pot contest on November 25, 2019 was, for the first time in three months, the pooling players at  Dave Palmer's table.  Don Fucci represented the table and collected the weekly split of $16 but failed to collect the accumulated pot when he cut the eight of Clubs from the deck.  So, the contest will continue December 9th with $446 beginning in the accumulated pot and 31 cards in the deck.
  Photo by Don Fucci
Click Here to see an album of photos taken by Don Fucci at our 23rd annual Rotary Golf Scramble Fundraiser held at the Athens Country Club on September 9, 2019.
  Photo by Cita Strauss
President Thomas Gibbs and Rotary Exchange Student Eloïse Mancel, from Normandy, France, exchange Rotary Banners.  Eloïse stayed with Nora Anderson (far right) and her family in Athens after Nora stayed with Eloïse and her family in Normandy.
Photo by Don Fucci
Athens Rotary 2019-2020 Officers were installed by Jenny Stotts, Assistant Governor, at our Noon Meeting on July 14, 2019.
Shown above were those present: (L to R)  Shane Jarrett, Community Service Chair; Abe Alassaf, International Service Chair; Ed Peterson, Secretary; Dave Diggle, Treasurer; Sheila Mark, President Elect; Thomas Gibbs, President;  Jenny Stotts, Assistant Governor.  Not Shown are Tara Gilts, Club Service Chair;  Ann Paulins, Vocational Service Chair; and Brandon Elliott, Past President/Membership Chair and New Generations Chair.
See more of Don Fucci's photos taken during the installation in the photo album here.
Worstell Scholarship Awards – Submitted to OU Financial Aid Office
JadeMarie XiangSi HowardAthens High School$2,500
Mary Kate McCullochNelsonville York High School$1,900
Jaelyn SayersTrimble Local High School$1,900
Gawande Scholarship Awards – Submitted to Athens Rotary Foundation
Sylvie C. WilsonAthens High School$3,000
Iman AbukamailAthens High School$1,200
Teagan HughesAthens High School$1,200
Karen Vedder
Rich Vedder
Ed Peterson
Brandon Elliot
John M. Miller