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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Jim Khaler
Oct 21, 2019
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Jeff Boals
Nov 11, 2019
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October 2019
Directors & Execs.
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Community Service
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International Service
Rotary Foundation
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     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 Athens Rotary Centennial Fountain was dedicated to the Athens community Saturday Oct 29, 05. It was designed by Wendy Minor with architects Mike Noel and Bruce Wentworth, and it utilizes Passion Works artists by using colorful ceramic tiles that explain the 4 avenues of Rotary Service.  In Celebration of Rotary International's centennial, the Athens Rotary Club initiated a community-inspired project with four main objectives: 1, Improve the lives of a group of developmentally disabled members of the Athens Community; 2, Foster fellowship among Rotary members, their families throughout the community; 3, To enhance and raise awareness in the Athens community of many local, national and worldwide Rotary projects; and 4, To enhance the quality of life and aesthetic experience in the Athens environment. These objectives are accomplished through partnerships among the Athens Rotary Club, Passion Works Studio, and the City of Athens.”
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:
The winner of the weekly Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship split the pot contest on October 14, 2019 was Jeanne Heaton.  Jeanne collected the weekly split of $16 and then cut the six of Diamonds from the deck of cards.  So, the contest will continue next week with $325 beginning in the accumulated pot and 37 cards in the deck.
  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 (from 2015, 19-th Annual Event.)

Channing McAllister, President of the Athens Rotary Foundation, and Chair of the 23nd Annual Rotary Charity Golf Scramble, gave the announcement for this year's event.  This is the only yearly fundraising event event for the Athens Rotary Foundation.  Channing McAllister has previously said:

"While Rotary is known for its world-wide efforts, the Athens Rotary Foundation is focused entirely on the needs here in Athens County, particularly those of the youth.  Your support is very much appreciated and will help us address those needs"

Some of the projects we assisted in the last few years are:  helped build a handicapped accessible playground at the City's South Side Park; satisfied our $50,000 pledge to help rebuild the Athens High School football field and stadium; and 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.

It is support from community members like you that makes Athens a great place to live and raise children.  Please consider volunteering, being a sponsor, or participating in this year's event.

Become a Hole Sponsor ($125); Play ($125); Become a non-participating General Sponsor ($250); Become a participating Team Sponsor ($500); or simply, Volunteer your services to help with the event (Free!).  

Make checks payable to The Athens Rotary Foundation, Tax ID# 31-1600581

Mail to: The Athens Rotary Foundation; P.O. Box 681, Athens, OH 45701 

Sign-up and pay with a credit card: Click Here!

Contact: Foundation President and Golf Chair,  Channing McAllister (740-592-4882).

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
Marcello Fornari (Ctr.) was a visiting Rotarian at the Feb. 11, Athens Rotary Club noon meeting.  He has an MBA (IT Business), lives in the São Paulo area of Brazil and is a member of Rotary Club Jundiaí Sul.  Marcello is shown trading Rotary Club Banners with President Elect, Tom Gibbs and Sheila Mark (Nominee for President Elect 2019-2020).  Learn more about Marcello Fornari on LinkedIn.
  Photo provided by Tom Gibbs.
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 2018 Award was presented to Betsy Baringer at the Annual Holiday Party on Dec. 10, 2018.
Several members nominated Betsy Baringer for her superb efforts spearheading the Thanksgiving Food Basket Project this year (as she has for the past several years!). Betsy was also heavily involved in the operations management of the Athens Rotary Club.  She is responsible for making sure meals and tables are ready for each of our weekly meetings.   She is always on hand to assist with technical issues, special foods for members and advising our guests.  Betsy exemplifies the 4-way test of Rotary by showing great Character, building Goodwill, being Fair and Truthful and providing Benefit to all she serves.  Thank You Betsy!
The photo above is by Rotarian Don Fucci and information was provided by President Brandon Elliott.