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Athens

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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  Athens Rotary's Good Works Friday Night Supper was held on Jan. 17, 2020 at The Plains United Methodist Church.
    The team of Rotary (and friends) volunteers to plan, purchase, prepare, cook, serve and clean-up were: Betsy Baringer and Tom Lazear, Tara Gilts, Mario Grijalva, Shane Jarrett, Candy Kemmerer, Diane McVey and Craig Johnson and their friend Dave Bradley, Mike Noel, Ann Paulins, Karen Vedder and Keith and Darlene Wasserman
  Approximately 100 community members attended the meal, and 40 community members signed up for take-home food.  Click on the photo to see the Photo Album.
 
 Photo by Roger Rollins
   Welcome to our newest member Thomas O'Grady, Executive Director of the Southeast Ohio History Center!  Tom O'Grady (center) is shown receiving his Rotary Pin by Diane McVey, assisting during the ceremony administered by President Thomas Gibbs (right) on the day of his initiation as a member of The Rotary Club of Athens OH, January 20, 2020.  Tom O'Grady previously received our "Athens Rotary Club Community Service Person of the Year Award" for 2018!
Slate of officers for Rotary-year 2020-2021 (term starts July 1, 2020):
The following elected Officers form the Board of Directors:
President: Sheila Mark
1st Vice-President (Pres. Elect): Shane Jarrett
2nd Vice-Pres. (1st Vice-Pres. Elect):  Tara Gilts
Secretary: Ed Peterson
Treasurer: Dave Diggle
Past Pres. & Membership Chair : Thomas Gibbs
Club Service: Tara Gilts
Vocational Service: Ann Paulins
Community Service: TBA
New Generations:  Tom Gibbs
International Service: Abe Alassaf
 
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Officials appointed by the Board of Directors:
Rotary Foundation Chair: Calvin James
Club Foundation Chair: Channing McAllister
Club Foundation Secretary: Diane McVey
Club Foundation Treasurer: Dave Diggle
Club Foundation Investments: Channing McAllister
 
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 2019 Award was presented to Bruce Wentworth at the Annual Holiday Party on Dec. 2, 2019.
   Bruce Wentworth received the award primarily for his leading the project to restore the Rotary Centennial Fountain located at the Athens Community Center.  The story on the history of the Rotary Centennial Fountain is posted here (note Bruce is mentioned) and the story on the Restoration Project is posted here (where Bruce essentially tells the story).  
Bruce Wentworth was exemplary in putting his experience as an architect to work in service to the community by leading this restoration project to completion this year.   Thank You Bruce!
   The photo above is by Rotarian Don Fucci.
 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 January 27, 2020 was Dr. Jim Gaskell.  Jim collected the weekly split of $26 and then cut the Three of Hearts from the remaining deck of cards.  So, the contest will continue next week with $578 in the accumulated pot and only 25 cards in the deck.