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 2018
Christina Warbington, Sr. Donor Recruitment Rep.
Jul 16, 2018
American Red Cross
Michael Comperchio & Others
Jul 23, 2018
Ohio Valley Summer Theatre 2018 Season
Don Fucci
Jul 30, 2018
A History of Firearms With An Emphasis on the "Cowboy Era"
Neill Lane, CEO Stirling Ultracold
Aug 06, 2018
Update on the growth and activity of Global Cooling/Stirling Ultracold
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Directors & Execs.
President Elect
Past President/Membership Chair
Community Service
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New Generations
Club Foundation Chair
Club Foundation Secretary
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Athens Rotary joins with the American Red Cross to sponser a Blood Drive:

Monday, July 30, 2018
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
The OU Inn
Lindley Room, 2nd Floor

To Schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBloodAthensRotOUInn
(The link above is: RedCrossBlood.org, with sponsor code: AthensRotOUInn)
Note: Walk-ins are welcome, but schedule appointment to avoid wait.

Note: Receive a Columbus Zoo BOGO entry offer & enter a weekly drawing for 4 Zoombezi Bay passes!

   Contact Person:  Past President, Mike Noel

Sat. June 30th was Athens Rotary Night at the Southern Ohio Copperheads (SOC) baseball game at Wren Stadium.  If you missed the event you missed a great baseball game and great, close-up Fire Works display after the game! 
Our Copperheads came into the game leading the Southern Division, and overall leaders of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League (GLSCL), with a record of 12-4.  They were playing the GLSCL Defending Champion Lima Locos, who came to the game as leaders of the Northern Division with a 12-5 record.  So it was an important game! 
The Locos took the lead in the top of the second inning only to have our SOC take it back with a grand slam home run in the bottom of the inning.  The Locos took the lead back in the 6th but our Copperheads stole it back again in the 7th and held on to win the game 7-8! 
The SOC play the Locos for the second, and I believe the last time in the regular season, tomorrow (Sun. July 1st) again at Bob Wren Stadium. 
Note added:  The Copperheads swept their series with the Locos by winning the Sunday game 5-8.  So the Copperheads finished the July 1st weekend leading the GLSCL with a record of 14-4. 
Photos are by Don Fucci.  See more of Don Fucci's photos taken at the event in the Photo Album "Copperheads Game Social Event" posted here!
The District 6690 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Camp is going to be held at Ohio University again this year! 
The event is July 19 -- 21.  Volunteers are needed for the event and the District depends heavily on the three local Rotary Clubs (Us, Athens Sunrise, and Nelsonville)  Micah J. Covert, President-Elect, Athens Sunrise Rotary, has been tasked with requesting volunteers:

There are a variety of jobs and each volunteer will recieve a free t-shirt for their time. 

Two major needs this year, where we could really use your help : 

  • Photographer​​​​​​​ (Must Stay Entire Weekend. Includes complimentary overnight accommodations (dorm) and meals. District 6690 RYLA requires all rights to photos taken, copies provided on a flash drive, and a final slideshow)
  • DJ for Friday night dance  (Last year Jimmy Childs was able to DJ - he gave us a great deal, unfortunately he has a wedding this year). 

If you would like to volunteer, CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP! 

If you have any questions at all please email Micah J. Covert at mailservice@directory-online.com.

The winner of the Athens Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund split the pot contest on July 9, 2018 was Channing McAllister.  Channing collected the weekly split of $18, but failed to find the Joker and instead drew the Seven of Hearts.   The accumulated pot will start at $324 next meeting with  36 cards remaining in the deck.
Worstell Scholarship Awards – Submitted to OU Financial Aid Office
Calen A Campbell, Trimble High School  $3,000
Emily Bails, Alexander High School  $1,650
Colton Joseph Wright, Trimble High School $1,650
Gawande Scholarship Awards – Submitted to Athens Rotary Foundation
Grace Pratt, Athens High School     $1,500
Mikayla Lynn Bradford, Federal Hocking High School   $1,500
Yushin Jeng, Athens High School    $1,500
Karen Vedder
Rich Vedder
Cita Strauss
Ed Peterson
Brandon Elliot
John M. Miller
The 2018 Southeastern Ohio Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled for September 29.  Athens Sunshine Rotary has formed a team:  Rotary Walks  and has invited us to join-in their first planning session at their regular “Drafts for a Difference” get-to gather at Eclipse Company Store on Wed., June 6, 5 PM – 7:30 PM. 
We could simply join the Athens Sunshine Rotary club’s efforts, or we could fund-raise on our own using the various tools that are available through the online "Walk to End Alzheimer's" participant center.  President Mike Noel wants to raise our awareness of this up-coming event.
Special Olympics for Athens and the surrounding counties was held at Alexander H.S. field on Friday April 27, 2018. For over 10 years our club has been responsible for the Vector 2 Softball throw. This includes organizing the participants into small groups, showing them where and how to throw the softball, and marking and measuring the throwing distances.
Athens Rotarian Scott Malcom has taken the lead in organizing our participation for several years.  Thanks to all who volunteered to help with the event this year!
See more of Don Fucci's great photographs of the event in this year's Special Olympics Photo Album.
Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE)
ShelterBox Fundraiser*
Rotary Dinner/Silent Auction
May 12, 2018
Location:          St. Patricks Episcopal Church
                            7121 Muirfield Dr.
                            Dublin, Ohio
Date:                  May 12, 2018   6pm - 9 pm
Ticket Price:     $50 Per Ticket
* Athens Rotary Youth Exchange Students are accepting Donations & Silent Auction Items.
Make Checks Payable To:  District 6690 RYE
Memo Line:  RYE ShelterBox Fundraiser
More information on the event can be found here on the Rotary District 6690 webpage.
Note:  ShelterBox is an international emergency-disaster-relief charity helping people around the world that have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict.  Rotary International joined as a partner with ShelterBox to help the cause.
Update:  This fundraiser is coming up soon on May 12.  The time to buy tickets is coming to an end. 
New great description of the fundraiser:  SHELTER BOX flyer
Here are two volunteer contacts if you want to get tickets or make donations for auction items:
Iman Abukamail
(740) 591-7337
Elizabeth Goldsberry
(740) 590-0077
Thanks to Stuart Goldsberry and Pres. Mike Noel for the basic information in this post.
Athens Rotary's Good Works Friday Night Supper was held on March 23, 2018 at The Plains United Methodist Church.   Approximately 80 community members attended the supper of veggies and hummus, vegetarian chili, coleslaw, sloppy-joes, and peaches and blueberries with whipped topping for dessert.  Rotarians donated over $500 as the envelope was passed at weekly meetings to make this meal possible.  Rotarian volunteers  planned the meal and bought the supplies.  And, on the evening of the dinner, Rotarian and friend volunteers cooked, prepared, and served the food and then relaxed and enjoyed the meal with the Good Works community members.  Finally, the volunteers washed a mountain of dishes!
The volunteers for the event were:
Cooks/Planners: Sheila Mark, Margy Kramer, Jody Harris, and Tara Gilts.
Food preparers, servers, and dish washers:  Sheila Mark, Margy Kramer, Jody Harris, Tara Gilts, Ed Peterson, Brandon Elliott, Shawna Stump, Karen Harvey, Maisie Mitchell (AmeriCorps Member serving at O'Bleness Hospital) and Suzy Kaneshige.
A special "Thank You!" goes to our members and friends for their generosity and commitment to service!
  Thanks to Tara Gilts for the information and pictures of the event.  See Photo Album of pictures here.