Presiding: Pres. Gary Dean
Prayer: Jim River
Piano: Don Metzler
Intros: Dave Webb
Song: Jim Hooks- "The Whiffenpoof Song" & "On the Sunny Side of the Street"
Absentees: Applegate, Craig Brown, Christopher, Dailey, Davis, Dan Delong, Droste, Elsea, Ewing, Good, Halm, Jack Hooks, Lewis, Maroscher, McIlroy, Mullins, Palm, Pelcic, Radcliff, Rainey, Rawlins, Scherer, Stevens, Throckmorton, Matt Tootle, Vickers, Williams, Wolfe, Yaniga
Make-ups: eClub One - Charlie Hedges (2)
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Claire Guion, by Jayme Fountain
January birthdays: 5th - Bob Tootle; 13th - Jim River, Carly Neff; 22nd - Dave Webb; 23rd - Roger Wolfe, Clark Cellio, Jenny Rainey; 24th - Fred Mavis; 26th - Mike Dutton
January anniversaries: 3rd - Tad Grover; 4th - Tim Throckmorton; 7th - Bob Mabe
Happy Dollars: None
Student guests: Dan Hugus, Asst. Principal for Logan Elm High School, introduced Braeden Butler & Travin Schirtzinger
Lottery: Gary Montgomery won the weekly drawing of $15, but did not draw the golden bean. The jackpot is now $528.
- Pres. Gary: read a thank-you for a donation from our club
- Gary Montgomery.:4th Monday of every month is the Community Kitchen; next one is 01/22/18. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed!
- Jayme Fountain: Explained about how the Rotary Exchange program has been revived via Rotary International. She shared that a team from Mongolia will be coming to USA in January. An event to welcome the Mongolian group is tomorrow (01/12/18) at Watt St. Tavern from 5 - 6PM. Pizza will be provided. (Editor's note: This event was canceled due to the adverse weather.)
- Charlie Hedges: $6,900 is year's goal for our Rotary Foundation. Members can do on-line donations as well. Go to www.Rotary.org.
SAA: Bob Tootle
- Dave Crawford: being re-elected to the position of City Council President
- Anyone affiliated with Berger Health System for the recent publicity
- Debbie Hoffman: for the Cleveland Browns...need we say more?
- Dave & Ian Webb, & Jim Hooks: for investment trivia regarding the Dow's records
- All anniversaries & birthdays for January
Intro: Bob Sneed introduced Jeremy Neman, of Scioto Post. Ben Schlichter & Brandon Schlichter, Jeremy's business partners, also spoke. Here is a summary of Jeremy's submitted bio: Grew up in Princeton, Maine. After graduating from high school, he earned a Firefighter's Certificate & Journeyman in Carpentry from Eastern Maine Tech & Fire Training Academy. In 1998, he moved to Columbus, OH, where he found work in construction. He worked his way up the corporate ladder in the company, serving multiple positions along the way. He resides in Circleville with his wife and six children, all but the oldest one are boys. He is a member of the Circleville Nazarene Church.
- They gave a brief summary of how & why The Scioto Post (TSP)was formed.
- They felt there was a "need for an alternative source for community news."
- They try to focus on the positive angles.
- Jeremy is the writer who is "out on the street." Ben does the editing. Brandon admitted "I sit back & watch them work." He tries to give a viewer's perspective.
- They each are owners of their own individual businesses.
- Try to include non-traditional news
- Past 28 days, they've had over 2,000 viewers. In the past six months, over 2.2 million people have seen a TSP story.
- TSP even have an international following.
- Include live feed of such things as a fire at a local fast-food restaurant, and from the Pumpkin Cutting ceremony at Bob & Jo Liggett's farm.
- Over 90% of Pickaway Co. households have visited SciotoPost.com within the past three months.
- "Last week we surpassed all local on-line news sources."
- Shared copies of what their website looks like, and some of the articles
- They have done paper-print version before occasionally, and plan on doing it again.
- Their goal was to get the news to those 15 to 40 years old readers, who prefer to get their news on-line. Instead of focusing on the negative news, they try to showcase the positive news.
- Their largest viewership is actually 50-60 year old females. They trend to the 30-40 year olds.
Dan Fouts pointed out that TSP had a live feed of the entire Rotary Big Wheel Race at Pumpkin Show last year. Ben stated "The hits were easily in the thousands.”
Brandon explained some of the background/infrastructure to the electronic publishing. When asked if they entertain politics, he shared that they "avoid it all costs!"
- Jeremy spoke about one of their articles regarding downtown revitalization. He pointed out how many comments were created after publication. "This is a great to engage with those in the community."
- They explained that they are seeking businesses & individuals to become advertisers on their websites, which would help TSP's revenue flow.
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In appreciation of this year's speakers sharing their time & efforts, donations to the Rotary Foundation will be made in their names.
Pres. Gary concluded by asking us to recite the Rotary 4-Way Test.
Until next week...
Rotary Newsletter Editor
4th: Matt Finks - Buckeye Fever football commentator
11th: Jerry Newman - Scioto Post
18th: Ray Stein - Columbus Dispatch Sports Editor
25th: Stan Sommers Rotary trip to Guatemala
1st: Mayor Don McIlroy - History and Direction
8th: Dan Fouts & Dr. Kulaga- Updates on OCU
15th: Jerry Good - DuPont scientist Tom Camey
22nd: Rural Urban Day - Dale Minyo of ABN Agricultural Radio