* 01/17/2019 | Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio, USA | Joseph G. McNemar >


By: Patty Rothe, 

Rotary Newsletter Editor


(Editor's request: Please remember to jot down your announcements & give them to me. A simple hand-written note or an e-mail in advance would work well. Thank you!)

Presiding: Pres. Ian Webb

Prayer: Gary Dean

Piano: Ellery Elick

Intros: Ty Ankrom

Song: Jim Hooks - "Advance Australia Fair" & "Cielito Lindo"

Absentees: Beavers, Bialy, Craig Brown, Canfield, Connie Chamberlain, Tony Chamberlain, Christopher, Dailey, Davis, Ewing, Foll, Hoffman, Irwin, Eric Liggett, Bob Liggett, Maroscher, Mavis, Pelcic, Radcliff, Rainey, Rawlins, Scherer, Sigmon, Stevens, Stout, Vallette, Vickers, Yaniga

Make ups: eClub One - Ned Riegel

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: Barry Adams, by Charlie Hedges; Adam Johnson, by David Crawford.

Student Guests: Dan Hugus, Asst Prinicpal at Logan Elm High School, introduced Bowen McConahan, Madalynn Karshner, Holden Evan, & Hannah Altolder.

January birthdays: 5th - Bob Tootle; 22nd - Dave Webb; 23rd - Clark Cellio, Jenny Rainey; 24th - Fred Mavis; 25th - Wayne Vickers; 31st - Carly Neff

January anniversaries: 3rd - Tad Grover; 7th - Bob Mabe

Happy Dollars: None

Lottery: Pres. Ian was this week's winner of $16, but the golden pebble remained hidden. The jackpot is now $161.


  • Gary Montgomery: The next Community Kitchen event is on 01/28/19. Food prep starts at 3:30; food service begins at 5. This event is held on the 4th Monday of every month. Volunteers will be warmly welcomed!
  • Gary also reminded us all to drive safely when it turns snowy or rainy, and to check the tread on your vehicles!
  • Sister Monica: 02/06/19 is a Bingo event at Wyngate
  • Ellery: Rural-Urban Day will be the last Thursday in February (02/28/19), starting at 11:30AM at the Presbyterian Church. This is a great opportunity to invite a guest, especially someone involved in the farming/ag business.
  • Via flyer: This year the Rotary International Convention will be in Hamburg, Germany. Registration has begun, and a link can be found on the District's webpage.
  • New memeber inducted: Adam Johnson, sponsored by David Crawford

SAA: Tom Tootle

  • Those who have a tire gauge
  • Jim Hooks fined for song selection
  • Tad Grover: Community UM clothing drive
  • Earl Palm: Cynthia Bower's house open for tours
  • January birthdays & anniversaries

Program: Jim Hooks spoke briefly about the AFS (American Field Service) program; founded in 1914. He shared his own stories of when he & his wife hosted an AFS student.  

Jm then introduced Lori Madden, who spoke on behalf of the AFS program, and who has also hosted 18 students over the years. She then introduced two current AFS students: Laura, from Germany, and Matias, from Uruguay. Both students are attending Teays Valley High School.


  • Each student is assigned an AFS liaison to help bridge the gap between the student and the host family
  • Laura:
  • Spoke of her home country, Germany, and her hometown.
  • Shared some personal photos of where she is from.
  • Spoke of experiencing Pumpkin Show, high school football games, an OSU football game, high school dances, show choir, & new friends
  • Matias:

  • Mentioned facts about his home country & town
  • Wanted to come to USA because he was interested in our culture
  • Likes our fast food, pick-up trucks, Autumn, swim team, & attending high school sports events
  • Talked about some of the special foods, activities, & the climate of his country
  • Mentioned how he goes to school in Uruguay from 2PM to 7:30PM, so getting up early for school here "was very hard."
  • Both shared how much they miss using public transportation. Since they are not allowed to drive while here, they have to rely on others to transport them.
  • Students are encouraged to join sports & clubs at their American schools.
  • They are also encouraged to keep their communication back home to a minimum so they don't get homesick. They are to focus on assimilating to their new environments.
  • Jim concluded by highly recommend that everyone try being a host family at least one time. He pointed out how close they still are to the girl they hosted, & they view her as a "daughter that's away at college, without the expense!

In appreciation of this year's speakers sharing their time & efforts, donations to the Pickaway County Dog Shelter will be made in their names.

January programs:

24th - "Are employers prepared for medical marijuana?", by Kofi Semenya

31st - Uptown Circleville updates, by Kevin Douglas & Brenna Gibson

February programs: (Not received yet)

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