* 01/26/2017 | Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio, USA | Joseph G. McNemar


Date: 01/26/17

Presiding: Chris Mullins

Prayer: Dan Dailey

Piano: Ellery Elick

Intros: Ned Riegel

Song: Jim Hooks, "Sing & Celebrate" & "Better Than Ever This Year"

Absentees: Applegate, Beavers, Craig Brown, Crespo, Davis, Ewing, Fountain, Charley Gerhardt, Dick Gerhardt, Justinger, Lewis, Bob Liggett, Mavis, Moss, Radcliff, Reynolds, Scherer, Warren Spangler, Stevens,Tener, Throckmorton, Bob Tootle, Vickers, Williams, Wolford

Make-ups: Sunrise - Gerhard Maroscher, Larry Halm

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: Sandy Montgomery, by Gary Montgomery; Gary Joiner, by Ellery Elick.

January birthdays: 5th - Bob Tootle; 13th - Jim River, Carly Neff; 22nd - Dave Webb; 23rd - Roger Wolfe, Clark Cellio; 24th - Fred Mavis; 25th - Wayne Vickers; 26th - Mike Dutton

January anniversaries: 3rd - Tad Grover; 4th - Tim Throckmorton; 7th - Bob Mabe

February birthdays: 3rd - Joe McNemar; 9th - Richard Coyan; 10th - Don McIlroy; 11th - Norm Wilson;14th - Ian Webb

February anniversaries: 6th - Don McIlroy; 8th - Robert Cole; 21st - Carly Neff

Student guests:  Erika Konowalow, of Pickaway CTC, introduced two students:  Jason Smith & Rachel Walters

Lottery:   Ty Ankrom had the winning tickets and received $15.  Since the golden bean was not drawn, the jackpot is now $333.


  • Vince Yaniga: 25th Anniversary of our club's Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest on 03/16/17 at 5pm at Berger's Community Room.
  • Gary Montgomery: Thanked all of those who volunteered at the recent Community Kitchen event.
  • Debbie Hoffman: Rotary After Hours events - none in January, but next will be on 02/22/17.  Details TBA.
  • There will be a Rotary New Member Social on 02/01/17 at Gantz at 5:30pm.  Please RSVP to Carly Neff if you would like to attend.
  • By e-mail: 
    • Rotary RI will be holding the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta from June 10-14. The registration cost is $415. Go to www.rotaryconvention2017.org to register &/or get more details.
    • Gary Vaughan has been selected by District 6690 Nominating Committee to be our Rotary District Governor Nominee Designate.  Gary will follow Craig Maxey as our District Governor for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.  Go to our Rotary District's website to read Gary's bio.

Service Above Self” award was presented to Gary Montgomery. Eric Liggett presented the award, & shared a short bio of Gary.  Eric also explained how Rotary originally evolved from a social club into a service organization, thus creating the "Service Above Self" motto.

SAA: Bob Sneed

  • Real estate professionals (myself included) for the mentioning of record real estate sales for 2016.
  • Patty Rothe: for the vandalism report of Four J Properties's office building
  • Jessica Mullins: for Sterlin mentioned being in the newspaper (couldn't hear what  for).
  • Jean Droste: for a famous football player being from the same college from which  she graduated.
  • From the Police Report column in the newspaper:
    • Bob McCrady: for police report made by daughter-in-law.
    • All plaid shirt wearing Rotarians: for a police report of criminal in plaid shirt.
    • Richard Coyan: for report at Nazarene Church
    • All bald men wearing glasses: for a report of bald guy causing problems at The Pour House.
  • Debbie Hoffman: for husband, John, being elected to a new position. (I didn't catch what the position was.)
  • Bob Sneed: Thanked his program committee members for January's speakers.

Intro: Bob Sneed

Speaker(s): Karlyn Neff, pharmacist at Schieber's Pharmacy, & Mollie Hedges, retired teacher of Circleville City Schools and active volunteer in the community.  Karlyn & Mollie are members of the local One Book, One Community Committee that sponsors a community reading project.

As both a pharmacist and a concerned parent, Karlyn has seen too many lives in our community affected by drug addiction.  She admits that she's not too naive or arrogant to think that it can't happen to her child.  In her role as a pharmacist and as a One Book, One Community Committee member, it is Karlyn's goal to educate our community and to help our children grow up in a safe and healthy environment.

Mollie has many volunteer passions, some of which are serving on the Circleville Community School Foundation (CCSF), Secretary of Pickaway Addiction Action Coalition (PAAC), and as a member of the aforementioned One Book, One Community Committee.  She will be representing PAAC on a panel discussion at the "Ideas in Motion: Fighting the Drug Epidemic in Ohio" Conference in Columbus on 02/14/2017.  Mollie feel strongly that situations aren't going to change if we just sit back when we're able to be a catalyst for change.


  • Mollie's portion: 
    • Spoke of the newly formed Pickaway Addiction Action Coalition (PAAC) 
    • Introduced us to the book titled, "Dreamland," upon which the community discussion "One Book, One Community"  is based.
    •  Shared how Mollie Hedges & Tim Colburn were in the right place at the right time, & reached out to some connections they had in the Attorney General's Office.  From those connections, they were able to contact the author, Sam Quinones
    • Mentioned some of the signs of opioid abuse or addiction
    • Shared some statics of the effects of opioid abuse.

  • Karlyn's portion:
    • Shared some of the agencies with which they have partnered.
    • Gave a brief history of the legislation concerning narcotics & opiates over the years.
    • World's wealthiest countries make up only 20% of the world's population, but consume 90% of the opiates & narcotics.
    • Police said to call them if you suspect someone of drug use or abuse, even if you don't see any sign of the drugs at that moment.  Police said chances are they will be able to find something on the suspect or in their home or vehicle.
    • Gave some very grim statistics of the drug epidemic
    • Explained how people with legitimate prescriptions are often victims of others who are stealing &/or using their medications illegally.
    • Pickaway County is 42% higher than the Ohio statewide's average.
    • Even though prescription abuse is declining, heroin use is increasing.
    • Discussed the use of Narcan in overdose situations.
  • Charlie Hedges added a tidbit from his experience as a physician.  He said that part of the problem is that the medical industry at one time was under the belief that prevalent prescribing of opiates for pain relief was a positive thing.  Then, it became so common place that people got addicted, and a problem was created &/or increased.  Now the belief in the medical profession has swung the other way and opiates are tightly regulated.
  • Bob Sneed & Pres. Chris both received complimentary copies of the book "Dreamland" to read, and then to pass on to others in the community to read.

Contact information:

Mollie Hedges (can be contact via her husband, fellow Rotarian, Charlie Hedges)

Karlyn Neff, of Schieber's Pharmacy

February program schedule (submitted by Ian Webb)

2nd: Probate Court update - Judge Jan Long

9th: Black History of Circleville - Deborah Lowe Wright

16th:  Pickaway Parks update - Tom Davis & Marshall Fields

23rd: Rural Urban Day - at Presbyterian Church 

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