* 02/02/2017 | Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio, USA | Joseph G. McNemar


Date: 02/02/17

Presiding: Chris Mullins

Prayer: Dan Fouts

Piano: Don Metzler

Intros: Earl Palm

Song: Norm Wilson, "America, The Beautiful" & "Sing Out a Song of Rot'ry"

Absentees: Craig Brown, Coyan, Davis, Elsea, Ewing, Charley Gerhardt, Dick Gerhardt, Grover, Justinger, Lewis, Bob Liggett, Mabe, Mavis, Moss, Pelcic, Radcliff, Reynolds, Scherer, Schreiner, Stevens,Tener, Throckmorton, Bob Tootle, Matt Tootle, Vickers, Dave Webb, Ian Webb, Williams, Wolford, Yaniga

Make-ups: None

Visiting Rotarians: Sunrise - Jimmy Laux

Guests: Gary Joiner, by Ellery Elick; Kendra Kinney-Liebherr, by Tony Chamberlain

Proposed Membership: Gary Joiner submitted his membership request.  Gary is the Mayor of Commercial Point, and shows that his membership classification as "insurance investigation."  His activities are listed as such: "public servant community volunteer."  Ellery Elick is his sponsoring Rotarian.

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:  Pam Younkin, Guidance Counselor of Teays Valley, introduced two students:  Brendan Blakely & Bryce Beckman 

Lottery: Gary Dean had the winning tickets and received $?.  Since the golden bean was not drawn, the jackpot is now $348.


  • Jimmy Laux: On 02/22/17 will be the After Hours Rotary Mixer at the Visitor's Center from 5-7PM; catered by BW's restaurant, and some brews from The Elevator
  • 02/11/17: Haven House's annual Valentine's Day dinner fundraiser.  Please see Pres. Chris for details, or contact Haven House directly.
  • Vince Yaniga: 25th Anniversary session of our club's Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest will be on 03/16/17 at 5pm at Berger's Community Room.
  • Gary Montgomery: 02/27/17  will be the next Community Kitchen event at the Presbyterian Church.  Food prep begin as at 3:30pm, with the serving of food at 5pm.  Volunteers are welcome & greatly appreciated.
  • Rural Urban Day will be on 02/23/17 at Presbyterian Church.  Sign-up sheet is being passed around the room.
  • 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.

SAA: Don McIroy

   * Fined all birthdays & anniversaries 

   * Quized members as to what year they joined Rotary.

Intro: Jerry Good

Speaker(s): Judge Jan Michael Long is the Probate & Juvenile Judge for Pickaway County, and is currently serving his fourth term in office.  Prior to his election as judge in 1996, Jan was a State Senator if the 17th District of Ohio.  He was elected to the State Senate in 1986, where he represented at various times the counties of Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pickaway, Ross, Scioto, & Vinton.

Before his election in the Ohio Senate, Jan served as Administrative Assistant to US Congressman Douglas Applegate, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Pickaway County, & Assistant Law Director for the City of Circleville, & as the Village Solicitor for Commercial Point & South Bloomfield. He was also an Administrative Aide, Legal Intern & Page for the Democratic Caucus in the Ohio Senate in the mid-1970's.

In connection with his position as a judge, he serves on a variety of Judicial Committees, including co-chairman of the Probate Law and Procedure Committee, member of the Juvenile Law and Procedure Committee, Legislative Committee and Executive Committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference.  He is currently the President of the Ohio Association of Probate Judges.

Jan and his wife, Susie, have two sons, Justin and Jason.  Justin is a graduate of Miami (Ohio) University, and Jason, a graduate of Ohio University.  Jan is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Capital University Law School.


  • Read aloud a humorous police report, a thank-you letter from a student, & an apology letter from a juvenile.
  • He wears for 4 hats: Juvenile judge, probate judge, and clerk for both courts
  • He feels that judgements his court makes are "very personal judgments,"  such as ruling someone as unfit to have custody of their child, or unfit to be in control of their own affairs.
  • His court handles juvenile cases that are both minor as well as felony cases.
  • He's "glad we (Pickaway County) don't have the cases as serious as those in Franklin County."
  • Shared the specifics from a few cases that his court has handled.
  • He said most of his cases are drug-related, directly or indirectly.
  • In 1899, the first juvenile court was created in the United States.  Ohio created their first juvenile court a few years later.
  • Originally the courts treated juveniles like adults; hence the reason the Juvenile Court system was created.
  • Jan explained that since they handle juvenile cases, they have to go through an extra step to explain the rights completely to the children.
  • Shared how they handle child abuse & neglect cases.  He has observed that the degree of severity of these cases has increased greatly over the years.
  • He explained how the drug epidemic is affecting all aspects of children's lives & wellbeing. 
  • Shared how Family Drug Court works:
    • All parents assigned to this court (due to certain clinical criteria) are given the opportunity to join treatment programs.
    • Judge then meets with all of the client's providers and other agencies involved, to verify their progress.
    • If progressing, they are given reward.  If not, they are sentenced accordingly.
  • His court works with truancy officers & the school systems.  They conduct Truancy Court sessions with the offending students & guardians. 
  • Probate Court: spoke about guardianship cases, and how they focus on protecting the wards of the State.  They also have meetings with the guardians.
  • Stated how they assign a guardian ad litem to the children to watch out for the child's own best interest.  (They are not lawyers.)
  • If Jan sends a juvenile to the Youth Corrections Facility (DYS, Department of Youth Services), our county pays for them.  This is in contrast to how if Judge Knece sends someone to prison, the State pays their bill.
  • Mentioned some of their community service projects.  If you have any project ideas, please contact Jan &/or his court.

Contact information:

Judge Jan Michael Long

Pickaway County Probate & Juvenile Courts

February program schedule (submitted by Ian Webb)

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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