* 02/07/2019 | 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: Dan Fouts

Piano: Ellery Elick

Intros: Don McIlroy

Song: Sam Shapiro - "Sing Rotarians" & "Smiles"

Absentees: Beavers, Bialy, Craig Brown, Christopher, Dailey, Davis, Droste, Elsea, Ewing, Foll, Hedges, Hoffman, Irwin, Adam Johnson, Justinger, Bob Liggett, Maroscher, Metzler, Chris Mullins, Pontius, Radcliff, Rainey, Rawlins, Scherer, Searls, Sigmon, Stevens, Stout, Vallette, Vickers, White, Yaniga

Make ups: None

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: Marie Crawford, by David Crawford; Bob Foster, by Fred Mavis; Joel Esala, by Bob Sneed.

Membership Proposal paperwork has been submitted by Joel Eslala. Joel is the Pastor of the Circleville Presbyterian Church. He currently resides in Orient. His Sponsoring Rotarian os Bob Sneed. If there are any questions regarding this proposal, please direct them to Drexel Poling.

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

February anniversaries: 21st- Carly Neff

Happy Dollars: None

Student Guests: Kurt Young, Dean of Students at Circleville High School, introduced Alexis Whitaker & Shayna Hoop.

Lottery: Roger Wolfe was this week's winner of $13, but the golden pebble remained hidden. The jackpot is now $203.


  • Gary Montgomery: The next Community Kitchen event has been canceled for February. The is a Boy Scout Troup that will be hosting it instead.
  • Pres. Ian: Read a thank-you from YMCA for our donation
  • Pres. Ian spoke of the Rotary Special Matching Points Campaign. If a member contributes to RI or Polio Plus in any amount from $100 to $1,000, by the 02/28/19 deadline, the District will match the points. Please see Pres. Ian or Charlie Hedges for details.

SAA: Beth Kowalski

  • Mayor Don & Carly Neff: Newpaper article about the Barthelmas Park's expansion
  • Jessica Mullins: on Chris Mullins' behalf, for Haven House's annual Valentine's Day Dinner fundraiser coming up this Saturday, 02/09/19, starting at 6PM.
  • Patty Rothe & Richard Coyan: Patty's son Nick was on Circleville's Honor Roll, as was Richard's granddaughter, Makayla.

Program: Richard Coyan introduced Carol (Claibourne) Richardson, who spoke on behalf of Make-A-Wish Foundation (MAW). Carol grew up in Ashville, and lives now in Powell with her family.

Her first experience with MAW was when her daughter, Madeline, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma at the age of six. In 2012, , Madeline's wish to go to Disneyworld was granted. In 2015, Carol wanted to pay it forward, so she began volunteering for MAW to fund the wishes of others.  

Eventually her efforts turned into a job. It is her mission to fund as many wishes every year for these critically ill children


  • MAW is an internationally recognized brand.
  • Shared with us what her emotions were when her own daughter was diagnosed with cancer, and how devestated she was.
  • Make-A-Wish (MAW) helps serve as a support team to patients, which is especially meaningful for those that do not have family &/or their own support system.
  • She lead us through what her own journey was like and her daughter's medical experiences.
  • Her daughter's wish was to go to Disneyworld with her family & MAW made sure to address any of her medical needs. She pointed out that MAW often has extreme &/or specific medical challenges that would need to be considered during trips.
  • She emphazied "We (MAW) make it happen!"
  • Explained how they sometimes have a "rush wish" in extremely urgent situations. She shared a story of a certain young boy who had such a situation, and how the MAW trip had a positive impact.
  • Mentioned how Dr Patel cooperates with MAW for his patients. He has noted that these wish fulfillments often lead to positive medical effects for his patients.
  • MAW's headquarters is in Dublin, on Sawmill Road.
  • MAW is funded by donations from community organizations, individuals, fundraisers, etc. "We will accept funds in any way, shape, or form."
  • There is a system in place through which they decide if a patient qualifies.
  • Turn-around time for granting a wish depends on the what the wish is, how much it would cost, and what the patient's particular medical situation is.
  • Link to video that Carol was unable to present due to technical difficulties: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0gA63tkGVg

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

February programs:

14th: One Book/One Community - Heather Foll

21st: Walking the Pacific Crest Trail - Victor & Alisha Riffle

28th: Rural Urban Day

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