* 02/23/2017 | Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio, USA | Joseph G. McNemar


Presiding: Chris Mullins

Prayer: Walt Spangler

Piano: Don Metzler

Intros: Done by the members who brought guests

Song: None

Absentees: Applegate, Beavers, Craig Brown, Joe Brown, Coyan, Crespo, Dean, Droste, Ewing, Charley Gerhardt, Dick Gerhardt, Good, Halm, Hoffman, Jack Hooks, Joiner, Justinger, Lewis, Bob Liggett, Eric Liggett, Mabe, Maroscher, Mavis, Moss, Jessica Mullins, Reynolds, Scherer, Sigmon, Stevens, Stout, Tener, Throckmorton, Bob Tootle, Matt Tootle, Vickers, White, Williams, Yaniga

Make-ups: None

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: (See above)

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

March birthdays: 5th - Dan Dailey; 9th - Tom Tootle; 10th - Chris Mullins; 11th - Dick Patrick; 12th - Roy Huffer; 26th - Jerry Leist, Bob McCrady; 29th - Scott Applegate

March anniversaries: 2nd - Walt Spangler; 18th - Don Metzler; 19th - Debbie Hoffman

Student guests: None

Lottery: Not done today


  • 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: 4-H is taking over the next Community Kitchen on 02/27/17, so our club's volunteers are not needed for February.
  • Ian Webb: "Raise Your Paw" event for Circleville City School Foundation is on 02/25/17 at AMVETS.  This event is CCSF's primary fundraiser, and helps to fund programs such as Robotics, & field trips to The Stone Lab on Lake Erie and the Columbus Museum of Art.  Tickets are only $25 each, and the doors open at 5PM.  There will be food from local restaurants, cash bar, live auction, and Silent & Chinese Auctions.  Please come support our community's students!

By e-mail: 

  • Rotary RI will be holding the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta from June 10-14. The registration cost is $415. If you are planning to attend, please drop a line to Gary Dean at Gary.Dean@HERrealtors.com.  (You can also 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.
  • Rotary's 2017-2018 Assembly for District 6690 will be on 04/01/17 (no April Fool's joke here!) at Zane State College in Zanesville, Ohio.  For more info, go to: http://rotary6690.org/training-events/district-assembly.  To register, go to: http://www.directory-online.com/Rotary/index.cfm?EventID=77311684

SAA: None done today

Intro: Warren Spangler

Speaker(s): Nick Zachrich, Manager of Farm Science Review (FSR) with The Ohio State University.  Nick is not only employed by OSU, but also is an alumnus of OSU.  He has been an employee of the FSR department for seven years.  

In his past, he grew up on a family farm in northwest Ohio.  After graduating from college,  Nick was a high school Ag teacher and FFA advisor for three years.  He is married to a current agriculture teacher and they reside near Mechanicsburg, Ohio with their three children on his wife's family farm.


  • Gave a brief history of the ag industry
  • Explained that the culture in agriculture has evolved over the years.  Their "boss" nowadays is the everyday food consumer.
  • People are more concerned now, than in the past, with the origins of their food.
  • Spoke about his participation in Outdoor Ag Trade Shows, and how there are hundreds of them.
  • OSU has a 2100 acre facility, which is uncommon for a university
  • They are a Farm Show Council member
  • There are 6 major farm trade shows per year, of which FSR is one of them.
  • FSR shares challenges & successes with other trade shows as well as with the farmers themselves.
  • OSU Farm trade show strives to attract the farmers that are within a 4-hour radius, but they do get some from great distances.
  • FSR has field demonstrations, educational opportunities, & the Gwynn Conservation Area.
  • FSR began in 1963 at the Don Scott Field & Airport; housing developments have now popped up all around the fire.  Not much research is performed anymore at this location due to the visitor foot traffic.
  • Molly Caren donated nearly 1000 acres in 1982 to OSU FSR.  They then had the opportunity to purchase 1100 acres in 1992, which they did.
  • They are a self-funded program, and actually generate a profit that they pass back to OSU.
  • Field demonstrations showcase the latest technology,  such as planters, combines, & drones.
  • Educational opportunities include over 140 presentations, such as discussions with extension agents about current topics.
  • FSR partner with the Master Gardeners program to display the MG's efforts.
  • FSR has programs geared just towards students, to teach them about the ag industry.  It is "a very hands-on program."
  • Gwynn Conservation Area is 67 acres of demonstrations & tours
  • Spoke of "weed pressure" and how it affects farmers' crops.
  • Students have an opportunity to use the site to test the ability of different plants to survive different conditions.  Work with the ODNR program students.
  • FSR Show prep includes: 14-month marketing plan, 7 full-time staff & 20 student employees work year round; begin grooming site on Aug. 1st, and work long hours for staff begin after Labor Day.
  • FSR's Show in 2017: 
    • Vendors will be showcasing new products & technology 
    • New mobile app (available after July 15, 2017)
    • Enhanced demo plots
    • Streambank Renovation Project
    • Prairie Restoration
  • Mentioned some of the other groups with which they work, such as Pheasants Forever, CREP, etc.
  • Farm Operation:
    • 450 acres dedicated to Field Demos
    • Grain bins
    • Automation added to process to increase efficiency 
    • Planter Technology, such as a non-traditional planter on tracks.
    • Soil sampling, & comparisons of different methods
    • Controlled drainage
    • Use of GPS & satellite technology
    • Develop profitability maps

Contact information:

Nick Zachrich

Farm Science Review Manager



March program schedule (submitted by Ian Webb)

2nd: Dale Gillette - Seniors & Law Enforcement Together

9th:  Don McIlroy - State of the City

16th: Aaron Portzline - Columbus Dispatch Blue Jackets reporter

23rd: Jarrod Burks - Archaeology & Technology

30th: Walt Spangler - Germany

April program schedule (submitted by Ian Webb)

6th: Heather Foll - Pickaway FANS Network

13th: Joy Hoover & Jeff Sheets - Teays Valley Education Foundation

20th: Ryan Scribner - Sofidel Update

27th: Dan Patrick - Retired "Samson" monster truck driver

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