* 03/15/2018 | Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio, USA | Joseph G. McNemar


Presiding: Pres. Gary Dean

Prayer: Norm Wilson

Piano: Don Metzler

Intros: Amy Elsea

Song: Matt Tootle - "On the Sunny Side of the Street" & "R-O-T-A-R-Y"

Absentees: Ankrom, Applegate, Beavers, Craig Brown, Tony Chamberlain, Coyan, Crawford, Crespo, Dan Delong, Droste, Ewing, Gillen, Halm, Jack Hooks, Jim Hooks, Lewis, Maroscher, Mavis, Moss, Chris Mullins, Jessica Mullins, Radcliff, Rainey, Rawlins, Scherer, Stevens, Throckmorton, Vickers, Williams, Wolford, Yaniga, Vallette

Make-ups: P.E.T.S. - Ian Webb, Bill Stout; eClub One - Jim River

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: Bill Pugh, by Dan Fouts; Wendy Beveridge, by Heidi White; Brittany Moore & Paul Kennedy, by Bob Mabe

New Member bio: Sam Shapiro is retired from Purina Mills, and resides in Circleville with his wife, Raylene. They have two sons. Sam received his M.A. in Education from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. 

Sam is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he has served as Council President for four terms. In addition, he is active in many community organizations, such as Boy Scouts as a Scout Master, a project Leader for youth mission trips, and with Circleville of Caring. In his spare time, he enjoys fly fishing, home improvement projects, and restoring automobiles. Again, welcome aboard Sam!

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: 18th - Don Metzler; 19th - Debbie Hoffman

April birthdays: 2nd-Curtis Christopher; 3rd - Gary Dean; 9th - Craig Brown; 10th - Debbie Hoffman; 15th - Ellery Elick; 16th - Gary Gillen, Tad Grover; 18th - Larry Halm; 22nd - Barry Pontus; 23rd - Tony Chamberlain

April anniversaries: 2nd - Steve Stevenson; 4th - Rick Rawlins; 8th - Dave Moss; 26th - Dan Delong

Happy Dollars: None

Student guests: Andrea Brown of Westfall High School, introduced students: Gunner Hall & Caitlyn Young

Lottery: Bob Sneed was this week's winner of $15, but the golden bean remains hidden. The jackpot is now at $644.


  • Pres. Gary: 
    • Presented a Club 125 pin to Bob Liggett
    • Presented Perfect attendance pins to Bob Tootle & Bill Stout
  • Debbie Hoffman: passed around a sign-up sheet for times to read a book to Head Start students for Literacy program.
  • Bob McCrady: offered free Rotary car magnets to those interested.
  • Via flyer: Rotary District #6690's District Conference will be May 18th-20th at Zane State College Campus. To register &/or get details, go to website: http://rotary6690.org/training-events/discon1718/

SAA: Bob Sneed (In a lively St. Patrick's Day hat)

*Mentioned Circleville High School Senior Nate Keaton's 2nd time wining the State Wrestling Championship for the 120 pound weight class! It was also Nate’s fourth time to earn a place on the State tournament’s podium.

*Chris Mullins: for his sister, Joanna, being selected as the new CEO of COTA.

*Roxan Sigmon: for something involving her agency. (I couldn't hear the reason.)

Intro: Dave Webb introduced today's speaker, Marco Lombardi, representing Sofidel. Marco is the Site Operations Manager at Sofidel’s Circleville facility.He lives in Dublin with his wife & son. He is here today to give us an update on the progress of the facility.


  • Sofidel was founded in 1966. It's HQ is in Tuscany, Italy.
  • Approx. 6,000 + employees
  • Sofidel is a very well established name in the tissue paper industry.
  • Six facilities in USA now, plus the Circleville site.
  • Circleville is the first facility “built from scratch." The other ones were established within existing buildings.
  • 1.6 million sq ft
  • Their process: Papermaking + Converting + Distribution
  • Circleville's plant works in partnership with their plant in Haines, FL.
  • Sofidel uses a great deal of robotic automation
  • The Circleville facility is now operational. Construction phase took about 13 months. By the end of this year, they should be fully "up & running."
  • 350 employees is their target. They have 150 approx. now.
  • Working with Miami University in regards to finding employees with specialized education &/or abilities.
  • "There is a lot of chemistry in tissue paper. Not like making machine parts."
  • Their retail partners are: WalMart, Staples, Family Dollar, Traders Joe's, etc.
  • Sofidel has a strong environmental commitment. "100%" is what his PowerPoint slide said. Displayed the numerous environmental awards & certifications they have earned.
  • Their air emissions is mostly steam. 
  • Sofidel "is very young, but very brave to invest constantly." "(Sofidel has) invested huge amounts of money."
  • Circleville's facility is almost exactly one mile long.
  • Mentioned the transportation from Sweden of the large dryer equipment, and commented with a smile, “I don’t want to tell you how much the transportation costs were.”
  • Played two aerial videos, one pre-construction & one post-construction.
  • 1st line is operational, 2nd is almost completed, & 3rd is under construction currently.
  • Sofidel begins with pulp for their products. They get the materials "from all over the world." Pulp comes in compressed sheets, configured into bales.
  • They "do not use recycled paper; its always pure."
  • Complete manufacturing process “takes only seconds, not minutes! 2,000 meter per minute.”
  • This plant will produce mostly toilet paper & unfinished-level paper items. 
  • The Sofidel name comes from a combination of several companies' names.

Speaker's contact information:

Marco Lombardi

Site Operations Manager


25910 US 23

Circleville, OH 43113



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

Pres. Gary concluded by asking us to recite the Rotary 4-Way Test.

Until next week...

Patty Rothe,

Rotary Newsletter Editor 


March programs:

22nd: Bob Harvey - "Your next car technology"

29th: Jarrod Burks - Ohio Valley Archeology 

April programs:

5th: Eleventh Candle Company - Human trafficking & addiction

12th: Pickaway County Commissioners Wippel & Stewart - Fairgrounds project update

19th: Kristen May - Pickaway Arts & Life Center project update

26th: Hank Hamed & Kathleen Young of Ohio Governor's Office - Drug prevention program called "Start Talking"

© Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio 2015