Presiding: Chris Mullins
Prayer: Dan Dailey
Piano: Don Metzler
Intros: Tony Chamberlain
Song: Warren Spangler, "God Bless America" & "Sing Rotarians"
Absentees: Beavers, Craig Brown, Crespo, Droste, Elick, Elsea, Ewing, Richard Gerhardt, Gillen, Good, Halm, Jack Hooks, Justinger, Lewis, Bob Liggett, Mavis, Palm, Reynolds, Scherer, Sigmon, Stevens, Throckmorton, Matt Tootle, Vickers, White, Williams, Wolford
Make-ups: eClub One - Roger Wolfe
Visiting Rotarians: Logan - Bill Boone; Sunrise - Warner Searls
Guests: Janet Spangler, Annabel Spangler, Carol Ann Baker, & Dave Baker, by Warren Spangler; Tina Barson, & Burt Marsh, by Walt Spangler
April birthdays: 3rd - Gary Dean; 9th - Craig Brown; 10th -Debbie Hoffman; 13th - Mark Smith; 14th - Angela Beavers; 15th - Ellery Elick; 16th - Gary Gillen & Tad Grover; 18th - Larry Halm; 22nd - Barry Pontius
April anniversaries: 2nd - Steve Stevenson; 8th - Harry Canfield, Dave Moss; 26th - Dan Delong; 28th - Larry Powell
Student guests: Jonathan Davis, Superintendent of Circleville City School District, introduced two students: Bryce Delong & Avery Delong
Lottery: Jim Hooks received the weekly drawing of $16, but did not draw the golden bean. Jackpot is now $42. Also did another drawing for "A Soldier's Story" book donated by Walt Spangler. Ned Schreiner won it.
- Pres. Chris: read the letter of resignation from Tim Tener.
- Gary Dean: Rotary Committee sign-up forms at all the tables
- Gary Montgomery: Thanked those who volunteered at the most recent Community Kitchen event.
- Gary Joiner: On 04/16/17, the Mash Pantry will be having an Easter dinner
- Scott Applegate: Spaghetti Dinner at New Hope Schools will be tomorrow, starting at 4:30pm.
- The Annual Rotary Flower Sale is ON. See the details by clicking here.
- 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.)
- 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: Bob Sneed
- Jessica Mullins: Sterlin being in the newspaper for honor roll
- Gerhardt Maroscher: for speaking to the Women's Educators Club
- Don McIlroy & Scott Applegate: in photo of Ace Hardware's ribbon cutting ceremony
- Charlie Hedges: for Mollie speaking to the Women's Business Network
- Ty Ankrom: ESC received favorable results from their recent audit
- Ned Schreiner challenged Gary Dean to raise money for Polio Plus by skydiving. If Gary will do it, Ned said he would too!
- April Fool's Day Trivia Quiz
Intro: Dave Webb, who first thanked all of March's speakers & program committee members.
Speaker(s): Fellow Rotarian, Walt Spangler, who spoke about his "trip" across Germany, via his military service in WWII.
- Started his military service at 16 years old in the infantry.
- Was then formally drafted at 18 years old.
- Shared a funny story about a soldier who was serving on guard duty.
- Spoke about the different weapons they had learned how to use during their training.
- AIRTC: Advanced Infantry Replacement Training Center
- He was sent to serve on the USS Westpoint, a former luxury liner that "had all the luxury taken out of it." They were on their way to Glasgow, Scotland.
- Shared a story of a time that depth charges were thrown in their path by another ship, and how his ship & troops reacted. Explained how they eventually landed & were sent in as reinforcements for lost soldiers. Walt was selected to be placed in the foxhole. He said that he learned more in that foxhole from a seasoned fellow soldier than he had in all of his 6 weeks of training camp.
- Told us how amazed he was that he had a fellow soldier in his troop from Williamsport. Walt explained how unusual it was to have someone local.
- Walt served in Company A, which had lost its first two leaders, and the third leader sent as a replacement was only 22 years old. This new fellow found himself in charge of approx. 146 soldiers!
- Explained that a zig-zag trench was dug in such a fashion in case a mortar landed in the trench so it wouldn't "take out the whole trench."
- Spoke of how mistakes were made and the result of some of those mistakes, and how they lost soldiers.
- Walt explained that he had to once hid in a 6" deep plow furrow, so he had to dig his foxhole from a prone position.
- Shared his knowledge of mortars, and the damage they inflicted. He had several close calls with them, and had lost fellow soldiers.
- Told various stories of how they had advanced through Germany.
- He ran out of time so he had to cut his presentation short, but stated that "there is plenty more to this story."
None provided, but Walt is in our Membership Directory
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: Amber Hudson - MASH Food Pantry
May program schedule (submitted by Ian Webb)
4th: Dan Patrick - Retired "Samson" monster truck driver
11th: Keystone Book Store
18th: Jenny Bahney-Author/Publisher