* 04/27/2017 | Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio, USA | Joseph G. McNemar


Presiding: Gary Dean

Prayer: Jim River

Piano: Don Metzler

Intros: Jonathan Davis

Song: Mike Pelcic, "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" & "Rotary Will Go Round the World"

Absentees: Ankrom, Applegate, Craig Brown, Coyan, Crespo, Dan Delong, Droste, Ewing, Good, Halm, Jack Hooks, Joiner, Justinger, Kowalski, Lewis, Mabe, Mavis, Chris Mullins, Jessica Mullins, Radcliff, Reynolds, Scherer, Sigmon, Stevens, Stout, Throckmorton, Matt Tootle, Vickers, Williams, Wolfe

Make-ups: e Club One - Eric Liggett (2)

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: None

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

New membership proposal: Jenny Rainey has submitted her membership paperwork.  She is employed at The Savings Bank, and lives in Ashville.  Dolly Crespo is her Rotary sponsor. Please direct any questions/comments regarding this proposal to Drexel Poling.

Student guests: Andrea Brown, Guidance Counselor of Westfall High School, introduced two students:  Jared Minor & Rebecca Brown

Lottery: Ellery Elick received the weekly drawing of $13, but did not draw the golden bean. Jackpot is now $97.  


  • Gary Dean read a thank-you note from a student
  • Carly Neff: It's time for our annual Flower Sale fundraiser; link for the order form is on our club's website.  Order forms were a distributed as well.  For more info &/or to place an order, contact Carly Neff at #740-474-2028 Ext. #1, or #740-404-5698, or neffcj@yahoo.com
  • Gary Montgomery: Thanked those who had volunteered at the recent Community Kitchen.
  • Charlie Hedges: $1,500 short of our annual Rotary Foundation goal, with only two months left to raise those funds.  Please chip in!
  • Circleville Noon Rotary branded apparel is now available through Land's End.  Two ways to order are: 

By e-mail: 

  • Rotary District 6690 will be holding our 2017 District Convention in downtown Columbus at COSI's facilities, on Saturday, April 29th.  DG Steve Sandbo says "I promise it will be a very fund day with plenty of inspired learning, sharing, & fellowship."  The registration closes on Monday, 04/24/17 at midnight. 

SAA: Vince Yaniga

  • Gave a quiz from Reader's Digest of quotes and who said them. 

Intro: Ian Webb

Speaker(s): Amber Hudson, Founder & President of MASH (Military & Service Heroes) Pantry.  M.A.S.H. Pantry is an independent (grassroots) nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable food pantry providing service to the Veteran and Armed Forces Communities.

There are two pantry locations: Rickenbacker Military Base & Grove City.  They also have an Outreach Program, which serves Pickaway, Delaware, & Franklin counties with a fresh produce market.  Their motto: "NO veteran, military family, or survivor will go hungry...at least not on our watch!!"

Amber is the recipient of the Sunny 95's Twenty Outstanding Women (January 2016), & The Jefferson Award (April 2017).


  • She was a Navy Reservist, and her father was also in the Navy.
  • Shared some of the challenges she faced while establishing the Pantry
  • 2 locations: Grove City & Rickenbacher
  • They are 501(3)c organization
  • Have an Outreach Program, in which they partner with Mid-Ohio Food Bank
  • They specialize in servicing military veterans & their families, but will also serve non-military if they're able to do so.
  • They have begun some seasonal programs in the area.
  • They service some areas outside of our community, such as Gahanna.
  • Their first question is "which branch did you serve?", not if they qualify or not.
  • Some of those who have been served, never leave because they become volunteers.
  • They are not only a Food Pantry.  They also serve as a place of fellowship, to share stories with those who might not ever have visitors, etc.
  • Shared a personal story of how as a single mother, she had to rely on soup kitchens, but she took her kids early to help set-up & serve, and then they would eat.  Her kids did not realize that she relied so heavily on those meals until she told them when they were older.
  • They serve as a connection for veterans to resources, such a one vet who needed shoes, or another who need home repairs performed.
  • She asked that if any Rotarian know of any veteran or family of a veteran who might need assistance.  If so, please contact Amber so that she can make the connections necessary.

  • She does not take any salary!
  • A gentleman named, John, who is also a volunteer, stood up to explain some of the background of Amber & all of the back stage work that she does every day.
  • Kim, who is another volunteer, stood up to share some of her personal experience of working with Amber & those that they serve.
  • MASH Pantry will be hosting a "Shine-A-Light/Walk in the Shoes of a Veteran" event, on Saturday 05/13/17 at Grove City High School track area.  It is a 1K Run/Jog/Walk fundraiser.  Registration begins at 9:30, event is 10AM-2PM, & the race itself starts at Noon.  Registration is at: http://www.allsportsraces.com/shine-a-light-1k.html.  All proceed go to :M.A.S.H. Pantry, Harrisburg VFW Post 11208, & Grove City High School NJROTC.  Donations are appreciated, monetary as well as items personal hygiene, such as travel size shampoos, toothpaste, etc.

  • Amber started the organization without any donations.  She pawned her own belongings (her own car, personal jewelry, etc.) to raise the start up funds.  Kim explained that Amber was too proud to ask for donations, but felt so strongly about this organization that she knew that she needed those funds.
  • Kim explained how "these veterans don't need hand outs.  They need hand ups!"

Contact information:

Amber Hudson


MASH Food Pantry



May program schedule:

4th: Dan Patrick - Retired "Samson" monster truck driver

11th: Keystone Book Store

18th: Jennifer Barney - Author/Publisher

25th: Dr. Greg Lam - Cardiologist at Berger Health Systems

June program schedule:

1st: Judy Wolford

8th: Joseph Rubin (Ted Lewis Museum)

15th: David Fausnaugh (Pickaway County Library)

22th: Dolly Crespo and Jenna Ketch (Pickaway County YMCA)

29th: Changing of the Guard


Patty Rothe,
Four J Properties, Inc., &
Realtor (c),
ERA Martin & Associates 

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