* 05/24/2018 | Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio, USA | Joseph G. McNemar


Presiding: Gary Dean

Prayer: Tad Grover, special honoring of Jim River, & the family that remains to mourn him.

Piano: Don Metzler

Intros: Carly Neff

Song: Eric Liggett - "I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad" & "Rotary Will Go Round the World"

Absentees: Applegate, Beavers, Craig Brown, Canfield, Connie Chamberlain, Tony Chamberlain, Christopher, Coyan, Crawford, Crespo, Davis, Droste, Ewing, Foll, Gerhardt, Gillen, Halm, Jack Hooks, Justinger, Lewis, Bob Liggett, Mavis, McIlroy, Chris Mullins, Jessica Mullins, Pelcic, Radcliff, Rainey, Rawlins, Schreiner, Sigmon, Stevens, Throckmorton, Bob Tootle, Matt Tootle, Vallette, Vickers, White, Williams, Wolfe, Wolford, Yaniga

Make-ups: None

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: None

May birthdays: 3rd - Ned Riegel; 11th - Ned Schreiner, Connie Chamberlain; 25th - Dan Delong, Dave Crawford; 26th - Vince Yaniga, Bob Mabe; 28th - Patty Rothe; 30th - Jean Droste; 31st - Bob Liggett

May anniversaries: 7th - Bob Johnson, Joe McNemar; 15th - Curtis Christopher; 23rd - Roger Wolfe; 28th - Richard Coyan; 29th - Ned Riegel; 30th - Dave Crawford

June birthdays: 14th - Jack Hooks; 18th - Gary Scherer & Rick Rawlins; 22nd - Beth Kowalski; 24th - Bob Johnson (Happy 88th Dad!! Love you!); 27th - Tim Throckmorton

June anniversaries: 5th - Gary Dean; 7th - Wayne Vickers; 10th - Bob Liggett; 11th- Jonathan Davis; 18th - Charley Gerhardt; 21st - Dick Gerhardt, Fred Mavis; 24th - Jim Hooks; 29th - Patty Rothe

Happy Dollars: None

Student guests: None, due the school year wrapping up.

Lottery: Joe McNemar was this week's winner of $18, but the golden bean remained hidden.  The jackpot is now at $800.


  • Pres. Gary: 
    • 1)Thanked Bob Liggett & Bob McCrady for sponsoring the recent Rotary After-Hours event
    • 2) Thank-you from Pickaway Ross CTC for inviting their featured students throughout the year.
    • 3) Chillicothe Rotary is having a party with live music & a Tecumseh performance.  Tickets are $50/each.  Pres. Gary has the details.
    • 4) Gave an update on Vince Yaniga; Still in ICU but his attitude is very positive & his sense of humor is intact.  Please continue to send prayers for recovery his way!
    • 5) Mentioned Rotary’s initiative called Peace Builders Skills
  • Jayme Fountain: Drew our attention to the flyers of the nGSE Team from Taiwan’s itinerary for their visit from July 13-17. Still need host families!  Please contact Jayme for details &/or to offer to host.
  • Charlie Hedges: We are $500 short of our annual Rotary Foundation goal.  Please “dig deep!”
  • Gary Montgomery: There is no Community Kitchen this coming Monday due to the Memorial Day holiday.
  • Via flyer: The Ted Lewis Museum’s upcoming concert of David Rubinoff’s musical arrangements at CHS Auditorium on 06/02/18.  Tickets are $15, children & students are free.  Movie this Saturday at 3PM at Pickaway County Library

SAA: Jayme Fountain, on Judy Wolford

    •    All sponsors of the FAME Event & of the Pickaway County DD

    •    National Escargot Day: finned anyone who has ever eaten escargot

    •    National Brown Bag Day: fined if you have ever had a brown bag lunch.  (This item got everyone I believe.)

    •    Gave us a trivia quiz in honor of Jim River, about his life, activities, & hobbies.

Intro:   Beth Kowalski introduced today’s speaker, & Beth’s boss, Judge P.Randell “Randy” Knece.


    •    Common Pleas Court Judge

    •    Running unopposed this year, which he mentioned “makes things much easier.”

    •    His predecessor, Judge Ammer, served for 37 & 1/2 years; Randy says, “I learned from the best.”

    •    Spoke of the Legislative Committee, and how fellow Rotarian Earl Palm serves on that committee.

    •    Gave history of some of their programs, and how they were created &/or funded.

    •    Explained what cases come to his Court.

    •    Randy’s last time to speak to our Rotary club was in 1996.  The feedback he received helped to create a program that is still operating today.

    •    The program is a two-year program, & is structured to serve the lower-level  criminals (e.g. fifth degree felonies), and to guide them towards rehabilitation.  Costs about $26,000 per year.

conscience they are of how these are taxpayer funds.

    •    Mentioned how they are partnering with other entities, such as PARS & Jimmy Laux, a local chiropractor.  Jimmy administers acupuncture treatments to help calm those with addictions, and other holistic approaches. Randy explained how he was skeptical (of acupuncture), but he now feels like the treatments do create positive effects.  He even said that after experiencing acupuncture personally, he noticed a decrease in his own tinnitus.  He wasn’t sure if there was a direct correlation, but he said you can’t deny the results that some of the participants have experienced.

    •    He pointed our that he is now involved more in the social work aspect of the court system than he was earlier in his career.

    •    Touched on jury duty, & how “it is a very important function!”  He revealed that they only have about 8 cases that go to trial per year.  Therefore, the “chance of you being one of the 500 registered voters selected is low.”

    •    Randy stated how they try to handle the offenders through different programs before the Court resorts to sending them to prison.

    •    “49,250 is the current prison population.”

    •    Discussed the different opinions of politicians towards prisons, and if new facilities should be built.

    •    “At one time, we had the highest amount of prison population at Orient prison.  It was 5,000.”  High-security prisoners, sexual offenders, etc are now housed in this facility.

    •    Pointed out the costs that are associated with having correction facilities in your community/county.  Explained how the taxpayers have to pay for the prisoners’ legal counsel, etc.

    •    Shared the details of a particular death-penalty case, and how the “impact fee” affects us.

    •    He stated “I feel we in Pickaway have paid more than our fair share.”

Speaker's contact information:

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

Meeting was  concluded by reciting the Rotary 4-Way Test.

Until next week...

Patty Rothe,

Rotary Newsletter Editor 


May programs

 31st: Joseph Rubin - Ted Lewis presentation

June programs:

7th: Gary Scherer - “What’s going on in the Ohio House.”

14th: Marc Rogols - Pickaway County Dog Warden

21st: Keith Summers - Pumpkin Show Park on N. Court St.

28th: Marty Ford - Two Line Board Company

© Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio 2015