* 06/21/2018 | Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio, USA | Joseph G. McNemar


Date: 06/21/18

Presiding: Pres. Gary Dean

Prayer: Bob Johnson

Piano: Don Metzler

Intros: none

Song: Jenny Rainey - On the Sunny Side of the Street” & “Roll Rotary”

Absentees: Craig Brown, Christopher, Crawford, Crespo, Davis, Dan Delong, Elick, Ewing, Foll, Gerhardt, Grover, Halm, Hedges, Irwin, Justinger, Lewis, Eric Liggett, Bob Liggett, Mavis, Chris Mullins, Jessica Mullins, Neff, Radcliff, Scherer, Stevens, Throckmorton, Matt Tootle, Vallette, Vickers, White, Williams, Yaniga

Make-ups: Sunrise - Jayme Fountain

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: Shelia Poling, by Drexel Poling; Chelsy Gerhard, by Heidi White; Molly Fountain, by her mother Jayme Fountain

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: 1) Bob Sneed: eagled a hole at Berger’s golf outing 2) Gary Montgomery: 49th wedding anniversary is today

Student guests: None, due to summer break

Lottery: Gary Montgomery was this week's winner of $18, but the golden bean remained hidden. The jackpot is now at $857.


  • Debbie Hoffman: Rotary After Hours on Tues. 06/26/18 4:30-6:30 at Shifty’s Tavern (122 S. Washington). Sponsored by Diane Smith, and Keith & Elisa Peters
  • Gary Montgomery: Community Kitchen this coming Monday
  • Pres. Gary:1) read a thank-you card from Family of Jim River due to donation to Stout Memorial 2) Foundation 4 Youth: offering an free pool in partnership with the YMCA. Asking for gently used swimsuits & towels to be donated for the event

SAA: Jayme Fountain

  • All anniversaries & birthdays
  • Amy Elsea: National Yoga Day
  • Anyone involved &/or interacted with the recent GOBA
  • National Selfie Day, so anyone who has taken a selfie.

Intro: Bob McCrady introduced Keith Summers, Anissa Osborne, & John Goode, of the Pumpkin Show Committee, to speak about the purposed Pumpkin Show Park.


  • Keith took to the podium first.
    • Shared some general Pumpkin Show stats: 
      • $479,000 income last year (2017)
      • Local civic groups pay less rental fee than other vendors
      • $48,000 net income (2017); loss $4,000 in 2016.
      • Pumpkin Show reimburses the City for all of their expenses involving the Show
      • $67,000 expenses for law enforcement (2017)
    • Shared a “Property Timeline” with the bullet points of the progression of this project (from 2008, when fire happened, to current).
    • Displayed a professional rendering of the proposed park
  • Anissa took the podium next
    • Plans are for the park to be used by community to use, such as civic club meetings, etc.
    • If you work downtown, you can relax & have lunch in the park!
  • John Goode spoke next
    • John is partnering with Jeremy Neff on the park’s plans & landscaping. Began their portion of work in 2012.
    • Plans include shelters, benches, & tables. Can seat 96 people.
    •  design in the center is to pay homage to our town’s original circular layout
    • There will be water stations, electrical outlets, & space for portable toilets when needed
    • Accent lighting on ground, under shelters, & overhead. They will be dimmable as desired.
    • Every “spoke” of the wheel design will lead to some feature
    • Possibly will feature a mural
    • A small stage will be installed, and a row of parking will be available adjacent to the park
    • Price tag is projected at $239,000
  • Keith spoke of how they are soliciting monetary donations, and he has donor forms available. Donations will be recognized, such a plaques, etc.
  • Discussed how they are working with the Verizon company to incorporate the side of the Verizon building that faces the park. No commitment has been made yet.

  • Project will be done in phases
  • Standing room occupancy is projected at just over 300 people.
  • There is also a list of items that could be specifically donated towards, & donors will be recognized.
  • Proceeds of the rental use of the park will be reinvested into a maintenance fund specifically for this park.
  • Pumpkin Show Inc. has put $50,000 towards this park
  • Keith pointed out that Sunrise Rotary is already planning on making a club donation towards this project. He is asking that our club join the effort.

Speaker's contact information:

None provided

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 


June programs:

28th: Changing of the Guard

July programs:

5th: No Meeting; Have a happy & safe Independence Day holiday!

12th: Live STRONG/YMCA - Susie Birdsong

19th: Pickaway County Housing Authority - Kim Hartinger

26th: Pickaway Works Project - Christy Mills

© Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio 2015