Date: August 2, 2018
Presiding: President Ian Webb
Prayer: Tad Grover
Piano: Don Metzler
Songs: Angela led the singing of “On the Sunny Side of the Street” (which was better than she expected) and “Sing Out a Song of Rot’ry”
Absentees: Ty, Craig, Joe B., Curtis, Richard C., David C., Dolly, Dan Dailey, Jonathan, Dan DeLong, Amy, Joy, Heather, Jayme, Larry H., Steve I., Lori Beth, Cody, Bob L., Dwight, Rick R., Patty, Gary S., Roxan, Warren, Todd, Bob T., Bonnie, Wayne, Heidi, Vince
Visiting Rotarians: None
Happy Dollars: Mayor Don announced that our own Tony Chamberlain will become the new head of Human Resources for the City of Circleville.
Student guests: None, due to summer break
Lottery: Charlie Hedges was this week's winner of $16, but the golden bean remained hidden. The jackpot is now at $936.
- President Ian announced that the updates to the Rotary Directory are on the last pass. Make changes now or forever be known by incorrect information.
- Ian also mentioned that the Pickaway County Community Foundation will be sponsoring The Big Table on July 24th! The three locations are at PCCF @7:30 am. Williamsport Park at 11:30; or Ashbrooke Distillery in Ashville at 3:30!
- Tony Chamberlain reminded us that the Rotary Golf Scramble to raise scholarship funds will be September 13th. Details to follow soon.
- Jim Hooks has discovered that Big Wheels for the Pumpkin Show Big Wheel Race are now American made, are available, and are actually cheaper than the imported versions. Yeah!
Intro: Dannie Fouts introduced our speaker, Tim Wilson, Executive Director of the Pickaway County Visitor’s Bureau. Dannie did so with a little trepidation since he used to tease Tim by threatening to put him head-first into the trash can at the Y. This was some years ago and given the role reversal in comparative size, he’s glad there were no trash cans available. But Dan was also proud to be able to introduce a native Pickaway County resident who is doing good things in the community.
- Tim began his slide show with an introduction:
- A life long resident of Pickaway County
- Graduated from Logan Elm and The Ohio State University
- Executive Director of the Pickaway County Visitor’s Bureau since March, 2017
- He likes to fish
- The mission of the visitor’s bureau is to promote travel and tourism in the county
- The bureau is funded via the transient tax (bed tax) and donations
- Travel and tourism is a $120M annual industry in the county
- It provides over 1,300 jobs
- Pickaway County is in the middle third of counties in Ohio with regard to this industry
- The tasks of the Bureau is working on are:
- Marketing the county, especially via digital media
- Promoting golfing
- Developing a joint travel guide with the City of Circleville
- Updating the www.pickaway.com website.
- Updating the electronic sign in front of the Welcome Center
- Events of interest this year include:
- Couglin Event Series (4 events this year)
- August 9th Food Truck Fest at the Pickaway County Library parking lot
- GOBA (Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure) this past June
- December 1st Church Window Walk
- Ned Harden Award to promote tourism
- 23 on 23; a cooperative effort to market 23 activities along US 23 between Columbus and the Ohio River
- World Heritage Site designation for Indian works in the Scioto River valley
- Couglin Event Series (4 events this year)
- The Visitor’s Bureau manages the Welcome Center
- Offices for the Visitor’s Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce
- Answers the phone for The Pumpkin Show 50 weeks out of the year
- Retail space for local craft cooperative
- Concierge training for the county hotels
- Another project of the Bureau is the Hometown Heroes banners
- They cost $110 per set
- 43 have been installed to date
- They would like to expand
- They need funding to expand
- The Bureau works through and with a great number of strategic partners
- Plans for 2019
- Expand the event series to the entire year
- Revamp the website
- Add more strategic partners
- Include all political subdivisions in the county
- Assist in the transformation of the Fairgrounds into a Conference Center
- The Southeast Ohio Arts Corridor
- A winery trail
- Promote Agri-tourism
- Tim answered questions at the end of his presentation
Speaker’s donations for this coming year will be to the Pickaway County Dog Shelter
Speaker's contact information:
Meeting was concluded by reciting the Rotary 4-Way Test.
Until something better comes along...
9th: Tad Grover – UMC Pastor
16th: Gary Scherer – Report from Ohio State Representatives
23rd: Shelly Graf - First Female Drum Major at OSU
30th: Don McIlory - The City of Circleville