* 08/03/2017 | Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio, USA | Joseph G. McNemar


Presiding: VP Ian Webb

Prayer: Tad Grover

Piano: Ellery Elick

Intros: Roxan Sigmon

Song: Scott Applegate - "Across the Field" & "Roll Rotary"

Absentees: Ankrom, Beavers, Craig Brown, Joe Brown, Connie Chamberlain, Crawford, Crespo, Dailey, Dean, Droste, Fountain, Fullen, Good, Halm, Hoffman, Jack Hooks, Jim Hooks, Justinger, Lewis, Bob Liggett, Eric Liggett, Mavis, Metzler, Moss, Jessica Mullins, Palm, Radcliff, Rainey, Reynolds, Scherer, Stevens, Stout, Throckmorton, Vickers, Wolfe

Make-ups: Sunrise - Heidi White

Visiting Rotarians: Sunrise - Warner Searls

Guests: Ryan Eversole, by Gary Gillen

August birthdays: 5th - Bill Stout; 10th - Gerhard Maroscher; 16th - Bud Brehmer; 23rd - Warren Spangler

August anniversaries: 3rd - Jack Hooks; 4th - Drexel Poling; 7th - Jerry Leist; 14th - Dan Fouts; 18th - Tom Tootle; 19th - Bob Sneed; 26th - Bob Tootle; 27th - Scott Applegate

Happy Dollars: Dave Webb for Ian & Hillary's 10th wedding anniversary

Student guests: None, due to summer break

Lottery:  Gary Montgomery received the weekly drawing of $13, but did not draw the golden bean.  The jackpot is now $269.


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  • VP Ian relayed a suggestion that everyone send an individual "get well" card to Jack Hooks.
  • Membership Directory is being passed around for updating.
  • Matt Tootle: Our club's 20th Annual Rotary Golf Scramble will be on 09/21/17 at Cooks Creek Golf Club.  For more info, please contact Matt Tootle: #740-474-6021 or matthewtootle@gmail.com.
  • Carly Neff: introduced Dylan Brooks & Megan Brooks, two students that we sponsored to attend the RYLA Camp.  They each shared a bit of what they had learned while there.
  • Charlie Hedges: Awarded Dick Patrick & Bob Tootle additional Paul Harris Awards:  PH+2 for Bob,  PH+7 for Dick

SAA: Beth Kowalski

* Jonathan Davis: Talk of the Tigers photo

* Ellery Elick: photo for swearing-in ceremony

* Amy Elsea: for 15 years with the Chamber

* Mayor Don: for voting opposite of Brian Stewart's recommendation.

* Jessica Mullins: The Savings Bank sponsoring the Gazebo Gatherings in Ashville.  She passed the fine on to Matt Tootle.

* Jim River: His granddaughter has a cat entered into the Ohio State Fair.

* Ned Schriener: for belonging to JOY (Just Older Youth) club that recently took a trip to Pigeon Forge.

* Heidi White: didn't catch what is was for, but she passed her fine onto Tim Williams.

* Tim Williams: two fines, one of which was for a 2nd grader who won an award.

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Intro: Jonathan Davis, who also shared a brief version of a "State of the Schools."

Speaker(s): Chad Spradlin, who is Circleville City School District's (CCSD) Athletic Director, & Heath Hinton, who is Circleville High School (CHS) Football's Head Coach


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  • 17 of their testing indicators have gone up, even though the testing standards' difficulty was increased.
  • CHS has a 93% graduation rate, well above the state's average rate.
  • 3rd Grade Reading scores have increased 29%.
  • CHS & CMS (Circleville Middle School) have a 1-to-1 Chrome Book program, with 3rd-5th graders joining the program this academic year!  This program provides a Chromebook computer device for each of these students!
  • CHS Robotics Team has won many awards & achievements
  • CCSD provides a Tiger Reading Bus during the summer months to the community, which helps to decrease the dreaded "brain drain" of students when they are not in school.  They also provide a sack lunch to each participant.
  • Club Future: an Anti-Drug Program that reinforces the students' good behaviors with a reward card that provides them with perks such a discounts from local vendors, etc.  In return, the students recognize that they are randomly tested, and membership will be continued if test results are "clean." 
  • 110 of their teachers have a Master's Degree, & 22 more are very close to achieving that degree.
  • Shared many of their sports programs' accomplishments and success stories of students/players.
  • Community partnerships, one of which is with Berger Health Systems to place an on-campus health clinic, as well as provide CCSD with a full-time Athletic Trainer.
  • Total enrollment is 2,200 students: 140's is avg current graduating classes, CMS is 160's, CES is higher, & Pre-K is the highest yet this year.
  • Chad Spradlin stepped to the podium:
    • 11years as a teacher in CCSD, & now the AD.
    • Last year was a successful season, and shared how he has been able to see the overall affect of the coaching staff and facilities.
    • Nate Keaton achieved a State Wrestling Tournament, which CCSD is very proud to see.
    • Most of the Fall sports are participating in 2-a-days practices currently.
    • Expressed how coaching is a challenging job and how committed his staff is to CCSD's programs.
    • Shared a bit about Heath Hinton, & about how he follows the "E+R=O" by Urban Myers
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  • Heath Hinton:
    • Showed the cards that he gives to all of the football players
    • Many of the players have rough home lives, and coaches are now becoming default/substitute parents to these students.
    • Spoke of how football is an extension of the players' families.
    • He has players & entire teams over to his own home to have meals with his family.
    • Discussed how teams have the "Top 10%" (fully engaged), the "80%" (those working towards the top), and the "Bottom 10%" (those you just don't get it).
    • Spoke of how drug use affects his players and the players' families, so he really supports CCSD's Club Future Drug Free Club.
    • Shared some of the personal sacrifices that he & his family have had to make over the years, "but it is all worth it!"
    • Responded to a question about helmet & equipment safety.  He stated how the technology of the equipment as well as the playing techniques have improved immensely.
    • He relayed that the program has about 50 committed players; have a spring combine event; 5 of the players are Freshmen, & 20 are Seniors.  All coaches in other school districts are having the same struggle of recruiting players.
    • Shared how they take their teams out to do outings outside of the program, such as paintball games.

Pres. Gary  concluded by asking everyone "to bring a friend" to next week's meeting, and leading us in reciting the Rotary "Four-Way Test."

Contact information:

Jonathan Davis, Superintendent 

Circleville City School District

#(740) 474-4340

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Until next week...

Patty Rothe,

Rotary Newsletter Editor 


August program schedule (All sports-themed, primarily football):

10th - Logan Elm

17th - New Hope

24th - Teays Valley

31st - Westfall

September program schedule:

7th - David Crawford & Norm Wilson, on their beekeeping experiances

14th - Mary Jane Dean & Stan Summers (from Sunrise Rotary), about their trip to the International Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia

21st - Our club's annual Rotary Golf Outing at Cook's Creek

28th - Rotary District Governor​

© Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio 2015