* 08/09/2018 | Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio, USA | Joseph G. McNemar


Presiding: Pres Ian Webb

Prayer: Bob Johnson

Piano: None

Intros: None

Song: Richard Coyan- “America, The Beautiful” & “R-O-T-A-R-Y”

Absentees: Ankrom, Beavers, Craig Brown, Joe Brown, Christopher, Crespo, Droste, Ellis, Ewing, Foll, Gillen, Grover, Halm, Irwin, Kowalski, Lewis, Mavis, McNemar, Metzler, Palm, Radcliff, Rainey, Rawlins, Riegel, Scherer, Sigmon, Stevens, Stout, Matt Tootle, Vickers, Dave Webb, White, Yaniga

Make-ups: Jackson - Fred Mavis

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: None

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

Happy Dollars: None

Student guests: None, due to summer break

Lottery: Joe McNemar was this week's winner of $19, but the golden bean remained hidden. The jackpot is now at $955.


  • Tony Chamberlain: Our 21st Annual Rotary Golf Tournament will be Sept. 13th at Cooks Creek Golf Club. For more info, please contact Tony at #(614) 216-3832 or rchamberlain6105@gmail.com
  • Carly Neff: “Clean Up Town Circleville” project this Saturday (08/11/18) from 9AM - 1PM. Meet at the E. Franklin St. Municipal Parking Lot to join in on the community effort to clean up our downtown. They’ll “supply the gear; all you need to you bring is the smile.” Call Brenna Gibson for details #(740) 477-6430.

SAA: Gary Montgomery

  • Quiz on our ability to recall & observe details

Intro: Joe Brown introduced Amy Robinson, Mark Denniston, Curt Combs, & Rodney Griffiths. Their presentation was titled “Homeless, In Pickaway County.” They also spoke of their new project, a homeless shelter called “Hope House.”


  • Mark is in charge of the Outreach Ministry for Community UM Church
  • Amy is Community Services Director of PICCA
  • Curt is Pastor of Circle of Light Church
  • Rodney Griffith is Director of One Community Ministries
  • Gave a brief history of how this project grew, since its beginning in April 2017.
  • Explained what the definition of homelessness is, and some of the reasons & causes for it.
    • Loss of job
    • Domestic violence, both male & female.
    • Mental &/or health illness 
    • Evicted by a family member
  • Rural homelessness also exists; not just in urban areas. Unfortunately shelters are not common in rural areas.
  • Shared details of homeless people in our community. They are often living in their cars. Amy told a story of a young veteran who was living in his car at the library. She was glad to announce that they put him in connection with the proper entities, and he signed a (residential) lease this week.
  • Two categories:
    • Temporary: Just need a place to land until
    • Chronic: drug addictions, mental illness 
  • 44% of homeless people are employed
  • 1 in 4 renters spend 50% or more of their income for rent.
  • Many are afraid to stay somewhere they aren’t familiar
  • Since January, they worked with 17 families that were homeless in Pickaway.
  • Spoke of the theological basis: It is our Christian responsibility to help those in need.
  • As of now, our community only has Haven House’s shelter, which is only for women & their children. No men are allowed. Therefore, families will need to be separated if they have any adult males.
  • “Hope House” will be an overnight shelter. Check-in at 6pm every night, & check-out at 9AM, since there is no staffing during the day. Shelter will be in the lower level
  • Goal is to raise $70,000 to operate Hope House. These monies pay solely the salaries for 2 overnight staff members.
  • Pastor Combs donated the building for the shelter’s use. It is the lower level of the Circle of Light Church building
  • Rodney spoke of the additional challenges of the homeless who were previously incarcerated. The people who have a place to live & a support system have a much better chance of not going back into the criminal system than those who do not.
  • Amy closed the presentation by sharing an emotional story of a family with very young children who were homeless & staying at Hargus Lake. They were eating rotten food & drinking warm milk because that is all they had.
  • Another tidbit was shared with me after the meeting that the average age of a homeless person is eight years old!!

Speaker's contact information:

Pickaway County Community Action (PICCA)

ATTN: Hope House Project

469 E. Ohio St.

Circleville, OH 43113

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

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

Until next week...

Patty Rothe,

Rotary Newsletter Editor 


August programs:

2nd: Tim Wilson - The Circleville Welcome Center

9th: Tad Grover - UMC Pastor, requested by Tad Grover

16th: Gary Scherer - Report from Ohio State Representatives

23rd: Shelly Graf - First Female Drum Major at OSU, requested by David Crawford

30th: Mayor Don McIlroy - The City of Circleville

© Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio 2015