* 10/05/2017 | Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio, USA | Joseph G. McNemar


Presiding: Pres. Gary Dean

Prayer: Harry Canfield

Piano: Don Metzler

Intros: Warren Spangler

Song: Amy Elsea- "Singin' in the Rain" & "R-O-T-A-R-Y"

Absentees: Ankrom, Applegate, Beavers, Craig Brown, Joe Brown, Connie Chamberlain, Crawford, Crespo, Dailey, Davis, Ewing, Good, Grover, Halm, Jack Hooks, Lewis, Maroscher, Mavis, Neff, Radcliff, Rainey, Reynolds, Scherer, Sigmon, Stevens, Throckmorton, Bob Tootle, Vickers, White, Williams, Wolfe

Make-ups: Sunrise - Vince Yaniga (3), Gary Montgomery

Visiting Rotarians: Sunrise - Rick Rawlins 

Guests: None

October birthdays: 4th - Eric Liggett; 5th - Charley Gerhardt; 7th - Bob Sneed; 9th - Mark Taylor; 12th. - Ty Ankrom; 13th - Charlie Hedges; 19th - Bill Richards; 22nd - Drexel Poling; 27th - Don Metzler; 28th - Dick Fullen; 

October anniversaries: 6th - Norm Wilson; 9th - Gary Scherer; 20th - Earl Palm; 26th - Dick Patrick

Happy Dollars: None

Student guests: Kara Schooley, Guidance Counselor of Circleville High School, introduced two students, McKenzie Henry & Grant Dupler.

Lottery:  Jim Hooks received the weekly drawing of $16, but did not draw the golden bean.  The jackpot is now $391.


  • "Two and a half minutes with Vince" segment with Vince Yaniga:
    • Told a few groaner-type jokes
    • Shared some "facts" about how aging & overweight has benefits
    • Gave some trivia-style tidbits, such as the correlation between people who smile a lot & tight-fitting underwear. (Don't ask....)
  • Charlie Hedges: $6,900 is our goal this year for the Rotary Foundation.  So far we've raised 11%.  He also explained how our $125 program works: Donate $100 to Rotary Foundation & $25 to Polio Plus program.
  • Chris Mullins, on Bob McCrady's behalf: Still need volunteers for our club's booth during Pumpkin Show. Contact Bob McCrady or Chris Mullins for details.  
  • For those members who can't attend or help during the Show, Amy Elsea is selling tickets for a piece of pumpkin pie &/or pumpkin ice cream from our Rotary booth
  • Jim Hooks: Rotary Big Wheel "Formula 45" Race (named for the 4-5 yr old participants, lol!) on the Thursday of Pumpkin Show.  He still needs volunteers, so please show up by 1PM.
  • Jim Hooks: Gave an update on his dad, Jack. He just finished his 7-week treatment, and can now stay home & heal for three months. (Sending our Rotary strength & prayers your way Jack!!)
  • Our Rotary's next Community Kitchen event will be on 10/25/17, at The Presbyterian Church.  Food prep begins at 3 PM, with food served at 5PM.
  • Via flyers: 
    • Chillicothe Rotary is having their Centennial Celebration on 11/17/17 at 6:30PM at the Christopher Conference Center in Chillicothe.  Special guest will be Ian H.S. Riseley, who is our Rotary International President.  Reservations can be made on-line at www.Eventbrite.com
  • Via e-mail: United Way- Pickaway County is having their Campaign Kick-off event on 10/11/17 at Rhoads Farm Market, from 5:30-6:30PM.  RSVP by 10/10/17: #740-477-8171, or uwpc@frontier.com

SAA: Ellery Elick

*Amy Elsea for being the "Hostess with the Mostess ."

*Gary Montgomery: Highway patrol's recent vehicle accident

Intro: Norm Wilson

Speaker(s): Cathy Bitler, Tom Sestito, & Brian Tucker of South Central Power, and Project Ohio via the Ohio Electric Cooperatives. Project Ohio: about Ohio's co-op electric companies' employees' work in Guatemala 


  • Cathy gave a brief history of the South Central Power company
  • Explained that the Project Ohio makes trips to Guatemala to install electric to remote villages that have never had electric service.
  • South Central Power also wired the houses, which none of the other co-ops had done.
  • Shared a PowerPoint presentation of their trip.
  • They were on the trip for 18 days.
  • Tim explained how vital the villagers' assistance was.
  • South Central workers made sure that all the power worked in each house.
  • He shared that the villagers were extremely welcoming & appreciative.
  • Stated how children don't go to school beyond 5th grade.  Now that they have power, they can go all the way through high school.

  • Revealed the stories of how the villagers had been "duped" by other organizations who had promised to provide electric service, but never delivered it.  Instead, the culprits had taken off with all the villagers' money.  They were obviously skeptical of the South Central crews.
  • Explained that South Central & Lancaster Rotary had both donated funds to buy blankets to give to the villagers. while they were there. 
  • All service was 110 level; no 220.  Most homes did not have any appliances, so they were looking forward to being able to get a corn grinder (which they had been doing by hand) or refrigerator, etc.
  • The power is generated in Mexico, and very few line workers available to repair any damages.
  • What power we Americans use in a day, might take the villagers several months to consume. 
  • They have more trips in the planning stages.
  • Pres. Gary announced how Bill Stout & Jean Droste are trying to put together a group to help Gary Sharp in providing support to a hospital on the island of Anguilla.

Speaker's contact information:

None provided 

In appreciation of this year's speakers donating their time & efforts, donations to the Rotary Foundation will be made in their names.

Pres. Gary concluded by reciting the Rotary 4-Way Test.

Until next week...

Patty Rothe,

Rotary Newsletter Editor 


October program schedule

12th - New Hope school update

19th - PUMPKIN SHOW - See you at the Rotary Big Wheel Race at 12:30PM

26th - Ellery will give us a photo tour of the Pickaway County Courthouse 

November program schedule:

2nd: Amy Robinson- PICCA - Community Service

9th: Craig Truax - Mid-Ohio Food Bank

16th: Darlene Weaver - Library facilities & experience

23rd: THANKSGIVING - No meeting (Enjoy the time with your loved ones.)

30th: Gerhard Maroscher & Jennifer Bahney - Self-publishing

© Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio 2015