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02/09/2017

Presiding: Chris Mullins

Prayer: Harry Canfield

Piano: Don Metzler

Intros: Warren Spangler

Song: Norm Wilson, "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" & "Sing Rotarians"

Absentees: Applegate, Beavers, Craig Brown, Connie Chamberlain, Coyan, Crespo, Davis, Droste, Elsea, Ewing, Charley Gerhardt, Halm, Jack Hooks, Justinger, Kowalski,  Lewis, Bob Liggett, Mavis, Moss, Palm, Radcliff, Reynolds, Scherer, Stevens, Stout, Tener, Throckmorton, Matt Tootle, Vickers, Williams, Yaniga

Make-ups: Central Melbourne - Judy Wolford; Jackson - Fred Mavis

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: Gary Joiner, by Ellery Elick

Proposed Membership: Gary Joiner submitted his membership request.  Gary is the Mayor of Commercial Point, and shows that his membership classification as "insurance investigation."  His activities are listed as such: "public servant community volunteer."  Ellery Elick is his sponsoring Rotarian.  If there are any questions/comments regarding this proposal, please contact Drexel Poling.

February birthdays: 3rd - Joe McNemar; 9th - Richard Coyan; 10th - Don McIlroy; 11th - Norm Wilson;14th - Ian Webb

February anniversaries: 6th - Don McIlroy; 8th - Robert Cole; 21st - Carly Neff

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Student guests: Andrea Brown, Guidance Counselor of Westfall, introduced students: Alan Nair, Ryan Purdue, & Anna Pettenski.

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Lottery: Ned Schreiner had the winning tickets and received $16 .  Since the golden bean was not drawn, the jackpot is now $364.

Announcements:

  • Dave Webb: On 02/22/17 will be the After Hours Rotary Mixer at the Visitor's Center from 5-7PM; catered by BW's restaurant, and some brews from The Elevator. It is also our club's 95th anniversary
  • 02/11/17: Haven House's annual Valentine's Day dinner fundraiser.  Please see Pres. Chris for details, or contact Haven House directly.
  • Vince Yaniga: 25th Anniversary session of our club's Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest will be on 03/16/17 at 5pm at Berger's Community Room.
  • Gary Montgomery: 4-H is taking over the next Community Kitchen on 02/27/17, so our club's volunteers are not needed for February.
  • Rural Urban Day will be on 02/23/17 at Presbyterian Church.  Sign-up sheet is being passed around the room. Speaker is the manager of Farm Science Review.
  • Ian Webb: "Raise Your Paw" event for Circleville City School Foundation is on 02/25/17 at AMVETS.  This event is CCSF's primary fundraiser, and helps to fund programs such as Robotics, & field trips to The Stone Lab on Lake Erie and the Columbus Museum of Art.  Tickets are only $25 each, and the doors open at 5PM.  There will be food from local restaurants, cash bar, live auction, and Silent & Chinese Auctions.  Please come support our community's students!

By e-mail

  • Rotary RI will be holding the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta from June 10-14. The registration cost is $415. If you are planning to attend, please drop a line to Gary Dean at Gary.Dean@HERrealtors.com.  (You can also go to www.rotaryconvention2017.org to register &/or get more details.)
  • Gary Vaughan has been selected by District 6690 Nominating Committee to be our Rotary District Governor Nominee Designate.  Gary will follow Craig Maxey as our District Governor for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.  Go to our Rotary District's website to read Gary's bio.

SAA: Don McIroy

   * Rotarians in Ashville for the new police officer that was recently hired.

   *Jayme Fountain: 1) Mock trial, 2) "Taking care of Alan Crosby."

   *Charlie Hedges: his wife, Mollie Hedges, will be speaking at the Drug Coalition.

   * Quized members on who serves in which position in the City.

Intro: Jerry Good

Speaker(s): Deborah Lowe Wright, spoke to us about African American history in Pickaway County.  She is a Circleville native, who graduated from Circleville High School. Then she attended the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.  Deborah was employed as an operator and/or supervisor at Reynolds (Alcoa)) Metal, DuPont, and General Electric.

Deborah has had a love of history, especially African American History here in Pickaway County.  As a result of her research, she has written several books which chronicled her findings: 1) They Left Their Mark, a book telling the story of Circleville's connection to the history of the Black vote; 2) The Ohio District Council of Pentecostal Churches, Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., a three-volume historical account of a religious organizations; and 3) Historical African American Churches in Pickaway County, Ohio, 1834-1980, a collection of historical facts of Circleville black churches in Pickaway County.

Highlights:

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  • She is a life-long resident of Pickaway County.
  • Has a passion for history, especially of Pickaway County
  • Second Baptist Church had a location between the two sets of railroad tracks.  They was a group of approx. 170 men who met there in 1870.  This meeting was an historical significant one, of which Deborah shared the details.
  • Discussed the 13th & 15th Amendments, & "citizenship status."
  • Explained how African-Americans faced difficulty regarding the specifics of the universal right to vote, and that Caucasians opposed their right to vote.
  • "Buckeye Bourbons" was a group of people who were aligned with Southerners and therefore opposed the African-Americans' right to vote.
  • Unfortunately, the majority of the United States felt that "colored citizens were ignorant and could not grasp governmental affairs."
  • Shared the details of the two petitions submitted by Sen. John Sherman that supported African-American's right to vote.
  • These two petitions laid the groundwork for HB23, which then became the Enforcement Act of 1870.  This "gave teeth" to the 15th Amendment.
  • She explained how Mr. Bigman fought for these rights.
  • Mentioned how "there was still a fear of the Negros gaining power."  She stated how the the Caucasians' "horses has better birth records than their slaves." 
  • People were concerned that this would give the Federal government undue power over the States' rights.
  • Eventually the Enforcement Act of 1870 was dissolved.
  • Circleville was highly politically in the 1800's, and was a "hot bed" at the time.  It was called the "jewel of Ohio."
  • Shared what the Republican party's & Democratic party's views were at that time, which are vastly differently than they are today.
  • She concluded how important it is for every person to vote, and to be politically aware & involved.
  • Voting is a true way to assure that every person is equal.  How each person's vote involves that person in another person's life.
  • "They Left Their Mark" is the book she wrote about the African American history in Pickaway County.
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Contact information:

(None provided)

Deborah Lowe Wright

Author of "They Left Their Mark"

February program schedule (submitted by Ian Webb)

16th:  Pickaway Parks update - Tom Davis & Marshall Fields

23rd: Rural Urban Day - at Presbyterian Church 

March program schedule (submitted by Ian Webb)

2nd: Dale Gillette - Seniors & Law Enforcement Together

9th:  Don McIlroy - State of the City

16th: Aaron Portzline - Columbus Dispatch Blue Jackets reporter

23rd: Jarrod Burks - Archaeology & Technology

30th: Walt Spangler - Germany

April program schedule (submitted by Ian Webb)

6th: Heather Foll - Pickaway FANS Network

13th: Joy Hoover & Jeff Sheets - Teays Valley Education Foundation

20th: Ryan Scribner - Sofidel Update

27th: Dan Patrick - Retired "Samson" monster truck driver

02/02/2017

Date: 02/02/17

Presiding: Chris Mullins

Prayer: Dan Fouts

Piano: Don Metzler

Intros: Earl Palm

Song: Norm Wilson, "America, The Beautiful" & "Sing Out a Song of Rot'ry"

Absentees: Craig Brown, Coyan, Davis, Elsea, Ewing, Charley Gerhardt, Dick Gerhardt, Grover, Justinger, Lewis, Bob Liggett, Mabe, Mavis, Moss, Pelcic, Radcliff, Reynolds, Scherer, Schreiner, Stevens,Tener, Throckmorton, Bob Tootle, Matt Tootle, Vickers, Dave Webb, Ian Webb, Williams, Wolford, Yaniga

Make-ups: None

Visiting Rotarians: Sunrise - Jimmy Laux

Guests: Gary Joiner, by Ellery Elick; Kendra Kinney-Liebherr, by Tony Chamberlain

Proposed Membership: Gary Joiner submitted his membership request.  Gary is the Mayor of Commercial Point, and shows that his membership classification as "insurance investigation."  His activities are listed as such: "public servant community volunteer."  Ellery Elick is his sponsoring Rotarian.

February birthdays: 3rd - Joe McNemar; 9th - Richard Coyan; 10th - Don McIlroy; 11th - Norm Wilson;14th - Ian Webb

February anniversaries: 6th - Don McIlroy; 8th - Robert Cole; 21st - Carly Neff

Student guests:  Pam Younkin, Guidance Counselor of Teays Valley, introduced two students:  Brendan Blakely & Bryce Beckman 

Lottery: Gary Dean had the winning tickets and received $?.  Since the golden bean was not drawn, the jackpot is now $348.

Announcements:

  • Jimmy Laux: On 02/22/17 will be the After Hours Rotary Mixer at the Visitor's Center from 5-7PM; catered by BW's restaurant, and some brews from The Elevator
  • 02/11/17: Haven House's annual Valentine's Day dinner fundraiser.  Please see Pres. Chris for details, or contact Haven House directly.
  • Vince Yaniga: 25th Anniversary session of our club's Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest will be on 03/16/17 at 5pm at Berger's Community Room.
  • Gary Montgomery: 02/27/17  will be the next Community Kitchen event at the Presbyterian Church.  Food prep begin as at 3:30pm, with the serving of food at 5pm.  Volunteers are welcome & greatly appreciated.
  • Rural Urban Day will be on 02/23/17 at Presbyterian Church.  Sign-up sheet is being passed around the room.
  • By e-mail: 
    • Rotary RI will be holding the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta from June 10-14. The registration cost is $415. Go to www.rotaryconvention2017.org to register &/or get more details.
    • Gary Vaughan has been selected by District 6690 Nominating Committee to be our Rotary District Governor Nominee Designate.  Gary will follow Craig Maxey as our District Governor for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.  Go to our Rotary District's website to read Gary's bio.


SAA: Don McIroy

   * Fined all birthdays & anniversaries 

   * Quized members as to what year they joined Rotary.

Intro: Jerry Good

Speaker(s): Judge Jan Michael Long is the Probate & Juvenile Judge for Pickaway County, and is currently serving his fourth term in office.  Prior to his election as judge in 1996, Jan was a State Senator if the 17th District of Ohio.  He was elected to the State Senate in 1986, where he represented at various times the counties of Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pickaway, Ross, Scioto, & Vinton.

Before his election in the Ohio Senate, Jan served as Administrative Assistant to US Congressman Douglas Applegate, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Pickaway County, & Assistant Law Director for the City of Circleville, & as the Village Solicitor for Commercial Point & South Bloomfield. He was also an Administrative Aide, Legal Intern & Page for the Democratic Caucus in the Ohio Senate in the mid-1970's.

In connection with his position as a judge, he serves on a variety of Judicial Committees, including co-chairman of the Probate Law and Procedure Committee, member of the Juvenile Law and Procedure Committee, Legislative Committee and Executive Committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference.  He is currently the President of the Ohio Association of Probate Judges.

Jan and his wife, Susie, have two sons, Justin and Jason.  Justin is a graduate of Miami (Ohio) University, and Jason, a graduate of Ohio University.  Jan is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Capital University Law School.

Highlights:

  • Read aloud a humorous police report, a thank-you letter from a student, & an apology letter from a juvenile.
  • He wears for 4 hats: Juvenile judge, probate judge, and clerk for both courts
  • He feels that judgements his court makes are "very personal judgments,"  such as ruling someone as unfit to have custody of their child, or unfit to be in control of their own affairs.
  • His court handles juvenile cases that are both minor as well as felony cases.
  • He's "glad we (Pickaway County) don't have the cases as serious as those in Franklin County."
  • Shared the specifics from a few cases that his court has handled.
  • He said most of his cases are drug-related, directly or indirectly.
  • In 1899, the first juvenile court was created in the United States.  Ohio created their first juvenile court a few years later.
  • Originally the courts treated juveniles like adults; hence the reason the Juvenile Court system was created.
  • Jan explained that since they handle juvenile cases, they have to go through an extra step to explain the rights completely to the children.
  • Shared how they handle child abuse & neglect cases.  He has observed that the degree of severity of these cases has increased greatly over the years.
  • He explained how the drug epidemic is affecting all aspects of children's lives & wellbeing. 
  • Shared how Family Drug Court works:
    • All parents assigned to this court (due to certain clinical criteria) are given the opportunity to join treatment programs.
    • Judge then meets with all of the client's providers and other agencies involved, to verify their progress.
    • If progressing, they are given reward.  If not, they are sentenced accordingly.
  • His court works with truancy officers & the school systems.  They conduct Truancy Court sessions with the offending students & guardians. 
  • Probate Court: spoke about guardianship cases, and how they focus on protecting the wards of the State.  They also have meetings with the guardians.
  • Stated how they assign a guardian ad litem to the children to watch out for the child's own best interest.  (They are not lawyers.)
  • If Jan sends a juvenile to the Youth Corrections Facility (DYS, Department of Youth Services), our county pays for them.  This is in contrast to how if Judge Knece sends someone to prison, the State pays their bill.
  • Mentioned some of their community service projects.  If you have any project ideas, please contact Jan &/or his court.


Contact information:

Judge Jan Michael Long

Pickaway County Probate & Juvenile Courts

February program schedule (submitted by Ian Webb)

9th: Black History of Circleville - Deborah Lowe Wright

16th:  Pickaway Parks update - Tom Davis & Marshall Fields

23rd: Rural Urban Day - at Presbyterian Church 

01/26/2017

Date: 01/26/17

Presiding: Chris Mullins

Prayer: Dan Dailey

Piano: Ellery Elick

Intros: Ned Riegel

Song: Jim Hooks, "Sing & Celebrate" & "Better Than Ever This Year"

Absentees: Applegate, Beavers, Craig Brown, Crespo, Davis, Ewing, Fountain, Charley Gerhardt, Dick Gerhardt, Justinger, Lewis, Bob Liggett, Mavis, Moss, Radcliff, Reynolds, Scherer, Warren Spangler, Stevens,Tener, Throckmorton, Bob Tootle, Vickers, Williams, Wolford

Make-ups: Sunrise - Gerhard Maroscher, Larry Halm

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: Sandy Montgomery, by Gary Montgomery; Gary Joiner, by Ellery Elick.

January birthdays: 5th - Bob Tootle; 13th - Jim River, Carly Neff; 22nd - Dave Webb; 23rd - Roger Wolfe, Clark Cellio; 24th - Fred Mavis; 25th - Wayne Vickers; 26th - Mike Dutton

January anniversaries: 3rd - Tad Grover; 4th - Tim Throckmorton; 7th - Bob Mabe

February birthdays: 3rd - Joe McNemar; 9th - Richard Coyan; 10th - Don McIlroy; 11th - Norm Wilson;14th - Ian Webb

February anniversaries: 6th - Don McIlroy; 8th - Robert Cole; 21st - Carly Neff

Student guests:  Erika Konowalow, of Pickaway CTC, introduced two students:  Jason Smith & Rachel Walters

Lottery:   Ty Ankrom had the winning tickets and received $15.  Since the golden bean was not drawn, the jackpot is now $333.

Announcements:

  • Vince Yaniga: 25th Anniversary of our club's Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest on 03/16/17 at 5pm at Berger's Community Room.
  • Gary Montgomery: Thanked all of those who volunteered at the recent Community Kitchen event.
  • Debbie Hoffman: Rotary After Hours events - none in January, but next will be on 02/22/17.  Details TBA.
  • There will be a Rotary New Member Social on 02/01/17 at Gantz at 5:30pm.  Please RSVP to Carly Neff if you would like to attend.
  • By e-mail: 
    • Rotary RI will be holding the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta from June 10-14. The registration cost is $415. Go to www.rotaryconvention2017.org to register &/or get more details.
    • Gary Vaughan has been selected by District 6690 Nominating Committee to be our Rotary District Governor Nominee Designate.  Gary will follow Craig Maxey as our District Governor for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.  Go to our Rotary District's website to read Gary's bio.


Service Above Self” award was presented to Gary Montgomery. Eric Liggett presented the award, & shared a short bio of Gary.  Eric also explained how Rotary originally evolved from a social club into a service organization, thus creating the "Service Above Self" motto.

SAA: Bob Sneed

  • Real estate professionals (myself included) for the mentioning of record real estate sales for 2016.
  • Patty Rothe: for the vandalism report of Four J Properties's office building
  • Jessica Mullins: for Sterlin mentioned being in the newspaper (couldn't hear what  for).
  • Jean Droste: for a famous football player being from the same college from which  she graduated.
  • From the Police Report column in the newspaper:
    • Bob McCrady: for police report made by daughter-in-law.
    • All plaid shirt wearing Rotarians: for a police report of criminal in plaid shirt.
    • Richard Coyan: for report at Nazarene Church
    • All bald men wearing glasses: for a report of bald guy causing problems at The Pour House.
  • Debbie Hoffman: for husband, John, being elected to a new position. (I didn't catch what the position was.)
  • Bob Sneed: Thanked his program committee members for January's speakers.

Intro: Bob Sneed

Speaker(s): Karlyn Neff, pharmacist at Schieber's Pharmacy, & Mollie Hedges, retired teacher of Circleville City Schools and active volunteer in the community.  Karlyn & Mollie are members of the local One Book, One Community Committee that sponsors a community reading project.

As both a pharmacist and a concerned parent, Karlyn has seen too many lives in our community affected by drug addiction.  She admits that she's not too naive or arrogant to think that it can't happen to her child.  In her role as a pharmacist and as a One Book, One Community Committee member, it is Karlyn's goal to educate our community and to help our children grow up in a safe and healthy environment.

Mollie has many volunteer passions, some of which are serving on the Circleville Community School Foundation (CCSF), Secretary of Pickaway Addiction Action Coalition (PAAC), and as a member of the aforementioned One Book, One Community Committee.  She will be representing PAAC on a panel discussion at the "Ideas in Motion: Fighting the Drug Epidemic in Ohio" Conference in Columbus on 02/14/2017.  Mollie feel strongly that situations aren't going to change if we just sit back when we're able to be a catalyst for change.

Highlights:

  • Mollie's portion: 
    • Spoke of the newly formed Pickaway Addiction Action Coalition (PAAC) 
    • Introduced us to the book titled, "Dreamland," upon which the community discussion "One Book, One Community"  is based.
    •  Shared how Mollie Hedges & Tim Colburn were in the right place at the right time, & reached out to some connections they had in the Attorney General's Office.  From those connections, they were able to contact the author, Sam Quinones
    • Mentioned some of the signs of opioid abuse or addiction
    • Shared some statics of the effects of opioid abuse.


  • Karlyn's portion:
    • Shared some of the agencies with which they have partnered.
    • Gave a brief history of the legislation concerning narcotics & opiates over the years.
    • World's wealthiest countries make up only 20% of the world's population, but consume 90% of the opiates & narcotics.
    • Police said to call them if you suspect someone of drug use or abuse, even if you don't see any sign of the drugs at that moment.  Police said chances are they will be able to find something on the suspect or in their home or vehicle.
    • Gave some very grim statistics of the drug epidemic
    • Explained how people with legitimate prescriptions are often victims of others who are stealing &/or using their medications illegally.
    • Pickaway County is 42% higher than the Ohio statewide's average.
    • Even though prescription abuse is declining, heroin use is increasing.
    • Discussed the use of Narcan in overdose situations.
  • Charlie Hedges added a tidbit from his experience as a physician.  He said that part of the problem is that the medical industry at one time was under the belief that prevalent prescribing of opiates for pain relief was a positive thing.  Then, it became so common place that people got addicted, and a problem was created &/or increased.  Now the belief in the medical profession has swung the other way and opiates are tightly regulated.
  • Bob Sneed & Pres. Chris both received complimentary copies of the book "Dreamland" to read, and then to pass on to others in the community to read.


Contact information:

Mollie Hedges (can be contact via her husband, fellow Rotarian, Charlie Hedges)

Karlyn Neff, of Schieber's Pharmacy

February program schedule (submitted by Ian Webb)

2nd: Probate Court update - Judge Jan Long

9th: Black History of Circleville - Deborah Lowe Wright

16th:  Pickaway Parks update - Tom Davis & Marshall Fields

23rd: Rural Urban Day - at Presbyterian Church 

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