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Flashes Archive


Presiding: Chris Mullins

Prayer: Harry Canfield

Piano: Ellery Elick

Intros: Warren Spangler

Song: Clark Cellio - “Buckeye Battlecry” & “R-O-T-A-R-Y"

Missing Connections: Scott, Angela, Craig, Joe B., Richard C., Dan DeLong, Jean, Mike D., Joy, Jayme, Jerry G., Larry H., Charlie H., Sr. Monica, Bob L., Gerhard, Fred, Gary M., Earl, Mike P., John P., Ben, Patty, Gary S., Roxan, Todd, Bill S., Tim Tener, Tim Throckmorton, Wayne, Heidi, Tim W.

Making Connections: Charlie H.—eClubOne 

Other Club Connections: Sunrise - Brenna Gibson

Guest Connections: Codi Lewis with Ian Webb

Students: Jonathan Davis introduced two seniors from Circleville High School:

Rimsha Ansar is active playing tennis, is in the Key Club and Drug Free Club. She plans to pursue her education in the field of administration.

Brian Hodge is in the band and other music programs at CHS. He plans to attend OSU in music performance.

The students left early because they both wanted to get back to advance calculus class. (?)

New membership proposal: Codi Lewis has submitted her membership request.  Codi is the V.P. & G.M. Of Perfection One.  Her father, Richard Rhodes, is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club, and her brother is the President of Chillicothe's morning Rotary.  Her membership is being sponsored by Larry Powell.  Please direct any questions regarding this proposal to Drexel Poling.


  • Tony Chamberlain promoted a fundraiser for Pickaway & Hocking County CASA program. The event is Thursday, September 22nd from 5 to 8 pm at Rhoads Garden Center. Entertainment is by Bill Foley, the gentleman attacked at the Nazareth Cafe this spring. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple.
  • The 19th Annual Rotary Club Golf Scramble will be Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Cook’s Creek Golf Club. Contact Matt Tootle for a registration, donation, door prize, or to volunteer. matthewtootle@gmail.com
  • Clark Cellio is looking for volunteers for the Golf Scramble. He needs holier-one observers, sign placers, and other volunteers.
  • Chris shared information on the 4-H Fall Harvest Celebration. As a sponsor a member and guest are invited. Contact Chris if you would like to attend on September 26th at Emmett Chapel.

SAA: Connie Chamberlain

Connie focused on the calendar. She fined all who are sad that August is over (Ty and Amy) and then had a trivia quizz on the calendar. 

Bob Sneed paid “happy bucks” for Vince being prescient about the weather last week (“Singing in the Rain”) which to Bob’s mind led to his granddaughter getting the lead in the musical of the same name.

Lottery:  Jim Hooks had the winning ticket and received $11. Since the golden bean was not drawn, the jackpot is now $113.

Intro: Tony Chamberlain

Speaker: Meredith Harrison

Merideth is Strategic Partnerships Manager at Ronald McDonald House Charities. She has been with the Foundation for five years.


The Central Ohio Ronald McDonald House is right in downtown Columbus, across the street from Nationwide Childrens’ Hospital.

4,500 families per year 

Columbus is the world's largest

Started in 1974 in Philadelphia. Started as a home away from home while their children are away at the hospital. Hospitals simply are not equipped to handle family accommodations.

The biggest misconception is that this is a “Columbus thing.”  The House serves no families from Franklin County. All must live outside the county line. These are the families that are likely to need to commute.

Nationwide Children's Hospital has a worldwide reputation and families from Iran, India, and Italy have been hosted. There are five connected properties behind the main unit for more home like atmosphere.

All fees, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided. Volunteer groups provide food for 250 people in a Cameron Mitchell designed kitchen.

Some of the amenities are laundry facilities, play spaces for siblings (Coach Meyer playroom, Coach Motta space), the Blue Jackets basement, and the Crew workout space.

75-85% of support comes from Franklin County despite the misconception above.

They are having a fundraiser called the Handbag Hollabaloo in Chillicothe to raise funds. Some of the purses are by Coach, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade. The cost is $50/ticket. Contact Meredith for more information.

Average stay is 9 nights, but ranges from 1 night to 2 years. Cost is almost $100/night. Family donations average $2/night.

Speaker(s) contact info:

Meredith Harrison

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Central Ohio

711 E. Livingston Ave.

Columbus, OH 43205




Donations made on behalf of our speakers for this Rotary year will go to Pickaway County Food Pantries.

Pres. Chris concluded the meeting by asking us to recite the Rotary 4-Way Test in unison.

Meeting adjourned.

Until something better comes along,

Joe McNemar,

Substitute Editor

September program schedule:

1st: Charity Sharp-Ronald McDonald House

8th: Brian Bell-Boy Scouts

15th: Will Fountain-GSE Team, Brazil Trip

22nd: Golf Scramble at Cook’s Creek Golf Club

29th: Todd Fortner-BCI

 October program schedule:

6th: Ryan Scribner-P3

13th: Don Sherman-City of Circleville

20th: No Meeting-Pumpkin Show & Big Wheel Race

27th: Mollie Hedges and Chris Thornsley-Drug Free Club

© Rotary Club of Circleville, Ohio 2015