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By: Patty Rothe, Rotary Newsletter Editor; 


(Editor's request: Please remember to jot down your announcements & give them to me. A simple hand-written note or an e-mail in advance would work well. Thank you!)

Presiding: Pres. Bob McCrady

Prayer: Warren Spangler

Piano: Ellery Elick

Intros: Fred Mavis

Song: Jenny Rainey - “On the Sunny Side of the Street” & “Sing Out A song of Rot’ry”

Absentees: Adams, Craig Brown, Joe Brown, Davis, Delong, Droste, Elsea, Esala, Ewing, Foll, Foster, Fouts, Gerhardt, Hooks, Adam Johnson, Montgomery, Chris Mullins, Jessica Mullins, Scherer, Searls, Sigmon, Stevens, Matt Tootle, Vallette, Vickers, Dave Webb, Yaniga

Make ups: Sunrise - Bob Sneed

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: Katie Hedges, by Tony Chamberlain

September birthdays: 3rd - Heidi White; 6th - Harry Canfield; 9th - Jim Hill; 14th - Dwight Radcliff; 21st - Dan Fouts; 27th - Jessica Mullins

September anniversaries: 6th - Ty Ankrom; 13th - Clark Cellio; 14th - Chris & Jessica Mullins; 15th - Elbert Elick; 17th - Angela Beavers; 21st - Dan Dailey; 23rd - Todd Stevens; 30th - Dave Webb.

Happy Dollars: None

Student Guests: Billy Dennis, Principal of Westfall High School, introduced Jacob Hawkes & Lillian Fox.

Lottery: Tony Chamberlain was this week's winner of $17, but the golden pebble remained hidden. The jackpot is now $628.


  • Pres. Bob: Passing around the sign-up sheet for the Pumpkin Show booth. “Sign up early, sign up often.” This is one of our few fundraisers for the year, so everyone’s help is needed & greatly appreciated.
  • Tony Chamberlain: Revision to the Rotary Golf Scramble date. It will now be on 09/27/19 (Friday) at Cooks Creek golf Club. Entry fee is $100/player. Each player will receive a gift & an opportunity to win $10,000 with a hole-in-one on a par 3 hole. Registration begins at 11AM. Please contact Tony Chamberlain for details at : #(614) 216-3832, or rchamberlain6105@gmail.com.
  • Jenny Rainey: 
    • 1)Passing around the sign-up sheet for the next Community Kitchen event. 2) Gatsby Gala on 10/04/19 at Rhoads Garden Center from 6-10PM. Proceeds to benefit the One Book, One Community Project. Tickets can be purchased for $25/ticket or $40/couple at www.Pickaway.com
  • Warren Spangler: Fire truck was donated overseas.
  • Via e-mail:
    • Pres. Bob wrote this announcement: For those who were not at our combined meeting with Sunrise and our Distric Govenor at Carly's last week, you should know that Govenor Gary Vaughn presented our secretary Drexel Poling with a Rotatian of The Year award from our district for all that he has done for our club over the last 42 years. So when you come to Rotary this coming Thursday take a look at his plaque that Govenor Gary made for him and also congratulate him for this high honor. CONGULATIONS DREXEL
    • Gary Vaughan sent a notice that the 2020 Rotary International Convention will be in Honolulu, Hawaii, from June 6th-10th, 2020. He explained that interest has been high, so registration may need to be closed once a certain number is met. So don't delay in making your registration! Link is: www.riconvention.org.
    • Floyd Lancia, Rotary International Director, sent an invitation to all Rotarians to attend this year’s Rotary Summit in Ft. Wayne, IN. It will be Oct. 10-13. For more details &/or to register, please visit www.rizones30-31.org

SAA: Mayor Don McIlroy

  • Fined all Sept. birthdays & wedding anniversaries & Rotary anniversaries
  • Tony Chamberlain: for not paying for his guest
  • Jayme Fountain: for “hitting” Mayor Don during a meeting

Program: Ty Ankrom introduced today's speaker, one of the members of the NGSE (New Generation Service Exchange) Outbound Team to Romania. Kasandra Starkey spoke on the Team’s behalf. She grew up and went to school her whole life in the Logan Elm Schools. She is in her 12th year as a teacher in the LE District as well. Currently, Kasandra teaches Kindergarten at Pickaway Elementary. She is married and the mother of three children.


  • Shared a PowerPoint presentation of their trip to Romania.
  • Visited many cities, such as Arab, Oradea, & Timisoara 
  • Toured some schools, and learned that all children attend Preschool.
  • One of the rural schools they visited did not supply soap or toilet paper for the students. The children had to bring their own. The team gave lessons to the student of how germs spread, & how to properly wash their hands.
  • Went to a Romania company that built tractors.
  • Went to see the Pope during one of his tour stops.
  • Experienced a traditional Romanian festival, with many types of food, music, & shopping.
  • Enjoyed a wine tasting session. She admits that she brought some of the wine home for herself.
  • Spoke briefly of some of the government policies, and how the government used to chose the occupations for each of the citizens.
  • Revealed that “Romanians drive fast!” There are no highways, and train system is the most efficient mode of transportation.
  • Every time they met a new person & it was explained the team was from USA, the Romanian person would simply ask, “Donald Trump?” The person would then wait to see what the team member’s response would be.
  • Alcohol abuse is more common than drug abuse. The legal age to drink & smoke is 16 years old, and to drive is 18 years old.
  • The team visited approximately 5-10 Romanian Rotary clubs.

Speaker's contact info:


In appreciation of this year's speakers sharing their time & efforts, donations to the Pumpkin Show Park will be made in their names.

September programs:

  • 19th: Matt McCoy - Sports Director at News Radio 610 WTVN
  • 26th: Joanna Pinkerton - COTA, CEO/President
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