Presiding: Vice President Ian Webb
Prayer: Harry Canfield
Piano: Ellery Elick
Intros: Angela Beavers
Song: Jim Hooks, substituting for Mike Pelcic - "Cielito Lindo" & "We’re Rotary"
Absentees: Applegate, Craig Brown, Crespo, Davis, Dean, Dan Delong, Elsea, Ewing, Fullen, Good, Grover, Halm, Hedges, Jack Hooks, Justinger, Lewis, Maroscher, Mavis, Montgomery, Moss, Pelcic, Radcliff, Rainey, Scherer, Sneed, Stevens, Stout, Throckmorton, Bob Tootle, Matt Tootle, Vickers, White, Williams, Yaniga, Vallette
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Lt. Steve Herron & Sgt. Isaac Saunders (both of the Ohio State Highway Patrol), by Gary Montgomery; Dale Parrish (Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office), by Earl Palm; Circleville City Police Chief Sean Baer, by David Crawford
Membership proposal: Stephen Irwin has submitted his membership application. Stephen is the new Plant Manager at Circleville’s DuPont facility. His Rotarian sponsor was Jerry Good, who is the past DuPont Plant Manager. If there are any questions &/or comments regarding this application, please direct them to Drexel Poling.
April birthdays: 2nd-Curtis Christopher; 3rd - Gary Dean; 9th - Craig Brown; 10th - Debbie Hoffman; 15th - Ellery Elick; 16th - Gary Gillen, Tad Grover; 18th - Larry Halm; 22nd - Barry Pontus; 23rd - Tony Chamberlain
April anniversaries: 2nd - Steve Stevenson; 4th - Rick Rawlins; 8th - Dave Moss; 26th - Dan Delong
Happy Dollars: None
Student guests: Erika Konowalow, of Pickaway Ross CTC, introduced two students: Liberty Davis & Hannah Scurlock, both from Logan Elm School District.
Lottery: Barry Pontius was this week's winner of $14, but the golden bean remains hidden. The jackpot is now at $689.
• Ian Webb: Notice the committee sign-up sheets at each table. Please be sure to sign up for at least one committee.
• Joe McNemar: Boy Scouts of America are hosting their Mayors' Breakfast on 05/10/2018 at 7:30AM at OCU (1476 Lancaster Pike, Circleville). This is an annual fundraising event, and this year’s honoree will be Roger Southward. You can RSVP &/or get more details from: Susan.Emerson@scouting.org.
• Chris Mullins: Street clean-up project has been rescheduled to Monday, 04/16/18 at 5pm. The plans are to clean North Court Street from Marshall Addition to US 23. Volunteers will meet at the K of C Hall on North Court St.
• Via flyer: Rotary District #6690's District Conference will be May 18th-20th at Zane State College Campus. To register &/or get details, go to website: http://rotary6690.org/training-events/discon1718/
SAA: Bob Mabe
*Joe McNemar: Forest Hill cemetery clean up
*Drexel Poling & Barry Pontius: Newspaper’s mention of Hummel & Plum
*Roxan Sigmon: for something regarding Pickaway Co Job & Family Services
*Mayor Don McIlroy & Police Chief Sean Baer: for the new Youth Drop-in Center
*Recognized all of those members who are also military veterans, & fined those who aren’t veterans.
*Jim Hooks: for the odd song selection & poor singing
*Trivia Quiz, table-by-table, of famous quotes & who said them.
Intro: Roxan Sigmon introduced today's speaker, Amber Runyon, Founder of the Eleventh Candle Company. Eleventh Candle Co. is a social enterprise that is local to Columbus. They work both locally and globally to redeem, restore, empower, & equip those vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation, & addiction.
- Amber was a Nurse by trade, and did work overseas providing medical assistance.
- While overseas, she met a little girl named Lulu. She fell in love with her and after multiple trips, she began the adoption process for Lulu.
- During one of these trips, Amber personally witnessed a case of human trafficking. She saw a line of little girls, who were blindfolded, being lead in a line & prodded like cattle. The interpreter explained that these girls were being sold, and were blindfolded so they wouldn’t know to which brothel they were going, or be able to find their way back home. Amber explained that was when she knew “this wasn’t right, & I needed to do something about it.”
- She pointed out that a girl is often told what to do or not to do, but that also ”we need to teach a girl to dream!”
- “We need to get a generation from raped to redeemed!”
- Explained the different factors that influence this environment, such as drug use & trade, poverty, lack of education, etc.
- Everyone needs three things to thrive: Safe place, safe people, & safe food
- Revealed that one of the ways “we can change the world is by doing things that are in our own lanes.” As consumers, we can become aware of the origins of the things we purchase daily, and what their social/political effects may be, such as whether the item was sourced humanely? Was slave labor involved?
- Discussed the effects of pornography & prostitution on humanity. Most boys see porn at the age of 6, and are addicted by the age of 11.
- Spoke of Judge Herbert, and what he is doing in the Court system to help fight human trafficking, and the issues that surround it.
- Eleventh Candle Co. is both a non-profit & for-profit organization.
- Non-profit: the work they do supporting the victims, and providing them with both job & life skills.
- For-profit: selling of the candles, to raise the funds they need for the non-profit side.
- Best ways to help: 1) Buy their candles 2) Make a donation 3) Spread the word about Eleventh Candle Co.
- A question was raised to the two Ohio Highway Patrolmen as to whether they have dealt with this, & for what things they look. They shared some of their experiences, and the things that tip them off that there might be a trafficking situation.
- Beauticians/stylists are often trained to watch for signs of human trafficking, such as marks on arms & legs, and constant hairstyle changes.
- Not all victims will look like a stereotypical drug addict. Some victims are groomed to be “higher-end,” and therefore have more expensive clothing & accessories.
- Average age of trafficked girls is 13 years old.
- “I Am Jane Doe” is a documentary that discusses this issue as well.
- Police Chief Shawn Baer shared some incidents they have run into here in town. He mentioned a female that was discovered in Sutherland’s parking lot. She was forced by her pimp to turn tricks for $8.
- Whatever we do to help these victims needs to be sustainable solutions, not just hand-outs.
- Eleventh Candle is very passionate about trauma care, rehabilitation, & job creation/sustainability.
- “The world was created to love people and use things. Humans have become confused (and have reversed these items). We use people & love things.”
- When Amber was asked what the Church can do better, Amber replied, “We need to practice true mercy!”
Speaker's contact information:
Amber Runyon, Founder
Eleventh Candle Co.
Also on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest: eleventhcandleco
In appreciation of this year's speakers sharing their time & efforts, donations to the Pickaway County Special Olympics will be made in their names.
Meeting was concluded by reciting the Rotary 4-Way Test.
Until next week...
Rotary Newsletter Editor
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12th: Pickaway County Commissioners Wippel & Stewart - Fairgrounds project update
19th: Kristen May - Pickaway Arts & Life Center project update
26th: Hank Hamed & Kathleen Young of Ohio Governor's Office - Drug prevention program called "Start Talking"
3rd: Nate Keaton - Two-time State Wrestling Champion
10th: Charles Rutell - OCU Academy
17th: Pickaway County Farmers Market
24th: Judge Randy Knece
31st: Joseph Rubin - Ted Lewis presentation