Executive Director of Pickaway County Chamber of Commerce, Krista Bower is pictured with President-Elect, Warren Spangler and Program Chair, Gary Dean


Marie Nemes-Crawford, Editor

January calendar – Gary Dean, Program Chair

5th – Krista Bower – Chamber of Commerce

12th – Jeremy Joyce – Special Olympics

19th – Maggie Simmons – PAAC

26th – Erica Tucker – District Director of Solid Waste Authority

28th – * Dueling Piano’s – Sunrise Rotary fundraiser at Fairgrounds

February calendar – Ian Webb, Program Chair

2nd: Erin Edwards- Food and Drink Editor at Columbus Monthly

4th: * Rotary Foundation Gala – Hocking Hills Lodge

9th:  Erin Allsop- Big Brothers, Big Sisters

16th:  Robert Fanska- Boy Scouts

23rd:  Rural Urban Day

Upcoming Dates:

  • April 28-29, 2023 – * District 6690 Conference – Veteran’s Memorial
  • June 16, 2023 – Golf outing at Pickaway Country Club


  • Presiding: President-Elect Warren Spangler
  • Prayer: Harry Canfield
  • Piano Player: Ellery Elick
  • Song Leader: Gary Dean lead us in “Smile” and “Viva La Rotary”
  • Attending: (Drexel has official list)
  • Guests: Joe McNemar introduced Chuck Steinhauser; Jayme Fountain introduced Michele Landon
  • Students: Logan Elm senior students today
  • January Birthdays: 5th-Bob Tootle; 13th-Carly Neff; 22nd-Dave Webb; 23rd-Roger Wolfe; 24th-Fred Mavis; 25th-Wayne Vickers; 28th-Bill Kramer
  • January Anniversaries: 7th-Bob Mabe

New member welcomed: Jim Retanio was welcomed into Circleville Rotary today. His sponsor is Daryl Wolfe. Jim is a businessman and philanthropist who owns the old Carnival property. We look forward to working alongside you!!


  • Charlie Hedges : just ended second quarter, as of Dec. 31st, $7,270 toward the foundation and $935 to Polio Plus!
  • Gary Dean presented with his Paul Harris plus one pin today
  • Thank you for coming out to the Imagination Station picture – we made the district newsletter
  • Our club and Sunrise received a $5,000 grant for Miryante so they can build a meeting room building.


  • If your alumni team won a post-season game $1
  • Ohio State fans pay an extra $1
  • 1942 the Rose Bowl was not played in Pasadena, but in Durham, NC (Duke-thank you Charlie Hedges) – WWII safety
  • Lincoln declared edict to free slaves in southern states – Emancipation Proclamation
  • 1892 – Ellis Island opened
  • 1959 – what state was the 49th? Alaska

Scholarship Drawing: Gary was the winner of the drawing $15. The jackpot is $824 and it continues!!

Program: Krista Bower – Exec. Director of Pickaway Chamber of Commerce

  • Member of Sunrise Rotary
  • The chamber was founded in 1916. We currently have 301 members.
  • The chamber’s funding comes from members.
  • For chamber members, (through Central Ohio Chamber) there is medical insurance, workers comp. Insurance, shipping discounts, legal/HR consultations.
  • This year board is growing to 13 people. We are looking outside of Circleville since they are to serve the county
  • Annual events: April dinner is at Flora and Field; night golf outing in August (and have to be done before the sprinklers come on!); Christmas at Pumpkin Show Park (this year, over 800 people attended with 400 children)
  • Would like to start a Young Professionals club and women’s club for networking
  • Four ribbon cutting opportunities in the next few months


  • In appreciation of this year’s speakers sharing their time & efforts, donations to Pickaway Pathways for Success will be made in their names.