Rotarian Patty Rothe introduces us to our first member of the new Rotary year – Josh Koch!

First responders from Pickaway and Fairfield counties listened to Commander Dennis Lowe (left)


Marie Nemes-Crawford, Editor

August Calendar – Ty Ankrom, Program Chair

Aug 10: Maggie Simmons – PAAC – Community Input

Aug 17: Sarah Walsh – Cook Center for Human Connections

Aug 24: Steve Helwagen – OSU Football

Aug 28: *Community Kitchen

Aug 31: Jennifer Lloyd – Recovery Ohio

*extra events


  • Presiding:  President Warren Spangler
  • Prayer: Gary Montgomery
  • Piano: Ellery Elick
  • Song Leader:  Tom Duvall “I’m waiting on the railroad”, “R-O-T-A-R-Y”
  • Attending: (Drexel has official list)  43 today – Spangler, Poling, Crawford, Nemes-Crawford, Beavers, C.Chamberlain, Hafey, M.Rhoads, Elick, Fouts, Canfield, Wilson, Duvall, Droste, Colburn, Lambert, Dean, White, C.Neff, Horning, Ankrom, Young, Rothe, Koch, Sneed, Weaver, Robinson, Palm, Montgomery, Mavis, Schreiner, T.Tootle, Brown, McNemar, T.Chamberlain, D.Webb, Rawlins, B.Tootle, Riegel, R.Wolfe, McCrady, K.Neff, Radcliff
  • Guests: Law enforcement from Pickaway Sheriff, Harrison Township Fire, Ashville Police, Pickaway Township Fire, State Highway Patrol; Vickie Robinson accompanied her husband
  • Visiting Rotarian: from Hilliard – Charlie Hedges

Induction: Josh Koch – born in Escanaba, Michigan and graduated from Chillicothe High School and Ohio University. Worked with Chillicothe Radio and is now with US Bank. Welcome Josh!

Approved for membership: Josh Ford has been approved for membership by the board. Josh is night auditor for the Hampton Inn here in Circleville. He is also President of the Ted Lewis Museum Board. He and his wife, Brittany are expecting their first child in September.


  • Honor Flight cards for Paul Vance – finishing this week
  • Rob Radcliff – sign-up for Pumpkin Show Booth has already started! Don’t wait, sign-up today for the biggest fundraiser of the year.

SAA: Bob Sneed. “I’m Bob doing Bob things” – Great Hat!!!

  • National Watermelon Day
  • New booths at the Ohio State Fair – have you visited?
  • Bob Tootle – great round of golf
  • Ty Ankrom retired
  • Who attended the old Logan Elm high school? – it’s gone

Scholarship Drawing: Fred Mavis was the winner of $28. The jackpot is $1,700 and it continues!

 Program: Commander Dennis Lowe – South Central Ohio Major Crimes Unit

  • Major Crimes Unit – based out of Fairfield County
  • Support Fairfield, Pickaway, Hocking, Athens
  • 10 sworn and 3 civilian personnel
  • Blending outreach – supply side of narcotics along with users of the drugs
  • Project F.O.R.T. (Fairfield County Overdose Response Team)- engage with people using, show them options for treatment instead of an arrest
    • 529 F.O.R.T. Engagements this year
    • Distributed more than 2,000 Naloxone kits this year
    • Partner with PARS in Pickaway 
    • Looking for long term solution for the addict
  • Program started in Ohio and is now being rolled out country wide
  • Task force is run by grants. Now have 8 grants funding $1.25 million annually
  • 2021 – Task force of the year in the state of Ohio
  • 2022 – Deflection program was named top in the state
  • 2018-2022:
    • 1710 search warrants executed
    • Indicted 293 individuals 
    • Mandatory sentences of 8-15 yrs
  • Task force involved with electronic data exploitation. Nothing you post or write is ever really deleted.
  • Poly drug use – combinations of drugs – is what is happening now
  • Cocaine making strong comeback
  • THC concentrates are very difficult to police
  • America is largest user of illegal drugs in the world
  • Synthetics are going to take over plant based organic drugs. Cheaper to produce.


In appreciation for the speaker today, a donation will be made to the Foster Care Program of Pickaway County through Jobs and Family Services