The Rotary Club of Greenfield, Ohio meets each Thursday for a noontime luncheon meeting at the Catch 22 Sports Pub located at 250 Jefferson St., Greenfield, Ohio. In addition, the club has an evening meeting the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., also at Catch 22.
Rotary Club of Greenfield, Ohio
Established in 1922 Charter No. 1177 District 6670
CLUB OFFICERS 2016-2017 President: Virginia Purdy President Elect:Andrew Surritt Secretary: Beverly Giffin Treasurer: Merry Fairley
DIRECTORS Club Service: Ron Coffey Community Service: Wes Surritt International Service: Joe Wills Vocational Service: Chuck Miller Immediate Past President: Angela Shepherd
FESTIVAL CHAIRMEN Wes Surritt Angela Shepherd Virginia Purdy
OFFICERS FOR RALPH W. PHILLIPS RECREATION & CIVIC CENTER Cleve Bartley Larry Hayes Steve Pearce Steve Hunter Mike Penn
PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS The following have been named Paul Harris Fellows to honor their contributions to Rotary. For each Paul Harris Fellowship, the Greenfield Rotary Club donated $1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation in that person's name. The money is used for humanitarian projects around the world. George M. Waddell, 1985 Harry V. Turner, 1986 Wilson L. Moon, 1986 Charles O. Shonkwiler, 1987 Willard Anderson, 1987 Allen M. Johnson (in memory), 1988 Thomas W. Doyle, 1988 B.R. Duckworth, 1991 Ralph W. Phillips, 1991 Patrick L. Hays, 1992 Sam Daugherty, 1993 Floyd Bartley, 1994 Don Anderson, 1995 Bill Buck, 1996 Steve Hunter, 1997 Wilbur Seilkop, 1998 Dan Crusie, 1998 Ron Coffey, 1999 Steve Pearce, 2000 Jim Weller, 2001 Judy Spargur, 2002 Dean Gardner, 2002 Jack C. Weinrich, 2003 Clifford Wisecup, 2005 Larry Hayes, 2006 Dr. Rick Mizer, 2006 Peter Quance, 2007 Jackie Gardner, 2007 Barb Barton, 2008 Scott Lovett, 2008 Chuck Miller, 2009 Mike Penn, 2009 Sandra McNeil, 2010 Terry Fouch, 2011 Blain Bergstrom, 2012 David "Boonie" Brizius, 2013 Charlotte Phillips, 2013 Bernard Hester, 2014 Cleve Bartley, 2014 Wes Surritt, 2015 Angela Shepherd, 2016
OUR CLUB The Greenfield Rotary Club sponsors the annual Wheels of Progress Festival during the third weekend of July each year, and is involved in many community projects. On a national and international level, the club participates in many projects for the benefit of others.
PROJECTS "He profits most who serves the best." So says the Rotary motto, and our club has fun serving the community. The Rotary Club of Greenfield owns and operates the Ralph W. Phillips Recreation and Civic Center, home of the Greenfield Head Start Program and the scene of many community activities, including basketball games, Christmas parties and the McClain High School All-Night Party. Proceeds from building rentals help pay the operating expenses, but the club supplements its income through spaghetti dinners, the Wheels of Progress Festival and other activities to keep this valuable community center operating. Each spring the Greenfield club joins forces with the Hillsboro Rotary Club to raise funds for the Highland County Society for Children and Adults. This organization offers assistance to Highland Countians in need without the red tape often associated with charitable organizations. The annual radio-telethon in March has raised more than a million dollars since its inception in the early 1970s. Funds are expended for wheelchairs, hearing aids, orthopedic devices, transportation vouchers and a host of other uses. In addition to the telethons there is a gospel sing. Highland County is proud of this amazingly successful program of people helping people. As Christmas nears, Rotarians get involved in the Needy Kids Program, which helps provide food baskets and presents for those in need. Some 400 families received assistance last year. As fundraisers, Greenfield Rotary sponsors a pair of spaghetti dinners each year -- one during football season and one during the basketball campaign. The club also sponsors the annual Greene Countrie Towne Festival during the third weekend of July. Funds from these and other projects are returned to the community through the above activities and other projects and donations. If you would like to know more about Rotary, contact any member of the Greenfield club.
Needy Kids reorganizing A longtime Greenfield Rotary tradition, the Needy Kids radiothon, was cancelled in 2016 -- but not because Rotary has stopped helping needy children. Instead, the charity is reorganizing so it can do what it has done all this time, but even better. “We just cancelled the Radiothon,” said Greenfield Rotarian and Needy Kids organizer Barb Barton. But she said the charity is still taking donations and still serving area children. Barton said that she and the other organizers want to move forward with “a different plan, a new strategy for 2017.” Next year will be the charity’s 40th radiothon fundraiser, she said. When Needy Kids first started nearly four decades ago, it was to give children in need a brighter Christmas. Up until last year, providing a brighter Christmas has been what the charity did, Barton said.. Through the years a lot of organizations and programs have materialized that serve that purpose of providing Christmas for needy children, Barton said. So the Needy Kids organizers have turned the focus to helping children in need throughout the year. If a child needs shoes, a winter coat, school supplies, Needy Kids can help, she said. If a child wants to play a sport but the family cannot afford to purchase the required attire, Needy Kids can help. “Whatever the need is, we want to be able to fulfill that,” Barton said. And that, she said, is the new focus going forward. But she said that Needy Kids will still “be there” at Christmas time, too. The annual radiothon is the primary fundraiser for Needy Kids, and, through the generous donations from the community, typically brings in an average of $12,000 per year. Since Needy Kids began, more than $300,000 has been donated to the effort by the community, Barton said. And the money is always spent locally. Those interested in giving to Needy Kids can still do so by dropping off donations anytime at local Greenfield banks, which include Fifth Third, Southern Hills Community Bank, Community Savings Bank and both Merchants National Bank locations. Donations can also be mailed to Needy Kids, P.O. Box 329, Greenfield, Ohio 45123.
MHS SHOW CHOIR ENTERTAINS ROTARY The McClain Show Choir, directed by Miss Loretta Flora, provided a selection of Christmas songs for the Greenfield Rotary Club meeting on Dec. 15. Rotary appreciates and supports the Show Choir and members always look forward to seeing and hearing these talented McClain students.
ROTARY CLUB DISTRIBUTES DICTIONARIES, THESAURUSES Members of the Greenfield Rotary Club delivered dictionaries and thesauruses to elementary students Thursday across the Greenfield Exempted Village School District on Thursday, Nov. 10. This is part of an ongoing effort by Rotary to serve the community and has taken place for a number of years. Each year third graders receive a dictionary and fifth graders receive a thesaurus, each hand-delivered by members of the Greenfield Rotary Club. The books are the students’ to keep, and students can put their name on the inside cover of the book on a sticker bearing Rotary’s Four-Way Test, which is the club’s moral code for conducting not only business, but personal relationships. Distribution days are typically met with excitement from the students. This year, 149 third graders received dictionaries and 162 fifth graders got thesauruses.
Rotary supporters honored at annual appreciation dinner; Angela Shepherd gets 44th Paul Harris fellowship
Buyers of limited-edition prints and other supporters of Greenfield Rotary Club were honored at the club’s annual appreciation dinner Oct. 20, 2016 at Buckeye Hills Country Club. President Virginia Fuller welcomed members and guests to the annual event, which featured a delicious meal of prime rib or chicken. The club president expressed gratitude for the excellent community support shown by the print buyers and introduced a number of special guests, including District Governor Mike Kelly; Assistant District Governor Scott Miller; auctioneers Gary Binegar and Matt Binegar, who donate their services each year during the Rotary auction; the Greenfield Antique Car Club; the Antique Tractor Club; 2016 Greene Countrie Towne Festival Queen Natalie Cunningham; Bonnie Baldridge, who heads up the Greenfield Women's Queen Association; and Tammy Wells, the artist whose limited edition prints have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Greenfield club over the years. It was noted that limited edition prints have been a part of the festival auction for the past 24 years, including 10 years by artist Dan Crusie, and the past 14 years by artist Tammy Wells. District Governor Kelly gave some very complimentary remarks about the local club and noted that the Greenfield club’s activities are in keeping with the ideals of Rotary. DG Kelly has been to Greenfield on several occasions and he said he is a big fan of the club and what it stands for. Buyers of limited-edition prints by local artist Tammy Wells were recognized for their support of Rotary. Several Rotarians commented on how the funds raised from the festival auction enable the club to do many good works in the community. The print buyers for 2016 included: Greenfield Research, Sitterle Insurance, Wooden It Be Nice, Southern Hills Community Bank, Adena Greenfield Medical Center, Dr. Richard Mizer and Cristy Hill, Murray-Fettro Funeral Home and Corner Healthmart Pharmacy, Community Savings Bank, an anonymous buyer, and members of the Greenfield Rotary family who pooled their resources and purchased an 11th print of the historic Elliott Hotel, with proceeds given to the owner, Doug Karnes, to be put towards his renovation efforts. A highlight of the evening was the announcement of a new Paul Harris Fellow. Pat Hays introduced former Rotary President Angela Shepherd as the 2016 Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his many activities on behalf of the local club and the community. In honor of Shepherd, the Greenfield Rotary Club donated $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation to be used to provide clean drinking water and other essential services in underdeveloped countries. It appears that the club has now sponsored 44 Paul Harris Fellows since it made George M. Waddell the club’s first recipient in 1985. The Paul Harris Fellowship is named after the founder of Rotary, who with three other businessmen founded the first Rotary Club in Chicago in 1905. Entertainment for the evening was provided by the McClain Show Choir, under the direction of Miss Loretta Flora. The club wishes to thank Jackie Gardner for organizing the program for the evening.
Angela Shepherd (left), Greenfield Rotary President for 2015-16, was named the club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow by Pat Hays during the club’s annual appreciation dinner Oct. 20.
The McClain High School Show Choir, under direction of Miss Loretta Flora, provided entertainment for the Rotary Appreciation Dinner Oct. 20, 2016.
L-R: Assistant District Governor Scott Miller, Greenfield Rotarian Dean Gardner, Greenfield Rotary President Virginia Purdy, District Governor Mike Kelly.
DISTRICT GOVERNOR MIKE KELLY VISITS CLUB
Greenfield Rotary Club was pleased to be visited by District Governor Mike Kelly and Assistant District Governor Scott Miller on Sept. 15, 2016. DG Kelly and ADG Miller are both members of the Rotary Club of Mason, Ohio.
The District Governor commended the local club on its many activities, and sent greetings from Rotary International President John Germ of Chattanooga, TN. DG Kelly encouraged local Rotarians to embrace Rotary's theme for 2016, "Rotary Serving Humanity," and discussed some of the ways that Rotary is making a difference in lives around the world.
DG Kelly also emphasized the importance of membership growth, community service and the work of the Rotary Foundation in his address to the club.
He encouraged Rotarians to attend the District Conference in April.
Rotary is an international organization of approximately 1.2 million members in 200 countries. There are 33,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.
Angela Shepherd honored by club as she completes her 2015-16 presidency Greenfield Rotary members honored outgoing President Angela Shepherd on June 30, the last day of her term leading the club. Angela has led the club to many positive achievements during the past Rotary year, including the creation of an evening meeting group that gathers on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Catch 22 Sports Pub. This gives people a chance to get involved in Rotary who cannot otherwise attend a luncheon meeting (regular meetings take place at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday at the same location). The club has experienced a growth in membership under Angela's leadership and conducted successful events such as the Greene Countrie Towne Festival, the Needy Kids radiothon in November and the annual telethon to benefit the Highland County Society for Children and Adults in March. One achievement for which Angela is noted has been her ability to lead the club while experiencing a pregnancy -- with a due date right on schedule for the Greene Countrie Towne Festival in July! Rotarians have joked that she may be the first Rotary President to give birth to a future Rotary member! In commemoration of her successful term as President, on June 30 Angela was given a Rotary plaque and gavel by the club, presented by Vice President Andrew Surritt. And to extend the club's best wishes for the birth of Angela and Donnie Shepherd's new child, Rotary member Jackie Gardner presented Angela with a gift card from local members. On July 1, Virginia Purdy ascended to the presidency of the Greenfield Rotary Club and Andrew Surritt became the new President Elect.
LOCAL ROTARY CLUB ADDS MONTHLY EVENING SESSIONS! May 5, 2016 was a day of historical significance in the annals of the Greenfield Rotary Club as it marked the first informational session for a group of Rotarians that will meet monthly for an evening meeting. About a dozen current and potential Rotarians met at the Catch 22 Sports Pub to discuss the idea, with past Rotary President Blain Bergstrom explaining the rationale for occasional evening meetings as a convenience for people who are interested in the ideals of Rotary but unable to attend the weekly luncheon sessions on Thursdays, also at the Catch 22. The new evening sessions will take place on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Catch 22 Sports Pub. Bergstrom noted the long history of Rotary in Greenfield — dating to 1922 — and some of the good works done by the club down through the years, including assistance with equipment for the local hospital, help in recruiting doctors to Greenfield, sponsoring the Greene Countrie Towne Festival, running the Ralph W. Phillips Recreation and Civil Center, and raising money for many good causes both locally, nationally and internationally. Rotarian Larry Hayes and others also talked briefly about the club’s activities and what Rotary has meant to the community. Several potential members completed membership applications before leaving, and all were asked to consider ways they could get involved and help spread the word about the good works of Rotary. A history of the Greenfield Rotary Club can be found by clicking HERE.
Rotary hosts Four-Way Speech Contestants McClain junior Kaylee Hurley is this year’s winner of the Greenfield Rotary Club’s annual Four-Way Speech Contest and will compete at the district level this weekend at Wright State University. Five McClain students competed last month, with school staff and administration serving as judges. The competitors visited the Greenfield club on April 7, with Hurley presenting her speech to Rotarians. Her first-place speech was about supporting the armed forces of the United States. McClain junior Taylor Weaver placed second and freshman Emily Jones placed third. Senior Kalei Fabin and sophomore Harrison Gallaugher also competed in the speech contest. All contestants received cash prizes from the Greenfield Rotary Club. The annual contest is centered on Rotary’s Four-Way Test: “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?” Adopted in 1943, the Four-Way Test is meant “as a simple checklist to help ensure that we are applying this positive and powerful code to how we try to live our lives and serve others,” according to the Rotary 6670 District website. Each winning student from clubs in the Rotary 6670 district will give their speech on Sunday, April 10 at Wright State University at least twice to different judges. The judges will be non-Rotarians and will be faculty and staff from the communications department of the university who have been trained in the concepts of the Rotary Four-Way Test. The district winner will be invited to attend the April 30 Rotary district conference at the Cincinnati Marriott Northeast.
March 30 telethon raises $106K to help children and adults The 44th annual Ernie Blankenship Memorial Radio-Telethon raised nearly $106,000 Wednesday, March 30 to support the Highland County Society for Children and Adults. “The Greenfield Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who helped out with the telethon by working on the air or behind the scenes, the entertainers, the Greenfield Exempted Village School District and staff of GCTV-3 and WVNU Lite 97.7 FM for allowing us to be on the air, and everyone who donated to make the radio-telethon a success,” said Angela Shepherd, president of the Greenfield club. For more information about the telethon, visit the HCSCA page on this website.
GREENFIELD ROTARY GIVES THE GIFT OF WORDS Excited students have received their very own dictionaries from the Greenfield Rotary Club.
The Rotary members handed out dictionaries to third graders at Greenfield Elementary on Thursday, Oct. 1 and loaded up their cars for delivery of dictionaries, as well as thesauruses to fifth graders, at Rainsboro and Buckskin elementary schools the following day.
The annual distribution is part of The Dictionary Project, a non-profit organization whose sponsors have distributed more than 25 million dictionaries in the United States and abroad over the last 20 years, and more than 1 million this school year alone, according to the project’s website.
President Angela Shepherd (left) presides at the Greenfield Rotary Club's new meeting place, the Catch 22 Sports Pub at 250 Jefferson St. in Greenfield.
GREENFIELD ROTARY CLUB NOW MEETS AT SPORTS PUB The Greenfield Rotary Club has moved its weekly meetings to the Catch 22 Sports Pub at 250 Jefferson St. in Greenfield. The first such meeting took place on Sept. 3, 2015 with a very good turnout in attendance. As has been the club's custom, members will gather with lunch served from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. and a program to follow until about 1 p.m.