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. The club also 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 2015-2016 President: Angela Shepherd President Elect:Virginia Purdy Vice President: Andrew Surritt Secretary: Bev Giffin Treasurer: Merry Fairley
DIRECTORS Club Service: Ron Coffey Community Service: Andrew Surritt International Service: Joe Wills Vocational Service: Chuck Miller Immediate Past President: Wes Surritt
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
District Governor Elect: Mike Kelly Assistant District Governor: Sigrid Solomon
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
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.
Greenfield Rotary Club has scheduled a public meeting to discuss plans for the 2017 Greene Countrie Towne Festival. Some possible changes have been discussed by the club, and input from other clubs, organizations and the public is being sought to help the sponsoring organization put on the best festival possible. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Southern Hills Community Bank.
Gene W. Coleman to serve as Rotary Grand Marshal for GCTF parade
Gene W. Coleman, longtime Greenfield police officer, has been selected as the Grand Marshal of the 2016 Greene Countrie Towne Festival parade.
Mr. Coleman, a longtime Greenfield resident, spent 29 years in law enforcement before retiring in 1984. Mr. Coleman was the first African-American officer of the Greenfield Police Department, and also believed to be the first African-American to be a deputy with the Highland County Sheriff’s Department.
In addition to his law enforcement experience, Mr. Coleman spent many years coaching youth league baseball and basketball teams. He and his twin brother, the late Glenn Coleman, were both active in coaching for many years.
Mr. Coleman said he was honored to be selected as Grand Marshal and looks forward to participating in the parade.
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.
Gary Adams says 2016 Festival appearance may be ‘the last roundup’ The Greene Countrie Towne Festival’s headline act on Saturday, July 16 will bring some native sons to the stage who’ve played with country legends through the years — including Greenfield’s own Johnny Paycheck, George Jones, Marty Robbins, Ray Price, Porter Wagoner, Faron Young and Merle Haggard. Beginning at 8 p.m. on July 16, brothers Gary, Don and Darrell Adams will take the stage. They will be joined by Greenfield’s Steve Marple on drums, Dean Inboden on guitar, Doug Jerningan of Nashville on steel guitar, Eli Bishop of Nashville on the fiddle, and Billy Dingess of Logan, W. Va. on piano. The ensemble is known as The Adams Brothers and the Greenfield Express, and the show is something that Gary Adams called “the last roundup.” For more information on the show as written by Angela Shepherd, who happens to the the Greenfield Rotary Club President, click HERE.
STATE-BOUND MHS TRACK TEAM MEMBERS VISIT ROTARY
Three McClain High School athletes bound for the state track and field competitions June 3-4 visited the Greenfield Rotary Club on Thursday, June 2. The state track meet officially kicked off on Friday, June 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University. Pictured (clockwise from left) on Thursday are Cody Hardesty, coach Bob Bergstrom, coach Lori Jones, Alex Hollar, and Kaylee Hurley. A fourth athlete, Jhaela Coleman, also bound for the state meet, was unable to attend the meeting.
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.
NEW ROTARIANS JOIN CLUB Three new members were welcomed into the Greenfield Rotary Club on Dec. 3. Pictured L-R are Mike Anderson, Eric Borsini and Merry Fairley (far right) as they are officially welcomed into the club by President Angela Shepherd (second from right).
NEEDY KIDS RADIOTHON RAISES NEARLY $11,000 On Wednesday morning, Dec. 2, members of the Greenfield Rotary Club took in more than $10,000 in donations during the 36th annual Needy Kids Radiothon, an event that is also sponsored and broadcast by WVNU. By Thursday, Rotarian and Needy Kids organizer Barb Barton said the pledge total had risen to almost $11,000. Barton extended “a huge thank you to the community,” adding that this year’s event was “really successful.” And the money, which is always spent locally, will go to help children in the Greenfield and Leesburg school districts throughout the coming year. When Needy Kids first started nearly four decades ago, it was to give children in need a brighter Christmas, but through the years a lot of organizations and programs have materialized that serve that purpose of providing Christmas for needy children. Barton said that after talking to schools, churches, and other local organizations there are needs throughout the year that Needy Kids will focus on. “If a child needs shoes, a winter coat, school supplies, “whatever the need is, we want to be able to fulfill that,” Barton said. And that is the new focus going forward. But she said that Needy Kids will still “be there” at Christmas time, too. Needy Kids is working with schools within the Greenfield and Leesburg school districts, as well as other local organizations, to identify those in need and ways that Needy Kids can help. Since Needy Kids began, more than $300,000 has been donated to the effort by the community, Barton said. Those interested in giving can still do so by dropping off donations anytime at any local Greenfield bank, which includes Fifth Third, Southern Hills Community Bank, Community Savings Bank, and both the Merchants National Bank locations. Donations can also be dropped off at Fifth Third in Leesburg or mailed to Needy Kids Radiothon, P.O. Box 329, Greenfield, Ohio 45123.
Rose Pavlakos and Stuart Beatty, both with the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, spoke to the Greenfield Rotary Club on Thursday. Pictured L-R are Rotarian Blain Bergstrom, Rose Pavlakos, Rotarian Virginia Purdy and Stuart Beatty.
DRUG ABUSE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT AT ROTARY A pair from the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy shared with the Greenfield Rotary Club on Thursday, Nov. 19 about how to recognize and prevent drug misuse, abuse, and overdose. The presentation, which was given by Rose Pavlakos who was accompanied by McClain graduate Stuart Beatty, covered the gamut of statistics, common drugs of abuse, risk factors for overdose and abuse, treatment, and harm reduction, according to a handout. Statistics provided included that in the United States an average of 50 people die each day from overdoses of prescription pain medications, approximately seven of those daily deaths occur in Ohio, and the amount of prescription painkillers prescribed in 2010 was enough “to medicate every American adult around the clock for a month.” Ways to help listed in the handout included storing medication safely, assisting with overdose prevention, and education on safe medication practices.
McCLAIN TIGERS WIN ROTARY BOWL, 35-27! Greenfield Rotarians were very proud of the McClain Tigers Oct. 30, 2015 as the local football team edged the Hillsboro Indians, 35-27, to take possession of the coveted Rotary Bowl trophy until the teams meet again in the annual rivalry next season. Prior to the game, Rotary hosted a spaghetti dinner at McClain Cafetorium to raise funds for Rotary projects. Rotary President Angela Shepherd thanks everyone for supporting that event. MORE INFO ON THE GAME
Rotary shows appreciation at annual dinner; Wes Surritt receives 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. 15, 2015 at Buckeye Hills Country Club. President Angela Shepherd welcomed members and guests to the annual event, which featured a delicious meal of prime rib or chicken. Shepherd expressed her gratitude for the excellent community support shown by the print buyers and introduced a number of special guests, including Bill Shula, District Governor; Charles and Rita Shonkwiler, who help to organize the antique car show at the festival each year; Greg Miller of the Antique Tractor and Machinery Club; Greene Countrie Towne Festival Queen Kendall Pollard and 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. District Governor Shula 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 Shula has been to Greenfield on at least three occasions and he said he is a big fan of the club. 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 2015 included: Greenfield Research, Wooden It Be Nice, Dr. Richard Mizer and Cristy Hill, Sitterle Insurance, Southern Hills Community Bank, Steve and Mindy Hunter, Adena Greenfield Medical Center, Fifth Third Bank, Community Savings Bank, and Corner Health Mart Pharmacy and Murray-Fettro Funeral Home. A highlight of the evening was the announcement of a new Paul Harris Fellow. Pat Hays introduced former Rotary President Wes Surritt as the 2015 Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his many activities on behalf of the local club and the community. In honor of Surritt, 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. 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. The McClain Show Choir provided entertainment for the evening, under the direction of Miss Loretta Flora. At the end of the evening door prizes were given away by Jackie Gardener, who organized the program for the evening.
Wes Surritt (left), 2014-15 Club President, was recognized for his contributions to Rotary with a Paul Harris Fellowship, named in honor of the founder of Rotary. Pat Hays presented the award.
The McClain High School Show Choir, under direction of Miss Loretta Flora, provided entertainment for the Rotary Appreciation Dinner Oct. 15, 2015.
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.
L-R: District Governor Bill Shula, Greenfield Rotary President Angela Shepherd and Assistant District Governor Sigrid Solomon.
CLUB HOSTS VISIB BY DISTRICT GOVERNOR SHULA
Bill Shula, district governor of Rotary District 6670 which includes the Greenfield club and 51 others, visited the Greenfield Rotary Club on August 13 and imparted his own personal experience with the Rotary International theme of being a gift to the world. Shula said that others sharing their gifts with him at a time when he faced a life-threatening medical emergency – from the actions of first responders to the knowledge of medical staff and the support of his family — is what saved his life. He said everyone has something to give no matter where a person is in their life, and that giving contributing to the “bigger picture” is what Rotary is about.
DG Shula and his wife also attended the Greene Countrie Towne Festival on July 19 and rode on the Rotary float during the parade. Prior to that, Mr. and Mrs. Shula enjoyed a tour of the historic McClain High School.
Wes Surritt (left) welcomes Angela Shepherd as the 2015-16 president of the Greenfield Rotary Club.
SHEPHERD TAKES OFFICE AS ROTARY PRESIDENT FOR 2015-16 Angela Shepherd was welcomed as president of the Greenfield Rotary Club on July 2 by Wes Surritt, who served in the same capacity during the 2014-15 Rotary year, which begins July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year. President Shepherd is a Greenfield native who has been in Rotary for several years and who has served in various leadership roles. The club looks forward to her leadership in the coming year and is grateful to Wes Surritt for his dedication to duty during the past year in which Rotary continued its outstanding community service through such activities as running the Ralph W. Phillips Recreation and Civic Center, sponsoring the Greene Countrie Towne Festival, involvement in the Needy Kids radiothon and the Highland County Society for Children and Adults radio-telethon. The new president wrote an opinion piece recently in the Times-Gazette about her involvement with the Greenfield Rotary Club. To read it, CLICK HERE.
WES SURRITT HONORED FOR SERVING AS PRESIDENT
Wes Surritt led the Greenfield Rotary Club through a successful year in 2014-15, and his leadership was recognized July 9 when new President Angela Shepherd presented him with a plaque commemorating his dedication to the club during the previous year. Among the highlights were a very successful Greene Countrie Towne Festival, implementation of new record keeping software for the club, continued club involvement in running the Ralph W. Phillips Recreation and Civic Center, raising funds for Needy Kids and the Society for Children and Adults, plus the welcoming of several new members into the club.
HCSCA TELETHON TOPS $103,000!
The 43rd annual Ernie Blankenship Memorial Radio-Telethon March 25 raised $103,964 to support the Highland County Society for Children and Adults, with the Greenfield event put on by the local Rotary club contributing $12,011 of that total. The Greenfield and Hillsboro Rotary Clubs thank the Highland County community for their continuing support. Check the HCSCA page for more information and photos.