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 2017-2018 President: Andrew Surritt President Elect: Secretary: Beverly Giffin Treasurer: Wes Surritt
DIRECTORS Club Service: Ron Coffey Community Service: Wes Surritt International Service: Joe Wills Vocational Service: Chuck Miller Immediate Past President: Virginia Purdy
FESTIVAL CHAIRMEN Andrew Surritt Wes Surritt 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.
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TWO BIG OCTOBER EVENTS SET FOR ROTARY! The Rotary calendar for October 2017 includes several major events for the club. Friday, Oct. 27 marks the date of the annual Spaghetti Dinner at the McClain High School Cafetorium. This event, from 4:30-7 p.m. prior to the McClain vs. Hillsboro football game, is a fundraiser that helps Rotary with various projects that benefit the community. The McClain-Hillsboro game is also known as the Rotary Bowl, showcasing the friendly rivalry between the two Highland County communities and their Rotary clubs. Thursday, Oct. 19 is the date of the annual Rotary Appreciation Dinner at Buckeye Hills Country Club. This event gives the club a chance to say thank you to those who do so much for Rotary during the year. The buyers of limited-edition prints at the Greene Countrie Towne Festival will be honored at this event. In addition, the sponsors of the antique car show and the antique tractor show will be recognized. Rotary VIPs from around the district will be on hand, and this is the time when the club honors an outstanding member or members with a Paul Harris Fellow award, named after the founder of Rotary.
District Governor Mark Mabelitini visits Greenfield club
Rotary District 6670 Governor Mark Mabelitini (left) visited the Greenfield Rotary Club August 3 and presented President Andrew Surritt with a Rotary flag commemorating the theme, "Rotary: Making a Difference". The District Governor reported on activities within the district and in Rotary International, including efforts to eradicate polio from the face of the earth. Last year, only 8 cases were reported worldwide. DG Mabelitini is a member of the Rotary Club of Sidney. Daren Donohoo (not pictured) also attended as the Assistant Governor for Area 12, which includes Greenfield, Hillsboro and Williamsburg.
PURDY HONORED; SURRITT NEW ROTARY PRESIDENT
Outgoing Rotary President Virginia Purdy received a plaque in appreciation of her leadership during the 2016-17 Rotary year on July 6 from the new President, Andrew Surritt. The new Rotary year began July 1 with Surritt assuming his duties on that date. Purdy will continue to be active in club leadership as one of the chairpersons of the Greene Countrie Towne Festival, scheduled July 14-16.
New festival website launched for Greene Countrie Towne Festival Andrew Surritt III, festival chairman for the 2017 Greene Countrie Towne Festival, announced that a new website has been created to keep everyone up to date about the festival. Some nice changes are planned to help the festival grow bigger and better than ever in 2017. Click on the link below to have a look, and visit often! The new website can be found at: http://www.greenecountrietownefestival.org/
Nearly $94,000 was raised March 29, thanks to the generosity of Highland County’s people, businesses and civic organizations, during the 45th annual Ernie Blankenship Radio-Telethon to benefit the Highland County Society for Children and Adults. The Rotary Clubs in Hillsboro and Greenfield sponsored the radio-telethon activities, at the US Bank in Hillsboro and at McClain High School in Greenfield. Read more on the HCSCA PAGE of this website.
G3 reps present program at Rotary meeting Sam Bowers and Debra Crago (standing) of Greening Greater Greenfield presented the program at the Greenfield Rotary Club weekly meeting Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. G3 has been in existence since 2010 and has done many good projects for the benefit of the Greenfield community. G3 sponsors several events during the year, including Blues, Brews & Stews in February, Paddle on Paint Creekfest in May and the Greenfield Oktoberfest in September, to name a few.
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.