Welcome to Rotary!
Effective Feb. 16, 2023 the Rotary Club of Greenfield, Ohio meets at 6:30 a.m. each Thursday (except holidays) at the Catch 22 Sports Pub located at 250 Jefferson St., Greenfield, Ohio.
More auction items arriving daily for
the June 3 Rotary Charity Auction!
Greenfield Rotary President-Elect Dana Daugherty is working hard to bring in donated items for the annual Rotary Charity Auction, and new items are coming in rapidly as the Greenfield Music Festival approaches. The Rotary auction is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the main stage of the Greenfield Music Festival. Ten limited-edition prints of country music icon Johnny Paycheck will be included in the auction, along with gift certificates, tools, items for McClain Tiger fans and much more! The auction will continue until all items are sold, so plan to be in downtown Greenfield on Saturday afternoon, June 3.
And stick around for the live music, festival food, games and other activities throughout the weekend of June 2-3-4 as part of the first annual Greenfield Music Festival!
Johnny Paycheck prints will highlight Rotary Charity Auction June 3
Ten limited edition, framed prints of country music icon Johnny Paycheck will highlight the Rotary Charity Auction scheduled Saturday, June 3 from 12:30-3 p.m.
Each print created by local artist Tammy Wells features three images of Paycheck at different stages of his career. Born Donald Eugene Lytle, the Greenfield native changed his name to Johnny Paycheck before climbing the heights of fame with a list of hits that included “Take This Job and Shove It,” “Me and the IRS,” “She’s All I Got,” “I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised),” “Slide Off of Your Satin Sheets” and “The Old Violin.”
While items are still being acquired for the Rotary auction, the list usually includes lawn mowers, grills, bicycles, leaf blowers, patio furniture, gift certificates and much more.
Proceeds from the auction help the Greenfield Rotary Club to finance projects and make donations that benefit the community.
Anyone wishing to donate items for the auction can contact Rotary President-Elect Dana Daugherty at the Southern Hills Community Bank, who is coordinating the charity auction project.
Music will be abundant throughout the weekend of June 2-4, with Whey Jennings serving as the headliner on Saturday night. Whey is the grandson of another country music legend, the late Waylon Jennings. Many other traditional festival attractions are planned, including a queen pageant, food booths, games and other activities.
Rotary Charity Auction set for Saturday, June 3
The Greenfield Rotary Club Charity Auction is scheduled Saturday afternoon, June 3 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. at the main stage of the Greenfield Music Festival.
The auction is a high-profile affair dating back to the late 1980s that features limited edition prints and many other items that are sure to draw interest from the community. The traditional auction process attracts community leaders, politicians and bargain seekers, all eager to raise their hands and take home their purchases. The auction benefits the community as well, as proceeds from the event help the Greenfield Rotary Club to continue its legacy of doing good works that benefit Greenfield and area.
Of special note at this first Greenfield Music Festival are the 10 limited edition prints of country music icon Johnny Paycheck, a local boy who grew up as Donnie Lytle before moving to Nashville to pursue his dreams. Paycheck achieved superstar status with such hit records as “Take This Job and Shove It,” “She’s All I Got,” “I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)” and “The Old Violin.” Ten framed prints created by local artist Tammy Wells will be sold at the auction and are sure to create a buzz with bidders who are fans of Johnny Paycheck.
While items are still being acquired for the Rotary auction, the list usually includes lawn mowers, grills, bicycles, leaf blowers, patio furniture and much more.
The Greenfield Ohio Rotary Club Charity Auction is an event where the community converges to celebrate, connect, and contribute to a cause that resonates with everyone. Beyond the thrill of the auction itself, attendees will know that each bid is a direct contribution to the betterment of their community.
So, mark your calendars, spread the word, and join the Greenfield Ohio Rotary Club for an afternoon of excitement, camaraderie, and giving on Saturday, June 3, 2023. In the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." The Greenfield Ohio Rotary Club Charity Auction is a testament to this belief, a belief that reinforces the essence of community life and the power of collective effort. Join us in this endeavor, and let's transform our community, one bid at a time.
Many other activities will take place throughout the weekend. To learn more, check out the Greenfield Music Festival website, www.greenfieldmusicfestival.org or visit the organization’s Facebook page,https://www.facebook.com/GreenfieldMusicFestival
Ernie Blankenship Radio-Telethon surpasses $150K
The 51st annual Ernie Blankenship Memorial Radio-Telethon March 29, 2023 brought in more than $150,000 in pledges as the Rotary Clubs of Greenfield and Hillsboro put on events to entertain, educate and raise money for the Highland County Society for Children and Adults.
The events took place from 7-9 p.m. in the two communities, emanating from the GCTV Studios at McClain High School in Greenfield and the Hillsboro Orpheum.
For more information, visit the HCSCA page on this website. Donations can be made at any time to support this Highland County organization.
Breakfast meetings lead to growth in attendance
Greenfield Rotary Club's Thursday morning breakfast meetings continue to be a hit with members and potential members. At the March 2 get-together, 14 Rotary members and four potential members showed up for a delicious breakfast followed by a brief meeting. (Some got away before the photo above was taken.)
Rotary continues to be involved in community projects and activities. At the upcoming Greenfield Music Festival (June 2-3-4), the Rotary club will continue with its popular auction offering lots of quality items from lawn equipment to concert tickets, and featuring a set of 10 limited edition prints by local artist Tammy Wells.
Are you interesting in helping the community but too busy for a lunch or evening meeting? Check out the Greenfield Rotary Club's breakfast meetings at 6:30 a.m. each Thursday at the Catch 22 Sports Pub.
First Rotary breakfast meeting a hit with members
The Greenfield Rotary Club’s first breakfast meeting took place Feb. 16, 2023 and struck a good note with members, with about a dozen Rotarians present along with some visitors from McClain High School.
The menu at the Catch 22 included sausage and bacon, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and even coffee cake for dessert! A few bleary-eyed retirees welcomed the aroma and caffeine of fresh-brewed coffee and all enjoyed visiting their friends and neighbors during the 6:30-7:00 time slot.
At 7:00, President Wes Surritt opened the meeting with the traditional Pledge of Allegiance, recitation of the Four Way Test, and prayer. Two senior guests from McClain High School introduced themselves, talked about their school activities and future plans.
A program was presented by Greenfield Schools Director of Instruction Alisa Barrett, who presented information about the ways children are taught to read. She distributed a message printed in Portugese and asked if any Rotarians could read the text. No Rotarian present was able to interpret the message, so Mrs. Barrett explained that as children, we learn to speak as a natural process, but reading is more difficult to pick up. For some children, trying to read is similar to Rotarians attempting to interpret a message in an unfamiliar language. Mrs. Barrett said new techniques are equipping teachers to help children overcome barriers to reading and make learning more fun.
Following the program, Treasurer Mike Penn gave a financial report and other Rotary business was discussed.
The meeting was adjourned in time for Rotarians to get on with their day, and several made positive comments about the new format before departing.
The Greenfield Rotary Club will continue to meet for breakfast at 6:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Catch 22 Sports Pub, 250 Jefferson St. in Greenfield.
Greenfield Rotary history now includes
Feb. 9, 2023 as the date of 'Last Luncheon Meeting'
With the Greenfield Rotary Club moving its meeting time to 6:30 a.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 9, 2023 will go down in club history as the date of the "Last Luncheon Meeting."
President Wes Surritt presided at the Feb. 9 meeting and reminded members that a new era was about to unfold as the club has decided to have its meetings at 6:30 a.m. each Thursday, followed by a business meeting at 7:00 a.m.
The final luncheon menu included some wonderfully spicy potato soup, cornbread and hot Italian sub sandwiches, plus donuts with icing for dessert.
The idea behind the move is to make club meetings more convenient for a group of community minded business people trying to keep up with the demands of changing times. Several potential new members have already indicated interest in joining the club.
"All current club members and anyone interested in seeing what the club is about is invited to join us for our Thursday morning meetings," President Surritt said. "There will be a buffet-style breakfast and a brief meeting so that members can get to work or their next activity without affecting their busy schedules."
Rotary supporters honored at 2022 Appreciation Dinner; Zint named PH Fellow
Buyers of of limited-edition prints and other supporters of Greenfield Rotary Club were honored at the club’s annual appreciation dinner October 26, 2022 at Buckeye Hills Country Club.
Club President Wes Surritt welcomed members and guests to the annual event, which featured a delicious meal of prime rib, chicken or a vegetarian option. The club president expressed gratitude for the excellent community support shown by the print buyers at the 2022 Greene Countrie Towne Festival and introduced a number of special guests, including Assistant District Governor Beth Huber of the Wilmington Rotary Club; Greene Countrie Towne Festival Second Queen’s Attendant Khadijah Coleman, Bonnie Baldridge, who is involved with the Greene Countrie Towne Festival Queen Pageant, artist Tammy Wells, who has created the limited edition prints sold at the festival since 2003, and John and Paula Miller of the Greenfield Antique Tractor Club.
Unable to attend but receiving praise for their contributions to Rotary were auctioneers Gary and Mandy Binegar, Matt and Ellen Binegar and Rod Halterman, and the Greenfield Antique Car Club.
A highlight of the evening was the announcement of a new Paul Harris Fellow honored for service to the club and the community. The honoree for 2022 is Eric Zint, a local pharmacist who has done much work behind the scenes even though he is rarely able to attend Rotary meetings because of regulations that require him to be present at the pharmacy during regular meeting times. Eric, who joined the club in 2006, expressed surprise and thanks for the recognition and called himself “a child of Rotary” while noting that even as a child he witnessed many Rotary activities because his father was a member of the club.The announcement was made by Pat Hays, a longtime Rotarian who said the list of local Paul Harris Fellows begins with George M. Waddell, Greenfield’s first and only District Governor, and reads like a “Who’s Who” of community boosters.
Hays explained that the Paul Harris Fellowship is named in honor of Rotary’s founder, who with three other businessmen launched the very first Rotary club in Chicago in 1905. The club sends $1,000 to Rotary International for each Paul Harris Fellowship it awards, and the money is used to help people around the world as part of the international organization’s outreach.
It appears that the club has now sponsored 51 Paul Harris Fellows since it made George M. Waddell the club’s first recipient in 1985.
Beth Huber, Assistant District Governor from Wilmington, congratulated the Greenfield club on its rich history of community involvement and partnership with Rotary International over the past 100 years and wished the club well as it enters its second century as a service organization. Huber shared some thoughts about the changes and challenges many Rotary clubs are facing and offered the district’s assistance with any strategic planning the Greenfield club may want to pursue as it looks to the future.
Huber noted that the District 6670 Four Way Speaking Contest is scheduled March 26, 2023 at Wright State University and encouraged the club to put on a local contest prior to that date so that the local winner can advance and compete for prize money.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by the McClain High School Show Choir under the direction of Miss Loretta Flora.
The evening concluded with a drawing for table arrangements.
In closing, President Surritt thanked everyone who attended and noted that, whether they are Rotarians or not, they deserve thanks for their efforts on behalf of the Greenfield community.
Surritt expressed his gratitude to Angela Shepherd for coordinating details for the festive dinner and program.
Greenfield Rotary ending sponsorship