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 Virginia Purdy, 2017 Beverly Giffin, 2017 Andrew Surritt III, 2018
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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Rotary Appreciation Dinner scheduled November 14
Each year the Greenfield Rotary Club gathers for a festive celebration honoring those who have played a part in bringing about another successful year for the club and community. The 2019 Appreciation Dinner will take place Thursday, November 14 at the Highland House Restaurant and Event Centre, 703 Highland Ave, Washington C.H. (Washington Country Club). Social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the dinner to begin at 7 o'clock.
Rotary dignitaries from around District 6670 have be invited, including District Governor Sigrid Solomon of Wilmington and Assistant District Governor Beth Huber.
Highlights of the evening will include an excellent meal, recognition of print buyers at the Greene Countrie Towne Festival and acknowledgement of others who contributed to the success of the festival, the awarding of a Paul Harris Fellowship, and announcement of 2019 Service Above Self award recipients.
Because of the special evening event, the Greenfield Rotary Club will not meet for a luncheon meeting on November 14. Normally the club convenes at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday at the Catch 22 Sports Pub in Greenfield.
Supreme Court Justice Judi French speaks at Greenfield Rotary Club meeting October 10
Greenfield Rotarians were treated to an informative program by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith L. "Judi" French on October 10. Justice French, a native of the village of Sebring in Mahoning County, has dedicated her career to public service, serving as a lawyer for a state agency, an assistant attorney general, counsel to the Governor, and as a judge. She was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2013, elected to her first six-year term in 2014 and has visited all 88 Ohio counties. Justice French told Rotarians about growing up in a community roughly the size of Greenfield and her interest in the law that has led to an interesting career path, including arguing two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. She outlined how the appeals process works, how she and her fellow justices deliberate matters that come before the Ohio Supreme Court, and how justices are selected to write the majority opinion in each case. Justice French is passionate about widening judicial access and works with the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation and legal-aid organizations around the state, advocating for changes and programs that will ensure access to justice for all Ohioans. Following her remarks, Justice French opened up the floor to questions and fielded a variety of queries from interested Rotarians. Good food and interesting programs are part of the Greenfield Rotary Club’s weekly routine. The club meets at 11:30 a.m. on Thurdays at the Catch 22 Sports Pub, 250 Jefferson St.
District Governor Sigrid Solomon visits Greenfield club on September 26
Rotary District Governor Sigrid Solomon paid an official visit to the Greenfield club on September 26, sharing a bit about her personal Rotary journey and encouraging all Rotarians to stay involved and not be shy about sharing news of Rotary’s many worthwhile projects locally, regionally and around the world. DG Solomon was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and currently is employed at Wilmington College, where she has served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator for the past nine years. Inspired by her experience as a Group Study Exchange participant in the fall of 1998, she began her Rotary journey in 2000 in Abingdon, Virginia, then later joined Wilmington AM club in 2007. She has served in many capacities in Rotary, including Club President, Assistant District Governor and now District Governor. She discussed various projects where Rotarians have made a difference in fighting diseases, raising money, improving communities and generally making the world a better place. Ms. Solomon pointed out that as Rotary nears the accomplishment of one longtime goal – the eradication of polio from the planet – there are other challenges, such as bringing people together and create lasting change around the world. District-wide, Rotarians have established the following strategic priorities and objectives: Increase Our Impact; Expand Our Reach; Enhance Participant Engagement and Increase Our Ability to Adapt. The District Governor congratulated the Greenfield club for its involvement in the local community and encouraged Rotarians to develop a strategic plan to help the club grow and accomplish its goals. She invited everyone to attend the District Conference scheduled April 23-25, 2020 in Wilmington. Also attending the meeting was Assistant District Governor Beth Huber, also of Wilmington. Club President Ron Coffey thanked DG Solomon and ADG Huber for attending and invited them to come back as often as they are able. The Greenfield Rotary Club meets at 11:30 a.m. on Thurdays at the Catch 22 Sports Pub, 250 Jefferson St.
Extension Agent Brooke Beam tells Rotary about International Film Fest set for August 16-17 Brooke Beam of the Highland County Extension Office spoke to Greenfield Rotarians on May 2, informing the club about a new international film festival scheduled Aug. 16-17, 2019 at Southern State Community College. The Germinate International Film Fest will feature a diverse range of films highlighting agriculture and rural communities, and submissions are coming in from filmmakers near and far, amateur and professional. Films will be selected based on their ability to tell a compelling and logical story, as well as providing factual information about the topic being discussed, Beam said. In addition to the video category there will be a still photograpy division. Categories to be considered at the festival include feature documentary, short documentary, feature narrative, short narrative, a short of any kind, virtual reality, student films, scholarly or Extension videos, and photography focusing on agriculture, nature or rural communities. Full rules and details can be found on the submission site: https://filmfreeway.com/GerminateInternationalFilmFest For more information about the festival and upcoming workshops, contact Brooke Beam at the Highland County Extension Office, 937-393-1918, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
47th annual HCSCA radio-telethon nears $100K
The Rotary Clubs of Greenfield and Hillsboro worked together to raise funds for the Highland County Society for Children and Adults, and totals for the 2019 event were approaching $100,000 at the close of the event March 27.
Fore more information about the radio-telethon, visit the HCSCA PAGE on this website.
Club Armor Teen Nightclub launched by Rotary club
Greenfield Rotary Club has launched a teen nightclub at the Ralph W. Phillips Civic and Recreation Center, 156 Jefferson St., Greenfield, Ohio. The inaugural event took place Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 and several events since then have been well attended by youth of the community. Greenfield Rotary President Andrew Surritt said this project came about following a discussion of club members who wish to provide a safe and wholesome environment for local teens. The result is Club Armor, which according to its Facebook page, “creates the best and safest dance music atmosphere for youth.” For more information about Club Armor, including dress code and safety rules, visit the Facebook page at the link below: https://www.facebook.com/ClubArmor/
Four cadets from the new Cadet Corps program at McClain High School visited Greenfield Rotary Club on Nov. 8 with their instructor, MSgt. John Wilson. Also pictured is Rotary President Andrew Surritt.
Rotarians learn about new McClain Cadet Corps program Four members of the McClain Cadet Corps, along with their adviser, MSgt. John Wilson, were guests Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at the weekly meeting of the Greenfield Rotary Club.
MSgt. Wilson told Rotarians that Cadet Corps is new this year at McClain High School and currently has more than 60 cadets participating. Cadet Corps teaches students to develop character and leadership skills and to serve not just in the military but in life. The cadets had an opportunity to speak, and each one mentioned that the program has made a difference in his or her life. The cadets said that participating in the Cadet Corps has helped them to become more focused, respectful of authority, and better students.
Wilson, a 1986 graduate of McClain, served in the United States Air Force for 20 years. During the last half of his career, he served as a Ceremonial Guardsman with the USAF Presidential Honor Guard in Washington DC. While there, he was the Superintendent of the Honor Guard Technical Training School and Superintendent of Air Force District of Washington Ceremonies and Protocol. Wilson said seeing kids succeed and learn the will to serve is the best part of his job as a military science instructor.
Wilson said there are only two Cadet Corps programs in Ohio – at McClain and Paint Valley high schools. After seeing the Paint Valley program’s success, McClain administrators decided to make Cadet Corps a part of the curriculum options.
A similar program, ROTC Jr., was first started in 1916 by Congress as a defense program, but McClain and Paint Valley’s Cadet Corps is different in that it has no military branch affiliation.
Rotary supporters honored at 2018 appreciation dinner
Buyers of limited-edition prints and other supporters of Greenfield Rotary Club were honored at the club’s annual appreciation dinner November 1, 2018 atthe WashingtonCountry Club. President Andrew Surritt III 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 Bill Shula; auctioneers Gary Binegar, Matt Binegar and Rod Halterman, who donate their services each year during the Rotary auction; the Greenfield Antique Car Club; the Antique Tractor Club; 2018 Greene Countrie Towne Festival Queen Katie Graham; and Bonnie Baldridge, who heads up the Greenfield Women's Queen Association. Also recognized were the buyers of limited edition prints that have been a mainstay of the Greene Countrie Towne Festival for the past 26 years, helping to raise money for the Rotary Club that is then put back into the Greenfield community. This year the buyers included Greenfield Research, Sitterle Insurance, Southern Hills Community Bank, Adena Greenfield Medical Center, Dr. Richard Mizer and Cristy Hill, Murray-Fettro Funeral Home and Corner Healthmart Pharmacy, Wooden It Be Nice, LTD, Merchants National Bank and Peter Quance, Community Savings Bank, and Weller’s Plumbing & Heating. Representatives of those companies or individuals were on hand to enjoy the dinner and fellowship. It was noted that the artists who created the limited edition prints through the years have been Dan Crusie and Tammy Wells. A highlight of the evening was the announcement of a new Paul Harris Fellow. Ron Coffey introduced current Rotary President Andrew Surritt III as the 2018 Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his many activities on behalf of the local club and the community. Surritt is now in his second year as president of the club and has been involved as chairman of the Greene Countrie Towne Festival and many other activities and projects of the club. 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. It appears that the club has now sponsored 47 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. The Greenfield Rotary Club was born in 1922 and is just four years away from celebrating its 100th anniversary. Two more awards were presented during the evening. President Andrew Surritt explained that Service Above Self Awards would be given to people who exemplify the motto of Rotary by giving to others and serving rather than seeking to be served. Surritt presented a Service Above Self Award to Ms. Loretta Flora, a member of the McClain High School faculty who has played an important role in the school’s arts program as director of musicals, the MHS Show Choir and Concert Choir. Bob Bergstrom also received a Service Above Self Award from Ron Coffey, who recognized Bergstrom for his dedicated work as a teacher, track and field coach, and member of Greenfield Village Council. Barb Barton played the role of Sergeant at Arms during the evening, fining various Rotarians for all sorts of “violations” and solving a kidnapping plot in which the Rotary Duck was held hostage. After receiving a mysterious text demanding payment for the safe return of the Duck, which is traditionally given out to a member who “ducks a meeting,” Ms. Barton collected ransom money and the Duck’s location in the upstairs area of the Washington Country Club was revealed. The Duck was promptly returned to Wes Surritt, who was the last official Keeper of the Duck. District Governor Bill Shula also shared some remarks about Rotary and congratulated the Greenfield club on its many activities. The evening concluded with a drawing for table arrangements. The club wishes to thank Angela Shepherd and Jackie Gardner for coordinating details for the festive dinner and program .
ROBOTICS TEAM VISITS ROTARY Three members of the McClain High School robotics team visited the Greenfield Rotary Club on Dec. 14, 2017 to talk about the team’s activities, describe how they built a robot to use in competitive events with other schools. The students, Makayla, Natalie and Rachel, demonstrated how the robot works by having it roam around the Catch 22 Sports Pub where Rotary meets, and pick up plastic cups in a display of dexterity. The robotics team has at least 14 members and is growing in popularity as students learn about technology and teamwork.