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 Club sponsors annual Greene
Countrie Towne Festival July 19-21
Downtown Greenfield will soon be filled with vendors, rides, parades and crowds, as the Greenfield Rotary Club's annual Greene Countrie Towne Festival takes place July 19-21.
Hosted by the Greenfield Rotary Club, the Greene Countrie Towne Festival is headed by chairman Andrew Surritt III, co-chairmen Virginia Purdy and Angela Shepherd and treasurer Wesley Surritt.
The annual event brings a variety of fun activities to Greenfield, including parades, music, antique tractor shows, carnival rides and games and many more.
This year’s queens pageant, sponsored by the Greenfield Women’s Queen Association, will be 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at the McClain High School auditorium.
Opening ceremonies will be 4 p.m. Friday, July 19 followed by the queens pageant from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Popular country music artist Sean Poole will perform from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday, July 20, the Rotary Club’s charity auction will be 1-3 p.m. The queens parade and introductions will be 3:30 p.m., followed by the antique car parade at 4:30 p.m.
Local band Dumbfounded will perform from 5-8 p.m. as the warmup for popular Ohio country-rock group McGuffey Lane, who will play from 8:30-10:30 p.m. McGuffey Lane includes: Terry Efaw – steel guitar, electric guitar; Steve Reis – bass, vocals; Molly Pauken – mandolin, acoustic guitar, vocals; Jerry Cummings – keyboards, vocals; Randy Huff – drums, vocals; Kevin Reed – harmonica, vocals; and John Schwab – lead guitar, lead vocals.
The Greene Countrie Towne Festival concludes on Sunday, July 21 with the grand parade at 2 p.m. The annual Edward Lee McClain Day celebration will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday at McClain High School.
The Greene Countrie Towne Festival got its start in 1967 when the main feature was an antique and classic car show. The group responsible for that car show was the Greenfield Antique Car Club.
In the early days, other organizations such as the Greenfield Jaycees, Lions Club and Rotary Club sponsored other activities, such as the Rotary Club’s putt-putt booth.
Over time, the festival became more organized with a committee and the name, Greene Countrie Towne Festival.
The name is based on a description of Greenfield by its founder, Gen. Duncan McArthur, who used the old English spelling in describing Greenfield as a “Greene Countrie Towne,” which hearkens back to Greenfield’s rich history dating from its founding in 1799.
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Schedule of events Thursday, July 18, 2019 7-9 p.m. – Queens Pageant at McClain High School auditorium, sponsored by the Greenfield Women’s Queen Association.
Friday, July 19, 2019 Main Stage 4 p.m. – Opening ceremony. 4:3-6:30 p.m. – Pageant, sponsored by the Greenfield Women’s Queen Association. 7:30-10:30 p.m. – Sean Poole.
Other activities 4-11 p.m. – Carnival rides and games open. All day – Antique Tractor Show, 400 block of Jefferson St., sponsored by the Greenfield Antique Tractor Club. 7-10 p.m. – Rockin’ Ron’s, 233 Jefferson St.
Saturday, July 20, 2019 Main Stage 9:30 a.m. – Baby Contest, sponsored by Edgewood Manor. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Modern Movement Dance Company. 1-3 p.m. – Rotary Charity Auction. 3 p.m. – Queens Parade on Jefferson Street. 3:30 p.m. – Queens introductions. 4:30 p.m. - Antique Car Parade. 5-8 p.m. – Dumbfounded. 8:30-10:30 p.m. – McGuffey Lane.
Other activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m. – Car Show, sponsored by the Greenfield Car Club. All day – Antique Tractor Show, 400 block of Jefferson St. 1 p.m. – Kiddie Tractor Pull, 400 block of Jefferson St., sponsored by Greenfield Antique Tractor Club. 2-11 p.m. – Carnival rides and games open. 1 p.m. – Queens luncheon, Greenfield Schools cafeteria 200 N. 5th Street. 3 p.m. - Queens parade on Jefferson Street.
Sunday, July 21, 2019 Main Stage 2-3:30 p.m. – Grand Parade announcements and Grand Parade on Jefferson Street. Noon-5 p.m. – Carnival rides and games open. Edward Lee McClain Day, 1-4 p.m. – McClain High School open house, tours and video.
Festival Committee Chairman – Andrew Surritt III Co-Chairman – Virginia Purdy Co-Chairman – Angela Shepherd Treasurer – Wesley Surritt
Entertainment Committee Chairman – Eric Zint Co-Chairman – Blain Bergstrom Co-Chairman – Ron Coffey
Vendor Committee Chairman – Andrew Surritt III Co-Chairman– Bev Giffin
Rides & Games Committee Chairman – Andrew Surritt III
Setup/Cleanup Committee Chairman – Larry Hayes Co-Chairman – Cleve Bartley Co-Chairman – Mike Penn Co-Chairman – Heath Fettro
Advertising & Promotion Committee Chairman – Angela Shepherd Co-Chairman – Chuck Miller Co-Chairman – Andrew Surritt III
Auction Committee Chairman – Chuck Miller
Co-Chairman – Steve Pearce Co-Chairman – Wesley Surritt
Beer Garden Committee Chairman – Blain Bergstrom Co-Chairman – Heath Fettro Co-Chairman – Andrew Surritt III Co-Chairman – Wesley Surritt For more information, visit www.greenecountrietownefestival.org.
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 .
District Governor Bill Shula visits Greenfield Rotary Club
Greenfield Rotarians welcomed District Governor Bill Shula on September 13, 2018 as he visited the local club. DG Shula encouraged local Rotarians to "Be The Inspiration," which is the theme of Rotary International President Barry Rassin of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas. DG Shula said Rotarians continue in their efforts to eradicate polio and do other good works throughout the world. He congratulated the Greenfield club on its many projects that benefit the local community and encouraged club members to get involved in wide-ranging projects funded by the Rotary Foundation. DG Shula noted that some foundation grants may be available to the local club. More than 3,000 Rotarians in 52 clubs are members of District 6670, and Shula will visit each club during his tenure as District Governor. The Greenfield Rotary Club meets each Thursday for a noontime luncheon meeting at the Catch 22 Sports Pub, 250 Jefferson St.
L-R: Greenfield Rotary President Andrew Surritt, District Governor Bill Shula and Rotarian Larry Hayes.
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.
Festival website launched for Greene Countrie Towne Festival Andrew Surritt III, festival chairman for the 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 2019. Click on the link below to have a look, and visit often! The new website can be found at: http://www.greenecountrietownefestival.org/