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04/22/2021

By: Marie Nemes-Crawford, Rotary Newsletter Editor;  Marienc43113@gmail.com (Editor's request: Please remember to email your announcements to me prior to the meeting.)

Presiding: Vice-President David Crawford

Prayer: Warren Spangler

Piano: None

Song: None

Attending: Crawford, Dean, Droste , Elick, Fouts, Hedges, McNemar, Mabe, Montgomery, Nemes-Crawford, Sneed, Spangler

Make ups: None

Visiting Rotarians: David Uhl, Assistant Governor

Guests: Ryan Scribner

April birthdays: 3rd-Gary Dean; 10th-Joy Ewing & Debbie Hoffman; 14th-Angela Beavers; 15th-Ellery Elick; 16th-Tad Grover; 22nd-Barry Pontious; 23rd-Tony Chamberlain

April anniversaries: 2nd-Steve Stevenson; 13th-Joy Ewing; 26th-Dan Delong; 

Happy Dollars: None

Student Guests: None

Lottery: No lottery was held today. The jackpot is $982.

SAA: None

Announcements

  • VP Crawford thanked everyone for attending the meeting through Zoom
  • Gary will be sending out Soup Kitchen sign-up memo
  • Gary provided update on log cabin: John Ellis is working with Amish family to move a log cabin to Mt. Oval
  • Exec. Board meeting was this past week: Watt Street Tavern is ready to again host in-person Rotary meetings. We will start back on May 6th. Mask requirements and social distancing of tables will be required. There is a letter going out in the mail explaining the changes, including the increase in lunch to $13.
  • Board approved $1,000 donation to Uganda Miryante Home for Orphan’s as our clubs international service project. Ty Ankrom will be soliciting $12,000 in donations from Rotarians in our district and personal donations in order to receive an additional $18,000 donation from Rotary International. Ty will be at a future meeting to explain some of the projects he and other Rotarians are doing for the orphanage.
  • Money was approved for a Pumpkin Show float
  • Pumpkin Show ice cream booth - volunteer list to be opened to the Interact Club members at Circleville High School with a donation to their club, not to exceed $400, if they are able to fill spots that our club cannot. 
  • Small number of people have volunteered to assist in planning the 100th celebration. Please contact Tony or David if you can assist. Help is needed.
  • Budget was discussed - there is need for new members to increase revenue and dues are scheduled for renewal in June/July
  • Rob Radcliff, Ellery Elick, and Heidi White joined this week’s board meeting as on-boarding. They officially are added to the board in July.
  • Jonathan Davis organized a downtown clean-up project with the CHS Interact club. Warner Searls, Bob McCrady, Patty Rothe and David and Marie Crawford joined the 8 students.

Program: Sara Moser, Savion Energy - Senior Development Manager  

Highlights

  • Building solar panel array in Perry Township (other side of Williamsport) called the Atlanta Farms Solar Project
  • Savion used to be known as TradeWinds and the company split wind and solar businesses
  • Savion named after Hebrew flower that looks like the sun
  • 115 employees working on 26 projects in 10 states
  • Savion is not residential solar panel installation, they are utility scale 200MW = 40,000 homes powered
  • Solar is cost effective, reliable, sustainable, creates grid diversification, produces positive economic impacts
  • $1.4 million will be going back into local economy - Westfall school district gets 50% increased tax revenues
  • On a side note: Texas blackouts - not because of wind or solar units, it was because it was not planned that everyone would plug in generators to keep furnaces running
  • Atlanta Farms Solar Project: 585,000 solar panels will offset 6.3M tons of carbon dioxide
  • Power will go into the existing substation in Atlanta
  • Covers 1,737 acres out of crop production and is like planting 148.2M trees/year
  • Price of corn would have to reach $14 to make more money than renting the land (corn is currently $6)
  • Life of project is 30years - easy to remove the panels and go back to farming
  • Ground breaking August 2021 - next week preliminary construction studies. Construction will take until December 2021.
  • Since Atlanta nor Williamsport have hotels, Circleville will receive the economic boom to the community from the workers
  • Stone, excavating, electricians,etc. will be local people
  • 80% of workers have to be Ohio domiciled per state regulations
  • State permit’s, EPA, Surveys & Studies have all been approved
  • Panels are 10ft tall, fence will be around them. 2/10ths of a mile away cannot be seen.
  • Property values have not been shown to change - other than the construction time
  • Because schools, townships getting more money, can be positive for the communities
  • Panels will lay flat on their back, but will tilt east to west, following the sun
  • Grass will grow between the rows of panels. Working on research project with Ohio State to find out what to plant in the fifteen feet between the rows of solar panels, pollinator seeds, hay, etc.
  • Residential : Savion reaching out to the neighbors to offer solar panels to help get people involved and experiencing the benefits first hand
  • Technology has gotten better to get power from both sides of the panels (snow reflection will be picked up from bottom of panel)
  • Ohio might generate a little less power than Arizona and Nevada, but we have the grid needed. That is what is most cost efficient - having the infrastructure.
  • Panels are made in China. China is about 10 years ahead of us in the technology. First Solar, in Ohio, cannot keep up with the demand.
  • Reason for choosing Pickaway County - research on the grid. The infrastructure is ready to handle more energy and finding 5 land owners and commissioners in agreement started the process. Township trustees will work on the construction part of the project with county engineer.
  • 5 property owners are under contract for the Atlanta project
  • $250million to get the project up and running - federal government provides tax rebates, no up front money to private companies
  • Ryan Scribner noted there are only a handful of projects of this size approved in the state and once developed, Savion will be the largest tax contributor in Pickaway county
  • Pickaway county can now compete for businesses who are looking for this type of development, but a smaller 100MW project - it will be transformational for our economy, according to Ryan.

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In appreciation of this year's speakers sharing their time & efforts, donations to The Hope House will be made in their names.

April programs: 

1st: Kris Smith, Ashville Food Pantry

8th: Amanda Knotts, school administrator for Brooks-Yates

15th: Trent Patteron, Director of Pathways for Success

22nd: Sara Moser, Savion Energy - Senior Development Manager Building solar panel array in Perry Township

29th: TBD

04/15/2021

By: Marie Nemes-Crawford, Rotary Newsletter Editor; Marienc43113@gmail.com (Editor's request: Please remember to email your announcements to me prior to the meeting.)

Presiding: President Tony Chamberlain

Prayer: Warren Spangler

Piano
: None

Song: None

Attending: Ankrom, T.Chamberlain, Crawford, Dean, Fouts, McNemar, Montgomery, Neff, Nemes-Crawford, Pelcic, Poling, Rainey-Agresti, Sigmon, Spangler

Make ups: None

Visiting Rotarians

Guests
: Liza Musselman

April birthdays: 3rd-Gary Dean; 10th-Joy Ewing & Debbie Hoffman; 14th-Angela Beavers; 15th-Ellery Elick; 16th-Tad Grover; 22nd-Barry Pontious; 23rd-Tony Chamberlain; 

April anniversaries: 2nd-Steve Stevenson; 13th-Joy Ewing; 26th-Dan Delong; 

Happy Dollars: None

Student Guests: None

Lottery
: No lottery was held today. The jackpot is $982.

SAA: None

Announcements

  • Pres.Chamberlain thanked everyone for attending the meeting through Zoom
  • Our Rotary Interact Club is doing a service project this Friday, April 16th, at 10am We will be walking through town picking up trash. If there are any Rotarians interested in walking with our group we'd love to have them. We plan to meet at the Savings Bank, walk for an hour or so and then the students will go back to the school for pizza.
  • Charlie Hedges provided a foundation update: $6500 was the goal this fiscal year(ending June 30th). We currently have $6110. Everyone applauded Charlie for his efforts and for those who have donated.
  • Log cabin being donated to Historical Society and it has to be moved to Mt. Oval. Gary Montgomery has requested any Rotarians interested in being part of the planning group, please call the Historical society 740-474-1495.
  • Board meeting next Tuesday, April 20th, at Watt St. 11:30am


Program: Trent Patteron, Director of Pathways for Success

Highlights

  • Alternative school for Pickaway County
  • Trent thanks Rotary for donations
  • Trent’s background is in corrections. He wanted to keep students on the straight path and out of the prison system.
  • Youth services spends $140,000 per youth, per year when they are incarcerated 
  • Pathways for Success brings as many services as possible to help the students see positive options for their lives - Pickaway Addiction Action Coalition, Pickaway Ross, OSU Extension office, Pickaway Arts Council, Pickaway Co. Board of DD
  • Students have trauma in their histories which has contributed to their current struggles with homelessness, drugs, human trafficking, theft problems. Positive home lives are not what these students have, so the school is providing the adult leadership they need.
  • Students served this year is 41
  • Trent’s first year there were 109 days students were suspended. Positive behavioral rewards program (which our Rotary has helped fund) has led to this year only 2 suspended days. The reward is a $5.00 gift card which has shown to make a difference for these students who need positive reinforcement.
  • Goal is to see the students graduate from Pathways, go back to their home school, or Pickaway Ross so they can find a purpose and a direction to the rest of their lives.
  • Serve Westfall, Circleville and soon, Logan Elm
  • School day is 3 hrs or what a student can handle 
  • Teachers for every subject along with construction tech which is a way for students to receive a certificate which is an alternative graduation requirement
  • Westfall busses their students in, Pathways for Success bus goes to Circleville to pick up students and will go to students homes if they didn’t make it in time for transportation 
  • 740-500-0032 is number for the school
  • Volunteers have come in to show: welding, Kingston bank to help with budgeting, tree trimming. 
  • County funded, Pickaway Ross owns the building, but the students are still part of their home school system. 

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In appreciation of this year's speakers sharing their time & efforts, donations to The Hope House will be made in their names.

April programs: 

1st: Kris Smith, Ashville Food Pantry

8th: Amanda Knotts, school administrator for Brooks-Yates

15th: Trent Patteron, Director of Pathways for Success

22nd: Sara Moser, Savion Energy - Senior Development Manager Building solar panel array in Perry Township

29th: TBD

04/08/2021

By: Marie Nemes-Crawford, Rotary Newsletter Editor; Marienc43113@gmail.com (Editor's request: Please remember to email your announcements to me prior to the meeting.)

Presiding: President Tony Chamberlain

Prayer: Gary Montgomery

Piano: None

Song: None

Attending: Ankrom, T.Chamberlain, Crawford, Dean, Elick, Fouts, Hedges, McNemar, Montgomery, J.Mullins, Nemes-Crawford, Pelcic, Poling, Sneed, Spangler, Wilson

Make ups: None

Visiting Rotarians:

Guests:

April birthdays: 3rd-Gary Dean; 10th-Joy Ewing & Debbie Hoffman; 14th-Angela Beavers; 15th-Ellery Elick; 16th-Tad Grover; 22nd-Barry Pontious; 23rd-Tony Chamberlain; 

April anniversaries: 2nd-Steve Stevenson; 13th-Joy Ewing; 26th-Dan Delong; 

Happy Dollars: None

Student Guests: None

Lottery: No lottery was held today. The jackpot is $982.

SAA: None

Announcements

  • Pres.Chamberlain thanked everyone for attending the meeting through Zoom
  • Board meeting April 20th - looking for volunteers to help on the 100th Anniversary planning committee’s - please reach out to Tony or David to sign-up
  • Historical Society obtaining a log cabin for Mt.Oval. Any member that would like to help with the planning of the moving of the structure or plans on setting up the site, please contact Gary Montgomery.
  • Watt St. Tavern is willing to start with 30-40 people for our weekly meeting. There will be discussion more at the board meeting to firm a start date. The plan is to still have a media option for those that do not want to travel out just yet.
  • Paul Harris awards are coming in and we will recognize people in person at a May meeting


Program: Amanda Knotts, school administrator for Brooks-Yates

Highlights

  • Fannie Brooks and Mary May Yates started in 1965 serving needs of children with disabilities
  • Amanda works for Pickaway County Service Center for last five years - started transition to Teays Valley with 11 Students, 2 intervention specialists and 4 paraprofessionals
  • Least restrictive environment - support and services so all learners have access to education
  • County research showed training for educators and whole school district needed in order for the inclusion philosophy to work
  • Circleville schools had a student they wanted to transfer to Brooks-Yates. Amanda trained teacher and various aides in order to keep the student with their peers in Circleville and they are doing well today.
  • Since Brooks-Yates will not have any school classes next year, work is being done in all the school districts to prepare
  • REACH: Redefining Education and Achieving Community Healing. Amanda’s program goes into classroom and does an activity with the class to understand what a fellow student might be facing- if they had to use pictures instead of verbally how does that work?
  • TEAM: Teach Encourage Accommodate and Mentor. For intense behavioral needs - crisis management.
  • Project LIFT: students are in school half day and work half day in community. Plan is reaching more students. Servicing over 100 students in school districts.
  • Students will still be followed by Amanda’s team and if intervention is needed for the students, they will assist the educators.
  • There has been a big change in how school districts have evolved over last 5 years in order to make the inclusion vision a reality.


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In appreciation of this year's speakers sharing their time & efforts, donations to The Hope House will be made in their names.

April programs: 

  • 1st: Kris Smith, Ashville Food Pantry
  • 8th: Amanda Knotts, school administrator for Brooks-Yates
  • 15th: Trent Patteron, Director of Pathways for Success
  • 22nd: Sara Moser, Savion Energy - Senior Development Manager Building solar panel array in Perry Township
  • 29th: TBD

04/01/2021

By: Marie Nemes-Crawford, Rotary Newsletter Editor; Marienc43113@gmail.com

(Editor's request: Please remember to email your announcements to me prior to the meeting.)

Presiding: Vice-President David Crawford

Prayer: Warren Spangler

Piano: None

Song: None

Attending: Ankrom, Crawford, Droste, Foster, Fouts, Hedges, Hoffman, McNemar, Mabe, Montgomery, J.Mullins, Neff, Nemes-Crawford, Poling, Sigmon, Spangler

Make ups: None

Visiting Rotarians

Guests:

April birthdays: 3rd-Gary Dean; 10th-Joy Ewing & Debbie Hoffman; 14th-Angela Beavers; 15th-Ellery Elick; 16th-Tad Grover; 22nd-Barry Pontious; 23rd-Tony Chamberlain; 

April anniversaries: 2nd-Steve Stevenson; 13th-Joy Ewing; 26th-Dan Delong; 

Happy Dollars: None

Student Guests: None

Lottery: No lottery was held today. The jackpot is $982.

SAA: None

Announcements

  • VP Crawford thanked everyone for attending the meeting through Zoom
  • Watt St. Is ready to welcome 30-35 people, further information is coming after board meeting
  • Continuing to talk about 100th year celebrations. More information to come, please let us know if you are interested in assisting with plans.


Program: Kris Smith, Ashville Food Pantry

Highlights

  • Biggest population to the food pantry are the seniors
  • 12 area churches are on the board of the food pantry
  • Since current building is not meeting the need and access is an issue for some folks, a capital campaign to build the new building on Church and Long St is currently 3/4’s away from the goal
  • New pantry is 3,000 sq feet
  • Hoping to start late summer/early fall under construction
  • Not serving as many families post-COVID, could stimulus checks be the reason?
  • Produce days are busier in Ashville than Circleville’s food pantry
  • For Pantry donations, send checks made out to The Ashville Food Pantry to 94 Long Street. Ashville, OH 43103

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In appreciation of this year's speakers sharing their time & efforts, donations to The Hope House will be made in their names.

April programs: 

1st: Kris Smith, Ashville Food Pantry

8th: Amanda Knotts, school administrator for Brooks-Yates

15th: Trent Patteron, Director of Pathways for Success

22nd: Sara Moser, Savion Energy - Senior Development Manager Building solar panel array in Perry Township

29th: TBD

03/25/2021

By: Marie Nemes-Crawford, Rotary Newsletter Editor; Marienc43113@gmail.com

(Editor's request: Please remember to email your announcements to me prior to the meeting.)

Presiding: President Tony Chamberlain

Prayer: Gary Montgomery

Piano
: None

Song
: None

Attending: Ankrom, Chamberlain, Crawford, Dean, Ewing, Fouts, Hedges, Hoffman, McNemar, Mavis, Montgomery, J.Mullins, Neff, Nemes-Crawford, Poling, Rainey-Agresti, Rawlins, Sigmon, Sneed, B.Tootle, D.Webb, White, Wilson

Make ups: None

Visiting Rotarians: Jeff Philips, Marie Wilbanks

Guests
: Amy Elsea, Amanda Knotts, Liza Musselman

March birthdays: 5th-Dan Dailey; 9th-Tom Tootle; 10th-Chris Mullins; 11th-Dick Patrick; 26th-Jerry Leist and Bob McCrady;

March anniversaries: 18th-Don Metzler; 19th-Debbie Hoffman;

April birthdays
: 3rd-Gary Dean; 10th-Joy Ewing & Debbie Hoffman; 14th-Angela Beavers; 15th-Ellery Elick; 16th-Tad Grover; 22nd-Barry Pontious; 23rd-Tony Chamberlain;

April anniversaries
: 2nd-Steve Stevenson; 13th-Joy Ewing; 26th-Dan Delong; 

Happy Dollars: None

Student Guests: None

Lottery
: No lottery was held today. The jackpot is $982.

SAA
: None

Announcements

  • Pres. Chamberlain thanked everyone for attending the meeting through Zoom
  • Thank you to the soup kitchen volunteers this month: Gary/Sandy Montgomery, Warren Spangler, David/Marie Crawford. Over 70 meals served including Hope House and Haven House.
  • Interact at Circleville High School is up and running. The seniors are getting younger kids involved. Service day trash pick-up April 16th possible, 10:30-noon. Jonathan Davis working at finding mentor teacher after he leaves. Our group is welcome to join the trash pick-up day and Jessica will let us know date and time.


Program: Lauren Corcoran and Doreen Tigah from Uganda’s Miryante Home for orphan’s

Highlights

  • Lauren was introduced to Uganda through the Peace Corps with her public health work
  • She opened the orphanage in 2009 and started with 10 kids now with 190
  • Average per day income for a resident in Uganda is less than $2.00
  • 71% of population farm
  • National language is English - British influence
  • Uganda shillings is their currency. Donations can be made in USD and Uganda’s bank gives them a good exchange rate. They are set up with PayPal for donations.
  • Uganda is the start of the Nile River and referred to as the “Pearl of Africa”
  • They do have the 11th highest HIV infection rate in the world
  • The orphanage provides everything for the children: education, medical care, housing, food
  • Any ethnic group and religion between ages of 5-18 years old are accepted
  • Volunteers are welcome - the attention you can give a child is all they need
  • Started with one structure, now have 12 buildings
  • To sponsor child: $40/month. Pays for everything.
  • Uganda food was mostly maize flower and beans. Wanted to add fruits and vegetables so work has been to put in gardens
  • Miryante has a technical school so when the 18 year olds graduate, they have a trade
  • Doreen is a fellow Rotarian and is on the ground every single day doing the work to help the kids
  • Buyende Project is in Eastern Uganda - more HIV orphans there. Totally foster care model, but more medical problems.
  • Families being supported by social workers and Miryante because the expensive medical conditions associated with these kids
  • Miryanteorphanage.org if you want more information and especially if you want to donate or sponsor a child
  • Pen pals are also a way to be involved without a monetary donation
  • Root Cause Uganda is a 501c3 which the Corcoran family started
  • AmazonSmiles program is linked to Root Cause Uganda
  • COVID-19: Uganda not testing a lot , hospitals are not overrun, country was shut down for two months and 9pm curfew is still in place
  • Jeff Philipps incoming president for Sunrise Rotary - Marie and Laura will be coming up with a joint project between Sunrise and Doreen’s Uganda Rotary. Sunrise welcomes Noon Rotary to partner.

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In appreciation of this year's speakers sharing their time & efforts, donations to The Hope House will be made in their names.

March programs:

  • 4th: Bethany Reid - Health Care Logistics
  • 11th: Franklin Christman - Village administrator for Ashville
  • 18th: Nicholas Ruffner and Brian Dingess represent Sheetz
  • 25th: Doreen Tigah from Uganda’s Miryante Home for orphan’s


April programs

  • 1st: Kristy Smith, Ashville Food Pantry
  • 8th: Amanda Knotts, school administrator for Brooks-Yates
  • 15th: Trent Patteron, Director of Pathways for Success
  • 22nd: Sara Moser, Savion Energy - Senior Development Manager Building solar panel array in Perry Township
  • 29th:
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