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Presiding: President Bob McCrady

Piano: Ellery Elick

Prayer: Joe Brown

Introductions: Ned Riegel

Earl Palm’s guest is Chetty Jarezk 

Songs: Warren Spangler led the singing of "My Wild Irish Rose” and "Sing Out a Song of Rot’ry.”

Absentees: Adams, Canfield, Connie Chamberlain, Colburn, Coyan, Davis, Dean, Droste, Ellis, Esala, Ewing, Foll, Fountain, Irwin, Adam Johnson, Justinger, Lovelace, Chris Mullins, Jessica Mullins, Neal, Pelcic, Rob Radcliff, Rainey, Rawlins, Rothe, Shriner, Searles, Sigmon, Snebergar, Stevens, Matt Tootle, Vickers, Dave Webb, Ian Webb, Wright, Yaniga

Make ups: eClubOne, Charlie Hedges

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: Earl Palm brought Chetty Jarezk and Rob Radcliff brought Tyler Reed.

Students: Westfall, Andrea Brown introduced Preston Clifton, Clifton Farm, ag mechanics, xc and track, MVP xc, working on cars and engines, Columbus State mechanics program

Darby Minor, sports medicine Pickaway Ross and OCU, 4-H, junior fair board, NHS, Huntington University


  • Tony Chamberlain ammounced that District Governor Elect Steve Hiezer is looking for an Assistant Governor for our area. If interested, contact Tony.
  • David Crawford passed around "thinking of you" Cards for Dwight Radcliff and Bill Stout.
  • Assistant District Governor, Connie Hendron, passed out the 125 Club Awards. It is still possible to qualify with by donating $100 to the Rotary Foundation and $25 to PolioPlus. Thus you will help promote peace, help provide clean water, and try to eliminate polio around the world. There are now only 25 wild polio cases. 
  • Charlie Hedges commented on our Foundation giving. With help of the District Matching Program, $3,000 was given in February. New Paul Harris Fellows are Marie Crawford, David Crawford +1, Ned Reigel +3, Dannie Fouts +3. 

SAA: Fred Mavis

  • Could fine Connie Hendron, but...
  • Rotary Anniversaries
  • From The Herald, Rob, Jonathan, and Chris for letters to the editor
  • Election Quiz

Lottery: Angela conducted the drawing. Ellery won $19, but missed $982.

Introduction: Ellery Elick introduced fellow Rotarian Gerhard Maroscher, author of “Why Can’t Someone Just Die Around Here, second edition.”

Gerhard Maroscher was born in Romania during WWII to ethnic German (Transylvanian Saxon) parents. His ancestors had lived in Romania for 800 years. His family was separated and driven from their homeland by WWII. As a child Gerhard lived in Romania, Hungary, Austria, Nazi Germany, Communist East Germany, and American occupied West Germany. In 1952 the reunited family immigrated to the USA. Gerhard attended public schools and graduated with an engineering degree from The Ohio State University. 

Gerhard worked for DuPont for 34 years after having served in Vietnam. Following retirement, he began a second career teaching high school German. He wrote short stories for his students to encourage reluctant readers. Five books of short stories were published so far 10,000 were sold. The great majority of the books are purchased for use by high school students of German. 

After retiring from teaching, Gerhard began writing his memoir. It is titled, Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? He based his writing on notes of conversations with his parents that he had been collecting for decades. During that time he also recorded his own recollections to keep them fresh. Documents preserved by his parents, combined with research, made it possible for him to write and self-publish his memoir in October 2015. After finding long lost additional notes of interviews with his mother, he published a second edition in May 2019.

Program Highlights:

  • Dec. 2017 found a long lost notebook
  • Since updating, got professional editing
  • Sold 1,800 more copies, but still in the red
  • His family were thnic Germans from the Holy Roman Empire who left central Germany in the 12th century
  • Farmers and happy
  • Separated for 2.5 years during and following WWII
  • August 1940, became Hungarian because the border moved
  • Against the law to do business with Jews, but his father did so secretly
  • Russian line broke through, Mom had to decide what to do; fear of atrocities, including mass rape
  • Traveled to Vienna, 3 weeks for a trip that usually tood 2 days
  • Nunnery in Austria, dismal conditions
  • Diphtheria of his mother and brother; his diarrhea left him near death
  • Gerhard’s mother requested that the Nazi Camp Administrator give permission to cook food; denied
  • Pulled out a pistol to ‘negotiate’ an agreement to let mothers cook for their children
  • Arrived in Weimar during an air raid, blackout, February, dark
  • By providence found her sister's house and her parents were there
  • April 12, 1945 Patton entered without resistance
  • Small contingent left to administer the city
  • Buchenwald Camp freed, release of criminals created a rein of terror, his mother saved them
  • Now Communist East Germany, a time of fear and meager rations
  • Father in Czechoslovakia, a POW for 3 months
  • Father at risk now because of Romanian background
  • Jewish friend, now a Communist, saved his father
  • Father and mother were writing letters back and forth
  • Crossed the border to get to Rothenburg-ab-der-Tauber
  • Couldn’t provide for his family
  • 1952 allowed to emigrate
  • Sponsored by Christ Lutheran Church
  • Remembers grocery store with aisles of food
  • Father strived to become an engineer including .working on space travel
  • Got contact from Mr. Massler’s (the Jewish friend of his father who he saved and saved him) daughter

In appreciation of this year's speakers sharing their time & efforts, donations to the Pumpkin Show Park will be made in their names.

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