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10/08/2020

10/08/2020

By: Patty Rothe, Rotary Newsletter Editor; 

Patty.FourJ@gmail.com

(Editor's request: Please remember to jot down your announcements & give them to me. A simple hand-written note or an e-mail in advance would be greatly appreciated! Otherwise, it is not guaranteed that your item will make it into the newsletter.)

Presiding: Tony Chamberlain

Prayer: Warren Spangler

Piano: None

Song: None

Absentees: Adams, Brown, Connie Chamberlain, Colburn, Coyan, Dean, Delong, Droste, Ellis, Esala, Ewing, Foster, Fountain, Fullen, Gerhardt, Grover, Hoffman, Hooks, Irwin, Adam Johnson, Justinger, Mabe, Maroscher, Mavis, McCrady, McIlroy, McNemar, Metzler, Chris Mullins, Neal, Palm, Pelcic, Pontious, Radcliff, Rainey, Riegel, Scherer, Sigmon, Snedegar, Stevens, Stevenson, Matt Tootle, Vickers, Ian Webb, White, Wolfe, Wolford, Yaniga

Make ups: None

Visiting Rotarians: Sunrise - Rich Elsea

Guests: Matt Haffey, by Sam Shapiro

October birthdays: 4th - Eric Liggett; 7th - Bob Sneed; 12th - Ty Ankrom; 13th - Charlie Hedges; 19th - Bill Richards; 22nd - Drexel Poling27th - Don Metzler; 28th - Dick Fullen

October anniversaries: 6th - Norm Wilson; 9th - Gary Scherer; 20th - Earl Palm; 26th - Dick Patrick; 28th - Tony Chamberlain

Happy Dollars: Gary Montgomery for two of his children’s birthdays this month; David & Marie Crawford’s daughter had a daughter two days ago, named Olivia. Dave Webb for his father-in-law turning 92 years old.

Student Guests: None

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

Announcements

  • Jessica Mullins & Jonathan Davis gave an update on CHS’ Rotary InterAct Club. They are going down to Athens this Saturday to help volunteer with a VFW group with a fundraiser.
  • Pres. Tony:  
    • Oct 31st (Saturday) will be our annual Rotary golf Tournament fundraiser at Cook’s Creek. Golf Club. 10AM is the shotgun start time. They are still in need of teams, so please reach out to Pres. Tony if you are able to form one.
    • A suggestion was made that each member donate the amount of money that they would’ve normally spent at Pumpkin Show, to help the club offset the loss from not being able to have our Rotary booth at Pumpkin Show. Checks to be made to Circleville Noon Rotary, PO Box 505, Circleville.


SAA: Bob Sneed

  • Fined all October birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fined Cleveland Browns & Cincinnati Bengals fans
  • Those who didn’t see the recent PBS program that featured Circleville


Program: Pres. Tony introduced today’s speakers, and fellow Rotarians, Ty Ankrom & Jonathan Davis. They discussed the school systems during. these times of COVID-19.

Highlights

Ty:

  • Early March 2020, the county’s superintendents began meeting with the ESC & Health Dept. to talk about how things would operate in this new frontier.
  • He gave a brief overview of the timeline for the major COVID-related events.
  • They had to scramble to find resources to meet the demand for the PPE & hygiene supplies.
  • In May, they created a document that was to serve as a guideline for the operations of the school systems. It also addressed how students & their guardians would need to participate by supporting their children and the schools.
  • Ty pointed out how fluid things are regarding COVID and how the governmental agencies are mandating the schools to address it. “No sooner do we create a document, things change and the schools need to evolve to address it.”
  • Spoke of how the remote learning aspect presented some obstacles, such as internet access. For example, Circleville City School District (CCSD) provided mi-if devices for students that do not have access to internet. CCSD is also working on creating wi-fi hot spots throughout the community.
  • Once the schools went into the fully remote-learning schedules, the welfare of the students became a major concern, such as not being able to check daily on their physical well-being & getting meals.
  • Many of the schools worked on alternative ways to get meals to the students. CCSD created meal pick-up points not only through the remote-learning schools day, but also throughout the summer.

Jonathan:

  • Over the summer, the staff went through Professional Development classes to learn how better handle the hybrid & remote learning systems.
  • From March - June, CCSD served 105,000 meals.
  • CCSD was proactive & ordered in time enough Chromebooks to be able to distribute them to every student from K-12 grades in time for the remote-learning schedules.
  • The Chromebooks have filters & remote safety features to help protect students & others from possible misuse.
  • Cases of child abuse dropped 60% while school was in the full remote learning schedule. This decline in numbers, as he pointed out, does not mean that the abuse dropped, but only that the reporting of abuse has decreased. The concern therefore is that students are losing the protective layers created by school staff serving as front-line reporting agents.
  • CCSD has transitioned from being on an all-remote-learning schedule, into a hybrid schedule, to now back to all in-person class schedules. During what would’ve been the week of Pumpkin Show, CCSD will be all remote-learning schedule. CCSD will also use this as a time for the staff to catch up with things.
  • 5 total positive cases YTD, with only one active at the moment.
  • Spent well over $100,000 in PPE so far.
  • Our funding cut last year was about $400,000, and they are expecting about the same for this year’s budget as well.
  • CCSD is extremely grateful for the donations they have received from those people & organizations in the community, such as the large donation from Community United Methodist Church.
  • Students are very good about mask-compliance. The students are given “mask breaks” when the classroom can be spaced out appropriately or when they are outside.
  • Explained how the school is addressing the athletic program & their players regarding the new COVID safety protocol, masks, etc.
  • Winter will present some new challenges, such as getting food to the remote-learning students.
  • Mentioned how 2-1-1 phone information system is still in operation, and can be a valuable resource for the community.
  • Spoke of how they have had to handle the transportation of students & athletes.


Pres. Tony express his gratitude to the school system & to all their staff.

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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.

October programs:

1st: Dr. Bob Liggett - Giant Pumpkins

8th: Ty Ankrom & Jonathan Davis - COVID & the school systems

15th: Julie Violet - Big Brothers Big Sisters

22nd: possibly someone from the new Hampton Hotel

29th: possibly Jeff Phillips - YMCA

November programs: (not yet received)

5th:

13th:

20th:

27th:

10/01/2020

10/01/2020

By: Patty Rothe, Rotary Newsletter Editor; 

Patty.FourJ@gmail.com

(Editor's request: Please remember to jot down your announcements & give them to me. A simple hand-written note or an e-mail in advance would be greatly appreciated!)

Presiding: Tony Chamberlain

Prayer: Norm Wilson

Piano: None

Song: None

Absentees: Adams, Ankrom, Beavers, Brown, Colburn, Coyan, Davis, Dean, Delong, Droste, Ellis, Esala, Ewing, Foster, Fountain, Fullen, Gerhardt, Grover, Hoffman, Hooks, Irwin, Adam Johnson, Justinger, Lovelace, Mabe, Mavis, McIlroy, Metzler, Neal, Palm, Pelcic, Pontious, Rainey, Rawlins, Riegel, Scherer, Sigmon, Snedegar, Stevens, Stevenson, Matt Tootle, Vickers, Wolfe, Wolford, Yaniga

Make ups: None

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: None

October birthdays: 4th - Eric Liggett; 7th - Bob Sneed; 12th - Ty Ankrom; 13th - Charlie Hedges; 19th - Bill Richards; 22nd - Drexel Poling27th - Don Metzler; 28th - Dick Fullen

October anniversaries: 6th - Norm Wilson; 9th - Gary Scherer; 20th - Earl Palm; 26th - Dick Patrick; 28th - Tony Chamberlain

Happy Dollars: Tom Tootle & Bob Tootle both had grandchildren born within one day of each other. Congratulations to the Grandpas!

Student Guests: None

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

Announcements

  • Gary Montgomery expressed his gratitude to those who volunteered for the most recent Community Kitchen: Warren Spangler, David & Marie Crawford, Dan Fouts, Gary Montgomery, & Alice Harker. They served 55 meals.
  • Pres. Tony: 
    • $600 was raised in our Fall Flower Sale. Thank you Carly Neff for coordinating this fundraiser.
    • Oct 31st (Saturday) will be our annual Rotary golf Tournament fundraiser at Cook’s Creek. Golf Club. 10AM is the shotgun start time. They are still in need of teams, so please reach out to Pres. Tony if you are able to form one.
    • A suggestion was made that each member donate the amount of money that they would’ve normally spent at Pumpkin Show, to help the club offset the loss from not being able to have our Rotary booth at Pumpkin Show. Checks to be made to Circleville Noon Rotary, PO Box 505.
    • Committee sign-up sheets are still available. He asked that we get it back to him as soon as possible.
    • Reminder to pay your Rotary dues, if you’ve not done so already.


SAA: Bob Sneed

  • Fined all September birthdays & anniversaries
  • Went around the room asking “teams of three” for answers to general trivia questions.


Program: Pres. Tony introduced today’s speaker, fellow Rotarian, Dr. Bob Liggett. Bob gave a presentation full of information regarding the growing of giant pumpkins.


Highlights

  • Worldwide, there are over 100 competition weigh-off sites; 80+ are in North America.
  • Besides Circleville, Ohio, there are two other well known sites, Half Moon Bay, California and Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada.
  • Last year over 1700 pumpkins were registered on the international website - BigPumpkins.com
  • The world’s record of 2624 pounds is held by Mathias Willenijns in Belgium. It was grown in a greenhouse.
  • Bob & Jo Liggett’s 1964 pound pumpkin ranked 10th in the world in 2014.
  • Over their 27 years of growing pumpkins, they have attended international meeting in Quebec, Niagra Falls, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Wilkes Barre. In the winter, they have also been on three cruises filled with pumpkin growers.


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In appreciation of this year's speakers sharing their time & efforts, donations to a non-profit will be made in their names.


October programs:

1st: Dr. Bob Liggett - Giant Pumpkins

8th: Ty Ankrom - COVID & the school systems

15th: Julie Violet - Big Brothers Big Sisters

22nd: possibly someone from the new Hampton Hotel

29th: possibly Jeff Phillips - YMCA


November programs: (not yet received)

5th:

13th:

20th:

27th:

09/24/2020

(Editor's request: Please remember to jot down your announcements & give them to me. A simple hand-written note or an e-mail in advance would be greatly appreciated!

Presiding: Tony Chamberlain

Prayer: Warren Spangler

Piano: None

Song: None

Absentees: Adams, Beaver, Brown, Canfield, Connie Chamberlain, Colburn, Coyan, Davis, Dean, Delong, Droste, Ellis, Esala, Ewing, Foster, Fountain, Fullen, Gerhardt, Grover, Hoffman, Hooks, Irwin, Adam Johnson, Justinger, Eric Liggett, Mavis, McIlroy, Metzler, Chris Mullins, Jessica Mullins, Neal, Palm, Pelcic, Pontious, Radcliff, Rainey, Rawlins, Riegel, Ritchie, Robinson, Rothe, Scherer, Searls, Shapiro, Snedegar, Sigmon, Stevens, Stevenson, Matt Tootle, Vickers, Ian Webb, White, Wolfe, Wolford, Yaniga

Make ups: None

Visiting Rotarians: None

Guests: Steven Collins with Davidd Crawford

September birthdays: 3rd - Heidi White; 6th - Harry Canfield; 7th - Jim Hooks; 9th - Jim Hill; 14th - Dwight Radcliff; 21st - Dan Fouts; 27th - Jessica Mullins

September anniversaries: 6th - Ty Ankrom; 13th - Clark Cellio; 15th - Ellery Elick; 17th - Angela Beavers; 21st - Dan Dailey; 27th - Warner Searls & Todd Stevens; 30th - Dave Webb

Happy Dollars: None

Student Guests: None.

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

Announcements:

  • Carly Neff: Mentioned that the  Rotary Fall fundraiser is drawing to a close. For sale are: Fall mums in 9” pots ($15 per pot or 5 for $70) or jumbo mum in a 12” pot ($29.99 ea.), or a a Fall decorating package (straw, corn stalks, mum, pumpkin, & Indian corn) for $39.99. Gift cards can be purchased for $25 each. Order on-line at https://tinyurl.com/y39tkqg9 or by phone (740-404-5698) or by e-mail: neffcj@yahoo.com. Orders can be picked up at Rhoads starting Sept. 15th or have it delivered for only $5. Checks to be made payable to Circleville Rotary Club.
  • Pres. Tony: 
    • Oct 31st (Saturday) will be our annual Rotary golf Tournament fundraiser at Cook’s Creek. Golf Club. 10AM is the shotgun start time.
    • A suggestion was made that each member donate the amount of money that they would’ve normally spent at Pumpkin Show, to help the club offset the loss from not being able to have our Rotary booth at Pumpkin Show. Checks to be made to Circleville Noon Rotary, PO Box 505.
  • Pres. Tony: Reminder to pay your Rotary dues, if you’ve not done so already.


SAA: None

Program: David Crawford introduced Matthew J. Nickas, Director of the Pickaway County Board of Elections.

Matt moved to Ohio as a child and has been in Pickaway County for the last 27 years, aside from service in the US Army. He has worked with the Board of Elections for the last 12 years, beginning as a Poll Worker, then a Voting Location Manager, then moving on to a Rover for the last five years. He is now the Director of the Pickaway County Board of Elections.

Highlights:

  • Matt brough Voter Registration applications, Absentee Voter Request forms and flyers the explain the voting options.
  • There are two ways to vote; Absentee and At the Polls.
  • There are three ways to cast an Absentee ballot; by mail, in person at the Board of Elections, and depositing in the drop box outside the Board of Elections office.
  • Registration is open until October 5, 2020 for the General Election.
  • Registratio can be done online at VoteOhio.gov or by filling out and filing forms available at the library, school, Job & Family Services or BMV office.
  • You must be 18 years old on or before the next general election.
  • Absentee voting process can be tracked by going to VoteOhioo.gov/track.
  • There are presently 26 polling places in the county.
  • It appears that there are sufficient poll workers willing to follow the COVID-19 standards to staff all 26 sites.
  • Absentee ballots are not counted until Election Day, but are the first ones counted that day in Pickaway County. Other counties have other processes.


  • In appreciation of this year's speakers sharing their time & efforts, donations to a non-profit will be made in their names.


September programs: 

  • 10th: Shirley Brooks-Jones, on her 09/11 airplane experience & the wonderful ripple effect
  • 17th: Gary Montgomery - Frontier times in the 1700’s & 1800’s
  • 24th:  Matthew Nickla, Pickaway County Board of Elections


October programs:

  • 1st: TBA
  • 8th: TBA
  • 15th:TBA
  • 22nd: TBA
  • 29th: TBA
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