Month: February 2021

February 18 – Zoom Meeting

This is a summary of the February 18th, 2021 club meeting held over Zoom.

President Oda started the meeting at 12:01 with the 4-way test.

Linda updated the membership on several items:

The Board voted to continue Zoom meetings until April 1, and starting April 1 we will meet every Thursday in person at Countryside Y, with meetings continuing to be broadcast through Zoom.. This weekly schedule will continue through June 24, and the Board will make a decision on what happens after June. The Y will provide lunches.

The Board also voted to give $1750 to Sleep in Heavenly Peace in conjunction with the Mason/Deerfield Rotary Club. Greg is working on getting a grant to double that, and also Chris Hubbard helped to organize a bed build at Sinclair for May 15th (with May 16th as the rain date). Greg also said May 22 will be a bed delivery date.

The Board wanted to give $1500 to the Y instead of giving to the now-cancelled Gala. Through other members donations, we now have $3000 to give – we will work on a grant to double that.

The Board has decided to go ahead with the Concerts in the Park program.

Rotary International is asking every member to give $100. Steve Cramer asked what the RI money goes for: Linda said that it goes toward their eradication of Polio, the Clean Water project, etc.

Greg talked about the Pancake Breakfast; the date is April 10, and it will be at the Warren County Fairgrounds. The hours are 8AM to 1PM, and we have a contract with Chris Cakes.

For Happy Dollars: Adam thanked the snow for giving his kids something to do.

Adam introduced his guest:

Kim Bramlage, Marketing and Communications Manager for Five River Health Centers, and also a member of Dayton Rotary and past president of the Northmont Club.

Kim showed a presentation called ‘My India Experience’ about her Rotary trip to India. She talked about daily life, touring Rotary service locations (Jaipur Limb and Foot Factory, St. Stephens’ Hospital in Delhi [a polio hospital], and Kusumpur Pahari Project in Delhi [a vocational school and center). She then introduced basic facts about polio. Kim then showed her group holding a Polio Rally to advertise immunization days, and discussed how immunization is administered.

President Oda closed the meeting with the Rotary motto at 1:03 PM.

February 4- Zoom Meeting

This is a summary of our regular Rotary meeting on February 4th over Zoom.

President Oda led the club in the 4-Way Test, and skipped the prayer and song.

Happy dollars – Maggie Hess, Amanda Miller, Steve Cramer, Marty Hubbell, Bob McGinty.

Adam Kwiecinski then introduced the speakers for today’s meeting:

Cliff Bailey, Director of the Hopewell district of the Boy Scouts of America

Matt Bruns, Countryside YMCA programming

Cliff Bailey

Showed a presentation with the BSA’s new message – Scouting Forward Together. Cliff talked about the Scouting At Home program to help develop activities during lockdown. Cliff then detailed some of the local programs the BSA was involved in, including Pack 618 providing meals for the needy. Cliff related that the BSA provided 4 weeks of summer camp with no Covid outbreaks. Cliff then closed by letting members know about the Good Scout Award event coming up in March.

Q: Adam asked: how is the Dan Beard Council broken up into districts?
A: 7 districts over Ohio and Kentucky

Q: Adam asked: how many packs in your district?
A: In Hopewell District, there are 30 packs and 20 troops (roughly 6,000 kids)

Q: Jack asked: how did you get interested in scouting and when did you start?
A: Recruited in 6th grade by friend, found structure and father figures in the Boy Scouts.

Q: Linda asked: how many kids are in scouts in Lebanon and how much does it cost each kid?
A: 4 troops and 3 packs, roughly 100-115 kids. Membership costs have gone up: $66 per year, $25 if the child is a new scout, and local council charges for insurance. It can cost close to $100 a year.

Q: Linda asked: what percentage need financial support?
A: Maybe about 10%

Gary says his troop has a uniform closet to help with that aspect, and they try to help in other ways financially.

Cliff talked about the fundraising the troops and packs have that helps as well.

Matt Bruns

Matt gave a quick bio: he moved here about 5 months ago; he was in the Air Force right from high school, then the Air National Guard, then Ohio State. After graduation, he went to work at the Crawford County Y, then the Bucyrus Y, then the Delaware County Y, then finally Countryside.

Matt said that the Gala has been moved to being a virtual event, on the Thursday before the Kentucky Derby. More details will follow.

Linda said she will ask the board about returning to in-person meetings at the Y, and what that might look like, with the thought to eventually move back to The Golden Lamb.

President Oda adjourned the meeting at 12:44 with the Rotary motto; our next regular meeting is Feb 18th, over Zoom.