April 8 – Club Meeting

This is a summary of the regular lunch meeting held on April 8, 2021.

President Oda called the meeting to order at 12:06 PM with a greeting, prayer, song, and toast.

Announcements:

Barry Riley reported that the Scholarship Committee has narrowed their list down to the finalists.

Jeff Stueve talked about the Concerts in the Park, and said posters are available.

Greg Davis asked Rotarians to sign up for Pancake Day volunteer shifts. He also reminded Rotarians about the May 15th SHP bed build.

Linda thanked all members for understanding that the club is doing things a little different lately.

Happy Dollars:

Barry Riley, Gary Kuntz, John Zimkus, Rich Oeder, and Greg Davis.

Jack Hedges presented two Paul Harris Fellows awards; one to Linda Oda and one to Jeff Stueve.

Rob Bedinghaus was our speaker:

His presentation was about Tax-Free Investing. His talk was very informative, and emphasized IRAs and Life Insurance Benefits.

With no further business, President Oda adjourned the meeting at 1:06 PM with the Rotary motto.

April 1 – Club Meeting

Here is a summary of our lunch meeting on 4/1/21:

President Linda Oda called the meeting to order at 12:02 with the Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer, a song, the 4-Way Test, and a toast.

She then spoke about trying to get the club “back to normal”; we had our name badges available, we were signing in, we had a meal, and Mike Geygan printed up schedules for future meetings.

President Oda opened the floor to Happy Dollars, and we heard from Chris Johnson, Anne Krehbiel, Mike Carroll, and Matt Burns.

Announcements:

Dylan Posa said that there were still two spots available for the Pancake Day placemat ads.

Greg Davis circulated the sign-up sheet for Pancake Day.

Greg also called attention to a “save the date” for our Sleep In Heavenly Peace bed-build event on May 15th.

Mike Geygan said that he is expecting his second grandchild, and that is why he was not attending in-person.

Stephen Johns updated the club on Country Music Fest – there will be two days this year, June 11th and 12th. Friday the 11th will be from 6PM-11PM, and Saturday will be the traditional 11AM-11PM.

Randy Kronour stated that our Concert in the Park series will begin on June 17th, and he still needs some volunteers for emcees.

President Oda then introduced our speaker – Scott Brunka, City Manager.

Scott spoke about 511 N. Broadway, the bike trail extension, the new fire station, the N. Mechanic development, the new senior living community, road improvements, the Community Conversations program at the Y, the wellness initiative (Together We Thrive), and the new city portal (Envisionlebanon.com).

Q&A:
Q: Mike Carroll – asked about Rte. 63
A: 5-year plan calls for widening Rte. 63.
Q: Linda Oda – construction on Orchard & West
A: New home construction
Q: Dale Peach – old Kroger building
A: has been purchased, will be expecting a submitted working plan
Q: Jack Hedges – industrial park?
A: 3 businesses are expanding, but no new businesses

With the end of the Q&A section, President Oda ended the meeting at 1:06 with the Rotary motto.

March 18 – Zoom Meeting

Greg Davis presided, as President Oda was on vacation.

Greg skipped the Pledge, and asked Chris Johnson to lead the club in prayer.

Greg then updated the club on various things:

Pancake breakfast – a sign-up sheet went out through email; Friday night is on the sheet, just in case we need people for set-up. Also, one week before the event Greg wants sign ups for putting out signs. The event will, as usual, be combined with the Chamber’s business expo, and will also have a small “Taste of Lebanon” included. We will offer a drive-up option for pancake breakfasts, but Greg is not sure what that looks like yet. Dylan is working on reserving spots for placemat ads.

May 15th is the date for the joint bed build with the Mason-Deerfield club, held at Sinclair’s Mason campus.

All Memorial trees have been planted; they are behind Sams House.

The Summer Concert Series will start on June 17th with the Blaine Bowman Band; Jeff Stueve is looking for emcees for future dates.

The Executive Board accepted Adam Kwiecinski’s resignation as board member; the Board is seeking to elect a new secretary. Dylan will write up a description of duties, to help applicants.

March 22 is World Water Day, according to Rotary International.

Starting April 1, the club will return to in-person meetings at the Y – Chris said the first meal will be chicken tortilla soup, and there will be a vegetarian option. You must bring money, the club will not bill members.

Mike Geygan said he has Pancake Day posters available, just stop by Minuteman to get some.

Happy dollar – Rob Bedinghaus has been certified as a financial planner.

Happy dollar – Chris Hubbard said the band he is in with Dylan will play as part of the Rotary Summer Concert Series in July.

Greg then introduced our Speaker – Mike McGinty

Mike spoke about the Feed Nicaragua project.

He started with why Nicaragua needs help – they are the 2nd poorest country in the Americas; they had 2 hurricanes hit in 2020; 66% of the children there do not go past 6th grade.
The Feed Nicaragua project started in 2010, and Mike outlined what they do. Bob added that it has an assembly-line process. Chris talked about the inter-generational nature of the event, people of all ages working next to each other. He also mentioned that it is a great opportunity for Rotarians to work with each other on a service project.

Mike McGinty said they are getting close to delivering 500,000 meals over the history of the event. He and the club then asked Rotarians to mark their calendar for November 13th, the date of the event at the Countryside Y.

Chris Johnson said the Y will be a vaccination site on Tuesday.

With that, Greg closed the meeting with the Rotary motto.

Our next meeting will be in-person at the Countryside YMCA on April 1.

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.

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