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New Summer Paul Harris Fellows!

The Lebanon Rotary Club was honored to present three Lebanon Rotarians with their Paul Harris Fellow Awards. Paul Harris Fellow pins are awarded to a Rotarian who contributes $1,000 or more cumulatively to the Rotary Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an Approved Rotary Foundation grant. Congratulations, Stephen Johns, Dale Peach, and Gary Kuntz!

At another meeting we had two more Lebanon Rotarians with their Paul Harris Fellow Awards. Congratulations to Rotarians Barry Riley and Janet Steinke.

May 20 – Club Meeting

This is a summary of today’s regular lunch meeting on 05/20/21.

President Oda called the meeting to order at 12:06PM with the Pledge of Allegiance, the 4-Way Test, a song, a prayer, and a toast.


Linda brought a donation request to the club for a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. Ron F. made a motion to give $250; Barry R. seconded, and motion carried by majority voice vote.

Linda repeated the Countryside YMCA’s COVID policy.

Barry explained that our lunch meeting on July 8th was supposed to be a tour of the new jail, but for complicated reasons we could not meet there at noon. Linda asked the members if 3PM would be good, and the majority said yes.

Mike reminded members that posters for the Country Music Fest were available to take and display.

Happy Dollars:

Ron Britt, Rich Oeder, Mike Carroll, Greg Davis, Linda Oda, Rebecca Strole, Anne Krehbiel

Speaker: Angie Smith, Lebanon Chamber

Angie spoke about the 3rd Fridays promotion with the city; dates, activities, bands, food, etc.

President Oda adjourned the meeting at 12:58PM.

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.

December 17 – Zoom Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 12:05; we skipped the toast, motto, and song.

President Oda opened the meeting by asking if anyone had any Happy Dollars – Chris Hubbard, Rob Bedinghaus, and Lindsay McLaughlin all contributed to the conversation.

President Oda reported that Chris Johnson sent an email regarding signups for Xmas baskets; in that email, Chris asked members to contact him by email to let him know if anyone wants to give any more money towards the project.

President Oda reported that she and Angie Smith have been talking about next year’s Business Expo; it will be at the Fairgrounds this year, on the 1st or 2nd Saturday of April.

President Oda then opened the floor for questions about the recent “board retreat” and reiterated the explanation about the board’s decision to take money from the Pancake Breakfast Tickets and move it towards Rotary International. There were no questions for the board.

Chad talked about the email that went out regarding two upcoming elections; they will be coming from, not a Rotarian’s email. Chad and the board decided to run the elections this way in order to maintain anonymity, and every Rotarian’s participation helps us tally votes. The first email is for the 3 Executive positions, with all candidates running unopposed. The upcoming email will be to decide on 2 open Director positions, with 5 people running.

President Oda then reminded the club that all meetings will be held via Zoom until April 2021.

The meeting was then given to Adam Kwiecinski. He talked a bit about the club’s place in history, and in the wider Rotary International. He then shared a video from RI regarding the fighting of disease. He then shared another video about polio eradication, starring John Cena. He shared a last video called ‘Two Drops Of Patience’, which was a personal story about someone helping to eradicate polio.

Adam then introduced our Guest Speaker, Eli McLaughlin. Eli is a 2nd grader who has started E Prophet Charities; the mission of which is to help homeless kids. Eli told us he has already donated $1,100 to Sleep in Heavenly Peace, and to check out the E Prophet Facebook page to see their progress.

President Oda asked if anyone had anything else to add; and with no further business, ended the meeting at 12:38.

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