Louisville Rotary Meetings 2012     
1st Quarter

Louisville Rotary Club

District 6650
Meeting Notes -Wednesday, January 4, 2012
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1.        Gathering� Meeting called to order by President Burwell with 23 members in attendance.
2.        Pledge of Allegiance and recitation of �The Four Way Test�
3.        Prayer was led by Barry Gray
4.        Song Leader � Eva Roshong led us in �Happy Birthday.�  Jerry Dunbar = Jan 11, Lance Leach = 22nd, Kathy Fausnight = 31st.
5.        Visitors � Julia Esteves, Gary Webb
6.        Rotary Minute � Bob Yoder passes Rotary memorabilia to Ted Burwell�s neighbor and then to him. He will bring it in to show us.
7.        Updates
a.        Ted Burwell wished us all a Happy New Year and reflected on 2011. He is confident our club is headed in the right direction and we will continue to prosper in 2012.
b.        Ken Smith reported that 300 flags will be delivered within the next 6 weeks. We will assemble when warmer.
c.        Mid-March we will need to commit to Cheryl Caser and the meal program.
d.        Kathy Fausnight reported that Pancake Day netted $1707 with one bill still outstanding.
e.        David Redd invited the club for a 60-minute �walk and talk� tour of the new elementary school.  On January 19th, the substantial construction will be complete.  Current LES students will enter after President�s Day.  Upon asbestos removal, LES will be leveled for parking.  Fairhope and Pleasant Grove will be torn down this summer.
f.        Gary Webb is Director of Construction and came to our area in March. He primarily serves as the �answer guy� and strives to keep the contractors work on time.
g.        Denny Valentine reported that we have a shortage of host families.  Anyone who can host an exchange student for 3 to 6 months, please contact him.
h.        Jim Edwards reported that we have broke even with our Rotary Flag ads in the local papers.
i.        Jim Edwards is the new committee chair of our new �Website� committee.  If you would like to join, please contact him.
j.        Mike Snyder mentioned the Accelerated Reading Program where children read for points. The Library will be applying for a grant and would like Rotary involvement. More to come.  Also, anyone who received a Kindle Fire for Christmas should see Mrs. Bossart.
k.        Eva Roshong and the Health and Hunger Committee would like to encourage everyone to donate blood.
l.        Pat Richardson reported that the YMCA has been busy with people fulfilling New Year�s resolutions.  The Y is currently offering � off starting fees and can provide financial assistance if necessary.
 
Upcoming Club Meetings:
January 11        Alliance Paper Coating � Equador � guest of Jim Edwards
January 18        Greg Anderson � Taj Mahal
January 25         Joel R. Soza � Associate Professor of Biblical Studies (Malone University)

         
Rotary Personnel:

District 6650 Governor:
2011-2012 George W.S. Hays
Rotary Club Exchange Student: Julia Esteves da Silva

Respectfully submitted by Secretary Wendy Jackson

Louisville Rotary Club
District 6650
Meeting Notes -Wednesday, January 11, 2012
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Please Note:  We will tour the new Elementary School on Wednesday, January 18.  More information will be forthcoming and pizza will be served at that time.

1.        Gathering� Meeting called to order by President Burwell with 28 members in attendance.
2.        Pledge of Allegiance and recitation of �The Four Way Test� & Rotary Minute(s) � Courtesy of Ron Derry and Jim Edwards
3.        Prayer was led by Barry Gray
4.        Song Leader � Eva Roshong led us in a heartfelt rendition of �Auld Lang Syne,� which is loosely translated as "for (the sake of) old times".
5.        Visitors � No visitors today.
6.        Updates
a.        On behalf of the staff and board of the Louisville Area YMCA, Greg Anderson presented an attractive framed photograph as a token of that agency�s appreciation for the Rotary Club�s support of the Smart Kids Campaign.
b.        Eva Roshong distributed a Christmas letter from former Rotary Club visitor Joy Sagabay of the Philippines who sends her greetings to all.
7.        Speaker � Our featured speaker was Judge Rosemarie Hall of the Stark County Family Court. 

a.       The mission of this agency is as follows:  Stark County Family Court promotes a safe and healthy community by protecting and supporting children and families.

b.       The underlying goal of the agency is to do �what you can to keep families intact� and they work hard to rehabilitate rather than punish when at all possible.

c.        She is a native of Newark, Ohio and was educated at Walsh University and the University of Akron Law School.

d.       Judge Hall is one of three judges in Family Court and they are assisted by six magistrates.  They handle about 1,300 trials per year.

e.        Family Court consists of the following divisions:

Juvenile Court Division (criminals under the age of 18; paternity and child support; child abuse and neglect, unruly youth)

Domestic Relations (divorce and dissolution; domestic violence; paternity & custody)

Teen Court (peer review, real cases, real trials, funded by United Way)


Upcoming Club Meetings:
January 18            Tour of the new Elementary School (More information later)
January 25            Joel R. Soza � Associate Professor of Biblical Studies (Malone University)

February 1            Business Meeting

Greg Anderson�s Taj Mahal at a later date.
         
Rotary Personnel:

District 6650 Governor:
2011-2012 George W.S. Hays
Rotary Club Exchange Student: Julia Esteves da Silva

Respectfully submitted by Substitute Secretary Mike Snyder

Louisville Rotary Club
District 6650
Meeting Notes -Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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1.        Gathering� Approximately 31 in attendance with 3 visitors.
2.        Tour of the new Louisville Elementary School
a.        The new elementary school was designed for kids. It is broken into 8 physically separate neighborhoods with each neighborhood containing 125 students.  Students will be scheduled to move in groups of 125 to avoid all 1000 students in the hall at once.  K, 1, 2, 3 are on the first floor and grades 4 and 5 are upstairs. K is separated and has its own playground.  
b.        Each neighborhood has an extended learning location that allows for more group projects.  Moveable walls can separate the classroom or create a larger space. Classrooms have projectors, wireless access points, digital whiteboards, and technology closets to accommodate the latest learning technology.  Each classroom is designed for 25 students.
c.        Special rooms were created for special needs children, music, and art.
d.        The building hangs from 28 columns due to the soft topography of the area. To meet funding specifications, there are several �green� aspects to the building.  It has motion sensor lights, natural lighting, chilled beam heating, refreshed air.  There are 10 other elementary schools in Ohio that are as big.  Fifty-two percent of funding was paid for by tobacco settlement money.  Thirty percent of labor is local.
e.        Security has improved from current elementary schools.  There are 80 security cameras, a central open stairwell, and entry supervision by administrators. There will be a segregated bus loop and all visitors will be required to go through the main doors.
f.        The elementary school features a competition-size gym, a two-sided stage, and a state-of-the-art stainless steel cafeteria with 4 lunch lines.
g.        Students will begin moving in after Presidents Day. Michelle Shaffer is the lead principal.
h.        There was much, much, more.
 
 
Rotary Personnel:

District 6650 Governor:
2011-2012 George W.S. Hays
Rotary Club Exchange Student: Julia Esteves da Silva

Respectfully submitted by Secretary Wendy Jackson
Louisville Rotary Club
District 6650
Meeting Notes -Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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1.        Gathering� Approximately 19 in attendance with 3 visitors.
2.        Pledge of Allegiance and recitation of "The Four Way Test"
3.        Prayer was led by Ted Burwell
4.        Song Leader - Eva Roshang led us in "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
5.        Visitors    Joel Soza, Dalia Soza
6.        Rotary Minute   James Wheeler Davidson,a Canadian Rotarian took a 3 year trip starting in 1928 to organize Rotary clubs in the Middle East & Asia.  Paul Harris dubbed him the "Marco Polo" of Rotary as he chartered 21 Clubs.
7.        Updates:
a.        The District Mid Year Assembly is scheduled for Feb 4 at AA Executive Catering in Canton. Registration will be available beginning at 7:30 AM.  The breakfast buffet begins at 8 AM.  Our meeting will begin at 8:30 and conclude no later than noon.  Anyone with internet access can register for the assembly through the District's Club Runner site.  They can also phone the District office at 330-452-2882 and register with Lauri Coy.  The cost is $7.50 per person, which we will collect at the door.  Please note that reservations need to be made by 27 January, 2012.
b.       Kathryn will be attending RYLA in February.  Any can contribute to a "goody bag" that will be distributed at the conference (promotional business items)  Please bring them to our next meeting.
c.       Saturday January 28th, will mark the 35th anniv of the 1977 blizzard.
8.       Program: Joel Soza, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Malone University.
a.       Joel wrote a book, "Food and GOD" while on sabbatical.  He wanted a practical topic and began to think about food while he was eating a Big Mac.  He realized that humans eat every day but often give little thought to what they are eating or how it affects the environment.  This is the definition of a glutton.
b.       Joel's book is not a diet book, but a call to spiritual action and theological perspective on food.  The main theme is "think before you eat"  Food is a gift from God, as illustrated by Genesis: food existed before the creation of humans.  Further, the fall of human kind centered on food.
c.       Many church theologians discuss food.  St. Augustine in his book "Confessions" dedicates Chapter 31 to gluttony.  This chapter equates gluttony with lust.  Other theologians poured ashes over their food so they would not enjoy it as much.  The "Golden Tongue Priest" equated an increase in food to and increase in excrement. 
d.       Gregory the Great devised the seven deadly sins.  Gluttony earns one a spot in the 3rd circle of hell and is represented by pigs and the color orange.  Gregory indicates there are five ways one practices gluttony:   eating too soon, too delicately, too expensive, too greedily, and too much.  All these center on not thinking of those that don't have food, but rather filling up the stomach.  Joel referenced a book, "Faith and Fitness" that challenges individuals to "feed mentally" and concentrate on service of others instead of self.
e.       Humans dine, animals feed.  Christianity developed and spread by around the table fellowship and breaking of bread with neighbors.
f.       Joel is concerned that as individuals/households/nation we are giving away our future because we are gluttons and concentrating on filling up our own stomachs, much like the story of Esau.
g.       Joes's book is available for order by phone 541-344-1528 or email orders@wipfandstock.com ISBN 978 1 60608 224 9   Price is $15
Upcoming Meetings:
Feb 1 Business Meeting
Feb 8 Because we care
Feb  15 Possible Taj-Mahal reschedule
Feb 22 Open
Feb 29 Catholic Charities

Di
strict 6650 Governor:
2011-2012 George W.S. Hays
Rotary Club Exchange Student: Julia Esteves da Silva

Respectfully submitted by Secretary Wendy Jackson
Louisville Rotary Club
District 6650
Meeting Notes -Wednesday, February 1, 2012
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1.        Gathering� Meeting called to order by President Burwell with 20 members in attendance.
2.        Pledge of Allegiance and recitation of �The Four Way Test�
3.        Prayer was led by Barry Gray
4.        Song Leader � Chris Leach led us in �Happy Birthday� for President Ted Burwell�s birthday
5.        Visitors � Jeffrey Earle, Steven Roberts, Maranda Petitti
6.        Rotary Minute � Ron Derry: On September 29, 1979, Rotarians in the Philippines received the first polio vaccine.  This launched the first health, hunger, and humanity project of Rotary and set the stage for the worldwide effort, Polio Plus, in 1985.
7.        Updates
a.        Jim Edwards will be sending an email with website links.  Please review the changes made by the Technology Committee and send any comments or problems to Jim.
b.        Bill Woods reported our exchange student, Julia, has moved into a new house.  He proposed we pay $550 so she can go to Orlando with the band (and band boosters) and also reimburse her $150 for the NYC Rotary Trip.  Ken Smith moved, Jim Edwards seconded. All approved.
c.        If you have anything to donate to RYLA goody bags (qty 100), please send them to Kimberly Bland c/o Brookdale Senior Living / 1916 South Lincoln Ave / Salem, OH 44460.  Jim Edwards moved that we send $50 for snacks. Mike Snyder seconded, all approved.
d.        Kathy Fausnight reported we received a bill from the custodians for Pancake Day totaling $181.90.
e.        The Community Cupboard is having an open house on February 15th from 6-8 pm.  Please drop in and see what they have done and show your appreciation.
f.        We have committed to the Louisville Meal Center to provide a meal on May 3rd.  We will need to decide the main course and a side dish and if we�d like to serve.  Meals are held at the First Assembly of God Church from 5-6pm and approximately 90-100 individuals show.
g.        Chris Leach reported she has updated the membership flyer with social media information and new pictures. They will be printed and will also be on the web site.
h.        Ted Burwell asked for attendance at District 6650�s Mid-Year assembly this Saturday.
i.        Ron Derry reported the GSE from Japan are very interested in healthcare and hope to make the trip vocationally focused.  He is contacting the host club to see if we can partner for a dinner.
j.        There will be a flag hanging at Edwards Accounting that has the phone number.  We will be getting 300 flags and are looking for better ways to label the flags incase they become detached.
k.        Barry Gray suggested hosting high school students from civic clubs once a month so that they could learn more about Rotary.
l.        Mike Snyder reported the American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to pick up cancer victims and transport them to their treatments.  For more information call 1-800-227-2345 or go online to cancer.org/driveamile. Also, the Relay for Life will be held at Marlington High School on June 5-6.
m.        Pat Richardson reminded us that on February 13th the Y will be having registration for baseball/softball and it is also the start of their Strong Kids Campaign.  In years prior, the Rotary donation to Strong Kids has helped fund those needing assistance in the baseball/softball program.
 
Upcoming Club Meetings:
February 8        Because We Care
February 15        Possible Taj Mahal reschedule
February 22        Dr. Michael Thomas
February 29        Catholic Charities
         
Rotary Personnel:
District 6650 Governor:
2011-2012 George W.S. Hays
Rotary Club Exchange Student: Julia Esteves da Silva

Respectfully submitted by Secretary Wendy Jackson

Louisville Rotary Club
District 6650
Meeting Notes -Wednesday, February 8, 2012
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1.        Gathering� Meeting called to order by President Burwell with 24 members and two guests in attendance.
2.        Pledge of Allegiance and recitation of �The Four Way Test�
3.        Prayerful song was led by Eva Roshong:  �God Bless America� by Irving Berlin.
4.        Song Leader � See immediately above.
5.        Visitors �Steven Roberts and Maranda Saling, both of whom plan to join the Louisville Rotary Club.
6.        Rotary Minute � Ron Derry: The monthly Rotary Club magazine continues to receive accolades from various accrediting agencies.
7.        Updates
a.         Eva Roshong reminded everyone that the Community Cupboard is having an open house on February 15th from 6-8 pm.  Please drop in and see what they have done and show your appreciation.
b.        Bill Wood indicated that a very good time was had by all at the District 6650�s Mid-Year assembly this past Saturday.  He encouraged others to attend the Mid-Year

8.        Program � Betty Derry introduced Louisville native Carolyn Hess who discussed a county-wide program that she coordinates called �Because We Care.�  Highlights of Ms. Hess�s program are as follows:

1)       �Because We Care� is based at the Christ Presbyterian Church in downtown Canton.

2)       The mission of �Because We Care� is to provide basic personal care items to Stark County Military Personnel, those deployed or currently in a military hospital.�

3)       �Bases in Afghanistan frequently do not have Post Exchanges or PX�s.  Consequently, troops must rely on families to ship much needed items.�

4)       The following personal care items are needed:  Visine, Shampoo, Deodorant, Baby Wipes, Pop Tarts, Beef Jerky, Gum, Candy, Pop Corn, etc.  No glass bottles are permitted and candy & cookies must be in a sealed package.

5)       �Because We Care� is currently providing personal care products to about 100 residents of Stark County.

6)       The greatest need at this time is for funds to ship these much-needed health care products to our sons and daughters now stationed in Afghanistan.

7)       The current cost to ship a small box to a stateside soldier is $5.35 per box while a large box to a soldier in Afghanistan costs $11.35 per box.

8)       �Please call  a Volunteer Coordinator at 330.353.0909 or e-mail cahess8@gmail.com to identify those serving, to make a donation, or to volunteer.�

9)       �Because We Care� is funded in party by the Hoover Foundation.

10)   Mrs. Hess indicated that �Because We Care� will continue to perform these duties �as long as there�s a need.�

11)   For more information, please visit the Web site of �Because We Care� -

http://becausewecarestarkcounty.com

 

Upcoming Club Meetings:
February 15        Possible Taj Mahal reschedule
February 22        Dr. Michael Thomas
February 29        Catholic Charities
         
Rotary Personnel:
District 6650 Governor:
2011-2012 George W.S. Hays
Rotary Club Exchange Student: Julia Esteves da Silva

Respectfully submitted by Interim Acting Temporary Secretary Mike Snyder

Louisville Rotary Club
District 6650
Meeting Notes -Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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1.        Gathering– Meeting called to order by President Burwell with 24 (of 44) members in attendance.
2.        Pledge of Allegiance and recitation of “The Four Way Test”
3.        Prayer was led by Barry Gray
4.        Visitors – Rich McElroy, Derek Harlan
5.        Rotary Minute – Ron Derry: Article from March Rotarian talks of a gentleman going to the Royal College of Art in London to learn how to cast bronze through an Ambassadorial Scholarship from Rotary.  This scholarship allows undergraduates through professionals to be goodwill ambassadors and present their culture to local Rotary Clubs. Over 532 million dollars have been awarded, but in 2013, this scholarship will be available through the District to allow for more flexibility.
6.        Updates
a.        Al Gress is writing an article on our exchange student, Julia. He asked her what she’d like to leave behind when she leaves in July.  She replied that she hopes people have learned about France and have come to understand that there are a lot of similarities between the French and Americans.
b.        Greg Anderson is accepting Girl Scout cookie orders on behalf of his daughter.
c.        There is an open house at the new elementary school on February 25th before the auction at the old elementary school.
d.        On February 23rd, there is a winter band concert at 7pm at the high school.
e.        The Historical Society’s next talk is on “Louisville: The way it was 60 years ago” and is presented by Al Gress and Ron Derry.
f.        On March 14th, judging of the Four-Way Speech Contest will occur at the high school at 3:30 pm.
7.        Congratulations to our newest members, Maranda Saling and Steve Roberts.
8.        Program – Rich McElroy
a.        Rich is a retired professor from Mount Union and Malone University, but he has taught grades 5 – senior in college.  He stores all of his classroom records, has written 12 books, and received many awards.
b.        He mentioned two students. Ann from Aurora was an 82-year-old widow and Indianapolis Colts Pierre Garcon (who emailed his homework during playoffs).
c.        Rich mentioned many interesting tidbits that happened in history on February 22nd. In 1847, Zachary Taylor was outnumbered 4:1 in the Mexican War, but he said he would not surrender. This was a turning point in the war. In 1924, Calvin Coolidge made the first radio broadcast from the White House. In 1732, George Washington was born. In 1987, Andy Warhol died. In 2002, Chuck Jones (Bugs Bunny, etc. creator) died.
d.        Rich provided two polls of presidential ratings. The 2007 Gallop Poll ranked top presidents as: 1. Lincoln, 2. Reagan, 3. JKF, 4. Clinton, 5. FDR, 6. Washington, 7. Truman, 8. GW Bush, 9. T. Roosevelt.  Around the same time, CSPAN released a poll of historian’s top presidents: 1. Lincoln, 2. FDR, 3. Washington, 4. T. Roosevelt, 5. Truman, 6. Wilson, 7. Jefferson, 8. JFK, 9. Eisenhower, 10. LBJ.  The worst presidents typically do not change in rankings: A. Johnson, Grant, Harding, Buchanan, and Pierce.
e.        Rich spent 9 years talking to descendants of presidents. He shared a dozen short anecdotes from his book.
1.        President and First Lady Coolidge were touring a farm in Virginia on separate tours. The First Lady asked how many times the roosters procreated in a day. The response was a dozen times. She asked him to tell the President that.  When Coolidge heard this, he asked if it was the same hen every time. The response was a different one every time. He asked him to tell the First Lady that.
2.        Washington sent a general to requisition horses from farms for the war. The general went to a farm with an old widow and asks for her horses on order from George Washington. She replies, go tell him that he can’t have his Mom’s horses.
3.        In 1858, Lincoln was doing a town hall meeting when a gentleman exclaimed, “I wouldn’t vote for you if you were St. Peter himself.” Lincoln replied that if he were St. Peter, the gentleman would not be in his district.
4.        Taft visited a Southern orphanage.  The orphanage chose a 6-year-old boy to give a gift to the President. Upon doing so, Taft said, “What a beautiful little girl.”  The little boy replied, “I ain’t no girl you damn fool.”
5.        The rest of the anecdotes can be found in his book.
 
Upcoming Club Meetings:
February 29        Catholic Charities
March 7                Business Meeting
         
Rotary Personnel:
District 6650 Governor:
2011-2012 George W.S. Hays
Rotary Club Exchange Student: Julia Esteves da Silva

Respectfully submitted by Secretary Wendy Jackson

Louisville Rotary Club
District 6650
Meeting Notes -Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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1.        Gathering– Meeting called to order by President Burwell with 23 (of 44) members in attendance.
2.        Pledge of Allegiance and recitation of “The Four Way Test”
3.        Prayer was led by Barry Gray

4.        Song was led by former Beatles groupie Mark Sigler.  His selection:  “Hey Jude” which was written by Misters Lennon and McCartney.
5.        Visitors – Tim Cox of the Louisville Public Library and Julia Esteves da Silva.
6.        Rotary Minute – No report today.
7.        Updates
a.        Look for the very fine article about our exchange student, Julia, in tomorrow’s “Herald.”  This article was written by our own Al Gress.  In addition, Julia has agreed to play the guitar at a LHS function on Saturday, March 10.

b.        President Burwell reminded everyone that there will be an Open House at the new Canton Rotary office on Friday, March 2 from 6 to 9.  This new office is located at 203 Cleveland Avenue in Canton.  Please bring a bottle of wine, if you plan to attend.  They plan to honor long-time Canton Rotarian Stanley Ewing.
8.        Program – Debbie DelCorso and Diane Cumberledge of Catholic CharitiesThanks to Cynthia Kerchner for arranging for these ladies to attend today’s meeting.  Highlights of their presentation is as follows:
a.             The mission of this program is… “Offering a safe and secure environment for older adults in need of supervision or assistance with activities of daily living while family caregivers are at work or attending to other responsibilities.”  The program tries very hard to “keep people high-functioning for a long time.”
b.             This program has been developed by Catholic Charities and is funded in part as follows:  Client payments, United Way, Veterans Administration, etc.
c.             Those clients who have difficulty paying for this service are eligible to receive Family Respite Funds.

d.             Current enrollment at the Day Care program is 10-15 and they are now accepting applications for other clients.

e.             Cost is $45.00 for the full day and $35.00 for half a day of service.  These fees cover a wholesome breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack.

f.             Hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.    

g.             The age of the current clients is 80-85 years.

g.             No transportation if provided at this time.    

h.             There are highly skilled and dedicated staff available, including a Registered Nurse, a Social Worker, etc. 

i.              Medicare does not cover Adult Day service but some medical insurers do.

j.              Programming is age appropriate and varies from gardening, to playing cards, singing, reminiscing, etc.

k.             Contact information at the Adult Day Services facility is as follows:


Adult Day Services, East
2308 Reno Drive
Louisville, OH. 44641
Phone: (330)875-7979
 

Upcoming Club Meetings:
March 7                Business Meeting
         
Rotary Personnel:
District 6650 Governor:
2011-2012 George W.S. Hays
Rotary Club Exchange Student: Julia Esteves da Silva

Respectfully submitted by Substitute Secretary Mike Snyder

 

Louisville Rotary Club
District 6650
Meeting Notes -Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
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1.        Gathering– Meeting called to order by President Burwell with 22 (of 46) members in attendance.
2.        Pledge of Allegiance and recitation of “The Four Way Test”
3.        Prayer was led by Chris Leach
4.        Song – Eva Roshong led us in Happy Birthday to the March birthdays: Betty Derry, Jim Edwards, Michelle Smith, Scooter Israel, and Wendy Jackson.
5.        Rotary Minute – Ron Derry called our attention to three articles in The Rotarian: a group that does prosthetics, Peace in our Time, and the world round up focus on the USA.
6.        Updates
a.        Mark Sigler informed us that Ken Smith will be inducted to the Louisville Hall of Achievement this May.
b.        Ken Smith moved that we donate $1000 to the Strong Kids Campaign. Mike Snyder 2nd. All approved.  We will wait until flag money comes in as we currently have a low cash flow. Strong Kids is a program that aids children who cannot afford Y programs, such as the baseball program.
c.        Please pay your dues.  Send the money to Jay at 419 E. Main St. Louisville, OH 44641. Also, flag invoices will be emailed March 15th.
d.        Maranda Saling is the chair to the new Promotion committee.  Any ideas to promote Rotary should be forwarded to her.
e.        Mike Snyder moved that we donate $400 to Relay for Life. Ken Smith seconded. Eva Roshong proposed we have our own Rotary Relay Team (June 1st and 2nd). Jim Edwards asked how much we gave the year before. Ron Derry said we need to do more to help the community.  Jim Edwards suggested we hang our hat on a few key charities and movements instead of anyone who asks (as has happened before). Chris Leach indicated charities need to tie into the objectives of Rotary.  The Relay of Life would fall under Health and Hunger. Bob Hallier said we need a strategic plan for the year so we know what direction our giving should take. Bob Hallier moved to table this decision. Ken Smith seconded.  21 agreed, one nay vote.  Kathy Fausnight mentioned at Pancake Day we said proceeds would go to Polio Plus, so we need to assess.  Pat Richardson reminded us that moving the Relay for Life site to Marlington could pose backing problems so they need our help. Mike Snyder said Relay for Life is big in our community. Ron Derry suggested a strategic meeting to decide donations.  Jim Edwards said we need a committee to decide and then present to the Board.  Maranda Saling indicated we shouldn’t have to wait on Jay Barton to make a financial decision. Ken Smith said we should have a committee with 3 to 4 people. Jina Lingle, Bob Hallier, Ron Derry, Jim Edwards, Lance Leach, and Jay Barton are now on the Donation Committee, with Jim Edwards chair.  They will meet soon so requests can be processed.
f.        On Wednesday, April 11th, the GSE group from Japan will be having lunch at 11:45 at Skyland Pines.  The normal meeting is cancelled.  Please attend the Skyland Pine Luncheon – for more information and to RSVP, please contact Ron Derry.
g.        Chris Leach has completed a new brochure for the club.
h.        Eva Roshong mentioned the Louisville Community Cupboard approached us for donations for Easter Hams (April 8).  This goes to the new group.
i.        Tim Cox announced the Louisville Library is working on its grant and will be seeking $250 from the Literacy Committee for backing.
j.        Chuck McLaughlin mentioned he attended the Spaghetti Dinner for the LHS After-Prom committee and attendance was poor – they only netted $50.  Rotary should make a donation.
k.        Pat Richardson thanked Rotary for their Strong Kids donation and support.
 
 
Upcoming Club Meetings:
March 14        Pat Smith
March 21        Katherine Wolfe
March 28        Julia Esteves
April 4                Business Meeting
April 11                Meet AT Skyland Pines – Japan GSE
         
Rotary Personnel:
District 6650 Governor:
2011-2012 George W.S. Hays
Rotary Club Exchange Student: Julia Esteves da Silva

Respectfully submitted by Secretary Wendy Jackson

Louisville Rotary Club
District 6650
Meeting Notes -Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
http://louisvillerotary.com/  & on Facebook: Louisville Rotary Club

1.        Gathering– Meeting called to order by President Burwell with 26 (of 46) members in attendance.
2.        Pledge of Allegiance and recitation of “The Four Way Test”
3.        Prayer was led by Barry Gray
4.        Song – Eva Roshong led us in our Rotary Song.
5.        Visitors and Guests: Pat Smith, Paul Bernier
6.        Updates
a.        Four-Way Speech Contest is today at 3:30.
b.        If you have program ideas, please forward to Eva Roshong.
c.        Jim Edwards provided an update on the Donations Committee.  They will meet next Wednesday at 11:15 and would appreciate some quiet so they can focus. Jay Barton provided a proposal, which sets the budget at $10,400 and allocates 30% to national programs, 5 grants, and $200 per month for miscellaneous causes.
7.        Program: Pat Smith – Recognizing Child Abuse
a.        Every case of child abuse is different – there is no checklist. Budget cuts have decreased programs focusing on child abuse.  The State of Ohio requires teachers to recognize and report child abuse and neglect, but only up to a certain age.  Teacher associations provide information for older children.  It is difficult to have a child taken away from the family.
b.        There are five types of child abuse.
i.        Physical abuse: This goes beyond bruises and cuts.  Early educators look for a cluster of wounds in different stages of healing – often on the underarms, bottom, soles of feet, palms.  Soft signs include limping.
ii.        Emotional abuse: Signs of this include sudden change in behavior (passive to aggressive).  Soft signs include repeated absences on Mondays (abuse takes place over the weekend) or bizarre behavior.  Home schooling also makes it easy for abusers to not get caught.  
iii.        Sexual abuse: Any sexual connotation is abuse. 89% of victims know the attacker, including family members.
iv.        Neglect: This mimics poverty and is an omission of an item.
v.        Dependency: This is when the parent cannot take care of the child due to personal development issues.
c.        Stress is the number one cause of abuse.  Societal stress and economic problems are causing an increase in abuse cases. Adults would rather turn on the child than admit they can’t afford what the child wants.  Also, violent video games desensitize children to violence, which makes them more likely to imitate or accept abuse.
d.        Domestic violence creates another type of abuse.  The child goes to bed without knowing if Mom or Dad will be alive when they wake up.
e.        When children are not raised in a good environment, it is hard to have good results.  Studies show that if children are not nurtured adequately, there are gaps in brain activity, especially in the temporal lobe. If the child has proper nutrition, sleep, and love they will have a better-wired brain.
f.        Pat is a member of Pinwheels for Protection – they post a pinwheel for every reported case of child abuse. Last year Stark County had 2703 child abuse cases. (Franklin County 8700, Summit 5700, and Cuyahoga 18000).
g.        Budget cuts and inadequate laws have prevented more success at child abuse prevention and awareness.  In the past, every reported case had to be investigated but now it is not mandatory.  Also, anonymous reports are not accepted after 4pm.  Ohio Law defines child abuse as having two victims instead of a victim (child) and abuser (adult).  The case is worked through with the family intact. Teachers used to be mandatory reporters, but now they are only mandatory on the clock.
 
Upcoming Club Meetings:
March 21        Katherine Wolfe
March 28        Julia Esteves
April 4                Business Meeting
April 11                Meet AT Skyland Pines – Japan GSE
         
Rotary Personnel:
District 6650 Governor:
2011-2012 George W.S. Hays
Rotary Club Exchange Student: Julia Esteves da Silva

Respectfully submitted by Secretary Wendy Jackson

Louisville Rotary Club
District 6650
Meeting Notes -Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
http://louisvillerotary.com/  & on Facebook: Louisville Rotary Club

1.        Gathering– Meeting called to order by President Burwell with 16 (of 46) members in attendance.
2.        Pledge of Allegiance and recitation of “The Four Way Test”
3.        Prayer was led by Barry Gray
4.        Song – Eva Roshong led us in a heart-felt version of “You are my sunshine!”
5.        Visitors and Guests: Vince Burwell, Hannah Roshong, and Katherine Wolfe
6.        Updates
a.            Lanse Leach gave a status report from the Donations Committee, which met prior to this meeting.  Because Easter is fast-approaching and the Louisville Food Pantry is attempting to acquire hams for families in need, the Donations Committee made the following motion:

Motion made by Lanse Leach/seconded by Ken Smith to appropriate up to $500 to the Health & Hunger Committee to provide Easter hams or other food to the Louisville Food Pantry as the Committee deems appropriate.  Motion carried with all those present voting in the affirmative.

b.             Chris Leach reported that her sister, Cathy Guidone, an art teacher at the Louisville Middle School, has a special request.  A very ill student at the Middle School wants to go to the beach and she wants to have a calico kitten.  If you know someone who might own a calico kitten, please call 330.904.7904.  Chris also asks for everyone to remember this student in their prayers.

c.             President Burwell reported that his Sunday School class at Paradise Church has made a donation to help eradicate polio worldwide.

d.             Ron Derry reported on the available of 13 radio dramas that were aired in 1955 in a series of 13 programs called “Rotary Radio.”  He highly recommends listening to one of these unique programs to see how Rotary International promoted itself over fifty years ago.

http://www.rotary.org/en/mediaandnews/multimedia/audio/pages/ridefault.aspx

7.        Program:  Katherine Wolfe – Report on the 2012 RYLA Conference with an introduction by Vince Burwell, the Louisville Rotary Club representative to this conference in 2011.  “Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an international program that was created by Rotary International to encourage strong leadership in youth. Young people chosen for their leadership potential attend an all-expenses-paid camp to develop and enhance leadership skills through activities conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect.”
a.             Katherine is a self-proclaimed “band geek” and she will be the Drum Major in the Leopards Marching Band for the school year 2012/2012.  She also participates in the field events on the Leopards track team.

b.             She is very grateful for our Rotary Club having selected her as a 2012 RYLA Conference participant.  While she was a little apprehensive at first, it was “one of the best weekends of my life.”

c.             There were 93 high school students and counselors in attendance at the 2012 RYLA Conference at the Avalon Inn in Warren, Ohio.  This event was held on February 24 and 25.
d.             Students came from all over District 6650:  Minerva, Hubbard, Salem, Plain Township, Orrville, Canton, Louisville, etc.
e.             There were a variety of “ice-breaking” activities and many of them involved in developing better communication skills, particularly non-verbal communications.

f.             Overall, activities resulted in the students learning life lessons, including how important it is to “listen to others.”

g.             One of the most memorable activities was a little stress-reliever called the “RYLA Shake ‘em Up!”  (You had to be there.)

h.             There were a number of very fine speaker/motivators at the 2012 RYLA Conference.  One speaker emphasized the importance of “faking yourself into being in a good mood,” despite how awful you may feel.  Another speaker indicated that there are four basic types of people and we should learn how to deal with each type in different ways.

i.              The participants reviewed a number of quotes to serve as their personal roadmaps.  Katherine’s selection came from Albert Einstein and reads as follow: 

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.”

j.              Katherine is very eager for other students at Louisville High School to attend the next RYLA Conference.  In fact, she recommends that more than one student represent this area in coming years.

k.             To see a lot of neat photographs of the 2012 RYLA Conference, please go to: http://www.facebook.com/RYLA6650.2012


Upcoming Club Meetings:
March 28              Julia Esteves
April 4                    Business Meeting
April 11                  Meet AT Skyland Pines – Japan GSE
         
Rotary Personnel:
District 6650 Governor:
2011-2012 George W.S. Hays
Rotary Club Exchange Student: Julia Esteves da Silva

Respectfully submitted by Substitute Secretary Mike Snyder

Louisville Rotary Club
District 6650
Meeting Notes -Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
http://louisvillerotary.com/  & on Facebook: Louisville Rotary Club

1.        Gathering– Meeting called to order by President Burwell with 23 (of 46) members in attendance.
2.        Pledge of Allegiance and recitation of “The Four Way Test”
3.        Prayer was led by Barry Gray
4.        Song – No singing today…
5.        Visitors and Guests: Eric Thorne and Katelyn Fernandez
6.        Updates
a.            President Burwell reported that the Donations Committee and Promotions Committee will make full reports at our next Business Meeting on Wednesday, April 4.

b.             Chris Leach reported a calico kitten has been located and is now in possession of its new owner!

c.             President Burwell reminded everyone that the Annual Banquet will be held three months from today!

d.             Jim Edwards reported that he has sent our 850 e-mail invoices and has already received payments from 306 U.S. Flag participants!

7.        Program:  Julia Esteves – The Rotary Club exchange student for 2011-2012.
a.             Julia is from a small village in northeastern France (Steinheltz) that is literally on the German border.  Her village is about five hours from Paris.

b.             She wanted to take advantage of the Rotary Exchange program two years ago but her parents were reluctant at first.    They thought she was “too shy” to travel to a foreign destination but she has found that everyone has been nice and, as a result, she is happy about her decision.

c.             Her mother is a cosmetologist and her father is a construction worker.  She has one younger sister, aged ten, as well as a dog and a cat.
d.             Julia’s impression of Louisville are very favorable.  “People are really nice here...” and there are many shops and businesses for a community of this size.
e.             It will be very sad for her when she returns home because of all the friends she has made and she is most grateful to her host families for their kindness and generosity.

f.             “School is a lot harder…” in France, there is “a lot more writing,” and there are no sports or extracurricular activities associated with school.

g.             Julia has one more year of high school and then she will be going to college.  She is hopeful that she might be able to return to the United States to attend college here.

h.             One of the highlights of her visit to the United States was a recent mini-break to New York City, which she said was “Awesome.”  She particularly liked visiting the various art museums and the Statue of Liberty.  Later this spring she will accompany the LHS marching band on its trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

i.             A self-proclaimed movie buff, Julia indicated that her favorite American film is “V for Vendetta” and her favorite French film is “Amelie.”

j.              Julia concluded by thanking the Louisville Rotary Club for “what you’ve done for me… You guys are really nice!”


Upcoming Club Meetings:
April 4                    Business Meeting
April 11                  Meet AT Skyland Pines – Japan GSE
         
Rotary Personnel:
District 6650 Governor:
2011-2012 George W.S. Hays
Rotary Club Exchange Student: Julia Esteves da Silva

Respectfully submitted by Substitute Secretary Mike Snyder