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Louisville Rotary Club
Meeting Minutes
January 4, 2023
Led by club President Eva Roshong, the first business meeting of the new year was attended by 18 Rotarians. Paradise Pastor David Anderson gave the prayer, the members pledged the flag and recited the Four-Way Test. There was no song. Happy Dollars:
Jim Dutton enthusiastically thanked Cynthia Kerchner for “one heck of a good party.” There were rounds of “Hear! Hear!” from the members.
Club Business:
Greg Anderson performed an induction for new member Lisa Lingenhoel. Congratulations, Lisa! *
Brock Hutchison gave a discussion on his recent experiences as a 2023 member of the Stark County Leadership program presented by the Stark County Chamber of Commerce. Brock’s class is the 36th indicating that the SC Chamber has been conducting this for 36 years. *
Eva discussed Jim Edward’s idea for assisting the cost for a better railroad crossing for West Main & North Chapel Street crossings. There was no action taken. *
Glenn Heiller discussed the establishment of service projects. Glenn, Bob Hallier, Jim Edwards, Dave Yeagley and Randy Starr will be a Service Project Focus Group. The thinking is to establish a community corporation for those individuals who want to do volunteering. This would be a clearing house for non-profits and individuals who need assistance. Some examples would be Second Fridays, Umbrella Alley, the Farmers Markets, Key Club, the 80 volunteer flag drivers and others. * Eva suggested we try an evening meal a month to pick up persons who cannot attend noon meeting. Jim Edwards spoke up and said “We need young people.” *
Eva said the club was going to serve a luncheon for The Refuge of Hope office in Canton. We do not have to do the cooking only the serving along with the possibility of clean-up. The date is is March 29. More details later. *
Jim Dutton said the Second Fridays are scheduled already and the first is April 14th. *
The next Speakers Committee includes Travis, Tom and Jim.
Coming Events & Menus:
January 11 — Dr. James Perone * * * Hot ham & cheese sliders. Chips, cupcake
January 18 — Refuge of Hope, Director Joann Carpenter * * * Meatloaf, cheesy hash browns, cookie
January 25 — HOF Village Director Anne Graffice * * * Loaded baked potato, coleslaw fruit cup.

Submitted by Allen Gress, Secretary
Pix of Greg Anderson after inducting new member Lisa Lingenhoel:

 

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Thank you Denny for creating this montage of the Rotary District Inbound Foreign Exchange students:

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Louisville Rotary Club
Meeting Minutes January 11, 2023
It was a historical musical theme that kept members on the edge of their seats for the Rotary Club’s Wednesday noon luncheon with 24 persons attending including two guests. Guests included Scott Dunn and Dr. James Perone. Dr. Perone presented the day’s program.
Songmeister Mark Sigler, who is a well-known Beatles fan, led the singing of a long-lost Beatles song released in 1965, Tell Us What You See. This song gave prelude to the day’s program which presented members a background of the preBeadles rock music in America and the UK.
Dr. Perone’s message came with select snippets of the rock music that dated from the 1950s moving into the mid ‘60s. It was Feb. 11, 1964 when Beatlemania blasted live in the United States two nights following the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan TV show. But according to Dr. Perone, the groundwork for the period’s rock music was formed following World War II. In England a lot of the early music was heavily influenced by the poverty and youth gangs that developed among the lower social-economic population in London and Liverpool. Rockabilly, Bill Haley and Elvis were great models from American music as were the influence of the African-American R & B music. For those with more appetite for the history of rock & roll, Dr. Perone has authored 26 books on the subject, all available on Amazon.
Announcements & News *
Glenn Heiller discussed the establishment of service projects. Glenn, Bob Hallier, Jim Edwards, Dave Yeagley and Randy Starr will be a Service Project Focus Group. The thinking is to establish a community corporation for those individuals who want to do volunteering. This would be a clearing house for non-profits and individuals who need assistance. Some examples would be Second Fridays, Umbrella Alley, the Farmers Markets, Key Club, the 80 volunteer flag drivers and others. Glenn suggested we look at the flag drivers to gage their interest in a service club. *
For a service project the club will serve a meal at the Refuge of Hope in Canton.  A request for volunteers brought nearly all the members agreeing. The date is set for March 29th. More information will be forthcoming. *
Eva thanked Jerry Dunbar for his faithful service doing the luncheon check-in. *
Scott Dunn was introduced as a guest and was urged to return.
Coming Events Jan. 18 —Joann Carpenter, Director of the Refuge of Hope
Jan. 25 — Director Anne Graffice, Director of the HOF Village
Submitted by Allen Gress, Secretary 
Pix of Jim Perone

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Louisville Rotary Club
Meeting Minutes
January 18, 2023
President-Elect Barb DiJacimo stepped up to fill in for President Eva Roshong now on vacation.
Paradise Pastor David Anderson gave the opening prayer and following the members pledged the flag and repeated the Four-Way Test. Songmeister Mark Sigler led the group sing of I Won’t Back Down. For those who are interested in such things see below. "I Won't Back Down" is a song by American rock musician Tom Petty. It was released in April 1989 as the lead single from his first solo album, Full Moon Fever. The song was co-written by Petty and Jeff Lynne, also his writing partner for the album. It reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Album Rock Tracks chart for five weeks, starting the album's road to multi-platinum status. Thanks to Wikipedia.
The day’s 25 attendees including two guests. Glenn Adkins, who has attended before, and the day’s program presenter Mary Smith were guests.
Club News Glenn Adkins, the 1st half-year host of our exchange student, has volunteered to organize and chaperone a 3-day trip to Washington, D.C. March 3 — 5 for all the exchange students in District 6650. There is a 16-passenger van rented for the trip, but a volunteer driver is needed. Jim Edwards volunteered. Way to go, Jim.
Cynthia Kerchner shared the ideas proposed by George Kiko. The idea is for our club help in a project to build sidewalks from both the middle school and the high school that would connect with the YMCA. Cynthia said many students go to the Y when school dismisses. The project will be discussed for further action at the club’s next business meeting February 1.

The Program: Randy Starr introduced the day’s program speaker, Mary Smith, the Director of the Refuge of Hope. The Refuge of Hope, located in Canton, is the only refuge for homeless men in Stark County. Last year, 163 homeless men were moved from homelessness to shelter living. If a person is homeless and meets the Refuge’s acceptance criteria, they are provided a small furnished apartment. The Refuge staff works with them to help each person to find a job. The average stay is between 35 & 40 days. Hot meals are provided on selected days with usually 85 to 105 attending. There is also a clothing ministry on site and Community Care Center to provide health care for the men which includes mental health support. Our club has agreed to serve a meal there March 29.
Submitted by Allen Gress, the won’t back down Secretary
Pix of Joanne Carpenter

 

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Louisville Rotary Club
Meeting Minutes
February 1, 2023
Fifteen members were present as President Eva Roshong called the February noon business meeting to order. Following the prayer, the Pledge and the Four-Way Test the program got going. There were no guests to introduce, no Happy Dollars to collect and no song to sing. Songmeister Sigler where are you?
Items Discussed:  The club’s participation in the funeral arrangements for Mike Yeagley were discussed with an agreement to send flowers with a posting of the Rotary banner including his name tag in the funeral home. * Discussion focused on finding two new members of the Rotary Board for the next year. * The Service Committee is in place with Jim Edwards, Glenn Heiller, Randy Starr and Bob Hallier members. Bob will serve as Chairman. * The Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner is planned for Friday, February 24 at the Foltz Center in East Canton. Cost is $35 and the hope is our club can be represented. After all, we are members of the Chamber. * The Speaker Committee is in place with Jim Edwards, Glenn Heiller and Pat Fallot doing the calling and planning. Their hitch runs from April through June. * Barb DiJacimo discussed the school levy fundraiser. Our club has agreed to provide a free flag for a raffle basket. * Randy Starr volunteered to drive our four RYLA students to the conference in Canfield February 24-26 and return them home afterward. *

The cost and profit figures for last November’s pancake breakfast will be forthcoming. * The D.C. trip of District exchange students is coming with Jim Edwards, Glenn Heiller and Barb DiJacimo driving and chaperoning. * Our participation in the schools - YMCA sidewalk project was discussed. *More research is needed for the idea of the Rotary Community Corp. * The recently passed texting while driving law in Ohio was discussed. * For those with a sugar craving, the Dairy Queen has triple truffle cupid cupcakes on sale. Future Exciting Meetings & Luncheon Menu (With the snow day cancelling our meeting last week, the menu MAY be off by one week)
Feb. 8 — Bob Meadows — a biker who has ridden across America. Roast beef sandwich w/ mashed potatoes and gravy. Mixed fruit.
Feb. 15 — Stark County Administrator Brent Luther will speak. Sub sandwich. Tater tots. Ice cream bar.
Feb. 22 — Stark County Engineer Keith Bennet. Ham & bean soup. Corn bread. Cake.
Feb. 24 — Chamber of Commerce dinner
Feb. 24-26 — RYLA conference in Canfield
Submitted by Allen Gress, Secretary

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