August 2016
This Week:
Meeting Responsibilities
Gabrielson, Thomas
Balsom, Brad
Entrance Table
Entrance Table
Smith, Kerrie
Entrance Table
Barney, Kelsey
Song & Pledge
Minnich, Tom
Wirrig, Brenda
Wirrig, Brenda
Balsom, Brad
Club Information

Welcome to Kettering Rotary!


Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 11:30 AM
Presidential Banquet Ctr.
4548 Presidential Way
Kettering, OH  45429
United States
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We're doing a series on Facebook that features our members - telling in their own words WHY they are a Rotarian, what they love about Rotary and so much more! Check out our FIRST Rotary Minute with Mike Balsom today.
Be sure to invite friends and family to 'like' our Facebook page and get to know us! We're an amazing group of Rotarians - we want to show the world!
Also - Couldn't resist sharing a photo from Jim Ghory's Roast! Lot's more... you guessed it .... on our Facebook Page!
Congrats Jim on a great presidency and Congrats Marilynne on being 'Madam President' - it suits you!



Our STRIVE awards were held May 18,2016. Our special guest was Donna Boyer, Don Boyer's widow who helped award the four students winning scholarships. 
Damian Foster won the Don Boyer Award of Excellence, $3,000.00 Scholarship. Kerrie Smith was Damian's Mentor.
Lindsay Morris was a $1,000.00 winner. Amy Schrimpf was her mentor.
Kayla Dickey, mentored by Brenda Stansfield was a $1,000.00 winner. She will be studying to be a nurse.
Chance Cotter, mentored by Kelsey Barney also won a $1,000.00 scholarship. 


2016 Kettering Mayor's Ball for Charity.

Raising funds for Multiple System Atrophy

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Mayor Don Patterson & his lovely wife, Maureen celebrate a great night of fundraising for MSA.
Who knew the Mayor had such amazing moves on the dance floor? His granddaughters of course! Silent Auction in full swing. This year's auction had some amazing items and brought in the $$$.
Jim Ghory and his wife look over the festivities. 10 Years ago Jim had the idea to present a Mayor's Ball.  A packed house at the beautiful Reynolds & Reynolds facility. A record crowd of 240! A big congratulations to the entire Mayor's Ball Committee. It was a record breaking night! 


Student Awards: Alter, STEM, Fairmont

Congratulations to these outstanding students. Thank you to Kerri Smith for a GREAT presentation.


Service Above Self Award: Tim Leist!

A BIG day at today's meeting. Tim Leist received a well deserved 'Service Above Self' Award, the clubs highest honor. Tim has been our Club Services director for years and is always ready to help with just about anything that the club requires. Plus, he's the one who's there early EVERY meeting setting up so things run smoothly. Congratulations Tim, you deserve it.
 Welcome to Nathan Traylor - A State Farm Agent and our newest Kettering Rotarian!


RFYL Gives Checks to Crayons 2 Classrooms & The Kettering Backpack Program!

The 'Run for Your Life' Committee and Sponsors were thrilled today to give much needed funds for two very worthy non-profits: The Crayon's 2 Classrooms project and The Kettering Backpack Program.
The check presentation was followed by two informative updates from the recipients to let us know the need for their services in our communities, how the funds are used and the criteria used for selecting those in need.
Thank you ladies for your hard work in making our community a better place for children to grow up and thrive, and thank you to our amazing RFYL committee for another successful run! 

A great meeting where we learned CPR and how to use a AED (Automated Exterior Defibulator). Thank you to Kathy Johnson who had the Red Cross come out and speak.

Saving Lives!

The Red Cross came out to teach us some basics that just might save a life!
The density of this 'toy' is the same as a human chest and was perfect for demonstrating the pressure needed to administer CPR!
KJ shows how it's done!


Kettering Rotary VS Mark Schwieterman

Mark Schweiterman defends his Presidency.  
Part of the Defense and Prosecution Square off before trial.
The Honorable Fred Dressel and Rotary Scribe, Beth Ling prepare.
Do NOT try to bribe a judge, just saying.... it won't go well.
KJ and Mark try their best to defend. 
Beth Ling - TMZ reporter and 'Peoples Scribe'.
Praying for this all to be over.
Oh NO! The evidence is overwhelming (in smell)
Even Mayor Patterson has abandoned you in your time of need.
Bailiff Mike Balsom looks on as the testimony continues.
Those who delight when the Mighty fall...
Thank you to the City of Kettering and the Creativity of our Rotary Members and especially, Kathy Johnson who put it all together!

Our own Larry Hodapp received the Cliff Dochterman Rotary Scouting Service Award today. Well deserved. Congratulations to Larry for his dedication to the Boy Scouts and to Rotary!



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