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We meet Wednesdays at 11:30 AM
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4548 Presidential Way
Kettering, OH  45429
United States
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Mayor Don Patterson presents the Firefighter of the Year award at Wednesday's meeting. The club also got a tour of the new Fire facility in Kettering. Thanks to Digger for all your hard work with this event. 
Kettering Rotary Club gave their support for an international internship exchange with Bosnia-Herzegovina through the Dayton STEM School. We look forward to meeting the students inbound and also about the outbound experiences later this year. 

New Friends of the Club from Brazil

Our club was host to some visitors from Brazil the meeting before Thanksgiving. President Marilynne and her husband Al even invited them to join in for an American Thanksgiving feast the next day. Their generosity and that of our club earned a shout out in their local Rotary Newsletter. Here's a look at the photos and a translation of the text follows. Makes you proud to be a Kettering Rotarian, doesn't it? Making friends globally and travelling to other clubs where you are always welcomed is one of our favorite reasons it's GREAT to be a Rotarian!

'A Kiss on the Magic Spot' by Jean Lamb

Get the entire 'Lamb' collection for the holidays or after. Kettering Rotarian Bob Lamb has two books available, one that tells his very personal story about war, life and love, and the other, just released in memory of his wife. Jean Lamb would write and draw inspirational poems of love, family life and spirituality. She passed away earlier this year and Bob and his family created the book to raise funds for Hospice of Dayton and the Alzheimer's Association. A $20.00 donation will get you Jean's book 'A Kiss on the Magic Spot' - truly a heart warming gift for the holiday.

Highlights of the evening. Click below for more!

A BIG thank you to Kelsey for planning a great event.
Who wore it best? Kathy or Donna? They were great fun together!
Brenda, Bob and Missy are in the Holiday Spirit.
Maxine is picking her third (and final) gift!
A packed house and President Marilynne is making sure everyone is having a great time.
Bob Hadley and his lovely wife Judy are in good spirits. 

Be a 'Social Media' Star!

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! 
March 2017
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