Golf Outing Returns! 2022-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
24th Annual STRIVE Awards 2022-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

Heartfelt thanks to our friends at Kroger

Rotarian Bob Walsh reached out to the local Kroger's at  2115 E Dorothy Ln. The manager Mr. James McCurdy was very interested in our Senior Care Program and is helping us give each resident a gift card for groceries. Mr. McCurdy donated 5 of the 24 gift cards needed. Truly helping our club with our goals and impacting lives of Seniors in need. Bob also extended an invitation to him to visit (or join) our club. If you happen to see Mr. McCurdy at a meeting or in the store, please be sure to thank him for his generous partnership.
Heartfelt thanks to our friends at Kroger 2022-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

The last 'concert' of the season!

This week we had the last concert of the season for our Senior Care Project. The residents of Acorn Walk had a real treat with a trio from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra playing everything from Classical to Zydeco Jazz with a few show tunes thrown in the mix as well. Thank you to Kathy Lindahl and Bob Walsh for setting up these very special events for our area seniors. They truly enjoyed them (lots of toe tapping!)
The last 'concert' of the season! 2022-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
Stop human trafficking 2022-03-02 05:00:00Z 0 #EmpoweringGirls,#RotaryDistrict6670

Rotary After Hours is Back!

We had a fun time lifting a pint or two (a few delicious cold brew coffees and wine as well) Originally our social was to be at Creative Flags and Poles, but alas, about 1/2 hour before the event the owner had to cancel. No worries, we quickly grabbed a table at Eudora's . Mark your calendar for April 21 - Location to be announced!
Rotary After Hours is Back! 2022-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

DPO Brass Quintet Performs at Mary Irene Gardens

In the second installment of KRC’s partnership with the DPO, their Brass Quintet played for the residents of Mary Irene Gardens on January 7, 2022.  The lively crowd comprised about 70% of the residents.  The repertoire was similar to the previous day’s and everyone enjoyed the banter amongst the five musicians.  We learned a little history of each one’s music career; one got his start in a military band.  While trying to explain how to play the trombone, Chad Arnow asked if anyone played a woodwind, and yes, we had a flautist in the room!  One lady said that she just couldn't sit still during such fun music.  The residents, musicians and the 6 KRC rotarians enjoyed refreshments provided by the facility.  At the end, Kathy Lindahl announced that anyone can buy $5.00 tickets to performances of the orchestra, opera, and ballet.  They are limited but call the box office at 937-228-3630.  Thanks to Rotarian Bob Walsh for arranging the performance.

DPO Brass Quintet Performs at Mary Irene Gardens 2022-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

DPO Brass Quintet Performs at Kettering Park Manor

The residents of Kettering Park Manor were treated to a performance of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s (DPO) Brass Quintet on January 6, 2022.  We heard comments such as “My Dad played in a Big Band orchestra,” and “In Jersey, my Dad owned the club where all the big names played: Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, the Dorsey brothers…, and “Oh, my, that was lovely!”  The program included big band songs, songs from Cole Porter musicals, and other 40’s music.  Bob Walsh, head of KRC’s Senior Care Project, has arranged for all four Franklin Foundation facilities in Kettering to have one of DPO’s ensembles (two in January and the other 2 in March).  This all began with a chance conversation between Ruth Reveal, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s (DPAA) Chief Learning Officer and Rotarian Kathy Lindahl.  Since Bob booked all four of the facilities in our project, DPAA gave us a discount.  “You drive a hard bargain, Bob!”

DPO Brass Quintet Performs at Kettering Park Manor 2022-01-07 05:00:00Z 0

PPE for Seniors at Need!

A merry band of rotarians (see picture) were out and about in Kettering today (12/21/21).  We were able to deliver 4 truckloads of PPE to the Franklin Foundation.  We delivered enough supplies to support all 17 senior housing locations operated by the Franklin Foundation.  The inventory was donated by Incenta Rewards.   Many thanks to Joe and Carol Jones of Incenta for their generous donation in support of Kettering Rotary and the Franklin Foundation
Thank you to our Rotarians: (L-R) Tim, Ted, Bob, Don S, Ashley, Peter, Mark and Don P.
PPE for Seniors at Need! 2021-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

A Holiday Party to Remember

A Holiday Party at Amber Rose!
It was an event to remember and very special to have so many Rotarians join us for fellowship & fun! We had family, guests and so much more to celebrate this year. Keep happy and healthy - we'll see you NEXT year!
Bruce Chan plays a variety of Christmas & classical music for us on his violin! We have the most talented members!
Peter Bath & his wife came decked out in kilts! What fun!
Ted Ramirez was excited to get a 'Billy Bass' for his White Elephant Gift!
Kamran James and his lovely wife came to celebrate for the first time this year!
A Holiday Party to Remember 2021-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

A special event on December 4th!

Kick off the holiday season with Kettering Rotary's Dona Nouné as she performs special holiday music at St. Mary's Church. The concert is free, however you can donate to the St. Mary's Food Pantry and really spread joy this holiday!
A special event on December 4th! 2021-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Senior Care: Fellowship & Poffertjes!

Our Poffertjes are becoming world famous... well, maybe just Kettering, but people LOVE them. We cooked some up and had fun with the residents at Acorn Walk this week. They were so appreciative and asked us to do it again soon. 
Senior Care: Fellowship & Poffertjes! 2021-10-26 04:00:00Z 0

Make a Difference Day | It's in the bag!

 Some of our members joined the Kettering Backpack Program on Saturday to stuff special bags for the Thanksgiving break. We love the 'Smile' and 'Gobble' notes on the front. Hopefully it will brighten the break for those kids that need food and a little 'Rotary' love. Thank you to our members who helped: Missy Mae, Steve, June, Larry, Donna & Don, and their Strive Students!
Make a Difference Day | It's in the bag! 2021-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

2020-2021 Presidential Citation Award

We were pleased to be recognized as one of only five clubs in our District, one of 405 worldwide to receive the 2020-2021 Citation Award. Congratulations to our Past President Brenda Stansfield, her Board of Directors and to each and everyone of our members who even during a pandemic put Service Above Self to achieve our club goals during a very challenging year!
2020-2021 Presidential Citation Award 2021-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome to our new members!

Today we welcomed two new members to our club! 
Former Ohio Senator Peggy Lehner and Spencer Maxwell, a Real Estate Agent.
Welcome to our new members! 2021-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Poffertjes at Holiday at Home!

Our first time with our new Poffertjes booth at Holiday at Home Festival! What a great time. Rotarians, family members and friends of our club worked together to make tasty treats for the attendees AND raise funds for our club. Our first year went smoothly and we all had fun! Looking forward to many more years! See more photos on our Poffertjes Album on the left side, scroll down.
Poffertjes at Holiday at Home! 2021-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
We had a private tour of the Arcade! 2021-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome to our club!

Kettering Rotary is happy to have inducted two members today! 
June Smith (pictured with her furry companion 'Winston) on the left is rejoining our club. She's working on the poffertjes  booth and perfecting our recipe. June was also one of the host families for Sophia (our exchange student from Italy). June loves to be active in her community. She is an Insurance Agent in Kettering. 
New to Rotary is Gregg Pavlak! Gregg is a manager at Buddy's Flooring and is pictured with his lovely wife, Courtney.
They have three children and live in Bellbrook. Gregg has always been active in community projects and we're excited that he's bringing his time, talents and energy to our club.
Please be sure to chat them up next meeting and get to know them.
Welcome to our club! 2021-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

We had a poffertjes party!

What a fun day with the residents of Birchwood Manor. Rotarians June Smith, Bob Walsh and Bill and Kathy Lindahl provided a poffertjes party this afternoon.  What is a poffertjes you ask? It's a Dutch treat often served at fairs and on the streets. Mini yeast and buckwheat pancakes , slathered with butter and a generous dose of powdered sugar. Add some special toppings and you've got a yummy treat! Good news! YOU can try them at Holiday at Home at the Rotary booth on Labor day weekend!
We had a poffertjes party! 2021-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

A Fourth of July to remember at Kettering Park Manor

It was a 4th of July to remember as we celebrated with the residence of Kettering Park Manor. After a year of lock down, it was fun to host an old fashioned backyard BBQ for the senior. Thank you to Bob Walsh for heading it up and to all the Rotary members who contributed and volunteered. It was a great day!

Our Rotarians in Action!

A Fourth of July to remember at Kettering Park Manor 2021-07-07 04:00:00Z 0
Happy 4th of July! 2021-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Year end honors!

Year End Honors:
Another Rotary year is in the books! What a year it was! 
The club honored Mel Haines with the 'Kettering Rotarian of the Year' award for his 10 years of service as Secretary and his willingness to volunteer in so many ways. Mel is a Rotarian through and through!
The club also honored outgoing President, Brenda Stansfield for her second term as our Club President. She was gifted a beautiful glass art work and an elegant crystal gavel! Thank you to Brenda for her service. 


Year end honors! 2021-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Firefighter of the Year (TIMES TWO!)

Today we celebrated and welcomed our Kettering Firefighters of the Year, the Chief and Assistant Chief to our club. Since the pandemic derailed last year's event, we had the honor of giving two awards today. The 2020 Firefighter of the Year was Kris Denlinger. The 2021 Firefighter of the Year is Jordan Grogean. Both men received an award, cash gift and plaque. Mayor Patterson will also make a presentation later this month at the City Council meeting on behalf of the city and our club. We also heard about the impact of the pandemic on our local fire department. The compliance of procedures, PPE and other regulations filled up three binders! We appreciate the sacrifices our first responders make for our community every day. We are appreciative of the support that our City officials give to them so they can do their jobs safely and effectively. Congratulations to both men.  
Firefighter of the Year (TIMES TWO!) 2021-06-09 04:00:00Z 0


Hey! It's Back! ROTARY AFTER HOURS is THIS Tuesday Eudora Brewing Company at 5:30pm. We hope to see many Rotary members and friends of our club for a social gathering. Good for the body and soul to be able to see you - please join us. RSVP is optional, but if you let me know you're coming I'll save you a seat! (PS. If you aren't a beer drinker like me, I hear the craft root beer is amazing!)
ROTARY AFTER HOURS - JOIN US! 2021-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine Presents All About the Ohio Supreme Court

Kettering Rotary hosts Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine

We had another amazing speaker this week. Justice Pat DeWine came to our meeting and discussed all about the Ohio Supreme Court. It was informative and fun as he walked us through a case to demonstrate how cases make it to the OSC and the process the Justice's use to resolve a case.  We appreciated Justice DeWine taking the time to come and speak to us. 
Wednesday is the happiest day of the week!
If you are a Kettering Rotarian, you know why! If you aren't, follow our page and visit us as a guest sometime. Always something GOOD going on!
Welcome Back!
Kettering Rotary welcomed Matt Warhaftig back to our club. Mel Haines stood as sponsor, with Bruce Jump officiating the Induction. Matt, we're so happy you are back. Matt was a long time Kettering Rotary member but had a job change. His commitment to Rotary remained as he joined a club in Wilmington. Now he's back in Kettering and back 'HOME'. 
Thank you to Kathy Lindahl for taking photos of today's meeting. 
Bob Walsh delivered our Senior Care Packages to Birchwood Place in Kettering this week. Thank you Bob! Thank you to every Rotarian who donated items, funds and time assembling the bags. The seniors truly appreciate it. Each month we deliver a little bit of joy of things seniors need and want - and spread the Goodwill of Rotary! Photo Left:  Rotarian Bob Walsh with Kelley Phillips of Birchwood Place.


Kettering Rotary Foundation Pledges $1,000.00 to the South YMCA!

We are happy to partner with the YMCA South, in Kettering. Our fellow Rotarian, Melinda Moore, is Executive Director and presented to both our club and our Board of Directors in April. We felt a pledge of $1,000.00 would impact many families and individuals in our community. The YMCA provided pandemic child care, food and other resources during 2020. In addition to helping people keep healthy and provide day and overnight camps for children of all economic means, the YMCA is a vital part of keeping Kettering a great place to live, work and play!
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine Presents All About the Ohio Supreme Court 2021-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

An Awesome Day of Celebration

Today was a very special day with much to celebrate. First we celebrated Bruce Jump who joined our club in 1970! That's over 50 years of service to our club and community! Bruce then inducted our newest Rotarian, Kamran James. Kamran is originally from Pakistan and is eager to join our community and club. He's an amazing individual and I hope you all get a chance to chat with him one on one soon. He will be speaking to our club on May 19th, and I can tell you his journey here is nothing short of amazing. I'm proud to have him as a member!
Our speaker was Dr. Jamie Yunger MD who has been on the front lines of treating COVID patients for the past year. He had an interesting timeline of events, what they knew and didn't know and how they 'learned along the way'. The inspiring news is that with the vaccines, our future looks like it's going to be 'back to normal' soon. Rotarian Ted Ramirez prepared a special presentation to Dr. Yunger. We gifted artwork from a local artist that shows the sacrifice he and his fellow physicians across our nation and here in our region have made. We appreciate the sacrifices of every healthcare worker and their families. It was nice to have his wife and daughter there for the special presentation.
After the meeting we prepared 24 gift bags for senior residents at one of the Franklin Foundation centers. We gave crossword puzzle books, socks, lip balm, home-made candies, sanitizing wipes and handwritten notes on cards to brighten their days. Look for our emails going out for next months donation list. Thank you to Bob Walsh & Kathy Lindahl for spearheading this project. 
A day like today is what Rotary is truly about: Friendship, community, giving, sharing, honoring and celebrating. We hope you were inspired today. You inspire me every day with your spirit of generosity!
An Awesome Day of Celebration 2021-03-10 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Kathy Lindahl!


Welcome to our newest member!

Welcome to Kathy Lindahl - our 'NEWEST Rotarian' in the World and at Kettering Rotary. We're honored she's finally become an 'official' member. She's been behind the scenes for a few years - cheering our club on, helping with our holiday party, assisting with the speakers and of course, keeping Bill Lindahl in check! We are thrilled to have Kathy as a member and look forward to see how her energy and creativity will impact our club and our community!
Welcome to Kathy Lindahl! 2021-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
December Meeting Schedule 2020-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
Turkeys for The Widow's Home! 2020-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Lifepump Project in Malawi

Kettering Rotary Club is proud to have donated $4,810.00 to this worthy project. Thank you to Bill Lindahl for bringing this project to our club. Thank you to each member who contributed. We have changed lives with your generosity!
Lifepump Project in Malawi 2020-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

Get ready for #WorldPolioDay on 24 October!

No child should suffer from this vaccine-preventable disease. This #WorldPolioDay, learn how to join with @Rotary to help #endpolio for good
Triple your impact on #WorldPolioDay thanks to @gatesfoundation's 2-to-1 match. Donate to @EndPolioNow:
Get ready for #WorldPolioDay on 24 October! 2020-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Sofia!

Congratulations to Sofia Davico, our student from Italy on her graduation from Kettering Fairmont! She will have one more year of school when she returns to Italy in the summer.
She also was to witness history last week as she saw the launch of the SpaceX launch of 'Crew Dragon' from Cocoa Beach.
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Join our Zoom Meetings! 2020-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

Mask Project 2.0!

EDIT: Our club donated over 1,500 masks and collected $4,000.00 in donations that will be used for Food Banks and other community projects. 
Our club has donated more than 400 masks to area nursing homes! We're still sewing! 
The need for masks now that the CDC has recommend every individual wear them if in public is overwhelming. We are doing our part to get them to those who need them. They are free to anyone who needs them, but if they are able to make a donation to our club foundation - we can do even more positive things in our community - like support food banks, scholarships and other non-profits. The most important thing though is for everyone to stay well. 
Below are photos of some of the prints - these are colorful - and the selection varies daily (I promise they aren't all 'girly') ! The masks are machine washable, have a wire at the top to mold to your nose, a pocket to insert a filter or extra layer of protection such as a tissue, coffee filter or hepa filter. According to the CDC machine washing is enough to sanitize your masks. DO NOT PUT IN THE MICROWAVE!  Some tie on, some have elastic or performance fabric loops. If you need them, contact us and we'll do our best to help.
Mask Project 2.0! 2020-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

We're in this together - Let's do our part! 1,000,000 masks nationwide!

Hello Rotarians, 
Our club is supporting the million mask challenge. Home sewers across the nation are making reversible masks for health care workers and essential employees that will be needing them. These masks are NOT N95 that would be effective against the COVID-19 virus, but these masks are crucial for freeing up those masks for the health care workers who need them the most. These can be used by workers who are seeing patients that are non-COVID-19, or who are not in direct contact. So they are important with what's coming.  I will add the mask pattern to the download section to the left for those who sew or know sewers. 
Brenda is spearheading our clubs efforts. Don's wife, Donna is sewing, Peter is mobilizing a team at the hospital to make 2,000 of them and others are donating supplies for sewers and contacting other sewers. 
We need help with supplies! Send them to Brenda or she can pick up when she does a grocery run next time. If you order on line you can send directly to her home. 
Fabric - 100% cotton, colorful. The masks are reversible and each side should be a different color. If you can gather 1-2 yards for us that is helpful. 
Elastic 1/4" - any color, but it won't work if it's wider (it pops off the ears) THIS IS IN SHORT SUPPLY Please look for this on your grocery outings. Most grocery stores have a small notion section. Dollar General also might have them.
Wire, paper clips - I think I have enough of these but if you plan on making them you will need wire so the nose can form to the face more securely. 
Click the video (photo on left) to hear what we're doing and how the masks are constructed.
Keep healthy and safe Rotarians. 
We're in this together - Let's do our part! 1,000,000 masks nationwide! 2020-03-24 04:00:00Z 0



Dear Kettering Rotary  Friends
As we face very troublesome times with the onset of the Corona19 virus we want to ensure that you have helpful information as you, your family and friends do all you can to navigate the times ahead.
In an abundance of caution we will follow the counsel of Public Health officials to reduce gatherings and cancel Kettering Rotary meetings March 18-April 1 with a review and possibly resuming April 8.
I will miss meeting with you and encourage you to stay connected via e-mail and telephone!
I want to thank Brenda and Bill who have created such a marvelous list of speakers whom we will now have to reschedule.
I have provided some links to the CDC for your personal use and perhaps to share with your faith community.
The following links will take you to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  1. Resources for Home:
  2. Interim Guidance for Community and Faith Leaders:
  3. Checklist for Community and Faith Leaders:
  4. Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations:
We join together in thought and prayer for the safety and healing of our community and the nations of the world!

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KRC Member Bob Lamb to be Honored on Veterans Day in Centerville

The City of Centerville will honor Bob Lamb for his service along with other Veterans at the city’s Veterans Day Ceremony, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial at Stubbs Park, 255 West Spring Valley Pike. Please try and attend this wonderful presentation.
We're so proud of you Bob - your service to our Country and our club is always inspiring. 
Bob Lamb served in the Army Air Corps between 1943 and 1946. He was a bombardier instructor for six months and spent a year as a navigator on a B-25 in the Western Pacific after having earned his wings as an aerial navigator and bombardier.
Lamb says within the span of three or four weeks in 1945, his squadron experienced four incidents involving the deaths of 19 of their own men and an unknown number of Army soldiers. During one of his missions, Lamb was part of a group asked to give ground support to American infantrymen on an island in the Philippines. Because of the strategy employed by his bomb group, which involved low level strafing and bombing, they had only one plane equipped with a bombsight for high altitude operations.
The bombardier in the lead plane was to focus on a smoke bomb fired into the Japanese held location by our infantry, but it was snuffed out by the enemy and one of their own was sent back. The bombardier became confused and signaled “bombs away” over their territory.
Only the lead squadron released their bombs since the other three saw the error in time. However, the lead squadron of six planes had to repeat the original pattern for the other eighteen to unload on a correctly positioned smoke bomb.
Two of Lamb’s original crew were killed near Borneo in another “friendly fire” incident. After the war, Lamb took the opportunity to visit their families in Illinois and Kansas.
In New Guinea kunai grass grows up to 15 feet tall. Returning from a mission, the U.S. B-25s were forced to fly so low that grass was picked out of the engine cowlings after landing.
Only last year, 206 letters Lamb wrote to his parents were discovered in a storage area, as well as copies of the 130 letters they sent to him.
KRC Member Bob Lamb to be Honored on Veterans Day in Centerville 2019-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

An invitation from President Bath for an evening of Music

Each year KHN holds a Mission Conference. 
Part of the event includes an evening of music inspiration.
As partners with KHN in the Tornado Relief and in the Tour de Gem, I would invite the members of our KRC to join this event should they wish.
Note – the doors open at 6 – this is a very popular singer – used to be known as Third Day so expect a large following.
An invitation from President Bath for an evening of Music 2019-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

KRC celebrates Dr. Roy Chew's induction into the Legion of Honor

Dayton Citizen of the Year, Legion of Honor induction of Dr. Roy Chew

Dr. Roy Chew is honored at the banquet today. 
Kettering Rotary was well represented today with our own President offering the Invocation at Dr. Roy Chew's induction to the Legion of Honor from the Dayton President's Club.
Mayor Don Patterson declared 'Dr. Chew' Day in the City of Kettering.
Kettering Rotary Table
Mel Haines, Josie Burns and Bill Largo
Brenda Stansfield and Mark Schwieterman
Other Rotarians in attendance: Woody Stroud and Amy Schrimpf


KRC celebrates Dr. Roy Chew's induction into the Legion of Honor 2019-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day is TODAY 2019-09-03 04:00:00Z 0
The Last Stop! Tour de Gem 100 mile ride 2019-09-03 04:00:00Z 0

STRIVE Calendar for 2019-2020

Posted by Brenda Stansfield on Aug 27, 2019
This year STRIVE will kick off in October. Now's the time to sign up to be a mentor/life coach for a student who needs you to help them navigate their senior year. The calendar of events for this year are as follows:


OCT 2 STRIVE breakfast at Fairmont

DEC 4 STRIVE lunch at Rotary.

FEB 19 STRIVE breakfast at Fairmont

APR 29 STRIVE Awards at Rotary

Please consider giving of your time this year. It's our club's signature program, one we're very proud of - but it only achieves results if our Rotarians are engaged with the students. Please contact Brenda S for information


STRIVE Calendar for 2019-2020 Brenda Stansfield 2019-08-27 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Sofia!

Our club is so excited to welcome Sofia, our club's exchange student from Italy. Here she is with her Rotary 'family', Kettering Rotarian, Bob Walsh, at her first American Baseball Game!
Welcome to Sofia! 2019-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome Elliot!

This week we had the pleasure of inducting our newest member, Elliot Smith. Elliot is a Pastor with KHN. Please be sure to introduce yourself and get to know him. 
Welcome Elliot! 2019-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
REGISTER NOW - TIME IS RUNNING OUT! 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Steps Up to Help 2019-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

Student Awards for Kettering Fairmont, STEM and Alter

Today we had the pleasure of honoring students from three local high schools. 
Student Awards for Kettering Fairmont, STEM and Alter 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Firefighter of the Year Award Brenda Stansfield 2019-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

Veterans Day Video with DDN & Our Own Bob Lamb!

A special thank you to all those that have served our great Country. We know freedom isn't free - it take the sacrifice of our military and their families. We salute you.
Dayton Daily News did a lovely video of the importance of remembering our past with our own Bob Lamb. Truly makes us proud you are part of our Club and community Bob!
Veterans Day Video with DDN & Our Own Bob Lamb! 2018-11-12 05:00:00Z 1 Bob Lamb,Veterans Day,rotary,service

Bill Nance 50 Years in Radio and a Fond Farewell to Tom.

Goodbye Tom! We'll miss you - 'Go Bucks'


Goodbye Tom - After 30 years of friendship, it's hard to say so long. Hope you come back to visit us. We wish you and your lovely wife endless sunshine in Florida!


Bill Nance shared highlights from his 50 year career in radio broadcasting with us today. A true Dayton legend and a great speaker. 


From the 60's to the present day - Bill has seen and heard it all. The technology has changed but the message remains the same. Melody Morris assisted with his presentation and his been his co-host over the years. You can hear them both on

Bill Nance 50 Years in Radio and a Fond Farewell to Tom. 2018-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Don Walls - My Trip to Japan as an Educator

In the 1970's .Don was one of 14 educators that had a private invitation to travel to Japan from a gentleman who ran prestigious private schools there.
Today Don shared some great memories and memorabilia with us. Many highlights of his trip were both funny and heartwarming. 
Here you see his lovely assistant, Marilynne, modelling a traditional Kimono. 
He showed several postcards of drawings of Hiroshima, as depicted by the survivors. 
Don Walls - My Trip to Japan as an Educator 2018-09-05 04:00:00Z 0 don walls,japan,rotary meeting,speaker,travel

72 Hours in the Life of a KRC Member

What a fun 72 hours! We participated in the annual Holiday at Home Event selling burgers, hot dogs and fries on Sunday and Monday and then on Tuesday several Rotarians had a guided tour of the Mound Cold War Discovery Center.  It's great fun to be a Rotary Member!

72 Hours of FUN!

Don and Larry and Amy's Hubby man our booth. 
We partnered with Gibb's Old Tyme Hamburgers
Rotary crew with friends and family take a tour. 
learning about contamination suits and more. 
The Dayton Project - you wouldn't be flying without it!
Our guide Mandy is a  passionate & knowledgeable.speaker. 
72 Hours in the Life of a KRC Member 2018-09-05 04:00:00Z 0 fellowship,fundraising,membership,mound tour

Two fond farewell's and our new BOD.

Today was a bittersweet day for us. So many changes - so much love.
We thanked Don Wall's for being our Club's first 'Two Timer' President and hope he'll enjoy his status as, Past President, once again. He was truly an amazing leader and helped our club grow this year.
We also said a final 'Goodbye' to Russ Holtz for his 19 years of service to our Club as he moves to sunny Florida. We wish him all the best. You will be missed Russ.
We say 'See Ya Soon' to Amy Schrimpf as she will be moving to the Social Club instead of our regular club. She will be our STRIVE Liaison for the Social Club. She also vows to pop in now and again to visit with us for lunch. 
An update on Bob H: Several members have visited Bob and he is in rehab at the Hospital still. He's in good spirits, making progress. Please keep him in your thoughts.
And last, but not least, Kerrie Smith was sworn in today with her new BOD. Congratulations Kerrie - we appreciated your vision for your year and know you'll be very successful.
Two fond farewell's and our new BOD. 2018-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

MS Check Presentation and Flag Day Tribute 

Today was a special day - a day to honor our flag with a Flag Folding Ceremony and a poem about the 13 folds. Bob Lamb read the following as Don and Larry demonstrated the proper folding.

The Thirteen Folds of Our Flag

  1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
  2. The second fold signifies our belief in eternal life.
  3. The third fold is made in honor and tribute of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace.
  4. The fourth fold exemplifies our weaker nature as citizens trusting in God; it is to Him we turn for His divine guidance.
  5. The fifth fold is an acknowledgment to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
  6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
  7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies.
  8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
  9. The ninth fold is an honor to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty, and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
  10. The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first-born.
  11. The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
  12. The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.
  13. The last fold, when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”

Honoring Andy!

We also honored long time Rotarian (we miss you!) Andy as we presented the Regional MS Society with a check in his honor. The funds were raised with our Social Membership's Romer's Night out and our clubs participation in the MS Walk-a-Thon. A job well done Rotarians!
MS Check Presentation and Flag Day Tribute 2018-06-13 04:00:00Z 0



Congratulations to our STRIVE students on their graduation. A special recognition to our Scholarship winners:

Ethan Allshouse - $2000 (Don Boyer Award), Mentor: Dave McElwee, Elizabeth Oster - $1000, Mentor: Amy Schafer Schrimpf, Baileigh Buckingham - $750, Mentor: Amy Schrimpf,
Mporana 'TaTa' Nzabakiza - $750, Mentor: Tim McCrate, Amanda O'Brien - $750, Mentor: Marilynne Saliwanchik, Reahgan Julian - $750, Mentor: Brenda Stansfield



Also a big thank you for the Career Tech students who came today to show us their inventions and displays. Impressive students.

Thank you to the teachers and counselors who helped our students and a very special thank you to Nicole Will, Victor Colon and Zakiye Abboud for being on the committee with our Rotary members.

2018 STRIVE WINNERS! 2018-05-17 04:00:00Z 0

Student Awards, and more (2 weeks at Rotary!)

A little bit behind 'spreading the news!' Here are photos from last weeks Student Awards: Leadership (RYLA Winners), Overcoming Adversity, and Student Service Above Self. Students are from Fairmont, Alter and STEM. Congratulations to all!
Today we inducted our NEWEST member! Please welcome Bernard 'Bunny' Jump! After 50 years, he finally listened to his brother Bruce and joined us!
And last but not least we had two speakers today Col. Larry Benson and his grandson. If you loved the home made aeroplane video and want to see it on youtube here is the link:
Student Awards, and more (2 weeks at Rotary!) 2018-05-09 04:00:00Z 0

Dayton Mediation and A Check for a Student Exchange!

Today we had Michelle Zaremba the Director of Dayton Mediation program tell us all about how mediation works in the court system, with private citizens and even in some corporate environment through their great work.

Arch Grieve also excitedly thanked our club and our foundation for sponsorship of the International Internship Exchange with Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is in partnership with the Dayton Regional STEM School, Dayton Sister City Committee, and INTERA Technology Park. (See photo of check acceptance)

This year they will be visiting Bosnia in June and then their students are expected to visit our community sometime in September. Arch is looking for host families. Hopefully we can help him out!



Dayton Mediation and A Check for a Student Exchange! 2018-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Around the World With Rotary

Kettering Rotarian Bill Lindahl and his wife Kathy are traveling again!  This trip takes them to  Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Burma. Here is a photo of the flag exchange in Marina City, Singapore. The Lindahl's are proof that no matter where in the world you roam - you're always among Rotary friends. 
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A 'Little Bit' from SISCA

'Little Bit' stole the show and our hearts. 

'Little Bit' is one of the sweet pups looking for her forever home at SISCA. 
Hanging out with her human companions. We think she should be an honorary Rotarian. 
A 'Little Bit' from SISCA 2017-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

A Salute and Helping Hand to our Veterans!

A Salute and Helping Hand to Our Veterans.


Our club collected much needed clothing for homeless Veteran's here in the Miami Valley. In addition to clothing over $300.00 was donated to buy new underwear and socks for the recipients as well.  On December 31st our club will also help host a New Year's Eve Party at the VA. 


A big thank you to Mel Haines for spearheading this worthwhile project. We are proud to have amazing Rotarians like Mel identify a need and then take the lead for our club and community. 


Our Speaker was 90 year old Navy Veteran Ralph Young who told us about  his World War II experiences and his inspiration for his two books on the subject. 


Ralph Young's account of World War II - he experience and his belief in his mother and prayers. 

A Salute and Helping Hand to our Veterans! 2017-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

Our friends from Brazil!

A special visit from Neide and Joezil Barros from the Rotary Club of Do Recife District 4500 in Pernambuco Brazil. Last year Mer and Al hosted the children for Thanksgiving and today, both parents were visiting the States and stopped by. It's always fun to have global members join us!
Pernambuco is a state in northeast Brazil, on the Atlantic Ocean. Its modern capital, Recife, features a port, old town and popular beach area of Boa Viagem. Offshore, the volcanic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha has a jagged coastline, undeveloped beaches and a marine park. South of Recife, reef-protected Porto de Galinhas beach offers natural pools. North lies Olinda, a colonial town amid lush vegetation. Pernambuco is the seventh-most-populous Brazilian state by population (9,277,727)
Our friends from Brazil! 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Mark the date for our Kettering Rotary Social Club Meeting 2017-09-21 04:00:00Z 0 membership,social

STEM School Update on Bosnia Trip

The Dayton Regional STEM School students presented our club with an appreciation plaque and a wonderful program today. The students participated in Internships, cultural programs and so much more on their trip. It was an honor for our club to help them experience two weeks abroad and to learn so much about the region - and it's special ties to the Dayton Area with the Peace Accords.
STEM School Update on Bosnia Trip 2017-09-20 04:00:00Z 0 #Bosnia,Cultural exchange,Peace,STEM

KRC Helping Veterans




You can help Miami Valley's Transient Veterans.

Kettering Rotary members Bob Lamb and Mel Haines have take the initiative for our club to  help Miami Valley's Transient Veterans in partnership with The Dayton VA Center, Volunteers of America and Thrivent Financial - Live Generously. We are asking you to clean out your closets and bring mens clothing and shoes to our meetings by November 1st. The clothing should be washed and folded and ready to wear by needy homeless veterans. In addition you may also consider donating new socks and underwear to the project as well. Please download the brochure and the donation form here for more information. 
Thank you to our generous Rotary family for truly helping Veterans in need. 
We will also be participating in the annual Christmas Dinner to honor over 200 local transient Veteran's at the Dayton VA Center. This event is in the 13th year of service by the Gary and Rose Mary Leasure Family of Kettering. We are happy to be a part of this wonderful service project. 
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Flag Exchange in Iceland 2017-08-09 04:00:00Z 0 flag exchange,iceland,rotarians,travel
Kettering Rotary Launches New 'Social Membership' 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 2 fellowship,fun,membership,social
KRC Golf Outing - August 17, 2017 2017-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Student Exchange Meeting 

Today we met downtown at the Entrepreneur's Center to meet the inbound students from Bosnia. Out bound students from the Dayton Regional STEM school will go to Bosnia later this year. Our club is a proud sponsor of this cultural exchange and our own President Marilynne is hosting one of the students in her home. 
Student Exchange Meeting 2017-05-24 04:00:00Z 0

2017 STRIVE Awards



Happy Iradukunda, winner of the 'Don Boyer Memorial Scholarship' STRIVE Award and his mentor, Tim McCrate. 

Patrick Rwiyereka (Center) proudly accepts his STRIVE Scholarship award with his parents, teacher and Rotary mentor, Brad Balsom. 

Rawan Shalash (center) celebrates her STRIVE scholarship with her mother, niece, teacher and Fairmont counselor, Victor Colon. Her mentor, Dave McEwee could not attend but had Mr. Colon read a heart felt congratulations on his behalf. 


Our club had the honor of having Don Boyer's widow, Donna, help with the celebration. Don was a long standing Rotarian who helped to develop the STRIVE program. His legacy lives on with each scholarship and in the hearts of each Rotary member. 

2017 STRIVE Awards 2017-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Oh what a Night! Mayor's Ball for Brigid's Path

Mayor's Ball for Charity: Brigid's Path

A few snapshots of the BIG event of the year. Held at Reynolds & Reyonlds every year with a deserving charity picked by Mayor Patterson, the Kettering Mayor's Ball for Charity is a Kettering Rotary Signature event. See all the photos with free downloads at:  (Photos by Joanna Adams)
Oh what a Night! Mayor's Ball for Brigid's Path 2017-05-05 04:00:00Z 0

District Conference Golf Outing.

A good day for Golf!

Our club was represented at the District Conference with a Hole Sponsorship and a few of our members as Golfers. 
District Conference Golf Outing. 2017-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

KRC Student Awards. 

Student Awards: Fairmont, Alter and STEM

(L-R: Joshua Rugwiza (STEM), Joel Baker (STEM), Pooja Shirahatti (STEM),  Arlette Marie Munyankindi (Alter), Theodore Hale (Fairmont),
Mariell Thimme (Alter), Jessi Urichich (Fairmont) and Olivia Priske (Fairmont)
Today we honored truly outstanding students from Fairmont, Alter and the Dayton Regional STEM School.
Awards were given for 'Service Above Self', 'Overcoming Adversity' and Leadership. 
Congratulations to the students for inspiring us and letting us know the world will be wonderful hands with you in leadership roles in the future. 
KRC Student Awards. 2017-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you from our RYLA Students!

Kettering Rotary Club's RYLA Students had a wonderful leadership experience at camp this year. Thank you to our club for sponsoring another amazing group of students!
Thank you from our RYLA Students! 2017-04-24 04:00:00Z 0

KRC Honors Firefighter of the Year

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. 
KRC Honors Firefighter of the Year 2017-03-23 04:00:00Z 0
Kettering Mayor's Ball to benefit Brigid's Path 2017-01-20 05:00:00Z 0

Dayton STEM School gets much needed support. 

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. 
Dayton STEM School gets much needed support. 2017-01-05 05:00:00Z 0

Making Friends Around the World


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!
Making Friends Around the World 2016-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

A nice gift that benefits local charities!

'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.
A nice gift that benefits local charities! 2016-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

2016 Hoiladay Party - A Night to Remember at Brios!

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. 
2016 Hoiladay Party - A Night to Remember at Brios! 2016-12-07 05:00:00Z 0

October 26 2016 Scribe Report

Posted by Larry Hodapp on Oct 26, 2016
Scribe Report
Kettering Rotary Meeting
October 26, 2016
The meeting started with the ringing of the bell at noon
Tim McCrate gave a the prayer in the team catholic tradition
This day in Dayton history – Beginnings of IBM started in Dayton – The Dayton Computing Scale Company
Song Leader & Pledge by Dave – My Country Tis of Thee
Don was SoA and he fined Brenda (the original) for the TMcC award.  Quized us on voting trivia, Remember it’s Wyoming’s fault. Happy Birthday Bucks from Kerrie and 29 year old Bob. Marilynne was happy for PSU beating OSU
Announcements: -
Next year’s District Youth Exchange goal is 20 students. Bud’s wife Marty is doing much better after her recent fractured hip.
We had a club forum presented by Larry – Foundations and Marilynne – the Club’s future
Larry talked about the Rotary Foundation: Goals of the Foundation, ways you can help with the Paul Harris Fellowship program and EREY Every Rotarian Every Year - $100 donation and also about of local KRCF – Kettering Rotary Club Foundation.
Marilynne has been visiting other Club’s in our District to learn what they are up to and bring back their best practices for us to consider. We currently have 49 members and 16 of those to not regularly attend. She discussed possible change to the club – Increasing Dues, Young Executive Members to include social and networking events, Meeting less often than every week. Members would like to see a club budget and future non-dues income plans
Luck of the Draw, what’s his/her name drew one of the 51 non-winners (Editor's Note I think Larry means Bruce Jump).
Your cubby reporter in the next room, Larry
October 26 2016 Scribe Report Larry Hodapp 2016-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
A Message on Membership from Rotary International 2016-08-31 04:00:00Z 0

STRIVE - $6,000.00 in Scholarships!



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. 
STRIVE - $6,000.00 in Scholarships! 2016-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

Mayor's Ball 2016 Highlights!

2016 Kettering Mayor's Ball for Charity.

Raising funds for Multiple System Atrophy

See more photos and download your favorites at
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! 
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Student Awards: Alter, STEM, Fairmont

Congratulations to these outstanding students. Thank you to Kerri Smith for a GREAT presentation.
OUTSTANDING STUDENTS OF 2016 2016-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self & New Member Induction!

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!
Service Above Self & New Member Induction! 2016-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

Big Checks for TWO Great Non-Profits from RFYL!

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! 
Big Checks for TWO Great Non-Profits from RFYL! 2016-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

Saving lives!

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!
Saving lives! 2015-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

New Members Induction!

Welcome our two newest Rotarians! Superintendent, Scott Inskeep, and Treasurer of Kettering Schools, Daniel Schall. 
New Members Induction! 2015-10-14 04:00:00Z 0

Check Presentation from the Mayor's Ball Committee

The Mayor's Ball Committee had the honor of presenting a check for $18,000.00 to the Kettering Backpack Program.
Last night, Jim Ghory presented the check along with Mayor Don Patterson at the City Council session. Today the 'official' Club Presentation.
Congratulations to the entire committee for a job well done. 

Last night KRC President Jim Ghory & Mayor Don Patterson presented the check during the City Council Session.

Today Bonnie Pittl & Molly McGinnis accepted 'the check' from our Mayor's Ball Committee. 



Check Presentation from the Mayor's Ball Committee 2015-07-14 04:00:00Z 0
Larry Hodapp receives the Cliff Dochterman Rotary Scouting Service Award 2015-06-10 04:00:00Z 0
Join us for our Presidential Roast! June 24, 2015 2015-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

S.T.R.I.V.E Scholarship Award Day!

An exceptional year for our STRIVE students, mentors and teachers. Thank you and Congratulations on all your hard work this year!
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Beth Ling - 'The People's Scribe' 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
2015 Mayor's Ball for Charity 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0

Alter Awards

Alter Student Awards

Today was the Student Awards for Alter High School. Kerri did a great job presenting the winners for Leadership, Academic and Overcoming Adversity.
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Two VERY special guests!

Rotarian Bob Hadley brought two very special guests to yesterdays meeting. His lovely wife, Judy, who is also an Honorary Rotarian, and Kirsti Sorumshaugon from Norway. Kirsti was an exchange student more that 30 years ago that stayed with Bob & Judy for a year. She gave a heartfelt thank you to the club and the Hadleys for 'changing her life'. She said she is proud to call them her 'mom and dad' and feels honored to have had such an opportunity through Rotary. 'If you ever have the chance to sponsor another exchange student' she said 'Do it!'
Two VERY special guests! 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z 0

2015 STEM School Awards


2015 STEM School Award Winners! Congratulations. We wish you much success!

Leadership Award

Academic Award Winner.

Overcoming Adversity Award.

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Kettering Farimont Awards

Kettering Fairmont Student Awards

Today we honor three impressive students for Academic Achievement, Leadership and Overcoming Adversity. Congrats to these outstanding students!

Overcoming Adversity Award.

Academic Achievement Award

Leadership Award
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Another Check! Run For Your Life continues the giving!

The Run For Your Life Committee gave another VERY Generous check to The Kettering Backpack Program today! Bonnie Pittl accepted the check on behalf of this great organization that feeds over 500 children in need each week! Just a reminder too, that The Backpack Program is this years recipient of The Kettering Mayor's Charity Ball - and as luck would have it - Registration for that event is NOW OPEN. Click here for early bird tickets:
Another Check! Run For Your Life continues the giving! 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Nigerian GSE Team Visit Brenda Stansfield 2013-04-19 00:00:00Z 0

KRC News for Jan. 9, 2013

Posted by Mel Haines on Jan 14, 2013

Kettering Rotary  - 1/9/13

The Kettering Rotary met at Presential Banquet Center on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. The meeting was called to order by President Don Walls who welcomed the group to the first meeting of the New Year. As is tradition, the club celebrated the month’s birthdays.

Mel Haines reminded the group to update their information on the website and an announcement of the slate of Rotary officers for 2013-2014 was read. Nominations were requested. No nominations were provided from the floor and the officers were approved.

Mel gave the invocation.

Our Birthday Chair, Tom Minnich, led the birthday celebration by introducing all those with their birthday’s during the month of January.

The January birthdays included:

Paul Halcomb (1/3) who has served as a Rotarian since July of 1972

Bud Ragan (who is still in Florida) (1/4) a Rotarian since 1982

Don Whip (1/7) a Rotarian since 1965, our longest serving Rotarian and very special for his 48 years of perfect attendance!

Bobbie Roland-Gorman (1/11) serving in Rotary since 1988

And last but not least Don Patterson (1/14) a member of Rotary since 1993

Tom Minnich led the birthday song for the group and then went onto lead both the song and pledge. “God Bless America” was the song of choice.

Andy Scholes served as the Sergeant of Arms. He sat at the greeter table taking notes while eavesdropping on conversations. Fines were issued to Beth for her support of Notre Dame, Jeff Lewis for his constant complaining, Kathy Johnson for not wearing a Rotary pin (a newspaper photo served as evidence), Tim Leist for his motorskills, Don Patterson for setting record attendance, Norm for griping about how hard the greeter position is, and Missy Mae for being deprived as a child (she has never been  sledding).

Jane Black, the Executive Director of the Dayton Art Institute, served as this week’s speaker. She informed the group of new programs being sponsored by the Institute. She as well spoke about how the Institute is trying to become a more welcoming place for all in the community. Jane is a product of the South Suburbs and was once a student of President Don Walls in elementary school.  Ms. Black is very passionate about the DAI and welcomed all to visit and obtain membership in the organization.

Don Patterson’s ticket was drawn for Luck of the Draw but he did not pick the right card.

Missy Mae Walters – Scribe for the day.

KRC News for Jan. 9, 2013 Mel Haines 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0

Mayor's Ball Check Presentation!

Posted by Brenda Stansfield on Jul 17, 2012
Congratulations to Marilynne & Jim for raising over $24,000 to benefit CHOICES! Last week our club had the official check presentation. It feels GREAT to be a part of something BIG, wouldn't you agree?

Mayor's Ball Check Presentation! Brenda Stansfield 2012-07-18 00:00:00Z 0

2012 Student Awards

Posted by Brenda Stansfield on Mar 20, 2012

The Kettering Rotary Club is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Student Awards, which are presented annually during the month of March to students from both Fairmont and Alter High Schools. In presenting these awards, the Kettering Rotary Club acknowledges the various skills and achievements of local high school students and provides significant financial awards to the students in four categories. READ & SEE PHOTOS BELOW:

2012 Student Awards Brenda Stansfield 2012-03-21 00:00:00Z 0

Crayons to Classrooms

Posted by Brenda Stansfield on Feb 23, 2012
A BIG 'thank you!' to Beth Ling and her girls who took our small mountain of schools supplies and a cash donation of $200 to 'Crayons to Classrooms'.  (Note that Beth's daughter is sporting a KRC T Shirt!  Way to go!) KRC is proud to support so many local students and teachers with our donations, financial support, literary programs and mentoring. This is our first year with the Crayons to Classrooms supply drive and I'd say it was quite a success!
Crayons to Classrooms Brenda Stansfield 2012-02-24 00:00:00Z 0

Wende's Last Meeting - Minute to Win It Challenges

Posted by Brenda Stansfield on Jun 21, 2011

Wende's last 'official' meeting was a day of fun and fellowship!  We had challenges (and PRIZES!) for the winning members and teams. We played:  

Hanky Panky, Movin' on  Up, Junk in the Trunk (video below) and Bobble Head PLUS each table competed in a crafting challenge to create the ROTARY wheel.  Missed it? Want to re-live it?  I'll be posting an album on line with more fun and frolic soon... so... stay tuned!  



A MINUTE TO WIN IT' - JUNK IN THE TRUNK: Each contestant is trying to shake ping pong balls out of their 'trunk' and spell out R-O-T-A-R-Y! Just one of the summer games we played today. Watch for some great photos of other challenges... coming soon! Woody was the victor, but only beat out Bob L by a fraction of a second... it came down to spelling out ROTARY faster. 

Wende's Last Meeting - Minute to Win It Challenges Brenda Stansfield 2011-06-22 00:00:00Z 0

STRIVE Student Visit

Posted by Brenda Stansfield

What a GREAT turnout today with our STRIVE students and a great treat to have our speaker tell us all about the Boonshoft Museum of Discover. So much space - we all MATTER!

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Visiting Rotarian

Posted by Brenda Stansfield

It's always nice to have a visiting Rotarian at our club. Today we were delighted to host this gentleman from India. He gave a little background of his club and their projects. Thanks to all the KRC members who welcomed him so warmly.


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TITLE Boxing of Kettering Demo

Posted by Brenda Stansfield

Gloves on and Rotarians are up for the challenge. Rotarian Rob Scott invited TITLE Boxing of Kettering to demonstrate their unique brand of fitness. With 5 brave Rotarians willing to give it a try - the meeting was 'interesting' See below for more 'action' shots. Then head over to our facebook page and leave a comment!


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The Official Numbers are in! $28,334.24!

Posted by Brenda Stansfield



Congratulations to the Mayor's Ball Committee for another successful event. The eighth annual ball generated $28,334.24 in funds! The Franklin Foundation recieved 90% of the funds raised and the monies will be used for low income seniors living in the city of Kettering. The remaining 10% will be used by the Kettering Rotary Foundation for many worthy projects like our S.T.R.I.V.E scholarships and other projects that help students and our community. We are proud of our results and hope you will join us in celebration at our May 14th Meeting when we present the check to Lynn Dalton of the Franklin Foundation.  For more photos click 'more'  below.


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A fond 'Farwell' to President Tom!

Posted by Brenda Stansfield

Kudos for a great year to our 50th President - Tom Gaberileson! Here is a recap of the songs.

We hope to share a few photos from the big 'Roast/toast' with you soon too!



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RFYL presents checks to two worthy organizations!

Posted by Brenda Stansfield

Today the RFYL committee presented checks for $1, 500.00 each to the Kettering Back Pack Program and to Crayon's to Classrooms. Another $800.00 went to our club for other projects and goodness in our community! Thanks to everyone on the committee for their hard work and a great event!Image 

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Columbus Zoo visits our Club!

Posted by Brenda Stansfield

Thank you to Tom Minnich for arranging a VERY special visit from the Columbus Zoo. Snow leopard, fox, penguin, kangaroo & otters. The two gentlemen presenting are two of Jack Hannah's right hand men who travel with and handle the animals on the road. Thank you to Saul and Matthew for an excellent presentation.  (Photos by Beth Ling)

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January 23 - Be inspired with Rotary! Brenda Stansfield 0
Here's Your April 3rd Quote! Brenda Stansfield 0
February 28th, Presidential Quote of the Day! Brenda Stansfield 0
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January 16th - President Don's Words of Wisdom Brenda Stansfield 0
January 30th - Chuckle of the Day! Brenda Stansfield 0
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Posted by Brenda Stansfield
History was made at our Club today as we inducted our first corporate member, The Dayton Regional STEM School. Please welcome our newest members. Kettering Rotary is proud to have a partnership with this innovative school and look forward to meeting the students and staff. 


We gave almost $900.00 to our Holiday family in need, thanks to Bruce Jump who won the luck of the draw and gave that in addition to all the monies our members so generously donated. We know the money will be most appreciated by the family.

We also gave Claudia her Christmas gift for her great service all year.

Just a reminder that our next meeting is JANUARY 9th - so enjoy your Christmas and New Year!

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A Toast to Brenda 'Queen for a Day!'

Posted by Brenda Stansfield
Thanks to each and every one of you for such a warm, fun and first class tribute to my year as your President. It was an honor to serve, and I hope that we continue to grow our membership and do great things in the wonderful 'Kingdom of Kettering' I have a few photos of the 'Toast' in an album (see the LEFT side of this site under 'photo albums' for a power point presentation) You can also click the 'More' at the end of this for a few more pictures as well.

Many of you requested me to share our 'Year in Review' - I have made this public to anyone who wants to view it.
Simply click here:  2011-2012 Kettering Rotary Club Year in Review  and then click 'START PRESENTATION' to view.

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'Chalk About It' at Town & Country

Posted by Brenda Stansfield
We had an opportunity to reach out to our community for the first time... here are some pics.  Thank you to Amy for your help on this event!  See more below! They are too cute to miss!  See more on our facebook page too!
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Honoring our Local Heroes

Posted by Brenda Stansfield



On February 2, 2012 Kettering Rotary Club bestowed 'Firefighter of the Year' awards to two distinguished Firemen, Doug Pastingel and Anthony Albertini.  Each man will received an award plaque of distinction, a cash award and also SAR (Search & Rescue) LED Lights for their helmets as a thank you for their service above self to our community. SAR Lights were invented by a past Kettering Rotary Firefighter of the Year Recipient (Dale Booher KRCFFY 1996) . They are designed to attach to the firefighters helmet, thus keeping their hands free for equipment, and lighting the way safely for the fire fighter. We are proud to be giving back to those who give so much to our community.


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Lt Colonel Wenstrup 'Why We Serve'

Posted by Brenda Stansfield
Kettering Rotary welcomed Lt Colonel Brad Wenstrup who served one year as a Podiatrist, Chief of Surgery and Director of wound care and Chief of staff of the Abu Ghraib Prison

 Hospital in Iraq. HImagee has been awImagearded the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star. His presentation today was a moving talk of 'Why We Serve'. 
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STRIVE Awards & Flag Exchange

Posted by Brenda Stansfield

Last week we gave our STRIVE awards to the outstanding students of Kettering Fairmont High School. See ALL the photos in the STRIVE 2012 Photo album to the right. We also had a visiting Rotarian from the Xenia club with their exchange student from Brazil. Thank you to all the STRIVE mentors and to Marilynne for chairing the awards and program. Great job!
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Presentation of PHF & RFYL Contribution

Posted by Brenda Stansfield


LEFT: Bruce Jump (with President Brenda Stansfield) celebrates Bruce's PHF PLUS 4!  Thank you Bruce for your generosity!

Right:  Girls on the Run received a check for $2,500.00 from Beth Ling (on the Right) from the proceeds of KRC 2011 'Run for your Life' 5K run.


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Leadership Award - Kira Osowsiki - Archbishop Alter High School

Posted by Brenda Stansfield
The Kettering Rotary Club is proud to announce the 2012 Student Leadership Award winners are Kira Osowski from Archbishop Alter High School and Saleh Hindi from Fairmont High School.  The Kettering Rotary Club presents this award annually to students who are currently in their junior year and have demonstrated leadership qualities both academically and socially.  Each recipient receives a $500 cash award and the opportunity to attend the District RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) program.  This renowned Rotary program emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth; provide an effective training experience for youth and potential leaders; encourage leadership of youth by youth; and recognize young people who are rendering service to their communities.  


Ms. Osowski is involved in dance, theatre, and cheerleading as well as Student Council and serves as a student ambassador for Archbishop Alter.  Mr. Hindi is involved in Academia team, Class Council and Model UN and serves as vice president of Fairmont High School's Latin Club.

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'Life is better with a cookie... and Rotary!'

Posted by Brenda Stansfield
Image We had a potential new member today who made a few custom cookies for us! Thank you to Marvel of Miss Riley's Cookies for the goodies.  Her tag line is 'life is better with a cookie' and although I think that's true, it's even sweeter with ROTARY!
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Crayons to Classrooms Supply Drive

Posted by Brenda Stansfield



Beth Ling kicks off Kettering Rotary's drive for school supplies!  Be a hero in the classroom - bring needed supplies to our Rotary Meeting and we'll be sure it goes to this great project. 

Need:  Crayons (24 count), Folders, Glue Sticks, Pencils, Markers, Notebooks, Facial Tissue, Construction Paper, Filler Paper, Siccors and Rulers! 




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Honoring our Past

Posted by Brenda Stansfield

Last week I had the honor of attending The President's Club Legion of Honor luncheon on behalf of Kettering Rotary and as the guest of Vectren at the invitation of fellow Rotarian Lynda Hoffman.  Thank you Lynda, it was much appreciated to be in the presence of over 400 mover and shakers in the Dayton area as Judge Rice joined the wall of fame of truly great men and women in the Miami Valley.

Three of our past Kettering Rotary Presidents were on the wall of fame, cast in bronze - it made me, once again, extremely proud to be a member of our club.  The history of our club should not be lost, the work we do should be celebrated. Here, for those of you who may not have had the pleasure to see the Legion of Honor wall at the Convention Center, are our past Rotarians:


 If you have stories to share about these great men, please share them with the club.

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October 12, 2011 Rotary Notary

Posted by Mel Haines

Brenda Stansfield started the meeting talking about the dinner she attended for the Legion of Honor and mentioned the fine Kettering Rotarians (three of them) who are on the wall.

She also announced that after ten years of service as song leader, Chuck Sunderland is looking to retire his pitch pipe. Any volunteers to lead us?

With Wende’s leave of absence, Mel has re-inherited the duty roster. Kathy Johnson volunteered to take that over.

Lisa Routsong introduced guests, which included her friend and prospective member Melissa.

Paul Holcomb gave the invocation, but before he did, he mentioned that his pharmacy was involved in Sunday’s robbery, and he was glad not to have been there. (we’re glad for that too, Paul!)

Tom Minnich led us in song: “The Happy Wanderer”

Mark Schweiterman served as SAA. He fined Kathy Johnson for being on the radio representing her bank, he also levied future fines against his fellow representatives of the City of Kettering for not being there to hear his program. Trivia time included facts about the City, which raised little money . . .

Happy dollars included:

·         Lou Ponziani announced that his only granddaughter got married two weeks ago and had a lovely wedding at Moraine CC.

·         Don Walls gave an update on Steve Huelsman who is now part-time with the City of Middletown and recently had a clear cancer scan.

·         Proud mama Brenda highlighted the successes of her son who has been a media star over the last week. Last night he was honored by the City of West Carrollton for the mural he created.

·         Tom Minnich announced that Ohio State’s marching band will play at the Schuster Center on Nov. 9.

·         Woody Stroud gave bucks for Miami’s first football victory against Army and the patriotism that was on display

·         Paul Holcomb mentioned that he enjoyed Saturday’s band competition at Fairmont

·         Digger highlighted two events at David’s Cemetery which featured the City’s VIPs

·         Mark Schweiterman gave a buck for walking past the woman who robbed his usual Speedway.

Following his duties as SAA, Mr. Schweiterman shifted gears and assumed the role of speaker, after a warm intro from Tom Gabrielson!

Mark highlighted the latest activities in the City of Kettering, including:

·         The many upgrades in the Parks & recreation department, which amounted to $18-19 million of renovations due to the passing of the bond levy

·         Construction on Wilmington Pike/Dorothy Lane intersection is coming to an end later this month. This was a $5 million project, which used less than $100,000 of city funds.

·         The city’s first marked bike lane opened on Forrer.

Mark also provided an update on projects planned for 2012, but you had to attend to get all the great scoop on those! After a great presentation, Mark fielded a number of questions.

Announcements followed. Larry Hodapp announced the paul Harris Fellow raffle. Beth Ling mentioned that we are just over two weeks out from the Run For Your Life (Oct 28). We’re still seeking volunteers and have flyers available for distribution.

Lisa Routsong received her Every Rotarian Every Year sticker.

After careful consideration of the cards, Bruce Jump won the Luck of the Draw!

Notes submitted by Beth Ling.

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Want a Presidential Pardon?

Posted by Brenda Stansfield

Membership is the life blood of every service club. This year I am committed to spreading our Kettering Rotary love to others in our community, and every member can help!  How? First and foremost - get involved or stay involved with our club service projects.  There is something that everyone of you can do.  Join a committee, volunteer at the meetings and tell people about the good that we do. 

Now, the fun part - I will 'Pardon' any Rotarian from having to pay any fines when they bring a potential member to a meeting. You'll get a coin that you can use at a future meeting to pass the buck ... to me! Yep, I'll pick up your fines for that meeting and what's more - if your guest becomes a member - I'll give you a gold coin that is good for a month of fines!  Of course, there are a couple of things you should know. I DO have a 'Debt Limit' of $2.00 per Rotarian per meeting (so no you can't go crazy to get my monies!) Second, even if you are fined $3.00 in a meeting, I'll cover two and the other is waived. 

In addition - we want to have a little Rotary Competitive Spirit.  So... everytime you volunteer or give service to the club - we'll be watching (Yep, a bit of big brother) and soon we'll give awards for our Super Rotarians and our UBER Rotarian!  We're after 100% participation from our club. 

So just to entice you... check out my coinage!


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KRC Meeting Notes for 7/20/11

Posted by Mel Haines

Meeting Recap: 

Former District Governor Norma Berry visits and gives awards.

New Member Kevin Talley in Inducted

 Dr. Karen Wonders. She is an associate professor of sports science at Wright State and she told us about the new organization that she is starting to use exercise to assist cancer patients through all phases of their treatments 

Matt is SAA and fines aplenty!

See more below!



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2010 Holiday Party

Posted by Brenda Stansfield

Our 2010 Holiday Party was a blast.  Thank you for everyone who came out to spread a little holiday cheer and toast another great year in Rotary. 

The club met at Fleming's Steakhouse and were gifted with a personalized goblet for each guest. Rotary symbols for the members, snowflakes for their guests. Congratulations to the Luther's as the 'Ugly Sweater' contest winners! After a great meal we entertained ourselves by trying to 'toot' out holiday songs and a 'rousing' rendition of 'Viva la Rotary!' .  With paper crowns on our heads it was now time for the anticipated White Elephant Exchange. The 'hot' item was the bag of ugly sweaters - with Paul Holcomb the 'winner' - I think he has his sights on next years prize for the 'Ugly Sweater' contest. 

We've uploaded some pictures on the Club Site so take a look. Need a print of a favorite holiday picture?  Email me and I'll get you one! 

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District Assembly Announcement

Posted by Wende Wright

Social Media for Rotarians

How to make social media work for our club. Learn how to announce our club news, schedule events, share photos from our events and help search engines find our club!

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Kettering Mayor's Ball for Charity

Posted by Matt Wahrhaftig
Don't miss this year's Kettering Mayor's Ball for Charity benefiting SICSA. Saturday, April 24, 2010 7pm – midnight Black Tie Evening Wine, Spirits, and Martini Bar Dinner and Dancing
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Author Praises Youth Exchange


Studying abroad is the best experience high school students can have to enhance their lives and expand their horizons before college, author Maya Frost says in her book, The New Global Student.

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