eMeeting on May 12, 2020
Rotary Club of Kent meeting minutes
Rotareminder Rotary Club of Kent
May 12, 2020
President Roger Sidoti welcomed Rotarians to the Zoom meeting.
Patriotic song America the Beautiful was led by David Dix on piano.
Roger Sidoti led the Pledge of Allegiance.
David Dix offered today’s invocation.
Visiting Rotarians
There were no visiting Rotarians.
Roger Sidoti introduced District Governor John Reyes and welcomed him to the call.
Curtis Stumpf introduced his guests Dr. Brian Bullard, Senior Scientist, Crystal Diagnostics and Dr. Gary Niehaus, Professor of Integrative Medicine, NEOMED.
May birthdays were displayed on the slide show player prior to the start of today’s meeting.
Carol Crimi shared that Sayuri Minakuchi, our club’s Rotary Student Ambassador, who was here to receive her Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from 2010 to 2012 is now a professor at a University in Tokyo. She noted that Sayuri is helping her local Rotary Club move to an online format. Her mother who was also a Rotary Student Ambassador is involved with a Girl Scout troop teaching them English and helping them learn about the United States and the state of Ohio. Carol shared these stories to show the impact that Rotary has throughout the world.
Randy Smith encouraged everyone to complete the membership survey that was emailed to everyone as soon as possible. We have 44 responses so far. He also announced that Nelson Burns would be helping him facilitate a strategic planning session for the club. He thanked Nelson for stepping up to serve as moderator during this process.
Roger announced that Sherry and David Joy along with Joe Marken are putting together a plan to work on the gazebo as we do every year. The plan will include the appropriate social distancing, etc. More to come on that. He reminded the group about completing the member survey that was sent to your email. He thanked Randy Smith for facilitating the survey. Roger also thanked Nelson Burns or agreeing to facilitate the strategic planning session that incoming President Randy Smith. Roger also shared that the City of Kent is beginning to plan to open back up with proper protocols in place. There will be a report given to the City Council on Wednesday evening. Roger will keep us up to date. He shared that he needs 10 people to volunteer to rake, mulch, etc.  Please let him know if you can help. Roger also shared that the club leadership is weighing how to continue to support the many worthwhile causes that the club traditionally supports given that the auction had to be canceled and that fundraising will have to be done differently for now. He noted that members of the club’s leadership along with the foundation’s leadership and the members of the auction committee were all considering what could be done. He thanked everyone for the help determining next steps. He also noted that although we all want to meet and be together, the Zoom meetings will continue until further notice.
Kathy Myers introduced our speaker for today, Bill Benoit, president of UH Portage Medical Center. Bill has been employed at University Hospitals since September of 2013.  His first position with UH was as the System Vice President of Rehabilitation Services.  He transitioned in 2015 to become the Chief Operating Officer at UH Geauga Medical Center.  He then transitioned in 2016 to become the COO at UH Portage MC.  He assumed the role of President at UH Portage MC in January of 2018. 
Bill Graduated from the University of Toledo with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology, the Medical College of Ohio with a Masters in Occupational Therapy and Morehead State University with a Master’s in Business Administration.  He has worked in hospitals and health systems since 1998 providing clinical care and clinical leadership.
During his career Bill has worked as a therapist in multiple settings with specializations in Vestibular, Lymphedema and Industrial Rehabilitation.  His contribution to the healthcare industry is now focused on providing the highest quality patient care in the most efficient and cost effective way for long-term sustainability.  As healthcare is drastically evolving, Bill’s goal is to lead teams to achieve even better results in clinical excellence, educate the next generation of clinical and administrative leaders and find new ways to provide care in highly efficient systems. 
Bill is married to Kami Benoit, a Masters trained Clinical Dietician who teaches at the University of Akron.  He has two daughters named Hailey and Addison who enjoy gymnastics, basketball and dance. Bill is also a member of the Hudson Rotary Club.
Bill shared a slide show presentation with the club which outlined the effects of COVID-19 on UH Portage Medical Center and other community partners in Portage County. Bill told the group that with the arrival of COVID-19, the hospital and the community say rapid changes to the delivery of health care services available. He explained the rapid ramping up of plans for the delivery of acute care services while primary care visits and non-urgent testing either went virtual or were delayed. He noted that UH partnered with area providers and advisors to develop and implement the community’s emergency response plan. Key partners included: the Portage County Emergency Management Association, the Portage County Health Department and local city health departments as well as the Akron Regional Hospital Association, the CDC and Ohio’s Department of Health. They all worked together and shared data through an aggregate database.
Bill shared specifics of the COVID-19 implementation plan at UH Portage. He noted that immediately the HICS structure was implemented which required a 24 hour 7 day a week Incident Command Center. He described strategies employed by UH Portage leadership including cross training of clinical staff, securing of proper PPE and equipment needed, deployment of tele-health services and the establishment of remote treatment sites. He shared that the hospital and the county prepared for a more than 300% surge in health care services needed to treat the influx of COVID 19 patients expected. Although that surge never came, the UH Portage team and other area partners were prepared.
Now, the focus turns to resuming surgeries and elective procedures. The return to normal will include continued telehealth and resumption of primary health care services with the ramping back up of elective surgeries and procedures. The financial impact of COVID 19 will be felt for a very long time. Unplanned expenses and the loss of revenue from surgeries and visits to EDs and Urgent Cares will impact UH Portage and other area hospitals for quite some time.
Bill’s final message was one of encouraging club members to see their doctor if don’t feel well. He shared that many people have delayed treatment and have been impacted negatively from this delay. He shared the symptoms of stroke and heart attack and reminded members that hospitals are safe places to be and that they should seek medical treatment when needed. He ended by saying don’t wait to seek necessary medical care.
Today’s responder was Mike Lewis.
Respectfully submitted,
Shawn Gordon
President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes-May 5, 2020
This past Friday, May 8, was the scheduled date for the Rotary Foundation Auction. This tradition to raise funds for utilization of charitable work in our community fell victim to the COVID-19 crisis. What won’t fall victim will be the various requests to our Foundation throughout the coming Rotary year for a variety of needs in our community. The Foundation Board and the Rotary Board are wrestling with this dilemma. I know it is also on member’s minds, as a number of you have reached out with queries and suggestions. The uncertainty of the next few months make it difficult to plan effectively but be assured that both Boards and the Auction Committee are in discussions and we hope to have a proposal to our membership in the near future.
I hope you enjoyed author Jeffry Miller’s presentation this past Tuesday as much as I did! It is always wonderful when people raised in the Kent community provide a program that aligns with one of Rotary’s goals, in this case literacy. Read more about the program in the attached Rotareminder! This week’s program will feature Bill Benoit, President of UH Portage Medical Center. He will be presenting  “The Impact of COVID19 or UH Portage Medical Center and Portage County.” This timely and pertinent presentation should be of great value to our membership.
Membership Survey
If you have taken and submitted the online survey, “Thank You!” If you haven’t, I encourage you to do so. President-Elect Randy Smith is leading the Strategic Planning Process for our club and the data from the survey will help guide the committee’s work. Please check your email and complete the survey.
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eMeeting on May 5, 2020
Rotary Club of Kent meeting minutes
Rotareminder Rotary Club of Kent
May 5, 2020
President Roger Sidoti welcomed Rotarians to the Zoom meeting.
Patriotic song America the Beautiful was led by David Dix on piano.
Tom Tadsen led the Pledge of Allegiance.
David McKeen offered today’s invocation.
Visiting Rotarians
There were no visiting Rotarians.
David Myers introduced his guests David Patterson and Dan Crail.
May birthdays were displayed on the slide show player prior to the start of today’s meeting.
President Roger had a few announcements including:
Roger reminded the group about #GivingTuesday and encouraged support of the DuBois
Family Foundation which is currently helping UH, Coleman, United Way of Portage
County, PCJFS, and Summa. More info:
Another worthy cause on #GivingTuesday would be LoveLight, operated by Betsy Justice. They are trying to purchase the Kent State Golf Club.
Randy Smith announced that everyone will be receiving a membership survey via email and encouraged all to respond.
David Myers introduced former Kentite and children’s book author, Jeff Miller. Jeff is a graduate of Kent Roosevelt and is currently living in Chicago. While at RHS, Jeff was a member of the Colonel student newspaper. He studied media/journalism at the University of Cincinnati.  
Jeff shared his love of books and humor, first developed in fourth grade at Franklin Elementary School. He shared how he stumbled into being published while volunteering in New York City. He is the published author of three books published by HarperCollins. The book series is titled The Nerdy Dozen. The first book in the series is summarized as ”When Neil Andertol and a motley crew of video-gaming whizzes accidentally download top-secret training software and are recruited by the military to restore a botched aircraft mission, they're no longer playing for points—they're playing to save the world!”
Jeff is currently working on two other children’s books. One book is tentatively titled Rare Birds and is inspired by his own relationship with his mother as she underwent a serious illness. The other is an ode to his 6’2” sister’s elementary school experience titled The Tall Tales of Sidney Trout. His books are recommended for ages 8-12, though he hopes all ages will find humor in them. The books are available to order on Amazon or from HarperCollins at: Library cardholders can also find the ebooks on Hoopla and Overdrive.
Today’s responder was Will Underwood.
Respectfully submitted,
Stacey Richardson
Rotary member survey via Survey Monkey
You previously received a Rotary member survey via Survey Monkey. With the help of member Shawn Gordon, UH’s Ashley Hendrix has put together the survey based on a Rotary International template. This will be the first step in developing a strategic plan to launch the club into its next millennium. Needless to say, every members’ input is vitally important. Please complete at your earliest convenience. Click here to access it. Thank you!
Rotary Club of Kent eBulletin
Information in this eBulletin comes primarily from the Rotareminder, board meeting minutes, and stories submitted by members. 
Since we cannot hold regular meetings, we hope to publish a weekly "Meet the Member" feature. We encourage you to submit a personal bio. Here is a sample template.
If you have any Rotary stories, events or speaker information to benefit the Club, please submit it to We will add it to the next appropriate eBulletin.
The Rotary Board and Kent Rotary Foundation Board Minutes
The minutes of both Boards can now be accessed by using the "Other documents" link in the right column of this eBulletin.
Ken Wertz
Bill Chiders confirmed with me that Ken Wertz suffered a stroke and a fall recently. He is at Briarwood Nursing Home in Stow convalescing. While many of our older members may know Ken, for our newer members he is 89 years old and joined Kent Rotary in 1964, serving as President 1972-73. I’m sure he would appreciate keeping him in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. If you would like to send a card, the address at Briarwood in Stow is 3700 Englewood Dr, Stow, OH 44224 and his home address is 3529 Dayton Ave. Kent Ohio 44240.
As mentioned, LoveLight is seeking support in leveraging their funds to secure a loan for the purchase the KSU Golf Clubhouse for their center. Anyone interested, please visit  or for more information about donations to this cause.
Jun 23, 2020 12:15 PM
Operations during the pandemic and putting together WKSU’s Morning Edition
Jun 30, 2020 12:15 PM
Club Assembly-Installation of Randy Smith and Board of Directors.
Jul 07, 2020 12:15 PM
The challenging environment with lost revenue and reductions facing KSU Athletics.
Jul 14, 2020 12:15 PM
Environment coaches must now deal with Covid19 / Plan to continue excellent program.
Jul 21, 2020 12:15 PM
KSU womens golf program.
Jul 28, 2020 12:15 PM
Ethics and Sports
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Upcoming Events
Kent Rotary Online Fundraiser Planning
Jun 30, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Online -Kent Rotary Club Board Meeting
Jul 16, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Online Kent Rotary fundraiser
Jul 25, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Online-Kent Rotary Club Meeting
Aug 04, 2020
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Online-Kent Rotary Club Meeting
Aug 11, 2020
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Online Kent Rotary Foundation
Aug 11, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Online-Kent Rotary Club Meeting
Aug 18, 2020
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Online -Kent Rotary Club Board Meeting
Aug 20, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
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Club Information
Meetings moved online through June 2020!
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