Meeting on January 14, 2020
Minutes from meeting.
Rotareminder for the Rotary Club of Kent
Meeting on January 14, 2020
Greeting:  President Roger Sidoti welcomed Rotarians and guests to the Rotary Club of Kent.
The patriotic song of the day was America the Beautiful, played by Mrs. Roegher.
President Sidoti led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Walt Strawman offered the invocation.  Mrs. Roegher led us in singing Side Walks of New York.
The Rotareminder author is Michael Lewis, and Todd Kamenash will take photos.
Visiting Rotarians Nathaniel Billow from Akron
Lee Higgins introduced Dan Trege Ace Hardware, Bill Childers introduced three guests, Pacifique Niyonzima, a KSU PHD student from Rwanda, Keona Savage, United Way marketing intern, and  Lamar Hilton from KSU.
Birthdays – Jeff filling in for Sherry Joy.  The birthday question this year is, what form of media influenced you the most prior to your 21st birthday?
            January 16      Matt French
                        22nd     Stacey Richardson – MTV
                        29th      Jim Author
                        31st      Larry Lohman – Internet
The birthday winner was not in attendance.
Bill Childers – MLK celebrations will be held at the Kent United Church of Christ on Saturday at 9 AM.  Contact Bill for tickets.  The Skeels Center in Ravenna will hold a celebration on Monday at 10 AM.  Also, The King Kennedy Center in Ravenna at 2 PM.  Any questions please call Bill.
The Bill White Charity bowling tournament will be held February 1st.  The tournament will raise money for the Miler House.  Again, call Bill with any questions.
Paul Organ announced there has been $550 donated to the Rotary Foundation in honor of Tom Halls mother who has recently passed away. 
Steve Dennis gave an update on the Every Rotarian Every Year initiative.  Currently the club has 86% participation.  The average per Rotarian is $115.
Nathaniel Billows gave information on the upcoming Chilly Open.  It is held in February at Hale Farm and Village.  It involves eating chilly, drinking beer, and golfing if you would like.  The have a goal of $300,000.  He challenged us to beat the Tallmadge club who bought $300 in raffle tickets and will be back next week to give us another chance.
President Roger announced there is a Board meeting at Hometown Bank on Thursday.  He also updated the club that Austin Brewster, due to no fault of her own, returned early from Taiwan due to difficulties in her education.  We expect she will be in to share with the club all of her experiences.
Will Underwood announced Olivia Pilon has agreed to be the program chair for the 4 Way Test Contest.
Program by Will Underwood:
Will Underwood introduced the Kent Rotary Book Club.  Inspired by Mary Beth Harper, Laing Kennedy, Jim Bear.  All are invited to attend.  Currently 7 Rotarians are listed.  Everyone will take a turn choosing books.  They will alternate between fiction and non-fiction.  Recommend something you have read.  Monthly meeting at homes of members.  Discuss the book and keep on track.  Food and beverage will be available.  Over the last year many books have been read and discussed.  The neat thing is it gives you books to read outside of what you normally would.  Each member in attendance shared books they enjoyed with the club.  A complete listing of books read is attached.
Stacey Richardson was impressed with the titles and vast array of topics.  She also shared possible topics for future meetings.  She thanked them for sharing their year of reading.
Respectfully submitted,
Michael Lewis
Mary Beth Harper & word of the year!
Thank you to Rotarian Mary Beth Harper for inspiring us to choose our word of the year! Mary Beth is pictured.
Rotary student of the month from Stanton Middle Ashley Legg!
Congratulations to the Rotary student of the month from Stanton Middle Ashley Legg! Ashley is pictured with Rotarian Anthony Horton.
Meeting on January 7, 2020
Rotareminder for the Rotary Club of Kent
Meeting on January 7, 2020
Greeting:  President Roger Sidoti welcomed Rotarians and guests to the Rotary Club of Kent.
The patriotic song of the day was God Bless America, played by David Dix.
Laing Kennedy led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Nelson Burns offered the invocation.  David Dix led us in singing Auld Lang Syne, to bring in the New Year.
The Rotareminder author is Sue Hetrick,  and Todd Kamenash will take photos.
There were no visiting Rotarians.
Bill Childers introduced Emily Holt, an intern working at United Way.
Perfect Attendance:
Richard King won the drawing.
Paul Harris Fellow awards:
President Roger and Past President Larry Lohman presented a Paul Harris Fellow award to Jeff Roeger.  This award was designated by our Club to be given to Jeff  in recognition of his service to Rotary.
Deborah Krutz received a Paul Harris Fellow award.  Tom Hatch is a Paul Harris Fellow plus 1, and Nelson Burns is a Paul Harris Fellow plus 2.
Will Underwood said that the District Four-way speech committee would meet at 1 pm today.  The committee is looking for someone to head-up our Kent speech contest.  See Will if interested.
Larry Lohman reported on the successful completion of two major district projects.  One was the water project in El Salvador.
Randy Smith told us to save the date of October 24th for a celebratory dinner marking our 100th anniversary as a Rotary Club.  The committee planning the anniversary events is meeting today at 1 pm.  Ideas for a keynote speaker and an MC would be welcomed.
President Roger highlighted the calendar information that is shown on the screen during our lunch time.  A table talk topic was also posted. 
The auction committee is going to meet starting today to prepare for our spring fundraiser.  New members are welcome to join the committee.
Student of the Month:
Anthony Horton introduced Ashley Legg, a Stanton Middle School student, who was selected to be the student of the month at Stanton Middle School.  Ashley is involved in school music activities as well as sports.  She is taking Latin for high school credit and has a high GPA.  Ashley is also active with her church and volunteers at Hattie Larlham and Haven of Rest.  She is planning on studying Biomedical Engineering when she gets to college. 
Ashley’s parents, Sara and Richard Legg, and brother, Ricky, joined her at the Rotary meeting today.
Program by Mary Beth Harper:
Mary Beth Harper, one of our Rotary members, talked with us about a way we can be very intentional by having a word guide us throughout the coming year.  She told us that many people make New Years resolutions to diet, exercise, save money, etc. and are eager to make changes.  But most people give up way before much of the year has passed.  Instead Mary Beth challenged us to select a word of the year following several guidelines:
            Select a word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live.
            Use a work that sets an intention or theme for how you want your year to go.
            Pick a word that contains energy, images and meaning.
            Select a word by reflecting and listening to your heart.
Mary Beth gave us examples of words she has chosen in past years and outcomes from the experience.   She also talked about her “happiness” group and some of their words of the year. She then gave us time to talk at our tables using some questions to guide our discussions.  Discussions were lively and people were reluctant to stop at the end of the program time.
Suzanne Hetrick thanked Mary Beth for a very inspiring program that will stay with us throughout the year.  Our own members present wonderful programs for us and today’s program was a perfect way to begin a New Year and a new decade.  We should all have a Happiness Group, too.
Respectfully  submitted,
Sue Hetrick
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