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.
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.
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
President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes-April  28, 2020
I can’t say enough about the efforts of our Program Director Kathy Myers and her team in providing timely programs for our digital meeting format. This past week, Matt French wowed our club in his presentation of Ametek’s global role in combating the COVID-19 virus. In both our regular meeting and at the “After Meeting,” our members expressed their overwhelming appreciation for the daily impact Ametek makes from downtown Kent on the world. Matt’s message resonated with us all.
Next week’s program will feature Kent born author Jeff Miller, who is a performer and an author of many children’s books, including ”The Nerdy Dozen.” He lives in Chicago and performs as a part of the live-lit story telling scene. We hope to see you there!
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.
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eMeeting on April 28, 2020
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Zoom Meeting on April 28, 2020
President Roger Sidoti welcomed the group.
Patriotic song God Bless America was arranged by Daivd Dix.
Roger Sidoti led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Invocation was offered by Lee Higgins.
Brian Bialik handling Rotareminder duties.
Visiting Rotarians
  • President-Elect Randy will be distributing a member survey to all members that may be completed online.
  • President Roger Thanked all members for voting in favor of new program-chair David Myers.
  • Roger Kramer shared with the group that Rotary Board and Kent Rotary Foundation minutes soon may be found on the Club Runner site.Roger is in the process of providing a link to access this.
  • President Roger thanked David Dix and David Myers for reaching out to certain members who have been unable to attend Zoom meetings.
  • The DuBois Foundation, named after late member Fred DuBois, is looking for volunteers to collect Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).See Roger for more details.
  • The Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Kent and the City of Kent have cancelled all downtown public events through and including August 1, 2020, in response to the pandemic.
Program Chair Kathy Myers introduced our speaker and fellow Rotarian, Matt French.
Matt is a 1990 Heidelberg College graduate born and raised in Wooster, Ohio.  He also earned an MBA from KSU (’98).  Currently, he oversees the Advanced Motion Solutions division of Ametek, an international company whose corporate headquarters are located in Kent, Ohio.
AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of approximately $5 billion. 
AMETEK has 18,000 colleagues at more than 150 operating locations, and a global network of sales, service and support locations in 30 countries around the world. 
 AMETEK consists of two operating groups, both with highly-differentiated technology and leading positions in niche markets:
  • Electronic Instruments - a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of advanced analytical, test and measurement instrumentation for the energy, aerospace, power, research, medical and industrial markets.
  • Electromechanical - a differentiated supplier of automation and precision motion control solutions, and highly engineered electrical interconnects, specialty metals and thermal management systems. 
Delivering on high-tech solutions related to Advanced Motion, specialty metals, or measurement solutions, is a daunting task.  With its fourteen plants around the world (five in North America; four in Europe; three in China; and one in South America), Ametek is able to leverage physical and intellectual resources that makes it a leader in various niche markets.
Today, Ametek has fully engaged in helping address the needs and workable solutions in response to the pandemic.  Some examples of how they have impacted the world primarily centers on the health care business.  They have ramped up the design and assembly of ventilator and breathing-assist devices; produced lab testing equipment designed to confirm diagnosis of the corona virus, as well as support anti-body testing; and have engaged in miscellaneous applications such as bio-chemical disinfectant sprays for fogging agents, negative pressure shelters to maintain sterilization, DNA analyzers, dialysis machines and tests for body fluids.
One of the notions that Ametek prides itself on is that of working collaboratively with other countries such as Germany, Serbia, Italy, etc., in matters of shared technologies.  Some examples include ideas for temperature testing, face shield design, distancing behavior guidelines, masks, and hands-free door handles - all consistent with their commitment to a shared humanity.
Dr. Sunny Sharma summed up Ametek’s corporate culture  nicely when he opined that…”a shared humanity needs no language, just like love, which knows no boundaries…it’s as simple as that”…a notion that has served Ametek well for nearly a century.
Shawn Gordon provided the club’s response.
Respectfully submitted,
Brian K Bialik
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 Great Ohio Health Hunt
The DuBois Family Foundation Hunt is now looking for a few volunteers the weekends of May 9-10 and May 16-17 for a couple hours each day to man collection sites for donations of PPE. It is an outside activity, and everyone will be required to wear masks and gloves, maintaining social distancing behind the barrels. If this is something you would be interested in doing, use this contact information indicating you are a Kent Rotarian and want to help!
Project Information Helpline:  (330) 590-9610
Contact: Harold “Hal” DuBois, Coordinator
Email: Cell: 330.221.4709  
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!
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.
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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