Welcome: Charlene Tolbert

We are delighted to welcome our newest member, Ms. Charlene Tolbert, Director of the Ashland Public Library. President Kristin reads the induction words to Charlene.  
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2024 STRIVE Winners

Congratulations to these three amazing young women who were awarded the 2024 Rotary Club of Ashland STRVE Scholarship. Well done - Karena Burgess, Liberty Gerhart and Katrina Keating.
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Julia Wright | 1935-2024

Posted by Ted Daniels
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Dr. Julia Ann Wright, age 88 of Ashland, Ohio, went to be with her Lord on April 13, 2024. Julia was born on June 19, 1935 in Alliance, Ohio to William H. and Mary (Burress) Wright. She graduated from Miami University in 1957, and was a member of Delta Phi Delta, National Art Honorary. She taught art for 12 years in Dayton, Ohio, Stuttgart, Germany, and Chofu, Japan. She earned her M.S. in guidance and counseling at Indiana State University in 1970 and her Ph.D. in school psychology at The Ohio State University in 1976. 

Julia Wright | 1935-2024 Ted Daniels 2024-04-12 04:00:00Z 0 Celebration of Life

Patrick Shriver |1993-2024

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Patrick Allen Shriver, age 30, of Millersburg, Ohio passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 11, 2024. 

A Celebration of Life gathering of family and friends will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 21st, at the American Hall, 20 E. Jackson St, downtown Millersburg. Those wishing to share a memory or make online condolences may do so by visiting www.alexanderfhinc.com

Patrick Shriver |1993-2024 2024-04-11 04:00:00Z 0 Celebration of Life

Let's Talk Gaurdian Baseball

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Rotary Club to host Guardians’ DiBiasio at Ashland Theater

The Rotary Club of Ashland invites the public to hear Bob DiBiasio, senior vice president of public affairs for the Cleveland Guardians, at the Ashland Theater Tuesday April 2.

DiBiasio, who has been with the team for 45 years, has become the team’s chief  goodwill ambassador and is a frequently requested speaker across Northeast Ohio along with making TV and radio appearances. This mark’s DiBiasio’s fifth spring visit to the local Rotary Club and always has plenty of great baseball stories to share, said Rotarian Mitch PIskur.

Boxed  lunches from the Greens Bistro & Pub  are available beginning at 11:45 a.m. The $16 lunch can be ordered by calling Amy Noel, 419-496-0429, and then paying at the door. Or you can order and pay online at here.  Lunch orders must be made by noon Friday March 29. 

For those not interested in lunch, you are welcome to hear DiBiasio speak, beginning about 12:15 p.m.  The event is free, but donations for local Rotary projects will be accepted.

Let's Talk Gaurdian Baseball Ted Daniels 2024-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

It's Time for the '23 Holiday Nut Sale

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We're doing it again!  Our Holiday Nut Sale is underway and you can help support our STRIVE Scholarships.  

Rotarian Lisa Armstrong, Armstrong Accounting is chairing this important community event.  

Pecans    $14.00
Mixed Nuts    $12.00
Cashews   $12.00
Honey Roasted Cashews   $12.00

Orders for nuts can be made online via this link.  You can also email any questions to Lisa.

These high-quality holiday nuts make great gifts for friends, relatives and business associates or buy them for yourselves.
Nut Orders can be picked up at:
It's Time for the '23 Holiday Nut Sale Tom Roepke 2023-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Raffle Prize Won By Scholarship Awardee’s Dad

Bryan Elges attended a Rotary Club of Ashland meeting in May where his daughter Gabriella was  awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

During the meeting,  the club’s fireworks chair, Mitch Piskur, pitched the club’s annual Fireworks Super Raffle fundraiser. Elges bought one of the $100 tickets.

It was a great investment. His ticket was pulled on July 4th as the winner of the $4,100 pot in the 50-50 raffle.

“The Rotary Club gave my daughter an outstanding award, so I thought I would make a donation back.  I happened to have a $100 bill in my wallet, so I pulled it out. I got it back and more,” said Elges, who says he likes to buy local and support projects of local organization.

Elges says when Piskur called to tell him he was a winner, he first thought it was a joke.

Gabriella is a recent graduate of Ashland High School and the Career Center, and will be attending North Central State College to study nursing.When asked about his plans for this winnings, the proud father said he and Gabriella went to Best Buy and picked out a “very nice laptop” for her to take to college.

The Rotary Club of Ashland has produced Ashland’s July 4th fireworks for more than 40 years. The Super Raffle is one piece of the fundraising efforts for the annual celebration, including the William Roepke and William Buckingham Fireworks Endowment Fund.

Rotary Fireworks Chair Mitch Piskur (right)  presents a $4,100 check to Bryan Elges, who had the winning ticket in the Rotary Club’s annual 50-50 Fireworks Super Raffle.

Rotary Raffle Prize Won By Scholarship Awardee’s Dad Ted Daniels 2023-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
2023 Rotary 4th of July Fireworks Tom Roepke 2023-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
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Celebrating 100 years - Clock Installation

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Story and Photo Credits: Tom Puskar - Ashland Times Gazette

ASHLAND − The city received the gift of time on Friday when a clock was installed downtown at Foundation Plaza.

The Rotary Club of Ashland's gift to the community is meant to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the organization, which was founded in 1922.

Todd Hultzman, a contractor for the Verdin Street Clock Company works on hooking up the electric for the Rotary Club of Ashland's clock Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 at Foundation Plaza. TOM E. PUSKAR/ASHLAND TIMES-GAZETTE

Rotary Club members work to address challenges in communities, and the local group's clock donation demonstrates the organization's intention to continue to serve the area for many years to come.

The Rotary Club of Ashland's clock was installed Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 at Foundation Plaza. TOM E. PUSKAR/ASHLAND TIMES-GAZETTE

Club past President Ted Daniels credited the Community Foundation for helping with the clock project by donating money and setting up an endowment fund to help maintain the clock.

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2022 Fireworks 50/50 Raffle

It's back again! The 3rd Annual Rotary Club 50/50 Super Raffle ticket to benefit our 4th of July fireworks event in Ashland!
Each ticket is $100 with a maximum of 150 tickets to be sold.
The lucky winning ticket holder will receive 50% of the jackpot. Winning ticket to be drawn approximately 8:30PM July 4th.
The drawing will be held live on Rotary Club of Ashland's Facebook page and broadcast live on 88.9FM, WRDL. Get your ticket before they are sold out! Or split it with a friend or two, but don't miss out on the opportunity to win up to $7,500 (if all tickets are sold).
You can purchase online here and ticket - select 50/50 will be mailed to you or contact Mitch Piskur at mpiskur1@gmail.com or call Mitch at 419-281-6349.
2022 Fireworks 50/50 Raffle Mitch 2022-05-09 04:00:00Z 0

2021 Holiday Nut Sale

We're doing it again!  Our Holiday Nut Sale is underway and you can help support our STRIVE Scholarships.  

Rotarian Lisa Armstrong, Armstrong Accounting is chairing this important community event.  

Pecans  $14.00
Mixed Nuts  $12.00
Cashews $12.00
Honey Roasted Cashews $12.00

Orders for nuts can be made online via this link.  You can also email any questions to Lisa.

These high-quality holiday nuts make great gifts for friends, relatives and business associates or buy them for yourselve.
Nut Orders can be picked up at:
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Our Newest Members

Inducting seven new members highlighted the Rotary Club of Ashland’s celebration of its 99th birthday on May 4. Joining the local service club (from left) were Bri Noel, Lisa Skok, Terri Dorner, Stephanie Featheringill, Lori Wolf, Joe Baumgard and Kolleen Miller (not pictured). The club also welcomed back returning member Lindsey Roberts-Gasche. Recent Rotarian service projects include assisting with local COVID vaccination clinics, co-sponsoring the second annual "Make Ashland Sparkle" community cleanup and the upcoming spring spruce-up at the Ashland Senior Citizen Center on May 15.

(Story from Ashland Times Gazette - May 11, 2021)

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Leadership Ashland 2021 Class Project

The Rotary Club of Ashland is honored to assist the Leadership Ashland - Class of 2021 in its class project for the benefit of playground improvements at Dale-Roy School.
LA seeks to raise $15,100 to support the cost of materials and installation of a Wheelchair-Accessible Swing and Playground Improvements at Dale-Roy School. Dale-Roy School serves to educate students with special needs from kindergarten through age 21 with a customized curriculum to meet each individual's needs and abilities.
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We're doing it again...Make Ashland Sparkle 21

 Giving fire hydrants is just one of the many projects volunteers can pick from during the second annual “Make Ashland Sparkle” cleanup and beautification effort on Saturday April 24. (Submitted photo)

Giving fire hydrants a fresh coat of paint is just one of the many projects volunteers can pick from during the second annual “Make Ashland Sparkle” cleanup and beautification effort on Saturday April 24. (Submitted photo)

Second annual ‘Make Ashland Sparkle’ cleanup set for April 24

With spring in full bloom, volunteers will spread out across Ashland on Saturday April 24 to do their part to “Make Ashland Sparkle.”

The second annual community-wide clean-up and beautification effort will focus on picking up litter along major streets, painting fire hydrants and trash cans, and sprucing up mulch beds downtown and in city parks.

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Make Ashland Sparkle

Volunteers will spread out across Ashland on Saturday morning Sept. 12 as part of a community-wide clean-up and beautification effort — “Make Ashland Sparkle,” according to a news release from the Rotary Club of Ashland. 

The project’s sponsors — the Rotary Club of Ashland, the Ashland County Ministerial Association and the City of Ashland — are encouraging churches, civic groups, Scouts, Ashland University staff/students and individual residents and families to participate in this community-wide effort. 

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Rotary Club of Ashland creates fireworks endowment fund

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ASHLAND – Rotary Club of Ashland is raising money for an endowment fund to sustain one of the community’s most popular events — the club’s annual July 4th fireworks display, according to a news release from Ashland County Community Foundation. 

Launched from Ashland High School’s Community Stadium, the Rotary Club fireworks have become a hallmark of Independence Day in Ashland, the release said. 

Even this year, when many annual events were canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary club was able to make the necessary modifications to put on a successful fireworks show while promoting social distancing. 

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2020 Fireworks - What You Need To Know

Rotary July 4th Fireworks 2020

“Socially Distance Style’’

After months of the pandemic, the Rotary Club of Ashland decided it was especially important to celebrate our nation’s birthday with its traditional fireworks display. So the club’s 30-plus-year Independence Day tradition will continue on Saturday July 4 at Community Stadium —with a few modifications due to coronavirus concerns.

The response of our sponsors —and community — has been unbelievable. A huge thank you to all who make sure Ashland had its July 4th celebration during these trying times!

Be careful and be safe 

- Social Distancing

There’s plenty of space around Community Stadium and surrounding neighborhoods to spread out and practice social distancing.  The fireworks show will be higher than usual expanding the viewing area. Please act responsibly and wear masks where appropriate.

Share your pictures/Win a gift card  

Post your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram showing how you are socially distancing that evening using #AshlandRotary4th. Winners will be reposted on our Facebook page, will receive gift cards to Downtown Perk or Eva’s Treats,

Not only in the air, but on the air 

Patriotic Tribute

The fireworks will have its own synchronized soundtrack broadcast on two local radio stations, beginning about 9:45 p.m..

    —WRDL-88.9 FM, Ashland University’s radio station

    —101.3 WNCO, sponsored by Pediatric Consultants of Ashland & Mansfield. Thank you iHeart/WNCO for producing patriotic soundtrack.

50-50 Super Raffle Drawing Live on WRDL

There’s still time to time to buy a Super Raffle ticket from Rotary Club members, online at ashlandrotary.net or at Armstrong Cable, 1215 Claremont Ave. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday July 3. Tickets are $100 each, with a maximum of 150 being sold.

The winning ticket will be drawn live, on the air, during the fireworks pre-show on WRDL-88.9 FM. The pre-show is expected to begin at 9:15 p.m. and will feature Mayor Matt Miller and Rotary Club officers who will honor local veterans and pandemic essential workers.

Raindate: In case of rain, the fireworks will be moved to Saturday July 5.

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We wanna see how you celebrate our Nation’s Holiday on the 4th while practicing social distancing. Show us your photos or videos on Saturday the 4th, use the hashtag #AshlandRotary4th, and possibly win Gift Cards to Eva’s Treats or Downtown Perks. 20 winners will be selected for $10 GCs. Winners will be selected Monday the 6th.
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We're going to Celebrate the 4th

July 4th Rotary fireworks will happen in Ashland

(Please Donate Here)

Ashland will have fireworks on July 4th — “socially distanced style.”

The Rotary Club of Ashland, which has sponsored the community fireworks celebration for more than 30 years, and Mayor Matt Miller announced this week that the annual display  on Saturday July 4 will proceed with additional safety precautions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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We would like to make a group effort to support our local restaurants.
Each Tuesday we are going to focus  on a different local establishment.
We ask each Ashland Rotarian to order either lunch or dinner and let restaurant know that you are a Rotary Club of Ashland member and that we appreciate them and have chosen to support their efforts to survive and thrive during this pandemic.  
If you can, take a picture of your order and email it to ashlandrotary@gmail.com or post on your social media channel tagging Rotary Club of Ashland and/or use hashtag of #rotarymob. 
More info to come on each restaurant each week i.e., their hours of operation and ordering process, etc. 
Here is the proposed schedule and restaurants:
Tuesday April 28 - O’Bryan’s Pub 419-207-8400
Tuesday May 5- Uniontown Brewery Order online between 10-2 / Pickup 4-7
Tuesday May 12- Greens Bistro: Order 8-3pm : 419-289-1585
Tuesday May 19 - Joan's Tavern
Tuesday, May 26 - Lyn Way Diner
Tuesday, June 2- Linder's
Tuesday, June 9 - Belly Busters
Thanks everyone for your participation!  Let’s do this together to help our friends and neighbors get through this difficult time.
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Virtual Meeting - 4/21

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Friends here are some of the things we discussed today,
At this point the fireworks are still on. We are going forward with fundraising. The raffle drawing will be the night of the fireworks. 
Chris Box gives a public thank you to everyone who has supported Associated Charities over the past few weeks. She anticipates the need will be great once the current restrictions are lifted.
Dustin is working on the Rotary thank-you to essential workers video. He hopes to have it out tomorrow.
Here is a link to the Guatemala Literacy Project we learned about today. It is an amazing program supported by Rotary clubs all over the world. It is positively changing the lives of children in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.  See the video below.  
Blessings. Don't forget to check on one another. 
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Play - Connect - Grow

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The Rotary Club of Ashland has partnered with Ashland County Job and Family Services and the 2019 Class of Leadership Ashland to help bring to reality a special park for families that are working through transition in Ashland County.   You can donate online here.
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We're getting everybody together!

Join us on March 29th for a fun evening with members of the Ashland Service Clubs.  We'll meet at Uniontown Brewery for some fellowship whenever you can that evening between 5:30 and 7:30 pm
Hors d’oeuvers will be provided.  
Drinks and other food will be the responsibility of each guest.
To help plan please rsvp by Monday 3/26 via this link
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Holiday Nut Sales

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...And we are off... The first couple hundred pounds of nuts are in and we've had several great events.  Boxes have been packed and are available in several locations: 
  • Spreng-Smith Insurance - 320 College Avenue - Ashland
  • Farmers State Bank - 1000 Sugarbush Drive - Ashland
  •  Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce - 211 Claremont Avenue - Ashland
You can download this order form here and/or email you order to here
Our goal is to raise $6,000 to to support the rebuilding efforts of local Rotary Clubs in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico after the damages of the hurricanes earlier this fall.  
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Mtg 9/19:  Mystery Guest - Living History Walk

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"DAVE" Kowalka is hosting our guest speaker this week, Sept 19th. 

A special person, in character, will be presenting information on the Living History Cemetery Walk that takes place later this week, September 24, 2017 1 to 4 p.m.

More Details here on the free event...

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Shelter Box - Irma Response

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UPDATE: ShelterBox is shipping 500 ShelterKits from Panama in the next 24 hours to start their journey towards the Leeward Islands. The Islands include Barbuda, one of the locations hardest hit by Irma.
Once there, our teams will continue their evaluations on how best our aid can help families affected by Hurricane Irma. Learn more at www.shelterboxusa.org/irma


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9/12 Today's Meeting:  Ashland Bicycle Company

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At today's meeting we are hosting Anthony Bunt, owner of the newly established Ashland Bicycle Company on East Main Street.  Anthony will be sharing about his journey from teaching science to pursing his passion of cycling.  See you at noon.  
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Celebrating the Foundation

A delegation of 12 Ashlander's joined hundreds others for District 6600 Centennial celebration this past weekend.  
It was a beautiful setting to celebrate 100 years of The Rotary Foundation. We have so many generous donors in District 6600. And through those donations we have changed the world!  Included in the delegation was Dave & Diana KowalkaLee & Dawn Peters, Bill & Alison Roepke, Terrence & Judith Webb, Jerry & Jane Strausbaugh and Tom & Melinda Roepke.
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Rotary Club of Ashland marks World Polio Day Oct 24th.

Rotary Club of Ashland marks World Polio Day Oct 24th.

Event among thousands to be held by Rotary across the globe on World Polio Day – Oct. 24 

Ashland, OH – Rotary members in Ashland are among thousands reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.   

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Ashland Rotary to sponsor 2016 4th of July Fireworks

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Once again, the Rotary Club of Ashland is sponsoring the 4th of July Fireworks in Ashland, OH.
Probably one of the best attended events in our community every year and yet one that most folks don't know how they happen.
For almost 40 years the Rotary Club of Ashland helps to raise the necessary monies from area business and individuals to host the Annual 4th of July Fireworks.  
You can make a donation online via our secure website: here 
Local Rotarians and Interact Club members will be canvassing the area around Community Stadium to collect donations beginning at 7pm.    Look for the golf carts running around the area.  
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2016 Rotary Tour for MESA

Several of the Ashland Club made the  annual investment in MESA real...cycling the last 50 miles of the 6 day 2016 Rotary Tour for MESA.
Read about the journey Terrence and Thomas leveraged representing the Rotary Club of Ashland.

WE FINISHED!! DAILY LOG : by Kurt Anderson

Day 6 started with breakfast at Perkins courtesy of the Marion Rotary club. Dan Wigdon then provided us an escort out of town so we could inspect his route markings and vote on which--his or his wife's--were the better marked. When we said they were both equally good he pulled over and waved good-bye.

LTR: Donny Weber, Rotarians Terrence Webb & Tom Roepke, recieveing Rotary Club of Ashland donation Rotarin Gary Davis and Seth Kauffman.
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2016 Rotary International Foundation Goals

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Kalyan Banerjee introduces the Foundation goals for 2016-17, which include ending polio and strengthening members’ awareness and support of the Foundation. Foundation Trustees have set a target of $300 million in total giving for the year.
Photo Credit: Rotary International/Monika Lozinska
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2015 Rotary Nut Sale Locations

Armordyne Computer Solutions-1011 E Main St
Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce–211 Claremont Ave
Farmers  & Savings Bank  1161 E Main St
Spreng- Smith Agency – 320 College Ave
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One Rotary Summit - Oct 17

You are invited...
Dear 6600 Rotarians,
Next Saturday the 2015 One Rotary Summit will be happening in District 6600!
This is a vibrant new opportunity where YOU will be an integral part of the day.
The half-day workshop focuses on the synergy of membership, giving, and public image in a roundtable format with other Rotarians. We're going to be talking about the common struggles in Rotary clubs and how we can make the biggest impact as an organization. We need your perspective and ideas to get the most out of the day...we need you!
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Rotary Battle Against Lake Erie Algae Likened to Rotary's Successful "End Polio" Campaign

A recent article published in The Toledo Blade makes clear why Rotary is the organization to marshal forces to solve Lake Erie's toxic algae crisis.

Here's an excerpt:
(click on blue headline to read entire article)
Rotary tackles algae issue with same fervor as polio
The upcoming Rotary Lake Erie Crisis Conference mirrors several other symposiums held on the topic over the past year with one notable exception: Organizers are motivated by the group's worldwide efforts to help eradicate polio.
(Rotary's) most famous campaign is the near-eradication of polio, working with the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to promote global use of the Salk polio vaccine.
The same kind of passion used to address polio on a global scale is now being used to address algae and other water-quality issues on a global basis, including here in western Lake Erie.
The Rotary Lake Erie Watershed Crisis Conference
October 23 & 24   -  Downtown Toledo

The Rotary Club of Toledo has organized the Rotary Lake Erie Watershed Crisis Conference, being held October 23 & 24, at the Grand Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Downtown Toledo.
We have brought together the people with the best minds and resources to solve the toxic algae problem, once and for all, as only an independent, non-partisan, and politically neutral organization as Rotary can do.
Rotary Battle Against Lake Erie Algae Likened to Rotary's Successful "End Polio" Campaign 2015-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Ashland installs Cutright as president

**Originally published:

James Cutright was installed as the Rotary Club of Ashland's 93rd president during a recent Tuesday lunch meeting on the campus of Ashland University.

Outgoing Rotary president Tom Roepke praised the good work of the local club over the past year. "Serving as president has been an extreme honor," he said.

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Rotary this Week - 5/12/15

Today's news of another devastating earthquake in Nepal unscores your board's decision last week to send another gift of $800 to Rotay District 6600 and  our partner organization, Shelter Box.  Thanks to a challenge grant from a Toledo business man our gift was matched with another $800 and a supporting grant from the District.  Watch video here.
Today, Sandra Tunell  and  Rob Ward will be giving an update on Main Street Ashland 2015.
Ev DeVaul sent an email to please thank the club for their sponsorship and those individuals that volunteered as greeters for us..for United Way's Ring in Spring this past Saturday, May 9th. 
Dennis Ragle has proposed Rodney Hopton, Superintendent at Mapleton Local Schools for membership.  Please give any comments to a board member.
Cloyd McNaull-Speaker
Historical Ashland
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Fireworks 2014

A huge thank you to everyone who made the fireworks a booming success this past weekend.  For all the volunteers to help collect donations & sell glow necklaces...well done! 
Heard many great comments.  Grateful to the many donors, including the investment of the Ashland County Coummunity Foundation for helping us light up the night sky...and underscore the 2014-15 theme of RI : Light Up Rotary! 
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Our Support of Rotary Tour for MESA

Tom Roepke made a trip to Findlay last Wednesday morning to ride a portion of the 5th day of the Annual Rotary Tour for MESA.  The bicycle tour raises funds to ship Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad (MESA), sponsored by the Ashland Club along with 62 Rotary clubs in Rotary District 6600.  Your volunteering through the funnel cake booth allows us to be be a stakeholder in this worthwhile program. We presented a check for $500.  You can watch a short video here or click on the 2nd image below. 
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Interact Officers 2014-15

New Interact Club Officers were installed this morning at a ceremony at the Ashland County West Holmes Career Center.  Pictured with Club Advisor Deb Gilson (L) is Cierra Strawser (R) President.  Her officers will be (LTR) Cassie VanDriest-Treasurer, Candace Evans - Secretary and Celeste Strawser  - Vice President.
Directors for the next year will be: Cheyenne Johnson, Ryan Eyster, Sabrina Eagle and Summer Sexton
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STRIVE Scholarship Winners

The Club hosted our two STRIVE winners, Andrea Kosht and Zaren Wienclaw.

Andrea Kosht is an Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center senior in Health Technologies - Health Tech Buzz She is already enrolled in classes at NCSC. Her plan is to become an RN. She also works at Hawkins.

Zaren Wienclaw is an Ashland High School senior. He plans to enroll at Bowling Green for his first year of college then transfer to Akron for Electrical Engineering. He also works at Hawkins.

Both Andrea and Zaren will compete in the Rotary District 6600 STRIVE competition for a $4,000 scholarship on April 26th in Oberlin.

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DIstrict Assembly 2014

President Elect Tom Roepke attended the Rotary District 6600 Assembly and had the opportunity to introduce two of our Interactors...Candance Evans and Erikkica Gray to DGE Rex Engle
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Red Cross - Go to Kit

Debbie Sickmiller from the American Red Cross shared lots of great information on how to be prepared to leave your home in 5 minutes or less on case of fire, flood, tornado, or other disaster. 
One of the tools she shared about is the To Go Kitclick on this image to get this useful resource. 
Debbie also reminded the Red Cross is in need more Disaster Action Team members in Ashland Co. These are volunteers that report to residential fires and other disasters in Ashland Co. to meet the immediate needs of the victims.
They also provide canteens for emergency personnel when requested. You can connect with them here.
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2013 Paul Harris Fellows announced

Each year the Ashland Club invests in the Rotary International Foundation to recognise and honor members who show outstanding commitment to the Club or the community.  Those individuals are named a Paul Harris Fellow at the annual Christmas Dinner.  This year the recognition was presentd to Dennis Miller and Ted Daniels. 
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2 New Members

The Club received two new members last week.  President Jerry (c) welcomes new members Breck Dokken, Boy Scouts (2nd from L)  and Steve Storck, Ashland University (2nd from R).  Danny Boggs (L) sponsored Breck and Fred Finks (R) sponsored Steve.
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Mark Your Calendar to Support our Interact Club

Our Interact Club is sponsoring a Fall Fest & More (Craft/Yard Sale) Day on Saturday, October 19th from 9 am - 4 pm.  Lots of local vendors will be displaying their wares for your shopping pleasure.  Don't forget - Christmas is just around the corner and this is a good place to get a head-start on your gift shopping.  

On Thursday, October 24th, the Interact Club will be serving its annual all-you-can-eat fish fry.  It's the best white fish you'll have and it's served up by the school administrators while Interact Club members serve and assist customers.  Along with the fish you'll enjoy french fries, cole slaw or applesauce, roll, drink, and dessert.  Don't miss out on this popular community-pleasing event. Serving from 5 - 7 pm.  Adults - $8, Seniors - $7, & children - $6.
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Ragle receives 1st Annual Powdered Sugar Award

The Dennis Ragle Powdered Sugar Award...will be awarded annually to the person that uses the least amount of Powered Sugar on funnel cakes at the fair.  It was presented to Dennis Ragle by Ev DeVaul as the first recipient.
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Dr. Sue Dickson Terrence Webb 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0

Mr. Cloyd McNaull is Newest Member

Posted on Sep 09, 2013
Our club is honored to welcome Mr. Cloyd McNaull as our newest member.  Mr. McNaull was sponsored by his daughter, Barbie Lange. 
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Robert DeSanto Jerry Strausbaugh 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary this week 9/3 - Happy Labor Day.

Posted by Tom Roepke on Sep 01, 2013

This week we'll back at the Heritage Room where we'll hear from a local guy, Dave James, who is leveraging micro-enterprise in Cambodia. He's creating entrepreneurship with the poorest of the poor.

Thanks to everyone who signed up for the Funnel Cake Booth. There's just a couple slots left, please click on the link to the left if you'd like to check out open times.


Happy Labor Day!  We can credit and give a hat tip to Matthew Maguire, who in 1882 worked to bring about what we observe on the first Monday of every September -Labor Day.  Although its impact has changed as unions have changed and this annual ritual has become, in more modern times, the marking of the end of summer vacation.  Hope your weekend has been great.

Seems only fitting that Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty helps to remind us to celebrate the economics of all who work hard.  So take a few moments this weekend to equally “nap hard”.  Be safe!  Blessings!


Direct link: Duck Dynasty - Work Hard, Nap Hard

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Funnel Cake Booth Sign-Up

Posted by Dennis Ragle on Aug 22, 2013

Editors:  Just a reminder if you've signed up you can view your time to serve via this: link to sign-up.


The Ashland County Fair (September 15-22) is less than a month away and we're putting together the serving team for the Funnel Cake Booth.  There are 42 different opportunities to serve and so far 16 of the slots have been spoken for.  Click on this link to sign-up online, or click on the image below.  Note:  If you signed up at the meeting and need to change your time, please use "rotary" as the undo code.




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ClubRunner Mobile App Now Available!

Posted by Tom Roepke on Aug 11, 2013
We're very excited to announce that the ClubRunner Mobile App is now available for download!  The ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect to our Ashland Rotary ClubRunner website on the go!
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Affordable Care Act

Posted by Phil Teague on Jul 29, 2013

ImageTom Gregory from the Hummel Group in Orrville offered a useful presentation on 7/30 on key components to the Affordable Care Act and the changes that will be made by the health care reform legislation as its implemented over the next several years.

He provided this Legislative Brief provides as followup and it provides a timeline for key reform provisions. It has been updated for the Obama Administration's decision to delay the employer mandate penalties until 2015. 

You can download it here.

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Cooking with Chuck

Posted by Charles E. Ulrich on Jul 23, 2013
Great story in last week's Ashland Times Gazette about Chuck Ulrich and his grilling expertise.  Read it here.Image
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Understanding Electric Choices: Jonithon LaCross Ohio PUC Tom Roepke 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Keith Boales - 7/16/13 John Augenstein 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0

New Weekly eBulletin and Thank You to Chuck

Posted by Tom Roepke on Jul 21, 2013

Greetings!  We hope you will find this new newsletter useful as a tool to better connect you to our local club. 

We need to give a huge THANK YOU to Chuck Ulrich, who has served as the editor of our email newsletter for many years.  Chuck has tirelessly provided the Club with a weekly email listing upcoming events and news about our meetings,  and we are grateful.

Today, we launch a new eBulletin Imageand we hope this new format will leverage our communication with our members and will help you stay informed.  You will find most of the information you need right here and we hope to have it to you each week by Monday afternoon. You can also access this information via our webpage here.

Included in each eBulletin  will be: 

  • a list of this week and future speakers,
  • listings of special events like our annual Steak Fry
  • a story or two about a past meeting you may have missed 
  • a listing of the most recent Rotary Citizen of the Week

Additionally we hope to keep you informed where we will be meeting (Heritage Room or 9th Floor Amstutz) and perhaps the menu for lunch. 

For this week 7/23 we will be meeting in the Heritage Room and the lunch menu is: Spinach and Romaine Salad, Beef and Noodles and AU Cookies.

Please let me know if you have anything you'd like to share and how you like this new communication tool.  Please also contact me about possible future speakers or programs you would enjoy. 

New Weekly eBulletin and Thank You to Chuck Tom Roepke 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0

Mansfield Plumbing Chief speaks at Rotary

Posted by Tom Roepke on Jul 15, 2013


(This story originally appeared in the Ashland Times- Gazette written by Jim Brewer)

Jim Morando, president of Mansfield Plumbing Products of Perrysville, gave an upbeat report on the status of the company to members of the Rotary Club of Ashland on Tuesday.

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Tom Gaus - 7/9/13 Steven Stone 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0

Harpster is first Citizen of the Week

Posted by Jerry Strausbaugh on Jul 01, 2013
President Jerry as instituted a new program that will recognize a person, who demonstrates the principles of the 4 Way test.  The first award was presented to Andy Harpster from Brethren Care Village.  Image
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In Memoriam: Robert Studeny

Posted by Tom Roepke on Nov 28, 2011
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Robert James Studeny passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, a day before his 84th birthday.

He was the son of James and Bertha Studeny of Shaker Heights.

Bob served in the United States Army during World War II.

He then moved to Ashland in 1956 with his wife of 60 years, Dorothy (née Koogle) Studeny, when they purchased Overynder Florist, which became Ashland Florist. They ran the florist business successfully for 38 years. Bob was involved in many civic organizations, including Rotary and the library board.

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Club welcomes two new members: Mike Hall & Jason Miller

Posted by Jan Archer on Nov 14, 2011
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 Mike Hall, plant controller at Novatex, sponsored by John Augenstein; and Jason Miller, assistant director for major gifts at Ashland University, sponsored by Ralph Tomassi were welcomed as the newest members at this week's meeting.

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Team in Place for Group Study Exchange with Italy

Posted by Tom Roepke on Nov 12, 2011
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Exciting news! The selection of the person who will lead our "ambassadors” to Italy as part of the Group Study Exchange ( GSE) has been selected. Our congratulations to Madeline Finnerty of the Rotary Club of Ashland. She will lead the Outbound GSE Team from our district to RID2090 next May.

Team in Place for Group Study Exchange with Italy Tom Roepke 2011-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

Dan Phillip - Jump Starting Careers and Lives

Posted by Tom Roepke on Nov 07, 2011
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Dan Phillip, president and founder of Transformation Network spoke to the club on 11/08.  Phillip recalled the early days of the agency, starting in 1999, when there was no money but a strong motivation to help people, initially women on welfare. He learned quickly that the work is difficult, messy and hard to change people's lives.
Dan Phillip - Jump Starting Careers and Lives Tom Roepke 2011-11-08 00:00:00Z 0

A Bookcase for Every Child

Posted by Tom Roepke on Oct 31, 2011
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President Julia Wright spoke to the club on a new project "A Bookcase for Every Child." She presented statistics showing that 63 percent of Ashland County children were not ready for kindergarten based on the standard KRAL tests for school readiness.
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Chamber of Commerce

Posted by Tom Roepke on Oct 17, 2011
The program for the day was presented by Ashland Chamber of Commerce. Barbie Lange, executive director; John Ballinger, Leadership Ashland director; and Melissa Martin, membership services coordinator, presented the various programs and supports that the chamber offers the local business community.

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Council on Aging

Posted by Seth Gasche on Aug 01, 2011
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Peggy Boales with the Council on Aging spoke to the club today, Tuesday, August 2nd.

She informed the club of the numerous entities the council is able to provide to the senior citizens of Ashland County. At the end of June, they have provided 3,566 onsite and 17,890 meals in the homes of seniors who need assistance; although, their resourcefulness is not limited to the meals that are made locally.

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Exchange brings Koreans to Ashland: Rotary program is a chance to share cultures

Posted by Tom Roepke on May 10, 2011
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A group of Korean visitors on Tuesday got a sweet taste of Ashland.

Participants in the Rotary Group Study Exchange, the five visitors from Gwangju, South Korea, began their day Tuesday with a tour of the Lance bakery. They learned of the company's process for mixing, baking, sorting and packaging cookies -- and were able to taste a few in the process.

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Group Study Exchange Team Arrives!

Posted by Tom Roepke on Apr 18, 2011
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SE Team from RID 3710 (Korea) has arrived and are making their way to our club.  We will be hosting them from May 6-10.  Stay tuned for more details.

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Interact Video Contest Winner

Posted by Tom Roepke on Jan 15, 2011
The Syosset High School Interact Club's entry into the Rotary International 2010 Interact Video Contest.
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MESA NEWS January 2011 Tom Roepke 2011-01-10 00:00:00Z 0

Installation of New Officers for 2013-14

Posted by Tom Roepke


The Rotary Club of Ashland installed new officers for the 2013-14 year.  Outgoing President Dennis Miller shared his farewell address before handing the gavel over to incoming President Jerry Strausbaugh.

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Ashland Club hosts MESA Cyclists.

Posted by Tom Roepke
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(Editors Note: This is a facebook post from the Rotary Tour for Mesa page.)

Day 5: Mansfield--Loudonville—Ashland - The Loudonville Rollercoaster

The reward for crawling uphill all day at 3 mph is a few brief hair-raising downhills at 35-40 mph. But unlike roller coasters, nobody was willing to go back and do it again.  Our host families from the Mansfield Rotary graciously fed us breakfast and returned us to the Holiday Inn , where re-assembled our bikes and gear and obtained final instructions from “Sergeant Pepple.” MESA Chairman Dave Daugherty was also on hand to send us off. Thanks so very much, Dave, President Andy Chalk, and the Mansfield Rotary for your wonderful hospitality and generous support of MESA and the Tour.

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Interact wins ACCF 2013 Kids Who Care

Posted by Tom Roepke

The Rotary Club of Ashland's Interact Club was recognized and selected as the top achiever for 2013 in their age category. 

The Kids Who Care program recognizes service by Ashland County individuals ages 6 to 18 who demonstrate outstanding charitable commitment to the Community.  Nominations will be considered based on Initiative/Creativity, Community Benefit, and Generosity. Award categories are Grades 1-6, Grades 7-8, and Grades 9-12.  The program is sponsored by the Ashland County Community Foundation


Pictured (LTR) Jeremy Jackson, Skye Fetters, Dayna Taylor, and Stormey Trayter.

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Rotary's 6 areas of focus

Posted by Tom Roepke

 Rotary's areas of focus


The needs spanning Rotary's six areas of focus are vast, ranging from lack of access to clean water to the need for immunization that prevent deadly diseases. Learn more in the Rotary's Areas of Focus publication

Rotary clubs serve communities around the world, each with unique concerns and needs. Rotarians have continually adapted and improved the way they respond to those needs, taking on a broad range of service projects. The most successful and sustainable Rotary service tends to fall within one of the following six areas:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development

Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation recognize these six areas of focus as organizational priorities, and there are countless ways that Rotarians can address these needs locally and internationally. For ideas, consult the publication Rotary’s Areas of Focus.

Clubs and districts participating in the Future Vision pilot can apply for Rotary Foundation Global Grant funding by targeting specific goals for one or more of the areas of focus. Learn more about these goals.

Areas of focus resources

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In Memoriam: Dr. William M. Emery

Posted by Tom Roepke

(editors note:  this article originally appeared in the Tuesday, January 22, 2012 edition of the Ashland Times Gazette)


Dr. William M. Emery's passing leaves a legacy of health care in Ashland community

written by Irv Oslin T-G Staff Writer Published:

Dr. William M. Emery left a legacy in Ashland County that influenced a wide cross-section of the population and spanned three generations.

Emery, 80, died Monday morning at Samaritan Hospital. He had been in declining health for several months.

He served as county coroner for 24 years, retiring two years ago. He was a third-generation physician, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. The Emerys -- William F., George M. and William M. -- played a key role in the evolution of Ashland County's medical history.

Emery, who many knew as "Doc," was proud of that legacy. He told the Times-Gazette when he retired in 2010 that he was writing a book on the history of medicine in Ashland County.

In his drive for perfection, he sought in his research to correct inaccuracies in previous accounts of the area's medical history, according to his longtime colleague, Dr. Phillip E. Myers.

"Whatever he did, he did it to the best of his ability and really worked at it," Myers said. "He wanted it done right and he wanted to do it well."

Myers, an Ashland native, didn't plan to return after completing his medical training. However, Emery persuaded him to come back and set up a surgical practice with him.

Myers characterized Emery as an old-school doctor, practicing a wide variety of procedures before the age of specialization, yet keeping abreast of new developments in medicine.

"Bill wasn't stuck in the past, and he was pretty quick to recognize the potential of new things coming along," Myers said. "He kept things pretty up-to-date, and that's not always easy in a smaller town."

Dr. Mary MacDonald, a surgeon practicing at Samaritan Hospital, regrets that she didn't have the opportunity to practice with Emery, but enjoyed interacting with him in the medical community.

"He was just an incredible asset to this community," MacDonald said. "He was always interested in the welfare of the hospital, as well as the staff, and he maintained that interest the whole way through."

Samaritan Regional Health System CEO Danny Boggs admired Emery on a professional and personal level.

"My first reaction this morning was the loss of a friend and golf buddy," Boggs said. "I think about the legacy he and his family provided for health care in this community. I'll miss him as a friend more than anything else."

To fellow Rotarian Seth Gasche, Emery personified the ideals of that organization.

"Doc Emery exemplified what a true Rotarian stands for: service above self -- not only in his personal life but with his patients, the community and as county coroner," Gasche said.

Gasche, a funeral director with Denbow-Primm-Kemery, also dealt with Emery professionally.

"He is just about the finest man I've met in my entire life," Gasche said. "He was always willing to work with everybody and answer questions."

Those who worked with Emery in the safety forces and criminal justice community also appreciated that quality.

"We had a great relationship working with him on investigating traffic fatalities," Sgt. Robert Fulmer said. "He was always more than happy to explain causes of death and autopsies, which were hard for us to read. Anything we needed, he would help us with. His door was always open. We even called him a few times after he retired."

Fulmer, who was stationed at the Ashland post of the State Highway Patrol, recently retired after 34 years with the agency.

Retired Ashland Police Chief Bill Miracle also enjoyed working with Emery.

"He certainly served the community well for many years," Miracle said. "He always treated us right. He'll be missed."

Lt. Scott Smart, head of the Sheriff's Office detective bureau, appreciated Emery's willingness to share his expertise.

"He was always a great help for the Sheriff's Office when it came to dealing with death investigations," Smart said. "He was very informative and always took the time to point things out."

County Prosecutor Ramona Rogers also valued Emery's willingness to share his knowledge.

People who weren't experts in the field, especially jurors, easily understood his medical explanations and causes of death, Rogers said.

"Doc was always patient in explaining things," she said. "He was a good coroner."

Funeral arrangements are pending with Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home.

Irv Oslin can be reached at 419 281-0581, ext. 240, ioslin@times-gazette.com or @irvoslin on Twitter.

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2012 Nut Sales to Support Shelter Box

Posted by Tom Roepke

Download order form here

All proceeds from the 2012 Nut Sale Campaign will be used to support SHELTERBOX  Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. Todate the Rotary Club of Ashland has provided funding for 4 boxes that have been delivered to Pakistan and to Haiti.  

The ShelterBox solution in disaster response is as simple as it is effective. We deliver the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. 

Each green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. 
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Modern-Day Slavery Freedom Tour Video

Posted by Tom Roepke

Here's the video Tom Roepke mentioned during his presentation this week that impacted him and his students as  motivation for riding 500 miles to raise awareness of modern-day slavery. You can support the effort here.
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Rotary members mark 90 years as Ashland club

Posted by Tom Roepke
Mayor Glen Stewart presents the Paul Harris Award to Madeline Finnerty on Tuesday during the 90th anniversary celebration of Ashland Rotary at Ashland University’s John C. Myers Convocation Center.

Rotary Club of Ashland on Thursday celebrated 90 years of service locally, throughout the country and abroad.

Club members and their spouses gathered at Ashland University to take a look back at club history and activities over the years and honor members who have made significant contributions in the past year.

Ashland Rotary was founded May 1922. The club met for its first meeting at Hotel Otter. Charter members included Phil Myers of F.E. Myers pump company, John McDowell, a former Ashland City Schools superintendent and namesake of McDowell Auditorium and J.L. Clark of Hess and Clark and founder of Samaritan Hospital.90yj

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Ashland Rotary Club Sponsors Personalized Bookcase Project

Posted by Tom Roepke
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The Ashland Rotary Club sponsored a Bookcase Project recently where people in the community built personalized bookcases for local children.

Rotary Club President Julia Wright initiated the idea and since they began the project in January more than fifty bookcases have been made and more than 3,000 books were donated.

The bookcases were filled with books for the little ones and given to them during a ceremony on Sunday. Along with the books, the children received a stuffed puppy to cuddle up with and read to, as a reading buddy Wright says the teachers whose students have received donated books and read to by volunteers, have seen an increase in vocabulary, and gained the ability to rhyme and comprehend.
story courtesy WMFD TV
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In Memoriam: Dr. Henry Chalfant

Posted by Tom Roepke
ImageDr. Henry Charles Chalfant 84, a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, of Ashland passed away Sunday evening, March 4, 2012 in the Hospice House following a brief illness.

He was born August 21, 1927 in Washington, Pennsylvania. Henry was the son of the late John S. and Louise (nee Reckers) Chalfant.

Henry married the love of his life, the former Vera Clem on August 9, 1953. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University, class of 1954 with his doctorate of medicine along with his wife. Henry proudly served his country as a Captain in the United States Army Medical Corps.

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Fired Up for Eagles Football!

Posted by Tom Roepke
Vice president and program chairman Dennis Miller introduced Ashland University football coach Lee Owens, who spoke at the July 26th meeting about AU football this year and in the future. His speech, "From Winner to Champion," referenced the Pat Riley book, "The Winner Within."

Spiritual, family, educational, community and friends are the five components a football player and any other person must consider on the way to being a champion.

Owens spoke about a 10-day football camp in which the players focus on creating a winner's toolbox, not a loser's toolbox. Much emphasis is placed on the phrase, "Decide to be a Champion."

The speech and the enthusiasm with which Owens spoke about creating a winning attitude for players got the whole group of Rotarians, in the words of president Julia Wright, "fired up" and ready for football season.

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Scurti talks Development

Posted by Tom Roepke


This week's meeting speaker was Mr. Evan Scurti.  He was introduced by Program Chair Dennis Miller.  Scurti is the Ashland Area Development Director. His program was an overview of where we are in development in Ashland and the surrounding area.  
He spoke of considerable progress in local community development in the last few years and what we must do become even more viable for expansion of existing companies, startups of new ones and attraction of existing companies to our area.
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Club installs new president

Posted by Tom Roepke
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2012 officers
Ashland Rotary Club met July 5 at the Country Club of Ashland. President Madeline Finnerty called the meeting to order. The club opened with the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary's four-way test.The program was a club assembly for installation of officers for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
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Woman relates stories of WW II

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Josianne Stone's connections to World War II are personal and her memories vivid.

The Ashland resident grew up in Belgium during the war and she and her family were active in the Belgian Resistance. She shared some of her experiences Tuesday at the Rotary Club of Ashland's weekly meeting. Stone is the mother of Steve Stone, executive director of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County.

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