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Welcome to Richmond Rotary Club


Service Above Self

Tuesday from 11:45 to 1:00PM
MCL Restaurant & Bakery Richmond
3801 National Rd. East
Richmond, IN  47374
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The Richmond Rotary Club celebrates 100 years as a club on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 and you are invited! The event is free and open to the public, but individual food, beverages, and activities may have a charge.
Thanks to our sponsors FIRST BANK RICHMOND and REID HEALTH!
On Tuesday, June 6th, 2017, the club welcomed Richmond Excel Center Executive Director Tyler Stewart. Tyler brought with him a member of his leadership team, Ryan Coby. The two talked about the adult high school. If you know of anyone who has yet to earn their high school diploma, please tell them about the Excel Center. With free drop-in child care, transportation assistance, and extended hours, they couldn't make it easier to earn a diploma. Tyler reported on a recent graduate who is 70 years old, so it really is never too late to earn your high school diploma. Thanks again for joining us Tyler and Ryan!
On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the club welcomed Thomas and Mindy Deckard of Synergy Home Care to talk about the services the non-medical home services they provide. Please call (765) 939-2818 if you have more questions about their services. Thanks again for joining us Thomas and Mindy!
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Heather Ballin from Good News Habitat for Humanity joined us to talk more about the USDA program. Thanks again for joining us Heather!
On Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 our three RYLA students, Owen, Ariadna, and Isabel visited our club to tell us about their experience at this year's RYLA. After their presentations, the district surprised Isabel with a scholarship for her exchange trip. DG Katie Smardo, Assistant DG Charles Shoe, and Youth Exchange Chair Joe Mitchell joined us for the big celebration.
On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, the club welcomed Mayor Dave Snow of the City of Richmond, Indiana who gave us a recap of his State of the City. He spoke about the city-wide clean-up program, the budget, landlords/rentals, gathering of neighborhoods and the funds available to facilitate this, the old YMCA building, the farmers market, the Marsh closure on South E Street, and the local newspaper staff cuts. Thanks again for joining us Mayor Snow!
On Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, the club welcomed Lt. Donnie Benedict of the Richmond Police Department. Thanks for joining us Donnie!
On Tuesday, April 25th, 2017, we welcomed Professor of Biology at Earlham College, Dr. Brent Smith. He spoke to us about Indiana Forests, both in the past and present. We learned how townships were marked out 36 x 36 miles and how witness trees were used as the markers. These trees and the data from this marking of the townships were used to compare the trees of forests to the present and to determine how settlement changed the Indiana forests. Thanks again for joining us Brent!
On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the club welcomed Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Ellen Keister of Earlham College to speak to our club about ultrafast lasers. It was a very interesting and informative program. Thanks again Ellen!
On Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 our fellow Rotarian Dr. Max Bailey spoke to us about the 50th anniversary of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and interests with us Max!
Unfortunately, the Rotary Ride for Juvenile Diabetes was canceled due to excessive rain and thunderstorms. A rain date is forthcoming. It is not on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 as mentioned on the radio.
Thank you to our many personal donations and to our sponsors:
First Bank Richmond, N.A.
Reid Health
Wayne Bank and Trust Co.
Meridian Health Services
Berry Plastics
DOT Foods
Pat James State Farm Insurance
Richmond Baking Company
Phillips Drugs
Brady Ware
Sayward Salazar, President of the Richmond Rotary Club, held an assembly on Tuesday, April 4,  2017. Sayward has held an assembly every quarter since becoming president. At this assembly we discussed the RFP submissions for local funding and the group decided they wanted to be included on the input as to who we award funds to. We also discussed presenting a Rotarian of the Year and Community Member of the Year award and to involve the club on those choices as well. She gave updates on the Centennial Event, Bike Ride, and Betty Tosong International Grant. Treasurer Geres provided an update on financials.
On Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 our scheduled speaker had a family emergency and could not make it to our lunch. Rotarian John Kelley stepped up to be our program. He talked about his involvement with the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship as a volunteer interviewer. What was most important was hearing how he represented Rotary and how he urged everyone to represent Rotary when they do things in the community! We do not need to wait until Rotary sponsors an event to get involved - we can get out there as individuals but still represent our club! Thanks again John!
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 we welcomed 'racing royalty' Donald Davidson, paid historian of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS.) The IMS invited local racing fans to Donald's program and it was great to share our lunch with new faces! Donald spoke of his time with IMS and opened up the program for questions. Many remembered listening to Donald in their youth! Thanks again for your visit Donald!
On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, local Indiana University East Professor Bob Ramsey visited our club to talk to us about 'wrongful convictions.' It was sad to learn that 1-3% of prisoners are wrongfully convicted. Even at just 1%, that equates to 2 million prisoners being wrongfully convicted. He went over the causes and extent of wrongful convictions. He also went over a few key wrong convictions and the people and families it affected. Some of the factors associated with wrongful convictions are:
1. Eyewitness Identification Error
2. Junk Science
3. False Confessions
4. False Accusations
5. Police Error or Misconduct
6. Prosecutorial Error or Misconduct
7. Bad Lawyering
8. Judicial Error or Misconduct
9. Community Pressure for Conviction
On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 fellow Rotarian and EDC President Valerie Shaffer provided an update about her Japan Mission with Mayor Dave Snow. She started with a brief overview of her time with the EDC and how she worked her way up from the administrative assistant to the President of the organization. She explained how it was the work of the EDC in the 90's to early 2000's and the visits of the president of that time that solidified the relationships that led to the investment we have today. Locally we have 5 companies with Japanese investment: Asahi Tec America, Inc.; Suncall America; TBK America, Inc.; Yamaguchi Manufacturing USA, Inc.; and Yukiya USA Gasket, Inc. Together her and Mayor Snow visited the headquarters of each of these companies, as well as other firms with investment in Indiana and potential investors to our area.
Jim Graham, from the Brownsburg Rotary Club, and past district governor, visited our club on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 with his wife, Roberta Graham.
Jim told us about his personal connection with an infant from a refugee camp who needed heart surgery, named Qudrat. Jim's son was stationed in Afghanistan and worked with his father and Rotary to fly Quadrat and his father Hakim to Indianapolis for heart surgery at Riley Children's Hospital. While in the hospital, the family had been exposed to a nurse who had been exposed to chicken pox. The hospital put them under quarantine and the Grahams took in the father and son for the 30 day quarantine period. Jim and Roberta really fell in love with Qudrat, even calling themselves grandma and grandpa to him. We were all devastated to hear that shortly after returning to Afghanistan, Qudrat passed away. In his memory, the Grahams have led an effort to help the boy's father build and operate two schools. Women from the schools started to learn sewing, which led them to create a garment company. The Grahams and Rotary have sent money for solar panels so that the women could use electric sewing machines, thus helping their productivity and profits. It was a great program that really helps put into perspective the power of Rotary. Thanks again for coming to Richmond Jim and Roberta!
The club didn't meet for lunch on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, as they held their 21st annual Quiz Bowl for charity! It was a great event that raised $900 that will be given back to the community at our Centennial Celebration on Saturday, June 24, 2017. A big thanks to our event sponsors: Reid Health and First Bank Richmond; our food sponsors: Wayne Bank and Trust Co., Drs. Logan and Bailey, Pat James State Farm Insurance, and Harold and John Simpson; our team sponsor: Wayne Bank and Trust Co.; our team members: John Kelley, Luke Mohr, and Mark Soukup; our MC's: Phil Quinn and Rick Duncan; special helper: Dudley Feltzer; our members who organized and ran the event: Max Bailey, Al Fullerton Jodie Sheiben, Sayward Salazar, Pat James, Lori Current, and Mary Crumley-Effinger! Congratulations to Reid Health Team 1 for winning this year!
Max going over the rules!
The teams battling it out!
Reid Health team 1 - the winners - Will Hodges, Mark Everett, Larry Wayt!
It was a joy to welcome Joseph Moore Museum to our club on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Director Heather Lerner Ph.D. brought with her two students attending Earlham. Heather spoke about the museum, but then let the students speak on the projects they are working on as part of the grant we recently gave to the museum. It was really great to see the students getting to talk about things they are so energetic and passionate about! The students are making boxes that participants at the museum can use for a further enhanced experience of the museum. For more information on the museum, please visit 
On January 31, 2017, Jeff Carter, President of Bethany Theological Seminary joined us for lunch and talked to us about the seminary, where they came from , and where they are headed. Formerly located in Chicago, and later to the Chicago suburbs when crime pushed them out of the city, they moved to Richmond in 1994 for the lower cost-of-living. Richmond is the seminary's 4th campus. He spoke about the seminary's advanced technology and ways to participate in education remotely as well ways they are reducing the burden of debt for it's students. Thanks again for joining us Jeff. For more information please visit:
On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, the club participated in a service project to help the homeless. Club President, Sayward Salazar, was organizing the annual point-in-time homeless count and brought the project before the board for consideration. The board approved, and the club quickly began collection donated items for the bag. A big thanks to Phillips Drugs for the first-aid kits, Wolverine Worldwide for the socks, Richmond Baking Company for the snack bars, Dr. Stults and Sweeney for the toothbrushes, Mary Crumley-Effinger for the oatmeal, granola bars, noodles and bags, Lori Current for the information sheet, and the Richmond Rotary Club for assembling the bags! Sayward reported on giving out 58 bags and how the recipients were very appreciative. 
On Tuesday, January 17th, 2017, Phil D'Amico, CEO and President of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, joined us for lunch and told us about where he came from before accepting his current position here Richmond, pillars of the local chamber, and top priorities for the year.
The four pillars he spoke of are: 
  • Workforce Development and Education
  • Public Policy
  • Economic Development
  • Quality of Life/Quality of Place
Some priorities for the year that he spoke of are:
  • Connecting with membership.
  • Working on the relationships with members in the county outside of Richmond.
  • New initiatives/programs such as the job fair which falls in line under the workforce development and education pillar.
  • Updating the website to include links to EDC, Tourism Bureau, and other local organizations and add a community element to the site.
Thanks for joining us Phil!
Susan Isaacs, Becky Studabaker, and Phil Quinn joined us for lunch on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 to talk to us more about the Women's Resource Network.
They talked about the physical abuse that goes on in our community and ways they want to stop that from happening. They talked about their ultimate goal of creating a transitional housing until. Please visit for more information on the Women's Resource Network. Visit and like their Facebook and Twitter accounts and share the content to help spread the word about the Women's Resource Network.
Sayward held a quarterly assembly on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017. She went over some of our current projects and where we stood on our goals for the year. We recently partnered with Abbott Nutrition to help provide a family with Christmas assistance. On Tuesday, January 24th, we are stuffing homeless bags filled with essentials for the annual point-in-time homeless count. The Quiz Bowl is being held on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at IU East. We discussed releasing the RFP for the funding we give out to local non-profits at our end of year event, we are going to cap the requests this year. The club decided to have a vote again to select the recipients. We will hold a social night in March, place and time to be announced later. The Rotary Ride is being moved from the fall to spring and is set to be held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. The centennial celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 24th, 2017 and planning has begun. Paris Pegg and Nancy Searcy's programs came together at the right moment to let us know about obtaining help from our local library to research Rotary's history in Richmond. She reported our local project fund is up to $7,000, which is the amount we gave out last year, and we are well on our way to meet our goal of raising 10% more this year - that's only $700 more to go! She went over the remaining goals and we will meet the new member goal, the goal of sending 2 members to the Atlanta convention with Al, Sayward, and Mary planning to go, and the goal of supporting one exchange student. We should meet the goal of sending 3 students to RYLA. We have one student lined up to go, the same student we are supporting in the exchange program. We also need to work on our goal of sending members to the Rotary Leadership Institute, so if anyone is interested, please let the board know.
Newer member Luke Mohr gave us a brief biography of his life on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016. It was our last meeting of the year, as we had planned not to meet on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 between the holidays. Luke is married and together they have a son and daughter. They live Hagerstown and Luke works in Richmond. Some of his hobbies are hunting, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors. Thanks again for sharing your story with us Luke! 
Mary, Sayward, Al
Jun 27, 2017
Rotary International Conference
Jul 04, 2017
Kelly McQueen
Jul 11, 2017
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