This Week at Rotary: August 16, 2018
Our speaker today was Norm Miozzi, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton.
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Centerville Rotary Club Meeting August 16, 2018
The GREETERS​​​: ​​​​ 
08/16/2018 John Beals and Brian Hayes
08/23/2018 Tom Broadwell and Sally Beals
08/30/2018 Carl Gill and Matt Kuhn
09/06/2018 Brad Thorp and Eric Beach
John Beals stood in for Greg Horn and Brian Hayes stood in for Frank Perez. Greg was in Virginia and Frank in Europe.
Rodrigo Garnica from Arequipa, Peru, our exchange student, could not be at today's Rotary meeting because of the new school year, which started Aug. 15, but he made a guest appearance with his host mother Jen Gibbs, at the mixer hosted by John and Sally Beals at their Centerville home Wednesday, Aug. 15.
He gave an impromtu piano performance of a Bach piece he knew and played by heart, sounding like Mozart at the piano. This young man is very talented and Byod has hinted at
him possibly helping out with the Christmas program. Grab an upcoming star when you can, as the saying goes.
The Beals were excellent hosts and anyone who missed the mixer missed being treated royally in an exquisite house designed by the two, who also made the surroundings outside a display of dazzling flowers and trees. History buffs, they have traveled to all 50 states and visited all the presidential residences. They used hickory in the home, hickory from Sally's farmland up north, which some might confuse with oak. Sally can bake a hickory pie somewhat similar to a pecan pie, but it takes much more work, as the tiny hickory nuts have to be hammered open.
The group that gathered for the mixer learned a lot about each other and couldn't get over the spiral wood staircase in the living room that is a piece of beautiful art in and of itself.
Didn't take any pictures at the mixer, but here's Rodrigo from the previous Rotary meeting.
Brian Hayes not only came in early to set up the meeting's banners and sign-in materials, 
but he wore a number of other hats too. He served as an official greeter, replacing Frank,
and he was today's Sgt.-at-Arms, having been asked by Erich Eggers to replace him,
as Erich was to be in a golf tournament. It was cancelled because of rain, and Erich
showed up, but Brian did the honors as Sgt.-at-Arms, and also spoke about
Operation Warm when the Happy Bucks time came.
Here Brian looks very ambassador-like in greeting member Brad Huffman.
And John Beals greets ever-smiling Don Gerhardt. As a Centerville City Councilman John was asked to stand in for a city official out of town Aug. 15, when Sinclair College held its Fall Conference at the new Centerville campus at 5800 Clyo Road, the site of the former Far Hills Church. Sinclair bought the property for $9.6 million earlier in the year. The 100,000 square foot building is surrounded by 40 acres. 
John said more than 700 teachers from the school were present, and he stood before them to read a proclamation from the city welcoming them to Centerville. It was the biggest crowd he
had ever addressed, he said. Having passed the parking lot and seen all the cars parked in, it was an impressive sight.
Word is, the church purchased the empty large car lot at the corner of Wilmington Pike and AB Road for its future location.
Seems like this may be a good time to invite Sinclair President Steven Johnson to come
talk to our club in the near future.
Dottie and Don Overly have fun with Don Gerhardt at the table.
Our guest speaker this day is Norm Miozzi, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of 
Greater Dayton.
John Beals and Norm seem to know each other from their past engineering and construction
In need of a song and dance man? How about the Voice of Dayton, Jim Briggs?
Harvey Smith always has a good word from the Lord to share, but today it's Ray Merz who
gives the prayer.
Brad Huffman said he was just waiting for Arnie Biondi to arrive, but Arnie didn't come in
until the table was full. 
Don Johnson has little ones at home, but still makes it to Rotary and participates in the 
Rotary projects and mixers.
Lee Hieronymus has been growing his goatee long again.
Always welcome, Frank Scott of the Dayton Rotary, has been helpful in getting the District
support for our projects, especially the Haiti water pumps global grant support.
Dave Trout tries the Ann Blackburn, stop the paparazzi cameras, move, but instead he 
earns a close-up. Good going Dave. You support Rotary with all your good deeds.
President Boyd Preston is at the door when our treasurer Gerry Estabrooks arrives.
Erich Eggers arrives despite his dampened hopes to be in a golf tournament this day.
President Preston stays to greet member Eric Beach.
Tom Groszko came as a guest of Chuck King. He's with Bell-tone, helping people hear...ehh?
What? Jeff Senney arriving before many of the others? Good job, Jeff.
And here's Doc Hermann and a Yankee Trace server Allison Berry, who claims no relation
to member Dale Berry.
Our president Boyd Preston knows our bearded guest James Stuart, who has visited before
and may hopefully become a new member, helping get Rotaract going.
Here's Doc Hoback talking business with James Stuart.
And remember this duo from past meetings...Matt Kuhn and his super smart daughter Lauren?
He said he brought her so she wouldn't stay in bed all day, as he would like to do. Then he 
said her first law class meets at about 8 a.m. three times a week. Don't rub it in DAD.
Justice will be done, or as they say: Judge not lest ye be judged.
The Centerville Rotary Club met at the Clubhouse at Yankee Trace at noon. Club President Boyd Preston led the Pledge of Allegiance; Ray Merz led the prayer, and Brian Hayes led the singing of God Bless America.
The guests at this week's meeting included: Lauren Kuhn, daughter of Matt Kuhn; our speaker Norm Miozzi; Tom Groszko; Frank Scott; and James Stuart.
Here we see President Boyd Preston giving a big Teddy Roosevelt laugh. He presided over the meeting.
Ann Blackburn said the Boomerfest Aug. 11 at St. Leonard was a huge success, partly due to the volunteers from our Centerville Rotary Club who helped with the parking all day long.
Jen Gibbs said they made 200 copies of the Sponsorship forms for the Centerville Rotary Pancake Breakfast Oct. 27 at Centerville High School. They are available to give to prospective sponsors, with dates and information about the donations and where and how to send them.
President-Elect Chuck King's recruiting brochure made to inform people about Centerville Rotary are available to hand out to people who might be interested in joining our club.
President Preston said that the next board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m Monday at the Washington-Centerville Park District building. Everyone is welcome, especially new members.
President Preston noted at an earlier meeting that World Polio Day is Oct. 24, two days after our Pancake Breakfast Fund-raiser at Centerville High School on Oct. 22. He said they are looking for ways for the club to celebrate World Polio Day. 
President Preston reminded members of the Sept. 12 District Trilogy at Normandy Church, which will start at 5:30 p.m. It's a good opportunity to meet with other club members and see what they are doing, he said. A free meal comes with the invite.
Ron Hollenbeck gave a report for our Club on the Move: He said the Fairborn Rotary Club has pledged $4,000 towards getting a global grant to put LifePump water pumps in Haiti. That brings the pledges to $15,000, allowing the club to work on the submission for a global grant for the pump project. Ron said they have a host club located in Haiti and have five locations for pumps. He said he still has seven area Rotary clubs to visit with a request to join the effort for the grant. If the club continues to get more pledges and gets $20,000 and the district matches with $20,000, the global grant could get up to $70,000, which would allow for six to 7 pumps, to help thousands of people get clean and safe water.
Ron said Frank Scott of the Dayton Club is helping shephard the application and to get a global number assigned to this project.
The Rotary District's Dragon's Night is Aug. 18 and ticket sales were extended to Aug. 17, if not sold out before. Our District Governor sent out ticket information to members. The game starts at 7 p.m. The Dragon's ticket office is 937-228-2287.
Special note: PDG Harvey Smith noted that the family of Michael Hayde, a past member of the club who passed away in 1978, is gifting $1,000 to the club for Operation Warm, which will fund 50 new winter coats for this year's project, helping needy children. Harvey said Mike's widow plans to present the check at a future meeting, possibly on Aug. 23, and that he hopes to be able to present
her with a Paul Harris Fellow at that time.
President Preston said that at the July 26 meeting the club agreed to change the 50/50 drawing.
President-Elect Chuck King explained the new system. Twenty cards will be pulled out of a deck of cards. Whoever has their number called will draw from the cards. If you get the Ace of Spades you win the pot. If not, the card is taken from the pile and no money is exchanged. The drawing gets bigger until someone draws the Ace of Spades. Then it goes back to the 20 cards again. The maximum the drawing can go is 20 weeks. Boyd said he would check for open palms and hidden Aces...
HAPPY BUCKS: The Happy Bucks this quarter go to Operation Warm, and Brian Hayes said our goal is to buy 375 coats, which will cost $7,500. 
Brian stood in for our Sgt.-at-Arms. As of this day, before Happy Bucks, the club is just 20 percent of the way to the 375 coats, with 75 coats, he said. We need to get 300 more coats in 7 weeks. 
Boyd gave for a coat and Ron gave for a coat and Frank Scott gave for a coat and Dan Johnson gave for a coat and Norm, our speaker, gave for a coat, and Matt gave for a coat, and Carol Kennard gave $1 for Kim who had to leave for work, and another $1 from herself for heading to the Rose Center in Huber Heights for a concert for kids...grandkids in her case.
Ray Merz gave for half a coat, noting that he went to the Smoky Mountains and found them a lot steeper than when he had last been there 20 some years ago.
Wayne Davis gave for various and sundry things and Kitty and Irene gave $20 for a coat and another $5 for the Beals hosting the fine mixer.
Don Overly gave for a coat and Jim Harris gave for a coat and Doc Hoback gave a dollar and promised to pay for five coats later.
Jennifer Gibbs paid $5 for the volunteers who helped at the Boomerfest.
Lee gave for the successful Firefighters Ice Cream Social, despite the rain on Sunday.
Eric Beach gave for a coat and Erich Eggers gave for the cancelled golf outing and Habitat for Humanity where he had donated lots of building material, and taking photos and having to sift through all of them to find the best ones to use.
Jeff Senney donated for a coat and to tell a story of running in a race by the river and grabbing a sprig from a bush and then seeing a woman from the conservancy district and telling her he was just going to check it out and find out what it was to throw the seeds all around, and she said she thought it was an invasive species....
Don Stewart gave and Arnie gave for Aretha Franklin brightening our days. She died this morning of pancreatic cancer.
Sofie Ameloot gave and asked for a bike team to form for the TourdeGem coming up.
Brad Thorp gave for his 42 wedding anniversary, making it $42 for two coats and a sleeve.
Harvey Smith then apologized to James Stuart for not remembering that six years ago he married James and his wife...noting that he handled 150 to 160 weddings during that time.
Jim Briggs gave for a coat and said he missed last week's meeting.
This Week's Speaker: Norm Miozzi, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity
of Greater Dayton
President-Elect Chuck King introduced our speaker, noting that Norm joined Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton in 2009. He had worked in construction for 30-plus years before that and owned a residential construction company in Atlanta, Ga., and was a project manager for a large residential construction company in Dayton. He is on the Montgomery County Housing Advisory Board, and is the acting liaison between Habitat for Humanity and the Dayton Kiwanis Club, and served as a coach for the CYO. A Washington Twp. resident, he and his wife Karen have a daughter Sarah, a recent Xavier graduate continuing her education at the University of Cincinnati, and son Nick, an incoming freshman at the University of Dayton.
 In 2017 Norm was promoted to executive director at Habitat. He oversees all local operations including mortgage services, administration, construction, homeowner services and the ReStore. 
Norm said the store at their facility has used building material from numerous sources for sale, and also new items donated by Morris Home Furniture. Proceeds from sales go to support the Habitat for Humanity program, he said. 
He showed various families and Habitat homes constructed in various parts of the community from 2015 to date. A Fairborn Habitat home built in 2015 went to a family that had a son who would never be able to walk up to a sink. The home was built with a lowered sink that he could reach and thus when he became an adult and the home was turned over to him, he would have a livable home, Norm said. 
Another home, built in March, 2017 went to an immigrant family in Fairborn. Many people don't know that the homeowners have to pay an affordable mortgage, he said. They also have to put in sweat equity when the house is being built, 225 hours per adult family member, he said. Property taxes have to be paid, but they have zero percent interest, he said.
They have 15 houses in West Carrollton and build one or two houses a year in Kettering. 
The families are prepared before moving in to learn how to fix things and who to contact to get things fixed. They learn about financing and are prepared for civic involvement. 
Those who want a Habitat House have to have the financial means to pay to live there, so the house cannot cost more than 30 percent of their gross income. Some people are rejected the first time they apply but have come back after financial counseling and bringing their income up. Of 450 people who have contacted them, 250 attended their program and after one-half received financial interviews, a fourth moved ahead, he said. Others were counseled to work on how to meet the financial commitment. They narrowed the number down to 40 best candidates and then had to cut that to about a dozen families.
A young single Trotwood woman applied for the first time in 2003. Where she was living was a dangerous neighborhood and bullets had come through her bedroom, so they slept on the living room floor, he said. She applied two more times, and a Presbyterian church helped finance the Habitat home, he said. 
They've built homes in Xenia and Trotwood and 15 years ago they built a two-story vinyl-clad house that didn't fit the neighborhood, and learned from that to make sure a house fits the neighborhood, he said. They now build ranch-style homes that are well-built and energy-star-certified.
The communities get property tax benefits. They've built 1,176 homes, creating a total economic impact of $118,440,000, he said.
The resulting stories are also gratifying, he said. One Habitat owner reported her daughter graduated from college. Neighborhoods have also been revitalized. Veterans have been helped to stay in their homes. 
An 85-year-old woman who didn't have the means to put siding on her house got the siding donated. She served lunch to the aged and helped with the siding on the house.
Norm said people can help by volunteering to help build a house, by joining a committee or board, by donating goods or services, by becoming a house sponsor, or all of the above.
On Aug. 25 in the Dayton Dragons' courtyard they will be building all the walls for one of their houses, he said. People are invited to come help.
President Boyd Preston reminded club members that our club helps with the presentation of the homes to the new home owners by supplying them with a number of books that deal with home repairs, gardening, cooking and eating on a budget, etc.
The meeting was adjourned with the reciting of the 4-Way Test.
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