Weekly Update – October 30, 2015

What a refreshing meeting this morning! Dave Spencer made us all laugh with his werewolf costume…Happy Halloween! Kevin moved on to the fun facts of the day, with the most memorable being the anniversary of the first radio broadcast in 1938 of “The War of the Worlds”. Valerie then gave an overview of our participation at “Christmas in Springboro” Nov. 21st. We will give away hot chocolate and popcorn in front of the Springboro Chamber office from 10am – 2pm. Please participate by signing up here: Rotary Christmas in Springboro.

Jason Hillard spoke about a new contest our club is kicking off to drum up support for the Rotary Foundation. The contest will run between now and Thanksgiving.

  • Everyone who makes a contribution to the Rotary Foundation (excluding the Foundation Chair and Club President) will receive 1 chance to win for each $25 donated.
  • First time contributors or anyone who has not contributed in one year will receive 2 chances to win for each $25 donated.
  • Anyone who sets up a Rotary Direct donation will receive double the chances.

In December, we will put all the names and chances earned in a hat and draw the winner. The winner will receive a $100 gift card of their choosing from the fine selection at Kroger. We value the participation of all our members in whatever capacity they are able to support the Rotary mission and our club.


Jason Hillard (our club) and Haris Bilalovic of Rotary Sarajevo, International Delta exchanging Rotary flags.

We had an entourage of guests this morning, all here to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords. One guest was a videographer from a Sarajevo television station, who filmed our entire meeting! Chris Neely with the U.S. State Department was accompanied by Carolyn Rice, Director of the International Committee of the Dayton Rotary Club, along with Haris Bilalovic, President of the Rotary Club of Sarajevo, International Delta chapter. This chapter is one of two in Bosnia and Herzegovina that are English-speaking clubs. They received their charter in 2003 and meet regularly for dinner at restaurant Lovac. This club supports the Sumero Project, and is raising funds to build a day care center for persons with disabilities. Mr. Bilalovic also spoke a little of current items of interest in Bosnia and Herzegovina. For example, they are still utilizing the Dayton Peace Accords as a form of government, as a constitution has not yet been decided upon. Also, there is very high unemployment amongst young people…60%. You can read more about the club here: Rotary Sarajevo_Intl Delta.   All of our club members were invited to visit the club if in Sarajevo.

Carolyn Rice then gave an update on the events in November to commemorate the signing of the Peace Accords.

  • Nov. 18: Dedication of the Ambassador Richard Holbrooke Plaza.
  • Nov. 19: Screening and discussion of The Diplomat,which chronicles Holbrooke’s 50-year diplomatic career.
  • Nov. 19-20: Conference. President Bill Clinton will be speaking at the Luncheon on Nov. 19th.
  • Nov. 20: Reception at the Dayton Art Institute and recognition of 2015 Dayton Peace Prize awardee Angelina Jolie Pitt in absentia.
  • Nov. 21: 20th anniversary brunch at the Hope Hotel, where the Peace Accords were first signed.

The public is invited to some of these events, and registration ends November 13th. Learn more and register here: Dayton Peace Accords at 20. Carolyn also spoke about the Rotary exchange student program, and the student currently staying with her and her husband.

Next week’s speaker will be introduced by Dave Spencer.