Dayton Rotary Happenings

This Happened Last Monday...

By:  Penny Wolff

Fran Rickenbach assigned 13 Rotarians on Zoom to breakout rooms.  About 35 other Rotarians were at Sinclair.  At 12:15 pm Shaun Yu welcomed all and called the meeting to order.  Bill Nance gave the Invocation about having trust in our personal and spiritual lives.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Bill gave the news of the day:  0.35% US population growth, lowest documented in US history.  Ohio ranks 14th in US in number of EV cars.  He cited a carjacker in Boca Raton who called 911 when he got lost.  Of course, the police responded to help him!!!

Secretary Linda Groover called upon Jena Pado to introduce guests.  The only one was Wes Boord a visitor from the Oakwood Rotary.  Then Linda reminded people of the flyers for Crayons to Classrooms on the tables and their supply drive.   Birthdays:  Alan Baker and Lori Poelking-Igel both July 26; Matthew Jessup, July 29. 
There were many Day 10s after Frank Scott called attention to a second flyer on the tables introducing us to the $125 Club in Rotary District 6670 for 2021-2022 .  With donations to the Rotary Foundation down, this initiative invites Rotarians to contribute $100 to the Annual Fund then a second contribution of $25 to Polio Plus.  Contributors will receive a silver/blue lapel pin with the outline of Ohio.  Frank then pledged $125 plus $100 to our local club foundation. 

Others following suit with 125 Club were:  Doug Deutsch, Sue Taylor, Rick Thie, Shaun Yu, Steve Naas, Kate Vriner, Fran Rickenbach.  Dennis Grant made a Day $25 to promote the 18th Rubber Duck Regatta where Houser Asphalt/Concrete matches each contribution.  Go to to donate.  
Linda announced there were nine newer members present today.  She welcomes people back and hopes to see them at future luncheon meetings.  She concluded with the statement, “Hope is greater than fear.”  Then she called upon Shaun Yu for president’s remarks.

President Shaun removed Jena Pado’s red ribbon and congratulated her on fulfilling all her requirements.   He then praised Fran Rickenbach for running Zoom meetings these many months and kiddingly allowed for her getting out of town August 8.  Lisa Grigsby volunteered to run Zoom in Fran’s absence.  Shaun reiterated the invitation to members to return to Sinclair for weekly meetings.  “You don’t have to make a reservation ahead of time although the cost will be $20/lunch vs $18 with a reservation.  Parking remains $2.”  He noted that Sinclair has expanded usage to 72 people and has returned to pre-pandemic levels.  Let Laura know about prepaying per quarter.  Zoom will remain an option for the foreseeable future.  He cited upcoming speakers:  Gregory Hopkins, Community Health Centers of Dayton (with special guest/s); Chief Richard Biehl, retiring City of Dayton Police Chief; Rick Schwartz, Rotarian, and Board Chair, WinSupply; Annie Foos, St. Anne’s Cheese Company (with samples for those present).
Chair of the Day, Doug Deutsch, introduced guest speaker, Dale Schiff, Partner, ThermoPlastic Trading, Inc., native of west of Detroit, formerly worked in pharmaceuticals, transferred to Dayton where he met his wife, then went to Akron.  He returned to Dayton to be with his daughter & grandchildren.  Both daughter and son-in-law are UD School of Law graduates. 
Dale has been in the recycle business for over twenty-five years. He is an independent broker office in Miamisburg but has clients all over the country. He is an expert on all aspects of plastic recycling.  His talk,  “Dale’s Recycle Tales,”  included a little history of recycling and what this industry is doing now & what the future holds for recycling.   
In 2020, 800 billion pounds of plastic were produced.  Plastic is at an astronomically high price due to recycling catching on and a supply shortage.
There are two kinds of plastics:  Thermoset:  melamine, Bakelite; Thermo Plastic:  engineering grades which is what Dale works with.  He showed how plastic is made and extruded into shapes and used in many products.  700 pounds of plastic is in a typical car vs 700-800 additional weight in old cars.  You hit your bumper on curb, it bounces back.  He’s done it.
Plastic comes in a variety of forms.  In 2015, emissions from plastics created nearly 4 billion pounds of CO2.  The global demand for plastics will increase by 22% over the next 5 years.  We will need to reduce emissions by 18% just to break even.   He doesn’t think that will happen.  Emissions from plastics is estimated to reach 17% of the global carbon budget by 2050. 
Why is it so hard to get to 100%?  Because of the variety of products that go into making them.  Cross contamination is a problem.  As little as 3-5% mixture of different polymers = 100% junk!  To address the challenge we innovate our way to a lower carbon footprint.
He showed the Recycling Symbols we’ve all seen and mentioned the various products with different symbols. 
Dale spoke of post-consumer medical waste being made into floor products; 8 soda bottles = 1 polyester shirt; Seventh Generation with 100% recycled content bottle; Windex converting ocean bound plastics.  BTW, Dale said nothing from Ohio flows to the ocean.  That comes from poorer countries near the ocean with no waste disposal systems and tsunamis.  
In conclusion, Dale recommended Reduce Recycle Reuse:  support recycled packaging; write to favorite brands to use recycled materials;  purchase brands that use recycling; push  government representatives to make single use packaging obsolete.
Q – Why different recycling standards?  A – Different communities have differing standards.  We need more uniform standards for recycling.
Q – What is effect of driver shortage in transportation of plastic waste?  A – Dramatic shortage is driving up prices from $1.50/mile to $6-9/mile.  Transportation costs are passed on to customer.
Q – Where are we going if environmentally driven attack on oil and gas exploration and extraction are reduced?  If we shut down fracking doesn’t that work against natural gas for making virgin plastic?  Where are we going?
A – There is a move away from oil to natural gas because of cleanliness.  Three types of gas are used to make plastics.  There’s a move to plant-based plastic although it isn’t taking over major markets.  But it may be in the future.  Fracking has a problem of putting CO2 into the air but there is recaptured technology being used.  Youngstown, OH, is a major fracking area.  The US is an energy net exporter of natural gas which has helped our economy, but it hasn’t gotten into the recycling world. 
Shaun thanked Dale, presented him our Rotary gift, and said he hoped Dale would stay around for other questions.  Next week with Gregory Hopkins and special guests.
Meeting adjourned.


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