Dayton Rotary Happenings

This Happened Last Monday...

President Shaun Yu called the meeting to order shortly after the noon hour. President Yu shared that Rotarian Bill Serr’s mother passed away over the weekend. In addition, President Yu shared with Rotarians that Saturday was the memorial service for Rotarian Jim Gallagher. The club remembered Jim with a moment of silence.

Bill Nance was invited to the podium for invocation, pledge, four-way test and news at noon. Bill then welcomed Secretary, Linda Groover for announcements, birthdays, recognize guests, visiting Rotarians and DAY-10 Foundation gifts.  Secretary Groover reminded Rotarians to get their club committee assignment sheet turned in ASAP. Birthday’s this week included: Donna Childs (9/14), Debbie Lieberman (9/15), Cindy Garner (9/16), Jim Steen (9/18), Bill Defries (9/19), and Kim Bramlage (9/19). The floor was opened up for DAY-10 Foundation Gifts. Linda Groover did a DAY-$25 in recognition of her daughter who goes to UD recently pitch her mico- business and it was selected. Susan Hayes made an announcement on behalf of the Book Club. If anyone is looking for a copy of Surendra’s book, see Fred Abrams for a free copy. Patty Caruso did a DAY-18 in honor of the Jewish New Year & Yom Kippur this week. Kim Bramlage did a DAY-100 toward her Anderson for her birthday. Steve Naas recognized the four bike riders who made the trip from Pittsburgh to DC a few weeks ago. He did a DAY-10 to share that the Rotary District 6670 has formed a Tour De Gem team if anyone in the club is interested in joining. All funds raised with go to the District Foundation. Shaun Yu did a DAY-50 toward his Paul Harris to share that WDPR is kicking off their pledge drive. He encouraged fellow Rotarians to make a pledge and let them know you are a Rotarian to get a shout-out. Douglas Deutsch did a DAY-10 to honor Howard Ducker, who recently had a knee replacement. Fran Rickenbach did a DAY-10 for Lisa Grigsby who helped take over for the ZOOM meeting since she was in-person. Diane Welborn did a DAY-50 in honor of Kim Bramlage who recently spoke at the City Commission in support of the city Ombudsman’s Office and support. Dennis Grant did a Day-25 for the URS Rubber Duck Regatta and Mike Houser’s match for each Rotarian who supports. Gerry Chadwick did a DAY-25 to recognize his daughter interviewed in the news regarding ongoing challenges with COVID in the K-12 school systems. Cindy Garner did a DAY-125 toward her Club 125 for her birthday and to thank Nick Warrington, Chair of the Social Committee for hosting a fun “Rotary Dines Out” last week at Sueno.  

Donna Kastner, a prospective member was welcomed. Her membership is being proposed by Carolyn Rice.  
President Yu then recognized John Neff who welcomed a guest (and his wife), Martha via Zoom. Shaun welcomed Rick Wegmann for a new member introduction. Rick shared the bio and welcomed Michelle Feltz, Executive Director of Goodwill Easter Seals of Miami Valley to Dayton Rotary. Rotarian Diane Farrell, welcomed the club to the Dayton Metro Library and recognized Jeffrey Trzeciak, new Executive Director for DML. Diane then introduced the speaker of the day, Kristina Scott of Learn to Earn Dayton to talk about “Undesign the Redline”.

Kristina Scott delivered a very fascinating, data-driven presentation on the history of Redlining in our very own community. Kristina shared that Learn to Earn is known for promoting educational attainment in the community. The organization has set a goal to have 60% attainment by 2025. Montgomery County is currently at 40%. Within Montgomery County, there is a 10% gap between educational attainment (bachelors degree holders) between black and white citizens. Kristina then shared data on self-sufficiency standards and the federal poverty line. Data presented showed the federal poverty line at $25,926 where the self-sufficiency standard is $61,358 for the same size family. In Montgomery County, the median household income is below the federal self-sufficiency standard ($51,542). For black families, it’s $32,140 and $58,205 for white families. These gaps don’t come about because of choices individuals make, good or bad, rather it stems from systems, policies, and practices that either limit or expand people’s opportunities. Why do these numbers exist in our community? To reach the Learn to Earn goal, we must understand how we got to these numbers. Through the New Deal in the 1930’s, Redlining Maps were created which put qualifiers on who could get federally-backed mortgages and who couldn’t. In addition to Redlining Maps, “restrictive covenants” were also common practice to restrict who could and could not own certain properties. Restrictive Covenants were found in property deeds that were enforced by the legal system up until 1968. Restrictive covenants were not based solely on race, but included the restriction of immigrants of man nationalities. To continue illustrating her point on how systematic racism has impacted our community in more recent history, Kristina shared a news article from Columbus Business First dated December 21, 2001 and titled “Nationwide paying $1M to settle Dayton discrimination suit”. This suit dated back to the 1990’s when Nationwide refused to sell homeowners insurance to residents of minority neighborhoods. In conclusion, Kristina was able to provide additional examples of how redlining is still very relevant today.

The “Undesign the Redline” exhibit will be on display at the Dayton Metro Library through September 25th. The exhibit will then move to other venues throughout our community between now and April 2022.

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