All hail the new president

By Kimberly Jenkins -

“Rotarians are very much more favorably disposed toward action than they are toward words.” Paul P. Harris-Rotary Club of Chicago-1912

The Portsmouth Rotary Club, installed as their new president for the upcoming year, a man that has a goal of action and less words.

The new president is Reece Brown. He has plans to do more this year while he is president. Reece was the president-elect for the Rotary last year. He stated that theoretically, he was elected last year and then called to office this year. Mr. Brown stated that president-elect this year is Jonathan James. B

Brown is following in the footsteps of the former president Lydia Symms, who had certain projects and goals. Brown said his main goal is to engage in a lot more service projects. He said, “Some examples of this, are things like Mound Park, we want to help out with that, and help out with Greenlawn Cemetery.”

Something the new president has already accomplished is he changed the meeting schedule which will start in August. Before this change, the meeting schedule had been in place for at least 50 years, according to Brown.

“Last month, I set the meeting schedule change. It starts in August, but basically instead of four Monday meetings at noon, we only have two meetings at noon per month. That would probably make it much better for most people. We have a Tuesday evening social and we have an off week, where we do service, but I’m still gonna see my group four times a month. It’s just not going to be four Monday meetings at noon. The Tuesday session will be the first Tuesday of every month.”

When asked if they do their service together, Brown said, “No, we are divided into teams, they don’t know their teams yet. They draw for them. There is a seven person team and they will draw names in July.”

What does Brown look forward to in the coming year, besides his goal?

“Increasing the visibility of the Rotary in the community. We have so many people that are engaged in so many other organizations, and they’re all great people, but the visibility that they are Rotarians isn’t well-known. We’ll just say that.” Brown was asked if he’d like to see more members or just see the Rotary more well-known? “Just for more people to know what we are. I would love to get more members, it’ll be easier with that Tuesday evening social, to get more younger members.”

When Brown was asked if Lydia (past president) would be a hard leader to follow or will the transition be easy?

“Yes, she was really awesome,” Brown said. “She did a lot of work and she was well organized.”

President Brown said, “Looking forward, we have the fish fry on Friday, Sept. 1st. And, we have the tour if the Little Smokies at the end of September. It’s a bicycle tour. It starts and finishes at Holy Trinity Hall. There are four different routes. It suits all ability levels, there’s some small routes and there’s one hundred mile or two, all the way from sixteen miles to one hundred…”

Tour of the Little Smokies – September 30, 2017

Portsmouth Rotary is proud to announce Scioto County’s premier bicycle challenge is back for its’ 3rd year. Cyclists from all around the region converged on this tour last year, and raved about the amazing course. This tour is destined to become one of Ohio’s toughest 83-milers tours and will be a real challenge to cyclists.

You can register for the September 30th tour. The Tour will begin from – Holy Trinity Hall, 9515 Careys Run, McDermott, OH. Riders can start in waves at 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, and 10:00 AM. If you would like more information about this unique cycling event please check our information on the website or contact TOTLS Committee Chair Reece Brown at 740-821-1904,

Chartered in October of 1920, The Rotary Club of Portsmouth is an organization of business and professional leaders united to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs. The Portsmouth Rotary Club’s membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. The meetings are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

Think you might like to become a Rotarian? Check out the Rotary International website ( and the local website to see what Rotary is all about. Every new Rotarian must be sponsored by a current Rotarian and be approved by the membership of the club.

Ask a Rotarian to invite you to a club meeting! Some of the great things that the Rotary club does are they have six, $1,000 college scholarships for graduates of Scioto County High Schools, they sponsor the Children’s Summer Reading Program at the Portsmouth Public Library, they also sponsor the South Central Ohio Education Service Center Programs – Science Fair for Scioto County students; Mock Trial Competitions, Scioto County Music Festival; High School Art Exhibits; Summer Enrichment Programs; & Artist-In-Residence, and support the American Red Cross mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters, along with many others which can be found on their website:

By Kimberly Jenkins