Area briefs

Rotary Club speaker slated

PIQUA — Jerry McGlothen of St. Mary will be the keynote speaker at the Piqua Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday, June 20, at Edison State Community College. The event is open to the public beginning at 11:45 in the college theatre. The $10 per person fee includes both lunch and program.

McGlothen completed a 35-year career in respiratory therapy at Upper Valley Medical Center, where he was director of cardiopulmonary services and chairman of emergency preparedness. He retired in 2016.

His informative talk will focus on trips he and his wife, Berta, have taken to Italy the past 16 years. The McGlothens visit Italy every two years and have amassed over 17,000 photographs since 2001. McGlothen will share his photographs and provide a travelogue which, as one Rotarian endorsed, “will make you feel as though you’ve been on vacation by the conclusion of the program.”

For more information, call Rotarian Cheryl Stiefel-Francis at 773-9012.

Survival kit program set

PIQUA — The Western Ohio Thrivent Community will host a “Survive the Summer” kit-packing event to benefit children served by the Salvation Army of Piqua’s Summer Feeding Program. The event will take place from 6:15-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Tecumseh Woods Swimming Pool 1107 Lenox St. The rain date is June 29, at the same time.

The Western Ohio Thrivent Community will provide all the kit contents, including sunscreen, aloe, Frisbees, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, water bottles, and more. They also will be paying for admission to the Tecumseh Woods pool.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Mark Reedy or Spencer Peltier at 778-1353, or email

Cookie baking contest planned

A chocolate chip cookie contest will be held Thursday, June 29, at the Piqua Community Farmers Market in front of the Piqua Public Library on High Street. The contest gets underway at 5:30 p.m. and entries will be judged on appearance and taste.

Contestants are encouraged to bring in their family favorite chocolate chip cookies or invent a new one to wow the judges. The winner in each category will win “Market Money” to be used at the farmers market. The first place winner will receive $15, second place will receive $10 and third place will receive $5.

Details of the chocolate chip cookie contest, along with a listing of all the vendors at the Piqua Community Farmers Market, can be found at For more information, contact Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.