Rotary hosts Natural History speakers

TROY — On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Zach Beck and Bill Kennedy shared an overview of all that is offered by the Dayton Society of Natural History to area residents and visitors during the Troy Rotary Club’s weekly meeting.

Established in 1952 as a private, nonprofit enterprise, the Society is the parent organization for the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, the SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, and Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve. SunWatch and Fort Ancient are National Historic Landmarks. The Society holds six significant, national credentials, including the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Children’s Museums. Thanks to these credentials, Society members may have free or discounted entry to similar museums and exhibits across the United States.

The Society is governed by an 18-member Board of Trustees and employs both full- and part-time associates. The Boonshoft Museum is organized into four departments: Education, Astronomy, Live Animals, and Collections. In 2016, the Society’s sites and outreach programs served nearly 220,000 patrons, including over 150,000 visitors to the museum. Boonshoft houses in excess of 1.7 million items and artifacts in their Anthropology, Paleontology, Geology, Botany, and Zoology collections.

More than 150 animals call the Boonshoft Discovery Zoo home. The Society has programs that “travel” to area schools, reaching over 13,000 students in 2016. Currently, a new breakfast program is offered at both the Boonshoft and SunWatch Indian Village locations. The breakfast tours provide behind-the-scenes experiences and in-depth information on the museum’s collections and archeological site. Remaining dates for the Boonshoft breakfasts are Nov. 7 and 14. SunWatch has openings on Sept. 22, Oct. 13, and Oct. 17. For more information, visit To schedule a presentation from the Dayton Society of Natural History for your club or organization, contact Beck at (937) 477-2117.

Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2016-17 Rotary year, over $16,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, Rotary’s annual Shoe Project, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum.

In addition to the financial support, Rotarians volunteered nearly 400 hours to several service projects. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow the organization’s activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership in the club, please visit