Rotary clubs planning 51st radio-telethon


Planning is underway for the 51st annual Ernie Blankenship Radio-Telethon conducted by the Hillsboro and Greenfield Rotary Clubs for the benefit of the Highland County Society for Children and Adults.

The Hillsboro Rotary Club broadcast will take place on Wednesday, March 29 from 7-9 p.m. at the Hillsboro Orpheum. This year’s host will be Merchants National Bank and its employees.

The Hillsboro Rotary Club event will be broadcast live on Channel 13 of the Spectrum Cable System, on WSRW 101.5 FM and WSRW AM 1590, iHeart radio. It will also be livestreamed on the society’s website at and on the website. Terry Mikkleson, owner of, will again provide the equipment for the broadcast and livestreaming.

The Greenfield Rotary Club event will be broadcast live on the same evening from the McClain High School studio in Greenfield from 7-9 p.m. on WVNU radio and the Spectrum community access channel in the Greenfield area.

Rotarians at both locations will take pledges during the event by telephone or in person. Pledges can be made during the radio-telethon by calling 937-402-5557 in Hillsboro or 937-981-7731 in Greenfield. Donations can also be made online through the society’s Facebook page or website. Any donation, no matter the amount, will be appreciated. Checks payable to HCCSA can be dropped off at any local bank or mailed to the society at P.O. Box 972, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133.

There will be several items donated to be auctioned during the event including sports memorabilia, game tickets and other items which will be announced in March. Bids can be submitted during the event by telephone or in person.

The two Rotary Clubs raised more than $115,000 during the 2022 event, all of which was used by the society to provide assistance and services to Highland County children and adults who were unable to pay for expenses for necessary medical treatment, transportation, equipment, pharmaceutical and other health care devices and services. The total raised by the event over the past 50 years is more than $4 million dollars.

The Highland County Society for Children & Adults was founded in November of 1950.

This story was submitted by Rocky Coss, the annual organizer of the radio-telethon.

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