|May 21, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on May 21, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – May 21, 2015
Substitute reporter, Marty B. submitted notes for this letter for editor John V(o) as John was in North Carolina last week. The notes were prepared from memory since he lost his notes, and really aren’t bad, being wholly from memory:
Unnamed “Well qualified Hilliard Rotarians” managed the front desk, gave a fine invocation, and introduced guests and visitors. A number of Happy Bucks were offered, unfortunately, the only one Marty remembered was Chris A, apparently was happy he had a flooded basement (?). Someone had the winning 50-50 Raffle Ticket and also a winner for the restarted Ace of Spades Raffle.
We were lucky to have one of the winners of the Conklin family scholarship on hand to accept his award. (Funny how Marty remembers this part in great detail) Marty B. introduced Brock DuPont to the club. He was presented his award by Connie Conklin Weakley and her Brother Dean, who was visiting from Colorado. They were very happy Brock was attending The Ohio State University, and gave him an OSU ball cap.
After a lengthy introduction by Max .F, something like, "Heeeere’s Robin" (our Rotarian). Robin filled us in on the Metro Library System, and what is new in the Hilliard Branch. Though she could not say for certain, she did say talks were underway to move our current branch to the Hickory-Chase property, as we have outgrown the current location. She also shared, in her own low-key way, (yes - sarcasm alert!) how excited she is to be in Hilliard and a part of the system. All the great statistics she quoted were in Marty’s notes - let's just say it is one of the best systems in the country, and she is proud to be part of it; and we are proud of her.
Remember to Light Up Rotary and to Blame Marty. See you next week.
|May 14, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on May 14, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – May 14, 2015
Tony M. managed the front desk and Robin N. greeted and led The Pledge. Johnny D. offered a prayer. VP John L, standing in for President Kat, announced it was Keith J’s birthday (no Keith). He reminded the Club that the Installation Dinner is June 19th. Get your $10/person to Treasurer Bill R, as that will serve as our headcount. We were eagerly looking forward to the day’s official visit by Giant Eagle’s Vice President, but it turned out he was unable to attend after all.
Lynn R. conducted his Sergeant-at-Arms session. James F. announced that he did complete his ½ marathon. Congratulations (although he mentioned several times to our Cross Country Students of the Month that he was still looking for the JOY of running). He recently attended his 40th High School reunion and still gets the heebie-jeebies at the sight of the principle. Mark J. is about to become a grandpa and is training for a Warrior Dash this weekend. Dave C. was happy to see Student of the Month, Eric L. at the meeting. John L. said Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is about to re-open! John V(o) accompanied by wife Donna told a story she hates about how active wives of (males-only) Rotarians in the olden days were called Rotary-Ann’s. He repeated the hated term three times for $3 in fines. Tony M. said his daughter got a great scholarship.
Pastor Phil won the 50-50 Raffle. Mike R. held the winning Ace of Spades ticket and with some help from Greg R. pulled the Ace for the BIG win! It restarts at $100.
Chris N. took center to stage to introduce out Interact Advisors who described their School’s Club activities: Pam Werth from Bradley, Elizabeth Hummel from Davidson, and Amy E. stood in for Kathy Williams who could not attend the meeting.
Johnny D. conducted Student of the Month. This month’s theme was students going into the military:
We always enjoy our Students of the Month! Remember to “Light Up Rotary” and join us next week.
|May 7, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on May 11, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – May 7, 2015
Tony M. ran the front desk while Max F. greeted and led The Pledge. Pastor Phil offered a prayer heavily peppered with “thanksgiving”. President Kat reminded members to attend the Installation dinner. In her words, “where else can you get a fully catered meal for $10?” Sounds like I finally don’t have to work the grill this year! I have been confused by our District Membership motto (our members are our customers). I have a hard time figuring out if I am a customer or if I am assigned to customer service. So likewise, I don’t know if I am to be the cateree or caterer! All will become clear. Chris N. reminded the club we are working to collect food for use in Hilliard by folks who need some help. Bring it to meetings! (It says something about me/us that I can remember to bring in a bottle of wine, but can’t remember to bring in a can of tuna). We are studying an opportunity to marshal the Hilliard July 4th parade. We’ll need to move quickly! Kat awarded a Coors beer sign to Greg R. for the Great Debate, as I understood it. Greg reminded us that there will be Lucky’s after-party again and that Great Debate tables will be strictly assigned in order of purchase (purchase means cash in bank!).
Sergeant-at-Arms Lynn R. solicited Happy Bucks and Announcement Bucks. Carrie S-D decided to forego her normal birthday skiing trip for a local camping trip, instead and was not looking forward to camping in near 90 degree weather. Andy M. said we had a full schedule next week, with 7-8 Students of the Month (kids going into the military according to Doug H.), with Interact Advisors, and featuring the President of Giant Eagle ready to share their vision for helping us with the Great Debate! Be ready for an early start! We may hear about some Great Debate changes but be ready to “lay some love” on Giant Eagle. President Elect John L. encouraged committee heads and others to submit budget information for next year (2015-2016). Kat shared some memories of members Fran B. and Barb G. who we lost in the last couple years and were instrumental in the early Great Debates and who were groundbreakers as women in Rotary. All of us lucky enough to serve with them miss them. A few fines for “no guests” and “shameless advertising” filled the basket the rest of the way.
Bill R. managed to retain the winning 50-50 Raffle ticket among trading activity, and Carrie S-D won the Ace of Spade Raffle, but once again the Ace stayed in the deck!
Our speaker was Joe Chylik assisted by his partner James Lieu. Joe is on the Board of Advisors for Columbus International, President Kat’s employer. They have developed a remarkable new product which is business cards or promotional pamphlets with video screens included for showing short videos (7 minutes to 20 minutes). He described the benefits of the technology (he is a marketing professional). They are not for everyone or every application, but for certain higher-end users, they have been very effective. Business cards are $28/unit and brochures are up to $59/unit. That sounds like a lot, but if you are raising capital for a real estate development (for example), they deliver the message and grab attention. Yet, they are not static. If you design the conventional print portion of the cardstock generally enough, you can load various messages on the memory card. It was very interesting and it made me wish I had a reason to buy 100! Some of you may!
Remember to “Light Up Rotary” and please join us next week.
|April 30, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on Apr 30, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – April 30, 2015
Tony M. managed the front desk while Mayor Don S. greeted and led The Pledge. George H. offered a prayer. President Kat invited Susan B. up and inducted her as a new member. Her sponsor, Johnny D. was unable to be present. She reminded us that we would have our 5th Thursday Social at Louis’ Fusion. (we had about 14 people there).
Lynn R. introduced the Sergeant-at-Arms session. Bev M. reminded us we’d be having our Great Debate Wine Raffle at the end of the meeting. Chris A. said District Assembly the prior Saturday was worthwhile. John L. told about the potential opportunity to have an “easy” fundraiser by arranging a Harlem Wizards basketball game. The Mayor then told us of an opportunity for the club to provide 30-40 folks to marshal the July 4th parade for $5,000. A quick and easy addition to our checkbook??? It was PDG George’s birthday and, with the help of Pastor Phil, we sang Happy Birthday. Chris A. commended the downtown Rotary Club’s monthly mixer at the Athletic Club which was coming up the next day at noon. Lynn R. was proud that our club was so well represented at the District Assembly.
Bev M. won the 50-50 Raffle and President Kat won the Ace of Spades Raffle (but did not draw the Ace!).
Our speaker was Jim Kaster who was following up on our speakers for the last few weeks educating us about Veterans’ issues. Jim has many interests in the subject and works for Vets’ interests in various ways. He works in the Franklin County Recorder’s office and runs a program that provides veterans with cards that verify their status as vets and entitles them to various benefits and incentives in the community. Franklin County was the first to start this program and now 44 other counties have it and Jim is working with other counties to implement it. Jim was with the infantry in Viet Nam. Another of his initiatives is raising awareness of the damage and impact of Agent Orange. He is also on our Veterans Hospital Board and says it is one of the best in the system. Another effect of this group is to loan needed equipment to disabled vets. He said that as a result of some poor provision of services to wounded vets and as a result of the Agent Orange issue, 60-70% of vets do not trust the government. Their watchwords are “our generation of vets will never forget the next”. There were lots and lots of questions for Jim, as well.
Please be sure and “Light Up Rotary” and join us next week!
|April 23, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on Apr 27, 2015||
The Rotary Club of Hilliard meeting – April 23, 2015
Tony M. managed the front desk while Mark J. greeted and led The Pledge. Chris N. offered a prayer. President Kat called up Stephanie D. and sponsor Johnny D. in order to swap out her Red Badge for a Blue Badge. She announced Doug H’s Rotary anniversary. We then played a Heads/Tails Game (led by Carrie S-D) for Polio Plus. On the very first round (for the first time in history), Frank D. won as the only person betting double tails. He won a bottle of wine and donated it back to the Great Debate Wine Raffle. Kat also circulated a card sending our best wishes to Pastor Bob in nursing care. We also received a Thank-you from The Hilliard Education Foundation for our contribution to their Casino event. We were reminded that our Fifth Thursday Social is next Thursday at 5:30 at Louis’ Fusion Grill. Lynn R. won the 50-50 Raffle and Carrie S-D won the Ace of Spades Raffle but could not locate the Ace.
Lynn R. started the Sergeant-at-Arms session accepting Happy Bucks. Frank D’s son received his Navy Commission and is off to Nuclear Power School. John L. spoke for himself and Frank in noting that the Cardinals have started out strong at 9-4. The always busy Chris N. said a) the Rails to Trails Clean-up when well with 50 Interact kids, b) he recommended a May 1 event at the McCoy Center regarding post-partem and pregnancy issues in women – Give Mom the Mike, c) and he announced the kick-off of our Food Drive. Bev reminded us the Wine Raffle is at the meeting of the 30th. James is in his final week of training to run a half-marathon! Johnny D. said member Mike R. procured a $1,000 donation from Ohio Health for our Vets’ water skiing event! Lynn R. had a grateful heart for the effectiveness of Mayor Don’s leadership in Hilliard.
Special Guest, Paul Kulik was invited up and spoke for a moment. He is our club’s new Assistant Governor. His Rotary history starts at the Crestview Club, then to Tri-Village and now to Westerville AM. He wants to be involved in our club and its events.
Our Speaker was Judy MacNamee who is a coach for ADHD and autistic learners. She clearly brings lots of passion to her job. She taught school as an Intervention Specialist and combined of working with kids that needed a special hand and a desire to own a business and created her company, ADHD Coach Connect. I took a record amount of notes because it was so interesting but will be more brief here. She gave us an interesting timeline on how we viewed this issue:
1902-It was about “an abnormal deficit of moral control in children” (lazy parents)
1952-First diagnosed as a mental disorder
1980-Renamed it Hyperkinetic Impulse Disorder
2000-Came to understand that it included an Inattentive variant, a Hyperactive/Impulse variant and a Combined variant.
Now-It is regarded as a Self-regulation Deficit Disorder.
In a word many of these kids are very intelligent and talented right beside their disorder. It takes a skilled and experienced hand to work better with these kids. It is frequently genetic (75%). It is often a “wiring issue” (13%). These kids are 4x more likely to drop out of school, 42% more likely to be held back, 60% likelihood of being suspended from school one or more times, and only 5% graduate from college. The talk gave a definite sense that there were techniques and methods to deal with these kids much more successfully than we have been in many cases.
Remember to “Light Up Rotary” and join us next week. It’s so much better when you join us.
|April 16, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on Apr 16, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – April 16, 2015
Marty B. managed the front desk while Bev M. greeted and led The Pledge. Linda B. offered a prayer. President Kat shared a few observations starting with a “Business First” article featuring our own Greeter-Bev as a “People on the Move”. Part of that accolade was recently being made partner in her law firm. Congratulations (but if you know here, you are not surprised). It was George H’s birthday. Kat also noted that a previous day “Columbus Dispatch” article about hunger pointed out that 18% of Franklin County residents are “food insecure” (that can mean you may have eaten yesterday and you may have had breakfast, but you’re not sure what or where supper is). Chris N. volunteered to spearhead a Club Food Drive, so think about that when grocery shopping. Steve G, (sponsored by Chris N.) came up with Chris and had his Red Badge swapped out for a Blue Badge. Then Foundation Chair, Lynn R. reminded folks that they were eligible for Foundation credit if they brought in new members and he gathered information so that records at RI could be adjusted.
Then Lynn changed hats and became Sergeant-at-Arms Lynn. James F. commented that the “Lend a Hand” day was well done and the club was well represented. Chris N. announced the upcoming Interact Rails to Trails maintenance project (which was a success with 50 kids working!). Mayor Don’s graduating senior picked a college, The University of Georgia. John Lowe had recently enjoyed a wedding in Mississippi for a 21 year-old niece, such youth explained by a late marriage of a younger brother. Marty B. said Kim Emche of SON Ministries doesn’t sit still and is adding new programs to tutor kids. Bev M. reminded all of us about the Wine Raffle in two weeks. Bring in a bottle, get a chance to win three bottles, and the rest goes to The Great Debate. She also reminded members that the Hilliard Environmental Sustainability Day is April 25th at the Community Center with lots of interesting hands-on activities. Greg R. said Bev had helped design a new flier and Giant Eagle is reviewing it. He is also a new board member of the Hilliard Education Foundation.
Johnny won the 50-50 Raffle and Mark J. once again won the Ace of Spades Raffle but also again left the Ace in the deck.
Our speaker was Robert Haas of the Amputee Recreational Support Group of Central Ohio. We are working with them for the Veterans’ water skiing event in June. We have sponsors for the food and five ski boats! The group wants to aid all folks with needs for prosthetics to resume their self-confidence through ownership and effective use of devices, although they concentrate largely on veterans. He is a busy guy and sits in several high-profile boards as a consultant and representative for folks with missing limbs and prosthetics. That includes working with the Department of Veterans Affairs, even visiting the White House. He is a 30-year Navy veteran although he did not talk about that much. He was badly injured during his service, which injuries later cost him his leg. He says career military personnel are treated pretty well in the VA System although he shares some concerns about that system which he is working hard to improve. He has five prosthetic legs for various purposes, some costing as much as $25,000. He also has some PTSD himself which he treats partially with his trusty therapy dog who visited us, too. Bob does what he does because he continues to be gratified by events when veterans and others discover they can resume a more normal life and do things they believed they no longer could. He regards each of these as a miracle. It was a great talk by a guy who is putting his money where his mouth is.
|April 9, 2015||Posted||on Apr 09, 2015||
The Rotary Club of Hilliard meeting – April 9, 2015
Marty B. managed the front desk. Chris N. greeted and led The Pledge while Doug H. offered a prayer. President Kathy reminded members to update their profiles on the website. She also reminded members to plan on attending the Installation dinner on June 19 for just $10/attendee.
Then Lynn R. served as Sergeant-at-Arms. John L. told us about son #2 (we’ve met #1) who got an engineering degree and then became a professional dancer, touring the world (cool!) for ten years. He is about to graduate from a University in Barcelona in Renewable Energy. John is happy for the completion of that long journey. Doug was at a new customer’s house recently who had just moved into her new neighborhood, where some “crazy lady” started screaming from across the street. The lady turned out to be Carrie S-D. Speaking of Carrie S-D, she told of a recent event where her beloved Lab dog had (apparently) died and they were attending it and mentioned that it could join their other dog in heaven at which point he revived and is doing great! Johnny was happy Kyle was one of our Students of the Month. John V(o) attended the SON Ministries Banquet Monday and said it was great. He and wife, Donna, were also in the middle of their first long granddaughter baby-sitting assignment (3 days) while daughter and husband took a short vacation. Hilliard’s Lend a Hand Volunteer appreciation event is coming up. Joe P. is our new official Club Historian. He quotes George Jones “If drinking doesn’t get you, memories will”. Frank D. said our club had 5 registered for District Assembly, the most in the District. He also mentioned his son has already discovered fabled ghosts at OU. Tony M. updated us on some “Senior Tag” going on at his house. Mayor Don S. won the 50-50 Raffle while Kim G. won the Ace of Spades Raffle but could not pull the Ace.
Then Doug H. introduced our Students of the Month:
Luke Hoover, Davidson H.S. – His major service area is Katelyn’s Krusade which adapts and lends toys for disabled children. He is also a Youth Center counselor at Young Life. His favorite subjects are Math, Science, and Engineering. He runs Cross-Country and Track. He is on the Superintendent’s Advisory Council. His most influential person is his sister Jessica (older) who was always there to push him and guide him. His best advice comes from his coach who says “Attack everything with all your heart!” He is attending the University of Dayton to study Engineering and run Cross Country (a fledgling program he hopes to help lead).
Kyle Taylor, Bradley H.S. – Kyle serves by visiting and entertaining folks in nursing homes. He also works in the homes and yards of folks who need some help with them. He is also an AAU coach and official. His future service will include mission trips as a doctor according to his plans. His favorite subjects are Math and Science (especially Biology). He has played basketball for 4 years. His most influential person is his younger brother whom he coaches, admiring the way he injured his knee and fought his way back and inspiring him to pursue a medical career. The best advice he’s received was from his Grandpa, “The most dangerous alligator is the one you don’t see”. He plans to attend OU and become an orthopedic surgeon.
Hailey Knobloch, Darby H.S. – Hailey’s service includes Tackle Illiteracy with student/athletes visiting and helping in second grade classrooms. She is also busy in her church. Her favorite subject is Science and her favorite class is her career mentorship. One of the things she did in that mentorship was accompanying her mentor to the Franklin County Correction Center which is inspiring her to study psychiatry. She is also very involved in competitive cheerleading. Cheerleading has taught her about commitment, positivity, and hard work. Her best advice came from her mentor, “Nothing has more power than you choose to give it”. She is attending either Penn State or OU to study psychiatry.
Great kids! Great meeting! – Remember to Light Up Rotary and join us next week.
|April 2, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on Apr 04, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – April 1, 2015
Marty B. managed the front desk. Dave C. announced visitors and led The Pledge. Lynn offered a prayer. President Kat announced that it was Mark J’s birthday and that she and her husband were celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary (she later paid the S-A-A the requisite $18). She reminded folks that the Installation Dinner was a mere $10/person (less than lunch on Thursday and probably tastier). Pay your $10 (or $20) to Treasurer Bill anytime to be registered, since we do need a head count.
Then Sergeant-at-Arms Lynn took center stage. Marty B. was happy that the Muzac serenaded Lynn’s prayer. Doug H. introduced Chris, his latest valued employee, who happens to be Adrea E’s husband. Andrea was happy Chris is working for Doug. Bev M. had interesting news: the Great Debate Silent Auction Committee is sponsoring periodic “wine auctions”, to keep the Silent Auction in front of members. Periodically, members will be asked to bring in a bottle of wine, and three of those will be raffled and the balance will go towards Great Debate baskets. John L. attended the High School Basketball Tournament finals and noted that the High School Basketball tournament was called “March Madness” far before the NCAA Tournament. Andy M. had “whine buck” since he was a victim of an April Fools joke perpetrated by Greg R. (a FAKE Email that Giant Eagle had pulled out as Great Debate sponsor). Steve H. gave a final reminder of that same afternoon’s 4-Way Test Speech Contest (it was excellent!). Mark J. specified that Happy Birthday was to be sung by Tricia H. She continues to refuse a reprise of her Marilyn Monroe version, but if you did not look at her (I did not) and just listened, it was still that sultry Marilyn voice. Tricia noted that her daughter’s volleyball team was in The Finals! She was thrilled her Mom sold her condo in three days, and announced that the next 5th Thursday social (4/30) will be at Louis’ Fusion. Greg R. updated us on the Great Debate Committee meeting focusing on getting in gear earlier and doing plenty of advance work. Lynn R. introduced long-time fishing buddy Rick. They were planning on fishing that day in the Maumee, but declared a “Rain Out”. Our guest, Rick, won the 50-50 Raffle. The Bill R/John consortium won the Ace of Spades Raffle but could not find the Ace. The odds are starting to get good.
Then, Max F. introduced our speaker, John Stoner. He is a Viet Nam Vet including as a helicopter pilot. March/April are part of his personal Viet Nam history: 1) He was there during the fall of the capital wondering how he would get out, as well as began and ended deployments in those months. He told us some interesting facts about Viet Nam and the war, but was there mainly to talk about Agent Orange and other substance exposure illnesses that veterans are suffering from and not being properly treated for. Interesting Facts:
John then said his only regret about his service was that he had been poisoned by his own country. Agent Orange was sprayed over thousands of square miles to defoliate the jungle and take away hiding capacity of the enemy. It settled on Vietnamese and US soldiers as well. Told that it was safe, they ignored it, although it is basically Roundup at 1,000 times the strength used normally in agriculture! It came back in spray planes that were never decontaminated as well, until the government finally understood the issue and scrapped and smelted the planes! It causes many serious illnesses, is incorporated into the victims genetically, and affects their children, grandchildren and on. John’s family is living testimony to that fact. John is working hard to affect legislation and the VA, so that veterans not only of Vietnam, but also the Gulf and Afghan wars are properly treated for exposure illnesses.
Remember to “Light Up Rotary”. See you next week!
|March 26, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on Mar 29, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – March 26, 2015
Mike B. managed the front desk. James F. greeted and led The Pledge and Johnny D. offered a prayer. What followed was a meeting with lots of laughing, and good-natured ribbing; even more than normal! President Kat announced the birthdays of Nathan P, John V(a), and Christie C. We also marked PDG George H’s 21st Rotary anniversary and Joe P’s 33rd! The Great Debate seat pricing has changed a bit: tables of ten are still $500, ½ tables are now $275, and single seats are $60. This policy makes single seats available but provides incentive to buy tables and half a table.
Members did all the work for Sergeant-at-Arms Lynn R. since announcement and Happy Bucks pretty much filled the basket with minimal actual fines. Marty announced that daughter had obtained a job, and not only is it a job, it is a job with Full Benefits! He also said that scholarship applications were in and ready for committee members to pick up and start evaluating. Bill R. paid in $37 to mark his wedding anniversary and Keith paid in $30 marking his. Congratulations to both! Chris A. reported that our club’s District Grant request had been submitted successfully before the 4/30 deadline with help from Lynn, John L, Greg R, and John V(o). We are placing Rotary benches on Hilliard park lands (Rails to Trails?). Steve G. updated us on coworker Chris N’s absence. He had rushed up to Youngstown where his Dad had very serious surgery with poor prospects. The good news is that Dad is doing well! Steve H. reminded the group that the 4-Way Test Speech Contest is next Thursday at Hilliard Bradley Commons at 3:00. If you can possible come, we really need to show support for the kids. We have ten speakers! Linda Bryan was spurred by the recent Oklahoma tornado to recall her family that lived there and her memories of their tornado (storm) shelters. Greg R. is back from his trip to visit his (new) employer’s head offices; it was pretty much all hard work and long days. His wife took their daughter to Minneapolis for a choir event, so now Greg owes the boys a weekend in Cincinnati soon. A justifiably bragging Doug H. said his son is returning from his year in Iceland to do graduate studies at (get this) Columbia. President Kat was grateful none of her Arlington neighbors were hurt in last week’s house explosion.
Johnny won the 50-50 Raffle and Greg R. had the winning Ace of Spades Raffle but could not locate the Ace.
Our speaker was a very articulate Maureen Conoly who endeared herself by telling us what a great Rotary club we are, for starters. She represents CASA which stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocates”. Her organization is a 501c(3) (not a government agency) that trains advocates for children in various places in “the system”. They are usually cases of abuse or neglect. Her organization recruits and trains GAL’s (Guardian Ad Litems) who are appointed by the courts to advocate for these children, be familiar with their circumstances, and make recommendations to the court. They receive a mandatory 40 hours of training annual training updates of 20 hours. There were 30,000 cases managed by Franklin County Children’s Services last year of which 11,600 included neglect or abuse while 3,300 cases made Juvenile Court. CASA was involved with 820 of these. The cases can involve economics/poverty, hunger, mental abuse or illness, parental substance abuse, or general abuse of the child. Fifty-two percent of the kids are male yet they struggle to recruit male GAL’s. Fifty-five percent of the kids are five years old or under. She showed a short video featuring two kids who were beneficiaries of the program and answered lots of questions. It is an amazing and important program.
Remember to “Light up Rotary” and join us next week!!
|March 12, 2015||Posted||on Mar 12, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – March 12, 2015
Shreve J. managed the front desk while Chris N. greeted and led The Pledge. Linda B. offered a prayer. President Kat announced that Dave C. marked his 6th year as a Club member. She also reminded us that we will participate in a Family Day at the Y on April 25 – volunteers needed. Those of us attending District Assembly that day will be unable to help. She also circulated a card for members to sign to send best wishes to our friend, George T. She also announced that recent dynamic speaker, Hilliard School’s own Janet Monseur-Durr, had received a national teaching excellence award! Then Marty B. and Andy M. came to the podium with a BIG announcement. Giant Eagle has signed on as a long-term corporate sponsor of the Great Debate. They have also recently signed agreements with OSU for access to trademarks, athletes, and coaches. We need to keep details quiet right now, so Giant Eagle can structure and announce as they wish, but this could create an event on par with (what was) the Wendy’s Chili Open! We will surely have to share some decisions and style choices with them, so be flexible. This is simply amazing!
Kinder and gentler Tony M. served as Sergeant-at-Arms. Chris N. reminded us one final time that we really need to support two upcoming events: Interact’s Carrabba’s Fundraiser this Saturday at the Hilliard Senior Center – 11:30-2:00 (tickets at Local Level). He also reminded us that this weekend was the big Darby Choir event at the Rife Capitol Theater Friday and Saturday at 7:00. This will be fabulous. Andrea E. seconded this message. She is enjoying her first year as an Interact advisor and confirmed the importance of supporting the events. Joe P. offered a $5 donation if someone could name the location of the first Great Debate – Marty knew: Hamtramck, Michigan (wonder who won those debates?). Max F. announced that he and Johnny D. are organizing a day out for vets with cooperation from Shreve J. which will take place at the Scioto Boat Club and offer wakeboarding, skiing, etc. for vets that may be partially disabled or just need a fun day out. The event is June 27th and they received a $1,000 assistance with expenses from Park Financial. Johhny D. also announced that his veterans’ Bible group at Cypress was already receiving notice as a magistrate assigned an arrested vet to study with the group rather than be jailed! President Kat had a great time at the HEF’s fundraiser last week. John L. reminded us of the Membership Mixer at Heritage that very evening. Visitor Kim D. introduced her Grandfather who has just come to live with her and mentioned that he was a soldier in combat in the Big One – WWII.
Johnny D. won the 50-50 Raffle and Tricia H. held the right ticket for the Ace of Spades Raffle, but left the Ace in the deck.
Doug H. was unable to moderate for Student of the Month so Marty B. managed it in his place. Our students this month were:
Irene Zhu, Darby H.S. – Irene is a Panther Ambassador, in NHS, and volunteers at the Humane Society. She plans to be alert for service opportunities in the future. Her favorite subjects are Biology and Psychology. She enjoys horseback riding. She moved here from Canada in her Sophomore year and has learned from her brother who is med school to be independent and self-reliant. Her Mom’s advice has been to “focus on what you can control”. She plans to attend UNC Chapel Hill and study Biology.
Ben Biddinger, Davidson H.S. – Ben volunteers with Davidson Youth Basketball Camp and with the Northwest Superstars Special Olympics baseball team. He is also a Freshman Focus leader. Interestingly, his Dad is a Social Studies teacher at Davidson and Mom is a Special Ed teacher (both present). He is in marching and concert band, basketball and baseball. He also likes to read. His most influential person is his younger brother who can’t do some of the things Ben does, because of a medical condition. His brother keeps him focused and hard-working. His best advice received is: take advantage of every opportunity life presents you. He plans to be an Athletic Trainer and will study at OSU or Purdue. Robin inquired as to his favorite book and he is a Harry Potter fan.
Elizabeth Morris, Bradley H.S. – She is a Jaguar Spirit Ambassador, and a tutor. She too is committed to seizing future opportunities to serve. Her favorite subjects are Math and Science. She plays trumpet in the Marching Band and is in the Musical. Her most influential person is her Mom, who’s character Elizabeth has modeled herself after. He best advice is well worn and ever-wise: “Pick your battles”. She will be attending OSU and studying neuroscience and progressing on to become a pediatrician.
I hope you noticed two things: as, always these are great kids, but also read again the middle of the newsletter and see all the important work our members are doing, not just in the club but also in their service life outside the club. This is just great stuff!
Remember – Light Up Rotary (and see you next week).
|March 5, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on Mar 05, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – March 5, 2015
Mike B. managed the front desk and John V(a) greeted and led The Pledge. Lynn R. offered a prayer. President Kat announced that it was Carrie S-D’s birthday (but she was not present). Andrea E. was called up to swap out her Red Badge for a Blue Badge. Once again we noted a recently admitted member has come in at a run, as Kat said, “jumped in with both feet”! It was announced that PDG George H’s mother passed and we all signed a card. Malik M. announced that April 25th is Healthy Kid Day at the Y. It will be sort of a fair-style event with lots to do and the more the merrier.
Sergeant-at-Arms, Lynn R. got a reminder right away from Chris N. that the Interact Carrabba’s Fundraiser is Saturday, March 14th. Buy tickets at Local Level. As of this writing, four tickets have been sold which is just plain embarrassing. He also noted that the renown Hilliard Darby Choir under the direction of our friend, Doctor Mike Martin, is presenting a “concert of hope” on March 13th and 14th at the Capitol Theater. Buy tickets through the Hilliard Darby site. It will be super! The 5K run committee is meeting and is looking for folks to team up to provide “goodie bag” stuff. Chris A. is spearheading the committee to write our Rotary Grant application. Kat pointed out an article with picture of our very own Mayor Don in Business First. Greg R. may miss a couple meetings as his new Belgian employer has him traveling to Belgium for a couple of weeks – how exciting! He also included some griping about Cleveland Browns. Marty B. reminded everyone that Red Badgers are 100% full Rotarians with a few chores to do to get a blue badge, but that the red badge was primarily to inform the rest of us to give them some TLC! Lynn R. celebrated the new Girl Scout gluten-free cookie. He disagreed with contentions that they were also likely flavor-free. John L. is also out for a bit as he attends some accreditation courses in NYC.
Steve G. won the 50-50 Raffle as well as the Ace of Spades Raffle; he got some money but not the Ace of Spades.
Andrea E. introduced her co-worker from Budros, Ruhlin, and Roe, Amy Weldele. She is a CDFA (Certified Divorce Financial Analyst). She helps people plan financially for divorce, but also helps couples and individuals in divorce figure out how to manage property settlements, sometimes in a collaborative style rather than adversarial based on a new 2013 law allowing this. She is trained to work with the attorneys and accountants involved. Her role includes planning, budgeting, identifying “layers of property”, health insurance strategies, understanding post-divorce credit status, child-support calculators, alimony calculators, Social Security planning, and complying with QDRO’s. While the subject (divorce) seems distasteful, the information was interesting and very useful to folks in need.
Remember to “Light up Rotary” and join us next week.
|February 26, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on Feb 26, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – February 26, 2015
Shreve J. managed the front desk and Pastor Phil greeted and led The Pledge. Johnny D. offered a prayer. President Kat announced that Johnny had just completed his one year anniversary of joining the club. If anyone ever jumped in with both feet and earned “Rookie of the Year”, Johnny has. She also announced Mike B’s birthday (Sunday). Robin N. was called up front to receive her Blue Badge. Kat announced that John V(a) had volunteered to be our new website administrator. We then played the Heads/Tails game which President Kat managed to win.
Lynn R. was with us and conducted the Sergeant-at-Arms session. He declared himself happy to see senior member Joe P. with us. Chris N. reminded the club that we need to support the Interact Clubs’ Carrabba’s fundraiser. Check out our website and buy through Local Level. Treasurer Bill R. reminded members that they can buy meal tickets rather than bring cash every week. Robin referred us to this month’s Rotarian with a front page article on libraries. She recommended it. Mike B. confessed that this birthday is the big 5-0! Such boyish good looks! He chose Tricia H. to sing Happy Birthday to him which she did sans Marilyn Monroe. Tricia H. announced that her husband was on his way back from Florida after purchasing a “new-used” RV. They are going to dip their toes into that style of seeing the world. Check it out on Facebook. Kim G. encouraged members to attend the Membership Social on March 12th at Heritage from 5:30-7:30. President-elect John followed up with a plea for folks to bring prospective members and attend as hosts. Marty confirmed that he has belonged to the Club for 18 years despite this reporter’s questioning it in last week’s edition. He also reminded folks to buy or sell Great Debate tables (3 sold already!). Carrie S-D commended the Heinzerling Foundation’s “Off the Wall” gala. Doug H. offered his cash ($1/year) for his wedding anniversary announced a couple weeks earlier.
Steve H. won the 50-50 Raffle and John L. won the Ace of Spades Raffle but left the Ace in the deck.
Pastor Phil introduced our speaker, Rob Fill who spoke to us about the Creation Museum in Cincinnati. Rob is a local resident who supports the museum and speaks to groups about it as well. It was opened in 2007 and has 2 million visitors, to date. It is on a huge property with gardens, lakes, trails, zip lines, a planetarium, and plenty more to do in addition to the museum which houses high quality exhibits. He avoided any controversy and just encouraged folks to check it out and think for themselves. He shared a couple videos which were quite entertaining and interesting. One was an excerpt of a “debate” between museum founder, Ken Ham and Bill Nye, the Science Guy. The other was even more entertaining between Ben Stein (supporter of the museum) and scientist Richard Dawkins. Don’t let Ben fool you. He is smart and merciless! A related group is currently creating a new creation which will have the nature of a theme park and is starting out as “Ark Encounter”, with the construction of a full sized ark. It will be between Cincinnati and Lexington.
Remember to “Light Up Rotary” and join us next week!
|February 19, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on Feb 19, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – February 19, 2015
Shreve J. managed the front desk while Andy M. greeted and led The Pledge.
The prayer was offered by Chris A. Thanks to Keith J. for taking notes for this newsletter.
Guests included: Laurie Stevenson (our speaker) and Susan Bahr
President-elect John L. ran the meeting in place of President Kat. He announced that Marty was celebrating 18 years in Rotary (it has to be longer than that as I have been in the club 20 years and Marty was already a member! - JLV).
President-elect John L allowed announcements for free before the Sergeant-at-Arms:
Greg reminded us of the Carrabba's lunch fundraiser for the Interact clubs on 3/14 from 11:30 - 2:00 at the community center. Order tickets at Local Level including To-go orders. Steve H. reminded us of the HEF Casino Night; tickets also on Local Level.
Linda shared a story about Mayor “Buck” Rinehart in memory of his recent passing. She told a story of a fundraiser that she organized where the Zoo provided a boa constrictor. Linda wore the snake around her neck, but Buck insisted that he wear it, so she gave it to him as a reminder to watch for snakes in the grass. Dave added that when you are wearing a seven-foot boa constrictor around your neck, people give you plenty of space. The Strategic planning Committee met last Tuesday, the 17th. It was a productive meeting. Anyone with suggestions, feel free to email John V(a).
The Four Way Speech Contest is on April 2nd at Bradley H.S. and we need audience members!!! Lastly, March 12, 5:30 - 7:30, there will be a social mixer to introduce potential members to the club at Heritage. Attend if you can and share your story one on one.
Mayor Don S. did eventually get to do Sergeant-at-Arms duties and Happy Bucks were volunteered. Greg R. was happy about the completion of his annual Presidents Day weekend trip to Ogilbay with six 11-year-old girls, six 9-year-old boys and two kindergartners. It was a weekend of sledding, swimming and some beer drinking on Greg's part. He also has a houseful of neighbor kids sleeping over because of snow days. What a brave man! Bill shared his annual Presidents Day weekend trip to Lansing, MI, to the Deer and Turkey Expo as Treasurer. Andy M. was happy that his daughter graduated from Capital University and has a grown up job at Nationwide.
Carrie enjoyed her Colorado snowboarding trip. There was a lack of snow the week they were there, and right on schedule it showed up the week after they returned to Ohio. Since it was cold and it was a good idea to wear jeans; Don fined everyone who was not wearing jeans. John L. was fined for his phone ringing.
Raffle: $12 went to Steve H. for a 50-50 winning ticket. Christy C, won the Ace of Spades Raffle but no Ace of Spades showed up.
Our speaker was Laurie Stevenson of the Ohio EPA, Office of Compliance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP).
Her office works with small businesses that need an advocate within the agency.
They hold workshops, conferences, produce publications, and provide web resources. Her office is prohibited from sharing information with the compliance department if a small business contacts them about how to resolve an environmental issue they are working on. That makes good sense! They also provide grants for environmental education, recycling, and marketing efforts.
Remember to “Light Up Rotary” and thanks again to Keith for helping with the newsletter!
|February 12, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on Feb 14, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – February 12, 2015
Shreve J. managed the front desk while Steve G. greeted and led The Pledge. Johnny D. offered a prayer. President Kat announced Doug and Sandy H’s 115th anniversary (per the website). We found out later it is their 27th. Mike B. married his lovely wife 28 years ago on Valentine’s Day. Greeter Steve G. won the 50-50 Raffle and the Mayor won the Ace of Spades Raffle but his designated student drawer did not draw the Ace.
Mayor Don served as Sergeant-at-Arms. Steve H. thanked those who worked the Youth Exchange weekend at the Y, which went very well as always. The District Youth Exchange folks love our club! He also announced that the 4-Way Test Speech Contest will be held at Bradley H.S. on April 3, 3:00-5:30. If you can possibly arrange to be there, please do since it is important to support these kids. Tony M. showed off the new 5-K logo and thanked Kim and Dennis G. President Kat said that our speakers last week shared with her that after their talk, a Hilliard Rotarian came up and asked how much they needed to get all their female students the book “I am Malila”, and wrote a check for $200 to accomplish that. It is that kind of action that continues to convince her that a room full of Hilliard Rotarians is a room full of good folks. James F. also thanked Malik M. and the Y for the great hosting of the Youth Exchange weekend. He also said that Valentine’s Day marks the 28th anniversary of his engagement. Mike B. paid his $28 anniversary bucks. Johnny D. has organized a Bible Study group at this church to help veterans deal with combat stress! Kim G’s 22 year-old soldier/son is 22 on Valentine’s Day. Then the Mayor pointed out that the chicken Caesar wraps were far less popular than the “Club” wraps and fined everyone who ate a Club wrap!
Then Doug H. came up to moderate Student of the Month as follows:
Yay for Student of the Month – great as always! Remember to “Light Up Rotary” and join us next week!
|February 5, 2015||Posted||on Feb 05, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – February 5, 2015
Shreve J. managed the front desk. Mark J. greeted and led The Pledge. Johnny D. offered a prayer. President Kat welcomed John V(o) back after his hospital stay. George H. is celebrating his 24th wedding anniversary and Jim M. and Dave S. are celebrating Rotary anniversaries. President Kay called Johnny D. up to receive a pin for bringing in a new member. She also asked Christie C. if she needed any help for the Youth Exchange weekend at the Hilliard Y that we were sponsoring and Christie said she was “all set”. Great! (Late breaking news - once again, we did a super job sponsoring the weekend!)
Mayor Don S. served as Sergeant-at-Arms. Chris N. reminded us (and will continue to remind us) that the Interact Clubs are selling tickets for a Carrabba’s dinner at the Senior Center on March 14. This is a simple way to support the clubs for the price of a good meal! Johnny D. said he enjoyed a breakfast with the Mayor where he planted a seed for the development of an injured vet condo community in Hilliard. John L. was proud of his son who spoke well to the community at the Metropolitan Club. Mike B. announced he is expecting a grandchild! James F. congratulated the mayor for the fine maintenance of the Rails to Trails. The Mayor ended with a “blue jean” fine. Bev M. won the 50-50 Raffle and Tricia H. won the Ace of Spades Raffle but did not pull the Ace!
President Kat introduced our speakers, Chastity and Melissa. They are with the United Nations Association we have worked with in the past in addition to sponsoring their recent UN Day: Impacting Gender Equality. They are two very active young women putting their time where their mouth is working in various ways towards gender equality and opportunity, spearheaded through the United Nations Association. That includes working with a group of high school women at Horizon Science Academy. They are also working against human trafficking. They shared their seven strategic goals which line up almost perfectly with the strategic areas that Rotary International’s Foundation requires grants to address. It is nice to hear from young people so committed to making a difference (like Rotary).
Join us next week and remember to “Light Up Rotary”.
|January 22, 2015||Posted||on Jan 22, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – January 22, 2015
Carrie S-D managed the front desk and Malik M. did double duty as greeter and he offered a prayer. President-elect John L. ran the meeting in President Kathy’s absence. John announced birthdays for Josh T. and Tricia H., both of whom were at the meeting. President-elect John also said we needed a few members to serve on a re-energized Strategic Planning Committee. Let John know! Robin N. let us know that we did not need to buy copies of the “A B C’s of Rotary” since she discovered that they are available online. Carrie S-D told us that the club was supporting our friends at the Heinzerling Foundation at their “Off the Wall Gala”. Let her know if you would like to use the club’s tickets to attend. The Mayor wanted to update us on the status of the Bo Jackson Sports complex, as there is considerable public interest in it. As of the moment, the Bo Jackson folks have not been able to raise the required financing and the city’s promise of various support and $1,000,000 in infrastructure improvements have expired. If the Bo Jackson group came back to the City with sufficient financing, the City would be open to re-starting the conversation, but for now…. Thanks for the update Mr. Mayor.
Lynn R. conducted the Sergeant-at-Arms session. Steve Hughes (welcome back prodigal son!) had several announcements. He recommended the Hilliard Education Foundation Casino Night on March 7. March 14 is our Interact Clubs’ Carrabba’s fundraiser (which we all need to support). Lastly, our club has approved sending four Hilliard students to RYLA this year. Shreve J. was happy his twin girls, as they enter high school, will be attending the same school for the first time. Stephanie announced that she was joining the law firm of Willis & Willis, so indirectly we may have a Willis person back in the club. John V(o) said that Wednesday evening, his wife saw the neighbor’s being robbed and called 911, and got the police there to arrest the burglars; she was a hero! He also wondered what the Mayor planned to do with the $1,000,000 that had been earmarked for the Bo Jackson project. Marty B. said that he bought his security system just after his house was robbed, as Doug H. had predicted. He also said that Hilliard Rotary Club scholarship applications were ready for this year. Chris A., a basketball official, said to watch out for Bradley’s basketball team this year. Keith J. reminded us that we need snacks and workers for the Youth Exchange weekend we are sponsoring at the YMCA February 6-7. Tony M. said there are a few bugs in the updated version of Club Runner that runs our club web site, so be patient. Josh T. was a bit late because he has been very busy with his family’s latest business venture. They bought the West Jefferson funeral home, Rader McDonald, and Josh is running it. Congratulations! And last but not least, Amy E. daughter is selling Girl Scout cookies. The purchase sheet was passed around and it looked like daughter had a good day!
Lynn R. won the 50-50 Raffle and once again Linda B. won the Ace of Spades Raffle but drew the Ae of Clubs!!
Then John L. introduced our program, which was Pastor Phil G. and son Martin (also a pastor) who was a music major as an undergraduate before he went to seminary. Martin was raised in Mexico City and combines his talents as a musician with a reverence and appreciation of Mexican music (and guitars). Phil and Martin shared some songs with us, including one that Mexicans sing for birthdays (for our birthday duo). It was flat-out fun, and flat-out interesting. Thanks to both of them!!
Remember to Light Up Rotary – and join us next week.
|Great Debate||Posted||on Nov 09, 2014||
The 2015 GREAT DEBATE
Presented by Giant Eagle and The Rotary Club of Hilliard
Master of Ceremonies DINO TRIPODIS from Sunny 95!
Funny Bone comedian Dan Swartwout
and the usual cast of characters!
FRIDAY, November 20th
Festivities Kick-Off at 11:00am
The Makoy Center in Old Hilliard
Tickets are $500/table of 10
The Great Debate is a Columbus, Ohio tradition centering around an entertaining, no holds barred comedic debate on the great tradition of the Ohio State vs Michigan game. The Great Debate is rounded out with food, beer and a silent auction.
All proceeds benefit the Hilliard Rotary Club, which supports a variety of service projects both locally and abroad. Hope to see you there.
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|29th Annual Great Debate||Posted||on Sep 29, 2011|
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|Hilliard Rotary 5k/10k Run/Walk||Posted by Tony Moog||
Run For Freedom
5th Annual Hilliard Rotary
July 4th 5k/10k Run/Walk
The Run For Freedom is a great way to start the Fourth of July Holiday, get a little exercise help raise money for very worthwhile caused.
Proceeds will benefit the Hilliard Rotary Foundation that focuses on eliminating hunger, thirst and illiteracy.
Our sponsors are a huge part of the successful of this event. Sponsorship opportunities are avialable here.
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The 2012 GREAT DEBATE
Ohio State vs. Michigan
Presented by the Rotary Club of Hilliard
Thanks for attending this year's event.
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