Rotary Club of Hilliard

We are committed to utilizing our vocational strengths and high ethical standards to make a positive impact on the individuals and community around us

  • To Support local and international service projects that help families.
  • To promote education through scholarships, Interact clubs, student of the month, and youth exchange student programs.
  • To end hunger in Hilliard and Central Ohio.


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August 27, 2015
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – August 27, 2015
Shreve J. managed the front desk while Andrea E. greeted and led The Pledge.  James F. offered a prayer.  Andrea introduced numerous speakers including two prospective members!   President John circulated sign-up sheets for greeters, pray-ers, biography sharers, and Joke-of –the-Day tellers!  It just gets more and more interesting.  President John then handed a check to Treasurer Bill for $48 in honor of his 48th Wedding Anniversary with his happy bride joining us to enjoy the day!  President John noted that they will celebrate the anniversary at Heritage on September 23 (more information to come).  He also noted that it was Lynn R’s 1-week anniversary.  Congratulations, Lynn!  He then called up Marty B. to do a 5-minute sharing of his story:
Marty is an Ohio boy who grew up in Cleveland, cursed to be a Browns and Indians fan (especially the Indians!).  He attended Miami University and became a geologist, primarily responsible to drilling oil wells.  It is a “Boom or Bust” business and after ten years, during a bust cycle, he lost his job and changed careers to investments.  Some of what he specializes in is retirement planning, Medicare Supplement planning, and Long-term Care planning.   He has three kids: his son is married with plenty of pets and no grandchildren.  His eldest daughter is a “struggling” dancer in New York City and his youngest daughter is starting her senior year in college.  When asked about his bow ties, in retrospect, Marty has decided it was his version of a midlife “crisis”.  He went into a bow tie store and learned to tie them and bought them and grew his beard.  He shared a few other stories, and answered some questions. As with most of our members, it was an interesting story!
Lynn R. stepped up as Sergeant-at-Arms.  It started out with Kim G. paying in $28 for her and Dennis’ anniversary.  She also said that last week’s speaker (who was widely enjoyed) also speaks and consults with corporations about helping associates refine their communication skills.  James F’s son has not needed money for long time.  James thinks this is good.  Chris A. is looking forward to this upcoming first “Football Friday” where he is an Official.  First Lady, Sheryllee, was happy for their grandson’s upcoming 5th birthday.   Pastor Phil is retiring from the ministry this week after 65 years!  He served in Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba and a Cheyenne Indian Reserve, to name a few.  Lynn R’s wedding was in the liberal hotbed of Antioch in Yellow Springs.  Tony M. is glad to be back after missing three meetings.  He warned us that “not attending” can become a habit; too easy.  He prefers the habit of attending.  Lynn R. thanked John V(o). for doing the newsletter so that even when members can’t attend meetings, they can feel attached.  John V(o). attended a makeup at the Reynoldsburg-Pickerington Club and discovered they are a “singing club”.   John V(a) said the “Rotary Poker Group” is coming on strong, with the table of seven quickly committed each month.  He plans to hold one at his house and set up two tables of seven.  Doug H. gave us a good update on the Great Debate Table sales.  It looks like we may be heading to a sell-out!  Bev. M. is working hard on getting the Silent Auction up and running.  James F. attended the previous week’s mixer and said it was well done! 
Pastor Phil won the 50-50 Raffle and Mike R. won the Ace of Spades Raffle, but could not pull the Ace of Spades. 
Then Bev M. introduced out speaker, from Honor Flight, Roger Dyer.  The club has participated before but Roger’s talk was special as it is clearly an emotional subject for him.  Some things we learned:
  1.  It is an ALL volunteer effort
  2. It is headquartered in Springfield, OH with 114 “hubs” - #1 being Columbus.
  3. Over 4,000 vets have been served so far over 69 flights by Hub #1.
    1. They have 100 active volunteers (and are always looking for more)
    2. Their budget is $440,000/year
    3. Roger helps maintain their 70 wheelchairs among other things.
    4. They visit the WWII Memorial, The Korean War Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, The Iwo Jima Marine Memorial, and the Air Force Memorial.
    5. From start to finish, the attendants, the airline, the bus operators, DC Police, and the National Park Service treat the veterans first class! (even including grand welcomes back home at CMH!)
It is a wonderful service.
At the end of the meeting, Lynn had just received a text from Mark J. who was at the hospital where his critically ill father was rushed.  He asked for prayers which Lynn offered with the members.
Remember to “Be a Gift to Rotary”, and join us next week.
(Good hamburgers and brats!)
August 27, 2015 2015-08-27 00:00:00Z
August 6, 2015
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – August 6, 2015
Carrie S-D substituted at the front desk while Mark J. greeted and led The Pledge.  James F. offered a prayer.  President John announced 4 birthdays for the week: Bill R, Andy M, Jim M, and Dave C.  Dave C. and Bev M. were also celebrating wedding anniversaries this coming week. 
Sergeant-at-Arms Lynn R. entertained Announcement and Happy Bucks.  Chris N. is starting a book club focused on Leadership writings.  Let him know if you want to be included.  Andrea E. said she’d played poker the previous night with some of the Rotary guys – and she even had fun, lots of it!  Christie C. reminded members about a club Family night at Chick Filet centered around family fun and collecting school supplies to help back-to-school kids.  She has since posted some pictures of that event on Facebook.  Carrie’s uncle was a visitor since he shares in the interest our speaker later shared with us.  Tricia announced that her daughter, after lots of hard work, made the Varsity Volleyball team at Upper Arlington High School.  James F. thanked Bill R. for his hard work as treasurer and thanked Christie C. for coming to his rescue on a computer issue.  Greg R. was proud of his daughter, Rachel as she had made the Cheer Team (which involves lots more than cheering).  He also said that no matter how careful you think you are traveling in some counties (like Mexico), you can come back with, in this case, “Montezuma’s Revenge” that his wife was currently suffering through.  Once again, I will edit out the rest of his commentary for his sake.  John L. said that Donna V (John V’s wife) organized the poker widows into a Magic Mike movie night.  No further comment!  Linda B. enjoyed her trip to England following the path of John Wesley, but injured herself two times, once visiting a UK Emergency Room and is awaiting treatment in the USA for the second injury.  Jim M. was offered his options for having Happy Birthday sung to him and exercised the $10 option of Carrie S-D singing a solo rendition.  After lots of whining and gnashing of teeth she complied with a little help from Pastor Phil.  Then Bill R. chose the $10 option, too and also had Carries repeat her performance – alone!  She did quite well; better than the Mayor, anyway.  President John announced that he wants to start meetings with a joke and said John V(a) had volunteered for next week.  Tricia H. said she had one ready to go and told a joke about wide-mouthed frogs.  It was a “cute” joke.  I liked it and the fact is, she is a good joke teller. 
Jim M. was reimbursed his $10 birthday expenditure by winning the 50-50 Raffle and John L. won the Ace of Spades Raffle but did not increase his net worth.
Then Carrie S-D introduced our speaker, Greg Bixler, with his impressive resume which included his engineering PHd, CEO of Divine Outreach, OSU instructor, and leader of Engineers Without Borders – student chapter.  Carrie and her uncle have become interested in his African mission, which brings clean water to villages in Africa.  In a nutshell, Greg and his fellow engineers believed that they should be able to innovate/design better ways to get clean water to African villages.  In the world, 800,000,000 people are without safe water and 4,100/day die of disease from that lack (which is equal to 10 jumbo jet crashes/day!)  They have designed a hand cranked rotary pump that can pump water from far deeper wells than in the past, that last far longer with minor maintenance and can serve villages of about 500 people, transforming the health and productivity of the villages.  When coupled with helping the villages set up Water Boards, they pumps are a very sustainable solution.  The pumps are manufactured in Ohio and they were designated the District 6690 Entrepreneurs of the Year - 2014.  Rotary is jumping on board with this solution and there was lots of head nodding confirming that our club may need to participate in this project in collaboration with other local clubs.  Each pump costs $9,200 to make, ship, install, and train villagers upon.  World Vision prepares the sites and drills the wells for all the installations!  This was great stuff!
Be a Gift to the World and join us next week.
P.S. – please join us, if you can, at the airport this Tuesday at 4:30 to welcome our 2015-2016 Youth Exchange Inbound, Cristina.  It is really important to start off with a good welcome in order to cement a relationship with the club!
August 6, 2015 2015-08-09 00:00:00Z
July 30, 2015
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – July 30, 2015
Shreve J. managed the front desk while Steve G. greeted and led The Pledge.  Pastor Phil offered a prayer.  President John announced Steve G’s 10th wedding anniversary and Kat M’s 5th Rotary anniversary. 
Lynn stepped right up and commenced his Sergeant-at-Arms duties.  Marty B. read a thank-you letter from Rachel V, one of our scholarship winners.   John L. mentioned a recent newspaper interview of Hilliard Schools Superintendent, John Marchhausen noting that Hilliard Schools include students from 58 countries speaking 44 languages.  How’s that for diversity?  Kim G. shared pictures of a new grandbaby.  Andrea E. came with a guest, her daughter, whom she bragged that even at her young age works hard as a volunteer and various ways.  That’s my kind of brag!  Mayor Don expressed contentment with council being on vacation!  Bill R. reminded the club that there was an upcoming evening deal at Cain’s that gives a portion of the check to the Cancer Society and our club plans to participate (8/5).  Pastor Phil is looking for traveling companions to go to Guatemala on the Literacy Project February 5-14, 2016.  Cost is about $2,800.  Susan recommended Taste of Columbus, a Chamber of Commerce event Wednesday, as well.  Steve G. paid in his anniversary $10.  Steve H. won the 50-50 Raffle and Mike R. won the Ace of Spades Raffle but alas, no Ace!
John V(o). introduced our speakers, various Exchange Kids our club has sponsored:
  1.  Lauren Iosu - Davidson High School:  Lauren told us about her recent travel to Madrid in a short-term exchange where she was able to do lots of traveling and indulge her love of Spanish.  She thanked Rotary and our club for the opportunity.  She is now entertaining her exchange sister from Spain here in Hilliard.
  2. Sara Fernandez – Spain:  Sara has already accompanied the Iosu’s to Washington DC and Cincinnati.  She enjoyed touring the monuments at night.  Lauren discovered that she wants to learn more about her country and Columbus when she saw it through Sara’s eyes.
  3. Meghan Edwards – Davidson High School:  Meghan is back home after visiting Brazil.  She loved the program and the training weekends and is another fan of Walter Lundstrom.  The program was instrumental in helping her develop the skills to complete the exchange.  She is rightfully proud that she pushed herself past her comfort zone and discovered how much she can really do, including jumping off a cliff strapped to a kite. 
  4. Giovana A. – Brazil:  Giovana gave us big smiles and thanked Rotary for the opportunity to participate.
  5. Anna Pitstick – Davidson High School:  Anna is our Long-term Outbound this year, and says she fell in love with the program from the start, enjoying the weekend trainings and meeting all those kids.  She is only 14 and will be 15 on departure day.  She is going to France soon and already knows all her host families (3).  They all have kids.  Her mother, who was present, is more nervous than Anna and admits she was not a big supporter of the idea, but Anna and Dad are full-steam ahead.  Anna also was one of our kids who attended RYLA a couple weeks ago and had glowing reports from that. 
If I had a nickel for everyone who said “These are really great kid, well I guess I’d be even richer.  “Be a gift to the world” and join us next week.
PS – Our social that evening at Otie’s was nice!  The patio was perfect.
July 30, 2015 2015-08-09 00:00:00Z
July 9, 2015
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – July 9, 2015
Shreve J. managed the front desk.  Linda B. offered a prayer and Chris A. led The Pledge.  President John recognized distinguished visitors including, DG (of 9 days) Tara C., DGE, Stephen S. and our AG, Paul K.  How wonderful to have had them at the meeting!  He announced Pastor Phil’s 58th wedding anniversary!  Asked the secret of such a long marriage, Phil said you needed “Two Forgivers”.   President John also asked people to respond to Tony M’s request to update their profiles and add their biographies to our club website.
Past President Dave C. stood in as Sergeant-at-Arms (Lynn is building houses in Mexico on a mission trip).  Kim G.’s son heard from the Sergeant Major of the Army, that the 40,000 troop reduction would be accomplished with letting out those with criminal backgrounds and general “foul-ups”; son’s career is safe!   Chris A. is better than half way towards his funding goal for Pelatonia and welcomes donations in his name to the cancer-fighting event.  Max enjoyed his first Hilliard 4th of July Parade with his Cub Scout troop.  He said Steve H. and HEF did a great job marshalling the parade.  He got hollered at only once, “Move it”!  Johnny D. unexpectedly received an award last week, “Best of Hilliard – Financial Services”.  Marty B’s oldest son, long under-employed, got a great new job promotion!  Tony M. thanked all the 5-K volunteer workers.  John L. was glad for the great contribution made by our District Leaders (present).  Dave C. lifted his self-imposed gag order on promoting the Hilliard Davidson Track team’s 5k Fundraiser (until after our July 4 event).  He is paying whatever it takes to be a sponsor for the event in the Club’s name, added to what was in the hat when he passed it around.  Dave B. said his son got a great promotion in his job and did what anyone would do: bought a Harley!   Carrie S-D will be out for a few weeks as she goes to help her sister out (she just had a baby). 
John V(o) won the 50-50 Raffle and Pastor Phil won the Ace of Spades Raffle (again) and could not pull the Ace (again!).   Andrea E. took a few moments, since we did not get to her at least week’s Club Day, to talk about speakers next year.  We will have quarterly Club Days; we will continue to have Student of the Month, and set aside some days for our Youth Exchange kids to tell their stories.
Then President John invited District Governor Tara Craaybeek up to address the club.   Tara arranged her address in the form of answers to the six standard interrogatories:
  1.  Who? – Us: we are Rotary.  We all have other identities, from employee, parent, son/daughter, parishioner, etc.  But are we living Rotary every day, observing the 4-Way Test, and living as Rotarians?
  2. What? – “Rotary unites leadership to create action”.  We emphasize leadership, fellowship, and learning while Rotary must “provide value” to members since we have choices on how we invest our time and energy.
  3. Where? – Everywhere (bet you guessed that one).   Promote Rotary, in your club, and in world and community service projects.  Tell the Rotary story.
  4. Why? – Originally, it was a networking and business club.  There’s nothing wrong with that, then or today.  But it has to be more than that today.  Why has Rotary survived 110 years?  Because of service.  We care.  We care about kids, hunger, health, and justice.
  5. How? – Easy answer: through Rotarians.  Don’t simply be a member, be a Rotarian.  Support Rotary financially and do it through the Foundation, where it all starts for Rotary.
  6. When? – All day, every day. Wear your pin.  Live the Test.  Tell the story.
She closed by telling a story that came from this year’s RI president that illustrated his theme “Be a Gift to the World”.
In a special closing, we had a special visitor from a Rotary club in India tell us a little about Rotary in India, who then exchanged banners with us.  GREAT DAY! 
July 9, 2015 John Vogelpohl 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z
July 2, 2015
The Rotary Club of Hilliard meeting – July 2, 2015
Shreve J. managed to the front desk while Mark J. greeted and led The Pledge.  Pastor Phil offered a prayer.  President John L. announced it was Robin N’s birthday, but no Robin, so no singing.  He also said it was George T’s Rotary anniversary.
Sergeant-at-Arms Lynn R. got right to work!  Tricia H. got fined because she has a new motor home.  Kat M. announced that her company was moving offices to the northwest of Columbus after failing to find new offices downtown.  Kat welcomes that!   Johnny D. says we have some pretty nice SWAG bags ready to go for the 5K and thanked all the club members who contributed items for the bags.  George H. was happy he was able to be on time this week.  (He came in about 45 minutes late the week before!)  Joe B. got a pre-induction fine for being late (a new fining “low” per Lynn R).  Dave C. was glad he had already gotten in nine holes of golf with his 13-year old son (pre-rain) and got to the office and to Rotary – all by noon!  Jim M. was late.  John L’s 10-year old grandson completed his baseball season with all wins (he is a pitcher; a leftie) including two no-hitters!  Based on a recent newspaper article, Carrie S-D has figured out that she is frequently late because she is an optimist (that’s a different club!).  Lynn’s son’s band was one of the few that got to play at Comfest since he was in a sheltered venue.  John V(a) was recently on vacation in San Francisco and was there when the Golden State Warriors won, and noted there was extensive celebrating!  The Mayor was glad to see Lynn’s intended, Liz, at the Installation dinner.  And lastly, PDG George Hale was glad that our club was blessed with a strong president leaving office and a strong one assuming office. 
John V(a) won the 50-50 Raffle and Pastor Phil won the Ace of Spades Raffle, but could not even pull a free lunch. 
Then Lynn assisted President John in inducting new Red Badge Member, Joe B.  Lynn reminded the club that the Red Badge is all about notifying Joe as a new member needing a little extra love from all of us.  Greet him and learn about him.  Joe is married and has three sons.  He started the first Edward Jones office in Franklin County and loves working in the Hilliard office. 
We enjoyed a Club Day.  This newsletter will not try and be a record of a business meeting, but the following had some time to talk:
  1.  Johnny D – 5K Run
  2. Bev M. – Great Debate Silent Auction
  3. Christie C – Social Committee
  4. Lynn R – Club Historian effort
  5. Lynn R – Foundation news
  6. Chris N – Interact and reorganizing the club’s youth projects under one committee
  7. Tony M. & John V(a). -  Club website
  8. Marty B. – Hilliard Rotary Foundation and Hilliard Hale Fellowship
  9. Dave C. – Bylaws update announcement
NOW HERE IS IMPORTANT NEWS: District Governor Tara Craaybeek is visiting our club next week.  There should always be a GREAT turnout for the Governor’s annual visit.  This means you!  Please let us all be proud with a great turnout. 
“Be a Gift to the World” (this year’s Rotary Theme) and join us next week!
July 2, 2015 John Vogelpohl 2015-07-03 00:00:00Z
April 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 30, 2015 John Vogelpohl 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z
April 23, 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
1955-Introduced Ritalin
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 23, 2015 John Vogelpohl 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z
April 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.
Remember to Light Up Rotary and please join us next week.
April 16, 2015 John Vogelpohl 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z
February 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 19, 2015 John Vogelpohl 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z
February 12, 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:
  1.  Jersey Dick, Bradley H.S. – She started with a commercial for the upcoming Interact Carrabba’s fundraiser at the Senior Center on March 14th.  Buy tickets at Local Level.  Her service activities include a group called Reach Out which is how she began working at a Veterans’ Home.   She also serves meals at a nursing home.   She has also helped raise money for charities in Turkey.   She plans to continue service through mission trips and as a hospital volunteer.  Her favorite subject in school is choir which rests on the “Pillars of Integrity, Passion, and Family”.  She attends the ILC for “Academy MD.   Then she sang a bit of Amazing Grace (on request).  She works at Target and is very active in Young Life.  Her most influential person is her Mother who is a selfless best friend.  The best advice is “Don’t worry; let it go”.   She plans to attend Kent State, University of Toledo, or Indiana Wesleyan to study Nursing. 
  2. Erica Custer, Darby H.S. – Her service includes NHS projects, most recently for Children’s Hospital.  She works TOP Soccer through HOSA.  She is active in her Youth Group and does mission trips.  Future service will include TOP and mission trips and a life in medical service.  Her favorite classes are anatomy, ceramics, and math.  The event that most affected her was a mission trip to the Dominican Republic.  Her best advice comes from her parents as basically a distillation of the Golden Rule.  She will attend OU in the Honors Program and then go to Graduate School.
  3. Megan Earley, Davidson H.S. – Megan began by sharing her art; 3 very cool drawings.   She is busy in her church youth group and various USA mission trips, Student Council, and NHS projects.  A mission trip to Tennessee where they worked for a week helping repair a “grandma’s” house helped her understand how blessed she is.  She looks forward to future mission trips and perhaps The Peace Corps.  Her favorite subjects are anything other than Math and Science; things like English, Art, and Choir.  She has been also greatly impacted by an educational program, Mosaic run by Steve Shapiro (who spoke to the club last year).  Dad gave her the best advice (which he lives), “Spend life doing what you love; happiness and the money will follow”.    She will be attending an art school. 
Yay for Student of the Month – great as always!  Remember to “Light Up Rotary” and join us next week!
February 12, 2015 John Vogelpohl 2015-02-14 00:00:00Z
February 5, 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”.
February 5, 2015 2015-02-05 00:00:00Z
January 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.
January 22, 2015 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z
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 18th  

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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2012 4-Way Test Speech Contest

Congratulations to this year's winners:

1st - Nabeel Alauddin

2nd - Austen Reed-McFarland            

3rd - Roma Perry

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Rotary Club of Hilliard


Welcome to the

Rotary Club of Hilliard


Help us make a difference in our community!

Meetings are every Thursday from Noon to 1:00pm.

Heritage Golf Club
3525 Heritage Drive
Hilliard, OH 43026

We would love to have you join us for lunch or to just visit.

If you or someone you know is interested in membership, please forward a completed membership application to one of the club officers.

Rotary Club of Hilliard
Tuesday Morning Breakfasts
Come join us for breakfast and an informal gathering. 

We'll meet the Fourth Tuesday at 7:30am at the Mill Run First Watch.

Tuesday Morning Breakfasts
Hilliard Rotary 5k/10k Run/Walk

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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Hilliard Rotary 5k/10k Run/Walk Tony Moog
Great Debate

Ohio State vs. Michigan

Presented by the Rotary Club of Hilliard



Thanks for attending this year's event.
Great Debate