|August 27, 2015||Posted||on Aug 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:
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 6, 2015||Posted||on Aug 09, 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!
|July 30, 2015||Posted||on Aug 09, 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:
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 23, 2015||Posted||on Jul 29, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – July 23, 2015
Tony M. managed the front desk while Andrea E. greeted and led The Pledge. Pastor Phil offered a prayer. Then Andrea stepped right up and conducted the Sergeant-at-Arms session. Dave C. told us that he’d just gotten word that his 16 year-old passed the driver’s test. He also reminded us one more time about sponsorship opportunities for the Davidson Cross Country 5K Run. Chris A. said he had a great make-up meeting at the Columbus Club where Ohio State Coach staffer, Tim Kight, was an impressive speaker. Steve H. was back from RYLA and said it just gets better every year; great kids and a great event. Our RYLA kids will meet with us in September to tell us about their experience. Marty B. accused Greg R. of being a Jim Harbaugh ringer. Max F. announced our August 20th membership mixer and asked that members attend if they can, and surely invite prospective members. Christie mentioned there was a good picture in the paper of one of our recently installed benches. James F. had a very enjoyable surprise manatee encounter in Clearwater Florida. Then Andrea fined every table that did not have a female sitting at it. Huh? President John L. reminded us that our meetings of 8/20 and 9/17 will be at Dave and Buster’s since Heritage is unable to host us those days.
Andy M. won the 50-50 Raffle and Bill Riddle won the Ace of Spades Raffle but left the Ace in the deck.
Our speaker was the well-known banker and club member, Max F. Rather than talk to us about banking, he talked about his first career of 19 years in the auto service business as a mechanic; with BMW and then Lexus. His personal marketing plan at the bank is to concentrate geographically in the Hilliard area and industry-wise in the auto service field (throughout Central Ohio). He told us it is a tough business that takes its toll, since it is physically demanding; you are on your feet all day, dealing with nasty chemicals, noisy garages with dirty air, and tight spaces. Many professionals ultimately give it up, and he noted that most of his fellows from his work have moved on to other careers. He also noted that he has little respect for BMW’s (mechanically) but spoke very highly of the Lexus brand. He recommended that we buy cars late in the model’s run rather than early when it is still buggy. His talk focused on appreciating a good mechanic. He told us the attributes of a good mechanic and good shop, as well as red flags for unscrupulous shops and mechanics. Cars and keeping them in repair is a source of anxiety for most of us, so look to Max for help when you are dealing with a difficult issue.
Remember to “Be a gift to the world” and join us next week.
|July 9, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on Jul 09, 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:
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 2, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on Jul 03, 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:
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!
|June 25, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on Jun 25, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – June 25, 2015
Carrie S-D managed the front desk. Max F. greeted and led The Pledge while Linda B. offered a prayer. President Kat conducted the final meeting of her tenure. She recognized Bob B’s birthday (not present) and noted Carrie S-D’s mom and dad were celebrating their wedding anniversary and that Greg R. was celebrating 14 years. President Kat called John V(o) to the front and awarded him a coveted Rotary baseball cap for doing this Newsletter during the year.
Marty B. then took the front to award our final two scholarships:
Carrie S-D led us in “Heads Tails” for Polio Plus with the last ball cap as a prize. Chris A. won it in the third round with the patented head/tail bet. Max F. also announced that the disabled veterans’ water skiing event was cancelled for “lack of interest”.
Mayor Don S. served as Sergeant at Arms. Tony M. said we are to the point where we simply must have volunteers to work the 5-K run on July 4. It takes only a couple hours but we are at the point where the event cannot happen without staffing (you can work jobs and still run!). Tricia H. paid in her anniversary $12 from last week. Dave C. noted he enjoys the newsletter, as well, especially when he misses meetings. Bev M, this year’s Youth Exchange Counselor, announced that Christina is arriving from Spain in July and will be visiting the club soon after. She also noted that the Great Debate Committee was breaking Silent Auction items into ten categories and they’re looking for a champion of each area to coordinate donations. Greg R. paid in his $14 for his anniversary. I will not record his commentary on “lengths of marriages” on the chance his wife reads these newsletters. He also shared that the last week had been difficult for him since 3 different friends have suffered tragedies last week. President-elect (for a few more days) John L. asked that we all join him next week for an important Club Day. John V(o) said it is official, that Fiona’s sister from Germany is coming to Columbus for the summer and he will be looking for help from the club as she stays with he and Donna. He also said that he and Donna are milking their (August) 40th anniversary by scheduling several events and dinners and putting them all under the heading of 40th anniversary celebration. Kat thanked Don S. for his expert wine-opening at the Installation Dinner. John L. was impressed by the mayor’s defense and explanation of TIF’s in the newspaper. Jim M. was fined for being LATE.
Linda B. won the $!2, 50-50 Raffle and Mayor Don won the Ace of Spades Raffle but his stand-in card-chooser, Rachel, did not find the Ace.
Then Max F. introduced out speaker, Habitat for Humanity Community Outreach Coordinator, Lisa McHuston. Habitat’s mission is to “Turn God’s love into action” and to inspire hope. Millard and Linda Fillmore, 2 missionaries, created Habitat and, early on, recruited Jimmy and Rosilyn Carter. Interesting facts:
There was lots of interest and lots of questions.
Remember to “Light Up Rotary” and join us next week.
|June 18, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on Jun 19, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – June 18, 2015
Carrie S-D managed the front desk while Johnny D. greeted and led The Pledge. Pastor Phil prayed. Some very notable dignitaries were announced including DG Randy Davies, DGN Stephen Sandbo, and our Speaker, Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy! President Kat announced wedding anniversaries for Shreve J, and Tricia H. It was also Kat’s very own birthday!
President Kat then gave the podium over to DG Randy Davies, who, after a short inspirational note, awarded out club the RI Presidential Citation, which is a great honor indeed. Marty B. assumed the podium and awarded scholarship checks to four of our winners who attended the meeting:
Mayor Don served as Sergeant-at-Arms. Kim G. thanked visitor/guest Steve for signing up as a 5K sponsor and visiting with us. Andy M. announced that he and his wife signed up and received training to be Guardian ad Litems, as a result of our speaker’s appeal a few weeks ago. John V. announced that he was signed up for training as a Guardian ad Litem, too. He also congratulated our scholarship recipients and reminded them to see the award as a clear and enthusiastic “pat on the back”; that we noticed them and are proud of them. President-elect John L. presented evidence that Steve G. pronounces his name wrong, but was on the wrong end of a losing battle. Greg survived a trip to Vegas with minimal gambling losses and he noted that his experience with his new employer (from a buy-out) has resulted in a nice promotion. Who is surprised by that? Not me! Johnny D. recently met with the Columbus Dept. of Development to consult on plans for the new Veteran’s museum downtown and reports it is going to be First Class! He also thanked 5K workers. Christy C. thanked the folks who contributed to the 5K SWAG bags and the High School kids who helped assemble them. Tony M. said his really sweet 22 year-old son gave his Grandma a trip to New York City including his personal escort; Tony suspects they will have a special time. The “No Guest” fine stung only Jim M. who came in late and sat alone at a hastily set up additional table (all other tables had guests). It was time to sing Happy Birthday to Kat who was joined in Birthdayness by one of our students and Connie Weakly. She paid $5 for a serenade by DG Randy (he sings better than the Mayor). Newly promoted Greg R. won the 50-50 Raffle and Pastor Phil held the winning Ace of Spades ticket, but could not find the Ace amongst 45 other cards.
Andrea E. (actually Carried S-D…edited by Tony M) introduced our Speaker, Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Her Honor, Sharon Kennedy. She is the 154th Justice and 9th female Justice. Just let it be said she is a great speaker and started by thanking Rotarians for what they do! She was asked by a friend some years ago when she was a County Judge in the Domestic Relations Court to speak to the local Rotary Club. She declined but eventually decided to check out Rotary and looked us up on the web and was impressed by what she learned, especially the 4-Way Test. She said she is always impressed by groups with voluntary “Codes of Ethics”. She then proceeded with a fascinating talk which explained how closely our Test (last rule to top) corresponded to the attitudes and values of our country’s founders and is reflected in our founding documents. It was nothing short of inspiring. Thanks so much! I have to say, if you missed this one, you missed a great one.
Remember to Light Up Rotary and join us next week!
|June 4, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on Jun 04, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – June 4, 2015
Tony M. managed the front desk (for a slim crowd). Mark J. greeted and led The Pledge. James F. offered a prayer. President Kathy announced James F’s 28th wedding anniversary. She also reminded members to contact members that they notice are not attending meetings and invite them back. She also thanked Chris N. for managing the food drive for the Hilliard Food Pantry. Then she invited up Kim G. to assist in the induction of a new member, Steve Sefner. Steve told the group how happy we was to be a member and that he wanted to serve and looked forward to getting to know the group better and being in service with them. He works for Konica Minolta specializing in health care industry applications. He has been in Columbus about ten years after moving here from northeastern Ohio.
Lynn served as Sergeant-at-Arms. Jim M. noted that for the first time in his life, he got the very first Raffle Tickets of the day (it proved to bring no additional luck) . This was not because Last-in-Line Jim came particularly early, but because the front desk opened a bit late and his timing worked. John L. was happy grandson Jack was there (even asked to come, again). Jack recently pitched a no-hitter! James put his $28 in for his anniversary and said he was paid to date early for the first time ever; paid for his Great Debate half table and for the Installation Dinner. Kat had good words for OSU hospitals. From her brother’s onset of pain from a heart attack, to a Life Flight, to surgery and a stent, was total elapsed time of 1 ½ hours. Amazing! James also mentioned that the day before, everywhere he went in town, he saw Rotarians! Lynn said we need rib pre-cooking preparation help. John L. had a nice dinner with DG-elect Tara, and our Assistant Governor Paul K. They will be attending the Installation Dinner.
The 50-50 Raffle was won by young Jack Lowe and the Ace of Spades Raffle was won by none other than young Jack Lowe (but he did not draw the Ace).
The Lynn R. called up Kim G, explaining the purpose and value of the Rotary International Foundation and presented a Paul Harris pin, medallion, and certificate.
Then Max introduced Pastor Matt Neely who talked to us about bullying, focusing on bullying in the schools. Matt was bullied in school and he decided he wants to address it and has become knowledgeable about it and is speaking to groups and high school students about it. He is also an amateur magician and he demonstrated a speaking point with a rope trick that was quite impressive. He told about a couple recent central Ohio victims of bullying. Thirty percent of our kids are bullies or victims of bullies and 85% of kids admit they witness it in their schools. Bullying victims are nine times more likely to commit suicide. On any given day, 160,000 kids stay home from school simply because they dread being bullied. Bullying can be physical, verbal, and prevalent now, cyber-based. Ohio has passed anti-bullying laws but they are extremely difficult to enforce. The group had plenty of comments and questions for Matt and Matt tried to explain some of what works in combating bullying and some things that don’t work. Thanks Matt!
|May 28, 2015||Posted by John Vogelpohl||on May 28, 2015||
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – May 28, 2015
Tony M. managed the front desk, announced visitors, and led The Pledge. Malik M. offered a prayer. President Kat announced Carrie S-D’s wedding anniversary which was news to Carrie. Turns out it was her 12th Rotary anniversary. President Kat also reminded us to notice Hilliard Rotarians who are not at meetings and to make an effort to get in touch with them and remind them we’d love to see them at meetings and fellowship. Then Lynn R. was invited up for more ceremonious purposes. He asked distinguished visitor, Past District Governor Brent Rosenthal, to join him and the two of them presented Paul Harris Fellow pins to Greg R. and Dave C. (Dave’s 2nd). Congratulations! She reminded us that the Installation Dinner is June 19th at the Scioto Boat Club and it’s only $10/attendee. Please get your payment (that reserves your dinner) in ASAP! We’d love to have a great turnout. Our Heritage server (that word “server” does not describe the length and breadth of his attentiveness) is getting married July 7 and we would like to give him a worthy present towards his honeymoon, so President Kat sent around the basket. If you were absent, please get something to Kat for Miles.
Then Lynn changed hats for his Sergeant-at-Arms hat. James’ little boy we’ve heard so much about over the years turned 20! James also complimented the city on the Trail improvement at the Cosgray crossing. Chris N. reminded us to get food in next week for the food drive (we’ve sort of forgotten it so far). This is a one week extension. Although Dave C. normally uses lawyer-publication, “The Daily Record” (accountants get it too!) to line his bird cage, he noticed an article in it recently, Women in Business, which included our own Amy E. Then PDG Brent R. offered a Paul Harris idea – he made his granddaughter a Paul Harris Fellow just before she was born, so she could be the world’s youngest Paul Harris Fellow. Congratulations, Lark! Linda B. was just glad to see old friend Brent visiting us. Susan B. was leaving for a week visiting newlyweds in Montreal. John L. saw Mayor Don in the paper and speculated he might be the right nomination for Governor, soon. Tony M. paid in his anniversary dollars from last week’s announcement (blaming Mike B. for the tradition) in the amount of $26 for his 26 years. He also announced his daughter just graduated.
Bill R. won the 50-50 raffle and Mark J. won the Ace of Spades raffle but could not draw the Ace.
After a super-brief introduction by Max F, member Stephanie D. did an admirable job informing us on her subject even though her Power Point would not function and she had no backup notes. She is an attorney with Willis and Willis, a name many of us old timers recognize! She explained considerations of Estate Planning, including wills, trusts, probate, issues to consider, etc. Judging from the many questions of the group, it was on a subject they found interesting. This is what vocational service is all about.
Please, please, please join us next week and remember to “Light Up Rotary”.
|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 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.
|Member Profiles||Posted||on May 01, 2012||
|2012 4-Way Test Speech Contest||Posted||on Apr 05, 2012|
|2011 4-Way Speech Contest||Posted||on Nov 04, 2011|
|29th Annual Great Debate||Posted||on Sep 29, 2011|
|Rotary Club of Hilliard||
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Help us make a difference in our community!
|Tuesday Morning Breakfasts||
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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.