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7:30AM Capitol Square, Yankee on N. High
12:00PM Upper Arlington, Boat House Restaurant
7:15AM Westerville Sunrise, MCL Cafeteria
7:30AM TriVillage, OSU Golf Course Club House
7:30AM New Albany, New Albany Country Club
12:00PM Gahanna, Jefferson Golf & Country Club
12:15PM Dublin-Worthington, LaScalla Restaurant
7:30AM Olentangy, Bridgewater Banquet Center
7:30AM Grove City, Pinnacle Golf Club
12:00PM Hilliard, Heritage Country Club
12:00PM Westerville, Villa Milano Party House
7:30AM Dublin A.M., Country Club of Muirfield
7:30AM Clintonville, Patrick J's
7:30AM Worthington A.M, Worthington Hills Country Club
7:45AM Lewis Center, NorthPointe Conference Ctr
12:00PM Whitehall-Bexley, Columbus Country Club 


Welcome to Columbus Rotary

Welcome to our Club!

Columbus Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 W. Spring Street
Columbus, OH  43215
United States
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December 1, 2014

Rotarian of the Year Award
Entertainment by an small ensemble of The Alliance barbershop Chorus

We will recognize a member-in-good-standing of our club who, in the opinion of the membership, has made exceptional contributions to Columbus Rotary and the local community by participation in club activities, participation throughout the community in service to others, interest in and the promotion of international peace through understanding and goodwill, work with the next generation of Rotarians and promotion of the ideals of the Four-Way Test in his or her business or profession during the entire period of their membership.

The Alliance Chorus of Greater Central Ohio is a men’s barbershop chorus which was formed to promote the singing of four-part barbershop harmony at the highest possible levelFor more than a decade this group has been ranked in the top ten of chorus's worldwide.  They will not only entertain us but educate us about their craft.  It's not all straw hats and striped vests anymore. 

Look for our new feature "Parting Shot" at the end of this newsletter for the picture of the week. 

Join us at noon on Mondays at:
The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 W. Spring Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Join Leaders - Exchange Ideas - Take Action


It's time to recruit that new member!  President CK would like us to have 315 members by the end of his year.  We are well on our way, having recruited 10 new members for a total of 293 Columbus Rotarians, but we need everyone's assistance.  (Remember that we lose members at a similar rate.) 

It was recently announced that the Club Board approved 3 new membership categories presented by the Membership Committee.  These categories have been designed to promote membership with several audiences in mind; those 40 and Under and those whose schedule may not be open to a weekly meeting.  The new 40 & Under, 30 & Under and Rotar e have dues and meal structures unique to the demographic that they were designed for.  All new members that fall into these categories will benefit.
Give someone the gift of Rotary for the holiday by introducing them to the club that can change their life.

Big 10 Championship Game - December 6
If you are interested in attending the Big 10 Championship game in Indianapolis contact George Kun.  He may have several seats available on one of two buses that he has arranged to drive to and from the game on December 6. 
Rotary at the Zoo - December 7

This event will replace our normal Monday meeting at the Boat House.  BRING YOUR FAMILY WITH YOU- IT’S THE HOLIDAY SEASON.
Zoo gates open at 10 AM and close at 9 PM. Wildlights begins about dusk.

Our gathering place and meeting will be in the Activity Pavilion #3 just left inside the gate.  Enjoy this warm place for fellowship- open from 4 PM through 8 PM.  Zoo Staff and the animals will join us up-close at 5:30 PM.  Quarter Pound Burgers and Mac-N-Cheese will be served at 6:15 PM.

Non-members are welcome to share our meal: $10.00/Adult and $5.00/Child.
  Entrance to the Zoo is paid upon arrival.  Meal fees will be collected at the Pavilion.  

Santa's Workshop - December 7 at Eastland Community Center
Packed in this chilly December Sunday are: door prizes, crafts, video games, Santa's Shop, gift wrap, a visit with Santa, family photos, gifts for all, cookies & soft drinks, clowns, carols and "the biggest bicycle give-away ever" make this party the highlight of the year for all the Kids 'n Kamp children and their families.
  Contact John Martin.

Gifts for Families - Ongoing
We will provide gifts for 15 families this year that are unable to purchase gifts for themselves.  Rotarians are provided a gift card for purchases and wrap the presents.  Contact John Martin to sign up. 

Colerain Elementary Wrapping Party with Dinner - December 9 at 4:30 PM
Meet at the school cafeteria to wrap gifts that will be presented by Santa at our party.  Elves and other friends will head to dinner afterward at Villa  Nova.  Contact Scott Brown

Colerain Elementary Christmas Party - December 19 meet at 8:30 AM
Join the Rotary elves, Santa, friends and family for this 94 year old tradition.  Hand out presents to every student and help those with disabilities unwrap, assemble and enjoy!  499 E Weisheimer, just south of the former Deaf School.   Contact Frank Ingwersen and Scott Brown to help out. 

Euchre - December 10
Meet at the Boat House by 6:00 PM





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Congratulations to Columbus Rotary's Veteran Mentoring Initiative upon helping OSU obtain this special partnership.

Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State University has been selected by the Pat Tillman Foundation as a University Partner in its Tillman Military Scholars program. The program provides educational scholarships for veterans, active-duty service members and their spouses. As part of the Tillman Military Scholars program, Ohio State joins an elite network of institutions providing innovative support services to our nation’s veterans and their families.

University Partners are chosen based on their ability to meet criteria that include a culture of support for veterans across the institution, specific support services for veterans and a significant military/veteran enrollment.


On July 9, 2012 President Jim Maniace announced to members attending the Club's Monday luncheon that this would be our last weekly meeting at the Hyatt Regency.  Responding to a number of suggestions and positive comments from members and committees the Club Board voted to move the weekly meetings to The River Club at Confluence Park; 679 W. Spring Street as soon as possible.

Starting on July 16, 2012 the Club will meet weekly at the River Club.  Large signature events, such as the Service Above Self Fair, will be held at the Hyatt Regency. 




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Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and six RI staff members bicycled 104 miles in Tucson Arizona, USA, on Saturday, for the Miles to End Polio event, raising more than $6 million for polio eradication. The money raised by Rotary will receive a two-to-one match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to the team from Evanston, 100 Rotary member riders took part in the ride. The fundraising ride is part of the annual El Tour de Tucson bike event in Tucson, Arizona, USA. The race attracts more than 9,000 cyclists a year, making it one of the top cycling events in the U.S. The...
Rotary Day at the United Nations highlights the strength of partnerships
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