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7:30AM Short North, Yankee on N. High
12:00PM Upper Arlington, Scioto Country Club
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
Enterprise Academy originated in 1967 with Columbus Rotary. The new program was created with the intention of informing and educating students in the ways and benefits of free enterprise. The very first Camp Enterprise, as it was called at the time, was held at the Jeffrey Manufacturing Co. Foreman's Club with twenty-two students from Columbus high schools. The seminar lasted three days with the help of twenty-two Rotarians and nine other business leaders. The selected students sat in on various panels about free enterprise, such as, "How I Started A Business" and "A Philosophy of Management."
Furthermore, students develop ethical business practices through various fun and creative activities that spark their imagination. What makes Enterprise Academy special is that students are faced with real business decisions that they and their partners must make with the help of other business leaders at the seminar. This hands-on participation is what makes Enterprise Academy so appealing to students. They have a chance to form their own opinions about business practices while learning in the process.
After the first year, Camp Enterprise grew exponentially as more and more Rotary clubs began to hear about the extraordinary program. In only its second year, Camp Enterprise had received a District Significant Achievement Award and the George Washington Honor Medal Award for the Columbus Rotary's economic programs offered through Camp Enterprise.
Nelson French, Rotarian and entrepreneur, helped lay down the foundation for Camp Enterprise in 1968. As a Past President and Past District Governor, French brought his knowledge of business and America's free enterprise system to assist in organizing many Camp Enterprise retreats, which is why many consider French a "Founding Father" of Camp Enterprise.
"We look for students with leadership when we select the participants for Camp Enterprise," said French. "The students see it as an honor to be selected because of the prestige that comes with being selected."
While it may have started with Columbus Rotary, Enterprise Academy has expanded to Rotary clubs around the country. Nelson French and others promoted the successful program to different Rotary Clubs everywhere and the idea caught on. "Today we have Enterprise Academy in Milwaukee, Cleveland, Kansas City and even Toronto," French added.
Enterprise Academy has spread throughout the nation. From San Diego to Tulsa, Rotary Clubs all over are adopting Enterprise Academy and continuing to build the future leaders of America. San Jose’s Rotary Club has a version of Enterprise Academy of their own that serves plenty of students.
John Kennett, Executive Director of the Rotary Club of San Jose, provided some information about their “leadership conference.” “We held our first program in 1984 and had 47 students representing all 25 high schools in San Jose,” Kennett mentioned. “I was proud to be one of the founding members of our committee and was an active member and speaker at the camp for about 10 years.”
The Rotary Club of San Jose decided to rebrand the conference from “Enterprise Camp” to “Enterprise Leadership Conference” in order to continue recruiting the best students. “We currently partner with two smaller Rotary Clubs and serve 96 students each year at Asilomar which is a conference center at the ocean quite close to Pebble Beach,” Kennett added.
The students who attend the Enterprise Leadership Conference have shown great innovation and initiative in recent years. “Just as the groups have gone from poster boards to PowerPoint for their presentations, 7 of the 12 groups last year developed smart phone apps for their business and all 12 decided to use angel and VC funding rather than boot strap or use a bank.”
With such great success, it’s no surprise that there are four total Enterprise programs in Kennett’s district alone.
Enterprise Academy began with a small group of Rotarians, business leaders and students at Columbus Rotary Club and has since grown into one of Rotary International's most prestigious programs. This three day retreat inspires select high school with a talent for leadership to develop their skills and opens them up to the business world of America. With Enterprise Academy, students can become great entrepreneurs and contributors in society. As Paul Drucker, American management consultant and educator, said, "The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it and exploits it as an opportunity."
March 9, 2015
"It's Vocational Lunch Day!"
We don't have anyone named Joe hosting a Vocational Lunch this year, but you get the point. We will NOT be meeting at the Boat House, unless you run into other forgetful Rotarians. See the next story for more information about hosts. Several locations are full and all will close by noon Thursday to accommodate lunch orders.
Join us at noon on Mondays at:
The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 W. Spring Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
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As Rotary continues to grow and evolve in our second century of existence it is always helpful to look back at our beginning. This is an excerpt from a Rotary.org article about "Rotary's Founder", Paul Harris.
In the fall of 1900, Paul P. Harris met fellow attorney Bob Frank for dinner on the north side of Chicago. They walked around the area, stopping at shops along the way. Harris was impressed that Frank was friendly with many of the shopkeepers. Harris had not seen this kind of camaraderie among businessmen since moving to Chicago in 1896. He wondered if there was a way to channel it because it reminded him of growing up in Wallingford, Vermont. Harris eventually persuaded local businessmen to join him in a club for community and fellowship. His vision laid the foundation for Rotary.
“The thought persisted that I was experiencing only what had happened to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of others in the great city … I was sure that there must be many other young men who had come from farms and small villages to establish themselves in Chicago ... Why not bring them together? If others were longing for fellowship as I was, something would come of it.”
After setting up his law practice in Chicago, Harris gathered several business associates to discuss the idea of forming an organization for local professionals. On 23 February 1905 Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary club meeting.
In February 1907, Harris was elected the third president of the Rotary Club of Chicago, a position he held until the fall of 1908. During his presidency, he formed the Executive Committee, later called the Ways and Means Committee, which met during lunch and was open to any member. The noon meeting was the foundation for Rotary's tradition of club luncheon meetings. Toward the end of his club presidency, Harris worked to expand Rotary beyond Chicago. Some club members resisted, not wanting to take on the additional financial burden. But Harris persisted and by 1910 Rotary had expanded to several other major U.S. cities.
Harris recognized the need to form an executive board of directors and a national association. In August 1910 Rotarians held their first national convention in Chicago, where the 16 existing clubs unified as the National Association of Rotary Clubs. The new association unanimously elected Harris as its president.
At the end of his second term, Harris resigned, citing ill health and the demands of his professional practice and personal life. He was elected president emeritus by convention action, a title he held until his death. In the mid-1920s Harris became actively involved in Rotary again, attending conventions and visiting clubs throughout the world.
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