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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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November 24, 2014

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library
Caitlin McGurk

The Ohio State University is home to the world’s largest collection of comic and cartoon art! Located in Columbus, Ohio, The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum contains over 300,000 pieces of original art, 2.5 million comic strip clippings, thousands of graphic novels, comics, and more! Join us for a special event with Engagement Coordinator Caitlin McGurk, who will discuss the library’s incredible history and holdings, and explore the legacy of cartoon and comic art as told through the highlights of their collections.

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

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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.

Rotary at the Zoo - December 7

Join us again this year at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for Wildlights.  We will have our own room to meet/relax in as well as a presentation from Zoo staff.  Families encouraged.  There will be no Club meeting on Dec. 8.  Rotarians who have prepaid their meals are free.  There will be a nominal charge for non-Rotarians.  Sign up on Monday or by contacting the Club office.  100 seats are available, so sign up now. 

Zoo admission all day: 10 am-9pm-Zoo staff $9/ adult, $5/ child head for non members free parking
Our facility-Activity pavillion # 3 open: 4pm- 9pm for warm up and fellowship
5:30PM - Visit from our animal friends
Dinner after animal visits
9pm- Zoo closes as does our room.

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. 






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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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