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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 


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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 15, 2014

The Public Impacts and role of Railroading in Ohio
Bill Harris, Norfolk Southern, Assistant Vice President Government Relations

Bill Harris is Norfolk Southern’s Assistant Vice President Government Relations.  Bill has 36 years of service with NS, starting as a chemist in the Research and Tests Laboratory and serving in the Safety and Environmental Department before landing in Government Relations here in Ohio 14 years ago.  He handles legislative issues  and relationships with state and local governments.  He thrives on building collaborative relationships and win-win partnerships.

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.


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. 

Kids N Kamp Gift Wrapping - December 15 at 1:15 PM 
For those wanting to wrap gifts that were purchased for families of Kids N Kamp program we will gather after Rotary on the 15th to do so.Sal

Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Columbus Blue Jackets - December 13 at 5:30 PM
Additional helpers are needed to ring bells on Saturday.  MEET AT 5:30 on the WEST SIDE of the NATIONWIDE ARENA.  You will each be assigned your Rotary Volunteer apron, bell and kettle.  After we take a group photo, we'll disperse to our assigned arena door to ring.  Then, at 7:15, we'll meet back on the west side of the area.

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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Executive Director
Scott Brown

Club Administrator
Vicky Pirt

Club Intern
Wes Cantwell
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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. 




Rotary AIDS day event turns spotlight on world’s deadliest infectious disease
The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the worst ever, has claimed several thousand lives and generated worldwide concern. But its impact pales in comparison to that of AIDS, which, despite advances in treatment, still kills more than a million people a year, the majority of them in Africa. "Even with the Ebola outbreak at its worst expected levels, it's never going to reach what we've seen with the HIV/AIDS epidemic," said Dr. Timothy B. Erickson, director of the Center for Global Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, speaking at Rotary's World AIDS Day event in Evanston on 1...
Indoor air pollution linked to millions of deaths
After decades dreaming about the Himalayas, Rotary member George Basch went on his first trek through the mountains in 2001, when he was 64. A member of the Rotary Club of Taos-Melagro in New Mexico, USA, Basch found that the experience was even more than he had hoped. "My expectations were high, and dramatically exceeded," he remembers. But a less-than-pleasant aspect of the experience was the indoor smoke pollution he encountered in the guest houses and private homes he visited. Many families in the Himalayas use rudimentary cookstoves or, in some cases, an open fire pit inside the home to...
Rotary staff members bond over Miles to End Polio bike ride
For six staff members from Rotary headquarters in Evanston, the fight to eradicate polio has become personal. Together, they biked the physically grueling 104-mile (167-kilometer) Tour de Tucson in Arizona, USA, collectively raising more than $20,000 for polio eradication while putting their bodies and minds through a feat of endurance. For the tightknit group, the experience was about more than just raising money and crossing the finish line. It was about learning about each other and what Rotary members are doing to rid the world of this crippling disease. They advocated together, trained...
How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
Business camps prepare students to become entrepreneurs
Before college, business school, or their first jobs, more than 2,000 U.S. high school students are learning what it takes to become tomorrow's brightest business leaders. Each year, nearly 25 Rotary clubs and districts conduct three-day educational retreats in a program known as Camp Enterprise. At each retreat, seasoned business professionals and entrepreneurs teach 100 or so area high school juniors how to develop, launch, and operate a successful business in a free enterprise economic system. The intensive weekend camps, funded entirely by the clubs and offered at no cost to participants...
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