Dublin-Worthington Stories

October 11, 2018 Board Meeting Highlights

Monday, October 15, 2018 By: David O. Hansen

Discussed: Special efforts to share Club activities and accomplishments on Facebook and other media.


Discussed: Increases in club membership which will soon reach 88.  Members encouraged to sponsor new members.


Discussed: Ways and Means Committee scoring matrix for potential fund raisers and a list of 20 fund raising options.


Discussed: Christmas Gifts for Needy Students project.


Discussed: Planning for July 4, 2019 Family Picnic.


Approved: Revised sections of Club Policy and Procedures Manual and distribution to the membership.


Approved: Design for new club flag; (100 to be purchased).


Approved: Expenditure of $1,077 for purchase of dictionaries for distribution at elementary schools in Perry County.  


Approved: Expenditure of $900 to sponsor attendance of 3 students at District RYLA Conference.

What a day for Buddy Box 6000

Monday, October 15, 2018 By: Bill Shantz
What an absolute delightful day we had for Buddy Box 6000 on October 7th.  The Rotary Club of Dublin Worthington had over 35 club members, spouses and family volunteers.  It wasn't difficult to spot us in the crowd as we were all wearing our new "Rotarian at Work" t-shirts.  Our club was also a sponsor for the event that was put together by our partner, Family Mentor Foundation.  The mission of Family Mentor Foundation is to create services and partnerships that help fill in the areas lacking in a child’s life. Today, Family Mentor Foundation seeks to help meet the unmet needs of children in our community through a variety of programs and resources that will help them to reach their full potential.

Pizzas for Polio October 24th

Monday, October 15, 2018 By: Bill Shantz


CROP Walk: Another Opportunity to Help Feed the Hungry

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 By: John Butterfield

Club members who want to help provide food for the hungry in the United States and around the world are encouraged to participate in the Worthington CROP Walk on Sunday, October 14.

At the club’s July 25 meeting member Nick Linkenhoker discussed the growing need for food in central Ohio. Joining him was Wendy Reichenbach, who is the volunteer coordinator of Worthington’s Crop Walk. Twenty-five percent of the funds raised at the event stay local and are shared with the Worthington Resource Pantry.

This year’s CROP Walk will start at 3 p.m. from the lawn of the United Methodist Conference Center, 32 Wesley Blvd., opposite the Worthington Fire Department on High Street. The walk takes place on the property of the former United Methodist Children’s Home and participants donate or raise funds from friends and family to support their walk. To register go to: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/worthingtonoh/Account/Register. Individuals may also register the day of the event, starting at 2 p.m.

According to Interact Committee Chairperson Ann Pechacek, members of the Worthington Kilbourne High School Interact Club will be involved in the event.

For more information, contact Wendy Reichenbach at wreichenbach@gmail.com.

Volunteer for Buddy Box 6,000 on Sunday, October 7 – A Club Community Service Activity

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 By: Jennifer A. Best

The need to pack food boxes for Worthington School District students and others who don’t have sufficient food to eat on the weekends still exists.

Box 6,000, which was originally scheduled on September 9, was postponed because of bad weather. The event is now set for Sunday, October 7, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Polaris Fashion Place, outside the Cheesecake Factory and by Dave and Busters.

Nearly 40 club members and their family members and friends signed up for the September event. If you are already registered - you are set! The goal of registering is to be on the e-mail list to get updates about the event. We would love to have 40 members and family show up for the rescheduled event.

To volunteer, send an email message to Jennifer Best (jbest@columbus.rr.com) by Friday, October 5. Indicate the name(s) of people planning to help out. Volunteers can participate for the entire event period or anytime in between.

Our club is one of the sponsors of the event, which the Family Mentor Foundation is hosting. The foundation provides eligible students in the Worthington and two other school districts every Friday during the school year with a disposable bag or box filled with kid-friendly, nutritious, nonperishable, individual sized-food items that are easy for children to eat or prepare on their own. The goal for the event is to have 6,000 boxes packed and ready to be delivered for the first half of the school year.

The club has Rotary T-shirts for members to wear at this event and other club service activities along with spouses/partners or other family members who regularly participate in these events. If you haven’t picked up your shirt(s), contact Bill Shantz (bshantz@minutemanpress.com). Then wear it at Buddy Box 6,000 to raise awareness about our club and its focus on community service

September 13, 2018 Board Meeting Highlights

Monday, September 17, 2018 By: David O. Hansen

Discussed: Use of DACdb system and need for club members, especially board members, to become familiar with its use.


Approved: Membership applications for Dawn Lehman, Keith Sharick, Jennifer Goebbel, Zach Manifold, and Andrew Shuneson.


Discussed: Upcoming RAH RAH at Park National Bank - Brian Elder to host.


Discussed: Dave Jordan, Chair of Ways and Means Committee, looking for volunteers to serve on this committee.


Discussed: Activities of the Community Service Committee including future of the Mirolo project and postponement of Buddy Bag activity.


Approved: Transfer of $5,411 (and associated $75 transfer fee) to Narlag, Mongolia twin club to pay for shipment of books for “Let’s Read” project.


Discussed: July 4 Family Picnic Committee preparation for 2019 event.


Discussed: Activities of the Policy Review Committee including plans for incorporating board and member inputs.


Approved: Purchase of 100 new small club flags for club exchanges.


Discussed: Opportunity to support Polio Plus by purchase of pizzas from Blaze Pizza on World Polio Day (October 24).


Thursday, September 13, 2018 By: John Butterfield

Ohio’s political campaigns are off and running, and our club’s speakers committee made sure members got a head start in getting to know two legislative candidates at the club’s September 12 meeting.

Approximately 50 people attended the breakfast meeting and heard from Republican Stu Harris and Democrat Beth Liston, who are candidates for Ohio’s 21st House District. Jim Farmer made the arrangements for the program.

House District 21 includes areas of the Worthington, Dublin and Hilliard school districts so many of the club’s members will be voting for one of the candidates on the November 6 election. Current representative, Republican Mike Duffey, is term limited and cannot seek re-election.

After giving introductions covering their backgrounds and reasons for the seeking a seat in the state legislature, the candidates fielded five, multi-faceted questions, which Jim Farmer posed from suggestions made by club members. The candidates were limited to three-minute responses and the order of responses alternated between the two candidates.

A variety of topics were addressed during the 45-minute program, including:

  • Public education: ECOT scandal, funding and accountability of e-schools and the current state funding formula and its impact on Worthington and other suburban districts.
  • Electoral fairness: Gerrymandering, term limits and campaign finance laws.
  • Mass killing: Influence of NRA on General Assembly, concealed carry laws, “stand your ground” laws and laws pertaining to acquisition of assault weapons.
  • Imprisonment: Mass incarceration, de-criminalization of the possession and sale of marijuana and the possible criminalization of patients and doctors who obtain or provide abortions prior to the last trimester
  • Healthcare: The opioid crises, control of rising health care costs, access of citizens to reasonably priced health insurance and Medicaid expansion.

For information about the candidates’ positions on some of these topics, other issues which they feel are important in this year’s campaign and their background, go to their websites: Stu Harris – www.stuharrisforohio.com; Beth Liston: www.BethListon.com.

In addition, Columbus Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel covered the candidates’ appearance at our club meeting. Here’s the link to his story in the September 12 online afternoon edition: http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180912/in-21st-ohio-house-district-liston-harris-see-need-to-fix-ohio-school-funding.

District 6690 Fall Training

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 By: Bill Shantz

Leadership Student Mentor Program

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 By: Bill Shantz
Recently a guest to one of our meetings named Phil Lovegrove spoke briefly about a student mentor program through Leadership Worthington.  Several current and former DWR club members have been involved with Leadership Worthington including Judy Barnhart, Jeff Appel and Don Mottley.  Below are some additional details regarding the student mentor program for anyone that might be interested.

Rotary After Hours a Hit Despite some Raindrops

Monday, August 20, 2018 By: Bill Shantz
For the third consecutive year the Rotary Club of Dublin Worthington gathered for a Rotary After Hours (RAH RAH) at the Grossman Farm in Marengo.  President Alan and his wife Heather graciously hosted our club members, spouses and guests.  Special guests for the afternoon were District Governor for district 6690 Craig Maxey and his wife Renate along with Assistant District Governor Steve Heiser and his wife Karen.  DG Craig spoke to us for about 15 minutes about his outlook for the Rotary year, giving a wonderful presentation and dodging a few rain drops at the same time.  We not only enjoyed some delicious food prepared by a local food service, but also some chickens, horses, dogs and goats.  Finally per usual with our club we enjoyed each other's company and fellowship that is a common characteristic of any of our club functions.

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Help Grow Our Club's Membership

Friday, August 17, 2018 By: John Butterfield

August 9, 2018 Board Meeting Highlights

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 By: David O. Hansen

Discussed: Induction of three new members into club (Brian Elder; Christie Bruffy; Nicole Lopez).

Discussed: July 4 Worthington Family Picnic – 2018 Outcomes and Planning for 2019.

Discussed: Dave Jordan to Chair Ways and Means Committee.

Adopted: Budget for 2018-2019 Fiscal Year.

Approved: Two new Standard Membership categories – Introductory and Family - designed to attract new members.

Approved: Honorary Life-Time Membership in Club for Frank White.

Approved: Three month extension of Leave of Absence for Tara Haid.

Approved: Increase in reimbursement to hosts for RAH RAH’s.

Discussed: Policy Review Committee revision of Club Policy and Procedures Manual.

Discussed: Topics for August 15 Club Assembly.

Register Today for Special Weekend Social Event

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 By: John Butterfield

If you don’t sign up soon, you’ll miss great food, beverages, farm animals and fun activities at the August 18 RAH! ROW (Rotary On the Weekend) hosted by Alan and Heather Grossman. The deadline to register is Wednesday, August 15.

The Saturday event will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Highland Farm located at 5634 Township Road 211 in Marengo. This fun-filled event is designed for club members and their family members, and District Governor Craig Maxey and his wife Renate will also be in attendance.

To assist Alan and Heather in planning for the event, members should indicate their attendance plans by sending an email message to John Butterfield (jbutter@columbus.rr.com) or calling John at 614-888-2714. Indicate the name(s) of people planning to be present and designate if registrant is child or grandchild.

Directions to Highland Farm, 5634 Township Road 211, Marengo, OH 43334

Take I-71 north to Exit 140. Turn left onto SR 61; turn right onto SR 229. Follow SR 229 through Marengo. Continued to CR 170 (Castles Gas Station will be on the left), turn right. Take CR 170 to TWP RD 211; turn left (east). Continue on TWP RD 211 on to the gravel section. Highland Farm will be after the woods on the right. (About 30 to 40 minutes from the Worthington area)

Volunteers Needed to Support Activities of Two Community Partners

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 By: John Butterfield

Volunteers are needed to support the learning of local students through an after-school program at Worthington Libraries and for a special event conducted by the Family Mentor Foundation in early September.

For several years our club has provided volunteers for the Homework Help Center (HHC) at the Northwest Library on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and volunteers are needed for this school year. Jennifer Best, who chairs the club’s Tutoring Committee, says serving as an HHC volunteers is a great way to stay connected with students and to learn about the things they are studying in school.

Students, mostly from elementary and middle schools, seek assistance with their homework on a variety of topics. A librarian is always on hand to help with difficult subjects, adds Jennifer.

Club members who volunteered last year are:  Jennifer Best, Jim Farmer, Mary Greenlee, Dave Hansen, Darnell Perkins, Bill Shantz and Al Woo. If you would like to try a shift for this school year, contact Jennifer at jenniferbestcpa@gmail.com.

Another volunteer opportunity exists for a one-day event on Sunday, September 9, with the Family Mentor Foundation with whom the club established a partnership last year. During and after meetings last fall and spring, members packed Buddy Bags filled with meals for students to use during weekends.

The Family Mentor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity established to connect community resources and children who need them most. They seek to help meet the unmet needs of children in our community through a variety of programs and resources that will help them to reach their full potential. The main focus is weekend meals for children in need.

The organization will hold the Buddy Box 6000 event at Polaris Fashion Place, 1500 Polaris Parkway, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Our club is a sponsor of the event, which is designed to bring together volunteers for an exciting afternoon of packing Buddy Boxes, eating at food trucks, listening to music, and spreading the word about the Family Mentor Foundation's mission. The goal is to have enough boxes packed and ready to be delivered for the first half of the school year.    

The event organizers need 500 volunteers to help pack 6,000 boxes, and team-leader volunteers to help with set up, clean up and activities for children. The first packing session will begin at 1 p.m. and stop for a break at 2 p.m. The second packing session will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will end at 3:30 p.m. Clean up follows.

Jennifer thinks it would be great if the club members turned out to support the Family Mentor Foundation, wearing Rotary t-shirts and raising awareness not only about the foundation, but also about our club. To sign up or obtain additional information, contact Jennifer at jenniferbestcpa@gmail.com. It should be a fun afternoon.


“Physician’s Despair” Photo on Display at Griswold Center

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 By: John Butterfield

You see President-Elect John Butterfield taking pictures all the time at club activities. Now you have the opportunity to see one of his photos, not taken at a club event, on display at the Griswold Center, 777 High St., in Worthington.  An exhibit of approximately 30 photographs has been arranged at the Griswold by the Westbridge Camera Club, which John is a member of. The exhibit opened in June and runs through mid-September.

John’s award-winning photograph, displayed in the main first-floor lobby adjacent to the large meeting room, was taken in 2016 at a special exhibit at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the country’s national museum located in Wellington. The ground-breaking exhibition tells the story of the Gallipoli campaign in World War I through the eyes and words of eight ordinary New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Each is captured frozen in a moment of time on a monumental scale – 2.4 times human size. In total, 2,779 Kiwis lost their lives on Gallipoli, and many others were scarred for ever.

“Physician’s Despair” is the title of John’s photograph. With unique lighting It captures the grief and exhaustion on the face of 45-year old Lieutenant Colonel Percival Fenwick who treated sick and wounded soldiers participating in the disastrous land campaign. The photograph won first place in the club’s annual competition that featured photographs that placed first through fifth during monthly contests during the club year.

The Westbridge Camera Club, central Ohio's oldest and fastest-growing camera club, is for photographers of all levels from beginner to advanced. The club meets twice a month at 7 p.m. at the Griswold Center from September to May, providing educational programs, competitions, photographic outings and opportunities for members to exhibit their work. The first Wednesday is educational program night. The third Wednesday is competition night judged by professional photographers. Individuals do not need to be a member to attend. However, you must be a member to compete.




Tuesday, August 7, 2018 By: John Butterfield

Make Your Plans Now to attend Special Weekend Event For Rotary Members and Their Families

For the third consecutive year, Alan and Heather Grossman will host a special weekend social event at their Highland Farm in Marengo, Ohio. Last year’s event was fun for the whole family.

The Rotary On the Weekend (RAH ROW) will be held on Saturday, August 18, from 4 p.m. to 7 pm., at the farm located at 5634 Township Road 211. The festivities feature food, beverages, music and farm animals. This fun-filled event is designed for club members and their family members.

Rotary After Hours are opportunities for members to become better acquainted with other members in an informal atmosphere. Attendance at these events qualifies for a luncheon make up and fulfills a requirement for new members to take part in a club social event, and District Governor Craig Maxey and his wife Renate will also be in attendance.

To assist Alan and Heather in planning for the event, members should indicate their attendance plans by sending an email message to John Butterfield (jbutter@columbus.rr.com) by Wednesday, August 15. Indicate the name(s) of people planning to be present and designate if registrant is child or grandchild.

The club’s social fund helps to support RAH RAHs/ROWs. More than club members have hosted events since 2009.

Directions to Highland Farm will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

Opportunity to Support Club’s Partners

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 By: John Butterfield

Two of our club’s service partners and a Worthington school are among the 10 Fantastic Charities that could be awarded substantial financial support by FCBank this month. Voting by the bank’s customers and other community members narrowed the area’s favorite charities to 10 and voting continues through Aug. 10 to name the top three.

Our service partners – the Worthington Resource Pantry and the Family Mentor Foundation – along with Sutter Park Preschool and its PTA-sponsored Possibility Playground, an initiative to develop an all-inclusive learning space so that special needs students will be able to play side-by-side with their peers, are among the top 10 Fantastic Charities. The top three organizations will be awarded $3,500, $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. The other seven will be awarded $500 each.

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Social Media Footprint

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 By: Bill Shantz
In order to increase the club's online and social media footprint please (if you haven't done so already) cosider liking our Facebook page and inviting your appropriate friends and family to like our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/DublinWorthingtonRotary

While on our Facebook page please write a review of the club, perhaps a personal anecdote that might interest prospective members to join.

RAH RAH at the Worthington Resouce Pantry

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 By: Bill Shantz
The club held a RAH RAH (Rotary After Hours) on July 26 at which nearly 50 club members, spouses and friends attended.  One of our newest club members and Executive Director for the Worthington Food Pantry, Nick Linkenhoker, was our host for the evening.  Rotary After Hours are opportunities for members to become better acquainted with other members in an informal atmosphere. Attendance at these events qualifies for a luncheon make up and fulfills a requirement for new members to take part in a club social event.  A few photographs taken by President Elect John Butterfield are included in this story.

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July 12, 2018 Board Meeting Highlights

Monday, July 16, 2018 By: David O. Hansen

DISCUSSED: New Club bulletin designed by Bill Shantz and posted on the web.


DISCUSSED: New website and transfer to DACdb system that will be soon available for all Club members to update their personal data.


APPROVED: Membership of Christie Bruffy (July 13, 2018).


APPROVED: Membership of Brian Elder (July 13, 2018).


APPROVED: Membership of Nicole Lopez (July 24, 2018) subject to positive feedback from Club members regarding her application.


DISCUSSED: Two social events – Rah Rah at Worthington Food Pantry on July 26 and Rah Rah at Grossman farm on August 18, 2018.


APPROVED: Disposal of food and water remaining from July 4 picnic, including donation to Community Service partners.


DISCUSSED/APPROVED: Plan for allocation of Community Service funds for the current year.


DISCUSSED: Possible new 4-Way Essay Contest to be initiated by District 6690 and possible Club financial involvement of this activity.


DISCUSSED: Possible contribution of $500-1000 in support of hospitality dimension of the District Conference this year to be spearheaded by Roe Mauro.


DISCUSSED: Proposed September debate between election candidates at September breakfast meeting.


DISCUSSED: Board retreat to plan for implementation of Club priority activities during the current year, including committee structure, membership, and roles of Board members.


DISCUSSED: Plans to send books to Mongolia related to twin club Let’s Read project.


Monday, July 16, 2018 By: John Butterfield

The American spirit and the spirit of Rotarians were clearly visible at the club’s Fourth of July Worthington Family Picnic on the front lawn of Thomas Worthington High School.


Patriotic banners flying with pride, children with their parents enjoying the giant inflatable bounce games and picnic food and later in the evening fireworks lighting up the sky -- all served as a reminder of what Americans value -- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And the event itself demonstrated the club’s commitment to community service, fellowship and fun.

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Billing Update for Rotary International and Foundation Contributions

Monday, July 16, 2018 By: Jennifer A. Best

As a reminder, an optional contribution of $12.50 to Rotary International Foundation and $12.50 to our our local Dublin Worthington Foundation is included in each quarterly invoice. Because the end of the year timing is so tight to get the money transferred to RI, the executive committee has approved invoicing the optional amount of $25 every other quarter to Rotary International and $25 the opposite quarters to our local Foundation. On the upcoming July 15th invoice, you will see the optional amount to RI. The October invoice will have our Foundation.

Seven DWR club members attend the RI convention in Toronto

Monday, July 16, 2018 By: Bill Shantz
Seven Dublin Worthington Rotary club members attended the Rotary International convention along with 24,000 other Rotarians from around the world.  President Alan Grossman, Vice President Bill Shantz, Immediate Past President Tim Shear along with Roe Mauro, Connie Hendron, Shirley Lambert and Darnell Perkins all traveled up to Toronto for 4 days of inspiration and fellowship.  It's fair to say that everyone that attended came back inspired and jazzed up about Rotary. 

All of the general sessions including the opening and closing ceremonies were held at the Air Canada Centre while the breakout sessions, meeting rooms and House of Friendship were all held at the Convention Centre just a couple of blocks away.

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Landscaping at Mirolo

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 By: John Butterfield

Thanks to DWR club members Rachael Dorothy, Dave Hansen, Dave Jordan, Kip Patterson, Darnell Perkins Bill Shantz, John Butterfield and George Norris for joining Mike Moulton on a recent weekend for a landscaping project at the Mirolo Pavilion. The plan for the day had to be modified so the Rotary crew did maintenance work on the butterfly garden installed last year.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018 By: John Butterfield

Club President Tim Shear has been named Rotarian of the Year for Rotary District 6690. District Governor Shane Pyle presented the award at the district conference held at the Ohio University Zanesville Campus on May 19.

DWR club members with District 6690 Rotarian of the Year Tim Shear at the District Conference.

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May 10, 2018 Board Meeting Highlights

Monday, May 21, 2018 By: David O. Hansen
APPROVED: Proceed with use of Internet Crowd Funding to raise funds for an annual ongoing technical-vocational scholarship for economically disadvantaged youth, a twin club project activity in the Dominican Republic.
APPROVED: Application of Joe Patchen as a member of the Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club, effective May 10, 2018.
APPROVED: Elimination of the initiation fee for new members.
AUTHORIZED: Roger Johnson to contact restaurants to see if they are interested in participating in a restaurant coupon project.
DISCUSSED: Transition from Club Runner to DACdb service provider for club website and club management that will begin on June 1, with a transition period into July (basic information to be posted to website in the interim).
DISCUSSED: Alternative membership categories designed to attract additional members to join the Club; a Committee to be formed in July to discuss new options and to propose recommendations to Club.
RECOMMENDED: Reconstitution of the Ways and Means Committee to address the need to raise a minimum of $25,000/year for Club project activities.
APPROVED: Operation of a food booth at the Worthington Arts Festival (June 15-17) to raise funds for Club projects.
APPROVED: Budget for the Installation and Awards Banquet (June 14).
APPROVE: Addition of the Installation and Awards Banquet to the list of expenditures not needing Board approval.
APPROVED: Club President not to be considered as a potential recipient of the Rotarian of the Year award during his/her tenure in the position.

Dominican Republic Scholarship Fundraiser

Monday, May 21, 2018 By: Shantz, Bill
The unemployment rate in the Dominican Republic (DR) for youth able and seeking to work is 29.7%. $500/year is all it takes to fund one youth for one year of a four year program that will be life changing for them and their family. At the end of the program, each youth will have the skills employers have said they need to fill vacant positions, and to compete in the Dominican Economy. For each $12,000 raised we can fund one scholarship per year in perpetuity. All funds will be received by the Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club Foundation, and are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Become a part of a life changing event. Help us help youth in the Dominican Republic go from a life of assured unemployment and poverty to one of assured employment and self-support. Learn more at:
A collaboration of: Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club (Ohio); Santiago de Los Caballeros Rotary Club (Santiago, DR); The Association of Industrialists of the North Region (AIREN); The Instituto Politecnico Industrial de Santiago (IPISA).

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