October 11, 2018 Board Meeting Highlights
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
Pizzas for Polio October 24th
CROP Walk: Another Opportunity to Help Feed the Hungry
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 email@example.com.
Volunteer for Buddy Box 6,000 on Sunday, October 7 – A Club Community Service Activity
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.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
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).
CANDIDATES FOR HOUSE DISTRICT 21 ADDRESS MAJOR ISSUES AFFECTING CLUB MEMBERS AND OTHER OHIOANS
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.
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August 9, 2018 Board Meeting Highlights
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. It should be a fun afternoon.
“Physician’s Despair” Photo on Display at Griswold Center
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.
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 (email@example.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
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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RAH RAH at the Worthington Resouce Pantry
July 12, 2018 Board Meeting Highlights
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.
CLUB MEMBERS SERVED UP FUN FOR PICNIC GOERS AT FOURTH OF JULY WORTHINGTON COMMUNITY EVENT
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.
The festivities started under threatening skies, but as the weather improved, the crowd of young families and fun-seekers grew. Over the course of the event, several thousand people enjoyed the activities.
More than half of the club’s members – 57 percent -- took part in the event, some serving in multiple roles. A number of spouses of club members also helped out. Event volunteers did set-up on the day before the picnic, secured equipment, manned the Rotary tent, grilled hot dogs, sold food, beverages and ice cream treats, served up beer at the McConnell Arts Center’s beer garden, and cleaned up after the event and on the next day.
A team of club members also secured major sponsors and other financial supporters. Others handled coordination with city, school and health department officials, promoted the event and made arrangements for food trucks, games, recorded music and performers dressed in patriotic costumes.
Twenty-six club members volunteered at the event: Judy Barnhart
Trent Bowers, John Butterfield, Courtney Chapman, Rachael Dorothy,, Chuck Gibson, Rich Goldberg, Alan Grossman, Dave Hansen, Bob Hanson, Connie Hendren, Ted Inbusch, Jerry Katz, Shirley Lambert, Nick Linkenhoker, Jim Miller, Bonnie Mitchell, Peggy Murgatroyd, Abramo Ottolenghi, Steve Payerle, Tom Rice, Theo Shannon, Bill Shantz, Charlie Vestey, Al Woo and Alan Zink.
Joining club members as event volunteers were seven spouses: Barb Avery, Mary Butterfield, Heather Grossman, Paul Dorothy, Bill Hendren, Paul Murgatroyd and Louise Zink.
Members securing sponsors or involved in making other arrangements included: Jeff Appel, Pete Barnhart, Todd Weithman, Matt Greeson and Tim Shear.
Businesses and individuals who were major sponsors of the event were: Appel & Hellstedt LLP, Attorneys at Law (Jeff Appel), Buckeye Heating and Cooling, Cam Taylor Realtors (Phil and Greg Giessler), Hull and Appel Family Dentistry (spouse Heather Appel), Eilber Insurance (Ken Carey and Todd Weithman), Hello Fresh, Minuteman Press-Lewis Center (Bill Shantz), Northwest Oral & Facial Surgery, Ohio Fire Chief’s Association, Park National Bank-Worthington (Brian Elder), Schoedinger Funeral Homes, Scioto Energy, The Scott Family, Timothy E. Moats, DDS (Tim Moats) and Worthington Urgent Care. Whalen & Co. CPAs also provided financial support.
Club members or their businesses who financially supported the picnic were: Roe Mauro (Andara Travel), Doug Southgate, Jennifer Best CPA, LLC, Jim Farmer, Dave Hansen, Bob Hanson, Rich Goldberg, Ted Inbusch (The Schumacher Group, Ameriprise), Dave and Debbie Kittredge, Don Mottley, George McCue (McCue Advisors LLC), Steve Payerle (Next Level Technologies), Skip Hopper (The Ohio State University) and Al Woo.
The Worthington Schools and City of Worthington also provided support in making preparations for the event.
Billing Update for Rotary International and Foundation Contributions
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
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.
Throughout the week the general sessions were jam packed with inspiring speeches from the likes of former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush, James Marggraff (founder of LeapFrog), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark among others that shared testimonials and appreciation for Rotary.
There were dozens of breakout sessions during the convention that allowed us to delve into how to make our clubs better by looking at new initiatives for service as well as attracting new members. President Elect Barry Rassin led a session on Engaging Young Professionals which I found particularly interesting. There were also sessions on different membership models for clubs to consider and what the future of Rotary looks like.
Ample opportunities were given at the convention for fellowship with our club members, district and other Rotarians. There was a District 6690 fellowship event on Monday evening in which DG Shane Pyle highlighted all of the accomplishments during his year as District Governor.
All DWR club members that attended the convention are anxious to share what they experienced and learned!
Landscaping at Mirolo
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.
TIM SHEAR NAMED DISTRICT’S ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR
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.
Shane cited the contributions that Tim made to the district this year in mobilizing clubs in District 6690 and throughout the state to participate in the Let’s Read book collection project to promote literacy in Mongolia.
Under Tim’s leadership, our club established a twin club relationship with the Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, last year and immediately began the literacy service project. In 2017-18, the club sent to Ulaanbaatar 1,000 early-reader books, which were distributed to approximately 800 children in underserved squatter-towns. Through the club’s efforts this year, it is anticipated that 20,000 to 30,000 books will be distributed later this summer or early fall to needy children across Mongolia.
Shane also recognized Tim’s extraordinary efforts in participating in leadership training programs at the district and national levels.
Also honored at the event were club members Darnell Perkins and Roe Mauro. Darnell has served as an assistant governor for Zone 5 for the past six years. During that time he has worked with the following clubs: Lewis Center Polaris, New Albany, Olentangy, Tri-Village, Westerville Noon and Westerville Sunrise. Roe has served and will continue to serve as the district’s new generations chairperson and co-chairperson of RYLA.