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Thaw Your Heart Out

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 By:

The Worthington AM Rotary is holding its biggest fund-raising event of the year, Thaw Your Heat Out, on Saturday, February 22, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Jessing Center, 7625 N. High Street. Tickets are $90 per person, which includes appetizers, dinner and open bar. The event features a live auction and live music.

Proceeds from the club’s event helps fund projects in Worthington and worldwide, including the Worthington Resource Pantry, scholarships for Worthington graduating seniors, support for Homework Help Center, meals for the Columbus Dream Center and polio eradication.

Please consider supporting our fellow Worthington Rotary club. For additional information and tickets, go to https://www.wamr.org/thaw.


January 29 Rotary After Hours (RAH RAH)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 By: John Butterfield

Steve Payerle will host the first RAH RAH (Rotary After Hours) of the new decade on Wednesday, January 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at his business, Next Level Technologies, 400 W. Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 100, in Worthington. The event will feature a variety of appetizers and beverages, including beer, wine, whiskey and soft drinks, and a virtual reality experience.

RAH RAHs are opportunities for members to become better acquainted with other members in an informal atmosphere. Spouses, family members and club guests are also invited. Attendance at these events qualifies for a club engagement activity and a way for new members to take part in a club social event.

Next Level Technologies is an IT firm with expertise in managing technology, including computers, servers, networks, security, phones and internet, for small businesses primarily in Ohio.   A highlight of the event is attendees will have the opportunity to experience the world in virtual reality by donning a virtual reality headset and “flying” around the Columbus area.   

To assist Steve in planning for the event, members should indicate their attendance plans by sending an email message to John Butterfield (jbutter@columbus.rr.com) by Saturday, January 25. Indicate the name(s) of people planning to be present.

The club’s social fund helps support RAH RAHs. Since 2009, 33 club members have volunteered to host 36 RAH RAHs at their homes or businesses. If you’re interested in learning more about being a host this year, contact John.

The club will not hold a lunch meeting on January 29.

Directions to Next Level Technologies, 400 W. Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 100, Worthington 43085

From 1-270 and SR 23 High Street, turn right (west) onto West Wilson Bridge Road, going passed the Shops of Worthington Place. At the intersection of Rieber Street and Wilson Bridge Road, turn right (north). The office building is directly ahead. Park in lots to the left or right. Suite 100 is on the right as you enter lobby.


And the Winner Is . . . . . .

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 By: Bill Shantz


Happy New Year

Monday, January 6, 2020 By: John Butterfield

Happy New Year!

As we end the first half of the Rotary year and head into 2020, our club and members have many reasons to celebrate. Included among our accomplishments are:  

  • Marking the club’s 45th anniversary during the month of September with meeting programs focusing on global peace and understanding, leadership, and fellowship and strong relationships, themes that have been part of our club and Rotary International since our founding. The highlight was gaining insights into the club’s founding and learning lessons of leadership from our charter members.
  • Experiencing record levels of involvement in service activities benefiting youth and their families and enhancing community beautification and our environment. These activities strengthened our partnerships with the Family Mentor Foundation, Worthington Schools, City of Worthington and the WKHS Interact Club and made our community better.  
  • Welcoming six community and business people to our club, including the return of one member, while sadly losing seven members.
  • Carrying out three successful fund-raising activities -- the Rotary Family Picnic, poinsettia sale and holiday party silent auction -- and surpassing the amounts raised in recent years.
  • Supporting cultural understanding through hosting international and area high school students at the Youth Exchange Weekend and hosting a team of business people and educators from Romania through the New Generations Service Exchange program.
  • Fostering the development of future leaders by sponsoring three area high school students to participate in the three-day RYLA program in July.
  • Providing stimulating speakers at weekly meetings on a variety of topics, including Ohio history, peace leadership, cyber security, county, state and federal government, economic growth in the central Ohio region, and nonprofit organizations making a difference in the lives of women and youth.
  • Hosting three Rotary After Hours (RAH RAHs), including the first Trivia Game, and the annual holiday party.
  • Raising $2,000 for Polio Plus through a combination of member and club contributions. With matching funds, a total of $4,000 was contributed to support Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio.  

Our achievements are a reflection of all of our efforts, and I want to thank you for your support, involvement and ideas during the past six months.

Some things we will be working on through the remainder of the year are:

  • Recommendations of a task force on ways to strengthen our scholarship program for area high school students, beginning next year.
  • Initiation of Classification Talks by members at club meetings and other vocational-related programs.
  • Continued emphasis on recruiting new members and retaining existing members.
  • Exploring ways to increase the impact of our service activities.

Finally, your support of the club’s Super-Bowling Tournament on Saturday, February 1, is very important.  This new fund-raising project will provide funding for college scholarships for Worthington and Dublin students and for vocational scholarships for needy students in the Dominican Republic. It’s a great cause and will be lots of fun. Please take time to learn more about this event by going to our website (www.dublinworthingtonrotary.org), signing up and inviting family members, friends and colleagues to join you.

With your continued engagement and support in the second half of the year, I know we will have an amazing year of service, leadership development, learning and fun. Looking forward to working with you.



December 19, 2019 Board Meeting Highlights

Monday, January 6, 2020 By: David O. Hansen

Discussed: Dominican Republic Vocational Scholarship Program.
Approved: Allocation of $1,000 for NGSE 2020 Program with Mongolia.

Discussed: Excellent Club Participation in Recent Holiday Party.
Discussed: Proposed Super Saturday Bowlathon Fund-Raiser.
Discussed: Club Membership Status and Projections.
Discussed: Worthington Kilbourne Higher School Christmas Gift Project Participation.
Discussed: Scholarship Strategic Planning Task Force Activity.
Discussed: Board Buddies Program.
Approved: Allocation of Up to $500 for Holiday Gifts for Brookdale Staff.
Discussed: How to Use DACdb Engagement Model to Measure Level of Club Service

                       Project Engagement.


Successful Poinsettia Sale Fundraiser

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 By: John Butterfield
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s fund-raiser. Fifty-three members sold 715 plants, totaling nearly $8,800, to family, friends and businesses. The top four salespersons are: Bill Shantz (100), Dick Ollila (88), Darnell Perkins (87), and Teresa Russell (70), accounting for 47 percent of all sales. Proceeds will be used to support community and club projects. Thanks to Dick Ollila and Bill Shantz for coordinating the plant sale this year.

Nineteen members donated 61 poinsettias for residents of area nursing homes. They are: Christie Bruffy (5); Rachel Dorothy (2); Frank Dunbar (2); Dave Hansen (4); Bob Hanson (10); John Jacob (1); Jerry Katz (2); Roe Mauro (2); Katie McCartney (2);
Jim Miller (2); Sam Milliron (2); Don Mottley (1); Peggy Murgatroyd (2); Dick Ollila (1); Steve Payerle (6); Bill Shantz (12); Doug Southgate (6); and Wynn Wiksell (1).

John Butterfield delivered plants to the following facilities: Bickford of Worthington, Claremont Retirement Village, Danbury of Columbus, Highbanks Care Center, The Laurels of Norwood, The Laurels of Worthington, Sunrise of Dublin, Wesley Glen Retirement Community, Willowbrook Christian Village and Worthington Christian Village.Share

Adopt-a-Family Project

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 By:
Peggy Murgatroyd coordinated the club’s annual “Adopt-a-Family” gift-giving project to support two families. One is from Wilson Hill Elementary, and the other was arranged by Syntero, which provides mental health services in our area. The families have a total of five children, four girls and one boy. The children’s ages range from 13 to 1-year-old. Thirty-four club members bought at least one gift. Thanks to all of the club members who were so generous in supporting these families.  In addition proceeds from a 50/50 raffle held at the club Holiday Party on December 11th were used to purchase food gift cards for the parents of each of the families the club supported.  We want to once again thank club member Rachael Dorothy and husband Paul for selling the raffle tickets throughout the party.

Gifts from 2019 Adopt a Family ready to be deliveredShare

2019 Worthington Kilbourne HS Holiday Gift Delivery

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 By: Darnell C. Perkins

Worthington Kilbourne High School had another very successful year raising money for their “Holiday Compassion Program.” They raised $7,700 which enabled the students to purchase gifts for 24 families with a total of 60 deserving and, now, very happy children.

I want to thank Roe and Bill Mauro, Ann Pachacek and Steve Payerle who helped students wrap gifts from 9:30-10:00am the morning of December 12th. This was a new volunteer opportunity for our club and hopefully we will be invited to do it again next year and have even more Rotarians participating.

And I give a huge thank you to all the following Rotarians, Rotary family members, and friends - who gave up a Saturday morning to help sort, load, and deliver all the gifts:

Candy Brooks, Katie McCartney, Kip Patterson, Jim Farmer, Bob McCurdy, Ann Pechacek, Dave Hansen, Mike Moulton, Teresa Russell, Bob Hanson, George Norris, Andrew Saneholtz, Ted Inbusch, Dick Ollila, Bill Shantz, Roger Johnson, Joe Patchen, Alan Zink, Jerry Katz, Molly LaBadie – friend of Ann Pechacek, and 2nd year volunteer! Stephen Brooks – husband of Candy Brooks, Ron McCartney – son of Katie McCartney.

Club member Ann Pechacek with friend Molly LaBadie getting loaded up!



Adopt-a-Family Holiday Service Project

Monday, December 2, 2019 By: Bill Shantz

Peggy Murgatroyd is again coordinating the club’s annual “Adopt-a-Family” gift-giving project to support two families in the Worthington and Dublin school districts during the holidays. At the November 27 and December 4 meetings Peggy will have gift tags for members to pick up and purchase a gift for the children chosen to receive them this year. These are the only gifts these children may receive, and Peggy knows our members will make their wishes come true again this year.


Special Milestone for Club Member

Monday, December 2, 2019 By:

Courtney Chapman was recognized at the November 27 meeting for his leadership and service to the club since 1978. Courtney turned 90 on November 18, and club president John Butterfield presented him with a special presidential lapel pin. Courtney served as president in 1984-85. He currently serves on the club’s board of director’s and is co-chairperson of the International Service Committee.


Super Bowling Saturday

Monday, December 2, 2019 By: James B. Farmer

Shake the pre-Super Bowl blues.  Join up with 3 other Rotarians/family members or, better yet, join up with 1 other Rotarian & treat 2 prospective members to a fun event showcasing Rotary camaraderie.

WheN:  Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM

Where:  Bowling Palace, Columbus Square Shopping Center, Cleveland Ave. & 161

SPONSORED BY:  Cam taylor realtors, Schoedinger funeral & Cremation Service, and Minute man Press

$49 TICKET PRICE--competitive bowlers competing for the following cash prizes: 

$1,000 for the 1st team and $200 for the 2nd

$500 for the 1st individual and $100 for the 2nd

$39 TICKET PRICE--social bowlers competing for prizes of nominal value

Ticket price includes:  3 games, plus free shoes & a FREE lunch buffet  

ADDITIONAL BOWLER REQUIREMENTS:  Bowlers will compete in teams of 4.  Those registering individually or in teams of less than 4 will be assigned other bowlers to complete a team.  Competitive bowlers scratch scores will be supplemented by their established handicap, calculated by adding 90% of the difference between their prior average scratch scores and 220.

to register and pay for this event, see instructions on reverse hereOF

To register for Super-Bowling SaturdayTM, Please email the following information to:  jimsuefarmer@gmail.com, by january 30, 2020


INDICATE [   ] social bowlers or [   ] competitive bowlers [CHECK ONE].  THEN PRINT CLEARLY FULL NAME, email address, & phone number of EACH BOWLER:


  1. ______________________________________________________________________


  1. ______________________________________________________________________


  1. ______________________________________________________________________


  1. ______________________________________________________________________


To pay for this event, Please process one of the following, by january 30, 2020:

To pay on-line:  go to eventbrite.com AND ENTER “SUPER-BOWLING SATURDAY”

TO pay VIA MAIL:   Send the above registration information, together with a check payable to the “Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club Scholarship Account,” to the Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club, PO Box 181, Worthington, OH 43085.

ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS:  All ticket sales are final. If event cancelled due to circumstances that make it impractical to hold the event, such as a weather emergency, all competitive bowlers will be automatically entered in a random drawing for a $500 1st prize, $400 2nd prize, and $300 3rd prize; and all social bowlers will be automatically entered in a random drawing for a $150 1st prize, $100 2nd prize and $50 3rd prize.

Entry fees for the first 30 teams (or the first 120 bowlers, in the aggregate) are guaranteed processing.  Entry fees for teams 31 to 60 (or for bowlers 121 to 240, in the aggregate) will be processed to the extent that lanes are available.  Entry fees received for more teams/bowlers than can be accommodated will be returned promptly.   Share

Youth Exchange Host Weekend A Success!

Monday, November 25, 2019 By: Stephen Joseph Payerle II

The Youth Exchange Committee would like to recognize and thank all our club members, family and friends, who helped support the Youth Exchange Host Weekend that occurred on November 16th 2019. At 1pm, Kids from all over our district ascended upon COSI for some district-led training activities and perused COSI with DW Rotarian chaperones until approximately 4:30pm. At which point, more Rotarians from our club picked up the students to take them in small groups to their homes and had great conversation over dinner. At 7:30pm, dinner hosts dropped off the students with dessert at Kilbourne Middle School to have a lock-in sleepover with district members. Last, but not least, Rotarians were up bright and early to supply breakfast to the kids and district representatives before they departed back to their homes.

The whole event was a great success and it could not have been made possible without the support and coordination from our club. The Youth Exchange Committee wants to thank our club at large for it’s support and specifically the following folks:

Bill Shantz         John and Mary Butterfield          Jerry and Merci Katz            Bonnie Beth     Shirley Lambert
Connie Henderson            Andrew Shuneson                 Jim and Sue Farmer      Mary Greenlee  Roger Johnson
Nick and Jeanine Linkenhoker          Rachael Dorothy      Mike Moulton               Brian Elder and Family
Darnell and Carmen Perkins        Ratna Subramanian    Tim Shear             Don and Marianne Motley
Jennifer Best             Roe Mauro                         Trevor Donaldson                    Ann Pechacek


From Left: Oscar (exchange in Turkey last year), Sienna       
(exchange next year possibly Italy), Marcelina (inbound      
from Poland), PE and host Bill Shantz               

From Left: Arthur (inbound from France), Allie (exchange in Taiwan last
year), Melia (exchange next year in German speaking country), Rosa (short
term exchange in Spain last year), President & host John Butterfield



Monday, November 25, 2019 By: John Butterfield

The Worthington Kilbourne High School Interact Club is holding a coat drive to benefit Humans for Humans Columbus. The organization, which was started by the father of an Interact Club member, provides coats, socks and underwear to homeless shelters, Dress for Success and other locations in the Columbus area. The Interact Club has invited our members to help out by donating any new or slightly-used winter coats and new socks and underwear. Ann Pechacek, pictured here with Steve Payerle, is coordinating the activity, which ends on Wednesday, November 27. Seven club members, including Steve, donated coats at the November 20 meeting. The goal is 25 coats or other items.


Classification Talks

Monday, November 18, 2019 By: John Butterfield

As we know, Rotary started in 1905 with a group of businessmen with high ethical standards who wanted to network with one another. In the earliest years of Rotary, networking, along with fellowship and professional ethics, were among the founding principles, and classification talks were a feature in many clubs.

In the timeline document that was developed for our club’s 45th anniversary celebration, there is a reference to the vocational service committee during the first few months of the club. The committee recommended to the board that at least one luncheon per quarter be dedicated to a discussion of the businesses of members. With board approval, the presentations began.

The founding members made it a priority for members to learn about the businesses and professions of fellow members. So, if creating awareness about the professions of members was important for our club in its early years, then it’s worth exploring this idea again in 2019-20.

So what is the value of “classification” or business talks? They give members the opportunity to share insights into their business and careers and provide other information about their business to everyone in the club, one of the earliest benefits of being a Rotarian. In addition, club members gain a better understanding not only of the member, but also of his or her profession.

Since Rotary clubs seek representatives of many fields for membership, these business talks can provide the opportunity for Rotarians to broaden their knowledge of the current workplace. In addition, included among Rotary’s guiding principles are the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

I have asked new member Mark Beaver to coordinate these classification talks as part of the role of the Vocational Service Committee. Soon he will send an invitation to members. Then you can sign up to give a presentation at a meeting, starting later this month. You’ll have about five minutes to convey your information – the same amount of time new members spend on their profile presentations. 

Some of the things that might be included in a classification talk are:

  • A brief history of your career, including why you chose your particular business or profession.
  • Where you work now. Where you have worked before.
  • What service your business provides or what product it sells.
  • How long you have been with your company. What you do for the company or your position.
  • Any special items you sell or special services your company provides.
  • What makes your company special?
  • Business History: how long it’s been in business. How and why it started?
  • Any business travels to other countries or places. How often?
  • The parts of your job you find most rewarding or most difficult.
  • Standards of practice within your field.
  • Current challenges facing your profession.
  • The ethical issues you face in your work.
  • Insights into the community that you gain from your work.
  • The characteristics most needed for success in your business or profession.
  • The changes that technology, regulations, environmental factors and other outside forces have generated in your field.
  • A forecast of employment opportunities in your field.
  • Educational requirements for entry-level jobs in your vocation.
  • The advice you would give to young people thinking of entering your career field.

Obviously, not all of these areas can be covered in a brief presentation. So presenters will have to focus on the areas that are most meaningful to them or relevant to club members. 

If you are retired, you can also participate. You might contrast the changes that are taking place today in your field compared to your career experiences.

Vocational service is one of the Avenues of Rotary service. Through my research of the club’s history I found that for many years the club had numerous activities in the area of vocational service. In recent years vocational service seems to have become less important.    

So how else can you get involved in vocational-related activities? Let Mark (mark.beaver@keelernadler.com) or me (jbutter@columbus.rr.com) know if you would like to be part of our new Vocational Service Committee. We’ll be exploring other ways to tap the vocational talents of members and reinforce high ethical standards, such as helping area students explore careers of our club members and providing professional and personal development workshops for members.


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