Worthington Kilbourne Interact Club Supports the Girls
Wednesday, September 18, 2019By: Ann L Pechacek
On Saturday September 14th, 14 members of the WKHS Interact Club met with Kathy Jackson from I Support the Girls--Columbus. She shared information about her organization and in record time we removed labels, sorted, and boxed 324 bras for her to share with women in need. Kathy has 5000 pairs of underwear in a storage unit along with thousands more bras that need sorting. Interact plans to continue helping out her great organization. (She also will sign off on service hours for students who may need and want to sort on their own.)
She collects new and gently used bras including maternity and mastectomy, new underwear, feminine hygiene products, those "free gift with purchase" bags to make "period packs," and other hygiene items.
The Interact Club will be sponsoring a drive to collect donations for I Support the Girls-Columbus next week. As you're home and out running errands this week, keep the above items in mind to collect for those who may benefit.
Check out the I Support the Girls Columbus Facebook page for Kathy's post about WKHS Interact and her invitation for a healthy competition for neighboring high schools.
Mirolo Pavilion Landscape Community Service Project
Tuesday, September 3, 2019By:
This project is the final phase of a four-phase landscaping/beautification project the club has undertaken on the grounds of the Mirolo Community Educational Pavilion. Mike Moulton will coordinate the work. The Mirolo Pavilion is located on the grounds of Thomas Worthington High School, 300 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Worthington, OH 43085. The service project will take place on Saturday September 14th from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. If you would like to volunteer please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d45aeaa2eabff2-mirola
The project involves installing a shade garden on the north side of the building, which is an extremely wet, shaded area. This garden will mainly contain shade plants consisting of woody shrubs and perennials that are deer resistant. This phase also includes replacing plants installed in previous phases that have died. Also part of the project is the installation of diverter lines from the downspouts to the rain barrels that were installed in the third phase.
In 2013 the Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club joined with the City of Worthington, Worthington School District, Worthington AM Rotary Club and other community groups and individuals, and the Mirolo Charitable Foundationin the development of the Mirolo Community Educational Pavilion. The facility, which is located on the grounds of Thomas Worthington High School near the Olentangy River, had been used as the district’s outdoor education center for elementary and middle school students in the 1970s and 1980s, was used for storage and was in disrepair.Our club contributed $25,000 over five years for the renovation of the building to provide both an educational space and a place for families, youth groups and other community organizations to meet. Total funds raised for the project were $323,000. The facility opened in 2014.
As part of its support for the facility renovation, the club also developed a landscaping/beautification plan for the site to be implemented in phases over four to five years. The club provided the funding for the projects and club members have carried out the work. The following phases have been completed:
Installation of community vegetable and herb gardens with fencing to deter deer. The project was undertaken as a partnership with Thomas Worthington High School students who selected the layout and vegetable choices. The vegetable harvest is donated to the Worthington Resource Pantry. (2016)
Installation of a bee, bird and butterfly garden along with pathways through it. (2017)
Installation of a rain garden with a storm water mitigation area. (2018)
Carol Sommer has joined the management team at Real Estate Technology Partners. Carol brings a wealth of teaching and training experience and will be the director of education and training. At the Columbus Realtors she currently serves as chair of the membership services committee and is on the scholarship and the standard forms committees. She is also a state director at the Ohio Realtors. Carol will continue to serve the real estate industry through her innovative and timely training programs to both new and seasoned agents. She will also remain an active Realtor® continuing to serve her client’s real estate needs.
And by the way she is a valued member of our club!
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards held annually each July took place July 18 -20, 2019 on the Campus of Ohio University Athens. This years camp was attended by 86 High School Sophomores & Juniors from throughout Central & Southeastern Ohio.
The Rotary Club of Dublin Worthington sponsored THREE students participation at RYLA this year:
Owen Appel - from Thomas Worthington HS Rish Desai -- from Dublin Scioto HS Sylvia Long - from Worthington Kilbourne HS
These students listened to speakers, and participated in activities inspired to help in the further development of their leadership skills. They learned about the different leadership styles; ways to better communicate and how to work together as a team. Students learn about Rotary and it's values of Integrity, Service and more.
Many of the students arrive the first day not knowing anyone or what to expect, but by the end of the first day they have formed new bonds and friendships. The transition in these students after 3 days at RYLA is astounding. Just prior to the closing ceremony on Saturday the students participate in an activity called the web -- where they each hold on to a string of yarn and share what they learned from their experience. Hearing their candid thoughts on what the RYLA experience has taught them and seeing the web of yarn uniting all of them together is often a highlight of their experience.
We know that we may not reach everyone of these students; but we are confident that we have inspired many of them to become better leaders with an increased awareness of the skills needed & understanding of what makes a good leader.