Dublin-Worthington News Stories

Women of Rotary RAH RAH Event

Thursday, September 17, 2020 By: Katie McCartney

8 Rotarian Women gathered at the open air patio of Cap City Diner in Dublin on September 16th. It was good to see everyone face to face, share some drinks (alcoholic of course), and have appetizers/dinner together.  We shared quarantined stories, some updated each other how remote learning was going for kids/grandkids, the anticipated arrival of Jennifer’s first grandchild, and how our businesses/jobs are doing during COVID.  Fun was had by all and we hope that more opportunities will come to allow for responsible, socially distanced gatherings.



September 16, 2020 Virtual Club Meeting

Thursday, September 17, 2020 By: Christie Bruffy
President Jim Miller opened the lunch meeting at 12:03 PM. Al Woo gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

President-Elect Steve Payerle then called for any “Happy Dollar” announcements:
  • President Jim Miller was happy that OSU will be playing football and “threw in” $2.00.
  • Jerry Katz is happy that he and his wife are celebrating 58 years of marriage today.
  • Roe Mauro was happy that the ladies of our rotary club will be meeting tonight at Cap City Diner in Dublin. Yes- in person!
  • Wynn Wiksell was happy that member George Norris had a successful knee replacement yesterday and was recovering at home.
  • John Butterfield was happy that his oldest grandson, a senior at Thomas Worthington High School, placed 1st and 3rd at his first 2 cross country meets.  In addition, school superintendent and club member, Trent Bowers, recorded a video of his grandson at a meet to post on his Facebook page as well as sent him a handwritten letter of congratulations.
  • Pete Barnhart was happy to announce that his granddaughter, a high school junior in Grove City, was awarded a full scholarship to Towson University in Maryland for volleyball.
  • Mike Moulton was happy that he was able to replace a wireless router yesterday that he recently lost.
President Jim Miller then called for announcements:
  • Jerry Katz announced that the Community Service Committee will be meeting tomorrow, Thursday the 17th, at 3:30 PM via Zoom.
  • President-Elect Steve Payerle reminded everyone that the Bill Shantz Memorial Golf Outing is coming up on Tuesday, September 22, at Safari Golf Course in Powell. A few members are looking for more participants to complete their team. Please contact Steve or Alan Grossman if you would like to play or get involved in other ways.  For more info: https://www.powellchamber.com/events/details/the-bill-shantz-memorial-golf-outing-4841.
  • Steve also announced that the board will be meeting tomorrow, September 17, and a major topic of discussion will be the viability of in-person meetings.
Dave Hansen then introduced today’s speaker, soil scientist Rattan Lal, a professor at The Ohio State University in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. He is the recipient of this year’s World Food Prize for his work in increasing the global food supply through soil improvement.  His work with small farmers over the course of five decades has resulted in reduced hunger by restoring degraded soil and reducing global warming.  The goal is to be able to produce more from less- less land, less labor, less fertilizers and pesticides, and less water. We don’t need more land in order to meet demand.  Utilizing no-till practices, carbon-based fertilizer, and retaining crop residue are ways in which we can improve our soil while protecting the land to be preserved for nature. If we can better manage our land to protect it from global warming, we can create global peace and security.  He is seeing a lot of government support for this type of farming around the world and is confident that change will happen.  There are so many benefits to local farmers including less labor, less equipment and less fertilizer which translate to more money and an increase in yield over time.  We need pro-farmer rewards and policies for success worldwide.

President Jim Miller brought our meeting to a close at 12:57 PM with the recitation of the Four Way Test.

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

Thursday, September 3, 2020 By:

District 6690 Governor, Steve Heiser

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month. The Clubs in our District have an excellent record of donating dictionaries, stuffing backpacks, and feeding school children and we should be proud of that.

Now is the time to see if the schools and the students have other needs that we can fill. Ask your local principal or school superintendent what beneficial role we could play during this time. We cannot handout dictionaries as we have done in the past, but is there another way for the students to receive them? Is virtual tutoring needed? I am sure that many other ideas will surface once we start looking for them.

We should also see if our Interactors could assist some of their fellow students, either high school age or younger. Interactors should be encouraged to find their own service projects, as they have their ears to the ground in the school system and might have a better idea of what help is needed.

Finally, review all your existing education-related projects and see if any of them need some refurbishing. Once Rotarians take a fresh look at things, good things usually happen.

Remember, Rotary Opens Opportunities for others and ourselves if we are willing to walk through the door.


Bill Shantz Memorial Golf Outing

Thursday, August 27, 2020 By: Alan H Grossman
The Bill Shantz Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Sept 22nd at the Safari Golf Course.  This event was previously the Powell Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic.  This year we changed the name to honor Bill Shantz a former Board member and business owner of Minute Man Press in Lewis Center.  Bill passed away in June of Cancer, he was 44.  He was the Vice President of the chamber in 2019.

We are looking for Sponsors to help with this event as we want to give a portion of the proceeds to the charity of choice of the Shantz family.  They are looking into a Youth Cancer foundation as Bill loved working with youth. 

A hole sponsor for this event it $100.00.  This gives you a sign on the course.  $200.00 you can have a table on the course and pass out information regarding your busines.  We still have the light lunch on the turn sponsorship for $500.00 or the Beverage Cart for $750.00. 
If you have any questions or concerns, please give me a call.  If you would like to enroll a team, please go to our website, www.powellchamber.com/events and register your team for $320.00.

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August 26, 2020 Virtual Club Meeting - - Dane D’Alessandro, Senior VP of Organizational Change Mgmt

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 By: Bonnie Beth Mitchell

President Jim Miller called the meeting to order at NOON. Katie McCartney offered the invocation and led the pledge of allegiance. Steve Payerle noted that there were no visitors; however Jim Miller proudly introduced his son who is today’s speaker, and his wife, Anita as guests. George Norris was happy to have Lou Gorey at today’s meeting.


  • Jerry Katz announced that his grandson has graduated and is working for Ag-Pro in Georgia.
  • Steve Payerle announced that Tara Burchett-Maxwell and Katie McCartney have joined the Communications  Committee.
  • Roe Mauro was happy to see Lou Gorey and that her granddaughter has started kindergarten.
  • Tom Rice announced that his youngest son has started college and his oldest son got a job in Columbus.
  • Nick Linkenhoker was happy to announce that Africa has just been named as polio free.
  • Connie Hendron was happy to make Steve Payerle happy.
  • Nick Linkenhoker announced that the Community Services Committee is now up & running with a meeting on Aug 27 at 3 pm with Don Mottley as Chair. They welcome others who are interested.
  • Courtney Chapman announced that the International Relation Committee will meet at 9 AM on Aug 27.
  • Allan Grossman announced that October 24th is World Polio Day and the committee is looking for ideas for how we should celebrate the day and that the committee is also looking for new members. Lastly he announced that Sept 22 is the date set for the Bill Shantz Golf Day being sponsored by the Dublin Chamber. 

Jim Miller introduced the speaker, Dr Dane D’Alessandro, Senior Vice- President of Organizational Change Management at the Center for Excellence at TD bank in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Dane has 20 years in financial services.

He walked through a presentation of his research on Evidence from Pre-financial Crisis in Mortgage Lending, the housing crisis from 2004 through 2008. He noted that managing risk is essential because of cyber threats, legislation, market shifts, a pandemic, etc. But we have to learn how to manage it. Organizations face scrutiny and penalty when risk is mismanaged, especially when it impacts others. He asked the question “What does it mean to know about risk? We learn through objective data, practice by talking to one another and through discourse. It is evaluated by defining exit clauses in strategic selling, managing risk as a conversation, and a contest of ideas vs risk matters, engaging influential stakeholders in meaningful conversation, and managing political influence.

Jim Miller lead members through the Four Way Test.  The meeting ended at 1:10 PM Then Jim encouraged  members to stay for some chatting.


Call to Serve-Your Community Needs You More Than Ever

Thursday, August 20, 2020 By: Jennifer A. Best
The Board of Elections is inviting all Central Ohio corporate and community partners to become a Champion of Democracy by teaming up to communicate poll worker recruitment and essential voter education information. This historic election during a national pandemic, communicating vital election information using electronic, online, and non-traditional methods is essential to ensuring all Ohioans have the chance to vote in November.
The pandemic necessitates less face-to-face interaction and more electronic messaging to touch as many potential voters as possible. The greatest need is for poll workers. Franklin County has roughly 350 polling locations on Election Day, and that takes a workforce of nearly 5,000 poll workers to achieve a safe, secure, and successful election. They are taking every effort and precaution possible to ensure both poll workers, and voters, will be safe on Election Day. Masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer will be on hand, and they’ll be directing poll workers to set things up in a socially distant manner, as much as possible.
We are truly all in this together! If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Let us show others in our State and the world what the “Franklin County Way” is!

Program Focuses on the Suburbs’ Role in Perpetuating Metropolitan Inequity

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 By: John Butterfield

How do suburbs contribute to metropolitan inequality? Club members are invited to join other community members in exploring this issue at a special program, “The Making of Metropolitan Inequality: The Role of Suburbs in Perpetuating Metropolitan Inequality,” this Saturday, August 22. The event, presented by the Worthington Community Relations Commission, will take place via Zoom from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

The program explores the policies and processes that segregated our society through the lens of the creation of suburban spaces. Speaker Glennon Sweeney, senior research associate at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, will focus on 20th-century development policies, how they were designed to segregate our society, and what policies and processes have been utilized to maintain that segregation over time.

Sweeney will focus on Worthington and the role that the suburb plays in metropolitan Columbus. Key topics that will be discussed include housing, development and education policies, neighborhood and school segregation, and the impacts of these policies and processes on our metropolitan opportunity landscape.

Registration is limited to 500 participants. Register today. If you have questions, contact Club member Nick Linkenhoker, who serves on the community relations commission.

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