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Member News

Friday, February 7, 2020 By:

Members Trent Bowers, superintendent of Worthington Schools, and Jennifer Best, school board member, invite you to join them at the State of the Schools event at Worthington Kilbourne High School on February 26. The event, which features stories of student success, future plans and student performances, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.



Successful SuperBowling Event

Friday, February 7, 2020 By: Bill Shantz
Our First Annual SuperBowling Event was a success!!! Thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors (MinuteMan Press of Lewis Center, Cam Taylor Realtors and Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service), bowlers and families. Thanks especially to club members Jim Farmer and David Hansen for running the committee and putting so much time and effort to make the event a success. We are looking forward to next year and growing the event even more. To view more photos from the event please visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DublinWorthingtonRotary/


More Member News

Friday, February 7, 2020 By: John Butterfield

After a long hiatus from editorial letter writing, Abe Ottolenghi is back. His most recent letter to the editor, Voucher Mess Compounds School-Funding Problems, appeared in the January 26 issue of the Columbus Dispatch. During his 11 years serving on the Worthington Board of Education during the 1970s and 1980s, Abe was a regular letter writer to the local newspapers and the Columbus Dispatch. He continued writing letters before and after he ran for Worthington’s state representative (District 21) in 2004, narrowly losing the race.

A 56-year resident of Worthington, who had a 31-year career as professor in Medical Microbiology at the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University, Abe has made many contributions to the community. Together with several other members of the community, Abe helped to establish a youth soccer program, which later became part of the Worthington's Cardinal Boosters. He also served as a member of the Circle of Grandparents with Worthington's Partners for Community and Character, where he discussed on a monthly basis the "Word of the Month," such as compassion, honesty, perseverance, with elementary school students in Worthington.


RAH RAH at Next Level Tech

Friday, February 7, 2020 By: Bill Shantz
We had a fantastic Rotary After Hours (RAH RAH) last week. The event was hosted by club board member Steve Payerle owner of Next Level Technologies https://nextleveltech.com/ at his office. Members and guests were treated to some delicious City Barbecue as well as some virtual reality. We enjoy being of service to the community, but we also enjoy the benefit of fellowship. For more information on our club, projects, history, calendar etc. visit https://dublinworthingtonrotary.org/   To view more pictures from the event visit our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/DublinWorthingtonRotary



February's Community Service Project and Competition

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 By: John Butterfield

Member News

Monday, January 27, 2020 By:

Club founding member Frank Dunbar was given special recognition at the January 22 lunch meeting.  President John Butterfield presented Frank with a distinctive Paul Harris Fellow pin in honor of Frank’s ongoing support for the Rotary International Fund. The pin is given to Rotarians who have donated $5,000 to $5,999 to the Rotary International Endowment. Congratulations, Frank!


Also receiving recognition at the meeting were Connie Hendren and Tim Moats, who received District 6690 125 Club pins or having donated at least $100 to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund and at least $25 to the Polio Plus Fund.

Candy Brooks announced that she and her husband, Steve Rodoker, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Congratulations to Candy and Steve. In addition, Candy, a retired journalist, will be serving as a club-meeting reporter in the future, covering speaker presentations, “Happy Dollar” announcements and other club news indicated at meetings. Want to join Candy in reporting news or taking photos at weekly meetings? Contact Bill Shantz, bshantz@minutemanpress.com.

Phil Giessler is doing better after laminectomy surgery earlier this month. Phil is still sore but slowly recovering. He’s even had one outing – breakfast this week at a restaurant with wife Carol. If you want to send good wishes to Phil, you can contact him at pgiessle@camtaylor.com or at 453 Hinsdale, Worthington 43085.


Club News – Vocational Initiatives

Monday, January 27, 2020 By:

Mark Beaver reminded members at the January 22 meeting that “Career Talks” will begin in February. Mark said the presentations will give members the opportunity to share information about their business and career field with other members. They will be scheduled periodically at weekly meetings. Presenters will have about five minutes to convey their information – the same amount of time new members spend on their profile presentations.

Mark is coordinating the scheduling of the presentations and will help members prepare for them. The talks will be scheduled when other presentations (new member profile, installation, club updates) are not on the weekly meeting schedule.

Doing research for the club’s 45th anniversary celebration in September, President John Butterfield learned that the founding members made it a priority for members to learn about the businesses and professions of fellow members

During the first few months of the club the vocational service 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, called “Classification Talks,” began.

Mark reported that a few members had already inquired about the talks. If you would like to help Mark in coordinating this effort or would like to make a presentation, contact Mark at mark.beaver@keelernadler.com.

The Vocational Service Committee members are also exploring other ways to tap the vocational talents of members and reinforce high ethical standards. Katie McCartney has been in contact with Worthington school personnel about career exploration possibilities in the future. Paul Cynkar is planning a professional and personal development workshop for members, focusing on an individual’s strengths, in the spring.

January 29 RAH RAH Registration

Haven’t signed up for the January 29 Rotary After Hours (RAH RAH) at Steve Payerle’s business?  You still have time.  Respond to John Butterfield by Saturday, January 25.  The event will be held at from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Next Level Technologies, 400 W. Wilson Bridge Rd., Suite 100. The event will feature a variety of appetizers and beverages, including beer, wine, whiskey and soft drinks, and a virtual reality experience. Thanks, Steve, for hosting this fun event.


January 17, 2020 Board Meeting Highlights

Monday, January 27, 2020 By: David O. Hansen

Approved: Resignations of Timmy McCarthy and Hilary Colvin effective immediately.
Discussed: Status of Endowment Fund Raising activity with Dominican Republic twin club.

Discussed: Upcoming social activities including RAH RAH to be held at Steve Payerle’s office.
Discussed: Status of super bowling tournament fund raiser to be held on February 1.
Discussed: Status of membership recruitment activity.
Discussed: Status of program committee recruitment of speakers.

Discussed: Food Drive for the Worthington Resource Pantry.
Discussed: Future directions of the Youth Exchange Committee activity
Discussed: Scholarship Committee Task Force activities.
Discussed: Proposed Gift of Appreciation for employees supporting club meetings.
Discussed: 4-Way Speech contest.
Discussed: Efforts by Vocational Committee to provide 5 minute classification talks at meetings.
Approved: Membership applications of Muriel and Barry Crawford.
Approved: Membership applications of Sue Cody and Jan Wagner.
Discussed: Our club role in up coming 2020 New Generation Service Exchange between District 
                    6690 and Mongolia District.


Member News Katie McCartney

Monday, January 27, 2020 By:

Katie McCartney announced at the club’s January 15 meeting that she has started her own real estate brokerage firm. Congratulations, Katie. Her company’s name is Pillar Realty, LLC. Her business contact information is: Pillar Realty, LLC, 2042 Stokeswood Ct, Dublin, OH 43016; phone: 614-547-9640; email: Katie@KatieMcCartney.com; website: katiemccartney.com.


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.


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

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