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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.
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Member News Katie McCartney
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
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, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 453 Hinsdale, Worthington 43085.Share
Club News – Vocational Initiatives
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 email@example.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.Share
January 17, 2020 Board Meeting Highlights
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.
Happy New Year
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.
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