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March 3, 2021 Virtual Club meeting

Saturday, March 6, 2021 By: Christie Bruffy
President Jim Miller opened the morning meeting at 7:32. This is the 27th meeting of the 46th rotary year.

Jerry Katz gave the invocation today, then led the Pledge of Allegiance.

President-Elect Steve Payerle called for any “Happy Dollar” announcements:
  • Jennifer Best is happy that a second grandchild is on the way- due this summer- and that they will only be 10 minutes away!
  • George Norris and Sue Cody are happy to be heading to Florida for 2 weeks.
  • Mark Beaver is happy that he and his wife have a trip planned to Ft. Myers in April without kids!
  • President Jim Miller is happy that his grandson won 10th in the state in the 200 meter swimming relay as a member of the Dublin Jerome High School team, which also ranked 10th in the state. He will be going on to Ohio Wesleyan as a swimmer.
  • Katie McCartney is happy to be going to Nashville for 5 days at the end of the month for her son’s spring break.
  • Mike Moulton is happy to be done setting up his display (Five Seasons Landscape Management) for the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show which starts Saturday at the Ohio Expo Center.

President Jim Miller then called for announcements:
Katie McCartney announced that the club will be holding its first in-person Rotary After Hours since the pandemic started.  She will be emailing everyone with tentative details and a couple of ways to rsvp. Save the date for Wednesday, March 24th!

President Jim Miller then asked member Mark Beaver to introduce our speaker.  Rachel Ray is the Economic Development Administrator for the City of Dublin.  She is one of 6 members of a team whose responsibility is to attract and retain businesses in the city. Dublin is the largest suburb in the Columbus region, with the square-footage of class A/B/C office space equaling about half that of Columbus. Commercial building vacancies are currently around 13.5%, and while it should ideally be around 8-12%, this is good comparatively speaking. The city’s workforce is comprised mostly of white collar workers who are able to work from home, which explains most of the vacancies. While the city is seeing more shorter-term leases than before as some companies are looking at long-term remote opportunities, there are large companies, such as Cardinal Health, that have committed to fully returning to the office as soon as it is safe to do so.

The city’s unemployment rate had been under 3% pre-pandemic; it is now around 5%.  And the income tax revenue had very little change in 2020 from the previous year.
There are five pillars of economic development- retention/expansion, attraction, workforce development, innovation & entrepreneurship, and infrastructure.
Looking at retention and expansion- Rachel and her team divided the city into multiple districts in order to really get to know everyone and see what will help them continue to grow and thrive. They work with business owners as well as building owners and brokers.  They can also provide facility/real estate assistance to businesses that are looking for bigger/additional space.

In terms of attraction, the Economic Development Team works to attract new businesses to Dublin and the Columbus region.  What are businesses looking for?  Items topping the list are workforce skills, workforce development, quality of life, and higher education resources. Monetary incentives are actually at the bottom of the list, with a focus on non-monetary incentives such as internet and fiber optics programs.  Connectivity is a big priority, especially when it comes to one’s ability to work from home.

What are some measures of success? High quality jobs, a diversified tax base, strong/sustainable communities, and a high quality of life.

Rachel mentioned a few of the projects that are going on right now around the city:
Riverside Park in Bridge Park is to be completed next year. OSU Wexner Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Center of Dublin is scheduled to open in September of 2022 with road improvements to go along with it.

There will be a new interchange at SR161/33/Post Road.

President Jim Miller announced that we will have a presentation at next week’s morning meeting by the Interact students along with Ann Pechacek and Roe Mauro regarding youth programming. He then closed the meeting at 8:30 by leading us through The Four Way test.

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Written by:  Christie BruffyShare

Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club March 20 Food Drive - Join Us!

Saturday, March 6, 2021 By: John Butterfield
Our club had a successful food drive to support area families and food pantries in November, so we’re doing it again on Saturday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. The community service committee is organizing the drive.

Project Chairperson Jerry Katz encourages members to ask their friends, neighbors and business associates to join them in participating in the drive. Members, who wish to volunteer at the collection sites, should contact Andrew Saneholtz, volunteer coordinator, at
apsaneholtz@yahoo.com, cell:  419-494-6791by Friday, March 12.

The drive will be held at three locations in the Worthington area: Highline Coffee Co., 693 High St.; Fresh Thyme, 933 High St.; and The Hills Market Worthington, 7860 Olentangy River Rd. 

The Dublin drive sites are: Kroger Fresh Fare, 299 W. Bridge St. and Oakland Nursery-Dublin Garden Center, 4261 W. Dublin-Granville Rd.

While donations of all non-perishable food and personal care items are welcome, most needed now at both pantries are canned soup, cereal, oatmeal, rice, pasta and canned tuna fish. Personal care items most needed are soap, toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo.  

Other needs at the Dublin Pantry are: salad dressing, regular-sized boxes of pancake mixIndividual toothbrushes, laundry detergent, razors, shaving cream and hair conditioner. 

Following the drive, the donated items will be delivered to the Worthington Resource Pantry and Dublin Food Pantry. Service numbers at both pantries have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic health crisis because so many people have lost their jobs and are struggling to support their families.

Other club members taking a leadership role in the drive are: Harry Pukay-Martin, collection sites, and John Butterfield, promotion. Christie Bruffy’s business, Highline Coffee Co., is a drive site.

Community members and Rotarians donated nearly a ton of food and personal-care items and approximately $1,000 last November. “The fall drive’s success shows that club members and area families care about their neighbors,” Jerry said. “We know that helping others builds a stronger community.”

Want to make a financial donation to the Worthington Resource Pantry? Go to: www.worthingtonresourcepantry.org/donate. To the Dublin Food Pantry: www.dublinfoodpantry.org/help-us.

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Written by:  John Butterfield

Worthington Kilbourne Interact Club

Saturday, March 6, 2021 By: Joseph M. Patchen
Members from the WKHS Interact Club will join us to talk about how Interact and school activities have been affected this past year during Covid and hybrid/on-line learning. What projects they have completed, plans for the future and how they are keeping members engaged. 

Written by: Joe PatchenShare

Membership Spotlight: Jerry Katz

Saturday, March 6, 2021 By: Paul J. Cynkar
Advancing the Leadership Mindset
Finding Success in the Success of Others
Paul Cynkar, December, 2020
This is another in a series of member profiles based on discovery interview questions that were designed to help me fulfill the requirements of the Dublin Worthington Rotary Red Badge Program for new Rotarians and get an up close view of the traits and strengths of some of the members who provide leadership to this organization.
Membership Spotlight:  Jerry Katz
Wisdom, Service, Helping Others to Succeed

Tell us about yourself.  Give us three facts that include information about your family, your career and your pastimes.
I was born in Columbus, married in 1962 and I have two daughters and seven grandchildren.  I spent 40 years in the banking industry though I retired twenty years ago.  I sit on the board of a number of not-for-profits and that keeps me connected. 

How long have you belonged to Rotary?  What’s the best thing about membership?
I joined in August, 1995.  Dwight Moody was a member and he helped me to join Rotary and the Worthington Arts Council.  Rotary gives me a sense of purpose and the feeling that I am needed.  I appreciate the sense that “someone is counting on me.”

As you look back on your life and your career, where and when did you have the biggest impact on others?  Who was impacted and how?
I feel that my biggest impact came through banking management.  In that role it is easier to see that you are helping others.  One of my career highlights was becoming the first small business unit banking manager for the Huntington Bank.  I took the responsibility for using the resources of that financial institution to help small businesses very seriously.

As you look back, which of the opportunities you’ve had has been the most fulfilling to you personally?  Why?

Thirty two years ago, while serving as the manager of the main Huntington Bank office, I started meeting with a group organized to help not-for-profits do their work more effectively.  This was funded by a $50k grant from the Ohio Community Finance Fund.  Today this is a $70 million operation with no delinquencies.  The fund is utilized in every county in the State.  I still serve as chairman of the board.

Describe the most challenging project you’ve ever worked on.  What was your role?  What was the result?
I was a district manager at the Huntington Bank.  We were faced with a huge layoff and I was responsible for overseeing that reduction.  There were many employees who did a good job every day and I had to cut good people who did not deserve to be cut because it was a cost we could not afford.  That was difficult!

What are some things you are passionate about?  What really excites you? What gets your adrenalin flowing?  What makes your heart sing?
I admire people who demonstrate passion but it is something that I have difficulty doing.  Perhaps I am too blasé and even keeled.  I consider myself a global thinker and believe things will get better. 

What are you especially skilled at?  What is something that others often tell you that they think makes you stand out?
I can organize!  I take what people are saying and capsulize it.  I can get a project going without ranting and raving about it.  I’m not sure where I developed this ability but others tell me I have it.

When you have a moment to sit back and think (dream) about your future, what do you think about?
It’s not about how long I will live.  I want to spend my last decade helping others.  If you have skills you can pass on, you are obligated to do that.  I derive a lot of pride from the success of others.

If you could choose anyone (alive or deceased) to have lunch with, who would it be? Why?
Barack Obama…even though I have been a registered Republican.  I’ve heard him speak and I think he’s a pretty interesting guy.  He asks deep questions and always looks out for society. I find it interesting that he was the editor of the Harvard Law Review, the most prestigious in the country, yet never wrote an article for that review.

Written by:  Paul Cynkar

Spring Rotary After Hours

By: Katie McCartney

RSVP By March 19th to one of the Organizers below OR click on:

http://bit.ly/Mar2020_RahRah to fill out a form.
Katie McCartney
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