Dublin-Worthington News Stories

Carol Sommer Takes Management Position

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 By: Bill Shantz

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!


Dublin AM 1st Annual Classic Car Show

Friday, August 9, 2019 By: Bill Shantz

Inspiring Young Leaders at RYLA 2019

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 By: Rosaria Mauro

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.

From Left: Owen, Rish, Roe & Sylvia


July 18, 2019 Board Meeting Highlights

Monday, August 5, 2019 By: David O. Hansen

Discussed: Family July 4th picnic

Discussed: Resignations by George McCue and Keith Sharick

Discussed: Recent activities of the Int’l Service Committee

Discussed: Recent Installation and Awards Program

Discussed: Board Buddies Program

Discussed: Planning of future club activities including

  • club 45th anniversary celebration (September):
  • World Polio Day (October 24th);
  • Club calendar;
  • Results of May survey of club member program preferences; and
  • Upcoming District Conference/Assembly (August 24)

Polio On Wane but there's Work to do

Sunday, July 7, 2019 By: Bill Shantz

Letter to the Editor in the June 26, 2019, edition of the Columbus Dispatch from Past District Governor Craig Maxey

Thank you very much for the Associated Press photograph in Thursday's Dispatch of a Pakistani child receiving two precious lifesaving drops of polio vaccination.

In 1985, Rotarians made a promise to children to rid the world of this dreaded paralyzing disease. At that time, I don’t think that anyone knew what it would take to accomplish this task.

Since then, it has been Rotary’s largest humanitarian effort. Rotarians have contributed $1.9 billion to the eradication efforts. With partners such as the World Health Organization we continue to work toward a polio-free world. Polio will only be the second disease ever eradicated from the world, the first being smallpox.

To put the eradication effort into perspective, in 1988 there were 40 new cases of polio per hour, 350,000 cases during the year. Last year there were only 33 cases. We are truly “this close.”

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation rewards every dollar that Rotarians raise with a 2-1 match.

I am proud to say that Rotarians in District 6690 (central and southeast Ohio) have contributed almost $200,000 toward polio eradication this Rotary year. With the match from the foundation, it equals nearly $600,000.


Board Buddies

Monday, June 24, 2019 By: John Butterfield

In April our club’s current board members and officers, along with those coming on board on July 1, held a planning session to get organized for the coming year. We discussed how we function as a team and keep learning together. We viewed portions of a webinar on courageous leadership and exchanged ideas about leadership and change. We also set goals for the coming year based on our strategic plan and District and Rotary International plans.

One of the areas we talked about was what we could do as the club’s leadership team to ensure that every member of the club feels valued and is able to contribute to the club in a way that is meaningful for him or her. We came up with the idea of “Board Buddies.”

So soon you will receive a call, an email message, a text or a tap on the shoulder at a club meeting from your Board Buddy. Each board member has five or six members to get to know better. 

Your Board Buddy will ask about the best way or ways to stay regularly in contact with you. He or she will want to learn about your interests and strengths and how you may wish to use them to support the club’s priorities. Your buddy will also be seeking your feedback periodically on matters affecting the club and will seek to become aware of business or personal events and provide recognition or support when appropriate.

I am looking forward to reaching out to my buddies by the end of the month. I am excited about learning more about them and how I might assist them in meeting their expectations regarding involvement and service in the coming year.


A Friendly Club

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 By: John Butterfield

In preparation for becoming your club president on July 1, I have been doing a lot of reading and talking with other club leaders and District 6690 leaders. I’ve learned that there are deadlines for submitting club goals and grant proposals. I’ve reviewed a manual about being a club president and in March attended a conference designed to help incoming presidents be successful. I also recently attended the RI Convention, which was very inspirational.

Presidents-elect and other leaders have shared their club’s best practices and what they feel makes their clubs strong or what areas they need to work on. I’ve already learned a lot to help me be a better leader and gained some valuable insights to help our club move forward.

One of the topics that comes up is the atmosphere that exists at club meetings. I’ve learned that Rotary clubs that have a reputation for being “friendly clubs” usually follow some or all of these practices:

  • Members are encouraged to sit in a different seat or at a different table each week.
  • Members are urged to sit with a member they may not know as well as their long-time personal friends.
  • Members invite new members or visitors to join their table just by saying: “Come join us, we have an empty chair at this table.”
  • Members share the conversation around the table rather than merely eating in silence or talking privately to the person next to them.
  • Members make a special point of trying to get acquainted with all members of the club by seeking out those they may not know.
  • Members at friendly clubs have fun. The camaraderie that exists among members is clearly evident.

The people I have met who have attended one or more of our club meetings consistently indicate that we are a “friendly club.” They enjoy the interactions among club members, the sense of humor that is exhibited and the lack of formality. They can tell that there is a sense of caring about one another.

While we can all get better at extending ourselves to new members and visitors, I’m proud that our club is know for its friendliness. Can we build even stronger relationships with members and get to know them better?  Sure. If you have suggestions, please let me know (jbutter@columbus.rr.com).

And who knows, perhaps in the coming year, instead of roaming the dining room and checking in with members, once in a while I may sit down at a table and enjoy the conversation. 



On a Rainy Weekend DWR Club Members Showed Up to Volunteer

Monday, June 17, 2019 By: John Butterfield

Twenty-five members and five spouses volunteered June 15 and 16 to serve up hot dogs, brats, chips, beverages and ice cream treats at the Worthington Arts Festival. The event, hosted by the McConnell Arts Center (MAC) on the lawn of Thomas Worthington High School and The MAC, featured 150 artists and vendors. 

According to Dave Hansen, who along with Jerry Katz, George Norris, Steve Payerle and Wynn Wiksell, coordinated the club’s fund-raising activity, the rainy weather did affect the sales, but the club will still have a substantial net profit from the activity. “More importantly, we were able to advertise the presence of Rotary in our community and to enjoy the interactions of the moment with club members and community members,” Dave said.

 Volunteering for the event were: Ratna Balasubramanian, Pete Barnhart, Jennifer Best, John Butterfield, Christie and Jon Bruffy, Courtney Chapman, Frank and Sharon Dunbar, Jim and Sue Farmer, Mary Greenlee, Dave Hansen, Jerry Katz, Dave and Debbie Kittredge, Shirley Lambert, Nick Linkenhoker, Roe Mauro, Sam Milliron, Don and Marianne Mottley, Mike Moulton, George Norris, Kip Patterson, Steve Payerle, Ann Pechacek, Darnell Perkins, Teresa Russell and Andrew Saneholz.


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Donald G. Moulton Memorial Golf Outing

Friday, June 7, 2019 By: Michael E. Moulton

In May 1991 we played the inaugural Moulton Memorial golf outing. Don, my father was a founding member of the club.  The winner that year was Stan Bahorek. On May 24th 2019 we played the 29th year of the annual event.  Some years ago we adopted the addition of a memorial honoree for that year.  This year B.J. Stone was the unanimous choice for the designation. The event had 18 golfers and was a great day for golf.  Ed Stone BJ’s husband was able to attend and play in the outing as my playing partner.  After golf we presented the winner trophy to John Jacob who accepted and was pictured with BJ’s grandson.  Her daughter Aimee was there with her children to see us award the trophy to John.  Judy Barnhart took some wonderful pictures of the award presentation along with other pictures of Rotarians and BJ’s family.  Thank You to everyone that was able to attend this event.

Golf Outing Winner John Jacob with BJ Stone grandson Andrew


RAH RAH at Porch Growler

Friday, June 7, 2019 By: John Butterfield
Forty-six members and guests attended the May 29 Rotary After Hours (RAH RAH) at the Porch Growler in Worthington. Members sampled the 60 draft selections that the Worthington pub offers and ate pizza from neighboring Pizza Primo. But most of all we enjoyed getting together informally – members, spouses, prospective members and guests – sharing stories, learning about one another and having fun. The youngest attendee, Graham Giessler, 1 year old, accompanied by dad Greg Giessler and grandparents Phil and Carol Giessler.


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