Columbus Rotary is proud to announce that Dick Argo is our 2015 Rotarian of the Year.
Dick has been with the club since July 1971. During that time he has served in various leadership positions, including President in 1990-91. He is proud to be the second Richard Argo to serve as President. His father held the office in 1953-54. Dick is a Cap Ingalls Associate and Paul Harris Fellow. He has also been an active member on a number of our Club's committees. Dick has shown a true commitment to the Club and has never sought praise for his work.
The selection committee actually had a very difficult time pinpointing all that Dick has done for the Club. It wasn’t due to the fact that he hasn't contributed. Far from it actually, Dick flies below the radar simply volunteering where needed and going about business as usual.
He likes to socialize with friends and club members by joining everyone on the patio for a cook out, by playing euchre and by spending time at other special events.
Running a business keeps Dick very busy, as we all understand, however those duties didn’t slow him down from his commitment to the Club. He continued to serve on and chair committees, volunteer at our biggest events and help the club in any way necessary. Some of the committees that benefited by Dick's involvement include: Nominating, Membership, Social, Scholarship, and Enterprise Academy.
More recently, this Rotarian has actively supported the High School “Service Above Self” Fair, judging and reviewing projects at area high schools. They then welcome students and interact with them at our May event.
One member noted, “I knew him fairly well and considered him a good friend, as did everyone in the Club. When I needed something special as President, he was always handy and was most cooperative.” Do you see a theme here? A second member says, “He also, over the years, was the go to guy” when you needed help.”
Our Rotarian of the Year is an enthusiastic member of the History Committee which developed the 2012 Centennial book and worked with the Columbus Metropolitan Library to host an online collection for Club.
He has been a stalwart member of the Derby Day Committee, specifically working with the auction.
And for more years than anyone knows this Rotarian has provided the gifts we give to our speaker each week which includes a personalized plaque. Congratulations Dick!
Calling all elves! Santa is warming up his sleigh and we need elves to help unwrap gifts. Join us for the 95th year as Columbus Rotarians celebrate Christmas and the holidays with our friends from the Columbus City Schools. Colerain Elementary School integrates students with orthopedic disabilities and health impairments with the general education population. Rotarians are on hand to help unwrap and assemble gifts provided for every student at the school.
Colerain Christmas Party is Dec. 18, at 8:30 a.m.
The school is located at 499 E. Weisheimer between High and Indianola, south of Morse.
This event is open to Rotarians, their friends and family. In fact it is one of the largest service events each year.
Five Columbus Rotarians have been nominated for a seat on the Columbus Rotary Club Board of Directors. Club elections will be held prior to our meeting on Dec. 21, 2015. You may vote for up to 3 of the nominees. The 3 individuals receiving the most votes will be elected to the Club board. Their terms of office will run from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.
Bios are available upon request or at our Monday meetings.
Absentee ballots will be accepted by the club office in writing or by email until 5:00 PM on Friday, December 18, 2015. Written ballots must be signed by the member.
The following members and their families need your cares, concerns and prayers.
Rotarian Ron Younkin's mother has passed away. Mary "Irene" Younkin, age 95, of Columbus, Ohio passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, December 5, 2015; Chairman of Greenlawn Realty Company, co-founder of Greenlawn Mobile Home Sales and Park; Greenlawn R.V. Center, Scarlett Manor, Rose Hill Terrace, Enchanted Acres and Facilities, and Greenlawn Companies Executive Office Complex. Irene was inducted into the National R.V./Manufactured Housing Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana where she and her late husband pledged the funds for the Theatre in the Round which was recently dedicated as the Floyd E. and Mary Irene Younkin Theatre. She established the Floyd E. Younkin Branch of the Pickaway County District Public Library, Ashville, OH, where she was honored as Ashville's 2002 Woman of the Year. She was a philanthropic donor to The Ohio State University where her generosity helped to fund the Younkin Success Center, dedicated in 2000, and because of the influence of her childhood involvement in 4-H, she was one of the founding contributors to the new Ohio 4-H Center. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and supported many charitable endeavors, including the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation. Irene was born November 23, 1920 in Circleville, Ohio.
Family will welcome friends 2-8 PM Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Schoedinger East Chapel, 5360 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43232. Funeral Service 10:30 AM, Friday, December 11, 2015 at the Enchanted Acres Community Center located at 4510 S. Parson's Ave., Columbus, OH; interment to follow in Forest Cemetery, Circleville, OH; Rev. Dr. William Snyder and Pastor Steve Combs, co-officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Floyd E. Younkin Library, 51 Long St., Ashville, OH 43103 the RV/MH Hall of Fame, 21565 Executive Pkwy. Elkhart, IN 46514, or a charity of your choice in her memory.