Don DePerro, President and CEO of the Columbus Chamber, previously served as president and publisher of Columbus Business First where he enjoyed a newspaper career that spanned over 30 years. Don will share his vision for the Chamber. “Columbus is a dynamic city filled with bright and vibrant businesses. Our business community needs a town center – a meeting place – and that’s what the Columbus Chamber of Commerce will provide,” said DePerro.
He has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Media Advocate of the Year for the state of Florida and has received six American City Eagle Awards for Excellence – the highest honor awarded to American City associates – as both an editor and publisher. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Don remains heavily involved in countless community initiatives. Don and his wife Lia have three children, including one Buckeye, and live in Dublin, Ohio.
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The Boathouse at Confluence Park
679 W. Spring.
It's time to raft the river again. Jim Tornes and Chris Henney have arranged to travel down the Big Darby again with Rotarians, friends and family. The crew will leave on June 4, 2016. Staff from the Metro Parks are planning to join us as well for a nature presentation.
Trapper John's Canoe Livery is again our host.
7141 London Groveport Rd, Grove City, OH 43123
Prices (payable to Columbus Rotary):
$25 for Adults and older children
$ 5 for 12 year old and under
A RELEASE FORM and PAYMENT will need to be completed by each participant prior to arrival for the event.
We still have room for you on Saturday, June 25th at 2 p.m. at the McConnell Art Center in Worthington for a fundraiser to benefit End Polio Now. “Dances of India” will showcase several styles of dance from classical to folk to Bollywood. The students of Nalanda School of Dance, under the direction of Past President CK Satyapria’s wife, Indira, are generously donating their time, hard work and graceful artistry to make this cultural experience possible for our club members and guests.
Proceeds will benefit Rotary’s End Polio Now initiative. Tickets are available at the link below or through our website. If you cannot attend, donations to Polio Plus can be made through a button on our website.
Following the program, there will be a Fun & Fellowship dinner hosted (Dutch treat) at TADKA Restaurant, one of the most popular Indian restaurants in the city. TADKA offers a variety of Indian, as well as Chinese and Thai cuisines. We are looking forward to trying lots of new flavors and experiences with a little guidance from our Indian friends. Even if you can’t make the dance event, please join us for fun and fellowship at the restaurant starting at 4:30 p.m.
The following members and their families need your cares, concerns and prayers.
We learned recently that Rotarian John Stegman passed away late last December. He had been a member for nearly 30 years. John was born and raised in Peru, Indiana, son of the late John and Mildred Stegman. Also preceded in death by his brother Samuel Stegman. John was a Naval Officer, held Market and General Management Manager Positions in industry, and after earning a Ph.D., taught MBA candidates in OSU's Fisher College of Business. He is a member of Broad Street Presbyterian Church, Columbus Rotary Club, The Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C., The Columbus Maennerchor, and the Faculty Club at The Ohio State University. He was local, state, and region (Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware) President of the Navy League of the U.S. He was also the National Chairman of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
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Our own John O'Meara is back in Nepal on his quest to summit Mt. Everest. He took a club flag with him so has an excused absence(s) for the next several months. If you would like to follow John and his team's journey you can find it here; www.mountainguides.com
"Down at Base Camp, our IMG climbers are resting and taking a few day hikes. Energy is high, and we are looking for a summit window. They have worked very hard to put themselves in position to summit, and we are all very hopeful that we will get our shot at the summit of Mount Everest in the coming days!"