Along with our upcoming service and social activities there are several annual events coming up.  Mark you calendars to attend our meetings that day.  
Dec. 7 ~ Rotarian of the Year Award

Dec. 13~Annual Zoo Outing (no meeting on Dec. 14)

Dec. 21~Board of Directors Election and Annual Meeting

Jan. 4 ~ Perfect Attendance Awards 
​Monday, December 7, 2015

"To the Abyss, And Back."
John Lowe, CEO
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

John Lowe joined Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream in 2009 with an initial goal of building the wholesale side of the business.  Using grass roots sales techniques, the wholesale business began to grow. As a result, the retail business also took off, and by 2012 there were 10 scoop shops in Ohio. The need for distribution systems was important to ensure this growth continued.

Addressing this need, Lowe conceptualized Eat Well Distribution in 2012 and launched the business in 2013. As a result, Jeni’s now serves as its own distributor and sells to other food businesses as well.

John will discuss the difficult year that Jeni's has had, the changes to the business and the outlook for their future.  
Join Leaders - Exchange Ideas - Take Action
Join us Monday's at Noon at:
The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 W. Spring
Columbus, Ohio 43215
CALL TODAY 221-3127
RSVP REQUIRED - Sign up with Scott Brown Today!

$16 Adults / $8 Children
Monday pricing and upgrades apply for Rotarians
example: Coffee Only/Meeting Fee = $10 upgrade for the member)

Visit with Santa, sing a few Christmas carols, visit with Zoo animals and more! 
A complimentary parking pass and discount admission coupon will be provided to attendees.
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.  


Columbus Rotary
1225 Dublin Road
Columbus, OH 43215
Larry Anderson, Jim Bishop,

John MariottiNancy Trux
and Scott 

The following members and their families need your cares, concerns and prayers.

Rotarian Wally Johanni unexpectedly lost his granddaughter.  Katie Johanni, age 21, daughter of former Rotarian Andy Johanni, passed away in her sleep on November 24, 2015. Born in Columbus, Ohio, a 2012 graduate of Upper Arlington High School, she was co-captain of the State Champion Womens Water Polo Team and co-editor of the yearbook. She studied Media, Marketing and Communication through the Scholars Program at The Ohio State University and planned to graduate this spring. She was an officer and goalie for the OSU Womens Water Polo Team. A summer intern with Leo Burnett, she dreamed of returning to Chicago. Despite health challenges throughout her life, Katie was a ray of sunshine: positive, creative and kind. She found ways to make everything special and fun. Contributions if desired may be made to the SUDEP Institute (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy) through the Epilepsy Foundation.

Between now and the end of the year there are numerous ways to interact with fellow club members and the community.  Even if you can't make our Monday meeting, you can find us many other places.

Dec. 4    Rotary First Fridays at the Athletic Club. Noon  Sign up with Jim Bishop.

Dec. 4    Join our annual traditional of ringing bells for the Salvation Army at the Columbus Blue Jackets Game.  5:30 p.m.  Sign up on Monday’s
Dec. 6    Kids ‘n Kamp Holiday Party for Children at Eastland Career Center.  2:00 p.m. Sign up with John Martin

Dec. 8    Colerain Elementary Gift Wrapping, 499 E Weisheimer Rd., Columbus 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 9    Euchre at the Boat House.  5:30 p.m.  — Sign up with Bob Lash
Dec. 13  Columbus Rotary at the ZOO — RSVP’s required.  This event has become a family favorite.  Food, fun, animals, Wildlights…..

Dec. 18   Join Rotarians in our 95th year as we assist Colerain Elementary students to unwrap presents brought to them by Santa.  Christmas Party@ 8:30 a.m., 499 E Weisheimer Rd, Columbus

Dec. 28  No Weekly Meeting!
Committee Meetings, December 7, 2015
OSU VET Program Touch base @ 11:00 AM
Program Committee @ 11:00 AM

Community Service @ 1:00 PM

Please use another room/area of the Boat House for your committee meeting!
Do not meet in our luncheon room if at all possible.     

THANK YOU to the...
150 Columbus Rotarians and friends who have PLEDGED $54,000.  They will miss out on the phone calls by the campaign A Team.  If you haven't pledged...expect a call.
Though a substantial number of gifts have been made in the $365 and greater range, we have accepted a gift of $10.  Every dollar counts in our campaign and each contribution counts toward our participation rate.  
Now is the the time to Get It Done for Rotary.  To help us to reach our $70,000 goal.  To reach 100% participation.  To not receive a phone call asking for your contribution.

Each program, student, and individual that we serve needs your help.  A successful campaign leads to continued support of our ongoing projects.  Without this support, difficult decisions will need to me made regarding which programs to fund next year.


One of the benefits of volunteering at the Kids N Kamp Holiday Party is a realization of how fortunate and blessed that you are after seeing so many children and their families that are fighting cancer.  You can help these children in a variety of ways by giving just a few hours of your time. You can work in a variety of places such as the Santa Shop, games, bingo, and gift wrapping. 

The party is December 6that the Eastland Career and Technical Schools, 
4465 S Hamilton Rd, Groveport, OH 43125. The school is just past the entrance to Ricart’s . Please arrive by 1:30 PM and work anytime up until about 5 PM.  Contact John Martin, 614-578-3598 (cell), so we can give your name to the KNK volunteer coordinator.
Welcome to Columbus Rotary Tom Irelan, Bill Corbett and Matthew Schwartz.  

Theses three individuals join the 11 more new members that have joined us since July.  They are attracted by all we do and by who we are.  (their pictures can be found on the new member board on Monday's). Stewart Gbenpelle, Mimi Tadesse, Lori Damron, Jon Mallory, Laura Weeks, Pablo Vegas, Renee Shumate, Clarence Mingo, Dennis Hetzel, Jim Duzan, and Halle Runion. 

We are awaiting final documents and information on several more prospective members.  Looks like we will have a great Christmas!

When is the last time you were at the Columbus Rotary Obstacle Course and Running Track?  No worries - in the attached video you can get an understanding of what we built and why it's so popular.  
Scott Brown, Mike Smith & Mark Bober enjoy a Woods & Water event
Dec 07, 2015
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Dec 28, 2015
Jan 04, 2016
Jan 11, 2016
Jan 18, 2016
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Upcoming Events
First Fridays
The Athletic Club of Columbus
Dec 04, 2015 12:00 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Nationwide Arena
Dec 04, 2015 5:30 PM
Kids 'N Kamp Holiday Party
Eastland Career Center
Dec 06, 2015
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Rotarian of the Year Award Ceremony
Dec 07, 2015 12:00 PM
Colerain Elementary Gift Wrapping
Colerain Elementary School
Dec 08, 2015 4:30 PM
Euchre Fellowship
The Boat House at Confluence Park
Dec 09, 2015 5:30 PM
Rotary Christmas Party - ZOO
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Dec 13, 2015 5:00 PM
Colerain Elementary Christmas Party
Colerain Elementary School
Dec 18, 2015 8:30 AM
Annual Election for the Board of Directors
Dec 21, 2015 12:00 PM
Euchre Fellowship
The Boat House at Confluence Park
Jan 06, 2016 5:30 PM
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past Prtesident
Vice President
Membership Co-Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Membership Co-Chair
TRF Chair
Executive Director

Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Columbus Rotary
We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 W. Spring Street
Columbus, OH  43215
United States
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