April 13, 2015

"Senior Services:  The Future of Aging in America "
Mark Ricketts, President & CEO

About 10,000 people turn 65 every day, a trend that will continue in 2030.  The fastest growing age group in the country is composed of people 90 and older.  The demand for affordable housing for seniors is growing faster than the supply.  Meantime, the need for senior care services is expanding rapidly while the percentage of individuals who are prepared financially for retirement is declining.

Mark Ricketts, President and CEO of National Church Residences, will talk about the issues facing seniors and their families as the Baby Boomers become the Silver Tsunami.  Ricketts leads the Columbus-based organization that is the largest not-for-profit provider of affordable senior housing in the country, with 340 communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico. He will discuss National Church Residences efforts to create new programs and services, often piloted in central Ohio, to find more cost-effective, innovative ways to help seniors live and thrive in their homes. 

Join us at noon on Mondays at:
The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 W. Spring Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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Just a reminder to register for the upcoming District Assembly, April 25 at Zane State, Zanesville, Ohio.  This is also an excellent way for newer Rotarians to engage in club and district activities furthering their understanding of Rotary.  Continental breakfast will be offered 8-8:45 am.  The Welcome and  Business Meeting convenes at 9 am.  Lunch will also be available and the meeting will conclude at 1 PM.  Club Presidents elect, officers, committee chairs should attend.  

You can Register and view the program on line at   You can also obtain directions clicking on 'registration now open' and then 'click here for map'.   You will be asked to register for two sessions but may change them at the meeting.  If you need assistance please contact Scott Brown or the  district secretary ( ).


If you are interested in a Global Grant, please plan to register for both Global Grant sessions.  To qualify for a global grant in 2015-16,  two (2) club members must attend.  (Qualification for the District Grants for 2015-16 was done at the September 2014 District Grant Training session).

Committee Meetings, April 13, 2015
Youth Exchange @ 1:15 PM
Community Service @ 1:15 PM

Please let the office know if you committee plans not to meet or has changed its schedule.

The twelfth annual Columbus Rotary High School “Service Above Self” Fair is Monday, May 11, with 20 Columbus City high schools participating. There will be about 60 projects exhibited in the Ohio Union on the OSU Campus beginning at 11:00am and there will be presentations of a few exemplary projects during the luncheon meeting in the same room.
Prior to the Fair, teams of 3-5 Rotarians will visit the schools for an hour sometime between April 29 and May 8 to review two or three projects per school, reinforce the commitment to service, and select the “most exemplary project” in each school.   This is a great opportunity to meet the students, see the schools, and serve with fellow Rotarians. Please consider signing up to visit one or more schools.  Please contact Bill Matthews,, for the schedule, with any questions, and to sign up.
These two individuals have been proposed recently for membership.  Members have the right to question the proposals of any such people.  If you have any questions or concerns about them, please contact the office via email by April 15, 2015. 
(Rotar e)
Lily Perin
Assistant to CEO, Columbus Coal & Lime
Proposed by: Kathy Gatterdam
Classification:  Construction Services / Brick Distribution

(Individual membership)
Mamadou Boro
Operations Analyst, JP Morgan Chase
Proposed by Scott Brown
Classification:  Finance & Insurance / Banking Operations
Board Director Rich Ramsey is leading the membership initiative for new Corporate Members.
Rich mentioned that we would try to be logical in our approach to new corporate members.  For instance we have the Conway Center for Family Business and some great family owned businesses like Schoedinger, Inc., but we don't have 31 Gifts or Continental Real Estate.  We have New member Mark Fleming and the fastest growing company in Columbus in Signature Closings, but we don't have other fast growers like Cover My Meds or Champion Real Estate Services.  Finally we are targeting some great downtown companies that would benefit from being a member of Columbus Rotary; specifically Nationwide, AEP, Huntington, Diamond Hill Investments and Vorys.
If anyone has contacts in these organizations and would be willing to make an introduction, they should contact Rich Ramsey who would be happy to be part of a meeting to discuss the merits of corporate membership in Columbus Rotary.

Join Jim Tornes and other Rotarians, Family and friends on June 6, 2015 as we take a trip down the Big Darby Creek.  Everyone is welcome. 

Starting from Trapper John's Canoe Livery in Grove City at 9 AM we will bus up the road to start our 1.5 to 2 hour trip down the river.  You can choose a Kayak, Canoe or Inner Tube to spend your morning with Rotarians, family, friend and nature on the National Scenic Big Darby River.   Last year Patsy Cline serenaded us during our trip.  Perhaps we will have the same luck this year.  

Don't stay away for lack of experience.  Trapper John will give everyone instruction that needs it.  All equipment will be provided.

Jim Tornes can answer all your questions, 740-501-1422.

Trapper John's Canoe Livery
7141 London-Groveport Rd
Grove City, Ohio 43123


6-13 free in same boat with 
13 and older $25
BYOB (Boat) $15
No maximum age limitation
A Release Form is required and will be provided to you upon making your reservation with the Club office. 
The 2015 Membership Directory is available in print form.  
A limited number of printed copies are available upon request.   A pdf electronic file version will  be emailed to all members.  Please remember that the most up to date membership information is available on the Club Website in the Member Area.  
NEWSFLASH - from our resident race horse expert!  Check out the race news here.


It is time to start your preparation for the 2015 Kentucky Derby and our Derby Day Soiree.  Mark Clotts suggests that you follow the prep races at the following location.  Derby Prep Races. 
The success of our event and its fund raising depends upon the turnout of Rotarians, family and friends.  Have you seen our postcard?  These are available to mail or hand out to your friend and associates to publicize this fantastic Derby experience.  

Get yours today or any Monday!

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

We've missed Joe Davis the last several weeks but it was great to see Bernie Snyder again.  

Paul Shepard is back with us after knee surgery.  It was good to see him last week at Rotary.

Jim Brown had an emergency appendectomy recently and was hospitalized during recovery.  He is now at The Forum on Knightsbridge in the healthcare unit.  His wife Bev tells us visitors are welcome and encouraged.  
Violet Meek is scheduled to have knee replacement surgery on April 1.

Rick Studer is recovering from recent surgery and has plans to return to us shortly.  
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Euchre
The Boat House at Confluence Park
Apr 08, 2015 5:30 PM
Club Board Meeting
Rotary Club Office
Apr 15, 2015 5:25 PM
District Assembly
Zanes State College
Apr 25, 2015
First Fridays
Athletic Club of Columbus
May 01, 2015 12:00 PM
Derby Day Soiree
LifeCare Alliance
May 02, 2015
Rotary Euchre
The Boat House at Confluence Park
May 13, 2015 5:30 PM
New Member Training
Rotary Office
May 14, 2015 12:00 PM
Annual Leadership Retreat
May 16, 2015
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Club Board Meeting
Rotary Club Office
May 20, 2015 5:00 PM
Foundation Board Meeting
May 21, 2015 8:00 AM
First Fridays
Athletic Club of Columbus
Jun 05, 2015 12:00 PM
Trappers John's Canoe Livery
Jun 06, 2015
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