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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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"District 6690 Group Study Exchange Team "
  August 1, 2016


Members of the District GSE Team 

The 2016 Group Study Exchange Team will discuss their May 2016 trip to District 4620 located in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.  There was a total of 6 team members that participated in the program which involved dozens of cultural and vocational events across the District of 4620.  This program is a revival of the discontinued Rotary International GSE program and was directly funded by 8 clubs within District 6690.  The team is excited to share their experiences and promote the continued support for this program.

Join Leaders - Exchange Ideas - Take Action

Join us on Mondays at:
The Boathouse at Confluence Park
679 W. Spring.

The entrance is on Souder Ave.  

UPDATE! - New Member Amanda Bowen introduced a new Community Service initiative; Backpacks for Foster Children recently at Rotary.  Typically children in the foster program are given trash bags as they move throughout the system.  As you can imagine, their self worth is associated with these trash bags.

Over the next several weeks the club will be collecting NEW student backpacks and small suitcases to distribute to youth in the Franklin County area through a partnership with Franklin County Children's Services.  FCCS serves over 3,800 youth in foster care. Drop off your backpacks at a Monday meeting or at the office.  

Our goal is to collect 100 backpacks and to date have 60 in hand with cash for more!  For more information contact Amanda at  


Thanks to all whom have taken the opportunity to volunteer to assist at a Monday meeting.  Please look over the upcoming vacancies if you would like to help us out.  If you choose not to, or can't, no worries.  

New member Evan DuBro introduced the office to Sign Up Genius, which has greatly assisted in this process.


Committee Meetings, August 1, 2016

Derby Day Wrap Up @ 11:00
Community Service @ 1:15

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

Executive Director Scott will be out of town the week of August 1 -5 with limited phone and email availability.  If you need to drop off a backpack, please do so on August 8!
Everyone is urged to share their good news with your Rotary Family.  Let Scott know about your news to be shared here.  

Rotarian Steve Heiser is celebrating the birth of his first grandchild and has headed out of town to celebrate with the family.    

Join us


Annual CGWE Mission Trip
Be the change that you want to see in this world
Don’t just travel the world, change it! 

Join us on a journey you will never forget. We invite you to meet the women of Oromia, Ethopia, and experience God’s love as it pours out of them, despite the desperately poor conditions they live in.
On our trip, we will:

  • visit CGWE beneficiaries;
  • celebrate the circle of life and giving, and the tradition of dabaree, as the first-born calf from each GCWE-gifted cow is given to a woman on CGWE’s waiting list;
  •  distribute donated clothes and eyeglasses;
  • provide personal hygiene training and basic items such as soap, combs and washcloths;
  • encourage the tradition of teamwork (dabo) so that the beneficiaries can help each other as needed; and
  • educate and train about harmful traditional practices and other forms of violence against women and girls, such as female genital mutilation. 

Trip Date: Mid-March, tentatively scheduled for March 7 – 19,   2017
Total cost: $2,500 per person.
Travel immunizations and malaria medications are needed for your trip. To apply for CGWE’s short-term mission trip, contact Dureti (Mimi) Tadesse or (614) 441-1020.
The first trip informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 9th at7:00pm.



During its April meeting, the Board of Directors voted on increases to lunch pricing which will take effect for our new Rotary year, July 1, 2016 and is reflected in your recent invoice. 
It has been five years since lunch prices were increased, and of course over that time, costs have gone up. Under our current contract with the Boat House, lunch fees increase 5% each year.  Since September of 2015, the Club has absorbed a slight loss on lunches, charging our members less per meal than what we are paying.  We are sure you understand this is not a sustainable policy.
Those of you who choose to pre-pay lunch, will see only a minor increase of $12.50 per half – or 50 cents a meal.  At that rate, the Club is still slightly subsidizing the per meal cost.  But we feel it is important to offer this incentive, as it provides us with fiscal predictability and stability, making it easier for us to project and manage operational expenses.  
The lunch upgrade fee at the door, for those choosing not to pre-pay, will increase to $12.00 starting with our July 11th meeting. 
President Jack Graf and his tie. (July 25, 2016)

Thanks to all Columbus Rotarians for participating in our scientific necktie survey during the past several weeks. Both video surveillance and a special cell phone app underwritten by Luke McCormick were used to tally the actual numbers wearing ties to our meetings. By disqualifying both Paul Blevins and Calloway Robertson from the count because they are officers; the results are clear. In a cutting of President Jack’s tie ceremony on Monday-  The Carl Faehnle necktie rule has been adopted ---ties are no longer derigeur at our meetings.

Upcoming Events
First Fridays
Athletic Club of Columbus
Aug 05, 2016 12:00 PM
District Governor Official Visit
Aug 08, 2016
Perfect Attendance & Touch Points Awards
Aug 08, 2016
Harrisburg VFW
Aug 26, 2016
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Youth Exchange Welcome Weekend
Camp Mary Orton
Aug 27, 2016 – Aug 28, 2016
First Fridays
Athletic Club of Columbus
Sep 02, 2016 12:00 PM
Rotary Member / Guest Golf Scramble
Safari Golf Club
Sep 16, 2016
OSU Mentoring program Kickoff
Sep 20, 2016
District Fall Training Event
Zane State College
Sep 24, 2016 8:00 AM
Past President's Dinner
Scioto Country Club
Sep 27, 2016 6:00 PM
Aug 01, 2016
Aug 08, 2016
Aug 15, 2016
Aug 22, 2016
Aug 29, 2016
Sep 05, 2016
Sep 12, 2016
Sep 19, 2016
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Vice President