Just 103 short years ago under the vision of Founding Secretary Cap Ingalls and President Ralph Westfall the Rotary Club of Columbus, Ohio was founded on March 5, 1912.  The father of Rotary International, Paul Harris, was our club sponsor and signed our charter.  You can see the charter and a list of our original members at the Club office.


March 16, 2015

"The cost of killing killers is killing us"
Jack D'Aroura

Jack D'Aurora helps businesses resolve disputes they cannot resolve on their own, either through negotiation, the courts or arbitration. These disputes involve real estate, contract questions, insurance disputes, and partnership or shareholder matters—the issues that arise in business relationships and transactions.

Jack grew up in Steubenville, Ohio. After graduating from Notre Dame in 1977, he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy and attended flight school. Jack received his Naval Flight Officer wings in 1978 and was assigned to an F-14 squadron in San Diego in 1979. During two western Pacific deployments, he logged over 300 carrier arrested landings aboard the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk.

Jack began his law studies at night in 1983 while still serving on active duty in Washington, D.C. After graduating from the Georgetown Law Center, he returned to San Diego and began practicing law while flying with a reserve F-14 squadron. In 1991, he and his family moved to Columbus, Ohio. In addition to practicing law, Jack is active in community service.

Jack maintains a blog that covers a variety of issues, such as the financial costs of the death penalty, why judges should be appointed and not be elected, gun policy and related issues, human trafficking, payday loans and other current topics. He has been published in The Columbus Dispatch op-ed and Columbus Business First viewpoint sections.

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

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

Dan Kuhns has returned to Columbus from Taiwan to attend to the passing of his mother last week.
Violet Meek is scheduled to have knee replacement surgery on April 1.

Committee Meetings, March 16, 2015
Promotion @ 1:15 PM

Please let the office know if you committee plans not to meet or has changed its schedule.
The Derby Day Acquisition Committee needs your help!  We are planning BIG things for our May 2 Derby Day Soiree and we need your help!  To meet our $22,000 goal for this year's Soiree we are looking for BIG ticket items; Condos, Time Shares, Car usage, Event Passes, Etc.  Let your imagination run like the horses.  There are materials available to help you describe the event and Rotary.  Please look at your network and "Get your ASK in gear", to quote a button that Scott wears.  The sooner we start to ask, the better!  Report your auction items at the Derby Day table at each meeting.    
Each year there are a number of chances for Columbus Rotarians to interact with and learn from others in our Rotary District.  District 6690, of which we are a part, consists of 60 some clubs in Southeast, Ohio.  The next District Assembly is April 25 at Zane State University.  Doors open at 8:15 am and the program runs from 9:00 am to 1:15 pm.  

This is a great opportunity to learn about Rotary, make friends and find out about best practices and projects from other clubs.  Club officers, board members and new members are encouraged to attend this one day event.  District Assembly is traditionally hosted by the District President Elect.  This year our host will be DGE Tara Craaybeek.

You should be receiving an email about the Assembly.  By following the links on the email one can see the agenda, those attending and register yourself.  If you have any questions, please contact the Club office.

It's a great day.  Hope you can make it.     

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 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 and nature.   

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

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

13 and older $25
A Release Form is required and will be provided to you upon making your reservation with the Club office. 

Jim Tornes can answer all your questions.

"There's no limit to what free men and free women in a free market with free enterprise can accomplish when people are free to follow their dream." This quote from Jack Kemp, former American politician, embodies the mission of Rotary's Enterprise Academy, which is to introduce select high school students to the challenges and opportunities of our free enterprise system and equip them with the knowledge necessary to become successful. While doing this, Enterprise Academy provides students with a chance to explore the business world and interact with current entrepreneurs.

Enterprise Academy originated in 1967 with Columbus Rotary. The new program was created with the intention of informing and educating students in the ways and benefits of free enterprise. The very first Camp Enterprise, as it was called at the time, was held at the Jeffrey Manufacturing Co. Foreman's Club with twenty-two students from Columbus high schools. The seminar lasted three days with the help of twenty-two Rotarians and nine other business leaders. The selected students sat in on various panels about free enterprise, such as, "How I Started A Business" and "A Philosophy of Management."

Furthermore, students develop ethical business practices through various fun and creative activities that spark their imagination. What makes Enterprise Academy special is that students are faced with real business decisions that they and their partners must make with the help of other business leaders at the seminar. This hands-on participation is what makes Enterprise Academy so appealing to students.  They have a chance to form their own opinions about business practices while learning in the process.
After the first year, Camp Enterprise grew exponentially as more and more Rotary clubs began to hear about the extraordinary program. In only its second year, Camp Enterprise had received a District Significant Achievement Award and the George Washington Honor Medal Award for the Columbus Rotary's economic programs offered through Camp Enterprise.
Nelson French, Rotarian and entrepreneur, helped lay down the foundation for Camp Enterprise in 1968. As a Past President and Past District Governor, French brought his knowledge of business and America's free enterprise system to assist in organizing many Camp Enterprise retreats, which is why many consider French a "Founding Father" of Camp Enterprise.
"We look for students with leadership when we select the participants for Camp Enterprise," said French.  "The students see it as an honor to be selected because of the prestige that comes with being selected."
While it may have started with Columbus Rotary, Enterprise Academy has expanded to Rotary clubs around the country. Nelson French and others promoted the successful program to different Rotary Clubs everywhere and the idea caught on.  "Today we have Enterprise Academy in Milwaukee, Cleveland, Kansas City and even Toronto," French added.
Enterprise Academy has spread throughout the nation. From San Diego to Tulsa, Rotary Clubs all over are adopting Enterprise Academy and continuing to build the future leaders of America. San Jose’s Rotary Club has a version of Enterprise Academy of their own that serves plenty of students.
John Kennett, Executive Director of the Rotary Club of San Jose, provided some information about their “leadership conference.”  “We held our first program in 1984 and had 47 students representing all 25 high schools in San Jose,” Kennett mentioned.  “I was proud to be one of the founding members of our committee and was an active member and speaker at the camp for about 10 years.”
The Rotary Club of San Jose decided to rebrand the conference from “Enterprise Camp” to “Enterprise Leadership Conference” in order to continue recruiting the best students.  “We currently partner with two smaller Rotary Clubs and serve 96 students each year at Asilomar which is a conference center at the ocean quite close to Pebble Beach,” Kennett added.
The students who attend the Enterprise Leadership Conference have shown great innovation and initiative in recent years.  “Just as the groups have gone from poster boards to PowerPoint for their presentations, 7 of the 12 groups last year developed smart phone apps for their business and all 12 decided to use angel and VC funding rather than boot strap or use a bank.”
With such great success, it’s no surprise that there are four total Enterprise programs in Kennett’s district alone.
Enterprise Academy began with a small group of Rotarians, business leaders and students at Columbus Rotary Club and has since grown into one of Rotary International's most prestigious programs. This three day retreat inspires select high school with a talent for leadership to develop their skills and opens them up to the business world of America. With Enterprise Academy, students can become great entrepreneurs and contributors in society. As Paul Drucker, American management consultant and educator, said, "The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it and exploits it as an opportunity."

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Upcoming Events
Rotary Euchre
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Mar 11, 2015 5:30 PM
All Ohio PETS
Mar 13, 2015 – Mar 15, 2015
Club Board Meeting
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Mar 18, 2015 5:00 PM
Foundation Board Meeting
Mar 19, 2015 8:00 AM
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Apr 03, 2015 12:00 PM
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The Boat House at Confluence Park
Apr 08, 2015 5:30 PM
District Assembly
Apr 12, 2015
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Apr 15, 2015 5:25 PM
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May 01, 2015 12:00 PM
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May 02, 2015
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