How close are we to a polio-free world? What’s needed to finish the job? Can we make history together.
Join us on 23 October for our third annual World Polio Day event. Rotary International will be streaming live from New York City, so tune in at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time to watch a global status update on the fight to end polio and take part in the conversation. Guests will include Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors, and others.
If you can’t join us live, you can still be a part of this moment in history. Share your voice online, advocate with your government, or create your own World Polio Day event. 

As of the end of September there are only 48 cases of polio in the world all located in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But as in many endeavors the last measure needed to reach a goal is often the most difficult to achieve. We must be diligent in pressing forward everyday to make sure polio is eliminated forever. Rotary announced its goal of a polio free world in 1986 and the world followed us and we are still leading today. 

All Rotarians are invited to attend the District 6690 Annual Conference in October.  This is a chance to learn more about Rotary, meet other Rotarians from around SE Ohio and have fun.  Save the date and call the Club office to register. 


Service Project – Driven Foundation
David Fey – Preservation of Historical Parks
Frank Bullock – Presentation on William Tecumseh Sherman
Floyd Lancia – Polio Plus Update
David Uhl – Project Search and Discover You

PLEASE NOTE:  The 2016-17 District Grants Training will take place from 9:15 – 11:30

Ohio University – Lancaster
1570 Granville Pike   Lancaster

​Monday, October 26, 2015

"College Football, an inside look."
Rotarian Don Baur
To most of us Don Baur is a weekly fixture at Columbus Rotary's Monday meetings.  He has been a club member for 25 years and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  Retired after 40 years in the Information Technology field, Don and wife Paula (54 years) spend time with family and their five grandchildren.
What you may not be aware of is that Don is also retired from his other a college football official.  Don's highlights include:           
            Retired from B1G Ten Conference
                        Previously was active on-field official (1987-1997)
                        Also worked as Replay Official and Game Timer
            Worked as on-field official in the Mid-American Conference, NCAA Division III
            football and High School football.
            Officiated three Division I Bowl Games (Citrus Bowl and two Cherry Bowls) and
            1989 Kickoff Classic
            Past President:
                        Big Ten Football Officials Association
                        Ohio Association of Football Officials
                        Central Ohio Football Officials Association

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

The Rotarian of the Year committee, chaired by former recipients JoAnne Schorsten and Steve Weiler, are seeking nominations for candidates for our Club's most important Annual Award.  Nomination forms are available at our Monday meetings and by calling the Club office. 

Purpose:  To recognize a member-in-good-standing of our club who, in the opinion of the membership, has made exceptional contributions to Columbus Rotary and the local community by participation in club activities (Club Service), participation throughout the community in service to others (Community Service), interest in and the promotion of international peace through understanding and goodwill (International Service), and promotion of the ideals of the Four-Way Test in his or her business or profession (Vocational Service) during the entire period of the nominee’s membership. 

Eligibility:  Any member of the Columbus Rotary Club except current club officers, directors and immediate Past President’s.

Deadline for Nominations:  Nov. 13.  (The announcement and presentation will be made at the Dec. 5 Luncheon.)

Past ROY recipients include ; Gerald Converse-2011, Mike Schoedinger-2012, JoAnne Schorsten-2013 and Steve Weiler-2014.


Columbus Rotary has always been a strong, vibrant Club in Central Ohio.  To continue our century of service to the area we need to assure that we are always introducing Rotary and its concepts to new people.  Regardless of your position, your age or the last time that you proposed a new member we encourage everyone to consider inviting your friends and associates to our events as a way to introduce them to Rotary. To make it even easier for you, a new committee is hosting a gathering focused on just this concept.   

The Columbus Rotary Next committee invites you to reach out to young professionals (40 and younger) in Columbus and invite them to join us for an informational Cocktail Hour on Tuesday, November 10th.  The event will be held at Bravo Restaurant at Lennox Town Center (1803 Olentangy River Rd.) from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  A short, informal program will be provided to encourage our guests to consider membership in the club. 

Appetizers will be provided as well a complimentary cocktail for our young professional guests.  Rotarians can enjoy a cash bar.  Please RSVP with the name/s of your guests to Jen Koma.
  This event is open to all Rotarians who bring a perspective Young Professional.  If you have questions, please contact Jen Koma at
Committee Meetings, October 26, 2015
Obstacle Course @ 11:30 AM
Adopt-A-School @ 1:15 PM in the Restaurant
Development @ 1:15 PM in Confluence Room
Enterprise Academy @ 1:15 PM in the Restaurant
Scholarship @ 1:15 PM in the Scioto Room
Vocational Service @ 1:15 PM in the Buckeye Room

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

Bill Corbett
Transfer from Albany, New York
Proposed by Dana Charlton

Laura Miller                  
RS Garek & Assoc                   
Proposed by JoAnne Schorsten
​Classification: Real Estate / Residential

Michael Navabi
​Donahue Ideas, LLC 
Proposed by Paul Blevins
Classification: Business Services / Engineering
Transfer from Dublin

William McCracken
Proposed by Scott Brown
Classification: Medical / Pharmaceuticals
Former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar   
 96 Rotarians have DONATED
 $40,321 have PLEDGED

Let's Get It Done for Rotary!  This campaign is the cornerstone to what will be available next year for Club projects and activities.  We will be hosting a "swipe your card day" in the next few weeks.  It'll be your opportunity to participate in the campaign by running your credit card at our Monday meeting.  

Fill out your pledge form this Monday, drop off a check in the mail or pay on the Club website.  Every dollar helps!   


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

Tom Carlisi was hospitalized for bronchitis and pneumonia recently.  He is recuperating at Wesley Glen in room 217A

Newark Rotarian and Club friend TD Griely's brother passed away recently.  


Columbus Rotary will assist the Salvation Army by ringing Red Kettle Bells at 3 Blue Jackets games again this year.  Volunteers should arrive at Nationwide arena at 5:15 pm the evening of the scheduled game and w
e will wrap up by 7:15 pm. The dates to set aside are November 20, 27 and December 4.  Sign up sheets coming soon!


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Upcoming Events
Pumpkin Cook Out
Columbus Rotary office
Oct 21, 2015 5:00 PM
District Conference - OU Lancaster
Oct 23, 2015 – Oct 24, 2015
Oromia, Ethiopia
Nov 03, 2015 – Nov 15, 2015
Past President's Dinner
The Columbus Club
Nov 04, 2015 6:30 PM
First Fridays
The Athletic Club of Columbus
Nov 06, 2015 12:00 PM
Rotary UNDER 40 After Hours
BRAVO Lennox Town Center
Nov 10, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Euchre Fellowship
The Boat House at Confluence Park
Nov 11, 2015 5:30 PM
New Member Orientation
Columbus Rotary office
Nov 12, 2015 12:00 PM
Rotaract Committee Meeting
Ohio Union at OSU
Nov 16, 2015 7:00 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Nationwide Arena
Nov 20, 2015 5:30 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Nationwide Arena
Nov 27, 2015 5:30 PM
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
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
Euchre Fellowship
The Boat House at Confluence Park
Jan 06, 2016 5:30 PM
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