February 2, 2015

"Central Ohio Logistics"
Steve Harmon, President, Spartan Logistics

Spartan Logistics is a second generation family business with over 25 years experience in supply chain solutions. Founded in Columbus, Ohio, Spartan employs over 300 team members and operates 17 locations totaling 3.6M square feet in nine cities in 4 states. Their mission is to provide Great Logistics Service, to Happy Customers, resulting in Full Buildings, staffed by Passionate Team Members.

Spartan is an asset-based owner and operator of industrial real estate with a sales focus on handling of fast-moving food grade materials, glass, paper, and automotive inventories. Most of their locations have experience in food and beverage and AIB certification. 
In addition to warehousing, Spartan provides full-service transportation. This allows Spartan to provide seamless pick-up, storage and delivery to our customers. They continuously improve supply chain flow for their customers by providing quality service and integrated freight management.

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

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As Rotary continues to grow and evolve in our second century of existence it is always helpful to look back at our beginning.  This is an excerpt from a article about "Rotary's Founder", Paul Harris.  

In the fall of 1900, Paul P. Harris met fellow attorney Bob Frank for dinner on the north side of Chicago. They walked around the area, stopping at shops along the way. Harris was impressed that Frank was friendly with many of the shopkeepers.  
Harris had not seen this kind of camaraderie among businessmen since moving to Chicago in 1896. He wondered if there was a way to channel it because it reminded him of growing up in Wallingford, Vermont. Harris eventually persuaded local businessmen to join him in a club for community and fellowship. His vision laid the foundation for Rotary.

“The thought persisted that I was experiencing only what had happened to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of others in the great city … I was sure that there must be many other young men who had come from farms and small villages to establish themselves in Chicago ... Why not bring them together? If others were longing for fellowship as I was, something would come of it.”

After setting up his law practice in Chicago, Harris gathered several business associates to discuss the idea of forming an organization for local professionals. On 23 February 1905 Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary club meeting.

In February 1907, Harris was elected the third president of the Rotary Club of Chicago, a position he held until the fall of 1908. During his presidency, he formed the Executive Committee, later called the Ways and Means Committee, which met during lunch and was open to any member. The noon meeting was the foundation for Rotary's tradition of club luncheon meetings.  Toward the end of his club presidency, Harris worked to expand Rotary beyond Chicago. Some club members resisted, not wanting to take on the additional financial burden. But Harris persisted and by 1910 Rotary had expanded to several other major U.S. cities.

Harris recognized the need to form an executive board of directors and a national association. In August 1910 Rotarians held their first national convention in Chicago, where the 16 existing clubs unified as the National Association of Rotary Clubs. The new association unanimously elected Harris as its president.

At the end of his second term, Harris resigned, citing ill health and the demands of his professional practice and personal life. He was elected president emeritus by convention action, a title he held until his death.  In the mid-1920s Harris became actively involved in Rotary again, attending conventions and visiting clubs throughout the world.

Committee Meetings, February 2, 2015
International Service Committee a5 1:15 PM

Please let the office know if you committee plans not to meet or has changed its schedule.
Rotary HOP is a new service opportunity for Columbus Rotary and other partners that will provide direct aid to Columbus Homeless adults during the coldest months of the winter by producing lightweight care packages that will be distributed to area Homeless. Columbus Rotary welcomes all Service Partners who wish to contribute to this great opportunity to serve. Columbus Rotary members and Service Partners will be given multiple avenues to serve including donating items, assembling care packages, and working on the streets to distribute care packages.
Care Package Items Needed:
                 Gallon– size Ziploc bags with the slide zipper on top
                 New Socks
                 Travel sized soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, lotions etc.
                 Feminine hygiene products
                 Disposable Razors
                 Hand warmers
                 Dried foods
*Anything small, lightweight, and might be useful to someone just trying to stay warm or fed or alive in these cold winter months.
*Non-alcoholic travel mouthwash
Cold weather clothing
Donations will be collected January 13th through February 19th.
Donations can be dropped off at the weekly Columbus Rotary meeting; Monday’s at noon at The Boathouse at Confluence Park.
Donations can also be dropped off at Manifest Solutions: 2035 Riverside Drive. About 4 miles north of the Boathouse on Riverside Drive, attention Alexis Evans
Bring Rotary with you to work on
Monday, March 9th!
Host a Rotary meeting at your place of business.
Who: You, as the host, and as many as 20 of your fellow Rotarians
When: Monday, March 9th
Where: Where you work
Why:  Make friends and let other Rotarians know what you do
The annual Vocational Services Luncheon replaces our normal Rotary meeting.
  • Consider “teaming up” with another Rotarian to create a synergetic meeting.
  • You can receive reimbursement for the cost of lunch up to $13.00 per Rotarian.
  • We are looking for hosts who can accommodate from 1-20 attendees.
  • Let Scott know if you are able to be a host.

    Hosts include:
    Rheeta Wilson-Boutin
    Shanna Huber
    James Bishop
    David Alspach
    Jim Bartha​

Rotary International released an additional $34.8 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, the three countries where the disease has never been stopped.

The funds, whose release was announced 20 January, will be used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for polio immunization and surveillance activities in the 10 countries, as well as to provide technical assistance in several other countries in Africa.

The grants include $8.1 million for Nigeria to support its final push to eradicate the disease. Nigeria experienced a nearly 90 percent reduction in cases in 2014 compared with the previous year, and hasn't registered a new case of polio in the last six months.

"Nigeria has managed an incredible feat," says Dr. Tunji Funsho, Rotary's PolioPlus chair for Nigeria. "However, now we must be more vigilant than ever, as our progress is fragile."
Commitment to polio eradication from all levels of the Nigerian government has proved crucial to the country's recent progress. Disease experts are urging political leaders to maintain this focus as national elections approach next month.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, in which Rotary is a partner, made significant progress against polio in 2014 in most places. More than half of the world's cases in 2013 were the result of outbreaks in previously polio-free countries, largely caused by instability and conflict in countries including Syria, Iraq, and Somalia. The outbreaks appear to have been stopped last year following special vaccination efforts in 11 countries that reached more than 56 million children.

"We are encouraged to see the tangible progress made against this disease in 2014," says Mike McGovern, chair of Rotary's International PolioPlus Committee. "However, until we eliminate polio from its final reservoirs, children everywhere are at risk from this disease. Rotary -- along with our partners -- will work hard to ensure that the world's most vulnerable children are kept safe from polio."

One less promising spot in the polio eradication fight has been Pakistan, which saw an explosive outbreak totaling more than 300 cases in 2014, the most there in more than a decade. As a result, Pakistan accounted for almost 90 percent of the world's cases last year.

Pakistan will receive $1.1 million of the funds that Rotary is releasing to support eradication efforts there. In addition, the grants include $6.7 million in Afghanistan, $7 million in Somalia, $3.3 million in Democratic Republic of Congo, $2.8 million in Niger, $2.5 million in Chad, $1.6 million in Cameroun, $1.1 million in Ethiopia, and $250,000 in Kenya. A total of $321,000 will provide technical assistance in Africa.

To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion to fight polio. Through 2018, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match 2-to-1 every dollar that Rotary commits to polio eradication (up to $35 million a year). In 2014, there were only 350 confirmed polio cases in the world, down from about 350,000 a year when the initiative began in 1988.

The month of December saw many Rotarians out and about at service and social activities.  Did you register your TOUCHPOINTS (activities) on the Club website?   As a reminder one needs only to click on this TOUCHPOINT link or on the front page of our website and fill in the 4 question form.  No passwords or logins are needed.   If you want to be recognized for your involvement with Rotary, this is where you do so. 


Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.

Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life."

"All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA. "You have one year to take that potential and turn it into reality. One year to lead the clubs in your district and transform the lives of others. The time is so short, yet there is so much to be done."

Highlighting Rotary's biggest challenge, the eradication of polio, Ravindran said, "A future without polio is a gift that we have promised to the children of the world. And indeed it is a gift that we will give."

Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, used Rotary's successes in the fight to eradicate the disease as an illustration of the impact Rotary members can have in the world. When Rotary set a goal of eradicating polio 25 years ago, it was endemic in 125 countries, and more than 1,000 children were becoming paralyzed each day. Today, polio remains endemic in just three countries, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. And in all of 2014, only 333 cases were reported. "We will battle on. We will prevail," he said.

Ravindran discussed some of Rotary's other challenges, including membership.

"We have to find a way to bring back the fundamentals that built our organization: the emphasis on high ethical standards in all aspects of our lives, and the classification system that encourages a diversity of expertise in each club," he said. "Too often these ideas are viewed as little more than inconvenient obstacles to increasing our membership. But they have been essential to Rotary's success, and we ignore them at our own peril."

Ravindran told attendees that the focus on branding is essential to helping Rotary grow. "We need to reposition our image, which we recognize has faded in many parts of the world," he said.

Rotary also needs to continue to raise funds for The Rotary Foundation, attract new members, and encourage greater participation from current members, he added.

"There are no easy answers to any of these questions. And yet the answers must somehow be found. We are the ones who must find them," said Ravindran.

The president-elect closed his speech emphasizing that now is the time to make real change.

"You have one year to build monuments that will endure forever, not carved in granite or marble, but in the lives and hearts of generations. This is our time. It will not come again. Let us grasp it," he said.

By Ryan Hyland
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