"The Circus; a history and some stories" Rotarian Fred D. Pfening
Fred's father, former Rotarian Fred Pfening, II, owned a circus when Fred was a child, thus he has been around circuses and circus professionals all his life. Fred's first article on circus history was published in 1965. He has written over fifty essays since. The articles and essays have appeared in Bandwagon, the journal of the Circus Historical Society; The Missouri Historical Review; and The Wisconsin Magazine of History .
Fred has served as Managing editor, Bandwagon, 1993-Present; President, Circus Historical Society, 1986-1989; has been a peer reviewer of circus books published by the University of Illinois Press and Columbia University Press; participated in numerous television documentaries; expert commentator on Fox and later on PBS for the Great Circus Parade in Milwaukee, 1985-2009; member, Board of Directors, Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wisconsin, 1984-2003, 2008- Present; Board President, 1989-1991. Additionally along with his father, Fred built a large collection of circus ephemera and documentation.
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The Boat House at Confluence Park
Calling all elves! Santa is warming up his sleigh and we need elves to help unwrap gifts. Join us for the 95th year as Columbus Rotarians celebrate Christmas and the holidays with our friends from the Columbus City Schools. Colerain Elementary School integrates students with orthopedic disabilities and health impairments with the general education population. Rotarians are on hand to help unwrap and assemble gifts provided for every student at the school.
Colerain Christmas Party is Dec. 18, at 8:30 a.m.
The school is located at 499 E. Weisheimer between High and Indianola, south of Morse.
This event is open to Rotarians, their friends and family. In fact it is one of the largest service events each year.
What happens when 170 Rotarians, family and friends gather at the Zoo for the third year in a row? 1) A lot of fun & fellowship. 2) A lot of pictures. Send in your pics of this fantastic event for the annuals of time.
Thanks to the Fun & Fellowship Committee (Damron, Graf, Kun, Robertson) for putting together a great evening for the family of Rotary. Thanks also to our Rotary Santa (Smitty) who will pull double duty this week when he helps out at Colerain Elementary.
Five Columbus Rotarians have been nominated for a seat on the Columbus Rotary Club Board of Directors. Club elections will be held prior to our meeting on Dec. 21, 2015. You may vote for up to 3 of the nominees. The 3 individuals receiving the most votes will be elected to the Club board. Their terms of office will run from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.
Bios are available upon request or at our Monday meetings.
Absentee ballots will be accepted by the club office in writing or by email until 5:00 PM on Friday, December 18, 2015. Written ballots must be signed by the member.