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Rotary After Hours @ Worthington Inn
Worthington Inn
Jan 18, 2018
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
First Friday's at Copius
Feb 02, 2018 12:00 PM
Enterprise Academy Meeting
Feb 05, 2018 1:15 PM
First Friday's at Copius
Mar 02, 2018 12:00 PM
Enterprise Academy Meeting
Mar 05, 2018 1:15 PM
First Friday's at Copius
Apr 06, 2018 12:00 PM
Jan 22, 2018
The Opiate problem facing our City
Jan 29, 2018
Women’s NCAA Final Four coming to Columbus
Feb 05, 2018
US Constitution
Feb 12, 2018
Framework 2.0, long-term guiding for stewardship of OSU Physical campus
Feb 19, 2018
President's Day
Feb 26, 2018
President, Mt Carmel Hospital
Mar 05, 2018
Dublin's Bridge Park Development
Mar 12, 2018
610 WTVN - iHeart Columbus
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JANUARY 22, 2018

The Opiate problem facing our city

Amy O'Grady
Senior Policy Analyst
City of Columbus
Amy O’Grady previously served as the director of Criminal Justice Initiatives for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office where she focused on policy issues including drug addiction, human trafficking, crime victim services and mental health. Amy O’Grady served as a judge in the Tenth District Court of Appeals. She has also worked as a deputy director for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and section chief for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Crime Victim Services Section, where she administered grant funding for victims and service providers.
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Recently a prize donation application was being developed for our upcoming Derby Day Soiree on May 5, 2018.  As a few on the committee were discussing whom we serve, a list was generated for the application.  Now, I am sure that we have left a few people out, so I am asking that you send me, Scott Brown, an estimate of the number of people your committee will serve this year if not represented here.  
We help;
5200 3rd graders receive dictionaries,
10,000 high schoolers through the Student Service Above Self Program,  
several hundred at the Rafiki Orphanage and Academy in Nairobi, Kenya,
another several hundred with water wells in Oromia, Ethiopia,
30 Military Veteran students at OSU,  
dozens of children at the Homeless Families Foundation Olympics,
countless children were affected by the Franklinton Youth Park clean up,
70 students receive scholarships each year,
30 high school students participate in the Enterprise Academy,
15 children with the Childhood Cancer Family Connection Christmas presents, 
and the entire student population at Colerain Elementary during our 97th Christmas Party.

I apologize if I've missed you.  Help me keep adding to this list or refining it with better numbers.  
You should have received an electronic invoice for your Semi Annual dues from QuickBooks and the ROTARY CLUB OF COLUMBUS in NOVEMBER.

If the invoice is still sitting in your inbox awaiting your attention, it is over due.  Rotary International charges the Club for every member on its roster as of January 1 (and July 1) each year.  The Club, in turn, pays the associated membership, insurance and magazine fees on your behalf.  Please remit payment to the Club ASAP.   

You will note that one's dues and meeting or lunch fees are broken apart.  We did this to help you better understand the costs associated with your annual membership.  On the food side we are not in the business to make money, so many of these costs are passed right on to The Boat House.  For those prepaying meals, the cost is actually beneficial as the price is set below our weekly per plate charge.  On the dues side one quarter of the annual fees are paid to our Rotary District and Rotary International.  
As has been the case, you can make a payment on our website, make a payment at a Rotary meeting and/or send a payment to the office at 950 Michigan Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Please make it now!  If you have a question, ask Scott.  This information is not listed in the members section of the website.  
If you pay in installments, please disregard the message.  
Congratulations to Bill Corbitt who was elected at the Board's December meeting to serve a s President in 2020-21.  Bill will take a seat "in the chairs" starting in July 2018 as the Vice President.  The following year he will serve as President Elect.  
Bill has an impressive Rotary resume, serving at the Club and District level in New York and on the same levels here in Columbus.  
Congratulations to our 2017 Rotarian of the Year Teddy Damron.  
Upon accepting the award Teddy said, "I saw the previous winners and thought, if I am ever to win that award I need to do more for the Club."  The list of Teddy's contributions is hardly short, yet he wanted to do more.  There in lies one reason his name is now on a trophy.  

Teddy was more humbled that the Club gave wife Lori, and fellow Rotarian, a standing ovation for finishing her radiation treatments.      
Congratulations to the five Rotarians that recently were considered for nomination to the Club Board.  A tight election saw JoAnne Shorsten, Jim Bartha and Chip Chapman elected to three year terms on the Club Board starting in July 2018.

Dear Fellow Columbus Rotarians,
First, Dave and I want to thank all Columbus Rotarians who have made their gift or communicated their pledge for our Annual Services Campaign.
In the new Rotarian magazine, January 2018:
"Fundraising is the highway that allows Rotary to help improve lives in the world.  Together we continue to eradicate polio and do other humanitarian works in our communities.  If not for fundraising, we never could have accomplished all of what we are proud of."
Secondly, we recognize and appreciate that all Columbus Rotarians lead busy lives and consider best how to deploy their time, talents and treasures.
Over the years and even at Monday's meeting, some say thank you to me for reminding them about the campaign.
If you have not as yet participated, please take a moment now...YOU Can Change Lives NOW...for Columbus Rotarians to join and participate in Columbus Rotary's Annual Services Campaign.
We ask that you join now: please pay by credit card on our website or mail your check now to Scott Brown,
Thank you for your gift/pledge, time and attention.
Yours in Rotary, 
Co-Chairs, Calloway Robertson and Dave Alspach

Active members          295
Honorary members        1
Andrea Recker, RN, BSN
HCF Management, Inc
Proposed by Scott Brown and Calloway Robertson

Mark Feinknopf
Proposed by Tom Carlisi

Our 97th Colerain Christmas party

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