The world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed on February 23rd, 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


February 23, 2015

"Student Service Above Self Project"
Rick Studer, Project Coordinator and guests

Students from six Columbus City High Schools will present status reports of their community service projects – representing the 400+ high school and middle school students who are serving thousands of others in their schools, communities and around the world through the Student “Service Above Self” Project.
Created in 2003, and sponsored by Columbus Rotary in partnership with Columbus City Schools (CCS) and HandsOn Central Ohio, this signature Rotary Project is designed to:
  • Help CCS nurture a culture of service by fostering community service attitudes, knowledge and skills among its high school and middle school students.
  • Enhance the quality of life for those served by student-led community service projects.
  • Foster a seamless link between classroom curriculum and project-based learning.
  • Recognize and honor participating students at the annual High School and Middle School “Service Above Self” Fairs attended by Rotarians, Columbus City Schools’ staff members and other community leaders. The H.S. Fair will feature 21 schools and 63 projects and the M.S. Fair will feature 25 schools and 25 projects.
Rick Studer, Project Coordinator, will also provide Project highlights and ways Rotarians can support the efforts of CCS students and staff. He will moderate the audience Q&A.

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

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Committee Meetings, February 23, 2015
Expanded Membership Committee = Everyone Welcome @ 1:15
Leadership Development & Vocational Service @ 1:15
Rotaract @ 1:15
Scholarship @1:15

Please let the office know if you committee plans not to meet or has changed its schedule.
Bob & Evelyn's Last Bash
There will be a memorial "service" for Bob Mauck (who passed away  in December) on Saturday, Feb 21st at the Columbus Zoo, after the zoo closes at 4 pm, so plan to arrive at 4:30 PM.  Golf carts will be available to transport attendees from the parking lot to the main gate. The event will be in the zoo’s Event Center, just inside the entrance (no admission charge). Let those at the gate know you are there to attend the Mauck Memorial.  
At 5pm , there will be a brief  service, followed by an evening long serving of heavy hors d’ouevres and all beverages, from 6-8pm .  (round tables and chairs) There will be some music, videos, and photos and other art from their travels on display. We will also have thousands of Bob’s wonderful photos (mounted) and we invite you to take some that you like for your own collection.  A small donation to the Columbus Zoo in exchange for these photos in encouraged.
There will be golf cart shuttle service to take you over the see Bob & Evelyn’s Roadhouse exhibit on the far side of the zoo after the service.  
The family appreciates what Rotary meant to Bob and all the friendships he had with you all, and we hope you’ll be able to come and enjoy Bob & Evelyn’s last bash.
Andy  Mauck and the Mauck family.

It is February, and the Arnold Sports Festival will soon be upon us. 
Colleagues -
One of the singular events in the Columbus Rotary scholarship year is the awarding of scholarships to deserving young people pursuing a variety of sports venues.  These young people have chosen to match their commitment to academic excellence with dedication and prowess in their sport-of-choice.  It is always a pleasure to see the determination to succeed and the commitment they bring to "being the best they can possibly be" - - in all walks of life. 
Columbus Rotary is indeed proud to help recognize their achievements,
their ambition, their talent and their vision. 
Columbus Rotarians are needed to assist with scholarship presentations at the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival taking place March 5th - 8th. Rotarians will assist Arnold Schwarzenegger with the scholarship presentation and have their photo taken with Arnold and the scholarship awardee.  Each Rotarian representing the Club will receive complementary admission tickets for the Festival.
A sign-up sheet is available for the various venues.  While a minimum of one Rotarian for each venue is needed, Rotarian Liz Green has asssured me that more than 1 Rotarian at each venue would be most welcome.  So, please feel free to indicate your interest in representing our Club by e-mailing Liz ( and me (

What are Vocational Lunches?  

On March 9 your Rotary lunch will be held at another location and that location is up to you.  Various hosts have volunteered to feed you at their place of business.  You'll learn about the host business  and maybe get a tour.  Your choices are below.  Sign up at our next meeting to get on the list for this annual event.





Executive Coaching with
Ken Ackerman & John Cunningham
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
Recently, Board Director Rich Ramsey took to the Monday podium.  Rich mentioned that we would try to be logical in our approach to new corporate members.  For instance we have the Conway Center for Family Business and some great family owned businesses like Schoedinger, Inc., but we don't have 31 Gifts or Continental Real Estate.  We have New member Mark Fleming and the fastest growing company in Columbus in Signature Closings, but we don't have other fast growers like Cover My Meds or Champion Real Estate Services.  Finally we are targeting some great downtown companies that would benefit from being a member of Columbus Rotary; specifically Nationwide, AEP, Huntington, Diamond Hill Investments and Vorys.
If anyone has contacts in these organizations and would be willing to make an introduction, they should contact Rich Ramsey who would be happy to be part of a meeting to discuss the merits of corporate membership in Columbus Rotary.
You've seen the cameras.  You missed a meeting.  Now watch and see what you missed.  Check out Columbus Rotary's You Tube page for videos of our weekly speakers. There is a link on the front page of the website or click on the image here.      

Hello Rotarians,
My name is Myron Goldsmith, and I am the new intern at Columbus Rotary. Recently graduating from St. Francis DeSales High School, I am currently a freshman at Capital University majoring in Communication Studies with aspirations of becoming a Marketing Director for a non-profit organization. Outside of the classroom, I dedicate the majority of my time to throwing on Capital's Track & Field Team.
Previously, I have held two internships involving marketing, communications, and journalism. My skills include data management, drafting, writing, editing and social media management. While improving these skills at Columbus Rotary, I hope to develop new ones while meeting new people and building new relationships. I look forward to working with Scott and getting to know many of the Rotarians. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!
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Club Board Meeting
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Feb 18, 2015 5:00 PM
Expanded Membership Group
Feb 23, 2015 1:15 PM
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Feb 23, 2015 1:15 PM
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Feb 26, 2015 8:00 AM
First Fridays
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Mar 06, 2015 12:00 PM
Program Committee Meeting
Mar 09, 2015 11:00 AM
Rotary Euchre
The Boat House at Confluence Park
Mar 11, 2015 5:30 PM
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Mar 18, 2015 5:00 PM
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Mar 19, 2015 8:00 AM
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Apr 03, 2015 12:00 PM
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Apr 08, 2015 5:30 PM
District Assembly
Apr 12, 2015
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