February 9, 2015

"Maria's Message"
  Dom Tiberi






Executive Director Scott Brown will be out of the office on Rotary business from Wednesday through Sunday this week.
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 9, 2015
Community Service @ 1:15 PM
Youth Exchange @ 1:15 PM

Please let the office know if you committee plans not to meet or has changed its schedule.

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!
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.
Nine years after bungee-jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge over the Zambezi River, Robert S. Mauck, age 90, passed away on December 13, 2014 with his son, Andy, at his side. Five weeks after losing his wife of 65 years, Evelyn Long Mauck, Bob was ready to go and he did. He and Evelyn spent much of the last 25 years traveling the world and Bob's photographs from their adventures adorn many a central Ohio wall. A 1942 graduate of North High School, Bob went on to Ohio Wesleyan University ('48) where he met Evelyn upon his return from World War II. He often recalled meeting her that first day back at OWU, as he stood in line to enroll in classes, still in uniform. It was the uniform of a navigator in the 9th Army Air Force Command in Europe. He earned the Air Medal with 7 campaign stars ranging from North Africa to D-Day to the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he remained in the newly formed Air Force reserves, reaching the rank of major before stepping
down to concentrate on his family and his business. He ran the Medical Bureau and Professional Practice Management for over 20 years before retiring in 1987. An active member of Columbus Rotary, Bob attended his last meeting not two weeks before he died. His spirited devotion to his alma mater and to Beta Theta Pi remained strong throughout his life. Bob served as a board member and community volunteer for the Columbus Zoo and is the Bob in the Zoo's Bob and Evelyn's Roadhouse exhibit. As his health failed over the last year, he took some pride in the fact that he had played three games of squash on his 90th birthday. It was part and parcel of a physically vigorous life that included finishing second to Harrison Dillard when Dillard tied the world high hurdles record in 1948. Bob would pause at that point in the story, smile, then add that he was just clearing the final hurdle when Dillard crossed the finish line. He and Evelyn skied every year of their marriage well into their late 70s. It was a full life together and, all in all, they weren't sorry they went. Once she was gone, life just wasn't the same and he joined her this week. His children will remember his generosity, his integrity, and the amazement he showed whenever they did well. They are now on their own.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Columbus Zoo on Saturday, February 21st in the Activity Pavilion starting at 4:30 p.m.
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
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. 
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:
    Lifetime Financial Growth
    Ripple Life Care Planning
    Community Shares of Mid-Ohio
    The Wealth Center, FPL Financial Strategies
    Willow Brook Christian Communities
    Shoedinger Funeral and Cremation Services
While the icy temperatures of winter still have a grip on District 6690, Columbus Rotary is thinking “summer sunshine” as it begins seeking additional financial support for its Summer Scholars Program. Unfortunately, many gifted students from financially challenged families do not have an opportunity during summer break to explore their special talents through summer enrichment programs.  That’s where Summer Scholars comes in.  In conjunction with Columbus Public Schools,  Rotarians review proposals from students in grades 4-11 who have their heart set on attending various summer camps offered in math, science, technology, music and painting, to name a few.

To appreciate the value of the Summer Scholars, Rotarians only need to read the many thank-you notes sent by participants.  For example, Taylor H., grade 8, wrote about his experience dissecting a pig and “learning so much about the nervous, respiratory and other systems.”  Carly F., grade 8, thanked Rotary for her Be-Wise scholarship that enabled her to “meet other girls who share the same interest as I do in math and science.  I made new friends and learned about things I didn’t get to learn in class.” 

During the past 16 years, more than 900 gifted students have benefited from our Summer Scholars program.  Today, the popularity of the Summer Scholars Program has grown so much that additional financial supporters are being recruited to increase the $15,000 contribution by Columbus Rotary to $25,000.
If you would like to investigate starting a Summer Scholars Program for your Rotary Club or would like to sponsor a summer scholarship through Columbus Rotary, contact Steve Sundre, Columbus Rotary Scholarship Chair at

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.

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