April 20, 2015

"How Rotary Youth Exchange changed my life"
Kathy Gatterdam, President, Columbus Coal & Lime
and Friends from ‚ÄčItaly, Mexico and Japan

Each year, over 8,000 high school students participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange program worldwide, learning a new language and experiencing a new culture, through the efforts of Rotary volunteers around the globe. The program began in the 1920s, but took off after World War II. The program’s primary mission: “To work towards peace and understanding in the world.”

Our Rotary District 6690 RYE is a member of Ohio-Erie, a multi-district including 11 Rotary districts from parts of Canada in the north down to Tennessee and North Carolina in the south. Ohio-Erie provides scale of economy to handle regulatory issues, larger number of exchange countries, training and best practices.
The Youth Exchange (YE) program in District 6690 (SE Ohio)  is growing through the efforts of the YE committee, the district leadership, and individual clubs. In 2014, D6690 RYE received, for the second time, the Gold District Achievement Award at the annual conference of the North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN).
Columbus Rotary has the fortune of hosting students each year, participating with all exchange students in the District and leading the program.  Some of these students will be on hand to  share their experiences.  

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

Join Leaders - Exchange Ideas - Take Action

Just a reminder to register for the upcoming District Assembly, April 25 at Zane State, Zanesville, Ohio.  This is also an excellent way for newer Rotarians to engage in club and district activities furthering their understanding of Rotary.  Continental breakfast will be offered 8-8:45 am.  The Welcome and  Business Meeting convenes at 9 am.  Lunch will also be available and the meeting will conclude at 1 PM.  Club Presidents elect, officers, committee chairs should attend.  

You can Register and view the program on line at   You can also obtain directions clicking on 'registration now open' and then 'click here for map'.   You will be asked to register for two sessions but may change them at the meeting.  If you need assistance please contact Scott Brown or the  district secretary ( ).
If you are interested in a Global Grant, please plan to register for both Global Grant sessions.  To qualify for a global grant in 2015-16,  two (2) club members must attend.  (Qualification for the District Grants for 2015-16 was done at the September 2014 District Grant Training session).

ImageImageIf these pictures wet your appetite to spend some time fly fishing, now is your chance to join the fun again.   Rotarians, friends, family are all invited to join the Woods & Water Committee on April 24 at Briarwood Sporting Club in Bellefontaine, Ohio.  

If you are a novice, do not hesitate.  There is gear and instruction available, though we need to know if you need the 
gear and the help.  Sign up with Dwight Hurd or Carl Faehnle.  There is no cost unless you keep the fish you catch. 

We gather around noon for some lunch and then head to the streams.  Bring your own lunch, snacks, drinks.  


The twelfth annual Columbus Rotary High School “Service Above Self” Fair is Monday, May 11, with 20 Columbus City high schools participating. There will be about 60 projects exhibited in the Ohio Union on the OSU Campus beginning at 11:00am and there will be presentations of a few exemplary projects during the luncheon meeting in the same room.
Prior to the Fair, teams of 3-5 Rotarians will visit the schools for an hour sometime between April 29 and May 8 to review two or three projects per school, reinforce the commitment to service, and select the “most exemplary project” in each school.   This is a great opportunity to meet the students, see the schools, and serve with fellow Rotarians. Please consider signing up to visit one or more schools.  Please contact Bill Matthews,, for the schedule, with any questions, and to sign up.
Board Director Rich Ramsey is leading the membership initiative for new Corporate Members.
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.

Join Jim Tornes and other Rotarians, Family and friends on June 6, 2015 as we take a trip down the Big Darby Creek.  Everyone is welcome. 

Starting from Trapper John's Canoe Livery in Grove City at 9 AM we will bus up the road to start our 1.5 to 2 hour trip down the river.  You can choose a Kayak, Canoe or Inner Tube to spend your morning with Rotarians, family, friend and nature on the National Scenic Big Darby River.   Last year Patsy Cline serenaded us during our trip.  Perhaps we will have the same luck this year.  

Don't stay away for lack of experience.  Trapper John will give everyone instruction that needs it.  All equipment will be provided.

Jim Tornes can answer all your questions, 740-501-1422.

Trapper John's Canoe Livery
7141 London-Groveport Rd
Grove City, Ohio 43123


6-13 free in same boat with 
13 and older $25
BYOB (Boat) $15
No maximum age limitation
A Release Form is required and will be provided to you upon making your reservation with the Club office. 
NEWSFLASH - from our resident race horse expert!  Check out the race news here.
It is time to start your preparation for the 2015 Kentucky Derby and our Derby Day Soiree.  Mark Clotts suggests that you follow the prep races at the following location.  Derby Prep Races. 
The success of our event and its fund raising depends upon the turnout of Rotarians, family and friends.  Have you seen our postcard?  These are available to mail or hand out to your friend and associates to publicize this fantastic Derby experience.  

Get yours today or any Monday!

The following members and their families need your cares, concerns and prayers.

We've missed Joe Davis the last several weeks but it was great to see Bernie Snyder again.

I'm told Ray Bostic is in the hospital to deal with a blood pressure issue.

Chuck Nitschke lost his wife this week.  Mary Nitschke, age 81, of Westerville, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015. Family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. with a memorial service to begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at The Xenos Christian Fellowship Cafe, 1394 Community Park Dr., Columbus, OH 43229.

The 2015 Membership Directory is available in print form.  
A limited number of printed copies are available upon request.   A pdf electronic file version will  be emailed to all members.  Please remember that the most up to date membership information is available on the Club Website in the Member Area.  
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Upcoming Events
District Assembly
Zanes State College
Apr 25, 2015
Membership Committee Meeting after Rotary
Apr 27, 2015 1:15 PM
First Fridays
Athletic Club of Columbus
May 01, 2015 12:00 PM
Derby Day Soiree
LifeCare Alliance
May 02, 2015
Rotary Euchre
The Boat House at Confluence Park
May 13, 2015 5:30 PM
New Member Training
Rotary Office
May 14, 2015 12:00 PM
Annual Leadership Retreat
Elford, Inc
May 16, 2015
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Club Board Meeting
Rotary Club Office
May 20, 2015 5:00 PM
Foundation Board Meeting
May 21, 2015 8:00 AM
First Fridays
Athletic Club of Columbus
Jun 05, 2015 12:00 PM
Trappers John's Canoe Livery
Jun 06, 2015
Rotary Euchre
The Boat House at Confluence Park
Jun 10, 2015 5:30 PM
New Member Training
Rotary Office
Jun 11, 2015 12:00 PM
Executives & Directors
1st Vice President
Immediate Past Prtesident
2nd Vice President
Membership Co-Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Club Foundation President
TRF Chair
Executive Director