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Columbus Rotary
Service Above Self
We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 W. Spring Street
Columbus, OH  43215
United States
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​Monday, August 10, 2015

"Race in America"
County Auditor Clarence Mingo

Auditor Clarence Mingo's life and career have been about service to his country and his community.

A veteran of the United States Army, Clarence answered the call of service and served honorably with the coalition forces that liberated Kuwait during the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Upon his return, Clarence attended The Ohio State University where he earned his undergraduate and law degree in a little more than five years. Clarence then re-focused his commitment to service to his community as an attorney in private practice, helping to protect those citizens most in need. Franklin County courts frequently appointed Clarence to serve as a Guardian ad Litem (child advocate), representing the interests of children in abuse, neglect and divorce cases.

He also serviced the Legal Aid Society of Columbus' Neighborhood Service's project. In this capacity, Clarence was one of three attorneys who represented indigent county residents with legal issues involving housing, public benefits, bankruptcy, expungements, civil protective orders, and custody matters. He also fought for funding in an effort to expand and further develop the project's reach and influence on the indigent population in Franklin County.

In 2007, the late Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Thomas J. Moyer, appointed Clarence as a commissioner in the Ohio Court of Claims. Clarence served as one of seven commissioners with statewide appellate jurisdiction in victims of crime cases.

In 2009, Clarence was appointed as Franklin County Auditor. In both 2010 and 2014, Franklin County voters awarded Clarence a full four-year term. As Auditor, Clarence ensures that Franklin County residents are offered the best public service in fiscal, real estate and consumer protection. He understands the importance of maintaining a modern office with capable staff and the latest technology to compliment their effort.

Clarence is committed to seeking new and innovative ways to expand the services of the Auditor's office to each resident of Franklin County. A strong fiscal conservative, Clarence will look for ways to streamline county government and always put the interests of taxpayers first.

Join Leaders - Exchange Ideas - Take Action

Join us Monday's at Noon at:
The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 W. Spring
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Executive Director Scott Brown will be away from the office August 1 through August 9 on vacation.  He will respond to your emails and messages upon his return if he is not able to assist you while away.  
Committee Meetings, August 10, 2015
International Service
Youth Exchange

When your committee meets please use another room/area of the Boat House other than our lunch room.
This will allow the staff to clean and reset the Buckeye Room for its next use without disturbing your meeting.                    





Contact: Michelle Kloempken, +1 866-976-8279, 

EVANSTON, Ill. (24 July 2015) — Today marks one year since the last case of polio in Nigeria, the only remaining polio-endemic country in Africa. This achievement – the longest period has gone without a case of the paralyzing disease – could signal the world will soon see a polio-free Africa, a significant global health milestone.

Rotary has been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio since 1985, when it launched the first global initiative to immunize the world's children against polio: its flagship PolioPlus program. The organization has donated more than $1.4 billion to end polio.

Nigeria's last polio case occurred on July 24, 2014, in southern Kano state, and the continent of Africa has not seen a polio case since August 11, 2014. The World Health Organization (WHO) may soon remove Nigeria from the list of polio endemic countries. When Nigeria and every country in Africa go three years without a case of polio, WHO will certify the region as polio-free. Most recently, WHO declared India and its  polio-free in 2014.

Experts caution that while today marks a noteworthy milestone, the world cannot take its sights off polio. The next two years will be critical to ensuring Nigeria remains on-track and prevent a resurgence of the disease. The support of donors, governments and partners is needed more than ever to ensure high-quality polio campaigns.

Last month, Rotary announced US$19 million in grants for continued polio eradication activities in Africa, including nearly $10 million for Nigeria. Over the past thirty years, the organization has given $688.5 million for polio eradication throughout Africa, and $207.4 million for Nigeria.

"Rotary's 1.2 million members around the world – including the 6,890 in Nigeria – have played an important role in this progress. Rotary has worked with partners to successfully pioneer unique and innovative solutions to the challenges facing polio eradication in Nigeria," said Dr. Tunji Funsho, Rotary's National PolioPlus Committee chair for Nigeria. "However, it is too soon to celebrate. The world needs to keep polio eradication a high priority to ensure the disease does not return within our borders."

Beyond Nigeria, only Pakistan and Afghanistan remain polio-endemic. According to experts, Pakistan will prove the biggest challenge to global eradication efforts, with the country accounting for nearly 90% of the world's cases in 2014. However, there has been recent progress in Pakistan, with the country reporting a nearly 70% reduction in cases in the first half of 2015 compared to the same time in 2014.


Rotary launched its polio immunization program in 1985 and in 1988 became a spearheading partner in the with the WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since the initiative launched in 1988, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to less than 400 confirmed in 2014.

Rotary's roles within the initiative are fundraising, advocacy, and social mobilization. To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.4 billion and countless volunteer hours to fight polio. Through 2018, every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to $35 million a year.

About Rotary
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. In 1988, Rotary was joined by the WHO, UNICEF and the CDC to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Visit  and  for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio. Video and still images will be available on the .

"Rotary Joins Leaders from all continents, cultures and occupations to Exchange Ideas and Take Action for communities around the world."

Use this as your elevator speech when someone asks about your Rotary club.  If you can't remember it all use the six words in blue.  Invite friends, family and associates to join us as we embark upon this new Rotary year. 

The Club is hosting a member guest golf outing at the Safari Golf Club on September 18.  We understand that Safari is a public course.  This is a Rotary Member and their Guest event.  Plans are ongoing and have yet to be finalized.  Start looking for your non-Rotary friends that are duffers or hold a handicap.  Check their schedules and make plans to join us on September 18.

More details to follow.  You just don't know who might show up to promote the event, so keep an eye open.  
Many of you have had a chance to meet or speak to Vicky Pirt at the Club Office.  Vicky works part time and mainly handles our fiscal matters and Monday agendas.  If you have invoice questions, want to change your payment option or other such matters she is your best bet to talk to.  She can be reached at 221-3127 or  

Vicky has two sons in college and a daughter in high school.

If you notice at Monday check-ins that your name is highlighted on the sign in sheet you'll need to speak to Vicky about an outstanding payment with the Club.  
All Rotarians are invited to attend the District 6690 Annual Conference in October.  This is a chance to learn more about ROtary, meet other ROtarians from around SE Ohio and have fun.  Save the date!  Additional details will follow.