​Monday, November 9, 2015

"Housing, Jobs, Transportation and the Future of Columbus"
Steve Schoeney, Director
City of Columbus Department of Development

Steven R. Schoeny leads a team of 170 employees dedicated to improving the economy and neighborhoods of Columbus.The Department of Development has an operating budget of $32.8 million and oversees $44.6 million in Capital Budget Funds. The Department of Development is responsible for housing, code enforcement, economic development, land redevelopment and planning.Schoeny joined the City after serving as a principal with Ice Miller Whiteboard, a consulting group that provides growth and development strategies to corporations, organizations and state and local governments. Schoeny worked as director of the Strategic Business Investment Division of the Ohio Department of Development from 2006 to 2010. Prior to that Schoeny worked for the Ohio Department of Development International Trade Division from 1997 to 2005, Economic Consulting Services Inc. from 1995 to 1997 and the Institute for International Economics from 1994 to 1995.
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
The Columbus Rotary Next committee invites you to reach out to young professionals (40 and younger) in Columbus and invite them to join us for an informational Happy Hour on Tuesday, November 10th.  The event will be held at Bravo Restaurant at Lennox Town Center (1803 Olentangy River Rd.) from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  A short, informal program will be provided to encourage our guests to consider membership in the club. 

Appetizers will be provided as well a complimentary cocktail for our young professional guests.  Rotarians can enjoy a cash bar.  Please RSVP with the name/s of your guests HERE.
  This event is open to all Rotarians who bring a perspective Young Professional.  If you have questions, please contact Jen Koma at

Nearly 200 Rotarians have yet to pledge their "treasure" to this year's Annual Services Campaign and we need your help.  In order to meet our 100% participation goal, we want to "Swipe Your Card" on November 9.   No, we won't keep it, but we will run it through our PayPal system and get your pledge registered.  The Swipe Team will be available before, during and after Rotary to make it more convenient for you. 

117 Rotarians have DONATED
 $45,000 have PLEDGED

Committee Meetings, November 3, 2015
Obstacle Course @ 11:15 AM
Development @ 1:15 PM
International Service @ 1:15 PM
Youth Exchange @ 1:15 PM

Please use another room/area of the Boat House for your committee meeting!
Do not meet in our luncheon room if at all possible.     

President Tricia has talked to the membership since she took office about promoting the "swagger" of Columbus Rotary.  Have you told anyone this week about the great things we do?  Or invited someone to join you at lunch or at one of our events?  

We have had 11 new members join us since July that were attracted by all we do and by who we are.  (their pictures can be found on the new member board on Monday's).  Welcome Stewart Bpenpelle, Mimi Tadesse, Lori Damron, Jon Mallory, Laura Weeks, Pablo Vegas, Renee Shumate, Clarence Mingo, Dennis Hetzel, Jim Duzan, and Halle Runion. 

Our goal by June 30 is to have 45 new members join us.  Events such as next week's Happy Hour or our many upcoming service opportunities are just the way to introduce someone to our Club.  

The Membership Committee is meeting with those interested to make the transition into the Club a bit easier.  If you have someone for us to meet let Scott Brown know so he can schedule a meeting.    


Columbus Rotary will assist the Salvation Army by ringing Red Kettle Bells at 2 Blue Jackets games again this year.  Volunteers should arrive at the Nationwide Arena Tim Horton's at 5:15 pm the evening of the scheduled game and w
e will wrap up by 7:15 pm. We need 4-8+ volunteers per game!  The dates to set aside are November 27 and December 4.  

Check the back table on Monday for sign up sheets!


The Rotarian of the Year committee, chaired by former recipients JoAnne Schorsten '13 and Steve Weiler '14, is seeking nominations for candidates for our Club's most important Annual Award.  Nomination forms are available at our Monday meetings and by calling the Club office. 

Purpose:  To recognize a member-in-good-standing of our club who, in the opinion of the membership, has made exceptional contributions to Columbus Rotary and the local community by participation in club activities (Club Service), participation throughout the community in service to others (Community Service), interest in and the promotion of international peace through understanding and goodwill (International Service), and promotion of the ideals of the Four-Way Test in his or her business or profession (Vocational Service) during the entire period of the nominee’s membership. 

Eligibility:  Any member of the Columbus Rotary Club except current club officers, directors and immediate Past President’s.

Deadline for Nominations:  Nov. 13.  (The announcement and presentation will be made at the Dec. 7 Luncheon.)

Past ROY recipients include ; Gerald Converse-2011, Mike Schoedinger-2012, JoAnne Schorsten-2013 and Steve Weiler-2014.


Between now and the end of the year there are numerous ways to interact with fellow club members and the community.  Even if you can't make the Monday meeting, you can find us Ringing a Bell for the Salvation Army, Playing Euchre, Wrapping Presents, Helping Kids N Kamp, Viewing Zoo lights and much more.  A list of these activities is in the EVENTS section of this newsletter.  

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

Former Rotarian George Foster inventor, entrepreneur, and award-winning champion of the practical application of new technology, died of natural causes September 28, 2015.  He was 96.  


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Upcoming Events
Oromia, Ethiopia
Nov 03, 2015 – Nov 15, 2015
Past President's Dinner
The Columbus Club
Nov 04, 2015 6:30 PM
First Fridays
The Athletic Club of Columbus
Nov 06, 2015 12:00 PM
Rotary UNDER 40 After Hours
BRAVO Lennox Town Center
Nov 10, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Euchre Fellowship
The Boat House at Confluence Park
Nov 11, 2015 5:30 PM
New Member Orientation
Columbus Rotary office
Nov 12, 2015 12:00 PM
Rotaract Committee Meeting
Ohio Union at OSU
Nov 16, 2015 7:00 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Nationwide Arena
Nov 27, 2015 5:30 PM
First Fridays
The Athletic Club of Columbus
Dec 04, 2015 12:00 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Nationwide Arena
Dec 04, 2015 5:30 PM
Kids 'N Kamp Holiday Party
Eastland Career Center
Dec 06, 2015
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Colerain Elementary Gift Wrapping
Colerain Elementary School
Dec 08, 2015 4:30 PM
Euchre Fellowship
The Boat House at Confluence Park
Dec 09, 2015 5:30 PM
Rotary Christmas Party - ZOO
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Dec 13, 2015 5:00 PM
Colerain Elementary Christmas Party
Colerain Elementary School
Dec 18, 2015 8:30 AM
Euchre Fellowship
The Boat House at Confluence Park
Jan 06, 2016 5:30 PM
Executives & Directors
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Vice President
Membership Co-Chair
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Membership Co-Chair
TRF Chair
Executive Director

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Service Above Self
We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 W. Spring Street
Columbus, OH  43215
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