Upcoming Events
The Boat House at Confluence Park
Apr 11, 2018 5:30 PM
Club Leadership Retreat
Boy Scouts of America Training Center
Apr 20, 2018
12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Fun & Fellowship Happy Hour
Apr 20, 2018
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Scoholarship Committee Meeting
The Boat House at Confluence Park
Apr 23, 2018 1:15 PM
Fly Fishing
Apr 27, 2018
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phoenix Scholarship Interviews
The Boat House at Confluence Park
Apr 30, 2018
First Friday's at Copius
May 04, 2018 12:00 PM
Sustainable and Resilient Tanzanian Community
May 08, 2018
6:00 AM – 7:45 AM
District Conference & Assembly
Zanesville, Ohio
May 18, 2018 – May 19, 2018
Canoe Trip
Trapper John's Canoe Livery
Jun 02, 2018 9:00 AM
Apr 16, 2018
off site at Rotarian businesses
Apr 23, 2018
Apr 30, 2018
Honda of America EVP and COO
May 07, 2018
Ohio Supreme Court
May 14, 2018
Valley Dale Ballroom
May 28, 2018
Memorial Day
Jun 04, 2018
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April 16, 2018

Our next meeting will feature our Vocational Lunch offerings allowing members to visit other Rotarian's businesses or interests.   

Sign ups will close
Friday, April 13 at NOON to allow hosts to place food orders


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Building A Company in America
Rotary Hosts Honda Executive Speakers Historic 2-week Event
Columbus Rotary members and guests will hear from two senior Honda of America executives—one retired COO and the current COO. In a rare sequence of two consecutive Monday meetings, April 23 and 30, Rotarians will learn never before heard insights into Honda’s 35-year growth from a small Japanese motorcycle maker to one of the US and the world’s leading automakers.
The first historic speech will be by Shige Yoshida, retired Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer of Honda of America Manufacturing, at the April 23 Rotary meeting. Yoshida will describe, for the first time in a public speech, Honda’s plans and its path in the late 1970’s, leading to auto production in 1982, a decade of successful growth, until his retirement.  Enabled by Honda’s unique, and environmentally friendly CVCC engine, first the Civic and later the Accord became successful cars in the USA.
The second speech, on April 30, will feature Tom Shoupe, the current Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer of Honda of America Manufacturing, who will pick up the story after Yoshida’s retirement. Shoup will describe the past twenty years of the Honda success story in Ohio, and a preview of Honda’s future plans and direction.
Yoshida was instrumental in the selection and development of the Honda Marysville plant, the second auto plant in East Liberty and the Honda engine plant in Anna, the largest auto engine manufacturing plant of its kind. The Honda story provides timely lessons about bringing flexible manufacturing to the USA, using world-class technology and American workers to build highly regarded vehicles. The 2018 Honda Accord was named Car of the Year. Yoshida has been described as “the most influential automaker executive of the past 50 years.
These two distinguished speakers, will describe how a small Japanese company came to the USA (without big financial incentives), and built a successful cross-cultural relationship with American workers, as part of a strategy to be a “self-reliant” North American motor vehicle company” manufacturing in the market where products would be sold.
Honda has grown to employs well over 10,000 Americans in its Ohio manufacturing plants. Many suppliers employ American workers, make world-class automobile parts and surround the Honda facilities. A remarkable success story, Honda provides lessons about how their growth led to development of auto manufacturing in the USA.
            The Columbus Rotary Club ( is the largest Rotary club in the area, the 38th club founded of 38,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide, and has 300 members. It is actively welcoming new members and donors/sponsors to support programs and scholarships. Meetings are held at noon on Mondays at the Boat House Restaurant in Confluence Park.
For Guest Reservations Contact: Scott Brown, Executive Director, Columbus Rotary, 950 Michigan Ave.., Columbus, OH 43215. Phone: 614.221.3127 
Interview Panelists Needed – April 30th

Phoenix Scholarships – Interview Panelists Needed – April 30th


Rotarians have an opportunity to participate as an interview panelist for this year’s Phoenix scholarship program.  The date is Monday, April 30th.  Interviews will occur before and after the regular luncheon. Please contact Clint Travis ( or Jim King ( regarding this opportunity.  You will really enjoy meeting and talking with these very deserving candidates.

15th Annual Service Above Self High School Fair is Monday, May 14
Amazing But True
The 15th Annual Service Above Self High School Fair is Monday, May 14 at Valley Dale. As always, Rotarians are encouraged to take this detour from the Boat House to Valley Dale and celebrate the 60+ community service projects conducted by students from all 21 high schools in the Columbus City Schools. Hundreds of students giving thousands of hours in service to others. Priceless & deserving of a big Rotary turnout.
11:00-11:50       Fair attendees walk through the project exhibition space to talk with the student community service teams and:
  • Learn about the projects.
  • Reinforce the students’ efforts.
  • Provide students the opportunity to engage with community leaders and practice presentation skills, confidence, etc.
12:00-1:15         Luncheon
  • Welcome and Remarks. Columbus Rotary President Paul Blevins. Columbus City Schools’ Interim Superintendent Dr. John Stanford. Mayor Andrew Ginther. City Council Member Priscilla Tyson.
  • Recognition of corporate sponsors and others with key roles in the Student Service Above Self Program. 
  • Recognition of student community service project teams.
  • Community service project presentations by four selected high school teams.
  • Presentation of Columbus Rotary’s Service Above Self and Make A Difference Scholarships.
Parking is free, plentiful and right next to Valley Dale for easy access to the Luncheon/Fair.
We need a good count of attendees. Please let Rick Studer know if you’ll be attending and if you want to bring a guest. By May 4 please.   614-915-8149
Derby Day Soiree 
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Grange Audubon Nature Center
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Why should my fellow Rotarians come to the Leadership Retreat? 
Why should my fellow Rotarians come to the Leadership Retreat? 
And what they will get out of it...personally, professionally, and as club members.

Here’s a partial list how I answered this: 
First: It’s interesting, useful and fun—much more so than I expected.
Plus, here were my other reasons, and I hope some of them will resonate with you:
  • To become a better, more well-informed Rotarian.
  • To learn about different aspects of leadership in a Rotary context.
  • To share what I can about leadership to benefit the club and fellow Rotarians
  • To share other learning experiences with fellow Rotarians.
  • To get to know fellow Rotarians better and appreciate their strengths more.
  • To use our collective wisdom to “benefit of all concerned.” (e.g., the 4-way test).
A few additional thoughts on why people who are “undecided” might decide to sign up and attend the Rotary Leadership Retreat:
  • The human mind,  once stretched, never returns to its original condition.
  • Training & learning are investments on which the return is infinite—and recipients get to keep them forever!
  • What is learned in one context (Rotary leadership) is beneficial in many other aspects of life and career.
  • Learning and sharing ideas is “synergistic:” (If we each have one dollar and exchange them, we each still have only one dollar. But if we each have an idea and share them, we both have two ideas.) That’s a win-win proposition.

    I hope that one or more of the items listed above will help you decide to come! Sign up right now by calling Scott at 614-221-3127! 
Respectfully submitted, your fellow Rotarian and past attendee.. (I hope to see you there.)
Leadership Retreat
Calling all Fishers!
Briarwood Fly Fishing, Friday, April 27th.

Arrive any time after 10:00 am, and stay till 5:00 pm. 

Bring your own lunch. If you need fishing equipment, we will have extra. The only cost is fish you intend to keep.

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Active members          297
Honorary members        1
23 New members since July 1, 2017
Don Jones
Booz Allen Hamilton
Proposed by Calloway Robertson
Bob Dionne
MedCare Ambulance
Proposed by Scott Brown

Jon Davis
Proposed by Scott Whitlock
Dave Earnest
Huntington Bank
Proposed by Anish Doshi
Nick Klacik
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Brian Bainbridge
CRT Realtors
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Macmillan Learning
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Corvette Raffle 2018
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Columbus Rotary Club Chevy 2018 Raffle

Choose the 2018 Corvette Stingray coupe of YOUR choice based upon Club specifications at any Central Ohio Chevy Dealer and your prize includes Ohio and Franklin County Sales Tax. Winner may use that equivalent value as a credit against the purchase any other Chevrolet Automobile. Columbus Rotary reserves the right to convert winning prize to a 50/50 percent raffle based upon the total number of tickets sold.
$100.00 per ticket or 3 tickets for $250
1,500 total to be sold

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Columbus Rotary
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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