Upcoming Events
Childhood Cancer Connection Holiday Party
Eastland Career Center
Dec 03, 2017
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Enterprise Academy Meeting
The Boathouse at Confluence Park
Dec 04, 2017
Rotary Christmas Party
Copious, 520 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Dec 10, 2017 1:00 PM
97th Colerain Christmas WRAPPING PARTY
Colerain Elementary
Dec 12, 2017 4:30 PM
Salvation Army Bell ringing @ Cbus Blue Jackets
Dec 20, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
97th Colerain Christmas
Colerain Elementary
Dec 22, 2017 9:00 AM
Enterprise Academy Committee
Jan 08, 2018 1:15 PM
Enterprise Academy Meeting
Feb 05, 2018 1:15 PM
Dec 04, 2017
The Laurentian Great Lakes: An Exotic Tale
Dec 11, 2017
Please attend out holiday event on 12/10 at Copius
Dec 18, 2017
Canine Companions for Independence
Dec 25, 2017
Happy Holidays
Jan 01, 2018
Happy New Year
Jan 15, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 22, 2018
The Opiate problem facing our City
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ATTENTION!!!  Really...Please read this.

You will soon receive an electronic invoice for your Semi Annual dues from QuickBooks and the ROTARY CLUB OF COLUMBUS.

We have recently transferred our bookkeeping services to an outside vendor.  This is our first foray into billing via our new online system.  You will see your semi annual invoice in this email.  It will also contain a statement section showing any activity, prior balances, etc.  As we continue to use this system we will most likely find ways to improve your experience.   

You will note that one's dues and meeting or lunch fees are broken apart.  We did this to help members better understand the costs associated with your annual membership.  On the food side we are not in the business to make money, so many of these costs are passed right on to The Boat House.  For those prepaying meals, the cost is actually beneficially as the price is set below our weekly per plate charge.  On the dues side one quarter of the annual fees are paid to our Rotary District and Rotary International.  
As has been the case, you can make a payment on our website, make a payment at a Rotary meeting and/or send a payment to the office at 950 Michigan Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
The Laurentian Great Lakes: An Exotic Tale

Roy A. Stein, Professor Emeritus, Aquatic Ecology Lab,
Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology,
Ohio State University

The exotic species I will discuss will primarily be fishes, which have entered the Great Lakes since about 1900 from elsewhere (typically Asia) and have flourished in our lakes.   With their success have come ecosystem changes, both positive and negative.  In my talk, I will touch on how these species managed to gain access to the lakes, how we are coping with these changes, and just how we manage to exercise control over one of our most damaging exotic species.

Roy Stein is professor emeritus of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University where he was Director of the Aquatic Ecology Lab from 1978 - 2008.  With a mix of basic and applied science, his work contributes both to the understanding of the structure of aquatic communities and the development of solid principles upon which fisheries science can be based.  Just recently, he served the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, where policy drives productive change and where rigorous science informs sea lamprey control and fishery management.

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The following members have been nominated for a seat on the Columbus Rotary Club Board of Directors; Jim Bartha, Amanda Bowen, Chip Chapman, JoAnne Schorsten & Tracy Najera.

Club elections will be held prior to our meeting on Dec. 18, 2017.  The three individuals receiving the most votes will be elected to the Club board.   Their terms of office will run from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021. 

Absentee ballots will be accepted by the club office in writing or by email until 5:00PM on Friday, December 15, 2017.  These ballots must be signed by the member or contain their email address.
Please see additional information for each member in the READ MORE section or in a hand out available on Monday's.

President Paul is reviving a former tradition of inviting spouses/partners to the last Rotary lunch of the year on December 18.  There will be holiday entertainment for the Fort Hayes Youth Choir.  If all goes according to plan we will award the Rotarian of the Year Award that day, and have a presentation from Canine Companions.  If you plan to have a spouse, partner, guest accompany you, please contact the Office to make sure we account for the right amount of meals.  
2017 Annual Service Campaign

What Percent Are You?

We are focused on 100% participation of all Columbus Rotarians in this year's Annual Service Campaign.  If everyone helps, with whatever they can afford, our fundraising goal will be exceeded.  Donate today!  No amount will be turned away. 
The Campaign has collected $48,000 toward our goal of $80,000.    That's FANTASTIC!!! Unfortunately our participation goal is not raising as fast as the donated dollars.  Just 33% of our members have donated to the campaign to date.

Donating is easy.   Pay with your credit card on a Monday.  Write a check.  Go online HERE right now.  

If you are a Cigar Aficionado or know one... READ ON!
A box of 25 Cuban Cohiba Cigars was generously donated by Past President Carol Garner, with many ties to Cuba, to our Derby Day Event. The value of the cigars is $450.  The recipient of the these cigars, John Easton, is giving Rotarians the opportunity to enjoy these very aromatic, special production cigars with a donation to the Club Foundation. 
Here’s how it will work:
  • We will sell them individually at our Rotary meeting right after Thanksgiving. 1=$25, 2 or more =$20 per.
  • We have an offer from a non-cigar smoking Rotarian to chip in an additional $5 per cigar if all cigars are sold!

Do you like receiving The Rotarian?  Did you know that you can receive it electronically?  
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DO NOT CONTACT SCOTT IF YOU WANT TO MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO.  During the holiday season messages like "Scott - I want to keep getting The Rotarian in the mail like I do now." will not spread holiday cheer!  Remember you are one of potentially 300 emails answering this one request.  

Active members          306
Honorary members        1
Corporate Member - Industrial Technology Solutions, LLP
     Executive: Brian Engle
     Active: Amanda Engle
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Columbus, OH  43215
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