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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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You have 3 days to make an impact!  Why not?
You can impact our nationally recognize Enterprise Academy.  You can impact the number of trees we plant.  Meals we serve.  Presents we buy.  Why not?

Why not join us?  For fun!  For fellowship!  For the Kentucky Derby!  For mint juleps, bourbon tasting, and more?  Wear your searsucker and derby hat.  Compete with those you've seen on TV.  

Can't come - we understand.  Check out the Auction Book (sent yesterday) for an item you'd like to bid upon and email your maximum bid to Halle at  Or have a friend bid upon it for you.  

Get your tickets HERE to our very own Derby Party

DERBY DAY SOIREE - MAY 4th - 4 to 8 PM
Marriott University Area
3100 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43202

May 6, 2019

Superintendent Talisa Dixon
Columbus City Schools
Dr. Talisa Dixon is in her first year as the Superintendent/CEO of Columbus City Schools. She began her tenure in March 2019 after five years leading the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District in suburban Northeast Ohio. 
Dr. Dixon previously spent nine years as an administrator in Columbus City Schools from 2001-10. She served six years combined as the principal at Brookhaven High School and at Columbus Alternative High School.

Connect    Inspire    Transform

Dear Fellow Columbus Rotarians:
I am sure the new members ran this past Monday April 29th luncheon and program well while I am on vacation travels and had fun too!
Thank you to our new members!
Additionally, last Thursday we held our second “New Member Induction Night” a new event started last November for a special night with new members receiving their regular badge.  
On Monday, April 24th, during Paul Harris Fellow recognitions, I used my second of three such awards allotted me to give.  I surprised a most deserving member who is participating and leading on every level who will be our Vice President July 1st, Amanda Bowen.

Looking forward to our Derby Day Soirée chaired by Halle Markwas again this year.  Thank you Halle!
Mint julep anyone?  See you there.
Be the Inspiration!
Yours in Rotary, President Calloway
Proud Columbus Rotarian, 1994
   Rotary: People of Action
New Dues Structure to be in place JULY 1, 2019.  This new structure was designed to benefit member retention and member attraction.  
            Dues for Individual Members are $300 per half and include drinks and desserts.

            Lunch at the door is $20 for members, $25 for guests.
            There is no longer a $6 Meeting Fee collected at the door for any dues classification. 
            The opportunity to prepay lunch will be offered to all members at a discount of $150 per half year. 
Members under 40 receive a 5% discount for each year under 40 up to a maximum of 50% discount. 
Members whose age plus years of membership in Rotary equal 85 or more receive a 2%+ discount per year over R85.  
Rotar E member dues will be $150 per half. 
16TH Annual High School Fair
Our Monday, May 13 luncheon is the 16th Annual Student Service Above Self Program High School Fair. Please see the following information and note that the Luncheon/Fair is not at the Boat House.
We need an accurate count of Rotarian attendance by May 1. Please email Rick Studer if you will be attending all or part of the Fair. 
Student Service Above Self Program
16TH Annual High School Fair
May 13, 2019
 Valley Dale Ballroom
11:00-11:50   Fair attendees walk through the project exhibition space to talk with the student community service teams and:
  • Learn about their community service projects.
  • Reinforce their efforts.
  • Provide an opportunity for them to interact with community leaders and practice presentation skills, confidence, civic engagement, etc. 
                      11:50-12:00   Pick up box lunches.
12:00-1:15    Luncheon
  • Welcome and Remarks. Columbus Rotary President Calloway Robertson. Columbus City Schools Superintendent  Dr. Talisa Dixon. Columbus Director of Education, Rhonda Johnson. 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.
Valley Dale Logistics:
  • 1590 Sunbury Rd. (43219) Just past Ohio Dominican University on the east side of Sunbury.
  • Watch for Rotary signage and a Columbus Police Officer slowing down traffic and guiding people to the one Valley Dale entrance.
  • Parking is free, plentiful, and right next to the Valley Dale Ballroom for easy access to the Fair.

Do you have some ties you no longer use?  Our high school friends at KIPP Columbus would like to beef up your wardrobe.  Bring your ties to Rotary between now and Memorial Day and we will deliver the ties to the school.  Jim Bartha and Chris McGovern are heading leading this project.  
EASY Rotary Sunset Kayak trip
Downtown Columbus
Friday evening, June 21
What: An EASY 60-90 minute trip in a kayak around the downtown area. Beginner? No problem! Guides will be with us at all times. We will always be in view of downtown.

Where: We will launch from the Main Street Bridge Access on the WEST side of the Scioto River. Parking details will be shared after registration.

Time: At 6PM, for those who wish, bring a light supper/snack and we’ll have an informal tailgate in the parking lot near the launch point before our sunset paddle. We will walk to the boat launch area at approximately 6:30 to begin a quick safety lesson and begin loading into the kayaks (assistance provided!) We will be off the water before dark.
This will be an exclusive Rotary event if we have 25 participants. Let me know your intentions by May 13! 
Guests Welcome! 614.329.1894, or       
Afterward, we’ll go to Franklinton and have an adult beverage at one of the breweries!

​​​​​​​What’s included:
Make sure to click on the links to see our new new member videos

Andy Vance
Informa - Farm Progress
Sponsored by Stimpert/Henney

Marie Hurt
Education Consultant
Proposed by Kathy Gatterdam
Victoria "Torri" Huebner
State of Ohio Auditor's Office
Proposed by Scott Brown
Doug Eastman
Granville Rotary transfer
Proposed by Don Jones

Reverend Nancy Day-Achauer
United Methodist Church
Sponsored by Brian Bainbridge

Frank Fullin
Northwest Title
Sponsored by Steve Heiser
For Frank's new member video click here

Julian Heinrich
Perez Morris, LLP
Sponsored by John Perez

Chris McGovern
Environmental Remediation Contractor
Sponsored by Maghie/Robertson
For Chris's new member video click here
Kimberly White
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Sponsored by Patrick Losinski
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Upcoming Events
Derby Day Soiree
Marriott Columbus University Area
May 04, 2019
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Youth Exchange Committee Mtg
The Boat House at Confluence Park
May 06, 2019 1:15 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute
May 07, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotary Euchre Fellowship
The Boathouse at Confluence Park
May 08, 2019 5:30 PM
Foundation Board Meeting
950 Michigan Ave
May 09, 2019 8:00 AM
Leadership Gathering
May 10, 2019 7:00 PM
High School Service Above Self Fair
Valley Dale Ballroom
May 13, 2019
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Rotary Nights
May 14, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Third Thursday Breakfast
The OSU Golf Course Restaraunt
May 16, 2019 7:30 AM
District Assembly
Zane State College
May 18, 2019 8:00 AM
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