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Welcome to Dublin AM Rotary

Our club is 110 members strong, working together to offer community service here at home and throughout the world!
 
Dublin AM meets at 7:30 AM every Friday morning at The Country Club at Muirfield Village. Visitors are welcome to join us to meet business and community leaders, hear presentations from a some of the areas most interesting speakers and learn more about Rotary International.
 
 
 
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This morning we enjoyed a wonderful presentation from the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. Melissa and Ashton brought four of their animal ambassadors so we could learn more about them and see close up how beautiful the animals are. Quite amazing!  What a great way to start the day.
Announcements:
  • Want to join a Dublin AM committee? Here are a few...
    • If you would like to offer an invocation to open our Friday meetings contact Faye Herriott
    • If you would like to serve on the Communications Committee as a reporter contact Claudia Trusty
    • Have ideas for our club social activities? Contact Peter Georgiton
    • Help our club and city as a Marshall for the July 4th Parade. Contact Dwight Seeley
    • If you are a veteran you can help lead the Pledge each Friday. Contact Dave Williamson
  • Bonnie sent out an invite for everyone to sign up to help our club at the Dublin Irish Festival. Your friends and family are welcome to help us at the very fun event. More volunteers, more fun!
  • Alan Abouhassen is heading up our Sponsorship Committee for the 2018 Blarney Bash and he is looking for a co-chair to help lead this effort.
Today's Speaker:  Lena Sloutsky
 
Wolf Lant introduced Lena Sloutsky with T.O.U.C.H., Teaching Opportunity Unity by Connecting Hearts.  As Board President for the group, Wolf knows first hand the work they do to help and support ex-offenders and at-risk men and women in Central Ohio.
Announcements:
 
Happy Memorial Day, everyone!
 
- We will not have meeting on Friday, June 2nd due to The Memorial Tournament.
 
- June 23rd is the Installation Dinner celebration at Bonnie's home. Please see the registration email from Dwight and RSVP.
 
- Our Dublin AM Rotary Foundation Board is seeking a new member to replace Dave Holliday, whose term is coming to an end July 1st.  Please reach out to Susan Robenalt if you are interested.
 
- June 9th Meeting will involve our Club's Communications tools and capabilities. 
Announcements:
 
Welcome to our two newest club members, Kaitlyn Gushue and Steve Schmidt!  Kaitlyn is a small business owner focused on children's parties and corporate events and is the daughter of our own Grace Gushue.  Steven is retired from Battelle but continues work there occasionally and is an active volunteer. We are trilled to have both of you as members of Dublin AM Rotary!
 
The principal and librarian from Daniel Wright Elementary School received a $500 donation from our Club. They reminded us of the unique needs of the school, which has more than half of the 700 student population on free or reduced lunch, 37 different countries of heritage and more than 20 primary languages that are spoken with English being learned as a second language.
 
The annual installation dinner will be held on Friday evening, June 23rd, at the home of Bonnie and Rick Malir.
 
David Bentz would like any family volunteers to contact him if they are interested in hosting an 18 year old exchange student from Thailand during the weeks of June 19th and June 26th.
 
Julie Rinaldi reminded us that there is a Miracle League league game tomorrow that will include a balloon launch to honor one of the past participants who recently passed away.  Those members who can volunteer as buddies for tomorrow's game should arrive around 12:00.
 
The Interact Club at Dublin Coffman High School is hosting its Drive in Movie on Saturday evening - featuring Back to The Future. Proceeds support Strides for Sobriety.
 
 
Announcements For May 5th:
 
  • Wolf announced the very winning 2 Robotics teams and were winners at a global level in the recent World Championship competition. May and June events are coming in Robotics.
  • Wolf also announced that favorable feedback was received on the international grant for water treatment plants in India.  More to follow soon.
  • Historic Dublin event on May 13th for a walk around including 6 stops with one ticket purchased.
  • Susan announced the fund-raising success for the Fire Truck transportation donation to Guatemala. Please see the pictures -Rotary 1 and Rotary 2
  • Dwight announced that Bonnie’ s Installation Dinner is June 23rd at her home.
  • Nick mentioned the annual community Fund raiser for the North Market is May 13th
 
 
Our Meeting today was facilitated by Sarah Richardson, introducing our Dublin High School scholarship recipients. These young people were amazing and very busy people!
The quick reminder- the criteria was a weighted scale of community service, a drug & alcohol free lifestyle, leadership, academic performance and need.
 
 
Announcements:
Friday meeting breakfast options are increasing in price. Some new choices are available and coffee will continue to be one of the options.
John Susie let us know that Sarah Richardson was recently recognized by the professional health insurance underwriters association of which they are both members.
Bob Heatherington and the Interact Club are looking for volunteers and ticket buyers for the drive-in movie coming up this weekend.
Dave Williamson is recruiting for Sargent at Arms for all interested in this club role.
Jack Curtis and Dave Williamson endorsed the experience of being a Miracle League player buddy. Julie Erwin Rinaldi announced that the next game for our Miracle League Dodgers is Saturday, May 20, 12:15pm; we have a big team and buddies are always needed.
Claudia Trusty reminded committee chairpersons to submit all outstanding touchpoints as this Rotary year is drawing to a close.
This morning's presenters were two Coffman students, Ellie Blankenhorn (center) and Paige Warren (rt), and their Broadcast Video Instructor, Amanda Blackburn (lt). Amanda is an instructor at Tolles Career & Technical Center. Tolles works in each of the Dublin School District and provides instruction in all three Dublin high schools.
 
As part of their studies these students, along with Coffman students Abby Vollmer & Kylie Young, created a public service announcement video which was later entered into a competition sponsored by the Business Professional of America. Their video, Tire Safety, was entered into regional competition. The all girl team won first prize and will be competing at a national competition in May!
 
Announcements:
  • Dwight: June 23 installation dinner at Bonnie's house
  • Claudia and Bob: Seeking a variety of forms of support for the Coffman Interact club's drive-in movie night on Saturday, April 22. Proceeds will benefit Strides for Sobriety
    • Volunteers to assist with traffic flow and parking; arrive at Coffman about 7:30pm
    • Movie tickets can be purchased, concession refreshments can be donated, and monetary donations gladly accepted
  • Ramona: food price changes for next Rotary year are coming; additional info and options will be communicated soon
  • Dave H: A Paul Harris fellowship was presented on behalf of Ramona
  • Dave W: contact Dave if you are interested in serving as Sergeant at Arms
  • Guests
    • Kaitlyn Gershue (daughter of Grace)
    • Steven Schmidt (Wolf)
    • Nick ? (Dwight)
 
Guest Speaker: Pat Losinski, CEO, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)
 
Pat provided a brief overview of awards presented to the CML and the future direction of libraries throughout the world. This served as a precursor to what is coming to Dublin and why the design is so important. It will be an integral part of the community located on the current site, but design will complement the Bridge Park area and will include a transition that links to the historic district. Highlights of the new library include:
  • 41,000 square feet of space which is double the current library
  • More parking with the construction of a parking garage
  • areas for young children, teenagers, and community meeting rooms
  • a Cafe
In the near future, a development campaign will be communicated. Funds raised will address the gap in costs from original estimates to what it will take in today's market. Early corporate and community interest is very promising for a successful campaign.
 
For comments and questions, you can e-mail newdublinbranch@columbuslibrary.org.
 
For more information and details, go to http://bridgestreet.dublinohiousa.gov/dublin-branch-of-the-columbus-metropolitan-library/
 
Pete Cushnie introduced two new Rotarians and their sponsors.  Susan Robenalt sponsored Bob Heatherington and Rich Weber sponsored Brian Hill.  Welcome to Dublin AM!
Cap Clegg opened the meeting with a devotional, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jeff Schoener was Sargent of Arms. Guests were:   BJ Stone from Dublin/Worthington selling 50/50 tickets,              Frank  Dilenschnieder  from Hilliard promoting the Great Comedic Debate between OSU and Michigan,
 Interact Students from Coffman, Jerome and Scioto High Schools.
 
Announcements:
Jim Listebarger announced 2 Robotic Competitions May 27th at Otterbein and June 24th at Coffman HS.                  Wolf Lant announce they are looking for two sponsors for local Metro HS Team going to Nationals in St. Louis.
Sadly, we must say goodbye to Sara Ott’s, who is heading to Aspen as their new Assistant City Manager.
 
Presentaton:
Dublin AM Interact committee chair, Cap Clegg, introduced each high school's faculty advisosrs: Jill Harris from Jerome, John Witt from Scioto, and Megan Burton and Karen Brothers from Coffman. Our club committee includes Asch Mikhail, Claudia Trusty and Raj Hora.  Students from each High School talked about the projects Interact had done at each of their respective schools.
 
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Dublin AM Rotary is very happy to welcome our newest member, Joe Evans. His sponsor, Dave McKee, introduced Joe to the club. Joe may be new to our club but he is definitely not new to Rotary. Joe is a Past President of the New Albany club. We look forward to getting to know you better, Joe!
Ann Marie Hughes shared the story behind her book, Letters to Ann. Capt. John F. Hughes, a Columbus native, served as a doctor in the Korean war.  Ann Marie talked about not only Capt. Hughes' letters and the stories he shared with his daughter, but also some of the history behind the stories.
On February 10, 2017, Dublin AM hosted a Rotary Conversation about technology and the impact on ourcivilization. The hope was that we could bring an important social issue to Dublin AM and invite the club to engage in a stimulating and awareness-building conversation. Ann Ralston, with the support of Gene Oliver and our table technology translators, curated a conversation seeded by a TED Talk called "How
Do We Fix Civilization?” by Salim Ismail.
 Steve Sandbo, District Governor, attended our meeting and asked Ann to submit an article about the meeting, which was published this week in the District 6690 Newsletter.  Read it here.
Announcements:
  • Blarney Bash thank you from Ramona to Raj, Cindy and Dave and all who volunteered and participated in the many committees and tasks
  • Cindy also announced the thanks for the support and efforts of all the members of the club.
  • The Interact Club from Coffman High School came to share news about their upcoming April 22 Drive In Movie. They asked for Dublin AM for participation in both the concessions and the donations. Details will be emailed to all members next week.
  • Julie announced a successful event and recognition for Betty Isaacs and the Author event.
  • Wolf has $100 raffle tickets for a corvette giveaway
  • Sara has openings for the food pantry shift 4/3 from 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Dave can use volunteers for follow up Blarney Bash Saturday 10 am at Fifth Third Bank
Featured Speakers: Mike Close and McGee Isaacs
A Talk About The Supreme Court
Out of the 104 Million cases filed with the state and federal courts, only 80 cases will have permission to have The Supreme Court hear the case.  We are fortunate to have 2 members that have been heard in the US Supreme Court.      READ MORE
Announcements for upcoming events/activities and more than you ever know about Bats - Be Afraid!
 
Bonnie Miles - Guest Speaker
Speaker Price Finley, our District Foundation Chair and Ramona Penland, Dublin AM Rotary's 2016-17 President
 
Announcements:
 
  • March 17's meeting will be held at the Blarney Bash tent at Metro Center.  Please plan to help with movement of tables, chairs, etc. - and dress appropriately.
  • Volunteers needed for the Blarney Bash 8-11pm shifts.  According to Ron Morgan, we need 5 beverage ticket sellers and 9 servers for this shift.
  • A few iPads with 3G/cellular service are needed for Blarney Bash.  Please contact Bonnie if you can donate the use of an iPad for the day.
  • Sara Ott is recruting Scholarship Committee members to help review and select our Club's scholarship application winners from the 3 Dublin High Schools.
  • Claudia Trusty is seeking a couple of volunteer to help review and select Scholarhip application winners for the District Scholarhip award winners that our Club awards to high school seniors from within our Rotary District.
  • Miracle League - we are seeking a volunteer to take over our Club's assistance with the Miracle League team that we sponsor.  Contact Julie Rinaldi if you are interested.
  • March Madness -  a group has been set up by Alan Abouhassen on the ESPN Tournament Challenge app; Group Name:  DublinAM Rotary  Password: rotary  
    • $20 entry to participate, and the winnings will be split 50% to the winner of the bracket challenge and 50% to our Dublin AM Rotary Foundation charities.
Announcements
It's all about the Blarney Bash!  We need everyone to volunteer on March 18 to support our biggest fundraiser.  Ask friends, family, co-workers to join you. It's fun and a great community event. Signup HERE.
 
Our Speaker: Ryan McCarty
Without a doubt, Ryan's message reached every member, and reflected what Rotary is all about, too. Ryan spoke about creating a Culture of Good with business leaders to energize, empower and engage employees. He is completing a 2 month bus tour, taking his message across the country. Imagine what could happen, he said, if all employees  of all businesses were given the permission to care about not just their job but also their fellow employees, customers & causes they were passionate about.
It's all about the Dublin Blarney Bash! Our meeting was led by co-chair Raj Hora (his co-chair is Cindy Groeniger) who shared news & updates about the Blarney Bash, scheduled for March 18, and there was a lot to share!
 
Raj asked all members to volunteer for at least one shift during the Bash. It is our biggest fundraiser and needs the support of all our Rotarians. It is easy to volunteer with the new online signup.  Why come alone? Ask family, friends and co-workers to join the fun!
 
Just go to here to register.
Announcements:
 
The Polar Bear Open is Saturday, February 4th!  Club members are encouraged to register to golf and raffle prizes are still wanted.  Contact Sinan Yaykin if you can offer  raffle items.
 
Sara Richardson acknowledged several club members whose companies have signed on as sponsors for The Blarney Bash. Sponsors are still wanted, so please keep recruiting.
 
Dave Williamson spoke about an enhancement to this year's Blarney Bash. There will be two tents this year to allow for more focus on children's activities in one area and expanded fundraising opportunities in the main tent. This will result in an increased need for members to volunteer to help with the expanded logistics.
 
Guest Speaker Notes:
 
Our guest speaker was Brian Zuercher, the CEO of SEEN, and also the son of our fellow Rotarian Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher. Brian has spent the last decade building companies from consumer software to ag tech industries. Most recently Brian led SEEN, a marketing technology firm to become a leader in influencer marketing working with global brands like Reebok, Hilton, Hershey's, Scotts and more.
 
Brian has made his presentation slides available here.
Following the Prayer/Pledge opening several “Thank You” letters received from Dublin 3rd graders to whom the Club had given dictionaries were read by a variety of members.
 
The program was conducted by club member retired Air Force Colonel  Dave Williamson who presented a multiple slide program depicting the 8th club sponsored “Veterans Honor Flight” to Washington D.C.
This year’s flight was hosted by Rick Malir and his wife Club President-Elect Bonnie Coley-Malir, who arraigned transportation for the six veteran honorees, from Net Jet Air.
Announcements:
  • Dwight Seeley - Blarney Bash Committee is looking for more sponsors because we need more sponsorship $$.  Continue to identify potential sponsors knowing that a variety of sponsorship levels are still available.  Contact Dwight or other committee members when you can make a warm transfer to a potential sponsor.
  • Claudia Trusty - The Communications Committee is actively seeking new members.  Current need exists for meeting reporters and photographers (a smart phone camera is all that is necessary). 
  • Sara Ott - The Dublin Food Pantry is looking for Monday evening volunteers.  If you are interested, please contact Sara.
  • Rita Hook - La VIA in Moldova sent Dublin AM a Christmas card expressing thanks for our support.  Page Vornbrook publicly recognized Rita for all of the work that she does with La VIA.
  • Sinan Yaykin - 26 golfers have already signed up for the Polar Bear Open.  Plenty of room for more golfers to participate and sponsors to contribute.  This is always a great day regardless of the weather and it is a significant club fundraiser.
  • Bonnie Coley-Malir - There is still room to participate in the Progressive Dinner Party on January 28.  This event is a favorite among many Rotarians and all are welcome.  Please contact Cindy Groeniger if you'd like to join the dinner party or potentially be a host home.
Guests:
  • Susan West (Page Vornbrock)
  • Jeremy Brooks (Sarah Richardson)
January 6th Meeting Notes:
 
Announcements and Club News:
 
We welcomed Ingrid Fields as our newest Dublin AM Rotary member.  Ingrid is a Strategic Solutions Director for VMware, a cloud computing software company. Ingrid and her husband, Bob, reside in Muirfield Village and have two sons who have recently completed college and started their careers. 
 
Bruce Andrews shared that the Red Kettle campaign made over $8,000 during the weekend collections that our club members participated in!!  With the additional donations from our Club members to the family gifts adoption program,  over $10,000 was donated to those in need during the holiday season.
 
Tomorrow, Saturday, January 7th, at Dublin Jerome High School, there is a Robotics competition.  Volunteer judges are still needed (report time 7:30AM). If you can't volunteer, please join as a spectator during the day.
 
On Friday, Jan. 13th, a performance - A Celtic Evening - at Abbey Theatre featuring the Richens Timm irish dancing troupe is planned.  Complimentary tickets can be obtained for our club members and their guests by contacting Dwight Seeley.
 
Our Communications Committee will be meeting at 7:00AM on Friday the 13th and additional club members are being welcomed to the committee.
 
The Progressive Dinner is planned for January 28th.  Cindy Groeniger is looking for volunteers to host homes and to help deliver food items to the host homes on the day of the event.
 
The Polar Bear Open is planned for February 4th.  Please signed up for golf and encourage your friends and neighbors to join in as well. Please reach out to Sinan Yaykin or David Bentz with raffle items or to donate as a hole sponsor. The Polar Bear committee is meeting each Friday at 7:15AM weekly until the event.
 
Guest Speaker Notes:
 
JL Holdsworth, Founder and Head Performance Coach of The Spot Athletics provided us a very insightful talk with tips on "training for a pain free body".

Do you grocery shop at Kroger? If so, you can now designate Dublin AM Rotary Charitable Foundation to get a portion of your grocery bill - at no additional cost to you. All you need to do is register your Kroger Plus card identifying our foundation as your Kroger Community Rewards partner. Register online at krogercommunityrewards.com. Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy or simply login to your existing Kroger account. Our NPO number is 37564 or you can search by simply entering Dublin (I just did it - super easy!!).

Announcements:
 
  • Sarah Ott - Looking for 3 volunteers on January 2, 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the Dublin Food Pantry
  • Sinan Yaykin - Polar Bear Open on February 4 is now accepting player registration.  Do you have any potential raffle items?  Please join the Facebook page.  More event emails will be coming soon...
  • Cindy Groeninger - Holiday Party is tonight starting at 6pm.  Please remember your White Elephant gift (for each attendee).  Remember, re-gifting and items currently in your home that might be looking for a new home are strongly encouraged.  Less is more!
  • Cash was found in the meeting room following the December 2 meeting.  If you are the person who lost it, please contact Ramona.
Guests:
  • Ingrid Fields (Mike Isler)
  • Ted Smith (Bonnie Malir)
  • Mike Adolph (Alan Abouhassan)
  • Katie Rapp (Bonnie Malir)
Our speaker this week had to cancel, but thanks to some quick thinking by Ramona, we got a glimpse into one of her family's holiday traditions called "Whatzit?".  The meeting was divided into table teams and we worked together to guess what item might be enclosed within the giftwrap.  It was harder than you might think and it was another opportunity to get to know some fellow Rotarians just a little bit better.
The 3rd grade classes at Olde Sawmill Elementary School received their dictionaries November 22! Everyone was very excited and thankful! Rotarians and Literacy Committee members Dr. Todd Hoadley, Claudia Trusty and Julie Erwin Rinaldi represented our Club today!
 
In addition to words, these books share amazing facts, maps and fun factoids that inform and entertain. Dublin AM has donated dictionaries to every 3rd grader in the Dublin School District for 11 years. Thanks to our club members, over 13,200 children have enjoyed the books. We hope they all become life-long learners.