Welcome to Dublin AM Rotary
Dave Holliday opened the meeting with a very thoughtful invocation. President Ramona Penland-Coyle followed with her thoughts on Paul Buchanan’s impact on us as people and Rotarians. His spirit of fun and service to others were highlighted. Reverend Steven Smith offered comments about tragic loss of those close to us and the importance of being patient and letting the grief happen. Several members shared perspective and stories of Paul and his example of how he lived life to the fullest and served others.
Paul, you will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.
Photo by Roberta Kayne
Speaker: Ian Wolfgang Hinz, Tantrum Theatre Producing Director
The Tantrum Theatre is a professional theatre group, made possible by a partnership between Ohio University, the city of Dublin and the Dublin Arts Council.
The mission of Tantrum Theatre is to connect and impact the Dublin and Athens communities through educational outreach and culturally diverse innovative programming that encompasses multiple theatrical disciplines, as well as to develop new work and offer new points of view on classic stories that have contemporary relevance, and offer opportunities for intercultural exchange.
Performances are currently held at the Abbey Theatre (Dublin Community Recreation Center) and will move to a permanent home in The Bridge Street District. The theatre expects to make an economic and educational impact on the city and enhance the quality of life for the community. To learn more about the Tantrum Theatre and performance schedule, visit tantrumtheatre.org
ANNOUNCEMENTS (with name of presenter in italics)
- Rotarian Guest---Claudia Trusty
Dr. Ken Boltz was introduced.
- Social Committee---David Bentz
There was a 63% participation response to the Social Committee survey. The most popular event requested was for a Christmas Party. There were other top activities requested and David will be providing updates. Twenty-one Social Committee members participated in that morning’s meeting.
- Miracle Games Season---Ron Morgan
There are 2 games remaining for this year’s season. Please contact Ron to volunteer.
- Sergeant-at-Arms ---Dave Williamson
Dave is scheduling a Rotary Sergeant-at-Arms Training Session. Please contact Dave to learn about this opportunity to be trained and how to successfully fulfill this role.
- Veteran’s Honor Flight---Dave Williamson
Please share with Dave the names and contact information of Veterans you know who may want to participate in the annual Veteran’s Honor Flight to Washington, DC.
- New Member Induction---Pete Cushnie
Brandon Tucker (who prefers just “Tucker”) became the Club’s 103rd active member.
- New Member Committee---Pete Cushnie
Request made to Club members to donate one hour a month to join the Membership Committee.
- Salvation Army Mobile Canteen---Bruce Andrews
Volunteers needed for food preparation (2 pm to 4:15 pm) and food service (4:15 pm to 7:30 pm) for first Saturday of month---for September. Fortunately, most of the year is covered.
- Communications Committee---Claudia Trusty
There are still members who have not posted their photographs on the Club website. Please do so. And if you need to support to update or download a recent photograph, the Committee will provide assistance.
- Dublin Slider Challenge—Pete Cushnie
There were 100 tickets available the day before the event (7/9/16).
- Officer Installation Dinner ---Bonnie Coley-Malir
There were over 100 people registered to attend the event (7/8/16).
MEETING ATTENDANCE: Provided by Rich Weber
57 Total (54 Dublin AM Members, 1 Visiting Rotarian and 2 Guests)
TAKE A TIME OUT!
We invite you to be our guest at several performances of Tantrum Theater’s production of Tammy Faye’s Final Audition!
Tammy Faye’s Final Audition
· A New Play by Merri Biechler
· Directed by Dennis Delaney
Tammy Faye Bakker was the sweetheart of Christian television in the 1980s until fraud and sex scandals brought her world crashing down. In this fevered dream at the end of her life, Tammy Faye enlists the men she loved to help her get back on TV and tape one last media extravaganza. Merri Biechler’s new play wipes clean the mascara and tears to make known the naked truth, and ask: to whom, and for what, do we so desperately devote ourselves?
To reserve your complimentary tickets, please email Ledger Free at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and performance of your choice (see list below of available dates)and how many tickets you’d like. We can offer up to 4 tickets a person. Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis. We ask that if you cannot use the tickets you sign up for, please do let Ledger know so that they can go to someone else.
Friday, July 8th at 8PM
Saturday, July 9th at 8PM
Sunday, July 10th at 2PM
Wednesday, July 13th at 8PM
Thursday, July 14th at 8PM
All performances are at the Abbey Theater in Dublin’s Rec Center—5600 Post Road, Dublin, OH, and your reserved tickets will be waiting at the box office when you arrive for the show.
Tantrum Theater is a new professional theater in Dublin, Ohio. Read more at tantrumtheater.org. We hope to see you at the theater!
Over 50 Rotarians and guests were in attendance. Sign up is now underway for July 4 parade marshals, the Dublin Slider Challenge (July 9), and the Dublin Irish Festival beverage inventory control (August 5-7).
John Koon was our guest speaker who gave us an update on his work with La VIA Orphanage in Moldova . Dublin AM is a sponsor supporting the health and hygiene program that impacted about 40 children this past school year. This is a very comprehensive program that includes daily hygiene attention, nutrition, vitamins, lessons, clothes washing, wound care, lice, and medical treatment. John also shared stories of those who are supported through La VIA and the transition to a new building that will ensure more have access to healthy meals, showers, classrooms, and a nurse’s office. Additionally, efforts continue to develop a mentorship program for those who complete the 9th grade (which is the typical end of formal education for many).
Photos by Bonnie Coley-Malir
The May 27th meeting had 57 Dublin AM Club Rotarians, 4 visiting Rotarians, and 3 Guests in attendance.
Reminder that due to The Memorial Tournament, we will not be holding a meeting on Friday, June 3rd. Our next meeting is Friday, June 10th.
Reminder from Rita Hook that Saturday, May 27th, is the rescheduled date of our Spring social function. Meet at the Play Polo Club polo match at 3pm, with proceeds from the event benefitting “La Via” orphanage in Moldova (one of our club’s international projects).
Reminder that the Dublin Slider Challenge will be held on Saturday, July 9th from 1-4pm with a number of restaurants in historic Dublin participating. Mark your calendars and spread the word! All proceeds benefit the Dublin AM Rotary Foundation.
Pete Cushnie announced Jackie Ulm as our newest Dublin AM Rotary member:
New Assistant District Governor, Steve Heiser, was introduced, and Steve emphasized the opportunity to attend the Rotary International convention and mark the 100th anniversary. Registration for the 2017 convention in Atlanta opens May 28th.
Claudia Trusty announced that through a grant from our District Governor, our group was able to award 4 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who participated in Interact. 3 of those scholarships went to seniors from Dublin’s own Coffman High School!
Dublin AM’s Amber Hulme introduced Derek Hurley with AIRROSTI. Derek talked about AIRROSTI’s approach to pain and injury solutions through manual therapies. AIRROSTI treats a wide range of musculoskeletal, soft-tissue, acute and chronic problems ranging from headache to planter fascia. The Over 5,000 surgeries have been avoided through their therapies, as have 94% of patients reduced their pharmaceutical requirements. AIRROSTI’s innovative approach involves no MRIs, no machines, no surgeries, for injections, and they work with athletes and athletic teams and have expanded their reach into employers who want to offer proactive treatment to their employees.
Author Visit at Daniel Wright Elementary
Rotarians Betty, McGhee, Bob & Wendy with Author Carol Gerber (ctr)
1st Graders are excited about learning more
Dublin AM Rotary’s own Ann Ralston, who is also an executive board member of CORI, offered some perspective on the history of our Club’s support of robotics in Dublin and Central Ohio. Our Club got involved in the robotics program in the Dublin high schools around 2002 and has expanded our support over the years to include multiple club members involved in the programs in the high schools, the Lego League in the middle schools and broader Central Ohio initiatives through CORI.
Ann introduced Greg King, Dublin Coffman High School Engineering Academy Teacher and Robotics Team Advisor. Greg shared with our club how the FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology) platform is inspiring STEM learning in many students in the Dublin City Schools. Over 100 alums of the Robotics program in Dublin have gone on to pursue STEM related careers and many more are currently in STEM-related majors in their college studies. Beyond inspiring interest in science, math and engineering, Greg explained that the Robotics teams are expanding their outreach to other initiatives in the schools and in the community. In addition, the students are building valuable interpersonal skills, self-confidence, collaboration and team building skills. Dublin’s team this year built two robots – each taking approximately 2,300 man hours just for assembly after they have been designed. May 21st is the State Robotics Championship, which is being held at Worthington Kilbourne H.S., and on June 18th, Dublin Coffman H.S. hosts the Central Ohio Robotics Initiative (for more information: http://growrobotics.org/)
Dublin AM Rotary Club member and Dublin City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Todd Hoadley, spoke about the positive impact that the robotics program has in preparing these students for the dynamic nature of today’s global economy. The collaboration and critical thinking skills gained through this program and academies like the Engineering Academy are designed to help the students become the innovators for the future.
OTHER CLUB NEWS
Reminder from Rita Hook that Saturday, May 21st, is our Spring social function. Meet at the Play Polo Club polo match at 3pm, with proceeds from the event benefitting “La Via” orphanage in Moldova (one of our club’s international projects). Information and registration link: Play Polo Club
Betty Isaacs updated on the Visiting Author program on May 25th. Carole Gerber, a local author, will present her book, “Seeds, Bees, Butterflies and More!” to 125 students at Daniela Wright Elementary, and Franklin Park Conservatory will be doing a butterfly presentation. Club members are welcomed to participate and help distribute the books to the students. Please contact Betty if you are interested in participating on the 25th.
Pete Fuhlbrigge announced the return of the Dublin Slider Challenge which will be held on Saturday, July 9th from 1-4pm with a number of restaurants in historic Dublin participating. Mark your calendars and spread the word! All proceeds benefit the Dublin AM Rotary Foundation.
Congratulation to Wendy Sheridan on being awarded a Paul Harris Fellow!
(Photos by Roberta Kayne)
Lou Charobee presented a Rotary and an Interact banner that were presented to him during a recent trip to Brazil.
Betty Isaacs introduced Marisa Saelzler who is the Media Specialist at Daniel J Wright Elementary School. Betty presented Marisa with a $500 check to support our weekly book contribution made on behalf of weekly meeting presenters.
Stephen Osborne introduced three Coffman students who are being supported by Dublin AM Rotary as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Each student presented an overview of their host family and where they will be traveling.
- Jen Spears (Barcelona, Spain)
- Ava Green (Ulm, Germany)
- Gretchen Spears (Weitz, Austria)
Our District Governor and representatives from many district Rotary Clubs came to hear our own Mohan Viddam update us on the social work projects he is leading in India. Dublin AM has financially supported his reverse osmosis (RO) water work projects the past couple of years with a donations totaling $12,800. The first RO water purification plant was installed in June 2015 and Mohan has accumulated funding for 35 more plants, of which 9 have already been installed. Each self-sustaining plant provides water to 2000-3000 people. In addition to the RO plants, water backpacks are also available for transporting this valuable resource back to a village. Dublin AM is inviting other district Rotary Clubs to partner with us in funding more plants and will be applying for a Rotary International Global Grant to acquire funding for another 30-50 plants. In addition to Rotary funding, Mohan also contributes funding from his own company, Halcyon, and from various Indian organizations such as the American Association of Physicians of Indian-Origin (AAPI). I think we can all agree that Mohan’s desire to make a difference and what he has accomplished is significant, especially to those who are receiving water through his RO projects. That said, Mohan informed us that the need is still very great as these projects are focused in only a small geographic area of need in India.
As if this was not enough, Mohan also has collected over 1000 lbs. of used clothes in 2015 and shipped them to India for orphans and homeless people. The cost of shipping was $2000 of which Dublin AM funded $350. In 2016, Mohan has already collected and packed 2100 lbs. of used clothes which will be shipped later this month.
Congratulations to Mohan for all that he has accomplished! Thank you for sharing your success with us, for being an inspiration of service, and for being an example of what an individual can do to impact so many.
Photos illustrating the great work Mohan is leading can be found at the following Flickr album: Mohan's India projects presentation photos
(Photos by Mohan Viddam) - For all of the days photos, the Flickr album is available here: Interact 2016
Amy Snow, Scholarship Committee, recognized the following high school senior recipients of a Dublin AM Rotary college scholarship:
- Emma Silsdorf, Scioto
- Brittany Hinkle, Scioto
- Annika Fowler, Jerome
- Calsey Graham, Jerome
These recipients, in addition to those from Coffman recognized during the last meeting, have established themselves as academic and service leaders and are a great reflection of our Dublin community.
Continuing with the theme of high school recognition, the Dublin Interact student leaders from each local high school presented an overview of their respective club’s service activities and achievements. Forty-one different projects across schools were highlighted! As we know, teachers do much more than educate students in the classroom. The following teachers were also recognized as Interact advisors:
- Jill Harris, Jerome
- John Witt, Scioto
- Megan Burton, Coffman
- Karen Brothers, Coffman
For over a decade, Dublin AM has been supporting Interact through its model of service.
We welcomed Rachel Finney from the Capital Area Humane Society. Rachel gave us an overview of the Humane Society, telling us who they are and everything they do in and for our community.
We are also proud to have presented our annual Rotary Scholarships to the recipients. Below are some Dublin Coffman High School - Rotary Scholarship recipients:
(Photos by Bonnie Coley-Malir)
Left to Right: Sara Ott, Dublin AM Rotary; Dana Pajk, recipient; Megan Hoadley, recipient; and Daniela Dluzynsk, recipient.
Two new members of the Dublin City Counci, Christina Alutto (right) and Chris Amorose Groomes (left), were our guest speakers and each provided comments following their first 100 days in office.
Christina Alutto continues to meet so many wonderful citizens of Dublin and added that she has encountered many incredible corporate citizens, too. It has been a steep learning curve that often requires developing a better understanding of the history for how things have come together. Currently, there is a lot of focus on Riverside Park within the Bridge Street district. Christina is listening to all of the voices and opinions for what this space should be. While the entire space spans the riverfront from Bridge Street to Emerald Parkway, the usable or “programmable” space is much smaller.
Chris Amorose Groomes has participated in 57 events during her first 100 days. She identified four areas of her focus: differentiating between dialogue and meaningful dialogue, how and why decisions are made (not just what decisions are made), pursuing term limits for city council members (unsuccessful so far), and expanding the number of different and diverse perspectives to be heard. As a reflection of her areas of focus, she highlighted that while she has lost four votes through a 6-1 tally, she was positive about how the process unfolded. Additionally, Chris stated that she wanted more careful use of legislation labeled as “emergency” in order to increase dialogue and consideration before voting. She recognized Mayor Greg Peterson as a terrific leader in his role.
Michael Henricks was introduced as a new member. He and his spouse (both veterinarians) are returning to Ohio with their two young children. (above)
Kent Underwood and Bob Rosenberg were featured in the members spotlight. (below)
Dan Sullivan, Executive Director of the Memorial Tournament, was our guest speaker. He shared that the Memorial Tournament has recently solidified Nationwide sponsorship through 2021 and that the tournament purse has grown from $6.2 million in 2015 to $8.5 million in 2016. These are examples of the commitments being made that will support the Memorial Tournament as an enduring event into the future.
Speaker for March 18 meeting - Patrick Kilbane, the Business Liaison at Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities and a Board member of the Ohio Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is passionate about finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis as he has a young daughter with the disease.
Eric Phillips, Executive Director of the Union County Community Improvements Corporation and the CEO of the Union County Chamber of Commerce. Eric gave us updates concerning all the growth taking place along the Route 33 Corridor. Thanks Eric! For more pictures, check out the Flickr page: https://flic.kr/s/aHskv4sx8e
The 2016 Polar Bear Golf Open was a great success last Saturday. We raised thousands of dollars for our charities and feedback from the golfers was very positive. So many people in our club stepped forward to volunteer their time, talents, and treasure to make this event happen. I want to recognize those people here. I am sure I will miss someone, and for that I apologize. Please join me in thanking all of these people. Polar Bear gave our club a big head start on our 2016 fundraising objectives. Now on to Blarney Bash!