Ingrid Fields
Jun 14, 2024
Year in Review & Officer Installation
Off-Site Meeting at Dublin Justice Center
Jun 21, 2024
City of Dublin Citizen Academy, Fire Academy, Youth Academy
Megan O'Callaghan, City Mgr
Jun 28, 2024
State of the City
Jul 05, 2024
Rick Malir
Jul 12, 2024
City BBQ Evolution
Kristen Easterday
Jul 19, 2024
Plans for new Columbus airport
Tammy Noble
Jul 26, 2024
Envision Dublin
Jessica Rudolph
Aug 02, 2024
My Very Own Blanket
DB Gary Baker
Aug 09, 2024
District 6690 Update
Andy Beal
Aug 23, 2024
TrueSport and Auto Racing
Aug 30, 2024
Upcoming Events

Dublin AM Executives

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Welcome to Dublin AM Rotary
Our club is 100 members strong, working together to offer community service here at home in Dublin, Ohio, 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.
NOTE:  Our club is also meeting via Zoom. To learn about visiting us during a meeting or to get the Zoom link, contact our Membership Chair.
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Thank you to the wonderful committee members who shared updates!  Watch the YouTube vide, linked below, to learn more.
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel
Photos are on our Flickr website.
We enjoyed an extraordinary program honoring our club's past presidents! 
Most past presidents were in attendance so we highly encourage reviewing the Flickr page for photos!
City Manager Megan O'Callaghan, Mayor Chris Amorose Grooms, and other members of the city council presented a proclamation from the city.
As part of our program, we also conducted a leadership workshop positioning past presidents to facilitate break out sessions with club members to share leadership insights, highlight special projects, programs, fund-raisers, and lessons learned from their year of service.
District Governor David Uhl will conclude our program.
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel
Photos are on our Flickr website.
Scholarship winners and their families were honored at the meeting. Dublin AM Rotary is pleased to offer annual scholarships to students who reside in the Dublin City School District and have been selected from a very competitive field based on their academic success, demonstrated leadership and community service, a pledge that they have led, and will continue to lead an alcohol and drug-free lifestyle, quality of a written essay, and financial need.  
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel
Photos are on our Flickr website.
We answered a member survey a few months ago that Kurt created for our club. We are pleased with the positive results and the detailed comments and feedback as well. Another copy is available for your review attached.   
Friday’s meeting was an opportunity for all of us to share another level of discussion on 1 of 5 topics:
Speaker time
Member Engagement
Social & Services events Feedback
Growing membership/recruiting/attracting community awareness
Kurt & Ingrid asked us to move to 1 of 5 tables based on the topic you preferred.  Every table shared 2 or 3 recommendations after 10 minutes of discussion for going forward leadership to consider.
We have such a strong club and there are always ways to improve.  We want your opinion and consider this ideas speed dating another visioning exercise to grow on for coming years at our club.
This meeting featured speaker J.M. Rayburn discussing the Dublin City Division of Transportation & Mobility.
J.M. Rayburn is a Transportation & Mobility Planner for the City of Dublin.  He works toward Dublin's vision to be the most connected, sustainable and resilient global city of choice.  This presentation will center on how the City’s Division of Transportation & Mobility is implementing that vision with new policies and transformative projects.
J.M. also serves as LGBTQ+ Liaison between the community of the City of Dublin and the Office of the City Manager. He volunteers his time, effort and skills as a board member with Central Ohio Greenways and the Pat DiNunzio Ovarian Cancer Fund.
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel
Photos are on our Flickr website.
This meeting featured speakers Dawn Anderson-Butcher, Tyler Wolfe, and Jim Sauter with the OSU LiFESports Initiative.  
Dawn Anderson-Butcher, PhD, is a professor in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University and a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW-S) in the State of Ohio. She also holds a courtesy appointment in Physical Activity and Educational Services in Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology. She has a B.A. in psychology, a B.S. in exercise and sport sciences, and a M.S. in health and sport studies, all from Miami University. She also has a M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the University of Utah. Her primary research interests focus on positive youth development in various social settings, such as schools, afterschool programs, and youth sport. Her secondary research interests include exploring how school-family-community partnerships maximize school- and community-based resources for learning and healthy development, especially in communities serving vulnerable children and families. Her research in these areas has been widely published. At OSU, Dr. Anderson-Butcher serves as the Executive Director of the Community and Youth Development Institute, as well as the Director of Teaching/Research for the OSU LiFEsports Initiative (www.osulifesports.org).
Tyler Wolfe is the Director of Student Wellness at Dublin City Schools where he is responsible for mental health and wellness including 18 Mental Health Specialists, 25 Mental Health Specialist "interns" in the OSU College to Social Work Cadre, 2 Substance Use Disorder Counselors, 50+ School Counselors, LiFEsports, Hope Squad, ROX, Go Guardian, Character Strong, MS Advisory, Attendance Intervention Plans, Behavior Team. His career in education spans 31 years including 19 years with Dublin City Schools.
Jim Sauter is vice president of the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern and operating partner of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. Sauter provides strategic direction for the brand and leads a team of managers and directors who oversee all restaurant operations – from identifying new site locations to the overall expansion of Rusty Bucket. Sauter is a graduate of The Ohio State University and currently resides in Dublin with his wife and two children. He is a LiFEsports Advisory Council Member, Dublin Youth Athletics At-Large Board Member, Ohio Restaurant Association Workforce Development Advisory Council, and a member of the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants Executive Team.
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel
Photos are on our Flickr website.
During this meeting we celebrated the hard work and community impact of our local Rotary Interact Clubs!
Rotary Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self.  Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding.  In Dublin, Interact clubs are associated with our three area high schools and have even been started in the middle schools.  This meeting will feature an update from the dedicated teachers/advisors who support the students as well as those youth who are the future of community service and Rotary in Dublin!  Please come to applaud these young leaders for all the work they do here in our backyard and connections they make around the world.
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel
Photos are on our Flickr website.
Michael began working for the City of Dublin in 2018 as the Operation Administrator of the Solid Waste Department in Public Works. Michael oversees several key city contracts that affect the health and safety of community residents including the Rumpke Solid Waste Collection Agreement, the Rumpke Recycling Processing Agreement, the Franklin County Mosquito Control Agreement and the Contract Sweeper Street Sweeping Agreement. Michael’s other responsibilities include serving as the city liaison to the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, grant writing for the city’s Green Initiatives, oversight of the Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event and Document Shredding Events, as well as the Food Waste Drop Off, Styrofoam Drop Off, and the popular Pumpkin Composting Drop Off. Michael also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Association of Ohio Recyclers and as Solid Waste Chair for EcoDublin.
Michael has recently been nominated for the American Public Works Association Solid Waste Manager of the Year Award, and has also recently received his Envision ENV-Sustainability Professional Certification from the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure.
Prior to his employment at Dublin, Michael worked for Rumpke Waste and Recycling serving as the Central Ohio Municipal Representative where he was responsible for the administration of all Rumpke Residential Collection and Recycling Processing Agreements in Franklin County as well as each of the surrounding Central Ohio Counties. Michael’s responsibilities also included the oversight of waste management practices of events including the Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest, Dublin Irish Festival and Red, White and Boom.
Previous to Rumpke, Michael was the owner of Great Lakes Paper Reclamation which specialized in mobile document shredding services for northern Ohio including the greater Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus areas. Great Lakes Paper Reclamation is recognized as an early innovator for the brokerage of paper, cardboard and other fiber materials allowing smaller companies to create revenue by combining and collectively marketing recyclable material that would have otherwise been landfilled.
Michael is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Horticulture and was a member of the Ohio State University Marching Band. His future plans include working towards a Master of Public Administration Degree and pilot’s license. Michael has a son named Logan, and enjoys operating a sustainable hobby farm in Delaware County with his wife Laura.
To see more photos go to our Flickr website.
To watch the video for this and other meetings, go to our YouTube Channel.
UNTIL HELP ARRIVES:  If you are ever involved in or witness a traumatic accident, will you know what to do until first responders arrive?  Would you be prepared to help save someone’s life?  This meeting walked us through each step: how to recognize that there is a problem, how to assess the surroundings so you can act safely, what information is most important to share on your 911 call, and the care you can administer until law enforcement and or fire/EMS arrive.  Washington Township Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Riebel and emergency dispatcher (Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center) Stephanie Skipworth were our presenters.
Battalion Chief Mike Riebel
Started in the fire service in 1994 and has worked for Washington Township since 1996. Co-coordinator of the “Until Help Arrives” program since 2017, teaching hundreds of Dublin residents, thousands of Dublin City Schools employees, and numerous local colleges and businesses.
Communications Manager Stephanie Skipworth started dispatching for Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in 2001. Communications Manager for NRECC and has been with the City of Dublin for 16 years. Co-coordinator of the "Until Help Arrives."
A plant was presented to Gene Oliver as a memoriam for the loss of his brother. (bottom center photo)
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel
Photos are on our Flickr website.
We heard from John Diehl, senior vice president of applied insights for Hartford Funds. He educates financial advisors and their clients about current and emerging opportunities in the financial services marketplace. These opportunities range from retirement planning, investment planning and charitable planning, to anticipating and preparing for demographic and lifestyle changes.
John joined Hartford in 1988 and now overseas their relationship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Age Lab. For more than a decade, Hartford has partnered in research related to retirement topics with the MIT AgeLab.  John will translate this research to help us plan for 8,000 days of retirement.
John has been a featured guest on CNBC and Bloomberg Television to discuss retirement-related topics and has been widely quoted in The Wall Street Journal.  He attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and earned a bachelors degree in economics.
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel
The Slides are available in our Google Drive.

Our guests were Deb Papesh and Melissa Bogner who are on the board of the Dublin Education Foundation.

Deb holds an M.Ed in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Family Literacy. She was an adjunct professor at the Oklahoma City University and co-developed FILM: the Family Intergenerational Model which was approved as one of four national family literacy models in the 90’s. She currently also serves on the board for the Dublin Food Pantry.  Deb lives in Dublin with husband Brian and has raised two daughters who graduated from DCS. Dr. Ashley Papesh Place of Legacy Family Dental and Hopewell Elementary teacher, Katie Papesh.  Deb’s motto:  Life is a Networking event… celebrate the simple and share the good! 

Melissa is a graduate of Ohio University and spent 8 years in finance at Charles Schwab before deciding to stay home to care for her young children and become a community volunteer, advocate, and connector.  Expanding her involvement and leadership from her children’s elementary PTO Board, Melissa became a member of the Dublin Education Foundation Board in 2020 giving her the opportunity to serve the entire DCS district.  She enjoys boating and snow skiing with her husband Joe and three children, Taylor, Carter, and Charlie, and hosting spontaneous backyard gatherings with extended family, friends, and neighbors.

We also recognized Bob Rosenberg for his herculean efforts to obtain gift cards for the Polar Bear auction!  Thank you Bob!! (photo on left bottom center).

Photos are on our Flickr website.
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel

Kerstin Carr, PhD shared updates from projects of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

Dr. Carr currently serves as Chief Regional Strategy Officer & Sr. Director of Planning at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). In this role, she leads and oversees large-scale regional planning initiatives, sustainability programs, and data projects that help empower and support community leaders to implement equitable and sustainable solutions around growth and development, housing, and greenspace that benefit every resident.
Dr. Carr is a founding board member of RAPID 5 and the former chair of the governance committee of the Neighborhood Design Center Board. As a certified professional coach, she is also a life coach to program participants of the Families Flourish non-profit organization. She previously chaired the Scenario Planning Consortium of the National Association of Regional Councils and was an advisory member to the OSU Center for Real Estate and a member of the Early Childhood Advisory Council. Dr. Carr is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Columbus, was part of the 2020 Future 50 class, and has a doctoral degree in geography from the University of Regensburg, Germany.
And we inducted three new members Ed Edin, Greg Topps and Sean Becker (bottom left and bottom right).
Photos are on our Flickr website.
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel

We were pleased to hear from Jenny Stotts an inspiring message about Rotary Membership.  Jenny is one of the most energetic leaders in our district and will be sure to reignite the spark in all of us to share the message of Rotary with prospective members.

Jenny R. Stotts, MS, LSW volunteers as an Assistant Rotary Coordinator in Rotary International Zone 30 and as the Public Image Chair in her local club. She is a major donor, a benefactor, a member of the Paul Harris Society, the Polio Plus Society and the Bequest Society. Each member of her family, including her two children, are Paul Harris Fellows. She is a charter member and past president of the Rotary Club of Athens Sunrise, a past Assistant Governor, and previously served as the Membership Chair in District 6690, creating several resources and toolkits that are now used worldwide. In 2023, she spearheaded an effort to train Rotary members across southern
Ohio in Mental Health First Aid. Her favorite Rotary activities include RYLA and Paddle for Polio Plus, an annual event featuring kayaks.

Professionally, Stotts was appointed in 2022 by Governor Mike DeWine to serve as Ohio’s first Youth Ombudsman. As Ohio’s Youth Ombudsman, she is responsible for investigating and resolving complaints and concerns submitted by foster youth, including suspected violations of Ohio’s foster youth bill of rights. She previously served for 9 years as the Executive Director of the Athens CASA/GAL Program and the Regional Coordinator of Southeast Ohio CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), supporting the development of three new court-based child advocacy programs in Appalachia. She developed a hybrid volunteer training program that has been scaled and implemented nationwide. Prior to that she worked as a children services investigator and worked in higher education at Ohio University’s Department of Social Work. She is a licensed social worker, a trauma specialist, and a trained forensic interviewer. Notably, she has taught courses on evidence-based communication, conflict resolution, and trauma-informed care. She holds a black belt in Lean Six Sigma and is a graduate of Leading in Appalachia. She has devoted her career to serving foster children. This work is near to her heart as she was adopted from the Ohio child welfare system and grew up in a foster home. She and her husband, also a Rotarian, continued the tradition, building their family through foster care adoption, as well. She is an outspoken advocate for youth voice and youth rights.

More photos are on our Flickr website.
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel

This meeting time was dedicated to assembling 100 bags of toiletry items for victims of human trafficking to be distributed by the Salvation Army.  Thanks to Claudia Trusty for organizing this project to show care for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.


This meeting featured Dr. Sarah K. Douglas with an update on Ukraine.

Dr. Sarah K Douglas obtained her MA from the Ohio State University in 2010 and her Ph.D. from OSU in 2015. Her specialties include military history, disease history, medieval European history, and world history. Dr. Douglas has served as a Fellow at the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History; she has received eight Ohio State College of Arts and Sciences and Department of History Awards/Fellowships; two research fellowships from the Mershon Center for International Security Studies; and she has been awarded four dissertation fellowships from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee. She has four peer-reviewed articles, two editor-reviewed articles, and one edited volume now in print, while her dissertation manuscript is going through the editorial process in preparation for publication. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at The Ohio State University, where she teaches various undergraduate courses covering topics from the Crusades to the Vietnam War. She also works as a Senior Lecturer at Norwich University, where she teaches graduate courses and advises Masters theses in both military history and global history.

Dr. Douglas was brought back by request from club members who heard her speak last year.  As Rotarians, caring about people all over the world is in our nature.  We appreciated the opportunity to come together to remember those continuing to suffer in Ukraine.
More photos are on our Flickr website
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel

Our meeting speaker was Diane Doucette is President and COO of Mount Carmel New Albany, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s and Mount Carmel Lewis Center.  With more than 30 years of experience in health care, she has been with Mount Carmel New Albany since its inception in December 2003.  Thanks to Diane’s guidance and leadership, Mount Carmel New Albany (MCNA) is an award-winning, nationally recognized musculoskeletal surgical hospital built on providing an exceptional patient and family experience with clinical outcomes which are unparalleled. In addition to MCNA, she assumed the presidency of Mount Carmel St. Ann’s (MCSA) in 2020, a full-service inpatient hospital known for its Women’s Health Center.  Today, she is the Executive Sponsor for the Mount Carmel Dublin campus projected to open in 2025.

Prior to becoming president of Mount Carmel New Albany in 2015, Diane served in several leadership positions at various health systems across administration and clinical services.  Diane was a principal in a consulting firm for 20 years across the country as a subject matter expert in periop efficiencies, patient experience and architectural design of hospitals.  She is a member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses, the American Nurses Association, and the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses.  She currently serves as a board member for the Mount Carmel Rehabilitation Hospital and Easton Surgery Center.

Diane received her nursing education from Canadore College in Canada, her bachelor's degree in business administration from Otterbein University and her master's degree in business administration from Franklin University.

More photos are on our Flickr website
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel


During this meeting, we took Flight with NetJets as their team members Sara Abele and Halle Markwas (Dublin AM Rotary Club Member) pulled back the curtains and showed us what’s behind the world’s largest, leading private jet company.  We learned about what sets this Columbus-based company apart and what it’s like onboard a NetJets aircraft.

Sara is Senior Vice President of Sales at NetJets. During her 19 years at NetJets, she has held a variety of roles in customer service and sales, now focusing on customer accounts and new business development in Ohio and Michigan.

Halle is the Senior Project Manager on the Global 5 Senses Team, a unique team dedicated to curating the onboard experience for Owners and creating that ONLY NetJets experience.  Halle has over a decade of project management experience and is a former luxury hotelier and Certified Meeting Professional.
More photos are on our Flickr website
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel
Our apologies to David Uhl, District Governor, who was scheduled to speak before the meeting was canceled due to snow.  David Uhl will be rescheduled to speak on a future date.  
While we didn't get to gather, it was a beautiful snowy day in Dublin, Ohio.  Enjoy that winter weather, Rotary!
Dr. Christi Scott Bartman has been involved in anti-human trafficking efforts in Ohio for over a decade. She is the founder of Eyes Up Appalachia, an anti-human trafficking initiative focusing on the Appalachian Counties of Ohio. She operates as a compassionate catalyst to push for better ways to address human trafficking and the vulnerabilities that underlie it. In 2021 she received The Social Justice Leader Award from the University of Toledo's Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute, was a semi-finalist in the Everyday Heroes of Central Ohio and was chosen as one of the inaugural fellows for the Foundation for Appalachian Ohioan 2022. In 2023 she was awarded the Everyday Ohio Heroes Award for the Southeast Region by the Ohio Children's Trust Fund. She served as the Co-Chair of the Ohio Attorney General's Trafficking Commission Research/Gap and Data Analysis Subcommittee until January 2022 and continues to serve on that subcommittee. Christi is an Air Force Veteran.
Christi also shared these links and resources:
Christi's website http://eyesupappalachia.org/ has lots of resources that are divided into interest groups - all focused on general audiences, not just the Appalachian area. If anyone would like to follow-up on familial trafficking, there are some great podcasts and information under that tab. https://www.eyesupappalachia.org/familialtrafficking 
Another resource -  “Be Safe, Know Safe, Stay Safe” campaign. You can access the social media posts at https://www.eyesupappalachia.org/safeperson . If anyone is interested in posting that on their social media that would be great! 
You can also see the Resource Guide that was referenced on that postcard at https://www.eyesupappalachia.org/resource-guide-on-safe-social-media-use . It is full of mostly national resources and tips for individuals in age appropriate ways. It is not limited to the Appalachian area. 
"Please feel free to share the above links . I had so many positive responses that I would love for them to know I truly appreciate their interest and concern for those that fall victim to human trafficking!"
Photos of our team putting together toiletries kits for the victims of sex trafficking at Gracehaven on the left.
More photos are on our Flickr website
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings are on our YouTube Channel
We were pleased to hear from our club member Dr. Tom McGloshen addressing life transitions.
Thomas H. McGloshen, Ph.D., is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Independent Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice.  Formerly Clinical Assistant Professor in Family Medicine at The Ohio State Wexner College of Medicine, he is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy,
After serving a Presbyterian pastorate in Russellville, Kentucky, from 1963 to 1968, he accepted the position of Pastoral-Alcoholism Coordinator at the Barren River Comprehensive Care Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he was subsequently appointed Director of Emergency Services, Director of Staff Development and Training, and Supervisor of Outpatient Services.  In 1978 he came to Ohio to provide career development counseling to church professionals.  He began private practice in 1981.
In addition to his clinical work, Dr. McGloshen has held part-time faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky (Hopkinsville) Community College, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Western Kentucky University, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, the University of Dayton, The Ohio State University, the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and National University (formerly North Central University).
Dr. McGloshen received the B.A. from Centre College of Kentucky, the M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary, the M.A. (in Psychology) from Western Kentucky University, and the Ph.D. (in Family Relations and Human Development) from The Ohio State University.
In 2014, The Ohio Association for Marriage and Family presented Dr. McGloshen the Award of Honor for the Advancement of the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy. “His greatest contribution,” it was noted, is “his willingness to continue to teach and develop individuals in our field.  His investment is carried forward by each person he has supervised and is handed down to the next generation of MFT’s.”  This is the second time Dr. McGloshen was so honored by the Association. In 1988, he received the Award of Honor for his contribution to psychotherapy, education, research, and to the Ohio Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. 
In 2011, Dr. McGloshen was presented the Charles "Chuck" Weaver Award by the Ohio Counseling Association as a person "who has shown long, consistent and distinguished service to the counseling profession and who has shown exemplary caring for people." He was also a 1988-1989 Fellow at the Institute for Humanities and Medicine.
He served as member and Chair of the Marriage and Family Therapists Professional Standards Committee of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. He is past-president of the Ohio Council on Family Relations, the Columbus Chapter of the Association for Psychological Type, and the Tri-State Group Psychotherapy Society. He is a member of the Groves Conference on Marriage and Family.
In addition to serving on the editorial boards of the Career Development Quarterly and the Journal of Counselor Practice, he has also published in the areas of marital relations, child management, older recent widows, education, alcoholism as a family disease, and career development.
More photos are on our Flickr website
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel
We all gathered to assemble “Snowman Gloves“ for the kids of the Dublin Food Pantry.  Scott from the Dublin Food Pantry was on hand to take the finished gloves in time to spread some extra holiday cheer to pantry clients.  We appreciate everyone’s help, with a special thanks to Claudia Trusty, who ordered all the supplies!
More photos available on our Flickr site

It was festive holiday-themed fellowship meeting.  This joyful meeting was arranged thanks to Gene Oliver and Barb Anderson. They also arranged live music which was performed at the open and close of the meeting!  

Julie Erwin Rinaldi led a special invocation followed by a gratitude exercise.

A moment of silence was observed in honor and memory of Daryl Schorsten.  Members shared their memories of Daryl and how they knew him, some going back to high school.

More photos are on our Flickr website

Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel
Thanks to our meeting speakers Lili C Reitz, Esq. and Rob Graessle, DO, for discussing Fund The Climb Foundation.  The mission of Fund The Climb Foundation is to remove barriers that stand in the way of patients seeking treatment for the brain disease of addiction. 

Lili C Reitz, Esq., a licensed attorney and executive director of Fund The Climb Foundation.  She worked at the Attorney General’s Office for 5 years, and as an agency director for the state of Ohio for 20 years.  Ms. Reitz served as the compliance officer for an addiction treatment facility prior to her current position.

Rob Graessle, DO, an emergency medicine physician.  He worked in the ER at Grant Medical Center for 10 years, seeing the impact of the opioid epidemic.  As a result, he left Grant and in August of 2020, opened Basecamp Recovery Center, an addiction treatment center in Franklinton, on the near west side of downtown Columbus.
We were also reminded of the flurry of volunteer and giving opportunities with Dublin AM Rotary this holiday season.  Please see the sign up for Red Kettle Bell Ringing in support of Salvation Army.  We will pass-the-hat again next week to collect donations for our holiday adopt-a-family efforts supporting clients of Salvation Army and Syntero.
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel
A letter to our members from Fund the Climb:
Thank you for the opportunity to share the work we are doing to help patients who seek treatment for the disease of addiction.  These are the people who are often overlooked in our community.  They are suffering from a brain disease that has taken over their lives, and when they take the brave step to ask for help, we at Fund The Climb Foundation want to give them the best opportunity to succeed.  We do this by removing the barriers they face, such as the lack of safe, sober housing, lack of transportation, food insecurity and personal hygiene needs. 
Our Peaceful Living United + Sober (PLUS) Housing Program provides beds to the most vulnerable patients in the early stages of treatment.  We provide transportation and bus passes to patients in need.  We provide lunch, food bags and Kroger gift cards to hungry patients.  We provide care packages to patients who have personal hygiene needs.  When these basic needs are addressed, the patients can focus on the treatment they need that will save their lives.  In time, and with hard work and support, they can rejoin our community and their families hopeful and healthy, and with the tools they need to lead transformed and productive lives.
We cannot do all this without support.  Every donation is used to remove the barriers patients face when seeking help from this deadly disease.  We have a fundraising page that gives you the opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of those wishing to break the cycle of addiction and enter treatment. 
Here is the link:
You can also text FUNDTHECLIMB to 44-321  
Thank you again for the opportunity to attend your December meeting, and for your support!  We look forward to working together in the future!
Executive Director