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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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Dublin AM Rotary July 13,2018 meeting
We had an engaging Main Speaker today, Bradley Frick sharing “Constitution 230”.
 
But first our announcements:
Bob Rosenberg was recognized “Rotarian of the Year” in this 20th year of his membership and some of his contributions were announced. Best wishes also to Bob and Irene for their 46th wedding anniversary this weekend.
 
We had visitors from Taiwan Rotary 3461 and 3462.  Sharon Kendall and The GSE Taiwan Director introduced the students and professionals visiting the area and reviewed some of the highlights of their trip.           
Andy reminded us that there are still vital volunteer opportunities for our Irish Festival and the signup link is right here for you to use now:
Registration Site: 
 
Click on the “Sharing o’ the Green” button at DublinIrishFestival.org 
 
If you did serve for an organization in the past please sign into your account OR enter your username, click on the Forgot Your Password? link. Note: if you forgot your username, the group leader will have access to that information. Please DO NOT create a new account if you have served in the past • A new page will open, reenter your username in the space provided and click Continue • An email will be sent to your e-mail account prompting you to reset your password. Follow the instructions provided in the email and choose a password that you can remember for the rest of the season! 
 
If you did not serve for an organization in the past please click the Create New Account. 
  • Create a username and password, click Next. (We recommend using your first initial and last name all LOWERCASE case as your password) 
  • Enter Dublin AM Rotary join code: 18blarney (all join codes must be entered in ALL LOWERCASE. Click Next. If you have multiple join codes, enter one and proceed to the next page where you will receive instructions on how to enter another. IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE, YOU CAN CONTACT BONNIE COLEY-MALIR AT BONNIE.COLEY@ME.COM OR 614-330-6540, OR ANDY KEELER AT ANDY.KEELER@KEELERNADLER.COM OR 614-402-3765
Wolf talked about our exchange student and her upcoming arrival August 8th and a possible Perfect Party around August 11th. Cindy has graciously volunteered if no other hosts anxiously steps in.
Dwight won the big pot and donated $1,000 to the veteran’s committee fund.
 
Dublin Arts Council - Updates and Trends
 
Our guest speakers today were Dr. David Guion, Executive Director, and Janet Cooper, Director of Engagement, from the Dublin Arts Council.  David and Janet walked our members through 8 Trends and discussed how the DAC is responding to those trends.  The presentation was very informative and affirmed Dublin's rising national and international acclaim for our the arts in our city.
 
The Trends that DAC is Responding To:
 
1) Using Technology to Engage and Measure
2) Community Artmaking
3) Equity, Inclusion, Diversity - Example is the B.R.E.A.D Festival which this year is Oct. 14th at Coffman Park.
4) The Participatory Museum
5) Multi-faceted Experiences - Example is Sundays @ Scioto which is in its 35th Year
6) Social Justice Focused Programming
7) Understanding Relevance - Example is the Riverboxes project
8) Creative Placemaking
 
Announcements:
 
Last Call for confirming attendance at the June 29th Installation Dinner - contact Kent
 
Irish Festival Sign Up - only 15% of shifts filled - contact Andy
 
Dublin Food Pantry - volunteers needed 1st Monday of July or August 5:30-7:30 -contact Jack
 
Parade marshaling July 4th - need a few more volunteers - contact Dwight
 
August 13th - 8th Annual Blue Jackets Outing - volunteers needed to assist during this outing which benefits  the 3rd and Goal foundation (Brady Quinn) which re-habs housing for veterans - contact Dwight
 
 
 
July 15th Meeting Announcements
 
Independence Day Parade Marshals Needed - We need volunteers to serve as marshals during the parade on July 4th.  See email from Dwight.
 
Dublin Food Pantry Volunteers Needed - July 2nd shift has no volunteers - register via our website or contact Dave Lundegran (davelundegran@gmail.com) to sign up.
 
Host Family Needed July 10-13th for Taiwan Exchange - contact Sharon Kendall skendall@healthy-goals.com if you would like to host.
 
June 29th Installation Dinner - See Kent's email and register for the Installation Dinner Party at Bonnie and Rick's party barn.
 
 
It's time to register to volunteer for the Irish Festival beverage inventory control service that our club provides each year. See the email that Andy Keeler sent out. Registration instructions below:
 
Registration Site: 
 
Click on the “Sharing o’ the Green” button at DublinIrishFestival.org 
 
If you did serve for an organization in the past please sign into your account OR enter your username, click on the Forgot Your Password? link. Note: if you forgot your username, the group leader will have access to that information. Please DO NOT create a new account if you have served in the past • A new page will open, reenter your username in the space provided and click Continue • An email will be sent to your e-mail account prompting you to reset your password. Follow the instructions provided in the email and choose a password that you can remember for the rest of the season! 
 
If you did not serve for an organization in the past please click the Create New Account. 
  • Create a username and password, click Next. (We recommend using your first initial and last name all LOWERCASE case as your password) 
  • Enter Dublin AM Rotary join code: 18blarney (all join codes must be entered in ALL LOWERCASE. Click Next. If you have multiple join codes, enter one and proceed to the next page where you will receive instructions on how to enter another. 
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE, YOU CAN CONTACT BONNIE COLEY-MALIR AT BONNIE.COLEY@ME.COM OR 614-330-6540, OR ANDY KEELER AT ANDY.KEELER@KEELERNADLER.COM OR 614-402-3765
Dublin AM Rotary Meeting Notes
Friday, June 8, 2018
 
Announcements:
  • Dublin Library is receiving a donation from Dublin Rotary Foundation for $25,000. The announcement made at today’s meeting by Susan Robenalt also discussed the community presence and direction of this donation. 
  • The Irish Festival time is upon us and Andy will be emailing links to our membership for volunteer registration.  This is an important fun and “fund-raising” event for our club, please look for the email and register!
  • Mike Isler announced that we are looking for additional members for the communications committee.   There will be a meeting announced for this committee through email.  Please join us at the meeting and get in touch with Mike now if you are interested.
  • Exchange students are arriving from Taiwan in conjunction with other Rotary groups and Sharon announced that we are looking for 2 additional host families now.  She offered to help with transportation and other support if you can host one of the students.
  • Kent Underwood reminded our members that 2 emails have gone out and we have many members attending the installation dinner 6/29 and 1 final email will be sent to encourage all the members to sign up. Also make sure to make the meeting!
  • Kent also did an honorary guest membership badge presentation to Frank Dillenschneider recognizing his fabulous attendance at our club meetings.
  • Susan West reminder us to enjoy the Dublin Arts Sunday evening Summer Concert Series on Dublin Rd. at the park, the Dublin Arts group will be speaking at one of our meetings soon also.
  • Tim Byrd from Sales XCeleration was our guest today, in addition to Frank of course.
Featured Speakers: Kirsten Minnie Intelligence Analyst
Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) Columbus
Also joined by Anna Edgar, Special Agent
Human Trafficking, Smuggling and Narcotics Use  
Krista Weida and Heidi Hrabcak, Lawyers for American Vets, speaking to Dublin AM Rotary today about assistance for disabled veterans. Photos by Mohan Viddam
 
    
 
    
 
 
 
 
Many Visitors From Our Interact Clubs at the Dublin High Schools!
It was a great meeting today, as we had many visitors from our 3 Dublin high schools as well as several educators visit to provide updated in the Interact Clubs.  We also had 4 additional students from Dublin Coffman who came to speak about their Ted-x Innovation Drive initiative.
 
Each of the clubs provided inspiring lists of great service activities which they have already completed as well as planned activities. It is great to see these young people so committed to service to others, and we hope they all become future Rotarians.
 
Here are examples from each presentation:
 
Coffman - St. Jude Walk, Dog Biscuits sold to raise money for guide/assist dogs, and St. Jude Really all completed and plans for a Mongolian Pen Pal project
Scioto - Hurricane Relief through Goodwill clothing drive, Donations for Honor Flight, Thanksgiving Dinner donations, Toys for Tots collections completed 
Jerome - Project Linus with 22 blankets made and donated, Cookies for the Convalarium, sold Paper Hearts for Valentines Day to raise money to combat childhood cancers completed and plans for flower pots for Mothers Day to residents at Convalarium.
 
Ted-x Innovation Drive
 
Four very industrious students from Coffman visited to share the initiative they are executing to bring a Ted-x event to  Dublin.  On July 7th, the first independently organized Ted event will occur in Dublin with the topic being "Challenging the Status Quo" with 7 planned speakers talking about Innovation.  These students are seeking volunteers to assist at the July 7th event.
 
 
Announcements:
 
May10th-12th - Our Washington Township FD is selling hangining baskets for $15.00 at Station 91 on Shier Rings and Station 92 on Hard Rd.  All proceeds benefit Honor Flight.
 
The Rotary exchange student program is having a dinner at St. Patricks on May 12th to raise money for a service project which is designed to aid Shelter Box.
 
Also looking for one of our Rotary families to host the incoming exchange student from Budapest for one month of the stay.  Contact Sinan.
 
The District Meeting is on May 19th.
 
Also on May 19th at Otterbein is the All State Robotics competition.  Contact Wolf if you could volunteer to help with set up or tear down.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dublin's New Library Taking Shape
 
Pat Losinski who leads the Columbus Metropolitan Library system and Nikki Scarpitti who is acting development leader visited our Club this morning and provided an update on the new Dublin branch of the library that has construction underway.
 
A scale model of the new library enabled our members to visualize the impressive architectural plan for the library itself and the surrounding grounds.  The architectural firm nbb,j which is a globally recognized firm, is involved in the design and construction plan.  The presentation provide imagery of the inside of the new library which will feature public meeting rooms, study rooms, naturally lighted spaces, a cafe, outdoor community plaza and other features that the previous library did not have.  The new library will increase the space for children to over 5,000 square feet from less than 1,000, will increase overall square footage to over 40,000 on 2.5 floors up from from 20,000, and the adjacent parking structure will include 200 spaces reserved for library patrons during operating hours. 
 
The Dublin branch had 333,000 visitors, a circulation of 1.5M books, and 186,000 audio book downloads. 
 
The new library construction budget is $21.1M, with $2.8M to be raised through private donations.   The new library is planned to open in May 2019.
 
 
 
 
 
Announcements
 
Perfect Party tomorrow night beginning at 6pm at Sarah Richardson's home.
 
If you are interested in leaning more about hosting an exchange student. reach out to Sinan.
Strides for Sobriety 5K raised over $11K!  Congrats to Jack, Ramona, Laurie, Dave and all who helped planned and participated!
Rotary Business Cards are available each Friday at the sign-in table and should be used to invite prospective members to join a Friday morning meeting and have breakfast on the Club's dime to learn more about Rotary and DublinAM.
 
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Creating a Social Enterprise
 
Our guest speaker today was Merry Korn, President/CEO of Pearl Interactive (website is pinsourcing.com).  Merry spoke about her personal journey with Pearl as an example of how to cultivate a Social Enterprise, i.e., a for-profit business that serves a social mission.  At Pearl, they have focused on hiring disabled individuals, including disabled veterans, retired veterans, military spouses and other disenfranchised workers.  She told some amazing stories of how they have enabled their workers to change their lives using technologies that allow remote  contact center work.  In addition to the good that they do through hiring the workers that they do, Pearl also has honed its mission to a social mission - remote health monitoring of those with chronic health issues.
 
Because of the attraction of both Enterprise and Government entities to Pearl's mission to hire disenfranchised workers, it is aiding them in growing the business profitably.  Federal Government contracts have increased in particular because of the veterans they employ.
 
          
 
Announcements
 
  • Strides for Sobriety 5K run is this Sunday.  There is still an opportunity to participate - or to donate. Visit Columbus Running for more details or reach out to Jack Curtis.
  • Sharon Kendall announced that we are participating with 7 local area Rotary clubs in a New Generations Service Exchange in June.  Our club is expected to host the Taiwanese exchange students during the firs half of June.  Reach out to Sharon if you are interested in being a host family.  Also, June 27th will be an outing to a Columbus Clippers game which is an opportunity to interact with the students.
  • Dwight announced that the final Blarney Bash numbers are being tallied, and we expect to earn between $5K-$15K for our Foundation, plus we raised $7.500 for Syntero and Strides for Sobriety.
Dublin AM Rotary March 23rd meeting
Our Main Speaker was Steve Bunyard, President Dublin Methodist Hospital
 
We had visitors from Dublin Coffman High School Water Club, Brad Rasberry and Sri Varre looking for support for their Water Walk April 7th 9-11 to raise funds for water filtration systems and help with access to safe and clean water.  Frank D. committed $50 from the Hilliard club to the Water Club. This of course stimulated great competitive pressures with Dave Williams and our sergeant at arms today, Lee Beall, and we collected a matching amount from the pot for these fine young folks and their cause
Announcements:
Rev. Steve Smith announced tonight is Fish Friday at St. Patrick’s tonight at 6 pm.
Heartland High School lunch volunteers will be working Saturday.
Dwight Seeley announced that we will be covering the financials and Blarney Bash contributions at an upcoming meeting.
Jack Curtis welcomes more sponsorship, walkers and runners and company giveaways for the gift bags at the Stride for Sobriety event coming soon.
Our Guest Speaker- Steve Bunyard is here to commemorate the first 10 years of the Dublin Methodist Hospital and the care they bring to our community. Joining Steve was Athena Sidenstricker and Betsy Ralley.
Announcements:
• Paul Harris and 125 Club- Ramona
Please contact Ramona to sign up for these important giving opportunities
 
• Tour & Lunch of Tolls
March 16th, 11:30
$8.50 Per person
Contact Claudia to sign-up
 
• Honor Flight April Timeframe
Dave is looking at pulling together a honor flight for 5-6 Veterans in the April timeframe, more details to follow
• Heartland Recovery High School Fundraiser
March 24th
12-14 Volunteers needed
Contact Jack to sign-up
 
• Strides for Sobriety
April 15th, more details to follow
 
• Blarney Bash
March 10th- 30 days away and we are still in need of sponsors
Please contact Dwight or Alan for more details
We have a need to have the ability to broadcast the Big 10 tournament in the tent- if you have any resources or ideas please contact Dwight
 
• Wine Wednesday
Moved to Feb 21st at the Village Wine Shop due to Valentine’s day
 
Today's Speaker:
We had the privilege of welcoming food critic Steve Stover to discuss some of his top food picks for Central Ohio dining and trends he is seeing in dining. We have a wide variety of foods to discover everything from Vegetarian, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese in Central Ohio. Now is a great time to get out of your comfort zone and try some of the new and exciting dining options! 
 
 
Welcome our newest Dublin AM Rotary Club members announced today:  Dave Lundregan and Ryan Keenan!
 
Dave is a long time Dublin resident and a VP at Park National Bank. He has raised 4 daughters and has dedicated his community service interests toward education initiatives.
Ryan is also a Dublin native - a DCHS grad and Miami U alum -  and grew up knowing Rotary through his Dad's participation in our club.  Ryan works in the family's insurance business.
 
Announcements:
 
Don't forget Feb. 3rd (tomorrow night) is the Progressive Dinner starting at the McKee's.
 
Polar Bear Open is February 10th and sign ups are going great (70+ golfers) and gift baskets to be auctioned also are going great.  Get registered and register your friends and family.  Contact Pete F. or Sinan with questions.
 
Blarney Bash is just 5 weeks away!  March 10th. We are still short of the fundraising goal but with some good prospects according to Alan.  Contact Alan with opportunities for sponsors.  Dwight updated on the family activities planned for the afternoon following the parade.  There is a fantastic line up of activities and entertainment.  Wolf updated the the Best Legs in a Kilt contest has already signed up some key participants including Dana McDaniel, Mayor Greg Peterson and our own Superintendent Todd Hoadley.
 
Dwight announced that we will be participating in an opportunity to donate children's picture books that will be translated and provided to communities in need.  Watch for future emails from Dwight about this endeavor.
 
Curling Presentation!
 
Thank You to Stephen and Jan Smith for providing a very entertaining and interesting presentation on the sport of curling.  With the Olympics about to kick off, it was great to understand all of the details (the stone is made of a unique granite and way around 42 pounds), the methods (the broom sweeping actually speeds up the stone by heating the ice), the history and the rules!
 
 
Dublin City Schools Emerald Campus Update
 
Today's presentation featured Kristy Venne, Director of the Emerald Campus, and our club's own Dr. Todd Hoadley, Superintendent of Dublin City Schools.  We also welcomed numerous guests to the meeting from Dublin Schools and the Board of Education, Tolles, Dublin City Council and the Dublin Schools Business Advisory Council.
 
Dr. Hoadley shared some facts about our schools;  16,300 students speaking 61 languages and coming from over 100 countries.  Enrollment has grown 20% in the past decade and 40% of students live in the City of Columbus limits.
 
The Emerald Campus is located in the former Verizon Wireless building on Emerald Parkway across from Dublin Coffman High School.  Instead of investing to build a traditional 4th high school, our schools leadership elected to pursue an innovative approach with a flexible space geared to innovative programming.  At the heart of this decision is the need to address the changing workforce and changing economy that is requiring new approaches to educational opportunities for our kids.
 
Financially, a traditional 4th high school would cost taxpayers ~$100M, while the Emerald Campus facility will be 20% of that cost.
 
Ms. Venne discussed the various academies and programming that is available and will be available in the future at Emerald Campus.  With a focus on a non-traditional, problem-based experiential learning approach, the academies include Engineering, Dublin Teachers, Young Professionals, Biomedical, and IT.
 
The school board is also considering a proposal to relocate the Central Office to the 4th floor of the Emerald Campus building and convert the current Central Office location to a preschool center to free up space in the elementary schools.
 
For more detailed information about the Emerald Campus programs visit www.dublinschools.net/emeraldcampus
 
Dublin is fortunate to have excellent schools with innovative leadership!
 
Announcements
 
Progressive Dinner - Feb 3rd - Need an additional host home.  Contact Sarah.
 
Blarney Bash - Mar 10th - over halfway to sponsorship goal and still need large sponsors of $20K (1), $10K (2). Contact Alan or Dwight.
 
Polar Bear Open - Feb 10 - Registrations are going great. Be sure to get registered via the website. Contact Sinan with questions.
 
Curling Event - Registrations limited.  if interested, register asap.  Contact Sarah with questions.
 
Announcements:
  • Wolf Lant shared that March 10th Blarney Bash will include the Best Legs in a Kilt event, a fundraiser to support Strides for Sobriety. Details to come.
  • Alan Abouhassan asked all members to contact him with any potential sponsors for Blarney Bash.
  • Sinan Yakin said the Polar Bear Golf Open has 50+ registered golfers. You still have time to signup your foursome for this fun event.
  • Sinan also introduced Gretchen, the outbound student we are sponsoring. Gretchen asked that any members interested in hosting an inbound student during the 2018-2018 school year please contact Sinan. Gretchen will find out soon where she will travel in August.
  • The Progressive Dinner is planned for Feb 3. Please signup today online or contact Peter Georgiton.
Our Speaker
We were very fortunate to have Dana McDaniel, Dublin City Mgr, share 2018 updates with our club. In fact, Dana share so much information that it would be impossible to capture it all here.  Sue Burness made the PowerPoint presentation available to our members as well as a video that shows how the Bridge Street project a will look when completed. Please review them all and share with friends and family.  It is a very exciting time in Dublin!
 
 
Exciting and Busy Friday Meeting today! Focus on Education in Mongolia and in our Community in Ohio.
With many visitors from Tolles and the focus on the Technical and Career Guidance we are fortunate to have for our Dublin students and 6 other communities served by Tolles, we also had the opportunity to hear from Ari Khurelbaatar, Past President  of the Narlag Ulaanbaatar  Rotary Club visiting with David Hansen and David Kittredge of the Hosting Dublin Worthington Rotary Club.
 
Announcements:
• Peter Georgiton shared February 3rd is the date of the Progressive dinner, Sarah Richardson is sharing her home and has the details!  
• Peter Fuhlbrigge shared that the Polar Bear Open is up to 40 golfers on February 10th, more are welcome. A good crowd is expected for sure.
• A reminder that our major fundraising event is March 10th this year and Blarney Bash can use more sponsors, Allan will be sharing more on this. We will be getting a volunteer opportunity for sign ups as well from Cindy Groeniger. Volunteers will be appreciated during the event, before for set up and the day after for take down activities.
• Jack Curtis is still asking volunteers to contact him for the March 24th fund raising lunch event benefiting Heartland High School.
• A new date, April 15th, the Strides for Sobriety 5K event and more details to follow.
 
Visitors from Mongolia
 
Our visitors from the Rotary Club of Narlag Ulaanbaatar shared their appreciation for kindergarten and primary school books that were shared from the State of Ohio. Past President Ari Khurelbaatar discussed the importance of early childhood schooling and shared many data points such as 60% of Mongolian citizens are below the age of 30!
Welcome to our first Rotary meeting in 2018!
 
Meeting was run by Dwight, Get Well wishes go out to Bonnie
Announcements:
•  Jack Curtis announced a new Recovery High School has been announced in Columbus and our Rotary has been asked for Volunteers to staff their fund-raising event 3/24/2018 around 11:30 am. Jack will welcome all volunteers now and look for follow up on that request.
•  Claudia Trusty is encouraging our creative skills -please use your smart phones to take pictures at our meetings and events. The Communications Committee needs more photographers and reporters and the sign-up email will be coming out. Please join in this method of club support.
•  The Polar Bear Open happening February 10th needs an attendance push, please socialize this among your community friends and family. Contact Sinan Yaykin for more information.
•  Wine Down Wednesday is coming up this week. Join fellow Rotarians around 5:30 in the Shawnee Hills Wine shop for a comfortable, casual glass and fellowship.
•  Roberta Kayne expressed her appreciation for our support of her Global Volunteers efforts and the imminent trip to Cuba with school supplies.  She will have photos and a good experience to report when she returns soon.
 
Our Main Speaker was Nate Traucht, founder of The Fitness Edge Company.
 
The Fitness Edge has been a Dublin company at 6419 Old Avery Road since 2000 with a continuing focus on long term health through nutrition and fitness. Personal training and semi private lessons are offered to create a Life Transformation.   Nate has achieved amazing results including national titles in his own program and works with many of our Dublin neighbors.
 
Nate also shared the priorities he recommends based on his own success and the successful work with his practice:
  1. Focus on Nutrition first
  2. Look at adding weight training next for the best benefits
  3. Add Cardio to your training third-walking, running, bicycle or other preferred methods
  4. Supplements are another step in the progression
  5. Use a professional trainer for the most important thing- your heath and well being
Thank you for sharing these tips Nate! A great time to focus on our Health and Wellness Goals.
Stephen Smith's Annual Holiday Inspiration
 
Our speaker this week was our own Stephen Smith of St. Patrick's Episcopal.  Bonnie shared some facts about Stephen.  Did you know that he has been leading St. Patrick's since 2003, is a tri-athlete and an author?
 
Stephen shared Christmas inspiration he has gained from comic strips and Charlie Brown's Christmas.  He talked about how we are all flawed and in some way each of us is a mess and needs a divine presence in our lives.
 
The straightforward message is this:  we work Christmas so hard, but Christmas is supposed to work us.
 
Announcements
 
No meetings Dec. 22nd or Dec. 29th due to the holidays
 
Blarney Bash Sponsorships have increased to $9,750.  The goal is $60,000
 
 
 
 
Julie Rinaldi offered the opening prayer on kindness & Dave Williamson led the pledge.
Announcements:
•  Dwight Seeley said they still need Blarney Bash sponsors
•  Paige Vornbrock announced that Dec. 15th we will honor two Dublin citizens: Judge Clayton Rose and Chai Weber
•  Peter Fuhlbrigge provided an update on the Polar Bear Golf Open event being held on February10th.
•  Jack Curtis announced their need for more Food Pantry volunteers on Mondays 5:00 to 7:00
•  Rich Weber announced a Christmas event at Coffman High School
•  Dave Williamson needs sergeant-at-arms volunteers for January through June.
•  Susan West sent around sign up sheets for speaker suggestions
•  Sarah Richardson reminded members of the Holiday Party Friday, December 8 at Muirfield Country Club starting at 6:00
•  Susan Robenalt needs shoppers for Saturday December 9th meeting at Kohl's on Sawmill at 9:00. Money for the families will be collected at Friday meeting on Dec. 8th as well as at the Holiday Party that evening
•  Claudia Trusty was Sergeant-at-arms –  She opened with riddles which nobody got but were good for laughs
•  Guests were introduced: Frank from Hilliard, Dave Lundergan with Park National Bank guest of Ramona, Steve Heiser Asst. District Governor (Area 2)
 
 
Veterans Day Remembrance
 
Thank you, Dave Williamson, for sharing your presentation today and reminding all of us of the meaning and purpose of Veterans Day.
 
Happy Veterans Day to all of our club members those family members and friends who are veterans.
 
Dave explained that Veterans Day was originally Armistice Day, commemorating the end of WW1.  Veterans Days is celebrated on Nov. 11th because it was 11am, on 11/11 in 1918 that the armistice was executed to end WW1.
 
While Memorial Day honors the veterans who died in active combat, Veterans Day honors all Veterans - living and passed. Veterans are defined as those in Active Duty, Reserved Forces and National Guard.  
 
Honoring our veterans is something that dates back to George Washington who spoke about the importance of our country holding veterans in high esteem.   There are ~22M living veterans. When you add those living veterans to active duty military, this represents just 7.3% of the U.S. population.  
 
Announcements
 
No Meeting on November 24th due to the Thanksgiving holiday. 
 
December 8th is the Holiday Party - watch for the upcoming invitation email.
 
Dec. 4th 5:30-7:30 is our next shift at the Dublin Food Pantry to assist shoppers. Sign up on Club Runner or reach out to Jack Curtis.
 
The Polar Bear Open date has been changed to February 10th.