Speakers
Retired Colonel Vic Tambone, Warrior Foundation
Sep 28, 2018
Warrior Foundation Freedom Station in San Diego
Glen Marzluf, CEO of DelCo Water
Oct 05, 2018
DelCo Water Update
Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, CEO of Resurrecting Lives
Oct 12, 2018
Resurrecting Lives Foundation
Ryan Scribner, Economic Director of PPP
Oct 19, 2018
Pickaway Progress Partnership in Pickaway County
Brian Timm, Greater Columbus Sports Commission
Oct 26, 2018
Upcoming Columbus Events
Sarah Richardson, Club Committee Chairs
Nov 02, 2018
Club Committee Chairs Overviews and Updates
Al Burzynski, President at Charlie Foxtrot Group
Nov 09, 2018
National Veterans Memorial and Museum Advisory Board
Nate Green, The Montrose Group
Nov 16, 2018
Economic Development
No Meeting
Nov 23, 2018
Rotary Annual Meeting
Dec 07, 2018
Financial Review
Rev. Steve Smith
Dec 14, 2018
Holiday Planning
No Meeting
Dec 28, 2018
No Meeting
Jan 04, 2019
 

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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.
 
 
 
Home Page Stories
Clarence Mingo, Franklin County Auditor, Talks of Unprecedented Growth
 
Our guest today was Clarence Mingo, Franklin County Auditor.  Mingo is a native of Canton and holds undergrad and law degrees from OSU and is an Army veteran who served in the Persian Gulf War. He has volunteered his legal services to indigent citizens through the Legal Aid Society.  
 
According to the Auditor, Franklin County is in a period of unprecedented growth which is evident in the growth in property values. Post-Great Recession, we experience modest growth in the 2011-2014 period, but in the pervasive property value assessment that was completed in 2017, property values were up 10-60% since 2011.  In 2017, a home sold every 30 minutes, and so far in 2018, a home has sold every 56 minutes in the county.  Per Mingo, Franklin County is becoming the "jewel of the Midwest" and has the highest bod rating possible and an excellent cash and liquidity position. 
 
With all of this prosperity, it was especially sobering but important to be reminded that 32% of citizens in Franklin can't afford a 2-bedroom apartment, 25% of children live in food insecurity, 28% of Ohioans don't have a bank account, and due to stagnant wages, the working class ($80K per year income) cannot afford to own a $150K home (and our county increasingly does not have homes available in this price range).
 
Announcement Reminders
 
The Memorial Tournament Pro Am Day fundraising committee met on Friday and will meet every 3rd Friday of the month at 7AM.  We welcome any interested members to join.
 
 
Dublin AM Rotary September 14,2018 meeting
Emerald Campus Meeting and School Tour
Our announcements:
We need video and recording equipment for our exciting upcoming meeting on September 28th when we will have distinguished speakers sharing the Veterans Freedom Center effort that was built in their community and what we might consider for our community. The intent on recording this session is that we create a communications tool that can be reused often with partners and donors. Please connect Kent or Dwight to anyone who can help.
 
The donations we made to The Andrew Green Foundation were well used and effective. Dave McKee shared that the Haiti High School receiving those funds achieved 28 out of 29 students passing the mandatory exam compared to a much lower average normally. The connection to our friends in The Prodigals from Irish Festival days with Andrew’s brother, has been a meaningful opportunity for us to support this school and in Andrew’s honor.
 
Our most heartfelt condolences go out to Claudia and Tom Trusty with the passing of Claudia’s sister, Elena. We have signed and sent a card from our group and ask to keep them in our thoughts and prayers.  
 
Wolf has requested more volunteers to judge the robotics competition Sunday September 30th in Worthington. Please reach out to Wolf if you can help judge the competition.
 
Dr. Todd Hoadley, one of our very own members led the discussion about the November 6th Ballot information and Issue 5.
Page introduced Dr. Hoadley, Superintendent of Dublin City Schools, Kristy Venne Director of the Emerald Campus and Brian Kern, Financial Officer.
 
 
"A really small country with really nice people."
 
This quote is from Dalma Kiss, the exchange student from Budapest, Hungary that our club is sponsoring this year.  We are lucky to clearly have one of the nicest Hungarians in Dalma!   She did an incredible presentation for us today followed by an extended Q&A which provided us with great insights into her home country and city. 
 
Hungary, with a population of 9.8M people is smaller in size than New York State with just a fraction of the people.  The language is quite difficult to learn, given the alphabet has 44 letters. 
Hungarians invented Vitamin C, the ballpoint pen, Rubic's Cube and matches among other things. Lake Balaton is there and is the largest lake in Central Europe.
Hungary is part of the European Union.  Dalma described different cuisines - all of which look and sounds delicious.  Budapest, her home city, has 2.5M people. 
 
In addition to educating us about Hungary, Dalma shared that she has two sisters, one older and one younger, and she enjoys playing and watching basketball, listening to music, including TwentyOne Pilots, and she is an excellent artist.
 
Thank You, Dalma, for your very poised and well-prepared presentation.
 
Announcements
 
Reminder that the fall district meeting, Ro Talks, is being held in Pickerington on Sept. 29th.  Contact Kent Underwood for more information,
 
Polar Bear Open raffle items are needed.  If you are interested, please contact Jim Bandeen.
 
Veterans Affairs committee is meeting at 6:45AM SHARP on Sept. 21st. to prepare for the presentation to the club on Sept. 28th and discuss plans for the Freedom Center.  Contact Dave Williamson with interest.
 
 
Inspiring Stories from Adaptive Sport Connection
 
Our guests today features Sharon Schrieber and Maddie Mattey from Adaptive Sports Connection as well as two board members and an inspiring spokesman, Adam Greathouse.
 
Adaptive Sports Connection is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA, and they serve disabled children, adults and veterans with a wide range of adapted sporting opportunities. They have been operating for 25 years. Examples of the opportunities that they have available with adapted equipment include Kayaking, Sailing, Paddle Boarding, Water skiing on the Scioto, as well as adaptive bicycling at Glacier Ridge Metro Park, Snowboarding or skiing at Mad River and more. 
 
Our guests shared a number of very inspiring stories about how they have positively changed the lives of many disabled individuals.  Adam Greathouse shared his own incredible story of how Adaptive Sports quite literally saved his life.
 
Check out AdaptiveSportsConnection.org to learn more about how to volunteer and support this fantastic organization.
 
Announcements:
 
Welcome and Congratulations to Joe Yersavich, our newest Dublin AM Rotarian!  We're thrilled to have Joe officially on board; he is the leader of the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
 
Jim Burness made note of the interest to participate in a Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic. Please see the email that Jim sent earlier this week and reach out to him if you are interested or need more details.
 
David Bentz provided these updates:  two fundraising sub-committees have been assembled, and the Polar Bear Open committee will begin meeting the fiest Friday of each month at 7am, and the Pro Am Day committee will meet the 3rd Friday of the month.
 
Claudia Trusty announced that she is looking for a person to volunteer to be our club's liaison to the Interact Club at Dublin Jerome H.S.  Contact Claudia if you are interested.
 
Roberta announced that we need Greeters to sign up for September and October.  Please sign up via the website (search for the email from Roberta for the website link).
 
The District Fall Seminar is being held on Saturday Sept 29th in Pickerington.  Save the date if you are interested; more details to follow.
 
We need 4 more sign-ups for the Food Pantry in September.
 
 
 
"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others can't help buy to enjoy it themselves."
 
This quote from Areyah Kaltman, Executive Director of Lifetown, was a fitting opening to today's speaker topic.  Also joining us was Lifetown's COO, Shaunacy Webster.  Rita Hook invited and introduced our speakers; Rita is a volunteer at Lifetown.  It is a simulated village in new Albany that provides critical life-skills training for disabled and economically disadvantaged public school students.  Lifetown's mission is to provide these skills to our areas's most marginalized children - with a particular emphasis on educating these children to avoid substance abuse and addiction.  Research shows that disabled children as 2-4 times more susceptible to addiction.
 
Lifetown serves 50-70 school aged children every day - requiring 20 volunteers daily, or 1,300 through the school year.  The children visit Lifetown 4-6 times per year for each school year - K-12. Lifetown has developed a curriculum called Stop to Live to focus on stemming the tide of opiate addiction as these children become teens and adults.  Visit www.lifetown.org for more information and to seek volunteer opportunities.
 
Announcements:
 
Irish Festival this weekend: Contact Andy Keeler is you can help out  with shifts - 8pm Friday, Saturday 4pm, 8pm and Sunday 8am.
 
Dublin Food Pantry - we need a couple of volunteers for this Monday evening, 8/6.
 
School Supplies or Cash Donations - next week is the last week for collections by Claudia.
 
Congratulations to Dave Lundregan who had his red New Member sticker removed!
 
Perfect Party Aug. 18th at 6:30 at Andy Keeler's home to welcome our new exchange student from Hungary. She arrives August 8th.
 
 
Cuba, Slovakia, a Library CEO and More...
 
Roberta Kayne delivered the highlights of today's meeting by sharing a slide show of photos and commentary on her January trip to Cuba.  Roberta joined a group from Global Volunteers that traveled there to tutor English.  Roberta's talents as a photographer shown through in the amazing pictures she shared.  Global Volunteers (globalvolunteers.org) boasts 35,000+ volunteers in over 35 countries.  You can see most of the photos from Roberta's presentation at www.RobertaKayne.com/Cuba.
 
 
Gretchen Spears, a student at Dublin Coffman, provided us a terrific presentation about the history and culture of Slovakia.  Gretchen will be traveling there this coming school year as an exchange student sponsored by our club.
Pat Losinski, Columbus Library CEO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pat Losinski, CEO of Columbus Metropolitan Library, joined us to deliver his personal thanks for the donation that we have pledged to the new library branch under contsruction in Dublin.
 
Announcements
Dublin Irish Festival - shifts are still needing filled - particularly Saturday morning and on Sunday.  Contact Andy Keeler.  Also, for training on the inventory control application on the iPads, please stay after next Friday morning's meeting or arrive 10-15 minutes early for your shift.
 
Fundraising - David Bentz announced that the two main fundraisers this year are the Memorial Tournament Pro Am Day and the Polar Bear Open.
 
August 18th Perfect Party - mark your calendars for 6>30pm on Aug 18th for a perfect party at Andy Keeler's home. Watch for more details coming via email.
 
August 10th - Emerald Campus Grand Opening - if you are interested, please sign up.  Contact Peter Georgiton for details.
 
 
Announcements:
  • Volunteer today to help our club at the Dublin Irish Festival. Just go to www.DublinIrishFestival.org, click on the Sharing O'The Green box and select your shifts! Contact Bonnie Coley-Malir or Andy Keeler with any questions.
  • Our Literacy Committee has launched the tenth annual Back To School Supply drive. We will be collecting supplies on July 27, August 3 and August 10. Cash donations are very welcomed! Check your email for a list of the items requested by teachers at the 3 schools we support.
  • Register to join us for the ribbon cutting and tour of Dublin's new Emerald Campus on Emerald Parkway. We'll meet up at 9:50 at the school.  Check your email for an invitation and registration info.
 
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.