11-17-23 Warren Motts

Our meeting speaker was Warren Motts, Founder and Chief Curator of Motts Military Museum in Groveport.  Warren E. Motts, a graduate of Groveport-Madison High School, joined the Ohio National Guard at the age of eighteen. He received basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. After his training he was sent to Ft. Monmouth, NJ where he was trained as a photographer. He was in the ONG for nine years obtaining the rank of Staff Sgt. in charge of the Photographic Section, HQ & HQ, 37th Infantry Division.

He also obtained a job in the photographic department at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, receiving a secret and top secret security clearance working on government projects. At Battelle he met Daisy Blair and they were married. They have two children Wayne and Lori, three grandchildren Brittney, Taylor, and Lexi. He was the owner of Motts Photographic Center, Inc. for 25 years. He is past president of The Professional Photographers of Ohio, The American Society of Professional Photographers, and The Professional Photographers of America and has many degrees and awards from these organizations. He founded Motts Military Museum Inc. in his home in 1988 and moved to the present location in 1999, where the museum continues to thrive and expand.

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11-10-2023  Ryan Miller and Craig Krenzel

This meeting was full of energy as we heard from former OSU football players Ryan Miller and Craig Krenzel.
These football experts shared their take on the season thus far and predictions for the end of the season.  We also learned about the mission of 2ND & 7 and what our club is doing to support their work.  Their mission is to promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need while encouraging young community athletes to pay it forward.
Julie Rinaldi and Ingrid Fields presented Ryan Miller with a $2,000 check for 2nd & 7 as part of our Literacy Project.
Ingrid Fields displayed the certificates and awards that Dublin AM Rotary received at the District Awards Program - photos below.
Wolf Lant received the District Rotarian of the Year Award at the District Awards Program. - photo below
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11-10-2023 Ryan Miller and Craig Krenzel Erin Prescott 2023-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

11-3-2023 Dr. John Marschhausen, Dublin City Schools

Thanks to our very own club member Dr. John Marschhausen for enlightening us on current strategic plans for Dublin City Schools and the potential impact of a levy on the ballot next week.
Dr. John Marschhausen is the Superintendent of the Dublin City School District.  John is in his nineteenth year as a school Superintendent with six additional years as a high school principal and six years as a classroom teacher.  John also serves as Visiting Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University and as a member of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's Executive Workforce Board.
John believes successful leaders build trust through their actions and relationships; he knows that culture eats strategy for lunch.  John and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of two current Ohio State Buckeyes.
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11-3-2023 Dr. John Marschhausen, Dublin City Schools Erin Prescott 2023-11-03 04:00:00Z 0

10-27-2023 Michael Wilkos, United Way of Central Ohio

Thank you to our speaker, Michael Wilkos of United Way of Central Ohio, who spoke about central Ohio growth patterns and demographics, the second part of a presentation he has been working on for about 40 years! 

Michael Wilkos is Senior Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Central Ohio.  His team develops strategies to invest in and improve our community.  Prior to his current role at United Way, Michael was Director of Community Research at The Columbus Foundation.  During his tenure at the Foundation he initiated and managed competitive grant-making to support holistic community revitalization in the Weinland Park neighborhood.  Throughout his career he has also led many initiatives to coordinate volunteers and funders in developing and implementing strategies supporting housing and community safety programs.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from The Ohio State University.  He has served on many boards including: United Neighborhood Centers of America, Columbus Landmarks Foundation and Columbus Neighborhood Design Center.

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10-27-2023 Michael Wilkos, United Way of Central Ohio Erin Prescott 2023-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

10-20-2023 Bruce Barnes

Our speaker was Bruce Barnes, an award-winning faculty member at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, speaking on the theme of, "Chat GPT, Bard, AI, Oh My! Separating hype from reality."
As a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and MIS, Mr. Barnes instructs in both the undergraduate and graduate level programs. In addition, Mr. Barnes is also the co-founder and on-going co-producer of the industry acclaimed “Digital Solutions GalleryTM” series, nationally hosted out of The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering.  Coincident to his current faculty role, Mr. Barnes is the founder of BOLD VISION®, a senior consulting
consortium of “C Level” executives, focused on building an active and creative network of senior leaders devoted to sharing best practices, leveraging their strengths and perspectives, and raising the level of digital and leadership “literacy” within their own organizations. He also continues to serve on multiple industry advisory boards and as an executive coach and advisor to a number of noted senior executives.  He also serves as an Executive Consultant for Business Development Specialists Inc. (BDS), based out of Phoenix AZ.  BDS is an innovative firm providing trusted solutions to clients seeking greater levels of business success.

Mr. Barnes has over forty years of experience as a senior executive in the technology arena, including multiple influential CIO leadership roles up to and including the Fortune 100 level. He has a multi-industry background, and has received numerous industry accolades, including having been once recognized as one of this country’s most noted CIOs.  A former officer in the United States Army, Mr. Barnes remains a frequent, visible and familiar voice at national industry events and in major industry publications.
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10-20-2023 Bruce Barnes Erin Prescott 2023-10-20 04:00:00Z 0

10-13-23 Ed Zirkle

Our meeting speaker was Ed Zirkle, a world traveler, storyteller, and documentarian. Ed has worked for several newspapers including the Louisville Courier Journal, the Evansville Courier & Press, and the Mansfield News Journal. He has worked with the Associated Press Wire Service, United Press International Wire Service, and was represented by Woodfin Camp and Associates, SIPA France, and Image Brokers. Ed's work has extended far beyond covering local events - he has documented Ukraine, Cuba, Nicaragua and events around the US such as presidential elections, Kentucky Derby, Indy 500, PGA Golf, Rose Parade, Rose Bowl. Plus cultural gathering; Inter Trible Indian Ceremonial and Amish life.
Ed has taught photography at The Ohio State University and at Columbus State Community College. He also served as Education Chairman for the annual Ohio News Photographers Association conference. Ed opened the first photography gallery in Columbus and worked on the revival of a 1930 Paramount movie theater in Mansfield, Ohio where they hosted the Miss Ohio Pageant, classical, jazz and rock groups, and classic movies.
Ed is a proud member of Tri-Village Rotary and has been a Rotarian off and on since 1994. He is also a member of National Press Photographers Association, Ohio News Photographers Association and an original member of Nikon Professional Services. With many local and national awards for his photography from National Press Photographers Association and the Ohio News Photographers Association, Ed has learned that photojournalism isn’t something he does, it’s something he lives.
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10-13-23 Ed Zirkle Erin Prescott 2023-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

10-6-23 Dominican Republic Volunteers

Our speakers were three members of the Dublin AM Rotary Club: Sharon Kendall, Roberta Kayne, and Rolly Pagniano, along with one non-member, David Deuschle, Sharon's friend.  They went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic in March 2023 sponsored by Dublin AM Rotary and in conjunction with World Mission Partners!  Also, Rolly's wife, Lisette Pagniano, who was instrumental in staffing the Dental Clinic, was in attendance.  
This team partnered with a non-profit hospital in LaRomana called El Buen Samaritano (Good Samaritan) serving some of the most vulnerable people in the Dominican Republic. Activities supported general dentistry, fluoride treatments, medication, reading glasses distribution, and donations of food and other basic need items.
Thanks to this group of members for keeping the international connections of Rotary present of mind.  They presented great stories with inspirational photography.  We hope you will think about participating in the next mission trip likely to take place in 2025.
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9-29-2023 Tom Holton and Clay Rose

This meeting's presentation was on the Dublin Historical Society from speakers Tom Holton and Clay Rose.
Tom Holton grew up in London, Ohio.  He Graduated from Miami University in 1972 and was commissioned 2nd Lt. USMC from the Navy ROTC program. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1972-1979.  He went on to work in training and development with Marriott Corporation in Bethesda, Maryland before returning to Ohio to work in the Training Department with Wendy’s International in Dublin.  He then worked in Training and Human Resources with Abbott Laboratories Ross Division for 16 years.

Tom served in a variety of Scouting leadership roles with Scouting USA including Cub Scout Cubmaster, Boy Scout Troop Committee Chairman, and Buckeye District Commissioner.  He is a founding member and past president of Leadership Dublin and has participated in the program since its beginning in 1997.  Tom served on the City of Dublin Architecture Review Board from 2003-2009.  Tom met his wife Gayle at Miami University and they married in 1972.  They have one son and three grandchildren.
Clayton Rose III is a lifelong resident of Dublin.  Clay graduated from Dublin schools in 1970 and The Ohio State University in 1974.  He is a retired CPA having practiced accounting for 44 years, including 38 years with Rea & Associates Inc. and its predecessors in their Dublin office.

Clay is a 42-year member of the Kiwanis Club of Dublin, including serving twice as the club President and for more than 30 years as Treasurer.  He has provided leadership on the Visit Dublin board for 35 years, including serving twice as board President and for more than 25 years as Treasurer.  He has also provided many years of service and leadership to the Dublin Irish Festival committee, Dublin Historical Society board of trustees, Dublin Historic Task Force, and City of Dublin Tax Board of Review.  He was inducted into the Dublin Schools Hall of Fame in 2012 and has received alumni recognitions from OSU.  He and his wife Lynn have three children.
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9-29-2023 Tom Holton and Clay Rose Erin Prescott 2023-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

9-22-2023 Tom Barry, CASA

Tom Barry discussed Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County.  Please note the meeting also included introduction of special guests from Japan-American Society of Central Ohio (JASCO).

Tom Barry is a retired attorney, business redeveloper and fundraiser. Originally from New York, Tom practiced law in New Jersey, where he also volunteered as guardian ad litem in child abuse and neglect cases. After retiring from his law practice, Tom moved to Chicago. While there, he had the opportunity to consult with the City of Chicago Human Services Department to help identify the needs and obtain funding for the 162 homeless services providers and shelters in Chicago.

Tom moved from Chicago to Columbus in 2003 to take a fundraising position at Faith Mission and Lutheran Social Services. He then assisted the Ohio History Connection with fundraising. From there he became executive director at Columbus Humane for 2 years to help with fundraising and administration restructuring. Tom retired in 2019 as a major gift fundraiser for the Ohio Living Foundation.

Tom has been a CASA of Franklin County guardian ad litem since 2012. He is currently the board president of Friends of CASA of Franklin County.

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9-22-2023 Tom Barry, CASA Erin Prescott 2023-09-22 04:00:00Z 0

9-15-2023 Club Service Project for LifeCare Alliance

This meeting was spent prepping bags that will be used by LifeCare Alliance for Meals-on-Wheels.  The Dublin AM Rotary Club proudly supports Meals-on-Wheels and has adopted an area route for weekly meal delivery.
9-15-2023 Club Service Project for LifeCare Alliance Erin Prescott 2023-09-15 04:00:00Z 0

Dublin AM Rotary Club Launching Community Veterans Project

Dublin AM Rotary Club Launching Community Veterans Project
The Veterans Affairs Committee of the Dublin AM Rotary Club is partnering with Dublin-based Resurrecting Lives Foundation  (RLF) to sponsor and promote a community and region-wide art project to benefit RLF’s programs assisting veterans experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  The project is also joining forces with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Rotary District 6690, and veteran’s groups that are aligning to address the increasing numbers of veteran suicides through the nationwide Stop Soldier Suicide project.
The RLF/Dublin AM Rotary Club partnership is unique in many aspects.  The project had its origin with a 3-D art piece by Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Joe Pisano that featured a background painting of a military scene that utilized a blend of canvas, metal, wood and paint into three dimensional tributes to the sacrifice, duty and  honor of military service members and veterans. 
His collection began with a flag-oriented painting titled “Stand Together – A Veterans Flag” which featured a waving flag painting that was enhanced with painted drywall screws that were installed at various depths to provide the 3-D effect.  The   collection has expanded to over seven patriotic paintings depicting World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam Conflict, the Global War on Terrorism, Tomb of the Unknown, and Freedom Wall. 
The Dublin-based RLF has sponsored a painting titled “ The Global War on Terrorism” that includes a like-sized set of boots, rifle, helmet with approximately 6000 drywall screws.  The flag in the picture is at half-staff to honor those who lost their lives in the global war on terror along with over 1,000 official sized dog tags. 
RLF and Dublin AM Rotary club have joined efforts with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce to sponsor another painting of a waving American flag with a combination of drywall screws, and featuring a canvas border that will be signed by local veterans and family members on behalf of veterans in their family.  The  project, a joint public display and fundraising initiative, has  been designated “Veterans Stand Together Across America” or VSTAA. The plan is will be to have a “travelling art project” designed to be displayed throughout central Ohio cities, towns, and communities to enable veterans from the area to be a part of the project and recognized for their service and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation. 
The goal of VSTAA is to enable the public to become aware of the terrific need for awareness and assistance required for veterans who have encountered PTSD, TBI, or significant issues leading the to contemplate suicide - that America cares about its veterans, the desire to support and assist them in becoming aware and seek proper treatment for their issues and know that their service was not in vain or unappreciated. 
As the travel schedule for the VSTAA project is finalized look to your community bulletin boards for the date and times it will be arriving in your areas in the following weeks.  Additional information on the project can be obtained by contacting RLF or Dublin AM Rotary Club officials.
The Vietnam War panel entitled "Welcome Home" pays tribute to the iconic statue of three soldiers returning from patrol. The panel, created with over 20,000 screws, also reflects the environment Vietnam Veterans recall - monsoons and jungle. One Veteran suggested a red, white, and blue theme. The question Joe asked himself when creating this piece was, “How can I make these soldiers look like superheroes?”  The answer was creating red, white and blue lightening bolts in a stormy monsoon jungle. 
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9-8-23 Shirley Brooks Jones

Shirley is a native of Vinton County, Ohio and the eldest of nine children. For 34+ years she was an administrative staff member in The Ohio State University’s College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (now Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences). Her responsibilities included budgeting, long-range planning, and staffing. She was also involved with programs in India, Brazil, Somalia, Uganda, Poland, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.  After retiring with Emeritus status, she enrolled at OSU as a non-traditional undergraduate student, receiving BA in English—40 years after graduating from high school!

Following retirement, her time has been devoted to volunteer activities, both short- and long-term, including serving as delegation leader for numerous international exchanges in dozens of countries on six continents.  She is the fourth woman inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame, and second woman in Farm Science Review Hall of Fame.  She is also member of Vinton County 4-H Hall of Fame.

Shirley has been honored for her work, both professional and volunteer at the local, national and international levels, including the Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award as an alumna who has exemplified “Disciplina in Civitatem” (Education for Citizenship); the Everett Reese Medal for exceptional service in private philanthropy; The Columbus Foundation’s Acorn Award; the Eisenhower Distinguished Service Award; OSU’s Outstanding Staff Award and its Distinguished Service Award. And, for her work following the 9/11 terrorist activities, she received the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The date on which this honor was received was December 7, 2007—an extremely emotional event—occurring on Pearl Harbor Day for another event that, as President Roosevelt said, “will live in infamy.”  And—Shirley’s efforts to establish a scholarship benefiting the young people of the communities that cared for her following the 9/11 terrorist attacks are included in the hit Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY.  She and the famous actor who portrays her have become good friends.
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9-8-23 Shirley Brooks Jones Erin Prescott 2023-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

9-3-23 Dublin AM Classic Car Show

The 5th Annual Dublin AM Rotary Classic Car Show was held on Sunday, September 3. 
Congratulations to Lou Charobee and all the volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and Rotaractors for a fabulous car show this year. Links to event photos follow.
Aerial Photos (from atop the garage)
Also here is a link to our feature article on Car Show Talk - just scroll down until you get to Dublin AM Rotary.  
Any of these photos can be downloaded from our Flickr site and/or printed through Flickr.
Twenty four trophies were presented plus the Best of Show. Of the 24 awards, six were special category awards. These included Sports Car, Rotarian, Veterans Award, Motorcycle Pick, Judge's Pick, and a Memorial Trophy honoring Pete Fuhlbrigge, our Dublin AM Rotarian who passed away last fall.

Here are the cars that received the special category awards: (a few photos courtesy of Car Show Talk)

BEST OF SHOW -  1940 Ford Panel Truck.  - Owner - Harry Ours,

Pete Fuhlbrigge Memorial Award - 1967 Austin Healy 3000 - Owner Matt Swan
Veterans Award - 2017 Corvette Grand Sport - Owners Rick & Cindy Frye
Rotarian Award - 1981 Jeep CT - Owner Steve Schmitt
Judges' Pick - 1961 Chevy Impala - Owner Joe Wood
Motorcycle - 2021 Can Am Spyder Rt Ltd - Owner Ted Krouse
Sports Car - 1962 Corvette - Owner Deam Lampman
As a reminder, not only is this event a fantastic opportunity to connect with the community to share information about Rotary in a high visibility event in downtown Dublin, it is also a fundraiser for the Dublin AM Rotary Charitable Foundation.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to the 5th year of this successful event!
9-3-23 Dublin AM Classic Car Show Claudia Trusty 2023-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

8-25-23 Dublin Police Chief Paez

Chief Justin Páez leads the Dublin Police Department, focusing on the leadership, direction, guidance and management of the agency. The chief directs and manages all functions of the department, through a strong partnership with the bureau commanders, to ensure that laws and ordinances are enforced ethically and impartially.
Chief Páez began his career in law enforcement in 2001 and has been a member of the Dublin Police Department since 2003. During his 22 years of public service, Chief Páez has held numerous roles, eventually serving as the seventh chief of police for the Dublin Police.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bowling Green State University and his Master of Business Administration in Leadership and Change from Tiffin University. In 2022, Chief Páez completed the Northwestern University Leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion online program focused on managing and leading transformative change.
He is also a graduate of leadership courses from the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and serves as chair of the association’s leadership committee. Chief Páez has been appointed by Gov. Mike DeWine as a representative to the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board. He and his wife, Abby, are proud parents of five children and active members in the Dublin community.
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8-25-23 Dublin Police Chief Paez Erin Prescott 2023-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

8-18-23 Dublin Food Pantry Site Visit

Dublin AM Rotary Club works year-round to gather support for significant causes in our community; one of the more important over the last year has been giving to and promoting the capital campaign for a larger and more accessible location for the Dublin Food Pantry.  The reasons for the move from the current pantry location in historic Dublin are myriad, including an increase from 1,800sf to 7,750sq feet to support the more than 32,000 people served annually by the pantry, an increase of more than 200% since 2019.  Dublin Food Pantry and Dublin AM Rotary member Dinky was our meeting speaker and tour guide for the new site, anticipated to open in the coming weeks.  
Denise Youngsteadt-Parrish, who goes by Dinky, has 30+ years’ experience helping people in need. She has spent her professional career working in not for profits serving individuals and families experiencing the crisis of interpersonal violence, poverty and sexual assault. She brings varied leadership experiences from the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks, Lifeline of Ohio, Columbus Humane and Columbus Parks and Recreation.  
Dinky completed her undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology from the Ohio State University.  While attending OSU she received the highly competitive Critical Difference for Women Scholarship.  She earned her Masters of Science in Professional Advancement and Community Leadership from Duquesne University in 2010. She has recently taken a break from completing her Educational Doctorate Degree from Walden University in Adult Education and Learning focusing on the impact of trauma on adult learning.  Denise received the Dublin Chamber of Commerce President’s Award in 2021. Recently nominated and received the Living Faith Award. 
Sensei Parrish is a black belt first degree in Wae Kune Do Karate.  She is the mother of two children, and has four grandchildren and one great nephew. Additionally, Dinky had the life changing experiences of growing up in East Africa; Sudan, Algeria and Ethiopia, her father worked for USAID.  She is also the proud recipient of the NAACP Freedom Fund Award, has an honorable mention in a book and film and has been published ECRP. Vol 3 No 2 Multicultural Education.
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8-18-23 Dublin Food Pantry Site Visit Erin Prescott 2023-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

8-11-2023 Dennis Wheeler, Franklin County Office on Aging

The Franklin County Office on Aging exists to provide resources and services for all residents in Franklin County, ages 60 and older, to assist them in maintaining their independence and age in place within their own home.  The Franklin County Office on Aging is fully funded by a county levy which has been overwhelmingly approved by Franklin County voters for the past thirty (30) years. 
Dennis Wheeler, the Outreach Supervisor with the Franklin County Office on Aging, will provide a brief overview of the agency and services provided.  Mr. Wheeler has been with the Franklin County Office on Aging for six (6) years and was previously employed with the Ohio Department of Insurance / Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program.  
This informative presentation will help you understand how you, your family, your neighbors and your community can benefit from the Franklin County Office on Aging's many programs and resource connections that expand access to prescriptions, food, health clinic services, utility and other subsidies, health screenings, employment services, legal aid services, household budget management assistance, volunteer services, support services, caregiver consultation & other services, senior fitness centers, respiratory services, deaf/blind specialized services, hearing/screening/aids, refugee support services, communication interpretative services, and intergenerational services.
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8-11-2023 Dennis Wheeler, Franklin County Office on Aging Erin Prescott 2023-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
8-8-23 Interact Leadership at Camp Mary Orton 2023-08-09 04:00:00Z 0

8-4-23 Brent Huston

Meeting speaker Brent Huston shared Practical Cyber Security Information.
Brent covered examples of emerging threats and the basic blocking and tackling that everyone should do in the modern, connected world.

Brent is an expert-level security & criminal researcher with a history of innovative approaches, responsible disclosure, rational  control development & substantial findings. He has experience with IoT, ICS/SCADA, utility & critical networks including threat modeling, segmentation, pen-testing, protocol/process/business logic weaknesses & incident response. His deep knowledge areas include application security, fuzzing, honeypots, open source intelligence & attacker deception/tampering. 

To date, Brent has brought more than a dozen technology products to market & holds two US patents. He acts as an advisor, mentor & investor in multiple technology companies around the world. Brent has reviewed hundreds of products for security & scalability, prepped many entrepreneurs for funding & performed market & trend analysis for several highly recognizable brands & product companies.

His background includes educating boards about risk management & technology issues, mentoring executives/regulators & working as a part of a US Congressional Oversight Committee task force. He has earned the following recognitions: BBB Torch Award, US DOE Gold Medal & ISC2 Lifetime Community Service award. 
8-4-23 Brent Huston Erin Prescott 2023-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

7-21-23 Bill Stanley, The Nature Conservancy

Our speaker was Bill Stanley, Director of The Nature Conservancy in Ohio and Board Member of RAPID 5, introduced by Erin Prescott. 
Starting with The Nature Conservancy in 1999, Bill Stanley was previously the director of conservation and is now the director of The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. In this role, he leads a team of over 60 staff members throughout Ohio working to secure clean waters for all, conserve climate-resilient lands, drive science-based action on climate change, and support conservation beyond our state’s borders. Prior to these roles in Ohio, he lived for 10-years in Washington, DC and led a team working on forests and climate change for The Nature Conservancy globally. He is proud of the tangible results he and his teams have achieved through conservation in forests, freshwater, and agricultural settings. Much of this work was made possible by innovative approaches to simultaneously meet the needs of governments, businesses, communities and the environment.
Bill has served at the request of three Governors of Ohio in several capacities, including as a member of Ohio’s Forestry Advisory Council and the Ohio Water Development Authority. Bill also serves on the Vice-President’s Advisory Council to the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and on the Board of local nonprofit RAPID 5. A forest scientist by training, with work experience in climate, agriculture and water, he has published conservation-related articles in several publications. He holds a Master’s degree in forest science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia.
The Nature Conservancy in Ohio is headquartered in Dublin.
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7-21-23 Bill Stanley, The Nature Conservancy  Erin Prescott 2023-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

7-28-23 Vicki Bender, Imerman Angels

Imerman Angels is a one-on-one cancer support community that matches cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers to provide supportive connections.  Through a personalized matching process, cancer fighters are connected with someone who has experienced a similar cancer situation (a Mentor Angel).  While each cancer experience is unique, Mentor Angels are matched by similar age, gender, cancer type and stage, giving fighters the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from a peer.  Their motto is that "Someone Understands."
Vicki Bender was an international flight attendant for many years with Delta Air Lines.  She heard about Imerman Angels while living in Chicago eight years ago.  Her father died of cancer, so she was drawn to share the mission at local cancer centers and events.  She relocated to Ohio two years ago, after retirement, to be close to family.  Realizing there is a need to spread the word in the Midwest, she continues sharing her passion for Imerman Angels and their peer-to-peer support program. 
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7-28-23 Vicki Bender, Imerman Angels  Erin Prescott 2023-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

7-14-23 Program 60

Through Program 60, Ohio residents age 60 or older are invited to take courses and connect with The Ohio State University community tuition-free! Program 60 provides participants with access to undergraduate, graduate-level and distance learning (online) courses on an instructor permission, space-available, audit basis during the spring, summer and fall terms. Speakers Rosemarie Deschler and Gene Oliver spoke about the program. 
Rosamarie is a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University. She received her certificate of dental hygiene and bachelor of science in education. Since graduation, Rosemarie has worked as a dental hygienist, an educator, had her own business, “Rosemarie’s Pastries –Simply Delicious,” and most recently as a banker. Yes, she has had a diverse work background, and the one common thread that links these professions is helping people. The skills she acquired from one she adapted and applied to the other professions. Rosemarie has also had several leadership positions at The Ohio State University, in the Dublin individual school community, and in her church and homeowner’s communities. She currently is serving on the OSU Program 60 Association Board, her homeowner’s association board, and leads the BREAD ministry at her church in Dublin. She is recently retired after 25-plus years working in the banking profession. Rosemarie now enjoys being a Grammy, seeing life through her grandchildren’s non-judgmental eyes. With the love of her life, her husband Tom, Rosemarie, has traveled extensively in Europe, and is planning more travels abroad. When she is not attending Blue Jacket games, Ohio State football games, soccer or lacrosse games watching her granddaughters compete; she can be found taking long walks, reading a good novel, baking, going to the art museum, symphony, taking in a good movie at the theatre, and connecting with friends. 
First and foremost, a lifelong learner, Gene is the IT director for the City of Worthington, overseeing applications and technology modernization and cybersecurity. He is also a member of the Regional Data Advisory Committee at MORPC. Previously, he held global executive leadership roles at HKT Teleservices and OCLC Online Computer Library Center, driving global growth through operational excellence, systems, and security initiatives. Gene actively participates in local CIO leadership groups and holds degrees from The Ohio State University, where he studied music and computer science, and Ohio University, with studies in business. In the community, he served as the Dublin Chamber of Commerce board president and is president elect of the Dublin AM Rotary. Gene resides in Dublin and is a proud parent of two daughters, Sarah and Anna, and his dogter, Ella. 
Additionally during this meeting Dublin AM Rotary Club inducted new members Maddy Andres, Jim Bishop, and Luke Thomas.  Welcome to our three new members!
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7-14-23 Program 60 Erin Prescott 2023-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

7-7-23 Joshua D. Sinclair, Dinsmore

Our speaker for this meeting was Joshua D. Sinclair with Dinsmore. Josh advises his clients on family wealth and estate planning, probate and trust administration, business formation and succession planning, and probate and trust litigation. He acts as both defense and plaintiff’s counsel representing executors, trustees, and beneficiaries in disputes involving breach of fiduciary duty and breach of trust. He is a graduate of Capital University School of Law where he was on Dean's List and Law Review and received five CALI Awards for Excellence, an honor given after the completion of each class to the student earning the highest grade. Josh is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association. He earned his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University.
During the meeting we also welcomed new club members Barb Anderson, Michael Darling, and Scott Lewis. Please offer them a warm greeting at upcoming meetings.
Photos of this meeting and other meetings are on our Flickr site.
Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel.
7-7-23 Joshua D. Sinclair, Dinsmore Erin Prescott 2023-07-12 04:00:00Z 0

Parade Marshall volunteers

In our first community service project of the new Rotary year, our Parade Marshall volunteers had plenty of walking time to swap parade stories and enjoy!
Our Marshalls:                                    Dignitaries In the Parade
Lou Charobee                                             Andy Keeler
Cap Clegg                                                    Margery Amorose
Ingrid & Bob Fields                                    Lisa Travis
Calvin Gebhart
Peter Georgiton                                         Cheering Section
Rob & Barb Humphrey                             Cindy Groeniger
(Guest volunteers)
John Susie
Jim & Gail Warburton
Good work Trevor, Claudia and Community Services Committee Team, first one down for the year!
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Dublin AM Rotary Club Names New Board Members

For Immediate Release
Dublin AM Rotary Club Names New Board Members
Dublin, OH (June 28, 2023) — As part of the global service organization Rotary International, the Dublin AM Rotary Club has elected new board leadership for the year beginning July 2023. Incoming president and Muirfield resident Ingrid Fields joined the club in 2017. In that time, she has filled leadership roles in club fundraising, speaker programs, and communications.
Fields, who works as a Global Partner GTM Lead at VMware, is replacing Susan West as Dublin AM Rotary president. West, who works as Regional Sales Manager for The State Bank and Trust Company, will remain on the board.
During West’s term, the club supported the installation of a peace pole at Coffman Park to celebrate diversity in the Dublin Community, adopted a weekly Dublin-area Meals-on-Wheels route, collected in-kind donations for LifeCare Alliance and CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence, participated in the Dublin Community Service Day by planting a garden at Veteran’s Park, awarded scholarships to six seniors graduating from Dublin City Schools, and committed a gift to the capital campaign for the new Dublin Food Pantry site through the Dublin AM Rotary Charitable Foundation.
During her one-year term as president, Fields plans to focus on expanding club membership, continue support for the Dublin Food Pantry, expand education and youth support, and maintain Veterans programs and international projects. The vision of Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
"Dublin is a fantastic community, and at Dublin AM Rotary we take seriously the opportunity to serve our community, our schools and our members. When I observed that this club was full of people doing great work both inside Dublin, and also internationally, I just had to join. We have interesting weekly meetings here and fun fundraisers to grow our ability to serve.
We invite the community to join us at the Classic Car Show in Historic Dublin over Labor Day weekend, the Polar Bear Golf outing in February, and The Pro AM Day during the Memorial Tournament. Over the holidays, we volunteer for Salvation Army bell ringing and hold a Rotary Foundation gift drive. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self, and I am fortunate to follow great past Presidents, have a Board with continuity of leadership and serve a vibrant, active membership,” said Fields.
The Dublin AM Rotary Club boasts nearly 100 members and meets Fridays at 7:30am at the Country Club at Muirfield Village.  Guests are welcome with RSVP.  Learn more at dublinam.org
Dublin AM Rotary Board pictured from left to right:  Rich Weber, Susan Robenalt, Peter Georgiton (back row), Erin Prescott, Cap Clegg (back row), Gene Oliver, Ingrid Fields, Steve Schmitt (back row), Susan West, Kent Underwood (back row), Claudia Trusty, Sharon Kendall, Roberta Kayne, Mike Isler, and Pete Cushnie. Not pictured: Kurt Brown, Trevor Donaldson, Cindy Groeniger, and Dave Williamson. Photo courtesy of Roberta Kayne, Dublin AM Rotary photographer and professional artist.
About Rotary: Rotary unites a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges and creating lasting change. Rotary connects 1.4 million people of action from more than 46,000 Rotary clubs in almost every country in the world. Their service improves lives both locally and internationally, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary.org.
Dublin AM Rotary Club Names New Board Members Erin Prescott 2023-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

2023-2024 Board of Directors

Congratulations to our new Dublin AM Rotary 2023-24 Board and our new President, Ingrid Fields!  Fields is pictured below (right) with immediate past president Susan West, during the new board installation meeting held on June 23, 2023.
Congratulations also to Erin Prescott for receiving the "Rookie of the Year" award and to Jim Warburton for receiving the "Rotarian of the Year" award.
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6-16-23 Jimmie Bell, Sports World

Describing the formula for success and speaking about Sports World was former Ohio State University and National Football League defensive lineman Jimmie Bell of Columbus.

Bell describes himself as an empowerment coach and speaker. He is one of a number of professional athletes associated with Sports World, a nonprofit organization based in Indianapolis that relies on donations to fund assembly programs with students across the country.

From a recent Dispatch article, Bell said:

"We kind of live in a society where people are constantly telling you what you should do and be. People kind of just seek other people's approval on things and how they should act,” she said. “It's really important to just know your worth and know that you can just do whatever you put your mind to and you should work hard. ... Just shut those voices out that are telling you that you can't do something."  He said that understanding, empathy and compassion are essential elements in communicating his message to students and young adults.

"Within 30 seconds, I'm hoping I can find out exactly what that individual needs from me" to establish a personal connection, he said. "I'm not telling them something someone hasn't told them. ... Ultimately, it's that soulful connection that requires empathy, that allows us to engage the way that we do."

The key to understanding a child often is simply to pay attention, he said.  A child might be hungry, confused, misunderstood or struggling with something crazy he or she had witnessed at home, Bell said. Educators have difficult jobs, he said, because they often are forced into the role of life coaches or social workers – needs that go beyond their level of training. Bell said he tries to place himself in the shoes of each person he meets."  

During his presentations to schools, Bell said reaching life goals and attaining dreams are based on attitude, actions and legacy.  Read more here

From: ThisWeekNews

We also sang Happy Birthday to Dave Williamson!!

Photos of this meeting and other meetings are on our Flickr site.
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6-9-23 Tyler Puhl, Wood Co, Short North

Tyler Puhl is the Senior Vice President of Development at The Wood Companies. He oversees all efforts related to development, financing, commercial leasing, and legal activities for new and existing assets. Since Tyler’s arrival in 2016, the development team has completed over $200 million in new construction value and placed over $160 million in permanent debt. Tyler has leased a transaction value of over $30 million consisting of retail, restaurant, and office space. He is the Vice President of the Short North Special Improvement District, and is a graduate of The Ohio State University and The Moritz College of Law. Tyler lives with his wife, Jessica, and sons, Charlie and Danny, in Victorian Village.
The Wood Companies is the largest property owner in the Short North and has developed over 1 million square feet since its inception in the early 1980s. Founder Sandy Wood was instrumental in resurrecting the neighborhood from its derelict condition to the premier historic neighborhood it is today. Through a robust commitment to first-in-class architecture, finishes, and retail tenant selection, The Wood Companies seeks to make the Short North one of the best urban neighborhoods in the United States.
We also welcomed new members' removing their "red sticker" - David Grubbs and Joel Kretz.
6-9-23 Tyler Puhl, Wood Co, Short North Erin Prescott 2023-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

5-19-23 OhioHealth Partnership with Dublin City Schools

Thank you to Rebecca L. Grant, MD and Benjamin V. Bring, DO with OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital for speaking about the services offered through the school-based clinic with Dublin City Schools.  Learn more in this video!
Photos of this meeting and other meetings are on our Flickr site.
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5-19-23 OhioHealth Partnership with Dublin City Schools Erin Prescott 2023-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

5-12-23 Dublin AM Rotary Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to students receiving scholarships from Dublin AM Rotary this year!  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.  
Thanks to Steve Burigana and the scholarship committee for their work to review scholarship applications and for organizing this program.  We're inspired by the future leaders in our community!

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5-12-23 Dublin AM Rotary Scholarship Recipients Erin Prescott 2023-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

4-28-23 Dana McDaniel - Paul Harris Fellow

Dana McDaniel, former City Manager of the City of Dublin, receiving an honorary Paul Harris Fellow award and pin for his many leadership efforts in the City of Dublin to promote goodwill and peace.  Dana is pictured with Page Vornbrock and Claudia Trusty, who presented the pin.
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4-28-23 Trent Smith, Franklinton Board of Trade

Trent Smith has been the Executive Director of the Franklinton Board of Trade (FBOT) since January of 2010. FBOT serves as the chamber of commerce for the Franklinton neighborhood, but unlike a traditional chamber it is a 501c3 non-profit. This status gives FBOT the latitude to do important community work based on three pillars of focus: Advocate, Beautify, Connect. In addition to business
development, Trent organizes networking events, clean-up / beautification projects and socializing hours for FBOT members and guests. He works to create strong connections and relationships between the business community, non-profit community, and the residents of Franklinton. Franklinton Board of Trade also serves to manage the Franklinton Special Improvement District of Columbus, Inc., which is designed to provide full time safety and cleaning services to a defined area of the Franklinton community.
Prior to 2010 Trent spent 18 years in banking, most recently as the Branch Manager/AVP for WesBanco Bank’s Gahanna, OH office. Part of his role there was to serve as the community development outreach director, which is what brought him to Franklinton in the first place. Trent has had the opportunity to serve as a trustee on a variety of boards through his career, including the Neighborhood Design Center, the East Franklinton Review Board, Community Crime Patrol, Habitat for Humanity, Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce, Community Shares of MidOhio, Lower Lights, Inc., Franklinton Development Association, Franklinton Area Commission, and the Gravity II NCA board. He is a resident of Franklinton where he lives with his wife, Joanna, his son, Quinn, and two rescue cats, Petals and Frankie.

More photos are on our Flickr photo website.

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4-28-23 Trent Smith, Franklinton Board of Trade Erin Prescott 2023-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

5-6-23 Dublin AM Rotary Volunteers at the City of Dublin Community Service Day

On Saturday morning, May 6th, 24 Dublin AM Rotarians plus guests helped the City of Dublin with one of their Community Service Day projects - planting small and medium plants at the Veterans Park / Grounds of Remembrance - across from the Dublin Library. Lots of wonderful, caring, generous, giving people doing great things for others - that's Rotary - "Service above Self".
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5-5-23 Dublin AM Rotary Community Service at the Rec Center

On Friday, 5/5, over 30 Dublin AM Rotarians and a few guests helped the City of Dublin get supplies ready for the Dublin Community Service Day. Club members spent 5/5 at the Dublin Rec Center assisting the set-up for Dublin Community Service Day, including preparing packets, arranging t-shirts, and organizing supplies for the volunteers and their assignments. 
And many of these Rotarians also showed up on Saturday morning to work with the City of Dublin doing for their Community Service Day (photos in a separate post). Great turnout with wonderful and generous people doing community service - that's Rotary!
To see the photos, go to our Flickr site at https://bit.ly/RotaryCommunitySvc
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4-21-23 Scott Lockhart

Scott Lockhart spoke about the state of car markets and searching for a vehicle.
Scott became the Executive Manager at Infiniti of Columbus in February 2023 and moved to Dublin in May.
He previously lived in Strongsville, Ohio and worked the last 20 years with a family owned Ford dealership.
He attended University of Rochester, earning Degrees in Political Science and Film Studies. A college athlete, he then had a short stint with the Montreal Expos Minor League system in 1994.
Scott is married with 4 kids. He is a past member of the Strongsville Rotary Club.

More photos are on our Flickr photo website.

Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel.


4-21-23 Scott Lockhart Erin Prescott 2023-04-21 04:00:00Z 0

4-14-23 Interact

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.

More photos are on our Flickr photo website.

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4-14-23 Interact Erin Prescott 2023-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

3-31-23 Megan O'Callaghan, Dublin City Manager

Megan O’Callaghan is Dublin’s sixth city manager, a role she assumed on October 1, 2022. O’Callaghan has been serving the City of Dublin since 2014, when she was hired as the City’s Public Service Director. Prior to her appointment to city manager, she served as the City’s deputy city manager/chief finance and development officer, deputy city manager/chief operating officer and director of public works. She has successfully formulated and executed strategic plans in areas including Finance, Development, Economic Development, Building Standards and Transportation & Mobility, a division she created in 2020 to advance the City’s Connected Dublin initiatives.

O’Callaghan has overseen nearly all of the City’s departments and divisions including Engineering, Street & Utilities Operations, Fleet & Facilities Management, Park Operations, Parks and Recreation, and Asset Management. During her tenure, she has planned and executed the City’s Capital Improvements Program, including many highlights such as her passionate involvement, oversight and project management of the Dublin Link pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Scioto River. 

O’Callaghan is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree. She attended Capital University Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude and earned her Juris Doctorate while she was working as a full-time engineer. She is a registered Professional Engineer and attorney in the State of Ohio. Before joining the Dublin team, O’Callaghan worked for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) as a Deputy Director responsible for delivering the Department’s nearly $2 billion annual construction program.

Throughout her career, O’Callaghan has demonstrated a commitment to innovation and technology - learn more on Friday!

Outside of work, O’Callaghan is a Dublin resident with two children. She and her family love going to the Dublin parks, riding bikes
on the paths, and attending as many city events as possible.

More photos are on our Flickr photo website.

Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel.



3-31-23 Megan O'Callaghan, Dublin City Manager Erin Prescott 2023-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

3-24-2023 Joe Fox - Miracle League of Central Ohio

Joe Fox, Director of the Miracle League of Central Ohio was our featured speaker. He has been involved with the Miracle League for 14 years and has served as the league's director since 2011. Joe and his wife Susan have lived in Dublin since 1994. They have 4 grown children and 9 grandchildren.
Miracle League of Central Ohio was formed in 2005 with the mission to create a unique baseball field for athletes with mental and physical challenges in the Central Ohio area. The City of Dublin kindly donated the land required for this field at Darree Fields and Dublin AM Rotary was among the major supporters to build the field.
Also during this meeting, Past District Governor Peggy Murgatroyd spoke about Kick Cancer.  Proceeds from the weekly fines were donated to Kick Cancer.

More photos are on our Flickr photo website.

Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel.


3-24-2023 Joe Fox - Miracle League of Central Ohio Erin Prescott 2023-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

3-17-2023 Imram Malik, Dublin Community Inclusion Advisor Committee

Imran is a multilingual, cross-cultural expert, interfaith-outreach ambassador and community leader. He is a staunch believer in service to others. While his professional career in engineering and systems management is impressive, Imran focused his talk on his role as Chairman of the Dublin Community Inclusion Advisor Committee, or CIAC. Imran has served on many advisory boards including those for Dublin Police Chief Justin Paez, Veterans Interfaith Bridge of Ohio, First Social Justice Park of America, and as a founding member of Safe Alliance of Interfaith Leaders (SAIL) of Northwest Columbus region. Imran was a finalist for the Every Day Hero Award in 2019, received the Community Service Leadership Award in 2016 from the Asian American Commerce Group of Ohio and the Jefferson Award in 2015 for interfaith and outreach efforts in Central Ohio to help build bridges between faith and cultural diversities.
More photos are available on our Flickr photo website.
3-17-2023 Imram Malik, Dublin Community Inclusion Advisor Committee Erin Prescott 2023-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

3-10-2023 Betsy Liska Goldstein on Intel 

In this meeting Betsy Liska Goldstein spoke about the Impact of Intel on Central Ohio.  Betsy has nearly two decades of experience in the building industry and as Founder and CEO of Betsy Goldstein Consulting has made a career of community engagement and connecting people together in partnerships to create the most effective outcomes. After learning early about the Intel project, Betsy met with various elected officials, community stakeholders, and business leaders while researching the Intel impact in other cities. In the past year she has shared her presentations more than 50 times, helping various organizations, communities, firms, and nonprofits prepare for Central Ohio’s once in a lifetime transformation.
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3-3-2023 Matt Earman, Director Parks & Rec, Dublin OH

Announcements for this meeting included a recap of the most successful Polar Bear Golf Event to date!
The featured meeting speaker was Matt Earman, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Dublin, who spoke about notable parks and recreation projects and programs in Dublin. Matt Earman has served the City of Dublin since 2004. Prior to his career in Ohio, Matt has served in various positions with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority between 1981 and 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry and Wildlife and served on the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Board of Directors between 2010 and 2015. Matt now sits on the Association’s Foundation Board to help raise funds to support the profession throughout the state of Ohio.

More photos are on our Flickr photo website.

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3-3-2023 Matt Earman, Director Parks & Rec, Dublin OH Erin Prescott 2023-03-03 05:00:00Z 0

2-24-2023 Sarah Douglas, PhD

In reflecting on one-year since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the club was honored to have Sarah Douglas, PhD, of The Ohio State University speak.

Dr. Sarah K Douglas graduated with bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in history from The Ohio State University. Her specialties include European history, world history, climate and disease history, and military history. In addition to serving on a myriad of University councils, organizing several national and international history conference at OSU, and presenting at six such conferences herself, Dr. Douglas has served as a Fellow at the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History, and she has received eight OSU College of Arts and Sciences and Department of History Awards/Fellowships. She serves as a lecturer for the OSU Department of History, Central State University’s Department of Humanities, Wright State University’s Department of History, and Norwich University’s graduate MA program in military history.

More photos are on our Flickr photo website.


2-24-2023 Sarah Douglas, PhD Erin Prescott 2023-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

2-17-2023 Michael Wilkos

If you missed this meeting, please watch it on YouTube!  It may have been the longest meeting of the year as the questions flowed for speaker Michael Wilkos of United Way of Central Ohio, who presented on central Ohio growth patterns and demographics, a presentation he has been working on for about 40 years! 

Michael Wilkos is Senior Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Central Ohio.  His team develops strategies to invest in and improve our community.  Prior to his current role at United Way, Michael was Director of Community Research at The Columbus Foundation.  During his tenure at the Foundation he initiated and managed competitive grant-making to support holistic community revitalization in the Weinland Park neighborhood.  Throughout his career he has also led many initiatives to coordinate volunteers and funders in developing and implementing strategies supporting housing and community safety programs.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from The Ohio State University.  He has served on many boards including: United Neighborhood Centers of America, Columbus Landmarks Foundation and Columbus Neighborhood Design Center.

More photos are on our Flickr photo website.

Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel.



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2-10-2023 Katy Oberle

This meeting featured a surprise visit from district governor Price Finley and a feature presentation from Katy Oberle, of Katy Oberle Creative.  Katy's presentation on Creative Mindfulness came to us highly recommended from the Tri Village Rotary Club.
Katy is a licensed marriage and family therapist turned Creative Mindfulness Coach. She provides creative mindfulness programming to individuals, businesses, and organizations to help them manage stress, improve their relationships, lean into gratitude, and bring more joy and creativity into their lives so they can thrive at home, at work, and out in the world. Katy holds a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University and a BA in Psychology from Miami University.
More photos are available on our Flickr photo website.
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2-3-2023 American Lung Association

This meeting featured Brittany Sinzinger, the Executive Director for the American Lung Association (ALA) of South-Central Ohio, which promotes the mission to see a world free from lung disease. She began her journey at The ALA after her son had a near fatal asthma attack, 10 years ago, and now strives to ensure no other parent has to endure that experience. Brittany lives in Delaware, OH with her husband of 21 years, her 3 teenage children, and loves running half-marathons, spending time with her family, and volunteering at other organizations. 

We also heard from Susan Robenalt and guests about the life-changing work of the Rett Syndrome Research Trust, which will be supported through proceeds of the upcoming Polar Bear Golf Outing. 

More photos are available on our Flickr photo website.
2-3-2023 American Lung Association Erin Prescott 2023-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

1-27-2023 CHOICES Service Project

This meeting, the Dublin AM Rotary Club pulled our hearts and hands together to complete a service project to assemble Therapeutic Care Kits for clients of CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence.  CHOICES is a program of Lutheran Social Services and operates the only shelter geared toward victims of domestic violence in Franklin County.  Not only do they offer emergency services 24/7, but CHOICES facilitates counseling and peer support groups.  It was in support of these programs we assembled kits that included materials for journaling, goal setting, and stress relief.  Our club committed to this project after CHOICES executive director Dr. Maria Houston spoke during a meeting in October. 
Special thanks to Bonnie Coley-Malir, Claudia Trusty, Kent Underwood/Smile Doctors Orthodontics-Powell, and Susan West/The State Bank and Trust Company, for their efforts in planning and donating.  
More photos are available on our Flickr photo website.
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1-20-2023 Dwight Seeley on Medicare

Thank you to our very own member and Past President, Dwight Seeley, for providing our club with an important and educational presentation on Medicare.  
Dwight has 30+ years in employee benefits and health insurance-related fields.  He is the former Executive Vice President for the Sequent Midwest Business Health Fund which provided health insurance to over 1,200 employees and their families from over 120 small businesses in Central Ohio.  While in this role, working with the Ohio Department of Insurance and involving Chambers of Commerce across the state, he led a successful effort to change the Ohio Revised Code to allow Chambers and 501.C.9 Trusts to operate Multiple Employer Welfare Plans in Ohio.  
Dwight is the founder of the Seeley Group which offers Medicare Consulting to individuals who are eligible for Medicare.  Dwight currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Chamber Health Benefit Plan and is a member of the National Association of Benefits and Insurance Professionals, formerly known as the National Association of Health Underwriters.  
Dwight and his wife, Pam, live in Dublin where they have lived for 20+ years and raised two children...both of whom have left the nest. 
More photos are available on our Flickr photo website.
1-20-2023 Dwight Seeley on Medicare Erin Prescott 2023-01-20 05:00:00Z 0

1-13-2023 Ohio Chamber of Commerce

This meeting featured comments from Steve Stivers, who was selected in May 2021 to lead the Ohio Chamber of Commerce as President and CEO.  The Ohio Chamber of Commerce is the state’s leading business organization whose mission it is to aggressively champion free enterprise, economic competitiveness, and growth for the benefit of all Ohioans.  The Ohio Chamber works with legislators, business leaders and government officials to pursue its vision of a growing and prosperous economic and business climate in Ohio.
Prior to joining the Ohio Chamber, Stivers represented Ohio’s 15th Congressional District from 2011 until May 2021.  In January 2003, he was appointed to the Ohio Senate and successfully ran for a full term in 2004.  He served in the Ohio Senate until 2008.  Stivers has served over 30 years in the Ohio Army National Guard and holds the rank of Major General.  He served the United States overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, and Djibouti where he led 400 soldiers and contractors and is proud that each and every one returned home safely to the United States.  Stivers received the Bronze Star for his leadership.
Stivers received both his bachelor’s degree and his MBA from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Army War College.  He resides in Upper Arlington with his wife, Karen, and children, Sarah and Sam.  He is also a former member of the Dublin AM Rotary Club!
More photos are available on our Flickr photo website.
1-13-2023 Ohio Chamber of Commerce Erin Prescott 2023-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

1-6-2023 Annual Club Assembly

The Dublin AM Rotary Club kicked off 2023 with our Annual Club Assembly.  The agenda featured reports from each committee leader and an election of board members for the 2023-2024 Rotary Year. 
Board members were elected as follows:
President Ingrid Fields
President ElectGene Oliver
Vice PresidentPeter Georgiton
Past PresidentSusan West
TreasurerRich Weber
SecretaryClaudia Trusty
Sgt at ArmsDave Williamson
MembershipKurt Brown
Club ServicesKent Underwood
Community ServicesTrevor Donaldson
International ServicesSharon Kendall
Youth ServicesCap Clegg
Educational ServicesSteve Schmitt
CommunicationsRoberta Kayne / Erin Prescott
At-LargeCindy Groeniger
At-LargePete Cushnie
At-LargeMike Isler
For more photos go to our Flickr page.
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12-16-22 Honoring Dana McDaniel, Dublin City Manager

The meeting on Friday, December 16, 2022 was an extra special time to gather and share fellowship among our Dublin community members in honor of Dana McDaniel, recently retired Dublin City Manager. 
More on Dana McDaniel:
Dana led Dublin in its growth as the Economic Development Director and its City Manager for the past 34 years. Over his career, Dana has been instrumental in the success of many Dublin AM Rotary projects. A recent meaningful project is the newly installed Peace Poll, located in Coffman Park, which displays the phrase “MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH” in twelve languages.  
Across the community, Dana was instrumental in Dublin establishing Dublink, the state-of-the-art broadband fiber optic network. He was the vision behind the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center, which currently supports more than 100 start-up businesses. Dana and his economic development teams have overseen programs resulting in the attraction, retention and expansion of more than 14,000 jobs. Under Dana’s leadership, the City of Dublin was twice named one of the top seven smart cities in the world by the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum. The City has also received numerous awards.
Dana also retired from the Ohio National Guard following a 35-year distinguished career, retiring as a Brigadier General and is an Iraq war veteran.
More photos are available on our Flickr photo website.
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12-9-22 Rachel Lustig, Stay the Course, Catholic Social Services

Our speaker on 12/9 was Rachel Lustig, CEO of Catholic Social Services, who spoke about the Stay the Course program and promoting the social determinants of health in support of lifelong wellness. She asked that we share the attached slides that explain this idea in further detail and underscore the importance of our collective efforts as a service organization in supporting many organizations that improve quality of life. All ships rise together!  

More photos are on our Flickr photo website

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11-11-2022 Veterans Program - Dave Williamson

Salute to Veterans at our meeting on Veterans Day, November 11th. 
We heard about the amazing veterans support program that is taking place at Dublin Scioto High School and the outstanding work done at Dublin's own Resurrecting Lives Foundation for veterans with PSTD and TBI. 
We also received an update by our Veterans Affairs Committee on club actions and activities assisting and supporting veterans.  

More photos are on our Flickr photo website:

Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel



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11-4-22 Moises Sifren, Dominican Republic

Our speaker on November 4th at Dublin AM Rotary was Moises Sifren, CEO of El Buen Samaritano Hospital in La Romana, Dominican Republic. He is also a member of the Rotary Club in La Romana and one of the Executive Directors of World Missions Partners. Moises stayed after the meeting to discuss further any in depth questions about mission work in the Dominican Republic and our mission there in March 2023.
Moises is the son of Haitian immigrants and was born in the Dominican Republic. He grew up living in a Batay, a poor community in the Dominican Republic sugar cane fields. Moises currently lives and works in the Dominican Republic providing medical services to Dominicans as well as Haitian immigrants living in the Dominican Republic. He also built and operates a large private school for poor students in the Dominican Republic. He has a passion to help the poor and to provide them with care they may not otherwise have access to. He enjoys giving them hope for a brighter future. You will never meet a man with a bigger heart. Moises is the man that makes all the magic happen smoothly when missions teams come to serve in the La Romana region of the Dominican Republic.Moises has traveled far to come speak to our club.

More photos are on our Flickr photo website.

Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel

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In Memory of our friend, Peter Fuhlbrigge

In Memory of our friend, Peter Fuhlbrigge
Peter Martin Fuhlbrigge passed away suddenly on Friday November 11th, 2022 at the age of 64 years old. Peter was truly loved by his friends, family, and pets. His humor and wit made him the light in every room, and he was never afraid to ask for an extra side of bacon. He was a best friend to many, and will be deeply missed by all.
Pete Fuhlbrigge joined Dublin AM Rotary as a member in April 2002. He had long served on and most recently led the efforts of the Polar Bear Golf Open committee. He was a board member for the past several years and sat on many committees during his 20 years as a Rotarian. You could find him at a Friday morning meeting reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, talking and laughing amongst friends, and gearing up to share his next joke. We will miss his festive Christmas blazer and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army contributions at Kroger. Pete had a passion to help those in need and made sure that anyone participating was having a good time.
Pete's family has asked that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Dublin A.M. Rotary Club.  Donation information:
Mail check made out to :
Dublin AM Rotary Charitable Foundation (a 501(c)3
P.O. Box 671
Dublin, OH  43017
Include In Memory of Pete Fuhlbrigge in the memo section. 
Dublin AM Rotary Club members may contact us to request an invoice in the amount you specify in your email.
Photos of Pete at Rotary events through the years are here on our Flickr website.
Thank you.
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Mission Trip to Dominican Republic in March 2023

Sharon Kendall, Chair of the International Committee for Dublin AM Rotary, is planning a mission trip for any member of our Rotary Club who wants to volunteer to go the Dominican Republic on March 18 to 25, 2023. 
Moises Sifren, CEO of El Buen Samaritano Hospital in LaRomana, D.R. is presenting to our club meeting on November 4th to give us an overview of what the trip entails.  Hope you can attend on November 4th and/or join us in the Dominican Republic!  Contact Sharon Kendall if you are interested.
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10-28-22 Dr. Maria Houston - Choices for Victims of Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we heard an update about this issue in our community from Dr. Maria Houston, executive director of CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence.  CHOICES is a program of Lutheran Social Services and operates the only shelter geared toward victims of domestic violence in Franklin County.  Dr. Houston is a licensed clinical psychologist and adjunct professor in psychology at Columbus State Community College. 

More photos are on our Flickr photo website.

Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel




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10-21-22 Ryan Miller & Craig Krenzel - OSU Football

Ryan Miller & Craig Krenzel, OSU Football Players in the 90s speaking to Dublin AM Rotary on Friday 10/21.
Photo of Craig Krenzel, Susan West, Asch Mikhail, Ryan Miller
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10-14-22 Committee Updates

Committee members gave updates on what was going on with their committees and some members gave updates on their field trip to other Rotary Clubs.
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10-7-22 Price Finley - Four Club Meeting

Price Finley, our District Governor, gave us a lot to think about during his presentation at our meeting on Friday, October 7th.  He reminded us of some amazing things we no longer have to IMAGINE, due to the spirit and can-do attitude that Rotary brings to the table.  He also challenged us to IMAGINE what still needs to be done. 
Thank you for providing a warm welcome to our guests from Dublin Worthington, Marysville, and Worthington AM Rotary Clubs.  The room was brimming with great energy and fellowship.
Here is what I IMAGINE for the future:  continued positive growth in attendance at our Friday Meetings.  We have so much that we want to accomplish, but first and foremost, we need to see each other in person and re-establish the connection. 
My vision:  I IMAGINE a meeting room full of energy.  I IMAGINE members talking to members.  I IMAGINE how good this will feel to have the magic of fellowship back.
Let’s make it happen!
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9-30-22 William Burke DO

This week we heard about the Ohio University Dublin Campus.  Our featured speaker was William J. Burke, DO, who serves as Dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (Heritage College) Dublin Campus, which opened in 2014. Dr. Burke has been actively involved in graduate and undergraduate medical education for over 25 years. He received his BA in history from Capital University and his doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Ohio University.
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9-16-22 Jimmy Stewart - Energy Industry

Our feature speaker was Jimmy Stewart, the president of the Ohio Gas Association (OGA), whose members serve over 3.6 million customers in Ohio.  The primary functions of the OGA are to monitor and report on legislative, regulatory, and compliance activities.
His talk focused on three points: the supply side - sources of gas and price volatility; the demand side - the role that gas plays in maintaining a secure energy future; and the ever-increasing importance of gas to generate electricity.  
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9-4-22 Third Annual Classic Car Show


"Showers on Sunday morning held attendance down at the 3rd Annual Dublin AM Rotary Classic Car Show in the historic downtown Dublin, Ohio business district. When I arrived around 11 o'clock, only 18 cars had registered for the show. After the rain took a break for a few hours and the roads started to dry, the final registration reached 51 cars.

The show presented "Top 30" picks and a Best of Show.

Our good friends, Jeff Shankle and Dave Bratton received special awards. Jeff's 1972 Buick station wagon received the Woodhouse Day Spa's pick and Dave's 1937 Ford convertible received the "Wild Ride" award.

The Best of Show award went to the 1961 Morgan 4/4 Series III belonging to Chuck Putsch.



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8-26-22 Rick Stein - Autonomous Vehicles

We asked Rick Stein for a return engagement speaking on Autonomous Vehicles. In this humorous overview of the talk Rick and Jason will be delivering, we can get a sense of the good time to come Friday morning at our meeting:
Jason Sudy and Rick Stein are co-researchers on issues surrounding autonomous technology related to land use, transportation and the overarching impact on cities.
Over the past six years they’ve conveyed ideas and predictions for the future to local, regional and national audiences with an accuracy rate that, had they been ballplayers instead of urban planners, would assure enshrinement in Cooperstown.
Uncontented with past triumphs, the team further extends these speculative claims based on real-world data, trends, and the abiding belief that nothing that allows corporations to make a ton of money is too weird to be considered possible. The group is also in the pre-pre-submittal stage for Nobel recognition, just as soon as they can find the online application form on the website.
As you can tell, we are in for good information, astute analytics, and good fun! See you Friday AM.  
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8-19-22 Dwight Smith - My Special Word

This week's exciting program featured Dwight Smith. Dwight's many accomplishments as a business and community leader include CEO of Sophisticated Systems, Director of The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and member of the Nationwide Children's Hospital board of directors. When I spoke with him earlier this week, he reminded me, "those are things I do, not who I am." His talk is devoted to a program he co-founded - My Special Word (www.myspecialword.com).  

My Special Word is a not-for-profit program with the aspiration of inspiring our youth to think about the wonderful people they are and that they hope to become through the use of positive words.

Here are the values they seek to instill in young people:

- We believe that having positive self-esteem and a positive attitude are foundational to leading a happy and fulfilling life.

- We believe in honesty and openness in how we describe, define and share ourselves with others.

- We believe in mutual respect and honoring the view of others.

- We believe in personal accountability and to living our lives in a manner that is consistent with our personal values.

More photos are on our Flickr photo website:

Video Recording of this meeting and other meetings is on our YouTube Channel


Excerpt From an article in COLUMBUS MONTHLY:

"Dwight Smith's Quest to Empower Children Through Words" by Peter Tonguette

When is the last time you thought about how best to embody a word?

My Special Word co-founder Dwight Smith frequently asks young people to think about the words they use to describe themselves. In fact, when the Dublin resident introduces his program to children, he peppers them with questions.

After selecting a word they feel defines them—say, smart or caring—children explain their choice as well as how they express it in everyday life. “The fourth question is, ‘What can we do to help you become that very special person that you aspire to be?’” Smith, 63, says. “That’s simple, but it’s impactful.”

Smith, chairman and CEO of the technology services company Sophisticated Systems Inc., developed the nonprofit My Special Word with his wife, Renee, with the idea that language could be a change agent: If young people associate themselves with a positive word they can claim as their own, good outcomes can follow.

Where does your interest in working with young people come from?

When I was young, like maybe 20, 25 years old, I prayed the following prayer: “Lord, you have blessed me. What would you have me do with the talent and the opportunities that you have given me?” The answer, as clear as I’m talking to you, was, “Help my children.” There are a lot of causes to fight for—a cure for cancer, injustice, aging, domestic violence—but, for me, from the time I was in my early 20s, it was always on my heart to support and love children.  (More at https://www.columbusmonthly.com/story/lifestyle/2020/12/09/dwight-smiths-quest-to-empower-children-through-words/43276791/ )




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8-12-22 Total Health Works - Jackie Russell & David Zid

This week we took an active look at our Brain Fitness and how Exercise Fitness relates to our Brain Health.  
David Zid  and Jackie Russell expand the fight for brain health every day through so many methods:
“All Together Now” – the Moving’ It! 5k Run/Walk Parkinson’s Disease benefit now includes the Alzheimer’s (AD) and MS communities every year.
Parkinson’s Delay The Disease Bootcamps every week in Columbus
Adult fitness and "Life Altering” Exercise programs
Teaching Certification for 35 states of therapists
MS appropriate fitness private & group sessions
Total HealthWorks is expanding its programs to improve brain health, serve more people living with neurodegenerative conditions, and grow our facility. Total HealthWorks gym with  moving to a new location for growth, equipment, and updates so we can help those afflicted with PD, AD, and MS. 
Jackie is an RN, BSN, CNOR and Co-founder of Total HealthWorks, Delay the Disease and member of the American council on exercise.
David is co-founder of Total Healthworks, Delay the disease, and as a graduate of The Ohio State University, is  also and ACE and APG certified trainer.
I love his sessions best for the strength training and Multi-tasking drills.
To see more photos from this or other meetings go to our Flickr page
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8-6-22 Peace Pole Installation

Claudia Trusty, long-time member of Dublin AM Rotary, started a Peace Building committee with co-chairs Stef Morrow and Jill Kranstuber, during the pandemic to help address the spread of divisive and unproductive dialogue among neighbors and even families. We thought a Peace Pole would be a good symbol, a gentle reminder that Peace On Earth can be more than a motto. 
We approached Councilman Andy Keeler and Christine Nardecchia, Dublin’s Dir. of Outreach and Engagement, to see if that was a do-able project. They both quickly endorsed our efforts and directed us to City Manager Dana McDaniel. He was totally onboard, and asked us to think big. Big Peace Pole, more languages and definitely a very prominent location. 
Our partnership with the City allowed us to do that. We thank everyone who has collaborated with us: City Leadership, Planning and the Parks & Rec team who handled the installation and landscaping. And we asked Dublin school students to suggest which languages to include for the saying May Peace Prevail On Earth. 
This Peace Pole is one way in which Dublin AM Rotarians demonstrate our commitment to peace building through respectful conversations among diverse communities. We hope it serves as a reminder to those who see it that creating peace here and throughout the world is an inclusive effort. 
To see more photos of the Peace Pole Installation go to our Flickr album
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8-5-22 Transportation Research Center Tour

We had the opportunity for our club to enjoy a private tour of the Transportation Research Center.  This is the largest vehicle test facility in North America.   
It has a 7 ½ mile oval track and offers many other tracks within the compound.  There are certainly unique capabilities at TRC.  It is a component of the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor on Rt. 33.
This is a special opportunity Tour arranged by Lou Charobee for our Dublin AM Rotary Club and our guests, friends & spouses.  
Because it is not open to the public, there were no photos allowed except in the conference room and outside the front entrance.
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7-29-22 Claire Eastman & Tricia Strahler, Lifecare Alliance

LifeCare Alliance states" OUR GOAL:   Keeping people safe, independent, and living in their own homes – where they want to be!"
We welcomed Claire Eastman, Director, Corporate & Community Engagement for Life Care Alliance and Tricia Strahler, Director of Strategic Communications for Life Care Alliance.    
Claire discussed the Programs and Services  of LifeCare Alliance, where she is the Director of Corporate and Community Engagement. Claire oversees relationships for the Agency’s Advancement team including volunteer partnerships, in-kind donations, and outreach/public speaking engagements.  She is responsible for managing the recruitment, training, and retaining of over 7500 annual LifeCare Alliance volunteers. 
Claire also oversees the intake, pick-up, and placement of in-kind donations to the agency as well as our signature Senior Pet Care program.  Before coming to LifeCare Alliance, she worked in multiple management roles at Nationwide Insurance, NetJets Aviation, and Accenture.  Claire lives in Westerville, Ohio, with her husband of 9 years and between them, they have 5 kids ranging in age from a 17-year old Senior in High School to an almost 21-year old Senior in College. 
Tricia Strahler is a past president of Downtown Columbus Rotary. She has had her own marketing communications consulting agency and she led efforts that got the City of Columbus honored as the ICF’s 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year.  With LifeCare Alliance, she is responsible for marketing, branding, and public relations for all the agency’s programs and services.
This was very informative and interesting for our members!
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
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7-22-22 Jack Young, Shelter box

Our speaker this week, Jack Young, shared the Rotary International Shelter Box effort.
Truly an amazing Board leader, Rotarian, Presidential award winner, veteran and business founder.
A few of Jack's specifics:
  • Jack is a Level 5 Paul Harris Fellow
  • Jack has hosted 7 Foreign Exchange Students
  • Jack was District Governor in 20005/2006 in N.E. Ohio Rotary
  • Past Board of the Rotary Shelter Box for 7 years
  • Won Rotary Ambassador for Shelter Box of the Year 2015
  • Rotary Relations Care for 2 years
  • Chair Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians for South America, Central America, North America  
  • Rotary International Past President Cliff Dochterman Award in 2014
  • Board of Directors for The Children of The Dump in Chinnendega, Nicaragua
  • Contributed $1.4 M of goods collected for The Children in Nicaragua
  • Took 11 Mission Trips  
  • The Villas Nursing Home Founder and Board leader
  • 32nd Degree Mason
  • Winner of6 Presidential Winner of the Year Awards - Presidents Obama, Trump and G. W. Bush
  • Thank Jack for his service in the US Air Force, Viet Nam Era Veteran, 4 years
It was a great presentation on International Shelter Boxes  and plenty of Q& A about Jack’s Rotary leadership experiences! 
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
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Greetings, Dublin AM Rotarians:
Another year is here with a new President … with a major fear factor … “just don’t screw this up”.  However, when I look around the club, I see so much talent and desire to provide ‘service above self’, I am confident our members will keep the momentum going.  So here we go!
Besides keeping the good stuff going, my goal is to encourage fellowship via the following communication initiatives:
  • Walk With a Rotarian – Wednesdays at 7:30 AM – opportunity for members to enjoy
  • Use old school communication – phone calls and US Mail (bust through the plethora of email)
  • Get Back in The Habit – encourage more attendance at meetings and volunteer efforts with some new twists and ideas:
  1. Field Trip – August 5th – to get in the ‘Car Show’ spirit, we will tour the TRC (Transportation Research Center - 10820 State Route 347, East Liberty, OH 43319).  Lou Charobee coordinated this very special tour opportunity which is not open to the general public.
  2.  Rotary Club Field Trip – September 23rd – Members are encouraged to attend a different Rotary Club this week, to learn more about what other clubs are doing.  Board Members will help with coordinating car pools if needed.
  3. Multi Club Meeting – October 7th – District Governor Price Finley will join us at our meeting venue, along with the Marysville, Worthington AM, and Dublin Worthington Clubs to present District 6690 Efforts.
IMAGINE.  “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one …” These are John Lennon lyrics from the 1971 song, “Imagine”.  This song is featured as our Rotary theme for our 2022 – 2023 calendar year.  You will get tired of this song but I hope you will not tire of its meaning and what dreams our Dublin AM Rotary Club can achieve.
I am privileged to have the opportunity to lead our Dublin AM Rotary Club.  What I have found thus far is a ridiculous amount of talent within our club.  We are 90+ tireless members who continue to answer to the call.  We have 20 Board Members who commit to year round planning and execution.  We have 32 years of Past Presidents who provide wisdom and continued energy and enthusiasm.
If you IMAGINE – the possibilities are endless.  Let’s go!
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7-15-22 Robert Whitman, Doolittles Raiders

The featured speaker for our meeting on July 15 was Robert Whitman,Director of the Leadership Institute,Union County Chamber of Commerce
Bob attained his Masters Degree and Undergraduate Degree from The Ohio State University. His Ph.D in educational administration is from Penn State University. He has been a school superintendent for 24 years, led as a school principal and started as an English teacher.  
Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in research and writing.  Books he has written include Planning, Promoting and Passing School Tax Issues, A Resource Manual for School Levy Campaign Leaders and Jim Thorpe and the Oorang Indians: The NFL’s Most Colorful Franchise, and Jim Thorpe: Athlete of The Century.
The retelling of the WW2 Airforce Doolittle Raiders story is a real treat for our club.
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
Photos of induction of our new member, Erin Prescott; Robert Whitman, our speaker; and District Governor Price Finley.
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6-17-22 Aaron Westbrook - Form5 Prosthetics

Joining us on June 17th was Aaron Westbrook, CEO of Form5 Prosthetics, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering people to successfully interact with their world and their future. As part of its mission, Form5 is committed to providing custom-application prosthetics at no cost to recipients.

Despite being born with only one hand, Aaron didn't try out his first prosthesis until he was a freshman in high school. Unfortunately, it did not fit well – and it was expensive, especially considering that he would eventually outgrow it. Disappointed but not defeated, Aaron embarked on a do-it-yourself mission to make his own prosthesis.

At 15, Aaron designed and 3-D printed his own prosthesis utilizing New Albany School’s MIT Fabrication Lab. With the help of E-Nable, a global movement dedicated to 3D printing prosthetics hands and arms for those in need, Aaron collaborated with them to test their open-source designs.

Inspired to purchase his own 3D printer, he raised enough money through a Kickstarter campaign to make this a reality and then later launched Form5 Prosthetics. In its first year as an organization (2018), Form5 provided five recipients with prosthetic devices, held various fundraising events, and collected plastic waste that could be recycled into 3D printer filament material. Additionally, Aaron began bridging industries, inviting passionate, talented professionals to serve on Form5’s board of directors.

In conjunction with running a full-fledged nonprofit organization, Aaron recently graduated from The Ohio State University.  Aaron is also President Elect of the New Albany Rotary.

If you are looking for some inspiration, definitely watch this video on our YouTube Channel !!



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7-8-22 Susan West - On the 2022-2023 Year

Our new President, Susan West, spoke at this week’s meeting about her vision for our Dublin AM Rotary Club and the focus for this year.  Susan recently attended the Rotary Convention and reported on some of the ideas from the convention.
More about Susan West:

Susan’s leadership experiences include her current role as Private Banker and Vice President at The State Bank and Trust Company. Susan has worked in banking and finance since 1986. One of the things she enjoys about working at State Bank is the service-minded team approach; how the goals and needs of her clients always come first. As Vice President and Private Banker, she understands the complex financial situations and advanced service needs of her clients, and is confident in providing a range of products and services to help them meet their short-term and long-term goals.

Susan received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. She’s most proud that she and her husband raised their four children to be positive contributors to society. Speaking of kids, Susan is the ninth of ten kids in her family.

When she’s not working, she enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities, including: biking, sailing, windsurfing, officiating rowing regattas, and attending OSU tailgates.

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”   Susan has held several roles in our Rotary Club.  She is hoping you will join her in a "Walk with a Rotarian" this year - a new initiative Susan is starting...   stay tuned for more information.

To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
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6-10-22 Shruti Gupta, Columbus Let Me Run

This Friday our featured speaker is Shruti Gupta, Regional Director of Columbus Let Me Run. 
Let Me Run is a non-profit, curriculum based, wellness and run program for boys in grades 3rd-8th grade. We train volunteer coaches to guide boys through the lessons and trainings. The teams meet twice a week for 7 weeks, concluding in a 5K race to commemorate their social, emotional and physical growth. 
Shruti has served as a coach for 8 seasons and been on the board for several years. She became the RD in Spring 2021.  She is also a personal trainer and fitness instructor, for both youth and adults. She currently teaches classes at The Lagree Method, a fitness studio in Dublin. Shruti has 3 children, a junior at Jerome, an 8th grader at Eversole Run MS, and a 5th grader at Pinney Elementary.  Shruti was a special education teacher in Cincinnati Public Schools, prior to having children. 
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5.06.2022 OSU Airport 

The meeting on May 6th, 2022 was at The Ohio State University Airport. OSU opened the new Austin E. Knowlton Executive Terminal and Aviation Learning Center in 2019. The two-story, 29,500-square-foot building is home to flight school classrooms and simulators, a student flight hub, private aviation services, administration offices and meeting rooms. Large windows overlook the airfield, providing an observation deck that is especially popular among children in the community.
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
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4-29-22 Bruce Daniels

Bruce founded IMPACT60 (aka i60) on the belief that individuals who share their time can change a community for the better. IMPACT60 devotes resources (such as volunteers, funds, in-kind donations) to help fuel causes that fill unmet needs and bring awareness to issues that affect our quality of life. While i60 strives to assist many causes, we’re particularly engaged in addressing food insecurity, homelessness, health issues (addiction, cancer, mental health), youth wellness and workforce development..
Bruce is also owner, partner, and operator in Central Ohio Automotive Dealerships that include Honda, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Toyota franchises along with owner of Leon's Garage Restaurant and Pub located in Marysville, Ohio.  
Bruce's presentation will be two fold.  He will share with us his vision for IMPACT 60 and its accomplishments thus far.  He will also give us some insight into the car industry in 2022, the challenges of inventory levels and logistics.
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
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4.22.22 Rotary Scholarships - Gene Oliver

Honoring our 2022 Dublin AM Rotary Scholarship recipients from the Dublin high schools.

This year the Club supported two scholarship programs for seniors who reside within and attend the Dublin City School district.  These students must be seniors who are graduating in the Spring of 2022 and enrolled in an accredited university, college, or technical school for Fall 2022.

The Dublin AM Rotary Interact Community Service Scholarships are awarded to students who have participated and are currently active in their high school's Interact Club.  Additional consideration will include the length of membership in Interact during high school, if they held an office within their Club, and work outside the Club through community service and volunteer work avenues.  

Four students received this scholarship: 
 Avani Ghosh Jerome   $500
 Joseph Bender Jerome   $500
 Saeed Sanaallah Scioto  $1,000
 Sharayu Kadam Coffman   $1,000


The Dublin AM Rotary Community Service Scholarship applicants are assessed based on academic success, demonstrated leadership and community service, a pledge that they have led, and continue to lead an alcohol and drug-free lifestyle, an essay, and financial need.  This year's recipients are: 

  Laksh Dhir   $1,000
  Dane Piekarski   $1,000

  Dinesh Bojja   $1,000
  Ciara Reitz   $1,000

  Moksh Desai
  Spencer J McClellan

Thanks to your hard work and generous support, we awarded nine scholarships totaling $9,000 - $3,000 for each high school.  You will have an opportunity to hear their's stories and career aspirations at the April 22nd meeting.  You'll want to join this meeting in person, if possible.  

As you listen to their stories, you will realize you have made a lasting impact on each of these students and raised awareness for the mission of Rotary. 

To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
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4.8.2022 Cap Clegg and our Interact Clubs

Our meeting on April 8, 2022 was hosted by Cap Clegg and our Interact Clubs.  We were excited to hear about all of the amazing activities our Dublin High School and Middle School club members have coordinated over the past year.  
These students are our future Rotarians.  Let give them some attention and gratitude for learning to give back to the community at an early age!
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
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4.1.2022 Dana McDaniel

This Friday's speaker was our City Manager, Dana McDaniel.   There is so much good news surrounding the City of Dublin.  You will want hear all about it.  

Dana L. McDaniel became the City of Dublin’s fifth city manager on January 31, 2015. As city manager, he serves as the chief administrative and law enforcement officer and is responsible to City Council for the day-to-day operations of the City. McDaniel has been employed by the City for 30 years. He has served in various roles, including management assistant to the city manager, director of service, deputy city manager/director of economic development and director of development. Prior to starting his career in Dublin, he served as an intern in both the Cities of Lebanon and Gahanna, Ohio.

McDaniel served with the City of Dublin during a time of rapid growth and expansion. As the City’s first director of service, he led the establishment of a service department that was one of only nine in North America to be accredited by the American Public Works Association.

McDaniel was instrumental in the development of Dublink, Dublin’s state-of-the-art broadband fiber-optic network. He is co-founder of the Central Ohio Research Network and helped create the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center, which currently houses more than 50 start-up companies. McDaniel oversaw the expansion of economic development programming resulting in the attraction, retention, and expansion of more than 14,000 jobs.

Under his leadership, the City was twice named a Top 7 Intelligent City in the world by the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum and also received numerous awards from the International Economic Development Council, the Ohio Economic Development Association, and the Mid-America Economic Development Association.

In 2018, McDaniel was recognized by the Asian-American Commerce Group as the Government Leader of the Year for his efforts in increasing the visibility of Asian-Americans.  McDaniel also received the 2018 C-Suite award from Columbus Business First as one of the most admired executives in Columbus in the category of institutions. This award acknowledged McDaniel among the region’s most-accomplished business leaders, “inspiring and encouraging others in the community with his integrity and excellence”.

In 2016, he was recognized by the Ohio State University Alumni Association for Outstanding Public Service. Five years earlier, he was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award from The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs. In 2013, McDaniel was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Intelligent Community Forum. The Dublin Chamber of Commerce recognized him with its President’s Award in 2014 for his dedication to the Dublin Chamber and its business community.

McDaniel earned his bachelor’s degree in public administration from Miami University of Ohio and his master’s in public administration from The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs. McDaniel also received a master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College.

McDaniel currently serves on several regional and local boards, including the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC) Transportation and Policy Committee, Development Advisory Committee of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency, Ohio City/County Management Association, the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association, and Dublin Chamber of Commerce.  He recently chaired MORPC’s Smart Region Task Force and is currently Chair of the US33 Corridor Council of Governments.

He retired from the Ohio National Guard following a 35-year distinguished career. McDaniel enlisted as a Private/E1, rising to the rank of Brigadier General. McDaniel served in numerous command and staff positions from platoon to division levels. He is an Iraq war veteran.

He and his wife Lisa Patt-McDaniel are Dublin residents and the parents of two daughters, Caitlyn and Colleen.

To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel

4.1.2022 Dana McDaniel Scott Armstrong 2022-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

3-25-2022 Jonathan Thomas

Joining us on Friday, March 25 as our featured speaker, was Jonathan Thomas, Vice President of Planning & Evaluation at the Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County.  Jonathan spoke about the new crisis center plans and status. 
The Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH) is partnering with community stakeholders to address the continuum of crisis care in our community. The cornerstone of this continuum is the development of a new crisis center that will be the central and preferred destination in Franklin County for mental health and addiction crisis needs.

The crisis center will provide a safe and secure location offering a full array of services with integrated peer support at all levels. Most importantly, the crisis center will offer a no-wrong-door approach to ensure any adult arriving at the crisis center receives services. This new resource is intended to benefit everyone from individuals in crisis and their families to the overcrowded hospitals and first responders currently stretched to their limits.

Jonathan Thomas joined the ADAMH team in January 2015. In his role as Vice President, Planning & Evaluation, Jonathan is responsible for leading ADAMH’s planning and evaluation functions. He began his career working at an ADAMH-funded agency that focused on youth residential and treatment foster care programs. Jonathan then went on to learn from additional experiences with public policy, strategic planning, and program monitoring and evaluation in positions with the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio State’s Harding Hospital. Jonathan completed studies in both psychology and social work before earning his master’s degree in public policy and management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
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3-18-2022 Rotaract

Our March 18th Rotary Meeting was hosted by our Dublin Rotaract Club. 
We were excited to have Kaitlyn Gushue and Rotaract members present achievements over the last two years, as well as give us a preview of their future goals, and programs designed to meet those goals.
Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18 and older to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.  Rotary club sponsors offer guidance and support and work with Rotaract as partners in service.   
Rotaract began in 1968, as  a wall divided East and West Berlin, and the Cold War raged on. The U.S. and the Soviet Union were locked in a space race, and Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon, sending back pictures of Earth from deep space.

It was at time this that Rotary members in North Carolina, USA, chartered the first Rotaract club, to provide young people opportunities for service.  A half-century has passed since those first Rotaract clubs began inspiring young leaders to take action to improve their communities. The world has changed, as has the way Rotaract members connect with one another. But the underlying values of the program, and what attracts people to it, remain remarkably the same. 
Rotary International currently has over 10,000 Rotaract clubs with over 200,000 Rotaractors.
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
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3-11-2022 In Service Project - She Has A Name

Friday, March 11, we had an In Service project to support victims of human trafficking.  We stuffed 500 goodie bags that morning!  The bags will go to "She Has a Name"  - an organization that aids survivors of Human Trafficking.  Courtney Schmackers, Executive Director of She Has A Name, was our guest speaker at March 4th Rotary meeting.  Thanks everyone for your participation in this great event!
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3-4-2022 Courtney Schmackers - She Has A Name

This Friday's guest speaker is Courtney Schmackers, Executive Director of She Has A Name, a nonprofit organization committed to engaging the community to strengthen the anti-human trafficking ecosystem in central Ohio, and empower those locally impacted by this issue.
Human Trafficking is a vast and complex issue, but there are tangible ways for business owners and professionals to join the Anti-Human Trafficking movement in meaningful ways. Courtney will focus on what human trafficking is and how you can respond.
She Has A Name is a strong community that exists to fight human trafficking through education, advocacy, and care for those impacted. She Has A Name has a vision to see all those impacted by human trafficking restored into society, welcomed in the workplace, and thriving in community.
Courtney graduated from Capital University in 2013 with a degree in Communications, Spanish, and Journalism. As executive director Courtney is responsible for implementing the mission and vision of She Has A Name. Her favorite part of her job is training individuals and organizations in understanding the cause and discovering how they can join the movement in unique and meaningful ways. She has led conversations with JP Morgan Chase's HABIT team, the sustainability department at Abercrombie & Fitch world headquarters, and countless other professional spaces around Central Ohio. She loves drinking tea, baking bread, and hiking. 
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
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2-25-2022 Meeting Laura Rozcicha

This Friday's guest speaker was Laura Rozcicha, Hospice & Palliative Care Manager, Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Laura Rozcicha (RO-ZEE-ka) manages the Hospice and Palliative Care Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and has for ten years.
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
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2-18-22 Anne Farley from Ganzhorn Suites


This Friday's guest speaker was Anne Farley, Community Relations Director at Ganzhorn Suites, a Dementia and Specialized Memory Care Facility in Powell.
Anne has been with the Ganzhorn Suites for six and a half years. One of her passions is to make sure that caregivers, to someone living with dementia, stay connected to their communities, which led Anne to create the Dementia Friendly Powell initiative.
Anne has been in several Rotary clubs: The Rotary Clubs of Kettering, Whitehall/Bexley Club and The Dublin/Worthington Rotary Club. 
For more photos go to our Flickr page
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
2-18-22 Anne Farley from Ganzhorn Suites  Scott Armstrong 2022-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

2-11-22 Kathryn Sullivan, Astronaut

Joining us this Friday as our featured speaker was Dr. Kathryn Sullivan.   
Kathy was one of the first six women to join NASA’s astronaut corps in 1978 and holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space. Her submersible dive to the Challenger Deep in June of 2020 made her a triple Guinness World Record holder, as the most
vertical person in the world, the first person to both orbit the planet and reach its deepest point, and the first woman to dive the full ocean depth.
Sullivan has held a variety of senior executive and advisory positions since leaving NASA, the most recent of which is her September 2021 appointment by President Biden to the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology.  She serves on the boards of International Paper, Accenture Federal Services, Terra Alpha Investments and the National Audubon Society. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and Ambassador-at-Large for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

Dr. Sullivan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences from University of California at Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in Geology from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. 

She is the author of the children’s book To the Stars! (Charlesbridge Press, 2016) and Handprints on Hubble, An Astronaut’s Story of Invention (MIT Press, 2019)
To learn more about Kathy, see her bio on wikipedia or her website or join her on her Podcast online or on Audible:  https://www.kathysullivanexplores.com/podcast
2-11-22 Kathryn Sullivan, Astronaut Roberta Kayne 2022-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
LINK TO PHOTOS OF POLAR BEAR GOLF OPEN Roberta Kayne 2022-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Fun & Freezing at our 25th Annual Polar Bear Golf Open!

Fun & Freezing at our 25th Annual Polar Bear Golf Open!
Congratulations on a fun, sunny and successful fundraising at Polar Bear Golf Open 2022. 
With freezing weather, fresh snow and a big group of 90+ golfers walking across Safari Golf Club, we have had another successful fundraising event and one of the largest financially! 
Thank you to Pete Fuhlbrigge, our Event Chair for our 25th Annual Polar Bear Golf Open
Thank you to Our Key sponsor:  Stratos Wealth Partners by Susan Robenalt
Thank you to Our Signature Sponsor:  VCA Sawmill & Mill Run by Dr. Todd Beckett 
Thank you to our Contributing Sponsors :
First Citizens National Bank  by Calvin Gebhart
Dinsmore by Peter Georgiton 
Smile Doctors by Dr. Kent Underwood
City BBQ by Bonnie Coley-Malir
Sunny Street Cafe by Aschraf Mikhail
Our Hole Sign Sponsors - special thanks to our 32 hole sponsors for their continuous and ongoing support!
And thank you to our Participating members, committee members and so many great volunteers: 
Sinan Yaykin
Susan Robenalt
Jeff Schoener 
Faye Herriott
Bob Rosenberg
David Williamson
Kaitlin Gushue
Grace Gushue
Peter Georgiton
Rich Weber 
Amy Barnhart
Roberta Kayne
Claudia & Tom Trusty 
Ingrid Fields 
Wolf Lant
Kurt Brown 
Bruce Andrews 
Dinky Youngsteadt Parrish
Susan West 
Gene Oliver 
Trevor Donaldson
Our gratitude to Susan Robenalt for arranging a special presentation about Rett Syndrome Research Trust. 
Your contributions to the Rett Syndrome Research Trust are still welcome at :
Our Longest Drive Winner  - Pete Fuhlbrigge's brother from Ann Arbor ......golf pun intended
Photos from the event are now on our Flickr website: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzBpq1
Cheers Rotary Friends!
Ingrid Fields
Fun & Freezing at our 25th Annual Polar Bear Golf Open! Ingrid Fields 2022-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

2-4-22 Justin Paez, Dublin Chief of Police

This Friday, as our featured speaker, is Justin Paez, Dublin Chief of Police.  The meeting will be on ZOOM only.
Chief Justin Páez leads the Dublin Police Department, focusing on the leadership, direction, guidance and management of the agency. The chief directs and manages all functions, operations, programs, services, activities and resources of the department through partnership with the bureau commanders. The chief also ensures that laws and ordinances are enforced ethically and impartially.

Chief Justin Páez began his career in law enforcement in 2001 and has been a member of the Dublin Police Department since November 2003.  During his career, Chief Páez has served as a patrol officer, patrol corporal, accreditation sergeant, community impact unit sergeant, lieutenant, operations bureau commander, services bureau commander and deputy chief of police.

Chief Páez is the seventh Chief of Police for the Dublin Police Department following retired chiefs Harold Rose, Robert Mayer, Ron Ferrell, Rob Geis, Mike Epperson and Heinz von Eckartsberg.

Chief Páez earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bowling Green State University. In 2022, Chief Páez completed the Northwestern University Leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion online program focused on managing and leading transformative change. In 2021, he earned his Master of Business Administration in Leadership and Change from Tiffin University.

Chief Páez, and his wife, Abby, have five children and are proud members of the Dublin community.

To view this video, go to our YouTube Channel.



2-4-22 Justin Paez, Dublin Chief of Police Roberta Kayne 2022-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

1-28-22 Todd Hoadley, Tolles Career & Technical Center

On Friday, 1/28, we had as our featured speaker, our own member, Todd Hoadley, Superintendent of Tolles Career & Technical Center

Todd shared brief historical background on the development of career technical education in Ohio.  He covered programs offered at the Tolles Campus, as well the satellite Tolles Programs offered at the Dublin Emerald Campus.  Todd concluded with information on future career tech programs at Tolles, including adult education opportunities available for all at Tolles.


This school district is named for Harry E. Tolles, the district’s first superintendent.
  • Central Ohio Joint Vocational School District was founded in 1971 and opened its doors to students in 1974.
  • Tolles services seven school districts (Dublin, Fairbanks, Hilliard, Jonathan Alder, London, Madison-Plains, Jefferson).
  • 20 career-technical programs are available to students on the Plain City Campus.
  • 20 middle school and high school career-technical programs are available to students in various satellite locations.
  • Tolles features adult and continuing education opportunities in ASPIRE, ESOL, GED, RAMTEC and diversified industrial training and public safety.
  • Main Campus Enrollment (Average): 650 students
  • Satellite Enrollment (Average): 850 students
  • Graduation rate: 95% average
  • Post-Program Placement rate: 97% average
  • Post-secondary Enrollment rate: 55% average
For more photos go to our Flickr page
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
1-28-22 Todd Hoadley, Tolles Career & Technical Center Roberta Kayne 2022-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

1-14-22 Patrick O'Loughlin, President/CEO of Buckeye Power,

Patrick O'Loughlin, President and CEO of Buckeye Power, Inc and Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, presented to Dublin AM Rotary on January 14.
Buckeye Power is a member-owned generation and transmission cooperative supplying electric power and energy to 25 electric distribution cooperatives serving member consumers in Ohio.  Ohio Rural Electric is  the trade association which provides safety, education, communications and government relations services to 24 electric cooperatives in Ohio.
Pat will review 1)  Electric generation market fundamentals, 2) Efforts to provide reliable, affordable and responsible electric supply,  3) Renewable energy resources role in electricity supply and, lastly, 4) Decarbonizing our electric supply mix, the progress and challenges.
Pat has been with Buckeye Power since 2002, initially as VP of Engineering and Power Supply.  He worked in various management capacities at Dayton, Power and Light for 19 years, prior to Buckeye Power.  Pat is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and holds both a Master of Environmental Sciences degree and a BS in Engineering Physics.
For more photos go to our Flickr page
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
1-14-22 Patrick O'Loughlin, President/CEO of Buckeye Power, Roberta Kayne 2022-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

1-21-22 Dave Williamson, Pete Cushnie & General Meeting

Dave Williamson gave an update on the Veterans Programs at Dublin AM and District 6690 initiative.
Pete Cushnie gave an update on his health and thanked everyone for their support.
Claudia Trusty updated us on signing up for committees and what committees we can help with.
Mike Isler updated us on events and fund raising.
Updates on Polar Bear Golf Open by Ingrid Fields.
For more photos go to our Flickr page
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
1-21-22 Dave Williamson, Pete Cushnie & General Meeting Roberta Kayne 2022-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

1-7-22 Marti Post - OnOurSleeves.org

On Friday, January 7th, Marti Bledsoe Post, the Executive Director of the On Our Sleeves movement for children’s mental health spoke to Dublin AM Rotary.
A national crisis has been hiding in plain sight. Children's mental health has been one of the least talked about issues in pediatrics — until now.

With the creation of On Our Sleeves, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, America’s largest network of pediatric behavioral health treatment providers and researchers and home to the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, is determined to give this cause a voice. 

Because children don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves, On Our Sleeves will break stigmas and educate families and advocates about children’s mental health. Their mission is to provide every family in America access to free, evidenced-based educational resources, powered by the  experts from Nationwide Children’s and its collaborating partners. Since launching on 2018, On Our Sleeves has reached more than 2 million people with free educational resources to start conversations, educate families, and boost mental health and wellness.  

In Marti's role with the On Our Sleeves movement, Marti leads strategy and operations. Marti is passionate about advocating for children, families and wellness as the founder of a’parently, a consultancy offering programs and resources to support parents in the workplace. Marti is a published author and sought-after national speaker on parents in the workforce.

In addition to founding a’parently, Marti has a distinguished career in leadership roles. She most recently served as chief strategy officer for Mindset Digital and prior to that as vice president, Strategy, for the digital agency Mindstream Interactive.

Marti is the proud mom of two school-aged kids and an Ohio native. She earned her undergraduate degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and her master’s degree from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

For more photos go to our Flickr page
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel



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11-12-21 Candice Greenwade, Heartland HS

Joining us as Guest Speaker this Friday, was Candice R. Greenwade, Executive Director and Head of School for Heartland High School, which is located at 760 E Broad Street in Columbus..
Heartland High School is a private school  for students in recovery from substance use disorder that awards graduates with a state-recognized diploma. Inclusion and accessibility are fundamental to its vision.  The school believes all adolescents in recovery deserve access to specialized educational and recovery supports, regardless of their socioeconomic status, background, race, religious affiliation, gender expression, etc.
Candice Greenwade is a visionary leader in the field of education who is committed to the needs of youth and families. 
Greenwade was previously the Director of Youth and Family Services at the Columbus Urban League, where she was responsible for overseeing economic opportunities and community change for public system reform. Under her leadership, she pioneered a summer-work program for inner-city youth and developed strategies and systems to ensure economically challenged youth were provided stability and opportunities.
Greenwade’s previous work in behavioral health allows her to have a unique perspective when meeting with Heartland’s students and families. At Pomegranate Health Systems Acute Hospital and Center for Psychiatry, she led the Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment team. Prior to her tenure at Pomegranate, she served as a Treatment Manager at Pastoral Counseling Service of Summit County. Greenwade also served as the Educational Director at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, and as an Academic Advisor for the Strive for Excellence Program at her alma mater, the University of Akron, where she received her MA in Higher Education Administration and a BA in Child Development with a minor in Family Development.
Her diverse work experiences in education, behavioral and clinical healthcare, and social justice, allows her to have a 360 degree view on the complex needs of Heartland’s students and families.
For more photos go to our Flickr page
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
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11-5-21 Steve Stivers & Dave Williamson

This week at our meeting on Friday, 11/5.  In preparation for Veterans Day next week, Dave Williamson provided comments surrounding the upcoming holiday as well as updates on our Veterans Committee.  
Dave introduced our Guest Speaker, Steve Stivers.
A career soldier, Steve served over 30 years in the Ohio Army National Guard and holds the rank of Major General. He served the United States overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar and Djibouti where he led 400 soldiers and contractors and is proud that each and every one returned home safely to the United States. Stivers received the Bronze Star for his leadership throughout the deployment.

Stivers received both his bachelor’s degree and his MBA from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Army War College. 
Steve is currently President and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.  Prior to joining the Ohio Chamber, Steve represented Ohio's 15th Congressional District  for ten years (2011 - 2021), and the Ohio Senate for 5 years (2003-2008).
Member to Member Introductions were Linda Cochran and Mike Isler (see photo).
For more photos go to our Flickr page
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
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10-29-21 Adam Carr, Save A Warrior

Adam Carr was our speaker on Friday 10/29/21.  Adam is from Save A Warrior. Save A Warrior is the original, Warrior-led, timeless journey for active duty military, returning veterans and first responders who feel desperately alone.  Save A Warrior offers an alternative holistic service that equips veterans, military personnel, police, firefighters and other first responders with a community of support and effective techniques to overcome the symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress and suicidal ideations 
Adam Carr has over 12 years of service in the U.S. Army.  As a Special Forces Green Beret, Adam hunted Al Qaeda operatives, developed intelligence networks, conducted diplomatic relations, and briefed Ambassadors and Generals on Geopolitical environments. In 2006, Adam earned his B.A. in Security and Intelligence from The Ohio State University. He spent the next eight years deploying to Asia, the Philippines and Afghanistan. Adam's passion comes from a deep-rooted desire to serve others and save lives.

Adam has been profoundly affected over the loss of his teammates, mentors, and close friends to suicide. He currently speaks to students, corporations, and a wide variety of audiences all over the country. He has over 20 years of leadership and managerial experience and is a Business Coach for MBA Students at The Ohio State University. 
For more photos go to our Flickr page
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
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12-10-21 George Needham - Karen Cowan - Delaware County Regional Library

Karen is the president of the Friends of the Delaware County District Library. They advocate, provide fun raising support and provide volunteer opportunities for the Delaware Library.
George Needham is the Director of the Delaware County (Ohio) District Library, a position he has held since October 2015. A graduate of the University at Buffalo (New York) for both his BA and MLS degrees, George has enjoyed a varied career: reference librarian, branch manager, technologist, state librarian, consultant, and association executive, as well as public library director. 
Their mission: 
The Delaware County District Library serves as the public information provider for our community, using traditional and innovative technology to encourage curiosity, free inquiry, and lifelong learning in a friendly environment.
George shared an overview of services offered by the library and their current construction plans for the branch in Liberty township. Any Ohio resident can apply for a library card. Even if you already have a library card for another library, this may provide access to e-content not typically shared across systems.  
Rick Weber provided the annual financial report. The club and the foundation's finances are in great shape thanks to your ongoing support and stewardship of the board and financial management team.  
Ken Boltz and Tom McGloshen were featured in the member-to-member spotlight. 
For more photos go to our Flickr page
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
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10-22-21 Gene Oliver on Rotary Scholarships & Monica Wilford on Polio

Gene Oliver presented a video reviewing our 2021 Rotary Scholarship Winners.
Ingrid Fields reviewed our Polio Plus efforts this year and introduced Monica Wilford, a polio survivor. Monica shared her experiences with the disease and the amazing strides that have been taken, to almost eradicate this debilitating disease.  
For more photos go to our Flickr page
To see the video of this meeting, go to our YouTube Channel
10-22-21 Gene Oliver on Rotary Scholarships & Monica Wilford on Polio 2021-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

10-15-21 Megan O’Callaghan at Dublin City Hall

Dublin Deputy City Manager/Chief Finance and Development Officer Megan O’Callaghan spoke to Dublin AM Rotary on Friday, 10/15 about the state of development in Dublin, and future plans. The meeting was held in the new section of the Dublin City Hall. Great presentation, beautiful building, wonderful member participation!
Member to Member introductions with Susan West and Andrew Keeler. And, Sargent at Arms Peter Georgiton
No Zoom meeting so no video to see but to see videos of past meetings go to our YouTube page - https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDublinAMRotary.
To see more photos, go to our Flickr page - https://www.flickr.com/photos/dublinam/albums.
10-15-21 Megan O’Callaghan at Dublin City Hall Roberta Kayne 2021-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

10-8-21 Peter Georgiton - Practicing Law & Covid

Peter Georgiton, a commercial litigator at Dinmore and Shohl LLP presented to Dublin AM Rotary today.    Peter works tirelessly to aggressively represent clients, seeking unique solutions to resolve disputes favorably and with efficiency. Clients look to him to handle an array of high-stakes litigation matters in all phases, including mediation, trial, arbitration and appeal. He has represented clients in deceptive trade practice, disparagement, and tortious interference with contract disputes, breach of contract claims, antitrust claims, product liability litigation, patent litigation, closely-held corporation litigation, and transportation litigation, to name a few examples. He has represented clients in trial and appellate courts throughout Ohio and in multiple states, including the Supreme Court of Ohio and the United States Courts of Appeal for the Sixth and Federal Circuits.
10-8-21 Peter Georgiton - Practicing Law & Covid 2021-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

10-1-21 Renee Jordan, Dublin Cancer Center

Guest Speaker this Friday, was Renee Jordan, Director of Human Resources for Columbus Oncology Associates.  Renee was involved in the creation of the Dublin Cancer Center which opened in June 2021.  She gave us an update on the center since its opening.
Columbus Oncology and Hematology Associates and OhioHealth Cancer Care collaborated to create a cancer center in Dublin, where patients find expert services and support under one roof.

The 32,000-square-foot Dublin Cancer Center, located at 6700 Perimeter Drive, also features the community’s first cancer-specific infusion service.  More photos on our Flickr pageVideo on our YouTube Channel.

Click here to see the slide presentation.

10-1-21 Renee Jordan, Dublin Cancer Center Roberta Kayne 2021-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

9-24-21 Service Project for Dublin Food Pantry

On September 24th,  35 members and one spouse showed up to make Kids Packs for the Dublin Food Pantry! We had an assembly line going of people making boxes, writing cheery notes and packing juice, goldfish crackers, granola bars, oreo packs, and applesauce packs. (Mac and Cheese cups will be added when the shipment arrives). The photos by Kaitlyn Gushue, Craig Truax, and Roberta Kayne are on Flickr https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWPzVJ3. Here is the group photo with the stack of boxes we packed! Video of Dinky's remarks is on our YouTube Channel. Thank you to everyone who showed up and to our committee who organized this!
9-24-21 Service Project for Dublin Food Pantry Roberta Kayne 2021-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

9-17-21 Dublin Community Bands - A Treasured Cultural Asset

Dublin Community Bands - How we started, where we stand, and what we aspire to

Our featured guest speaker was Tim Jameson, Dublin Community Bands founder and board member, and the Dublin Silver Band director.  

The Dublin Cornet Band was founded in 1879 and remained active until 1929. This program was a precursor to the revival of the Dublin band tradition in 2010, whose initial focus was to form an elite performance group modeled after the British brass band. A British brass band is a musical ensemble comprising brass and percussion instruments. These groups perform a variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire and have a strong focus on competition.

Since its founding in 2010, the Dublin Community Band program has grown to include:

  • Dublin Silver Band: The Silver Band is a British brass band with 32 members who have competed nationally and internationally and is the current North American Brass Band reigning champion.
  • Dublin Wind Symphony:  The Wind Symphony is a concert band open to all to participate that typically performs 9-10 times per year to audiences ranging from 300-400 in size. 
  • Dublin City Swing Orchestra: The Swing Orchestra is a jazz band that performs 15-20 times per year at various indoor and outdoor venues.  

Their offerings for musicians have further expanded recently to include British brass band experiences for students - the Dublin Youth Brass Band and the general public - the Dublin Metro Brass Band.

Be sure to attend one of the performances of these exemplary groups soon. They are an important cultural asset for our community.

Click Here to view Tim Jameson's presentation on our YouTube Channel. 

To view the photos from this meeting, please visit our Flickr page.

Click here to see the slide presentation from Dublin Community Bands.





9-17-21 Dublin Community Bands - A Treasured Cultural Asset Gene Oliver 2021-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

9-5-21 Dublin AM Rotary Classic Car Show

Wow, Another Super Successful Dublin AM Rotary Car Show!
Congratulations to Lou Charobee and the Car Show Committee!
Best of Show - Mark Richmond with his 1967 VW Karmann Ghia
Show Chair - Lou Charobee with Best of Show Winner - Mark Richmond with his Blue 1967 VW Karmann Ghia
Congratulations on  a beautiful fundraising event, so fun and successful!
Lou, Lyn and a huge cast of volunteer members held our Dublin AM Car Show in historic Dublin with 103 cars, 6 Sponsors, 2 fun raffles for desirable local vendors, a State Bank Food truck, kid's games and lively music with a dancing Elvis. 
Current and former Rotary Presidents were in strong attendance and it was great to see John Williamson, Dwight Seeley, Ramona Penland Coyle, Kent Underwood, David Bentz and Mike Isler. We had at least half the club working registration, traffic management, canopy set up, tear down, boy scout flag and trash coordination, power and sound connections, raffle signs and cash managements and more. 
After a drizzly, wet start to the day, we slowly saw  the sun come out and an increasing set of beautiful vehicles arrive and register for consideration for 1 of the 30 Trophies.  Roberta Kayne captured hundreds of winning photos and smiling members and Kaitlyn Gushue captured some wonderful photos and videos!
Many members brought family, twin girls with leopard tennis shoes, sons with cars and patient spouses seeing it all. 
Lou will share more thanks and impressions, please send your congratulations to Chairman Lou and this club of terrific people.
Our next big effort will be chaired by Dave Williamson at the OSU/BMI Credit Union parking over 3 football dates in September.  See you all there and at next Friday's meeting. 
To view the photos and videos from the Classic Car Show, go to our Flickr website:
For Awards Photos go to: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWD9bQh
For People Photos go to: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWD95zb
For Car Photos go to: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWD8p7J
And for the wonderful people, action and car photos from Kaitlyn Gushue go to: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWDp4RC
For Videos of the event go to:  https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWDrdsw
For the "360 Photos" and "Drone Photos" donated by Jakob Michaels, Life on a Lens Media (https://www.facebook.com/lolmediallc) click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWzMseW
Thank you Jakob Michaels, jakob@lolmediallc.com, www.lolmediallc.com.
Ingrid Fields
Thank you to our Sponsors & Business Partners for the Classic Car Show
Dublin AM Rotary Club & Historic Dublin Business District Association
Classic Car Show 2021 Business Partners
City of Dublin
Lori Gischel
Dublin City Schools
Andrea Kuba
Historic Dublin Business Association
Rick Gerber
Sharon Adamek
Acura Columbus
Heather Everson
Eddie Chandler
Infiniti of Columbus
Brian Radcliffe
Toy Barn
Tina Wehr
Mitchel Hilenski
Tattletale Portable Alarms Systems
Brian Hess
Tom Gilligan
Tansky Sawmill Toyota
Scott Treadwell
Austin Matney
Dan Tobin Chevrolet Buick GMC
Craig Niehaus
Jimmy Snyder
Fields Auto Works
Bob Fields
Rob Fields
Sunny Street Café
Asch Mikhail
State Bank
Susan West
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8-27-21 Alan & Heather Grossman - Search & Rescue Dogs

Joining us as Guest Speakers this Friday were Alan and Heather Grossman.  They shared with us how Search and Rescue Dogs are trained, the scope of their abilities, and how working dogs should be treated by the general public.  Heather and Alan have three working dogs; all of whom are certified in some aspect of search and rescue.  They also have a new puppy who has begun her training journey.

Heather is a member of Ohio Task Force One.  Alan and Heather are members of Midwest K9 in Columbus, as well as the Kentucky Search Dog Association.
Alan is a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Dublin-Worthington and a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Powell.  Heather is CEO of QRT Consulting Group where she helps small to mid-sized medical device businesses attain business strategies.  The Grossmans live on a small farm in Marengo, where they have horses, goats, chickens, dogs, and cats.
Alan and Heather joined us in person for their presentation and brought their crew of dogs and provided demonstrations.  We will continue offering the presentation via Zoom as well.

Click Here to view their presentation on our YouTube Channel. 

To view the photos from this meeting, please visit our Flickr page.

We also have videos on our channel from most of our meetings for the past year, click here to see the videos on our YouTube Channel.

The star of the show was definitely Melvin, the Search and Rescue dog, a Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd cross.



8-27-21 Alan & Heather Grossman - Search & Rescue Dogs Roberta Kayne 2021-08-27 04:00:00Z 0

Aaron Stanford, Deputy Director of Engineering


Water is life, and clean water means health.
      Audrey Hepburn

Our featured guest speaker was Aaron Stanford, Deputy Director of Engineering, the City of Dublin. 

Aaron is a Professional Engineer licensed in the State of Ohio with over 18 years of experience, including a broad range of project experience and technical abilities. As Deputy Director of Engineering, Aaron oversees the Utilities in Dublin. This position, created in 2021, focuses city expertise and resources on utility management, including waterways, supporting systems, and stormwater management.

Dublin partners with the City of Columbus for water and sewer services. Dublin's goal for water quality management is to serve our residents' public health, safety, and welfare. To this end, Dublin maintains over 260 miles of infrastructure for fresh water delivery, separate storm and sanitary sewer infrastructure, and 581 stormwater retention basins.  

The city also partners with Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District to conserve, protect, and improve soil and water resources across Franklin County.

Click Here to view Aaron Stanford's presentation on our YouTube Channel. 

To view the photos from this meeting, please visit our Flickr page.

We also have videos on our channel from most of our meetings for the past year, click here to see the videos on our YouTube Channel.




Aaron Stanford, Deputy Director of Engineering  Gene Oliver 2021-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

Kathryn Nuss, Cousins Maine Lobster

Dr. Kathryn Nuss, Cousins Maine Lobster, Columbus Franchisee.
Dr. Kathryn Nuss is a board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physician and has worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital since 1992.  Her roles include Medical Director of the Emergency Department, Associate Trauma Medical Director and currently she sees urgent care center patients and works as a clinical informaticist to support physician workflows. 
In 2012, Kathryn saw an episode of Shark Tank that featured two cousins from Maine who wanted to bring lobster from the east coast to the west coast and do it on a food truck! The Shark, Barbara Corcoran, invested $55,000 (15% of their company). The cousins opened three food trucks in Los Angeles, franchising the brand in 2015.
In August of 2017, Dr. Nuss saw a Shark Tank episode called “Beyond the Tank” that features success stories from the show. She filled out an online application to become a franchisee in Columbus. She was awarded the franchise in December of 2017 and opened a food truck in April of 2018.
Our member to member introductions this week were Ramona Penland Coyle and Tim Redman introducing each other:
Ramona is from Newark, married to Barry; she has been in Rotary 10 years; her career is a practice Director, Endodontics.  Fun fact - she got in a lot of fights; she is "feisty"; won a marble tournament in her back yard. Favorite hobby is gardening and people.  Passions: people and singing. Role Model Jesus and Mom and Dad. Music likes Folk, Christian Rock, Beach Boys. Last book read Genius Foods. Best vacation - Turks & Caicos with the kids. Favorite holilday Christmas. Guilty pleasure - homemade noodles. Favorite quote Be still and know that I am God. Celebrity crush growing up - Davy Jones. What makes my day - hugs from my kids.
Tim was born at Grant Hospital and raised in Columbus Oh. Married to his lovely wife, Jan for 51 years in Sept. Have 3 daughters, all living in Central Ohio, 9 grandchildren from 4 months to 23 years. 4 month is a miracle baby who had open heart surgery at 5 days old. He has been in Rotary since 1999, 22 years.  Care - attorney.  Semi retired and working toward that completely retired by end of this year.  Fun fact - is his contribution to our history and those serving overseas. Hobby - acoustic guitar.  Was in a band at 20; played folk music. Auditioned for the American College Show; asked to be on Paul Dickson show; Mel Cooley from Dick Van Dyke show asked his band to go on our playing for the troops - they did a 50 day tour through Vietname and Thailand with the USO. You can find Tim on YouTube looking up New Folk Singers
Kathryn Nuss, Cousins Maine Lobster Roberta Kayne 2021-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

MJ Shackelford, District Governor


Joining us as guest speaker this week was Maryjane Shackelford, District Governor, Rotary District 6690.
Maryjane (MJ) Shackelford joined The Rotary Cub of Zanesville Daybreak in 2006, serving in various roles:  Public Image Chair, World Community Service Co-Chair, Rotary Youth Exchange Officer, Sergeant-at-Arms, and President 2015/2016.  
On the District level, MJ has served as Public Image Chair, Co-Chaired the 2017/18 District Conference and Assistant Governor to five clubs (2017 -2020).  She also served as Assistant Governor Coordinator in Rotary year 2019/2020.    
Professionally, Maryjane is the President and Co-Owner of Barnes Advertising Corporation in Zanesville.  Barnes Advertising is 5th generation family-owned Outdoor Advertising business with 613 faces in fifteen counties throughout Southeastern Ohio and Pennsylvania.


Click Here to View MJ Shackelford's Presentation on our YouTube Channel.


To view the photos from this meeting, please visit our Flickr page.

We also have videos on our channel from most of our meetings for the past year, click here to see the videos on our YouTube Channel.



MJ Shackelford, District Governor Roberta Kayne 2021-08-06 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. John Marschhausen, Dublin Schools

Our speaker today was Dr. John Marschhausen our new superintendent of Dublin Schools.  Dr. Marschhausen was introduced by Dr.Todd Hoadley.


Dr. Marschhausen will begin his new position as Superintendent on August 1st (consultant role 5/1 - 8/1).  Prior to his new role, he was Superintendent in Hilliard (2013-2021), Loveland (2010-2013) and East Knox (2005-2010).  He also taught at The Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican University, and Capella University.


His wife teaches in the Dublin school system at Eli Pinney and he has two daughters at The Ohio State University, one a senior, one a Junior.


Dr. Marschhausen earned his B.A. in Political Science and History at Wittenberg University, his Master’s degree from the University of Dayton and a Doctorate of learned philosophy and leadership from Capella University.


He spoke about three areas – Leadership, challenges in public education and some possible solutions.


He believes there are three things great leaders do


  • They build Connections

  • They buils Character, Consistency, Core Values and Trust

  • They are able to Communicate face-to-face, in written word and in videos


He then discussed some challenges in public education

  • Offering elite academic experiences while supporting the social and emotional growth of the students and families

  • How to recover from the disruptions of the Covid pandemic with mitigation strategies

  • Dealing with race relations and equity issues

    • He discussed having to use with “productive discomfort” conversations 


What are some of the solutions

  • Agreeing on common language and definitions to help reach consensus

    • Common definitions for Excellence and Equity

  • Need to align the Mission and Purpose with a common vocabulary

  • Need to provide elite preparatory academic processes and opportunities for students going to career colleges

  • At the same time provide opportunities for those students who will not be going to 4-year colleges – earn to learn


I highly recommend watching Dr. Marschhausen’s entire presentation! Click Here to View his Presentation on our YouTube Channel.

To view the photos from this meeting, please visit our Flickr page.

We also have videos on our channel from most of our meetings for the past year, click here to see the videos on our YouTube Channel.





Dr. John Marschhausen, Dublin Schools  Ron Morgan 2021-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

Christine Nardecchia, City of Dublin Outreach & Engagement

Our speaker on July 23 was Christine Nardecchia, Director of Outreach and Engagement for the City of Dublin.


Christine shared in depth information concerning Forever Dublin, an effort to enhance the Aging in Place Plan for the City of Dublin.  “Aging in place” is the ability for individuals to remain in their homes or neighborhoods, safely, independently and comfortably for as long as possible, regardless of age or ability. Every older adult in our community has a different set of needs that allow him/her to live a full life.



To view the photos from this meeting, please visit our Flickr page.

To view Christine's fabulous presentation (starting at 16:50), please visit our YouTube Channel.  We also have videos on our channel from most of our meetings for the past year, click here to see the videos on our YouTube Channel.



Christine Nardecchia, City of Dublin Outreach & Engagement 2021-07-23 04:00:00Z 0

Tammi Spayde, Corporate Vice President at OCLC.

Tammi Spayde, Corporate Vice President at OCLC.

Tammi provides leadership in her role which encompasses Purpose, People, and Place. Prior to joining OCLC in 2006, she was Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development for Dominion Homes and from 1998 to 2002 she served as Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development for Inoveris (formerly Metatec). Tammi has also held various administrative management positions at OhioHealth.

OCLC is known for its exceptional work environment, wellness initiatives and mission to the world’s libraries. Under Tammi’s leadership, best employer awards including ComputerWorld’s Top 100 list and Business First Best Places to Work have honored OCLC repeatedly.

Named as the HR Executive of the Year in 2012, Tammi has served on several work groups and local Boards including the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from The Ohio State University.

Tammi Spayde, Corporate Vice President at OCLC. 2021-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

2021-2022 Rotary Committees with Mike Isler

Mike Isler introduced the new Committee leaders, several of whom gave information about their committees and what they do:
Photos in collage below:  Claudia Trusty introducing our new member Jill Kranstuber; Mike Isler, President; Peter Georgiton, Chair of Club Services; Sinan Yaykin, Chair of New Generations; Ingrid Fields, Chair of Fundraising and Vice President; John Susie and David Lundregan giving their report on the fundraising event - Silent Auction - which raised $14,000.
Note from Mike Isler:
It's officially the New Rotary Year.  One of my goals is to help you find opportunities to participate in all of the ways that you wish to. Below, you will find a list of each of our various committees and leaders. Please reach out to any of these individuals to learn more and to express your interest in joining in these opportunities to make our club continue to thrive. Or, feel free to reach out to me directly to arrange a discussion about what areas you might want to get involved in.
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Tyler Pugh - The Wood Co - Short North Develpment

Tyler Pugh is the Senior Vice President of Development at The Wood Companies. He oversees all efforts related to development, financing, commercial leasing and legal activities for new and existing assets.  Since the early 1980s, Sandy Wood was instrumental in resurrecting the Short North neighborhood from its derelict condition to the premier historic neighborhood it is today. The Wood Companies seek to make the Short North one of the best urban neighborhoods in the Unites States.
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Dublin AM Pro-Am Auction Ends 6-18 at 5pm


We have added Gift Cards to three of the packages in the auction!! 

** Added $50 Kohl’s and $50 Cameron Mitchell gift cards to package #5 - Fanciful Flowers Painting by Gayle Holton

** Added $25 Chipotle and $25 Hen Quarter Gift Cards to package #14 - 24x36 Framed Photo "Rainbow at Kfar Adumim"  by Roberta Kayne

** Added $25 Cameron Mitchell and $25 Rebol Gift Cards to package #13 - Fine Art Framed Painting  "Dusk at Glacier Ridge"  by Bev Goldie and Fine Art Framed Encaustic- Bunny Heaven by Bev Goldie



Even if you don't want to win the golf clubs, please buy a Raffle Ticket!  Think of it as a donation to the Dublin Food Pantry, Welcome Warehouse or Dublin Bridges - or our Veterans' Program.  If you win the golf clubs, and don't want them, you can sell them or donate them or give them as a wonderful gift!
There is a lot of great artwork by many local artists and photographers: Bev Goldie, Linda Turvy, Karen Shepherd, Ria Waugh, Tom Trusty, Donna Winters, Gayle Holton, Karen Groeniger and Roberta Kayne.

Plus, there are lots of golf packages, golf clubs, gift cards and gift baskets

You will definitely want to bid on some of these items!  Please share this email with your friends, family, co-workers, employees.... We are raising money for great causes that need our help! 

Download the Handbid mobile app (in your app store on your phone) to keep up with the auction on the go!
Here's a sample of the items:
** 13 Different Golf Packages with Gift Cards for Lunch or Dinner!
  -  Golf for 4 at Scioto Reserve with a $50 Cameron Mitchell Gift Card

** 5 Packages with Gift Cards, Gift Baskets, Golf Bags & More!

 - A Day of Pleasure:  Woodhouse Spa, A Concert and Breakfast/Lunch at Sunny Street Cafe
 -  Membership to COSI
 - Gift card package with City BBQ, Home Depot, Target and more
** 9 Art Packages! 
.... Paintings & Encaustics by Bev Goldie - "Bunny Heaven" & "Dusk at Glacier Ridge" - pictured below
Or "Summer Garden" a painting by Karen Groeniger, renowned painter and wife of member Tom Groeniger - pictured below.
Or Three framed photos by Roberta Kayne (Dublin AM Rotary member): 
 ** A
24x36 Framed Photo: "Rainbow at Kfar Adumim, Israel"
 ** A 22x26 Framed Photo: "Sunrise at Boneyard Beach, Botany Bay;"
 ** A 16x20 Framed Photo: "Hamnoy Snow Scene" (which won Best of Show in the Dublin Art League competition.)


Please share join in the fun and bid on one or more of these items, and share this email or the auction link!  Here's the link to the auction: https://events.handbid.com/auctions/dublin-am-rotary-online-silent-auction

Many thanks!

Your Dublin AM Rotary Auction Committee
Dave Lundregan
John Susie
Ingrid Fields
Roberta Kayne
Claudia Trusty
Susan West
Mike Isler
Wolf Lant
Lou Charobee
Dave Williamson
David Bentz

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Columbus Council on World Affairs

Dublin AM Rotary May 14, 2021 Meeting
Our guest speaker Patrick Terrien
Columbus Council on World Affairs
Bonnie needs 2 more volunteers for the Senior meals handout Wednesday at 11 in the parking lot of the Rec Center.  Please connect with her to help. 
Claudia announced that we have a combined list for all the committees that need new members in the committees. Please see her email coming soon and see what other interesting roles we have here at Dublin AM.
Thanks to Ron Morgan for all the tech setup to support a working Hybrid meeting today.
Next Friday is a Hybrid meeting format as well.
Tax Day Extension reminders make David Bentz  smile!
Our very own Sinan Yaykin introduced  our Guest Speaker, Patrick Terrien.  
 Mr. Patrick Terrien leads all aspects of programming and strategy for the Columbus Council on World Affairs including revenue generation, community partnerships, staffing , and strategic planning. With a degree in International Politics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.  
The Columbus Council on World Affairs is a nonpartisan , 501(c)(3) non profit organization founded in 1975. The Columbus Council on World Affairs aspires to be the leading nonpartisan, globally  focused organization in the Columbus region.
Columbus Council on World Affairs
Started here 45 years ago.
Global employers locally include Wendy’s, Cardinal, OCLC and Abbott.
Major Programs include:
Global scholars Diplomas
Global Cultural Experiences
Take Action Projects by students:
Global Fluency Training
Global Reports 2020
GSD Online for rural schools
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Colleen Gilger, Economic Development Director, City of Dublin

Colleen Gilger made a presentation to Dublin AM Rotary on Friday, May 7th. Colleen Gilger is the City of Dublin’s Economic Development Director. She has served the City’s Economic Development office since 2003; and in its Community Relations office from 1997-2003.  Colleen leads the City’s economic development initiatives and oversees the City’s economic development administrators. According to City Manager Dana McDaniel, Colleen has helped build many of the City’s economic development incentive and broadband programs.
Colleen has more than two decades of experience leading a broad range of community development initiatives and was named 2020 Economic Developer of the Year by the Ohio Economic Development Association.
The Beta District: Welcome to one of tech's fastest growing hotspots.  Spanning three municipalities (Columbus, Dublin, Marysville)in one of the fastest - growing metros in the United States, the Beta District is an innovative region that provides a competitive edge to businesses and project teams alike.  The Beta District is located in the Columbus Region, which is home to some of the world's most recognizable brands and is one of the fastest - growing tech hubs in the country. In addition to being the 14th largest city in the U.S, Columbus is known for its friendly and open atmosphere. Whether you need talent, capital, or collaboration-you'll find it here.
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John Lowe - Jeni's Ice Cream & Dinky Youngsteadt-Parrish, - Dublin Food Pantry

John Lowe shared some of the inside scoop of Jeni's rise from a 4 shop local  ice cream company to its national footprint, success in the pandemic and plans for the future.
John Lowe took the leap from General Electric Company to the then four-shop ice cream company based on his belief the Jeni Britton Bauer was a generational talent making the World's finest ice cream.  Prior to Jeni's, John served in numerous leadership roles with General Electric Company, including stints as General Counsel of GE's Business and General Aviation startup, General Counsel of its Aviation Services Global Operations, and as Officer of Honda Aero engines, and more.
Dinky Youngsteadt-Parrish shared a story of how the pandemic is affecting families and how the Dublin Food Pantry is helping.  They really need our help and our donations!

Please enjoy a replay of the meeting here if you did not get to join in on Friday  - The presentation starts at  on the video.

To see more photos/screenshots, go to our Flickr page.

Pictured below:
John Lowe - CEO, Jeni's Ice Cream
Dinky Youngsteadt-Parrish, Executive Director, Dublin Food Pantry

John Lowe - Jeni's Ice Cream & Dinky Youngsteadt-Parrish, - Dublin Food Pantry 2021-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

Dublin AM Rotary Food Drive Competition

Our Rotary District 6690 is having a food drive competition, and we - Dublin AM Rotarians - are competing against all of the other clubs in the District starting April 23.  We are hoping that every Rotarian in our Club will help us -  not only to win against the other clubs, but to WIN BIG for the Dublin Food Pantry!
New Info (also detailed below):  (1) The district is accepting money and every dollar counts as a can. (2) We now have 6 drop-off points - see below.
Here are the particulars:
What - Food Drive for the Dublin Food Pantry - collecting cans and dollars
Why - Community Service and District Competition - Do some good!  Have some fun!  What could be better?
When - Now through May 31
What we Need -  The Dublin Food Pantry needs these canned items:  Condensed soup , beans, vegetables, and meals in a can (ie, ravioli, spaghetti, mac and cheese, chile).
Alternative to Cans - Dublin AM will take your cash, check or credit card - AND every dollar will count as a can!!  For cash or check, make it out to Dublin AM Rotary Foundation and send to Claudia Trusty, 7268 Achill Dr, Dublin 43017.  For Credit Cards, call, text or email Claudia Trusty (claudia@trustyandcompany.com or 614-581-3874) and she will take your credit card number and process it.  
Where - Drop Off Points: 
(1) David Bentz's home:  9080 Moors Place N., Dublin or
(2) Roberta Kayne's home: 6251 Hampton Green Pl, Dublin. 
(3) Lyle Brown's home:  5731 Glendavon Place, Dublin
(4) Ramona Penland-Coyle's home:  6352 Conleth Circle, Dublin
(5) Susan West's office:  State Bank, 4080 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Dublin - In the lobby, M-F, 9am-5pm
(6) City Barbeque Corp Office: 5168 Blazer Parkway - In the Lobby or leave outside the door anytime
The Bonus - The Club with the highest number of cans (and/or dollars) contributed per club member will win a Happy Hour at a bar/restaurant in your area hosted by District Governor Steve Heiser (up to a $500 value).  We need you to donate cans or money directly to us (not the Dublin Food Pantry) so we can keep track of the amounts that our club donates.
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Jimmy Snyder - Dan Tobin Buick - The State of the Car Industry

Jimmy Snyder with Dan Tobin Buick/GMC spoke to our club today, Friday, April 23rd, about the state of the Auto Industry and its future. 
Jimmy was born and raised in the car business, now having 50 years of experience in the industry. His father was a luxury import car dealer and Jimmy has spent most of his career in South Carolina, Florida and Ohio. Presently he is partner and Executive Manager of Dan Tobin Chevrolet - Buick - and GMC.  Jimmy gave us an overview of the Auto Industry trends and the Electric Future of cars. 

Please enjoy a replay of the meeting here if you did not get to join in on Friday  - The presentation starts at  on the video.

To see more photos/screenshots, go to our Flickr page.

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Melissa's House - Mental Health - Bill Hall

Presentation by Bill Hall, President of the Board of Directors of Melissa's House and Jenny Schoning - Board Vice President

Please enjoy a replay of the meeting here if you did not get to join in on Friday  - The presentation starts at 14:42 on the video.

To see more photos/screenshots, go to our Flickr page.


Melissa’s House is a non-profit organization fueled by dedicated volunteers who understand that individuals struggling with mental illness are more than a disease.  They restore hope for those living with mental illness by renewing existing spaces to create warm, comfortable surroundings for those who live, visit and work there.

Many have us have watched our sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, friends and neighbors struggle with a mental illness, ranging from depression to schizophrenia.

We understand that for many, a supportive, comfortable and nurturing environment will be critical to their recovery. Thus, we are focused on updating and renewing existing group residences with aesthetic changes in order to positively impact the well-being of those who live and work there. That is our goal, thereby restoring Hope.

Elaine and Nate Goldberg—Melissa’s House Founders

Jeff Knupp—
Melissa’s House Chairman

Bill Hall Board President, Executive Committee. Bill is the co-founder and president of Pretium Partners, where he leads client engagements with companies of all sizes around the world, helping them build high performing sales teams and sales processes. Bill serves on advisory boards for two industry associations and volunteers for Upper Arlington’s Civic Association, Rotary International, Syntero’s older adult programs, and is a strong supporter of local Cystic Fibrosis fundraising. Bill received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and shares three sons with his wife of 35years,Robin.

Jenny Schoning - Board Vice President, VP of Resource Development, Grants Committee, Executive Committee, Play Fore Melissa’s House Jenny joined the Melissa’s House board in 2018. Previously, she spent15 years at a public relations firm, focusingon internal communications and strategic planning. Today, Jenny spends most of her time advocating for people living with mental illness through her volunteer work with Mental Health America of Franklin County, the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board ofFranklin County (ADAMH) and the county’s Crisis Intervention Training for first responders. She is originally from Centerville, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts degr

For more information:  Go to Melissa's House website - https://www.melissashouse.org/


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Amazing Interact Clubs here in Dublin!

  Rotarians, Interact Youth and Counselors   

Friday's meeting including excellent Interact Members sharing exciting projects for our community. 

Cap Clegg hosted an informative session with our 3 participating High School Clubs and  Davis  Middle School Club. 


Please enjoy a replay of the meeting here if you did not get to join in on Friday:

Quick Announcements were made for the District event on Saturday morning.
Bonnie will be holding a committee meeting this week and interested new committee members are encouraged to call Bonnie for details. 
Kaitlin also announced a May 21 social event for Dublin Rotoract and food goods will be collected.
Wolf announced the next District event will be April 23rd, look to the District website for registration and details. 
Many of the Interact programs were shared and all were impressive.  Here are a few :
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Melanoma Education Foundation, President Stephen Fine

Rotary Zoom Meeting March 26th, 2021
Melanoma Education Foundation ~ President Stephen Fine
You can see more screenshots on our Flickr page or view the video on our YouTube channel.
New Member WELCOME and Induction for Lyle Brown, an experienced Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow joining Dublin AM Rotary.
Bonnie announced that she would like to hear from interested members for her Community Services Committee.  Already on the committee are members Bruce Andrews in charge of Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Susan Robenalt for Holiday shopping, Roberta Kayne for Food Pantry Collections, and others are needed for  Parade Marshals and such important Rotary events and contributions to our community. 
Roberta is collecting for the Food Bank, please put donations on Dave Bentz's home porch or take items yourself to the Food Pantry and check in your goods.
Amber Hulme announced that the YWCA Women’s Center had a disaster and they are welcoming donations of supplies, gift cards, and money. The Board will be in discussions for a grant as well.
No Rotary Meeting April 2-Enjoy your holiday weekend!
Presentation by Stephen Fine, President of the Melanoma Education Foundation:
The Key to surviving Melanoma is Early Detection and Fast Removal with a dermatologist.
Do self-skin checks monthly so you notice changes and use www.Skin Check.org for education.
Steve presented the following::
Keys to detection
Types of Melanoma
Warning signs of skin cancer
Nodular Melanomas 
EFG Signs:
*Firm to touch
*Growing more than 2 weeks
Common Body locations
Solar Radiation Spectrum and UVA and UVB
Please be aware for early detection and treatment for you and your families - early detection prevents more serious cancer. For more information go to https://www.skincheck.org/
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Jenny Amorose, COO, Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Our speaker for March 19th was Jenny Amorose, Chief Operating Officer, Dublin Chamber of Commerce.  Jenny spoke to us about the many projects and programs supported by the Dublin Chamber.  You can see more screenshots on our Flickr page or view the video on our YouTube channel.


Jenny has been with the Chamber since 1998 and during her tenure has been responsible for many of the Chamber initiatives such as 

  • The Dublin School Champions Program

  • The Taste of Dublin

  • Women in Business

  • Human Resources Luncheons

  • The Dublin Economic Forecast

  • The Dublin Corporate Challenge

  • The Breakfast Series


Jenny is an alumnus of the Ohio University with a Journalism degree from the Scripps College of Communication.  She lives in Dublin and has two college-age daughters.

Jenny spoke of the many programs and initiatives supported by the Chambers.  Some of those are – 

  • The Community Champions Awards in partnership with the Dublin City Schools which has recognized over 3100 students and teachers

  • Several Community Leadership programs such as Dublin Leadership and the YP (Young Professional) leadership Program

  • The Taste of Dublin that draws more than 1,000 participants and is currently scheduled for September 22nd of this year

  • The Dublin Corporate Challenge scheduled for October 14-25 this year.  This is competition among the various businesses in Dublin and is divided into large, medium and small business competitions and has generated over $30,000 for the Dublin City Schools Business Academy.

  • The Dublin, Westerville and Hilliard Multi-Chamber Business Expo

  • The Chamber has continued to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic through a careful planning process and the use of technologies such as Zoom

  • They have begun a “Support Local” business promotion program for local business through the creation of a website and targeted ads in various publications

  • Over the next several months, the Chamber will be preparing for its future by remodeling its office space in Old Dublin, upgrading its technology and providing a drop-in workspace for professionals.

  • The Chamber sponsors a Dublin Community Service Day currently scheduled for May 1.





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Chris Humphrey -  Our Student Exchange Returning Student Shares Experiences 

Our very own Sinan Yaykin introduced our guest speaker Chris Humphrey.
Chris Humphrey is currently attending Dublin Coffman High School. As part of Rotary's Student Exchange program, Chris Humphrey lived in Annemasse, France. Chris states that it was an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Chris Humphrey spoke about his Youth Exchange year from August 2019 to May 2020. Today's presentation Chris shared his experience in France, information about his host family, the school that he attended, Rotary events, and living in France.  His French Host Family joined our Zoom meeting, along with the Rotary 1780  Veronique and other French Rotarians. It was so good to  see all the menbers of the  Rotary Club in France on our Zoom meeting and hear the tales of nice restaurant, meetings and Rotary dinners and a caring host family.  
To watch the video of today's presentation, click here to go to our YouTube Channel.
To see more screenshots of today's presentation, click here to go to our Flickr website.
Chris had wonderful trips with his host family Daniel and Marie Bonnet  including Paris, Snowshoeing, Dog Sledding and para-gliding. The CERN visit, of course, was very interesting as Chris is preparing to choose his college for Aeropace engineering.   Chris also shared the Food Bank and other community service projects this Rotary Club does in their community. 
Chris had family members Barb and language teacher sister Stephanie on the Zoom to add to our meeting. 
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Dana McDaniels - Dublin City Manager - State of the City

Dana L. McDaniel has extensive experience in all facets of local government and unparalleled dedication to public service. In his 32 year career with the City of Dublin, he has professional experience in economic development, public works, budgeting, finance and administration.
Mr. McDaniel is also a retired Brigadier General with thirty five years of service in the Ohio National Guard. He has Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, Masters of Public Administration from The Ohio State University, Bachelors of Arts in Public Administration from Miami University. He and his wife Lisa are long-time Dublin residents with two adult daughters .
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Jenny Stotts, Membership Chair Rotary District 6690

Jenny Stotts currently volunteers as the Membership Chair of Rotary District 6690. She is a charter member and past President of the Rotary Club of Athens Sunrise. Her favorite Rotary activities include RYLA and Paddle for Polio Plus, an annual event featuring kayaks. Professionally, Jenny Stotts is the Executive Director of the Athens CASA/GAL program, and the Regional Coordinator of Southeast Ohio CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). She describes herself simply as: Mother, Wife, Friend , Social Worker, Rotarian and Trouble - Making Millennial.
Synopsis of todays presentation: Jenny Stotts shared some updates and resources from the District Membership Team  as  well as share a little on  her perspective of membership engagement and sustainable growth , Which she fondly calls "Rotary Happy".
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Dr. Elaine Mardis, Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Dr. Elaine Mardis is Co-Director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Mardis shared with us the tremendous strides made in Genomic Medicine. Genomic is a field of biology which focuses on the structure , function evolution , mapping and editing of genomes. Here are a few of the screenshots from today. See more screenshots on our Flickr site. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmUnTPjX
Dr. Mardis provided a comprehensive overview of the past, present, and future of genomic medicine for treating cancers in adults. This background served as a foundation for describing the program she and others developed for The Steve and Cindy Rasmussen Institute for Genomic Medicine (IGM) at Nationwide Children's Hospital to advance research and treatments for pediatric cancers.

The human genome is the collection of genes that comprise all humans. This mapping of the human genome, first completed in 2003, established the baseline. By comparing this baseline with the genes in cancer cells, researchers can isolate the differences and develop targeted drug therapies.  

She went on to talk about some of the challenges unique to pediatric cancer research, including obtaining FDA approval, clinical trials often exclude pediatric patients, the rarity of certain pediatric cancers. More importantly, while long-term survival has improved, adult survivors of pediatric cancer remain at risk for a shortened life span, including a secondary cancer diagnosis. IGM studies are committed to changing this reality.  

She concluded her presentation by talking about what's next. This research holds promise for improving health outcomes in other areas, including behavioral health, epilepsy, immune response, and infectious diseases.  

If you were unable to join the club meeting presentation, this is one you won't want to miss!  Click here to view the presentation on our YouTube Channel.

Dr. Elaine Mardis, Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital. 2021-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Dublin Chief of Police Justin Paez

Dublin Chief of Police Justin Paez began his career in law enforcement in 2001 and has been a member of the Dublin Police Department since 2003. During his career, Chief Paez has served as a Patrol Officer, Patrol Corporal, Accreditation Sergeant, Community Impact Unit Sergeant, Lieutenant, Operations Bureau Commander, Services Bureau Commander, and Deputy Chief of Police.
See more photos from the meeting on our Flickr website, including some of the presentation and screenshots of our group!
To see the video of this meeting, click here to go to our YouTube Channel.
Our Guest Speaker- Dublin Police Chief Justin Paez
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Polar Bear was a great success again!  Special Recognition Pete Fuhlbrigge and Sinan Yaykin and all the members that contributed to a great Event. 
Sunny Street Café again had a terrific breakfast for our 77 golfers and see all the pictures on Flickr. A few are below on our website.
Our sponsors make it all worthwhile:
Event Sponsor Andy Keeler with Keeler & Nadler
Todd Beckett – VCA
Calvin Gebhart – First Citizens National Bank
2021 Goal: Critical incident response
and preparedness
  • In-service training for officers
    • Legal update
    • Weapons proficiency
    • Scenario-based training
  • Policy updates
    • Duty to intervene
    • Duty to report
    • Pointing of a firearm
    • Officer-involved critical incidents
2021 Goal: Enhance and demonstrate our ability to effectively address issues of significant community concern
  • Chief’s Advisory Committee resulted from local protests; focuses on equitable police practices
  • PD building connection with the community
  • Topics of discussion: Officer-involved critical incidents, response to resistance, rendering aid, body camera policies, response to civil disturbances, School Resource Officer program
  • Critical incident response and preparedness
  •  Theft offense reduction throughout the city
  •  Overall traffic safety improvement
  •  Addressing issues of significant community concern
While the crime rates are low in Dublin, as you can see on this visual slide, the message is clear:
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Polar Bear Golf Open - February 6, 2021

The 24th Annual Dublin AM Rotary Polar Bear Golf Open was on Saturday, February 6th. - Photos from the event are now on our Flickr website: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmUcqrNv
Thank you to Pete Fuhlbrigge and Sinan Yaykin for leading a successful 24th Annual Polar Bear Golf Outing. 
What did our success look like?
  • 14 degrees
  • Sunshine
  • 4 - 6 inches of snow
  • 72 happy golfers
The Polar Bear Golf Outing raised over $ 9,500.
A special thank you to our Sponsors:
Major Sponsors were:
Keeler & Nadler Family Wealth Planning – Andy Keeler - Title Sponsor - $2500
Veterinary Centers of America – Tod Beckett - Penguin Sponsor - $2500
Sunny Street Café and Catering – Aschraf Mikhail, $500 in kind
First Citizens Bank – Calvin Gebhart, $500
Embroidery Design Group – Jim Bandeen
Jeff Schoener – Golf Clubs and Pull Cart - $100 Subsidy
Steve Newell – Guest Sponsor, $100
Faye Herriott – OSU Grey foursome top prize, $320  
24 Golf Hole Sponsors, $2400
Thank you to our Volunteers:
Bruce Andrews
Joel Campbell
Amy Barnhart
Rich Weber
Roberta Kayne
Andy Keeler
Allen and Victoria (Rotaract)
Raffle Winners were:
Golf Clubs:  Teresa Russell
Pull Cart:      John Thompson
Overall Golf Outing Winners:
1st Place: Jonathon Peirson, Jon Vulgmore, Lucas Thornton, Matt Duer
2nd Place:  Matt Williams, Ryan Westman, David Boone, Eric Dawson
3rd Place:  Keith Larmi, Zach Shenk, Evan Wilcox, Phil Lowden
Photos from the event are now on our Flickr website: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmUcqrNv
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Brent Crawford - Bridge Park Development Update

Brent Crawford, Crawford Hoying Development - Bridge Park Update
Recording Link Here for those missing the meeting:
You can see the video of our meeting here; Brent Crawford was introduced by our member Sue Burness.   To see more screenshots, go to our Flickr page.
*Our Polar Bear fundraiser continues strong! Tomorrow February 6th we have 77 golfers, 5 foursomes from Mike Isler’s guests alone and super event sponsor Andy Keeler and participating Sponsor VCA and Todd Beckett and First Citizen’s sponsorship Calvin Gephardt.   We also have several Hole Sponsors that continued from last year’s Polar Bear event.
*Thank you to the many guests attending this morning’s meeting, please come visit again.
*Welcome to our newest member Stephanie Murrow, glad Dwight sponsored you and you will be in our Club.
*Two board seats are now vacant with the move of Jim and Sue Burness to  new community and career opportunity in Florida.  Please see David Bentz or Mike Isler if you would like to discuss a role.
*Tom Kleven joined the meeting this morning to announce our club won 3 awards for our contributions to the District and national level programs and a Special Award was given to Claudia Trusty for her work and diligence for the district and Rotary.
*Sue Robenalt congratulated Paul Harris contributors :
Laurie Reinbolt
Page Vornbrock
Ramona Penland Coyle
Dwight Seeley
Our very own Susan Burness  introduced our guest speaker today:
Brent Crawford has guided the vision of Crawford Hoying since 1994, in which he has grown a single investment property into one of the largest real estate firms in Columbus, Ohio.
 Brent Crawford has spoken at many events as a guest speaker covering topics on current real estate trends, multi-family markets and development growth in Central Ohio.
 Brent Crawford serves on the Boards of Sophisticated Systems and The Ohio State Sports Medicine Center, Cameron  Mitchell Restaurants and is the current President of the Center for Real Estate at The Ohio State University . Brent Crawford is a 1995 graduate of The Ohio State University holding a Bachelor's Degree in Communications .
 Brent Crawford shared the status of residential, hotel  and retail property occupancies and how well Bridge Park is doing in the current environment.  Bridge Park development is continuing to expand and grow and we heard about Block G activities in the future.
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Anita Zucker, Leadership & Resilience


This week we welcomed Anita Zucker who spoke to the club about Leadership and Resilience.  You can see the video of our meeting here; Anita was introduced by former member Sandy Morckel (starting at 9:09) Anita's speech starts at 13:28).  To see more screenshots, go to our Flickr page

Anita is past President of the Charleston Rotary club and the Chairman and CEO of The Intertech Group. She is an education activist and philanthropist who supports and serves on the board of numerous non-profits and institutions in the Charleston region and nationally.

Anita said in her family resilience was taught by her mother. Though she was small in stature with humble demeanor, Rose had the heart of lioness. When the Germans invaded her Polish village, Jews were sent to live in ghettos. Over the next year, the Germans conducted several actions against the Jews in the ghetto, killing many, including Rose’s father, brother, and other family members. Rose hid her family in multiple places she called “living graves”: underground, under barns, and other places. She saved her mother, 2 younger brothers and a baby niece. When she returned to Ludmir in 1945, there were only 125 surviving Jews from what was a population of over 25,000.

Anita spoke of the leadership qualities of Women. Women tend to view work more holistically, as a component of their life than men. They value meaning, purpose, and connection with co-workers. They are great listeners, motivated by challenge, multi-taskers, and have high emotional intelligence.

Thanks to values and perseverance of late husband Jerry Zucker when the time came for her to step forward and lead, Anita was ready to put her own strengths into action. She said they had a wonderful team in place and no leader can accomplish great things without talented and gifted individuals who support them.

Her company has adopted a strategic approach to make a profit and give back. Their mission statement: Invest profitably in a diverse global group of business while retaining our core values and providing for our employees, communities, and world at large. They strive to be good stewards in companies in which they invest. Anita feels that great achievements are made by leading by example and inspiration rather than dictation. She said one of the major realizations she had as a leader was recognizing the power of her voice. No matter what our position or role in life, each of us was placed here for a reason, and we all need to speak up for a greater good. 

Anita said that 2020 has challenged us to be resilient, but life and healing must go on.  We have to be aware of the impact of our actions and the legacy that we leave. Legacies are not just about oneself, they are about other people and what they gain as a result of interacting with us.  The key question we must consider is: How am I making a difference?

She fights hard for racial equity, social justice, diversity, and inclusion and educating people about these issues.  She is using her voice to fight for hate crimes legislation in South Carolina.



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Providence Theraputic Equestrian Center 

Dr. Lori Kepford
Providence Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Thank you to a number of guests today:
  • Lyle Brown-Past Rotary President in Upper Arlington & potential member
  • Stefanie Morrow- prospective member and potential future speaker
  • Morgan Jolliff Mellon- Alpha Group came back to visit
  • Frank Dillenschneider- consummate guest and always welcome
  • Ben Shinaberry-  ACPA joined and had an announcement
Announcements – Happy Birthday this week - Lou Charobee
Polar Bear guarantees a snowy day and we are only 15 days away!  
Ben Shinaberry joined the meeting to share a big Thank You for the contribution to the Arts focused school and the good work they were able to share because of the Dublin AM Rotary donation. Jim Burness shared and introduced Ben.
An interesting and impressive presentation on Equine Therapies by Dr. Lori Kepford
Many different programs are helping many different young people:
Tjeraputic Riding
Equine Assisted Therapy/Counseling 
Equine Assisted Learning
1.  Respect for self and others
2.  Improved Communications and Counseling
3.  Boundary Setting
4.  Empathy towards  others
PTEC  programs
Pony Pals 
Funding Sources are community clubs and organizations, individua donors and the founder herself.  
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The Story of Connected Dublin - Doug McCollough, CIO - 1-15-21

Doug McCollough, the Chief Information Officer of the City of Dublin for the past five years, provided an overview of the journey the City has taken to reach the goal of pursuing to make Dublin “The Most Connected City in the World”.
DublinAM Rotary Presentation
January 15, 2021
Our invocation was led by Julie Rinaldi and Calvin Gebhart led our pledge of allegiance.
Our Assistant District Governor, Tom Kleven, recognized the participation of the DublinAM Rotary members in the 125 club this year.
Peter Fuhlbrigge provided an update on the Polar Bear.  Keeler&Nadler is the event sponsor, with proceeds from the event to the Dublin Food Pantry.  While this year's event will be different, probably limited to golf, outdoor drinks, and two raffle items, this is an essential fundraiser for the club.  There are still hole sponsorship opportunities and plenty of room for more golfers!  See https://www.dublinam.org/sitepage/polar-bear-golf-open for registration details.  
Doug McCollough has been the Chief Information Officer of the City of Dublin for the past five years.  As CIO of the City of Dublin, Ohio, Doug McCollough has embraced the rich community of innovation that is Central Ohio. Through collaborations and partnerships he has worked to connect people to opportunities, remove barriers, and promote change in initiatives ranging from Smart and Connected Cities, IT Workforce Development, expanding broadband access, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, and Blockchain in Government. He has spoken as a Subject Matter Expert and advocate on technical subjects, diversity and inclusion, and using technology for community development. 

Prior to joining the Dublin team, Doug held positions within the State of Ohio Departments of Public Safety, Commerce, Industrial Commission, and Medicaid. He served as the Director of  Information Technology for the City of Richmond, Virginia, and as a Project Manager at Nationwide Insurance and Alcatel-Lucent. He is on the boards of Per Scholas Columbus, TECH CORPS, Black Tech Columbus, and Jewish Family Services of Columbus. 

Doug earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo in Information Systems and Operations Management and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame. He is a 2019 Top Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers Honoree, and 2018 Ohio Public Sector CIO Academy Municipality CIO of the Year.
Doug provided an overview of the journey the City has taken to reach the goal of pursuing to make Dublin “The Most Connected City in the World”.
Some of the completed and on-going projects are listed below.
  • Residential Broadband, Fiber to the Home (FTTH), Dublin is the Most Connected City in the nation
  • Beta District - attracting new technologies, new companies, new innovators and innovations to the region.
  • Smart Mobility - connected vehicles, smart parking, autonomous trucks, intelligent transportation.
  • Connected Residents and Smart operations - Forever Dublin, godublin, AR/MR, Kiosks, Dublin Information Bot, Dublin Digital Identity, Blockchain
  • Dublink 100gig Project, 5G in business, entertainment
Doug described the journey that began with the Dublink fiber project which led to the Smart City and Mobility project.  The Smart Mobility project was instrumental in the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor project.
Dublin is also pursuing a smart parking initiative that will eventually allow Dubliners to know where parking is available.  Currently there is a pilot with the Darby parking lot.
Internal initiatives include the GoDublin App for service requests, a QR code initiative and a Dublin Chat Bot.
External initiatives include a 100 gig project to enhance our economic development activities and a residential broadband initiative.
Doug wants to continue the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF Institute) which Dublin has won seven times.
Some ongoing projects include the Aging In Place, continuing the Connected Roads initiative and working with MORPC on a Hyperloop initiative.
For more photos/screenshots from the meeting, go to our Flickr page.
The Story of Connected Dublin - Doug McCollough, CIO - 1-15-21 Ronald Morgan 2021-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Dublin Schools - Emerald Campus Update 1-8-21

You can view the meeting at this link: here
David Bentz led the invocation, followed by the pledge led by Dave Williams.  
David led the club in a moment of silence for our friend and fellow Rotarian, Mohan Viddam.  Mohan offered his talents in service to the club for more than ten years.  He was passionate about providing water purification plants in India, free IT training for veterans, and retaining jobs in America.  David committed to continuing stewardship for the water purification project through the club and the district.  
Julie Rinaldi, CEO at Syntero, introduced Sara Hinson-Mills, Chief Clinical Officer.  Sara talked about recognizing and dealing with grief and loss and reminded us that we are not alone, and there are resources available to help us cope.  You can watch this segment in the video starting at 4:05.
Polar Bear: Peter Fuhlbrigge provided an update on the Polar Bear.  Keeler&Nadler is the event sponsor, with proceeds from the event to the Dublin Food Pantry.  While this year's event will be different, probably limited to golf, outdoor drinks, and two raffle items, this is an essential fundraiser for the club.  There are still hole sponsorship opportunities and plenty of room for more golfers!  See https://www.dublinam.org/sitepage/polar-bear-golf-open for registration details.  
Scholarships: Gene Oliver solicited volunteers to review and score scholarship applications; this is work worth doing.  You will find it rewarding or double your money back!  Thanks to everyone who volunteered during the meeting.  Given the volume of applicants, we still need more volunteers.  Please email geneoliver@gmail.com with any questions or to volunteer.
Emerald Campus Program Updates: Dr. Hoadley introduced Dr. Julie Blevins and Kristy Vanne, who updated the club on current and new programs available at the Emerald campus.  Dublin Schools offers a comprehensive set of offerings to help students achieve academic goals as well as gainful and fulfilling employment.  This presentation starts at 21:25, and a PDF copy of the slides can be found here
Our next meeting will feature Doug McCollough, CIO for the city of Dublin.  We hope you can join! 
Stay safe - stay well!
Dublin Schools - Emerald Campus Update 1-8-21 Gene Oliver 2021-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

Dublin AM Rotary Mourns the Loss of Mohan Viddam 1-8-21

From the Viddam Family
"Husband, father, uncle, brother, friend, businessman and philanthropist, Madan Mohan R. Viddam touched the lives of hundreds of people. Although we are saddened of his passing on January 02, 2021 from COVID-19, his spirit is alive through our shared memories.
He is survived by his wife, Geeta Viddam, and daughters Megana Veeranki & Anjana Viddam.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 06, 2021 between 11am to 1pm EST (9:30pm - 11pm India Time). Due to COVID-19 restrictions and for the safety of everyone, there was no in-person attendance except for immediate family, however, the video is available to view.  The eulogies in English begin at 52:50 in the video. Link to view the video: https://pixelrainbowphotog.wixsite.com/mohanviddam
Those who were lucky to have met him know how incredibly passionate, kind, and giving he was throughout his lifetime. Therefore, to commemorate his memory we have set up a donation link to the “Friends of the Homeless” shelter where he cooked and served meals every month for over 15 years. Link to donate: http://gf.me/u/zfgrkt
Lastly, we are awed by the sheer number of people who admired and loved our father dearly and have reached out to us in support. We wish to hear your personal stories and memories to preserve the legacy of our father and his accomplishments throughout his life. If you would like to share a video or letter, please email anjana.viddam@gmail.com or text/WhatsApp to (614)-634-2962 with your name and relationship to Madan Mohan.
Our family truly wishes to thank you for your support and prayers. ૐ
The Viddam family"
Dublin AM Rotary Mourns the Loss of Mohan Viddam 1-8-21 2021-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

The Alpha Group - 12/18/20 Meeting

Elliott Castello -Community Services Director- The Alpha Group - presented to Dublin AM Rotary on Friday, 12/18/20. To view the meeting, click here.
Elliott is a 2004 graduate of The Ohio State University who began his professional career as a Group Leader and Clinician at Starr Columbus. In 2009 he entered vocational rehabilitation field as a Job Developer in Columbus. In 2014 the opportunity expanded into and  to provide additional services as Director of Community Services at The Alpha Group.
Alpha Group is committed to the belief that people with disabilities have the same rights and responsibilities as all people . The distinct service areas are : community development - integrated adult day services-support living-transportation - work training. 
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Dave Williamson Awarded the Holliday/Williams Leadership Award  12-18-20

Congratulations to Dave Williamson, 2020 recipient of the Dave Holliday/Faith Williams Leadership Award, chosen by the Dublin AM Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees!
Notes from members posted on Facebook:
Congratulations, Dave! Well deserved! I am glad that I was able to be part of the surprise!
Congratulations, Dave Williamson!!!
Congrats adage - to a great role model for all
Congratulations Dave! Well deserved. So happy we were able to surprise you this morning.
A great asset to Rotary, Dublin and all he encounters!
Congratulations Dave, on a well deserved recognition of your dedication and service!
Congratulations Dave 😃😃
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Local Scouting and Scouting Today - 12/11/20 Meeting

View the recording here



Thank you shoppers!  The club surpassed its goal and raised $3,550 for our adopted families this year. The shopping trip was successful and all families are getting everything they asked for.
District Veterans Committee: Thank you to Dwight Seeley and Dave Williamson for their work in establishing the new District veterans' committee, and their leadership on the committee going forward.
Tom McGloshen highlighted an article about Barrow, Alaska, provided some insight from his time spent there, and shared the message that across locations and cultures, we are all more alike than we are different.

Today's Presentation:

Jensen Hykes is a local representative for Boy Scouts of America. Jensen is a product of the Girl Scouts program, having earned her Gold Award. From a scouting family in Northern Ohio, she went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree at Kent State University and now serves as Senior District Executive for Boy Scouts of America.

Dublin is home to 12 Cub Scout packs (grades K-5) and 6 Boy Scouts of America troops (grades 6-12), including one troop of girls. Girls were admitted to Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2019.

Local scouts have met the challenges of 2020 by hosting socially distant and virtual meetings. Programs such as the merit badge and camps were also done virtually. BSA has focused on mental health awareness this year, including leader training. The scouts have shown that they are more committed than ever to community service during these difficult times.

The future of scouting depends on the support of the community. You can help by volunteering as an adult leader, and financial contributions are always needed. Reach out to Jensen at Jensen.Hykes@scouting,org, or visit www.skcscouts.org/donate.

Thanks to Jensen for a great presentation.  View the recording here

Join us next week on Zoom to hear from Alpha Group.



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Library Services During a Pandemic - 12/4/20 Meeting

Library Services During a Pandemic - Joe Yersavich, Dublin Branch Manager

View the recording here

Adopt a Family Shoppers - December 5:  It's not too late to help the club reach its goal of raising $3,000 to support families in need.  Look for the email from Mike Isler for details.  Shoppers will be busy the morning of December 5 followed by wrapping and delivery.  Please reach out to Susan Robenalt to join in the fun!
Red Kettle Bell Ringing - December 5 and 12: Come and say hello to your fellow club members at the Kroger on Bridge Street or Perimeter Loop as we raise awareness and much-needed cash.  And look for emails from Bruce and Claudia for volunteer opportunities. 
Polar Bear Open - February 6:  To learn more about how to become a hole sponsor and to register a foursome, click here.
Holiday Zoom Party: Claudia is seeking suggestions for how to do this virtually while still connecting with one another in a meaningful and fun way!
Club Election of Officers - 2021-2022: The proposed slate of officers was introduced.  Please see the email from Claudia with details and to register your vote.  The deadline to vote is December 5, 2020.

Today's Presentation:

Joe Yersavich is the Manager of your Dublin Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library and a proud member of the Dublin AM Rotary. Joe has worked for Columbus Metropolitan Library for over 25 years.

The library faces many challenges keeping patrons and staff safe while sustaining core services, including story-time, homework help, public access to computers, job search assistance, reference and research, and access to collections. 

The library met those challenges with solutions focused on health (masks, social distancing, health checks), enhancing access to staff (screen sharing and Zoom) and resources online, quarantine protocols for loaned physical materials (96 hours), and curbside delivery for physical materials.  

A presentation wouldn't be complete without a Top Ten List - see the full list and presentation here. One key takeaway: If you are not already a member, you can apply for a library card online here. You get the card at home and use it at home to gain access to an extensive collection of physical and e-materials, including books, magazines, databases, and audiobooks.  

Thanks to Joe for an engaging presentation and his work in service to an organization that is such a vital part of the community. 


Library Services During a Pandemic - 12/4/20 Meeting Gene Oliver 2020-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Mike Schoedinger -  "How do you support the bereaved"

Red Kettle Bell ringing is happening on the first 2 Saturdays of December, sign up for your time slot and location now! Check your email from Bruce and Claudia please.
We are all happy to hear that President David Bentz is recovering well with his new bionic hip!
December 5th Adopt a Family Shoppers will be organizing at Kohl’s- please see your Handbid link in email to pass the hat for this long standing holiday Rotary tradition and call Susan Robenalt to join in the shopping, wrapping and driving.
Today's Presentation:
Michael Schoedinger is President of Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service in Columbus, Ohio. Mike is the 6th generation owner of the firm.
Todays presentation: Mr. Schoedinger presented facts about Schoedinger Funeral Home and   " How do you support the bereaved " , "The Do's and Don'ts of advance funeral planning ", and shared pictures of the new funeral home on Perimeter Drive in Dublin.
Mike Schoedinger - "How do you support the bereaved" Roberta Kayne 2020-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

Polio Will be the Second Human Disease to be Eradicated!

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David UHL District 6690 Polio Plus Program Leader  
Hybrid Meeting November 6, 2020
Susan Robenalt is welcoming shoppers again for the Adopt a Family buying event at Kohl’s 12/5 on Sawmill Road. We will be shopping for 3 Salvation Army families and a similar number of Syntero families.  Please contact Susan if you can help shop, wrap or transport the gifts.  
Handbid has been set up again by Mike Isler to use as our “Pass the Hat” equivalent for the Adopt a Family donations since we are not at our usual meetings.  See emails with the links please!
12/5 is also one of the 2 Saturdays for our Red Kettle Bell Ringing at our 2 Kroger locations. Please see your email from Bruce Andrews for the signup.  
Pete announced that Polar Bear Golf fundraising is on again this year, in the snow and with fun outdoor times. Possibly a raffle will take place and sponsors, hole sponsors and donations accepted – please book February 6, 2021 for this event at the Safari Golf course for an 8 am shotgun start.
Roberta was pleased to donate the calendar proceeds to the club and raised $400 for our club to support our programs.
Dennis Muchnicki shared concerns about the new North Market not observing safety guidelines or perhaps the patrons were now. He is interested to hear if others experience the same issue. (Word has it that a certain Rotary member familiar with the Dublin City officials took action and we could notice changes?)  
Peter Georgiton commented on a news editorial by David Brooks commenting on the decline in socially responsive services clubs including Rotary, known for our generous members, among others.
Peter was brilliant at reminding us how we have kept members, done so much needed work in our community and continue to contribute our time, talent and treasure to global needs.
Perfect transition to David Uhl’s talk about the Polio Plus Program!
Susan West introduced David Uhl, Chair of the District Polio Plus program for our District 6690.
David has an excellent presentation about Keeping Our Promise to the Children of the World to eradicate polio.  A few interesting facts:
  • $1 donated = $3 dollars received  because of the Rotary and Bill and Melinda Gates matching gift program. 
  • Other partners include the CDC, World Health Organization and Unicef
  • 150 people have died in the work to eradicate polio
  • There is a personal fund raising platform available with Rotary International for members who want to raise more for this cause.
Polio Will be the Second Human Disease to be Eradicated! 2020-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
City of Dublin & Pickaway County Economic Development 2020-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Goodwill Industries Speaks at Rotary Hybrid Meeting 

Goodwill Speaking
At Dublin AM Rotary
Hybrid Meeting October 16,2020
Please enjoy the recording of the meeting here:
 Everyone enjoyed the Hybrid Meeting format and the distancing available.
Susan West Announced good news that Africa is now Polio free and that we are down to only  2 countries now with Polio!
Roberta announced that the coat collection started today  will continue- please bring to David Bentz porch or make arrangeements with Roberta.
Mike Close collected used flags for proper disposal. If you have one please contact Mike, he makes sure it is appropriately handled.
We Have a New Member that was welcomed officially today - please Meet Kurt Brown  
Goodwill is more than a retail store!  Their mission is Building Lives that work. Today's presentation highlighted the information about their mission , retail stores, and program and services. Michelle Roberts walked us through the lifecycle of a donation and exactly how that donation impacts our community. All of Goodwill consumers have one thing in common, and that is some type of barrier to employment. Goodwill programs address these barriers and prepare individuals for work.
Michelle L. Roberts - has been employed with Marion Goodwill Industries for 12 years as its Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Mission Services. Michelle Roberts accomplished her Master in Business Administration from Franklin University . Michelle has applied, awarded, managed and developed over 26 programs/grants totaling over 1.2 million dollars .
Justin Vanderhoff - Justin is the Mission Service Development Director . He has worked at Goodwill since January 2017 . Justin develops new partnerships with community businesses, specializing in community collaboration.
Goodwill Industries Speaks at Rotary Hybrid Meeting 2020-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

A Visit with our District Governor and Leadership Team

Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting 10/9/20
A Visit with our District Governor and Leadership Team
Enjoy hearing our District Governor Steve Heiser at this meeting Recording Link for 10/9/20: 
Steven Heiser                  District Governor
Maryjane Shackelford     DG- Elect
Tom Kleven                     Assistant District Governor
Wolf Lant                        Assistant District Governor
This meeting was a very interesting and reassuring time with our Rotary Leadership. Steven Heiser shared why it is more important and impactful now to be a Rotarian.
But first a few announcements:
Saturday is our Rotary Virtual Summit from 9-4:30 and you can come and go on Zoom as the sessions interest you. Please see the emails that have been sent to sign up or go to the Rotary 6690 website.
Next Friday will be a hybrid meeting- Zoom and in person 10/16.  Please wear your masks and join in person or on Zoom.
10/20 Rotary Master Class by Ann Ralston
10/24- World Polio Day
District Web site also has service projects
Steve shared his own global experiences in Rotary ad discussed our new President of Rotary's 4 pillars
New inovative club models
Strategic Planning and Next steps
Select New Members
End Polio nd keep our promise to the children of the world
Be for affirmative working for others-Time, Talent, Treasure
Felowship and Service 
Discussion on the next 2 annual conferences
A Visit with our District Governor and Leadership Team  Ingrid Fields 2020-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

Dwight Seeley, David Williamson and Skylar Burgess share the VetWorks strategy and plan   

Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting Friday, October 2, 2020
Dublin AM Rotary
Dwight Seeley, David Williamson and Skylar Burgess share the VetWorks strategy and plan   
Meeting Recording Link for 10/2/ 20: 
  1. David Bentz’s porch is the new location for Roberta’s Toiletries donations and her efforts on behalf of our club has resumed this week in a collection. Here is the information Dave Bentz shared:
This morning, Roberta announced that we are once again collecting toiletries or taxes for the Dublin Food Pantry.  You may drop your donations in the box on my front porch for the next several days.  My address is 9080 Moors PL N, Dublin 43017 in The Moors section of Muirfield Village.
  1. Next week’s meeting starting at 7:40 will have Steve Heiser as our focused presenter. Please be early and join in.
Julie Erwin Rinaldi CEO of Syntero. Syntero is a long standing contract agency of the Franklin County ADAMH Board shared information about Issue 24 - Franklin County ADAMH  levy ballot for this November 3rd , 2020.
  1. Julie Rinaldi shared details about supporting Issue 24 for the mental health levy renewal and slight increase. Julie estimated the costs at $1.90 a month and seeks support for Issue 24 on the ballot.  This levy supports critical work happening in our community.
Dwight Seeley, David Williamson, and Skylar Burgess presented the Rotary 6690 research and community focus they advocate in the strategy and plan VetWorks.  
Our very own Dwight Seeley has over 30 years of employee benefits management experience in a variety of industries , including professional services , healthcare , insurance , and manufacturing.
Our member David Williamson has had a career that provided a wealth of leadership and administrative experience. David attended Ohio University and upon graduation was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the U S Air Force, and after servicing on active duty for 28 years and completing service with the rank of Colonel.
Mr. J. Skylar Burgess is managing Director of Strategic Clients for Deloitte. He has over 35 years of experience in consulting , sales , sales management and business development. 
During Dwight presentation the following content was discussed. Please see the pdf or recorded meeting to see the entire presentation.
  1. Executive Summary
  2. Understanding the VSO Landscape
  3. Defining the Brand
  4. Member Recruitment
  5. Hosting the Symposium
  6. Establishing a Brick and Mortar Location
  7. What’s Next
Please continue the dialogue with our presenters and consider the next steps presented.
Dwight Seeley, David Williamson and Skylar Burgess share the VetWorks strategy and plan Ingrid Fields & Roberta Kayne 2020-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Trent Smith - Franklinton Board of Trade

Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting  Friday, September 25, 2020
Dublin AM Rotary
Trent Smith, Executive Director of  about the Franklinton Board of Trade - A Chamber of Commerce and 501 C3 Organization caring for development and people and community.
Meeting Recording Link for 9/25/20: 

Claudia shared a shredding event will be hosted by the city and  happening 11/7 from 9-12 here in Dublin at the Rec center parking lot and she will share logistics and more details in an upcoming email.  
Calvin introduced our speaker Trent E. Smith and a former banker, now the Executve Director at the Franklinton Board of Trade.
Trent@franklintonbot.org                www.franklintonbot.org         614-746-0287 
Our speaker today at our Dublin AM Rotary meeting (9/25) was Trent Smith who has been the Executive Director of the Franklinton Board of Trade since January of 2010.  The Franklinton Board of Trade serves as the Chamber of Commerce for the Franklinton Community, but unlike a traditional Chamber it is a 501c3 non-profit. This status gives Franklinton the latitude to do important community work based on the three pillars of focus: Advocate - Beautify - Connect. Trent Smith works to create strong relationships in the Business Community , Non-Profit Community and the Residents of the Franklinton.
Very interesting development was shared: the 775 West Broad  Fortuity Calling doing call center work and will be doing workforce  development. 
The Harley Davidson oldest dealership in the country and a major rennovation has been committed to for this area.  
Cover My Meds Campus is the other big development news in Franklinton area.  Very exciting expansion in this Opportunity Zone area. It is also amazing to hear that 2,000 employees are planned for this HQ building!
The Carol Stewart Village helps At Risk Youth and is a significantly improved area now.
Idea Foundry is also a strong contributor to the access small companies need. 
The idea of gentrification without population displacement was a central theme this morning.
Of course the beer must be mentioned as well and Land Grant and Brew Dog come recommended for a game day beverage. 
We would have discussed more about the Sciota Peninsula and the development in process but maybe next meeting :)
Trent Smith - Franklinton Board of Trade Roberta Kayne 2020-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

Neighborhood Bridges- Dublin and our kind community of neighbors

Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting 9/18/20
Neighborhood Bridges- Dublin and our kind community of neighbors
Enjoy hearing and seeing our meeting with Dublin Bridges at this meeting Recording Link for 9/18/20: 
Calvin’s email and Susan West’s Biography Notes for our 2 speakers today:
Jill Kranstuber , Area Director : Jill is a New Jersey native who moved to Ohio over 30 years ago to attend The Ohio State University. Jill and her husband Chuck have 7 children , all whom attend Dublin City Schools . Jill is an active volunteer in the schools and the community.
Sarah Savage , Area Director : Sarah has been a Dublin resident for over 15 years . She received her undergraduate degree in Education and Counselling Psychology from Vanderbilt University and her master’s degree in clinical counselling from The Ohio State University. Sarah and her husband Brian have 3 children. Sarah is thrilled to promote kindness in our amazing community through Dublin Bridges.
Jill Kranstuber and Sarah Savage, Area Directors for Dublin Bridges , will be sharing the successes and struggles of this relatively new 501(c)(3) organization. Dublin Bridges takes advantage of technology and  social  media to identify needs in the Dublin Community . Then solves them ! They bridge needs to existing services whenever possible. "Everyone is welcome on our Bridge"
Their attached presentation highlights:
Two truths driving neighborhood bridges…
  1. There are real unmet needs in most communities
  2. There is an ample supply of kindness and resources…
          to help us fill these needs J
The rise of poverty in suburban America in this century has been swift and dramatic

More Americans now live in poverty in rural/suburban communities than in large urban centers.
Neighborhood bridges takes advantage of technology & social media to:
  • Engage the community
  • Identify needs through an advocacy program
  • Protect the privacy of those receiving kindness
  • Foster ANY neighborly act
  • We will BRIDGE needs to existing organizations who are well suited to provide assistance
a few examples of kindness…
  • Personal care pantries in all Dublin City Schools!
  • Financial help with Utilities
  • Furniture / beds
  • Summer school intervention fees
  • School supplies / back packs
  • Support for homeless students
  • Grocery Shopping and yard work for the elderly
  • “Snacks for Students” program during the summer for students in need
  • We work closely with the Dublin Food Pantry and Welcome Warehouse
Subscribe Here:
https://youtu.be/rMbXIjwxcKU   Neighborhood Bridges Dublin Video shown during meeting

Neighborhood Bridges- Dublin and our kind community of neighbors Ingrid Fields 2020-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

Dublin AM Rotary Remembers  

Kent and David exchange a joke on Zoom 
And our meeting begins!
Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting 9/11/20
Dublin AM Rotary Remembers  
Outstanding Speakers – Member Michael Close, Esq. and Commander Kirk Lippold (Ret.)
Welcome to our many guests today was extended by President David Bentz
Enjoy hearing and seeing the thoughtful meeting speakers  at this meeting Recording Link for 9/11/20: 
Announcements and Fines deferred to allow our speakers to share their talks.  
Calvin’s email this week shares 2 excellent biographies about our speakers today:
This Friday September 11, 2020 , we will have  two presenters . One presenter is our very own Michael L. Close and our second guest presenter is Kirk Lippold.
Michael L Close, is a Vietnam Veteran, U.S. Army Captain.
Mr. Close has had successful business career in Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University, and a graduate of Juris Doctor, Capital University Law School. Mr. Close has been a State of Ohio, Common Pleas Judge, State of Ohio Appellate, and is currently the Managing Partner Isaac, Wiles, Burkholder, and Teeter, LLC.
 Mr. Close will present the turmoil of the 60's, the unity of 911, and the repeat of the 60's in 2020.
Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Retired), was the Commanding Officer of the USS Cole when it came under a suicide terrorist attack by al Qaeda in the port of Aden, Yemen. This event is widely recognized as one of the most brazen acts of terrorism by al Qaeda prior to September 11, 2001.
Commander Kirk Lippold is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and received his commission in the Navy in 1981. He served on several ships, including a tank landing ship and guided missile cruisers and destroyers . He attended the Navy Postgraduate School where he received a Master of Science in Systems Engineering and a 1994 graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College. 
Commander Lippold will present his synopsis: In the past six months, our nation has been challenged in ways that were never expected. Nine months before 9/11, USS Cole pulled into Aden, Yemen, expecting a normal brief stop to refuel the ship. Similarly, almost a year later, the nation was thrust into a war against an enemy that we knew about but were unprepared to act against. The War on Terror had begun.
We heard thought-provoking analysis and comments this morning about the past, the present and the similarities of current challenges. Please watch the recorded session for a very good meeting. 
Mike has been our Mayor, a pilot in Viet Nam, a judge, a president of our Rotary Club and a welcome speaker on several occasions.
His talk compared the events of 1965 in the Watts riots, 1967 the Detroit burning of over 4300 buildings, the 1968 Chicago violence during the Democratic Convention and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.
Mike spoke of the gentlemen that we valued and exchange of ideas and opinions we once had.
Mike spoke of the hope we might still have, that we can all remember and return to the feelings of unity and cause we felt on 9/11.
Mike spoke if the goodness still around us and the humanity we share as the source for that hope.
Commander Lippold shared the day the USS Cole was attacked and the events that unfolded and were discovered about the terrorists that caused those 17 deaths and continued to plan further damage to the US.
Commander Lippold also shared the idea of State Sponsored Terrorism. Kirk also shared his duties in Washington and his experiences on 9/11 when the Pentagon was attacked as he headed there for a meeting. I imagine Kirk’s book is very interesting for further analysis.
Dublin AM Rotary Remembers    Ingrid Fields 2020-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

Raffle Winners and Dan Sullivan sharing the Memorial Planning and Execution in 2020

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Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting 8/28/20
Raffle Winners and Dan Sullivan sharing the Memorial Planning and Execution in 2020
Meeting replay of our raffle drawing and Dan Sullivan’s Talk – hear the recording here:  
We welcomed guest Kurt Brown and District executives Tom Clevins and Steve Heiser.
DRUM ROLL - John and David picked the winning raffle tickets and paddle #125 David Bentz won the Ladies Golf Clubs and #127 Barb Bartholomew  won the Mens Golf Club prize!!
The auction on Handbid is still live till Friday at 5 and you can bid on the packages for your golf, dining or entertainment here:
John Susie provided an update on our fundraising success so far: We have much to be grateful for, in spite of the changing formats the handbill auction has great packages, our members have been generous sponsors and our members and guests have purchased 100+ raffle tickets. Please keep bidding till tonight!
David Bentz added his thanks to Co-Chairs John Susie and David Lundergan, Mike Isler for setting up the Handbid, Page Vornbrock and Susan West for the great job facilitating our event,  Sponsors and Sponsor organizers, Roberta for her art donation and the entire Committee.
Claudia asked committee chairs to send her updates.  Julie Rinaldi will be in touch with the Literacy committee.
Sue Burness introduced our keynote speaker Daniel Power Sullivan. 
Dan is president and managing partner of HNS Sports Group, a golf management company based in Dublin, Ohio specializing in event management, hospitality management, sponsorship and contract representation.   Sullivan is also the executive director of The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, Jack Nicklaus hosted PGA TOUR, directing all business, marketing, community, philanthropic and operational aspects associated with the world-class tournament.  Sullivan leads a HNS organization through management, operations and consulting relationships which includes over 25 professional, corporate and charity events conducted domestically and internationally including AT&T Pebble Beach, Zurich Classic and A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier on the PGA TOUR.
In Columbus, Sullivan and HNS have led the 2013 Presidents Cup, the 2016 U.S. Senior Open, the annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour in addition to the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.
Sullivan holds a seat on the boards of Tourism Ohio, Greater Columbus Sports Commission (Chair), Nationwide Children’s Hospital, St. Charles Preparatory School and First Tee of central Ohio.   
Sullivan holds a bachelor of science (business marketing) degree from Miami University. Sullivan lives in Marble Cliff with his wife, Alyson, and their four (4) children.
About The Memorial Tournament  The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus.  The Tournament, which was founded and is hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted each year with three goals in mind: to honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators; and to benefit charitable organizations in central Ohio.
Dan shared interesting stories about the pandemic’s impact on preparations, changing focus from spectators  to a non spectator event, the insurance coverage for major events and the safety procedures for both tournaments this year.
The positive economic impact of the 2 Tournaments include:
  • $1 M donated to Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • 2,000 carryout meals
  • 7,000 hotel room nights
  • representatives from over 220 countries
  • CBS Coverage with Jim Nantz on the world stage for 2 Tournaments
Dan answered  questions and also discussed the renovation of the course in process and the 2021 Memorial Tournament.
Raffle Winners and Dan Sullivan sharing the Memorial Planning and Execution in 2020 Ingrid Fields 2020-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Fundraising Event of the Year for Dublin AM!

Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting 8/21/20
Fundraising Event of the Year for Dublin AM!
Enjoy the meeting replay of our annual fundraising event “Reacting to crisis in our community” and hear the good work our speakers shared on the recording here
The auction on Handbid is still live and you can donate to the Dublin Food bank, buy a raffle ticket and check out the packages to bid on for your golf, dining or entertainment.  
Congratulations to Co–Chairs John Susie, Dave Lundergan, and Virtual fundraising committee contributors Rotary VP Mike Isler, Claudia Trusty, Wolf Lant and the entire fundraising committee.
Congratulations to The Masters of Ceremony- Page Vornbrock and Susan West for their outstanding job facilitating our Virtual event. 
Thank you to our sponsors
  • VMware  
  • VCA                                                            
  • First Citizens Bank                                                                                                
  • Joe and Patty Evans/ReMax Town Center
  • University of Findlay                                                       
  • Stratos Wealth Partners
Celebrating 30 years of Giving to our community -please thank our interesting speakers:  
  • Susan Burness – Director of Communications and Public Information – City of Dublin
  • Christine Nardecchia – Director of Outreach and Engagement – City of Dublin  
  • Dinky Youngsteadt-Parrish – Executive Director of Dublin Food Pantry
  • Dr. Chrisann Gordon – Founder and Executive Director of Resurrecting Lives Foundation
Please enjoy the replay of this virtual meeting and check out your Handbid Auction bids at http://www.tinyurl.com/DublinAMauction
Fundraising Event of the Year for Dublin AM! Ingrid Fields 2020-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

Stacy James – Motivational Speaker- timely for this special group of Rotarian Members!

Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting 8/14/20
Stacy James – Motivational Speaker- timely for this special group of Rotarians!
Enjoy the meeting replay at the recording link here:  
John Susie and David Lundergan discussed the Silent Auction and event this next Friday. See the recorded link of the meeting again on Handbid directions or call Mike Isler if needed. Check out the Dublin Food Pantry matching contribution available from the same Handbid sign in!
The auction on Handbid is in full swing and members have jumped to outbid each other on many great packages! Please see our event and virtual fundraising event August 21st with special golf clubs available for raffle.  Our virtual event will replace the meeting on Friday August 21. 
Sign up now to see auction items at:
STACY JAMES has had more than a little adversity and change in her life, she shared a very moving story of her sudden change from young athlete to being told she would not walk again.
Stacy’s talk centered around these themes of motivation:
  • Vision
  • You choose- Bitter or Better?
  • Attitude
  • Goals
  • Strong Inner Core
See her poem here and a few favorite quotes and bible passages too:
By Stacy James
May 16, 2003
Perseverance means keeping on
When your muscles hurt and the road is long;
Perseverance means pushing alone
When the stadium's bare and your friends are at home;
Perseverance means trying again
For the ump-teenth time to fulfill your dream;
Perseverance means keeping the faith
When you don't understand, and your life isn't great;
Perseverance means trusting in God
When your heart is broken, and your loved one is gone;
Perseverance means enduring pain
And building strength of heart and brain;
Perseverance means day by day,
Moment by moment, walking by faith;
On the road of life, we keep pressing on;
Perseverance means internally strong -
No matter how hard, no matter how tough;
Perseverance means never giving up!
Perseverance: The number one element of success.
"You need to persevere, so that when you have done the will of God,
 you will receive what He has promised." - Hebrews 10:36
"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. . ."- Hebrews 12:1
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. And perseverance must finish its work so you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1-2-4
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:11-12
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”
1 Corinthians 16:13
“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8
“Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”
Psalm 62:6
Stacy James
Author, Speaker, Coach
Cell: 614-397-5597
Email: stacy@meetstacyjames.com
Website: meetstacyjames.com
Stacy James – Motivational Speaker- timely for this special group of Rotarian Members!  Ingrid Fields 2020-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

Dublin AM Rotary Auction for Covid-19 Relief

Countdown - 2 days to go!! Dublin AM Rotary's Online Silent Auction & Raffle to benefit our Covid19 Community Response is going live on Friday, August 14. Please share!
Some of our auction items pictured below:
Two sets of Callaway Irons with bags will be raffled off. See photos below! Tickets are only $25. We hope you buy at least one. You can purchase those tickets right now. Go to www.tinyurl.com/dublinamauction then register and buy your tickets.
$110 Value Gift Basket and Energy Combo from The Reiki Center in Grandview
$50 Gift Card from The Woodhouse Day Spa in Dublin.
1 Foursome for 18-hold Rounds of Golf at The Country Club at Muirfield Village
$100 Gift Card from Polaris Grill in Powell.

3 framed photos by Roberta Kayne! See photos below.
(1) 20x30 Framed photo of The White Horses of the Camargue (Provence, France)
(2) 20x30 Framed photo of A Whale's Tale (Sitka, Alaska)
(3) 16x20 Framed photo of Hamnoy Snow Scene, from Hamnoy, Norway

We have lots of other exciting items to bid on including:
2 Sets of Callaway Golf Clubs with Bags
Rounds of Golf at several area Golf Clubs and Courses
Top Golf Party
Gift cards
Rounds of Golf at several Golf Clubs

Get ready to bid!! Register to bid at www.tinyurl.com/DublinAMauction and click on REGISTER.
All proceeds benefit our community COVID-19 response including support for Dublin Food Pantry, Dublin Bridges & Welcome Warehouse, and our ongoing support for Veterans Services. Dublin AM Rotary Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)3.
Also, the Dublin Food Pantry needs our help. Donate through this auction and the Dublin AM Rotary Charitable Foundation will match all donations up to $3000!
Auction Opens on August 14, 2020 at 8am. Auction Closes on August 28, 2020 at 5pm
This annual fundraiser was supposed to take place in person at The Memorial Tournament which was closed to the public.
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Meet our Scholarship Winners from Dublin Schools – Great Video!

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Dublin AM Rotary In person & Zoom Dual Format Meeting 7/31/20
Meet our Scholarship Winners from Dublin Schools – Great Video!
Enjoy the meeting replay at the recording link here:  
John Susie and Mike Isler discussed the Silent Auction open before our event and virtual fundraising event August 21st with special golf clubs available for raffle.  Our virtual event will replace the meeting on Friday August 21. 
Sign up now to see auction items at:
Please book this event on your calendar!
Roberta announced we are in the final days of collecting toiletries at the Dublin Chamber front door where the box is located.
Claudia has the masks and Claudia and Ingrid are distributing or you can pick them up.
If you ordered masks, call Claudia to pay by phone and discuss pickup arrangements and if you did not order but would like to now that you see the Rotary fashion statement they make, Claudia is keeping a waiting list.
Dave Bentz announced our newest Board Member Steve Schmitt! Steve is using all his robotics leadership skills and leading our Education Committee-Welcome Aboard and thank you for your service to the Club.
Dave also announced we are going to a Zoom only format again given Ohio’s current condition and the economics of using the club in person with smaller in person attendance. We have a robust Zoom platform continuing for the Club.
We are grateful for Wolf Lant and Ron Morgan’s Zoom expertise keeping us meeting virtually this last several months.
Gene Oliver produced and revealed a wonderful video with our scholarship winners and thanked our diligent judges:
 Laurie Penland, Ramona Penland-Coyle, Claudia Trusty, Cap Clegg, and Sinan Yaykin, Ron Morgan, Bob Rosenberg, Ryan Keenan, and Joe Yersavich 
Please watch the meeting recording and enjoy the stories and plans of these bright spots in our community.
The winners are :
The Dublin A.M. Rotary Interact Community Service Scholarship
This scholarship is available to active Interact Club seniors who have supported their Club through avenues of community service and volunteer work. Additional considerations included length of membership in Interact during high school, and if they held an office within their Club, however, Community Service was very heavily weighted. They were also required to write an essay outlining the avenues of service they participated in, which event meant the most to them, and why.  
The first-ever recipients of the Dublin AM Interact Scholarships are:
  • Lily Kiefer - Jerome High School
  • Anushka Das – Coffman High School
  • Rishit Desai – Scioto High School
The Dublin AM Rotary Community Service Scholarship
This scholarship shares many of the criteria of the Interact scholarship program. Applicants are assessed based on academic success, demonstrated leadership and community service, a pledge that they have led, and will continue to lead an alcohol and drug-free lifestyle, an essay, and financial need.
The winners this year are:                            
  • Claire Feit
  • Aaliyah Franklin
  • Lanai Stevenson
  • Gillian Eberhardt
  • Camryn Reitz
  • Margaret Marando
  • Alexandra Tanner
Gene Oliver and Laurie Penland
Enjoy the video replay!
Meet our Scholarship Winners from Dublin Schools – Great Video!  Ingrid Fields 2020-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

Exceptional Dogs for Exceptional People®
Canine Companions for Independence

Dublin AM Rotary In person & Zoom Dual Format Meeting 7/24/20
Exceptional Dogs for Exceptional People®
Canine Companions for Independence
John Susie, Dave Lundergan and the committee have arranged a Silent Auction between August 14th to August 28th with our fundraising event August 21st.  Page has agreed to facilitate the virtual event and Mike Isler secured the Hand bid capability for the auction setup.
Claudia announced the Rotary Face Masks will be delivered this next week and the pickup details will be arranged.  Excellent timing as Ohio has gone to mandatory facemasks- Thank you Claudia!
Roberta announced toiletries are being collected for Dublin School families in need. Please use the box in front of the Chamber of Commerce in historic Dublin.
Dr. Todd Wurschmidt, joined by Ms. Lauren Brown and Dr. Nicole DiGiacomo
Discussed Exceptional Dogs for Exceptional People
  • Training campus was built in 1987 in New Albany
  • Delaware campus
  • Assistance dogs in multiple categories
    • Service dogs expertly trained dogs to assist veterans with disabilities and Children
    • PTSD affected veterans receive specially trained dogs
    • Breeds have been specifically chosen and are bred in Santa Rosa, Ca.
    • Puppies spend 18 months with a puppy raiser
    • Nicole is a veterinarian in Chicago and shared her experiences as a puppy raiser
    • 30-40 commands are taught to the puppies and the non profit has 6 facilities nationally
    • Lauren also joined our meeting to share how her independence from falls and misadventures has changed her life with service dog.
    • There are also Hearing Dogs
    • Facility Dogs in residence as such as Nationwide Children’s and Mayo Clinic
    • Skilled Companion Dogs
We thank our guests during this Rotary Week of the Dogs for an informative talk!
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Dublin AM Rotary In person & Zoom Dual Format Meeting 7/17/20

It’s Our Committees! David Bentz introduces our committee board members and we share
our vision and purpose
Enjoy the meeting replay at the recording link here:  
John Susie announced that since our fundraising event has changed to a Silent Auction and event August 21st we need to raise Silent Auction items. Please book this event on your calendar!
John Susie, Dave Lundergan and the rest of our committee will appreciate donated items you can help us secure for this silent auction.   We will bundle donations into nice packages and all members are asked to reach out with contribution items to John or David or consider making a cash donation in lieu of Pro - Am tickets.
Lou Charobee announced that our Dublin AM Rotary Auto Show has been deferred till next year after many discussions and considerations were made.
Roberta announced a new toiletries collection effort at the Dublin Chamber front door where the box is now located for distribution to Dublin school kids in need.
David introduced each of the committees for your volunteer role opportunities:
Membership - Laurie Reinbolt
Engagement with current members and new member recruiting
Community Services - Sharon Kendall
Outreach in our community and many member driven areas for support
Veterans Affairs - David Williamson
Supportive liaisons, programs and next steps for our veterans initiative
International Services – Jim Burness
Mission trip 2021, Kenya Life & Land donation and other international programs
Youth Services – Sinan Yaykin
4 areas: Interact Club, Rotaract Club, Youth Exchange, ROYA
Educational Services – see David Bentz
Vocational services like Robotics, Scholarship and Literacy programs
Communications Committee – Ingrid Fields
New committee members requested for occasional weekly reporting and special Passion project communications- please email Ingrid at  ingridsvirtualdesk@gmail.com
President Elect  Mike Isler also shared the need for additional fundraising volunteers given the opportunities for new fundraising events for our club and methods in a social distancing environment. Please see Susan West.

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Dustin Snow Owner of Coast Wine House discussing his journey to small business ownership

Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting 7/10/20
Enjoy the meeting with Dustin Snow at this meeting Recording Link for 7/10/20: 
  • David Bentz announced that since this is our first hybrid Zoom/In Person meeting expect some format updates. We will have the new technology for next week’s hybrid format.
  • Box Lunch success for the seniors in our community. Positive Shout Out for Claudia, Sue and Sharon for pulling us together to volunteer and be part of this positive impact.  Our lunch guests are enjoying the field trip.
  • The fundraising program is actively working into the silent auction and virtual event happening on August 21st.  Please book on your calendar! John Susie, Dave Lundregan and the rest of our committee will appreciate any donated items you can help us secure for this silent auction.
Dustin Snow owner of Coast Wine House
Dustin is a St. Charles High School, Miami University, Ohio State Fisher School MBA program graduate.
Power of the Brand and attention to details were important learnings while in the career in corporate retail with A&F.
Dustin then decided to be an entrepreneur and engaged in his business planning.
Core principals and Dustin’s pillars:
Ethics, Evidence (Fact Based Decision making) and Empathy
Passionate Power of Empathy was central to Dustin’s talk about his journey on hospitality and sharing the founding of Coast in historic Dublin.
Leading with authenticity humbling making sure guests are served well.
Dustin shared his thoughts on purpose-based leadership and business (in a Venn diagram of course!).
We touched on the COVID impact and the fast and flexible business model requirements to survive the changing daily impacts. We enjoyed some live participants and some Zoom participants for this first hybrid meeting format.
Dustin Snow Owner of Coast Wine House discussing his journey to small business ownership 2020-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

Installation Meeting!!

As Kent started the Installation meeting  with a tear in his eye, he generously thanked so many members and the board for supporting his Presidential year. 
As he shared his advice cards, he also had humor in his heart   and received the gratitude of all the members for a successful and enjoyable year that marked many outstanding events, service delivery and true community action!
Naming our Rotarian of The Year- Lou Charobee! Another highlight of our Installation Meeting today! Congratulations all around were cheered! 
A few words that were said about Lou by a board member:
"Lou was like a dog with a bone when leading the car show...passionate and tenacious. He delivered a professional first show that made Rotary and the City of Dublin proud. With that success, Lou set the stage for a long-term source of funds and exposure for our club. Lou is ever-present in every fundraising effort, including the Irish Festival, Pro-Am, and now an alternative Covid-19 [silent auction] fundraiser. Friendly and sincere, Lou is a prized contributor to our club."
Visiting Dignitaries like Steve Heiser, our District Governor Elect, were there to perform the official ceremonies 
 And a New Year with President David Bentz has Begun!!  
Two Announcements:
No Meeting Friday, July 3rd
Attend the Rotary International Convention closing days and recorded breakouts at www.riconvention.org, the sessions have been great and more details in a newsletter to come soon!
If you missed our 6-26-20 Installation Meeting with the installation of our new Board and David Bentz as our new President, click here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaoRbT7d32U&t=13s Thanks to Ron Morgan for his tech skills in getting this uploaded to our youtube channel!
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President Elect David Bentz shares his Vision 

President Elect David Bentz shares his Vision for Rotary 2020-2021  
Kent and David discuss moving forward
  • Next Week’s meeting will be in person at the TCC. The Zoom option will be operational by then to do Zoom and in person.  The TCC can handle 60 of us in person, this allows for enough space for some distancing as well. This board installation will include masks please.
  • We have filled our sign up in July to help our local elderly that are food insecure. Looking forward to serving our shifts together!
  • Mask design with Rotary fabric needs to be ordered today with a response to Claudia’s email.
  • David Lundergan, John Susie and the fundraising committee have had to pivot to fund raising efforts around our Silent Auction as planned 7/15.  More details will be provided around this as it is finalized.  Please contact Dave or John if you can contribute auction items please!
  • Page announced that Rick Schwieterman sent his thanks for our well wishes, he is recovering and welcomes our prayers and continuing positive energy is welcome.
  • Tom Kleven -AG- was our guest today.
President Elect David Bentz shared slides summarizing his vision for this next Rotary year.
Rotary Opens Opportunities is our theme this year and David shared his stories of joining Rotary and how it still provides these opportunities:
Community Connections for Service
Professional Networking
Member Engagement is the central focus for 20/21 and $20,000 has been allocated in the budget for member projects. David shared the process for members to request project funding. The 1 page form was shared.
Also some structural board roles was discussed:
  • Joe will the Educational Services committee leader combining Community and Vocational Services.
  • Claudia has agreed to take the Secretary position  that was newly created as a separate role.
The Rotary Convention is all on line and free and we can join selected sessions. Roberta also has joined the Convention Walk Challenge and welcomes more walkers.
Significant Comments, Thanks and Praise from  the 43 attendees was appropriately directed to Kent Underwood for his gracious transitions to Zoom meetings during this time and his whole tenure of leadership and calm progress for this Rotary club!
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Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting 6/12/20
The Ohio Youth Livestock Expo

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Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting 6/12/20
The Ohio Youth Livestock Expo
Megan Wendt and Marlene Eick
  • Next Week’s meeting will include the Zoom format with David Bentz live at the TCC meeting location. Plan on joining to hear about his year and goals with our club. There might be a possibility for a few in person attendees, look for more emails through the week.
  • 6/26 there will be the Board installation in person with masks and appropriate social distancing.
  • Watch emails from Claudia for the sign up in July to help our local elderly that are food insecure, there are 3 dates for to staff for drive through food box distribution volunteers.
  • Mask design with Rotary fabric is in motion, please expect news about available masks once they are in production.
  • David Lundergan announced that the fund raising efforts continue to adapt. From Pro Am to Drive In movies, it appears the City has planned a similar event so our fundraising will continue with the Silent Auction as planned 7/15 with more details around this as it is finalized.
  • Please keep 2 special gentlemen in our thoughts and prayers:
    • Rick Schwieterman is being treated at The James and even though the serious nature of this disease makes for a long fight, treatment is being successful and very positive
    • Chris Curry updates from Sharon Kendall share that Chris is showing neurological improvements and further improvements are expected, this is good news and continuing positive energy is welcome. 
The Ohio Youth Livestock Event is new this year due the State Fair cancellation. It is an event founded by the parents of the youth that have put so much into raising and grooming their livestock for exhibition. The Wendt family as an organizing focus has been joined by Marlene Eick as volunteer Marketing effort and hundreds of families are now participating along with previous State Fair sponsors, donors and a few traditions brought in as well.
From start to event, in less than 60 days this event has 2 major locations, a 17 day exhibit planned with over 3,000 animals and 1,500 exhibitors! Ohio Youth Livestock Expo  (OYLE) has been born.
The Ohio State Fair has only been cancelled 1 other instance, during WW2  since it’s founding in 1850. This transition to the Ohio Youth Livestock Expo  private event has been quickly successful in establishing fundraising and donations as well as a Livestreaming portion for other family embers to attend safely.
The attributes of the fine youth involved include:
  • Children demonstrating learned work ethics and task management.
  • Knowledge learned in terms of animal care, science in real live animal breeding and care.
  • Accountability to a budget- the family bears all the costs in hopes of a sale of the livestock after the show
  • Family connections and teamwork are a tremendous outcome of the work with family and  friends side by side from early hours till late nights at times.
Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting 6/12/20The Ohio Youth Livestock Expo  2020-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

David Austin DDS, MS Sitting is the new smoking!

Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting 6/5/20
David Austin DDS, MS
Sitting is the new smoking!
Recording Link for your Friday meeting:
  • Watch for your half year invoice from Rotary
  • A volunteer effort is being organized and we will have the opportunity to feed hungry senior citizens who have been unable or unwilling to do grocery shopping.  Claudia and Kent announced the goodie bag plan. More to follow.  
We heard special news about our exchange student Lara and her time in Dublin schools, here is a summary and link from Sinan:
Hello!  I hope you are doing well!  As I mentioned before you left Lara, I nominated you for the Celebration of Excellence Award.  Each teacher is allowed to nominate one student per year that they feel is exceptional.  I chose you!  Typically we would have an award ceremony for it in April, but given the situation, that didn't happen this year.  Therefore, we put together a video recognizing all the recipients.  You don't have to watch the entire video, but thought you would like to see it.  If you skip to about a half hour in you will see my portion about you!  I miss you and wish you all the best!
Click the link here:  https://youtu.be/V7-dDlhsZGo 
Mrs. Julie Allison
Mathematics Teacher
Dublin Scioto High School
Presentation from David Austin- see links to see his diagrams, very informative about the health risks  of sitting:
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Tom McGloshen- Dealing with Friends that are Seriously ill

If you missed this great presentation, catch the recording here:
  • Claudia is working on Rotary branded masks- please contact her if you would like to purchase any masks.
  • We will be moving to a fundraiser versus the ProAm event, more details to come
  • Unfortunately, the 2020 Miracle League Season has officially been canceled
  • Meeting format will remain virtual for the time being.
Tom McGloshen- Dealing with Friends that are Seriously ill
We had the great privilege to hear from Tom McGloshen regarding how we can better support friends who are critically ill, or have experienced a loss of a loved one. We don’t always know what to say, or do when someone is critically ill, or coping with loss.
Two very important things to keep in mind:
  • Remember who we are and who we are not
  • Expressing we care, listen to what our friend or loved one is saying and learning from them is extremely important
Another approach you can take is to use empathetic guessing.  An example may be; “If you want to talk, I am here”. It is a great way to show someone you care.
The key is that we listen very carefully as the person struggling will tell you what to say next. Dealing with loss and illness is never easy. The most important thing you can do to support a friend, or loved one is to be there for them.
If you are someone you know is struggling, please leverage your club and community resources.
  • Syntero’s website has some great information and services to offer https://www.syntero.org/
  • Tom will also share out his “what to say and what not to say” in the near future
To view the complete text of Tom's presentation along with the what to and not to say, click here
Dealing with Friends who are Seriously Ill
Dublin A.M. Rotary
May 22, 2020
The Rev. Thomas H. McGloshen, Ph.D.
            In dealing with friends who are seriously ill, we often don’t know what to say. We do a dance of approach and avoidance.  We’re interested.  We care.  And, we want to communicate all of that—without being intrusive or insensitive—but we’re not sure how to make that connection appropriately.  
Tom McGloshen- Dealing with Friends that are Seriously ill 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

COSI President and CEO Dr. Frederic Bertley ~
Very Interesting Meeting- Dr. Bertley and the Immunology science behind a virus and vaccines!

Here are the COSi links  discussed in today's meeting:
Enjoy the fun meeting and talk with Dr. Bertley at this meeting Recording Link for 5/15/20: 
John Coyle is back from his duties in the east and west coasts serving the healthcare workers for Battelle. He is in an operations role and we love the updates.
There will be a new meeting id coming for our meeting next week. Please watch for emails from Claudia and make sure your calendars are updated with the new Zoom.
John Susie shared the committee members are preparing alternative fundraising venues and style for our event. Lots of great creative ideas and participation requests with be forthcoming!
Sue Burness shared City of Dublin updates and what is happening with the recreation facilities, pools and parks.  There will be an alternate July 4th celebration.  Stay tuned in to the City communications for updates. The city is working with the Franklin County Public Health guidelines.
The Irish festival decisions could be discussed around June 1st.
Dr. Hoadley also shared events and happenings with Dublin schools and the lunch programs that are still supporting over 1,000 meals a day at 21 locations. The commencement process has certainly changed but sounds like a celebration and a 1st year anniversary event is in planning too.
Since Peter Georgiton has been a student volunteer, a student employee and now a Board member of COSI, he shared Dr. Bertley’s impressive biography and wealth of experiences both as a science educator, global programs health leader and now as leader of our local gem, COSI.  It was a rare treat that we had an immunologist speaking!
Dr. Bertley mentioned the membership drive going on now with 2 years for an annual membership fee.
He mentioned all the things that COSI does and is doing to support science learning even in this environment.  With only 20 % current staff levels, COSI is seeking membership and donation support and also still offering great entertainment and educational value to members and our community.
COSI is also a Columbus Foundation Collective member.
Check out the COSI Connects as the Digital Doorway to the Dinosaur gallery, the Digital Science festival and the many resources available.
Dr. Bertley also had an interesting slide presentation about the Covid virus and why the cell binding stickiness matters in terms of vaccine effectiveness and development. A very informative talk about the typical vaccine testing steps and work in motion around the globe today for rapid testing. It sounded like there are 8 top development efforts in play and numerous others trying new strategies.
Please enjoy the recorded meeting link and send to potential members as well.
COSI President and CEO Dr. Frederic Bertley ~Very Interesting Meeting- Dr. Bertley and the Immunology science behind a virus and vaccines!  2020-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Sustaining Well-being & Resilience During Stressful Times

Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting 5/8/20
Syntero CEO Julie Erwin Rinaldi and Chief Clinical Officer Sara Harrison Mills
Sustaining Well-being & Resilience During Stressful Times
By Julie Erwin Rinaldi and Sara Harrison Mills
Meeting Recording Link 5/08/20:  
Chris Humphrey has safely arrived home from his Rotary exchange experience in France. It was great to see you on the Zoom meeting in this time zone, Chris!
Our Rotary Club has now contributed over 55 lbs. of food this week putting our contributions well over 150 lbs. of food and over 50 lbs. of toiletries.
There is a Pro AM committee meeting over Zoom at 5 pm Monday. Dave and John are preparing alternative fundraising venues, there is still a lot to plan whether the fan participation portion happens or not for the Tournament.
Sue Burness shared City of Dublin and Columbus thoughts for July 4th and alternatives to Red, White and Boom and our Dublin fireworks. The City of Dublin Development offices are moving during this quiet time and we hope they inhabit these offices in good health soon.  The Irish festival decisions could be discussed around June 1st.
Thank you to Julie Rinaldi -  
Julie interviewed her Chief Clinical Officer and raised several examples of care and support we can do for our selves and our loved ones to handle the collective stress that is naturally part of our life and ever present now.  Please see the pdf attached and in email for their Syntero talk:
Sustaining Well-being & Resilience During Stressful Times 2020-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

Mike Rankin- Transportation Research Center & Ohio Compliance Drivers license updates

A special thanks to Mike Rankin for giving as update on the Ohio Compliance drivers licenses and the Transportation Research Center.

The Ohio Compliance License update has been extended until October 2021. To get your new license, you will need to provide:

1.      Either your birth certificate, or passport

2.      SSN and address (W-2)

3.      Written proof of where you reside

Just a reminder after October 2021, you will need either a compliance license, or a passport to fly.


Transportation Research Center

Self -Driving cars continue to be a major trend in the Automotive industry with many advantages.  Safety is one of the biggest advantages, due to the removal of human error. Self-driving cars will also lead to greater productivity and allowing elderly and handicap individuals experience greater mobility. Additional advantages we could see is reduction in costs for insurance and the potential for fractional car ownership.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to Mike at mike.rankin1953@gmail.com.

The virtual meeting recording can be accessed at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/_OhPFOz-329IGNLsxVPcUIs5G8fpT6a81CBM-vtYzUf7ZPec-IzzJl8tPRaQr-JV

Mike Rankin- Transportation Research Center & Ohio Compliance Drivers license updates 2020-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

Interact Advisors and Officers Present Today

Dublin AM Rotary Zoom Meeting 4/24/20
with Interact Advisors and Student Officers
See the Interact Clubs' PowerPoint Presentation Here:
NO Recording Link today
Congratulations on a great Interact year
Cap, Claudia, Sinan, Andy and Ash were thanked for their leadership by our Interact Advisors and Interact Clubs
Announcements today:
We will be meeting virtually through May 8th, stay tuned for further announcements.
Our Interact club Summary today:
Jerome High School Advisor Matt Williams and Interact Officers
  • Projects for Fire, Police, UNICEF donations, Children’s Hospital, Salivation Army, and many more monthly activities
Scioto High School Advisor John Witt
  • Toy Collections, School supplies, Friendship Village, Polio Eradication, Brady Quinn’s 3rd and Goal, Sole Hope, Veterans honor flight support, World Polio Day
 Coffman High School Advisor Karen Brothers
  • Touching comments from the club officer about going to OSU Rotaract and the monthly projects for Yemen humanitarian international project, St. Jude Rally, Salvation Army, Dog Biscuits, Drive in fundraiser
Davis Middle School Advisor Susan Jacoby and Emily Temple
  • Sole Hope and Shoe kits, Canned Food Drive, Empty Bowl project and many nice young students doing projects

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Tom Reiland, General Manager of WOSU - Zoom Meeting

Thanks to Tom Reiland, General Manager of WOSU, for his great presentation on the history of radio and WOSU. 
Also Huge Thanks and Recognition to WOSU for their Corona Coverage and Public Service Communications Commitments through these trying times.
Enjoy Screenshots of Dublin AM Rotary's Zoom meeting today and please check out our Facebook page or our Flickr page for more photos. 
Reverend Steve Smith led our invocation and Colonel Dave Williamson led our pledge Friday morning as we conducted another terrific meeting while being socially distant and responsible.
Announcements today:
Pro Am is looking more feasible since recent announcements indicate the Memorial Tournament is now scheduled for July 16th! John Susie reminded us that the announcements cannot be made yet about spectators and fans but we are all pleased for the dates. Next committee meeting is 7/27/20 at 5, thanks to Wolf for the Zoom support.
A donation of $1,000 has been made to the District 6690 fund contributing to 3 Food Banks.
Kate reminded us about the Rotaract grocery delivery service for members and non-members -please see more details further down on this website. Good to see Victoria Hardesty and Allan joining the meeting.
Tom is President of the Ohio PBS Stations and on the board of the United Way and the Gateway Film Center. He is also the author of Sparks Flew WOSU’s Century on the Air.
Tom’s talk shared much of the historical background associated with WOSU and the Radio Wireless Transmission Innovations:
  • G. Marconi 1894-1895 had the first worldwide wirelss transmission
  • Robert Marriott -leading radio transmission engineer here at OSU, local farm boy as were many students in our land grant OSU background
  • 1913-J. Mercer kept radio station transmitting during the flood emergency
  • 1918- First voice transmissions
  • KDKA 1920 election news
  • WOSU was the 6th educational station in the country. Football news, farming communications and band music were all the rage for the 2-4 hour transmitting time windows.
  • Dr. Charles Wright and the live radio orchestra, lectures, surging across many states.
  • 1926-1936- huge morale help during the Great Depression years
  • 1949 FM Spectrum launched
  • OSU instrumental in public hearings with FCC to keep educational channels and TV
  • Emmy award winning station with sizable digital presence, PBS, NPR, Opening the Digital Media Maker in the new building under construction.
Tom Reiland, General Manager of WOSU - Zoom Meeting 2020-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Todd Hoadley- Update on the state of Dublin City Schools amid the Covid- 19 Pandemic

Club Updates:
  • Chris Humphrey, our outbound exchange student is safe in France. Like most of the United States, France is practicing social distancing to slow the Covid-19 spread, so Chris is in confinement and safe.
  • Jim Burness and Moises gave us an update on the Dominican Republic. Tourism is the #1 source of income, so the Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected the Dominican Republic people. Based on the needs, the $2K that was collected for school supplies has been reallocated to use for food and basic supplies during this difficult time.
  • It’s likely the Memorial Tournament (and our Pro-Am Day) will be postponed and moved to a date later in the summer. More to come.
  • The Miracle League season has also been postponed and a date has yet to be determined of when the season will kick-off.
  • The city of Dublin has a You-Tube page please subscribe to get the latest updates on the community.
  • Here is the link to the recording of the Zoom Meeting if you would like to listen in. Thanks for the great turn out once again by our Club! https://zoom.us/rec/share/vNRkEbbKqEpLeq_B5ELDSowAFILuX6a8hiJNrvMFyxmflD3dCcFFX11DbsKiF_Vi
  • Here is a link to the screenshot photos of our meeting
Thank you to Dr. Hoadley and the entire School district for being so agile, developing a plan and executing so quickly!  Screenshot photo of Dr. Hoadley.
  • The school system has 7 buses delivering breakfast and lunch to students in need.
  • Dublin Bridges is also supplementing dinners and weekend meals for families in need.
  • The need is great to support the welcome warehouse, Dublin bridges and the Dublin food pantry. Every dollar counts and is appreciated.
  • Getting students to migrate to online learning has posed many challenges- hats off to Dr Hoadly and the entire Dublin school system for making it happen.
  • Some of the challenges to moving to online include, getting internet access for all students, hardware, developing curriculum and the challenge of working parents and parents at home juggling home schooling.   
Dr. Todd Hoadley- Update on the state of Dublin City Schools amid the Covid- 19 Pandemic 2020-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Club Offering Grocery Pickups & Deliveries

Look no further than Rotaract!
For we ACT
We will be doing grocery pickups / deliveries from the Kroger's/Giant Eagle curbside pickup.
& then delivering those products to you!
What is awesome about picking up curbside at Krogers or Giant Eagle?! They sanitize every product before that product goes in the bags.
We will wear gloves during pickup and delivery if there's anything else that you need us to pick up while we're out we will do that! Medicine picking up business mail if it's not at your location...we will not go inside the house.
We will call / text you when we've arrived to let you know your bags are on your front porch.
There will be no delivery fee for Rotarians!
This service is considered a foundation service so we ask for "donation tips" whatever you can give to our Rotaract Foundation to help our club grow and our community grow!
This is how it works
Pre pay for your groceries through the Kroger's/Giant Eagle curbside pickup. If there are other places that are offering curbside pickup, we can curbside pick up for you! Just prepay ahead of time, say that Rotaract will be picking up! Thank you
Contact our lead Rotaractor to sign up for this service! When you call / text that number, our lead Rotaractor will ask you for a pickup location and a 3 hr timeframe (we may be picking up other orders as well) pick a time that best suits your needs...we can go to multiple locations!
Stay safe and healthy !
Rotaract Club Offering Grocery Pickups & Deliveries 2020-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

Dublin AM Rotary Connecting - First Virtual Meeting via Zoom

See our meeting recording for Friday March 27, 2020 here:
Special Thanks to Wolf for editing the meeting and moderating our first remotely enabled Friday session.  Kent also spent hours for rehearsals with our first remote speaker, Craig Truax, Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Claudia provided extra communication all week on what to expect and how we could click the links or dial the audio numbers. Our own tech members offered input and Wolf leveraged district programs.

Our Rotary meetings are indeed Connecting Our World in an unprecedented time. Just as our work and family communications, our shopping and entertainment are all changing, our Dublin AM Rotary is leading the access for our members.
With leadership, patience and endurance, we are staying at each other' sides- even from separate houses.
Special Thoughts and Prayers- Ramona and Barry’s son Jonathan is one of the Battelle engineers going to New York City then Seattle with new technology to sterilize protective equipment like N95 masks for health care workers in the highest crush of demand in the country. Catch a replay of Governor DeWine’s briefing Saturday at 2 pm March 28, 2020 discussing the Battelle innovation.
It will mean extra distance and separation for Jonathon and this team when they return to family and friends and we all appreciate the knowledge and risk-taking efforts to do this work.
Our First Two Grants this last week: Claudia worked with City of Dublin teams and our Dublin AM Board and Susan Robenalt for our Foundation to grant a $5,000 contribution to Dublin Bridges and a $5,000 Grant to the Dublin Food Pantry.   More discussion to follow at the next Board meeting.
Toiletries and cash -Roberta is asking for the donations to be placed on Kent’s front porch -see the emails this week for address and requested contributions.
Sue Burness asked us to remind families and individuals of the need for social distancing.  As we all want to enjoy a nice spring day, too many are not observing the guidelines on the new Dublin bridge, in parks or in playgrounds. Parental control of their families in these public places will make everyone safer.
Mid-Ohio Food Bank
Craig Truax delivered a fact filled and interesting talk about the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and the 15 associated organizations here in Franklin County making available 66,990,011 pounds of food, 151,000 meals every day helping t end hunger through the Fod Bank, MOFB Farm  Farmacy, Kitchen and Market.
Volunteers and donations work with over 700 agencies here in Ohio.
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Club Get Together Virtually

We are ready to kick off Dublin AM Rotary's Friday Club Meeting, teleconference style! 
Wolf Lant and a group of semi-techies worked over the past weekend to test out how a virtual meeting might work...and it did. Well, to be honest, it worked most of the time!  Wolf setup a club meeting via an app called Zoom that will begin at 7:45am each Friday and last for about 45 minutes.
Not familiar with Zoom or web conferencing? Now is a great time to learn more about it! 
Not interested in learning more?  That's okay, you can join the meeting via phone...just no pictures of your Rotary friends.
Here are the details:
Join Zoom Meeting via your computer, laptop or notebook
That's easy.  Click on the link below to access Zoom. If you are a new user you will be asked to download and install the app, or enter a url into your browser.  For the first meeting plan to do this around 7:30am on Friday.


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One of our Rotary friends put together a tutorial for another club and graciously shared it with us. Check out this very helpful YouTube video for lots of information about the app.
If you do need help, maybe someone to help you setup the app, we are here for you.  Please email Ingrid or Mike who are our team experts!
Not interested but still want all the news
Okay, so you're enjoying your respite from meetings, and don't want to get up that early.  Not a problem.  Zoom can video our meetings and we will add that link to our website home page each week along with key announcements.
This will be a learning experience for all of us, so expect some glitches, some laughs and, maybe, a little bit of frustration. On the very huge upside, we can be together again!
Hope you join us on Friday.
Club Get Together Virtually 2020-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

Suspension of Club Activities

Dear Dublin AM Rotary,
The Club’s board of directors has made the decision to suspend all regular club meetings and other activities of the club until Sunday, April 5th.  As of last evening (Sunday 3/15/20) the CDC has made the recommendation to curtail any events with 50+ people for 8 weeks..which is May 10th.  While at first blush, this seems excessive, it's the current recommendation and these recommendations may actually become mandates.   I'm prepared to extend the suspension, if necessary for the health and well-being of our Club members and community. My ask is:  PLEASE STAY UP WITH YOUR EMAILS.  Important club information will be shared as appropriate.
So what can we do during this period?  
  • Take care of yourself and your families first and foremost. Follow the most current Center for Disease Control recommendations. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  • Stay engaged with other club members through email and the telephone. Just because the club is not meeting does not mean members can’t maintain their relationships and support one another during these uncertain times. Attached is a list of club members with their contact information.  If your computer or device cannot open this attachment, you can go into Clubrunner and find this contact information under "Member List".
  • Without jeopardizing the health and welfare of you and your family members, help neighbors and friends who may need special support.
And what will club leaders be doing to find ways to continue our momentum and commitment to service?
  • Exploring alternative methods for meetings, such as using technology like Webex or Zoom to conduct virtual meetings, or making arrangements for conference calling so committees may continue to function. If you have expertise in these areas, let us know. The board strongly advises committees to not hold in-person meetings.  Make no mistake....this is temporary.  As soon as possible, we'll be getting back to our normal in-person meetings.  
  • Working with our partners, including the Dublin City Schools, Dublin Food Pantry and Dublin Neighborhood Bridges to determine if there are ways our club and members may be of assistance in providing support for children and families who face meal and food shortages because of closure of schools for the next three weeks.  We are in contact with Dr. Todd Hoadley, Dinky Youngsteadt-Parrish from the Dublin Food Pantry and Jill Kranstuber from Dublin Neighborhood Bridges.  Stay tuned for opportunities to serve...
  • Probably the most important thing we can do is support each other!  Reach out to check on each other.  If you need (or know of something someone needs) needs anything..ANYTHING...we are here for you/them.  Please reach out the Family of Rotary chair, Cindy Groeniger or me.   We are always better together! 
These are certainly unsettling and unusual times.  There is no "playbook" on how to deal and manage with situations like this and these decisions are not easy and certainly not perfect.  Hopefully, what we're facing will be resolved expeditiously and we can resume club activities and our 'normal lives' soon.  If you have concerns about the action the board has taken or suggestions on how we proceed, please let me know.  Thank you so much for your understanding and patience and, again,  please stay attentive to your email for updates.

Yours in Service,

Kent Underwood


Suspension of Club Activities Kent Underwood 2020-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
David Williamson - Veterans Affairs Committee Update 2020-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

Colonel Richard Fambro - Ohio Highway Patrol

  • The 2020 Saint Patrick’s Day parade will be on Saturday, March 14.  The Dublin AM Rotary club is looking for volunteers to be parade marshalls.  This is a great opportunity to help our community and get your daily steps in, by walking the parade route. 
  • Thursday, March 12, the State of the City will be held at the Exchange in Bridge Park area.  Dublin AM Rotary is planning a pre-meeting gathering at Z Cucina at 5PM.  If interested, please RSVP with Ramona Penland-Coyle.
  • Our club is putting together ideas for a spring outing.  An idea that has gotten traction is one of the new Ax-Throwing venues in town.  Please look for future specifics about this interesting outing.
  • On March 13 the Dublin pedestrian bridge opens.  The ceremony starts at 7PM with bridge lighting at 8.  If you want to participate in a pre-ceremony gathering, please let Claudia Trusty know.
  • Dublin AM Rotary’s annual Pro-AM committee is meeting on Monday, March 2, at the Dublin Chamber office from 5 to 6PM.  If interested in helping the Pro-Am committee and helping shape this year’s event, please attend the Monday meeting.
  • The Rotaract club will meet at the Dublin Chamber office at 6:30 on Monday, March 2.  Prospective members are encouraged to attend.
  • Roberta Kayne is hosting an exhibit of her photographs at the 1st Unitarian Church on Sunday, March1 from 12:30 to 2PM. The exhibit will be up until April 27.
GUEST SPEAKER: Colonel Richard Fambro - Ohio State Highway Patrol
Richard has over 30 years of service in the Ohio State Highway Patrol.  His distinguished career as resulted in his holding the prestigious position of Colonel. 
Richard’s message covered two topics:  Pursuits and Distracted Driving. 
Every day in Ohio, three to five criminal suspects flee the scene of a crime.  A pursuit of a suspect in an automobile, while exciting and almost common in movies and on television, is a dangerous endeavor.  So, most municipalities ban the active pursuit of a suspect.  In Ohio, the Ohio Highway Patrol is one of only a few law enforcement agencies that has the discretion to decide whether or not to engage in a suspect pursuit. 
During a pursuit, public safety is the number one concern.  To protect the public, our Highway Patrol uses 13 airplanes, 2 helicopters and 1 air van (high altitude aircraft) to reduce the “on-the-ground” risks.
Another epidemic that Ohio drivers face as a daily driving danger is distracted driving.  This isn’t just with cell phones but could include watching mobile televisions, putting on makeup and, as Richard showed is in a real incident video, getting dressed for church. 
Since today distracted driving is a secondary offense, in order for a person to be charged with distracted driving, that person has to be pulled over for some other driving offense, such as weaving or turning without a signal.  Then that person has to admit that he or she was distracted.
There is proposed legislation being worked in Ohio that will allow distracted driving to be a primary offense.  If this legislation becomes law, the act of being distracted will be enough for an officer to pull you over.
Colonel Richard Fambro - Ohio Highway Patrol Shannan Stover 2020-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

Kristin Hampton-Harmon, Public Relations Coordinator, and Michelle Hannan, Anti-Human Trafficking Director, speaking to Dublin AM Rotary on Friday 2/21.

The Salvation Army   Doing The Most Good
Today’s Announcements:  
Big Thank You to Jim Listebarger and from Jim to his committee and all who helped make the Polar Bear a successful event.
Letter of gratitude from Chris Humphrey, the exchange student year is going quickly and Kent shared his letter.  
Kudos to Susan West for the Narcan training and there was enough interest it could be run again.  
Jim and Roberta are collecting sunglasses, baseball hats and contributions for the Dominican Republic Mission Trip.
Kristin Hapton -Harmon shared the 1865 London founding of The Salvation Army and the current and needed work they do today in Union, Delaware and Franklin Counties of Ohio
  • Learning Centers
  • 187,546 Nights of lodging
  • PTSD Veteran examples
  • 590,000 meals served through the Pantry
  • 547 Men served in adult rehabilitation centers for free
  • 12,893 local children received Christmas toys from The Salvation Army these holidays
  • 24,000 people received Red Box gifts on Christmas Day
All thanks to local volunteers, local donors and Red Kettle efforts to fundraise so this dedicated staff can serve our counties and community.
Call 1-800- SATruck for pick up coordination.
Michelle Hannan spoke abot the critical nature of the Anti- Human Trafficking  programs where 71% of the victims are women and children.
SA Justice was explained as well as the Soap project that has been s successful helping victims escape their situations.
Soap outreach is most effective during the Arnold Classic, The Muirfield Tournament and Quarter Horse Congress events locally that causes an increase in this terrible crime.
May 9th is a volunteer day we will be hearing more about from member  Dennis Muchnicki to help recovering victims.  Call 1-888-373-7888 for information.
Kristin Hampton-Harmon, Public Relations Coordinator, and Michelle Hannan, Anti-Human Trafficking Director, speaking to Dublin AM Rotary on Friday 2/21. 2020-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

Alan Miller - Dispatch Media

Alan Miller, Dispatch Media Group, speaking to Dublin AM on Friday, 2/14/20, also pictured with Tom McGloshen and a journalist student.
Andy Keeler receiving his Paul Harris Fellow Award from Susan Robenalt
Alan Miller - Dispatch Media 2020-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
Polar Bear Golf Open Photos 2020-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Tom Strickrath - Director Ohio Public Safety

  • The Polar Bear golf outing is just a week away!  There is still time to sign up to be a golfer or to be a sponsor.  We are even expecting good weather!  Please note:  Check-in for the event begins at 8 AM on 2/8.  To date, 90 golfers are registered to participate, and 25 people and/or companies have agreed to be sponsors of the event.  For more information please contact Jim Listebarger.
  • Planning for Dublin AM Rotary’s annual Pro-Am golf tournament is underway.  This event benefits veterans and local schools and will take place on 6/3.  Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.  More information will be coming soon.
GUEST SPEAKER: Tom Stickrath - Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety
Tom has over 30 years of public service experience and has worked under six Ohio governors.  He was a significant force to make major improvements in Ohio’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety arenas.
Even while Ohio’s prison populations grew 625% (from 8,000 inmates to 50,000 inmates), using processes improvement methods like LEAN Six Sigma, Tom oversaw meaningful enhancements in:
  • Prison Operations
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Youth Services and
  • Criminal Evidence Processing
Additionally, he helped drive more effective employment practices such as increased diversity and increased academic standards for personnel. 
Near term public safety focuses in Ohio include finding solutions to problems including:  
  • Opioid Addiction
  • Human Trafficking
  • Youth & Driving Issues
    • Texting and Driving
    • Not wearing safety belts
It is also important to note that big changes are happening in and around the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  Ohioans can register online at several BMV locations and reduce their wait times. In fact, online users of this tool cut wait times from an average of 26 minutes to an average of 3 minutes. 
Further, Tom reminded Rotarians that 10/1/2020 is when new identification requirements will be implemented.  After that date a “Real ID” will be required to enter federal buildings and to board flights.  NOTE:  The requirements for obtaining the Real ID at your local BMV can be found on the Ohio BMV website.
Tom Strickrath - Director Ohio Public Safety Shannan Stover 2020-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Rotaract takes over Dublin AM Rotary 1-24-20 2020-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

Tim Petska, The Joseph Group - Economic Outloook

Thomas Kleven, Rotary Assistant District Governor recognized our club's twenty winners of the 125 Club member pins.  To become a 125 Club member, Rotarians must contribute at least $100 to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund and at least $25 to the global PolioPlus effort.
The recognition goes to:
  • Emmet Apolinario
  • James Bandeen
  • Trevor Donaldson
  • Ingrid Fields
  • Faye Herriot
  • Todd Hoadley
  • Andrew Keeler
  • Mike Isler
  • Jim Listebarger
  • Thomas McGloshen
  • Ronald Morgan
  • Dennis Muchnicki
  • Roland Pagniano, Jr.
  • Timothy Redman
  • Laura Reinbolt
  • Susan Robenalt
  • Daryl Schorsten
  • Page Cornbrock
  • Janes Warburton
  • Phil Yoder
  • Next week is an important week for Dublin AM Rotary club.  Next week, our Friday morning meeting will be led by the Rotaract team
  • The February 8, Polar Bear golf outing is filling up with 53 golfers signed up, 24 hole-sponsors committed and several volunteers lines up.  “But we can do better!” says Jim Listebarger as he reminded the club that friends and family are welcome to golf, help out as volunteers and sponsor holes.  With 3 weeks to go, there is time to get involved
GUEST SPEAKER:  Tim Petska with the Joseph Group discussed the Economic Outlook for 2020.
Tim made no recommendations for stock or bond purchases, but rather discussed ways of thinking about this year. 
Possible considerations when thinking about 2020 capital markets:
1.) A wise investor focuses on scenarios, not forecasts or predictions
2.) It may be a good idea to consider Small caps, value style and foreign stocks when making 2020 investment decisions because they are relatively discounted compared to other stocks trading at 20X PE
3.) In an election year, the Fed is not as likely to modify interest rates.  This belief is driven from the thinking that the Fed may not want to appear politically motivated in making monetary decisions
4.) Bond performance varies inversely with interest rates.  Interest rates are at very low levels currently
5.) Investment considerations should include factual, macro level policy decisions and not one’s own political preferences or fears
Tim explained that a good amount of the equity growth in 2019 was a likely a result of stocks trading at higher PE ratios.  Further, for continued sustainable growth, it is likely that strong 2020 corporate earnings are needed for continued equity appreciation. 
Tim Petska, The Joseph Group - Economic Outloook 2020-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

Aaron Greene - College Liftoff

Club Announcements – There's So Much Happening With Dublin AM!

  • Wine not Wednesday gathering this Wednesday, 1/15, at 5:30pm at Coast Wine House on S High Street in Dublin – For more information please contact Bonnie Coley-Malir
  • Robotic Middle School Competition being held this Saturday, 1/11 at Dublin Jerome High School beginning at 8AM – For more information please contact Wolf Lant
  • Communication Meeting kickoff for 2020 to be held immediately after the Rotary AM meeting next Friday, 1/17.This is great way to get involved in the club – For more information please contact Ingrid Fields
  • Photographers needed!If you have a cellphone and can take a picture you may be qualified to help – For more information please contact Roberta Kayne
  • Super Bowling fund raiser to raise money for scholarships for Dublin and Worthington Rotary Clubs taking place on 2/1.Thanks to Jim Miller visiting Rotary member from Dublin/Worthington club for bringing this to our attention
  • Polar Bear Golf:Taking place on 2/8 this year.At present we have 50+ golfers signed up, but we are still looking for additional players.Further, sponsorships for several holes are still available.Please sign up online.If you have questions, please contact Sinan Yaykin
  • Pro Am Committee announced that this years Pro Am, benefitting veterans and local schools will take place on 6/3.More information will be coming soon
  • 2020 Mission Trip March 14 through March 21.Jim Burness reminded members that if you are interested in participating please contact him
  • The club recognized the newest Dublin City Council member, Dublin AM Rotary’s very own Andrew Keeler – Congratulations!

Our Speaker – Aaron Greene, Founder of College Liftoff

College Liftoff wants to ensure parents and prospective college students think of college expense as an investment.This thinking is akin to how one thinks of a home purchase or retirement saving.
Aaron Greene - College Liftoff Shannan Stover 2020-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

Holiday Message from the Rev Steve Smith 

Happy Holidays from Dublin AM Rotary
This morning's meeting continued our Holiday Tradition of the Rev Steve Smith spreading the message of the true meaning of Holidays and the importance of story telling. In addition to hearing a great message of hope and joy, Lara our exchange student also spread the holiday spirit with homemade cookies. On behalf of Dublin AM,  wishing all a safe and joyous Holiday season with Friends and Family! 
  • No meetings December 27th, or January 3rd
  • The Polar Bear Open is right around the corner Saturday, February 8th to benefit Children's charities and the Dublin AM rotary club. Sign-up now and get more details at polarbeargolf.org. 
  • Photos from top left - Jim Bandeen receiving his Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Pin.  Susan Robenalt receiving her 8th Paul Harris Fellow Award/Pin (ruby).
  • Photos bottom left and right - Reverend Stephen Smith speaking to Dublin AM about Christmas.
Holiday Message from the Rev Steve Smith 2019-12-22 05:00:00Z 0

Dublin AM Rotary December 13, 2019 Meeting

Our guest speaker -Our Own Special Dr. Todd Hoadley and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Tracey Deagle
Todd and Tracey shared the Districts Redistricting Plans, Budget and Student Population Demographics in an excellent summary
Remember to take pictures of your Red Kettle Bell Ringing squad and send the photo to Kent please! Bruce wants to see our ringing form and style.
WOW-The Mission Trip is expanding, Jim Burness announced we have 24 people going so far. Please look again at the dates and feasibility that you can join too. Multiple doctors providing dental care will be joined with children’s services and prosthetic fittings too so many skill sets will be appreciated.
Salvation Army Kohl’s Shoppers for the Holidays -Susan Robenalt and members have contributed again to a Happy Holidays experience for over 19 families. Susan’s thanks for the continued giving, shopping expertise for best deals and contributions have been shared. Contributions are in process to Synteroo and the Salvation Army this weekend.
The Dublin City Schools are undergoing a redistricting effort due to student population increases. Drs. Hoadley and Deagle quickly gave us an excellent view of some events and facts about our city schools:
  • 70+ Non English native languages in Dublin students - we have become quite the global school district.
  • Global travel is an option for high school and middle school studies.
  • The Dublink network continues to save the school over $100,000 in operating expenses annually.
  • Over $1.5 M in revenues are received from the Bridge Street project
  • 2 New elementary schools are coming on line
  • 1 more middle school is in process to be added now
  • A centralized Preschool has been established and is now serving the community  
  • The partnerships, grants and Dublin taxpayers are all very much appreciated for their support and contributions to this excellent school district doing very innovative programs from Be Well initiatives to IT networking and coding, Emerald Campus curriculum and engineering studies.
Dublin AM Rotary December 13, 2019 Meeting   Ingrid Fields 2019-12-13 05:00:00Z 0