Posted by John Vogelpohl on Mar 13, 2014
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting - March 13, 2014
Shreve J. manned the front desk while Linda B. filled in as greeter and led The Pledge. Pastor Phil offered the prayer (after we located him in the lobby). President John V. reminded us that the Board meeting is next Thursday (3/20) at the Roose Company at 5:45. He also announced the 5th anniversary in Rotary for Immediate Past President, Dave C. Kathy M. will be attending the All-Ohio PETS Conference this weekend for the official kickoff of her presidential training.
Mayor Don S. served as Sergeant-at-Arms. He fined President John V. for the temporarily absent pray-er snafu. Marty said scholarship season is coming up and that we will be awarding $6,000 in scholarships along with the Conklin $1,000. He could use another couple members on the selection committee. Doug H. used the ticket he won in last week’s Heads/Tails game to attend the Hilliard Education Foundation’s Cowboy Casino. He had a good time and found it worth $10 to have his mother-in-law locked in the Casino jail for most of the night. George T. was privileged to attend the State of the City address and continues to enjoy the Mayor’s leadership in Hilliard. Diego is returning soon and will spend some time with George and Sandy. Mike B. thanked Mayor Don for serving as a dealer at the Casino. Tony M. is gearing up already for the 5K Run with a meeting scheduled next week before the regular meeting at 10:30. Steve H. reminded folks that this Saturday is the Interact Carrabba’s fundraiser at the Hilliard Community Center (lunch). He also reminded everyone that next week is the 4-Way Test Speech contest with 6-9 speakers. That meeting starts at 11:30 and it makes sense to get there a bit earlier to get your food and be seated by 11:30. Come support these kids!
The 50-50 Raffle was won by Steve H. and Linda B. held the winning Ace of Spades Raffle ticket but could not draw the Ace.
Then the podium was handed off to Doug H. for the Student of the Month program (rim-shot!):
- Danielle Alley, Davidson High School – Danielle’s service to the community includes volunteering at Riverside Methodist in various capacities including discharge and charts. She is also active in Interact, Key Club (for which Doug was merciless), NHS. Her future service will be involved with her career aspirations in medicine and her determination to help in free clinics. Favorite subjects include Biology and Psychology. She is also on a competitive dance team and the marching band. Serving in the bank as a Field Commander was a big confidence booster. Her best advice was that “There is no such thing as a free lunch” (it was pointed out even as she was enjoying her free lunch). She plans to attend OSU in pre-med studies.
- Zach Cowan, Darby High School – Zach’s service includes working at St Laurence Haven (featured in that day’s Dispatch), and Habitat. His favorite subjects are Math and Science. He plays soccer, basketball, and volleyball (including on last year’s state champion volleyball team). He is in NHS, on the Class Cabinet, and is a Panther Ambassadors. His most influential person is his basketball coach whom he has played for, all four years of High School. His best advice was “you can pay people back for money, but you can’t pay them back for their time”. He is pursuing engineering at Purdue.
- Zachary Popovec, Bradley High School – His service includes youth football and basketball and working Christmases (as a family) at a homeless shelter. He officiates youth flag football. He plays football and will be playing at college as well. Favorite subjects are Math and Science. He is on the Class Cabinet, and NHS. His most influential person is one of his football coaches who has taught him the “pursuit of perfection”. Another coach gave him his best advice, “You have to have cognitive dissonance, meaning focus on your goal and leave yourself no way out from accomplishing it”. He plans to attend Davidson College in North Carolina, play football and study pre-med.
So, Ok – we’ve done it again – three great kids who restore your faith in the coming generation. Remember that next week is the 4-Way Test Speech Contest at 11:30!!!
And remember, “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”. Join us next week!
Posted by John Vogelpohl on Mar 06, 2014
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – March 6, 2014
Carrie S-D managed the front desk; Keith J. greeted and led The Pledge. Pastor Phil offered a prayer. President John V. announced that it was Josh T’s 1st anniversary of joining the club. He reminded members that nest week is Student of the Month (always good!) and the week after that is the 4-Way Test Speech Contest. Remember, that meeting starts at 11:30. Next Tuesday it the monthly Leadership Breakfast at First Watch at 7:30 AM (all welcome). The Board meeting is the 19th at 5:45 at the Roose Company.
Carrie S-D led the club in a rousing session of Heads/Tails for Polio Plus. The winner was to receive 2 tickets to this Saturday’s Hilliard Education Foundation fundraiser, Cowboy Casino. Greg R. head/tailed and head/headed in the correct order to win the Cowboy Casino tickets.
Then President Elect Kathy M. inducted new member, Johnny Dawson into the club. Johnny told us a bit about himself which included: He graduated from Circleville High in 2003 and shipped off the same day for U.S. Marine Corps training. He served three tours in Iraq including the Battle of Fallujah. On discharge he attended OSU and interned with the Secret Service and then joined the FBI. But he made a life decision to change careers and now is in the investment industry. He is constructing offices he will share with our own Nathan P.
Mayor Don S. served as Sergeant-at-Arms. Non-president John V. said his wife brought home the Bill’s family pet to care for while they are gone this weekend – a little blue fish! He wondered why Bill could not put it in a canning jar and wear it around his neck like Bill Murray did in his movie with Richard Dryfus. Treasurer Bill R. took offense, especially to John calling the designer fish a “goldfish”. Bill R. needs members who attended District Conference and District Assembly to let him know so he can contribute to RI Foundation in their name. Marty B. is back from vacation and still had to “scoot”. Kathy M. was happy to have her boss as her guest and also glad she was meeting with her two Johns. Come again?! Ok, she was meeting with President John V. and upcoming President elect John L. to work on club budgets. Doug said Matt has a good job in New Zealand and is saving money for further world touring after a year. Mike B’s son is soon to be married by the Sergeant-at-Arms. As it turns out, Sergeants at Arms cannot perform marriages, but Mayors can! Carrie S-D congratulated Greg R. on the success of the Dave & Buster’s event. Greg followed up with the news that 285 kids attended! He said Local Level did a good job assisting with registration and collection for this equivalent of candy cigarettes for Dave & Buster’s (just joking – sort of). The $3,600 profit will be split equally between our club and the 3 Interact Clubs. Doug congratulated Greg on having one of his “cochamammie” schemes make good. Steve H. said we have 6 kids committed to the 4-Way Test Speech Contest in two weeks. Christie C. went to the previous night’s Eagles concert and was amazed at what a 66 year-old guy can still do on stage. Then the SAA fined Johnny D. for too long of an acceptance speech.
The 50-50 Raffle was won by Mike R. and Kathy M. won the Ace of Spades raffle but came up empty on the draw for the Ace.
Then Community Relations Director for the Hollywood Casino, Camilla Prince was introduced. Various information included that the house steak restaurant, Final Cut, is Forbes Magazine’s only 4-Star restaurant in Central Ohio. She said there is enough entertainment and good food and drink that you needn’t be a gambler to enjoy the Casino. They have been very involved in community affairs and in local charitable groups including the YMCA, Buckeye Ranch, and Hilltop Shalom Zone, to name a few. They have 1300 employees. Each employee gets 8 paid hours/year for charity volunteerism. The have a strict no drugs, no tobacco use policy for employees which is working out for them. They have a policy to buy all food, supplies, etc. that they can, locally. The club members wanted to ask questions and the last half of her time with us was question answering. They do hope to build a hotel. They don’t have control of the Westland site but are doing what they can to influence eventual development/upgrading. Asked to compare the downtown site vs. the West side site, she pointed out advantages of the Westland site: 1) It’s not landlocked so they can do THEIR hotel, 2) Less nearby restaurant competition, 3) easier parking and traffic. She was a very professional presenter for the casino and I think everyone would agree we learned plenty.
Remember to Engage Rotary to Change Lives. See you next week for Student of the Month.
Posted by John Vogelpohl on Feb 27, 2014
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – February 27, 2014
Tony M. managed the front desk while John L. greeted and led The Pledge. Linda B. offered a prayer. President John V. recognized upcoming birthdays for Mike B. and Carrie S-D. He reminded the club that March 20th is the club’s 4-Way Test Speech Contest (always great) and that the meeting will start at 11:30 so we can get our lunches plated up and the kids can start at 12:00. Let us say that again – The meeting will start at 11:30! The Dave and Buster’s event was a great success with 289 kids participating. The net proceeds were about $3,600 which will benefit our Interact Clubs as well as our club. This is big money to the Interact clubs to facilitate their projects. Great job to Greg R. and his committee!
Mayor Don stood in as Sergeant-at-Arms. Christie was glad that the traveling Harness Racing Museum would be set up at this year’s County Fair. Kathy M. announced that John L. would be handling speakers in the coming year, but that means give him some help; don’t dump it in his lap. Take speakers and ideas to him. George T. was glad that Mayor Don is planning on serving another term as Mayor (pending election, of course). Linda B. announced that she and Chris A. are beginning a weight loss competition. We are not sure if this was an offer for more intended losers to join in. Non-president John V. complained to the Mayor about the recent snow plowing, wondering why Hilliard plows could not come plow his residential street that Columbus is supposed to plow! John L. graciously thanked your newsletter author for the service of preparing the weekly meeting minutes. Thanks! Johnny D. announced that he was inspired by last week’s speaker from the Military Veterans Resource Center to contact them and offer to serve on their board. Likewise George T. had contacted him and is interviewing and hiring several of his vets.
Non-president John V. won the 50-50 Raffle but had to do it with his own ticket rather than Bill’s or Keith’s. President John V. won the Ace of Spades Raffle but left the Ace in the deck. Then Carrie S-D walked in and the Mayor immediately led the club in singing “Happy Birthday”.
Paul Loeffelman from AEP was our speaker as a follow-on for our speaker of a couple weeks back from the PUCO. Paul spoke on issues surrounding Global Warming. It was not his intention to discuss whether Global Warning was a fact or what causes it. According to him “the train has left the station”. His talk was about the implications of Global Warming, how utility companies are dealing with it including CO2 issues and dealing with Federal and Ohio EPA, and how all the compliance may affect supply and rates. It was all quite interesting and he had lots and lots of questions from the floor which President John finally had to cut off. He reminded us that AEP is a transmission company, not a generation company, although they have a sister generation company that competes with others. Generators are shutting down plants for which the next level of compliance will be just too expensive and no new plants are under construction. Put excess generation capacity continues to diminish. In the past year, plants have been upgraded to reduce sulfur dioxide, heavy metals and mercury, but some are now being closed for those reasons. The industry believes those closings should count towards requirements to reduce CO2 emissions, but the Federal EPA is unclear whether it will accept that position. He observed that we are in an unexpected place where regulation of the industry is more by the EPA and less by the PUCO which is placing them in a difficult position. Likely, as they comply with new regulations, electricity prices will be going up. Interesting stuff!
Well, remember to Engage Rotary and Change Lives. See you next week (we hope!).
Posted by John Vogelpohl on Feb 20, 2014
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – February 20, 2014
Tony M. managed the front desk while Chris N. greeted and led The Pledge. Pastor Phil offered a prayer. Notable visitors included Steve Sandbo (2016 District Governor), and past Hilliard Exchange Student, Diego from Chile. President John reminded us of some important upcoming dates: 1) 3/14 - All Ohio PETS for our President-elect Kathy M, 2) 3/20 – 4-Way Test Speech Contest at our club, 3) 4/1 – District Grant Applications due, 4) 4/25 – District Assembly. The Board decided the previous night: 1) Donate $300 to the Hilliard Education Foundation Casino Night, 2) Reduce dues to $100 for members over 60 years old and 10 years’ service upon request, 3) The Great Debate was a great success at a profit of $19,000 plus – with a great thanks to Christie C. for setting us up for that success with her previous year’s event. He also announced his own wedding anniversary (16 years). Lastly we need 6-8 Rotarians to help host the Dave & Buster’s upcoming Saturday morning event. Please call Greg R., if you can help. We have 200 kids signed up!
President John then asked Diego to take the podium and tell us what he has been doing these last couple years. Diego spent a second exchange year (after his USA exchange) in Germany where he became fluent in German, adding to his English proficiency. He is now living in New York City studying Business in a 2-year college which he will complete this coming December. Then he would like to come back to central Ohio to complete a 4-year degree, possibly at Franklin University. His family is well. His sister is now a doctor and Mom and Dad have become very active in Rotary Youth Exchange serving as hosts and counselors. Diego welcomes any help in getting into a business program at a central Ohio college!
Don S. the stood in as Sergeant-at-Arms. Dave C. noted that it had been five years since his house burned while he was just starting to attend Hilliard Rotary. He could not get ahold of his insurance adjusters so he called James F. who hooked him up with George Thomas who got on the job and did a great restoration – the power of Rotary! Don S. noted that he and Frank D. had attended Tri-Village Rotary the day before. Kathy M. was as the OSU game last night, front and center for the altercation. Kim G. had attended the previous evening’s Business Barons sponsored by the Columbus Rotary. George was happy Diego was present and happy Dave had been happy with his fire restoration. He also commended Mayor Don’s re-election fundraiser next Thursday evening at Heritage. Keith J. announced we have found a host family for Chanju (PTL) but that we need volunteers to take her to next weekend’s Newark weekend (take her Saturday afternoon and pick her up Sunday morning). Please think about helping!!! Call Keith. Tony M. commended the Hilliard Education Foundation fundraiser on March 8. He also noted that John L. has volunteered to help with the 5K Run! Greg R.’s annual multi-family winter weekend at Oglebay Park went well (see last week’s newsletter) with only minor injuries this year. They saw Josh T. there who declined to join the rowdy group of a dozen kids, etc. Go figure! Bill noted that Diego’s potential college was the same one he and buddy non-president John V. attended and that our success and general sophistication and good looks speak well for Franklin. It turns out that a third man at the table was also a Franklin grad, Keith J. Mike R. acknowledged the recent open house of the big new Ohio Health Building on Britton with the mayor in attendance.
Non-president John V. won the 50-50 Raffle with a ticket traded with Bill R. (he’s won with a traded ticket 3 out of 4 weeks, now!) Keith J. won the Ace of Spades Raffle but could not pull the Ace.
Our speaker was Len Proper from a nonprofit he started, the Military Veterans Resource Center. He is a veteran himself, who worked in the Marine Corps with smart bombs and cruise missiles. He later decided to get employment that made a better living and that was designed not to take life but to give it. In college and his work life he specialized in workforce development and used that skill at MVRC. His agency helps veterans who are having issues re-entering “normal life”, solve problems that are impediments to them. They assign a “caseworker” to each vet and help him understand what his problems might be and how to solve them and pursue those solutions. He said that published unemployment rates for veterans are 7%, but said “in their dreams”. Many have been so discouraged that they have left the system and are no longer counted. Others who work very few hours in the Reserve and Guard system are counted as employed. Actual rates are estimated at around 20%. He detailed the many factors that work against veterans trying to re-enter the workforce and how they try and help resolve them. He shared more information than I begin to type but it sounded like a well-run and worthy group.
It was a nice meeting where we were reminded in many ways how large and how small this family of Rotary is. Remember to Engage Rotary to Change Lives. See you next week.
Posted by John Vogelpohl on Feb 13, 2014
Rotary Club of Hilliard meeting – February 13, 2014
Tony M. managed the front desk while Chris A. greeted and led The Pledge. Linda B. offered a prayer. President John V. announced the Board meeting the following Wednesday at the Roose Company at 5:45 (all welcome). He mentioned that Tammy Jo H. resigned from the board due to her new job and that Mark J. was stepping up to fill that position. He mentioned that we need to find a Davidson Host Family for Chan-Ju ASAP, as her previously arranged 3rd family had to back out. CAN YOU HELP???? Valentine’s Day is Mike B’s 27th wedding anniversary and this very day was Doug H’s 26th anniversary (more on that later).
Sergeant-at-Arms, Lynn R. opened his session. Tony M. offered a dollar to explain flyers on tables regarding his daughter’s mission trip fundraiser on the 18th at the First Community Church (spaghetti dinner). Sign up on line and identify Courtney as your sponsor (or get ahold of Tony). Mike B. paid in his $27. Doug H. got back from Florida just in time to escort his daughter at Senior Night for basketball. Carrie S-D is heading to Hawaii (bragger). The entire table was fined! Kathy M. praised her upcoming executive team, John L. and Max F. and praised “unsung heroes” Bill R. for his hard work as Treasurer and Non-president John V for writing this very newsletter weekly. (Thanks!). Steve H. thanked Mark J. for managing the feeding of the kids at the recent Youth Exchange weekend we sponsored. Greg R. said the Dave & Buster’s event is coming well with 100 kids + already signed up! Parents and kids will also bring canned goods for the food pantry. He also mentioned that several families were going to Ogelbay State Park for a long weekend to play in the snow (but was rethinking that in light of Carrie’s trip). John L. mentioned that we needed a few photos of members on our photo directory. Kim G. (and Christie C) had a great time in Myrtle Beach celebrating her dad’s 80th. The Mayor welcomed Doug H’s daughter and granddaughter (actually wife and daughter). He also said he had a great time in Panama and recommends it as a vacation destination. Keith J. reiterated the need for a speedy solution to Chan-Ju’s last host family. Tony M. mentioned the passing of Mrs. Conklin. Then Lynn present Sandy H. a beautiful anniversary card from Doug with a $26 gift in it, which she had to turn over to Lynn. Great strategy!
Greg R. won the 50-50 Raffle and John L. won the Ace of Spades Raffle but did not draw the Ace. Then Doug H. introduced Student of the Month:
- Brian Ferenchik, Davidson High School – Brian’s service includes Interact and Environmental Club. His passion is film production which he is studying at Davidson. We saw his short film and frankly, it was GREAT! His favorite subjects are English and Art. He enjoys intramural basketball. He is looking forward to Davidson’s Film Festival on 4/17. He has been inspired by his teacher, Corrie Aumiller, and his best advice is “Follow you dreams”, and he says he is dreaming all the time! He plans to attend The North Carolina School of the Arts in Raleigh Durham.
- Brea Craddolph, Darby High School – Brea is a ceramic artist and brought her work “Monster” to share. It was part of an assignment to illustrate some part of herself. She is on the Ceramic Team and hopes her art always benefits others. She also works at Skyline Chilie. Her interests include poetry, short stories, and painting. Her mother is her inspiration, telling her to “Do what you want to do and I will always support you” and she has done just that! She plans to attend BGSU or OU or enlist in the military.
- Maggie Huey, Bradley High School – Daughter of MC Doug and mom Sandy in the room today. Her service includes Interact, National Honor Society, and Best Buddies (helping special needs kids learn cheering basics). She is an expert cheerleader herself. Some of her best advice comes from her cheerleading coach who said “It’s OK to be scared, but do it anyway”. Her plans include college somewhere, studying something (Mom and Dad were anxiously waiting for that answer – but nothing new!).
Great kids, good fun! Come see us next week. We had a good turnout and a good time! Remember to “Engage Rotary to change lives”.
Food: Not bad for steam table. I like their chicken marsala well enough and hey, I always like their mashed potatoes and green beans and salad. Nothing extraordinary, but not bad either!