Posted by John Vogelpohl on Nov 21, 2013
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – November 21, 2013
Shreve J. managed the front desk while President-elect Kathy M. greeted and led The Pledge. Pastor Phil offered the prayer. President John V. reminded members that the Christmas Party as Doug H’s house was coming up December 7. He announced 4 birthdays for the next two weeks since we are not meeting Thanksgiving week, Sergeant-at-Arms, Don S. gathered the celebrants into a quartet who serenaded themselves with “Happy Birthday to Us”. President John announced that the Board had approved an expenditure to help Pastor Bob with some expenses. He also announced that the election of officers would be December 15. Then President-elect Kathy M. inducted Amy Heller as a new member. Amy is in Community Relations with the Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Greet her and let’s get her involved!
As mentioned earlier, Don S. stood in as Sergeant-at-Arms. My notes are unclear on the first fine, which was somehow on “everyone else”?? In any case, not very creative. Bill R. announced a new form (found on line) to be completed to get Treasurer Bill to write a check. Frank D. commented that District membership is growing just as our club’s is. In a very cool not, Kathy M. shared a 30-year old Rotary pin, given to her by her father in law. She also noted that based on our Wednesday Board meeting, we need more club ladies in Leadership. Yup! Steve H. paid in his $23 for his wedding anniversary announced the previous week. Keith J. shared the sad news with the club that the Westerville Club’s great 2012-2013 Exchange student to the Phillipines committed suicide. He had been active in Rotary Youth Exchange weekends as a “Rebound”. There’s not much more one can say except to offer prayers.
Red Badgers dominated the Raffle, with Chris A. winning the 50-50 Raffle while John L. won the Ace of Spades Raffle (but in good form left the Ace in the deck!).
The balance of the meeting was a club day dealing primarily with the next day’s Great Debate. Everyone seems to have adopted ownership of the event and dig in to make it a great event (which it was!!!).
Remember to “Engage Rotary and Change Lives”. Join us for meetings as you can. We miss you and need you.
Posted by John Vogelpohl on Nov 14, 2013
Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – November 14, 2013
Shreve J. managed the front desk and Dave C. greeted and led The Pledge. Linda B. offered a prayer. President John V. rejoiced at the day’s program, Student of the Month. He issued some reminders as follows:
- Tuesday – Great Debate basket party at Destination Hilliard
- Wednesday the 20th – Board meeting at Roose Company
- The Great Debate on the 22nd
- The Christmas Party on December 7
- Chris N’s birthday on the 18th
- Dave and Linda B. were celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary!
Mayor Don S. was back as Sergeant-at-Arms. Marty B. encouraged members to help work in the coming Great Debate preparation week. Mike B. (last week’s Sergeant-at-Arms) welcomed Don back. Sarah D. was recently Confirmed and her Rotarian dad gave her an OLD Rotary Prayer Book (cool!). Kathy M’s granddaughter is doing better. Greg R. has finally completed the full series of Breaking Bad (on DVD) and had concluded that drug dealing is not glamorous after all. Carrie S-D asked for help moving Silent Auction stuff and Andy M. stepped up. Doug H. said to make a final push on table sales and recommended that members invite folks to fill out their tables who might want to buy tables next year.
George T. won the 50-50 Raffle and once again Mark J. won the Ave of Spades Raffle and once again left the Ace in the deck!
Doug H. took the podium for Student of the Month. He began with last month’s Darby honoree who missed last month’s meeting and somehow also missed this month’s meeting???? Ah well. Then he began in earnest:
- Marissa Dickson – Bradley High School - Marissa is our youngest honoree as a Freshman. Her Interact Advisor recommended her. She is active in service as a volunteer in shelters, Best Buddies, Interact, and STAR Tutoring. Her favorite subjects are Geometry and Spanish. Her best advice is to remember that “just because someone is different does not mean they need to be treated differently” (certainly partly a product of her Best Buddies work). She plans to be a nurse and attend The Ohio State University!
- Jane Haines, Davidson High School – She is a senior who enjoys Spanish and Government. Her service includes family volunteer work with the homeless, international missions, and she is a youth deacon in her church. She has lived in many states and believes that has given her a broader perspective in general. She believes that good communication avoids and/or solves most problems. She wants to make a profession in the nonprofit world, possibly in an international setting. She wants to attend either William and Mary or The American University.
As always, we enjoyed these kids and the great way Doug brings them out to speak to us conversationally. Thanks to all!
Remember to Engage Rotary and Change Lives – and join us!
Posted by John Vogelpohl on Nov 07, 2013
Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – November 7, 2013
Oops! I forgot to get this newsletter out last week – so here it is a week late. Some stuff is abbreviated since it is now meaningless (ex. - dates of stuff).
Shreve J. managed the front desk and Mike R. greeted and led The Pledge. Pastor Phil offered a prayer. President John V. went over some upcoming events which included the Christmas Party at Doug H’s on December 7. Then he offered wedding anniversary congratulations to Josh T. Well, what followed was nothing less than super-awkward. Josh was sweet and didn’t want to embarrass John in front of the club, but embarrassed he was. Josh is undergoing a divorce. Josh handled it fabulously and after John squirmed a bit, Josh said he would “be willing to pay a Happy Buck, but the lawyers have all his money right now”. We don’t want to make light of a difficult life event, but Josh was gracious as could be! And frankly, we had some laughs.
Mike B. stood in as Sergeant-at-Arms and immediately hit up still red-faced President John V. Dave C. was happy to have his ex-partner Bill Pohlman present, assisting the speaker. Linda B. offered a lawyer joke (you can’t take her anywhere). John L. suggested a future fine for Frank D. who was announced at a Metropolitan Club event…but was not there! Chris N. our Red-badge Darby Interact advisor mentioned what a great group of kids they are. This is a great example of new members stepping up! Carrie S-D announced the formation of a new group, The Hilliard Business Alliance. I imagine we will hear more on this later. Christie C. commended the Hilliard Food Pantry Casino night. Greg R. updated us on the Dave & Buster’s event and also had a laugh at Kim G’s expense. But it was funny. Kim had been given a pain med that same morning and it was making her silly, and we mean silly (in the preceding Great Debate meeting). We saw to it that she was driven him after the meeting, but she was a Hoot! George T. was glad to be hosting his buddy from favorite vendor, Service Master.
Mike B. won the 50-50 Raffle even though Tricia yelled like she had. Mark J. won the Ace of Spades Raffle but could not find the $800 Ace.
Dave C. introduced our speaker, attorney Pam Thurston, and sidekick Bill Pohlman of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center. It was quite interesting and regardless of just how you feel about justice and justice reform, it’s clear the current system is not working. They have a Cincinnati office of 12 people and a new Columbus office that Pam leads. Their objective is system reform. Their three activities are: working for legislative reform, advocacy, and education. They are addressing the reality that folks released from the prison system (rehabilitated or not) face a workplace and society, permanently stacked against them. In 2009, 26,000 Ohioans were released from prison and effectively excluded from the workforce, a HUGE economic hit for Ohio. The Center has catalogued to date, 708 provisions in Ohio law, aimed against past offenders, for everything from exclusion from obtaining a barber’s license, to being unable to adopt, and obviously, many more. Background checks alone may make it barely impossible for these folks to get public jobs, let alone private-sector jobs. Punishment in prison is one thing, but continued punishment post-release is another. It was very enlightening!
Remember to Engage Rotary and Change Lives – and join us!
Posted by John Vogelpohl on Oct 31, 2013
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – October 31, 2013
Carrie S-D managed the front desk in her normal cheerful, welcoming style while Mark J. greeted and led The Pledge. Pastor Phil offered the prayer. President John reminded the club about 1) The Leadership meeting at First Watch at 7:30 AM on Nov. 12th (all welcome), 2) The Board meeting is the 20th as Roose Company at 5:30, 3) The 21st is a Club Day – come and contribute to the discussions, 4) The Christmas Party is at Doug H’s house on December 7 – “HI JIM” (Jim M, walks in), 5) It was Non-president John V’s Birthday and the club serenaded him beautifully while Don S. was passable. Steve H. (absent) was celebrating his wedding anniversary. Rotary anniversaries were celebrated by President John (4), Lynn R. (21) and Dave B. (27!).
Sergeant-at-Arms, Lynn R. Kathy M. announced that she had made it well through her 3rd reconstructive surgery and was already back among us! Marty B. said our Great Debate Table Count was sort of stuck at 32; we would love to get to 50! He also announced that a $2,000 diamond necklace would be in the Silent Auction. Treasurer Bill R. reminded 1 of us to get our dues paid. Lynn threatened fines, soon. Greg R. said we were making great progress on the Dave & Buster’s fundraiser with a meeting scheduled for the sixth at D & B. He also said his family’s holiday “Elf on the Shelf” tradition had been augmented by a Jewish version, “Mench on the Bench”. Doug H. welcomed prospective member Amy. Tony M. reminded the club of the Hilliard Education Foundation fundraiser and Shopping Spree Raffle (see Tony or HEF website). Dave B. climbed onto the Reverend Smith honorary podium to deliver a joke (I will not repeat jokes that lose it all in print!). Carrie fired back with her own joke. ( I will soon also have to evaluate jokes, as well as food).
Marty B. continued to crush the room winning the 50-50 Raffle. Kim G. won the Ace of Spades Raffle and choked. It’s over $700, now!
Our speaker was Brian Wagner sharing his story of adversity and overcoming it while coming to terms. He suffered from a brain stem ailment which caused blindness and which was virtually inoperable. He sought out specialists and managed to find a surgeon who would treat him with the result of some return of eyesight in his left eye; enough so he can drive and function well, but not without issues. He attributed much of his recovery to positivity and to God. He reminded us that “God can do anything”, but it’s also clear that Brian needed to be in the game too (and he was). For Brian, the journey is now about answering questions about his purpose on earth. He has created an organization, “Eye Need Hope” to communicate his message and help others in similar circumstances. A final quote I liked from Brian was when he identified the two most important days in each of our lives: First is the day we were born and second is the day we figured out why we were born. Thanks Brian!
Remember to “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”.
I absolutely forget what lunch was with one exception – our main dish was a chicken parmesan. This was the nicest textured, moist, chicken served on a buffet – ever! It was a 10 on the Steam Table index! I wish I’d had seconds.
Posted by John Vogelpohl on Oct 24, 2013
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – October 24, 2013
Carrie S-D transitioned from Great Debate meeting to the Front Desk Management and Linda B. greeted and led The Pledge. Dave C. offered the prayer. President John V. reminded the club that the “Fifth Thursday Social” would be Wednesday, the 30th due to Trick or Treat – Carrabba’s at 5:30. My notes show he also commented on low entry standards for Rotary in 2007 as he commented it was a Rotary anniversary – for who? My notes don’t show but I imagine he was being self-deprecating. Kathy M. was at that very moment in her third surgery to repair injuries from her fall. Send her a note! We’ve sold 312 Great Debate seats and have 188 more to sell! There will be no meetings December 26 and Thanksgiving. Finally the Christmas party is at Doug Huey’s on December 7.
Stand-on Sergeant-at-Arms Mayor Don moved right into announcements and fines. Tony M. noted that he and Jim M. were the only two at First Watch for breakfast the Tuesday before. Chris A. has already recruited at least one Salvation Army bell-ringer. Non-president John V. self-fined for two prior week’s newsletter errors. Linda B. was happy to see PDG George Hale. Kim G. had just had lunch with Grandma for her birthday – 101! Her Uncle continues a difficult recovery from a liver transplant, and she noted that her son is loving the Army as a career. All’s well that ends well! Greg R. updated us on the Feb. Dave & Buster’s fundraiser and that our Comedy Club friend Dan Swartout was going to work with Dino and Sunny 95 on Great Debate planning. Dave C. noted that Dan was running for Council in Powell. And Dave’s son qualified for an Athletic Letter in Cross Country getting his time down from a good 18:49 to an excellent 18:05. And poor Josh T. was fined because a funeral procession held the mayor up for a few moments. Dave C. won the 50-50 Raffle and Carrie S-D had the winning Ace of Spades ticket but could not find the Ace.
Our speaker was Robert Horbatt who is a member of the District’s Rotary Foundation committee and is the Fundraising Chair and the Paul Harris Society Chair. He noted that very day was World Polio Day and that we were in Rotary Foundation Month. Beyond the United Nations, Rotary and the Foundation is the only organization working for world relief that is unhindered my politics and religion. He explained the new landscape of the DDF Shared Funds and the World Relief Fund. He told of the many ways one can be part of the Fund, from Paul Harris membership, to sustaining membership, to $1,000/year sustainers, to designating the Fund on Estate Plans, to large gifts of various categories to support any effort including Peace Schools. Members had many questions and the update was surely helpful. He commended the website to get detailed grant information and obtain forms.
Remember to “Engage Rotary and Change Lives”.
Food: It seems the chef was feeling his oats that day. The meal was quite autumnal. The starch was whipped sweet potatoes. Now, not everyone likes sweet potatoes so it is a risky buffet offering, yet I heard several times the equivalent of “I do like green eggs and ham!”. The vegetable was even riskier: roasted parsnips and carrots. Now I am a parsnip man, and there is nothing better to do than roast them – so I was happy. Were you? The protein was roasted pork loin (a bit dry) with what has become a signature grape chutney. This was a good meal for a cold autumn day – a 9 on the steam table index.
Posted by John Vallo on Oct 17, 2013
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – October 17, 2013
Late Breaking news: The Christmas Party, at Doug Huey’s house has been rescheduled for December 7, not the 14th as announced at the club meeting. Come on the 7th!
Carrie S-D rushed from the Great Debate meeting to the front desk! Marty B. greeted and led The Pledge and Doug H. offered the prayer. President John V. reminded folks to consider the 4th Tuesday Breakfast Social at First Watch at 7:30 (the 22nd) and the Fifth Thursday Social at Carrabba’s scheduled for Wednesday the 30th this month in order to accommodate Trick or Treat. He announced that Frank D. was celebrating his 24th wedding anniversary and that Greg R. and Christie C. were marking their seventh anniversary as Hilliard Rotarians. Sarah D. had a birthday this week but was not there to be sung to. President John announced that two of our new Red Badge members attended the Board meeting the night before. He then inducted as new members Andy McCorkle and Chris Anderson with Red Badges, and replaced Josh Tidd’s Red Badge with a Blue Badge. Now it’s up to the rest of us to give special welcomes to these members and to get them involved in club life. Welcome!
We were happy to have Sergeant-at-Arms Lynn R. back from business in DC. Tony M. announced a Raffle for a $1,000 Tuttle Shopping Spree for the Hilliard Education Foundation. Frank D. paid up his $24 plus $1 since his son’s ROTC pistol team turned in a first place at a recent meet. John L professed his support for the Reds while Pastor Phil Offered a “Go Dodgers”! Doug H. was glad for all the new Red Badgers. Greg R. mentioned a meeting at Dave & Buster’s to work on details for the February kid’s pancake breakfast fundraiser. Steve H. had great news: Red Badgers Chris N. and Malik M. are jumping in with both feet as Darby Interact advisors! Wow! Steve also was happy to finally close on his new home – in Hilliard. Malik told us how much he enjoyed meeting the fine kids in his Interact Club. Linda B. was just proud that her son was the day’s speaker. Kathy M. asked club members to sign up to locate speakers and handed out her award to her “new favorite Rotarian”, Steve H. for his S-A-A fine last week for “too long of a prayer”. Marty reminded the Club that the Red Badge was about recognized new members so we can give them extra loving care. He also said to buy our pumpkins across the street at his Lutheran Church. Carrie S-D announced that mayor Don agreed to let us Raffle off a “Day with the Mayor” at the Great Debate (start saving your money!) The club was also thanked for its welcome to Ned who was turning 90 the next day. It is only natural to welcome nice people. In honor of the event, the Mayor did a real decent Happy Birthday serenade. Non-President John V. tested readers of the newsletter where he had announced the previous week that he was going to be a Grandpa. Nancy P. is due April 26th! Steve H. won the 50-50 Raffle and Diamond Jim M. won the Ace of Spades Raffle and left the meeting without the $700!
Pete Bryan was our speaker. He is the now the new car sales manager at Germain Ford. He had a presentation about electric cars (EV’s), not to be confused with hybrids, and their history and trends. He admitted that Ford came to the party late but is catching up. He drove an electric Ford Focus to the meeting. He told us that 40% of the (few) automobiles in the world in 1900 were electric! It’s not a new idea. Naturally range and access to recharging stations is the issue. He showed slides of electric motorcycles (like LAPD is using), big fast boats/yachts, even racing planes. Atlanta has electric transit buses and a new “superbus” had been developed for use soon. Unlike gasoline powered cars, a big advantage of EV’s is that they operate at 100% torque all the time. They are fast and powerful. They also have the advantage that during braking and coasting, they can recover energy and recharge the batteries. Better hope the batteries last because a swap out is $18,000! At this time, members had so many questions that he ended with Q & A. He stayed after the meeting to answer more questions.
Great day! Remember to Engage Rotary to Change Lives.
Food: Back to the good stuff and it was good! The Caesar salad was good as always; it’s overdressed for some, but not for me! It was pasta day! The penne in a creamy pesto sauce with roasted vegetables was great. The angel hair in olive oil and roasted tomatoes and various other vegetables was also quite good. This food is healthy and worth coming to meetings for! So join us and support Heritage.
Posted by John Vogelpohl on Oct 10, 2013
The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – October 10, 2013
Can we just say that this was a great, great meeting? We were favored with the presence of District Governor Bart, who brings the spirit of Rotary with him wherever he goes. Carrie S-D managed the front desk and Keith J. greeted and led The Pledge. Kathy M. offered a prayer. Nathan P. was celebrating his 10th wedding anniversary . The first thing we did was induct FIVE new members with Red Badges. Remember that the red badge is about showing the wearer extra attention and fellowship!
Backup, substitute, Sergeant-at-Arms, Steve H. came out swinging, fining Kathy M. for “too long of a prayer!”. Greg R. announced a really exciting Dave & Buster’s Fundraising opportunity contemplated for late winter. You’ll hear more about it, especially after we get past the Great Debate. He also complimented President John’s (rented?) necktie. Dave Cook was glad that family friend Jason Ng was present (for Student of the Month) and proud of his son’s varsity-worthy cross country run time – as a Freshman! (and now you know the rest of the story). Dave B. brought an old newspaper in with a picture that was shocking, to say the least: Pelosi and Boehner hugging! As he said, “anything is possible”. Kathy M. paid back $1 she has owed DG Bart for months, and let us all know that Pastor Bob was back home, and started a Speakers Schedule sheet moving around the room for volunteers. Jim M, having missed last week, caught up with the fine basket for his 43rd wedding anniversary. Tony M. reminded us of the upcoming HEF fundraiser and shared the program. See him for more information. Non-president John V. announced that the copies of the Darby Creek Cleanup newspaper articles and photo’s, were provided by Sandy Thomas. With Lisa B’s departure, we need a new Rotarian advisor for the Darby Interact Club. Volunteers? Kim G. is working super-hard on the silent auction and reminded the club to prospect full baskets and basket items. Carrie S-D thanked Kathy for the update on Bob and volunteered to get “large format” newsletters to him.
Doug H. opened with a story about how he came to join Rotary and later become the Student of the Month coordinator. It is honestly an inspiring story on more than the Student of the month level. Ask him sometime if you missed the meeting. The “theme” for the month was honoring the presidents of our Interact Clubs.
Jason Ng of Davidson was our first honoree. Doug asked Jason to tell about his four years in the Club and how he helped build it from a few members to 147 (largest in Ohio)! He told how he originally was involved to “pad” his college resume but that it became about the opportunity to be in service. He may attend OSU, Carnegie-Mellon, Rice or his “dream college”, Columbia. He is enjoying being on the “In The Know” team. Best advice he has received is that “a candle loses nothing in lighting another candle”. He plans to study engineering and music.
Kinsey Cantrell of Bradley confessed to similar initial motivation in joining Interact but made the wonderful discovery that “she can make a difference”. She enjoys writing and is fascinated by psychology. Her college choices include Washington, Northwestern, and Vanderbuilt. Her best advice that she received was “Regret is good for writing, but experience is better”. She wants to major in journalism and psychology and “write for the community”, a lofty goal!
Between the governor, five new members (and two more in the wings) and Student of the month, it was a great day. Remember to “Engage Rotary Change Lives”.
Food: The sandwich bar was good enough, but I do not comment on, or review self-assembled food that requires only a purveyor and no chef. What’d be the point?
P.S. - Prove that you read the newsletter and Email John Vogelpohl @ JVogelpohl1@columbus.rr.com and congratulate him since he is going to be a grandpa in April!!!!! (This constitutes the announcement)