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Posted by John Vogelpohl on Oct 30, 2014

The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – October 30, 2014

Mike B. managed the front desk while Mike R. greeted and led The Pledge.  Linda B. offered a prayer.   President Kathy announced that three club members have stepped up to serve as Youth Exchange Counselors, Bev M, Chris A, and Lynn R!  We are going forward with 2015-2016 participation in the program.  We will be sponsoring a long-term Outbound, hosting a Long-term Inbound and may be sponsoring up to three Short-term exchanges next summer.  Christie C. led the club in a game of Heads/Tails for Polio Plus.  A visiting exchange student candidate won two tickets to the upcoming Columbus International Festival on November 8-9, an event highly recommended by President Kathy.

Sergeant-at-Arms Lynn R’s first Happy Buck was from Kim G. who missed last week’s meeting in favor of her Grandmother’s 102 birthday party!  She also noted that Silent Auction items were trickling in but that needed to be increased to a torrent!  Andrea E. missed last week’s meeting but paid in $14 this week commemorating her 14th wedding anniversary.  Shreve is helping put together a party bus to the Cavalier’s game November 19.  See him for details.  Linda B. read a short passage from Somerset Maugham suitable for Halloween.  Kathy M. saw Sonny at Hilliard Lawn & Garden and helped him corral three escaped dogs.  She reminded him it was time for a Silent Auction donation and he said he had one, but Doug H. had to come pick it up.  Keith J. was happy we had three new Counselors.  Bob B. was just back from a week in Disney World with his 2 (3?) princesses; back tired and broke. 

Diamond Jim M. was back in form, winning the 50-50 Raffle.  The Bill R/John V(o) consortium won the Ace of Spades Raffle but designated drawer Bill did not pull the Ace.


Andy M. introduced our speaker, Judge Dan Hawkins.  It was a most interesting talk on matters that we read of often in the paper.  Membership was so interested that Judge Hawkins had questions lined up all the time.  He is the (only) judge in the Environmental Court.  The court is a division of Municipal court and covers 17 counties in central Ohio.  He is the third judge since the court’s founding, having been appointed to the court by Governor Kasich and then being elected to the bench.  He previously served ten years in the Special Victims Unit, which he admits helped to make him carry a bit more of a hammer than his predecessors, considering the cases he dealt with in that role.  The Court has a huge jurisdiction including things like: building/housing issues, air and water, sanitation, fire hazards, zoning, property maintenance, safety codes, public nuisances.  His court is unique since most courts deal with crimes that have been committed while his court’s violations are likely ongoing.  He hears cases like animal cruelty, toxic waste/haulage, sites for criminal activity (old hotels) when his court may be able to address them more speedily than in The Court of Common Pleas.  His team includes follow-up officials and officers.  They are currently also working on developing their website to include many more resources and helps for the public.  Thanks to Judge Hawkins for a great talk.

See you next week and remember to “Light Up Rotary”.

Posted by John Vogelpohl on Oct 23, 2014

The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – October 23, 2014

Mike B. managed the front desk.  Mark J. greeted and led The Pledge and Dave C. offered a prayer.  President Kathy reminded us about the upcoming UN Day fundraiser Saturday at the Lincoln Theater (  Front desk manager Mike interrupted to let us know that Diamond Jim M’s raffle tickets were available for auction on this Polio Day!  Unable to resist this opportunity, Lynn R. bid $20 and won them.  President Kathy resumed pointing out it was Andrea E’s 7th wedding anniversary.  It was also Doug H’s 7th anniversary of Rotary membership!  She also announced that we need to recruit 2 Youth Exchange Counselors if we are to resume participation in the program in 2015-2016. 

Lynn R. then served as Sergeant-at-Arms with all fines devoted to Rotary’s Polio Plus.  Tony M. let us know that Davidson’s girls’ and boys’ soccer teams were playing in the District Play-offs Saturday.  He’ll buy you a hotdog if you come to root for them.  Carrie S-D told us about an event at Heritage Tuesday from 6-8 where all the Hilliard networking and business groups will meet in a joint session.  Register at  Jim M. was glad Lynn bought his Raffle tickets!  Kathy announced that her granddaughter who was had a very difficult birth years ago and has had to struggle every day to keep up, has gotten the ultimate payoff; her granddaughter has moved into mainstream classes in school through plain old hard work!  Chris A. is recruiting some Christmas time bell-ringers for Salvation Army again this year.  Help him fill out his schedule.  Johnny D. (using the services of club-member Frank D.) is closing on a new house this week.  He also announced he was co-presenting a free financial planning seminar; see him for details.  Lynn R. put in another $20 for the Polio Plus effort and the Gates’ Foundation match.  Frank D. paid his $25 for last week’s anniversary announcement.  Greg R. has accepted that mantel of Great Debate Chair from Marty.  We owe them both thanks! 

Then Chris N. announced our speakers: three of the “All-stars” at Nemeth Counseling, Milena Brumbaugh, Jodi Grafmiller, and Steve Guglielmi.  The subject of their talk was marital/couples counseling.  Jodi spoke first.  She defined counseling, defined some terms, and covered some myths/inhibitions to counseling: 1) Therapist will take sides 2) I can’t afford it  3)  It’s my partner that needs help 4)  People will find out  5) We can do it ourselves.  She covered symptoms of need and presented the “stages of relationship” (think about it): 1)  Honeymoon, Accommodation, Challenge, Crossroads, and Rebirth.  Then Steve took over and described the process.  It was an extensive discussion.  He noted that it will take 1-4 sessions just to uncover true core issues.  That includes an assessment process.  There is always also some individual sessions with the participants.  He discussed techniques therapists are trained in to help people talk frankly and constructively.  It was all interesting and made sense.  It is clear from the discussion and from a perusal of their team on their company website that the Nemeth team is HIGHLY qualified! 

Then Bill R. copped the 50-50 Raffle winner AGAIN!  A club guest won the Ace of Spades Raffle but could not pull the Ace. 

Remember the best way to “Light Up Rotary” is to join us next week  and get involved.

UPDATE:    Bev M, Chris A. and Lynn R. have volunteered to train and be qualified as Youth Exchange student counselors!  Thanks to them, we plan to sponsor an Inbound and an Outbound Exchange student 2015-2016.

Posted by John Vogelpohl on Oct 16, 2014

The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting - 10/16/2014  (notes by ace-reporter, Keith J, as edited by John Vo.)

Mike B. managed the Front Desk and our greeters were Red-Badger Robin N. and old-hand Mike R.  The Pledge was led by Robin N.  Johnny D. offered the prayer.

Guests announced by Mike R: Stacy Schonhardt, Daniel Mattera, Maddie Hedrick, Tom Woodford, Steve Guglialmi (guest of Chis N.), Debra Matera, Chris Reall (guest of Carrie S-D), Jason Gorham (guest of Greg R.).


President Kathy brought the meeting to order and announced Frank D. has a wedding anniversary.  The following have Rotary Anniversaries: Chris N, Greg R, Christy C, and Keith J.  (Take a look at that group and you’ll see four folks who are nearly Rotary rookies but who have all taken on major roles and responsibilities!  Thanks!).

The club has a Hilliard Davidson student who has applied to be a Rotary Outbound exchange student.  In order to sponsor her we are required to host an Inbound, something we were not prepared to do in 2015-2016.  We are unable host an Inbound unless two members, a man and a woman, step up to be Counselors.  This involves moderate training and passage of a simple test (take the test as many times as it takes to get an 80%).  See Keith and/or John Vo. for details.  This is really important if our club is to ever re-engage in Youth Exchange, as I suspect we would all like.  Please think about whether this is YOU!   If we manage this, John and Keith will be on a Youth Exchange Committee to manage the effort and support the Counselors.

A special Paul Harris Fellow pin with 3 jewels was awarded to Lynn R, our own Foundation Chair, who puts his money where his mouth is!  This means Lynn is a Paul Harris Member three times over.  He is the only four-timer in club and we should be very proud of him and congratulate him! 

Our club is sponsoring United Nations Day in Columbus on 10/24.  Various speakers will discuss women's issues.  If you are interested in attending, see Kathy.  Our club has purchased a table.

Lynn served as Sergeant-a-Arms.  Happy Bucks were offered by: Linda B, John Va, and Bill R.  Tricia H. reminded us that 5th Thursday coincides with beggar's night, so we will be having it next Thursday at the new Rusty Bucket at 5:30!  According to Marty B, next week prior to the regular meeting, the Great Debate committee, and anyone else who wants to join, should arrive at 11:00 and make phone calls to get Silent Auction items and to sell tables.  Don S. was happy that his daughter Stacy was there as one of the RYLA presenters. Greg R. thanked everyone who brought purses to donate to Dressed for Success.  President Kathy pointed out that Stacy was “too cute to be Don's daughter” and made a comment about the milk man.  John L. was happy for the Cardinals being in the playoffs but not happy that they trail the Reds.  James was happy for the Royals, his childhood home-town team.  Lynn mentioned that Tom Fitzpatrick, former DG and highly respected Rotarian had passed away (Elford, Inc).  Keith J. was happy to be back after a couple weeks away and reiterated the need for Rotary Youth Exchange Counselors.

Bill R. won the 50-50 Raffle of $19 and Keith J. had the winning  Ace of Spades ticket, but the visiting student could not pull the Ace of Spades for Keith.  The pot grows.

The program was about RYLA, a great District 6690 Youth Leadership program, championed by our member, Steve H.  He introduced our student guests.  They each explained what they got out of RYLA and how they are already using the skills they learned that weekend.  They demonstrated one of the many activities they engaged in.  We all paired-up back-to-back and each person folded and tore a paper while following the instructions of the other.  The goal was for both team members to have identical papers.  It was fun.  Each student shared his/her personal mission statement and they answered questions about the weekend and their future.

Remember to Light Up Rotary.  (and think hard about whether you are our next YE Counselor)

Posted by John Vogelpohl on Oct 09, 2014

The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – October 9, 2014

Mike B. ran the front desk and Chris A. did last-minute duty as Greeter and Pledge Leader.  Sadly, that did not provide him with ample time to get name pronunciations down pat, which cost him later.  Pastor Phil offered a prayer.  President Kathy announced Andrea’s birthday, Chris N. and Andy M’s 1st Rotary anniversary.  It was also Max’s 13th wedding anniversary (which cost him $13 later on). 

Then Mayor Don S. served as Sergeant-at-Arms.  Chris A. got a predictable fine for name-murdering.  Pastor Phil said his granddaughter married a Columbian man.    Marty B. was back after an enjoyable visit with his daughter in Brooklyn.   Dave C. thought it was ironic that one of our Students of the Month, Sydney, was seated at his table since she normally lunches with his daughter at school.  He also noted that last night’s Davidson choir concert was great.  Greg R. was looking forward to this evening’s Hilliard Arts Council fundraiser.  He also noted that all of our Great Debate personalities are confirmed.  And he is having fun with the Davidson Interact club!  Doug H. announced that 16 tables for the Great Debate are sold and 15 more are committed.  That’s a great start!  In a very cool announcement, Steve H. announced that Chris N. is taking over as Chair of our Interact Club Committee.  Thanks so much Chris!!!  ß(I rarely use multiple punctuations).  Steve H. still needs a 4-Way Test Speech Contest chair.  Linda B. said she and Dave are avid watchers of vanity license plates.   Lately they have spotted “WAS HIS”, “DIRT BAG” and on the way to the meeting, “NO PANTS”.  Linda asked Dave to slow down for a “better look”!  Tony M. reported that the Rusty Bucket grand opening netted $2,800 for HEF!  And yes, poor old Max paid his $13. 

Marty was back among us, so of course he won the 50-50 Raffle.  Steve H. won the Ace of Spades Raffle but had no luck finding the Ace.

Doug H. assumed the podium and introduced the Students of the Month (all three were their respective schools’ Interact Club president:

  1.  Sydney Weadock – Davidson Senior:  She is in her 4th year in Interact!  Her service includes Interact and she is very active in her church.  She is in the Academy EDU program and attends the ILC part of each day which includes observing a 5th grade class.  She is a 4-year golfer and in the Future Educators of America.  Her church and leadership training there has been instrumental for her.  She “Lives with no Regrets” and plans on attending Belmont College in Nashville and majoring in education
  2. Taylor Shook – Darby Junior:  She is involved in service in Interact and is also busy in church.  She is very enthused about a project she works in called “Bag It” where they collect gently used purses for the “Dress for Success” program.  She is also News Editor of the “Panther Press”.  She works hard at fitness and she dances.  She has started a cupcake/cake business.  She loves History and English at the ILC.  Her most influential people are her parents and she is determined to continue to “Start becoming an interesting person”.  She will probably attend Capital University in pre-Law and hopes to be a DA, and then a judge. 
  3. Jennifer Cimino – Bradley Senior:  She is involved in service through Interact and her church and is a tutor at Brown Elementary.  Her future service will be focused on her church work.  She enjoys the sciences, including Chemistry, Anatomy, and Biology.  Her interests include elementary tutoring and the “Clay Competition”.  Training in her church sponsored Young Life Camp has had a profound impact upon her.  She lives her life determined to “Give 100% every day”.  She plans to become a nurse and plans on attending the University of SC, University of Alabama, or Auburn.

As always, it was a great group of kids.  We had a big crowd there to meet them and enjoy them.

And remember to “Light Up Rotary”