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Posted by John Vogelpohl on Dec 11, 2014

The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – December 11, 2014

First – sorry that this edition is so late, but your correspondent is just getting over a case of the flu.

Tony M. managed the front desk while Robin N. greeted and led The Pledge.  Malik M. offered a prayer.  President Kathy noted the Board meeting was Wednesday (too late to attend now!).  Stephanie D. was called up front to receive her Red Badge as a new member of the club, sponsored by Johnny D.  Kathy also asked that we collect some money next week as a Christmas present for our Heritage server Miles (who, let’s be frank, takes great care of us!).  Kathy asked for a brief Sergeant-at-Arms session since we had a full schedule, so Mayor Don limited it to Happy Bucks.

Chris N. is leading an effort to help the Hilliard Food Pantry and asks that folks bring food next week.  Greg R. missed the party because we was (working?) in Naples Florida.  He also said we need to recruit a member to take the lead on the Silent Action for the Great Debate.  Johnny D. enjoyed the party.  Linda B. (and Dave) missed the party in favor of spending time at the Finger Lakes, specifically Watkins Glen.  Keith is proud of daughter Molly’s award in design and says a link in his Facebook page explains what “Interactive Design” is.  Andrea E. got Bill R’s earrings (see last week’s letter) in the party gift exchange and her 9 year-old daughter loves them.  Then the famous Shreve J. poster-sized picture was presented to Kathy by its original  recipient (who did not want it).  George T. thanked everyone who helped with the party set-up and we all thanked George for hosting.    John L. won the 50-50 Raffle, while Linda B. won the Ace of Spades of Raffle , but alas no Ace!

We were then entertained once again by an offering of seasonal music by the Davidson High School combined Boys in Blue and Blue Ladies.  They did six combined songs while Boys in Blue offered a major mashup carol and the Ladies opted out of seasonal for a Beyonce medley.  As always this was good stuff and we surely enjoyed it.  Then we transitioned into Student of the Month!

Doug H. yielded the moderation for Student of the Month to Vice President Max F. who did a fine job.  We didn’t leave him lots of time but he kept it on track and managed to give us a good look at these kids.  We celebrated Tolles students this month.  They are always an interesting group, often taking a “road less-travelled”.  Our students were:

  1. Caleb Dawkins, based at Bradley H.S. – He is an active scout in troop #734 and is an Eagle Scout, which is enough to know he is service oriented.  He plans to continue in scouting as a leader in his future service.  He enjoys Pre-Calculus, Science and Computer Science.  He played football all his high school career and also basketball and wrestling.  And he is a jack of all trades at Iaccona’s Restaurant.  He has learned leadership and responsibility from his football coach who also advises, “nothing given, nothing earned”.   He will study computer science at Columbus State and then plans on attending OSU.
  2. Daniel Hiser, based at Darby H.S. – He works hard to lead a drive at Tolles to gather reclaimed construction materials for Habitat.  His future service will be concentrated more in church and Knights of Columbus at Saint Andrews.  His favorite classes are Physics, Math and German.  He was part of a short term exchange with a German student recently.  His Tai Kwan Do master Lucas has taught him discipline and respect.  And his Grandpa taught him that “following the rules will bring success”.  He plans to study mechanical engineering, first at Columbus state, then OSU.
  3. Nathan Penley, based at Davidson H.S. – He is involved in a wide variety of service projects at Tolles including organizing their Cancer Walk.  He enjoys being involved in the Academy of Business and Science.  His favorite subjects are History and Science.  He has played football and basketball and is active in competitions sponsored by the Business Professionals of America.  He is on student council, cross cultural, and Superintendent’s Committee.  His Lab Instructor opened him up to all the possibilities of what he may want to do.  Dad’s advice is “don’t let anything get in your way”.  He is going to maintain a business internship (he is currently enjoying) when he goes to college at Columbus State and then OSU.

Super-duper meeting!  Somehow adjourned on time!  Remember to “Light up Rotary”.

Posted by John Vogelpohl on Dec 04, 2014

The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – December 4, 2014

Tony M. managed the front desk and Andrea E. led The Pledge.  Johnny D. offered a prayer.  President Kathy had several announcements which included a reminder that we are participating in a food drive that is being spearheaded by Chris N’s office.  Bring non-perishables for the next couple weeks.  She then called to the front Kim G, Bill R, John V(a), Andrea E, and Mark J. (present), and Marty B, Doug H, and Greg R. (not present), to be recognized for their contributions to the Great Debate.  John V(a)’s was for “first at the bar”, of all things!  She reminded the club that club elections would be held soon and to let her know if you wish to serve in some official capacity (help needed and welcome).  She held up a recent Dispatch newspaper article that featured the back of the Mayor’s head in the picture.  This week is Greg R’s and Mayor Don’s birthdays.  Then John V(a) was called back up and awarded his Paul Harris Fellow – congratulations!  Steve G. was inducted into club membership, sponsored by Chris N.  Then Malik M. then introduced our guests. 

Mayor Don served as Sergeant-at-Arms.  Chris A. was fined for making the Mayor stand up unnecessarily with a “false bell ring”.  Linda B. mentioned the recent funeral of a favorite boss that taught her much.  Front Desk Manager, Tony, announced that this was the first meeting in some time that had 30 members in attendance.  That is just GREAT!  Bill R. had recently discovered (in a closet) an OLD Rotary briefcase that had a pair of earrings in it (straight line to a million wisecracks).  He asked if anyone of our ladies claimed them.  Andrea’s mom and dad attended the Great Debate and loved it!  Johnny D. had a series of announcements: 1) He was going from our meeting to an event by Adaptive Housing that follows the Habitat Model of building houses for severely wounded veterans.  He is also sponsoring a “Toys for Tots” collection for local youngsters in need.  He is also looking for a place for a Young Life group (90 of them) to meet after outgrowing their current facilities.  Any ideas?  Linda was leaving for Rochester and hoping for NO SNOW.   James F. was thrilled to see his daughter’s favorite teacher as our speaker.  The Mayor also introduced our guest from Stone Oak Retirement who told us a bit about the facility. 

John V(o) won the 50-50 drawing on a ticket that Keith J. shoved over to him seconds before the drawing, asking for nothing more than one of John’s losing tickets.  Johnny D. won the Ace of Spades Raffle but could not draw the Ace!

Malik Moore introduced our speaker from the Hilliard Schools administrative offices, Janet Monseur Durr.  She is a Hilliard Schools teacher who was appointed to the newly created position of Diversity Coordinator after cultural conflicts at Hilliard Schools in 2005.  Hilliard has transformed from a basically white, Christian city to one with substantial and wide cultural diversity.  They are dedicated to “Transformative Cultural Practices in Hilliard Schools”.  Their initial job was to write a diversity handbook and formally train all Hilliard teachers and employees in accommodating diversity effectively and respectfully.  They formed support groups and train students to advocate respectfully for themselves.  Another project took 150 student responses for diversity sensitive curriculum and in a student project, organized the responses into five dimensions of focus.  They have created a Restorative Discipline program in the model of Restorative Justice programs.  They have created many groundbreaking programs and processes that have attracted the attention of Homeland Security as an effective program to keep kids attached to their schools and communities that has spread to opportunities to present it to other schools and governments in Washington DC, and even to European audiences at conferences in Brussels.  Once again, Hilliard Schools are on the cutting edge!  It was a wonderful talk about a great program. 

Remember to Light up Rotary and join us next week!

Posted by John Vogelpohl on Nov 20, 2014

The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – November 20, 2014

Carrie S-D managed the front desk ably, as usual, while Dave C. greeted and led The Pledge.  Pastor Phil offered a prayer and Vice President Max ran the meeting for President Kathy.  He reminded folks about the Black Friday Wine Tasting.  Marty B. took the opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work on the Great Debate (convening the next day).  He has been busy and his committee chairs stepped right up and did the job!  Kim G. noted the Silent Auction was ready to go with lots of nice looking baskets and gifts (and based on what I saw Friday, that was an understatement – amazing!).  Greg R., incoming chair, noted that they continue to try to build on success and keep leaders in place so as not to constantly reinvent the event.  The plan next year is for individual members to take more responsibility to sell tables and collect silent auction items.  Don’t say you weren’t warned!   Doug H. said we will be pushing to sell next year’s tables at this year’s event. 

Mayor Don S. conducted the Sergeant-at-Arms session.  Kim started out sharing “BIG NEWS”!  Her soldier son was arriving in Columbus, soon, back home from Afghanistan for the first time in 3 years!  And with the news of another grandbaby on the way!  Congratulations!  Greg R. was recognized for his (Great Debate) OSU passion and his love for an annual “Elf on a Shelf” household tradition – namely an OSU jersey for his shelf Elf.  Laughs all around!  Dave C. had the happy announcement that his streets were quickly cleaned of snow (Mr. Mayor).  Malik M. was celebrating a birthday and paid dearly to have Mayor Don sing Happy Birthday to him.  The Mayor accepted the challenge and asked the writer of this letter to rate his singing.  As always, it was pretty decent with a nice use of a bit of vibrato at the end.  Well done!

Our speaker was introduced with little fanfare: Dave Kott, our very hardworking District Foundation Chair (as District Treasurer, I can tell you that Dave puts immense work and effort into this passion).  He began with a short video (with audio we could actually hear!) recorded in Peru at a slum where Rotary projects have provided hundreds of concrete/sand water filters and trained folks in the use of them.  Then Dave’s talk focused on helping us to feel pride and ownership of this wonderful, unique foundation that does so much good work across the world.  I cannot begin to cover a full picture of the RI Foundation.  He did remind us that it’s all about promoting peace, understanding, and goodwill.  It focuses on six core areas: 1) Peace and conflict prevention, 2) Disease prevention, 3) Clean water and sanitation, 4) Maternal and child health, 5) Education, and 6) Economic and community development.  There are three funds: 1)  The Annual Fund (which comes back to Districts in three years), 2) The Endowment Fund, which spends only its earnings, 3) The Polio Plus Fund which is dedicated wholly to polio eradication.  Across the world we are striving for all Rotarians to be part of “Every Rotarian, Every Year” as contributors.  Our club strives to be a club of sustainers or $100/year per Rotarian.  There are many other levels of recognition that culminate in your picture being hung in a hall of luminaries in Chicago headquarters (not going to be me).  He shared details on how and what amounts returned to our district have been used in the last few years and on our District’s success in meeting its annual pledges to The Foundation.  He spoke at the end, about the mechanics on the other half of the granting process other than District Designated Grants, namely the larger and more complex Global Grants.  Clubs often collaborate to manage these grants.  Our club has collaborated with the Olentangy Club on clean water projects.  He closed with a video about our support for an economic development program the Foundation supports in Honduras called Adelante, specifically to support creation of home businesses for women.  He closed with questions.  Very cool, very informative and something all Rotarians need to support.  Its where the” rubber meets the road” – where our talk becomes action.

Join us next week, and at this writing, be proud of one more great, Great Debate.  Thanks to all our club’s event leaders and hard workers.  And remember to “Light up Rotary”.

Posted by John Vogelpohl on Nov 13, 2014

The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – November 14, 2014

Carrie S-D managed the front desk while Keith J. greeted and led The Pledge.  Pastor Phil offered a prayer.  President Kathy announced that Dave & Linda B. are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  James F. has been in Rotary 10 years this week!  The Board meeting is next Wednesday at the Roose Company at 5:30 – all welcome.  Then Kathy called up Greg R. to receive a pin for bringing in a new member; the first under a under a new membership program. 

Mayor Don stood in as Sergeant-at-Arms.  Pastor Phil presented some items he brought in for the Great Debate Silent Auction.  Chris N. announced his company was participating in a food drive (donations happily accepted), and that Steve G, from his company was planning to join the club, and that he missed last week’s meeting because he was taking mediation training (becoming a fan of the practice of same).  Doug H. thanked members for their work on the Great Debate.  Dave C. was glad to see family friend Emily at the meeting as a Student of the Month.   He also bragged on his son’s Davidson Cross Country team that is progressing through the state tournament.  Kim G. says it’s not too late to bring in Silent Auction items.  Kathy M’s husband has been elevated to a Department Chair at OSU!  Andrea had a great week in Denver last week for a Schwab conference with notable speakers like George Bush!  Greg R. asked who sponsors the Buckeye Man at the Debate since we need to invite him.  He also noted he was surely looking forward to 6 weeks of Elf on a Shelf at his house! (place sad emoticon, here sad).  At this point, there had been so much laughing and silliness that James F. reminded our student-guests that we were probably not good examples of adult behavior.  Dave B. placed in his $50 celebrating that big anniversary.  Chris N. paid in $5 for Doug H. to sing Happy Birthday to him which Doug bought out in favor of a trio of Students of the Month. 

Bev M. won the 50-50 Raffle and Dave C. held the winning Ace of Spades ticket but his proxy student-drawer was no help.

Doug H. called up our first student of the month:

  1. Waliah Saif, Darby H.S. – Waliah is busy with service opportunities that include UNICEF, NHS, Key Club, Interact, Meals on Wheels, and Panther Ambassadors.  She learned her positivity from Dad who just relaxes and enjoys life in his own good-humored way.  Grandma told her that “Every person needs help, so give freely”.  She enjoys Biology and Anatomy and plays lacrosse.  She plans to study Education and Biology in college and plans to attend OSU or the University of Chicago. 
  2. Brock DuPont, Bradley H.S. – His brother was an inspiration for Brock’s considerable community service.  Much of it revolves around his experience in his Sophomore year at the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar which he remains involved with.  He works with meals for homeless, and Patches of Light.  He originated a project that collects jeans for kids that may not be able to afford them called “Jeans for Teens”.  He volunteers at church and tries to “pay it forward”.  He works in an anti-bullying campaign and spends some spare time as a DJ.  He is involved with the College Jump Start program.  His passion is baseball, which is a year-round sport for him with serious training in the off season.  His primary position it pitcher.  His best advice comes from a sermon, about how many things we do may be a domino push that leads to so much more.  His 7th grade principle was who started him thinking about leadership.  He plans to study Athletic Training at OSU.
  3. Emily Mueller, Davidson H.S. – She is also busy in service projects.  She is a zoo aid, a Sunday School teacher, youth group worker, meals to homeless, visits residents of First Community Village and has taken multiple foreign mission trips.  A HUGE continuing influence is Camp Akita (which she shares with Doug H.).  She works there every summer, behind the scenes.  She is beholden to the influence of her family.  Mom reminds her that “The past is past and the future is unknown, so live on the present”.  She hopes to attend the University of Miami or Dayton and plans to study for a career of helping children with disabilities.

As always, great inspiring kids.  Remember to Light Up Rotary and see you next week!