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Posted by John Vogelpohl on Aug 14, 2014

The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – August 14, 2014

We met in our temporary digs, the Scioto Boat Club since Heritage kicked us out for a week!  (Who went to Heritage?).  Carrie S-D managed the front desk and Flyer’s Pizza managed the food which was pretty darned good – pulled pork, nice baked beans, good pasta salad, homemade potato chips and cookies!  I’ll do that any day!  Mark J. greeted and led The Pledge.  Johnny D. offered a prayer.  President elect John L. announced Bev M’s birthday (Bev had scooted after our Great Debate meeting), Mayor Don’s 25th wedding anniversary and John V(o)’s 39th wedding anniversary for which John made the requisite $39 contribution.

Steve H. filled in as Sergeant-at-Arms.   Kim G. announced that our good friend, Tammy H. was now one-year cancer-free.  I, for one, look forward to seeing her smiling face at meetings again!  (Tammy?).   Kim also reminded folks the Great Debate is coming up and we need workers in all areas.  She welcomed John L’s contribution of the first silent auction items: 4 very nice hand embellished golf towels made by his sister-in-law.  OK folks – time to get going!  Now this is embarrassing, but one of our members (my notes do not say who) mentioned a great recent vacation, filled with lobster from a cousin’s lobster fishing business – 2 and ½ at one sitting.  Maybe it’s just as well I can’t remember who was such a lobster eater!  Marty B. also commended getting to work on the Great Debate.  Johnny D. recommended the Circleville club’s upcoming golf outing.  He also said his new offices were occupied and that an Open House will be the evening of 9/25 and will include an effort to help feed vets that need the help – bring canned food and see his offices!

Steve H. won the Ace of Spades Raffle but could not find the Ace.  Keith J. won the meager 50-50 Raffle.

Mike Chadsey was our speaker from the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.  He spent some time dispelling some myths and inaccuracies regarding oil drilling, especially fracking in Ohio.   They have 3100 members.  These wells are drilled anywhere from 50-100 feet up to 13,000 feet.  79 out of 80 counties have wells and there are 64, 379 active wells!  Fracking is not new.  He showed us a Popular Science magazine where it was discussed in 1941.  The technology is relatively unchanged.  The United States is not the world’s largest oil producer!  The wells are typically drilled horizontally once they reach a certain depth which allows one well head to bend various directions and drain a substantial area.   Their primary regulations on a Federal level include Clean Water, Clean Air, and Safe Drinking Water.    It was interesting and made one feel some better about “fracking”.  Thanks Mike!

Remember to “Light up Rotary”.  And members, please join us at meetings and/or activities.  Rotary is not meaningful to you if you are not involved and it is not nearly as fun for the rest of us when you are not here.  I did the pre-member orientation for nearly all of you and each one of you looked me in the eye, and promised you would be faithfully active!!!  Come on!

Posted by Keith Johnson on Jul 31, 2014

Hilliard Rotary Club meeting July 31, 2014

Tony M. managed the desk while Tricia H. greeted, introduced guests and led the pledge (in that order, per President Kathy).  Pastor Phil offered the prayer.  Kathy ran the meeting which was preceded by a meeting with the District Governor, Randy Davies.  The full list of guests included DG Randy along with his wife Kristy, Steve Sambo, DG Nominee, Rick Rano, Assistant DG, Michael Brown, (2 year) past DG, and prospective member, Anrea Ellis.

Sergeant At Arms, Mayor Don, collected happy bucks, announcement bucks and fines.  Frank D. had a happy buck for his son in Hawaii, Marty had several Great Debate announcements (need volunteers to step up and help with silent auction, sponsors, etc.).  Tricia announced that there would be a 5th Thursday event that very night at Hales Ales and Tony sent out an email right then and there.  Mayor Don had a happy buck for Steve H. and all he does for RYLA.  Don's daughter had a great experience at RYLA.  Kristy Davies (wife of DG Randy) had a happy buck that she was going to get to sleep in her own bed tonight after 5 nights on the road visiting clubs around the district.

Both the 50-50 raffle and Ace of Spades went to Steve H.  He did not pick the Ace of Spades, so the cash prize will continue to grow.

Our speaker was District Governor Randy Davies.  He is visiting all of the clubs in the district.  Topics included: Change, having more engaged members, new members, having the district follow the lead of the clubs, moving the district conference to October.  This year's conference will be on October 10-11 (OSU's second bye week) at Shawnee Lodge.  The first OSU bye week will be the weekend of Foundation.  The district has a Facebook page where we can share our "Service above Selfie" photos.  Take selfies with the good things our club is doing in the background and post them to the page. The page is simply "Rotary District 6690" (not to be confused with the various Rotary District 6690 Exchange Program Facebook groups).  He wants to increase membership by 144 members, about 4 members per club.  He wants to focus on the public image of Rotary.  Light up Rotary, our community and our world.

President Kathy closed the meeting with a ringing of the bell and urged us to Light up Rotary.  Immediately following the meeting with did a group photo (below).

Guest notes taken by Keith Johnson, not responsible for typos, omissions or misinterpretations.



Posted by John Vogelpohl on Jul 24, 2014

The Hilliard Rotary meeting – July 24, 2014

It was a pretty slim summertime crowd.  It’s so much more fun when you join us.  Make an effort to come!  Carrie S-D managed the front desk while Keith J. expertly greeted and introduced visitors.  Pastor Phil offered a prayer.   We played the Heads/Tails Game for Polio plus with our game host, Carrie S-D.  Our visitor from the Lancaster Club won!  John V(o) won the 50-50 Raffle and President Kathy won the Ace of Spades Raffle but left empty-handed, even after young visitor John L. 5th drew for her.  President Kathy opened the meeting asking for a recitation of the 4-Way Test, which required a stab by our visitor from Lancaster.  Three out of four ain’t bad and still got him a prize.  Study up; she says this is not the last time!

Marty B. stood in as Sergeant-at-Arms.  Keith J. announced he had sold his house!  Christie C. said the fair was a great event this year.  Pastor Phil announced he had celebrated his 57th wedding anniversary.  Kim G. is getting the Great Debate ball rolling and announced a committee meeting at First Watch on Tuesday at 7:30 AM.  Please help if you can.  This needs to be a broad club effort, not the effort of a few.  John L. (III) praised his daughter in law for being willing to try as many times as required to give birth to John L (V), which she managed to do first try and who was at the meeting with Grandpa.  He also noted how much he enjoyed last week’s speaker, John Dickerson.  Greg R. was proud to have his wife with him.  He behaved better than usual, accordingly.  John V(o) said he had a great 3 weeks with Fiona who flew home Tuesday, and he was happy to be starting vacation with his British cousins for two weeks beginning Sunday.  Chris N. was back from Disney, and Chris A. was back from a lake vacation.

Then Chris A. introduced our speaker, Leah, from Experience Columbus.  She was an animated speaker of contagious enthusiasm.  She is a Certified Columbus Tourism Ambassador as is out own Christie C.  She encouraged folks to use Experience Columbus as a valuable resource.  Some factoids included:

  1.  They function somewhat as a convention and visitors bureau.
  2. Conventions and tourism bring $7.8 Billion into central Ohio with the big winners being restaurants and retail as well as lodging.
  3. It creates 61,000 jobs!
  4. It generates $1.04 Billion in taxes.
  5. One of the biggest groups they assist is the 4-week American Quarter horse Congress.  It’s huge!
  6. They have 930 Business Members
  7. Any one of us can become a Certified Columbus Tourism Ambassador, by attending a 4-hour class, reading the manual and passing a test, all of which her group sponsors.
  8. The Columbus Sports Commission is a sister organization
  9. John L (V)’s dad is on the Columbus Sports Commission.
  10. John L (III)’s son is on the Columbus Sports Commission

Kathy M. asked that we all accept a role in encourage members we have not seen at meetings to attend more regularly.  That’s good for all of us.  John L. (V) ended the meeting with a recitation of this year’s motto, “Light up Rotary” and a hearty ring of the bell.

Posted by John Vogelpohl on Jul 17, 2014

The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – July 17, 2014

Tony M. managed the front desk while Shreve J. greeted and led The Pledge.  Dave C. offered a prayer.  President-elect John L. stood in for President Kathy.  He announced that it was George T. birthday.  He also read a nice thank-you note from one of our well-raised scholarship recipients. 

Mike B. served as Sergeant-at-Arms.  Tony M. announced we had 175 runners in the July 4th 5K and that it appeared we made $5,000 for the club.  That is SWEET!  Dave C. said that for the first time all seven of his family ran!  He also plugged sponsorship opportunities for Hilliard Davidson’s Cross Country, 5K.  Members raised a collective sponsorship on the spot.  Greg R. recently needed a bit of legal consultation and was pleased with the services provided by our own Dave C.  He also announced the sad news that Ken Brenneman, Hilliard arts advocate extraordinaire, has brain cancer and has been placed in hospice care.  We felt this was important enough to share with you so you can share your affection for Ken.   Mike B’s son was recruited for a great new job.  Our visitor/prospective member, a Hilliard Librarian celebrated the library’s summer reading program with 10,600 readers signed up and an average of 30% completing.   Jim M. was fined for wearing jeans.  Jim started to take umbrage with the Sergeant-at-Arms’ shorts but thought better of it.  New member and new mother, Bev, was glad to be out of the house for a bit for the first time in a few weeks. 

Marty B. won the 50-50 Raffle and the Bill R./John V. co-op owned the winning Ace of Spades Raffle ticket, but decided to let the pot grow!

Chris A. introduced his friend as the day’s speaker, John Dickerson, long time educator, principle, coach, referee, and member/leader of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA).   He is also in the OHSAA hall of fame.  I took tons of notes and have to confess I liked what I heard.  John reminded us that High School athletics are not professional, or even at the level of big-time college.  He still believes in the quaint notion that kids should be allowed to be kids, and that high school sports should be enjoyable and educational.   He reminded us that 90% of high school athletes get no scholarships, and less than 1% will play professionally.  He has worked hard to keep high school athletics “pure”.  He worries we stretch kids too thin and that there are fewer and fewer “pick-up” games and fewer multi-sport athletes since a single varsity sport can be very consuming.  The OHSAA receives no tax dollars and requires no fees from the schools.   Membership is voluntary.  They oversee 24 sports, 12 boys’ and 12 girls’.  A frequent issue they deal with is student eligibility, and of course rules updates and revisions.  He noted that rules are great “until they apply to our kid”.  He shared referee war stories, most funny if not sad as well.  The OHSAA also sponsors an annual Sportsmanship, Ethics, Integrity award for coaches.  He also explained how teams are chosen from each of six districts for tournaments and about how referees and officials are qualified and trained.  Then he answered lots of questions.  It was a great talk and for more fun on top of fun, Marty B. ended it by telling Mr. Dickerson that he had been Marty’s Senior Year Advisor!  Neat!

Posted by John Vogelpohl on Jul 10, 2014

The Hilliard Rotary Club meeting – July 10, 2014

Carrie S-D cheerily managed the front desk.  Mark J. greeted and led The Pledge while Pastor Phil offered the prayer.  President Kathy led off by calling Chris A. up to the front and swapping out his Red Badge for a Blue Badge.  Congratulations!  She announced that Greg R. was celebrating his 13th wedding anniversary (for which he paid the requisite annual fee).  Then, we learned that Pastor Phil was celebrating 57!  When you get past 50, we let you off the hook of paying! 

Mayor Don then stepped up and served as Sergeant-at-Arms.  I am not sure. But it seems he was fairly gentle because I did not record many fines.  Chris A. said that he had seen Carrie S-D drop a bill coming into the meeting and returned it to her – a $100 bill!  What was shocking about this is that Carrie would have us believe she never has more than 4 quarters on her.  Marty B. was glad our German exchange student from 3 years back, Fiona, was visiting us.  Tricia H. was glad to be back among us.  Andy M’s daughter ran in our 5K and finished first in her division.  Turns out, so did our own Johnny D., by virtue of not entering his age, he was first in the “no age division”.  Lastly, Don welcomed Jim M. “back”. 

George T. won the 50-50 Raffle, and Mark J. held the winning Ace of Spades ticked but could not pull the Ace.

Our speaker was Doctor Robyn Wilson, from the OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources.  Dr. Wilson and the School are working with the City of Columbus to gauge awareness of Columbus residents of Global Warming and their desire to be part of anti-Global Warming efforts.   This initiative will help Columbus allocate resources and structure an appropriate level of involvement.  So, we all got clickers with a 1-10 on them and questions were asked during the presentation, to which we entered our responses, which were immediately compiled and displayed on screen.  You have to love technology!  We also completed a 1-page survey before the presentation and a three page one after.  Our responses were to aid her academic research.  She had lots to pack into a 30-minute talk and since it is a controversial subject, some found it frustrating not to have more time for questions, but it made us all think, for sure.  We surely manage to get some quality speakers!

See you all next week and remember to “Light up Rotary”!