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Welcome to Dublin AM Rotary

Our club is 110 members strong, working together to offer community service here at home and throughout the world!
Dublin AM meets at 7:30 AM every Friday morning at The Country Club at Muirfield Village. Visitors are welcome to join us to meet business and community leaders, hear presentations from a some of the areas most interesting speakers and learn more about Rotary International.
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Author Visit at Daniel Wright Elementary

Rotarians Betty, McGhee, Bob & Wendy with Author Carol Gerber (ctr)

1st Graders are excited about learning more



The Literacy Committee organized and funded a Dublin AM Rotarian Visiting Author Event at Daniel Wright Elementary on May 25th.The author was Carole Gerber, a resident of Powell. She discussed how she came up with her ideas and what went into writing, illustrating and getting a book published. Carole's focus was on poetry. Some were poems that were riddles and some were two person poems that were written to be read by two people. She then discussed how she came up with the idea for the featured book, Seeds, Bees and Butterflies. Carole volunteers at the Stratford Ecological Center, where the First Graders will have a Field Trip on Thursday May 26th. It was her love of nature and creating poems to teach about some of nature's mysteries that turned into this book.  Each First Grader received a signed hardback copy of Seeds, Bees and Butterflies.
Carole also did her presentation to the Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders and the a separate presentation to the Second Graders in the afternoon. The response from all of the classes was enthusiastic with what looks like a lot of future literary giants.
After lunch Rotary also sponsored a presentation by the Franklin Conservatory Park on Butterflies. Two representatives from the Conservatory met with each First Grade class separately with a lot of interaction by the children.
The Literacy Committee felt like the integration of two resources in out community will have a far reaching impact on the children beyond yesterdays event. I think children will have more interest in trying their own writing, but also going to the conservatory to see the 2000 butterflies.

(Photos by Bonnie Coley-Malir)

Dublin AM Rotary’s own Ann Ralston, who is also an executive board member of CORI, offered some perspective on the history of our Club’s support of robotics in Dublin and Central Ohio.  Our Club got involved in the robotics program in the Dublin high schools around 2002 and has expanded our support over the years to include multiple club members involved in the programs in the high schools, the Lego League in the middle schools and broader Central Ohio initiatives through CORI.

Ann introduced Greg King, Dublin Coffman High School Engineering Academy Teacher and Robotics Team Advisor.  Greg shared with our club how the FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology) platform is inspiring STEM learning in many students in the Dublin City Schools.  Over 100 alums of the Robotics program in Dublin have gone on to pursue STEM related careers and many more are currently in STEM-related majors in their college studies.  Beyond inspiring interest in science, math and engineering, Greg explained that the Robotics teams are expanding their outreach to other initiatives in the schools and in the community. In addition, the students are building valuable interpersonal skills, self-confidence, collaboration and team building skills.  Dublin’s team this year built two robots – each taking approximately 2,300 man hours just for assembly after they have been designed.  May 21st is the State Robotics Championship, which is being held at Worthington Kilbourne H.S., and on June 18th, Dublin Coffman H.S. hosts the Central Ohio Robotics Initiative (for more information: http://growrobotics.org/)

Dublin AM Rotary Club member and Dublin City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Todd Hoadley, spoke about the positive impact that the robotics program has in preparing these students for the dynamic nature of today’s global economy. The collaboration and critical thinking skills gained through this program and academies like the Engineering Academy are designed to help the students become the innovators for the future.  



Reminder from Rita Hook that Saturday, May 21st, is our Spring social function.  Meet at the Play Polo Club polo match at 3pm, with proceeds from the event benefitting “La Via” orphanage in Moldova (one of our club’s international projects).  Information and registration link: Play Polo Club

Betty Isaacs updated on the Visiting Author program on May 25th. Carole Gerber, a local author, will present her book, “Seeds, Bees, Butterflies and More!” to 125 students at Daniela Wright Elementary, and Franklin Park Conservatory will be doing a butterfly presentation.  Club members are welcomed to participate and help distribute the books to the students. Please contact Betty if you are interested in participating on the 25th.

Pete Fuhlbrigge announced the return of the Dublin Slider Challenge which will be held on Saturday, July 9th from 1-4pm with a number of restaurants in historic Dublin participating.  Mark your calendars and spread the word!  All proceeds benefit the Dublin AM Rotary Foundation.

Congratulation to Wendy Sheridan on being awarded a Paul Harris Fellow!



(Photos by Roberta Kayne)

Lou Charobee presented a Rotary and an Interact banner that were presented to him during a recent trip to Brazil.


Betty Isaacs introduced Marisa Saelzler who is the Media Specialist at Daniel J Wright Elementary School.  Betty presented Marisa with a $500 check to support our weekly book contribution made on behalf of weekly meeting presenters.


Stephen Osborne introduced three Coffman students who are being supported by Dublin AM Rotary as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program.  Each student presented an overview of their host family and where they will be traveling.

  • Jen Spears (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Ava Green (Ulm, Germany)
  • Gretchen Spears (Weitz, Austria)

Our District Governor and representatives from many district Rotary Clubs came to hear our own Mohan Viddam update us on the social work projects he is leading in India.  Dublin AM has financially supported his reverse osmosis (RO) water work projects the past couple of years with a donations totaling $12,800.  The first RO water purification plant was installed in June 2015 and Mohan has accumulated funding for 35 more plants, of which 9 have already been installed.  Each self-sustaining plant provides water to 2000-3000 people.  In addition to the RO plants, water backpacks are also available for transporting this valuable resource back to a village.  Dublin AM is inviting other district Rotary Clubs to partner with us in funding more plants and will be applying for a Rotary International Global Grant  to acquire funding for another 30-50 plants.  In addition to Rotary funding, Mohan also contributes funding from his own company, Halcyon, and from various Indian organizations such as the American Association of Physicians of Indian-Origin (AAPI).   I think we can all agree that Mohan’s desire to make a difference and what he has accomplished is significant, especially to those who are receiving water through his RO projects.  That said, Mohan informed us that the need is still very great as these projects are focused in only a small geographic area of need in India.   

As if this was not enough, Mohan also has collected over 1000 lbs. of used clothes in 2015 and shipped them to India for orphans and homeless people.  The cost of shipping was $2000 of which Dublin AM funded $350.  In 2016, Mohan has already collected and packed 2100 lbs. of used clothes which will be shipped later this month. 

Congratulations to Mohan for all that he has accomplished!  Thank you for sharing your success with us, for being an inspiration of service, and for being an example of what an individual can do to impact so many.

Photos illustrating the great work Mohan is leading can be found at the following Flickr album: Mohan's India projects presentation photos



(Photos by Mohan Viddam) - For all of the days photos, the Flickr album is available here: Interact 2016

Amy Snow, Scholarship Committee, recognized the following high school senior recipients of a Dublin AM Rotary college scholarship: 

  • Emma Silsdorf, Scioto
  • Brittany Hinkle, Scioto
  • Annika Fowler, Jerome
  • Calsey Graham, Jerome

These recipients, in addition to those from Coffman recognized during the last meeting, have established themselves as academic and service leaders and are a great reflection of our Dublin community. 

Continuing with the theme of high school recognition, the Dublin Interact student leaders from each local high school presented an overview of their respective club’s service activities and achievements.  Forty-one different projects across schools were highlighted!  As we know, teachers do much more than educate students in the classroom.  The following teachers were also recognized as Interact advisors:

  • Jill Harris, Jerome
  • John Witt, Scioto
  • Megan Burton, Coffman
  • Karen Brothers, Coffman

For over a decade, Dublin AM has been supporting Interact through its model of service. 



We welcomed Rachel Finney from the Capital Area Humane Society. Rachel gave us an overview of the Humane Society, telling us who they are and everything they do in and for our community. 



We are also proud to have presented our annual Rotary Scholarships to the recipients.  Below are some Dublin Coffman High School - Rotary Scholarship recipients:

(Photos by Bonnie Coley-Malir) 

Left to Right:  Sara Ott, Dublin AM Rotary; Dana Pajk, recipient; Megan Hoadley, recipient; and Daniela Dluzynsk, recipient.



(Photos by Claudia Trusty) - From left to right - Chris Amorose Groomes, Christina Alutto, Wolf Lant

Two new members of the Dublin City Counci, Christina Alutto (right) and Chris Amorose Groomes (left), were our guest speakers and each provided comments following their first 100 days in office.

Christina Alutto continues to meet so many wonderful citizens of Dublin and added that she has encountered many incredible corporate citizens, too.  It has been a steep learning curve that often requires developing a better understanding of the history for how things have come together.   Currently, there is a lot of focus on Riverside Park within the Bridge Street district.  Christina is listening to all of the voices and opinions for what this space should be.  While the entire space spans the riverfront from Bridge Street to Emerald Parkway, the usable or “programmable” space is much smaller.

Chris Amorose Groomes has participated in 57 events during her first 100 days.  She identified four areas of her focus:  differentiating between dialogue and meaningful dialogue, how and why decisions are made (not just what decisions are made), pursuing term limits for city council members (unsuccessful so far), and expanding the number of different and diverse perspectives to be heard.  As a reflection of her areas of focus, she highlighted that while she has lost four votes through a 6-1 tally, she was positive about how the process unfolded.   Additionally, Chris stated that she wanted more careful use of legislation labeled as “emergency” in order to increase dialogue and consideration before voting.  She recognized Mayor Greg Peterson as a terrific leader in his role. 



Michael Henricks was introduced as a new member.  He and his spouse (both veterinarians) are returning to Ohio with their two young children. (above)

Kent Underwood and Bob Rosenberg were featured in the members spotlight. (below)

 Dan Sullivan, Executive Director of the Memorial Tournament, was our guest speaker.  He shared that the Memorial Tournament has recently solidified Nationwide sponsorship through 2021 and that the tournament purse has grown from $6.2 million in 2015 to $8.5 million in 2016.  These are examples of the commitments being made that will support the Memorial Tournament as an enduring event into the future.


At the beginning of the meeting 61 Rotarians and 4 guests saw Mark Brubaker become a full fledge member and member Cap Clegg present a Paul Harris award to Dave Rinaldi (husband of former club President Julie Rinaldi) for his long term service to the Miracle League.
Joe Fox, Director of the Miracle League (ML) said this year will be the 11th season of giving special needs children the experience of being baseball players in a two inning game. The League is composed of 16 teams with 240 players from all over central Ohio who are assisted by coaches and some 300 “buddies”. (“Buddies” are middle, high school or adult volunteers who assist players while they are batting, running the bases, and playing in the field.)
Fox took time to thank the rotary Club as one of the original sponsors of the ML and the club’s continuing support of the league’s activities. He also thanked the City of Dublin and described the beginnings of the of the League and the individuals (including Julie and Dave Rinaldi) who donated their time and money to get it started and become the success it has attained.
(In a Q and A session following his presentation, Fox listed one of the League’s biggest challenge’s is approaching it’s capacity to accommodate additional players and teams.)
Fox the presented a video of games in action with the focused on the multitude of special needs players and their pure joy at being on the field.
Fox then introduced Bob Amon the father of a Special Needs young man who gave an emotional testimonial about the impact participation in the league has had on his son – including the pure joy his son derived from simply wearing the uniform of his team. Mr. Amon detailed the progress his son had made through his years playing which has culminated in his intense interaction with the other players and the fans – something which didn’t happened when he first began participation.
Fox had material showing how to become a Buddy volunteer, sponsorship opportunities and other volunteer roles including, being a Field Duty Coordinator, Assistant Coach, Buddy Leader, Announcer and membership on the Operations Committee. 
The Miracle League began in 2005 and includes players from some 40 zip codes in Central Ohio. It is a 501 (C3) organization, heavily reliant on sponsorships and donations from individuals and charitable organizations to cover its annual budget. 

Speaker for March 18 meeting - Patrick Kilbane, the Business Liaison at Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities and a Board member of the Ohio Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is passionate about finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis as he has a young daughter with the disease.



Eric Phillips, Executive Director of the Union County Community Improvements Corporation and the CEO of the Union County Chamber of Commerce.  Eric gave us updates concerning all the growth taking place along the Route 33 Corridor.  Thanks Eric!  For more pictures, check out the Flickr page: https://flic.kr/s/aHskv4sx8e


Planning for the Blarney Bash is in full swing!  There are lots of volunteer positions still needing to be filled - ask friends and family! - http://vols.pt/YtBCw2  For more pictures, check out the Flickr page: https://flic.kr/s/aHskvjow7t
Dear Fellow Dublin AM Rotarians,
The 2016 Polar Bear Golf Open was a great success last Saturday.  We raised thousands of dollars for our charities and feedback from the golfers was very positive.  So many people in our club stepped forward to volunteer their time, talents, and treasure to make this event happen.  I want to recognize those people here.  I am sure I will miss someone, and for that I apologize.  Please join me in thanking all of these people.  Polar Bear gave our club a big head start on our 2016 fundraising objectives.  Now on to Blarney Bash!

For the 10th year, Dublin AM Rotary has provided each third grader in the Dublin City Schools with a dictionary of their very own! This year over 1200 dictionaries were delivered to students in the district.
At Indian Run Elementary, Dr. Todd Hoadley, Supt. of Schools, joined fellow Dublin AM members in distributing the books. In return, the students gave an excellent skit on how valuable the dictionaries will be for them.
"We believe Project Dictionary supports the RI focus on literacy in a real and meaningful way," said Julie Erwin Rinaldi, the club's Literacy Committee chair. 

Rotarians, Friends & our Interact Clubs rang the bell for the Salvation Army at three locations in Dublin during December.





Check out these great holiday Bell Ringers!
In 1905 Paul Harris and three of his business associates formed a club and began meeting for business networking purposes, camaraderie and friendship. They called their club “Rotary” because they rotated the meetings between each of their businesses. It soon became clear to these Rotary members that they could and should expand their purpose to include public works. Their first project was building public toilets in their hometown of Chicago.
As more Rotary clubs were established and grew, so did their public service projects based on the Rotary motto “Service Above Self” and as a way to promote, fund and recognize those who participated in such projects, the “Paul Harris Fellowship” program was established.
The Fellowship program now provides funds for District and Global Grants to local clubs, including Dublin A.M., as well as educational opportunities, food, potable water, health care, immunizations and  shelter for millions of people around the world.
Over the years Dublin A.M. has received many Grants from the Paul Harris program – to mention only two - our Dictionary Project, providing dictionaries to all 3rd graders in Dublin and to our International Committee providing a library for a school in Turkey. There are, of course, others.
Over the next weeks you will have the opportunity to join 77 Dublin A.M. members to become a Paul Harris fellow or as many have done – to become a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
It takes a commitment of $200 in each of four years to become a Paul Harris Fellow. At the end of your commitment the Club will add $200 for a total of $1,000. That money is forwarded to Rotary International which invests it for three year at the end of which 50% of the accumulated funds are returned to our District 6690 to fund District Funds, such as those mention above, and Global Grants. The other 50% is used by Rotary International to fund larger worldwide projects.
As a bonus, for every Paul Harris Fellowship you achieve Rotary will provide an additional Fellowship for you award to anyone you designate – such as Ron Morgan recently gave to Cindy Groeniger in  honor of her work on Rotary projects or the three Susan Robenalt awarded to Dwight Seeley, Wolf Lant and Sue Burness for their work on the Blarney Bash.  Such awards can be given by you to anyone, not just fellow Rotarians – a spouse, a friend or any one you feel exemplifies the Rotary Motto of ‘Service Above Self.”
I hope you will consider becoming a Paul Harris Fellow or a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and uphold the tradition of Rotary and most of all help those in need at home and around the world. Thank you for your consideration.
Dave Holliday – President – Dublin A.M. Charitable Foundation.