Salvation Army Mobile Canteen 2015-16
Salvation Army CenterJul 04, 2015 2:00 PM –
Jul 03, 2016 7:00 PM
Country Club at Muirfield VillageJul 10, 2015 7:00 AM –
Jul 08, 2016 7:30 AM
DATE CHANGE!!!! Play Polo Club
Los Gemelos Polo FieldMay 28, 2016 3:00 PM
Installation Dinner and Party
BONNIE AND RICK'S HOUSEJul 08, 2016 6:30 PM
Welcome to Dublin AM Rotary
Author Visit at Daniel Wright Elementary
Rotarians Betty, McGhee, Bob & Wendy with Author Carol Gerber (ctr)
1st Graders are excited about learning more
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.
OTHER CLUB NEWS
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.
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.
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
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!