#WestervilleStrong? Indeed we are

  #WestervilleStrong? Indeed we are It has been a tough couple of weeks. On Feb. 10, our town of Westerville lost two great men – Police Officer Eric Joering and Police Officer Anthony Morelli. When a tragedy hits, you see what people are truly made of. Our community is made of love and concern. All around town are blue ribbons, blue lights, special flags and signs that tell us we are #WestervilleStrong. Indeed we are. The Rotary Club of Westerville found a way to show our support. I heard a quick commercial that Channel 4 was going to have a special donation collection to support the Joering and Morelli families. I asked our Treasurer, Dave Coffman, what can we donate from our club? The club Secretary, Wendell McCurdy was next to be asked, can we share this event with our club membership? The Secretary’s email blast was picked up by our District Governor, Shane Pyle. Shane shared the blast around our whole Rotary District 6690. By air time at 5 p.m. Tuesday evening, Feb. 13 – just 36 hours later – we had collected $20,000. It was an honor to represent our club on air and present Channel 4 anchor Ellie Merritt with the Rotary donation. As of last night, Feb. 22, we have pledges totaling $25,750 for the families of the two fallen officers. This is from our club ($1,000), our membership and Rotarians around Ohio that heard about our cause. The Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” is lived out every day by our police […]

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Rusty Bucket social Feb. 22 to mark RI’s birthday

Rusty Bucket social Feb. 22 to mark RI’s birthday I want to extend an invitation to you to come to our “Birthday party for Rotary International” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb 22 at the Rusty Bucket restaurant on Polaris Parkway. While I am doing an extraordinary job as President this year, I request no presents for myself! I am instead accepting gifts for our newest Rotary partner, Star House. Please see the list of suggested Star House donations below. And please feel free to bring your friend or spouse to celebrate RI’s birthday with our Westerville Rotary Club at the Rusty Bucket, 400 Polaris Pkwy, Westerville, OH 43082 Thanks and I look forward to seeing you on the 22nd! (P.S. – I am joking about the extraordinary – I am pretty run of the mill) 🙂 Lisa Lisa Janszen is the 2017-18 President of the Rotary Club of Westerville. Needs for Star House TOWELS (LARGE & WASHCLOTHS) TENTS Sleeping Bags Blankets Men’s Underwear – boxers and/or boxer briefs (all sizes and New ONLY) Women’s underwear (all sizes and New ONLY) Hair Oil/Grease Shampoo Body wash Shaving cream Tarps Socks (men’s & women’s and New ONLY) Men’s and women’s shoes (steeled-toe, non-skid, tennis shoes and boots – Gently Used and New ONLY) Jeans & khakis (all sizes for men and women) Back packs (adult regular and hiking) Drawstring bags Sweatpants (all sizes, men’s & women’s) Hoodies (all sizes, men’s & women’s) Men’s undershirts (all sizes) Stamps Earbuds and/or headphones Umbrellas Ponchos […]

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New Year starts with 50th Fish Fry in focus

New Year starts with 50th Fish Fry in focus Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a great start to their 2018!   The Westerville Rotary is off and running with our 50th Annual Fish Fry & Bake just over the horizon. It’s set for 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4 in the Otterbein University Campus Center. The Fish Fry is one of our signature events in the Westerville community. This year marks a HALF CENTURY (!) that we’ve been hosting this great event to serve the community and raise money for the college scholarships awarded each year by the club. Event Chair Eric Gibson has been busy the past two weeks giving out ticket packets as members come in for our weekly luncheon meetings. Posters are ready to display in your place of business or at local shops. The Fish Fry is an event where we encourage every Rotarian not only to sell tickets, but also to come out to the Otterbein Campus Center and work a shift on the big day. Morning and afternoon shifts are available, performing a multitude of jobs. The Fish Fry always is a day I enjoy. Seeing everyone and soaking up the energy of the event is awesome. Plus every dollar we raise helps fund our scholarships — do it for the kids! You will be hearing much more about this year’s Fish Fry in the coming weeks. Membership up—Get acquainted! Over the last year we have grown in membership. […]

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Pancakes, Thanksgiving and Family Day

Pancakes, Thanksgiving and Family Day   Last week at our meeting, I wore my Pancake and Syrup pajamas. I am so appreciative of all the pancake mix and syrup that you have donated for the DRIVEN Foundation’s food drive. We are narrowly ahead of the Sunrise club. Giant Eagle has agreed to allow Rotarians to purchase pancake mix and syrup at their cost. They will then box up our donations and deliver to DRIVEN. Our club donations will be tracked to our totals. I am happy to continue to collect pancake mix and syrup at my house and at our regular Rotary luncheon meeting Nov 30. This is a small act of Service Above Self that will make a large impact in the lives of families in the Columbus area. While we are discussing last week, I have to thank everyone that took time last Saturday morning and helped clean out the Rotary Storage unit and move everything into the larger storage unit. Thanksgiving is here and I can’t believe how fast my year as President is rolling along. I appreciate everyone attending the meeting at the Old Bag of Nails last week — out of the ordinary routine for sure! I know that I am thankful for everyone’s support. I think we making some great strides in our Westerville Community and beyond. We have some wonderful, talented giving people in our club. I look forward to meeting lots of guests at the Family Day at Rotary on Friday, Nov. […]

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District Gov. Shane Pyle brought The Force!

District Gov. Shane Pyle brought The Force! The Prez says – YES we are all super heroes and we all have our own super hero powers! Our visit Thursday (Oct. 5) with District Governor Shane Pyle was an entertaining one! His presentation at our lunch had it all – singing and dancing, Skyping with our R.I. President Ian Riseley, and cheering on our club as we work to make a difference in our Westerville and beyond. During our Board meeting with Shane, prior to our club luncheon meeting, we discussed our club activities month by month. His summary – “I’m leaving you alone. Your club is great.” Thank you, Governor! Thank you also to all the club members who worked at the Uptown Rotary Park renovation last Saturday, Sept. 30. I appreciate your efforts in supporting this renovation project we are undertaking in tandem with the Sunrise Club. If anyone picked up a Chase water bottle, please return it to Dave Krebs. Looking ahead, October is the month Rotary International features our Polio Plus program and the efforts to wipe out polio around the world. As a way to raise funds for this cause, we are planning a fun night of euchre on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Giammarco’s Italian Restaurant, (6030 Chandler Court, Westerville, 43082). This is a combined event with the Sunrise Club. There will be food and prizes! The proceeds will benefit Polio Plus. Be sure to sign up early for this as space is limited. The party […]

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So much is happening under the Rotary banner! Club member and Otterbein President Krendl to speak at our club Sept. 28

So much is happening under the Rotary banner! Club member and Otterbein President Krendl to speak at our club Sept. 28 Can you believe its in the 90’s in Ohio at the end of September?? I can’t either. The weather made for a perfect day to drive the backroads to Zanesville yesterday for the District Four Points Seminar.   I got to spend time with some current Presidents and President Elects across our district 6690. It is always fascinating for me to listen to the leaders of other clubs discuss their trials and successes. In Chillicothe due to the high cost of their lunch meetings,  they have had to change their meeting schedule to every other week.  The Clintonville Club has taken advantage of the District’s Visioning Plan to help create a plan for where they want their club to be in three years’ time. The Olentangy Club is in need of volunteers to assist with their Oktoberfest fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 30. (I told their President I would mention this in hopes we have a couple Rotarians that would consider helping.) Being at these meetings also reminds me that while we are all under the Rotary banner, we are unique and our club is special!   Our speaker this past week, Ann Marie, the author of “Letters to Ann” shared how one captain,  Dr. John Hughes, shared with his daughter in letters he sent her what he was experiencing during the Korean War. His simple drawings let his young […]

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No Villa Milano lunch – picnic at Highlands instead

No Villa Milano lunch – picnic at Highlands instead! The Prez says: Don’t go to Villa Milano tomorrow looking for the weekly Rotary Club of Westerville lunch meeting. There is NO meeting Thursday, Sept. 14. BUT, we are having a family picnic on Sunday, Sept. 17, in the picnic shelter at Westerville’s Highlands Park, 245 S. Spring Road. That’s in the same park southwest of Spring Road and Walnut Street where the Highlands Park Aquatic Center is located. The picnic will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Get out your picnic basket and fill it with your table settings, beverages and a side dish to share. The club is providing burgers and hot dogs. See you Sunday! Lisa Janszen is the 2017-18 President of the Rotary Club of Westerville. Click here to return to the full Rotary Club of Westerville site Click here to view all of Lisa’s Prez Says blog entries

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Back and ready for Rotary business!

Back and ready for Rotary business!   I am back in Westerville and ready to get back to Rotary business! I loved my visit to Colorado! It has a very active lifestyle where it seems there are bike paths everywhere or a mountain to hike. I saw a mom and baby caribou enjoying a drink in the lake. I hiked to the top of the world at the Continental Divide, elevation 12,200 feet. I recommend everyone get to see this amazing state at least once! From all reports, President Elect Dave did an awesome job running the meeting this week. He brings an energy to the club that lifts up all of us! Mike Collins knocked the program out of the park! It looks like the format of a panel was well received by the members in attendance. With Mike and his team taking care of the programs, I am sure we will have more panel type programs in our future. No Thursday lunch – Sunday picnic instead This week, there is no regular Rotary meeting on Thursday. There is something better! Next Sunday, we are having a Rotary Family Picnic at Highlands Park shelter. This is near the Highland Pool.  Our members have told the Board that they want more family activities and Rodney Peters has planned a great one! Burgers and hot dogs will be provided. The Social Committee is asking the members to bring side dishes to share! Get out your favorite recipes and bring them on […]

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Get involved in Rotary! There’s dozens of ways

Get involved in Rotary! There’s dozens of ways Thank you to everyone that joined us for our weekly meeting at Medallion today (Aug. 31). I am glad that our program was an overview of what our Club does! I think there are many opportunities to join in a committee, and we are people of ACTION. We are fun people too! Let’s all remember to write letters to Veterans for Rock as he supports the Mail Call for the upcoming Westerville-sponsored Honor Flight. Or, help Rodney plan the Family Picnic that will take place at Highlands Park Sept 17th. Also, remember: Our Foundation Golf Outing is set for Sept 18th on the beautiful Medallion Club course. Please try to get a foursome to join. We’ve got lots of fun events on the calendar for September!   Welcome to Dave Krebs, our new President Elect.  I know the club will be in great hands with Dave once my year is done.   See you next week, back at the Villa Milano! Lisa Janszen is the 2017-18 President of the Rotary Club of Westerville. Click here to return to the full Rotary Club of Westerville site Click here to view all of Lisa’s Prez Says blog entries

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Tiberi to address club this week

Tiberi to address club this week This week at our meeting the speaker will be Congressman Pat Tiberi. This is our annual visit with Mr. Tiberi and he always has lots of DC insights for our members. He answers our questions on a range of topics from health insurance to student loan forgiveness programs. We look forward to seeing him Thursday. There is a rumor that the meal is lasagna! To all those that came to the Rusty Bucket on Thursday evening thanks and I hope you enjoyed this new meeting format. Actually it was more of a nonmeeting – just some great appetizers, adult beverages and chit chat.  Even Joe Barone was there!! Our next evening happy hour will be in October. Lisa Janszen is the 2017-18 President of the Rotary Club of Westerville. Click here to return to the full Rotary Club of Westerville site Click here to view all of Lisa’s Prez Says blog entries

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