Newsletter April 23. 2013

Columbia Rotary Club Newsletter April 23, 2013

Dave Parris opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Minutes submitted by Anita Hicks. The meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance, the song “ My country tis of thee” and the prayer led by Mimi O’Donnell.

Induction of Vernon Gray

The club was very pleased to induct Vernon Gray. Vernon and his wife, Sandra, were both present. Fred Antenberg, the member who sponsored Vernon, introduced them. Dave lead the induction and all the members welcomed Vernon to becoming a member of the Columbia Rotary Club.

Announcements:

• The club welcomed our returning visitor, Toiya

• Tuesday, April 30 we will have Charity Awards at Howard Community College in the Kittleman Room at 6 p.m..

• Rebuilding Together report was given for April 27 by Geoff Klopp. Freestate Challenge Academy have confirmed 10 volunteers. We could use shovels, rakes and a large ladder. Steve Sachs is providing us with lunch from Honey Baked Ham. 9 am start date. Rick Menz volunteered use of his ladder.

• As it was Club Assembly, Mimi discussed with us the results of a recent strategic planning meeting regarding the vision for the future of our club highlighting both strengths and possible areas for improvement.

• Communications Committee – Becky, Tom & Anita gave a report on our new website

Five Minutes with … Geoff Klopp

Dave interviewed Geoff this time instead of Geoff interviewing everyone else. We learned about Geoff’s roots in Columbia, where he met his wife, Julie. Julie’s family were some of the first residents in Columbia. Geoff first visited in 1978; and then relocated here in 1985 for work where he has loved making his home and enjoying the beautiful area. Something no one knows about Geoff: he does Yoga every day but not with Julie as she was a Yoga teacher. His favorite memory of Columbia is walking with Julie.

Happy Bucks:

• Fred: for Vernon Induction to the club, and for Sandra joining us tonight

• Rick H.: to welcome to Vernon; one for Toiya, our visitor

• Tom Burtzlaff: for Anita – all the work she did on website; went from prehistoric to terrific new website

• Tom Briscoe: to welcome Vernon, our new member

• Earl: for his upcoming weekend with the grandchildren

• Becky: for Vernon joining us; having Sandra here tonight; for Tom & Anita’s work on website; for our upcoming Rebuilding Together program this Saturday

• Rick Menz: for Vernon joining us as the club is lucky to have him with us

• Dave: the pleasure of having Vernon join us, and having Sandra with us; for playing golf this past week with Mimi & “Blossoms of Hope”

Sad Bucks:

• Becky: for Raj Saini’s loss of his mother-in-law

• Rick Menz: for a friend, who made such contributions to our community, who just passed

50/50

Lucky winner was – Rick Menz

Pin / Badge

Ed Kreiner’s name was called – our thoughts are with him as he recovers and we hope for his return to the club soon

Newsletter April 16, 2013

Columbia Rotary Club Newsletter April 16, 2013

Dave Parris opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Minutes submitted by Anita Hicks. The meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance, the song “ My country tis of thee” and the prayer led by John Startt.

Announcements:

• Dave announced that next week we will induct Vernon Gray as a new member.

• Herb gave a report of the Rotary 4-Way District contest saying the students participating are phenomenal and Eugene, from Freestate Challenge Academy, did a great job on behalf of our club.

• We welcomed all of our guests and visitors to the club.

Speakers:

Becky introduced and the club welcomed our speakers from Success in Style, Jeanette Kendall and Kathy Botsford. Kathy spoke with club members about Success in Style and its mission of providing free business wardrobes to disadvantaged individuals seeking employment. She spoke about the impact that it makes on low income men and women by helping them.
You can find them on the web at www.successinstyle.org or via phone at 301-498-5035 or email at successinstyle@verizon.net

More Announcements:

• Becky announced that we will have a “Business Attire Collection Day” on July 27th to assist Success in Style where you can help by promoting, attending and volunteering your time, along with your donations.

• Next week we will be having club assembly. The following Tuesday, April 30th we will have Charity Awards at Howard Community College, Kittleman Room.

• Herb gave a report on Final Four and our final results which was that we made enough money to fund the Scholar/Athlete scholarships and even made a small profit above and beyond.

• Rebuilding Together report was given — reserve Sat., April 27 for our club event and working on a home for Humanim. Please contact Geoff Klopp for more info.

• Dave spoke about the upcoming Remembrance Run, which will be on Memorial Day, Mon., May 27. Raj discussed with us the details and asked each one of us as members to sign up 5 people to walk or run, it would be a great thing to help our charities and club.

Happy Bucks: (sorry, a few were missing due to technical difficulty)

• Herb: For the opportunity to judge and be at the speaking contest last week; for tomorrow morning he leaves for a golf event at Myrtle Beach!

• Steve: Lee and he close on a new home this week.

• Earl: For purchase of 3 Spiderman outdoor & fishing sets for his grandchildren for an upcoming event with them the end of month.

• John: For our speaker and possible new member!

• Russ: For our new member, Vernon

• Becky: For our speakers tonight from Success in Style and for our pot luck at Mimi’s last week

• Tom: For being with us and our speakers

• Dave: For our speakers, for having Raj back with us and feeling better; and for his grandchildren and enjoying watching them hula hooping last weekend

No Sad Bucks

50/50

Lucky winner was – Mimi O’Donnell

Pin / Badge

Fred Antenberg was called; with badge/pin on & present; his second time – he won! Fred then donated his winnings to Success In Style — in his grand style. Thank you, Fred.

Newsletter March 26, 2013

March 26, Sheldon Fielman, White House Photographer for NBC News

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Raj Saini pinning Ed Kreiner with
his third Paul Harris Fellow honor.
Ed’s wife, Loretta, watches. All
members were happy to see Ed
back and doing well.

 

Newsletter March 19, 2013

Columbia Rotary Club Newsletter March 19, 2013

Dave Parris opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Minutes submitted by Anita Hicks. The meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance, the song “ My country tis of thee” and the prayer led by John Startt.

Announcements:

• Dave discussed with us about the March 26th evening at Howard Community College, in Kittleman Roon, where Sheldon Fiedon, White House Photographer from NBC News will speak with us. Invite guests and let Becky know as this will be a phenomenal speaker.

• Final Four Squares are now! $100/each or $250/3 squares – Payment can be made at the website. Steve gave us an update on how many squares sold. We need about 150 more squares sold.

• The website is almost 100% complete. Members will receive usernames and passwords this week to login and gain access to all contact data.

• We welcomed Raj Desai’s granddaughter who was visiting with us. We also welcomed Mark & Michelle Cohen from National Capital Therapy Dogs who were visiting with us.

Speaker:

Our speaker is fellow-Rotarian from San Francisco – Sharon Tennison who discussed with us her interactions with Russia and their people. She really enjoyed our members’ spirit and energy. Sharon talked about the great joy it has been for her to work with more than 500 Rotary Clubs in 45 states across the country. It has been with their help that she has forged such great relationships between our country and the Russian people. The first example was by bringing Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to the Russian people. She then detailed the entrepreneurship program that was created to teach these people how to run their own businesses. This was accomplished by pairing an American business person with a Russian who would mentor them. Her journey began in 1983 for her first trip to Russia where she visited churches and homes of citizens. From there it became her lifelong mission.

Happy Bucks:

• Mimi: for absolutely brilliant presentation by Sharon

• Sharon: for she is very happy to be here

• Raj S: for the monies donated to help end Polio

• Tom B: for speaker – thanks for inspirational words; for Leaders of Howard County training and he was in the police simulator; for all the reflection and memories of his mom, along with club’s support; card calls

• Anita: for opportunity to help with the website

• Raj Desai’s granddaughter: for being with us and winning a recent contest

• Dave: Proud to be a member of a club where we gather together to help others

Sad Bucks:
• Raj S.: for loss of a fellow Rotarian

Five minutes with ….Tom Burtzlaff

Tom discussed with us his family; who are spread throughout the country; but arrange for family reunions  every few years. Tom has 4 adult children; 3 boys and a girl. He and Jenny are now moving to a smaller home which he is very excited about it as the move is this coming Friday.

50/50

Won by Raj Desai’s granddaughter

Pin / Badge

Fred Antenberg who was present; with pin & badge

Newsletter March 12, 2013

 

Columbia Rotary Club Newsletter March 12, 2013

Dave Parris opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Minutes submitted by Anita Hicks. The meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance, the song “ My country tis of thee” and the prayer led by John Startt.

Announcements:

• Becky talked with us about the March 26th evening at Howard Community College where the White House Photographer from NBC news will speak with us. Invite guests and let Becky know as this will be a phenomenal speaker.

• Final Four Squares are now! $100/each or $250/3 squares – Payment can be made at the website. Steve gave us an update on how many squares sold. We need about 50 more squares sold. Becky will email a flier to send out to your folks.

• Rotaract club have moved their meetings to Tuesday evenings.

• The website is almost 100% complete. Members’ page and access will be complete soon. Update is now – by March 22nd for all the members’ access except for the email. The Final Four Squares payment link is on the front page. Content is now 95% complete. Go to www.columbiarotary.org and click on “Our Members” for basic information.

• Becky reviewed April programs. April 2nd is the 4-Way Test Contest. Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 will be a Pot Luck Dinner at Mimi O’Donnell’s home.  April 16th is Success in Style. April 23rd will be a regular meeting at Eggspectation. April 30th is Charity Awards at HCC.

• Charity Awards – Herb said the were 13 applications for awards received – he is forming the committee and will meet shortly (beginning of April) to review applications.

• Raj Saini presented Paul Harris Fellows to members. These “Fellows” have donated a $1,000 or more to help with International Projects. A minimum of $200/year is being donated by ALL (100%) of our members to Paul Harris. The following members were recognized as Fellows:

Balbir Lakhanpal, Ed Kreiner, Tarun (Ty) Saini, Tom Briscoe, Dave Parris, 

Earl Wilkinson, Jim McDiarmid, Geetha Jayaram

• Rick reported attendance is at 100% with make-ups.

• Geoff spoke about Rebuilding Together. The Monday Rotary club will work with us. Freestate is still completing paperwork for the approval to help us. Thursday of this week he will have the meeting to determine which house we will have for Rebuilding Together. This date is April 27th, 2013 – Hope to see everyone! Earl will ask Rotaract to help us.

 

Happy Bucks:   

• Earl:  Went to Washington, DC with grandsons to the Building Museum – lots of fun!

• Rick: On vacation last week, snow skiing; enjoyed time and glad to be back

• Raj: Went to art gallery in Cumberland, MD – enjoyed it

• Anita: For daughter who played in All County Unified Tennis (working with a Special Ed student) sports last week; for website and for her ad and article in The Business Monthly

• Becky: For website updates; Watched son/new daughter-in-law on video from wedding along with outtakes from video – really FUN!

• Jim: For 3 a.m. (6 a.m. EST) LIVE launch of the Starcraft II Game where his son was coordinating the launch with gamers. Exciting for Jim and his son!

• Steve: Went down to Duke game with Lee to honor his old(er) coach.

• Dave: Had the grandkids over the weekend at his house and it was very enjoyable!

 

Five minutes with … Anita Hicks

Talked about her daughter, Hannah who will receive her Girl Scout Silver Award on April 9th for her project of a brand new sign & flowerbed for Girl Scout Camp Whippoorwill in Pasadena. Her husband, Danny, is nearing an end to his year of injuries.

 

50/50 

Won by John Startt

 

Pin / Badge

Jay Kumar name was called; he was absent