News from the Club for May, 2014

Jim M Rotary 50th

Jim McDiarmid’s 50th anniversary in Rotary was celebrated at the April 22 pot luck dinner at the home of member Elaine Buderer

Columbia Rotary Club Newsletter, May, 2014
Mimi O’Donnell opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Minutes submitted by Becky Mangus. The meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance, the song “ My country tis of thee” and the prayer was led by John Startt.  Mimi introduced and welcomed guests.


Speaker: Beverly White-Seals, Community Foundation of Howard County
Dr. White-Seals is the executive director of the Community Foundation of Howard County. She spoke about philanthropy in Howard County and the results of a recent survey.  Community foundations were first founded in 1914. In 1967, Jim Rouse started the first community foundation in Maryland, the Columbia Foundation.  At that time, banks would put money toward nonprofits in exchange for exclusivity in village centers. Howard County is the best or highest rated of many things, but some we don’t hear about. We have the highest rate of autism in the state because many people move to Howard County because of the many programs located here. There are 700 children eligible for Head Start in Howard County, but only 264 slots. Howard County is one of the centers for human sex trafficking on the east coast (due to its proximity to all modes of travel) There is a disportionate number of graduates from HCC among minorities. HCC Pride is a group of young minority men who band together to improve those numbers. When asked what the number one thing they needed, they said food. In order to pay tuition, books, lodging, etc., they did not have enough left over for food. The study, How America Gives: A Philanthropy Study shows that based on the percentage of disposable income — the less the income, the greater the percentage given. Howard County ranks 129th of 3115 in giving in the country where as Prince George’s County is 30 out of 3115. Beverly suggested that perhaps we don’t give as much because the need is hidden “behind the begeonias” or other such covering. How do we change the philantrhopic needle, she asked? Perhaps via charitable giving accounts, we need to be thoughtful and intentional about our giving.

Announcements:
• Ty re: Remembrance Run. Will go on without the Striders and there will be no shirts this year to keep costs down. We need sponsors and runners/walkers. Please get the word out. Also, we will need volunteers the day of  the event, Monday, May 26 about 6:30–10 a.m.
• Becky needs to know who is coming to the Charity awards May 13 to put in the food order. A sign-up sheet was sent around and will be again May 6.

Pin & Badge
Beverly White-Seals
50/50 Winner
Ganesh Nayak
Happy Bucks/Sad Bucks:
Becky collected the $$ so couldn’t write down the details. However, the majority of the happy bucks were for our guest speaker, Beverly White-Seals; for Elaine Buderer’s hosting a great pot luck at her home the week before; and for Rebuilding Together that was held the Saturday prior the meeting.

geoff herb

Howard County Council member Mary Kay Sigaty visits the Columbia Rotary Club’s Rebuilding Together site on Saturday, April 26. Joining Sigaty were club members Herb Moltzan (left) and Geoff Klopp (team leader). Club members, Freestate Challenge Academy students and members from the Howard West Provisionary club joined in the day’s clean up and spruce up of a group home.

 

Newsletter: March, 2014

Columbia Rotary Club Newsletter, March, 2014

Mimi O’Donnell 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 was led by John Startt.

Mimi introduced and welcomed guests.

Speaker:  Megan Ross
Megan Ross, a recipient of the Thomas Briscoe Family Rouse Scholar that our club gives for Howard Community College (HCC) students. She is attending HCC in her second and final year in the Rouse Scholars program.  She thanked us for our support to her. She lives on her family farm in Howard County. She was 4-H President and her passion is to work against human trafficking in Howard County and throughout Maryland. She is also working as a Mary Kay consultant. Her plans are to transfer to Towson University and continue her field of nursing next year. She is awaiting acceptance at Towson.  Over the summer she studied abroad in Ireland, and she has the opportunity to study in France this summer. She left us with her appreciation of our investment in her college tuition.

Announcements:
• Evan Langert’s wife, Sue, has generously donated a beautiful, original art print and frame to our club. We are selling raffle ticket for $10/each; or $25/3 tickets until April 22. We will draw a winner for this phenomenal artwork on April 22 at the Rotary reunion. You can find this information on the front page of our web site at www.columbiarotary.org
• Soup ‘R Sundae is coming March 30th; a fundraiser of $20/person for all the soup and sundaes you can eat and the funds go to Grassroots. Get your tickets from Mimi; thanks to Earl for selling first bunch of tickets!
Mimi reviewed recent Peter Kyle, District Governor’s top 10 Wish List with us.

Update from Jennifer Carr Pilholski on Sierra Leone Project
I have some exciting news! Eric Wolvosky (an original Howard County Rotaract member) and I are getting ready to submit our 501(c)(3) paperwork this month to make our organization official. A large part of why we were able to take this project to the next level is because of the Columbia Rotary’s support over the past three years. Please tell everyone that we are still so grateful for their support over the years. If you would like to see our new web site, you can go to: http://sleducationfund.org.  If your Club is interested, we would be happy to acknowledge your club on our web site and include a direct link to your site.

Pin & Badge:      Herb Moltzan

50/50 Winner:  John Startt

 

Becky hall of fame how co

Howard County’s Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony. From left, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman; inductees Bessie Bordenave, Feli Solá-Carter, Becky Mangus, Ossie Clay and Caroline Sherman; and County Council person
Courtney Watson.

Happy Bucks/Sad Bucks:

Becky: $1 Sad Buck that she could not make it last week due to production week at The Business Monthly; $1 for this week Becky will be inducted into the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame; $1 for Chuck for helping her prepare Tom Briscoe’s house for Yard Sale on April 5th
Vernon: for our visiting scholar and Missy
Rick Hope: For our visiting scholar, Megan and Missy
• Mimi: For Missy/Megan visiting us from Howard Community College, For Becky and other Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame inductees – Congrats Becky!
• Missy: Back among friends; and new folks – feels like coming home
• Dave: Congrats to Becky and well deserved and for Missy visiting
Tom Burtzlaff – April 8, 2014 Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP; no more updates will be done; no
patches; no security updates etc. 30% of computers in country still have Windows XP

Newsletter: February, 2014

Columbia Rotary Club Newsletter, February 11, 2014

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

Before our dinner meeting, the board of directors meeting was held, below are some of the highlights.
Speaker

Tonight TJ Lamdin-Alderman Dir. of Development of the Christo Rey, Jesuit high school described an outstanding college preparatory program for inner city students. The project was established several years ago to facilitate students in becoming prepared for college. In order to participate in the program, students must meet the following requirements:

a: Students must have good grades (A’s and B’s).

b. Have good attendance.

c. Parental commitment.

Students must obtain grades of A’s and B’s during the program as well as spend five days a month performing entry-level positions with partner corporations. The earnings of the students goes directly back to the program. 100% of the students who graduate from this program get accepted at colleges, often schools that are high ranking. The school is located in Fells Point, Baltimore. More than 100 companies participate by providing entry-level positions including clerical and mail room jobs. In addition to the work-study tutoring, counseling and assistance in obtaining college scholarships are provided. Also, a three-week boot camp is provided to students to bring their educational level so that they will adjust to this supportive and dynamic program. The program
relies on individual donations and is a 501(c)3 Corporation. The program initially obtained approximately $7 million to establish the program. Its current budget is approximately $5.3 million.

Visitors
Sherman Howell a guest of Vernon Gray, Don Frank, Esq, a guest of Geoffrey Klopp.

50-50 winner
Earl Wilkinson, M.D.

Pin and Badge
Rick Menz

Attendance –  66 2/3%, Make Ups: Fred Antenberg – two.

Announcements of Club and District Activities
Presented by President O’Donnell at the Board Meeting and regular meeting:

I.Saturday, April 5, 2014, a flea market to be held at Tom Briscoe’s residence. Friday April 4 members will move items into Tom’s basement for the flea market. (Date is still not confirmed – may be April 12th)

II. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, our club’s reunion in which we seek to have former members back to a dinner meeting to be held at the Howard community college. Please inform Tom Burtzlaff of the names and contact information of former members and please identify that you were the one who provided the name of the former member.

III. May 5, 2014 Final Four Basketball Tournament. Tentatively plan to sell tickets including to haoldl the traditional party unless Duke is not a participant.

IV. April 10, 2014, deadline for Scholar Athlete Award Applications.

V. May 9th through May 11, 2014: This year’s District Conference will be held at the Baltimore Hilton. You can register at District 7620 website.

VI. Deadline to submit applications to the district March 15, 2014. There is a deadline where each Rotary Club is supposed to submit the applications for the District Scholarships on or before March 15, 2014. The club is reviewing the possibility of our participation.

Newsletter: December, 2013

Columbia Rotary Club Newsletter, December, 2013rotary_logo
Mimi O’Donnell 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 Dave Parris. Mimi introduced and welcomed guests.

Speaker:  Tom Glenn
Our speaker, Tom Glenn spoke with us about his role as a CIA adviser to the Ambassador during the Vietnam War. He shared many details of the front lines with us as well as discussed his upcoming book that will be published in the spring 2014.

Announcements
• Evan Langert’s wife, Sue, has generously donated a beautiful, original art print and frame to our club. We are selling raffle ticket for $10/each; or $25/3 tickets until April 22nd. We will draw a winner for this phenomenal artwork on April 22nd at the Rotary reunion. You can find this information on the front page of our website at www.columbiarotary.org
• Please remember to check the website for your night to pick up Tom Briscoe. Upcoming dates for December/January are: Dec. 17: Geoff Klopp; Jan. 7: Raj Desai

5 minutes with Jim McDiarmid – We enjoyed learning a bit more about his interesting life!

Pin & Badge
Tom Briscoe – second time called and is a big winner!

50/50 Winner
Congrats to Becky Mangus

Happy Bucks:
• Tom Burtzlaff: His turkey cooking adventure went well!
• Herb: For our speaker & his excellent presentation
• Becky: For a wonderful Thanksgiving, for our great speaker and for removal of the squirrel who has lived in her kitchen
• Dave: An impactful talk from our speaker tonight! For his handy man skills the garbage disposal had been replaced
• Raj: For his weekend and terrific movie
• Earl: For playing with the grandkids in New Orleans for Thanksgiving and life is good
• Steve: For our exceptional speaker, for his over 20 guests at Thanksgiving, and for football
• Tom Glenn: Thank you for having me tonight.
• Jim M: For Tom Glenn; and for his upcoming 50-year anniversary
• Mimi: For Jim for bringing Tom Glenn to us; for her family in Fairbanks and for her recent movie
• Ganesh: For his 2-year-old grandson’s birthday celebration

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

12

3

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

Newsletter – February 26, 2013

Columbia Rotary Club Newsletter February 26, 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.

Speaker: Col. Rothstein, Fort Meade Garrison Commander
Col. Rothstein, Fort Meade Garrison Commander, spoke with our members. He has been at the Ft. Meade Installation since early 1990s. About 40,000 folks commute to Ft. Meade each day to work from local areas, including Howard County. He discussed with us what is happening now and plans for the future at the Installation. Col. Rothstein discussed with us his vision and how our club members could help.

Announcements:
• Becky talked with us about Soup’r Sundae — March 3rd at Wilde Lake high school with soups from 17 different restaurants. See Becky to purchase tickets. The money goes to help Grassroots program.
• Thank you to all that participated in providing assistance for the Dictionary Program.
• Herb is taking orders for Boat Float T-shirts. Becky designed the logo. He will send email info.
• Next week we will hear from the Columbia Downtown Redevelopment as our speaker.

Happy Bucks:
• Fred: For members of club who he enjoys the food and fellowship; for relationships with Rotary Intl – where he was able to locate a Rotarian & lawyer in Mexico
• Rick H.: Anniversary with his wife & for card from club; had dinner at a phenomenal restaurant, The Charleston for his anniversary; and for our guest speaker, Col. Rothstein
• Tom B: For Col. Rothstein and his presentation; and for his fabulous time in Costa Rico on vacation with his wife
• Becky: For our guest speaker, Col. Rothstein and for all he does and for last week’s pot luck dinner for Valentine’s Day
• Raj: For Becky & hosting our wonderful evening of fellowship last week
• Dave: For our guest speaker, for our Paul Harris awards and our pot luck last week
• Herb: For his 3 weeks in Mexico, For our guest speaker
• John: For our guest, and for last week’s excellent pot luck
• Mimi: All dictionaries have been picked up from her house
• Anita: For our excellent guest speaker from Ft. Meade, Col. Rothstein

Five minutes with … Fred Antenberg –
Fred discussed with us his thoughts on being a Rotarian and gave us the reasons why the members of this club have made a difference in his life. He has developed friendships and colleagues through his membership in Rotary. He is impressed with the knowledge of the members of this club about what is happening in our community. He is proud that the various projects the club has been involved with through the years as it really has made a positive impact.

50/50
Won by Raj Desai

Pin / Badge
Anita Hicks’ name called & she had pin/badge on