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Newsletter July 2, 2013

Columbia Rotary Club Newsletter July 2, 2013

Meeting was opened at 6:30 pm. 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 Vernon Gray.

Induction & President’s Speech

Mimi O’Donnell was inducted as our new club President, along with our other new (or returning) leaders.Mimi
Raj Saini lead the Induction Ceremony for Mimi as president; Tom Burztlaff as president-elect, Rick Hope as secretary; Herb Moltzan as treasurer. He discussed the significance of the new leaders, a new year and he took a moment to reflect upon the history of our Rotary Club.
Mimi shared with us her thoughts and ideas for the upcoming year.

Secretary Report

Rick Hope – 78% Attendance this week.


• Evan Langert will be in charge of our program/speakers this year. He asked the club to assist him with connecting him with interesting and vital speakers for our club meetings.
• This Saturday is the Rotary District Governor’s Installation. Rick H. is driving and you can still sign up until July 4th. No walks-ins due to security.
• Geoff is going to continue as Sergeant in Arms. This year, he is going to ask each of us to supply three items about ourselves that is not readily known by members. We will have a new ‘getting to know’ you activity to replace Five Minutes With Geoff.
• Becky discussed the Golf Tournament and how valuable this is to our programs. She encouraged members to begin sending out the fliers to their contacts.
• Becky also talked about our upcoming July 27th “Success in Style” clothing drive for business attire for men and women, along with jewelry or other items. The stores at Savage Mill sells items for customers at $5 and this helps to supply new undergarments. There is also an ad in The Business Monthly.
Happy Bucks:
• Jim: – for everyone’s caring and the finest fruit basket he’s ever received
• Dave: – for all the great details that Mimi will bring to the club; very happy about the upcoming new year
• Becky: for Mimi and all her support to her; last week the photo on Facebook and the Rotary page received a great deal of Likes and Comments for her “Rotarian of Year” award; for Anniversary and retreat to Ocean City
• Rick Hope: for Becky as “Rotarian of Year”; for Dave and for Mimi congrats; for the upcoming exciting year
• Raj S: Inducting a new great president, Mimi; for his trip to visit his son in Florida and having a chance to visit his Rotary Club; so excited for having 25 members all the great things we are doing

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Mimi O’Donnell

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Geoff Klopp

Newsletter June 25, 2013

Columbia Rotary Club Newsletter June 25, 2013rotary_logo

Dave Parris 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 led by John Startt.

Guest Introduction

Balbir brought a guest, Warshall, to our club, who helped to print our golf brochures.

President’s “Farewell”

As outgoing president, Dave shared with us his thoughts and acknowledgements for the past year; a time of reflection. He reviewed many of the positive items which happened this past year.
He was very honored to be asked last year to be our club’s president. He felt he’d been a good soldier for a long period of time and was ready for a role of leadership. He joined this club because of the quality of people in this Rotary Club.
Dave acknowledged Herb Moltzan’s great job as our previous year’s president. Dave shared with us that a goal was to improve the quality of our weekly meetings. We had and continue to have excellent speakers. Sergeant at Arms Geoff Klopp has improved our club meetings. Membership in this club is a privilege and opportunity to serve and that is how Dave sees it; how he wants it to be projected to others; potential members.
We still have a way to go with having 20 paying members to cover our weekly costs at Eggspectation. Dave acknowledged all the members of the club for each of their individual accomplishments to the club this year.
Many thanks from all the members to Becky Mangus as we acknowledged her as our “Rotarian of the Year” for the many ways she assists this club and exemplifies what a Rotarian means.

Five Minutes with Geoff …Vernon Gray

Geoff asked Vernon about his personal interest in Columbia and how he arrived here.
Vernon moved here as it was a halfway point between Baltimore and Washington – where he and his wife each worked. He bought his home in 1973. His favorite part of Columbia is the community feel; ability to walk around the lake and enjoy the area.

Happy Bucks:

• Earl: for his new granddaughter – 5 grandsons and now first granddaughter, Lilah Mae
• Raj S: for Dave and all of our Rotarians
• Raj D: for Dave and our incoming president Mimi
• Herb: for Dave, Mimi and for all of our Rotarians
• John: for Jim McDiarmid being better; for outgoing president Dave, incoming president Mimi
• Balbir: for new perspective member, Warshall; for Dave’s efforts
• Ed K: for everyone’s caring while he was out; and for everyone who stood with Loretta during his absence; for nice Father’s Day
• Tom G: for Dave’s presidency
• Tom Briscoe: for Becky – she has done so much for this club and for him personally
• Becky – for Dave and how much she has enjoyed this year; for “Rotarian of Year” award; for her son, Chad who will begin as a RN at Howard County General Hospital on July 8; for her 33rd anniversary
• Mimi for her upcoming Presidency as following Dave is no easy task.


Lucky winner was – Tom Glasner

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Herb Moltzan

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.


• 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


Lucky winner was – Rick Menz

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