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

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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

 

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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

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