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Rotary Serving Humanity


Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
800 Cheshire Road
Delaware, OH  43015
United States
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On July 1, 2019, after a year of being guided by Joe Pemberton, George Needham was sworn in as our new Club President.
On Monday we awarded the Delaware Rotary Foundation Scholarships to two deserving students: Sydney Krewson from Delaware Hayes and Selina Seliskar from Buckeye Valley. These two students have demonstrated what leadership and civic duty mean by being active at their high schools and in our community.  Both received a one year, $2,000 scholarship from the Delaware Rotary Foundation. Sydney is heading to the University of Cincinnati for Mechanical Engineering and Selina is off to Miami University looking to do a pre-med track.  We wish them both the best of luck next year!
Pictures show Phil Ulrey, Scholarship Chair, Sydney and Selena and their supportive family. Congratulations Sydney and Selina!
We are blessed with amazing teachers in our School District and each year the Rotary Club of Delaware recognizes a select few through the Delaware Rotary Excellence in Teaching awards. Each teacher's nomination and acceptance speech demonstrated just how worthy they are of the accolade. Our future is bright with these individuals inspiring and guiding our youth! Congratulations to: Heather Kuhn - Conger Elementary, Tina McClen - Schultz Elementary, Charles Bleakmore - Woodward Elementary, and Adam Paisie - DACC. It was a pleasure to see so many worthwhile educators recognized!
Rotary Club of Delaware presents the 4th Annual Taste of Downtown Delaware! Funds raised from this event benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance and Delaware Rotary Foundation.

We invite you to join us on Wednesday June 12th for a pub crawl style event in downtown Delaware. Participants are given tickets to taste food at several of our amazing restaurants around downtown. Restaurants will feature either a special bite or a specialty menu item - or special drink for our brew pubs and wineries!

This tasting event is unlike many you've experienced before. Restaurants open their doors and invite you inside for your tasting! What a great way to see our amazing restaurants and experience downtown restaurants.

We are excited to announce that we have 6 new venues and 25 participating restaurants! As we added more restaurants, we also added more tastings! For each $35 ticket purchased, you will receive 10 tastings. You may also purchase additional tastings the night of for $2 a coupon if you are not full after your 10 tastings.

Cost: $35
Where to buy: Rotary Members, Chamber of Commerce or online!
Proceeds Benefit: Delaware County Hunger Alliance and the Delaware Rotary Foundation

Please note that tickets are LIMITED! With the popularity of last year's event we do expect to sell out. Please buy your tickets early! and we we hope to see you Downtown Delaware!

Buy your tickets here:


One of our very own Rotarians has been named to the Federal Advisory Committee in Juvenile Justice - working directly with the White House and Congress. We’ve always known Judge David Hejmanowski to be marvelous and we’re glad others think so too. Congratulations Judge!
The Delaware Gazette wrote a very nice article covering our President, Joe Pemberton - please take a moment to see why we appreciate Joe by reading the article (click here).   

Our Club President, Joe Pemberton, is the first to give credit to others when he's being recognized. He wants to ensure the Club shines and not him. However, we would not be the amazing club we are without people like him leading the charge - and we're thrilled he was recognized this week! Joe received the Citizen of the Year award Monday from the Delaware Aera Chamber of Commerce. We are proud of you Joe and give you a *robust* round of applause for all the work you do to support this community!

Check out the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page to see others recognized this week. They are an amazing group of individuals/companies who we are honored to call neighbors and friends. Thanks to the chamber for a wonderful evening and for recognizing those who make Delaware such a great place to live!

Our Rotary Club spent time over the holidays collecting laundry items and donations to help support Delaware Family Ministries Laundry Love prgoram. Our Rotarians donated $575 in cash and collected enough supplies for Laundry Love to use for 6 months! Our chair for this drive, Dusty Hostutler, and the Director of Family Ministries, Nikki Hograth, appreciate the generosity of all those who contributed! Thanks as well goes to all who came to today's presentation!
Today we had the pleasure of hearing from our District Governor, Craig Maxey.   He motivated us by reminding us that being a part of Rotary is a promise to the rest of world.  A promise of clean water, education, food, and so much more.  He shared the story of the social movement called "Because I said I would".  If you have a moment, check out the organization here: 
A few facts shared with us from District Governor Maxy:
To date Delaware has donated $245k to the Rotary Foundation
We have 53 "$125" Members (Rotary Foundation Sustaining Memeber + End Polio Fund)
There have been 48 Paul Harris Fellows in our club!
Thank you all for your efforts to make Delaware Rotary an amazing organization and one of the best in the District!
Today we had the pleasure to recognize our leader, Joe Pemberton, and his contributions to Rotary through the Paul Harris Fellowship.  Thanks to Joe for being such a positive role model for our chapter.  
November is Rotary Foundation Month and we were honored with a visit today from our District Foundation Chair, Price Finley.  He discussed the importance of the Foundation to our local and global communities.  The best news is, donating to the Rotary Foundation has gotten easier!   Check out or find the Rotary Direct form here.   Price reminded us that we are all bonded by a powerful common trait: we're compelled to make a positive impact on our communities.   "Giving works because Rotary works.  And Rotary works because of people like you." - Rotary International 
This past week Joe and Fran (and their wonderful pups!) were nice enough to host our newest members and some veteran Rotarians for our “orientation” fireside chat.  It was great to learn more about our history, obligations and discuss how big of an impact the Delaware Club has made on this community.  If you have individuals who you think could make a great addition to our club, or have ideas on how to continue to build membership, please let Joe Evans know.  
Holiday Clearing House/PIN Distribution Day: Rotary Volunteer - December 9th 
Longtime member in "exemplary standing," Steve Hedge (, is championing this initiative which is already almost completely full with volunteers! There are still spots available during the 2:30-4:30 time spot but we can always use additional volunteers on all shifts.  Contact Steve Hedge to sign up! 
Hi all!  Please see below for a few great updates from today's meeting!
New Member Orientation - November 8th - will be held in fireside chat format!  See events for more details.
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition - Congratulations to Bob Horrocks on the Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition
Certificate of Appreciation - The club presented Joe Pemberton with a certificate of appreciation for all of his hard work during the Fair!
EVENT NOTIFICATION:  Tomorrow night - the League of Women Voters is hosting a Meet the Candidates Night.  See Flyer for more details!
What an amazing week we had at the Fair!  Thank you to all of our volunteers - from working the Grand Stands to the Gates, you all helped connect with the community, raise money for Rotary and bring awareness to our wonderful organization.  Thank you all for the numerous hours spent working the fair!  I've uploaded a Photo Album with pictures from the event.  Feel free to take a look! 
If you're out volunteering with Rotary members at future events, please take pictures and send them to so she can share them on the website and facebook pages. 
Volunteer Opportunity!  Adopt A Highway will be done this weekend, Saturday September 29th starting at 8:00am.  Please meet at the Dairy Queen/Marathon station to get organizaed.  Contact Jim Frisch with any questions!
Meeting actions and announcements:
  • Scott Cubberly - Thank you to all who came to the Fairgrounds this past weekend to help paint the stands. 
  • Taste of Downtown Delaware is set for June 13th.  We have 22 restaurants participating. 
    • As a reminder, each rotation is asked to sell 4 tickets.  You may sell hard copy tickets handed out at the meetings (or see Brad Ebersole) or via our website -  If they are purchasing via website, have them indicate your name during the purchase process when asked. 
    • Tickets do not indicate where to pick up tastings tickets so please make sure you indicate that they should register at First Commonwealth Bank at the start of the event. 
  • There will be a Board Meeting on Monday the 21st after the meeting.
Program Highlights:
4 Way Test Speeches
The 4 Way Test Speeches are open to students from around Delaware County.  Larry Harris indicated that this year’s program included 21 speeches and we even had to turn away a few entries due to our limit space.  The speech winners shared their speeches with us. 
3rd Place Winner – Megan Pierce, Home Schooled (awarded $75 in prize money)
Megan focused her speech on using the 4 Way Test on Revenge.  She utilized Marcus Aurelius’s quote “The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury” as her inspiration.  She noted that you will cannot control getting hurt, but you can control your actions.  She noted that revenge fails the 4 Way Test and that it’s better to choose forgiveness and grace over revenge.
2nd Place Winner – Lisa Choe, Buckeye Valley (awarded $150 in prize money)
Lisa painted an amazing picture of a man sitting in a cubicle at work, unhappy and unmotivated.  She used this to help us imagine what it looks like when you don’t follow your passion but rather, find a job that just pays the bills.  She used the 4 Way Test to determine if it’s better to try and live up to someone’s expectations of you or to follow your passion.  While “dreams don’t pay the bills” may seem like solid advice from her parents, she believes that following your passion, unlike the man in the cubicle, will lead to a happier life for yourself and for everyone around you. 
1st Place Winner – Clara Janow, Buckeye Valley (awarded $150 in prize money)
Clara gave a passionate speech focused on relationships between citizens, the government and the community and whether or not truth and relationship building between them met the 4 Way Test.  She spoke about how an event like the Parkland Shooting can motivate a community and encourage individuals to do their civic duties and that we all can work together to fight for the truth and work toward a better future.
Larry informed the group that Clara is a Rotarian Exchange Student and will be heading to France.  She will also compete this Saturday at the District Conference against the other 15-18 first place winners from other Central Ohio Rotary clubs.
Larry thanked the committee that helped him with the 4 Way Speech contest – Don Chenoweth, John Donahue, Marianne Hemmeter, Bob Horrocks, Kip Krueger and John Titus. 
Thank you to all who hepled "fill our basket"!  What a great way to highlight Delaware. 
Basket items included:
> OSU stained Glass Art created by SourcePoint members with hat 
> Ceramic coffee mug from Peachblow Pottery
> Oak and Brazen bottle of wine 
> Exhibit Ohio Cook book from the Delaware Visitors and Convention Bureau
> Daily Growler gift card
> Unique Delaware throw blanket donated by Barb Walters
> 4 pack of one day Delaware County Fair pass with hat
> Olivina Tap Room gift package of oils and olives
> Bottle of wine and $40 gift card from Vito’s
> Gift Package of slate cheese tray, cheese and sausage from The Greater Gouda 
> Trial beer package from Barley Hopsters 
> Unique cheese tray created by members of The Alpha Group 
> Goody’ bags from Delaware Area Career Center and Richwood Bank
> Galvanize container created by Claire Jolliff
> Bonus bottle of wine from Vito's donated by Lynsey Dinovo
At today's Rotary meeting we had the pleasure of listening to the 4 Way Test speech winners for Delaware County! Congratulations to our winners from left to right: Clara Janow (1st place, Buckeye Valley), Lisa Choe (2nd place, Buckeye Valley) and Megan Pierce (3rd place, home schooled). Your speeches were inspiring! Good luck to Clara who will be competing against the other ~18 club winners this weekend at our Rotary District Assembly.
This past weekend Rotary Club of Delaware participated in a joint community project painting the grandstands at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Thank you to our fellow Rotarian Scott Cubberly for organizing!
Program Highlights:
Turning Point Update
Paula Roller, Executive Director of Turning Point, provided an update on how the $25k donation we provided was being used.  The funds are being used to help update the old Delwood Child Home at 500 N Liberty Street.  The Renovations should be complete by the end of July.  Once renovations are complete, they will spend August and September getting the building move-in ready.  The will host an Open House the 1st Friday of October to show off their new home.  All Rotarians are welcome!  The home will consist of 13 bedrooms, each with their own bathroom (3 of which will be efficiency apartments where families may stay up to 1 year).  One other exciting thing being added to the home is a Kennel area to accommodate family pets.  This new kennel area will help ensure our furry friends are safe alongside their family members.  Paula noted that they have a fundraising goal of $3.2 Million and have currently raised $2.5M.  They have moved into the public fundraising stage of their campaign.  This means they have an open request out to the community for donations. Gifts large and small are welcome!  She thanked us all for our support and help in making this new home happen!
Scholarship Winners
Phil Ulery discussed the application and review process for the Rotary Scholarships.  Students submitted applications with transcripts, letters of recommendation, activities, honors and college acceptance letters.  The students submitted information about their career aspirations and an essay on why they deserved the scholarship.  The committee of Scott Cubberly, Brandon Fellers, Arlene Palenshus and Alice Frazier along with Phil, reviewed 23 applications from students from Hayes, Buckeye Valley, the Career Center and Delaware Christian and selected today’s winners. By pure chance, our two winners, who go to different schools, have known each other since they were 2.  Anna Wells (Hayes High School) and Analise Lajeunesse (Buckeye Valley) attended with their parents.
Anna will be attending Miami University and will study Integrated Mathematics. She hopes to be a teacher someday.  Her recommendation letter indicated that she is always willing to help and lend a hand.  She stood out as a role model and has a positive attitude.  She recently helped with the Arnold Classic and stood out to the volunteer coordinator as someone with a strong work ethic.  She has been involved with Track and Field, Student Council, Tutoring and NHS.  She thanked her grandfather, a Delaware Rotarian – Steve Wells, for being a wonderful example. 
Ana will be attending the University of Cincinnati where she will study architecture and hopes to integrate her degree with the Peace Corps.  She has been involved in Track, Ski Club, cross Country, Student Council, 4H and NHS.  Her recommendation letter noted that she has strong attention to detail, passion for the arts, and is very organized. 
This week’s book being donated to the Library is Truck full of Ducks. 
Red Badge speeches were made by: Lynsey Dinovo, Brittany Sisson, and Nicole Tackett.

The Delaware Club presented Scholarships to two Delaware County students during yesterday's meeting. Committee Chairperson, Phil Ulery introduced the scholarship winners. Scholarships were awarded to:

  • Analise Lajeunesse from Buckeye Valley who will be attending the University of Cincinnati in the fall studying Architecture. She hopes to some day utilize her degree to help the Peace Corps.
  • Anna Wells who attends Rutherford B. Hayes High School and will be attending Miami University in the fall to Integrated Mathematics and one day hopes to be a teacher.

A big thank you to other Rotary members serving on the committee: Scott Cubberly, Alice Frazier, Brandon Fellers, Arlene Palenshus.


Analise Lajeunesse with her parents and BV Superintendent Andy Miller


Anna Wells with Hayes Superintendent Paul Craft



Anna Wells (Hayes, left), Phil Ulrey and Analise Lajeunesse (Buckeye Valley, right)

Meeting actions and announcements: 
The Four Way Speech Test. Contest was held April 17 at Willow Brook at Delaware Run, with 21 high school students participating. Larry Harris thanked the committee for their work. He will be presenting the winning speeches at the May 14 meeting.
The District 6690 Conference is on May 18, 19, and 20 and will be in Zanesville. For more information:
             o $20 for half day and $125 for whole conference.
             o Our club will be taking a raffle basket and there is a need for items; please let Liz know if you can help.
Volunteers are needed for the Paint the Stands Project at the Fairgrounds.
            o Times are 9 to 12:30 and 1 to 5.
            o Sign up at or contact Scott Cubberly.
PIN’s Celebration of Life for Kevin Crowley is this Friday. All are invited.
Program Highlights: Mary Beth Freeman began the Excellence in Teaching Recognition by saying that Delaware County has great schools because we have great families and great teachers. She thanked the following Rotarians for serving on the selection committee: Judge David Gormley, George Needham, Arlene Palenshus, Joe Pemberton, Mary Jane Santos, and Steve Wells. She then asked the audience to make a name cloud of their most influential teachers online, pointing out that no matter how old we are, we always remember our teachers.
This year’s Excellence in Teaching honorees:
  • Heather Nutter, Intervention Specialist, Buckeye Valley Middle School; Brian Baker, principal.
  • Jennifer McCoy, Intervention Specialist at Delaware City Schools; Ric Stranges, principal.
  • Sacha Standish, Language Arts Teacher at Buckeye Valley Middle School; Brian Baker, principal.
  • Kamal Vilkhu, Dental Assisting Instructor at Delaware Area Career Center; Kris Lucas, supervisor.
Each of the award recipients gave outstanding acceptance speeches that echoed the importance of building strong relationships with their students and helping them to find and achieve their dreams. Mary Beth concluded the presentation by saying that these teachers emulate the Rotarian motto, “Service Above Self.” Each teacher will receive a monetary award to be used to benefit their work. Today’s book being donated to the Delaware County Library is “Would Somebody Please Scratch My Back?”
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