On July 1, 2019, after a year of being guided by Joe Pemberton, George Needham was sworn in as our new Club President.
New Club President Lynsey Dinovo 2019-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Delaware Rotary Foundation | Scholarship Awards Dinovo 2019-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Excellence in Teaching Awards Lynsey Dinovo 2019-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
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:


Taste of Downtown Delaware Lynsey Dinovo 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Congratulations Judge Hejmanowski Lynsey Dinovo 2019-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Committee Members Needed Lynsey Dinovo 2019-02-11 05:00:00Z 1
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!

Citizen of the Year: Joe Pemberton Lynsey Dinovo 2019-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Laundry Love Lynsey Dinovo 2019-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
Andrews House Community Dinner Lynsey Dinovo 2018-12-23 05:00:00Z 0
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:  https://becauseisaidiwould.com/about/ 
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!
District Governor Craig Maxey Visit Lynsey Dinovo 2018-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
PIN Family Distribution Day - Thank You Lynsey Dinovo 2018-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 19, 2018
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 www.rotary.org/donate 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 
Rotary Direct Lynsey Dinovo 2018-11-19 05:00:00Z 0
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.  
Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition Lynsey Dinovo 2018-11-12 05:00:00Z 0
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.  
New Member Fireside Chat Lynsey Dinovo 2018-11-11 05:00:00Z 0
Holiday Clearing House/PIN Distribution Day: Rotary Volunteer - December 9th 
Longtime member in "exemplary standing," Steve Hedge (sahedge@aol.com), 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! 
PIN Volunteering Lynsey Dinovo 2018-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Announcements from 10/8 2018-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
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 lynsey@swiftus.com so she can share them on the website and facebook pages. 
Fair Week Thank You Lynsey Dinovo 2018-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Volunteer Opportunity: Adopt A Highway Lynsey Dinovo 2018-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
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 -  https://www.locallevelevents.com/events/details/4793.  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. 
Update: Anticipator June 21 Lynsey Dinovo 2018-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Four Way Test Speech Winnters Lynsey Dinovo 2018-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
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
District Raffle Basket Lynsey Dinovo 2018-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Volunteering: Grandstand Painting Lynsey Dinovo 2018-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Update: Anticipator May 14, 2018 Lynsey Dinovo 2018-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

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)

Rotary Scholarship Winners Lynsey Dinovo 2018-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
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: rotary6690.org/training-events/discon1718/?_uid=800403815
             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 signupgenius.com/go/409094CACA72DA4FD0-grandstand 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?”
Update: Anticipator May 7th Lynsey Dinovo 2018-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Paint the Stands - Volunteer Opportunity Sign Ups Lynsey Dinovo 2018-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Today’s program:     April 30, 2018  Mary Beth Freeman (host), Excellence in Teaching Awards
Upcoming programs: May 07, 2018  Rotary Scholarship Winners, host – Phil Ulery
 May 14, 2018  4 Way Test Speeches, host – Larry Harris
 May 21, 2018  Departing Reports from Exchange Student
 May 28, 2018  Memorial Day, No Meeting
April 23, 2018 Meeting Notes
Meeting actions and announcements (from previous week):
• 21 High School Students participated in the 4 Way Speech Test, see above for presentation – Larry Harris, contest was held 4/17 at Willowbrook at Delaware Run
• The Scholarship Committee met on April 23 and the results will be reported at May 7 meeting (see above).
• Brad Ebersole reported that we have 22 restaurants signed up, 2 more than last year, and $2200 pledged by sponsors.
o The Delaware Gazette has really stepped up with publicity this year.
o Volunteers are needed for the event
o 4 Tickets to the event will be distributed to the Members for sale.
• The District 6690 Conference is on May18, 19, and 20 and will be in Zanesville, http://rotary6690.org/training-events/discon1718/?_uid=800403815 o $20 for half day o $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 o A Falconer will be present to display the excellent skills and discipline of a
Falcon (I had a ’60 Falcon and it wasn’t a good example of skills or discipline) o Hog Roast Friday night
• Larry Garrett has been admitted to the Riverside ICU.  Please keep him in your prayers.
• Volunteers are needed for the Paint the Stands Project at the Fairgrounds.
o Times are 9 to 12:30 and 1 to 5.
o Contact Scott Cubberly.
Program Highlights: 
Judge Hejmanowski introduced our speakers today, Judge David Sunderman (in absentia) and Judge Marianne Hemmeter.  Judge Sunderman grew up in Findlay Ohio.  He moved to Delaware County in 1976 after graduating from Law School at the University of Toledo.  He practiced law in Delaware County until being elected Delaware Municipal Court Judge in 2001.  Judge Hemmeter holds a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, is married to Joe Schmansky and has two children.  Judge Hemmeter served as an assistant prosecutor for the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office. Judge Hemmeter served as a special prosecutor and the Deputy Director of the Economic Crime Unity for the Ohio Attorney General. The name Delaware Municipal Court is misleading as it has County-wide Jurisdiction over all misdemeanors in Delaware County.  Included are the Civil and Small Claims Court, Evictions, Search Warrants, and Weddings.  In 2017 there were 27,122 new cases of which 1065 OVI’s associated to alcohol and drugs, 28 jury trials, 2000 new civil cases, 221 search warrants.  Tequila Cowboy is the number one location for OVI’s to be snagged.  The number 2 offense prosecuted is shoplifting.  The Tanger  Mall is a center for shoplifting where a lot of people shop from cities all along I71 from Cleveland to points south of Columbus and offenders often have  drug issues.  Beyond issuing punishment for crimes committed the Count attempts to provide encouragement in rehabilitation through Specialized Dockets.  There are Dockets for Mental Health issues of offenders, OVI Dockets, and a Mission Court providing Veterans Treatment.  These Dockets can include Mentors assigned to offenders to encourage rehabilitation.  The Probation Dept includes 7 officers including one Chief.  There are approximately 1500 new defendants added each year.  There are 199 Defendants on Intensive Supervision.  110 Drug Tests are administered ea month.
Update: Anticipator April 30th Lynsey Dinovo 2018-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Today’s program:     April 23, 2018  Judges Marianne Hemmeter and David Sunderman, Delaware Municipal Court
Upcoming programs: April 30, 2018  Mary Beth Freeman (host), Excellence in Teaching Awards
 May 07, 2018  Rotary Scholarship Winners, host – Phil Ulery
 May 14, 2018  4 Way Test Speeches, host – Larry Harris
 May 21, 2018  Departing Reports from Exchange Students
April 16, 2018 Meeting Notes
Meeting actions and announcements (from previous week):
• 21 High School Students participated in the 4 Way Speech Test, see above for presentation – Larry Harris, contest was held 4/17 at Willowbrook at Delaware Run
• The Scholarship Committee will meet on April 23 after the regular meeting – Phil Ulery.
• Brad Ebersole,  all related material must be turned in by April 20 for Taste of Delaware.
o The Delaware Gazette has really stepped up with publicity this year.
• The District Assembly is on May11 and will be in Zanesville o $20 for half day o $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
• Broad Meeting will be held today after the regularly scheduled meeting.
Program Highlights: 
Bob Horrocks, Executive Director of SourcePoint introduced the speaker, Karen Pillion, Nutrition Program Manager for SourcePoint.  The Nutrition Program includes five different programs:  Meals on Wheels, Commodities Supplement Food Program, Farmers Market Voucher Program, Catering and March for Meals Champions Campaign.  There is also a donation driven Pet Food Program.  Through these programs over  21,600 meals are served  per month to over 1250 clients, oversee 5 dining centers, issue over 33,000 Farmers Market vouchers to nearly 1100 clients, distribute 320 boxes of free groceries each month and coordinate over 290 volunteers each week.  In addition to these labor intensive programs, we also handle multiple catering events each month.  For Meals on Wheels each meal is packed individually as part of a 9 meal option.  These meals are packed a day ahead and stored in refridgeration.  There are 37 routes with 165,000 miles driven in 2017.  With 12% growth in each of the first three months of this year, already 51,400 plus meals have  been delivered.  If this trend continues in 2018 there will be 205,600 plus home delivered meals.  Social Workers interact with the clients and keep appraised of health issues.  There are five Congregate Dining Centers.  They average 100 plus clients per day.  26,750 Meals were served in 2017. 
Currently 3 of the 4 offsite centers have weekly programming.  The purpose of the programming is to draw more diners into the sites and to increase social interaction and minimize isolation.  Currently the target is to serve 32,000 meals.  Paid staff includes 11 full time, 6 part time, and 7 contingent.  There are 290 volunteers per week, including 46,000 volunteer hours in 2017.  5% Growth in meals served is expected in 2018. 
Commodities Supplemental Food  Program is free groceries provided.  The Farmer’s Market Voucher Program provides vouchers for purchase of fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market.   Catering is available but with limited availability.  There are regularly scheduled events at SourcePoint.  March for Meals is an annual event with “Champions” riding with drivers to experience first hand the service.  The Pet Food Program receives pet food donations to help clients keep their pets health.
Update: Anticipator April 23rd Lynsey Dinovo 2018-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Liz Owens presenting PIN Board member Kurt Trimble a check for $900 from the Rotation Foundation of Delaware.  Contributions were made by the Foundation and by members of the group during previous meetings.  A Celebration of Life will take place on May 4th from 4:00 - 6:00pm
People In Need - Donation in celebration of Kevin Cowley Lynsey Dinovo 2018-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting actions and announcements (from previous week):
• 21 High School Students participated in the 4 Way Speech Test, see above for presentation – Larry Harris.
• The Scholarship Committee will meet on April 23 after the regular meeting – Phil Ulery. • Brad Ebersole distributed sponsorship forms for Taste of Delaware, all related material must be turned in by April 20.
• Scott Cubberly made a pitch for volunteers to paint the grandstands at the Fairgrounds. Kiwanis has already stepped up with 30 volunteers so here is the challenge. There are two shifts that provide different times for volunteering.
• 125 Pins were distributed by Liz. They stand for $100 donated to the Kiwanis Foundation and $25 for Polio Plus. Recipients were: o Marianne Gabel o Rosella Miller o Larry Garrett o Steve Kaser o Rex Welker o Arlene Paulenshus
• Kirt Trimble from the PIN Board accepted a check for $900 from the Rotary Foundation of Delaware in celebration of Kevin Cowley’s life. An actual Celebration will take place on May 4 from 4 to 6 PM probably at PIN Headquarters.
• The next Delaware Rotary Board Meeting will be held following the regularly scheduled weekly meeting on April 16.
• Kim Schuette announced that 354 people attended the Pancake Breakfast at SourcePoint. Thanks to all that participated.
• Delaware County Travel and Tourism Dept is changing it’s name to Destination Delaware County so invite you nonresident friends to enjoy Delaware County.
• Due to an error made my the Anticipator Editor of the month Travis Taylor’s name was misspelled last week as he made his new member personal presentation.
Program Highlights: Larry Harris introduced the speaker for the meeting, Margo Bartlett. She along with Nancy Pine judge the entries for ART and WRITING SHOW of LeadingAge Ohio, a nonprofit trade association that represents approximately 400 long term care organizations and hospices, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services, in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities. The member organizations serve an estimated 400,00 elderly Ohions annually and employ more than 35,000 persons statewide. The Art and Writing Opportunity gives residents a chance to express themselves and utilize their talents with the benefit of recognition and a feeling of importance. There are 5 Regions in Ohio with 1 winner in each category within Regions. The categories being: Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Cooperative (group).
Anticipator Update April 16th Lynsey Dinovo 2018-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting actions and announcements (from previous week):
• Jim Frisch thanks those that had helped with the Adopt-a-Highway trash clean up day on March 31. Next schedule will be late June.
• Larry Harris reminded us of the Four Way Speech Contest on April 17th which is sold out.
• The Following new members made there personal presentations to the Club:
o Erin Brown o Lindsay Smith o Trevor Epps (Emergency Plumbing Corp Member)
• Liz announced a need for items for the Silent Auction
Program Highlights:
Jack Grote, a OSU graduate, born and raised in Delaware, and employed by GBQ Partners in the Area District, presented his Foundation, the Same Page Foundation, and his involvement with Easter Seals and Big Brothers Big Sisters. The Same Page Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in Delaware, Ohio with the mission of “inspiring today’s children to become tomorrow’s leaders, one page at a time.” The organization was founded by Jack Grote and his mother, Gina, in August of 2016 and began serving the city’s children in January of 2017. The organization is partnered with the Liberty Community Center in Delaware and provides volunteers to read with the children at the center. A major focus of Same Page is the importance of one-on-one reading and its crucial role in early childhood development. Same Page truly believes that inspiring a love of reading at an early stage in a child’s life, they are helping to create a generation of passionate, intelligent and compassionate individuals. Easter Seals of Central and Southeastern Ohio focuses on helping the disabled. “Romancing the Grape” is a major fund raiser hosted on April 28.
Anticipator Update April 9th Lynsey Dinovo 2018-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
Program Highlights
George Needham introduced Garrett Scanlon, author of Every Story Needs a Hero.  Mr. Scanlon’s book helps teens and their families confront binge-drinking, drug use, and smoking during their high school years. He speaks to classroom assemblies at middle schools and high schools, and to rotaries, companies, and parent groups on the topics of drug and alcohol prevention, life planning, and teen empowerment. Mr. Scanlon uses real-life stories and tangible 'takeaway' tools to help teens and their parents add control, simplicity, and power to their lives in their efforts to remain drug, alcohol and tobacco free.  His presentation encourages teens to resist peer pressure.  

Mr. Scanlon shared some statistics regarding drug, alcohol and tobacco issues:
1) 1 out of every 9 overdoses in the United States occurs in Ohio.
2) In 2017, 59,000 Americans died of drug overdoses.
3) 90% of current smokers began smoking as teenagers.
Mr. Scanlon advocates for the use of the Just Say No Promise Agreement that brings kids and teens together with parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles to support them in resisting the urge to use drugs, alcohol and tobacco.  He stated that this is a tangible tool to resist peer pressure and remain in control, powerful over life decisions, and help keep them and their siblings safe from binge drinking, drug use, and smoking in middle school and high school.  Mr. Scanlon gave every Rotarian a copy of his book.
Anticipator Update April 2 Dinovo, Lynsey 2018-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
Adopt-a-Highway:  Jim Frisch Announced that March 31st is Adopt-a-Highway trash clean up.  Please contact him or sign up during our next meeting.
Grandstand Repair:  Scott Cubberly is seeking volunteers to repair and clean up the Fairground Grandstands.  Families are encouraged to participate in the project on May 12th.  More details to follow.
Taste of Downtown Delaware:  Brad Ebersole noted that June 13th has been set for this year's program.  While you are out in Delaware or speaking to restaurant owners, please encourage restaurants to join.  Files that can be shared regarding this event are provided on this website.
Volunteer Opportunities 2018-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
The Delaware Rotary Foundation approved a $500 unsolicited grant to People in Need, Inc. in memory of PIN's Executive Director, Kevin Crowley. Kevin presented many times at our Club and partnered on several community projects over the years. The Foundation Board felt it appropriate to recognize Kevin's contribution to the Delaware County community. At next Monday's meeting (March 26th), members will have an opportunity to contribute to that effort if you are interested. 
In Memory of Kevin Crowley - People In Need, Inc 2018-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
Upcoming programs:
April 2, 2018       Jack Grote, Same Page Foundation
April 9, 2018       Margo Bartlett, Poetry and Prose from the Statewide Writing 
                         Competition for Retirement Home Residents
April 16, 2018     Bob Horrocks and Karen Pillion, Sourcepoint, Meals on Wheels
April 23, 2018     Judges Marianne Hemmeter and David Sunderman, Delaware Municipal
Program Highlights
George Needham introduced Karen Cowan, President of Friends of the Delaware County District Library.   Karen showed a video that highlighted the all volunteer work of the Friends of the Library.  She stated that they have been a not for profit since 2008, celebrating 10 years in 2018.  They have grown 30% in the past year and have 250 members and 70 active volunteers. The mission is to advocate and fundraise for the Library.   They help create and maintain library interest, focus public attention on library services and needs, advocate for the library and its’ mission, raise funds to support programs and services, and receive, hold and disburse gifts of books, endowments, donations and bequests to the DCDL.    They exist to build a “literary community” and to help adults and children learn continually.    The primary fundraiser is a book sale.  They also partner with businesses, have memberships, and seek grants and estate bequests.  Friends of the DCDL makes decisions with three questions in mind – 1 – Does it advocate for DCDL?, 2 – Does it raise funds?,  3 – Does it increase awareness of the Friends of the Library?

Friends sponsors programs such as Summer Reading Club, authors visits such as Todd Cummings and Piper Kerman.  FOL are active in the community – members of Powell and Delaware Chambers and participating in Lollipop concerts and First Friday.    2018 is off to a good start, Karen reported, with a $20K grant to the DCDL, a Summer Young Writers Workshop scheduled, and a levy campaign to work hard on.   Also, the original author of “Pete the Cat,” Eric Litwin, will be at OWU on June 9th, sponsored by the Robert F. Beard Family Foundation.   Three book sales are also scheduled.  
Challenges were identified as capacity, partnership needs and time to complete all of the tasks needed.  Karen provided multiple ways that Rotary members can help the FOL – speak positively of the FOL when asked, sponsor events or items for the fundraising, talk to employees about joining their boards, and let Karen know if there is a charitable element to our organization that they can participate in.    Community members can also attend “Coffee with George” – a meeting time for the Library Director to meet with the public. 
Anticipator Updated for March 26th 2018-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
Peggy Murgatroyd inducted Jennifer Rose-Caudill and Trevor Epps from Emergency Plumbing into the club as new menbers on Monday March 19th.  They were sponsored by Liz Owens.
New Member Induction 2018-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Programs:
March 26, 2018     Garry Scanlon, Every Story Needs a Hero ...
April 2, 2018         Jack Grote, Same Page Foundation
April 9, 2018         Margo Bartlett, Poetry and Prose
April 16, 2018       Bob Horrocks and Karen Pillion, Source Point & Meals on Wheels
Program Highlights March 12, 2018
Judge David Hejmanowski introduced Rick Bannister of Neighborhood Bridges,
formerly known as Westerville Bridges. Rick shared the mission of the
organization --“Providing a gateway to kindness.” The two truths that
drive Neighborhood Bridges --there are real, unmet needs in most suburban
communities, and that there is ample supply of kindness and resources to help
fill those needs. Rick shared statistics on the growth of poverty in America,
specifically in the suburbs. The organization launched in Westerville one year
ago, with a target population of those communities with a free or reduced
lunch rate between 15 and 45%. In those communities, Neighborhood Bridges
“bridges the needs to existing organizations.” They engage the community
and identify the needs through advocates. These needs can be clothing, food,
snow removal, lawn care, student fees, furniture, tutoring, etc. While protecting
the privacy of those in need, the group will foster the meeting of those needs.
The group exists in Worthington, Gahanna, Westerville, Dublin and Grove City.
Rick described the 4-step process of identifying and meeting needs.
They have a steering committee of local stakeholders. Neighborhood
Bridges has engaged 8,258 individuals, counted 8,550 acts of kindness,
supported 2,102 families, through 1,008 donors and 250 advocates.
Delaware City is similar, he stated, to many of the communities already
utilizing this model. Rick ended with encouraging the members to “Be
Kind Whenever Possible – It is Always Possible.”
Anticipator Update 03/19/2018 Deanna Brant/SLH 2018-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
Upcoming programs:
March 12, 2018 Rick Bannister, WestervilleBridges
March 19, 2018 Karen Cowan, Friends of the Delaware Co. District Library
March 26, 2018 Garry Scanlon, Every Story Needs a Hero….”
April 2, 2018 Jack Grote, Same Page Foundation
February 26th Program Highlights:
Liz Owens introduced Julie Erwin Rinaldi, CEO and Sara Harrison Mills,
of Syntero, a Delaware County behavioral health service provider. Syntero
is a non profit provider who has been in business in Central Ohio for over
40 years. Syntero was asked to provide services specifically in Delaware
and Morrow Counties in 2017 after the closure of another entity. They
provide early intervention, prevention, school based programs, treatment,
crisis intervention and additional similar services to Delaware County.
Syntero’s Delaware County location is in Lewis Center, and they have multiple
school based providers as well. Syntero has partnered with many community
stakeholders and providers in Delaware County. Their model is one of
collaboration with others already serving the community, to
best assess and fill any identified service gaps. In 2017, they served
8,334 individuals intheir office based programs.
Syntero serves 8 school districts in Delaware and Morrow Counties,
providing groups, education, professional development for school staff,
summer programs,universal suicide screening, and one on one
interventions with students. Syntero also provides a liaison to the Delaware
County Juvenile Court who can assess court involved individuals for
behavioral health issues on site in a timely manner. Syntero offers counseling
at the Strengthening Families site at the Willis Center, in collaboration with
Untied Way, and the Triple P Positive Parenting Program as well. Syntero
also partners with Sourcepoint to provide outreach to seniors in need of
assistance or counseling. Delaware Morrow Mental Health and Recovery
Services Board has partnered with Syntero to fund many of these initiatives.
Anticipator Update February 27, 2018 Deanna Brant/SLH 2018-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
Today we had the opportunity to welcome three new members to the Delaware Rotary Club.  Each new member brings with them skills and expertise that will be beneficial to the club.  Listed from left to right: Lynsey (Bennington) Dinovo with KPMG, LLP; Lindsay Smith with Richwood Bank; and Nicole Tackett with Prudential.
Delaware Rotary Welcomes Three New Members 2018-02-26 05:00:00Z 0
This project was a $30,000 collaborative District Project with Mount Vernon, Delaware, Sunbury-Galena, and Westerville Noon Rotary Clubs .  As a result  three LifePumps ($10,000 each) will be installed in Zambia Africa. Each pump will supply safe, reliable water to a village of about 300 to 400 people. These pumps will promote improved health and wellness, more income-generating opportunities, and better education. The project will also result in provision of spare parts and training for local partners and communities that receive the pumps. For each pump, Design Outreach will provide a well-completion report, which will document the name of the community the pump serves, well depth, and the approximate number of people affected.
District Water Project Collaboration Liz Owens 2017-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
A TASTE OF DOWNTOWN DELAWARE Deb Shatzer 2017-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
The Delaware Rotary Club provided $4,000 to purchase school supplies to the United Way to allow Delaware County students to be prepared for the fall school term.   A team of local Rotarian's  helped unpack, sort and load supplies in preparation for our main event at Willis the following month.
Supplies for Scholars 2017-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 25, 2017
Four Delaware County teachers received Excellence in Teaching Awards: (from left to right) Heather Pitzer, Delaware Area Career Center (high school); Paula Bevins, St. Mary School (elementary); Amanda Conn, Buckeye Valley Schools (intervention specialist); and Carol Rackley, Buckeye Valley (middle school). Awards were presented on behalf of Rotary by Delaware Area Career Superintendent, Mary Beth Freeman. The teaching awards were received for demonstrating excellence in multiple areas. The honorees are also pictured with their respective Superintendents.
The Delaware Club presented a check to Ms. Ritsau on April 3, 2017 in the amount of $2125.00 for the five participants that have enrolled for this session.  Six Rotarian's prepared and served a meal during the session that occurred in Delaware at the United Methodist Church on April 12, 2017.  During the meal, Rotarian’s were able to visit with the participants and leaders, sharing the goals of the program and hopes for the future.  President Hiddleson is scheduled to attend a Session of Step Up, a follow-up course to the Getting Ahead, to make a presentation about Rotary on May 3, 2017.  
Ms. Ritsau, the leaders, and the participants shared many thanks to the Delaware Rotary Club for the gifts of money, time, food, and fellowship. 
Getting Ahead 2017-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Phil Ulery
The Delaware Rotary Club is now accepting applications for the Rotary Scholarship.  The applications are due to Mr. Ulery no later than April 21, 2017.  The application can be found on the right side of this page under the Download Files section.
Rotary Scholarships Phil Ulery 2017-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
The Delaware Rotary Club supports Rotary International with Foundation giving every year.  The donations assist Rotary International with projects both locally and globally, this year the local project will help Delaware community members "Get Ahead" by offering scholarships to ten investigators.  Additionally, donations by Delaware Rotarians' help to support Polio Plus, the goal of which is to end polio.
Delaware Rotary Supports International and Local Projects SLH 2016-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
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The Delaware Rotary Club was privileged to have District Governor Steve Sandbo in attendance at today's meeting; Mr. Sandbo was accompanied by his wife Jill.  He shared with the club the achievements of the Polio Plus campaign. 2.7 billion People have been vaccinated and Rotary International has spent 11 billion dollars in the project. The result is that there are only 19 cases left in the world, down from 34 cases a year ago. In spite of the barriers left, he urged the club to support the continued fight.
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Delaware Rotary Now Accepting Nominations for 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards Chris Otten 2015-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
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