Club News

Paynes Support Scholarships & Win Cornhole Tournament
January 20, 2018

Congratulations to Columbus Rotary Club member Brian Payne and his wife Amber, who won 1st Place in the Columbus Sunrise Rotary Club's 3rd Annual World Cup Cornhole Board Tournament.  This Sunrise Club event combines one of Indiana's favorite pastimes with an international theme to raise funds for their Dr. Thor Bogren Scholarship Fund at Ivy Tech Community College.  Thanks to Brian and Amber for representing our club, building friendships with our fellow Rotarians, and supporting this worthy cause.

Below: Brian Payne poses with his trophy and fellow Rotarians Roger Brinkman and Mark Lindenlaub.

Welcome Melissa Fairbanks!

January 8, 2018

At the January 8, 2018 meeting the Columbus Rotary Club welcomed Melissa Fairbanks as our newest member.  Melissa is the Director of the Center for Business and Economic Development at Indiana University - Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC).  Melissa's membership was sponsored by Pete King.

Below: President Roger Brinkman with new club member Melissa Fairbanks and her sponsor, Pete King.

Rotarians Assist with Tree Planting
November 30, 2017

Columbus Rotary Club members recently donated their time to assist with the planting of 20 trees along the Haw Creek People Trail.  The tree planting was organized by the Columbus Parks & Recreation Department.  The new trees will provide beauty and shade along the People Trail.  They will also support animal habitat and prevent erosion and water pollution as part of nearby Haw Creek's stream-side forest.  The Club's assistance with the tree planting was in response to Rotary International President Ian Riseley's challenge for each of the 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide to plant a tree before April 22, 2018.  Other events are planned for the Club to reach the 100 tree total that reflects our current membership.

Below: Columbus Rotary Club members and Columbus Parks Department staff plant trees along the Haw Creek People Trail.


FFY Presented with Donation
November 27, 2017

At the Club's November 27, 2017 meeting Past-President Sherry Stark returned to the podium to formally share the proceeds of the Club's 2016-17 fundraising with her Charity of the Year, Foundation For Youth (FFY).  FFY provides a wide variety of programs and services for young people throughout Columbus and Bartholomew County.  The "Happy Bucks", pie bake-off, and other fundraisers for the year resulted in $1,585.62 for FFY.  Sherry thanked the Club members for their generosity and noted that the total raised met 2015-16 President Dan Arnholt's challenge to exceed that year's fundraising amount.

Below: Sherry Stark presents the Club's donation to FFY Director Chuck Kime.


Columbus Rotary Supports Ethnic Expo
October 14, 2017

Columbus Rotary was proud to be a part of Columbus' 2017 Ethnic Expo.  The annual celebration of local diversity and culture included the much anticipated international cuisine, crafts, and performances, and of course the Ethnic Expo parade!  Our Club members appreciated the opportunity to volunteer as part of the parade crew - assisting and organizing the participants.

Below: Club volunteers Roger Brinkman, Zack Ellison, and Keith Weedman pause for a photo with fellow Rotarian and Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop.


Columbus Rotary Continues Commitment to Abby's House
September 25, 2017

The Columbus Rotary Club was pleased to host Denise Soltis, President of the Board of Directors of Hillside Clinic, at its September 25 weekly meeting.  The non-profit Hillside Clinic provides medical care to families and individuals in need in southern Belize.  Abby's House, the medical student dormitory at the clinic, is named in honor of Abby Brinkman of Columbus.  Abby was a fourth year medical student at Indiana University doing a rotation at the Hillside Clinic when she died in a tragic accident in 2005.  The Columbus community, led by the Brinkman family, the Columbus Rotary Club, and First Presbyterian Church, conceived of, designed, and funded Abby's House to carry on her desire to provide medical care to those in need in underserved areas of the world.  Abby's House was dedicated in 2008 and can accommodate 16 students.  Denise provided an update on the work of the Hillside Clinic and shared the significant impact that Abby's House has had on their ability to fulfill their mission.  The Club presented Denise with a check for $5,000 in support of Hillside's continued efforts.  In doing so, the Club designated the Hillside Clinic and Abby's House as its international project.

Below: Denise Soltis with the Brinkman family and some of the Rotary and community members who helped make Abby's House a reality.

Columbus Rotary Welcomes Judy Bush
July 31, 2017

The Columbus Rotary Club was pleased to welcome Rotary District 6580 Governor Judy Bush to a meeting of our Club.  Thank you Judy for the updates from the District and Rotary International and for your support and encouragement.

Below: Club President Roger Brinkman and District Governor Judy Bush.

Columbus Rotary Supports "Fill the Bus" & "Fill the Backpack"

July 22, 2017

Members of the Columbus Rotary Club joined those from the Columbus Sunrise Rotary Club in supporting the effort to "Fill the Bus" with donated school supplies to assist families in need.  Rotarians spent the day at Columbus Westside Wal-mart encouraging shoppers to donate school supplies, collecting the donations, and sorting the donated materials.  

Separately, the Columbus Rotary Club collected $429 through a "Fill the Backpack" effort at club meetings.  These funds will also be used to purchase needed school supplies.

Rotarians will also pack backpacks with the donated materials and distribute those backpacks to students.   Thank you to all who so generously volunteered and donated!

Below: Some of the Rotarians who volunteered to help "Fill the Bus".


Rotarians Bake Pies for Foundation for Youth
June 19, 2017

Columbus Rotary Club 2016-17 President Sherry Stark's fundraising to benefit Foundation for Youth concluded with a Club pie baking contest.  Celebrity judges John Foster and Sam Simmermaker sampled the selection of delicious desserts made by Club members.  A peach pie provided by Roger (and Jan) Brinkman was selected as the winner.  Duplicates of all of the sampled pies were then auctioned, with the proceeds adding to the year's contributions to FFY. The 2016-17 "Happy Bucks", pie contest, and other fundraisers resulted in a $1585.62 contribution to FFY.  Congratulations to Sherry, fundraiser organizer Barb Hackman, and all who participated in this effort.

Below:  The judges thoughtfully evaluate the donated pies.


Recognizing those who Serve
June 19, 2017

The Columbus Rotary Club is pleased to recognize those who provided outstanding service to the Club and the community during the 2016-2017 Rotary year.  Those recognized were Mark Pillar with the Teree Bergman "Service Above Self" award, Ed Niespodziani with the Alice Curry "Music Makes your Life" Award, and Sherry Stark and Jeff Bergman with the Stewart Legacy Award.  Learn more about these recognitions here: Recognitions.  

Below:  From top to bottom: (1) Mark Pillar is recognized for his service above self, Ed Niespodziani addresses the Club members, and (3) Sherry Stark and Jeff Bergman after receiving their recognitions.

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