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Week of 11/28/22

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 By: Rich Irelan
We are meeting this week at Scioto Reserve CC!

Our speaker is not able to make it on Thursday, so we have decided to hold a Club Assembly instead.   A Club Assembly is where the various committee chairs will update the club on their committee's work.   This is also a good time for newer members to see what committee they may want to get involved in.  I hope you can all make it!

Committees include:
* Service Projects - Dan Weng
* Program and Speaker - John O'Connell
* Fund Raising - Rich
* Membership - Jow Show
* Foundation - Bryan Lane

Final NFL Raffle Winners are:
1st Place - Al Valko -$100
2nd Place - Sway Tirado - $50
3rd Place - John Wiseman - $40
4th Place (tie) - Jamie Maze - $15
4th Place (tie) - Mary Dyser - $15
Last Place - Trevor Warren - $20

Payouts will be mailed out to the winners by next week.

Poinsettia Update  - Don Denton will be delivering our Poinsettias on Thursday December 8th.   Please be there to pick up yours! 


Bourbon Bacon & Brandon

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 By: Rich Irelan
 Save the Date!

Adopt a Family for Christmas

Monday, November 7, 2022 By: Mary Riddle
Want to play Santa this year?   Adopt a Family for Christmas!  

The Buckeye Valley Food Pantry is organizing a Christmas gift drive for needy seniors, families and pets in Ashley, Ohio (northeast of the City of Delaware).   These families were identified when they visited the Buckeye Valley Food Pantry and range from families of 3 with no pets to families of 7 with lots of animals.

If you are interested, please contact Mary Reins (with the BVFP) at or call / text her at 614-313-4473 and she will connect you with a family in need.   Presents must be purchased and dropped off in Ashley by December 9th.


Miryante Project

Sunday, November 6, 2022 By: Rich Irelan
Jan, Amanda and Marie from the Circleville Rotary Club wanted me to share the information about donating and sponsoring the Miryante project in Uganda, Africa.   See the information below.   You can also email Marie Wilbanks direct at  Marie's sister is the Director of the project.

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People in Need Coat Drive

Monday, October 31, 2022 By: Tom Kleven
Once again this year, the Olentangy Rotary Club will be conducting a coat drive to benefit the People In Need (PIN) Holiday Clearing House (HCH) on December 11, 2022. In an effort to better serve their clients' PIN has provided a link (see below) that shows the most needed sizes of coats. If you are able to donate any of those items please "sign up" for those sizes which will keep the list current. 
You can bring donated coats to our November 10th or December 1st Rotary meeting and I'll deliver them to PIN. If neither of those dates works for you, please let me know and I'll make arrangements to pick up donated items.
If you have already purchased coats in sizes not listed, we will gladly accept your donations and they will be put to good use.   An additional area of need is hats/gloves for older kids/teens if you're able to help.
Thanks for all you do!
Tom Kleven
Project Chair


People in Need - Holiday Clearing House Volunteer Opportunities

Monday, October 31, 2022 By: Tom Kleven
For the past several years, the Olentangy Rotary Club members have volunteered at the People In Need Holiday Clearing House. There is an opportunity to assist as escorts for the client's families as they shop for gifts, clothing, and groceries. The event this year will be held at Delaware County Fairgrounds on Sunday December 11th from 9 AM to 5 PM.

There are also volunteer opportunities the week prior to the Clearing House. With several days of preparation in a variety of areas, there are lots of shifts available.

If you go to and follow the Holiday Clearing House tabs, it will lead you to the sign-up area where shifts are shown.

Thanks for all you do!

Tom Kleven
Project Chair

Headphone People in Need Service Project

Friday, July 15, 2022 By: Rich Irelan
During our last morning meeting, we completed a service project for the "Supplies for Scholars" program in partnership with People in Need of Delaware County and United Way of Delaware County.   We packaged 480 headphones that our club donated to the students.   The total cost was over $4,000.  $2,000 was direct from our club and the other $2,000 was from a matching grant from District 6690.

Thanks to all the members at the meeting and the guest (Jeff Hohman) for volunteering their time!

Lastly, a very special thanks to Tom Kleven for coordinating this project and making it a success over the years! Share

DACC Scholarships

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 By: Tom Kleven
I wanted to recap this year's scholarship program for the club. 

This is our first year participating in the scholarship program benefitting students at the Delaware Area Career Center (DACC) that the Sunbury Galena and the Delaware Rotary Clubs have administered for several years. Our Olentangy Club contributed $2,000 and PDG Mike & Kim Brown also contributed $1,000 to the program. There was a total of just over $20,000 to be awarded from the three clubs, along with individual and corporate donations.

Over 40 students applied and were interviewed, via Zoom, by a panel of Rotarians from the three participating clubs. These students represented various areas such as welding, carpentry, dental assisting, and digital design. Twenty scholarships were awarded ranging in value from $750 to $1500. Awards addressed a variety of needs such as tuition, carpentry tools, and welding equipment.

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