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Pins for P.I.N.

Olentangy Rotary will be hosting Pins for P.I.N. -  a pinball tournament - on Saturday, November 9 at 1:00 PM at Level One Bar + Arcade.  It is located adjacent to Marcus Theater at 130 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, OH 43235

You don't have to know how to play pinball to enter.  You just have to want to have fun!  Entry fee is $10 per person.  This  event will be live streamed on Twitch and have an online donation option.  All coin drop monies will be donated to People in Need.  This event was started by the Lewis Center Club and is in it's 3rd year.

We will also be hosting a silent auction and are looking for donations for the auction.  If you can donate any goods or services, please contact Rita Stevenson at

P.I.N. Produce Distribution

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 By: Jennifer T. Carney Triplett
Our PIN Produce Distribution event wnet off without a hitch and was well attended!  Thanks to Dan Weng for organizing the event.  We have many families come through and get urgently needed produce that was donated by the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.  The weather was perfect - and the new shelter that PIN was able to build suited the day perfectly!  Thanks to all who attended!


Beers and Batteries

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 By: Thomas J. Kleven

Thanks to all who participated last Thursday in packing smoke alarm batteries for People In Need.

We had a good turnout and a nice selection of beer to sample. Many thanks to Bryan Lane for hosting the group and assisting with the project. Rich Irelan handled the color printing of the flyer sheets!

The club funds are matched by a grant from District 6690 (thanks to John Medeiros for handling the paperwork). The total cost for the batteries and school supplies we provide to People In Need is close to $4,000, half from both the club and the District grant.

Thanks for all you do!


Map-It! 9/14/19

Saturday, September 14, 2019 By:

Olentangy Rotarians working on their latest service project!! On Saturday, September 14, we painted a map of the United States on the playground of Scioto Ridge Elementary School. Thanks to Rich Irelan for organizing this event, and to all those that came out to help!!  Rotary members share a unique passion for taking action to improve their communities and the world.  Rotary IS People of Action!



NFL Raffle Tickets - Our Newest Fund Raiser

The NFL Raffle Ticket Fundraiser has started! Most of you have received your tickets from Rich. But there are still a few who have not. He will email those people seperately and arrange to get the tickets to you.

The most common thing have heard from people is, "It is very easy selling these tickets. Can I get more? So please just ask and you will be surprised how easy it is. Nancy Shapiro even sold 2 tickets at the meeting last Thursday!

A couple of reminders. We take cash and checks. Checks should be made out to "The Olentangy Rotary Foundation". If you need more tickets please email me. Even though we have over 3 weeks to sell the tickets, don't wait. If you have any trouble entering your sold tickets please call or email me. 614 554-8692.

Our newest Fund Raiser is called "Add Sum Cards" or an NFL Raffle. Its basically a raffle ticket that is good for a period of 4 NFL weeks. Each Raffle ticket will have 3 random NFL teams listed per week (4 weeks total). The goal is for your 3 random teams total score for that specific week to be the highest. So for example; you randomly get Steelers, Browns and Bengals. If the score 0, 20, and 30 respectively that week you get a total score of 50. The highest score that week wins. We also pay the next highest scores. $100 for 1st, $40 for 2nd, $30 for 3rd and $20 for 4th. So top 4 scores win. Each card is sold for $20. There are then 16 chances to win per card. Meaning 4 chances per week x 4 weeks.

We got our tickets in today and we plan on assigning 10 tickets to each member.  Each ticket is $20 to purchase and there are 20 possible ways to win on each ticket. Each week there are 5 winners. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place for highest total points. We also pay for the lowest score.

The first week for our raffle will begin on Thursday November 7th - Monday.November 11th. This will contiunue for 4 weeks and end on Monday December 2nd.We have 3 weeks from this Thursday to sell 500 tickets.

If you would like more than 10 tickets please email Rich Irelan back with the # of tickets you want.  Dont worry if you think you cant sell 10 tickets, others will make up for it. But, please try to sell them to your frineds, co-workers and family. It will be fun for everyone!


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