Westerville Club History

A Brief History

The world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to recapture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The name “Rotary” derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices.

Rotary’s popularity spread throughout the United States in the decade that followed; clubs were chartered from San Francisco to New York. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents, and the organization adopted the name Rotary International a year later.

As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving the professional and social interests of club members. Rotarians began pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve communities in need. The organization’s dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its principal motto: Service Above Self. Rotary also later embraced a code of ethics, called The 4-Way Test, that has been translated into hundreds of languages.

During and after World War II, Rotarians became increasingly involved in promoting international understanding. In 1945, 49 Rotary members served in 29 delegations to the United Nations Charter Conference. Rotary still actively participates in UN conferences by sending observers to major meetings and promoting the United Nations in Rotary publications. Rotary International’s relationship with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) dates back to a 1943 London Rotary conference that promoted international cultural and educational exchanges. Attended by ministers of education and observers from around the world, and chaired by a past president of RI, the conference was an impetus to the establishment of UNESCO in 1946.

An endowment fund, set up by Rotarians in 1917 “for doing good in the world,” became a not-for-profit corporation known as The Rotary Foundation in 1928. Upon the death of Paul Harris in 1947, an outpouring of Rotarian donations made in his honor, totaling US$2 million, launched the Foundation’s first program — graduate fellowships, now called Ambassadorial Scholarships. Today, contributions to The Rotary Foundation total more than US$80 million annually and support a wide range of humanitarian grants and educational programs that enable Rotarians to bring hope and promote international understanding throughout the world.

In 1985, Rotary made a historic commitment to immunize all of the world’s children against polio. Working in partnership with nongovernmental organizations and national governments thorough its Polio Plus program, Rotary is the largest private-sector contributor to the global polio eradication campaign. Rotarians have mobilized hundreds of thousands of Polio Plus volunteers and have immunized more than one billion children worldwide. By the 2005 target date for certification of a polio-free world, Rotary will have contributed half a billion dollars to the cause.

As it approached the dawn of the 21st century, Rotary worked to meet the changing needs of society, expanding its service effort to address such pressing issues as environmental degradation, illiteracy, world hunger, and children at risk. The organization admitted women for the first time (worldwide) in 1989 and claims more than 145,000 women in its ranks today. Following the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Rotary clubs were formed or re-established throughout Central and Eastern Europe.

More than a century after Paul Harris and his colleagues chartered the club that eventually led to Rotary International, Rotarians continue to take pride in their history. In honor of that first club, Rotarians have preserved its original meeting place, Room 711 in Chicago’s Unity Building, by re-creating the office as it existed in 1905. For several years, the Paul Harris 711 Club maintained the room as a shrine for visiting Rotarians. In 1989, when the building was scheduled to be demolished, the club carefully dismantled the office and salvaged the interior, including doors and radiators. In 1993, the RI Board of Directors set aside a permanent home for the restored Room 711 on the 16th floor of RI World Headquarters in nearby Evanston.

1905  
First Rotary club organized in Chicago, Illinois, USA
 
1908

Second club formed in San Francisco, California, USA

1910
First Rotary convention held in Chicago, Illinois, USA

1912
The Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, becomes the first club outside the
United States to be officially chartered. (The club was formed in 1910.)

1917
Endowment fund, forerunner of The Rotary Foundation, established

1932
4-Way Test formulated by Chicago Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor

1945
Forty-nine Rotarians help draft United Nations Charter in San Francisco

1947
Rotary founder Paul Harris dies; first 18 Rotary Foundation scholarships granted

1962
First Interact club formed in Melbourne, Florida, USA

1965
Rotary Foundation launches Matching Grants and Group Study Exchange programs
 
1985

Rotary announces PolioPlus program to immunize all the children of the world against polio
 
1989

Council on Legislation opens Rotary membership to women worldwide; Rotary clubs chartered in Budapest, Hungary, and Warsaw, Poland, for first time in almost 50 years


1990

Rotary Club of Moscow chartered first club in Soviet Union
 
1990-91

Preserve Planet Earth program inspires some 2,000 Rotary-sponsored environmental projects

1994
Western Hemisphere declared polio-free

1999
Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution established
 
2000

Western Pacific declared polio-free
 
2001

30,000th Rotary club chartered

2002
Europe declared polio-free; first class of 70 Rotary Peace Scholars begin study

2003
Rotarians raise more than US$118 million to support the final stages of polio eradication

2004
RI’s largest convention with 45,381 attendees, held in Osaka, Japan

2005
Rotary Celebrates centennial in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Contact Us

Rotary Club of Westerville
P.O. Box 595
Westerville, OH  43086-0595

Where We Meet
Villa Milano Banquet Center
1630 Schrock Rd.
Columbus, OH 43229-1560
When
Thursdays at noon Map it

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The Rotary Club of Westerville will meet at noon Thursday, July 23, via Zoom.
Our speaker will be Dr. Matt Chittum.
Our topic is “The Dynamics of Change.”
President Ellen Cathers reports she and Dr. Chittum have been doing Zoom meetings with people from all over the globe on this topic. She promises the meeting will be “more interactive than you might think” and invites all club members to jump on Zoom for the meeting.

Please join in on Zoom at this link/using the below info:
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Last night to light up your #4thofjuly weekend!

As an organically socially distant show we are so happy to be able to provide this for our community during a time when we are all craving social interaction. It was been incredible to see you all again, even if it’s just a wave through a car window! There has been a great sense of community the past four nights at Lights of Liberty, #alonetogether from the comfort of your vehicle.

See you tonight #columbus! 9:00-11:30pm | $10 per vehicle | 325 N. Cleveland Ave 43082 | online tickets www.eventbrite.com/e/lights-of-liberty-drive-through-digital-light-show-10-per-vehicle-tickets-11...
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Happy Birthday America!

Our #popup light show will be in Westerville for two more nights!

Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July!

July 1-5 nightly | 9:00-11:30pm | $10 per vehicle | 325 N. Cleveland Ave 43082 | online tickets www.eventbrite.com/e/lights-of-liberty-drive-through-digital-light-show-10-per-vehicle-tickets-11...
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That feeling of being out of the house!

Thank you @bbfantasyoflights for helping to make Lights of Liberty (pop up light show) possible with just two weeks of planning!

We are proud to have an event that brings us #alonetogether Columbus!

Don’t miss the best light show in town! July 1-5 nightly 9:00-11:30pm $10 per vehicle 325 N. Cleveland Ave 43082 online tickets www.eventbrite.com/e/lights-of-liberty-drive-through-digital-light-show-10-per-vehicle-tickets-11...
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We love our community!

Last night has us feeling all warm and fuzzy today! We loved seeing so many smiling faces and are so honored to be able to let our lights shine this 4th!

Three more nights of Lights! Show runs till July 5th | 9:00-11:30pm | $10 per vehicle | 325 N. Cleveland Ave 43082 | online tickets www.eventbrite.com/e/lights-of-liberty-drive-through-digital-light-show-10-per-vehicle-tickets-11...

As the only #COVID-19 conscious event in town there is a potential for a wait, please know that we are processing vehicles as quickly as possible.
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What are you doing to make this 4th of July special?

#COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in just about every 2020 plan so far this year. What have you been doing to stay sane and to continue to create family memories during this time?

We are so honored to bring our lights to #westerville this holiday to offer a way to celebrate socially distant! Stay safe in your car with your family and create those memories with us!

July 1-5 nightly | 9:00-11:30pm | $10 per vehicle | 325 N. Cleveland Ave 43082 | online tickets www.eventbrite.com/e/lights-of-liberty-drive-through-digital-light-show-10-per-vehicle-tickets-11...
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Greg and Dorci Winbush of North Columbus wait Wednesday evening to become THE FIRST VISITORS to the Lights of Liberty show at the Westerville Sports Complex. The patriotic light display staged by the Rotary Club of Westerville continues from 9-11:30 tonight-Sunday, July 2-5. Come on by, enjoy the July 4th fun, and support our charitable causes! Admission: $10 per carload. Pay on EventBrite or at the door. ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking for a way to light up your Independence Day?

You’ve found it! Lights of Liberty is a patriotic drive-through light show that is guaranteed to get you and your family in celebration mode 🥳

July 1-5 nightly | 9:00-11:30pm | $10 per vehicle | 325 N. Cleveland Ave 43082 | online tickets www.eventbrite.com/e/lights-of-liberty-drive-through-digital-light-show-10-per-vehicle-tickets-11...
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Gates open at 9:00pm for the only socially distant 4th of July event in town!

Drive-through Lights of Liberty from the comfort of your vehicle.

Visit our website (link in bio) for all the details!

325 N. Cleveland Ave 43082

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Who loves fireworks?!

Fireworks canceled this 4th? We’ve got the next best thing for you and your family to enjoy from the comfort of your vehicle!

Lights of Liberty, a patriotic drive-through light show, opens tomorrow night! 7/1-7/5 nightly, 9:00-11:30pm, $10 per vehicle!

Check out our website for all the details!! See you soon! Tag a friend who needs to see our lights!

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Lights of Liberty | WESTERVILLE | 325 N. Cleveland Ave 43082

Your family will experience a patriotic drive-through light show from the comfort of your vehicle-new tunnel synchronized to 88.3 FM!

In partnership with @bbfantasyoflights benefitting SEALKIDS and Honor Flight Westerville.

July 1-5 nightly | 9:00-11:30pm | $10 per vehicle | socially distant event

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3 more nights till the debut of our lights!

Your family will tune into a dedicated radio station upon entering the show to experience our brand new synchronized 4th of July themed TUNNEL and much more!

See you July 1st-5th, 9:00-11:30pm...tag a friend who needs to know!

325 N Cleveland Ave Westerville, 43082

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Setup is underway for the Lights of Liberty 4th of July event!

Celebrate Independence Day with a bang- from the comfort of your vehicle! Be amazed by the sights and sounds of our light displays and new synchronized light tunnel - you will experience fireworks and much more!

Get your tickets today for the only socially distant 4th of July show in town!

7/1-7/5 nightly | 9:00-11:30pm | $10 per vehicle | tickets through Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com/e/lights-of-liberty-drive-through-digital-light-show-10-per-vehicle-tickets-11...
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Celebrate #IndependenceDay with a bang- from the comfort of your vehicle! Be amazed by the sights and sounds of our light displays and new synchronized light tunnel - you will experience fireworks and much more!

Get your tickets today for the only socially distant #4thofjuly show in town!

7/1-7/5 nightly | 9:00-11:30pm | $10 per vehicle | tickets through @eventbrite | visit our website to purchase today!

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Light up your #4thofjuly with us this year!

We are so excited to bring you the only digital fireworks show in town!

Your health and safety have always been our top priority - we continue to be a socially distanced, family fun show! You must remain in your vehicle at all times, contactless payment option through Eventbrite (link on website), and ticket takers will be wearing masks/gloves.

Show runs nightly 7/1-7/5, 9:00-11:30pm, $10 per vehicle

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2 months ago

Cora Persephone

Emily Noble, 52, has been missing from Westerville, OH (Columbus area) since May 24th or 25th. Police are asking for the public’s help. Emily is a photographer & nature enthusiast and went on daily walks, and often on hikes to forage. Emily has naturally curly brown hair, is 5’ & 100 lbs.

MISSING ADULT: EMILY NOBLE
Delaware-Franklin County / Westerville, Ohio

Missing from: Westerville, Ohio.
Emily was last seen at her residence in Westerville, Ohio on the evening of 5/24/2020.
* Age: 52
* Gender: Female
* Race/Ethnicity: White
* Height: 5'0"
* Weight: 100 lbs
* Hair color: Brown (Naturally Curly)
* Eye color: Brown

If you have information contact Westerville Police Department at (614) 901-6881.

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Dr. John Comerford, President of Otterbein University will speak on Thursday, June 4th at 7 pm via Zoom meeting about bringing back students with Covid19 restrictions. Info will be emailed. ... See MoreSee Less

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Awesome night of virtual Bingo while raising money for Kenya!! George won a game and Christy had three Bingos. Lisa Jensen won best hat! ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to our Bingo winners who won $50 each. Join us on Thursday, May 28th for our next game!

Katrina Plourde
Diane Conley
Bill Tompos
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Hello Club! That picture is at the conclusion of my last April Walk4WARM. Official distance completed is 152.07 miles for April. Not quite as long as this pandemic but hopefully it helped us remember the need going on in our community currently. You folks really responded to the Club fund raiser for April. So proud of you all. As of Wednesday $4125 had been donated + $1500 from the club match + $2000 from District Grant. Total $7625 or the equivalent of a full week of meals for 217 people. Well done!

Ways to Serve
Here are two links to groups we help serve with. If you are looking for ways to serve during the Pandemic check these out.

My Very Own Blanket www.myveryownblanket.org
Star House www.starhouse.us
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