OUR COMMITTEES

…are the life blood of Columbus Rotary and the primary way in which Rotarians serve the community, network and forge the lifelong friendships that are the hallmarks of membership. Whether you are a new Rotarian, or have been a member for years, you’ll find you get the most out of your membership when you are engaged. We invite you to learn more about, and to join one or more of the following committees. To JOIN or for QUESTIONS, don’t hesitate to contact the committee lead and co-leads.

Community Service

This committee develops and engages club members in projects to meet various community needs. Projects include

  • Colerain Elementary Christmas Party
  • Dictionary Project
  • Franklinton Youth Park
  • Homeless Families Amazing Health Day
  • The OSU Veterans Mentoring and Coaching Program
  • Ronald McDonald House meals
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing
  • Tree planting, and more.

Lead: Jason Southwell  [contact]

Peace Builders Committee

The committee provides peace and conflict resolution tools to the community. They educate and engage the local and international community through programming and community events.  [LEARN MORE]

Lead: Tom Carlisi​ [contact]

Socials

It’s not all work! This committee’s goal is to have fun, sponsor social activities and support other committees by adding a social component to their events.

  • Happy Hours & Social Events

Lead: Amanda Bowen  [contact]

Public Image

This group promotes the club, its events and good works with the community, traditional media and social media.

Lead: Patrick O’Neill  [contact]

Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee oversees most of the scholarship opportunities available from the Club.

Lead: Galen Graham  [contact]

Career Path Awards Committee

Supporting Graduating Seniors. Advancing Columbus’ Economy

The mission of the Columbus Rotary Career Path Awards (CPA) Program is to recognize and provide career mentoring to graduating seniors within the Columbus City School district who have demonstrated excellence in taking advantage of the opportunities offered to prepare for skilled careers which do not require a four-year college degree.

CPA committee members assist with the ongoing functioning of the program. This includes working with school officials, interviewing students, securing corporate sponsors, serving as mentors to students, and planning of the awards ceremony.

Click HERE to learn more about the Career Path Awards Committee and how to get involved.

Co-Lead: Steve Sundre  [contact]
Co-Lead: Keith Stimpert  [contact]

International Service

International Service develops and implements service projects that will foster international understanding and goodwill. Projects include

  • Rafiki Academy, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Women’s Empowerment Program, Oromia, Kenya Engineers Without Borders Projects
  • Free to Smile Missions
  • Clean Water initiatives

Lead: Amanda Engle  [contact]

Membership

This committee oversees the entire membership effort by identifying prospective members, assisting in the recruiting process and recommending nominations to the Board.

Lead: Chris Angellatta  [contact]

Rotaract

Rotaract is a service club for young people ages 18 and up who are dedicated to finding innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges while developing leadership skills and making friends from around the world. Rotaract clubs are members of Rotary International. We sponsor clubs at

  • Columbus State
  • Ohio State
  • Chamberlain College of Student Nursing
  • Fortis College
  • Young Professional Club.

Lead: Jessica Barwell  [contact]

Program

This committee identifies, selects and coordinates the weekly speakers and topics to provide high-quality programs for the Club.

Lead:
JoAnne Schorsten [contact]

Youth Exchange Committee

This committee facilitates incoming and outgoing high school youth exchange students, their host families, and activities.

Lead: Tracy Najera  [contact]