Officers & Committees
|President||Shawn Barnes||Sergeant-at-Arms||Shane Winter|
|President Elect||Gena Patton||Past President||Marcia Machens|
|Secretary||Rose Hayden||Club Historian||Jim Cherrington|
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2013-2014 Board Members
|Rob Bartel||2011-2014||Bob Unrath||2012-2015|
|Jim Spieler||2011-2014||Kim Buckman||2013-2016|
|Brad Nelson||2011-2014||Pat Hostetler||2013-2016|
|Karen Brown||2012-2015||Andrew Stone||2013-2016|
(Note: An anticipated timeline for committee activity is located here.)
Lori Neidel & Sarah Read, Co-Chairs
This committee helps the president and the board coordinate and support the work of the committees, conducts training on the bylaws, conduct activites associated with the effective operation of the club, and performs such other administrative duties as are delegated by the president and the board.
Jeremy Morton, Chair
Our Community Service work has focused on improving the lives of children and families in our community. We have been a long-time Partner in Education with the Columbia Public Schools’ Title 1 program. In 2010 we installed a rain garden at the Park Ave Preschool. In 2011 we worked with the Douglass High School Bike Project. This year, we have partnered with the other Rotary Clubs in Columbia to install a fitness trail and learning gardens at Douglass and to also provide mentoring and connect youth at Douglass with future careers. Other activities of our club have included supporting the VAC Christmas project, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Food Bank.
Family of Rotary
Tonya Wolff, Chair
The goal of this committee is to help care for Metro Rotarians and memers of their extended families. We do this by acknowledging birthdays and anniversaries, assisting members who are sick or having other difficulties; sharing grief after a death in the family; and celebrating births, weddings, graduations and other public and personal achievements. The committee meets as needed.
Leah Christian & Anna Drake, Co-Chairs
This committee furthers the club’s goal of “development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service” by hosting fellowship events that promote fun, friendship and service; coordinating club member assignments for greeters and for the raffle, invocation, and pledge of allegiance at weekly club meetings; and planning and coordinating the annual Charter night celebration of the club’s anniversary. Meets as needed.
Sandra Logan & Jim Stock, Co-Chairs
The Foundation Committee promotes and supports the mission and ideals of the Rotary Foundation through education and through soliciting financial support. Meets quarterly and assists with club programs during Foundation month.
Scott Heck, Chair
The Fundraising Committee plans, promotes, prepares for, implements and evaluates the Club’s annual major fundraiser and any supplemental fundraising opportunities throughout the year. Meets primarily during the months of September through February, as needed.
Beth Fisher & Tom O’Connor, Co-Chairs
The International Projects Committee supports international service projects sponsored by Rotary International. Committee activities include fund development, educational programs and work on the actual projects. Meets as necessary.
Jaime Freidrichs & Jean Leonatti, Co-Chairs
This committee oversees the implementation of the process for recruiting and receiving new members into the club, reviews and investigates applications for membership and advises the board, reviews and assigns classifications, and develops plans for the recruitment of persons to fill underutilized classifications. This committee is also responsible for analyzing why members leave the club. The committee meets as needed.
ROI – Membership Orientation
Marcia Machens & April Melvin, Co-Chairs
This committee is responsible for orienting new members and helping to integrate them into the club. Specifically, this committee will facilitate mentor assignments for new members, communicate specific requirements new members must achieve, and help new members make the transition into active involvement in the club. The committee meets as needed.
Jim Cherrington, Chair
This committee is responsible for compiling and distributing the club’s weekly newsletter, overseeing the Metro website and all interactive/social media communication tools of the club. Meets as needed.
Partners in Education
Les Gelband & Shane Winter, Co-Chairs
This committee coordinates the activities for the partnership between Columbia Metro Rotary and the Columbia Public School’s Title 1 program. Committee membership includes both club members and Title I teachers and staff. The purpose of the partnership is to promote literacy development in young children through individual and group reading assistance and financial support. The committee usually meets every month in the late afternoon at one of the Title I schools. A schedule of meetings is determined at the beginning of the school year.
Barb Danuser & Shatenita Horton, Co-Chairs
This committee selects and schedules the programs for our weekly club luncheons. Each member is generally assigned responsibility for one month. Committee meets as needed.
Norm Benedict, Chair
This committee is responsible for issuing press releases and otherwise managing the public relations and marketing efforts for Columbia Metro. Meets as needed.
Kristen Dickenson & Pat Hostetler, Co-Chairs
This committee provides club members service opportunities to use their vocational skills and expertise and raises awareness of how the Rotary 4-Way Test guides us in our vocations. It coordinates the nomination and selection of the recipient of the club’s annual Vocational Service Award. Past activities have included providing vocational speakers at schools, organizing a career counseling day, and judges for the Future Business Leaders of America competitions. The Committee meets as needed.
Jim Sharrock, Chair
This committee coordinates all aspects of the club’s participation in Rotary Youth Exchange, which is considered to be the premier exchange program in the world and which is designed to further international goodwill and understanding by enabling students to study firsthand the cultural differences of people in lands other than their own. The committee supports both the inbound and outbound portions of the program with recruiting, training and ongoing communication. The committee meets at 11:30 a.m. immediately prior to the first lunch meeting of every month. Committee members are encouraged to attend a minimum of six meetings a year.