2018-2019 Officers

President Karen Brown Sergeant-at-Arms Mandy Schick
President Elect Cathy Scroggs Past President Tom Rose
Secretary Shane Winter Club Historian Jim Cherrington
Treasurer Laura Kogut    


2018-2019 Board Members

Lori Neidel 2016-2019 Craig Meyer 2017-2020
Monica Pitts 2016-2019 Les Borgmeyer 2018-2021
Audrey Spieler 2016-2019 Victoria Brees 2018-2021
Rob Bartel 2017-2020    


(Note: An anticipated timeline for committee activity is located here.)

Club Administration

Chair: Lori Neidel

This committee supports the executive committee with various reports and administrative tasks associated with the effective operation of the club, including those related to the RI presidential citation and grant applications, helps to track and provide resources for the work of the committees, prepares announcements for club meetings, coordinates club member assignments for greeters and for the raffle, invocation, and pledge of allegiance at weekly club meetings; and conducts new member orientation and other training. Also maintains connections with district committees as requested by the Executive Committee. Areas of focus include filling out the document bank on the club’s Google Drive account, reviewing bylaw amendments as needed, coordinating on weekly club announcements, working with committees to develop checklists and arranging training on the various database tools maintained by the district and RI.

Other members: Executive Committee – Tom Rose, Karen Brown, Cathy Scroggs, Sarah Read, Shane Winter, Laura Kogut, Rob Bartel, Loretta Schouten, Katie Essing


Co-Chairs: Monica Pitts & Jim Cherrington; Press Secretary: Norm Benedict

This committee is responsible for coordinating the clubs internal and external communications.  This includes compiling and distributing the club’s weekly newsletter, overseeing the Metro website and all interactive/social media communication tools of the club, as well as issuing press releases and placing announcements, pictures, and articles in the printed press, district newsletters and on Rotary platforms. General responsibilities include publishing of weekly club newsletter, integrated harvesting of information for both social media outreach and publicity; addition of a Twitter account, attempt to have at least six articles in printed press, two in district newsletter, and plan for staying in touch with club alumni.

Foundation & RI

Co-Chairs: Sandra Logan & Jim Stock

This committee promotes and supports the mission and ideals of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation through education about RI’s programs, and through soliciting financial support. Meets quarterly, provides a monthly announcement showcasing an aspect of RI programs and services, and assists with club programs during Foundation month. Also responsible, with assistance from the Administration Committee, for coordinating the activities of any GSE team hosted. This committee will work with the Communications committee to promote the activities of the Foundation, and also will work to meet the presidential citation goals under Foundation giving and on-line tool adoption.

Other members: Audrey Spieler, Rob Bartel, Margaret Conroy, Rose Hayden, Marnie Clark and Susan Hart


Chair: Craig Meyer

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. Additional focus may include assisting with the Service committees to identify supplemental opportunities for fundraising for community projects that combine with fellowship and service, assisting with the annual all-Rotary Thanksgiving luncheon, as well as working with other local Rotary clubs on a combined community fundraiser as designated by the Board.

Other members: Laura Kogut, Charlene Boyes, Anna Drake, Cale Mitchell, Les Borgmeyer, Shelley Sigholtz, Graham Kent, Don Ludwig, Tim Sullivan,  Tonya Wolff and Scott Heck


This nested set of subcommittees oversees all aspects of the recruiting, retention, and support of members.   The subcommittees meet separately; the overall committee meets twice a year.   Subcommittees include the following:

Application Review & Member Recruitment – Victoria Brees

This subcommittee oversees the implementation of the process for recruiting and receiving new members into the club including the assignment of members, reviews and investigates applications for membership and advises the board on those, 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.

Other members: Jackie Walters, Bob Unrath, Casey Buckman, Katie Essing, JJ Musgrove and Cindy Whaley

Family of Rotary – Beth Lammers, Chair

The family of Rotary coordinator helps the club to care for Metro Rotarians and members 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.

Other members: Gena Patton and Jean Leonatti

Fellowship – Heather McArthur

This subcommittee furthers the club’s goal of “development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service” by hosting fellowship events that promote fun, friendship and service; and planning and coordinating the annual Charter night celebration of the club’s anniversary. This committee will also provide input on the annual Thanksgiving luncheon.

Other members: Cale Mitchell, Andrea Jira, Carl Neitzert, Amanda Lucas, Alissa Gerke, Chris Dohm, Susan Brandt, Sherry Major and Shane Winter


Chair: Jim Sharrock

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.

Other members: Shanda Davis, Craig Meyer, Rob Christensen, Bill Costello, Gena Patton, Barb Danuser, Rose Hayden, Pat Hostetler, Andrea Jira, Tim Springer and John John


This nested group of subcommittees is responsible for providing a range of opportunities for club members to pursue the Rotary goal of “Service Above Self”.  Our club’s service work is primarily focused on projects that improve the lives of children and families in our community, and our club’s vision is to be a transformative influence in the community and known for what we have given. Since 2003, we have been a Partner in Education with the Columbia Public Schools’ Title 1 program.  We have provided numerous other service projects and mentoring programs with CPS, in particular with Douglass High School, and with the community including support of the VAC Christmas project, the Boys and Girls Club annual chili cook-off, the Food Bank, and the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture.  In 2017, we launched www.ReachOutMetro.org as a format to match youth with local Rotary resources and programs.  Our international service efforts have included several projects providing water and sanitation to schools. Service Committee subcommittees include:

Community Service – Mandy Schick, Chair

The Community Service subcommitte focuses on planning and executing hands-on service projects that help promote health and education, and fight hunger. It also coordinates with the Vocational Service and New Generations subcommittees to provide service opportunities for area youth. Will also work with a multi-club committee to monitor and maintain the ReachOutMetro website.

Other members: Sarah Read, Loretta Schouten, Jessica Lehmen, Leigh Anne Haun, Scott Mackey, Molly Rippel, Rose Lloyd, Stuart Scroggs and Ginny Northcutt

International Service – Tom O’Connor, Chair

The International Projects subcommittee supports international service projects sponsored by Rotary International.  Committee activities include fund development, educational programs and work on the actual projects. Meets as necessary.

Other members: Audrey Spieler

Partners in Education – Les Gelband and Shane Winter, Co-Chairs

This sub 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. This 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.

Other members: Jan Beckett, Charlene Boyes, Win Burggraaff, Jim Cherrington, Cathy Scroggs, Scott Mackey, Ginny Northcutt, Tom Rose, Shane Winter and Beth Lammers

Vocational Service & New Generations – Sarah Read, Chair

This subcommittee supports youth mentoring activities in the community, and also coordinates all aspects of the club’s participation in the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA), Interact, and Rotary Youth Exchange. The subcommittee may work with the Vocational Service and Community Service subcommittees to identify service opportunities for area youth.  This subcommittee will also work with the Membership Committee to help mentor and recruit Rotaractors.

In addition, this subcommittee 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. In addition to coordinating the annual Vocational Service Award, the subcommittee may work with the New Generations and Community Service subcommittees to identify service opportunities for area youth.

Other members: Leah Anne Haun, Loretta Schouten, Rob Christensen, Graham Kent, Lori Pewitt-Dobry, Shawn Barnes, Joy Block and Doug Shull