“As Ohio and the United States respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it looks like our March 10th meeting will be our last in-person meeting for a while,” said Rotarian Greg Ervin. “I am pleased we had the opportunity to hear from Price Finley on March 10th. Price is our Rotary District Governor Nominee Designate and District Rotary Foundation Chair. Price will serve as our District Governor during the 2022-2023 Rotary Year.”

Price discussed the Rotary Foundation and the great work it enables Rotarians to do in their local communities and around the world. With apologizes to former late night host David Letterman, Price offered his top 10 reasons to help fund The Rotary Foundation. As a practicing attorney Price, built his case to support the Rotary Foundation on the following 10 points:

“10. The Rotary Foundation is one of the highest rated charities in the world. The Rotary Foundation has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for 12 consecutive years. This is Charity Navigator’s highest rating for a charity and is based on both strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency.

“9. Every three years the dollars we donate to the Rotary Foundation are returned through the Annual Fund-SHARE for Rotary projects around the world and locally. The Rotary World Fund receives 50 cents of each dollar donated, with the District Designated Fund receiving 50 cents of each dollar donated; to be allocated with 25 cents going to District Global Grants and 25 cents going to District Designated Grants at the local club level. This will help fund projects like our Kindergarten Welcome Kits. Every dollar donated goes to helping Rotarians change lives for the better around the world and in our community.

“8. Your donations are helping to ‘End Polio Now.’ In 1988 there were 350,000 new cases of Polio in the world annually. In 2019, there were only 175 cases of Wild Polio Virus Type 1 worldwide. Polio is considered eradicated in all countries except Afghanistan with 29 cases in 2019, Pakistan with 146 cases in 2019 and Nigeria with no cases in 2019. Nigeria will soon join the long list of countries where Polio has been eradicated since it has not reported cases in the past three years. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation continues to match our donations 2 to 1. For every dollar we donate to Eradicate Polio, the Gates Foundation will donate two dollars. We are so very close to eradicating Polio in the world.

“7. Special recognition goes to clubs with the highest number of donors, highest percentage of members donating to the 125 Club that earmarks a $100 donation to the Rotary Foundation and $25 to Polio Plus. A special award is also available for clubs with high levels of participation in Rotary Direct. Rotary Direct is an online program that makes the donation process simple and predictable.

“6. ‘You can’t take it with you’. Think about becoming a Rotary Benefactor by adding a donation of a $1,000 to your estate plan; or become a member of the Rotary Bequest Society with a $10,000 set-aside in your will and you will truly become a part of Rotary’s legacy.

“5. Promote peace and conflict resolution around the world through your donation to the foundation. Your donation will help fund 100 Peace Fellowships around the world. Our district is a leader in establishing Peace Building clubs that help to reduce conflict and discontent.

“4. Give the world hope through a donation of two dollars a week. A donation of two dollars a week qualifies you as a member of ‘Every Rotarian Every Year’. You will help provide sanitation/clean drinking water, prevent diseases, improve literacy, offer maternal and child health services, foster economic development and reduce conflicts around the world.

“3. Rotary has the best lapel pins; Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society, 125 Club, Benefactor, Bequest and annual theme pins.

“2. The Rotary Foundation helps you support life-changing projects in our area like the Kindergarten Welcome Kits funded through the help of the District Designated Grant program.

“1. As Rotarians, we work together and we see a world where people unite and take charge to change the world for better… and put Service Above Self.”

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Price Finley has been selected to serve as the District Governor for Rotary year 2022-2023. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Upper Arlington since 2005 and he is a past president of that club (2013-2014). He has served as District 6690 Rotary Foundation Chair since July 1, 2016. Price is a Paul Harris Society member and has been a “125 Club” member each year since the inception of that recognition. In 2017 Price received the Rotary Foundation “Citation for Meritorious Service” and his club’s “Service Above Self” award. Price is a partner with the law firm of Bricker & Eckler in the Columbus office. Now in his 30th year of practicing law at the Bricker firm, his work focuses on all areas of public finance, helping communities finance critical infrastructure improvements. He also has substantial experience in the use of various economic development tools, representing local governments and developers. In this role, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Council of Development Finance Agencies since 2014.

Price lives in Upper Arlington with his wife, Alice, who is the Executive Director of the Upper Arlington Education Foundation. They have two sons who are creatives -- Rees, a songwriter, and Perry, a filmmaker. When not volunteering for Rotary service projects, Price enjoys serving at First Community Church, The Burkhart Center, and New Life Community Outreach. Price received his BA in political science from Capital University and his MBA and law degree from The Ohio State University. Price played football at Capital University as a team mate with Reagan Williams' father. 

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ROTARY SENIORS FOR MARCH

“Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will only have the privilege of meeting with our March Rotary Seniors of the Month, Emily Mapes and Holly Sexton, at our March 3rd meeting,” Ervin added.

Emily Mapes is the daughter of Amy and Ryan Mapes. Emily works at Michael’s Ice Cream and teaches Sunday school at Christ United Methodist Church. At Jackson High School, Emily is a member of the National Honor Society, Secretary of the Medical Careers Club, Leos Club member and captain of the track team. She is a sprinter and runs the 440 in 65 seconds. After graduation from JHS, Emily plans to attend The Ohio State University and major in Biology. After graduating from OSU she plans on attending dental school and becoming a dentist.

Holly Sexton is the daughter of Wendy and Paul Sexton. In the community Holly has assisted with 11 Red Cross blood drives. She assisted Hope Haven students during the Rotary Hope Haven Picnic, Apple Festival Day, Secret Santa project and dances at Hope Haven. Holly worked in the Rotary mushroom booth at the Apple Festival and represented the Rotary Club at RYLA last year. Holly had trained to be a poll worker for the March 17 primary election. At Jackson High School Holly serves as President of the Youth Leadership Association and Speaker of the House for the Youth in Government program. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Gay-Straight Alliance, Regional Scholar and Attorney General Teen Advisory Board and Rotary Interact member. Holly is co-captain of the volleyball team and a JHS cheerleader. Holly will be attending Georgetown University and majoring in International Politics with a concentration on international law, ethics and institutions.  She plans on earning a law degree and would like to practice in the area of international law and human rights.