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Presiding: Pres. Ian Webb
Piano: Ellery Elick
Intros: Don McIlroy
Song: Jim Hooks - “Hello, Hello" & “The Happy Wanderer”
Absentees: Ty, Angela, Craig, Joe B., Curtis, Richard C., Dan D., Jonathan, Richard G., Tad, Charlie H., Steve I., Adam, Bob L., Fred, Chris, Jessica, Carly, Mike P., Dwight, Jenny, Rick R., Patty, Werner, Gary S., Sam, Todd, Bill S., Matt, Bonnie, Wayne, Heidi, Judy, Vince
Make ups: None
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests: Christy Mills, Susan Strawser, with David Crawford and Arelio Rodregris, Matt Hafey with Earl Palm
Student Guests: None
January birthdays: 5th - Bob Tootle; 22nd - Dave Webb; 23rd - Clark Cellio, Jenny Rainey; 24th - Fred Mavis; 25th - Wayne Vickers; 31st - Carly Neff
January anniversaries: 3rd - Tad Grover; 7th - Bob Mabe
Happy Dollars: None
Lottery: Debbie Hoffman was this week's winner of $13, but the golden pebble remained hidden. The jackpot is now $174.
- Gary Montgomery: The next Community Kitchen event is next Monday, 01/28/19. Food prep starts at 3:30; food service begins at 5. This event is held on the 4th Monday of every month. Volunteers will be warmly welcomed!
- Ellery: Rural-Urban Day will be the last Thursday in February (02/28/19), starting at 11:30AM at the Presbyterian Church. This is a great opportunity to invite a guest, especially someone involved in the farming/ag business.
- Via flyer: This year the Rotary International Convention will be in Hamburg, Germany. Registration has begun, and a link can be found on the District's webpage.
SAA: Tom Tootle
- More “Whose your Rotary daddy?” quiz questions produced a stream of money
Program: Bob Sneed introduced Kofi Semenya. He is an associate of the Isaac Wiles law firm with expereince representing public and private sector clents on a range of labor and employment matters. His primary practice fosus is definding clients against Title VII and state law discrimination related claims. Prior ot practicing as an attorney, Kofi was an investigator with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.
Are employers prepared for medical marijuana?
- Medical marijuana has been legalized in Ohio through the ballot initiative process, but the state has lagged in implementation.
- Only specially licensed medical practicioners can “recommend” (not prescribed) use of marijuana.
- Only a limited set of symptoms can be treated, yet one verly large catch-all is “pain.”
- The drug cannot be smoked but can be vaped, a tincture, edible or a few other forms.
- Employers can still prohibit use by employess on the job and can consider use in the hiring practice without a claim for discrimination. There is no need for employers to consider use as a “reasonable accomodation” under ADA.
- The best practice is to have a “Drug Free Workplace” policy that addresses the use of medical marijuana and what actions will be taken with those found to be using it.
In appreciation of this year's speakers sharing their time & efforts, donations to the Pickaway County Dog Shelter will be made in their names.
Speaker’s Contact Information:
Kofi A. Semenya
Two Miranova Place, Ste 700
Columbus, OH 43215
31st - Uptown Circleville updates, by Kevin Douglas & Brenna Gibson
February programs: (Not received yet)