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UNDERSTANDING YOUR TAXES As we inch closer to the month of April, I’d like to bring up the dreaded “T” word —taxes. Nobody likes talking about taxes, but I believe it’s important that you know how your hard-earned money is being spent. While there are a myriad of reasons for making Dublin home, you likely chose to live here based on three major factors—quality of life, location and schools. All of these attributes are made possible through funding provided by both income and property taxes.

In some specified areas of the City, Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts have been established. The property taxes generated on the incremental increase in value of the parcels within these districts is diverted from the taxing entities and paid to the City to fund important public infrastructure projects. Emerald Parkway is a great example of a key roadway that was funded in part with TIF revenues.

Dublin’s largest funding source is income tax revenues. Income tax allows the City to provide high-quality municipal services, invest in capital improvement projects like parks and roadways, and maintain existing infrastructure that benefits both residents and businesses. Dublin’s local Income tax of 2% is levied on every person residing in or earning or receiving income in the City. However, residents are given a credit for taxes paid to the workplace municipality. Given that more than 75% of Dublin’s residents work outside of the City, the majority of the income tax we receive is from non-residents. That is a major reason why we work so hard to strengthen and diversify our business base here. When our businesses thrive, our entire City thrives! Property taxes are based on the tax rate where the property is located and the taxable value (based on 35% of market value) of the property as determined by the county auditor. Property taxes are collected by the county treasurer and then distributed to the taxing entities. Those entities can include the local school district, local joint vocational school district, county, township fire departments, and other entities approved by voters. The City of Dublin receives approximately 2% of your property taxes.

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n 2001, after moving to Historic Dublin, business owner Betty Clark had a realization while watching City officials and community members march in the Independence Day parade: She knew nothing about Dublin. That, she concluded, needed to change.

Shortly after the parade, Clark, already a member of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, was inspired to advance her community involvement and participate in the Leadership Dublin Executive Program. The eight-month-long program – then one year long – teaches members the significance of community service, all while forming professional relationships. “(The Chamber members) encouraged me to join Leadership Dublin … and that changed everything for me,” Clark says. “It is such a worthwhile program. … It took me right out of my shell.” Today, Clark’s local volunteer involvement is stronger than ever. Plus, her 1996 startup company, CPMedia & Marketing Agency, benefited from the program’s expansion of her professional connections.

In Her Own Time Perhaps Clark’s most prominent volunteering effort has been helping start and build up the Miracle League of Central Ohio. This summer-based program, which made its Dublin debut in 2005, allows children with mental and or physical conditions participate in American’s favorite pastime: baseball. “You get to know these kids and see them grow up,” Clark says. “I believe we’re giving something to these kids who wouldn’t normally have this benefit.” From May to July, the 288 participating children gather every Saturday at Darree Fields Park with coaches, volunteers and family members to enjoy a daylong tournament. Clark says it’s all about having fun, so every player gets the opportunity to hit, run and score points. Clark’s husband, John McClenaghan, also gets involved in the Miracle League. He helps Clark with events such as grandparents day and opening day, since she is the special events coordinator. Clark says to make the games even more fun, she and McClenaghan will load around 800 hot dogs into their car along with 1,000 water bottles to serve. “We try to make it real, as real as possible for them,” she says. “(McClenaghan) is a real trooper. He comes with me and helps me load everything up and unload everything. I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without him.”

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In Business Helping organizations from Dublin City Schools to Fifth Third Bank, CPM may be small in office size and number of employees, but it’s garnered national recognition. In May 2017, Clark received an American Advertising Federation Silver Medal Award, the highest award in the advertising field, for the central Ohio area. After expanding its services in 2001, CPM now offers diverse resources including graphic design, digital media and marketing, and promotional products. The company has the ability to meet a one-time need or cover all of a company’s marketing endeavors. “I like to think of ourselves as a one-stop shop for businesses,” Clark says. “If you don’t market your company, you’re not going to grow your company, so that is why my goal is to make an affordable option for small businesses to assist them with their marketing, no matter the budget.”

And with Clark’s passion for volunteering, implementing a community service component into CPM was natural. Through the Chamber’s leadership program, Clark quickly connected with the Dublin Young Professionals Organization (YPO) and jumped on board. Now, for the past 10 years, Clark has brought on Dublin high schoolers involved with YPO for several weeks out of the semester to educate them on marketing and small businesses. “(YPO) is a great thing that can combine the schools and my business together, so I really like that,” she says. “I stay in touch with the interns, and they come back (to visit). It’s very rewarding on my end to see how they’ve progressed.” Clark is gratified to see her interns succeed thanks to their firsthand experience in real-world media and marketing management.

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The couple is also a part of the Dublin Historical Society, one of McClenaghan’s favorite groups. Clark describes him as “a little walking book of history.” And Clark’s volunteer credentials do not stop there. She also went through the trifecta of citizen community academies: the Citizen Police Academy to learn about Dublin’s law enforcement; the Citizens U program, a weeks-long course that teaches participants about the city’s departments; and the Citizens Fire Academy. Clark says the fire academy was particularly fun, since participants got their own fire protection gear, experienced a controlled structure burn and learned the basics of first aid, which led her to another volunteer opportunity. “2018 Switch” “Through that, I (now) volunteer with Dublin Life - 4.75” x 4.875”the Washington Township Fire Department for (events),” she says. “I also became certified as a CPR instructor, so I can assist (the department) when they have classes to teach people CPR.”

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In Others’ Eyes With all her hours of volunteering and getting to know the Dublin community, Clark has become a mentor for many children and young adults, even if she didn’t initially realize her influence. “I didn’t think I was a mentor to people until somebody I was good friends with said, ‘Well, you know, you’re my mentor,’ and I thought, ‘I had no idea about that,’” Clark laughs. “You’d be surprised. You wouldn’t know what an influence you’ve had on somebody.” Clark says all of these opportunities could not have been possible without the help of Chamber, calling the organization the catalyst for all her volunteer possibilities. As for Dublin as a whole, Clark smiles when speaking about the passion and dedication of the community. “I love this community,” Clark says. “There is just so much pride. The residents of Dublin genuinely care about one another, and they want to see the city grow and prosper. … I just can’t think of any other place I’d want to live.” Lydia Freudenberg is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at R E L AT E D R E A D S Northeast Ohio Region Offices in: Beachwood • Chardon • Cortland • Garrettsville Lake County Loan Production Office • Mantua • Middlefield • Newbury • Orwell • Solon • Twinsburg

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More Than a Class Women’s self-defense course serves to empower and bond women together By Josh Poland


magine yourself leaving a shopping center at night. The parking lot is mostly empty. As you head to your vehicle, you are approached by a stranger. Would you know what to do in a situation like this?

Thanks to a self-defense course taught by Dublin Police, hundreds of women have become well-equipped to handle such a scenario. “I definitely feel better able to protect myself,” says Jill Staufenberg, a Dublin resident who took the course this past October. “It’s a good confidence builder. You learn more than just physical skills. You learn to use your voice and feel comfortable using your voice. It is a very empowering class.” An Award-Winning Program The women’s self-defense course has been offered for approximately 15 years. It began shortly after Detective Jason Murphy was approached by a group of students at Dublin Coffman High School when he was the school resource officer there. The girls had asked him for some basic tips on how to defend themselves as they prepared for college.  16 • February/March 2018

What began as a one-day course has gradually evolved into a five-day course for the high schools and a modified threehour course open to the public for ages 16 and up. “I think it is important for everyone to be able to defend themselves,” says Officer

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Bryan McClain, who has been involved in the program for eight years and has been the lead instructor for the past three years. “I think a lot of people believe that nothing bad will ever happen to them, and if it does, they will be close to someone that can help them,” says McClain. “In reality, criminals wait for the right opportunity where they believe they have the upper hand. They attack people that they believe are easy targets.” McClain and his team of instructors teach their students how to avoid being easy targets though a combination of classroom-style presentations and handson exercises. “I think the reason our class stands out compared to others is the instructors,” McClain says.  “All of the instructors are resource officers in the schools and build long-lasting relationships in the community. As a group, we know many of the participants before they walk in the door, and I think that allows us to relate to them better.” The three-hour public class, which is a partnership between Dublin Police and the Dublin Community Recreation Center (DCRC), won a first place 2017 Ohio Parks and Recreation Association award in the law enforcement category. “I would say that our police-partnered classes are some of our more popular classes,” says Carla Doty, adult recreation program supervisor at the DCRC. “These public trainings allow our citizens to be proactive, knowledgeable and up-to-date in real-life situations. I think the biggest takeaway of this class is participant empowerment.” Mother-Daughter Bonding Jill Staufenberg took the course with her daughter, Claire. The two have long enjoyed the opportunity to bond with each other by taking classes together. “She and I have been taking classes together since we moved to Dublin 26 years ago. Our first one was a ‘Mommy and Me’ class when Claire was 2,” says Jill. “Since then, we have taken all sorts of classes – Pilates, yoga, watercolor – so it was almost a natural for us to take this self-defense class together.” The Staufenberg women were not the only mother-daughter duo looking to learn how to better defend themselves. Lori Belock and her daughter, Marissa, teamed up to take the course this past October. “Every mother and daughter should take this class together,” said Marissa, a senior at Dublin Scioto High School. “It’s an event we will always remember.”

Lori echoes her daughter’s feelings. “It’s a wonderful way to bond and also go over inherent dangers that we sometimes become relaxed about,” Lori says. “It’s a great refresher on safety in general. The various scenarios given made you think about many different possibilities.” Jill encourages all female Dublin residents to take the class.

“We are so lucky to have such an amazing police department with officers who truly care,” she says. “The class made me feel even safer in the safest city.” Josh Poland is a public information officer with the City of Dublin. Feedback welcome at

“Dublin is a very safe place, but we can’t be fooled into thinking crime can’t happen here,” she says. Always Improving McClain says the class has had so much success over the years because the instructors are not afraid to make changes to it. “We have been modifying the techniques over the years using suggestions from the participants, and we are not tied to a rigid program,” he says. “There have been techniques and tips added based on our discussions with the people involved. Additionally, we allow the participants to participate at their level of comfort, which is very important to many of the students.” Police are also offering classes to any organization or company based in Dublin at its request. “This past year, we did courses for a running club, local businesses, churches and Dublin City Schools employees,” McClain says. “We are very fortunate to have the support of Dublin City Schools, the community and the Chief of Police.” Class graduates such as Lori feel just as fortunate to have a class like this offered to them.

If you would like more information about the women’s self-defense class or any other class offered through the Dublin Community Recreation Center, be sure to check out the Healthy – Recreation Services Programs & Activities guide in print or online at www.DublinOhioUSA. gov/recreation-services/healthy.

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ing, and … seeing what they have gone through has been really eye-opening for me.” In a partnership with Syntero, the Rotary brings in speakers to discuss the crisis and what members can do to help. Speakers have included representatives from Dublin City Schools, Syntero, ADAMH Washington Township Fire Chief Alec O’Connell Board of Franklin County and In Dublin, many residents have been the Washington Township Fire Department. “It’s been very, very eye-opening,” says personally affected by the opioid epidemColey-Malir has also focused on educating Coley-Malir. “You see people’s eyes go big ic, and are looking to civic leaders to raise members to keep an account of all medica- listening to these presentations. … People awareness and help solve this issue. Those tion at home, keep it secure and safely dispose want to come and talk about it.” same civic leaders aren’t backing down of it when it’s not in use. from the challenge. “Every time we have a meeting, there have been Dublin AM Rotary so many questions and Each year, the club’s so much interest,” says president chooses an iniColey-Malir. “Education is tiative on which the Dubpower. If our members can lin AM Rotary will focus. go out and share with one Recognizing the critical or two other people what problem, Rotary President they’ve learned from our Bonnie Coley-Malir has programs, then we’re makchosen to hone in on the ing an impact.” opioid crisis. By the end of June, “I think we all, in our Coley-Malir hopes to community, know somecontinue her initiative, one who has gone through increase awareness on the a struggle with opiate adepidemic and educate diction,” Coley-Malir says. others on the positive “Two of our members have effects of keeping medichildren who are recover- Bonnie Coley-Malir cations secure.

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Washington Township Fire Department Washington Township Fire Chief Alec O’Connell says that, in 2015, he began to realize that overdose runs weren’t just isolated events, but evidence of a larger problem. When the number of doses of naloxone, the medication that stops the effects of opioids during an overdose, began to go up, the fire department started taking notes. In 2015, the department administered 26 doses of naloxone total. That number doubled by 2017; as of Dec. 12, the fire department had administered 64 doses. The fire department now administers naloxone to anyone found unconscious on

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a run, as the drug has no side effects for those not experiencing an overdose. But not only have more people been overdosing, O’Connell says, those who have overdosed now require more doses of naloxone to have an effect. In addition to the increase in awareness and naloxone administered, like Rotary, the fire department is focusing on helping the community keep their prescription drugs locked up when not in use. “What if, when people have opiates, they have a locked bag to put them in? If it’s your son and daughter, and they cut the bottom out, you can say, ‘We have a problem,’” says O’Connell. “The trustees were 100 percent on board.” Though the fire department has a limited number of bags, those in need of one can contact the fire department at www. The fire department has given out more than 100 lockable prescription bags, and through partnerships with Syntero and doctor offices, O’Connell hopes to continue seeing the number grow. “One of the greatest things we have is the community. It’s just a great community,” says O’Connell. “You see people at these meetings who have no skin in the game, they have no kids. They’re just there to help. They’re educated on the issues and they’re highly


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ou’ve driven by the field of giant stone corn in Frantz Park.

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Photos courtesy of Dublin Arts Council and Olga Ziemska

Field of Corn (with Osage Oranges) is just one piece of the Dublin Art Council’s Art in Public Places initiative, which has contributed more than 70 sculptural elements to parks around the community over the last 30 years. The program, which launched in 1988, partners with the City of Dublin to commission public art for the community. “Public art provides a sense of place,” says David S. Guion, the council’s executive director. “It transforms the community into a space for creative placemaking by activating the space with art.”

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At Scioto Park, it’s Ralph Helmick’s stacked limestone sculpture Leatherlips that leaves visitors wondering about the Wyandot Native American chief’s life. Across the river, Todd Slaughter’s domed Watch House in Coffman Park sparks intrigue in the ancient Native American mound it covers. These visionaries have poured a great deal of energy into their artwork, but not before submitting extensive applications for commission. The council’s selec-

tion process is quite competitive, drawing submissions from talented artists all around the nation. “Normally, for commission, we assemble a jury to review nearly 150 applications we’ve received from all over the country, and the jury narrows it down to three who move to the second round,” says Guion. “We then contact the artists to present a proposal for the commissioned artwork, give an opportunity for the public to ask questions and then make the final decision.”

Fun Facts about Feather Point from the artist, Olga Ziemska: ■ Feather Point is inspired by historical photographs of two very different, but equally compassionate and honorable men with direct connection to the land of Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park. ■ Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish military engineer and leader, was gifted the land at the park for his many contributions to the American Revolutionary War. ■ Bill Moose was the last fullblooded Wyandot Indian who lived in central Ohio and frequently walked this land throughout his life.

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The most recent commissioned artist, Olga Ziemska, fashioned Feather Point, a 21-foot-tall cast aluminum sculpture inspired by the intersection of Polish and Wyandot Native American cultures in central Ohio. The feather, Ziemska says, stood out to her as a universal symbol underlining the connection between both cultures and the park itself. “Feather Point is created directly from its environment, utilizing locally harvested tree trunks and branches from the grounds of Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park,” says Ziemska. “Ultimately, the artwork is a direct reflection of its environment and an homage to the rich history of the park.” Officially dedicated in September, Ziemska’s masterpiece serves as a reminder of Dublin’s vibrant past and role in American history. “It also visually enhances the park entrance area by creating a visual marker on the corner of Hard Road and Riverside Drive,” says Ziemska, “announcing arrival to the park and connecting the artwork to the land both physically and visually.” By its very nature, public art evokes a response. For the local senior community in 2016, this meant organizing a yarn bombing phenomenon called Yarn Over Dublin. Seniors from 10 different local living facilities came together to knit and crochet unique pieces to adorn public art installations, from knitted hats topping the ears of corn to colorful textiles stretched across park benches. Yarn Over Dublin returned in 2017 and is scheduled to be back again this year, targeting Bridge Park. This year marks three decades of Art in Public Places, and the program has certainly grown with the times. In 2012, the council introduced an interactive mobile component to encourage public engagement with both its temporary and permanent installations. “We received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to open the collection to the public by creating a cell phone tour,” says Guion. “Each piece of art has a phone number you can call, and there are over 57 messages recorded by artists, talking about their work and exactly how they see it fitting into the context of the park.” The vision behind Art in Public Places is simple: to add to the quality of life for residents, establishing Dublin as a unique place to live, work and visit. “Dublin likes to set itself apart from other communities,” says Guion. “It’s not another cookie-cutter suburb.”


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Emerald Alliance Dublin organizations partner up to create a new identity for the City’s busiest areas

With Bridge Park making such a big splash in Dublin, organizations throughout the Historic Dublin and Bridge Park areas had to figure out how best to promote and market the new development in a way that would attract folks to the area. In the coming year, this alliance of organizations, dubbed the Downtown Dublin Strategic Alliance, is continuing to develop and promote Historic Dublin and Bridge Park as one single district, instead of two different Dublin areas. “We kind of sat down and looked at downtown Dublin as a whole, and saw it as an opportunity to not only promote historic Dublin, but also Bridge Park with all the inventory there, as a destination,” says Scott Dring, executive director of the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We thought instead of promoting it separately, that we would kind of promote it as one and really help market and sell this downtown district as one … world class destination.” Besides the bureau, the alliance includes the City of Dublin, the Historic Dublin Business Association, the Dublin Historical Society, the Dublin Arts Council and Bridge Park developer Crawford Hoying. 26 • February/March 2018

“When we first sat down, we weren’t sure if all the organizations would be willing to sit down and work together, so we were pleasantly surprised that everyone did want to sit down and collaborate,” Dring says. “It’s the perfect example of this really unique collaboration between (organizations) that on the surface are competitors, really … but these folks have really been willing to collaborate.” The promotional union is important, because Historic Dublin and Bridge Park are a huge deal for not only Dublin, but central Ohio as a whole, Dring says. “Visitors, when they come into town, don’t know what’s historic Dublin or Bridge Park. … All they care about is where the best product is,” Dring says. “I think we, as a whole, think the visitors are really going to enjoy this downtown Dublin (area).”

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Student Spotlight

Quick Kick Coffman soccer standout turned track titan bounces back from ACL injury It’s every athlete’s worst nightmare. You’re running, everything feels fine and, out of nowhere, the knee buckles and you hear a “snap.” The next thing you know, you’re on the ground in immense pain. For Dublin Coffman High School senior Abby Steiner, this nightmare became a reality in July 2016. At a national soccer camp in Oregon, Steiner tore her ACL when she went to plant her foot and cut with the ball. It caused her to slip in her new pair of cleats and fall to the ground. “I remember when it happened, just sitting there and saying, ‘Please don’t be my ACL,’” Steiner says. “I was devastated.” Steiner has been playing soccer for as long as she can remember and, as a freshman at Coffman, she began catching the eyes of college recruiters “I didn’t start running until eighth grade, but when I did, I thought it might be something I would want to pursue,” Steiner says. “After my freshman season, I knew I wanted to try to do both sports in college.” During her first year on the soccer team, Steiner and the Coffman girls’ soccer team made it all the way to the state championships at the MAPFRE Stadium. However, on the track is where she really began making a name for herself. She took runner-up statewide in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.89 seconds and won the 200-meter dash in 23.96 seconds. Her sophomore season would see even lower times in those two events. Flash forward to the 2016 ACL injury. Steiner faced a long road to recovery. For the first six weeks, she was on crutches. On top of her ACL tear, doctors found a slight scratch on her meniscus. 28 • February/March 2018

“I was nervous throughout physical therapy that I would not be as fast as I was before,” Steiner says. “Not just in track, but in soccer, (where) speed is a huge part of my game.” With one goal in mind, Steiner focused on getting healthy enough to compete in her school’s indoor track season, just six months after her injury. Through both physical therapy and help from a specialized ACL trainer, Dr. Selena Budge, who works with Coffman’s volleyball and basketball programs, Steiner was able to full out sprint by January. “Dr. Budge really helped me get past those mental boundaries,” Steiner says. “It was rehab, but at the same time, teaching prevention of this injury.” Steiner chose the Spire Showcase, an invitational for runners in Michigan and Ohio, for her comeback. She recalls really wanting to get out there and test herself. “I was kind of a mess that first meet back. It’s really hard to know how much it takes out of your body,” Steiner says. “Although it wasn’t the times I was expecting, my coaches and parents kept me grounded and helped me remind myself at least I was out there running.” In retrospect, Steiner realizes she was probably running at about 70 percent at the Spire Showcase, but she was grateful to be out there so quickly after her injury. She would go on to compete in her outdoor season, seeing much success, especially in the 4x200 meter, and cherishes the bond and memories with her teammates. Steiner is enrolled to attend the University of Kentucky in fall 2018, where she will continue competing in track and soccer.

She is looking to take the premed path to later become a physical therapist. Steiner has declared a major in kinesiology and is hopeful her application to Kentucky’s human and health sciences program will be accepted. If so, she will be one of 75 students in that program. “I always heard when you get onto a campus during a visit, you will just know,” Steiner says. “I just really clicked with the coaches and players, and it is far away enough to have a college experience, but not too far for my parents to still come and watch me compete.” Rocco Falleti is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Storyteller Series WITH AMANDA DEPERRO

Made by History Dublin Historical Society president doesn’t let Dublin forget its past Dublin Life’s Storyteller Series focuses on the people who make Dublin great – people who have made improving the community a part of their life, people who have been able to call Dublin home for a long time and people who have watched Dublin evolve over the years. The Storyteller Series tells the history of Dublin through his or her eyes, and sheds light on what living in Dublin was like decades ago. With the help of these special people, Dublin has undoubtedly become a better place.


hese good people, who once neighbored, labored and prayed together have, too soon, been forgotten – nothing left but the stones that bear their names.”

Tom Holton, president of the Dublin Historical Society, reads the quote aloud. He’s seated at the head of the kitchen table of the Fletcher Coffman Homestead, surrounded by furniture and decorations that might look like the Coffman family’s in the mid-late 1800s. The quote was taken from a 1960 piece titled “Them Was the Days…” by Carolene Tuller. In it, she recounts growing up in Dublin with the people who made it what it was. She, like Holton, feared that the town she loved would one day forget its past. “I see my role, through the historical society, as to preserve the photos and the documents and the stories of as many of these good people as we can, so they won’t be too soon forgotten, but for the stones that bear their names,” Holton says. The U.S. Marine Corps veteran’s voice cracks, his eyes well up. This time, the words are his own. Holton’s devotion to Dublin’s history is heavy and fierce; just ask anyone on Dublin City Council. But he wasn’t born here. The 67-year-old hails from London, Ohio, and met his wife of 45 years, Gayle, at Miami University. After traveling around the U.S. for seven years with the Marine Corps and a stop in Washington, D.C., Gayle and Holton moved to central Ohio in 1984 for Holton’s job at Wendy’s International. At that time, Holton’s sister, who lived in Worthington, gave him sound advice: move either to Dublin or to Worthington, because those were the only two communities with good schools. With only three days to find a house, the Holtons chose Dublin for their son, Jason. Tom Holton Photo by Amanda DePerro 32 • February/March 2018

“From the beginning, it’s been a small town where you can do almost anything you wanted to. You could be involved as much as you wanted to,” Holton says. “All of a sudden, you just found yourself getting involved in stuff. People would call and say, ‘Can you do this?’ and you’d say ‘sure.’ It was just easy.” Holton credits much of his involvement to Gayle, who has always been heavily involved in Dublin herself. They were named Grand Leprechauns of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2006, then Grand Marshals of Dublin’s Independence Day Celebration in 2016. It would take far too many words to list all of the organizations in which the Holtons have been involved, but among them are the Dublin AM Rotary, Dublin Arts Council, Syntero and Leadership

Dublin (of which Holton is a founding member). In fact, the Storyteller Series – now two years old – began in large part due to Holton. On top of their incredible community involvement, both Holton and Gayle have balanced their own businesses, Tom Holton Consulting and Gayle Holton Design, respectively. But Holton’s passion for Dublin ultimately grew because of its residents. After Herb Jones, Holton’s predecessor as head of the historical society and husband of former Storyteller Though not all of the items you’ll find in the Fletcher Coffman Homestead were originally inside the home, Leona, took Holton on a they are all accurate to the time period when the Coffman family lived there. Paintings of how Dublin walking tour of Historic Dub- looked and real Dublin High School marching band instruments and outfits are on display in the home. Photos by Amanda DePerro lin, Holton was sold. “I loved that guy,” says Holton. From left, Gayle, Tom and granddaughter “Just by getting to know Herb, I Audrey pose atop the float when Gayle joined the historical society.” and Tom were appointed Grand Marshals Not five feet away from where of the Independence Day Parade in 2016. we sit in the Coffman homestead, a sign posted on a closet door From left: Tom, Gayle, daughter-in-law reads “KEEP DOOR CLOSED.” Kristen, son Jason. Second row: GrandIt’s signed by Jones himself, who children William, Audrey and Jacob. Photos courtesy of Tom Holton died in 2015. Holton says, as he began to see Dublin losing longtime residents, he realized he needed to preserve as many memories as he could, as quickly as he could. Holton organized a program called Dublin Memories, in which four unique Dublin residents tell stories of growing up in what used to be a poor farming community. The videos cover the founding of Dublin City light coming through the trees. Schools, original zoning, the role women It’s a special place. It’s unlike played in Dublin’s early days and creation any other place that I’ve been, of the Dublin Charter. He’s also teamed up except my hometown.” Holton is particularly fowith the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the city to cu- cused on preserving the hisrate a database of photographs, documents toric homes in Dublin, and and videos – including Dublin Memories this focus has given him a – that capture what Dublin used to be like. name as the local expert on “In Dublin, you can stand where it all historic Dublin architecture. started,” Holton says. “The historic district He’s been invited by historic … you just stand there, and it’s quiet, and home owners, developers and it’s peaceful. The residents love it, and I even the City administration love it. It’s unlike any other place in Dub- to give advice on how to prelin. There’s no traffic, you can hear the serve a part of a home or an birds and you can feel the breeze, and the old barn, or how to put an

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addition on a historic home to make it period-accurate. “I guess that means I’m just the expert. The only expert left. It puts a lot of weight on my shoulders, unfortunately, but it means I’ve got to be on my game. I’ve got to study a lot harder,” Holton says. “Someone has to speak for the house.” As Dublin moves into the future, its longtime residents refuse to let it forget the past. You’ll find Holton at City meetings, passionately defending the historic architecture in Dublin. As we sit together in a house built in the 1860s – one that I still remember touring on a class field trip in third grade, thanks to the Tom Holtons, Herb Joneses and Carolene Tullers of Dublin – Holton leaves me with inspiration. “Everybody is so passionate about Dublin, that you can’t help but to share in that passion,” he says. “Like Carolene Tuller was saying, you’ve got to do something so that there’s more left than just the names on the stones.” Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

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The Dublin Foundation was designated a 501(c)3 in 2004 and has held many popular fundraising events over the years, including the Emerald Ball and the MAGnificent Affair. New President Michelle Cramer wants to do more, so the organization is hitting the reset button, starting with a new name: the Dublin Community Foundation.

keeping your dollars and investments in Dublin. The question that the board pondered was how to educate our residents, garner more funds and help more people in our city. “We have no full-time staff,” says Michelle. “We are volunteers who want to build our assets to support charities in Dublin.” The answer came after witnessing the success of the New Albany Community Foundation, which collaborated with the Columbus Metropolitan Library to endow over $1 million for book collections and technology enhancements at the New Albany branch of the library. The

“We want to be a meaningful part of the community, so that word is integral to our name,” says Michelle. The goal of the foundation is to support Dublin and its nonprofit organizations by raising, investing and dispersing funds for the betterment of the community. Whether you choose an endowment fund or a donor advised fund, the foundation will walk you through the details. The important factors include making an impact, leaving a legacy and

success of the foundation’s Library Fund cleared the way for construction of a new, regional public library. “We have the perfect opportunity to follow the New Albany model and align with the Dublin branch library’s capital community project,” says Michelle. Board members from the New Albany Community Foundation and Columbus Foundation have been very supportive in offering guidance and helping Dublin with a strategic plan.

ometimes even a popular, successful organization can benefit from a facelift and a fresh perspective.

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It’s all about Trust, Value & Details “There is no competition between cities,” says Michelle. “As Dublin grows, all surrounding communities benefit.” Dr. Carol Clinton has been named the chair for the Dublin Library Fundraising Campaign. “The original Dublin branch library was built for a population of 5,000,” says Carol. “The new library is being constructed to handle a population of 50,000.” If you have ever tried to rent a community room or find a seat in the local library after 3 p.m., then you know how overcrowded the previous space was. Our community is going to love the extra room for gathering and sharing information with friends such as the homework help center, the huge children’s area, quiet study rooms and the perk of garage parking. And now, you won’t have to leave when craving an afternoon pick-meup, as a coffee shop will be inside the new library. The foundation is hoping to engage the whole community and schools to get involved with funding our new library and making it spectacular like our City. The foundation


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is leading the charge by donating $25,000 to the Dublin library campaign and, therefore, will be able to name an area within the library. The foundation is also participating in a joint venture with the City to promote its new campaign, Dublin Has Heart, which will launch in February. Dublin has a strong tradition of giving back, paying forward and having heart. This campaign aims to elevate the heart of Dublin by focusing on the children, adults, schools, neighborhoods and corporations in Dublin and promoting their kind deeds. Practically every activity and moment provides us an opportunity to practice generosity and communityminded behavior. Now the City of Dublin and the foundation want to showcase our philanthropic spirit throughout social media. “Our goal is to be the most philanthropic city in America,” says Michelle. One example of our giving community is Dublin Bridges, which provides a gateway for kindness. The Facebook page and website engage the community in helping to identify and meet the needs of children, residents and families in the Dublin City School District boundaries. Jill Kranstuber and Sarah Savage are the area directors, and they post needs that range from shoes and warm clothing for a specific family, to needed furniture, to money to help someone pay the gas bill. It is amazing to see how quickly most needs are filled by our generous community – sometimes, it’s a matter of minutes. Sign up on to make a request or fill a need. Then, reach out and email information about kindnesses and good deeds within Dublin to or just hashtag it #Dublinhasheart on social media.

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