Club History

Service Above Self Scarves

PAST PRESIDENTS:

2005-2006: C. Lee Smith
2006-2007: Debra Sturm
2007-2008: 
Scott Grotelueschen
2008-2009: Louis Hominga
2009-2010: Sue Rowland
2010-2011: Dillon Anderson
2011-2012: Venkata Chari
2012-2013: Ryan Rivers
2013-2014: Mark Robertson
2014-2015: Josh Rockwell
2015-2016: Rita Stevenson


ROTARIANS OF THE YEAR:

2005-2006: Louis Hominga
2006-2007: Sue Rowland
2007-2008: Laurie Cox
2008-2009: Larry Walters
2009-2010: Janet Andrus
2010-2011: Elizabeth Duckwitz
2011-2012: June Thoreson-Rogers
2012-2013: Darryl Bell
2013-2014: Bill Rogers and Elizabeth Duckwitz
2014-2015: Louis Hominga
2015-2016: Mark Robertson
 

PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS:

  1. Joan Watts
  2. C. Lee Smith
  3. Louis Hominga
  4. Bill Rogers
  5. Robert Johnson


CLUB HONORS:

2006: Rotary International President’s Award
2006: CCI Award for Excellence
2008: Rotary International President’s Award
2010: Rotary International Presidential Citation
2011: Rotary International Presidential Citation with Distinction
2012: Rotary International Changemaker Award with Distinction


INTERACT CLUB HONORS:

2010: Rotary International Presidential Citation (one of 12 in District 6690)
2010: Roe Mauro Interact Scholarship won by Charter President Helmsdoerfer (one of 2 in District 6690)
2011: Rotary International Presidential Citation
2012: Rotary International Changemaker Award

 

CLUB MEMBER HONORS:

2010 District 6690 Four Avenues of Service Award: Louis Hominga
2011 District 6690 Five Avenues of Service Award: C. Lee Smith
2011 District 6690 Rotary Volunteers Award : Janet Andrus

 

CLUB FUN FACTS

  • The club’s first official meeting was April 15, 2005 (as a provisional club).
  • The club tradition of European-style supporter’s scarves (above) began on Charter Night in June 2005. The scarves were given to all charter members (despite the fact it was 92 degrees outside!) and are still given to honored guests to this day.
  • The club colors are Rotary Blue and Gold, but also include orange as an accent color symbolic of Orange Township.
  • The club is a member of District 6690 which includes Central and Southeast Ohio.
  • The pennant shape of the club’s banner is the same shape of the Ohio state flag. The star represents Polaris and the orange pin striping represents Orange Township.
  • The club’s average age for members is well under 50.
  • Our club has the latest meeting start time of any morning club in the district (7:45am Fridays).

 

CLUB FIRSTS:

  • First Community Service Project: Community Ties co-sponsor with three other clubs (2005)
  • First Vocational Service Project: Adult Education Scholarships (launched 2006)
  • First International Service Project: CCI Cultural Exchange of Russian banking professionals (April 2006)
  • First Club President: C. Lee Smith (February 2005- June 2006)
  • First Female Club President: Debra Sturm (July 2006-June 2007)
  • First Secretary: Cindy Womeldorf (April 2005-June 2007)
  • First Treasurer: Bill Rogers
  • First Sergeant at Arms: Lisa Lizzo (April-June 2005)
  • First Greeter: Jean Cassan (2005)
  • First Rotarian of the Year: Louis Hominga (2005-2006)
  • First Paul Harris Fellow: Joan Watts (May 2007)
  • First Active Husband and Wife Members: Dillon and Bethany Anderson
  • First District Officer: C. Lee Smith, Assistant District Governor (2007-2009), Interact Chair (2009-Present)
  • First Club Sponsors: Brian Stanfill (Delaware) and Russ Kiefer (Westerville Noon)