The 1980-81 Wooster Rotary Year began with Leonard Schnell taking over as President. President Len announced that the Wooster Club gave $1,500 to the Rotary International 3-H program in honor of Rotary International’s 75th anniversary. Overall, Rotary International had raised $5.5 million to date. President Len also announced that a Group Study program was being put together for the District to go to Bangladesh. The members must be non-Rotarians. The leader will be a District Rotary Member.
Brothers Dennis Webb and Doug Webb, sons of Rotarian Clyde Webb, both were sworn in as members. It was announced that Ted Bogner will be in charge of this years United Way Run. Rotarian Gene Buehler announced the grand opening of the new Buehler's store on Milltown Road.
As noted, this was the 75th Anniversary of the founding of Rotary. At this time there were 18,771 Rotary Clubs worldwide with 869,750 members. The total number of Paul Harris Fellows was 51,385. Wooster Rotary membership stood at 208.
In making his annual pitch for help and donations to the 5th Annual Wooster Gallery Auction, Dave Gallapoo was ready for a question from the audience on what Rotary does with the “profits.” Dave replied
- Support of the Wayne County Crippled Children Fund
- Hosting trips for International Exchange Students
- Sponsoring students to the World Affairs Institute
- Construction of an Outdoor Education Center at Spangler Park
- Helping with the design and construction of Diller Park
- Helping to develop the Wooster Drug Abuse Council
- Helping to establish the Wooster Art Center (now known as the Wayne Center for the Arts)
- Sponsor of the United Way Run
- Support for Ida Sue School
- Provide trophies for the College of Wooster Mose Hole Classic
- Provide trophies for the Wooster High School Debate Tournament
- Assist Meals on Wheels
- Assist Wooster Head Start
- Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party
- Provide two heart Monitoring Machines to Wooster Hospital
Incidentally, the 5th Annual Rotary Gallery Auction saw 83 consigners consign 201 lots with gross sales of $11,862.

The 1981-82 Wooster Rotary Year began with the administration of a new Wooster President, Gene Buehler. The program year began with an address by Justice Anthony Celebrezze of the U.S. 6th District Court of Appeals. He had just ended three years as Director of the United States Health, Education and Welfare Department. Prior to that he had been Mayor of Cleveland and U.S. Senator from Ohio.
At the August 31st meeting, Dan Parmalee was presented with his 50 year pin, at little late in time. Rotarian Dan had been a member of Wooster Rotary since 1926. We were also reminded by the District Governor of the original of the Rotary Wheel. It was first used as a simple wagon wheel beginning in 1905. The cogged version was accepted in 1919 at the national convention. A keyway was added in 1929 to show that the wheel was a “worker” and not an “idler”. The comment was also made that “…it will not act alone, but needs energy, a force behind it to set it in motion.”
Wooster Rotary Ladies Night departed from the usual summer arena schedule to host Wooster Rotarian wives, and their husbands, to join together for a bus ride to Blossom Music Center to hear the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra for a presentation of the music of Gershwin and Stravinsky on Sunday, July 18, 1982. The bus cost $7.00 and a ticket for admission to the performance was $6.00.
Rotary Auction Treasurer Bill Ross reported Auction gross receipts of $79,360.26 with a profit of $14,000.
The 1982-83 Wooster Rotary Year began with a new President, Gerhard Soesemann taking office.  Rob Rollers, son of Warren Rollers, was the first guest speaker of the season to Wooster Rotary. Rob graduated from Wooster High School and Mt. Union College. He finished 11th out of 584 competitors in the Hawiian Iron Man Triathlon. He swam 2.4 miles in the ocean off of the “big Island,” rode his bicycle along 112 miles of the coast and then ran 26.2 miles. Rollers added that he is now in training for the 1983 Triathlon by riding 300 miles per week, running 60 miles per week and swimming 10 to 15 miles per week.
The last meeting of August provided a special focus on the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Returning Wooster Exchange students Beth Corbett (Columbia), Robert Noll (Germany) and Joel Kreps (Finland) each reported on their experience abroad. Each agreed that the year abroad was an excellent experience and not one to ever be forgotten. Joining the trio were two current inbound students Lisa Grainger (Zimbabwe) and Niclas Thalen (Sweden). Since the Wooster Rotary Club has participated in the Student Exchange program starting in 1966, this year 2020-21 will be the first year that the Wooster Rotary Club has not either sent or received an Exchange Student. Of course there are obvious international reasons, but it is an opportunity greatly missed by the students and Rotary members at each end of the exchange.
During this Rotary Year, Wooster Rotary noted another father-son duo with Robert M. Johns, Sr., and Robert M. Johns, Jr. Tony Biggio and Jim Horn were selected as co-chairs of the 1983 (7th) Wooster Rotary Auction. A special mention was made that the Wooster Kiwanis had honored Wooster Rotarian Dan Parmalee for 70 years of teaching music. Dan, who had just turned 91, joined Wooster Rotary in 1926 and estimated, exactly, that he had taught 9,918 students. He founded the Wooster Symphony in 1915 and was the first amateur orchestra, in 1926, to broadcast coast to coast.  Ross Schoolroy gave his classification talk to Wooster Rotary and noted that this was his fourth Rotary Classification talk. The first was to Wooster Rotary in the 1950’s, the second to the Carson City, Nevada Club and his third to the Twin Falls, Idaho Rotary Club.
It was announced that Wooster Rotary would again sponsor the Great Decisions Lecture for 1983. At the first meeting of 1983 Wooster Rotarians heard the four minute speech of Melissa Miller as Wooster Rotary’s entry in the Four-Way-Test District Competition.
On May 25th USAF Captain Paula Gathright, military assistant to the principal Deputy of Defense at the Pentagon, addressed Wooster Rotary. Captain Gathright was one of the first female graduates of the USAF Academy and in the first group of Wooster Rotary Exchange students (Sweden) in 1966. Captain Gathright credited Wooster Rotary and Paul Ladd for starting her career with the Student Exchange Program. 
The 1983-84 Wooster Rotary Year began with the term of a new Wooster Rotary President, Paul E. Kerr, Pastor of Central Christian Church. President Paul announced that Wooster Rotary would be sending four Wooster Exchange Students abroad this year: Joy Colburn to Australia, Jackaye Raff to Finland, Susan Dix and Amy Holtman, both to Columbia. Wooster was set to host three Exchange Students this year from Sweden, Chile and Thailand.
Outgoing President Gerhard Soesmann talked about returning to his hometown of Goettingham, Germany, which was celebrating over 1,000 years of history. President Gerhard also outlined the Wooster Rotary financial support during his term for the following projects and organizations: Spangler Outdoor Education Park, People to People, Every Woman’s House, the Wayne County Agricultural Museum, the United Way, Great Decisions, the Wayne County Public Library, Wooster Community Center, Goodwill, ACDC, Meals on Wheels, Committee for Crippled Children and Adults, Wooster Shade Tree Commission, Wayne County Alcohol Services and Scholarships.
Rotary Gallery Auction Chair Jim Horn reported that the 1984 auction gross from sales was $109,000, food sales was $3,600 and raffle sales had not yet been completed. Jim Horn estimated that the 8th annual auction will clear about $19,000, 29% more than last year's record. Co-Chair Tony Biggio passed out some special awards, to become known as “The Tonys,” to special Rotarians who went “above and beyond.”  Many of the recipients would have preferred to have been unrecognized. It was announced that the Webb brothers, Doug and Dennis, would be Co-Chairs next year.
Wooster Rotary President Paul Kerr passed the gavel early to President Mike Steiner on May 21st for the 1984-85 Year because he was moving to Edmond, Oklahoma. There he will become the Director of Development, responsible for fund raising in Oklahoma and Arkansas for the Central Christian Church National Benevolent Association. President Paul closed the meeting with this comment: “It has been challenging and fun. This is a great Club. It makes a big impact on this community because of the service of individual members and by the Club collectively.”  He also mentioned an issue that had been debated by the Wooster Club over the past few years at the request of the Rotary District. The District had suggested that Wooster Rotary was becoming too large and should consider forming a second club, morning or evening, so as to share Rotary with more men (sic.). Wooster Rotary membership stood at 227 at that time.
As noted, the 1984-85 Wooster Rotary Year began early for President Mike Steiner as 1983-84 President Paul Kerr had to leave early due to a professional relocation. President Mike had already set forth four goals for his term: programs, attendance, community projects and the Rotary auction. President Mike also sought homes for three new incoming Exchange Students: Silvanna Turganti from Switzerland, Hilario Magsino from the Philippines and Linnar Holgersson from Sweden.
Rotary International President Carlos Canseco sent a message to all United States Rotary Clubs concerning the recent decision by the United States Supreme Court concerning the United States Jaycees requiring that they admit women. He said “Rotary is a men’s fellowship whose purpose is service. It is not a business or public accommodation. By policy it is not political. Rotary prohibits a member from seeking any business or professional advantage from his membership. The Supreme Court decision requires no change in Rotary membership rules and accordingly none are authorized.” How wrong he was.
On August 9, 1984, the Wooster Rotary Board of Trustees issued a Resolution stating that the Club shall not endorse any candidate or ballot issue, allow the the presentation by any person supporting any candidate or ballot issue or a presentation by any previously elected official while they are seeking a new term of office.
Upon nomination by Wooster Rotary, Lisa Reiman of Wooster, was selected by Rotary International for a Teacher of the Handicapped Scholarship. The scholarship permitted Lisa to study for nine months in Dundee, Scotland, to further develop her skills in teaching multiple handicapped children. Lisa joined Jerry Footlick, Beverly Kimble and Susan McCall as previous recipients from Wooster of the Rotary International Scholarship.
President Mike announced that Wooster Rotary had been selected to host a Group Study Team from Columbia from April 12 to 16, 1985. Host homes and drivers were needed.
The 1985 Wooster Rotary Gallery Auction netted $19,972.85 for Wooster Rotary projects announced Co-chairs Doug and Dennis Webb.
To begin the 1985-86 Wooster Rotary Year outgoing President Mike Steiner thanked retiring Board members Art Baird, Earl Gray and Don Wise. He welcomed new Board members Bill Cullen, Jim Sauer and Dave Taylor.
Incoming President Richard Marion addressed the Club with his goals for the year. Of special note was the fact that Wooster Rotary had only $18,000 available for grants for the year and $10,000 of the money available was allocated to scholarships.
Wooster Rotarian Rick Jones presented the program for July 24th with a presentation on the move by the Wayne Center for the Arts from the College of Wooster to the old Walnut Street School. In the nine months since the move the Center has experienced 11,000 visitors. Ann Gerlach, Program Director for the Center, talked about the expanded classes since the move.
Captain/General Manager of the Wooster Rotary Softball Team, Mike Steiner, announced that Wooster Rotary was the winner of the District 665 Softball Tournament this year. On their way to the championship Wooster bested Massillon, Perry, Canton South and Canton. The Wooster team included Mike Steiner, the ferocious Bogner brothers [sic] Steve Webster, Dave Enderle, Bob Johns, John Murphy, Brian Kay, Ted Crawford, Terry Perrine, Ron Pycraft, Larry Wise, Jim Dyer and Bill Ross.
At the start of 1986 The Rotarian Magazine celebrated 75 years of publication and at 95 years young Dan Parmalee received his 60 year pin for 60 years of membership in Wooster Rotary. It was also noted that Lee Culp had served for 16 years as Club Secretary and and Frank Hayes had served as Treasurer for 17 years. Frank also announced that the quarterly assessment for meals was being raised from $35 to $39. Rotary International passed the 1,000,000 member mark with 22,061 clubs in 160 countries. Wooster Rotary now included 219 members.
At the first meeting on July 7, 1986, President Dick Marion passed the gavel to incoming President Jim Horn for the 1986-87 Wooster Rotary Year. President Dick Marion said that the greatest highpoint for the year for him was Rotary’s participation in the project to build Wooster High School’s new multi-purpose sports complex next to Kean Elementary School. He commended Rotarian Larry Wise for chairing the project and Ted Crawford who delivered the dedication speech.
Rotary Run Chair Dave Early reported that the 10k run will again take place this year. A 5k competitive run and a 1k fun run have been added. For the first time the run will go through downtown Wooster so he appealed for help in blocking off streets. An announcement was also made that the annual Wooster Rotary Family Picnic will take place at the OARDC in the evening of August 25 and the annual Wooster Rotary golf outing will take place on August 21 at Wooster Country Club. The Club also released $5,000 to People to People for their new building fund.
Wooster Rotary Secretary Lee Culp announced that Wooster Rotary now stood at 222 members. Lee reminded the Club that the District capped Wooster’s membership at 226 before the District would request that we divide into two clubs. Lee also thanked the 34 Wooster Rotarians who helped deliver Meals on Wheels for the past week.
Dick Marion was appointed by 665 Rotary District Governor to Chair the Polio Plus Program for District 665. The Polio Plus Campaign is an effort to raise $120 million dollars to immunize 60 to 70 million children in countries were polio is still a problem, to eradicate polio from the world. This is the first time Wooster was formally invited to begin contributions to the campaign which is still going on 35 years later with great success, but a few dollars more.
Main Street Wooster Project Manager Sandra Hull addressed Wooster Rotary on May 18, 1987, concerning the formation, in 1986, of a new organization to support the marketing of downtown Wooster as part of the National Main Street Network.
Ron Holtman discussed briefly the decision of the United States Supreme Court decision in Board of Directors of Rotary International vs. Rotary Club of Duarte, et al. and its implication for admitting women into Rotary Club membership. Next week the entire discussion in this space will trace the history of women in Rotary and Wooster Rotary’s actions in 1988.
The History of Women in Rotary
1904 The first meeting of Paul Harris and three friends in Chicago, Illinois
1910 At the first Rotary Convention in Chicago, some delegates made the first attempt to sanction “women’s auxiliaries.”  It was rejected overwhelmingly.
1912 The Minneapolis Women’s Rotary Club was established. The Club was not sanctioned but remains active today. The Belfast, Ireland, Rotary Club considered allowing women as guests, but rejected the idea. Ida Buell of the “Duluth Woman’s Club” spoke to the Duluth Rotary International’s Convention about letting them form Rotary women’s clubs. No action was taken.
1914 For the first time the term “Rotary Ann’s” was used for the wives of San Francisco and Philadelphia Club Rotary Presidents, Ann Bruner and Ann Gundaker.
1915 The Rotary Club of Saint Paul, Minnesota, made opera singer Florence MacBeth an honorary member. This was the first of many “unofficial” members.
1915 The Rotary International Board of Directors officially disapproved of the formation of any woman’s auxiliaries.
1917 The R.I. Board reversed itself and said that it had no objections to the formation of a Ladies’ Auxiliary of the _(Local)_Rotary Club.
1921 The Providence, Rhode Island, Club made Blanche Dayne Cressy, wife of vaudevillian Will Cressy, an honorary member. Afterwards she claimed to be the only female Rotarian in the United States.
1921 Mrs. Alwilda Harvey, wife of the Chicago Rotary President, hosted a luncheon for 59 women who founded a new organization called “Women of Rotary.”
1921 The Rotary Convention at Edinburgh, Scotland, supplements the Rotary Handbook by prohibiting women as members of Rotary or using the name “Rotary” in any of their organizations. The term “Women’s Auxiliary” was permitted. The Convention adds the words “men” to the definition of Rotary members, just to make it clear.
1923 The Rotary Club of Manchester, England, invites women to form an auxiliary for the Manchester Club. They instead form their own club and call it the “Inner Wheel.”
1928 The Oklahoma City Rotary Club initiates the first Rotary Ann Auxiliary.
1946 Jean Harris, wife of Paul Harris, becomes the first Honorary member of the Inner Wheel of the Edinburgh Rotary Club.
1949 The Rotary International Board permits women to apply for Ambassadorial Scholarships.
June 1949 The Rotary International plenary speaker was actress Madelaine Carroll, impassioned in support of the world’s children. She is one of the first women permitted to speak at the International Convention. Others were Helen Keller in 1957 and Pearl Buck in 1959. 
June 1950 The Rotary Club of Almendabad, India presses at the International Rotary Convention in Detroit to delete the word “male” from the standard club constitution. The proposal was overwhelmingly rejected. 
June 1964 The agenda for the convention includes a motion to admit women to Rotary. The delegates vote to withdraw the motion. 
January 1972 the Rotary Club of Upper Manhattan, New York, proposes a debate be held on a Motion to admit women. It was voted down without discussion. 
June 1, 1977, the Rotary Club of Duarte, California, admits three women to their club: Mary Lou Elliot, Donna Bogar and Rosemary Freitag. 
February 1978 Rotary International revokes the charter of the Duarte Club. The Club requests a hearing. The Rotary International Board tells the Duarte Club that it must remove women members. The Club refuses. 
June 1978 The Duarte Club files suit in the Los Angeles Superior Court. 
February 1983 The Duarte  Club suit finally goes to trial. The Court refuses to reinstate the Duarte Club. The Duarte Club appeals to the California Appeals Court. 
March 17, 1986, The California State Appeals Court reverses the earlier decision. 
1986 Rotary International appeals to the United States Supreme Court.
July 31, 1986, The Seattle-International District Club votes to admit women to the Club. 
September 4, 1986, The Seattle-International Club secretly admits 15 women so they won’t loose their charter. 
September 15, 1986, the Seattle-International Club files an injunction against Rotary International and announces that they have admitted women. 
February 1987, The Duarte Club elects Sylvia Whitlock as Club President. She promptly attends a District President Elect Training Seminar. 
May 4, 1987, The United States Supreme Court, in an unanimous opinion, affirmed the Appellate Court of California in Board of Directors, Rotary International vs. Rotary Club of Duarte and permits the membership of women in Rotary. 
February 15, 1988, Peggy Schmitz, an attorney with the Critchfield Law Firm, Roberta Ross, an Assistant Vice President with Bank One, Barbara Dua, Head Minister with Westminster Presbyterian Church, Sandra Hull, Project Manager for Main Street Wooster, and Leila Kennedy, Real Estate Agent for Real Estate Showcase, were welcomed into membership of Wooster Rotary. 
January 1989, the Council on Legislation of Rotary International votes to change the Rotary International Bylaws to admit women. 
July 1, 1995, Five women become District Governors. 
July 1997, Peggy Schmitz becomes the first female President of Wooster Rotary. 
2008, Catherine-Noyer Riveau, of the Rotary Club of Paris, becomes the first female Director of Rotary International.
Today women make up over 25% of the membership in Rotary International.
At the first meeting of the Wooster Rotary Year 1986 to 1987 President Jim Horn passed the gavel to incoming President Ron Holtman. President Ron announced that Rotary International had announced that the major program this year would be the PolioPlus campaign. The worldwide goal for the year was to raise $120 million to eradicate polio from the world. President Ron also announced that Wooster Rotary’s goal was $60,000, to be raised over the next three years, $11,000 has already been pledged.
Dave Early reminded Rotarians that help was still needed for the 9th Annual Wooster Rotary Run through downtown Wooster on August 9th. It was also announced that the Exchange Students would be seated at a different table each week and would be introduced by a Rotarian at that table.
At the January 11, 1987 meeting, George Cooper announced that donations to PolioPlus could be used towards a Paul Harris Fellow. George Cooper announced that 53 Wooster Rotarians had already achieved Fellowship status. Prior to the Campaign, Wooster Rotary only had 39 Fellows. One Wooster Family had achieved four generations of Rotary Fellows: Ed Myers, his son Jim, Jim’s son Jeff and Jeff’s son Doug.
Wooster Rotary set a new record for incoming Wooster Rotary Exchange students at five: Maria Blixt (Sweden), Claudia Saenz (Mexico), Mandy Bernhardi (New Zealand), Annibal Reyes (Bolivia) and Maria Gomez (Argentina).
George Cooper announced that Wooster Rotary had exceeded its goal for PolioPlus of $60,000 by raising $102,000 in cash and pledges.
Co-Chairs of the Wooster Rotary Gallery Auction, Dan Freeman and By Morris, reported on the success of the auction by comparing it with the second year (1978) auction income. In 1978 the Auction cleared $1,147.00. This year the Auction gross sales were $140,000.
On July 6, 1988 Ron Holtman turned over the gavel to Dave Gallapoo for the 1988-1989 Wooster Rotary Year. President Dave announced that Wooster Rotary was sending five students abroad this year: Jack Jones (Australia), Cathy Mattison (Australia), Julie Cicconetti (Italy), Kristin Briggs (Denmark) and Angela Tannhoff (Germany).
The 1989 Wooster Rotary Auction exceeded goals with 1,165 bidders, 1,550 items sold, $4,685 kitchen proceeds, $21,500 for one item (a 100 year old Steinway grand piano), $174,000 gross sales with an expected $43,000 profit. It was noted that sales from the start until now were over $1 million.
On May 1, 1989, five visitors from Bangkok, Thailand, led by Rotarian Vuiratiat Wongtrakul visited Wooster Rotary.
Ron Holtman had been appointed to investigate a Special Community Project that would make a significant difference in Wooster. Ron announced that $45,000 had been set aside with $15,000 allocated for each of the next three years. The money would be allocated to Wooster High School teachers for scholarships for professional development that would result in improving the school’s curriculum in their area of study. The first awards went to Randal A. Carmel, science; Garth L. Fowler, physics; Todd M. Patterson, biology; Richard Hunyadi, chemistry and astronomy; Judith T. Mathys, French; Mary E. Jameson, French; David Snider, science; and Kevin Hennis, science.
At the Wooster Rotary Club Assembly on July 10, 1989, President Dave Gallapoo handed the gavel over to Al Van Wie for the 1989-1990 Wooster Rotary Year. President Al, in passing around the Teapot, reminded Wooster Rotarians of the significance and importance of the Teapot for fundraising. Ira Neely, President of Wooster Rotary in 1924, introduced the Teapot in jest of the big news of the day, the “Teapot Dome Scandal” during the Harding Administration. The first recorded collection was $2.60 with the proceeds then, as now, going to help others.
The Annual Wooster Rotary picnic was held again at the OARDC on August 7th with over 400 Rotarians and guests in attendance.
At the August 14th meeting $500 was donated to the 4-H for camp scholarships, $500 to Layton School for playground equipment and $5,500 for college scholarships. Since 1984 Wooster Rotary had given out $49,300 in scholarships. President Al advised that every Monday a Committee Chair would report on their Committee goals for the year.
John Campbell announced that 1,850 items were auctioned at the latest Rotary Auction with gross receipts of $214,417 and net receipts of approximately $35,000. The largest auction to date.
It was announced that the Polio Plus program had given grants to inoculate children in the total amount of $144,074,718 to 90 countries. So far, as of June 1990, 185 million children had already been inoculated.
As Wooster Rotarians have no doubt noticed, the planting of an avenue of 24 trees in Wooster Oak Hill Park has been completed. The 24 trees are to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Wooster Rotary and the 24 original founders of the Wooster Rotary Club. Their names and history were featured in the first edition of this series.
Ron Holtman is now coordinating with the Wooster Urban Forestry Commission and the City of Wooster Park District to plant more trees in the “Rotary Grove” to commemorate those Wooster Rotarians who have, and will have in the future, 50 years of membership in Wooster Rotary. Their names will be added to a large plague in the Rotary Grove. As others follow, their names will also be added.
Incidentally, there are three Wooster Rotarians serving on the Wooster Urban Forestry Commission: Steve Webster Chair, Ray Leisy Secretary and Dr. Alan Kiefer.
The names of all past and current Rotarians who have achieved 50 years of Wooster Rotary Membership and service.  The “*” denotes currently active members. The names are followed by the year they joined and the number of years they were, or are, a member.

Robert “Pete” Bogner 1950 70
Ray Dix 1931 69
Harold Freedlander 1935 66
Dan Parmalee 1926 64
William Lytle 1949 62
Arden Ramseyer 1955 62
Charles Franks 1958 61*
Donald Noble 1942 60
E.B. Ted Evans 1949 59
Kenneth Rhode 1951 59
Ford Ross 1948 59
Walter Grosjean 1962 58*
Edward Eberhart 1964 57*
Ted Crawford 1964 57*
Robert Anderson 1950 56
Amos Buchman 1935 56
Harry Landes 1939 56
Eugene Buehler 1956 55
Harry Domhoff 1937 55
Robert Johns Sr. 1951 55
Gordon Giffin 1965 54
Adrian Miller 1937 54
William R. Schultz 1942 54
John Cox 1940 53
Joe Retzler 1964 53
Clyde Webb Jr. 1955 53
Ellis Camp 1947 52
Herman Freedlander 1921 52
Hobart Henery 1932 52
Anthony Biggio 1969 52*
Roger Cook 1970 51*
Tom Landes 1936 51
Guy Richard 1921 51
Bill Patterson 1977 50*
David Briggs 1970 50
Joe Seringer 1959 50
John Fleming 1970 50*
Dave Gallapoo 1971 50*