Courtesy of  Ray Leisy, Club Historian
The Wooster Rotary Year 1968 to 1969 began with a new President, Ivan Steiner Jr. Secretary Harry Sands presented a Wooster Brush paint brush to Clyde “Lefty” Miller to gloss over the “errors” of the year and a paint pail in which to pick up some of the “loose ends”. It was announced that Wooster Rotarians Clifford Morrison was elected as President of the Wayne County Chapter of the Red Cross and Joe Retzler was elected Second Vice President.

On September 16, 1968, Wooster Rotarians joined Kiwanis, Evening and Day Lions, 20-30 Club and the J.C.’s as 400 members of those clubs enjoyed a dinner and program to open the new Lowery Center at the College of Wooster. A representative of each Club, including Ivan Steiner Jr. of Rotary made a short address.
On November 14, 1968, the noon meeting was held at the new Swiss Chalet at Freedlander Park where a cafeteria style dinner was served. The speaker was Frederick C. DeVictor, superintendent of Wooster City Parks who surprised Herman Freedlander by presenting him with a plaque for his outstanding gift of the Park and buildings. He was also recognized by a standing ovation for all of his gifts to the City of Wooster and citizens over so many years.

On December 12, 1968, over 200 Rotarians and guests celebrated Christmas with the children from the Children’s Home. “The boys and girls from the Children’s Home found sacks of candy at their places at the table on Monday. On Christmas they will find a new bicycle presented by the Rotary Club.”

On January 23, 1969, Wooster Rotary Secretary Harry Sands was recognized for his 27 years of service in that position upon his retirement. Appointed as his replacement was Lee Culp.

It was noted that, as of March 1, 1969, five of the original 24 charter members were still living. Two, Walter Foss and Herman Freedlander, were still members of the Wooster Club, three were living elsewhere; Thomas Prosser, Guy Richard and Albert Woodard.