Courtesy of  Ray Leisy, Club Historian
The 1975-1976 Wooster Rotary Year began with new President Paul Ladd at the helm. Many current Rotarians will remember Mr. Ladd as Principal of Wooster High School. President Paul’s first address was to report on his trip to the  Rotary International Convention held in Montreal.

The first program of the new Wooster Rotary Year was presented by Congressman of the 16th Ohio District, Ralph Regula. The program on August 7th was presented by Jennifer Moorhead who represented Wooster Rotary the past year as an Exchange Student to Saltillo, Mexico. Wooster Rotary also welcomed Ignacio Garcia from Tehuacan, Mexico as an Exchange Student for the academic year.

At the August 21st meeting Sue Crawford, Executive Director of Wooster’s Bicentennial Commission, explained plans to celebrate the United States 200th Anniversary. The celebration would be held on July 4, 1976, and the Committee is exploring many different events looking back to the past and to the future. Sue was introduced by the Chair of the Bicentennial Committee, Vic Dix. As usual, Wooster Rotarians were well represented in the planning of the event.

On September 18th D. W. Galehouse was honored on the occasion of his 100th Birthday. He was a Charter Member of the Orrville Rotary Club in 1922 and became an Honorary Member of the Wooster Rotary Club in 1971. He was one of the first graduates of The Ohio State University College of Agriculture in 1901. He spent most of his working career at the Farm Bureau in different capacities.

It was announced that Wooster Rotary recently contributed a new barber chair to the Children’s Home, $1,025 to the Ida School School for physical therapy equipment and would contribute to the Bicentennial Committee.

The traditions of Ladies Night, the Children’s Home Christmas Party, the Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch and Agriculture Day were continued.

On Monday, May 10, 1976, Wooster Rotarians broke ground at Spangler Park for their Bicentennial Project, an “Outdoor Education Center.”