Courtesy of  Ray Leisy, Club Historian
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.