Courtesy of  Ray Leisy, Club Historian
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.