Courtesy of  Ray Leisy, Club Historian
The first Monday meeting of the 1997-98 Wooster Rotary Year saw the “passing of the baton” to Wooster Rotary President Peggy Schmitz. President Peggy introduced the chair and vice-chair of each service committee.

The first official order of business involved our youth. The stipend for our incoming exchange students was increased from $50 to $75. Mary West and Tim Swift presented a request for “start-up”  money for a Wooster Rotary Interact Club.

It was also announced that the Wooster Rotary Club will sponsor a group study team to India and request was made for suggestions for four area non-Rotarians to join the team. Doug Drushal was named leader of the team to leave for five weeks beginning January 7, 1998.

President Peggy advised that the State of Ohio would begin issuing license plates effective January 1, 1998, which contained the Rotary logo. The new license plates cost an additional $25 with the State receiving $10 and the Rotary Foundation receiving $15.

Margo Broehl announced that the Benevolence Committee was active. If a member or widow or widower of a deceased Rotary member needed transportation for medical issues, meals, respite or other forms of assistance that Margo should be contacted to make arrangements as needed.

For $35 per person Wooster Rotarians could obtain transportation, a picnic meal and a ticket to the Indians vs. White Sox game in Cleveland on April 23rd.

Honorary memberships were approved for Tom Wondering, Ted Evans and Harold Freedlander.

The Orrville Rotary Club celebrated its 75th anniversary.