Courtesy of  Ray Leisy, Club Historian
The 1998-99 Wooster Rotary began with a few changes. First Scott Buehler was sworn in as our new Wooster Rotary President. Second, the Woostarian went to a bi-weekly printing. The Board of Directors voted to support two projects to begin the year: the purchase of an InterAct Club banner for $115.00 was approved as well as a $1,000 donation to CAMO.

At the November 9, 1998, meeting Jon Rose, Chair of the Al VanWie Rotary Classic Basketball Tournament, announced the collection of 18,000 food items for People to People and $2,000 in “Turkey Money” for People to People.

At the December 14, 1998, Wolfgang Schmitt spoke to Wooster Rotary about the Newell-Rubbermaid Corporate merger. He predicted that it would mean little change to Wooster. He said “The strength, size and versatility of the new corporation can only mean growth. Wooster will fare well.”

The Senior Citizens 14th annual Christmas Party drew a crowd of 451 Senior Citizens who were served by 150 Rotarians and entertained by the Tri-County Services Arts Bel Canto Choir, the Wooster High School Chorus and the Cedar Valley Cloggers.

Dr. David McConnell of the College of Wooster was selected for the spring 1999 Group Study Team to Italy.

The May 24th 1999 meeting featured Charles Neesan, chief compliance officer for Y2K concerns for Westfield Companies. He said the biggest problem would be working for a company that is not prepared. At the century’s turn on January 1, 2000, he advised having ”…a tankful of gas, a little cash, a five-day supply of food and your bills paid in advance.”