Orrville Rotary Historian Wilma Raynor presents a program on collectable pins.  
On Tuesday April 5th, the Orrville Rotary Club had the pleasure of listening to their very own Rotarian, Wilma Raynor, speak on the topic of her pin collection. Wilma has been a Rotarian since 1988 and has been collecting Rotary pins and others from her trips and adventures putting them on her denim jacket and Rotary lanyard. Some of those adventures have included 2 U.S. Olympic games, 7 Rotary International Conventions, interests and hobbies, vacations, theater productions, European travels, and much more! One of her very first pins was given to her by the then District Governor for Rotary, Paul E. Paulson and was themed “Put Life in your Rotary Life.”
Wilma’s presentation discussed the connection between her pin collection and what Rotary has done for our community. She also brought forth an extremely organized collection of Rotary historical documents including newspaper articles, pamphlets, photos, and more being preserved for the future; this was her first task as historian. Wilma was named the 4th historian of the Orrville Rotary Club by Dr. Maurice Kropf in 1990, who was the previous historian. Our history is extremely important to Wilma, so that we may look back on our past, reflect on where we have been and the things we have accomplished, and move on to plan goals we want to achieve in our future!
In a little more than a year from now, Orrville Rotary will mark its 100th anniversary of chartering. It is Wilma’s hope that we will transfer the first 100 years of history to a digital format; that plan is being discussed within our Board. Thanks to Wilma and our past historians for saving pieces and parts of Orrville Rotary history so that we may celebrate and cherish an organization that has done so much for Orrville over the past 100 years.
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