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Archbold Rotary Club History from 1955
The following history of the Archbold Rotary Club is a compilation of information from articles in The Archbold Buckeye, meeting minutes and recollections of Rotarians.  Club records from the first 30 years or so could not be found, so that information is largely from newspaper articles.  Our intent is to be as complete as possible; however, we also realize that we will likely never know all of the projects that the Archbold Rotary Club did during its first 30 years.  A complete listing of projects funded by and donations made by the club begins with the 2003-04 Rotary year (July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004).  And a complete listing of the club’s officers and directors begins with the 2007-08 Rotary year.   A listing of Rotary Club presidents from 1955 through 2015 can be found in the 60th anniversary booklet as well as a complete listing of Paul Harris Fellows from the Archbold Rotary Club through 2014.  A listing of Paul Harris Fellows from 2015 on will be listed in the following club history.
 
1955 --
§  2-16-1955 Buckeye:  Archbold will be only club to receive its charter on the 50th anniversary of Rotary on Feb. 23, 1955.  Charter night speaker will be Rotary president –nominee A.Z. Baker, president of the American Stockyard Association and chairman of the board of the Union Stockyard in Cleveland.  (Organizational meetings were held in 1954 at the United Methodist Church, according to first president Dr. Edwin Murbach in 1974 Buckeye article.)
§  2-23-1955 Buckeye:  Golden Anniversary charter night has an estimated 225 reservations.  Methodist women will cater the meal.  Details of the program in the story.
§  3-2-1955 Buckeye:  Nearly 300 attend the charter night.   Some 12 clubs received their charters on the same day as Archbold, but Archbold was the only club to have charter night on February 23.  Other clubs: 5 in Canada, Chile, Argentina, Australia, Japan, New York, California.
§  First front page story in The Buckeye about a Rotary service project:  6-29-1955 – club purchased three Rotary signs for village limits noting a Rotary Club in Archbold met Fridays at noon at the Home Restaurant.  Club now has 28 members.  The club again helped purchase village welcome signs in 1993.
§  8-10-1955 Buckeye:  Archbold and Delta Rotary clubs host a 4-week visit by University of Bonn agriculture student Wilhelm Geiseke, 25.    Archbold committee in charge of planning his visit Includes Charles Lugbill, Owen Rice and Willard Mack.
§  First story about a speaker 10-18-1955:  Mary Quinn spoke about the evolution of various musical instruments (with Ohio Bell Telephone Company)
o   Next was 11-18-1955, Robert Clark with Ohio Bell Company on the transistor – 25 Year Transistor Age
o   12-16-1955, Ohio Bell speaker demonstrated how connections are made for long distance dialing
o   1-12-1956, Tennyson Guyer of Findlay – Ohio’s Ambassador of Goodwill
§  11-30-1955, Club president Dr. Edwin Murbach proclaims Rotary’s support of “Safe Driving Day” on December 1, 1955.  “Members of the Rotary Club will make every effort to set a good example of safe driving for every citizen of this community.”  Must have worked as the sheriff reported that there was a 48 hour period (Dec. 1-2) when there was no report of any traffic accident in Fulton County.
 
1956 --
§  For the club’s first anniversary on February 23, 1956 the club had a banquet dinner with their “Rotary Anns” at the American Legion Hall.  Speaker was Mrs. Floyd Kinsman of Fostoria talking about hand-writing analysis.
§  6-22-1956, the district manager of the New York Central RR freight traffic was the speaker
§  Note:  Erie Sauder was on the Rotary board 1956-57.
§  9-18-1956, Rotary annual golf tournament at Bryan golf course from noon to 8, article invited community members to participate and offered trophy for the best golfer.
 
1957 --
§  1-2-1957 Buckeye story:  Rotary hosts its first annual Farmers’ Night at the American Legion Hall with Harold Anderson of the Anderson’s Truck Terminal in Maumee talking about the impact of the St. Lawrence Seaway on the farmer.  Rotary club members believe these meetings will serve to establish a better relationship between the town and country folk through a better understanding of national issues.
§  2-27-1957, District 227 (forerunner to 660 and then 6600) invited to Toledo Rotary to hear the R.I. president Glen Paolo Lang of Italy.  53 clubs in the district with 3,271 members.  Starting July 1, 1957, it became District 660.
§  3-20-1957, club now has 37 members.
§  August 1957, People’s State Bank transformed the old roller skating rink and athletic hall into a community meeting room.  Archbold Rotary moved from Home Restaurant to the State Dining Room on 8-30-1957 when District Governor Jack Zink paid the club his visit.
§  12-19-1957 Buckeye story:  W.C. Killgallon, sales mgr. of Ohio Art Co. was the speaker for a meeting that included not only Rotarians, but guests who had once worked at the plant in Archbold in the early 1900s (1908 to 1912).  About 65 persons attended the meeting.
 
1958 --
§  Oldest clubs in Archbold:  Rotary 2-23-1955; Business and Professional Women April 1958; Lions 10-15-1958 with 23 members; Archbold Film Society January 1959 showing films in the Scott Theatre “to bring good quality pictures of the type typically shown at large city art theaters”; Kiwanis 12-15-1963.
§  5-21-1958 Buckeye:  On May 23 a joint meeting of the Archbold and North Baltimore Rotary clubs was held in Archbold with J. Phillip Wernette, professor of business administration at the University of Michigan and editor of the Michigan Business Review, as the speaker.
 
1959 --
§  6-24-1959 Buckeye:  Representatives from the National Association of Manufacturers present program at June 19 meeting urging businessmen to take a greater interest and involvement in politics at the state and national levels.
§  12-16-1959 Buckeye:  Rotary and Lions clubs have a holiday dinner/dance Dec. 22 at Kettenring Country Club in Defiance with dance from 9 to 1 a.m. featuring “Four Lads and a Gal.”
 
1960 --
§  Starting 5-5-1960 there is a joint meeting called by the Commercial Club with Rotary and Lions to hear a presentation by Defiance College president Kevin McCann, special assistant to President Eisenhower. No record of 1961 meeting, but again 10-11-1962 when Don Wolfe from The Blade was the speaker and 9-12-1963.
§  8-3-1960 Buckeye:  Congressman Del Latta is the speaker August 5.
§  Starting the Friday between Christmas and New Years in 1960 (12-30) Rotary invited Archbold – German High School college men who were home for the holidays to attend the Rotary meeting.  In 1960, the program was Fulton County common pleas Judge Donald VanBuren who talked about when in 1919 he attended the first communist rally in the United States in south Chicago with special government agents who were there to observe the rally.  This invitation to college men home for the holidays occurred in 1961, 1962, 1963 when the invitation was also opened to college girls, (no record of 1964), 1965 with Congressman Del Latta as the speaker.
 
 
 
1961 --
§  Starting July (18), 1961 was the annual Rotary/Lions golf outing with spouses at Orchard Hills Country Club.  No record in 1962, but again in August of 1963, 1964, 1965.  In 1966 Rotary hosted a dinner at the Scenic Supper Club.  Again in 1967 and 1969.
 
1963 --
§  2-13-1963 Buckeye:  The first Lions Club Citizen of the Year is announced – Rev. William Flory, pastor and founder of Good Shepherd  Mennonite Church north of Archbold which conducted bilingual services.  Rotary, the Community Commercial Club and BPW were involved with selecting the honoree along with the Lions.  Rev. Flory was the 1962 Citizen of the Year.  Subsequent honorees:  Orrin Taylor, 1963; C. W. Waldvogal, 1964; Mrs. Walter Bernath, elementary teacher, 1965; Alvin Stamm, 1966; and Dr. Clarence Murbach, 1967.
§  2-20-1963, Rotary held a Ladies Night dinner with a movie following at the Scott Theater – El Cid.
 
1964 --
§  In 1964 People’s State Bank became First National Bank of Archbold.
 
1965 --
§  5-12-1965 Buckeye:  First club project noted in The Buckeye since the village signs was reported  – Rotarians purchased and planted 52 Scotch and white pine trees west of the swimming pool at Ruihley Park.  At the same time, 13 benches purchased by Rotary and built by vo ag department at the high school were placed downtown and 13 in Ruihley Park.
§  Archbold Buckeye story from June 1965 with installation of new Rotary officers, there was a summary of 1964-65 Rotary year projects:  life saving kits were installed at the reservoirs and Bourquin Pond, Rotary signs placed at the entrances to the village, club members helped sell tickets at the Fulton County Fair, $100 donation made to the Christmas lighting fund, a TV set was purchased for Denny Wood, a customary Rotary award was given to an Archbold High School senior, $100 was given to the United Fund, programs and discussions were held concerning zoning in German Township, highway signs were improved and other projects encouraged – all in addition to the trees and park benches noted before.
 
1966 --
§  3-1-1966 Buckeye:  11th anniversary of Rotary was celebrated with a dinner and educational program with Rotary Anns.  (Apparently, this was done in February 1968 as well.)
§  5-9-1966 Buckeye:   Fulton County Rotary Clubs jointly sponsored Law Day Banquet in Swanton with Jon R. Waltz of Chicago as the speaker on April 28.  Waltz had co-authored a book:  “The Trial of Jack Ruby.”  Some 300 persons attended the event at Valleywood Country Club.
§  8-26-1966 Buckeye:  Erie Sauder presented on the Mennonite Economic Development Agency (MEDA) work in Paraguay.  Spoke at least 2 times on this.
§  1966, 1967, 1968 – college students were again invited to Rotary between Christmas and New Years while home.  Not sure if this was re-instated from before or if The Buckeye just didn’t report it in the intervening years.
1967 --
§  7-14-1967 Buckeye:  Program presented on “highway safety” with a 30 minute film that held the Rotarians “spellbound.”
 
1968 --
§  1-12-1968 Buckeye:  Noted expert presented a program on flying saucers.
§  4-26-1968 Buckeye:  Ohio auditor Roger Cloud was the speaker.
 
1970 --
§  3-25-1970 Buckeye:  It was announced that the Archbold and Hicksville Rotary clubs would co-host Rotary District 660 Conference in 1971 in Archbold as Hicksville Rotarian Roland Doeden will be district governor then.  Archbold high school and the new Four County Vocational and Technical Institute will be sites for meetings.   Some 700 to 800 visitors are expected.  With 3,800 Rotarians, District 660 is the 5th largest in the world and largest of 4 districts in Ohio.
§  9-11-1970 Buckeye:  Frank Ulrich arranged program with speaker Miss Ohio runner-up Ann Andrews of Wauseon.
§  December 1970 Buckeye:   The club held an auction at its meeting and raised $933.70 with $150 for the Twigs Junior Hospital Auxiliary and the rest for the Rotary Foundation Fund.
§  12-23-1970 Buckeye:  The Folk Ensemble of AHS presented the club’s Christmas program on December 18.   Club president Clarence (Clip) Higgins read a letter of appreciation from the Rotary Club of Lima, Peru, for the contribution sent an exchange student who stayed with Rotarian Charles Winzeler.  The donation was placed in the Helping Fund Catastrophe towards the cost of building a new school building in the disaster area.  (This was the May 31, 1970 Ancash or Great Peruvian Earthquake which measured 7.9 on the Richter Scale – 15 miles off the coast of Peru.  70,000 killed and 800,000 homeless as the quake caused landslides that destroyed entire villages and damages as far as Lima – 400 miles away.)
 
1971 --
§  January 1971 club sought young adult candidates to participate in foreign study programs.
§  January 22, 1971 the club made out-going president Rev. Clarence (Clip) Higgins a Paul Harris Fellow (only 1,000 in the world at that time).  Higgins became the first person who had studied as a Rotary Foundation Fellow (1952-53 studied at Edinburgh, Scotland, nominated by the Coshocton, Ohio Rotary Club) to become a Paul Harris Fellow. Higgins became a Rotarian in 1955 in New Philadelphia and served that club as president 1960-61 and while there served the district on the Foundation committee.  Joined Archbold Rotary in 1967 when he became pastor at St. John’s UCC.  He was transferred by the church to serve on the staff of the Illinois Conference of UCC on March 1, 1971, so he served Archbold as club president for a little more than 7 months when he turned the gavel over to Frank Ulrich on February 12.
§  February 12, 1971 program was a movie “How the Water Witch Drowned in the Dry Hole.”
§  3-3-1971 Buckeye:  Club presented 9 plaques to AHS FFA members who achieved 100 bushel corn club status for 1970 at their Feb. 26 meeting.  Bob Short presented the awards for Rotary to Jay Aeschliman, Mark Qiillet, Steve Riegsecker, Randy Stuckey, Dean Kinsman, Larry Rupp, Scott Miller and Keith Gnagey.  Low yield was 98 bushels and top was 151.6 bushels.
§  3-31-1971 Buckeye:  Archbold student Sara Wyse (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wyse) created the 9th best “Art for Peace” poster in a Rotary International contest.  Her poster was reproduced in the April 1971 Rotary magazine.
§  March 31, and April 14, 21 Buckeye:  Stories about Archbold and Hicksville Rotary clubs co-hosting the District 660 Conference in Archbold on April 17-18.  Although initial estimates placed the expected number to attend at 1,000, the final figures were more than 740 attended.  Hicksville Rotarian Roland Doeden was the 1970-71 District Governor for District 660.  Some 600 persons attended the Governor’s banquet at Four County Vocational School with former US Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz as the featured speaker.  At the noon luncheon on Saturday at the AHS gymnasium, some 325 persons heard Edon native Dave Herman (age 28) tell about playing pro football with the New York Jets.  The conference continued through Sunday.
§  July 1971 – First National Bank becomes Tiffin Valley National Bank.
§  8-25-1971 Buckeye:  Club is sponsoring a shrub sale on Saturday, Sept. 18 to raise money for a skating shelter at Ruihley Park.  Franz Nursery of Napoleon is assisting.
§  9-22-1971 Buckeye:  Shrub sale generates $335.70 as 400 items were auctioned.  Ticket sales for a red maple tree reached $186.50.  The shelter was built and installed prior to the skating season.
§  September 1971:  Two Rotary Ann events were held in September – on the 23rd a golf outing and dinner at Bryan Orchard Hills and on the 28th at the Toledo Museum of Art.
§  Club again hosted college students at its meeting between Christmas and New Years.
 
1972 --
§  Archbold Rotary’s first meeting place – the old Home Restaurant – was destroyed as part of the Scott Theatre fire that occurred in February 1972.  The theater, which opened in 1944, had one screen and 320 seats.  The Home Restaurant was adjacent to the theater.
§  3-1-1972 Buckeye:  Club again sponsored awards to FFA students who produced 150 or more bushels of corn per acre.
§  11-3-1972 Buckeye:  The Company first performed for Rotary with “Rotarians liberal in their applause for the fine young men and women…”  (But not so liberal in that month’s election as Nixon outpolled McGovern 8,387 to 3,615 and Latta beat Edwards for Congress 9,813 to 2,327.)  The Company returned 12-22 to perform for the club’s Christmas program.
§  The club again hosted college students home for the holidays at the 12-29 Rotary meeting.
 
1973 --
§  2-28-1973 Buckeye:  Club recognizes 125 bushel/acre FFA members.
§  April 13-14, 1973 the club sponsored 3 students to the World Affairs Institute in Cincinnati.
§  May 1973 Bob Short hosted Group Study Exchange team from England.
§  Archbold Kiwanis disbanded 7-5-1973, but were back a year later.
§  7-18-1973 Buckeye:  Club presents $1,000 to the Fulton County Health Center for the Memorial Opportunities Fund.
§  November 20, 1973 Archbold Rotary sponsors/coordinates a benefit dinner for Don Sommers.  Some 1,200 persons attended.  Don Sommers died at age 35 following a long illness that required 3 kidney transplants.  The meal was served by Rotarians and their Rotaryanns with many in the community donating food and such.  (Not clear who Don Sommers was professionally in the community or why the community rallied around the cause as it did.  The newspaper articles never explain that.)
1974 --
§  1-23-1974 Buckeye:  Club gave $600 to the Fulton County Health Center.
§  6-27-1974 Buckeye:  Club gave another $600 from its auction to the Fulton County Health Center.  Apparently had pledged an amount of money that is never specified to the new Fulton County Health Center.
§  9-1-1974 Buckeye:  State Treasurer Gertrude Donohey is the speaker.
§  By November 8, 1974 the club has moved its meeting location to the Community Room of the Farmers & Merchants State Bank.
 
1975 --
§  1-22-1975 Buckeye:  January 17 program was a movie “This Could Be You” on popularity of flying and private airplane ownership.
§  On February 26, 1975 WHDF radio held its first all-day Heart Fund fundraiser.
§  2-26-1975 Buckeye:  Program was a color movie “Profile of the Steel Industry” that traced the growth of steel use and increases in imported steel to meet the demands in the U.S.
§  3-26-1975 Buckeye:  Rotary Club sponsored a game of Pettisville vs. Archbold alumni basketball players on Saturday, April 5 as a fundraiser for the Archbold community projects and Pettisville community fund.  Subsequent story in the newspaper indicated about $2,000 was made to be shared by the two communities.  Some 23 cakes were sold during intermission for a total of $705 ($305 for one cake) and the ticket sales were about $1,250 with more money to come in.
§  4-23-1975 Buckeye:  From the basketball game, Pettisville got $525, Fulton County Health Center received $1,000 as part of the club’s pledge and $625 was placed in the club’s community fund.
§  4-30-1975 Buckeye:  Club program on April 25 was a movie on The Freedom Train, which will visit Archbold June 14-15 as part of its two-year, 17,000 mile, 80 city tour as part of the nation’s bicentennial to allow persons  to see traveling exhibits of key documents and displays of the nation’s past.
§  5-21-1975 Buckeye:  Program was a fire prevention movie on May 16.
§  5-28-1975 Buckeye:  Bob Short presented the program about an 18-day European trip he and his wife took to visit their son, John, who was stationed in Germany.  Showed color slides.
§  8-13-1975 Buckeye:  Rotary program was on the need for a youth center.  Rotary youth committee suggested the club consider getting involved with this in some way.  The club will consider.
§  In 1975 the club sponsored two students to attend a 2-day Teenage Institute on Alcohol and Other Drugs at Ohio University that was sponsored by the Ohio Health Dept.  The students then presented a program for the club at the Sept. 26 meeting.
§  10-22-1975 Buckeye:  Rotarians and Rotary Anns met Thursday evening, October 16 for dinner at the Sauder Museum and presented Erie Sauder with an undisclosed amount of money for the museum, which will open in June 1976 in conjunction with the nation’s bicentennial celebration.  They received a tour of the museum and what was completed by then.
§  11-5-1975 Buckeye:  7 AHS seniors competed in the national “Bicentennial Minute” contest.  The club awarded cash prizes to the top 3 students at their October 31 meeting.  No indication if any of Archbold’s entries won at the national level.
§  The Company presented the club’s Christmas program.
§  12-31-1975 Buckeye:  The December 19 program was pictures of a fishing trip taken to Canada.
§  It was reported that between 1972 and 1975 that Rotary paid out some $17,000 to support various projects in the community as well as students and the schools.  Additionally, the club helped  bring a performance of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra to Archbold.  Specific details of how the money was allocated was not provided.
 
1976 --
§  Congressman Delbert Latta spoke to the club on January 16, 1976.
§  3-31-1976 Buckeye:   The club sponsored a charity basketball game with 8 senior members of the OSU football team (including Archie Griffin, Cornelius Greene and Brian Baschnagel) vs. an area all-star team (including a few Archbold Rotarians) on Friday, April 9.  The game made $600 for community projects.
§  4-5-1976 Buckeye:  A number of Rotarians were part of a planning committee (Friends of the Arts) that applied for and received an Ohio Arts Council grant.
 
1977 --
§  1977 Rotary speaker included AHS grad and Michigan football player Jerry Zuver.
§  3-30-1977 Buckeye:  Fund raising basketball game with senior Michigan football players vs. Archbold Rotary all-stars is planned for April 1 to raise money for the Fairlawn Haven activities center.  Selling cakes made about $2,395.  In total some $3,000 was presented to Fairlawn in May from the fund raiser.
§  6-29-1977 Buckeye:  The program at the year-end meeting was a movie of William Neal’s Amazon River trip earlier in the spring.  It was noted that during the recently completed Rotary year, the club not only gave $3,000 to the Fairlawn Haven activities center, but also $2,000 to other unspecified community projects.  Many years this year-end meeting was held as a steak fry with Rotary Anns at the pavilion at Ruihley Park.
§  The Company presented the 1977 Christmas program.
 
 
1978 --
§  8-16-1978 Buckeye:  Rotary gives $1,000 to the new fair show arena and livestock building.
 
1979 --
§  1-31-1979 Buckeye:  Club sponsors “courtesy contest” for the most courteous sales clerks in Archbold.  Persons submit nominations with an essay.  Person submitting winning nominations, their nominees and the employers will be recognized.
§  3-7-1979 Buckeye:  Mrs. Nola Short of Stotzer Hardward and Mrs. Patty Short of Wyse Book and Office Supply were the first and second place winners in the most courteous sales clerk contest.  They were given plaques.  Persons submitting the nominations received $50 and $25 respectively.
§  6-20-1979 Buckeye:  Club presented Larry Christy WHFD sportscaster with an award for outstanding performance as a sportscaster at the June 15 Rotary meeting.  Also, John Downey was introduced as the new football coach.
§  7-4-1979 Buckeye:  At the year-end steak fry, it was announced that $3,300 was given to a variety of unspecified groups in the area during the recently complete Rotary year.
§  8-1-1979 Buckeye:  When the district governor came to announce Rotary’s up-coming 75th anniversary, he noted that the club was to be commended for its generous aid to the crippled children’s fund (Easter Seals?), the scholarships it has sponsored, and its up-coming (late August, 26-team softball tournament/fundraiser which will also include a chicken barbecue).
§  9-12-1979 Buckeye:  Club gave Brothers’ Brother $500 to be used to provide vaccinations against tuberculosis in Haiti.
 
1980 --
§  4-23-1980 Buckeye:  An editorial credited the Rotary club with providing the money for the materials to build (by Lions Club) an open air pavilion at Ruihley Park.  Possibly the shelter that is near the amphitheater that the Lions club later built.
§  6-11-1980 Buckeye:  Rotary club celebrates its 25th anniversary and Rotary’s 75th anniversary with a dinner attended by 271 persons at Four County Vocational School on June 6 with Bill Glass, former professional football player and currently affiliated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as the speaker.  Club also gave $900 to the Rotary 3-H Fund (Health, Hunger, Humanity).
§  7-16-1980 Buckeye:  The 1970-71 gift of Rotary – an A-frame warming shelter by the skating pond in Ruihley Park was given to the school for a storage building by the football field after concerns that the building was being used for purposes other than intended.
§  10-22-1980 Buckeye:  The club held a Class B softball tournament in August and then presented the proceeds from that and a barbecue (some $1,200) to help pay for a new wrestling weight room being built at the school.
 
1981 --
§  In 1981 a Group Study Exchange from Chili was in the area and Archbold served as hosts for several days.
 
1982 --
§  In 1982, Ohio Congressman and candidate for governor Clarence Brown was a speaker.
§  In 1982, future Rotarian Jodi Short (Herman), the Ohio Pork Queen, became Ohio State Fair Queen – serving during the 1983 Ohio State Fair.
§  12-8-1982 Buckeye:  Two $100 scholarships were presented to AHS seniors who were among the 52 finalists in an essay contest on nuclear weapons sponsored by Bowling Green State University.
 
1983 --
§  4-20-1983 Buckeye:  Rotary announced that if the village approved it planned to build a sidewalk along Lutz Road from Vine Street to Fairlawn Haven.  They will ask the vocational school to see if the building class can help with the project.  Everyone was supportive (property owners, Fairlawn Haven).  It was estimated to cost about $8,100 without donations.  Rotary president Lawrence Short said they hoped to start in the fall.
§  5-4-1983 Buckeye:  Phil Rich presented a program on a 3-week Mennonite Central Committee tour of Africa.
§  7-27-1983 Buckeye:  District Governor Gerald Edwards of Delta announced that his club would host the district conference in April 1984.
§  10-5-1983 Buckeye:  Program on drug and alcohol problems.  Club president John Wilson gave a weekly “salute” to an area business.
 
1984 --
§  4-11-1984 Buckeye:  A variety of community projects receiving Rotary funds were listed, including: $100 for the AHS winner of a BGSU philosophy contest, $250 for an academic scholarship, funds to assist with a new Spengler Field scoreboard, funds for equipment for Fairlawn Haven, sidewalk along Lutz Road.
§  6-27-1984 Buckeye:  Club awarded the Paul Harris Fellow award to Lester Rich and Orrin Taylor.  (This may have been the second time that the club so honored a member.)
§  8-29-1984 Buckeye:  Bill Rufenacht updated the club on a 68 team Ohio co-ed softball tourney that the club is sponsoring over the Labor Day weekend .  This tournament, he explained, is usually hosted by larger cities.
§  9-5-1984  Buckeye:  Bill’s Locker Room won the softball tourney.  The club sold some 500 t-shirts.  The club made a total profit of $2,362 from the tournament.
§  9-5-1984 Buckeye:  The club requests approval from village to place two Rotary signs at the corner of Lutz and Vine streets to indicate the club had the sidewalk built as a 1983 project.
§  9-12-1984 Buckeye:  Program on Dancefit to improve health and update on the Zion Mennonite pre-school program.
§  10-19-1984 Buckeye:  Program on the student exchange program operated by Rotary.  Frank Ulrich, Archbold Rotarian, told how his family had hosted a student from Denmark and several area Rotarians explained the value of the program for their families.
§  11-28-1984 Buckeye:  Club gave $200 to Fulton County Christmas Cheer, purchased 4 band uniforms for a total of $2,000, and made a $1,000 donation to the Archbold Area Foundation.
§  12-12-1984 Buckeye:  District Governor Jerry Edwards of Delta presents program on District 660 MESA program and recent donations to Guatamala.  Apparently the club has given money as he also thanked the club for its aid to Guatamala – a fire truck.
 
1985 --
§  2-13-1985 Buckeye:  At a club auction some $2,600 was raised with $1,200 for the Heart Fund and the balance for community projects.
§  5-15-1985 Buckeye:  Club awarded Paul Harris Fellow award to Herman Britsch and David Rupp.
§  7-10-1985 Buckeye:  Club will sell coupon books as a fund raiser.  A review of projects supported by Rotary in 1985:  Fulton County Christmas Cheer, Fairlawn Haven redecoration, football scoreboard, Boy Scout film strip project, band uniform fund, Fairlawn Haven sidewalk, heart fund, Archbold Area Foundation, Fulton County Health Center.
§  A stair trac was also donated to the elementary school.
§  Pledged more than $13,000 to Rotary International as the PolioPlus program begins.
 
1986 --
§  12-24-1986 Buckeye:  Rotary hosted an exchange student from Brazil, housed by Robert Frey, Max Stuckey and Gary Hodges.
 
 
1987 --
§  4-15-1987 Buckeye:  Rotary exchange student from Australia presents the program.  Rotary host families: David Thompson, Max Stuckey and Doug Vajen.
§  Bob Short and Chuck Lugbill are named Paul Harris Fellows by the club in 1987.
§  7-15-1987 Buckeye:  Village gives Rotary approval to use Memorial Park as site for a circus fund raiser in September.  Large crowds attended the circus on September 13 – the first time in 15 years that a circus had visited Archbold.
§  9-9-1987 Buckeye:  Steve Nafziger named to chair the club’s initial PolioPlus efforts.
 
1988 –
§  Rotary meeting site moved from the F & M Bank Community Room to the American Legion for a short time in 1988.
§  Annual golf outings between the Archbold and Wauseon Rotary clubs started in 1988 and continued until 1999.
§  In cooperation with the Archbold Lions Club, Rotary put in Stotzer Lane from Lutz Road to the Sauder Village complex.
 
1989 –
§  Rotary meeting site moved from the American Legion to The Barn Restaurant sometime in 1989.
 
1991 –
§  Purchased a message board for the middle school in 1991.
 
 
1992 –
§  Sponsored a community circus in 1992.
§  Rotary completed the Lutz Road sidewalk project by having a sidewalk built from the Fairlawn Haven complex east to East Garden in 1992.
 
1993 –
§  In 1993, the club held its first Reverse Raffle – a major fund raiser that has remained, with changes from time to time, ever since.  After 1993, it was called Rotary 400 Night (as 400 tickets were sold), then 450 Night and back to 400 Night.  Finally, in 2013, it had its most significant changes and became known as A Night for Education, with most of the net proceeds going toward senior scholarships or youth-related projects (which was pretty much as it had been since 1993, however, the name change made it clearer).  Additionally, while the reverse raffle continued, it wasn’t the main activity of the evening.  A variety of audience participation games made it a more involved evening.  The meal changed from prime rib to a series of food stations and sponsorships were sold as the event became better attended and raised more money.
§  Starting in 1993 and continuing for several years, Rotary purchased light displays (swan and fountain, arches and poinsettias at the main entrance, 6 sidewalk arches, and an animated bell) costing a total of some $25,000 to the Festival of Lights display.  Rotarians have also assisted with the annual set-up and tear-down of their displays and in 2013 had the swan/fountain display rewired.
§  Helped complete a demographic study in 1993 that led to the construction of the new elementary school and middle school renovations.  Rotarians went door to door to gather data.
 
1994 –
§  Archbold High School senior scholarships.   Although the club had provided money for college scholarships for many years, it began the current annual scholarship program in 1994 with a formal application and award process established.  Since 1994 and through the Class of 2015, the club has awarded more than $163,000 – with annual awards generally ranging from $8,000 to $10,000.  Starting in 2014, Archbold students attending Four County Career Center and Archbold area students attending Northwest State Community College were also made eligible to compete for scholarships.
 
1997 –
§  Made a donation to the band uniform fund in 1997.
 
1998 –
§  After an absence, in 1998 Rotarians help bring back the local punt, pass and kick contest.  The club has served as a sponsor since then.
§  Donated for the lighting of the baseball diamond and helped with the fencing through Archbold Parks and Rec Department in 1998.
§  Made donation to the elementary school playground in 1998.
 
 
2000 –
§  Supported the Carp Festival fireworks display in 2000.  The club helped sponsor the display again in 2006.
 
2004 –
§  Rotarians help plan and sponsor the Archbold Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.  The club has continued this project on a variable year basis since then.
§  During the 2003-2004 Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $25,395.  Specific donations:  After-Prom, $500; Archbold Chamber, $350; Archbold Parks & Rec, $700; Archbold Sports Complex, $2,000; Bob Borcherdt basketball team, $300; Boy Scouts, $275; Character Council, $1,000; Fairlawn Auxiliary, $200; Friendship House, $1,300; Full Sails Ministry golf outing, $250; Fulton County Christmas Cheer, $607; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; Jackson Burkholder Walker, $1,368; Junior Achievement, $500; Junior Historians (Sauder Village), $200; Maumee Rotary, $500; MESA, $670; Paul Harris Fellow, $1,000; PolioPlus, $500; Presidential Classroom, $375; Punt, Pass and Kick, $400; Senior Scholarships, $8,500; Speech & Essay winners, $400; Sauder Village golf outing, $500; Superstreaks, $500; Youth for Christ, $1,500.
 
2005 –
§  In celebration of the Rotary’s 50th anniversary in Archbold, the club donates the town clock in front of the Municipal Building downtown.
§  During the 2004-2005 Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $26,574.  Specific donations:  After-Prom, $500; Archbold fire department, $100; AHS program, $500; Archbold Lions Club, $100; Archbold Parks & Rec, $250; Archbold Sports Complex, $5,000; Character Council, $500; Franklin B. Walter scholarship, $950; Fulton County Christmas Cheer, $500; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; government class trip, $1,000; Junior Achievement, $500; Paul Harris Fellow, $1,000; People to People trip, $250; Punt, Pass and Kick, $196; Senior Scholarships, $7,750; Speech & Essay winners, $500; Rotary tsunami relief, $200; Rotary world project, $100; Sara Leininger, $250; Sauder Village golf outing, $500; Superstreaks, $252.75; Youth for Christ, $500.
 
2006 –
§  During the 2006-2007 Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $22,461.  Specific donations:  After-Prom, $250; Archbold Chamber, $200; Archbold Community Library, $250; Archbold Parks & Rec, $500; Archbold Sports Complex, $2,000; Boy Scouts, $275; Character Council, $250; Defiance Rotary World Workshop, $225; Fulton County Christmas Cheer, $500; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; Hugh O’Brien Leadership, $175; Junior Achievement, $500; Paul Harris Fellow, $1,000; Presidential Classroom, $250; Punt, Pass and Kick, $185.60; The Rotary Foundation, $1,000; Senior Scholarships, $9,250; Speech & Essay winners, $500; Sauder Village concert series, $400; Sauder Village golf outing, $500; Youth Exchange $250.
 
2007 –
§  In April 2007, Archbold hosted the District 6600 conference at Sauder Village.
§  In 2007, Rotarians provided the labor to refurbish the bleachers at Spengler Field.  Initially explained as a clean-up of the grounds and replacing “a few boards”, it became a bit more as over the next 7 years most of the bleacher boards were replaced and/or painted, the clean-up included the press box and concession stand as well as a spring and fall clean-up of the grounds.  In 2014, when the school entirely replaced the bleachers, the club purchased new doors for the restrooms and still continue to clean the grounds twice a year.
§  During the 2006-2007 Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $25,278.  Specific donations:  After-Prom, $250; Archbold Area Schools wheelchairs, $330; Archbold Area Schools tailgate, $1,736.20; Archbold fireworks, $1,000; Archbold Chamber, $250; Archbold Lions Club, $150; Archbold Parks & Rec, $250; Boy Scouts, $150; Fellowship of Christian Athletes, $300; Fulton County Christmas Cheer, $500; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; Girl Scouts, $120; Groundbreakers, house, $1,000; Junior Historians, Sauder Village, $168.50; Katie Beck, $200; Hugh O’Brien Leadership, $175; Junior Achievement, $500; Paul Harris Fellow, $1,000; Presidential Classroom, $250; Punt, Pass and Kick, $116; Rebecca Rupp, books, $200; The Rotary Foundation, $1,000; Senior Scholarships, $9,750; Speech & Essay winners, $575; Sam Hornish parade banner, $100; Sauder Village golf outing, $500; Superstreaks, $250; Village of Archbold clock, $3,457.
 
 
2008 –
§  Beginning in 2008 and continuing every year since, the club has given every Archbold elementary third grader a dictionary and used the presentation as an opportunity to explain Rotary and the Four Way Test using the dictionary.
§  Purchased a message board for the high school in 2008.
§  During the 2007-2008 Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $27,361.  Specific donations:  After-Prom, $200; Archbold fire department, $459.20; Archbold High School message board, $4,008; Archbold Parks & Rec, $250; Character Council, $500; Defiance Rotary World Workshop, $225; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; Junior Achievement, $500; Junior Historians, Sauder Village, $200; Paul Harris Fellow, $1,000; Punt, Pass and Kick, $130.20; Senior Scholarships, $9,500; Speech & Essay winners, $325;Ryan Christman, leadership conference, $200; Sauder Village annual fund, $500; Sauder Village golf outing, $500; Spengler Field project, $4,147.31; Superstreaks, $250; Village of Archbold clock, $3,457.
 
2009 –
§  Officers and directors for the 2008/09 Rotary year:  Kevin Eicher, president; Artie Short, past president; Bill Beck, president-elect; Rollie Britsch, secretary; Jeff Coressel, treasurer; Bill Rufenacht, club service; Lou Levy, community service; David David, international service; and Dave Lersch Jr., vocational service.
§  During the 2008-2009 Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $26,793.  Specific donations:  After-Prom, $200; Archbold Area Schools book fair, $300; Archbold 3rd grade dictionaries, $210; Archbold FFA community safety, $150; Archbold parade of lights entry, $275; Archbold Parks & Rec, $250; Be Healthy Now project, $500; Character Council, $500; Defiance Rotary World Workshop, $200; Fulton County Christmas Cheer, $500; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; Junior Achievement, $500; Paul Harris Fellow, $1,000; MESA, $200; OHSAA Foundation, Tyler Priest, $250; Paul Harris Fellow award, $1,000; Punt, Pass and Kick, $135.60; Relay for Life, $250; Senior Scholarships, $10,000; Speech & Essay winners, $425; Salem Medical Center, Egypt, $3,605; Sauder Village annual fund, $500; Sauder Village golf outing, $500; Solid Rock Community Church youth program, $500; Spengler Field project, $676.33; The Outback Center, $500; United Way, Dolly Parton literacy project, $210; Village of Archbold clock, $3,456.
 
2010 –
§  Officers and directors for the 2009/10 Rotary year:  Bill Beck, president; Kevin Eicher, past president; Shelia Santiago, president-elect; Rollie Britsch, secretary; Jeff Coressel, treasurer; Bill Rufenacht, community service; Lou Levy, club service; David David, international service; and Dave Lersch Jr., vocational service.
§  Donated two smart boards to the elementary school in 2010.
§  The club begins its largest project ever – raising funds to purchase and place some 1,000 water filters to serve 75,000 to 80,000 children and adults in the Port-au-Prince area of Haiti.  With the Archbold Rotary Club responsible for researching, visiting and coordinating the project with two non-government organizations:  Pure Water for the World and International Child Care, Inc. and a local Rotary club in Haiti, nearly $125,000 was raised by local Rotarians, the Archbold community, the Rotary clubs of Wauseon, Napoleon, Stryker and Bryan, The Rotary Foundation, and the Rotary District 6600 Foundation over about two years.  The project was completed late in 2012.
§  During the 2009-2010 Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $27,505.  Specific donations:  After-Prom, $200; Archbold Area Schools book fair, $300; Archbold Area Schools, smart boards, $3,180; Archbold 3rd grade dictionaries, $168; Archbold High School message board, $3,500; Archbold FFA community safety, $150; Archbold parade of lights support, $500; Archbold parade of lights entry, $325; FISH, $1,860; Fulton County Christmas Cheer, $500; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; Junior Achievement, $500; MESA, $200; MESA, 2 million meals project, $500; Paul Harris Fellow award, $1,000; Punt, Pass and Kick, $128; Relay for Life, $250; Senior Scholarships, $10,000; Speech & Essay winners, $600; Sauder Village annual fund, $500; Sauder Village golf outing, $500; Solid Rock Community Church youth program, $500; Spengler Field project, $397.91; teacher appreciation meal, $246; The Outback Center, $500.
 
2011 –
§  Officers and directors for the 2010/11 Rotary year:  Shelia Santiago, president; Bill Beck, past president; Lou Levy, president-elect; Rollie Britsch, secretary; Jeff Coressel, treasurer; Bill Rufenacht, community service; Kent Nafziger, club service; David David, international service; Jodi Herman, vocational service; and Don Spohler, FAC/director at large.
§  Donated funds to purchase a children’s computer in the Archbold Community Library in 2011.
§  During the 2010-2011 Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $33,018.  Specific donations:  After-Prom, $200; Archbold Area Schools book fair, $300; Archbold Area Schools smart boards, $1,500; Archbold 3rd grade dictionaries, $210; Archbold FFA community safety, $150; Archbold High School message board, $3,500; Archbold parade of lights entry, $325; Archbold Parks & Rec, $250; Be Healthy Now project, $250; 4-H Camp Palmer, $100; Fairlawn Haven golf green project, $500; FISH, $2,125; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; Haiti water project, $2,587.58; Junior Achievement, $500; Maddie Lambert, $1,655; MESA, Japanese shelter box, $200; Paul Harris Fellow award, $1,000; Project Respect, $300; Punt, Pass and Kick, $121; Relay for Life, $250; Rotary EREY, $3,675; Senior Scholarships, $10,500; Speech & Essay winners, $500; Sauder Village annual fund, $500; Sauder Village golf outing, $500; Spengler Field project, $71.33; teacher appreciation lunch, $237.65.
 
2012 –
§  Officers and directors for the 2011/12 Rotary year:  Lou Levy, president; Shelia Santiago, past president; David David, president-elect; Nanette Buehrer, vice-president; Rollie Britsch, secretary; Jeff Coressel, treasurer; Bill Rufenacht, community service; Kent Nafziger, club service; Don Spohler, FAC/international service; Jodi Herman, vocational service; and Tim Meister, new generations.
§  In 2012, the club provided the labor to build the Charles Lugbill Rotary Shelter House at Woodland Park.
§  Purchased picnic tables for the Ridgeville Community Park in 2012.
§  Since 2012, the club has sponsored and served one or two community meals a year.
§  During the 2011-2012 Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $89,948.  Specific donations:  Archbold Area Schools book fair, $300; Archbold community meal, $421.32; Archbold Community Library children’s computer, $1,125; Archbold 3rd grade dictionaries, $210; Archbold parade of lights entry, $325; Archbold Parks & Rec, $325; Black Swamp Arts Council, $200; Defiance College conference for teachers, $150; FISH, $2,190; Franklin B. Walter scholarship, $150; Fulton County Christmas Cheer, $500; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; Haiti water project, $2,587.58; Rotary District 6600 GSE visit, $353.10;  Haiti water project, $60,277.87; Hospice, Beacon of Hope fundraiser, $71.50; Junior Achievement, $500; MESA, $400; Paul Harris Fellow award, $1,000; Paul Harris Fellow memorial, $2,000; PolioPlus, $1,042; Punt, Pass and Kick, $132; Relay for Life, $250; Rotary EREY, $5,300; Senior Scholarships, $9,000; Speech & Essay winners, $500; Sauder Village annual fund, $500; Sauder Village golf outing, $500; Spengler Field project, $44.67; Sunshine Children’s Home memorial, $50; teacher appreciation lunch, $355.20; The Outback Center, $250; Youth for Christ, $500.
 
2013 –
§  Officers and directors for the 2012/13 Rotary year:  David David, president; Lou Levy, past president; Nanette Buehrer, president-elect; Ed Leininger, vice-president; Kirk Weldy, secretary; Jeff Coressel, treasurer; Bill Rufenacht, community service; Kent Nafziger, club service; Don Spohler, FAC/international service; Jodi Herman, vocational service; and Tim Meister, new generations.
§  For the first time ever, the club earned the Rotary International Presidential Citation in 2013 with David David as president.
§  During the 2012-2013 Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $39,983.  Specific donations:  After-Prom, $200; Archbold Area Schools book fair, $300; Archbold baseball team, $500; Archbold community meal, $499.28; Archbold 3rd grade dictionaries, $168; Archbold parade of lights entry, $325; Archbold Parks and Rec shelter, $480; Archbold Parks & Rec, $500; DKMS Americas bone marrow project, $200; Fairlawn Auxiliary, $150; Friends of the Park, Ridgeville Corners (park tables), $500; Fulton County Christmas Cheer, $500; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; Haiti water project, $16,097.90; Hospice, Beacon of Hope fundraiser, $50; Hugh O’Brien leadership program, $150; Junior Achievement, $500; MEDA, Virgil Miller memorial, $100; Paul Harris Fellow memorial, $500; PolioPlus, $1,744; Punt, Pass and Kick, $138; Rotary EREY, $4,445; Senior Scholarships, $9,000; Speech & Essay winners, $575; St. Baldrick’s Foundation, $200; Sauder Village annual fund, $500; Sauder Village golf outing, $500; Spengler Field project, $161.30.
 
2014 –
§  Officers and directors for the 2013/14 Rotary year:  Nanette Buehrer, president; David David, past president; Ed Leininger, president-elect; Mari Yoder, vice-president; Kirk Weldy, secretary; Jeff Coressel, treasurer; Tim Wagler, community service; Kent Nafziger, club service; Shawn Ferguson, FAC/international service; Rick Mueller, vocational service; and Tim Meister, new generations.
§  The club earned the Rotary International Presidential Citation in 2014 with Nanette Buehrer as president.
§  During the 2013-14 Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $30,069.78.  Specific donations:  After-Prom, $200; Archbold Area Schools book fair, $300; Archbold Band Boosters, new uniforms, $800; Archbold Chamber of Commerce, Christmas light repair, $1,533.86; Archbold community meal, $406.18; Archbold 3rd grade dictionaries, $168; Archbold parade of lights entry, $325; Character Council, $500; Fairlawn Auxiliary, $200; FISH, $500; Fulton County Christmas Cheer, $500; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; Grieser Funeral Home, $50; Hospice, Beacon of Hope fundraiser, $250; Hugh O’Brien leadership program, $150; Junior Achievement, $500; MESA, Belize, $100; PolioPlus, $1,627.77; Punt, Pass and Kick, $132; Rotary EREY, $7,503; Senior Scholarships, $9,200; Scholarships, NSCC, $1,000; Speech & Essay winners, $900; Sauder Village annual fund, $500; Sauder Village golf outing, $500; Spengler Field project, $1,123.97.
 
2015 –
§  Officers and directors for the 2014/15 Rotary year:  Ed Leininger, president; Nanette Buehrer, past president; Mari Yoder, president-elect; Barb Britenriker, vice-president; Kirk Weldy, secretary; Jeff Coressel, treasurer; Dale Kern, community service; Lou Levy, club service; Shawn Ferguson, FAC/international service; Rick Mueller, vocational service; and Royal Short and Tim Meister, co-youth service.
§  The club celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015 – having received its charter for RI on February 10, 1955 and held its charter night/first official meeting on February 23, 1955 (RI’s 50 anniversary, thus becoming known as Rotary’s Golden Anniversary Club).  To celebrate the year, on January 16, 2015, club members unanimously voted to make the only remaining charter member, Charles Lugbill, president for the day.  Chuck had never served the club as president, though he had been a board member for several terms.  Chuck recalls that the year he was to serve as president his company had a number of issues that demanded he give it his full attention and he was not able to serve.  Though the club celebrated its birthday with a cake in February, the main celebration occurred May 19, 2015 when a dinner and program was held at Founders Hall.  About 130 Rotarians, former Rotarians, District 6600 officials, spouses and guests attended the gala.
§  Two Rotarians were honored by the club with the Paul Harris Fellow Award, recognizing their leadership and service to Archbold Rotary:  Nanette Buehrer, who was presented the award at the club’s anniversary celebration; and David David, who was presented with the award at the club’s awards program on the last Friday in June.
§  During the 2014-15 Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $29,040.28.  Specific donations:  After-Prom, $200; Archbold Area Schools book fair, $300; Archbold athletic boosters golf outing, $100; Archbold Chamber of Commerce, golf outing, $500; Archbold community meals, $1,097.48; Archbold 3rd grade dictionaries, $267.47; Archbold parade of lights entry, $325; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,015; Hospice, Beacon of Hope fundraiser, $250; Fairlawn Auxiliary, $350; Hugh O’Brien leadership program, $545; Junior Achievement, $500; MESA, $325; Paul Harris Fellow Award, $1,000; Near West Little League (Chicago area), $100; PolioPlus, $1,415.33; Punt, Pass and Kick, $135; Rotary District 6600, Nepal earthquake shelter boxes, $1,000; Rotary EREY, $5,815; Senior Scholarships, $9,000; Scholarships, NSCC, $1,000; Speech & Essay winners, $700; Sauder Village golf outing, $500; The City School (Philadelphia) choir, $100; Village of Archbold softball diamond project (signage on new girls scoreboard), $2,500.
 
2016 –
·         Officers and directors for the 2015/16 Rotary year:  Mari Yoder, president; Ed Leininger, past president; Barb Britenriker, president-elect; Eddie Partin, vice-president; Kirk Weldy, secretary; Jeff Coressel, treasurer; Dale Kern, community service; Lou Levy, club service; Lora Ripke, FAC/international service; Rick Mueller, vocational service; and Royal Short and Tim Meister, co-youth service.
·         In November, the club agreed to sponsor and organize the Village’s Sesquicentennial Parade on Saturday, July 16 as one of the keynote events of the village’s 150th anniversary celebration.  Mari Yoder and Dale Kern were the co-chairs of the parade committee.  Additionally, the club agreed to spend up to $5,000 to underwrite costs of the parade.
·         In May, Archbold junior Scott Holland became the first club sponsored participant in the District 6600 World Community Workshop held at Defiance College with sponsorship from the Defiance Rotary Club.  The focus of the workshop was Turkey – crossroads of Europe and Asia.
·         In June, the board of directors heard a presentation from a committee that was organizing the Bluestreak Bags program for elementary and middle school families participating in the free and reduced lunch program.  During the school year, the committee will send six food items home every Friday with children whose families agree to participate in the program to supplement their weekend meals.  To assure that the committee had sufficient funding to get the program up and running at the start of the 2016-17 school year, the club approved the board’s recommendation of providing $3,000 to the committee.
·         By the end of the 2015-16 Rotary year, Archbold Rotarians and the club made significant donations to Rotary’s PolioPlus program ($2,326 or nearly $39 per member) and The Rotary Foundation’s annual giving fund Every Rotarian Every Year ($5,980 or $100 per member).
·         The club ended the year with 60 members, and 60 percent of the membership maintained perfect attendance.
·         Dale Kern was presented with the club’s Paul Harris Award for outstanding club service and leadership.  By the end of the 2015-16 Rotary year, 37 current Rotarians had earned one or more Paul Harris Fellow Awards from Rotary International – meaning nearly 62 percent of the club’s members were Paul Harris Fellows.
·         During the 2015-16 Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $33,850.69.  Specific donations:  After Prom, $200;Sesquicentennial Parade, $628.65; Archbold Elementary book fair, $300; Archbold art club for pottery wheel, $1,300; Archbold athletic boosters for athlete yard signs, $500; Archbold Chamber golf outing, $500; Archbold community meal, $575.35; Archbold 3rd grade classroom dictionaries, $339.79; Archbold parade of lights horses, $100; Archbold vocal music boosters for auditorium sound and lighting improvements, $2,300; Bluestreak Bags, $3,000; CHP Beacon of Hope, $250; Defiance College World Community Workshop, $200; Fairlawn Auxiliary, $150; Fulton County Christmas Cheer, $500; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; Hugh O’Brien Leadership program, $400; Junior Achievement, $500; Memorials, $50; Paul Harris Award, $500; PolioPlus, $2,326.40; Ridge Project for youth program, $100; Rotary EREY, $5,980.50; Senior Scholarships, $6,250; Scholarships, NSCC, $1,000; Speech & Essay winners, $700; Sauder Village, $500; Sauder Village golf outing, $500; Village of Archbold baseball diamond project (signage on new scoreboard), $3,200.
 
2017 –
·         Officers and directors for the 2016/17 Rotary year:  Barb Britenriker, president; Mari Yoder, past president; Eddie Partin, president-elect; Vacant, vice-president; ; Kirk Weldy, secretary; Jeff Coressel, treasurer; Mark Hagans, community service; Lou Levy, club service; Dale Kern, vocational service; Royal Short and Tim Meister, co-youth service; Lora Ripke, FAC/international service (resigned from the club during the year and the position was not filled, however, Lou Levy was appointed to serve as Foundation Activities chair); Dale Kern, vocational service; and Royal Short and Tim Meister, co-youth service.
·         As the new Rotary year began, the club was involved in its biggest community event of the year – hosting the community’s Sesquicentennial Parade on Saturday, July 16.  Special t-shirts were ordered for all of the volunteers noting Rotary’s sponsorship of the parade.  Nearly 110 units participated in the parade that was so long that the first units had to wait for the final units to leave the ConAgra parking lot before they could finish.  Several Rotarians rode in the parade, including Chuck Lugbill, the club’s last charter member; Don Spohler, the 2015 Archbold Citizen of the Year; and former Rotarian and Archbold mayor Lawrence Short with his family.
·         Rotarians Donna Konst and Nanette Buehrer worked with AHS to help sponsor the high school service club – the FCCLA – somewhat the equivalent of a Rotary Interact Club. 
·         Rotarian Don Spohler was appointed to update the club’s by-laws to conform with changes made by R.I.  By the end of the year, updated by-laws were ready for approval by the club.  The changes largely made it easier for persons who support the service ideals of Rotary, but have difficulty meeting every week to become Rotarians.  One officer (vice-president) and one director (international service) positions were also eliminated for the 2017-18 Rotary year.
·         The club co-hosted a community meal in mid-December with the Lions Club and sponsored another meal in May.
·         In November, the club held its annual reverse raffle, game night fundraiser – called Game On!  This year’s event netted nearly $16,000.
·         The club agreed to partner with the Lima Rotary Club and several other clubs in the district and around the country by donating $6,300 toward a $200,000 Honduran sanitation project in the San Pedro Sula region.  The donation closed the account of left-over funds from our club’s Haiti water project that was completed in 2012.
·         As Rotary nears its goal of eradicating polio, the club donated the largest amount in at least 14 years to PolioPlus -- $3,065.
·         In June, our club hosted the District 6600 Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroacd (MESA) bike riders on their first night of a 5-day bike ride on Friday, June 2.  We provided a picnic dinner at the Charles Lugbill Rotary Shelter in Woodland Park, hosted 13 overnight riders and crew members at Archbold Rotarian homes and provided breakfast on Saturday morning.
·         During the 2016-17 Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $34,628.10.  Specific donations:  After Prom, $200; Sesquicentennial Parade, $3,019.28; Archbold Elementary book fair, $300; Archbold Athletic Boosters golf outing, $100; Archbold Blue Streak Bags, $500; Archbold Chamber golf outing, $500; Archbold community meal, $455.46; third grade dictionaries, $287; AHS National Honor Society service project – Kids for Hunger, $75; Archbold Parade of Lights entry, $325; Boy Scout eagle scout project to put crisis units in every classroom, $195; Community Health Professionals Beacon of Hope, $250; Fairlawn Auxiliary, $150; FCCLA/Interact project for the Ronald McDonald House, $500; Archbold FISH, $500; Fulton County Christmas Cheer, $500; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; Fulton County Habitat for Humanity, $100; Hugh O’Brien Leadership training, $195; Joggin for Joughlin, $50; Junior Achievement, $500; MESA, $500; MESA bike ride, $197.16; PolioPlus, $3,065; Punt, Pass & Kick contest, $73.20; Relay for Life, $250; Every Rotarian Every Year, $4,166; Honduran sanitation project, $6,300; Archbold High School college scholarships, $7,500; Northwest State scholarships, $1,000; Speech and Essay contest, $375; Sauder Village, $1,000; Shepherd Circle (for Joe Wyse), $500.
 
2018 –
Officers and directors for the 2017/18 Rotary year:  Eddie Partin, president; Barb Britenriker, past president; Kevin Sauder, president-elect; Kirk Weldy, secretary; Jeff Coressel, treasurer; Mark Hagans, community service; Rick Mueller, club service; Dale Kern, vocational service; and Royal Short and Tim Meister, co-youth service.
 
  • In memory:  Max Stuckey, an Archbold Rotarian for 45 years, passed away September 8, 2018.  A past president (1977-78) and Paul Harris Fellow, Max had 34 years of perfect attendance.  Also, a former Rotarian and mayor of Archbold, Lawrence Short passed away December 26, 2018.  Lawrence was club president (1982-82) and a Paul Harris Fellow.
  • Rotary partnered with the culinary arts students at Four County Career Center to sponsor a community meal in October with about 16 Rotarians helping serve the meal.
  • Rotarians along with 33 members of the boys and girls soccer teams cleaned up Spengler Field in record time in August.  Later, on a cold November morning, 9 Rotarians set-up the club’s Festival of Lights displays – taking three hours.
  • As the new Rotary year began, the board decided to drop the Four Way Test speech and essay contests, but increase the number of service scholarships awarded to FCCLA seniors from one to two.
  • Archbold Rotary celebrated Chuck Lugbill’s 90th birthday on Friday, September 29 with a cake and a birthday greeting signed by Ohio Governor John Kaisch.  Chuck is the club’s last surviving charter member.
  • Club approves a $6,000 gift to the Sauder Village 1920s Main Street project.  The gift will be paid over three years.
  • Pizza for PolioPlus.  The club raised $417 for PolioPlus by working with Mancino’s on one of their fund raiser Mondays.
  • Almost $16,000 was raised from the Trivia Night fund raiser at Founder’s Hall.  Held the Friday evening before Thanksgiving, the fund raiser netted $15,995.
  • 2018 AHS Athletic Hall of Fame class.  Nine former athletes and one coach were inducted into the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Class on Saturday, January 20 with more than 265 people attending the induction banquet and ceremony at Founder’s Hall.
  • With the closing of Carol Ann’s City Café in March, the club moved its twice monthly morning meeting to The Home Restaurant.
  • Twenty-seven Rotarians kept perfect attendance during the year with Dan McQuade ending the year with 40 years of perfect attendance.
  • Membership on June 30, 2018 totaled 52 members.
  • During the year, 10 Rotarians earned their first or an additional Paul Harris Fellow award.  Recognized were Barb Britenriker, Kel Friesen and Kirk Weldy with their first Paul Harris Fellow award; Bill Beck, Kevin Morton, Rick Mueller, Tony Rupp and Shelia Santiago, Paul Harris plus one; Bob Aschliman and Dale Kern, Paul Harris, plus two; and Lou Levy, Paul Harris plus three.
During the 2017-18 Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $26,728.500.  Specific donations:  After Prom, $200; Archbold Elementary book fair, $300; Archbold Middle School Book Fair, $300; Archbold Athletic Boosters golf outing, $100; Archbold Chamber golf outing, $100; Archbold community meal, $760.00; Archbold Parade of Lights entry, $325; Archbold Unite, $200; Community Health Professionals Beacon of Hope, $200; Fairlawn Auxiliary, $150; FCCLA/Interact project for the Ronald McDonald House, $500; Fulton County Christmas Cheer, $500; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; Hugh O’Brien Leadership training, $225; Junior Achievement, $500; Memorials, $100; MESA, $650; PolioPlus, $1,772; Every Rotarian Every Year, $7,146.50; Archbold High School college scholarships, $7,100; FCCLA/Service Scholarships for Archbold seniors, $1,000; Northwest State scholarships, $1,000; Sauder Village capital campaign, $2,000; Sauder Village golf outing, $500; United Way (Dolly Parton literacy), $100.
2019 –
Officers and directors for the 2018/19 Rotary year:  Kevin Sauder, president; Eddie Partin, past president; Royal Short, president-elect; Kirk Weldy, secretary; Jeff Coressel, treasurer; Mark Hagans, community service; Rick Mueller, club service; Dale Kern, vocational service; Tim Meister, youth service.
  • Archbold Rotary welcomed three new members during the 2018-19 Rotary year:  Caleb Brinegar, Dave Nafziger and Bob Vos.  Several members resigned:  Andy Borcherdt, Bill Dunn, Shelia Santiago, and Brian Huffman.  The club ended the year with 51 active, senior active and honorary members.
  • Some of the notable programs during the year included:  Jon Warden, a relief pitcher on the 1968 World Championship Tiger team; Bowling Green State University president Dr. Rodney Rogers, Sue and Steve Hurst, who completed the stained glass window project (10 years in all) at St. John’s Lutheran Church south of Archbold; Tricia Callop, University of Toledo women’s basketball coach; Jay Berschback, chief meteorologist for WTVG-TV, Channel 13; Scot Loeffler, new BGSU football coach; and Little Billy Beck and the Country Pals with Rotarians Bill Beck and Ed Roth bringing back the band to play for a Rotary meeting about the mandolin.
  • Archbold Rotarian Debbie David was named Archbold Citizen of the Year in November – joining a long line of Rotarians who have been awarded the honor.
  • More than 200 persons attended the community meal sponsored by Rotary and catered by the Four County Career Center Culinary Arts Program in November.
  • 12 Rotarians braved a cold Saturday morning in November to set-up the Rotary Festival of Lights displays.  It was much warmer in August when Rotarians completed their annual clean-up of Spengler Field.
  • The reverse raffle and dinner netted $16,729 in November with most of the money supporting student scholarships.
  • Two Rotarians – Keith Lehman and David David – participated in District 6600’s Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad (MESA) bike ride in June to raise money for MESA.
  • Paul Harris Fellows.  Four Rotarians completed donations for either their first or multiple Paul Harris Fellow Awards:  Kevin Sauder, Chuck Lugbill and Tony Rupp, Paul Harris plus 2; and David David, Paul Harris plus 3.
  • Perfect attendance.  23 Rotarians maintained perfect attendance during the year:  Dan McQuade, 41 years; Bob Aschliman, 39; Kevin Morton and Marc Fruth, 26; Jeff Coressel, Lou Levy and Chuck Lugbill, 23; Cheryl Bostelman, 19; Ed Leininger and Artie Short, 17; Dale Kern and Paul Siebenmorgen, 14; Bill Beck and Kevin Sauder, 13; Luther Gautsche and Jodi Herman, 10; Kel Friesen, 9; Kirk Weldy, 8; Mari Yoder, 7; Barb Britenriker, 6; Eddie Partin, 4; and Caleb Brinegar and Royal Short, 1.
  • During the 2018-19 Rotary year, donations totaled $26,050.  Specific donations:  After Prom, $200; Elementary book fair, $300; Community meal, $800; Parade of Lights, $400; Community Health Professionals Beacon of Hope, $200; Fairlawn Auxiliary auction, $200; FCCLA service club project at Ronald McDonald House, $500; Fulton County Christmas Cheer, $500; Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County, $100; Hugh O’Brien Leadership program for Archbold students, $225; Junior Achievement, $500; MESA (club donation), $500; MESA Rotarian donations, $1,850; PolioPlus, $925; Every Rotarian Every Year, $3,350; Senior Scholarships, $7,500; Service Scholarships to FCCLA seniors, $1,350; Scholarships to Archbold area students at Northwest State, $1,000; Sauder Village annual fund, $500; Sauder Village capital campaign (1920s street project), $2,000; Sauder Village golf outing, $500; and Haiti water project (through Vermilion Rotary Club), $1,650.
2020 –
Officers and directors for the 2019/20 Rotary year:  Royal Short, president; Kevin Sauder, past president; Vacant at start of year, president-elect; Kirk Weldy, secretary; Jeff Coressel, treasurer; Mark Hagans, community service; Caleb Brinegar, club service; Dale Kern, vocational service; Tim Meister, youth service.
 
Over the years –
                The following list of projects supported by the Archbold Rotary Club has been taken from club minutes or the club’s annual summary of donations.  In some cases, the activities are recalled by current members, however, specific years when the activity occurred or started cannot be determined.
§  The club has held in-house auctions a number of times throughout the years to raise money to support community projects.  In those cases, members were both responsible for providing items to be auctioned and then participating in the bidding.  In the more recent auctions, one particular bottle of wine generated hundreds of dollars as it went uncorked and returned for many years.
§  For at least six years, the club hosted a wrestling tournament.  It has also hosted at least six softball tournaments over the years.
§  One year (believed to be in the 1980s), a 1969 Cadillac was raffled to benefit Sunshine Children’s Home.
§  The club has regularly donated money or equipment to the Rotary District 660 or 6600 M.E.S.A. (Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad) program.  In 1984, a fire truck was donated to Guatamala.  Other times, wheel chairs, medical supplies and fire equipment have been donated.  Additionally, the club has hosted participants in the M.E.S.A. Bike ride several times.
§  Rotarians planted trees at the new Archbold High School and helped landscape at the new Archbold Elementary School.
§  In the mid-1990s, the club was involved with the Eddie Huffman Memorial Go Cart Race in downtown Archbold.
§  Also, in the 1990s, the club donated toward the purchase of a van for Sunshine Children’s Home and also helped purchase a police bike for the Archbold Police Deparment.
§  Some $30,000 was donated toward the Archbold Sports Complex.
§  Donations have also been made to the Spangler Arena project at the Fulton County fairgrounds and Friendship House in Archbold.
§  The club supported the Archbold Character Council, the Outback Youth Center and the Junior Achievement Program.
§  The club holds annual speech and essay contests on Rotary’s Four Way Test for high school seniors.  Cash awards are presented to the students who write the best essays and deliver the best speeches.
§  Annual (or in most years) donations are made to:
o   Provide scholarships for the Archbold Parks and Rec summer youth program,
o   Allow every child to purchase at least one book at the elementary school book fair,
o   Sauder Village,
o   Relay for Life,
o   Archbold FISH,
o   Fulton County Christmas Cheer (more than $15,000 through 2014), and
o   Fulton County Heart Radiothon (at least $21,000 through 2015).