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Collection Ashland Rotary Club
Title Ashland Rotarty Club
Accession number 97-12
Admin/Biographical History The life of Rotary Club of Ashland #1150
Written by Glenn L. Clayton, President Emertus, Ashland University, Ashland, 1997

Rotary International came to Ashland officially on May 2, 1922. The Rotary Club of Ashland, chartered as club number 1150, had 23 charter members. Even through the Rotary Club of Ashland was organized only seventeen years after the first club was formed, Ashland was still number 1150, indicating how popular the idea of Paul Harris was. By 1922 Rotary not only had 1150 clubs, but they were located in cities in more than twenty countries and the official name had been changed to Rotary International. Considering the tremendous growth of Rotary International from 1922, the year of Ashland's chartering to 1997, Ashland's 75th anniversary year, we have experienced a position in that growth of which we are justly proud.
Our sponsoring club was Mansfield under the leadership of Walter Hambleton. The procedure of the organization was as follows: On March 7, 1922 a temporary organization was set up at a dinner held at the Hotel Otter which was located at the site now occupied by the First Federal Savings and Loan building; On March 20, 1922 a permanent organization was effected at the Ashland YMCA, then located on East Main Street; on April 17, 1922 a dinner meeting was held with Dr. Lewis Akers, the local Methodist minister speaking; on April 24, 1922 the first noonday luncheon was held at the Hotel Otter with a "Rotarian Indoctrination" message by Dr. Henry Roehner of Mansfield; then, on May 2, 1922 there were installation ceremonies conducted by the Mansfield Rotary Club. Our charter as club number 1150 was presented on that day by then District Governor Robert Patterson, of Dayton, who read a message from the President of the United States, Warren G. Harding, praising Rotary.
Weekly meetings at noon have followed for seventy-five years with few exceptions. In the beginning, programs tended to feature local issues of the day, but, as time passed, interest in educational and professional matters on a state, national and global level echoed the broadening impact of Rotary International.
The Rotary Club of Ashland has, for more than three decades, met at noon weekly on Tuesday at the Country Club of Ashland. The earliest meetings were held at the Hotel Otter and at the YMCA. Latter locations included Pelot's Cafeteria on East Main Street, several churches and a period of time at the Production Credit Association.
Rotary is, indeed, a fellowship club. Its member are known by first name and there is always room for friendly fun. But then Rotary is also much more. It is beyond all else, a service club. The ideal of service is seen as a basis of worthy enterprise on the part of every Rotarian, be it for his or her own life, for the community or for global involvement. "Service above Self" is a phrase well known among Rotarians.
The Rotary Club of Ashland is committed to support most community projects, working with the Chamber of Commerce, United Appeal, the public schools, Ashland University, and certain public functions. In addition, support of projects of Rotary International such as polio eradication, the Rotary International Foundation which awards grants for fellowships, scholarships, international exchanges and more. Ashland proudly claims a significant number of Paul Harris Fellows each representing a thousand dollars or more donated by the club to the Rotary International Foundation.
Throughout its seventy-five years of service the Rotary Club of Ashland has continued to be a respected civic group encouraging the development of the Ashland community. Our history and, in particular, the efforts of our loyal members have had much to do with the livelihood and progress of the Ashland community.
May we always remember the ideal of Service above self and the pledge of quality known as the "Four Way Test" as we recite it in unison at each our meetings: 1. Is it the TRUTH? 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIP? 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Caption Rotary Club of Ashland logo.
Catalog Number 97-12
Dates of Accumulation 1922 to present
Dates of Creation 1922 to present.
Exhibit# 0
Imagefile 010\9712.JPG
Object Name Records
Scope & Content Historic files for the Ashland Rotary Club. Included here are newsletters, photographs, newsclippings, anniversary materials, membership books. The earliest year is 1922, the year the organization was founded. Most of the Ashland Rotary Club presidents were also connected with Ashland University.

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