(The following is taken from the minutes of the February 1, 1922 meeting)
"After a bounteous dinner, such as Rotarian Carl Sawyer only knows how to prepare, the formal ceremony by President Will Blicke of Bucyrus and his associates, was begun by having a Roll Call of all the Charter members of the Marion Club by the Secretary.
Candidates were arranged in a semi-circle and President Blicke delivered his Inaugural Address. This was followed by the presentation of the Rotary Wheel by Rotarian Morrisey of Bucyrus.
The Rotary Creed was presented by Rotarian Sam Auck and Rotarian Patterson delivered the Charge. The Rotary Wheel was exemplified as follows:
Acquaintance Rotarian H. Earl Cook
Friendship Rotarian Ellis A. Baker
Investment Rotarian Frank P. Leonard
Dividends Rotarian Parmley H. Ryder
Service Rotarian Hamilton B. Ward
The Charter was then presented by President Blicke and accepted by President Fred Guthery of the Marion Rotary Club who made a short talk.
President Guthery was then presented with a gavel and was told that with this he was a full-fledged President.
District Governor Bob Patterson, of the 10th Rotary District, from Dayton, Ohio was then introduced and expressed his extreme pleasure at the way the entire work has been exemplified by the Bucyrus Club.
After a song by Shorty Walther, short addresses were made by Rotarians Hopley, Tasman and Vollrath of Bucyrus, and also by various members of the Rotary Clubs of Marion, Columbus and Mansfield.
The Program was closed by singing the Star Spangled Banner and saluting the flag."
When the Club was formed it was given the number of 1051, signifying its chronological rank among Rotary Clubs. There were twenty-three Charter Members. They were: - Harry R. Adams - Arthur J. Berry - Horace Ballenger - Frank D. Bentz - Josiah Bindley - James G. Cooper - Dr. James E. Crawmer - Dr. John A. Dodd - Fred E. Guthery - Lowell H. Guthery - William H. Holverstott - Morris Huhn - Charles B. King - Ray R. King - Frank B. Morrison - J.M. Primn - Dr. Carl W. Sawyer - Elmer J. Schoenlaub - Verle C. Smith - John J. Stafford - J.M. Strelitz - W. L. Warner - LeRoy D. Zachman.
The late President Warren G. Harding was also the first President to address a Rotary Convention, said address being given on June 21, 1922 at St. Louis. President Harding was a Honorary Member of the Marion Rotary Club.
The Marion Rotary Club along with the Marion Rotary Foundation which was incorperated in May of 1959 has contributed to many organizations and scholarships over the years.
Dr Scot Gray, a chiropractor in Marion, Ohio has the distinct honor of being elected President of the Marion Rotary Club for 2013-2014. Congratulations Dr Scot Gray!
The Marion Rotary Club has given back over $700,000 to the Marion community in just under 10 years. The Rotary Club has given to causes such as The YMCA, The Marion Palace Theater, The Marion Tallgrass Trail, Scholorships for Students, Grants to organizations such as 4H, many food shelters, and much more.
Dr Scot Gray
Dr Scot Gray