A brief history of our club

Seeking our charter. 

The Kettering Rotary Club was allowed to seek a charter after District Governor, Dr. David Warner of the Xenia Rotary Club, interceded and asked the Miamisburg Rotary Club to sponsor the Kettering group. The Kettering Rotary Club was formally organized on December 30, 1963, in the very active, progressive and growing community of Kettering, Ohio. There were thirty-three charter members that began Kettering Rotary. Our last charter member, Chester Roush passed away in 2013.

Our Club from the early years and today!

WINDOWS TO THE WORLD
Our club would invite renowned speakers and host lecture series. This was a very popular fundraiser. In the 1970's you'd attend four for only $10.00!
CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY PARTY
In the early years the club would host special holiday parties complete with Santa and gifts to brighten the lives of Kettering children. (Tony Furst as Santa, later Steve Hopkins)
HOLIDAY AT HOME
Our club has a long history that continues of attending the big festival over labor day weekends. From Casino nights, walking in the parade or selling pizza or poffertjes - you'll usually see us somewhere that weekend. Pictured Norm Hayes & Tim McCrate promote our 5k Fun Run in 2011.
LEADERSHIP: Kettering Rotary, as of 2022 ,has had two members serve as District 6670 District Governors: Bob Hadley & Arlo 'Bud' Ragan. Many of our Members have served at the District & International Level. Creating stronger clubs and serving our communities better. 

Our own 'First Ladies of Kettering Rotary' 

First Woman Member: Bobbie Roland: Inducted to Kettering Rotary Club - January 1, 1988

Bobbie Roland told us that in 1981 she began her real estate career. However, interest rates were crazy high and many people decided the best way to sell a home was through auction. She had a sponsor to send her to Auctioneer School in Kansas and she then apprenticed. She was asked to do a charity auction for TWIGs - something she'd never done before. At that time, women were NOT allowed to join Rotary, but they did ask her to run a few auctions for their fundraisers for Hipple Cancer Research Center. In 1987, things changed. There was a Rotary club that had registered with only first initials and last names, unbeknown to RI, those members were WOMEN! (Gasp!) Once they found out, Rotary International revoked their charter. And the women didn't give up - off to the Supreme Court, and low and behold, women were granted membership! (Seriously, where would they be without them?) At this time, Bobbie was invited into membership as an 'Auctioneer' since the Real Estate category was already taken.  She said the men couldn't have been more gracious to her and that she is proud to be a member of our club. We're equally proud to call her one of our own! So, there you have it - a bit about women trailblazers in Rotary. 

 

First Woman Club President: Linda Crouch Roepkin 2003-2004

First Woman District ADG: Brenda Stansfield 2012-2013 & 2021-2022

The club celebrated their 50th year in 2013. 

STRIVE MENTORING PROGRAM

College education scholarships have a long history as the driving force behind fund raising activities of the club. In 1998 we added the "STRIVE" program that matches KRC members with local high school seniors in the bottom third of their class to help them stay in school, achieve better grades, build self confidence about preparing for the world of work, graduate and continue their education in preparation for their future. At least three scholarships, equivalent to the cost of one year at Sinclair Community College, are awarded to the most improved STRIVE students at Fairmont High School each year.

Kettering Rotary also partners with The Kettering Backpack Program, the YMCA and other Community partners that support our youth in Kettering.

CULTURAL EXCHANGES: A TRUE 'ROTARY' EXPERIENCE

IN BOUND EXCHANGES:

Our club has hosted many Group Study Exchange Teams and Exchange Students. Pictured left is the Nigerian GSE at an open house of a Rotary member in 2013. We've made life long friends from Malaysia, Singapore, England, Nigeria, Italy, Belgium, Norway, Japan and Finland (just to name a few!)  
 
In 2008 our club hosted the GSE Team from Singapore and Malaysia. We are still in contact with Liz Chen (second from right). Liz is now married with two children and has joined the Singapore Rotary Club.
 
Rotary has more countries as members than the United Nations! We're proud to be part of a global community that fosters cultural exchanges and peace initiatives.

OUTBOUND EXCHANGES:

We are also proud to have sponsored Exchange Students, Group Study Exchange Team Members and Cultural Exchanges as well. Pictured left is Amy Ernst, a fifth grade teacher in 2011, who traveled to Estonia & Finlandas part of the Group Study Exchange. She traveled to learn about the Education systems of those Countries.  Amy, as of 2022, is now a Principal in the Dayton Public School System. Her trip was a huge part of her development in her career as both an educator and administrator. 

STUDENT EXCHANGES: 

 Our club has hosted Youth Exchange Students over the years. These students alternate between 2-3 Rotarian's homes over the course of their school year here in the States. 
 
In 2009 Florence from Belgium came to stay with us. Rotarian Marilynne Saliwanchik and her husband Al were one of the Rotary families to host her (Photo right was a trip to the Grand Canyon).
Marilynne and Al went to Italy to visit her in 2012 (picture left) and Florence came back to visit Ohio in 2019. 
 
Life long connections through Rotary. It's a small world after all!
An interesting bit of our history:  Bob Hadley, who was a Polio Survivor, was introduced to Rotary through an exchange program as a young adult. That experience  lead to his lifelong commitment to Rotary. He joined our club in 1977 and went on to serve as President, District Governor and also as Finance Auditor and Council to Rotary International. He was a member of the Paul Harris Society. He and his lovely wife, Judy, hosted many exchange students in their home and kept in touch with them. Bob was a Rotarian up until his death in 2019. He was truly a leader among leaders of our club. We miss him dearly.

FUNdraising for great causes!

 
Our club has a history of FUN fundraising. From our early days of 'Monte Carlo Night' (way before Alter did it!) , Golf Tournaments,  Fun Runs, Holiday at Home concessions (Pizza, hot dogs, poffertjes) and our Signature Mayor's Ball for Charity. We come up with events that engage members, the community AND raise funds important to our work. 
2008 Run for Your Life 5K - a Halloween inspired costume fun run. 
Holiday at Home Booth 2021
Poffertjes 'mini Dutch pancakes' for everyone!
Kettering Mayor's Ball for Charity - ran for 10 years and will return in 2023!
PAST PRESIDENTS OF KETTERING ROTARY CLUB:
PHF - Paul Harris Fellow, DG - District 6670 Governor, ADG - District 6670 Assistant District Governor
*Howard L. Flatter, PHF 1964-1965
* Russ Shawver 1965-1966
* John Clark 1966-1967
* Charles Dudis, PHF 1967-1968
* Pat Irelan, PHF 1968-1969
* Robert Leland, PHF 1969-1970
* Leo Dellis 1970-1971
Ted Huter, PHF 1971-1972
* Alex Kaye, PHF 1972-1973
*Chester Roush, PHF 1973-1974
James Thornton, PHF 1974-1975
*Donald Whipp, PHF 1975-1976
Charles Kirsch 1976-1977
Bruce Jump, PHF 1977-1978
* John Judge, PHF 1978-1979
* Don Hibbs, PHF 1979-1980
* John Lucas, PHF 1980-1981
* Virgil Kitchen, PHF 1981-1982
Alex Blair, PHF 1982-1983
* Bill Silas, PHF 1983-1984
Ted Pope, PHF 1984-1985
*Bob Kilroy, PHF 1985-1986
*Bob Hadley, (DG) PHF 1986-1987
Sid Gross, PHF 1987-1988
* Earl Hintz, PHF 1988-1989
*Arlo 'Bud' Ragan, (DG) PHF 1989-1990
Larry Hodapp, PHF 1990-1991
* Bill Vichich, PHF 1991-1992
Pete Luther, PHF 1992-1993
Brad Clay, PHF 1993-1994 
Dan Stevens, PHF 1994-1995
*Larry O'Neal, PHF 1995-1996
Thomas Minnich, PHF (ADG) 1996-1997
J. Paul Holcomb, PHF 1997-1998
Bill Chifala 1998-1999
R. Thomas Perry 1999-2000
* Robert I. Barrar, PHF 2000-2001
Dick Willis, PHF 2001-2002
Michael J. Balsom, PHF 2002-2003
Linda Roepken, PHF 2003-2004
Russ Holtz, PHF 2004-2005
Tom Wiggershaus 2005-2006
Ricia Ballas, PHF 2006-2007
Jeffrey E. Stevenson, PHF 2007-2008
Kathy Johnson 2008-2009
Matt Wahrhaftig 2009-2010 
Wende Wright 2010-2011
Brenda Stansfield PHF (ADG) 2011-2012
Don Walls 2012-2013
Tom Gabrielson 2013-2014
Mark Schwieterman 2014-2015
Jim Ghory PHF 2015-2016
Marilyanne Saliwanchik PHF (ADG) 2016-2017
Don Walls (ADG) 2017-2018 
Kerrie Smith PHF 2018-2019
Dr. Peter Bath PHF 2019-2020
Brenda Stansfield PHF (ADG) 2020-2021
Col. William Lindahl PHF 2021-2022
Ted Ramirez 2022-2023