Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.
Our Club History
Rotary was founded by attorney Paul Harris, who wanted to create a professional group with the same friendly spirit he felt in the small towns of his youth. In 23 February 1905 he met with three others in Chicago. They decided to call the club Rotary after the practice of rotating meeting locations. The Logan Rotary Club was founded in 1920. The Lancaster Rotary Club assisted in establishing our club. Initially the Logan Club met for many years in the Ambrose Hotel, where the PNC Bank is now located. When I joined the Club in 1974 we were meeting in the basement meeting room of Blosser’s restaurant. I remember that the year after I joined, Marion Riggs was president, and he did a good job.
Earl Elberfeld was the only Parl Harris Fellow in the club. We had a number of business and professional members, Dr. Albert “Abe” Leonard (detitst) Bob Sparnon, treasurer at Logan Clay Products, Lester Risch, Earl Lowe from GE, Jim Bob King, Dr. Jack Rauch, George C. Shaw, Bill Bozett, consulting forester. The managers of the GE plant, Bob Gosnel, the telephone company and Ohio Power were also members.
Lester Risch (Risch Drug) was married to George Shaw’s sister, Quinette. Jim Bob King (King Lumber) had 37.5 years perfect attendance, before he became to ill to attend. Dr. Jack Rauch ended up with 38 years perfect attendance. When either of them was on vacation they would make up at a local club.
Judge Harley Meyer, now deceased, was the club secretary and treasure for nearly 50 years. When I was president, we got everyone to chip in and surprised him with a Paul Harris Fellowship, the club’s second after Mr. Elberfeld.
In addition to the Blosser Building, the Club has met at the old Colonial Restaurant, the PNC Building, and the Senior Citizens Center. While at the Senior Citizens Center the club voted to change the meeting from 6PM Monday to Noon every Monday. We then switched to Lee’s Party Haus where our current meetings are being held.
– Written by Robert L. Lilley
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