Welcome to the St. Marys Rotary Club!

About Us

and the history of the St. Marys Rotary Club.
Glen Steve, a long time Rotarian, wrote on the 25th anniversary of the founding of Rotary in St. Marys about the prevalent attitude at the time of the chartering ceremony:

"At last the time had come. The search was over. The day was here! For many years the good men of St. Marys had sought a way to unite. Many efforts, some strong and well based, but mostly feeble and fumbling, had fallen. They all lacked in some way the Spark--the Spirit--the Service. Then, finally in 1938, came the word. It was 'Rotary'!"
Avenues of Service
Rotary International promulgates avenues of service which Rotary Clubs are to pursue. These avenues are Club Service, Community Service, Vocational Service, Youth Service and International Service. The St. Marys club has an excellent record in all five avenues of service.
Community Service
In the avenue of Community Service the Club has sponsored many youth activities over the years including a Little League baseball team, the 4-H program, Buckeye Boy's State, Presidential Classroom, and the World Affairs Institute.
Club service
The St. Marys Rotary Club has a strong tradition of camaraderie and takes pride in conducting enjoyable and informative weekly meetings. In the late 1940's, Emil Limbacher began the tradition of weekly singing as a part of the opening of Club meetings and the Club has been singing ever since.
Vocational Service
In pursuing the avenue of Vocational Service the Rotary Club has invited many different leaders of local industry to give programs concerning their particular business. Further, Rotarians have visited several local factories and facilities such as Crown Equipment, Parker, Minster Machine and Goodyear. Club members have participated in Career Nights at the high school and other vocational forums with youth and members have always been available to counsel young people who may be interested in that member's vocation.
International Service
There is no question that one of the strongest areas of service of the St. Marys Rotary Club has been in the international area. Beginning in 1955, and for every summer thereafter, the Rotary Club has sponsored a summer student through the auspices of the Experiment in International Living located in Putney, Vermont. The first student who participated in this program was Jacques Broquisse from France. Now retired, he had a successful career as a noted attorney in Paris. Several other students in this program have gone on to make their mark in the world.