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The Rotary Club of Millersburg celebrates 100 years of community service

MILLERSBURG — Attorney Max Miller has spent 40 years serving the community through the Millersburg Rotary Club.

He is the organization’s oldest member, turning 100 this month.

Miller has been involved in many projects, including serving as president of the Rotary Youth Exchange and secretary of the Rotary Club Scholarship and Loan Foundation.

Miller has fond memories of the club and its countless community projects and what he loved most was the opportunity to enjoy a weekly dinner with his late father, Art, who served as club president in 1971. -1972.

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“I joined the club in 1982,” he said. “…(It) met in the evenings back then. My brother Lee joined the club many years ago as well. It was always nice to be in Rotary with my dad and brother.”

The rich history of the Millersburg Rotary Club began in 1922

The Millersburg Rotary Club was formed on June 1, 1922 and celebrated its 100th anniversary on June 1 with a dinner at Airport Ridge Sporting Clays. Rotary District Governor Stephan Wilder, Mayor of North Canton, was the keynote speaker, along with a presentation of a proclamation by Holmes County Commissioner Dave Hall.

Rotary District Governor Stephan Wilder presents a 100th anniversary certificate to Millersburg Rotary Club President Shasta Mast during a June 1 celebration.

Wilder shared some of his experiences as a police officer for 26 years before he was elected mayor of the town of Stark County. He also spoke about his role in Rotary, praising Millersburg for its long and successful history.

According to Miller, Rotary’s motto is Service Before Self, with four paths of service: community, club, professional, and international.

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“The club has traditionally been made up of members of diverse vocations to have the greatest reach and impact on the community,” Miller said. “My father was with the club from the 1960s until his death in 2018. He was chairman in 1972 when the club celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Miller noted that he was president for the club’s 75th anniversary and that his brother, Lee, served as president for the club’s 90th year.

Miller said his primary role in Rotary was youth exchange.

“The Youth Exchange Program has been around since the late 1960s, bringing students from around the world to the county to attend West Holmes and Hiland High Schools, and has sponsored many local students to travel to other countries,” he added. “Incoming and outgoing students stay for a full school year, attend the local school and stay with local host families. I believe this program broadens the worldview of our local students and has a positive impact on peace and understanding in the world.”

Club president Shasta Mast said local residents have carried the club through its 100-year history.

“When you look back…these are the names of people you recognize, who had the foresight to join this international service organization that is truly focused on world peace, health, clean water and things that strengthen communities around the world,” Mast said. .”

Mast highlighted other programs and services, including a 5k and 10k run that provides funding to the international organization as well as a local charity. Recipients include Millersburg Youth Center, Love INC, Crissey Memorial Pool Restoration, Holmes-Wayne United Way and the Boy Scouts.

The club’s first service project in 1922 raised $500 for the Ohio Crippled Children’s Fund.

“We also award two scholarships a year through the Holmes County Education & Community Foundation,” Mast said. “Rotary has an endowed scholarship and they gave two renewable scholarships to a student from West Holmes and Hiland. We do things locally, nationally and globally.”

In March and April, Millersburg Rotary raised funds for the disaster response in Ukraine.

The anniversary committee hailed

Rob Hovis served as President of the Anniversary Celebration. He commended the work done by the committee to develop the program.

Hovis shared the history of Rotary International, which was started in 1905 by Paul Harris, a lawyer in Chicago.

“Harris started Rotary because he believed it would be beneficial for professionals from diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas, form meaningful friendships, and build their community by doing things as a group that they couldn’t. not do individually.

“Within 16 years of its founding, there were Rotary clubs on six continents around the world,” he continued. “Today there are 1,400,000 Rotarians around the world in 46,000 clubs in almost every country in the world. Our club is proud to have supported Share-a-Christmas and many other good causes in our community. “

Hovis further explained that the name of the club came from the eight to 10 founding members who took turns rotating their meetings in the various offices they worked in, resulting in the name Rotary Club.

In 1917, an endowment fund was established by the Kansas City Rotary Club, which donated $26.50. Thus was born The Rotary Foundation, which today has more than $130 million in trusts.