Vermillion Rotary celebrates 60 years by David Lias The Vermillion Rotary Club celebrated its 60th anniversary in the community in grand style Tuesday night.
Special guests of a dinner, held at the Al Neuharth Media Center to mark this milestone in the club's history, included many of the organization's past presidents.
Speaker at the event was Barbara M. Forninash, president of Rotary District 5610.
The night's events weren't limited to celebrating the club's past. Part of the dinner's program included the induction of the club's new members by District President Forninash and local club President Dan Van Peursem.
New inductees are Roy Adams, Damian Donahoe, Rollie French, Roger Jeck, Chris Keating, Mike Keller, Michelle Lavallee, Art Mabry, Ed Nesselhuf, B.J. Nesselhuf, Rikesh Patel, Jim Patrick, Darin Peterson, Clem Powers, Pat Pravecek, Tim Schorn, Ruth Scott, Mike Slattery, Steve Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Bernie Stansbury, Sue Ann Stutheit, Rich Van Den Hul and Darwin Van Den Oever.
Past presidents who attended Tuesday's dinner include Stan Munger (1953), Nate Hurowitz (1967), Max Christol (1973), Walter Reed (1985), Jack Noble (1989) and Bud Marshall (1997).
Munger had the honor of being elected district governor for 1958-59.
The Vermillion Rotary Club was founded after an organizational meeting held Oct. 11, 1943. The club's charter was issued Nov. 30, 1943 by Rotary International.
The club started with 36 members, and the organization's president for its first two years was I.D. Weeks.
Today, the Vermillion Rotary Club is made up of 64 members.
As it has throughout its history here, the organization remains a driving force in the Vermillion community.
Its annual fund-raising activities provide the revenue needed to supply free bike helmets to all Vermillion second-graders every year.
The Rotary Club also provides scholarships to Vermillion High School graduates, and strives to make other improvements to community, such as participating in Vermillion Beautiful and helping to finance a new fishing dock on the Vermillion River by Cotton Park.