Posted by Ruth kaser on May 25, 2019
In reviewing the club website and our club history this little gem was found: The first formal meeting of the group was held in the Peoples Bank Club rooms on Wednesday, February 13th, 1924. U.L. Light, who had been designated as chairman of the organization committee by the Akron Club, presided at the meeting. He outlined the purpose of the meeting and at the conclusion of his talk a formal resolution to apply for charter in the Rotary International was adopted. A nominating committee was appointed resulting in the nomination and election of the following officers: President : U.L. Light V President: H.A. Rudd Sergeant-at Arms: E.S. Longenecker Secretary-Treasurer: W.A. Mills Directors at Large: R.E. Haley, A.O. Austin, H.L. Smallman.
The Rotary Club of Barberton is not the only service club having a 95th anniversary. The Noon Kiwanis is also 95 this year having been chartered in October 1924. Of interest is this excerpt from the club history:” Rotary thru its philosophy of “Service” has taught a greater community responsibility. The first demonstration of the effectiveness of this new interpretation of “Service” was shown during the Community Fund campaign, when thru the efforts of the Rotarians and their co-workers, the Kiwanians, $40,000 was raised for the social and welfare agencies of the city. The campaign was a success because of the workers. The workers were the men who had learned that “He Profits Most Who Serves Best-Service Above Self”.