A. Monroe Courtright Award

A. Monroe Courtright Volunteer Service Award

The Rotary Club of Westerville each spring recognizes a local individual or organization with its A. Monroe Courtright Volunteer Service Award.

Courtright was the longtime publisher of Westerville’s historic hometown newspaper, The Public Opinion. He also was a charter member our Rotary Club of Westerville. He died unexpectedly just a month into his term as the club’s president in 1977, and the club launched the community service award in his honor.

Courtright was known for his strong support of Westerville, and his strong opinions, expressed weekly in a front page column in the PO titled, “You May Quote Us as Saying.”

Off the front page, his private philanthropic efforts were less well known. A business in trouble might find an envelope of money near the cash register after an unannounced visit. Westerville families and groups in need were helped quite often, with anonymous gifts that the newspaper publisher had no wish to publicize. He had no desire to be recognized for this aid-giving.

The Courtright Award named in Monroe’s honor recognizes outstanding community service by a leader or volunteer that is both “significant and sustained.” This service must come without pay, and not as part of one’s paid job.

 

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Speaker: Steve Scheirhalt
Topic: Medical marijuana in Ohio
December 12th 2019 12:00 pm
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Speaker: Eric Gibson
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December 19th 2019 12:00 pm
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December 26th 2019 12:00 pm
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Phil Brown Holiday Basketball Tournament
Topic: 28th Annual Phil Brown Classic
December 27th 2019 12:00 pm
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January 2nd 2020 12:00 pm
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Jan. 9 lunch program at Villa Milano
Speaker: Joe Meyer
Topic: "Westerville: The War Machine of Prohibition"
January 9th 2020 12:00 pm
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Weiler honored with 43rd Courtright Award

Rotary Club o Westerville

Linda Weiler accepts the 2019 award.

The Rotary Club of Westerville, on May 23, 2019, honored Linda Weiler with its 43rd annual A. Monroe Courtright Volunteer Service Award. Weiler was honored for her service to the Westerville City School District, where her monumental volunteer and fundraising efforts have been significant and sustained for 20 years.

The mother to four who have gone through Mark Twain and Fouse Elementary schools, Genoa Middle School and Westerville Central High School, Weiler got involved at her local elementary school while her children were students there, and has never ended her involvement – even as her volunteer work has grown to the middle school, high school and district-wide level.

Weiler was nominated for this honor by Fouse first grade teacher Deb Urby for founding a program eight years ago called the Genoa Middle-Fouse Elementary Mentoring Program.  Genoa students are trained as mentors, and then work two days a week with Fouse children on their English learning and reading skills.  Weiler has also volunteered at Fouse, Mark Twain, Genoa, Westerville Central High School, Challenge Day at Central, Westerville Education Challenge, and Parent Council.

She is also an eight-year member of the Westerville Parent Council, the umbrella group of PTA presidents from all 23 schools in the district, representing 34 member groups.  She also is a board member and eight-year active member in Westerville Education Challenge (WEC), which raises money for school initiatives that promote character education and social-emotional well-being.  WEC is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers that has raised more than $100,000 since 2009.  Its largest sponsored program is Challenge Day, an intense anti-bullying program for high school freshmen.  More than 6,000 Westerville students have participated, often called “life-changing.”  The WEC also funds the PRIDE program at Heritage Middle School, which promotes a sense of family and inclusiveness inside and outside of the classroom; and the monthly MODEL program at three middle schools, in which seventh- and eighth-grade girls are grouped with adult mentors to help increase their sense of self-worth and self-sufficiency.  Weiler has served as a mentor at Walnut Springs herself for the last two years.

For these extensive volunteer efforts and more too numerous to list, the Rotary Club of Westerville honored Linda Weiler with their 43rd annual A. Monroe Courtright Volunteer Service Award.  The club also made her a Paul Harris Fellow, donating $1,000 in her name to The Rotary Foundation.  She joins another prestigious list of luminaries as honorary Paul Harris Fellows that stretches from Mother Therese to Jimmy Carter.

Courtright Award Winners, 1977-2019

1977       Eddie Birchem & The Anchor Club

1978       Dr. Walter Stout

1979       Maurice & Dorothy McVay

1980       Sanders Frye & James Tressler

1981       Morris Briggs

1982       R.T. “Sarge” Beum

1983       Mary Bailey

1984       Mary Davis & Blendon Grange

1985       Edwin “Dubbs” Roush & James “Buzz” Cockerell

1986       Sue Ann Norton

1987       Richard H. Gorsuch

1988       Jane W. Bradford

1989       Don W. Miller

1990       Joe “Grandpaw” Bernowski & Dwight “”Smokey” Ballinger

1991       Ned Mosher

1992       Dr. Bill Freeman

1993       Edna Zech

1994       Marge Day Lewis

1995       Paul Askins

1996       Dick Rano

1997       Charlotte Walker

1998       Jo Ann Davidson

1999       Kathy Cocuzzi

2000       Vinny Herwig

2001       Jim Grissinger

2002       Garrett Brusco

2003       C. William Swank

2004       Rich Siegel

2005       Westerville Caring & Sharing

2006       Diane Fosselman

2007       Joanne Vansant

2008       Renee Kropat

2009       Bill Merriman

2010       Alice Wilson

2011       Damon “Chip” Wetterauer

2012       Sheila Tompos

2013       Janet Withers

2014       John Robbins & Westerville Area Resource Ministry

2015       Jim Biven

2016       Robert B. (Rock) Lantz

2017       Carolyn E. Cordray

2018       James H. Meacham

2019       Linda Weiler

 

Courtright Award Criteria

Courtright Award Nomination Form

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The table is set for another great Independence Day celebration in Westerville, with a daylong slate of patriotic fun planned by the Rotary Club of Westerville for Thursday, July 4, 2019.

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• The Rotary Club of Westerville Independence Day Parade, starting at 1 p.m.
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The daylong celebration kicks off with the Westerville Rotary July 4th 5K Walk/Run at Alum Creek Park South, 221 W. Main St.

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Registration is now open and additional information available at westervillejulyfourth5k.com.

The 5K registration fee is $35 through June 30, then $40 July 1 through race day. Runners all receive a event shirt, goodie bag and participation medallion. Registration for the Kids’ Race is $10, and all children participating will receive a medal.

The State Street parade

A crowd of about 20,000 is expected for the Rotary Club of Westerville Independence Day Parade down State Street, starting at 1 p.m.

The parade route begins at St. Paul Catholic Church, 313 N. State St., and proceeds south to Electric Avenue, where participants will turn east on Electric Avenue to Otterbein Avenue, to destage at Westerville South High School.

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at St. Paul and be set-up between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The parade begins at 1 p.m. sharp.

“God Bless the USA” parade theme:
Lillian Young, a rising third-grader at St. Paul School, won the Rotary’s annual contest to pick the parade theme. Lillian’s entry of “God Bless the USA” was chosen from hundreds submitted by elementary school children in Westerville.
For winning the contest, Lillian won a $100 prize and was invited to ride with her family in a place of honor in the parade, aboard the Rotary Club of Westerville’s float.

Clark Kellogg is Grand Marshal
Ohio basketball great and national sports broadcaster Clark Kellogg will lead the 2019 parade as Grand Marshal.

Longtime Westerville area resident, Clark "Special K" Kellogg grew up in East Cleveland and was recruited by Ohio State University after a stellar career at Cleveland St. Joseph High School. His 51-point game in the championship against Columbus East is still an Ohio high school state finals record. From 1979 to 1982, he played for OSU, where he earned All-Big Ten and Most Valuable Player honors.

Declaring for the NBA draft after his junior year, he was the first-round pick (eighth overall) of the Indiana Pacers and was selected as a member of the NBA All-Rookie Team. Chronic knee problems cut his pro career short and forced his retirement after five years. He became a broadcaster for ESPN in 1990 then moved to CBS, where he now is employed as the network’s lead college basketball analyst.

Kellogg has two sons, Alex and Nick, and a daughter, Talisa. Nick played basketball for Ohio University and Talisa played Division I volleyball at Georgia Tech.

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After the parade, the live entertainment festival will begin at 3 p.m., in the fields behind Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave.

Eleven food trucks are slated to offer attendees a wide selection of food during the festival, including the Rotary Club of Westerville’s Rotary Grill, and a three-band lineup will provide live music right up to the start of fireworks show at 10 p.m.

The Hobgoblins will take the stage first, from 3-5 p.m., followed by Jon Anthony and Wishful Drinkin’, which will perform from 5:20-7:30 p.m. The popular Beatles cover band, The British Invasion, will headline the musical entertainment, and take the stage from 8 to 10 p.m.

Between the band performances, a live DJ from 104.9 The River will be on hand, simulcasting the event on the Westerville FM station.

Visitors should be sure to get in on the Rotary’s 50-50 raffle during the festival – with the winner to be announced just before the fireworks, Various patriotic souvenirs and trinkets also will be offered for sale by the club, including glow necklaces, flashing batons and fiber optic wands.

The Fireworks
The Fireworks Display, generously underwritten by the City of Westerville, will get underway between dusk and 10 p.m., simulcast to patriotic music broadcast 104.9-FM The River.

The display is let off from Alum Creek Park South at 535 Park Meadow Road, near the city Skate Park, and will be visible at locations across Westerville. But the Rotary Club of Westerville invites residents to bring their folding chairs and join the crowd at the Festival behind Westerville South to catch the patriotic show!

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