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.

 

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

Contact Us

Westerville
P.O. Box 595
Westerville, OH
Where We Meet
Villa Milano Banquet and Party House
1630 Schrock Rd.
Columbus, OH 43229-1560
When
Thursdays at 12:00 PMMap It

Our recent Facebook posts

2 days ago

Mary Van Fleet

Will the annual Shredding Day scheduled for April 18, 2020 still occur at Hoff Woods Park? ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

5 days ago

Alan Briggs

A few years ago, I gave Rotary some photos of the ground breaking for Harris-Askins House. My father, Morris, was very involved with that project, as were so many other Rotarians. I found these photos of the dedication and some other events, so I thought I would share with you all. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Let’s play a game. In comments leave one word to describe Rotary. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook
View on Facebook

Rotarians make their community a better place! During this unprecedented time we need to help our community and those in need. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Please note: all events have been canceled until April 8th due to Coronavirus. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Reminder this week’s Out of Body experience and lunch meeting is at Medallion Club at noon! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Don’t forget to spring your clock forward an hour or you will be late to Rotary! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

THANKS STAR HOUSE FOR ATTENDING OUR FISH FRY ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 month ago

Rotary Club of Westerville

Rotary Club of Westerville's cover photo ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

52nd annual Fish Fry and Bake is in the books! Thank you to all the volunteers and the phenomenal turnout! We are excited to have had Star House be a part of the event this year! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

We will be auctioning these beautiful paintings designed by Tatiana from StarHouse at 1:30 pm today during the Fish Fry! You still have time to get here! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Join us today for the 52nd annual Fish Fry & Bake 11:30 am to 5:30 pm at Otterbein Campus Center! NEW this year live local entertainment, bake sale and pop up stores with items made by Star House! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

FISH FRY ANNOUNCEMENT!
We will have a collection area established on the lower level of the Campus Center during the Fish Fry for donations to Star House. Thank you in advance for donating!
Needed Items:
-New Underwear (boxers/boxer briefs preferred for men)
-Boots & Shoes (comfortable for walking long distances)
-Bikes
-Tents
-Backpacks
-Blankets
-African American hair care products (oils and gels)
-Sleeping bags
-Large towels
-Men’s and Women’s Clothing (all kinds - can be new or very gently used)

As a guideline, please, we do not have a need for the following items:
-No used socks, underwear, bras, or swimsuits
-No open or used personal care items such as razors, deodorant, lip balm, makeup, etc.
-No boys or girls youth clothing, youth socks, or youth shoes for youth under the age of 14 (adult sizes only please)
-No baby or toddler clothes
-No household or kitchen items such as lamps; curtains; electronics; toasters; blenders; utensils; silverware trays; etc.
-No books; games; toys; or stuffed animals
-No bedding including sheets; comforters; bedspreads; pillows; pillowcases; etc.
-No amen’s high-heeled (or pumps) shoes or boots
-No stained or dirty clothing or items covered with pet hair
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Join us this Thursday at noon at Villa Milano for Westerville Rotary Foundation, A Legacy of Giving presented by Kirk Lawson Foundation President. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

2 months ago

Rotary Club of Westerville

Rotary Club of Westerville's cover photo ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Be sure to join us this Thursday, February 13th at noon at Villa Milano! Our speaker is Matthew D’Oyly discussing The Great Debate held at Otterbein ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Join us this Thursday at noon at Villa Milano as Bill Tompos and his committee wrap up Rotary Honors Vets 5k and talks about the future of the event. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

3 months ago

Rotary Club of Westerville

Rotary Club of Westerville's cover photo ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

January 9th luncheon features our own
Joe Meyer
Westerville: The War Machine of Prohibition
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

What is your New Year’s resolution for Rotary? Will you help recruit new members? Will you volunteer? Will you donate? ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

3 months ago

Rotary Club of Westerville

A few images from the 2019 Phil Brown Basketball Classic. Great event with Westerville home teams winning 5 of 6 games! Thanks to South announcer extraordinaire Rick Bannister for the South pics! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

3 months ago

Rotary Club of Westerville

Rotary Club of Westerville's cover photo ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

3 months ago

Rotary Club of Westerville

Come on out today to our Phil Brown Basketball Classic tourney at Otterbein’s Rike Center! Westerville Central, North and South boys and girls squads playing. North’s Lady Warriors ahead of Worthington Christian in game 1, 31-18. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Happy Hanukkah & Merry Christmas! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Be sure to attend this week’s meeting to find out what is new with the annual traditional Fish Fry! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

4 months ago

Rotary Club of Westerville

Rotary Club of Westerville's cover photo ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Holiday party at the Harris-Askins House
The Rotary Club of Westerville’s Harris-Askins House Board of Directors hosted a Holiday Party for residents of the House on Sunday, Dec. 8.
A nonprofit, independent affiliate of the Club, the board operates the subsidized housing project for low-income seniors, which the Rotary Club of Westerville built and opened with the assistance of a HUD grant in 1985. The 60-unit Harris-Askins House is located at 200 S. State St.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Our friends from the Columbus Zoo brought along some furry pals to our special Rotary Family Day luncheon Friday, Nov. 29 at The Medallion Club.So great to see the armadillo, dingo, baby kangaroo and sloth, along with that rarest and most elusive critter, a Past President's grandbaby! Thanks to PP Carol Groseclose for the pics! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Reminder:
This week is our Christmas Party instead of our normal meeting. Party starts at 6 pm at The Lakes Country Club.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Happy Thanksgiving! No meeting on Thursday! Be sure to bring family and friends to Friday event! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Reminder: No meeting Thursday however bring your family and friends for Rotary Family Day on Friday! Festivities begin at 11:45! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Family Day at Rotary November 29th 11:45 am at Medallion Country Club! The Zoo will bringing some of their best animals so you can see them up close and personal ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Join us this Thursday, November 21st to hear what Randy Auler, Director of Parks and Recreation, has in store for the gold medal winning parks and recreation department! #westerville #westervilleparksandrecreation ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Join us this Thursday, November 14th at noon. Our speaker is Judith Williams talking about Historic Uptown Westerville ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook
View on Facebook

5 months ago

Rotary Club of Westerville

Rotary Club of Westerville's cover photo ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

5 months ago

Rotary Club of Westerville

Rotary Club of Westerville's cover photo ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Don’t forget to set your clocks back or you will be early for your Rotary meetings this week! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

5 months ago

Rotary Club of Westerville

More photos from our 9th Annual Rotary Honors Vets 5k! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook