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Rotary Club of Wooster, Ohio

District 6650 in Transition

The website is in transition to a new location. For now, you can click on the Wooster Clubrunner Site link here or in the menu to the left. Clubrunner is a Rotary approved provider of club website support. Eventually the address will take you directly to that site. The Clubrunner site will contain all of the information that is found here as well as give Rotary members improved access to club and committee information. We appreciate your patience as we make the transition and hope that you find the new location informative.

A Special Display of American Pride in Wooster & Smithville

FLAG SUBSCRIPTIONS make great gifts for the hard to buy for…
call 264-6535 for more details.
Gift certificates provided.

Help create a community of red, white and blue! Join others on your street to honor our country with a parade of flags in all our neighborhoods..

The Wooster Rotary Club, assisted by local community groups, will place a 3’x 5’ flag in your front yard for 5 holidays per year, and pick it up again after the holiday. A plastic pipe will be buried in your front lawn permanently, flush with the ground, to hold the flagstaff. A cap will cover the pipe when not in use. The City of Wooster has approved the flag to be placed on “tree lawns” where available. The flag and staff will remain the property of the Wooster Rotary Club.

All profits will support community, national, and international Rotary projects and the local community groups will receive $2.00 per flag or $10.00 per year from each $30.00 fee. For $30.00 per calendar year, (not pro-rated by holiday) Rotary will provide and install the pipe and cap, provide the flag, store it properly when not in use, and deliver and pick up the flag for the following holidays:

  • Memorial Day
  • Flag Day (June 14)
  • Independence day (July 4)
  • Patriot Day (September 11)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)

(Payment by credit card or check makes it easy!)

Need a gift certificate? Contact 330-264-6535

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Wooster Arts Jazz Fest 2015
Date: Saturday September 19
11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Historic Downtown Wooster

In its twelfth year, this daylong festival features fine art and craft, jazz, quality food, a traditional New Orleans-style parade, and free children’s arts activities. The purpose of this festival is to celebrate and support arts and education in our community, and to promote economic development in downtown Wooster.

Presented through a partnership between Main Street Wooster Foundation, Inc., the Rotary Club of Wooster, and the Wooster City Schools, the Wooster Arts Jazz Fest is organized by volunteers and funded through donations.

The 2015 Wooster Arts Jazz Fest will be the eighth year the Wooster Rotary Club is a partner in the event. Rotary has representation on the committee organizing the event and will be providing volunteers to help make the event a success.

More information about the WAJF 2015 can be found at:


Saturday, April 4, 2015

This year, the Wooster Rotary Auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2015 and will be held at Wooster High School. Due to reduced interest in antiques and collectibles, Wooster Rotary has decided to make this our last auction. It has been a great 40 years and we hope that everyone will help us make the 40th year a successful finale to a wonderful community activity.

Last year, we had more than 600 registered buyers including people from nine states. Our licensed and experienced volunteer auctioneers sold almost 2,000 items in Five (5) venues during Fifty (50) hours of selling. The auction is the largest project that the club does each year, and most of the 200 plus members contribute their time to the auction in some way.

The auction features 18 categories of items and includes everything from artwork, books and furniture to glassware, jewelry, oriental carpets, antique automobiles and coins. Each year the auction features some unique and very rare items. Last year we featured a Schonbeck Swarovski Leaded Crystal Chandelier, more than 150 Asian items, over 100 Coke collectibles, rare Native American artifacts, and a large assortment of antique furniture. 

Each year since 1975, the Rotary Club of Wooster has held an auction of Antiques and Collectibles as a major fund raiser for the club. Over the 39 years of the auction, Wooster Rotary has raised over one million, three hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($1,350,000) which has gone back into the community in the form of numerous scholarships, local literacy programs, dictionary distribution to third graders, support for non-profits such as People To People and other community projects.  

There is no charge to attend or register and food is available for purchase. The auction will be taking donations and consignments until March 13, 2015.


For additional information call: Chuck Dougherty 330-264-1420, Tom Cole 330-263-5502, Ray Leisy 330-264-9976 or Dave Galapoo 330-345-6240.

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Al Van Wie Basketball Tournament and Clinic Activities
November 2014

Youth Basketball Skills Clinic:  Sunday, November 9, 2014; College of Wooster Timken Gym, 2-4 pm, all girls and boys grades 3-6 and youth coaches invited to attend. Admission- food donation or $2 for People to People.

School Food Drive/collection- week of November 10 at all local schools with Rotary volunteers collecting donations and delivering to People to People.

Tournament Games-  Friday, November 21, and Saturday, November 22, at 7:00 pm.  

Participating teams University of Mount Union, Saint Vincent and The College of Wooster.

Summary of 2013 Activities:

Wooster Rotary sponsors and coordinates a basketball fundamental skills clinic for all boys and girls grade 3-6 and all youth coaches. The event was held at the C.O.W. Timken Gym on Sunday, November 10, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 pm. College of Wooster Scots players and coaches worked with youth to practice and improve their basketball skills. Rotary also distributed door prizes including College of Wooster T-shirts, basketballs, and season tickets. Head coach, Steve Moore, conducted the coaching seminar. Admission to these events was $2 cash or a canned/box food donation for People to People. 180 youth and 32 coaches attended, donating 447 food items and $161.

Prior to the tournament, Rotary volunteers went to area schools to collect food donations. Rotary encouraged the schools to participate in the food donation campaign by establishing contests and incentives for the schools collecting/donating the most food items.

The School Food Drive was a tremendous success again in 2013 with 28,067 food items collected. The top schools recognized at the tournament game in 2013 were Shreve Elementary, Franklin Elementary, and Wooster Township. The top schools receive a free skating party compliments of Acres of Fun, an ice cream party hosted by our Rotary committee members, and Fighting Scot basketballs for recess.

The Al Van Wie Rotary Classic tournament was held on Friday November 22 and Saturday November 23.  The College of Wooster topped Wheaton for the tournament championship.   However, Wooster Rotary and People to People were winners with 968 food items and $2,350 collected at the games.

Totals for the 2013 project for Rotary to present to People to People amounted to 43,422 food items and $10,721.

Honor Flight Information

Veterans serving during World War II or the Korean War time period are encouraged to learn more about Honor Flight Columbus.

Wooster Rotary Honors Member Service

The Wooster Rotary Club started a new tradition.  At the Monday, January 30th meeting 137 members were honored for over 2700 years of service.

Pins were presented to members who had reached the milestones of 5, 10, 20, 30, and 40 years or more of service.  Each year going forward members will be recognized who reach a specific anniversary year so some members who have 9, 19, 29, and 39 years of service this year will be recognized again next year for reaching another membership milestone.

The distribution of pins was: 30 5-year, 31 10-year, 38 20-year, 21 30-year, and 17 40-year. 

In addition there was one honorary and one current member who have over 50 years of service and one honorary and one current member who have over 60 years of service and their names will be displayed on a plaque in the meeting room.
This long term commitment to Wooster Rotary is a tribute to members who clearly demonstrate Object One of Rotary “development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.”

Ohio Rotary License Plates

Wooster Rotary Dictionary Project

Each year since 2005, Wooster Rotary has presented a student dictionary to every third grader in the Wooster School System. Our goal is to empower the students with words, to help them better understand the English language and to encourage them to read. The club included a sticker with the Rotary Four-Way test on the inside cover of each volume.

The dictionaries are well received and we hope that the students will use them to their advantage throughout their elementary years.