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HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE KIWANIS CLUB OF FREMONT, OHIO, INC.

Kiwanis International was founded on January 21, 1915 with the first Club established in Detroit, Michigan.  Kiwanis Club of Fremont, Ohio, Inc. was chartered on August 4, 1921 through the sponsorship of the Kiwanis Club of Sandusky, Ohio. 

Kiwanis Club of Fremont is well-known for its long running annual pancake festival.  The first pancake festival was held in February, 1960.  The Club’s second longest fundraising event is Peanut Day which started in October, 1982.  Additionally, gumball machines were placed around the community beginning in 1952 to raise money for community projects. 

The longest running service project is the sponsorship of Fremont’s Recreation Department Kiwanis Baseball League.  In September, 1983, Kiwanis Club of Fremont began sponsorship the Punt, Pass & Throw competition resulting in a national champion in 2017.

Responding to the call for beautification, Kiwanis Club of Fremont erected a Welcome to Fremont sign on East State Street in about 1985 and shortly after started participating in Adopt-a-Highway on SR 6.

On July 7, 1987, delegates at the annual Kiwanis International Convention in Washington, DC, voted in favor of allowing Kiwanis Clubs worldwide to elect women into membership.  Soon after, on January 28, 1988, Laurie Young, Mary Vandersluis, Sue Babione and Peggy Bliss became members of the Fremont Club.

The Stoner and Warner Families donated the former ADP building in Kessler Industrial Park to the Kiwanis Club of Fremont in 1985.  Kiwanis kept the building for five years and then sold it to A. Eickert Company that manufactured fine scissors and shears.  Proceeds from the sale of the building in 1992 were used to begin the Fremont Kiwanis Endowment Fund.  The following year, Kiwanis Club of Fremont began awarding annual scholarships to area high school seniors.  In addition to the scholarships, money from the Endowment Fund has been used for a variety of community projects.

Kiwanis Club of Fremont has sponsored the Key Clubs at Ross High School and St. Joseph Central Catholic long before the 1980’s.  Fremont Middle School Builders Club was added about 1985, Gibsonburg Key Club in 1997, Bishop Hoffman Builders Club in 2000 and Clyde High School Key Club in 2016.

Thanks to the help of Kiwanian Jon Kerns, the Club became computerized in 1993.

Past Presidents who served more than one year include Neil Berlekamp, Rick Frank, Mike Jay, Frank Vanyo and Laurie Young.

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Fremont, Ohio who served as Division 12 Lt. Governors (except where noted) include Ridgeway Bartlett 1928 (Division 4), Alexander Hyzer 1941 (Division 4), Clarence Cooper, 1955 (Division 6), Art Johnson 1962, Hugh Whittington 1966, Joe Turner 1972-73, John Evanoff 1978-79, Roy Klay 1984-85, Clarence Glassford 1991-92, Frank Vanyo 1998-99, Peg McQuistion 2011-12, Laurie Young 2015-16, and Rick Frank 2016-17.

Past Presidents:

Jodi Albright

2016-2017

Albert Nichols

1967

Dave Amarante

2015-2016

C. A. Overmyer

1966

Mike Jay and Daniel Orr

2014-2015

Alfred Dorfmyer

1965

Jerri Miller

2013-2014

Hugh Whittington

1964

Kenneth Miller

2012-2013

Stanley Burns

1963

Rick Holland

2011-2012

Louis Tiell

1962

Dr. Jason

2010-2011

Neil Berlekamp

1961

David Dorobek

2009-2010

Dr. Harold Peterson

1960

Peggy McQuistion

2008-2009

Neil Berlekamp

1960

Tom Bowlus

2007-2008

John Gettman

1959

Sara Sherick and Frank Vanyo

2006-2007

Gordon Christensen

1958

Wendy Mowery

2005-2006

Richard DeRan

1957

Maddie Davis

2004-2005

Richard Newman

1956

Linda Combs

2003-2004

A. C. Johnson Jr.

1955

Cory Stine

2002-2003

Robert Pence

1954

Tammy Damschroder

2001-2002

Weir Tritch

1953

Rev. Doug Nagel

2000-2001

E. D. Garcia

1952

Rick Frank and Laurie Young

1999-2000

B. Ray Anspach

1951

Dr. Tim Sauber

1998-1999

John Allen

1950

Laurie Young

1997-1998

G. Clair Zimmerman

1949

Ron Goehring

1996-1997

Walter Kayden

1948

Rick Frank

1995-1996

Dr. Lawrence Price

1947

Mary Vandersluis

1994-1995

Frank Ging

1946

Brad Culbert

1993-1994

Harry Gavitt

1945

Mike Jay

1992-1993

George Miller

1944

Jon Kerns

1991-1992

Dr. A. J. Wadsworth

1943

Michael Burkett

1990-1991

Clarence Cooper

1942

Dr. Daniel Rowe

1989-1990

James Simmons

1941

Donald Nalley

1988-1989

Alexander Hyzer

1940

Rev. James Nuhfer

1987-1988

A. C. Stokes

1939

Frank Vanyo

1986-1987

Clarence Cox

1938

David Aschenbach

1985-1986

Herbert Tschumy

1937

Kim Huffman

1984-1985

Dr. M. M. Riddell

1936

Dr. Thomas Overberg

1983-1984

T. Rush Brewer

1935

Clarence Glassford

1982-1983

Dewey Dunmeyer

1934

Randy Chapman

1981-1982

Luther Fisher

1933

Wes Fahrbach

1980-1981

Archie McShane

1932

Fuzz Miller

1979-1980

H. M. Potter

1931

Les Ratliff

1978-1979

C. A. Hudson

1930

Chuck Collins

1977-1978

Chester Culbert

1929

John Evanoff

1976-1977

George Engler

1928

Ed Stizza

1975-1976

C. B. Foster

1927

Roy Klay

1974-1975

Ridgeway Bartlett

1926

Bill Bowlus

1973-1974

Dr. Willis Holmes

1925

Paul Albrechta

1972-1973

Dr. A. G. Thatcher

1924

Sig Svanoe

1971-1972

Dr. B. O. Kreilick

1923

Basil Tatsak

1970-1971

B. B. Smith

1922

Bob Hinkle

1969-1970

W. A. Gabel

1921

Joe Turner

1969

 

 

Bob Hyde

1968