YOUTH
  • Continued Student of the Month/Year program. Gave out $4000 in scholarships.
  • 18 students participated in the STRIVE program. Gave out $2750 in STRIVE scholarships, a $500 increase from earlier years. Had a feature story with photos in the newspaper regarding STRIVE mentor Ralph Oxley and his student.
  • Brought back the Four-Way Test speech contest, and our winner competed at the District level. She has been referred to participate in the STRIVE program next year.
  • Hosted an area wide Youth Exchange Program meeting in Fremont. Working on sending a student out, either short or long term.
  • Hosted State Representative Reineke and the Ohio Superintendent of Education, who updated us on current trends in education.
  • In our Literacy Program, we added two additional schools, for a total of three. This encompasses seven kindergarten classrooms, six first grade classrooms, and six second grade classrooms, serving approximately 475 students. Half of the Club’s Rotarians contributed their time to the project, and 133 books were purchased.
 
MEMBERSHIP
  • Added a new membership category for spouses where the cost of meals could be shared by the spouses.
  • Added six new Paul Harris Fellows. Current total = 35 PHF and 11 Paul Harris Sustaining Members, giving us a 70% participation rate.
 
PUBLIC RELATIONS
  • Increased our image in the community through numerous articles, photos, and even videos published in the newspaper and on their web site.
  • Increased publicity through our Club web site and Face book.
 
COMMUNITY
  • In the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, we had 22 Rotarians and two family member volunteers and collected $2544, the highest collection of any local service organization participating in the event.
  • Provided over $1000 to purchase gifts for three families with a total of nine children plus one senior citizen through the First Call for Help Community Christmas program.
  • Provided donations of $525 to the Liberty Center.
  • Participated in the Sandusky County Park District Holiday Parade and did a food drive for the Sandusky County Food Pantry, with donations valued at over $2000. Joined with other District 6600 Rotary Clubs to apply for a large grant to support local food pantries, with $1000 requested for our local Food Pantry (pending).
  • Supported the Parks Department Tee-ball league with a donation of $500.
  • Provided $1560 for two individuals with developmental disabilities to attend a specialized summer camp.
  • Provided $250 and volunteers to do an Easter celebration at the School of Hope.
  • Replaced the 4-Way Test road signs along the bike trail in Roger Young Park.
 
DISTRICT
  • Hosted the District Governor at a social event last fall.
  • Sent two members to District Grant Management seminar, which qualifies our Club to apply for Rotary grants in the future.
  • Sent three members and our Four-Way Test Speech Contest winner to District Conference.
  • The accomplishments of former Club member Del Schulz were acknowledged during the Remembrance Service Recognition program held at the April 19 Rotary District 6600 Conference.
 
INTERNATIONAL
  • Donated medical equipment, supplies, and clothing to MESA to go to overseas medical operations. Had a rider participate in the MESA bike ride.
  • Raised $2685.31 for Polio Plus, exceeding the District goal for our Club. With the two to one match provided by the Gates Foundation, this will purchase immunizations for 13,427 children in developing countries.
  • Received $4000 in donations for ShelterBox. With match from our Foundation and a Toledo Rotarian, this will purchase eight tents for Nepal. The clubs in District 6600 raised over $100,000, enough to purchase 105 tents!
 
CLUB HONORS AND AWARDS
  • The Fremont City School Board acknowledged the STRIVE program with an Excellence in Education Award.
  • Our Club was honored by Rotary District 6600 for Valuable Service and Outstanding Achievement for our Literacy Program.
  • Our Club received Presidential Citations from both the District and from Rotary International for this year’s accomplishments.