About Our Club

The Rotary Club of Media, founded in 1928, is a chartered club of Rotary International serving the people in the Media area. Our members also work with fellow Rotarians from the more than 50 clubs of Rotary International’s District 7450 to serve those in the greater Philadelphia area. Our Club works through Rotary International and its Foundation, providing a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural, and educational programs and activities designed to improve the human condition and advance the organization’s ultimate goal of world peace and understanding.

Rotary began in Media in 1928. There was nothing particularly outstanding about its birth. As a matter of fact, few persons in the borough had ever heard about Rotary or what it was designed to be. Media had little reason to pay attention to faraway places such as Japan, Australia, China, Africa, New Zealand, England, Italy, France and the Philippines. These were foreign countries where Rotary Clubs were being organized. Media was among the newly chartered clubs and it was chartered as an international organization.

The Club owes its birth to John Farish, owner of the Media News Agency. In 1928 Farish brought the idea of Rotary to Media from Penn’s Grove, New Jersey, where he had been an active member. Few persons in the borough had ever heard about Rotary or what it was designed to be and the first several years were devoted to learning the purpose of Rotary International. Polio ran rampant in the country at the time and the very first project of The Rotary Club of Media was to work with children crippled with the disease. The early years were not without its trials and tribulations, the Great Depression had hit the community and dollars were scarce. Club members were unable to meet their obligations and the Club nearly went out of business. But, the Club did survive and by 1935 was a well organized, active club serving the community.
The same principles that guided Rotary in 1928 continue to guide the Club to this day. The Club is a member of District 7450 in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA.

Albert P. Grubb, Pro Tem 1928
Marvel Wilson 1928 – 1930
Gleave Baker 1930 – 1931
H. B. Hickman 1931 – 1932
James Cannon 1932 – 1933
Albert P. Grubb 1933 – 1934
Elisha T. Kirk 1934 – 1935
Carl G. Leach 1935 – 1936
Harry O. Wilcox 1936 – 1937
A. Leonard Logan 1937 – 1938
A. G. Moore 1938 – 1939
Ralph L. Lindenmuth 1939 – 1940
Walter E. Wentz, Jr. 1940 – 1941
Charles Lewis 1941 – 1942
George T. Lewis 1942 – 1943
George Miller 1943 – 1944
R. D. White 1944 – 1945
William O. Vivian 1945 – 1946
Arnold Look 1946 – 1947
Charles A. McCafferty 1947 – 1948
George A. Rigby 1948 – 1949
Mendelssohn Meeham 1949
Charles H. Hassler 1949 – 1950
Francis R. Austin 1950 – 1951
Howard A. Wentz 1951 – 1952
Horace H. Harman 1952 – 1953
John K. Barrall 1953 – 1954
Edward English 1954 – 1955
Louis Essaf 1955 – 1956
Fred Tanger 1956 – 1957
Charles F. Kohler 1957 – 1958
Roger Russell 1958 – 1959
James Gullberg 1959 – 1960
Roger Russell 1959 – 1960
John Tipping 1960 – 1961
Butron L. Williams 1961 – 1962
Charles A. Higgins, Sr. 1962 – 1963
George T. Lewis, Jr. 1963 – 1964
Albert E. Holl, Jr. 1964 – 1965
John Wolf 1965 – 1966
Emil Lintzmeye 1966 – 1967
Henry C. Jones, Jr. 1967 – 1968
Kenneth E. Huntsman 1968 – 1969
I. Frank Lees 1969 – 1970
Donald Hoffman 1970 – 1971
James J. McKeehen 1971 – 1972
John Mewha, Jr. 1972 – 1973
Morton Wachs 1973 – 1974
Robert L. Stahl 1974 – 1975
Daniel DiPrince 1975 – 1976
William B. Strine 1976 – 1977
William A. Booth 1977 – 1978
Eugene L. Kane 1978 – 1979
James Breslin 1979 – 1980
Kenneth Fish 1980 – 1981
John Fisher 1981 – 1982
Richard Cryer 1982 – 1983
John D. Vairo 1983 – 1984
Al L. Elko 1984 – 1985
Ken Shoop 1985 – 1986
Don Bak 1986 – 1987
George H. Slick 1987 – 1988
Warren D. Smith 1988 – 1989
O. Warren Higgins 1989 – 1990
Chuck Durkin 1990 – 1991
Walton B. Hill 1991 – 1992
Jeffry Cadorette 1992 – 1993
Henry T. Nacrelli 1993 – 1994
Judy Stang 1994 – 1995
Dennis Rehrig 1995 – 1996
Wayne Szynal 1996 – 1997
Peter A. Mardinly 1997 – 1998
Sally Holub 1998 – 1999
John ‘Jack’ Hontz 1999 – 2000
Mollie Shiflet O’Brien 2000 – 2001
William K. Davis 2001 – 2002
Elizabeth Flynn 2002 – 2003
Dennis Slostad 2003 – 2004
Tom Glancey 2004
Jackie L. Woolfall 2004 – 2006
Terrance A. Kline 2006 – 2007
Nancy A. Geisel 2007 – 2008
Barbara Laurenzi 2008 – 2009
Kenneth Delmar 2009 – 2010
Andrew Hunt 2010 – 2011
Bryan Messick 2011 – 2012
Bryan Messick 2012 – 2013
Courtney Ballauer 2013 – 2014
Penelope Reed 2014 – 2015
Larry V. Smoose 2015 – 2016
Dan Lievens 2016 – 2017

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