The 2017-18 Rotary year begins on the first of July and marks the start of a new leadership for the Troy club. J. Andrew Wannemacher is now president and is supported by Todd Severt as president-elect. Also appointed to leadership positions are Jessica Echols as vice president, Tom Giere as treasurer, D. Andrew Venters as secretary and Howard Cheney as the club’s sergeant-at-arms. Richard Bender moves into the role of past president, now that the gavel has transitioned to Wannemacher. John Haller, District 6670 Assistant Governor, led the swearing-in ceremony during the club’s June 27th meeting.
Wannemacher is an attorney who serves as Court Administrator for the Miami County Juvenile/Probate Court in Troy. As president, it is his responsibility to lead the club’s engagement with the community and ensure programs are available to provide support and assistance where needed. Severt is a partner with Lopez, Severt & Pratt, L.P.A., in Troy. He is a member of Miami County and Ohio State Bar Associations and is a Board Certified Family Relations Law Specialist with the State of Ohio. He focuses his practice on domestic relations law, estate planning, and corporate law. He will work closely with Wannemacher in preparation for becoming club president for 2018-19.
Echols is the executive director of Partners In Hope, a Troy-based nonprofit agency that provides relief, education and development services to individuals and families living in crisis. She is also the owner of Famous Cupcakes. Giere is co-owner of Nolan, Giere & Company in Troy, and continues in the capacity of treasurer for Troy Rotary. He has held this important position since 1996 and does an outstanding job of working with club members and the Troy Rotary Foundation to provide thousands of dollars of financial support for club programs and scholarships that benefit the community.
Venters joined Troy Rotary in 2016 and is a partner with Miller, Luring, Farley & Venters, Co., L.P.A. His primary practice areas are bankruptcy and family law. He is also an assistant public defender in Shelby County, Ohio, working in both Common Pleas Court and Juvenile Court. Cheney is the owner of the preeminent Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home in Troy. He has been a dedicated Rotarian for more than four decades and is responsible for greeting all members at weekly meetings and tracking their attendance. He has maintained a perfect attendance record for the past 39 years.
Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2016-17 Rotary year, over $16,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, Rotary’s annual Shoe Project, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum. In addition to the financial support, Rotarians volunteered nearly 400 hours to several service projects. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership in the club, please visit www.troyohiorotary.org.
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