The Presidents Club of Dayton has announced that Jenell R. Ross is the 68th recipient of the region’s 2018 Citizen Legion of Honor award.  The award, given every year since 1951, is the oldest, most continuous and prestigious recognition of volunteer servant leadership in the Dayton region.
Jenell Ross is the President of Bob Ross Auto Group, a second-generation leader of the area’s 44-year business where she accepted that role in 1997.  Ms. Ross has successfully guided that multiple-franchise dealership where she has also served as a member of the National Automobile Dealers Association; the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers; General Motors and Chrysler Minority Dealers Associations; and served as the 2013 Chairwoman of The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) as the first minority and second woman to ever hold that office.
Ms. Ross has been very active in our community, serving on numerous boards including the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance; Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce; Dayton Development Coalition; Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Central State University Foundation Board and many others.  She is currently on the Cincinnati Branch of the Federal Reserve Board of Cleveland; the Board of the University of Dayton; and the Minority Business Partnership of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Jenell established the Norma J. Ross Foundation in honor of her mother who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2010.  She has continued to volunteer, work and support education awareness of breast cancer and has been an ardent fundraiser for the American Cancer Society for many years.
Ms. Ross has been publically recognized many times over the years for her professional and volunteer activities and services, including the Dayton Daily News’ Ten Top Women of Dayton award; the Better Business Bureau Torch Award; YWCA’s Woman of Influence Award; Dayton Business Journal’s Outstanding Woman and 50 Most Influential Women awards; Barbara Cox Automotive Woman of the Year; Urban League Pillar Award and many others.
Jenell is married to Dr. Anthony Hall and lives in Centerville.
The Presidents Club of Dayton is honored to recognize Jenell Ross at its annual luncheon event on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Dayton Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. through 1:15 p.m.  Sponsorships and tables are available to honor Ms. Ross by contacting Marcia Bostick at 937-226-8225 or emailing at  The proceeds from this event go toward sustaining the scholarships at Sinclair Community College for active student volunteer leaders in our community.
Read the Official Press Release HERE
In the News:  Dayton Daily News


In 2015, The Presidents Club of Dayton received a grant from The Schiewetz Foundation to research, write and publish a book highlighting our community’s volunteer history and legacy through the past recipients of the Citizen Legion of Honor award dating back to 1951.
Dayton History, the area’s recognized historical organization, was chosen for the project which included interactive kiosks at both the Dayton Convention Center and Carillon Park.  The book, “Dayton’s Spirit of Community Service and Leadership”, was completed and distribution started in the fall of 2016; including being represented in all of the surrounding libraries in our 9-county region and Library of Congress.
Additional books can be purchased for $30.00 each which includes shipping and handling.  An order form can be accessed by clicking here (order form) for your convenience.
We wish to thank Dayton History for its outstanding work on this project and would especially like to recognize Rick Schwartz of The Schiewetz Foundation for being the visionary behind these historical reference materials.

An organization comprising the presidents, vice-presidents, immediate past-presidents and club representatives of the service and civic clubs of metropolitan Dayton.

"Strength through Unity"

Broad in its concept and unique in its composition, The President Club of Dayton, Ohio, was founded in 1932 by a group of local businessmen who had a genuine interest in the growth of their respective service organizations.  They knew how vital securing and sustaining membership was (and it still is) to the health and well-being of any organization, the encouragement of volunteer community leadership, as well as, the importance of being well informed and making a contribution to your community.  Based on these key elements, The Presidents Club of Dayton came to fruition.

In the Greater Dayton area, The President Club of Dayton is made up of service clubs who have joined either by invitation or by application.


The mission of The Presidents Club of Dayton is to encourage the spirit of servant leadership through active volunteer community service in our region.  The organization celebrates this ideal by conducting celebrations of community volunteerism and sponsoring student scholarships for future community leaders.