In 1931 a group of community and business leaders including future Chief Justice U.S. 6th District Court Judge Lester L. Cecil, future Dayton Mayor Frank M. Krebs, 2nd generation Dayton business owner and Dayton Chamber of Commerce Board member John D. Siebenthaler and other service club leaders gathered together for the purpose of maximizing the important volunteer work done by hundreds of individuals who belonged to the Dayton area’s extensive network of civic “service clubs”.  This formation group included some of the most active and respected leaders in our community.

To that end, in 1932 the original founding service clubs formalized a new and unique organization unlike any other known in the then 48 states and since; an organization dedicated solely to coordinating and supporting local service clubs and the activities of their member volunteers in the Dayton area.

These community leaders had four (4) original goals in mind:

  1. Nurturing a positive image about community volunteer service and servant leadership;

  2. Organizing a coordinating body which could share information about community and service club needs;

  3. Growing, unifying and strengthening the membership of their respective service organizations;

  4. Keeping the public and service club members aware of community issues and the importance of area social service programs through work done by active volunteer citizens in the region.

After more than 85 years, the organization continues to apply those same core principles.  Every aspect of this collaborative organization focuses on the volunteer servant leader.  Communications; fundraising; club training; celebration of active civic leadership; and student scholarships for future community leaders … each of these areas is designed to enhance the past, present and future legacy of volunteerism in the Dayton community.

On the organization’s 20th anniversary in 1951, the group established the region’s most notable community service recognition award to celebrate the incredible work done by volunteer leaders in the Dayton area.  The Citizen Legion of Honor Award, given first in 1951 to community leader and future CEO of NCR Corporation, Stanley C. Allyn, now reads like a “who’s who” list of volunteer leadership in the Dayton area.  It stands today as the oldest and most continuous leadership award in the Dayton region (see Sponsored Activities/Citizen Legion of Honor Award section).

In 1990, in preparation of the organization’s 60th anniversary in 1991 and to recognize the loss of one of its strongest volunteer leaders, The Presidents Club of Dayton established its first student scholarship to honor Virgil C. Kitchen.  Since that date, three (3) additional scholarships, recognizing Mildred C. “Millie” Sadauskas for her 36 years of administrative service to the organization, and Robert T. Leibold and Phillip L. Parker as past presidents, have been added to support student leaders at Sinclair Community College, their academics and their volunteer community service.  The impact of the organization’s efforts has been to raise over a quarter million dollars for students and endowing the four scholarships into perpetuity (see Sponsorship Activities/Scholarships section).

Approaching the organization’s 50th celebration of the community’s top civic leadership award in 2000, The Presidents Club of Dayton, with the support of the city of Dayton and a gift from business leader Richard Schiewetz, created the community’s “Wall of Honor” for the region’s Citizen Legion of Honor Award.  Located and on display on the 3rd floor of the Dayton Convention Center, this history and recognition of servant leadership dates back to its first recipient in 1951.  These brass-etched renderings recognize many of our area’s business and not-for-profit leaders who have modeled the way for others by their vision, hard work and unselfish community service in our area through their participation and leadership in hundreds of organizations and governments and thousands of projects and initiatives that together or individually have made a lasting impact on our citizens and region (see Sponsored Activities/Citizen Legion of Honor Award section).

In order to expand services and enhance their scholarships for young leaders, The Presidents Club of Dayton applied for and was granted 501(c) 3 charitable and educational status by the IRS in June 2009.  This change gave the organization the ability to acquire new funding sources to support its mission and leadership scholarships.  Through 2015, The Presidents Club of Dayton has had a long-term affiliation with the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce dating back to more than 5 decades.  This has helped the organization maintain its mission and better communicate its goals to the region.

In 2016, to celebrate the 65th year of the Citizen Legion of Honor community volunteer leadership award again through the benevolence of the Schiewetz Foundation, The Presidents Club of Dayton asked Dayton History to develop a commemorative historical book dedicated to our region’s modern volunteer leadership and recognition of the past community leaders who have inspired other’s future involvement.  This documented research reflects today’s ongoing efforts of volunteer servant leadership in our community and those who played important roles in our region’s successful initiatives and quality of life and The Presidents Club of Dayton dedication of inspiring community volunteer service.

MISSION STATEMENT

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.

 

Past Presidents

Past Presidents dating back to the founding must be active members of member clubs/organizations in good standing and must have served as a President of their local organization before being elected President of The Presidents Club of Dayton.

1931-32

Lester L. Cecil

1972-73

Paul P. Brown

   

1932-33

Frank M. Krebs

1973-74

Mariwyn D. Heath

   

1933-34

John D. Siebenthaler

1974-75

James E. Rich

   

1934-35

O. J. Cunningham

1975-76

Richard W. Cherry

   

1935-36

Herbert K. Raney

1976-77

E. E. “Gene” Glotfelter

   

1936-37

Nelson B. Ross

1977-78

Marvin C. Link

   

1937-38

Clyde Thompson

1978-79

Emma L. Sheridan

   

1938-39

Harvey W. Hammick

1979-80

Kenneth E. Whitfield

   

1939-40

Merritt E. Schlafman

1980-81

Robert C. Rice

   

1940-41

L. H. Forster

1981-82

George H. Bayless, Jr.

   

1941-42

Collins Wight

1982-83

Mary Ellen Thomas

   

1942-43

Clarence Siebenthaler

1983-84

John A. Healy, Sr.

   

1943-44

Wentzie Rumi, Sr.

1984-85

Virgil C. Kitchen

   

1944-45

Clifford J. Wahl

1985-86

Marie E. Fahrion

   

1945-46

Daniel A. Schryver

1986-87

Robert E. Puckett

   

1946-47

Ray D. Delscamp

1987-88

Phillip L. Parker, CAE, CCE

   

1947-48

W. Dixon Common

1988-89

Bonnie Z. Macaulay

   

1949-49

Hugh Wagensell

1989-90

James Back

   

1949-50

Walter A. Reiling, M.D.

1990-91

Katie Deedrick

   

1950-51

Earl F. Hagerman

1991-92

Edward D. Kimmich

   

1951-52

Loren F. Minnick

1992-93

Paul J. Boeckman

   

1952-53

Frank E. Strobhar

1993-94

Rodney K. Raines, C.L.U., ChFC

   

1953-54

Charles A. Perkins

1994-95

Karen S. Dunlap

   

1954-55

William E. Blommel

1995-96

Robert T. Leibold

   

1955-56

Vincent M. Shields, Sr.

1996-97

Charles M. Kinter

   

1956-57

Lee E. Eiler

1997-98

Louise Wier

   

1957-58

Richard L. Hopping, O.D.

1998-99

Matthew P. McCarthy

   

1958-59

Ronald T. Reeves

1999-2000

Stanley Clarke Wyllie

   

1959-60

John S. Moore

2000-01

Robert T. Leibold

   

1960-61

Myron O. George

2001-02

Ann Morrissey

   

1961-62

Gregory C. Karas

2002-03

Robert Y. Duffy

   

1962-63

Jack L. Ames

2003-04

Anthony Massoud

   

1963-64

Judge Kenneth J. Vogt

2004-05

Arnold Sandness

   

1964-65

Robert P. Stafford, M.D.

2005-06

Alan Schmidlapp

   

1965-66

John D. Landis, C.L.U.

2006-07

James Snyder

   

1966-67

Edward L. Warner, Jr.

2007-08

Margaret Barclay

   

1967-68

Thomas J. Frawley

2008-09

Jack Akerman

   

1968-69

James L. Custer

2009-11

William J. Gordon

   

1969-70

John P. Hart

2011-13

Belinda Huffman

   

1970-71

John W. Brentlinger

2013-15

Phil Plummer

   

1971-72

Ardyn J. Long

2015-16

Cynthia Davidson

   

 

Current Officers

President

Amy Gephart
Lions Club of Centerville
Riverdale Optimist Club

Vice-Presidents

Belinda Huffman
Altrusa    

Jack Akerman
Optimist Club of Dor-Wood

Khadijah Ali
The Exchange Club

Al Jecker
Lions Club of Centerville

Larry Horwath
Riverdale Optimist Club

Tony Massoud
Civitan Club

Secretary

  Barbara Layne
  Riverdale Optimist Club

Treasurer

John Keller
Lions Club of Dayton  

Immediate Past President

Cynthia Davidson
Montgomery County Sheriff PAAL