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Orrville Today! Paul L. Powell Past Recipients 1968 PAUL L. POWELL 1969 JIM SPECHT 1970 BRUCE SCHANTZ 1971 SAM BOHLEN 1972 HENRY PERILSTEIN 1973 DR. ROBERT REIHELD 1974 RAY ZIEGMAN 1975 GORDON HOSTETLER 1975 ROBERT LACY 1976 WINNA HOSTETLER 1977 EDNA ZIEBER 1978 BOB REYNOLDS 1979 BILL BAER 1980 BOB MAIWURM 1981 CARL GOLDRING 1982 MARY GADSON 1983 DONALD MIEHLS 1984 NELLIE SNYDER 1985 CHESTER LEFEVER 1986 DENNIS STEINER 1987 MARGUERITE WAGNER 1988 PAUL SMUCKER 1989 JOHN MONHEIM 1990 ROBERT HERSHEY 1991 JOHN KROPF 1992 DR. M.C. KROPF 1993 HRATCHOUHI GEORGE 1994 JESS FORFIA 1995 JOYCE FAST 1996 HOWARD WADE 1997 TIM & JENNY SMUCKER 1998 ADELL DAVIS 1999 DOROTHY HARTNAGEL 2000 JENNI REUSSER 2001 RON COPPA 2002 ALAN AUBLE 2003 FRED MAIBACH 2004 LISA REUSSER 2005 DONNA DALE DAVIS 2006 P DEAN WALTMAN 2007 JEFF LORSON 2008 DARLENE MORRISON 2009 DAVID LEHMAN 2010 DR. P. MICHAEL GUSTER 2011 DON DREHER 2011 BOB ELLIS 2011 DEAN REUSSER 2012 MARK AUBLE 2013 BECKY JEWELL 2014 DAVID T. HANDWERK

March Madness drew to a close, attention focused on the final four college basketball teams. Teams that persevered a season of challenges. Teams that worked hard, kept their eyes on the goal and not only survived, but thrived. The Orrville Area Chamber had been involved with our own version of March Madness - preparing for our 99th Annual Dinner Meeting held on March 24. Despite “the best laid plans” the Chamber staff scrambled to change course late in the fourth quarter and a full court press by everyone involved resulted in a win for the Chamber’s Centennial. I hope that those that attended the event enjoyed a festive evening filled with memorabilia, historical Chamber trivia, and good food shared among friends. The Annual Dinner Meeting followed the theme, Opening Doors Since 1915 and paid tribute to the forward thinking leaders whose contributions to the Chamber brought us to this present moment in time. For example, at the very first meeting of the Orrville Chamber the Good Roads committee reported on plans to establish a road south of the city to connect Orrville to the Lincoln Highway. Today the road is S. Main Street (State Route 57) that connects to State Route 30. Consider how different Orrville would be today without this road? We owe a debt of gratitude to the wise men who volunteered their service to the Good Roads committee, part of the newly formed Orrville Chamber of Commerce. The idea that a group of people can change a community is one that our society sometimes overlooks. A group of people who come together time and time again

to perpetuate Paul Powell’s idea that Orrville, Ohio is the Promised Land. One hundred years. A long time to be in business. Consider how society changed over the course of ten decades. The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce was founded by 100 business and professional men on July 20, 1915. After a century of that included multiple generations of leaders making decisions every day that ultimately impacted the bottom line, we come to the Final Four. Four of the 100 Founders of the Orrville Chamber are still doing business today. It begs the question, why? What was it that set them apart? I believe that the slogan selected by the Chamber’s Community of Choice committee in 2010 states it best, “Orrville: Where Progress and Tradition Meet.” These four businesses each remember their beginnings and value the tradition of quality, service and reputation that their respective founders built their organizations. At the same time, they have been progressive and responsive to the ever changing needs of their customers, locally and globally. They re-invented themselves. It is a great honor to recognize these companies with the Founders Award for 100 years of Chamber Membership: • The Family of H.C. Auble, today Auble Funeral Home • The Family of C.S. Snyder, today Bob Snyder Auto Exchange • Orrville National Bank, today First National Bank • The Will-Burt Company, operating under the same name today

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