Rotary donates $25K-plus to fallen officers' families

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July Fourth is nearly here and that means one thing: The Rotary Club of Westerville Independence Day Celebration is ready to roll!

We will celebrate our nation’s birthday by staging the FULL DAY of events that comprise our community of Westerville’s July 4th observation.

The party is four-fold. It runs from before dawn to well after dusk. And there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

We’ll kick things off early in the morning with our Westerville Rotary July 4th 5K Walk/Run and Children’s Fun Run at Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St.

After catching our breath we’ll move over to State Street for the HUGE Rotary Club of Westerville Independence Day Parade at 1 p.m.! The parade again this year will start at County Line Road and travel SOUTH through Uptown, to end at Electric Avenue.

An estimated 20,000 residents and visitors are expected to line State Street for the big event. Our Parade Theme this year is, “Home of True American Heroes.” Our Parade Grand Marshals are our First Responders and their Families.

After the big parade, we invite the community to head over to the athletic fields behind Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave., where again this year the Rotary Club of Westerville will stage a family festival.

The Rotary Club of Westerville Independence Day Festival will feature hours of musical entertainment, food available for purchase from a fleet of food trucks led by our own Westerville Grill, and free bounce-houses for young children.

The music and festivities at South will play right through the start of our Rotary Club of Westerville Fireworks Display, to begin at 10 p.m. The fireworks are set off from Alum Creek Park South, behind Alliance Data, 220 W. Schrock Road, and are visible throughout much of the city. (A generous donation from the City of Westerville helps make our great fireworks show possible!)

Residents can cap off their day viewing the extensive fireworks from the festival site at Westerville South! The pyrotechnics will be accompanied by patriotic music, simulcast by the Westerville radio station and event sponsor, 104.9-FM The River.

What a way to end up a great Rotary Club of Westerville Independence Day Celebration!

The full schedule of our events July 4 follows:


6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. — Registration for all Run, Walk & Children’s Run Events at Alum Creek Park North, West Main Street.
8 a.m. — Westerville Rotary July 4th 5K Walk/Run
9:15 a.m. — Westerville Rotary July 4th Children’s Fun Run

The Rotary Club of Westerville meets at noon on most Thursdays at  Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Road. Please join us soon! 

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The Rotary donation to the officers' families had grown to more than $25,000 by Wednesday, Feb. 14. Total funds raised by the WCMH 4’s Army fundraiser was up to nearly $200,000 by Thursday morning, Feb. 15. Read ongoing coverage of the shooting and charges against the suspect at

Rotary Club of Westerville Independence Day Celebration

President Dave Krebs with his wife Pat and their daughter, Allie

Dave Krebs

Rotary Club of Westerville
2018-2019 Rotary Year

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Live on live on WCMH-NBC4 Tuesday evening, Feb. 13, Rotary Club of Westerville President Lisa Janszen and Past President Carol Groseclose presented a Rotary donation of $20,000 to Channel 4 anchorwoman Ellie Merritt.

The donation adds to funds being raised for the families of fallen Westerville Police Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering.  The donation was made during a daylong NBC4 fundraiser for the officers' families.

Morelli and Joering were killed in the line of duty Saturday, Feb. 10, while responding to the scene of a domestic dispute in the city.

The Rotary Club of Westerville donated $1,000 and individual members of the club, and Rotary members from clubs throughout Rotary District 6690, donated the balance of the total.

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9:25 a.m. — Awards Ceremony

Pre-register for the 5K online at


1 p.m. - Rotary Parade & WARM Community Food Drive

Parade Theme: “Home of True American Heroes.”

Parade Grand Marshals: Our Westerville First Responders and their Families.

Donations of food for WARM will be collected from spectators along the parade route, by WARM volunteers walking in the procession.

PARADE ROUTE: SOUTH on State Street, from County Line (St. Paul’s Catholic Church) to Electric Avenue.


In the athletic fields behind Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave.

1:30-2:55 p.m. — Innervision

3:15-5:00 p.m. — Yours for the Taking

5:20- 7:05 p.m. — Ruff Creek

7:25-9:45 p.m. — Bon Journey with a short break



A Live DJ and a soundtrack from 104.9 The River will entertain between performances.

The Rotary Grill will make its debut at the event and lead a selection of several food trucks providing food and beverages during the Concert Festival in the fields behind Westerville South High School.



10 p.m. — Rotary Fireworks Display supported by the City of Westerville and simulcast on 104.9-FM The River.

Launched from Alum Creek Park South, behind Alliance Data, 220 W. Schrock Road.

Fireworks rain date: Thursday, July 5 — same time, same place!