Genoa High School class of `41 reunion
Members of Genoa High School class of 1941 held a 71-year class reunion Aug. 12 at Nee Nerz Restaurant & Bar in Genoa.
Genevieve Holland Geldine, of Burt Lake, Mich., was honored for having traveled the farthest. Also attending were Donna Jean Duncan Abel, from southwest Toledo; Elizabeth Witt Fisher, of Martin and Lamar Bower, Verna Shimming Hennen and Jack Werner, of Genoa.
Class members Dorothea Long Berger and Ralph Vogelpohl, of Curtice; Richard Dunberger, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Adeline Merle Thompson, of Chambersburg, Pa. and Millie Verkin Evans, of Fairfax, Va., were unable to attend.
The reunion was coordinated by Verna Hennen and Jack Werner.
Potluck picnic set
The Ottawa County Historical Society will hold its annual potluck picnic for members and guests Aug. 22 at the Wolcott Keeper's House, 9999 E. Bayshore Road, Marblehead.
The event will start with a fireplace cooking demonstration by Ray Machar at 4:30 p.m., followed by a potluck picnic in the Keeper’s House back yard. Machar challenges OCHS members to bring dishes that might have been served by Rachel Wolcott or her friends in the 1820s, but any dish to pass will be welcome. RSVP to Kathy Leonard, 419-734-9365 or
Those interested in joining the OCHS may visit www.thekeepershouse.org or contact any OCHS member. The Keeper's House will remain open for docent guided tours Monday through Friday between 1 and 5 p.m. through Aug. 31. The OCHS will sponsor the 200th commemoration of the First Skirmish of the War of 1812 Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23. See the website for details.
Weininger chosen as Hayes director
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Board of Trustees selected Christie M. Weininger as the institution’s new Executive Director.
Weininger, the seventh person to serve in the position and the first female, replaces Thomas J. Culbertson, who retired effective Aug. 1. Weininger begins her new duties Sept. 4.
A native of Wyandot County, Weininger most recently served as director of the Wood County Historical Center and Museum in Bowling Green. Her nine-year tenure there was marked by a growth in local and statewide partnerships, as well as outreach and programming, including creation of an award-winning audio tour of historic sites in Wood County and selection by the Ohio Humanities Council as host of two traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution.
Previously, Weininger served as curator (1997-2002) and then director (2002-2003) of the Wyandot County Museum in Upper Sandusky.
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland appointed Weininger to serve on the state’s Legislative Commission on the Education & Preservation of State History (2009-2010). Her duties included reviewing and making recommendations for the delivery of services and instruction on Ohio’s history by state historical organizations. In March 2012, she followed keynote speaker John Glenn to present closing remarks at Ohio Statehood Day - an advocacy event for Ohio history organizations.
Weininger is as an adjunct instructor in the Department of History at Heidelberg University, as well as in the American Culture Studies Department of Bowling Green State University. Her professional affiliations include the Ohio History Alliance, currently serving as President, and the Ohio Academy of History Executive Council, where she serves as chair of the Public History Committee.
A 1995 graduate of Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, Weininger was a member and vice president of Alpha Lambda Academic Honorary Society. In 2004, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Toledo, where she was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honorary Society and was recipient of the Grosbeck Scholarship awarded by the Ohio Chapter of the Colonial Dames of America.
Cultural exchange program
The Rotary Clubs of Northwest Ohio are seeking young professionals to participate in a cultural exchange with India for four weeks starting Jan. 15, 2013.
The purposes of Group Study Exchange (GSE), a program of The Rotary Foundation, are to promote international understanding and goodwill through person-to-person contact, and to provide international professional development opportunities for the participants.
While abroad, five GSE Team members led by a Rotarian will live with Indian families. They will have the opportunity to meet their professional counterparts in India, and to experience the local culture. They will tour the Rotary district of their hosts, which could include moving to a new location every several days.
The Rotary Foundation provides round-trip air travel. Rotarians in India will provide meals, lodging and travel within the Indian states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Team members pay only for personal and incidental expenses.
Applicants should be U.S. citizens between the ages of 25 and 40. Applicants cannot be spouses or descendants of Rotary members, and must have worked in a recognized business or profession for at least two years. Applicants also must live and/or work within Rotary District 6600, which covers Northwest Ohio.
For an application form or additional information, contact Dave Visnaw at 567-201-2387 or Ron Stoner, District 6600 GSE Chair, at
or call 419-276-1839. Completed applications must be received before Sept. 1.