Cleveland Rotary celebrates 90 years
by Paisley Boston
Mar 26, 2014 | 3527 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New Rotarian Jutta Ferretti with Rotarian Kirk Povall
New Rotarian Jutta Ferretti with Rotarian Kirk Povall
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The Rotary Club of Cleveland celebrated its 90th Anniversary recently and inducted a new, nearly 90 year old member.

The club was chartered in 1923, which was about the same time Jutta Ferretti was born.

"I won't be turning 90 for another two months," said Ferretti as she smiled.

According to Rotary International Gov. Tommy White, the Rotary Club of Cleveland has faithfully celebrated the motto of service above self – they profit most who serve best.

"To the members of this club and the special guests it is a privilege for me to come and share this very special day with you all," said White.

"I would like to congratulate you on your 90 plus years of excellent service to the program. We have been able to reach out to some many people through this organization. You all are doing very well and I just want you guys to keep up the good work," he added.

After White's said a few words about the wonderful work and accomplishments of the Rotary Club, Rotarian Kirk Povall rendered a few praises for Ferretti.

He said she has been instrumental in the community and an inspiration for many individuals.

"We are very honored to bring in a new member that we all know. Her late husband was a Rotarian in Shelby. Being a part of this club is not very hard. All we want you to do is come and fellowship with us at our meetings, participate and offer whatever talents you may have.

"We are very pleased and honored that Jutta is a member of our club," said Povall.

"Bill Bizzell has been a member for 64 years and that is an honor – we want Jutta to show the same type of commitment," he added.

Jutta was four-years-old when she emigrated with her parents and siblings to St. Louis in 1929 after a recession in Germany affected the family’s three-generation old business of lighting supplies.

After she met her husband, Johnny Ferretti in 1943, she moved to Shelby.

In December 2010 she was awarded a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies degree by Delta State on the exact day she turned 86- and-a-half years old, making her the oldest graduate in the school’s history.

"It does my spirit well to receive membership into this organization," said Ferretti.

Povall said Ferretti is a very wonderful and unique person and she has been a model for the mission of the Rotary Club.

Its mission is to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.

A current member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland must sponsor candidates for membership.

Rotary admits members based on their business or profession, utilizing membership classifications to limit the number of members from any particular occupation. 

"This year we are engaging in lives and trying to change people in a way that it will be beneficial to them," said White.

Although the Rotary Club of Cleveland is celebrating its 90th anniversary, the first Rotary Club started in Chicago by an attorney who wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth.

The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices.

By July 1925, Rotary had grown to more than 2,000 clubs and an estimated 108,000 members. Today Rotary boasts more than 1.2 million members worldwide.

"I enjoy getting to know all of the members in the club because they are wonderful individuals that have great goals," said White.