Mark Oliver:


Why I Joined Rotary...

I grew up as a “Rotary brat”! My father was very involved with Rotary and so was my mother. I was a Rotary Youth Exchange student when I was 17 years old. I guess it was only logical that when the time was “right” that I would eventually join Rotary. The time was “right” in 2014 when my father sponsored me as a new member. (Homer Rath asked me, “What took you so long?”)  


I am in awe of all the good that Rotary International does in the world.  I enjoy the social fellowship of our Club. I have the deepest respect for all of the projects the Rotary Club of St. Marys has completed over its 90+ year history.  I look forward to helping our Club celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2025.


Rotary means something different to every Rotarian. To me, right now, Rotary means Rotary Youth Exchange. It has been my privilege over the past 2+ years to work alongside some truly amazing youth, some very generous host families and some very dedicated Rotarians in this worthy program. As the Youth Exchange Officer for this Club I look forward to promoting this program that our Club has been involved with continually since 1972.


-          Mark Oliver