Rotary District 6690, consisting of 59 Rotary clubs and over 3,600 members. Our district covers central and the southeastern portion of Ohio, encompassing over 15,000 square miles. Clubs range in size from 385 members in The Rotary Club of Columbus to 11 members in our West Lafayette Club, our smallest club. There is great diversity in the clubs across our district.
ABOUT CENTRAL and SOUTHEAST OHIO
Central and Southeast Ohio includes governmental and rural areas of the state that border West Virginia. This region is flat in the central area and gradually builds to the the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Most of the Wayne National Forest is in Southeast Ohio. When looking at a map, the forest will look like patches. The whole area resembles the National Forest, which is reclaimed strip mining areas, in various stages of reforestation. Much of it is primative area, popular with hunters and all terrain vehicle users. The southeastern part is along the banks of the Ohio River and has some of Ohio’s most scenic and historic areas.
Ohio is historically known as the “Buckeye State” (relating to the Ohio buckeye tree, although there are conflicting narratives regarding the origin of the nickname) and Ohioans are also known as “Buckeyes”.
The government of Ohio is located in Columbus and composed of the executive branch, led by the Governor; the legislative branch, which comprises the Ohio General Assembly; and the judicial branch, which is led by the Supreme Court. Currently, Ohio occupies 16 seats in the United States House of Representatives. Owing to its strategic electoral importance, six Presidents of the United States have called Ohio their home state.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Stuart’s Opera House – NELSONVILLE – A cultural anchor and a center of expression on Nelsonville’s bustling and dynamic Public Square. It is a historic venue sought out by people of all ages, from all walks of life, and from near and far.
Ohio River Museum – MARIETTA – Consists of three exhibit buildings, the first of which houses displays depicting the origins and natural history of the Ohio River. The history of the steamboat on the Ohio River system is featured in the second building. The last building features displays about boat building, mussels in the Ohio River system, and tool and equipment from the steamboat era.
Zanesville Museum of Art – ZANESVILLE – A beautiful art museum featuring Extensive selection of Ohio glass and pottery. Works by Cezanne, Grandma Moses, Lautrec, Matisse, Picasso, Rembrandt, Rubens, Exceptional Asian, Indian, African, Pre-Columbian collections, Decorative Arts Ancient to Tiffany, Madame Alexander Doll Collection and more.
Hocking Valley Scenic Railway – NELSONVILLE – An old time passenger train for a leisurely ride through the beautiful hills of Southeastern Ohio. Enjoy the blooming dogwood trees in the spring, summertime fun, nature’s spectacular fall foliage colors or a special winter ride with Santa.
The Wilds – GUERNSEY COUNTY – Thousands of acres have been developed and divided into large sections where African, Asian, and North American species roam freely–unencumbered by cages, pens or bars. While at the Wilds, you’ll observe many animal species as you ride through the park on a guided bus.
The state of Ohio is the home of a number of public and private institutions of higher learning. Chartered in 1787, Ohio University, located in Athens with other campuses throughout Ohio, was the first institution of higher education chartered by an act of Congress in America (Northwest Ordinance), the first university in the former Northwest Territory in 1804, and is the ninth oldest public university in the United States.
The Ohio Board of Regents oversees the public institutions of higher education in Ohio. This system has come under some criticism in recent years as contributing greatly to overlap and redundancies in the higher education system. For example, Ohio’s public university system supports nine doctoral programs in history and five law schools while four different public universities in Ohio operate airports and offer aviation programs. At the same time, the system has been lauded for creating powerful “utility” organizations, such as OhioLINK and the Ohio Supercomputer Center, which allow campuses to collaborate and achieve significant efficiencies. A new credit transfer program makes transferring among Ohio’s public campuses much easier, and allows students to preview academic programs.
Eleven of the 13 public universities top the state’s enrollment statistics, with The Ohio State University, located in Columbus, ranking as one of the nation’s top five universities by enrollment. The remaining two public institutions — Shawnee State University and Central State University—are relatively small.