Rotary Club names Ted Schiele Rotarian of the Year

Ted Schiele is the Rotary Club of Ithaca’s Rotarian of the Year.

Schiele, who works in the Health Promotion Program at the Tompkins County Health Department, is the coordinator for Tobacco Free Tompkins. He joined the Ithaca Rotary Club in May 2011. The award is given every June in honor of an active club member who exemplifies the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”

Photo Provided Ted Schiele accepts his Rotarian of the Award.
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Ted Schiele accepts his Rotarian of the Award.

Ted was chosen for the honor by outgoing Rotary co-president Jean McPheeters.

I nominated Ted primarily because of the excellence of our weekly e-newsletter,” said McPheeters in a prepared statement. “Good communication is critical for an organization, particularly one that was as unusual as ours was last year.

We had five co-presidents, so having a newsletter with a consistent, coherent and fun message was absolutely fundamental,” she added. “I was always amused by the writing and entertained by the quirkiness, but also learned a lot about the meetings I missed.”

In addition to the club’s e-newsletter, Ted has volunteered for Share the Warmth, works the annual Pancake Day event, and prepares the club’s program for the Little Apple Fall Follies every autumn. He has also attended two years of Rotary Leadership training, and maintains the club’s website.

Writing the newsletter has given me the best training I could ever have for what it means to be a Rotarian,” said Schiele in a prepared statement. “This is a dedicated group, focused not only on our own community, but on the global community as well. It is an honor to be a member of the Ithaca Rotary Club, and especially an honor to be recognized by these members of our community.”

The Rotary Club of Ithaca gathers every Wednesday at 12:15 for luncheon meetings held downtown at Coltivare. The public is welcome to attend to learn more about Rotary; cost is $15 at the door.

Membership is open to all community members who share in this belief; new members are accepted year-round. For more information, call Membership Chair Ron Provus at 607-351-8539 or email