MARQUETTE -John Weting of the Marquette Rotary Club recently was honored at Rotary District 6220's annual conference with the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. The award recognizes Rotarians who have demonstrated active service to the Rotary Foundation for more than one year and are recommended by the District Governor. There are only 5 previous recipients from the District including Dr. Pryse Duerfeldt of Marquette. The District consists of 42 clubs in Northwest Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
In accepting the award, Weting stated," I am honored and humbled in receiving this award and am thankful to the entire District 6220 Foundation Committee for their dedication and service on the committee. Through our collective efforts we worked to promote the mission of the Foundation- to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty."
Weting began his involvement in Rotary with the Rotary Club of Troy in Troy, Michigan In 1976. When he and his family moved to Marquette, Michigan in 1978 he joined the Rotary Club of Marquette. In 1984 he was the Charter president of the Rotary Club of Marquette (West) and in 1991 was a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Marquette Breakfast. Later he rejoined the Rotary Club of Marquette where he remains an active member. He has served on the board of all three Rotary Clubs in Marquette.
John became involved with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program in 1985 as the Youth Exchange Counselor for the Rotary Club of Marquette (West), serving in that position until 1987. From 1987 through 1993 he was the District 6220 Inbound Coordinator working with 30-38 Inbound students each year. From 1993 to 2001 he was the Asian Correspondent for Central States Rotary Youth Exchange Program arranging approximately 90 exchanges each year between Central States and Asian countries. From 2001 to 2004 he served Central States as their Vice-Chairman and was Chairman from 2004 to 2008. In 1993, he was a Group Study Exchange Team Leader to Yokohama, Japan.
From 2008 to June 2011, John served District 6220 as the District Rotary Foundation Committee chair. He continued to serve as the District 6220 Foundation Education sub-committee chair for Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships and Rotary Peace Fellows until April 2013.
John and his wife, Marny, are Major Donors, Bequest Society members and annual supporters of The Rotary Foundation. They have two children- - Jeff and Paige and two granddaughters, Makena and Malia. The entire family are all Paul Harris Fellows.
John and Marny moved to Marquette in 1978 with their son and daughter to open an architectural office which he operated until 1998. He then became the Director of International Affairs at Northern Michigan University.
Since his retirement in 2008, he has continued his work promoting Foundation's Mission.