The Zane State College “Building a Vibrant Community” campaign for the new campus at the D.O. Hall Business Park in Cambridge got a tremendous boost thanks to the generosity of the Cambridge Rotary Club.
A vote on a proposal by Colleen Oess, the club's Foundation Committee chair, to Rotarians at their Wednesday meeting was unanimous in favor of donating $100,000 to the campaign.
The donation results from a $110,000 bequest to the club from Dorotha and Robert Turner. It was without contingencies or specifications where the money would be spent, with the lone exception it would benefit the Cambridge community.
Robert Turner was a Cambridge Rotarian.
"The donation will be paid in $20,000 increments over a five-year period," said Oess.
Projected groundbreaking for the 40,000 square-foot, $4 million facility is 2012, with plans for the college to be operational in 2013. The Zanesville and the current Cambridge campus are at maximum capacity.
For the club's contribution, a classroom in the complex will bear the name of the Cambridge Rotary Club.
Cambridge Rotary President Carla Hutchens said, "The club is pleased to make this significant donation."
Dr. Paul Brown, president of Zane State College, and Pamela Jira, executive director of the Institutional and College Foundation at Zane State, presented the plan for expanding the facility to the club in February.
Brown said the club's donation "showed its commitment to serving the residents of Guernsey and surrounding counties when they made this generous investment in the expanded Cambridge Campus. As a Rotarian myself, I am prouder than I can say to be a part of an organization that is carrying out its mission to put 'Service Above Self,' Rotary's motto. Their donation will help area residents make better lives for themselves and their families, and there is no greater service than that.
"The entire community has embraced and supported this project. We are hoping other clubs and/or organizations will be inspired by Rotary's leadership," he added.
"The Cambridge Rotary Foundation Committee has waited a long time for a worthy project. We feel that Mr. and Mrs. Turner would be proud of our decision," said Oess. "Our investment will help further education, help the community attract jobs and perpetuate Rotary, which will have a far-reaching effect on our community for many years to come."