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Another Hershey takes the helm at Rotary

July 20, 1997

By SAMANTHA KRULEWITZ

Staff Writer

Lifetime Hagerstown resident John R. Hershey III is part of a Hagerstown Rotary Club family tradition. On July 1, Hershey became the sixth member of his family to be president of the club.

Hershey also is the youngest president that the Hagerstown Rotary Club has ever had, said Frank Erck, a member who looked through the club's recorded history.

Hershey, 33, is a 1981 North Hagerstown High School graduate. He received his bachelor's degree in finance from Lehigh University in 1985. He interned on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for a summer and moved back to Hagerstown in the fall of 1985.

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Since then, Hershey, a stockbroker with Ferris Baker Watts Inc., has been heavily involved in community activities, including the Washington County Economic Development Commission, Hagerstown Jaycees, Hospice of Washington County, Trinity Lutheran Church, Washington County Free Library, San Mar Children's Home, Chamber of Commerce, Greater Hagerstown Committee and all of Rotary's fund-raising activities.

He was sponsored to be a member of Rotary by his father, John R. "Jack" Hershey Jr., in June 1986.

"They are a good, quality group of business people and I wanted to be associated with them," he said about why he joined the club. "It is a good opportunity to meet community business leaders."

Hershey was chosen last year by Derek Hamilton, of Hamilton Cadillac, to be his vice president. In the club, that automatically meant he would be president this year. He has chosen Dan Schukraft of Hartford Insurance to be his vice president.

"There has been a lot of transition in Rotary for the past five years. A lot of members coming in are fairly young, between 30 and 45," he said. "The leadership has tilted toward younger members because they are excited and hard workers."

Hershey said he will continue to reach the Rotary Club goals, but he will add financially and socially preventing drug use and drug related crime in the community.

"I'm excited about it (being president). It's something that I knew would be a lot of work," he said. "I'm going to continue to do things like the group has, I'm just going to add things I think are important."

Jack Hershey, 72, said he and his wife Mary are very proud that their son has achieved the top position in the club.

"I think it's great, great, great," he said. "It's the continuation of a wonderful family tradition going back to 1923. It's a matter of great personal pride that he's been highly successful in the business world."

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