WEST LAFAYETTE -- Dan Markley was recognized by Rotary District 6690 for his outstanding service to the community of West Lafayette and Coshocton County at the Rotary District conference in May at Columbus. This Rotary Community and Family Service Award was officially presented to Markley at a recent Rotary meeting by the outgoing West Lafayette President Catherine Miller. This honor is bestowed upon only a select few members that distinguished themselves in many areas in the life of the community.
Markley is a member of the West Lafayette Chamber of Commerce for 40 years. He has contributed his time for years in support of the numerous Chamber activities, especially the annual Hometown Festival. His chairmanship of the parade for 25 years was a long-standing commitment. He and his wife schedule all of the cashiers for the two-day activity. The West Lafayette Rotary Club has been privileged to have Markley chair the float committee for many years with the club winning Grand Prize numerous times. The Rotary prize-winning float in 2011 also won first place in the non-commercial division at the Coshocton County Canal Days Parade.
Markley as inducted into the Ridgewood School District Wall of Fame for his outstanding community service. This is an honor that is bestowed upon only the community's best. Before his own induction, Markley serviced as a volunteer on the Wall of Fame Committee.
Markley serves as the curator of the museum in West Lafayette. This museum houses many nostalgic items that represent West Lafayette's past, which includes a display of the former Moore Enameling and Jones Metal Company's enamelware that was manufactured in West Lafayette. Many pictures, including the streets of West Lafayette with the many businesses of yester years, pictures of graduating classes from the West Lafayette High School, trophies, and other numerous items such as documents from the 1950 troop train accident and of the West Lafayette College, are all housed at the Dale Gress Real Estate building, 316 Main St., West Lafayette.
Coshocton County has also received many benefits from his volunteerism. Markley was recognized for his outstanding support of local fairs during the ceremonies at the 87th Ohio Fair Managers Associations' Annual Convention in 2012. Markley has been a member of the Coshocton County Fair Board for 10 years and served as superintendent of the art hall. Markely was also responsible for researching, compiling and writing the book about 150 years of the Coshocton County Fair: 1851-2001 as a part of the fair's Sesquicentennial.
In addition to all of this volunteerism, Markley is an active member of the West Lafayette First Baptist Church, served as a 4-H advisor for 20 years, is the key leader for the Coshocton County 4-H photography projects, and serves as chairman of the West Lafayette Community Scholarship Program.
As a 35-year member of the Rotary Club of West Lafayette, Markley and his wife continue to organize the very successful health fair conducted for the community in the spring and fall of each year. As a couple, they always plan an excellent Valentine's Day event for the Rotary members and their spouses. He and his wife organize the Halloween and Christmas parties that the club sponsors for the local Care Center.
The West Lafayette Rotary Club is honored to have one of their members received such a distinguished award.