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Rotary Honors Supers with Awards

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | Apr 14, 2021

At Wednesdays Rotary meeting in New Martinsville, the local club honored Edward Toman, Superintenent of Wetzel County Schools for outstanding service in five avenues of service. Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service, and Youth Service.

Speakers for the event including included Paden City Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Bob Burton, Longtime Wetzel County Educator Warren Grace , and John Charles Mensore, President of the New Martinsville Rotary.

The five avenues of service are seperate awards, but each one is important to the community, and Mr Toman has demonstrated and excelled in all five avenues.

Club Service includes helping the Rotary operate, doing business the right way, and implementing programs to benefit the community, among other things. Quoting Mr. Mensore, “Ed is a real person and one of the most reliable people he has ever met. He is always looking out for the kids in Wetzel County Schools.

Ed, along with Warren Grace, was instrumental in opening the Vacational School in Wetzel County to allow students with interests, other than attending college, to pursue their goals in trade school.

Prior to the Vocational School in Wetzel County, students were forced to travel to St Marys to attend the MOVTI, which for kids at Hundred and Valley meant very long bus rides. Another contribution from Ed was changing the 529 Plan to allow monies being saved for college to transfer and also be used for Vocational Schooling.

Ed is very involved in his community. Bob Burton stated, “If Ed sees a problem, he fixes it and sometimes that makes people angry.”

Ed made sure he was always present for sporting events, school events, community events, and anything else that pertained to the students. “He was everywhere,” said Warren Grace.

For the International Service award the Rotary honored Toman for his work in bringing the Jason Argonauts Program to Wetzel County Schools which allowed some Wetzel County Students to travel, study and learn internationally.

As far as Youth Service, it was noted that Ed is probably the only Superintendent in the State that makes his cell phone number available to students so they can stay in touch and offer ideas to better the school system and express concerns.

As part of the service awards, Ed was presented with a plague for his outstanding service from Rotarian Dave Tallman, Head Basketball Coach at Magnolia and was ‘PINNED’ into the local membership by the Rotary. He was also presented a framed copy of his membership along with a Rotary 4-Way Test Coin.

The Rotary expressed appreciation to Toman for his unselfish dedication to Wetzel County Schools, it’s communities and especially the students.