Whitestone CEO & President Inducted Into Executive Order of the Ohio Commodore
This week, The Whitestone Group, Inc. President and CEO, John D. Clark, Sr., was inducted into the Executive Order of the Ohio Commodores. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (left) and Grand Commodore William Morgan (right) presented the certificate at the Association of Ohio Commodores‘ annual summer induction dinner and breakfast meeting, held in Cincinnati at The Westin, on June 28 and 29, 2009.
The certificate reads:
Whereas, this citizen, by actions and accomplishments, has exemplified devotion to duty and honor in the true tradition of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry; and
Whereas, this citizen has displayed outstanding courage of conviction and determination of action in upholding the true historical legacy of Commodore Perry; and
Whereas, this citizen has, by words, deeds, and accomplishments, showered dignity and honor on the State of Ohio and has given unselfishly of his time, ability and leadership; and
Whereas, this distinguished citizen, through eternal devotion, has secured for the State of Ohio an even stronger measure of world leadership and etched deeper the name “Ohio” in the hallowed pages of history; and
Whereas, this honored citizen has further pledged continuing and undivided service, loyalty, and allegiance to the State of Ohio and to her citizens’ well-being,
John D. Clark, Sr.
is appointed to The Executive Order of The Ohio Commodore, and shall hereafter be entitled to all of the honors and privileges inherent in this exalted rank. In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and caused the Great Seal of the State of Ohio to be affixed, at Columbus, this twenty-eighth day of June, in the Year of Our Lord, two thousand and nine.
Founded by Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes in 1966 during a ceremony at the Perry Monument at Put-In Bay, the Association of Ohio Commodores has been in existence for over 46 years. Named for the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, Governor Rhodes established the Executive Order of the Ohio Commodores (which encompasses membership in the Association) to honor 60 Ohio businessmen who accompanied him on Ohio’s first international trade mission. Since then, over 300 men and women have been appointed to the Executive Order of the Ohio Commodore as recognition of their contributions to economic development in their communities, and to the State of Ohio.