The Northeastern Ohio Tennis Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes, more specifically to promote the growth of tennis, service to the community and education.
NOTICE: Ronald Gander, 84, passed away peacefully on August 29, 2019. The family will receive friends on Friday, Sept. 20th, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Anthony Funeral Home McGowan-Reid & Santos Chapel, 247 Stow Ave. (at Third Street, one block north of Portage Trail) in Cuyahoga Falls. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 12 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Northlawn Memorial Gardens in Cuyahoga Falls. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ron's memory to the Carol Gander Scholarship Fund 30799 Pinetree Rd., Suite 307 Pepper Pike, OH 44124-5903.
Board of Directors:
Dale Hartwig, Chair (President) / Web
Jackie Maynard - Vice-chair (VP) -
Robbin Garcia, Treasurer
Honorary Board of Directors: (Nonvoting members:)
Diane McNeil, deceased
Carol Gander, deceased
Ron Gander, former executive director, deceased
Michael Sandercock, retired director/chairperson
|Sharon Miles, Chair|
|Robbin Garcia, Chair|
|Mike Sandercock, Chair|
This fellowship was established in November 2013 by the Northeastern Ohio Tennis Foundation to recognize students that have made a significant impact in the lives of others through community or volunteer service. These Fellowships will provide graduating seniors and/or those that have graduated within 180 days prior to the deadline.
This fellowship aims to continue Executive Director, Carol Gander’s legacy of distinguished public service. The fellowship, up to $1,000 can be used to pursue advancement in the recipients chosen careers.
Mrs. Gander realized that not all seniors planned to attend college upon graduation, therefore college attendance is not a requirement of this fellowship. She felt everyone could be a point of light for others. It was her belief that life experiences both broaden and strengthen our personal character. This fellowship is designed to thank you for helping others.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
You will be required to upload a picture of yourself, along with two essays that are described below.
Deadlines: January 31 and July 31
Fellowships will be conferred in late February and August
*those that have graduated within 180 days prior to the deadline*
Carol Gander: She was born in Canton, Ohio and was a library technician with the Akron Public School System at Seiberling Elementary School in Akron, retiring after 25 years of service. She most recently was the executive director of the Northeastern Ohio Tennis Association for 11 1/2 years.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Helen (Green) Wike; daughter-in-law, Joni Gander; brother, Courtney Wike; and sister, Donna Wike. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ronald A.; son, Brett; daughters, Ronna (Randy) Smith and Sandy (Bob) Heffelman; sister, Lucille (Donald) Stone; grandchildren, Jessica (Derek) Angeloni, Kevin (Christina) Lord, Rob (Emily) Heffelman, Kristin Heffelman, Zac (Lauren Norfolk) Mullenix, Madison and Mikayla Gander; and great-grandchildren, Tristen Mullenix and Harper Lord.
Ron Gillian: age 67. As a member of the NEOTA he served on many committees including the Ranking & Seeding Committee of which he was chairman. His true passion was officiating. He was a certified ITA official and had officiated at USTA Tournaments at different levels and college conference championships including Mid American, Atlantic 10, Conference USA, and Big 10 conferences. In 2002 he was awarded the Herb Nold Award by the NEOTA.
Russell Hartwig: father to Dale Hartwig (NEOTA board member [retired], NEOATL District League Coordinator [1997-2016]), NEOTA interium Executive Director (2013). Born June 13, 1925, died on November 26, 2003 at 78 years old. He lived in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
Herb LaTuchie: Owner of LaTuchie Tennis Center, and an avid tennis nut!
Diane McNeal: NEOTA board member, tennis professional.
Tom Seikel: tennis professional.
Dan Miler: USTA/Midwest Hall of Famer, 98, of Mentor passed away March 14, 2015 at Fairmount Health Center in Willoughby. He was born September 26, 1916 and grew up in Cleveland Heights, OH. After earning his college degrees, Dan joined the Navy and became the Commanding Officer of a Landing Craft Infantry ship. He made six trips carrying troops across the English Channel on D-Day.
Ronald Gander: 84, passed away peacefully on August 29, 2019. Born in Youngstown on February 10, 1935 to the late Clifford and Thelma Gander, Ron was a graduate of Rayen High School, and went on to attend Kent State University. He worked in sales his entire career. Ron was a member of the Cuyahoga Falls Jay-cees, the National Rifle Association, the Oktoberfest Committee, was an integral part of the Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Rec Youth Tennis Program, as well as the Parks and Rec High School boys Basketball League. He was a tennis coach at Cuyahoga Falls High School and Walsh Jesuit High School. He was a USTA official and Past-President of the Northeast Ohio Tennis Association. In addition to his parents; Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; sister, Betty Rae Ziegler and daughter-in law, Joni Gander. He is survived by his children, Ronna (Randy) Smith, Sandy (Bob) Heffelman, and Brett (Kathy Boxler) Gander; brother, Charles Gander; grandchildren, Jessica (Derek) Angeloni, Zac (Jenn) Mullenix, Kevin (Christina) Lord, Rob (Emily) Heffelman, Kristin Heffelman, Madison Gander, Mikayla Gander, and Brydon Boxler; 11 great-grandchildren