Buckeye Boys State delegates urged to be leaders PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Sunday, 16 June 2013 12:15
Graduates of the Buckeye Boys State program place their arms around each other at the close of the graduation ceremony held in the Stroh Center at BGSU Sunday morning. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
When Bob Oehlers was selected to be a Buckeye Boys State delegate in 1984, he admits he knew little about the program.
Decades later, reflecting on his time at Buckeye Boys State and as a Boys Nation delegate, he realized how life-changing the experiences were.
"Attending Buckeye Boys State and being able to represent Ohio at Boys Nation were turning points in my life," Oehlers told Boys State delegates and their families during closing ceremonies Sunday.
Following his time at Boys State, Oehlers, of Maumee, went on to attend West Point where he played baseball and graduated in 1989. He also had the opportunity to meet former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and served six years as an active duty officer in the U.S. Army. He later earned a master's degree in business administration and now works for OmniSource Corporation.
"I know my life story hasn't made headlines and, up until a few minutes ago, most of you didn't know who I was," he said.
"I am OK with the fact that I am not a newsmaker or celebrity."
He sought to instill the same message on the delegates and called on them to serve their country in some way, be it through the armed forces, political office or as a community leader.
Oehlers reminded the Boys Staters they were selected as delegates because they had proven leadership qualities.
"Your opportunities are only limited by your imagination and work ethic," he said.
"I am 46 years old right now and I wish I was back in your seats. You have such a bright future ahead of you," Oehlers said. "Keep America strong."
Also during Sunday's closing ceremony, Richard Zulch, of Jerry City, was honored for serving as President of the Buckeye Boys State Board of Trustees over the past year
Zulch, a 16-year member of the Boys State staff, has served the American Legion in a number of local, state and national positions.
"But to me, getting to be president of Buckeye Boys State is the highlight, and I mean that, of my American Legion career," Zulch told the crowd.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 09:31

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