A native of Oak Harbor, John was a proud, active and much loved member of his community throughout his life. His business interests were wide and varied, and he was a leader in civic and community affairs for which he was deeply respected. Among his legion of activities, to name a few, were eight years as Island County Commissioner, twelve years as Washington Park Director, and the Navy League. John always retained a youthful quality, reflected in the fact that (unknown to many Rotarians) he was the announcer at all of the Oak Harbor home football games for some forty years. It was not surprising that in 1964 he was named Oak Harbor Citizen of the Year.


John was also an irrepressibly dedicated Rotarian. A charter member of the Oak Harbor Club, he had achieved 44 years of perfect attendance at the time of his untimely passing in 1980 at the age of 68. Few faces have been more familiar in Rotary Clubs around the world than that of John Vanderzicht. John was President of the Oak Harbor Club in 1941-42, District Governor in 1968-69 and served over the years on a number of Rotary International Committees, and as President's representative at conferences in other Districts. In 1978 he served as leader of District 504's Group Study Exchange to England.

In 1975 his fellow Rotarians made him a Paul Harris Fellow, a truly deserved honor for a great, warm-hearted Rotarian who will long be remembered.