Eric Marcus joined Rotary in 1988 and for ten years, ate lunch. In 1998 he attended his first Rotary International Convention in Indianapolis and became a “Born Again” Rotarian. This year, he attended his 17th consecutive International Convention in Sydney, Australia. He has been a member of Rotary clubs in Xenia and Beavercreek in Ohio, and in Sydney Australia.
After graduating from the Ohio State University in 1973 with a degree in Biology, Eric began a nearly 30 year career with Domino’s Pizza, starting as a delivery driver in 1972. He managed a store in Columbus, Ohio from 1973-1975, successfully making it one of the top stores world-wide in Domino’s. He came to the Dayton area in 1975 to open his own Domino’s Pizza franchises. His first store opened in Fairborn in the fall of 1975 as was immediately successful. Two years later he founded Western Ohio Pizza in 1977, along with Ted Arnovitz, Eric and Western Ohio Pizza opened and operated Domino’s Pizza stores in Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, New York and Sydney, Australia. Eric lived in Sydney from 1989 to 1990, and while there, belonged to the Ku-Ring-Gai Rotary Club. In 2002, Western Ohio Pizza was sold and Eric retired to make service his life.
Eric began his Rotary career in Xenia, as a member of the Xenia Rotary Club. While belonging to Xenia Rotary, he served as co-Chair of the club Youth Exchange Committee, launching his service to Rotary. He has served on the District 6670 Youth Exchange Committee since 1998, as Short Term Chair, Outbound Chair, Inbound Chair and District Chair. He has also been a vital part of Ohio-Erie multidistrict, serving as its General Chair from 2009-2011. Currently, he is the Administrative Secretary for Ohio-Erie and is serving as its Responsible Officer, interfacing with the US State Department. Eric joined the Beavercreek Rotary Club in 2004 and served as president in 2008-09. He continues to be active in Youth Exchange at Beavercreek, currently serving as the club’s Youth Exchange Officer. He previously served as an Assistant Governor in 2010-11 and 2012-13.
Eric married Lela Riley in 1994 and they will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary on July 4. Eric loves to bowl and is typically found on the lanes three or four nights a week. Bowling is a family affair and on Sunday nights, he and Lela bowl with same couple they have teamed with since 1995. Eric and Lela love to relax at their vacation home at Indian Lake near Bellefontaine. There, fishing and boating are favorite pastimes, along with reading current novels. Eric and his wife, Lela, have five children and five grandchildren. Lela is a Paul Harris fellow and Eric is a multiple Paul Harris fellow.