Everett Nicklow of Berlin received the Ross F. DiMarco Fellowship recognition during a Berlin Lions dinner at New Hope Church along Route 160 south of Berlin Wednesday evening.
Nicklow, 82, has been involved in the Berlin Lions Club for 55 years — serving as a past president and a member who was instrumental in coordinating blood drives, the food trailer and starting the Leo Club.
Nicklow is best known for teaching career and being an administrator in vocational education and helping to begin the Somerset County Technology Center, which was originally called the Somerset County Vocational Technical School or vo-tech school.
He began teaching vocational agriculture at the Berlin Brothersvalley School District and was succeeded by one of his students, Doyle Paul, who retired from that position after 33 years.
Another one of Nicklow's students, the late David Duppstadt, went on to become superintendent at Meyersdale for several years and later became IU08 executive director. Another one of Nicklow's students, Dalton Paul, who is Doyle Paul's twin brother, went on to be the director of the Franklin County Vocational Technical School. Nicklow's brother, Howard Nicklow, served as the vocational agricultural teacher at Meyersdale for decades.
Nicklow was first graduated from Rockwood Area School District and then from Penn State University in 1952. He later obtained a master's degree in directing of vocational education from Penn State in 1957.
In 1967, his job was to build a vo-tech school in Somerset County and he talked to all the county school boards, getting eight of the 11 to agree to join. The dream became a reality when the school was finished and opened its doors in the Spring 1972. He directed the vocational education of Somerset County for 21 years, beginning as director for the vo-tech school (before it was built) in April 1968 and retiring from there in December 1989.
On a state level, he helped to shape the vocational educational delivery system. Nicklow also helped with educational input throughout the years at the Berlin Community Fair, the Somerset County Fair, the Young Farmers and Adult Education.
He is married to the former Mary Cramer and they have six children: Lucinda Kalp of Friedens; Gloria Wieand of Idaho; Eugene of Somerset; Marianne Lipinski of Frederick, Md.; John of Illinois; and Eric of Somerset. They have 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Much like the Lions Club International Foundation, the DiMarco Foundation is a fundraising tool to raise money for a charitable cause. About eight years ago, Bill Hill, a district governor of the Lions, wanted to recognize Ross DiMarco for his dedication to Lions and developed the Ross F. DiMarco Fellowship Program after the Melvin Jones Program.
Now, the DiMarco Program not only honors the man it is named for (the late Ross DiMarco) but also gives credit to other individuals who have dedicated themselves to the Lions clubs. It is also used to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from the four-county area that comprises District 14-M – Fayette, Greene, Somerset and Washington.
Initially, Lions gave a single $1,000 scholarship but as funds have increased, they now give four $1,000 scholarships annually, one in each of the four counties in District 14-M.