The Presidents Club of Dayton has announced that Robert W. Mills, Jr. is the 67th recipient of the region’s 2017 Citizen Legion of Honor Award. The award, given every year since 1951, is the oldest, most continuous and prestigious recognition of volunteer servant leadership in the Dayton region.
Bob Mills is founder of both Synergy Building Systems and Mills Development, two of the region’s top construction and land development companies in our area. Through Mr. Mills’ intense work ethic and vision for quality development in and around the I-75 and I-675 corridors, his companies have made a huge impact on the creation of office and residential space for decades.
Mr. Mills has generously served as a volunteer leader on more than a dozen corporate and not-for-profit boards over the last thirty years including Greene Memorial Hospital; the Air Force Museum; Wright State University Foundation; and the Dayton Development Coalition.
Most recently, Bob and his family created the Gala of Hope Foundation and have raised more than $6 million to fight cancer and improve cancer care in our region. Additionally, he and his family worked tirelessly to support Dayton Children’s new patient tower supporting local children’s needs for important healthcare services. “Bob has been an unwavering supporter of Dayton Children’s, giving gifts both personally and from his Gala of Hope Foundation. Bob has set the bar high for philanthropy. His Gala of Hope event was the first in Dayton to raise $1 million”, stated Deborah Feldman, President & CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital.
Bob has been recognized for his leadership by the Dayton Regional STEM School; Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; the American Cancer Society’s Man of the Year; and with the Mathile Community Award.
Mr. Mills has given and done so much for our region and continues to do so through the Gala of Hope Foundation. The community and The Presidents Club of Dayton are honored to recognize Bob Mills at their annual luncheon event on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Dayton Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. through 1:15 p.m.
Sponsorships and tables are available to honor Mr. Mills by contacting Marcia Bostick at 937-226-8225 or emailing at The proceeds from this event go toward the established scholarships at Sinclair Community College for active student volunteer leaders in our community.
Read the Official Press Release HERE
In the News:  Dayton Daily News


In 2015, The Presidents Club of Dayton received a grant from The Schiewetz Foundation to research, write and publish a book highlighting our community’s volunteer history and legacy through the past recipients of the Citizen Legion of Honor award dating back to 1951.
Dayton History, the area’s recognized historical organization, was chosen for the project which included interactive kiosks at both the Dayton Convention Center and Carillon Park.  The book, “Dayton’s Spirit of Community Service and Leadership”, was completed and distribution started in the fall of 2016; including being represented in all of the surrounding libraries in our 9-county region and Library of Congress.
Additional books can be purchased for $30.00 each which includes shipping and handling.  An order form can be accessed by clicking here (order form) for your convenience.
We wish to thank Dayton History for its outstanding work on this project and would especially like to recognize Rick Schwartz of The Schiewetz Foundation for being the visionary behind these historical reference materials.

An organization comprising the presidents, vice-presidents, immediate past-presidents and club representatives of the service and civic clubs of metropolitan Dayton.

"Strength through Unity"

Broad in its concept and unique in its composition, The President Club of Dayton, Ohio, was founded in 1932 by a group of local businessmen who had a genuine interest in the growth of their respective service organizations.  They knew how vital securing and sustaining membership was (and it still is) to the health and well-being of any organization, the encouragement of volunteer community leadership, as well as, the importance of being well informed and making a contribution to your community.  Based on these key elements, The Presidents Club of Dayton came to fruition.

In the Greater Dayton area, The President Club of Dayton is made up of service clubs who have joined either by invitation or by application.


The mission of The Presidents Club of Dayton is to encourage the spirit of servant leadership through active volunteer community service in our region.  The organization celebrates this ideal by conducting celebrations of community volunteerism and sponsoring student scholarships for future community leaders.