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Membership Spotlight: Pete Barnhart

Sunday, October 17, 2021 By: Paul J. Cynkar
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This is another in a series of member profiles based on discovery interviews that were designed to get an up close view of the traits and strengths of some of the members who provide leadership to this organization.
Membership Spotlight: Pete Barnhart
Active, Accomplished, Altruistic

Tell me about yourself.  Give me three facts that include information about your family, your career and your pastimes.
Judy Barnhart and I have been married for 28 years (this came after both of us had been married to somebody else for 26 years.)  We have a blended family of five daughters and ten granddaughters. I retired in 1993 from the US Air Force and Air National Guard (Ohio) after 27 years as a Lt. Colonel. In 2006, I retired as a Senior Vice President from the former National City Bank (now known as PNC Bank). I enjoy golf, tennis, swimming, and travel.

How long have you belonged to Rotary?  What’s the best thing about membership?
I joined the Dublin/Worthington Rotary Club in 1985 which is 36 years ago. I have always and continue to enjoy the camaraderie of all of our members. 

As you look back on your life and your career, where and when did you have the biggest impact on others?  Who was impacted and how?
I was the founder and head of Central Ohio Private Banking at BancOhio. Our department had a major impact for hundreds of upscale clients.

As you look back, which of the opportunities you’ve had has been the most fulfilling to you personally?  Why?

Marrying Judy Waymire in 1993!  The best way to describe it is that two good friends joined together in marriage.

Describe the most challenging project you’ve ever worked on.  What was your role?  What was the result? What did you learn?
The biggest challenges were the actual and practice alerts that occurred while I was stationed at Hahn Air Base in central Germany. My role (a secondary assignment) was as Deputy Commander of the Command Post back room (Support). The result was increased and intensive readiness. That’s where I learned teamwork. 

What are some things you are passionate about?  What really excites you? What gets your adrenalin flowing?  What makes your heart sing?
Travel. I love going to new sites. I fondly remember traveling with Judy to all seven continents in our first 24 years of marriage. 

What are you especially skilled at?  What is something that others often tell you that they think makes you stand out?
Leadership. Participating in a group to accomplish a common goal.

When you have a moment to sit back and think (dream) about your future, what do you think about?  What things would you like to do in your life that you haven’t gotten around to yet?  Is there something else you would like to accomplish?
Volunteering at my Worthington and Sarasota churches, at our Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club and at my Sarasota Southside Rotary Club, at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, at Beta Theta Pi General Fraternity, at the Forever Alpha Company at Oxford, Ohio. 

If you could choose anyone (alive or deceased) to have lunch with, who would it be? Why?
Ernest Hemingway and President (General) Dwight D. Eisenhower. I would like to discuss their unique approaches to solving situations they encountered. 

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