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Dublin Independence Day Grand Marshal

Rozanski had a role in major issues that shaped Dublin

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Jan Rozanski has left a mark on Dublin.

As a member of Dublin City Council from 1986 to 1993, Rozanski was involved in establishing the Dublin Community Recreation Center, the Dublin Chiller and the city's Art in Public Places program, and he'll be honored for those accomplishments and more as the 2014 Independence Day Grand Marshal.

"I was shocked when I got the call," Rozanski said of learning of the honor.

"I had no clue, no idea," he said. "I didn't believe the mayor when he first said it.

"I'm really honored. There are so many people that contribute to this town. To be considered is a real honor and being selected was another surprise."

As grand marshal, Rozanski will lead Dublin's Independence Day parade at 11 a.m., judge floats and judge the table decorating contest at the evening concert.

Rozanski, who is currently a senior building inspector for Dublin, began his service to the city with a seat on the board of zoning appeals.

He fell into the position in city government, however, after his wife secretly applied for him to become a member of the board of zoning appeals.

"I was flattered and I thoroughly enjoyed being on it," Rozanski said. "I got to know the city better."

After seeing his work on the BZA, a few neighbors got together a petition, campaign information and a $500 campaign donation, to convince Rozanski to run for a Dublin City Council seat.

"How do you say 'no' to that?" Rozanski asked. "I ran and I won."

During his time on council, Rozanski served as mayor for four years, and was involved in passing a bond issue to build the Dublin Community Recreation Center and he helped bring the Chiller Ice Rink to Dublin.

While Rozanski was on council, the city's bed tax was also approved and council committed 25 percent of the funds it collected to go to the Art in Public Places program.

"Those are some of the accomplishments I'm proud to have been involved in," Rozanski said. "It's great to live in a community that's growing and developing and even greater to be part of it."

But Rozanski's public service doesn't end there; he coached soccer for the Dublin Soccer League and said on the league's board.

"I had three boys who were very athletic in soccer, football and baseball," he said. "I helped coach and referee."

Before his service in Dublin, Rozanski served his country in the Army and was stationed along the Czechoslovakian border in Germany during the Vietnam War.

Being in the military is something of a family tradition for the Rozanskis.

Rozanski's father was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed by the Japanese and served in the Pacific throughout the war.

Rozanski's sons joined the military as well; Alex joined the Marines and Nick was serving with the Ohio Army National Guard in Afghanistan in 2012 when he was killed in action.

"Alex, my youngest, was always proud of his grandfather and joined the Marines," Rozanski said. "And my oldest son, Nick, was so proud of his younger brother, he decided to join.

"He thought it was the family thing to do," Rozanski said.

"He ended up as an instructor at the officer candidate training school at Rickenbacker and had a lot of influence on young officers."

With two sons, one stepson and nine grandchildren, it's difficult to get everyone in one place, but that will happen when Rozanski is honored as the grand marshal next month.

"I'm just so pleased and happy that all the kids will be there," he said.

"There will be 18 of us. I'm looking forward to all of us getting together because it doesn't happen often that we're all in one place at one time."

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