The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club welcomed several guests at the July 21 meeting at Cal’s II—Erin Koon and Jessica McKnight from Huntington Bank, sitting in for Tanay Hill, Evelyn West, local delegate to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) and her mother, Sandy West. The club also welcomed the return of Kim Kohli after an inactive period.
Items of business included dues invoices, discovery of stored materials long thought to have disappeared, a reminder that the by-laws should be reviewed, the upcoming “Rotary Night” with the Cleveland Indians on August 1—special ticket prices, activities for the whole family and fireworks(See a Rotarian to get in on the fun), annual Steak Fry on August 11 at 6:30, recently ordered, redesigned flags and pens for Exchange Student Rachel Schwan to take with her to Thailand, a Mrs. Santa suit may be available for the traditional Rotary Santa gift delivery (It’s never too early to be thinking about these things. There’s no costume shop at the North Pole), Tom Collins has met with Steve Zabor of the Mantua-Shalersville Rotary Club, past District 6630 Governor, to discuss a possible co-operative project dealing with the Headwaters Bike and Hike Trail and application for a Rotary grant—more discussion planned—deadline approaching, possibility exists for incorporating Eagle Scout projects into the overall picture. Jim Irwin brought in some historical documents, old Garrettsville Journals among them, for perusal and enlightenment.
Evelyn West described her experience at RYLA as a “fantastic experience.” This included interacting with over forty other award-winners from all over District 6630 in both co-operative and competitive experiences, an “eye-opener “ of a mixer to start getting acquainted and plenty of fun. Some of the activities were, basically, unstructured challenges to creativity and organizational skills, like the talent show which turned into a sort of wing-nut TV format. Others hinged on a craziness car-wash enterprise called “Swooosh”. And “Fish” was about making work fun, entertainment as a motivating force , and “make your own” attitude to make your day…or anyone else’s day. One of the speakers who made a very positive impression was Bob Dean, the Hiram College women’s soccer team coach. Evelyn will, no doubt, be putting to use the many skills and insights she has acquired to make her senior year a great success.
Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary meets at noon on Mondays at Cal’s II in Sky Plaza. You’re invited .