Club News


Jacob Rohal, son of Stephen and Julie Rohal of Stroup Rd Edinburg Township, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. He is a member of Great Trail Council, Boy Scout Troop #573.


Two new members were welcomed to the Association: Robert Gensler, Jr. and Melissa Grondeski, at the April 16 2015 meeting. Other new members joining since January 2015 are Jean C. Watkins and Alex Kish.


It was “business as usual” for the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club on April  13 as the group caught up on community activities and projects under...


This year the hanging baskets will be themed in pink in honor of long time member Faye Carlisle who passed away last December. Hanging baskets are planned to appear along State Routes 88 & 82, and at $55 to $75 per basket, expenses can add up quickly. Anyone interested in contributing to the flower basket fund can make a tax deductible donation by sending their contibution to the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce (Post Office Box 1, Garrettsville, OH 44231). Please be sure write “Flower Baskets” in the memo line of your check.

Pictured above : 1st row - Janice McDaries, Gay Combs, Pam Workman; 2nd row- Penny Culver, Elizabeth Warren, Joyce Caldwell, Dorothy Saltsman, Geneva Staton and Nancy Lance; 3rd row- Sheila McDaniel, Carol Kyle and Nancy Thomas. Not pictured: Charlene McDaniel


Over 300 Prayer Shawl Lapghans have been given to people suffering from illness and many other needs. These shawls and laps have been given locally and mailed throughout the United States and to troops overseas.


he James A. Garfield Historical Society enjoyed three rings of excitement—celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Open House(with potluck dinner) for the public and a slightly irregular monthly meeting for March, held on Tuesday, March 17, rather than on Monday, March 16. All in a good cause.


The March 23 meeting of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club featured the program by Adam Wohlever, District Manager of the Ohio State Parks Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

The fifth grade students of Newton Falls Middle School recently had a guest speaker to discuss the topic of the Underground Railroad. Jean Watkins, was invited by Miss Megan Perrine to speak about this era of history and share her talents for quilting with her social studies classes.


Newton Falls - The fifth grade students of Newton Falls Middle School recently had a guest speaker to discuss the topic of the Underground...

Rotary’s Santa Project was really busy this year and donations resulted in $510 that we were able to pass on to Hallie Higgins and the People Tree.


Garrettsville - It was a buoyant mood at the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club on Monday, March  16 as the group heard from incipient new member,...

Garrettsville resident and historical interpreter/naturalist, Foster Brown, will be appearing at the Portage County Gardeners Center 5154 S. prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio (Rootstown Twp.) April 14 at 1p.m. in the guise of Dr. Wildweed, an old-time herbalist.


Dr. Wildweed emphasizes that, "Every plant has a purpose, and every plant has a story." Using familiar wild plants, he "treats" common illnesses with herbs and humor, and reveals the uniqueness of the plant world. Mr. Brown has been with the Cleveland Metroparks since 1996. He has produced several award-winning children’s music albums revealing the joys of nature, and songs and stories of the early days in Ohio. Mr. Brown’s recordings are available through the Cleveland Metroparks.


The ladies and gentlemen of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club were pleased to host Ms Cheryl Warren, incoming District Governor of District 6630 ( Northeast Ohio) at their recent meeting on March 2. As it was their regular business meeting, their guest was able to get the lowdown on the many local projects and activities that Rotary pursues in the community.

In the photo you see Scott and Trish Snyder receiving a check from club secretary, Diane Harto. They are surrounded by members of the club who are veterans. They are from left to right: Tom Buck, Richard Ball, Hal Hall, Vickie Yendriga, Bill Alexander, Ken Durick, Joe Lansky, and Sam Vechter. In the center are Trish & Scott Snyder and Diane Harto handing over the check.


Kent - On February 17, 2015 the Tree City Carvers, of Kent presented a check for $250.00 to Scott and Trish Snyder of Hero’s...


Newton Twp. - The Newton Township Cemetery Association held its first meeting of 2015 on January 15 at the Newton Township Administration Building. Members...


Reports came in at the February 23, 2015 meeting of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club.  To wit : *Carol Donley told about some of the artistic...


The JAGHS meets regularly on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 in the Mott Building. Meetings are open to the public. New members are welcome. The next meeting will be on March 17, coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Garrettsville.


Chesterland - The Friends are now accepting donations for their annual fall book sale which will take place March 4 – 7, 2015.  Bring...


Burton - The Burton-Middlefield Rotary will be flipping pancakes again this March for the 64th year starting Sunday, March 1st, and continuing every Sunday...


Ravenna - The Edinburg Seambusters 4-H sewing club will be hosting a community service project on Monday February 16th, President’s Day (NO SCHOOL) from...


The Library will be using the monies to buy new books to be housed mainly at the Garrettsville and Windham Libraries. The rest of the libraries that make up the Portage County District are Aurora, Randolph, and Pierce-Streetsboro. The library data base includes Kent and Reed Memorial Libraries to facilitate free exchange of material.


Family Week meetings with James A. Garfield Elementary School principals have been forestalled by snow events but prospects are good for a rejuvenation and re-invigoration of the program, involving more kids and parents.


The plan for benches to be placed along the Headwaters Trail, involving Eagle Scout projects and grant money being made available through Rotary District 6630 and donations focused on reviving and rebuilding in the village is still taking shape but it’s in good shape.


The Mantua Village Garden Club will hold its final meeting for 2014 on Monday, Dec.8, at Christ Lutheran Church, on Main St., in the village. The festivities will start at noon with a catered luncheon, then short business meeting to wrap up the year, and induction of the 2015 officers. The rest of the gathering will be spent making merry and holding a White Elephant auction to benefit the 4-Cs! If you're interested in finding out more about our club, and enjoying some holiday fun, please come and join us for a fun-filled afternoon.


The quilt, named "Village Square", was machine pieced and quilted by the quilt guild members. It was displayed in "A Thyme To Blossom", the home owned by Earl and Bonnie Kissell, which was featured in the 2014 Garrettsville Christmas Walk.


Garrettsville - The November 17 meeting of the James A. Garfield Historical Society at the Mott Building was held amid falling temperatures and discussion...


Garrettsville - The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram discussed and applauded a number of topics at their recent meeting on November 24, 2014.  Items presented...


The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3332, Newton Falls, is gathering names of active duty or deployed military personnel in order to send them holiday care packages. All names and addresses must be submitted by Nov. 30th so the boxes can reach them in time for the holidays. Please call the Post Canteen at 330-872-7318 and leave a message with the name and address for Kelly Brasko or send the information via email at


Garrettsville - Amy Crawford, of Business Works on Main Street in Garrettsville, was the featured member at the November 17th meeting of the Garrettsville-Hiram...


Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce People Tree program is making plans for this Christmas season. We need your support so we can provide help...


The Kiwanis Club of Newton Falls would like to thank all the bright-eyed, spooky-eyed, and eager participants, helpers, contributors, and sponsors in our 89h annual cake walk and costume contest. Finally, a Cake Walk with good weather!


The five lucky ticket-holders got together and decided to split the very substantial purse of $2000, giving every one of them an additional reason to be thankful during the upcoming holiday season.


The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will hold their annual Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday December 2, 2014. The event will be held at St. Denis Party Center at 10660 Chardon Rd, Chardon, Ohio 44024.


The Community Christmas Tree project was part of the meeting’s discussion. The tree is to be located downtown at the former Chic and Shabby/Root Store corner, donated by Dane Horvath of Horvath Landscaping. Tom Collins will be providing lights and community members will be invited to bring (non-breakable) ornaments to decorate the tree. On Saturday, November 8th and Saturday, November 15th, Santa’s sleigh will be on-site, as will Santa, from 12:00 to 4:00. At that time, donations to the People Tree or the Community Cupboard will be received—food items, a toy or cash donations. Possibility of photo opportunity as well. On the 8th and the 22nd , District 6630 Rotarians are invited to a Cash Mob/Flash Mob in the village, Sam Bixler and his horses and wagon will be delighting passengers about town and the Spirit will be in the air.


Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians were gratified to meet some of the eighth grade Power of the Pen team members from James A. Garfield Middle School and...


Tom Collins reported on the progress –and success—of a local re-imagine and rebuild Garrettsville project focusing on the Headwaters Trail as a development focus for health and well-being as well as the local economy. The District (6630) and local clubs have chimed in for matching funds; plans are in the works!


Twentieth Century Club met Thursday October 2 at the Garrettsville Library with Lucy Galadye as hostess. Members were asked to bring a sample of something...


Columbus Day reduced the ranks of   Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians but the Rotary spirit carried on.  Discussions covered the following topics : *Dictionaries are here to...


You can help make a difference, too. Gather a group of family or friends and make plans to help DMRC support Mantua on Saturday, October 25th. For more information on this program, contact Greg at (330) 274-0218 or, or visit and search for the ‘Mantua Means More!’ project.


Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary continues “full speed ahead” toward the big fall event, the Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction coming up at Sugar Bush Golf Club in November. Sponsors and donors are still welcome; attendees from across the community can begin lining up their tickets now. See any Rotary member. It’s an enjoyable evening with friends, old and new, and great food. Don’t miss it.


Newton Falls - On September 20th a banquet was held at the Newton Falls VFW Post 3332 to honor past Commanders & past Presidents....


Garrettsville - Fourteen members and guests of the James A. Garfield Historical Society met on September 25 at the historic Mott Building, Main Street,...


Ravenna - This is definitely the hands-on workshop you’ve been dreaming of. With a few basics, you’ll making candies to take home with you...


Mantua - The Mantua Historical Society met on August 18th and were enlightened and entertained by Roger Hammel; he gave us the history of...


The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club began and ended with the Four-Way Test this past week.  Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned? ...


Have you ever heard of local sites like Forty Foot Falls, Dingle Dell and Jeddo Station? On Sunday, September 21st, you’re invited to take...


Attention area singers!


Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians were treated to a surfeit of riches in the area of interesting and relevant speakers  at their meeting on August 18, 2014. They...


Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club members wished their local Rotary Student Exchange participant, Rachel Schwan, good luck and Godspeed on her adventure in Thailand for the coming school year. They also welcomed visitor Skip Schweitzer, columnist for The Villager.


Garrettsville - Rodger Pettit was a visitor and, unexpectedly, the program for the evening at the July 21, 2014 meeting of the James A....


The MVGC will meet on Monday, August 4, at noon.  At this meeting, Judy Novak-Hrdy, Master Gardener, will be showing us several examples of...


Busy time for the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club at their meeting on July 28, 2014 at Cal’s II.  The monthly list of program responsibility was...