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Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are moving on from their successful Family Week activity to support for Rachel Schwan, our local International Student Exchange adventurer for the coming year.  With the very helpful  encouragement and mentorship of Carol Donley, Rachel is looking at the likelihood of spending the 2014-2015 school year in Thailand.  Part of the requirement for this is locating three local families willing to participate as hosts for a possible incoming exchange student coming from who-knows-where.  The Collins family, the Brown family and the Schwan family have stepped forward and it’s all systems GO so far.  Any other families who would like to launch into this adventure at some future date should contact a Rotarian and cross their fingers.
G-H Rotary also would like to endorse the upcoming Portage Parks District levy to be on the May ballot.  This would give a solid financial foundation to the district and enable it to provide more outdoor experiences for everyone, as well as maintaining the current holdings for greater use and access at a cost of  less than $20 per year for most taxpayers with a $100,000 home.  It’s a bargain, with great possibilities for families and organizations  across the county.
Members affirmed their support for the Hiram “Shop With A Cop” program.  Tom Collins attended a Repair America : Protect, Produce, Prosper—Good Job/Green Job conference in Washington, D.C. and will be a future program.
New members are always welcome—Monday evenings, 5:30-7:00, Hiram College Dining Hall

The Mantua Village Garden Club will be resuming its meetings for the upcoming 2014 gardening season.  MVGC is one of the oldest established organizations in town, which was founded in 1935.  The first meeting of the year will be held at noon, at the home of president, Lea Lazar.  Members will enjoy a pot luck luncheon, to kick things off, a short business meeting, and then discuss the upcoming programs that the officers have put in place.  Members will be asked to share their most valuable garden tip, and bring their favorite veggie recipe.  The MVGC welcomes new members, so feel free to come and join us, on March 3, to see if it might be an organization that is right for you. For more information please contact Lea Lazar at (330)274-0614, or Diane Lottig at (330)274-2868.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are focusing on their next community outreach project, the Four-Way Speech Contest.  The premise of the competition is that the speakers are to choose a social, moral and/or ethical problem that they feel strongly about and have personal knowledge about. This confrontation should be bearing in mind the quartet of principles that give the contest its name.  These are : Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build good will and better friendships?  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?  A pretty tall order, yes?  

Garrettsville – Spring is right around the corner, probably buried in a snowdrift but it is coming nevertheless.
One of the first signs of spring is the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Grab your friends and neighbors, and follow the road to Garrettsville Monday, March 17th for a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day you won’t forget. The restaurants and shops of Garrettsville know how to celebrate, and will be kicking off the morning with a variety of great fare. Whether you’re looking to start off the morning with a hearty breakfast, and a beer; or simply perusing historic Garrettsville’s shops there will be plenty of options to choose from. Corned beef and cabbage will be on many menus throughout the village. Family entertainment includes The Kindred Spirits, carriage rides (weather permitting), and balloon art by Jason Adkins; and will be scheduled from 5:00pm–8:00pm.


Start sorting through the garage…the Garrettsville Area Chamber’s 21st Annual Community Yard Sale is slated for May 17 & 18, 2014, beginning at 9am until 4pm. So start cleaning out the closets and get ready to make some cash on those unused and unwanted items lying around. Remember, what might be considered trash by some could be another’s treasure. This annual event is not limited to village residents, Windham, Hiram, Nelson, Freedom residents are encouraged to participate as well.  Even if someone lives outside the immediate area, they can participate by registering for a space at Sky Lanes Bowling Alley the Freedom Township Park (an additional charge may apply for these spaces).

Looking ahead to the start of summer, Garrettsville’s first summer Cruise Night is scheduled for May 24th (Rain date: May 25th). Be a part of the crowd and take a stroll down Garrettsville’s Main Street while checking out tons of great classic cars.

For a complete list of Chamber events or to check out many of the areas offerings visit GarrettsvilleArea.com

Mantua – Refuse to COOK and attend “The BEST CHILI COOK-OFF EVER”.  It starts Thursday, February 27th from 5-7 pm, in the decorated Crestwood HS cafeteria. The proceeds will assist the Rotary Club of Mantuas to fund 2014 Scholarships and Awards for Crestwood students!  The Mantua Rotary Club has supported the academic and service achievements of our Crestwood students for decades. The awarded amounts given to Crestwood students in the last ten years have exceeded $40,000!  To expand the relationship between Crestwood Schools, the Rotary Club is offering the 1st Annual “Serve It Up” Chili Cook Off.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians met on February 3, 20014 to look back with pride and a sense of accomplishment  on the 2014 incarnation of Family Week and its culmination in Family Fun Day ( see last week’s Villager) and to move on to planning a bigger and better event for next year.  Book the Balloon Man!

The Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville met on February 6, 2014 in the Garrettsville branch of the Portage County District Library as part of the theme for the year, Through the Year with Dewey (Dewey Decimal System, that is).  The roll call was answered by proposing what members felt would be fine new inventions for the betterment of everyday life and worldwide problems.

Garrettsville – Out of 51 participants, these sharpshooters had the most baskets made. Anthony DeNigris hit 13 out of a possible 15 in this age group, while Derek Miller, Billy Criblez and Sam Biltz all made 12 out of 15/ in their tie breaker round, Derek came in first place, making 4 out of a possible 5 shots. It took 3 tie breakers rounds between Billy Criblez and Sam Biltz to determine who got second place; it was Billy Criblez. This year the contests were open to 9-year-olds.

Well, THAT was Fun!

Garrettsville- Hiram Rotary’s annual Family Week ended with a bang, as all—or a lot, anyway—of  the folks who had been cooped up by the weather  for longer than  had been the case for quite a while came out to do a whole raft of things  on Saturday, February 1.  There was something for everybody.  

Hiram - After an unexpectedly long Christmas break, the members of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary met in the Dining Hall at Hiram College on January 13 to get moving on upcoming events and programs.

Members were happy and proud to hear that Rachel Schwan has been selected for participation in the Rotary International Student Exchange program  for the 2014-2015 school year.  Her exact destination will be the subject of a later announcement.  Preparations are under way.  Adventure!

Geauga County - The Geauga County Retired Teachers’ Association will hold its next luncheon gathering on Tuesday February 4th, 2014 at The Pilgrim Christian Church at 202 South Hambden Street on the Chardon Square.

Attendees should arrive at 11:15 a.m. The business meeting will begin at 11:30 followed by lunch at noon. Chicken casserole, salad, rolls, beverages and dessert will be served. Linda Pentilla from the Chardon Schools will present a program on ‘How to develop an energy awareness’.

Reservations for attending this luncheon are required by Thursday, January 30th. Please make your $11.00 check out to GCRTA and mail it to: Judy Miller, 17130 Kinsman Rd. Middlefield, OH 44062 (phone: 440-487-4324). The cost of the event includes a $1 donation to the Grant-in-Aid Fund.

The association welcomes any person who was employed by a school district anywhere in the United States. For more information regarding membership, please contact Jean Paine at 440-286-4992.

Please remember to bring canned goods or paper products for the Geauga County Hunger Task Force.

For those attendees who need a ride from Geauga Transit, call 440-285-2222 or 440-564-7131 ext. 5160 to schedule transportation a week in advance.


Mantua – Crestwood area boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2014 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.  This is a fun, free activity for area youth to compete in a Free Throw (foul shot) competition for best of fifteen consecutive shots.  The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually where winners have the chance to progress through local, district, regional, state and possibly international competition levels.  Our 2013 event was a huge success with more than 344,000 sharpshooters participating in over 4,700 local competitions.

Garrettsville – The Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce  wrapped up 2013 by celebrating another successful year of community involvement at its annual Holiday Social held on December 18th at Sugar Bush Golf Course. Over forty chamber members were treated to a delicious meal prepared by The Pasta House & Sherry Quiggle. They  even enjoyed a brief visit from Santa Claus himself. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend this year’s event, we hope to see even more of you at the 2014 Holiday Social!

This year over $104,000 was spent locally during  the Chamber’s annual Christmas on Main promotion. Unlike previous years, the 2013 shopping season was shorter and  lasted only 17 days — yet brought in over $6,000 a day for participating area businesses.

Following the Holiday Social dinner, chamber treasurer Erika Frankel selected the three winning cards from an assortment of over 1,040. The 2013 winners were:

1st Prize:  Lisa Ramsey who won  $500 in Chamber Bucks to be spent at area chamber businesses

2nd Prize: Sally Dier won the  Poinsettia Lottery Tree

3rd Prize:  Karla Veon  received a gift certificate to Sean’s Pub.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the event. Your continued support of our local businesses helps to make Garrettsville a great place to work, live, and visit.

There will be a board meeting in January to se the 2014 event calendar. The next chamber meeting will be held on February 5th at 7:30 am  at The Villager.

Newton Falls – The Newton Falls Area Commerce Association wrapped up 2013 with their December meeting, briefly discussing what had been accomplished during the year and spending the majority of the lunchtime gathering presenting ideas on what they hoped to achieve in the coming months.

The conversation opened with a recap of the items from the November meeting, beginning with a reminder of the area’s recently celebrated Small Business Saturday which traditionally is the Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Though Newton Falls did not specifically host a town-wide event this year, the NFACA hopes to start planning now to encourage participation for the official 2014 festivities. One of the main goals for the upcoming year is to better promote the businesses in Newton Falls, and “Shop Locally” posters can be seen around town especially during the holidays, reminding customers that there are plenty of great shops and services right in their own neighborhood. Keeping business dollars locally will help the local economy and thus benefits the community even more. A committee will be forming after the first of the year to make a plan to promote the small businesses, even those that don’t necessarily have a physical store front.

Windham – Folks flocked to the streets and braved the bitter cold Sunday night to watch the first Winter Lights Parade sponsored by Community in Action for Windham (CIAFW). The event was held in conjunction with the Windham Community Church Fellowship Tree Lighting in the gazebo on the township green.

Mantua – Crestwood area boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2014 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.  This is a fun, free activity for area youth to compete in a Free Throw (foul shot) competition for best of fifteen consecutive shots.  The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually where winners have the chance to progress through Local, District, Regional, State and possibly International competition levels.  Our 2013 event was a huge success with more than 344,000 sharpshooters participating in over 4,700 local competitions.

The competition will be held at Crestwood Middle School at 6:30 pm on January 15, 2014.  All boys and girls 10 to 14 years old (as of January 1, 2014) are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions.  Participants are required to furnish a copy (not the original) of their birth certificate as proof of age and written parental consent.

All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event.    Entry forms are available at Crestwood Middle & Intermediate Schools, St. Joseph PSR Office or by contacting Anthony Marinelli at 330.296.3097 or 216.789.8495.


Mantua – For the first time ever, the Rotary Club of Mantua is hosting its Christmas Tour of Homes during the first two weekends in December.  While usually held in November, this year’s December tour of homes will help you get into the holiday spirit, giving you ideas for decking your own halls while it begins to look a lot like Christmas around town.

Tour tickets may be purchased at the Red Caboose at the Mantua Station Pharmacy at the time of the tour.  Reservations for the Candlelight Tour on Thursday, December 5th may be purchased by making a reservation for a 7 pm, 8 pm, or 9 pm time slot, with only 50 tickets available for each hour. Candlelight Tour ticket will allow guests to visit any homes during the daylight tour hours if they do not have the opportunity to view them all that evening. Please note that only 50 tickets are available for each hourly time slot.

The Community in Action for Windham has been very busy since their inception, earlier this fall. The group was started with an idea to serve the community of Windham and its people.  This is being accomplished by helping those folks in need and to bring the community together as a whole, by having events for families, individuals and the youth. In doing this, they plan to work along with other organizations, groups, churches, clubs, schools and businesses to make this the best community that they can. They are very busy achieving their goal.  Although they are the new kids on the block, so to speak, they have been making some noise and getting a lot of things accomplished, while many are just contemplating getting things done. 

Newton Falls – Business resumed as usual at the November meeting of the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association.

The agenda opened with the financial reports for September and October as well as approval of the minutes for both months before proceeding to old business. The annual tree decorating has been scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 29th, at noon. Anyone who wants to come out and help make the little spot at Four Corners Park (by Positive Images) festive for the holidays is welcome to join in the effort. Although the tree that was planted in 2012 did not last, another tree has already been chosen and will be transplanted with the intention of becoming a permanent fixture. The official tree lighting will be the following weekend on Saturday, December 7th at 6pm. Santa is expected to make an appearance, so bring out the whole family for an evening of Christmas merriment. Residents will have a chance to chat with Santa even earlier than Saturday as he visits the Newton Falls Family Dollar store on Thursday, December 5th at 5pm.

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield Historical Society met on November 18, 2013 in the historic Mott Building for their regular monthly meeting to conduct the following business :

The historical marker grant commemorating the 1935 train robbery in Garrettsville has been approved by the Ohio Historical Society.  Julie Thompson, who spearheaded the local effort through her senior “capstone” project at Hiram College, has acted as liaison to the OHS  and estimates that the marker may be in place by May near the Headwaters Bike and Hike Trail, by S&K Sales and Service. Fund-raising to secure the necessary dollars for its completion is on-going.  Interested contributors may contact any member of the JAGHS.

Newton Falls – The Kiwanis Club of Newton Falls welcomed seven new members this year.  Some members were invited to join by friends; others wanted to take part in the many activities that benefit Newton Falls residents and children, especially after reading the newspaper articles about this service organization.

We asked these members why they joined or what activities they particularly liked.  Alma Griffith enjoyed starting the perennial garden and really enjoys getting involved in the food-in-backpacks program.  She liked the junior Olympics—in fact, all the projects with the youth in the community, to make them better citizens and take pride in the community. “It lets you know what our community has to offer.  The companionship of Kiwanis members is wonderful at events such as bingo at Allan Dell and Laurie Ann. “All this makes our community a better place to live.  It’s fun talking up Newton Falls. I look forward to every Tuesday [meeting or bingo night].“

Carole Mazanetz really enjoyed helping at bingo.  She adds, “It was delightful passing out new books, which the club bought, to the first graders at the elementary school.”

Both of these new members helped to label books for the backpack program while accepting cakes prior to the Cake Walk.  Our Kiwanis Club appreciates the contribution of these new members.

Kiwanis meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Covered Bridge Inn Restaurant,  22 W. Broad, Newton Falls, except for the last Tuesday of the month, which is bingo night at Laurie Ann and Allan Dell.  Please consider joining us.  See more at http://newtonfallskiwanisclub.webs.com .


Elf Helpers, sign up for your Santa delivery of Christmas gifts ASAP.  Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are co-ordinating the personal visits by the “right jolly old elf” again this year.  For many families, it is a tradition  stretching across generations, so you’ll want to make sure that you  sign up and get the packages that you’d like to be delivered to either The Business Works or McCumbers-Brady Realty on Main St., Garrettsville.  There is no charge for the service but donations will be turned over to the local People Tree to ensure that others in the community will have a happy holiday as well.

It’s all about the Reverse Raffle coming up on November 7 at the Sugar Bush Golf Club.  The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are entertaining everybody they can find and sell a ticket to.  There are side boards and steaks, chicken and choice baskets to bid on, a substantial pot to win, music and competition-level conviviality.  It’s the big fund-raiser of the year for the local Rotary Club that will enable them to carry out their community projects, such as the traditional Santa Delivery service for Christmas, Family Week in January/February, the bowling league during the winter months, roadside clean-up when the weather improves…all manner of help and happiness throughout the year.

Come check out the festivities.  Talk to a Rotarian.    New projects are always on the horizon.  New members are always welcome.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary meets every Monday evening in the Dining Hall at Hiram College at 5:30-6:00 for dinner,  program  until 7:00.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians met in the Hiram College Dining Hall on October 21, 2013 to hear from District 6630 Governor Bob Johnson of the Middlefield-Burton Rotary Club; Assistant Governor George Schumacher of the Aurora Rotary Club was also in attendance. They made announcements of events upcoming on November 3 at Doogans in Aurora and on November 9 at the DoubleTree Hilton East in Beachwood (This is a Grand Foundation Event).
District Governor Johnson outlined some of the emphases to be coming in Rotary programs, including membership efforts, grant management—local project focus, choosing host families for student exchanges early, rapid changes in exchange programs, new look of international projects with sustainability highlighted—health, water, literacy, Polio Plus, etc.– a new, simplified district strategic plan, new emphasis on youth, changing formats, new IT dimensions, new demographics. The world rushes on.

Locally, the Reverse Raffle looms and tickets are out.

Club members may attend student exchange interviews; seeking interested families for hosting exchange students.

Windham - It was a “Make a Difference Day” like no other in Windham, this past Saturday. It was a cold, blustery fall day, but that did not deter 200-plus folks from coming out to express their love and appreciation for Maruf Awad, owner of the local Sparkle Market in Windham. Instead of doing something specific for the community as a whole, they decided it was time to pay it forward to one of their own.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary is on the move to sponsor another Rotary Youth Exchange candidate.  Rachel Schwan is beginning her trip through the required protocols and papers to reach her goal of spending her senior year abroad.  Carol Donley is the club liaison for the undertaking.

The trash pick-up for St. Rte 82 between Garrettsville and Hiram is on hold.

The District Governor will be the program for the next meeting .  Solar energy is on the plate sometime in November.  Raffle tickets are coming.

The Business Showcase on October 17, partnering with the Portage County Park District will be the next big activity, to be followed by the Reverse Raffle in November at the SugarBush Golf Club.

Can the Santa Claus Delivery Project be far behind?

On October 9th the monthly meeting of the Literary Music Club (LMC) was held. Although the weather was nice, we didn’t have a good turnout. Come on, ladies, we need all the members to attend. Our hostesses were Mary Ann Leggett and Alma Jones. Thanks ladies, it was a good job.  September was our lunch out; it was held at The Mill and there was a good turnout.

In November we will have our annual Thanksgiving dinner. Also we are planning another craft show, November 16th & 17th at the Nelson Community Center, we will have refreshments along with the tables of crafts. Remember, it’s getting to be Christmas shopping time. Who knows, you might find an interesting gift.

Jeannette Hall gave a book report this month which was interesting and a few books to give away. Thanks Jeannette!

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians met September 30 in the Hiram College Dining Hall to make the acquaintance of a prospective foreign exchange student.  Rachel Schwan and her mother, Lisa Schwan, came, hopeful of gaining the group’s support for participation in the Rotary International Student Exchange  program.   Rachel expressed an interest in Iceland as her first choice but would be  amenable to just about any possibilities.  Her interest had been sparked, in part, by the Garfield guidance counselor, Jennifer Alvim, and by the participation of Jessica Lyons during the 2012-2013 school year.  Her graduation requirements will be completed before departure so that she will be able to spend her senior year in whichever country is her final destination.  Members chipped  in with their own experiences and information and began making plans for  advancing the application process so that this dream can come true.  Carol Donley is the group’s youth exchange  officer and will be assisting in the preparations.

Roadside clean-up looms.  It is to be hoped that Interact  and Boy Scout volunteers will be part of the mix.

The Reverse Raffle fundraiser is the next big event on the horizon.  Lists and tickets and catering  arrangements are activities now on the agenda.  Tickets will be available soon.  Get your tables together.

District Governor Bob Johnson of the Middlefield club will be making an official visitation on October 21.

The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club is planning to join the Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce as a community member.

The Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville met at the home of Cherri Wolfe on Nichols Rd. on October 3, 2013.  Maxine Nimtz was the co-hostess and the roll call was answered by stating “Where I Get My News”.

In keeping with the 2013-2014 program theme, Exploring the World with Dewey, the program was drawn from the 000s—Generalities.  Joyce Fashing presented a fascinating program on Susan Butcher, the second woman to win the well-known…and very grueling …Iditarod dogsled race in Alaska.  Before Butcher died of leukemia in 2005at age 51, she had won the Iditarod four times, set a speed record in the race, and been honored by groups recognizing women’s accomplishments in sport and  other areas of endeavor.  Her husband and daughter still operate the Trailbreaker Kennels in Alaska.  She and her husband wrote a children’s book about a sled dog, Granite.  She was in the inaugural class of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.  The first Saturday in March (opening day of the Iditarod) is marked in Alaska as Susan Butcher Day.

The club will next meet at the home of Connie Crate on October 17.  The roll call will be to Share a P Paranormal  Experience(100s—Philosophy and Psychology).

The Friends of Melana is sponsoring its third murder mystery night on Nov 2nd at the Mantua Knights of Columbus Hall at 11845 St. Rt.44, Mantua.  Presale tickets only.  The doors open at 6pm featuring the Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre Mystery Group presenting “Murder at the Masquerade Ball”.  Limited tickets are available at the following locations in Garrettsville:  Ryser Insurance Agency, Huntington Bank, Miller’s Restaurant and Skylane Bowling Alley OR by contacting Karen at 330-527-2622 or Norm at 330-527-8093.  Tickets are $40.  Evening includes a Chinese Auction, 50/50 raffle and chances for three get away packages.  The benefit is in memory of Melana Matson…her hope shines on.  All proceeds raised are for children’s glioma cancer research.

Mantua – October 5th was a perfect morning in Northeast Ohio.  All those attending the Fruit and Vegetable Pie Contest at the Mantua Rotary Farmer’s Market came with smiles, looking forward to the challenge of judging.  The contest was free, and more than one pie could be entered by a contestant.

Garrettsville – Last Saturday, the 900 Coalition presented their second Tools of the Trades. The event was held in the side parking lot of Sky Plaza IGA. It offered many vehicles and large equipment used everyday in various trades. The Tools of the Trades gave one a chance to get an up close view of the vehicles and some of them they could even get their hands on. 


On July 24, The Silver Creek Garden Club of Garrettsville toured Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland. The cemetery is the final resting place of James A. Garfield, Elliot Ness, and John D. Rockefeller to name only a few. The guided tour focused on the large diversity of trees and the history of the cemetery. Lunch was enjoyed by all at the nearby Washington Place Restaurant’s outdoor cafe.

The next meeting will be August 28 at the West Side Market in Cleveland. Lunch will follow at a local restaurant. New Members are always welcome. If you wish to carpool, meet at the Garrettsville Cinema parking lot at 9:30.

Nelson Twp. – A program presented at the Nelson Community Center on July 25th dealt with the life of James Knowlton. This surprise program was presented by his daughter, Shirley Knowlton Hofmeister, and featured many photos, newspaper articles, and information about his family, favorite hobbies, career and recreational activities that Jim has enjoyed over the years. 


Mantua – The September meeting, of the Mantua Village Garden Club, will meet at the home of Debbie Haylett on Monday, September 9th, at noon.  The meeting will start off with a delicious pot luck luncheon, which will include a variety of home made dishes.  After lunch, and a short business meeting, Debbie has designed a mystery craft workshop for the group.  She wants it to be a surprise – so if you like crafts, potlucks, and surprises, please feel free to join us.  Call Diane Lottig @ 330-274-2868, or Lea Lazar @ 330-274-0614.  The MVGC will have a bake sale table, at The Potato Festival, on Saturday, Sept.7.  We will also have a walking float in the Potato Festival Parade, on Sunday, Sept. 8, so be sure to look for us and give us a shout!

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are gearing up for the start of their fall club activities by fortifying themselves at the steak fry on August 19.  Hot grill, cool beverages, pot-luck  accompaniments, good company….  Way to go, Rotary.  New members welcome!

Garrettsville-Hiram  Rotary went in for nuts & bolts in their meeting on July 28.  Bolts were as follows :

  • Members will be calling and contacting individuals who signed up at the Rotary booth during SummerFest with invitations to a fall meeting, September  23.   Save-the-date cards will be going out.
  • The club will be sponsoring a hole at the Jeremy Collins Foundation Memorial Golf Outing to be held at SugarBush Golf Club on August 10.
  •  Invitations will be going out to neighboring clubs,  district officials and “Friends of Rotary” for the annual steak fry  to be held on August 19.
  • Since district dues are assessed by membership rolls, a great sorting is under way to include only active members of the club.  Twenty dollars per member goes to the Rotary Foundation.
  • Amy Crawford will be the contact person for scheduling events using Hiram College facilities.
  • Program chairpersons for the year will be signing up  soon.
  • Kim Kohli and Delores McCumbers will be attending district membership meetings
  • Thoughts are already turning to the big fund-raising event of the year, the Reverse Raffle to be held on November 7.

As far as nuts went, Carol and Al Donnely will be going officially inactive for the duration of a class which they will be participating in, though they will be taking part in as many club activities as possible.
At the  August 5 meeting, Rotary met to deal with business matters, including contact with prospective members, ordering of steaks for the meal on August 19,  the return to the Hiram College Dining Hall on August 26, getting appropriate individuals passwords for computer communications, compiling  names for those assuming official duties so that the district can be notified.
Next meeting will be on August 12 in the Kennedy Center, Hiram College, at 5:30


Garrettsville-Hiram Rotarians are gearing up for more activities on their very busy calendar.
It’s never too early to begin thinking about the fall fund-raiser, the website project, the   quest for new members, the Santa Claus delivery night, Family Week, even the Four-Way Speech Competition next spring.  Possibly new on the list: sponsorship of a hole in the  Jeremy Collins Foundation Memorial Golf Outing to be held at Sugar Bush Golf Course on August 10 (For more information, contact a Collins or Jessica Kohler with the Charles Auto Family).  Prospective members    (Folks who signed up at the Rotary booth during the SummerFest) will be invited to attend a meeting and get a look at the programs enjoyed by the local group as well as the national and international projects that are open for involvement.  The Rotary International theme for this year is : Engage Rotary.   Change Lives.
Here’s your chance.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary reflected on a number of things at their most recent meeting in the Hiram College Dining Hall. To wit :
Jim Irwin’s account of the Tall Ships event in Cleveland sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cleveland—interesting but HOT.
Local flooding…with pictures on cell phones, natch…and recollections of other flood events.
Discussion of the names of those with some interest in Rotary acquired during the SummerFest and thoughts on inviting these individuals to a meeting  in September.
The annual steak-fry to be held on August 19, with invitations to neighboring clubs and district officers.  Plans for making this event a success, as usual.
Comments by Tom Collins on the Portage County Park District’s plans to hire individuals to remove invasive species from as much and as many of the District’s land holdings as possible.
A message from the district governor’s office urging all clubs to make their contributions to the Rotary International Foundation to support its ongoing work.
A reminder that dues are due.
Lights out.