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? Will it build good will and better friendships? Is it beneficial to all concerned? President Delores McCumbers opened the meeting by extolling this as a rubric for conducting everyday life. The recitation of the test was, and has become on a regular basis, the last item of business.
The report from Rachel Schwan in Thailand was good; she is settling in, learning to cook, getting used to insects and gekkos.
Zad, the in-residence exchange student, is getting along famously and playing a key role on the Garfield boys’ soccer team. He will be getting a team warm-up suit from the club.
Trish Danku next took the spotlight, giving a brief background picture of herself as from a large, loving , strict Irish-Canadian family who transitioned from being a wallflower to a real bloomer. Her employment at the Canadian Consul’s office led to her meeting and marrying a Yank, Greg Danku, and becoming involved in the community of the Parish of St. Ambrose, which has been a stay in time of trouble. Her current employment in the funeral industry–Carlson Cremation Services and Funeral Homes—meshes with her mission to give back. One aspect of this is her work with creating life stories on line and facilitating pre-planning for end-of-life situations. On October 13 the club is invited to join Dr. Mike Carlson in a tour of the local facility—Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson, on Center Street, Garrettsville—for a better understanding of the business.
The club’s principal fund-raiser, the Reverse Raffle, is coming up in November. Members will be contacting potential sponsors and donors soon, emphasizing the beneficial activities and programs that Rotary offers to the community. Contributing to and attending the bash are helpful ways that many businesses and individuals can support the community through Rotary.
Family Week, another big local Rotary project, will be coming up in February, 2015 and is in line to be getting a major re-vamp, across the board. Stay tuned.
Jim Irwin brought more historical items and there is talk of creating a Rotary scrapbook with copies of the newspaper articles on the club dating back to ancient times…well, the 1950’s, anyway.
G-H Rotary meets at noon on Monday at Cal’s II. Come see.