Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary met and discussed a New Year’s buffet of possibilities at their recent meeting at Cal’s II.  Tasty items included :

Introduction of guest, Helen Louise Bouts.

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 Rotary International convention will be held this year in Brazil, June 6-9.  Any travelers?  The convention in 2017 will be in Atlanta.  Perhaps more plausible?  Think about it.

Rotary is affiliated with various interest groups under the organizational umbrella—travel, hiking, biking, etc—members can   find these on the Rotary website.

Local Rotary groups are consulting together about co-ordinating efforts to promote the Headwaters Trail.  This will fit in to on-going community activities such as the Art on the Hill  in Mantua, possibly initiate Art on the Boardwalk (Vendors will be invited) or a bike-and-hike event in the fall in concert with the Portage Park District.  There may be grants involved.  It’s a win-win situation.

Kyle Collins has submitted an application for the Rotary Student Exchange Program, hoping to be posted to Japan.

There was some discussion of sponsoring a drop-off event for Habitat for Humanity following the annual Community Yard Sale.  This would allow donors to bring gently-used or surplus goods to a central location in Garrettsville, eliminating a trip to the ReStore in Kent and making contribution easier.

Members are urged to track hours spent on various local community projects, partly for evaluation purposes , partly for goal-fulfillment aims.

And, of course, dues are due.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary meets every Monday at noon in Cal’s II in the Sky Plaza.  All are welcome to come and check it out.