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.
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, Adam Jenkins, of Edward Jones Investments, and Megan Ryser, of Garfield High School, who will be competing in the 4-Way Speech Contest, representing the local club.

The group agreed to hold reports to presentation at the regular monthly business meeting so as to allow sufficient time for programs and speakers.

Tom Collins spoke about his experience at a recent PETS(Presidents-Elect Training Seminar) weekend.  He felt that this was a good learning experience, with opportunities to meet people and pick up ideas about programs and procedures.  In the course of recommending visitations to other clubs’ activities, he mentioned the Reverse Raffle being held at the Ravenna club on Thursday.

Carol Donley brought a message from Lisa Schwan, whose family is one of the host families for the local foreign exchange student.  The federal government has upped its monitoring of these students and their whereabouts.  She also brought scoring sheets for the upcoming speech.

Megan Ryser—a wallflower who only participates in band, drama, athletics, NHS, church youth group—gave a great presentation, focused, animated and articulate.  She firmly addressed the four points of the 4-Way Test :  Is it the TRUTH?  Is it FAIR to all concerned?  Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

She approached this through her participation on the cross country team.  A health issue led her to think, and think analytically, about the benefits of universal vaccination.  Lives put in danger by exposure to the unvaccinated, costs of health care, developing relations between researchers, benefits         worldwide resulting from successful vaccination programs…all figured in the exposition of her position.  It was a slam-dunk!  Good luck in the competition.

Treasurer Amy Crawford reported that the Rotary Grant check had arrived.  Ted Lysiak announced the speakers for the remaining two meetings of the month—interesting.  April 25 has been set as the date for the semi-annual roadside clean-up.  Trish Danku will be the point person on the trial run of Club Runner, giving G-H a greater presence on the internet.

Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary meets Mondays at noon in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville .  Visitors and prospective new members are always welcome.