The new president of the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club, Delores McCumbers, stepped up to the plate…er…the podium to begin her year at the helm of the organization at the July 11 meeting, at  Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville, noon, sharp.

The meeting began with the inauguration/installation of the new, but experienced, officers and president by installing officer and longest member, Jim Irwin.  The baton was passed by outgoing president, Tom Collins, who briefly recounted some of the year’s accomplishments.  The new officers for the 2016-2017 year were introduced : Amy Crawford, president-elect, Lisa Muldowney, treasurer, Tom Collins, secretary and sergeant-at-arms.

President McCumbers credited the 34,000 clubs of Rotary International and the local involved members for their investment of time and effort toward community advancement and such worldwide goals as the eradication of polio.  She gave a preview of intentions for the coming year, including new grants and projects as well as a recognition of the centennial year of the Rotary Foundation, established in 1916.

She introduced her family posse, son, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, friends, in from far parts and near, and husband, Tony McCumbers, who must be close to honorary status in the club, considering all of the contributions which he has made.

Other topics of interest included Stew Buchanan, asst. dist. governor, promoting Rotary baseball night with the Cleveland Indians and a raffle for throwing out the first pitch at a game, all in support of the anti-polio drive; Amy Crawford reported a stint at the Kent Fest, working concessions with some InterActers for Missie Pfile and netting a donation of over $300; John Wolfe announced an open house at the Nelson United Methodist Church on July 31 in recognition of his 40 years in ministry; Tom Collins announced that “Art”, our most recent Rotary Exchange student at James A. Garfield H.S., had left to finish his year in the states wearing his Rotary jacket and his Varsity G letter.

New members, former members, interested friends always welcome—Mondays at noon, Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville.