The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club met on Monday, August 28, 2017 at Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville for their regular last meeting of the month.

Tom Collins brought with him Francisco, the current Rotary Exchange student at James A. Garfield High School, who called up some views of his home country on Tom’s phone—fascinating. Tom also brought up the subject of encouraging club members to include Francisco in family plans and activities to give him a more panoramic view of the community. In that spirit, he mentioned a district canoing activity to be held at Camp Hi in Hiram and the G-H annual district-wide bowling event for exchange students at Sky Lanes. Delores McCumbers reports that she has attained the certification to act as a back-up counselor for exchange students here on Rotary programs.

Elder Steve Sorensen began spreading the news that the folks at the Johnson Home on Pioneer Trail in Hiram will again be having their Fall Festival with an array of family activities—bounce house, hayrides, etc.—on October 7. More news will be forthcoming as the date approaches.

New catering companies are being investigated for the approaching Reverse Raffle at SugarBush Golf Club. Donations, sponsorships and contributions are being sought. More planning meetings are being held.

The new installation of bike rack, bench and repair station at the Headwaters Trail entrance across from Sky Plaza is awaiting a concrete pad and landscaping. Pesicek’s concrete services are being consulted.

There was a preview of upcoming programs for September, beginning with a business session on September 11.

Visitors and prospective members are always welcome at the Monday lunch meetings.