The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram hit the books at their meeting on November 20, 2017 at Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville.

The program was presented by Greg Trask of the Portage County District Library Garrettsville branch who gave an outline of the e-services available to library patrons in the interest of allowing more people to be connected, whether for business, schoolwork or personal interests. This also promotes savings on facilities and use of resources.

Among these services are (*) mobile internet hotspots available for two weeks at a time, providing reliable access from Verizon and Sprint from any location. This service came about courtesy of the monies received from Garrettsville’s Queen of Hearts 50/50 raffle. (*) online resources, with an emphasis on business needs, supplying data bases, technical support and expertise (*) education, providing cutting edge information from multiple data bases and instant, tailored citation formats at great cost savings (*) personal interests and entertainment services. These can be in-library-only, such as Ancestry.com, or available from home, such as Rosetta Stone, for learning a language. Interests in medical information, personal reading, how-to videos, legal information can be sourced through such programs as HOOPLA, ABCMouse, Overdrive or Flipster. Help is available, at the library or online. Crack a book, punch a key, the information is there. Go for it.

Additionally, the club heard about preparation work being done by InterAct members, supervised by John Crawford, getting Santa Claus’ sleigh ready to roll…er…fly. Various refurbishments have taken place, the paint is drying, the wheels are rolling, there are new lights. Christmas Eve eve it will be set to go, delivering local gifts to children and adults. Cell phones have been a boon to this tradition and homes to be visited can getup-dates on the progress of delivery. Arrangements can be made through any Rotary member or by stopping in at The Business Works to get on the Jolly Old Elf’s schedule. There is no charge for this delivery but donations are encouraged to The People Tree.

Delores McCumbers spoke about her recent trip to El Salvador and of an upcoming—November 28, 2017—Foundation Dinner fundraiser. Rotary International Foundation is the source of funding for projects large and small across the world.

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