Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary, at their meeting on May 12, 2014, entertained Ms Evelyn West as an applicant for attendance at this summer’s RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award)activity to be held in June at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea. She is a participant in Interact, does volunteer work at the James A. Garfield Elementary School and at Hattie Larlham. She also participates in musical and theatre activities and the St. Ambrose Youth group. She is considering a career in musical therapy and the G-H Rotary group will be stepping up to assist this very capable young lady in sharpening her leadership skills in furtherance of her goals.
Jim Irwin described his experience visiting the Rotary Club of Milan and brought back some new ideas for projects and programs.
Kit Semplak gave a brief outline of the program to take place on May 14 at 6:00, dedicating the official Ohio State Historical marker commemorating the Last Great Train Robbery in the United States, which took place in Garrettsville in 1935 at the now-gone Erie Railroad station. The Ohio Historical Society furnished a grant and local funds were raised, primarily through the James A. Garfield Historical Society and the local schools. Hiram College graduate Julie Thompson, has researched and organized the event, incorporated local and state officials, a reenactment of the event, the origin of the local “G-Man” nickname/logo for the school system teams and even the appointment of Hiram College’s first woman president. A panoply of historic events! The meet-n-greet begins at 5:30, featuring tasty treats from the Nelson Methodist Church, with the program to begin at 6:00.
G-H Rotarians will be sponsoring a $500 scholarship for an Interact student at this year’s Award ceremonies on May 28.
Tom Collins invited all to join Boy Scout troop 4262 in performing a clean-up along the Headwaters Trail on May 19 at 6:00. Rotary will be buying gloves. Y’all come, now.
Vice President Delores McCumbers, presiding at the meeting, read a letter to the grant-making body of the District 6630 in preparation for the possibility of applying for project funding to rebuild Garrettsville’s downtown with a Rotary recognition.