The September 18, 2017 meeting of the Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram was held on the patio and the cellar at the Silver Cellar Winery on Brosius Road to hear from proprietors George and Cheryl Macek about their family-operated establishment.

There are some fifteen varieties of wine produced; results of wine competitions posted on the wall testify to the quality of that production. Also on the walls are fascinating antique photos of Garrettsville and surrounding areas (courtesy of the James A. Garfield Historical Society) at various stages of local history—street scenes, Nelson Ledges, construction of the millrace for the Garrett’s Mill, etc. Wine racks, tables, chairs, subdued lighting are also featured in the cellar area. The outdoor venue is equally relaxing, with a pool, wicker furniture, plantings, sunshades and a koi pond—with resident bullfrog. The name has recently changed (for trademark reasons involving California) from Silver Creek Winery to Silver Cellar Winery and can be made available for celebrations and simply for a diverting down time. Calling 330-221-0247 can uncover more information about this local amenity. Take note of the small placard which says, “Time to drink wine and dance on the table.” What time is it right now?

During the Subway-catered lunch, the Rotarians also discussed the following business:
The Reverse Raffle planning proceeds apace. Donors, sponsors, contributors are being sought, as well as ticket buyers. Tickets are currently available; see any Rotarian. The date of the Reverse Raffle is, this year, November 1. Henceforth, to avoid as many regular meeting nights as possible, the established date will be the first Wednesday in November, come hell or highwater. Make plans accordingly.

The local Rotary exchange student, Chovvy, has recently been taking part in a district-wide kayaking adventure at Camp Hi in Hiram.

G-H Rotary welcomed a prospective new member, Rachel Geissinger, representative of American National Insurance, whose office is on Main Street, with accountant Casey Timmons. Part of the welcome included describing some of the local and international projects in which Rotary is involved, including the eradication of polio, the local Free Library, the Headwaters Trail, numerous Eagle Scout project sponsorships; the outlines of Rotary methods have been copied by organizations throughout the world.

The Rotary Club of Garrettsville-Hiram meets regularly on Mondays, at noon, in Cal’s II, Sky Plaza, Garrettsville. Check them out.