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1800+
Total Active Members
   
46
Clubs
   
$50,000+
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Stories
 
On August 3rd, the Struthers Rotary held a tribute picnic for Struthers First Responders at the city's Mauthe Park.
 
The Rotary also announced the awarding of a Rotary District Grant of $2800 to the city for help with the replacement of the roof of the Rotary Pavilion at the park.
 
The Club also awarded Catherine Cercone-Miller a second Paul Harris Fellow. Cathy was a member of Struthers first Interact Club some 20 years ago. While participating in the club's first job shadowing, a stop was made at city hall. While there, the Mayor invited her to sit in his chair. She declared, " Someday this will be my chair." Later on, when the Rotary started a Community Corp, she served as President for six years. However, about a year and a half ago, she had to give that up as she became the first woman to be elected as Mayor in a city in Mahoning County. The club wanted to recognize the  Mayor for her long history of dedication to the community of Struthers from her high school years to her current position leading our community to improvement and ensuring our sustainability.   
 
 
Struthers Rotary President Karen Edwards, Foundation Chair Tom Baringer and Struthers Mayor Cathy Cercone-Miller
 
 
Outgoing President John Lundin received a clock as a memento of his year as Rotary President from new President Ryan Boyce.
 
Officers and Board Members 2021-2022
 
Williams Dawes congratulates Student of the Year, Paige Bailey
 
Dr. Kelly Darney presents the non-Rotarian Service Above Self Award to 
Kevin Clark. Kevin is the advisor for the club’s Rotaract Club at CCCTC. The club is a large and active club that performs a service project monthly.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Boardman Rotary Club is holding its 45th annual Oktoberfest! This is the club’s largest fundraiser of the year and a fall staple in the community. Come enjoy over 100 arts & crafts vendors. Concessions from a variety of local favorites. Live entertainment at the outdoor amphitheater,  children’s entertainment, and beautiful Boardman Park. Come say hello to a fellow rotarian at the sound booth, or bring a group of rotarians for some great fellowship! 
 
Join us Sunday October 3rd, 2021 at Boardman Township Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Rd, Boardman, OH 44512. Event is from 9am to 5 pm. Admission $5 adults, 12 and under are free.  
 
Need more information, or interested in becoming a vendor? https://boardmanoktoberfestival.weebly.com
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TOPICS:
Wednesday, July 28, 2021  6:00 PM CT/7:00 PM ET  (90 minutes)
Silver linings: New Opportunities for Doing Rotary
Projects, fundraisers, and new meeting formats that Rotarians developed during the pandemic that can be used in the future to expand our reach and increase our impact.  
  • Project and Fundraiser ideas
  • Leveraging virtual & in person formats to enhance engagement
  • Enhancing community reach 
Saturday, July 31, 2021  9:00 AM CT/10:00 AM ET  (90 minutes)
Sharing Miracles
How sharing the stories of the impact of our projects in a media campaign can foster both giving to the foundation and attracting new members to expand our reach.
  • Identifying partnerships
  • Expanding community projects
  • Leveraging media
Wednesday, August 4, 2021  6:00 PM CT/7:00 PM ET  (90 minutes)
Enhancing Member’s Experience: 
Creating experiences and fostering environments in which members and prospective members feel welcomed and engaged to enhance participant engagement.
  • Valuing members
  • Impact of mentoring
  • Creating pride of membership
Saturday, August 7, 2021  9:00 AM CT/10:00 AM ET  (90 minutes)
Innovative New Club FairA networking opportunity to share district and club successes of innovative new club models to expand our reach and enhance participant engagement.
  • Successful clubs using Innovative club models
  • Integrating Foundation and Public Image teams to grow Rotary
  • Innovation in action
 
Come join your fellow Rotarians from District 6650, District 6630 and District 6600 for a night of fellowship on Thursday, July 22, 2021, to watch the Cleveland Indians play the Tampa Bay Rays.  The gates will open at 6:00 pm and the first pitch will be at 7:10 pm.  
 
This Rotary event includes access to the 4th Floor Terrace Club, dinner and Pepsi products, exclusive raffles and silent auctions.
 
All tickets include a contribution to The End Polio Campaign.
 
For more information on this event and to view the registration form, click on this LINK.
Struthers Rotary Club President Karen Edwards was presented a Paul Harris Fellow award at the Sixties Bash held at Struthers Mauthe Park on June 24th.  Karen possesses boundless energy and successfully led the club through a very difficult year.  While other clubs went dormant during the Covid-19 pandemic, Karen held weekly Zoom meetings and helped keep our spirits alive.  The Struthers Rotary Club, under Karen’s leadership, managed to meet its community improvement goals and created partnerships with the city, schools and other Rotary clubs to several projects.  Karen exemplifies the Rotary Motto, Service Above Self, and has expended amazing amounts of time and effort toward seeing the Struthers Rotary have a truly successful year.  Karen has also agreed to accept an additional term as Struthers Rotary President to continue her efforts to see the club through the pandemic and the following recovery period.
 
More information about the Struthers Rotary Club can be found at https://www.facebook.com/struthers.rotary or by e-mail at struthersrotary@aol.com.  Information about the Paul Harris Fellow Award can be found at https://www.rotary.org/en/history-paul-harris-fellow-recognition
 
Pictured above:  Struthers Rotary President Karen Edwards (left) receives the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotarian Mary Ann Morell (right) at the Struthers Rotary Club "60s Bash
                                            
     In spite of COVID-19 and more than a year of virtual meetings, the Rotary Club of Wooster, chartered on January 21, 1921, is in the middle of a year-long gala celebration of its centennial anniversary, which will culminate with a banquet on October 7. 
 
     Throughout the year, club members have enjoyed “digging in” to the past with weekly emails compiled by club historian, Ray Leisy, featuring highlights of the club’s activities and memorable programs during its first 100 years.
 
     Monthly feature articles, published in the Wooster Daily Record and curated by Past DG/ Past Club President Phil Mariola, chair of the 100th anniversary committee, have focused on many of the club’s local and international projects - digging latrines in Kenya, and digging holes for the more than 2000 American flags which comprise the Wooster Rotary Parade of flags – to name just a few.
 
     Of course, the celebration also includes several community projects, at least one of which involves- you guessed it – digging into the future. 
 
     Members of the anniversary committee thought it would be fitting to plant 100 trees in honor of Wooster Rotary’s 100 years, and contacted the city of Wooster for suggestions about where to plant the trees.  The city had another idea: would the club be willing to rescue and transplant some trees that had been overplanted at the Secrest Arboretum on the campus of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Science in the aftermath of a 2010 tornado?  The arboretum had offered to give the trees to the city, but moving and replanting the trees, many of which were 20 to 30 feet tall, was going to be costly, and not covered by the city’s budget.
 
     Recognizing that many of the trees in question had been planted by Rotarians in collaboration with several other service clubs following the devastating tornado, the club was eager to participate in the rescue effort, and quickly agreed to relocate the trees to the city’s Oak Hill Park, a 100 acre work-in-progress, and home to many species of trees, plants, birds and other wildlife, with a 1.7 mile paved trail for walking, jogging and biking, a giant sledding hill and ample space for cross-country skiing.
 
     The park also includes a large pavilion and a bike repair station, both donated by Wooster Rotary, and now features an impressive “Founder’s Row,” with 24 of the rescued  trees lining a portion of the trail, to honor each of the club’s 24 founding members.  Signage, which will commemorate the 100th anniversary, and will include the names of the 24 founders, is currently under construction, and will complete Phase I of the Oak Hill Park improvement project.
 
     Phase II of the project is currently under design by a committee of club members led by Past President Ron Holtman.  During this phase, the club will develop a “Memorial Grove,” featuring additional trees and plants designed to provide year-round color, benches and signage honoring the 37 club members with 50 or more years of membership, with space to add the names of members who achieve that goal in the future.
 
     We hope you will come visit us in Wooster and spend some time in Oak Hill Park.  We think you’ll dig it!
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to Pete Apicella, Mike Raulin and the  District Foundation Committee. Our District had  13.8% growth in Paul Harris Society Members during this year.  For this accomplishment we received $1000 to use for our Foundation Activities.
 
Boardman Rotary hosted our Community Drive-Thru Pancakes and Sausage Event over two weekends in March. We thank our co-chairs Maggie Garland and John Rudolph for their leadership to serve the community. 
 
Rotary Club of Lake Township:  Recycling plastic, protecting local landscapes, and providing park benches– all in one program
 
 
Remember the popular ad campaign created years ago by America’s Dairy Council, with the catchy phrase “Got Milk?” paired with a photo of a celebrity wearing a milk mustache?
 
Today one thing we’ve got, no questions asked, is plastic.
 
The numbers below reveal the impact of plastic bags alone:
  • In the US alone, more than 100 billion plastic bags are used each year – that's more than 300 bags per person.
  • It's estimated that the US throws out roughly 100 billion plastic bags annually, generating about 3.3 million tons of trash (only about 1 to 2 percent are recycled). (Oct 4, 2014)
  • 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags annually.
The Rotary Club of Lake Township feels our club is doing its part to reduce plastic bags and film going into our local environment, laying alongside our roadways, and entering state landfills by participating in a simple plastic recycling program.  It’s one that you can easily support as well.
 
Our Club of Lake Township began participating in the NexTREX Community Recycling program in July of 2019, after learning about it from friends and members of the Port Summit Rotary Club 
 
TREX is a U.S. manufacturer of premium outdoor living products including benches, decking, and railing, and for the past decade has accepted plastic recycled film to create their product line.  The company offers recycling challenges to schools and community groups to participate, specifically, to collect 500 pounds of plastic within a six-month period.  If we do so, we receive a high performance composite bench, such as the two shown in the photo, made by TREX.
 
In less than a year, we have earned three beautiful park benches, which we will be donating to community partners in our area.  One will soon be placed next to the Love Our Community warehouse in Hartville; the final resting places for the other two are yet to be determined.
 
It is easy to collect the plastic film needed by TREX because the plastic film is commonly used for food and convenience packaging today.  Here is what is accepted:
 
NOTE: All plastic collected must be clean, dry, and free of food residue.
- plastic film labeled with a #2 or #4 recycling symbol (polyethylene films) 
-retail and grocery bags
-bread bags
-bubble wrap, air pillows
-dry cleaning wrap bags
- newspaper sleeves and fresh produce bags
-ice bags
-plastic shipping envelopes
-Ziploc and other reclosable food storage bags
-cereal bags
-case overwrap, i.e., such as used for water bottles and new furniture pieces
- salt bags
- pallet wrap and stretch film
-wood pellet bags
 
As our members collect plastic, we weigh it and report the weight to one of several Rotary Club members who maintain a plastic collection spreadsheet.  We also forward our recycling totals to Stephanie Hicks, Materials Sourcing Manager at TREX, via e-mail.  We then drop our plastic off, preferably collected in clear or light colored plastic bags – no black heavy duty garbage bags, please - to our local Hartville Giant Eagle grocery store’s large plastic collection bin, located outside by its main entrance.  As our local retailer participating as a collection point for TREX, Giant Eagle moves the plastic collected on its way to a TREX manufacturing facility.
 
We have encouraged other local community groups to begin their own NexTREX plastic collection during the past year.  To date, the Hartville Lions Club, Lake Township FISH Food Pantry, and Northhampton Rotary Club are also now collecting plastic for TREX.
 
If you are currently donating your plastic bags and film to Giant Eagle in Hartville as a community member, know that you are contributing as well to this great TREX recycling program.  Remember another great way you can help the environment is to bring and use your own shopping bags to the store every time you shop.
 
If your organization wants to accept the plastic film recycling challenge, visit https://recycle.trex.com or call Stephanie Hicks for more information at 540-542-6494, or e-mail her at NexTrex@trex.com.
 
-Submitted by Karen Koch, President, Rotary Club of Lake Township
 
Struthers Rotary partnered with local businesses and club plus private donations to Feed the Hungry Project
 
Our group has already given out over 2500 dollars in vouchers.  50 vouchers purchased from the 3 grocery stores within our city. Nemenz IGA, Save A Lot and Lightner meats.  In addition, Community Corps has given 500 dollars to first responders in the form of 50 dollar gift cards to support local restaurants within the city.
The program is ongoing at this time+  Thank you Mary Ann Morell Club Avenue Chairman.  We have also gained a new member Jackie Ramkey.
 
FEED THE HUNGRY
 
STRUTHERS STRONG
 
If you know someone that has lost their job or is struggling during this difficult time, submit their name and phone number, and address and Struthers Rotary will help with a gift certificate for food.
 
Send info to ;
Struthers Rotary
Feed The Hungry
PO Box 127
Struthers Ohio 44471
 
Individuals must have proof of Struthers's residency. (Utility Bill etc . )
 
Sponsors :
Struthers Rotary and Struthers Rotary Community Corps,
First Catholic Slovak Union, Branch 682
and CASTLO Community Improvement Corporation
have made generous donations to this fund.
 
Monetary Donations or Gift cards from private individuals are welcomed and can be sent by PayPal to the link at the top of the page or mailed to :
Struthers Rotary
(Feed the Hungry Fund)
In memo
P.O. Box 127
Struthers Ohio 44471
Or contact Maryann Morell
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