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Austintown Rotary wins high honor at District Convention

June 14, 2018
The Town Crier

The Community Connectors program won the Rotary Club of Austintown a high honor at the District 6650 Rotary Convention held at the Avalon Inn in April. The Robert Manchester Vocational Award recognizes one of the 47 clubs in the district for their efforts in promoting vocational education in their community and the state. Community Connectors is a partnership between the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and the Austintown Local School District, aimed at making students workforce ready. The goal of the program is to create a well-rounded student so they have the soft skills necessary for employment. Students are paired with a mentor for additional support and relationship building. A grant of $100,000 was awarded to Austintown by the State of Ohio to institute the program, administered by Amy Trafficante and Lynn Mickey within the school, and 110 volunteers were gathered, with which 48 students were placed and mentored for the 2017-18 school year.

The program involved collaboration of Nick Santucci of the Chamber, Vince Colaluca and Jeremy Batchelor of Austintown Schools, Rick Stauffer from Austintown Township, and Bruce Laraway and Christine Vlosich from Austintown Rotary, as well as others from industry and the community.

The Austintown Rotary Club is also busy this month helping residents and business owners display the American flag in front of their home or business. The Fly-the-Flag program gives residents of the community the opportunity to show their pride and love for country. In exchange for an annual subscription price of $30, Rotarians will place a 3 by 5 foot American-made flag on a 10-foot American-made pole, near the curb or sidewalk for Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriot Day (9/11) and Veterans Day. Proceeds from this program are shared with the Fitch Robotics Team, Fitch Swim Team and local Rotary projects. Purchases can be made online at or by contacting Mark Cole at 330 720-0381 or by contacting any Rotary member.

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Pictured at Districts receiving the Robert Manchester trophy is Christine Vlosich and President Bruce Laraway.



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