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Rotarians off to good start for 2020

January 22, 2020
The Town Crier

Members of the Austintown Rotary Club found themselves busy for the start of 2020. They kicked off the year by selling tickets for their annual Reverse Raffle to be held at Immaculate Heart Banquet Center on March 21. Tickets are $150 for two people, and include a lavish dinner, open bar and chances to win over $4000 in prizes.

A Chinese Auction will also help raise funds for local, national, and international projects to help those in need, as Rotary stresses "service above self."

The Austintown club has served the community since 1968, with projects like the Centennial Grove and Band Shell in Austintown Park, Austintown Reads program at the elementary school, winter coats for children, dictionaries for all third graders, polio elimination in 98 percent of the world, water and sanitation projects and support for the Salvation Army and Rescue Mission are among their achievements.

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Rotarians kicked off 2020 with the sales of tickets for the annual Reverse Raffle set for March 21. Pictured are, seated Pam Raidel, Deanna Spirko and Dr. Mitch Dalvin. Standing are Ed Kalaher, Dr. Ram Kasaganti, Janine Boano, Mark Cole, Joanna Parker, Tony Cebriak, Dave Bitzer, Chuck Baker, Heather Fronk and Chris Vlosich. 

Aimee Fifarek, executive director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, was the featured speaker at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Rotary Club of Austintown. She thanked residents for their recent support of the library levy, and gave an update on the renovation of the Main Library, starting in spring. Members were urged to use the many services of the Library, mentioning job searches, genealogy, movies, discussion groups, and computer classes and help. Fifarek also spoke about Pop Up Libraries, which are being expanded to include technology and STEM opportunities. All areas can be explained at library branches.

In other Rotary news, it was announced that Abby Rader and Zane Direnzo will attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference at the Avalon Inn from Feb. 21-23. An this annual event, Rotary clubs are allowed to send two juniors that emphasize leadership, networking, and communication skills. Both are members of the Fitch Interact club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Austintown.

Abby is the daughter of Colleen and Randy Rader, participating in speech, concert choir, drama, and the Key Club. She plans to study biochemistry and the pre-medical field after graduation. Zane is the son of Staci and Tracey Direnzo, and is active in the swim team, marching band, jazz band, and Spanish club. He also plans to study biology and science in college.



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