Rotary presents awards

Paul Harris Fellows honored at meeting

NILES — Rotary Club members Jim Fisher and Steve Simunich were each presented a Paul Harris Fellow Award for their service to Rotary and contributions to the Rotary Foundation.

The awards were presented during the Rotary’s annual meeting held at Ciminero’s Banquet Centre.

The Paul Harris Fellow Award is one of the most prestigious awards in Rotary and named after the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris. A Paul Harris Fellow recognizes those who has contributed additional gifts to the Foundation.

Desirae Monaco, who is the incoming club president for 2017-18, said she looks forward to taking on the role of president.

“I am excited for the year. Niles Rotary is a close-knit group. We accomplish a lot,” she said.

Accomplishments and items of interest in the past year included presentation of a $1,000 Macali Scholarship to student Jason Bowman, donations to Niles Comunity Services, which helps local families in need, donations to Animal Medical Center for spaying and neutering, dictionaries to local elementary students, light fixtures for Niles parks and businesses and residences flying American flags, with the program raising $4,165. The flag project had assistance from Niles Soccer Club members who helped place flags.

The Rotary sponsored Sophia Alleman for her National History Day performance on “Nellie Bly” in Washington, D.C.

Fisher said it is the centennial year for the Rotary Foundation.

“What is great about the Rotary Club is the many speakers and new people we meet. When each Rotarian contributes $100, we get the money to come back to us for local projects,” Fisher said.

Jim Tallman, local Foundation chairman, said Rotary helps in the battle to end polio.

He said since 1999, Type 2 polio has been eradicated and Type 3 is becoming less common. He said in the past year, there were six reported cases of polio in the world with a reduction by 99.9 percent.

Speakers during the year at weekly noon Thursday meetings at Ciminero’s in Niles have included representatives of Crime Stoppers, the McKinley Memorial Museum, Soil and Water Conservation District, Access Health Care Mahoning Valley, Area Agency on Aging, Niles Community Services, Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District, and Trumbull County STEAM Powered Learning Program through the Trumbull County Educational Service Center.

Members with 90 percent attendance and higher for the past year are Jim Tallman, who has 43 years of perfect attendance; Steve Simunich, eight years perfect attendance; Jerry O’Brad, seven years perfect attendance; and Jim Fisher, Marlene Rhodes, Paul Rhodes, Anthony Ciminero and Bill Shapiro.

Thursday’s meeting will be at the Children’s Rehabilitation Center in Howland with a rose sale planned in August.