The Niles Rotary Club has begun a new fundraising project that enables residents to fly the American flag during legal holidays throughout the year.
For a cost of $30 per year, flag poles and flags are leased from the organization. Members will install the flag poles and will raise and lower the flags for each holiday. Flags can be leased for either residences or businesses. The first wave of flags will be installed May 25 through Memorial Day, May 27.
"The response has been pretty good," said Fly the Flag committee chair Edward Stredney.
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Members of the Niles Rotary Club prepared flags for the club’s “Fly the Flag” fundraiser last week. Pictured from left are Doug Neuman, Gil Macali, William Shapiro, Anthony Ciminero and James Futey.
In addition to flag poles and flags at residences, the club has coordinated with the William McKinley American Legion Post 106 to install flags at the veterans section of Niles City Cemetery. The annual cost to lease a cemetery flag is $25.
"We heard about other Rotary groups who were doing this fundraiser, so the members discussed it and we decided to do here," Stredney said.
The flags are three by five feet American flags and are installed on aluminum poles.
Members of the Niles Rotary Club held a flag assembly session last week, installing flags on about 30 poles in preparation for the first wave of installation.
The Niles Rotary Club holds several community projects throughout the year including distributing free dictionaries to every third grade student in Niles public and parochial schools, the annual basketball tournament and the Teddy Bear project that provides stuffed bears to police and fire departments for children that have gone through a traumatic event.
The Niles Rotary Club is affiliated with Rotary International, which works to eliminate polio throughout the world.
For information on the Fly the Flag project and how to lease a flag, contact Ed Stredney at 330-883-6654 or 330-544-8000.