Wolves gather for convention

HOWLAND — The Trumbull County Wolves Den has given away more than $500,000 to 278 students over the years and this year gave $44,000 total to 12 Trumbull County seniors.

The group’s accomplishments were recognized at the three-day Wolves Club national convention held at the Avalon Inn.

Bill Massucci of the Trumbull County club said the convention brings together clubs from across Ohio and Pennsylvania for meetings and programs. He said this year’s convention was hosted by Wolves District 1, which includes the Farrell and New Castle, Pa., areas and Trumbull County.

Massucci said over the years Wolves clubs across the nation have given away $1 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students.

Angelo Lucarelli, president of the Trumbull County Wolves, said the club members are very dedicated to the community.

Over the past two years, the club has offered a special Justin Leo Memorial scholarship for Girard graduates, named for the fallen officer. Leo’s father, David Leo, is a Wolves member.

Rocky Favorite of New Castle said the district events help update Wolves clubs on what is taking place nationwide.

“Fundraising and scholarships are two of the main goals of the Wolves,” he said.

The Wolves Club is an Italian professional organization tracing its ideals of learning, discovery and public service to the founding of ancient Rome. The Wolves Club of Pennsylvania and Ohio has awarded more than $9 million during the last 56 years.

The National Association of the Wolves was founded in 1951, and patterned itself after national organizations like Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions.

Its motto is “Pro Bono Publica,” and club members are dedicated to providing financial help for those individuals who possess the academic requirements but lack the financial means to pursue a college education.