WEIRTON - Each year the new president of the Rotary Club of Weirton maps out the course of the coming year concerning activities, charity events and goals.
President Mike Gianni recently called a club assembly meeting where chairpersons in charge of the different avenues of service gave reports and discussed what the club expects to accomplish in the coming year. He gave a recap of the first board meeting where many fundraising ideas were discussed, with the board leaning toward an event involving a band at the Weirton Event Center to replace Oktoberfest.
Gianni said the Black and White Ball in the spring, the club's largest fundraiser, will go on, with the possibility of some changes to make it seem less formal and more accessible to those who may not wish to dress.
REPORTS GIVEN — Rotary Club of Weirton President Mike Gianni called a club assembly meeting where chairpersons in charge of the different avenues of service gave a report and discussed what the club expects to accomplish in the coming year, such as eMentoring for high school students and raising money through events. -- Angelina Dickson
"We're also going donate turkeys to the Salvation Army for Thanksgiving and participate in their bell-ringing at Christmas time," he said.
Rotary District 7530 Governor Greg Smith outlined plans for the district several weeks ago including encouraging an eMentoring program in which Rotarians offer guidance and advice to young people throughout the state via e-mail or other electronic media. Smith is looking for at least two members per club to participate in this program and as it stands, Bill Galloway and Steve Kladakis have volunteered for the program.
In the coming days, Gianni said he would like to get Rotary back to some of the basics and Rhonda Quattrochi offered to hold a "fireside chat" at her home this fall. He said it will give a chance for the newer Rotarians to learn about the other club members in a social setting and additional details on what Rotary does.
Kladakis, chairman of the scholarship committee, also announced there will be a dinner held at his home Sept., 4 in order to discuss additional fundraising endeavors to help support the scholarship program.
Gianni said the club will continue to host board meetings each month in addition to the weekly club meetings as plans move forward.
(Dickson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)