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Rotary efforts result in donation

November 24, 2011
By Kathleen Palumbo
Poland Rotary recently presented a donation in the amount of $1,000 to the Poland Firemen’s Association, which had amongst its attendees, Lt. Lee Ingold, an active member of the fire department and Jacob Zimmerman, a firefighter of 12 years.

According to information provided by Jessica Wittenauer, a newer member of Poland Rotary as well as its recently appointed public relations coordinator, the donation was made possible through fund-raising efforts at the second annual Poland Rotary Car Cruise, which was held in August and chaired by Poland Rotarian Matt Bodine.

At the meeting, held Nov. 16, Lt. Ingold spoke to the club about the Firemen’s Association and its role in supporting the fire department, explaining that the association provides levels of assistance for training and equipment and hosts several events throughout the year, including a Thanksgiving function and Christmas at Our House. Stressing continued education through training, “Training is what keeps you alive,” said Ingold.

As Poland Rotary’s newest member, Wittenauer said she looks forward to bringing a different type of energy to the club. With membership having helped her to engage and understand what a sense of community really is, “I felt that joining Poland Rotary would allow me to lend a hand in the community in which I've grown up,” she said.

Sharing that the many projects Poland Rotary finds itself involved in range from the ringing of bells for the Salvation Army during December, to becoming known for their annual Chili Open Golf Classic, held each February, for which planning is currently in process.

Comprised of a diverse group of professional leaders working to address various community and international service needs, according to its website, it is through their various fundraising events that the Rotary Club of Poland supports local charities in an effort to allow them to continue their various missions.

“Through community service and other means, our clubs members help promote peace and understanding throughout the world and in our own community,” Wittenauer said.

For further information on membership, please contact or write to Poland Rotary, P.O. Box 5063 Poland, Ohio 44514.

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At a recent meeting where Poland Rotary presented a donation of $1,000 to the Poland Firemen’s Association, amongst those in attendance were Poland Rotarian Matt Bodine, Lt. Lee Ingold, and Poland Rotary President Steve Zentko.



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