The Rotary Club of Austintown was treated to a triple event program at the Jan. 6 meeting when the scheduled speaker shared the spotlight with a friend from the past and the Fitch Robotics Team.
Visiting from California and China, former Fitch Interact Club President Michael Shane, class of 2005, brought the Rotary banner from Anaheim, Calif. where he is the newest member. Shane and his wife, April, spoke to members of memories of his years in Interact and the support and mentoring he received from the Rotary, including Gary Reel, one of the advisors of the Interact Club.
Shane cited creation of an elementary level evening basketball program as a great learning experience for himself, encouraged by the Rotary, Reel and past school superintendent Stan Watson. Expecting their first child soon, the Shanes are both involved in the food business in China, but are now spending time in the United States.
Former Fitch Interact Club President Mike Shane, Class of 2005, exchanges club banners with mentor and Rotarian Gary Reel during last week's Rotary meeting. Shane now lives in California and is a member of the Anaheim Rotary.
Second on the agenda were members of the the Fitch Robotics team. The team received a generous donation from Austintown Rotary that will go toward their upcoming competition. President Mark Cole made the presentation and announced the LEGO competition held Jan. 11 at Austintown Middle School.
The speaker of the day was Amanda Lynch who spoke about Impact for Animals, a monthly flyer for the tri-county area. The purpose of the paper is to assist our community's nonprofit shelters in finding homes for their animals. It is free of charge and will be available at veterinarian offices, grooming facilities and pet stores. According to Lynch, the flyer also is a source for news relating to rescues and animal fundraising events across the Valley.
"Although the Internet is a prime source for finding adoptable animals, there can never be too many available outlets to aid in adoption," Lynch said. "This publication brings a new spin to the animal rescue community and its goal is to increase the chances of adoption and find permanent homes for homeless pets."