A new Austintown Rotary program will bring hundreds if not thousands of American flags to the township. The Rotary's flag program will permit residents and businesses to pay a small fee to have flags placed on their property during national holidays.
''I am so excited to share the great news about the Austintown Rotary's flag project that started July 4,'' said project chairman Mark Cole. ''Yes, this is a fundraiser for the Austintown Rotary, but more important, it allows each citizen to display their love for our great country.''
The flag program starts when residents turn in an application along with a $30 annual fee. Once in the program, Rotary volunteers will come to the property and install and insert the flag and pole.
After that, Rotary will do all the work of setting out and gathering the flags, as well as storing them.
''The first flags will be out for Labor Day, Patriot Day and Veteran's Day,'' Cole said. ''Then we will take them out for the winter and then place them back out in the spring before Memorial Day, Flag Day and Fourth of July, and then we take them down and place them back out before Labor day.''
Every Rotary Club that has implemented the flag program has increased its membership, but the best part is that it increased its contributions to the local community immensely.
Canfield Rotary Club has around 1,500 flags that they place out in Canfield two times a year, and they raise around $25,000 that goes back into the Canfield community every year.
Cole said Austintown Rotary has set their goal on 1,500 flags within the next four years, which also will raise $25,000 per year once that number has been reached.
Members started passing out the application flyers during the Fourth of July, and now they are going around to businesses that are willing to help by placing the flyers in their store.
''Continuing to give back to Austintown is what Austintown Rotary Club is all about,'' Cole said. ''With everyone working together, we will hit our goal of 1,500 flags as soon as possible. We want everyone visiting Austintown to know the pride we have not only in our community, but in our country. ''
Cole said he is also looking for motivated people on every street to explain the program to different neighborhoods.
The flag program also can be ordered online at Austintownflags.com.