At Galion Rotary Club’s July 9 meeting, Becky Mills took over as the new president and will hold the position for the next year. Outgoing president Dave Halsey was recognized for his past year of service and received a special pin.
“There are a lot of things we hope to get going,” Mills stated about her goals as president. “The club needs to become more 21st century.”
Specifically, Rotary is looking to create a website and better utilize social media to publicize the projects and activities that members perform.
During the meeting, Mills inducted Dana Traxler as a new club member. She is the third person to join Rotary this year.
A big discussion that night was the Galion fireworks display on July 5. The club collects donations to pay for the display every year, and also organizes various Independence Day activities with help from other local organizations.
Several members commented that there was a great crowd for the show and many viewers complimented them.
Club Treasurer Dave Dayne announced that they collected $6,000 in donations this year, in addition to just over $1,200 in sales of bottled water, glow sticks and light up toys for kids. He noted the individual donations were very generous. This is an unofficial count, as there are some expenses left to be paid.
Despite these efforts, the club is about $3,000 behind what it was at this time last year.
“We need to change the way we ask for donations,” Dayne suggested, adding they could try to get sponsorships from local banks.
Other ideas posed included having a raffle before the show, and even allowing donors to bid on paying for the finale. They intend to begin asking local businesses for donation pledges now, rather than waiting until next spring.