Laraway 14December 8, 2014: Brian Laraway, Fitch alumnus and veteran Rotarian, spoke about the value of the Rotary Foundation at the Monday noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Austintown.

The foundation is separate from Rotary but is used to fund humanitarian projects and services on the local, national and international levels. From humble beginnings in the 1920’s, it has grown through the generous donations of members all over the world, and returns a portion of the local funds after three years for local projects.

Laraway reminded members that the donation of $100 every year would qualify a member to be a Paul Harris Fellow after ten years, or it could be a donation of $1000 at once if desired. Austintown has a long tradition of donation, with Bill Courtney, now deceased, as one of the most generous over the years. Laraway encouraged new members and those not presently involved to join a group of ten and donate yearly.

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Pictured are Rotary President Vince Colaluca presenting a certificate and book that will be donated to the Austintown Elementary Library in honor of Brian Laraway (right)