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  • __Toastmasters announce annual speech contest winners January 28, 2015

    Congratulations go out to Youngstown Executive 408 Toastmasters Club Members Ed Haller and Ying Zhang both took 1st Place at the Club International Speech and Evaluation Contests which were held January 19, 2015 at the Mahoning County Republican Headquarters in Boardman.
    Ed Haller, won 1st Place in the International Speech Contest where he competed against other club members.  In the speech contest, speakers choose and prepare a speech that is no longer than 7 minutes.
    Ying Zhang, Executive 408’s Sergeant of Arms, won 1st Place for the Evaluation Contest.  In the evaluation contest each evaluator listens to a speech and then provides their evaluation to the speaker and a panel of judges.
    The idea behind this contest is to provide honest, candid and constructive evaluations to the speaker.
    Haller and Zhang will move on to an Area Toastmasters contest against other Toastmasters clubs in Stow, Ohio on Saturday, February 21.
    Haller of Warren is currently the Director Water Pollution Control-City of Warren after retiring after 30+years with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. He took 1st Place in the 2014 Western Division Evaluation Contest and 1st Place in the 2014 District 10 Humorous Speech Competition.
    Zhang of Boardman is a software engineer at This was her first contest that she entered while being in Toastmasters less than a year.
    The 2nd place winners were Ken Shellito (International Speech) and Mark Williams (Evaluation).
    Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.
    For information about Toastmaster Executive 408, please visit our website

  • __ Warren Junior Women’s League donates to CRC January 28, 2015

    The 45th Annual GFWC Ohio Warren Junior Women’s League Champagne Luncheon Chairman Melanie Cann and WJWL President Renee Maiorca presented Robert Foster Executive Director of Children’s Rehabilitation Center in Howland a check from the luncheon proceeds for $17,400. The money will go towards CRC’s scholarship fund, so no child is turned away because of inability to pay. The luncheon theme was “We’re Dreaming of a White Christmas,” and featured star models from the Children’s Rehabilitation Center and was held at Packard Music Hall in Warren.

  • __ROA and MOAA Raise Money for USO January 28, 2015

    The Mahoning Valley Chapter of the Reserve Officers Association joined with the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America at a recent holiday fundraiser dinner and auction to raise money for a charitable military service organization serving northern Ohio.
    Each year, the ROA and the Ladies Auxiliary (ROAL) hold their annual benefit Christmas party and select a designated charitable military organization to receive the proceeds of the evening’s fundraiser. This year, COL Dick Calta served as auctioneer at the Manor Restaurant in Austintown in a spirited auction bid of wrapped mystery gifts surpassing last year’s efforts by a large margin.
    The USO of Northern Ohio was selected as ROAL’s designated charity and received $640 which was generated by members of the two officer organizations. The USO is a Congressionally chartered, nonprofit and non-government organization dedicated to provide morale building programs to the men and women of the armed forces. The USO of Northern Ohio services current military and their families throughout the 29 counties of northern Ohio. Although the USO of Northern Ohio is based in Cleveland, the funds raised by the local officer’s associations will be targeted for a large project at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, benefiting the servicemen in the Mahoning Valley.
    The ROA meets on the third Thursday of every month at the Manor Restaurant in Austintown. For more information regarding meetings and membership, contact Colonel Walter Duzzny at 330-774-4490.
    The MSVC-MOAA meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at the Consolidated Activity Center of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna. Point of contact for more information is LTC Rod Hosler at 330-788-3270.

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