By Jerrod Hill
Record-Courier staff writer
One lucky family will receive a weeks vacation to Salt Lake City and Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, when the Rotary Family Weeks contest winners are announced at 7 tonight at the James A. Garfield High School Gym.
The Family of the Year will be chosen from families nominated in Garrettsville, Hiram, Nelson, Freedom and Windham. Since February, the Hiram-Garrettsville Rotary Club has been accepting nominations for families that exemplify the Rotary Family Weeks theme of Putting Families First.
We were not just looking for people who did a lot of things, but people who spend their time together and put their family first, said Rotarian Amy Crawford.
Crawford said Rotarians from outside the county will be judging the Family Week contests. They will also be honoring student winners of art, essay, reading and speech contests, as well as the longest married couple nominated from the five communities.
Rosalie Fuscaldo Gaziano, a West Virginian author and speaker who was named National Mother of the Year by American Mothers Inc., will be the keynote speaker at tonights event. Gaziano, who raised four doctors and one attorney, now spends her time traveling the country speaking on the greatest challenges to the family institution in todays anti-family cultural environment.
Gaziano said she has family in this area so she is familiar with some concerns specific to our area, but her speech will focus on issues that affect families locally and nationally.
The Rotary Family Week began Sunday with a sacred music festival featuring performers from local churches, followed by the Wednesday Recognition Night, and Thursday workshops focusing on parenting, grandparenting and childcare issues. The week ends Saturday with a Family Fair.
All events are held at James A. Garfield High School.
, and are free to anyone.
Phone: (330) 296-9657