Friday, June 22, 2012
By ABBY SLANKER
The 32nd annual Civic Day, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Canfield, was held with 40 Canfield High School seniors assuming the roles of school, city and township officials May 4. The day provided the students an opportunity to become familiar with local government operations.
Each student was assigned an official from Canfield City, Canfield Schools or Canfield Township to shadow during the day. For example, Anthony Ross assumed the role of Mayor Bill Kay, Gabrielle Brant assumed the role of Township Trustee Tony Bettile and keeping it all in the family, Maggie Sturm assumed the role of her mother, Adrianne Sturm, as Canfield Local Schools Board of Education president.
The students’ day started at the Canfield Local Schools board office where they conducted a mock school board meeting with their official counterparts. The school officials helped the students understand how a school board meeting is conducted by explaining policies and procedures for the meeting.
The students then took a tour of Canfield Village Middle School and were given a tour of the police and fire stations.
The students went to the Canfield Municipal Building where they held a mock city council meeting, with their counterparts. The students were coached through a council meeting, complete with motions, questions from meeting attendees, discussions, debates and banging of the gavel.
They then went to the Canfield Township Hall where a mock trustee meeting was held.
Civic Day came to an end as the Canfield Rotary held a luncheon for the students and all officials at St. Michael’s Church. Students read Civic Day Proclamations at the luncheon which they had drawn up during the respective meetings earlier in the day.
The guest speaker was Rick A. Hodges, executive director, Ohio Turnpike Commission. Prior to accepting the position of Executive Director of the Ohio Turnpike Commission in 2011, Hodges served in both the private and public sectors. He began his career as the youngest elected County Treasurer in Ohio for Fulton County.
The Rotary Club of Canfield presented Deborah Liptak, development director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, a check for $500 for the Canfield library’s summer reading program.
Marleen Belfiore was also honored during Civic Day by the Rotary Club of Canfield. Belfiore was presented with the Non-Rotarian Vocational Service Award.