Orrville Exchange Club

Jeff Evans, CEO of The Will-Burt Company, spoke to Orrville Exchange Club June 21.

Evans, who has been with the company since 1994, became president in 2000 and CEO in 2002. There have been only seven presidents of the Will-Burt Co. in the past 100 years.

Will-Burt now specializes in manufacturing masts and integrated tower systems used in mobile lighting, mobile communication and mobile surveillance. Markets for this are the federal government, military, U.S. Border Patrol, law enforcement and fire and rescue. In non-government use, masts are used for communication, cellular and TV broadcasts.

Evans said the Will-Burt Co. has produced the world’s first automatic locking mast, which recently came out. "We are the only one in the world to produce this," he said.

In business, Dean Sullivan, co-president, announced 31 members and guests will attend the Akron Rubber Ducks game June 22.

Ralph Keplar asked members to sign up to attend the Elvis Presley concert July 21 at the Dutch Kitchen on U.S. 30, west of Dalton. Ticket price of $26 includes buffet meal with tips included and concert. Exchange Club has already purchased 30 tickets for this event.

Lisa Reusser announced Exchange Club board approved donations to Orrville YMCA, Orrville Area Boys and Girls Club, the Salvation Army, and Turning Point Coalition. Checks were presented to the YMCA and OABG at the meeting.

Anna Davis said the Turning Point Coalition is providing meals on Saturdays during the summer and requested four volunteers on July 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to hand out meals at the Orrville Mennonite Church.

Widows, Widowers and Friends

The June meeting of Widows, Widowers & Friends was at East of Chicago Pizza with 38 members and one guest present. Opening prayer was by George Topovski.

The 50-50 raffle was split between two winners, Rick Elliott and Dorothy Majors. Door prize winners were Barb Stetler, Sandy McDougale, Rhea Schmale and Lois Oligee.

The next dinner and business meeting will be July 3 at Cruiser’s in Lodi. The carpool will leave Panera Bread at 5 p.m. Additional activities include lunch at Cracker Barrel July 19 with the carpool leaving Panera Bread at 10:30 a.m.; and breakfast at Bishop’s at 9 a.m. July 28. There also will be a barbecue at S & D Farm July 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Closing prayer was by Norma Davidson.

Widows, Widowers & Friends is a social and support group for those who have lost a loved one due to death or divorce or for those who have never married. For more information, call 330-201-0336.

Marshallville Lions Club

Eleven members and one guest met at the Country Inn Restaurant in Massillon for the Marshallville Lions Club meeting June 21.

The July 5 meeting is cancelled due to the holiday. The next meeting will be July 19 at the Marshallville American Legion.

Nicole Shaffer was the recipient of the annual scholarship awarded by the club. She is a graduate of Smithville High School and plans to attend Ashland University this fall.

Lions continues to collect used eye glasses and hearing aids. The items are sorted, cleaned and distributed. Glasses and hearing aids in need of repair also can be contributed and used for parts. Items may be dropped off at Marshallville Packing or Howmar Carpeting.

Friday Duplicate Bridge

Average score was 24 when Friday Duplicate Bridge played June 22 at Wooster Community Center.

Pairs above average were: 32.5, Judi Gingery, Gwen Gerber; 28.5, Gloria Scott, Wayne LeClear; 26, Judith Mitten Pete Bowen.

County Line Historical Society

County Line Historical Society held a membership meeting at the Miller Museum in Shreve. The program was by Roger Scott, a member of the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society. He shared that the club is 40 years old. This year, members will have a celebration for the depot building in Orrville; it is 150 years old. He also shared information about Wayne County railroads: Norfolk-Southern, Wheeling and Lake Erie, CSX, Ashland Railroad, RJ Corman Railroad, Akron Barberton Beltway and Amtrak.

The next meeting of the County Line Historical Society will be Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. at Miller Museum. (Park behind the museum and enter through Door 9.) The program will be by Bill Moss on Lionel Trains.