New Castle, PA – Every year, Rotary International’s president defines a call to action. This year we are asked to Create
Hope in the World. As a community, we should all perform acts of kindness. It’s an effective step any of us can take to
protect our well-being. And by building peace within, we become more capable of bringing peace to the world. Our
Rotary Club of New Castle has been doing this since 1913 and are proud that we are recognized as a Peace Builders Club.
As we begin our new year, we’d like to thank our outgoing president, Kathy Graziani, for her leadership.
A year 2022-2023 review of accomplishments include:

 $20,000 of grants and sponsorships given out to the community which are: the Lawrence County Historical
Society for the Civil War Series; Forward Lawrence County for improvements to Cascade Park; the Eastbrook
Mission Barn; Renova Music Festival for student scholarships; the Lawrence County YMCA; United Way
Women’s Conference; United Way general fund and the New Castle Public Library for the summer reading

 Sponsoring the Grand Marshall of the Christmas Parade, NASA Astronaut Andrew Morgan and a Veterans
Breakfast Club where 135 veterans and their family members were hosted and veterans were invited to share
their stories

 In support of youth, the Club sponsored 10 students from local high schools to attend the Rotary Youth
Leadership Award camp at Westminster College in June. They also sponsored four students from the Lawrence
County Career and Technical School to attend the Rotary Outstanding Vocational Award Leadership camp in

The grants are possible from the proceeds of the annual Rotary lottery calendar sales. Since 2016, the calendars have
featured historic photographs of New Castle including three years of historic homes. The 2024 calendar theme will be
historic pictures of New Castle from the private collection of Michael Colella. Calendars will go on sale in the fall.
In the coming year, incoming Rotary President Heather Armstrong is asking the club to “focus on youth, service, public
relations, fellowship, and membership. Rotarians are “People of Action” who put service above self and welcome
members from all backgrounds.”

For more information about the Rotary Club of New Castle, grant requirements, the annual lottery calendar, and joining
Rotary, please see New Castle Rotary #89 on Facebook,, or or call 724-510-1608.