August 27 meeting
According the the meeting's presenters, bringing an estimated six million dollars into the Orrville area economy was no small feat by the Orrville Firefighters Association and its Fire in the Sky extravaganza. The second of three generations in the long  list of each of their families' rich dedication to public service, program presenters Orrville Fire Department Chief Chris Bishop and Assistant Fire Chief Ron Ballentine shared a wealth of behind the scenes information about Orrville's extended Fourth of July weekend festivities. 
The speakers covered statistics ranging from parade registration and line-up,  publicity and safety service patrols, vendors and porta potties, carnival food and games, fundraising and fireworks, electricity hookups and trash control, and hosting the nationally recognized 14U softball tournament. With 80 travel teams registered, players, families and friends enhanced the area's economy through lodging, restaurants, food and supplies and the frequenting of various area attractions.  Bishop and Ballentine earnestly acknowledged the exhausting support of OFFA members and local volunteers as well as the financial sponsorship generosity of numerous area companies and businesses, all of whom helped make OFFA's annual summer celebration in Orrville an enormous success once again.
PHOTO: Assistant Fire Chief Ron Ballentine, Chief Chris Bishop, and Wilma Raynor, Rotarian since 1988 and who secured and introduced the speakers.
Submitted by Orrville Rotary Club
(Wilma Raynor)