Howland Rotary gets the flags out The club has started a fundraiser to get US flags in yards throughout the community. Flags are placed by the Rotary twice a year from May to July and September to November.

Ken Abell of Howland Rotary Club places an American flag in a yard in Howland as part of a new fundraiser by the Rotary. Photo: Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland
Ken Abell of Howland Rotary Club places an American flag in a yard in Howland as part of a new fundraiser by the Rotary. Photo: Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland

The Howland Rotary (Ohio, US — District 6650)  is challenging residents and businesses to fly American flags on six national holidays each year.

The service club began a fundraiser to buy flags to place in all yards in the community.

Ken Abell, Howland Rotary community service chair, said the Rotary began the fundraiser after learning of the success in other communities, such as Niles.

More than 175 flags have already been placed this spring.

He said 3-foot-by-5-foot flags are placed on 10-foot-tall poles in front yards 15 feet from the curb twice a year — the period covering Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day, and the period including Labour Day, Patriot Day and Veterans Day.

A member of the Rotary will place a flag in the yard before each period and remove them after the holiday.

An 18-inch plastic pipe will be buried in the yard, flush with the ground, to hold the flag staff.

Abell said he and other Rotary members want to help make the neighbourhoods of Howland “rich with community spirit and civic pride.”

The Rotary asks for a $30 a year donation and flags remain the property of the club. 

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