Ruritans remember fellow member with scholarship rename, award

A scholarship has been established in memory of the late Frank Marcino, described as a tireless community servant who displayed a heart for area youth by coaching and mentoring young people and serving on both the Edison Local School and the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School boards of education.

The first scholarship recently was presented by the Stanton Ruritan Club to Blaine Cline, a graduate of Edison High School who will be attending Ohio State University. He was accompanied by his parents, Chuck and Amy Cline.

Marcino was vice president of the Ruritan club upon his July 2 death. Fellow members wanted to remember the many years that Marcino spent coaching and stressing his belief in positive thinking and perseverance to life’s accomplishments. One of his last missions for the club was attending an Irondale Village Council meeting to discuss putting in a water system in the concession stand at the Irondale ball field. Health department approval, contractor bids and excavation needs need to be addressed with town council before completion, it was noted.

Marcino served on the school boards of both Edison and the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School and was a tireless member of the Stanton Ruritan Club, serving as vice president, Ruritans said.

The club had been making scholarship donations under another name, but members were unanimous in renaming it from the Stanton Ruritan Service Scholarship to the Frank Marcino Service Scholarship.

“Frank was a go-getter who kept us balanced and a good buddy to all. He will be missed,” Joe Smith of the Ruritan club said.

The scholarship presentation was made at a picnic held at Austin Lake.

A fundraiser drawing for meat from McConnell’s. Plans were discussed for a car show for the club to hold during the Homecoming Festival to be held in October.

Linda Excell said the toy ministry project is progressing with purchases being made when prices are good.

Discussion was held on the Veterans Day dinner with invitations to be sent.

Prizes for the annual duck race are being compiled by the club. It was noted that there were 86 prizes last year, and those considering to make a prize donation can contact a club member. The cost of a ticket for the duck race is $5.