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Posted on Aug 21, 2016
Tom Eble's Outgoing President's Wine Tasting
Thank you Tom for a great 2015-16 Rotary year!
Your enthusiasm and love of Rotary was an inspiration to all our members.
The Wine Tasting at the West Shore Wine Co was great fun to toast your tenure!
Per your request we did not get you a plaque, since this is your 4th presidency.
We showed our appreciation by purchasing you a Rotary vest, hat and shirts.
Wear them proudly on the Tuesday's when we meet!
Pictured are Tom and his lovely wife Cathy.
Posted on Aug 13, 2016
Youth Challenge Van Wash with Cluster Clubs
Rotarians doing good in our community.
On Saturday Aug 13th, our club with the help of our cluster clubs, Lakewood Rocky River (Sunrise and Noon), Westlake Bay and N. Ridgeville washed 11 vans used by Youth Challenge.
We had the outside crew and the inside crew!
Our cluster will also fund the maintenance of these vans throughout the year.
Thank you to all who participated!
Scholarship Recipient in Summerfest Parade
July 8th was the parade to kick off of the Fairview Summerfest. Participating and driving his cool convertible is Rotarian Don Auble and enjoying the ride is Fairview High School Scholarship recipient Mitch Allen.
A fun time was had by all!
Fun times at the Lemonade Stand Fundraiser July 8-10th!
Thank you to all members, their families and friends who helped work our Lemonade Stand at the Fairview Summerfest . Everyone had a ball and we raised money for our club as well. Special thank you to Angelo Russo for stepping up to run the stand all three days while George was away. Everyone missed you George!
Pictured from left to right: Amy and Eric Wagner, Joe Kazimer, Angelo Russo
Three $1500 West Shore Rotary Scholarships Awarded
Pictured: Rotarian Eric Wagner and recipient Elise Covell
Elise Covell from N. Olmsted High School and will be attending Bowling Green with a major in Public Health
Other recipients not pictured are:
Sadie Fronhapple from St. Joseph Academy who will be attending Walsh University for Nursing
Clayton (Mitch) Allen from Fairview High School who will be studying Mechanical Engineering at either, The Rochester Institute of Tech or University of Cincinnati
Congratulations to all!
Serving Dinner at The Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland
West Shore Rotarian, Chris Gerrett organized the dinner that our club sponsored, at the Ronald McDonald House on June 29th, 2016.
Ronald McDonald House is a haven for families who's child is in a neighboring hospital. It offers the families housing and meals for free while they concentrate on getting through their child's illness. This is the 5th year that our club has sponsored a meal.
THANK YOU shout-out to Rotary volunteers Dan Fronczak, Chris Gerrett, George Newman and guest volunteer TJ Gerrett for making sure the dinner was on the table on time and looking good.Thanks also to Luisa Heimburger (not pictured) for the batch of cookie dough. It was a great way to top off the meal!
Message from incoming president, Bill Wagner
I am honored to serve as the 2016-2017 President of the West Shore Rotary Club. I’ve long believed in the principle of “Service Above Self” and hope that I can help continue our club’s legacy of doing great things both locally and internationally. I am pleased to be joined this year by fellow officers: Lauren Teschner, President-Elect; George Newman, Treasurer; Luisa Heimburger, Secretary; and Amy Hendricks, Sargent-at-Arms. We have our work cut out for us as there are a lot of activities in progress and many more in the upcoming year.
In preparation for writing this letter, I read over the opening letters of presidents from the past few years. One common theme emerged: We need to grow our club! We are a small, but mighty group at only 33 members. There have been goals in previous years to increase our roles, but our numbers have stayed pretty much the same. The more hands, the lighter the work and more benefit we can bring to our communities and our world. Please extend the Rotary opportunity to your friends and colleagues who are like-minded in service as you.
Another challenge we’ve faced is our weekly attendance at meetings. I completely understand that work responsibilities may prevent some from attending regularly, but I would encourage those of you who do not have limitations to come back to meetings. We need your input and help!
Posted on Jun 17, 2016
Youth Challenge Sponsorship Presentation
On June 14th, Israel (Izzy) Caminero, his parents, Sandy and Israel Sr., and Melissa Thurstone (representing Youth Challenge) joined us for our lunch meeting. Every year our club sponsors a child with disabilities to a year long of activities at Youth Challenge, based in Westlake.
Pictured are Izzy and Melissa Thurstone from Youth Challenge.
Izzy is telling the club members about the sports that he likes to play at Youth Challenge.
Nanze Organization to help the children of Malawi
Yakoob Badat and his parents created a non-profit organization called Nanze, to feed and educate the children from his grandmothers native village in Malawi, Africa.
The presentation was well done and the cause is a great one to support.
Our club presented them with a check for his presentation and hope to help the organization in the future as well.
Learn more at www.nanze.org
From left to right: Ruckshana Khan, Yunus Badat, Bill Wagner (pres. elect), Yakoob Badat
Congratulations Amy! Thank you for your donation to the Rotary International Foundation. Your contribution helps those in our backyard and around the world!
Amy Hendricks accepts her Paul Harris Certificate and pin from Tom Eble, President of the West Shore Rotary Club
John Babel, Jr. (July 25, 1937 - April 4, 2016)
John Babel's has been a member of our club since October 1979. He was our Foundation Chair, a member of our board form many years and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was always ready to lend a helping hand where needed and had a great laugh that was all his own. When you heard it, you knew he was there! He was the retired superintendent of Fairview Park Schools, long time resident of Fairview Park and Adjunct Professor at Cleveland State University.
He was a true Rotarian in word and deed, and will be missed by all who knew him.
It was an honor to be called his friend and fellow club member.
God speed John! God speed!
Kathy Wilhelmy presented with her Paul Harris Certificate
Kathy Wilhelmy has become the latest Paul Harris Fellow.
Thank you for your generosity and support of the Rotary Foundation.
Tom Eble, West Shore Rotary President, presented the certificate at our meeting.
Two New Paul Harris Fellows
Ralph Gerke and Gio DiLalla
were presented with their Paul Harris Certificates
at our regular meeting.
Congratulations on joining the Paul Harris Fellowship and supporting the Rotary Foundation with your contribution.
Eric Wagner, is a new a Paul Harris Fellow
Eric Wagner, former president of our club, has become a Paul Harris Fellow.
The fifth member to become one this Rotary year. We are encouraging each of
our club members become Paul Harris Fellows.
Pictured is Eric with current president, Tom Eble, receiving the certificate.
Sarah Marie Klingler passed away Friday, January 29th at the age of 90.
Sarah Marie was a member of our club since 1998.
She was an avid skier and tennis player well into her 80's.
She also loved to play the piano and always spoke her mind.
She will be missed by all who knew her.
Play on Sarah, play on!
Presentation of Three Paul Harris Fellows
Mike Aerni, Luisa Heimburger and Angelo Russo were presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Award by Tom Eble (West Shore President)
The Paul Harris Fellow, named after Rotary's founding member, Paul Harris, is a distinguished award in recognition of a donation of $1000 to the Rotary International Foundation. The Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary and is leading the fight to eradicate Polio from the earth.
Rotarians are taking action to enhance health, empower youth, promote peace and improve their communities, through the Rotary Foundation.
Thank you Mike, Luisa and Angelo!
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...