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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!
Nigeria reclassified as polio endemic
Nigeria reported three cases of wild poliovirus in the northeastern state of Borno in August of this year. Following the World Health Organization's confirmation of these cases, the country returned to the list of polio-endemic countries. The other polio-endemic countries are Afghanistan and Pakistan. These are the first cases detected in the country since July 2014, and while this news is disappointing for all Rotary members, we are confident that Nigeria can defeat polio. Rotary provided $500,000 to assist immediately with the outbreak response, and an emergency response plan has been put...
Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.