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ROTARY CLUB OF BURTON-MIDDLEFIELD

TOGETHER WE CAN.

Giving back to the Veterans through life-changing experiences.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2020

HELP OUR CAUSE

Jeep Rally support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions for our Veterans. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

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EVENT STARTS AT MAYFIELD RD DRIVE-IN THEATRE

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A JEEP DRIVE THROUGH SCENIC GEAUGA COUNTY

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2020

 

8:30AM REGISTRATION

10:00AM JEEP DRIVE STARTS

11:00AM BACK TO DRIVE-IN

11:15AM RECOGNIZE SPONSORS

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Maple Splash Drawing

Posted by Jim Eldridge on Jun 28, 2019
The Maple Splash Raffle Drawing took place Wednesday, June 26 at Welshfield Inn.
 
And the winners are:
 
Two Instant Winners of $250
     Holly Blair
     Mentor, Ohio 
     
     Arron Jacks    
     Burton, Ohio     
 
Grand Prize Winner ATV/Cash prize
    Ed Keiser
    Cranberry Twp. PA
   
Second Place Winner of $1000
    Tammy Wendl
   
Third Place Winner of the 55" Smart TV
    Ross Hornak
   
Fourth Place Winner of $500        
    Scott Hildenbrand 
 
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all participants in the Maple Splash Raffle. You participation helps to support the philanthropic work that the Burton-Middlefield Rotary does here in Geauga county and around the world. 
 
Burton-Middlefield Rotary.
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4 Way Test  2019

Students from Cardinal: Cloe Suddeth; Cloe Dubaski; and Matthew Byler; and from Berkshire: Josiah Cheung participate in the 4-Way Speech Contest
 
 
 
 
 
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Four-Way Speech Contest 2018

From left to right: President Jim Dvorak
Kailyn Foutty; First Place; Cardinal; Easily Offended Society
Brendan White; Third Place; Cardinal; Me Too Movement
Josiah Cheung; Berkshire; Second Place; Milk, Cancer and Public Information
Abby Geesling; Cardinal; Fourth Place; First Impressions
 
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Summer Picnic July 2017

Chuck White graciously offered his lake property for our picnic this year. Fishing, boating, kayaking, eating and great fellowship was had by all.
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UH Seidman Cancer Center Grand Opening

BMR Members participate in the grand opening ceremonies of the new Seidman Cancer Center at UH Geauga. The club's donation along with a matching grant made a $50,000.00 donation possible for the Center.
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Four Way Speech 2017

 
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Four Way Speech Contestants from Left to Right: Brendan White, Cardinal, Junior; Kaitlyn Foutty, Cardinal, Sophomore; Tori McClain, Cardinal, Senior; Josiah Cheug, Berkshire, Sophomore; Shannon Lewis, Newbury Junior; and Hannah Lewandowski, Newbury, Senior
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2017 BMR Dueling Piano Night Fundraiser/Good Time MFB 2017-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

BMR Christmas Carols at County Home

        
 
Christmas Carols at Geauga County Home, December 2016.
Every year our Rotary makes baskets and gives gift cards to the residents of the County Home. We also have an old-fashion carol sing-a-long and provide refreshments for the evening. To see pictures from the event, follow the link.
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Maple Museum Make Over

    
 
On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, members of Burton Middlefield Rotary began finishing the interior of the Maple Museum on Century Village Historical Society Grounds.
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Jim Croup inducted as the new President of Burton-Middlefield Rotary

 
CHANGE OVER
On Wednesday, June 29, 2016 the Burton-Middlefield Rotary held the Annual Changeover of Club Officers and Directors at "The Venue" at Wicked Woods. President Burrly Burr passed the reins of leadership over to Jim Croup. Jim was inducted as president by PDG Bob Johnson. The rest of the Officers and Directors were also sworn in by PDG Bob Johnson.
 
 

 
Jim Croup inducted as the new President of Burton-Middlefield Rotary Jim Eldridge 2016-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Vision

Last Year our District held a "Centennial Celebration" of the first 100 years for the Rotary Foundation, which was proposed by Arch Klumph at the RI Convention in Altanta on June 18, 1917. This video tells you what Rotary is all about. The Rotary Foundation ~ We are doing good in the world. We want to continue for the next 100 years. Join us.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Dueling Pianos Fundraiser

Posted on Apr 14, 2016
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Our first BMR Dueling Pianos fundraiser was held on Friday, April 15, 2016. If you enjoyed it last year and don't want to miss it next year, see the current flyer for more information.   This event is open to the public so tell your friends.
 
 
 
 
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10th Annual Burton-Middlefield "Rotary Ride"

Posted on May 16, 2015
Get ready for the 10th Annual, Burton-Middlefield "Rotary Ride" coming up Sunday, June 28, 2015. The Ride starts out at the Great Geauga County Fairgrounds at 10 am for a 50 mile (2 hour) ride through scenic Geauga county. The ride will be escorted by Sheriff Dan McClelland. It will include a drive by the Geauga County Veterans' Memorial. The ride returns to the fairgrounds about noon for a picnic lunch provided by the Rotary. Stay tuned for further details about the event. Public is welcome to come watch the bikes roll out. Donations accepted.
 
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Bob Evans Community Fundraiser ~ Dine to Make A Difference

Posted by Sharon Gingerich on Sep 12, 2014
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On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Bob Evans will participate in a community fundraiser in conjunction with Rotary International "End Polio Now Day."

Bob Evans will donate 15% of their sales when you present this flyer to Bob Evans. Flyer must be presented at time of check out. All northeast Ohio Bob Evans locations will be participating. Hours are open to close and the offer is valid on dine in or carry out.

Additionally, Burton Middlefield Rotary will match the 15% for End Polio Now Day when members present their dining receipt to club treasurer, Tracy Jemison.

Our meeting on Wednesday, October 22 will be changed to Thursday, October 23 and you will get meeting credit for going to Bob Evans on the 23rd. You must also let club secretary, Sharon Gingerich, know that you participated in the fundraiser. Click on the flier below to open and print a copy.

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Bob Evans Community Fundraiser ~ Dine to Make A Difference Sharon Gingerich 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
ICASI Fundraiser James Eldridge 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z 0

Beamer Test 72114

Posted by Mark Zakrzewski on Jul 22, 2014

Beamer test page for Mark.

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Motorcycle Run For Geauga Veterans 2014

Posted by James Eldridge on Jul 17, 2014

With each streaming an American flag behind them, the two lead riders at the 9th Annual Burton Middlefield Rotary Motorcycle Run roared out of the Geauga County Fairgrounds at mid-morning on June 29th. Total riders numbered 119, as Sheriff Dan McClelland and Midge led the 60 mile ride that started with coffee and doughnuts (provided by Maggie’s Doughnuts of Middlefield)  and ended with a picnic lunch, music by DJ Crazy Dave ,a 50/50 raffle and military equipment (provided by the Gerry Farrow and the Burton American Legion Post). The 50/50 raffle winner, Deputy Copen of the Geauga County Sheriff’s Department, netted almost $400 which he graciously donated back to the veterans’ fund. This year’s run was a huge success because of the generosity of our sponsors, volunteers and veterans. Together we raised $11,000 to help our Geauga County veterans in need.

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A big thank you to all of the following sponsors: 

                Burton Middlefield Rotary would like to thank all of our sponsors, veterans, volunteers, and participants for helping in this worthwhile project. We are proud to live in a caring community such as Geauga County and look forward to seeing the difference these dollars will make in the lives of our local heroes.

 

Thank you for your continued support of our local veterans.

 

Motorcycle Run For Geauga Veterans 2014 James Eldridge 2014-07-18 00:00:00Z 0

Change Over 2014

Posted by James Eldridge on Jul 15, 2014

The new Rotary year starts with the induction of our new Club President for 2014-15, Tom Blair.

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Tom taking the oath of office.

Photo by Marty Pesek.

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Immediate Past President Rich Newsome, witnesses Tom's induction by Past District Governor Bob Johnson.

Photo by Marty Pesek.

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Tom addresses BMR membership for the first time (this year).

Photo by Marty Pesek.

 

Also sworn in the rest of the officers and directors of the club:

 

President Thomas Blair

Secretary Sharon Gingerich

Treasurer Tracy Jemison

President Elect Marc"Burrly" Burr

President Nominee Jim Croup

Immediate Past President Rich Newsome

Director of Club Service David Brigham

Director of Community Service Mary Yeager 

Director of International Service Bob Johnson, PDG

Director Youth Service Dave Terrill

Director of Vocational Service Jim Eldridge

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Beamer 7/17/13

Posted by Christina Livers on Jul 20, 2013

Beamer 7.17.13

by  Livers, Christina

            Rich Newsome presided at his first BMR meeting as the Club’s president for 2013-2014.  Jim Croup asked for volunteers to work on the historical caboose upgrade project at the Middlefield Historical Society site this coming Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  REMINDER:  Dues are due.  Please send or give to Treasurer Tracy Jemison.  Rich asked for volunteers to help Todd Hornak with the Beamer when he is unable to do it.  Chris Livers is helping Todd now but others are needed.  August 23, our Rotary District 6630 will be hosting an outing at the Indians baseball game.  Information is on the District website.  DG Bob Johnson thanked all who came to his induction ceremony despite the terrible weather, noting that close to 100% of BMR members were there.  Bob also introduced guests Dr. Manu Domadia and his wife.  Dr. Domadia was a long-time BMR member prior to his retirement.   PEEK’N PEAK SEGUE TOUR:  Dick Hills outlined details about the forthcoming fun event of a segue tour of Peek’n Peak in Pennsylvania, approximately 2 hours from our area.  He set the date as September 20th.  For more information, contact Dick

            PROGRAM:  Four winners of the BMR “Service above Self” scholarship received a total of $4500 in monies raised primarily from our Pancake Breakfasts in March.  Each of the winners and their family members with them shared dinner with us at the Welshfield Inn, prior to the presentation of their awards. Scholarship Project Chair Heather Baker began by saying how inspired she was by the large number of applicants whose submissions showed what wonderful young people are graduating from our schools. 

            Because Newbury High School did not participate this year, the $1500 that their winner would have received went instead to the other two school districts in our club area.   Those districts are Cardinal (Middlefield) and Berkshire (Burton).    Heather invited the four winners to come to the podium and share with us a little about themselves, their goals and their future plans, ending with reading the essay they submitted as part of their application.       

            First to speak was Alesha  Blake of Cardinal High School.  Alesha was on Student Council for four years and its president for one.  She also was a member of Key Club for two years and its vice-president for one.  Among other activities she has volunteered at “Relay for Life”, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.  She plans to attend the University of Findlay to study veterinary medicine.  Also from Cardinal was Emily Bandiera, who has been attending the Auburn Career Center.    Emily is concentrating on culinary studies.  She has volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen in Warren and also by helping collect and deliver food at Thanksgiving and food and presents at Christmas for families in need in our area.  She has been taking courses at Lakeland Community College and Kent State University-Geauga.  By taking these classes, she will begin her college studies as a sophomore.  She will be going to Johnsonville University.  Her chosen career path is to become a personal chef or own and manage her own restaurant.

            Anna Jolly of Berkshire High School is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. She will attend Mt. Vernon Nazarene University where she will study history.  Her goal is to become a museum curator.  Cassidy Hall, also of Berkshire, is a volunteer with the Burton Fire Department and is one of our club volunteers at the pancake breakfasts.  She has chosen a career in nursing and will be studying at Kent State University-Geauga.

COMING EVENTS:  Mark your calendar for the annual Clam Bake to be chaired by Jodie Swartout.  Date is Wednesday, Oct. 16th.  At the request of the Geauga Department of Aging, BMR will host a birthday party for all seniors attending the center on Thursday, August 15 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  The party will be held outside, weather permitting, in the area of the Veterans’ Memorial.  Tracy Jemison said that 300 people are expected to attend. 

REMINDER:  All Board Meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month after the regular meeting.  This is a great way for members to get attendance credit for two meetings:  The regular meeting and the Board meeting following the regular meeting.  

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THANK YOU BMR

Posted by James Eldridge on Jul 11, 2013

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THANK YOU BMR!


          I want to personally thank all members of the RC of Burton-Middlefield that braved the weather and came to the Banner Exchange and induction ceremony for me on Weds., July 10th.    I was honored and surprised by the turnout which I assumed at around 3:00 in the afternoon that day, would be about "0". 

The Geauga Park District was great in offering not only the building, but an employee to stay and close up the building.  To me, all this proves once again that we live in a great community of dedicated and caring people. 

No matter how many clubs I visit this year, none will compare with BMR.  In spite of all the hours and work involved in the District Governor job; and trust me, there's plenty.  I can always come to a BMR meeting with you folks and feel relaxed and comfortable. 

No matter where the road takes me in the rest of my life, I will never be sorry that I relented to Sheriff Red in 1987 and joined the best Rotary club in the world.  I love Rotary and I love BMR and I thank you for your support.
                                                                                                             

Bob Johnson
                                                                                                             

District Governor 2013/2014                                                        

District 6630

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Bob Johnson Inducted as District Governor James Eldridge 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
The 2013 Burton-Middlefield Rotary Ride James Eldridge 2013-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Bob Johnson Induction as District Governor James Eldridge 2013-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
South Korean GSE Team Visits Burton-Middlefield James Eldridge 2013-04-10 00:00:00Z 0

New Rotary License Plates

Posted by James Eldridge on Mar 09, 2013
Here is the first look at the new "Ohio Pride" Rotary International License Plate that will be issued April 15, 2013. Ohio customers may continue to renew their current plate as long as they are in a serviceable condition. However, should t...he license plates need to be replaced; they will be replaced with the new Ohio Pride design. Any customer with a current registration that expires on or after April 15, 2013, can exchange their current Beautiful Ohio design for an Ohio Pride license plate. The fee to exchange is $7.50 plus normal renewal fees, if due.
New Rotary License Plates James Eldridge 2013-03-10 00:00:00Z 0

And the Winner is...

Posted by James Eldridge on Feb 25, 2013

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The vote is in!.... BURTON-MIDDLEFIELD ROTARY...once again voted...


BEST PANCAKES IN GEAUGA COUNTY!

 

Club President Bob Varga and member Bob Johnson receive the award from

Ray Jablonski, Sun News, this past Sunday at the pancake breakfast.


Chagrin Solon Sun Poll

 


And the Winner is... James Eldridge 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0

Beamer July 18, 2012

Posted by James Eldridge on Jul 17, 2012
This week's meeting was held at Wheeler Landscaping. Sheriff Dan McClelland introduced a crowd of over a hundred people to the three new canine units provided to the Geauga Sheriff's Department through the fundraising efforts of John and Mary Wheeler. They raised over $24,000 for the units. The Rotary Clubs of Geauga County, Fairmount Minerals, Preston's Superstore and donations from individuals in the community made it all happen.

The canine's deputy partner gave demonstrations of their prowess in drug searching and partner protection. Very impressive.

John and Mary are a great example of Rotary's motto "Service Above Self...".

For more details and for pictures go to: http://geauganews.com/3-new-k-9-units-to-join-the-geauga-county-sheriffs-office/

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Photo courtesy of Geauga News (www.geauganews.com)

This week we are back to Welshfield. See programs for details.
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Change - Over 2012

Posted by James Eldridge on Jul 01, 2012
On Wednesday, June 27, at the Red Maple Inn, in Burton, PDG Fran Bayless induced Bob Varga as the new Burton-Middlefield Rotary President.
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8th Annual Motorcycle Run, Sunday June 30, 2013

Posted by James Eldridge on Jun 21, 2012

Don't forget this Sunday, is the 8th annual Rotary Ride to benefit Geauga County Veteran's in need.

The ride starts at 10 am

Registration opens at 8 am. The cost is $25 per bike, riders are free.

For more details click this link to the Motorcycle Run web page.


All Rotarians arrive by 7:30 for set up. Please wear Rotary shirts or red, white and blue if possible.

8th Annual Motorcycle Run, Sunday June 30, 2013 James Eldridge 2012-06-22 00:00:00Z 0

Beamer 5.30.12

Posted by James Eldridge on May 29, 2012

THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE TWO WORK PROJECTS:
 
  1. At the Bond Building for a painting project. 3:00-3:30, Please bring your paint brushes, drop cloths, ladders, scrappers etc. Finish by 6 pm.
  2. At the Red Simmons Memorial. 5:30, Work detail, mulching and weeding. Please bring your pitch forks, rakes, shovels, etc.

DINNER:

  • Howard and Dave will be cooking for us at the Veteran's Memorial Senior Center at 7 pm.

THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM:

  • July 13, Welshfield, Rotary Ambassodorial Scholar from Germany.

 

Beamer 5.30.12 James Eldridge 2012-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
BURTON-MIDDLEFIELD ROTARY WINS CHAGRIN SOLON SUN PANCAKE POLL James Eldridge 2012-03-15 00:00:00Z 0

Berkshire Interact Club-Photos

Posted by Brian A. Brockway on Sep 17, 2011
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A Photo Album of the Bershire Interact Club has been added to the member website.

 

 

  • Login to clubrunner

  • Click on Edit photo albums

  • Click on the magnifying glass icon to view the photos

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Beamer 9.7.11

Posted by Todd R. Hornak on Sep 15, 2011
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 BMR presents $8300 check to Paul Newman at the Veteran's Memorial. Click on more below for pictures of the dedication.
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District Governor Steve Zabor visits BMR

Posted by Michaelean Pesek on Aug 11, 2011

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District 6630 Governor and BMR President for 2011-12, Steve Zabor and Len Golding pose for a picture during Steve's visit to the club on Wednesday,  August 10, 2011.

photo by Michaelean Pesek
 
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Beamer July 20, 2011 Christina Livers 2011-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Beamer July 12, 2011 Christina Livers 2011-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Beamer July 6, 2011 James Eldridge 2011-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Beamer June 29, 2011 Christina Livers 2011-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Beamer June 22. 2011 Christina Livers 2011-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Beamer June 15, 2011 Christina Livers 2011-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Highlights of the RI International Convention 2011 James Eldridge 2011-05-27 00:00:00Z 0

Project Patagonia - a three year success story

Posted by Robert A. Johnson on May 09, 2011
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The RC of Burton-Middlefield, RC of Nahuel Huapi in Bariloche Argentina and the Patagonia Project have completed the third $25,000 computer lab installation in rural Patagonia Argentina schools. As with the first two projects, this one was funded by the two RC partners and generous matching grants from D6630, D4930 and the Rotary Foundation. ( In addition, the first project was also aided by funding from the RC of Chesterland, RC Mentor, and the RC of Cleveland). In all $75,000 of computer equipment was purchased and installed.

For more information on this great project read the following article by Bob Johnson and visit the web site for Project Patagonia

  

Project Patagonia - a three year success story Robert A. Johnson 2011-05-10 00:00:00Z 0

Beamer 4.27.11

Posted by Todd R. Hornak on May 02, 2011

NEXT WEEK'S MEETING IS A FACTORY TOUR OF TROY INNOVATIVE.  TROY INNOVATIVE IS LOCATED AT 15111 WHITE ROAD IN MIDDLEFIELD TOWNSHIP.  THE TOUR STARTS AT 6:15 PM WITH DINNER TO FOLLOW AT ALLEY'S.

Program:   Teeba.  Young Iraqi girl being raised by Barbara and Tim Marlowe of Concord Township.

Barbara was reading the newspaper when she saw an image of Teeba, who was badly burned at the age of 19 months by a roadside bomb in Iraq.  She was taken by the picture and the little girl's eyes and wanted to help.  Barbara arranged to have Teeba brought to the states at the age of 5.  Teeba is now 9 years old and a student at Andrews Osbone Academy in Mentor.  Since arriving in Ohio, she has had 15 surgeries to help her grow new skin on her face, procedures that she never would have received in Iraq.  The Marlowe's and Teeba still speak with Teeba's biological mother weekly.  Besides having been through a lot in her young life, Teeba is a regular 9 year old girl.

Beamer 4.27.11 Todd R. Hornak 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z 0

Beamer 4.20.11

Posted by Todd R. Hornak on Apr 25, 2011

NEXT WEEK'S MEETING WILL BE AT PUNDERSON

Program:   PAUL HARRIS FELLOW NIGHT  

Paul Harris Fellows were awarded to the following individuals:

1)  Joe Snyder.  Joe, Bill Stute's son-in-law, has volunteered his time as an omelette cook each Sunday during pancake breakfasts for a long time.  Jim Eldridge introduced Joe and presented him with his award.

2)  Brooks Hull.  Brooks owns Bay Corporation, which manufactures supplies for the medical industry.  A long time friend of Bob Johnson, Brooks has donated through his own foundation to BMR projects whenever he has been asked.  Bob Johnson introduced Brooks and presented him with his award.

3)  Dave Harrington.  Since 2005, Dave has generously donated his parking lot at Harrington Square for our Motorcycle Run and has also provided all the food and beverages for the ride free of charge.  Chuck White introduced Dave and presented him with his award.

Lastly, the club recognized Tom Buckles for achieving Paul Harris Fellow status twice and Len Golding for achieving the honor three times. 

The Paul Harris Fellow is named after Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary.  Since the award was created in 1957, over 1,200,000 Rotarians have earned the right to call themselves Paul Harris Fellows.

 

 

Beamer 4.20.11 Todd R. Hornak 2011-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Request Membership Information James Eldridge 2011-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
BEAMER 12-1-2010 James Eldridge 2010-12-06 00:00:00Z 0

New Officers for 2012-2013

Posted by James Eldridge on Nov 30, 2010
Elections took place on Wednesday December 12, 2011...

YOUR OFFICERS FOR THE 2012-2013 ROTARY YEAR:

  • PRESIDENT: Bob Varga
  • PRESIDENT ELECT: Rich Newsome
  • PRESIDENT NOMINEE: Tom Blair
  • TREASURER: Tracy Jemison
  • SECRETARY: Chris Livers
Congratulations!!!



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Rotary Minute: What Is Rotary? James Eldridge 2009-10-07 00:00:00Z 0

Humor

Posted by James T. Eldridge on Jun 23, 2009
"I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens."
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This Is Rotary - Rotary International James Eldridge 2009-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Bill Gates speaks to Rotarians - Rotary International James Eldridge 2009-01-21 00:00:00Z 0

BEAMER 8-20-14

Posted by James Eldridge

 

 
Sat Aug 23, 2014  
 
 
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BEAMER 8.20.14

NEXT WEEK'S MEETING IS AT THE WELSHFIELD BANQUET CENTER.  THE PROGRAM IS CLUBRUNNER 101. 


GUESTS:  Cindy Johnson, Vicki Blair, John Hurd, Nancy Chartrand, and Judy Davanzo (wife of District Governor Mike Davanzo)

HEADS & TAILS WINNER:  Congrats to Chuck White.

PROGRAM:  DISTRICT GOVERNOR MIKE DAVANZO

Mike, a member of the Medina morning club, started off his talk by thanking BMR for its active role in the district both individually (Bob Johnson is a PDG, Jim Eldridge heads up the district grant committee, and Tracy serves as the district treasurer) and as a club.  He also reminded the club of a few of the upcoming district events including a Rotary Foundation event on November 9th, the district conference April 24th - 25th, and a June 28th awards program.  Also, on October 23rd, all area Bob Evans restaurants will donate 15% of your bill to Polio Plus when you present a copy of the promotional flyer for the event at checkout (copies and email photos/phone screen shots of the flyer qualify).  This flyer can be found on BMR's Facebook page.

Mike noted a couple of the goals for RI worldwide which include growing membership from 1.2 to 1.3 million and growing the Rotary Foundation.  Mike urged those in attendance to move from being just a member of BMR to a true Rotarian by increasing participation in club events and truly getting involved.  He noted that the future of Rotary is in our hands so go out there, wear your Rotary pin with pride, and do it justice.


 
 
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BEAMER 7-2-2014

Posted by James Eldridge

 

 
Wed Jul 09, 2014  
 
 
 

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July 2, 2014 Burton Middlefield Rotary Meeting

 

Guests:  Vicki Blair

 

Meeting Discussion Items:

 

Tracy Jemison provided a summary of the Motorcycle Run.  119 bikes this year.  The Motorcycle Run netted $10,980 this year for the veterans of Geauga County.  Heidi thanked everyone for their efforts to make the event successful.

 

Brian Brockway reminded everyone of the annual Captains game outing on August 13th.  Tickets are $8 each.  If you're interested in attending, please get him money for your tickets as soon as possible.

 

Bob Varga reminded everyone about the July 26th Million Dollar Quartet outing.  Get him your money by next week's meeting if you have not already.  We are to be seated for dinner at the Cibreo restaurant across from the Ohio Theatre at 5:30, so please plan to arrive there early.

 

Tracy reminded everyone that 2014-15 dues are due.  Please give Tracy your dues payment by the end of July.

 

Program:

 

Kenny Butler, owner of White House Chocolates discussed the choclatier business and brought a variety of chocolate samples for a chocolate tasting event.  Kenny explained how the ingredients of white, milk and dark chocolate differ and the importance of quality ingredients and quality control in creating delicious chocolates.

 

Carole Cashion and Jim Eldridge won door prizes of chocolates.

 

Upcoming Programs:

 

July 9 - at Welshfield, Tracy Jemison, Geauga Growth Association

July 16 - at Blazin' Bills (dinner $20)

July 23 - at Welshfield , no program yet

 
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BEAMER 7-9-2014

Posted by James Eldridge

 

Sun Jul 13, 2014  
 
 
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July 9, 2014 Burton Middlefield Rotary Meeting Summary

 

Guests:

Nancy Chartran, Chesterland Rotary Club

 

Meeting Discussion Items:

 

Nancy passed out information on the Chesterland Club's fundraiser golf outing on July 28th and the District's event at the Cleveland Indians game on August 1st.  She was also selling raffle tickets for $10 to throw out the first pitch at the Indians game.

 

Bob Varga mentioned that a few people needed to get him their checks for the "Million Dollar Quartet" event.

 

Reminder: 2014-15 Dues are due by the end of July.

 

Chuck White passed out a 2014-2015 BMR Program Survey for all members to fill out and return to him regarding 3 questions:

  • What programs would you like to see?

  • What programs could you personally present?

  • What programs could you arrange?

Chuck would like these surveys returned to him at the meeting on July 16th.

 

Heads and Tails Winner:  Dan McClelland

 

Program:

Tracy Jemison discussed the Geauga Growth Partnership and the benefits it brings to our county.  It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit business-led organization whose mission is to grow the economy of Geauga County.  It is composed of 109 members, including businesses, government organizations, individuals, and other business-related organizations.

 

Some of the Geauga Growth Partnership's activities to benefit Geauga County include:

  • Internship program for local high school students (currently 35 students)

  • Career Day event for high school students (250 attended in 2014)

  • Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) programs for grade school students

  • Entrepreneur Programs

  • Business support, including advocate services, site selection services, export assistance, international connections, consulting, networking opportunities, supply chain assistance, financing options, workforce recruitment, educational programs, and others.

Upcoming Programs:

 

July 16 - at Blazin' Bills (dinner at 7:00 pm, $20) Speaker-Joyce Piteo, owner of Blazin' Bills and Chagrin Valley Rotary Member.

July 23 - at Welshfield , no program yet

 
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BEAMER 7-16-2014

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July 16, 2014 Burton Middlefield Rotary Meeting Summary

 

Location:  Blazin' Bill's Restaurant

 

Guests:

Lois Locher, Joyce Vesely, Jean Hills, John Hurd, Howard Gottlieb (Chagrin Highlands Rotary Club)

 

Meeting Discussion Items:

 

Brian said he still had tickets for the Lake County Captains game.

 

Reminder: 2014-15 Dues are due by the end of July.

 

Chuck White passed out/collected the 2014-2015 BMR Program Survey for all members to fill out.  If you have not returned your survey to Chuck, please give it to him at the next meeting.

 

Blazin' Bill's Gift Card Winners:  Tracy Jemison and Dave Terrill

 

Program:

Hoyce Piteo, Owner of Blazin' Bill's discussed the history of the restaurant which began when the original owner cooked food for workers in the apple orchard on the property.  Fishermen from LaDue began arriving as asking to buy some of the food.  In 1994, the restaurant won the Best Ribs award at the Rib Burn Off in Cleveland and the business began to grow significantly.  A fire destroyed the original restaurant in 2004 and the new restaurant building was re-opened for business in 2005.

 

Upcoming Programs:

 

July 23 - Welshfield: Cleveland Foundation

 

 
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BEAMER 7-23-2014

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July 23, 2014 Burton Middlefield Rotary Meeting Summary

 

Location:  Welshfield Inn

 

Guests:

Judy Lasko

 

Meeting Discussion Items:

 

Bob Varga: Those going to the Million Dollar Quartet event on Saturday, July 26th should meet at Cibreo by 5:30 for dinner.

 

Reminder: 2014-15 Dues are due by the end of July.

 

Heads & Tails Winner:  Jim Ebert

 

Program:

Amy Lasko, a recent graduate of Berkshire High School read her winning "Service Above Self" essay.  She was awarded a $1,500 scholarship.  She will be attending Ohio State and major in Nursing.

 

Upcoming Programs:

 

July 30 - Welshfield: To be announced

 

 
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BEAMER 7-30-2104

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July 30, 2014 Burton Middlefield Rotary Meeting Summary

 

Location:  Welshfield Inn

 

Guests:

Marilyn White

Matt (Hiedi's fiancé)

 

Meeting Items:

 

Heidi formally turned over the role of Sargent at Arms (i.e., keeper of the pig) to Brad.

 

Tom and the club members thanked Bob Varga for coordinating the Million Dollar Quartet event, a success by all accounts.

 

Tom and Tracy announced that the Geauga Tourism group needs volunteers to help serve beer at their event on Saturday, August 27th.  Anyone willing to help should contact Tom as soon as possible.

 

Heads & Tails Winner:  Mike Pesek

 

Program:

Bob Johnson provided a summary of his year as Governor of District 6630.  This included visiting all 53 clubs in the district, attending numerous District committee meetings, Zone meetings (our district is one of 16 in our Zone, Zone 29), and training sessions, as well as the annual Rotary International meeting in Sydney, Australia.  Some of the committees that Bob participated in as District President included finance, nominating, board of directors committees, youth exchange committees.  Bob said that during his tenure as President, District 6630 contributed $190,00 to the annual fund and $135,000 to the fund to eradicate polio.  He said his best decision was to enlist Tracy Jemison's assistance in straightening out the accounting of the District and ensuring sound financial status.  He was also proud that club membership grew under his watch.

 

 

 
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BEAMER 8-6-2014

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August 6, 2014 Burton Middlefield Rotary Meeting Summary

 

Location:  Welshfield Inn

 

Guests:

Brian Taylor (Chris' brother)

 

Meeting Items:

 

Brian passed out Captain's tickets and said any remaining tickets will be left at the "will call" booth.

 

Jodie asked for help to pack up the 40 shoeboxes for kids in Nicaragua.  She planned to pack them at noon on Saturday (8/9).

 

Jodie also had tickets for a drawing for a new Chevy Equinox.  Tickets are $25 and proceeds go to the Newbury VFW to fund construction of the veterans memorial at Auburn and 87.

 

Tom Blair is in discussions with Welshfield Inn to possibly move back to the other room if we can guarantee 30+ attendees at our meetings.  He will provide more information in the coming weeks.

 

Heads & Tails Winner:  N/A

 

Program:

Rick Deshant represented the Greater Cleveland Fisher House fundraising campaign.  Fisher houses are places where family members of injured veterans can stay while the veteran is undergoing medical treatment at nearby VA clinics and affiliated hospitals.  Fisher Houses allow family members to stay near their loved one at no cost and benefit from a support network of families of other injured veterans.  Rick explained the history of Fisher Houses across the nation (there are 58 throughout the US) and indicated that Cleveland's VA clinic is the largest in the nation that does not have a Fisher House.  Cleveland's VA Clinic also is ranked #1 in the naton in each of its 8 "centers of excellence."

 

Cost to build the Fisher house will be approximately $7 million and will be able to house 25-30 families at a time.  $3 million must be raised locally and the Fisher Foundation will provide the remainder of the needed funding.   The Greater Cleveland Fisher House is a federally registered 501 c.3 organization and all donations are tax deductible by federal law.  To donate, checks should be made out to the Greater Cleveland Fisher House and sent to:

Greater Cleveland Fisher House

21886 Seabury Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44126

 

For more information, go to www.greaterclevelandfisherhouse.org

 

 

 
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Motorcycle Run Press Release

Posted by James Eldridge

RIDERS RAISE MONEY FOR VETERANS

 

            With each streaming a large American flag behind them, the two lead riders at the 9th Annual BMR Motorcycle Run in Geauga County, roared out of the Geauga County Fairgrounds in Burton, Ohio, at mid-morning June 29th, leading the way to raising $11,000 to help Geauga County veterans.  Total riders numbered 119, including veterans or family members of veterans.

The sun shone on a made-to-order day for the 60 mile ride, which stopped for a ceremony of remembrance at the Geauga County Veterans’ Memorial then continued on the scenic roads of Geauga County.   Motorcycle riders from the Geauga County Sheriff’s Department, who donated their time, assured everyone’s safety.  A ride that began with coffee and donuts ended with lunch, music by DJ Crazy Dave, freebies and a 50-50 raffle that netted the winner almost $400. The Sheriff’s deputy who won the 50-50 prize money donated all of it to the fund for the veterans.

            BMR is the Burton-Middlefield Rotary Club which holds this event on the last Sunday in June.  All proceeds benefit the Geauga Veterans’ Housing and Assistance Fund.  To date this event has raised over $100,000.  The money has provided funds for the construction of the Geauga County Veteran’s Memorial on Merritt Road just east of S.R. 44; Giant Eagle gift cards given to veterans, especially at the holidays (such as Thanksgiving); the purchase of heating oil and other assistance with housing maintenance and repairs.  Maintenance and housing repairs support is given in cooperation with Geauga County’s Habitat for Humanity.  For example, when a veteran needs a ramp or inside repairs and can’t provide it for himself or herself, BMR will buy the supplies needed and Habitat volunteers will donate the labor. 

Said co-chairs Heidi Hess and Brad Wadsworth, “We are deeply grateful for the support of the riders and all the volunteers who made this event possible. Next year will be our 10th Annual Ride and we look forward to it being an even bigger and better event.”

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Beamer 1.15.14

Posted by Todd Hornak

Beamer   1.15.14

Guests:  Marc Burr and Jim Pascoe

Reminder:  Board meeting following the weekly 7:00 p.m. meeting Wednesday at Welshfield Inn.

Dues:  Annual dues are due.  Any questions, please ask Tracy Jemison.

Feeding the “pig”:   Effective immediately the pig will require feeding of $1.00 if a member is not wearing a Rotary pin or name badge at the regular meetings.

Announcement:  Dan and Bev McClelland welcomed a new grandson last Wednesday.  Congratulations!!

Program:  Kent State University-Geauga campus is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Jim Dvorak introduced Denise Milhollan, Business Manager of the Burton campus of Kent State University.  A 32-year resident of Geauga County, Ms. Milhollan stated that the previous Friday featured the opening ceremonies of the campus’ 50th year anniversary.  Leading the 50th year celebration activities is her responsibility.  KSU-Geauga is very good at academics, she said, and is doing very well at meeting the needs of the job market.  Through the years KSU-Geauga has been very supportive of many county-involved groups.

Among the many activities planned for this half-century year is a golf outing that will be a scholarship fundraiser.  Cost of attending KSU-Geauga is 40 percent less than attending the Kent State University main campus in Kent.  “The first priority is the students, “said Ms. Milhollan.  A music festival is planned for the summer and will include local talent and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.  Ninth through twelfth grade Geauga County students will be invited to audition for an opportunity to play with the Orchestra.  In November KSU-Geauga will host a dinner dance at the Hillbrook Club in Russell Township. 

Marketing initiatives will include a Facebook presence and upgrading the campus’ web site.  Added will be outdoor signage announcing county events.  A Lunch & Learn monthly program will begin and one of the faculty members will be highlighted at the same time.  KSU-Geauga recognized a need for a Speakers’ Bureau and plans to establish one.   Speakers will be found on “Linked In”.   Also new will be the “Alumni Connection’ that will give graduates the ability to share the opportunities they’ve found and their successes. 

At the end of the year, in January 2015, there will be a wrap-up ceremony announcing a “Friends of the Campus” and introducing a 50 hours of community service program. 

With enrollment up 50 percent in the last five years, KSU-Geauga’s future is bright with its continuing service to the community.

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Beamer 1.8.14

Posted by Todd Hornak
THE NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD

A well deserved Paul Harris Fellow was awarded to Rich Newsome.  Congratulations Rich!

As a reminder, all BMR Board meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month after the regular meeting.  This is a great way for members to get attendance credit for two meetings (the regular meeting and then the Board meeting following the regular meeting).

PROGRAM:  Katie Lasco.  Trip to Ecuador.

Katie Lasco, a Berkshire High School graduate and a multiple BMR 4-way Speech Contest winner, talked to the group about her trip to Amazonian Ecuador to provide English language training to elementary school students.  An Ohio University grant provided the funding for her trip.  Prior to the trip, she had to spend a lot of time working on her Spanish as she had not taken Spanish classes before.  Traveling alone, she arrived in the capital city of Ecuador (Quito) before making her way out to the country town of Puyo where she worked.  When she arrived in Puyo, she met up with other traveling students also their to help with the English language training.  During her stay, she met many Ecuadorians who helped her along the way and she tries to stay in touch with the project the best she can.
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Beamer 12.4.13

Posted by Todd Hornak
THE NEXT MEETING IS THE CHRISTMAS PARTY AT WELSHFIELD INN

Guests:
  John Hurd.

Heads & tails winner:  Len Golding.

Salvation Army bell ringing was this past weekend.  Thank you to all who participated.

A thank you was received from Cardinal Elementary thanking BMR for the dictionaries.

The County Home Christmas Party will be December 18th with dinner to follow at Grandview.  Gift assignments have been handed out.  If you have not been giving a gift assignment, you are asked to bring a snack the night of the party.  Please contact Mary and let her know what snack you are bringing so she can coordinate.  Also, anybody who wants to help put together the gift bags please plan on being at Mary's house around 2 PM on Monday December 16th.

New member inductions:  Congratulations to Brad Wadsworth and Heidi Hess, the newest members of BMR!

Dick Hills is selling Our Town Around books as a fundraiser for his barbershop quartet.

As a reminder, all BMR Board meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month after the regular meeting.  This is a great way for members to get attendance credit for two meetings (the regular meeting and then the Board meeting following the regular meeting).

PROGRAM:  Dave.  Lake/Geauga County Shared Services Regional Cooperative.

Lake/Geauga County Shared Services Regional Cooperative is a group of schools, townships, cities, and municipalities who are looking at common needs in an effort to go about purchasing products or services for the entire group at discounted prices.  The organization is new to the area and has been boosted by a recent $100,000 grant from the state's Local Government Innovation Fund.  Currently, members of the cooperative are submitting data detailing their buying habits to help the group best identify areas where group buying or the sharing of services may help.  The idea of shared services has become necessary as budgets of the member organizations have been greatly reduced.
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Beamer 11.20.13

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BEAMER 11.20.13

THERE WILL BE NO MEETING NOVEMBER 27TH.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE DECEMBER 4TH AT WELSHFIELD.

GUESTS: 
Brad Wadsworth.

Heads and tails:  Barry Owens is the winner.

Thank yous' were received from the Middlefield Historical Society for our help refurbishing the caboose and from the First United Methodist Church for our support of their food cupboard.

Brad Wadsworth and Heidi Hess have been approved by the board for membership.  Any comments should be made to Sharon Gingrich within the next 10 days.

The BMR Christmas Party will be December 11th.  A menu will be available shortly with meals running $20-23 per plate.

The County Home Christmas Party will be December 18th with dinner to follow at Grandview.  Gift assignments have been handed out.  If you have not been giving a gift assignment, you are asked to bring a snack the night of the party.  Please contact Mary and let her know what snack you are bringing so she can coordinate.  Also, anybody who wants to help put together the gift bags please plan on being at Mary's house around 2 PM on Monday December 16th.

A Paul Harris Fellow was awarded to Todd Hornak for inconsistent and last minute delivery of the Beamer.  

Bob Johnson recognized BMR as a $100 Per Capita Club, meaning BMR has 100% participation in Every Rotarian Every Year.
 
Dick Hills is selling Our Town Around books as a fundraiser for his barbershop quartet.

As a reminder, all BMR Board meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month after the regular meeting.  This is a great way for members to get attendance credit for two meetings (the regular meeting and then the Board meeting following the regular meeting).

PROGRAM:  Tricia Vidovick.  Education and Outreach Specialist for the Cleveland Alzheimer's Association Chapter.

Alzheimer's accounts for 80% of dementia cases and is a progressive, non-reversible disease with no known cure.  Age is the number one risk factor for developing Alzheimer's and people are living longer these days than ever before.  Longer life spans mean more Alzheimer's cases and the disease has now become the 6th leading cause of death in America.  Of the six leading causes of death, only Alzheimer's is growing in number of deaths caused.  Medications for the disease don't slow the progression of the disease and only treat the symptoms.  These medications only work 1/2 the time and the often lose their effectiveness within 6-12 months. 

Tricia made a distinction between being a little forgetful and having Alzheimer's by comparing the human brain to a file cabinet.  When we are young, our file cabinets are very empty and we don't have much to forget or remember.  As we age, our file cabinets become full of information as we obtain a job, pay bills, run a household, etc.  Sometimes these file cabinets get a little disorganized and we can't remember exactly where we put something, but with a little thinking we can figure it out and locate what we need.  A person with Alzheimer's has the same file cabinets we have but the door to those cabinets is locked and they can't get to the information at all.

Alzheimer's can be extremely hard on the families and friends of the patient, especially those providing the care.  There is a 24/7 helpline ran by the Alzheimer's Association that can be called to answer questions/concerns and provide support.  The number is 1-800-272-3900.  More information can also be found at www.alz.org/cleveland.

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Beamer 11.13.13

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BEAMER 11.13.13

GUESTS: 
Brad Wadsworth, John Hurd.

Potential New Member (Third Posting):
  Brad Wadsworth. 

Potential New Member (Second Posting):  Heidi Hess.

The BMR Christmas Party will be December 11th.  A menu will be available shortly with meals running $20-23 per plate.

The County Home Christmas Party will be December 18th.  Thank you to Mary Yeager for taking over this project!  Dick Hills will be leading the singing but we are in need of a piano player if anybody knows of one. 

Dick Hills is selling Our Town Around books as a fundraiser for his barbershop quartet.

As a reminder, all BMR Board meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month after the regular meeting.  This is a great way for members to get attendance credit for two meetings (the regular meeting and then the Board meeting following the regular meeting).

PROGRAM:  Brian Brockway.  Salvation Army Bell Ringing.

Since 1994, our cluster of clubs (BMR, Chardon, Chesterland, and Chagrin Valley) has raised over $400,000 for the Salvation Army through our annual ringing campaign.  BMR started a friendly competition between the cluster clubs years ago and we have won the award for the highest collection total more often than not, including the win last year when we raised $6,737 compared to Chardon in second place at $6,594.  Last year, all cluster clubs combined raised $28,600.  Brian said to insure that your donation to the Salvation Army stays in Geauga County, you need to give your donation directly to Brian so that he can put it in with the BMR collection.  If you send your donation in through the mail your money will not be guaranteed to stay local.  Brian also mentioned that the Salvation Army has an endowment fund in Geauga County called the "Home County Fund."  There is currently about $12,000 in the fund and the interest earned goes into the yearly kettle drive.  Donations can be made to the endowment fund in addition to your contribution to the kettle drive.  This year, BMR will be ringing at the Middlefield Wal-Mart on December 7th (BMR) and 14th (BHS Interact Club).  Sign up sheets are going around now.

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Beamer 11.6.13

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BEAMER 11.6.13

THE NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD.

GUESTS: 
Al Wargo, Jim Pascoe, Heidi Hess, Mary Lou Newman, Brad Wadsworth.

Potential New Member (Second Posting):
  Brad Wadsworth. 

Potential New Member (First Posting):  Heidi Hess.

Heads and Tails winner:  Barry Owen.

WELCOME BACK TO RICH NEWSOME who was in attendance!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY was sang to John Gander in celebration of his 100th birthday on November 5th.  German chocolate cake, John's favorite, was enjoyed by all.

Jim Dvorak announced that we will be distributing dictionaries on November 21st.  More details to come later.

The BMR Christmas Party will be December 11th.  A menu will be available shortly with meals running $20-23 per plate.

The County Home Christmas Party will be December 18th.

Dick Hills is selling Our Town Around books as a fundraiser for his barbershop quartet.

As a reminder, all BMR Board meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month after the regular meeting.  This is a great way for members to get attendance credit for two meetings (the regular meeting and then the Board meeting following the regular meeting).

PROGRAM:  Ryan Boucher.  H.P. Technologies, Inc.  Natural Gas and Energy Brokers.

HP Technologies designs programs for businesses, municipalities, schools, and even individual home owners that help keep energy costs down.  Representing a number of different energy suppliers, they work with their sources to find the cheapest rates possible for their clients on deregulated energy sources such as natural gas and electricity.  The currently cover 26 states and Canada.  They have 25 different agents available to work with customers to lower their costs.  Some of their clients include Russell Township, the College of Wooster, Panera Bread, and the Michael Simon restaurants.  Find out more information on their website at www.utility-savings.net or by calling their office at 866-892-0910.

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BEAMER 10.23.13

THE NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD.

THE NEWSOME SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER IS NOVEMBER 2ND STARTING AT 6 PM AT ST. EDWARD'S IN PARKMAN.
 
AN OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATING JOHN GANDER'S 100th BIRTHDAY WILL BE THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd FROM 1:00-4:00 PM AT THE BOND BUILDING AT CENTURY VILLAGE.  No gifts although cards are welcome.  ALL ARE INVITED.

Guests: 
Brad Wadsworth and Bev McClelland.

Potential New Member (First Posting):  Brad Wadsworth.

Heads and Tails winner:  Bev McClelland.

Rich Newsome continues to do very well and is now home!

Jim Dvorak announced that we will be distributing dictionaries on November 21st.  More details to come later.

The Rotary Club of Aurora is having their
Crepes and Wine Spectacular at Doogan's restaurant in Aurora on Sunday, November 3rd, from 1-3:30 PM.  The price is $35 for adults and $20 for those under 21 years of age.  

The County Home Christmas Party will be December 18th.

As a reminder, all BMR Board meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month after the regular meeting.  This is a great way for members to get attendance credit for two meetings (the regular meeting and then the Board meeting following the regular meeting).

PROGRAM:  Geauga County Board of Elections.  Roberta Halfords, Director.

Roberta started with the Board of Elections in 1988 and in 2012 became the Director.  The Board of Elections consists of 4 people, 2 Republicans and 2 Democrats.  They do their best to stay as bipartisan as possible, even among the employees working in the office.  When she started, there were 96 precincts consisting of 500 people each.  Now there are 78 precincts consisting of 1400 people each.  Less precincts are easier for the Board of Elections to handle so this is a good thing.  Roberta said that the odd year elections like the one coming up this November are extremely important and often have more impact on the taxes you pay then the larger even year elections.  She reiterated the fact that every vote counts noting a recent election in Parkman that was decided by a coin flip to break a tie.  Interestingly, although the tax payers bear the cost to fund our election process, some of these costs are charged back to the entities who participated in the election.  She talked about the issue of polling locations as some residents don't like where their precinct votes.  She said there are limited options as to where people can vote due to parking and space limitations.  Also, if a facility does not meet the American Disability Act standards and the Board of Elections wants to have a precinct vote there, the Board of Elections has to pay the full cost to bring that facility up to American Disability Act standards.

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Beamer 10.23.13

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BEAMER 10.23.13

THE NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD.

Heads and Tails winner: 
Jim Dvorak.

Fred Bemberg reported that Rich Newsome is doing remarkably well and will be home soon.

A friend of the Newsomes', Kendra Mooney, is organizing a fundraiser for them and she said she would get us a flyer and tickets for the next meeting.  The event is going to be a Spaghetti Dinner on November 2nd at St. Ed's in Parkman, starting at 6:00 PM.  Adult tickets are $10 each and student tickets are $6 each.  There is a separate "15 Club Raffle" where 500 tickets will be sold for $25 each which will result in 15 $100 winners.  Please contact Kendra to purchase tickets or for more information at 330-889-3745 or email at jmohney1@neo.rr.com.

Tracy Jemison read a resolution from the Geauga County Commissioners in honor of John Gander's 100th birthday.

An open house celebrating John Gander's 100th birthday
will be Sunday, November 3rd from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Bond Building at Century Village.  No gifts although cards are welcome.  All are invited.  

The Rotary Club of Aurora is having their Crepes and Wine Spectacular at Doogan's restaurant in Aurora on Sunday, November 3rd, from 1-3:30 PM.  The price is $35 for adults and $20 for those under 21 years of age.  

Congratulations to Alberto Mata Rodriguez, a former Rotary exchange student who stayed with Howard and Pat Bates during his time here, who was recently awarded the International Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year.  The award is presented to a young lawyer who has shown not only excellence in their work and career achievements but also a commitment to professional and ethical standards.  Alberto is the first Spanish and European lawyer to receive this award.

As a reminder, all BMR Board meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month after the regular meeting.  This is a great way for members to get attendance credit for two meetings (the regular meeting and then the Board meeting following the regular meeting).

PROGRAM:  Tracy Jemison.  Political Career.

Tracy was asked to share with the club how he got involved in politics.  His interest in politics started in 1971 when he wrote a letter to the editor regarding rubbish pickup in his home town of Middlefield.  This interest lead to a position on the Middlefield Zoning Board of Appeals, a position he found out was not going to be very easy to make friends in!  From there he was elected to the Middlefield Village Council.  In 1981 he moved to Burton and was struck by the number of school levies on the ballot and thought that he could make a difference.  He ran for and was successfully elected to a term on the Berkshire High School Board of Education (1988-1992).  Tracy said that being a school board member was one of the toughest jobs he ever had (there was a teacher strike during his tenure) but also one of the most rewarding (handing out high school diplomas). 

Tracy's day job at the time was with an electrical contractor.  While working as an electrician, he had to have gallbladder surgery and, as a result, had to miss 6 weeks of work.  When he went back to reclaim his old job he was told that they had already hired somebody else to replace him and that they would call if they needed him.  Although he quickly found new work, it became apparent that he needed a job that was more secure for his family. 

About this time he was made aware of a job with Geauga County as their Maintenance Director.  It had everything he was looking for:  sick time, holiday's off, paid vacation, great benefits, good money, and job security.   He took the job.  Working as the maintenance director he came into contact with the Geauga County Auditor at the time, Dick Makowski.  He worked on a project for Dick at the auditor's office helping him install some data lines.  Dick said that he needed someone to oversee their offices' computer room and be their IT Director.  Tracy took the job and became close friends with Dick, who he looked up to as a great auditor and mentor. 

Tragically, Dick passed away suddenly in 1995 leaving the auditor's office vacant.  Tracy worked hard to try and find a good candidate to fill Dick's shoes.  It was mentioned that if Dick passed he would have a letter expressing Dick's wishes and, ironically, it was found sitting on top of his office desk.  The letter stated that if something should happen to him that it would be his wishes that Tracy be the new county auditor.  Tracy liked the job but asked for the weekend to decide if he would take it or not.  Tracy voted no, but the rest of his family voted yes, so he lost the vote but took the job as the Geauga County Auditor. 

Tracy enjoyed his time as auditor but always wanted to be a county commissioner.  In 2008 he ran for commissioner and was elected.  He added that his background as auditor helped immensely as he carried out his job as commissioner.  After 31 years in public service and much thought, Tracy recently decided that it was time to move on from public life and get back into the private sector as an opportunity had come along that he wanted to take advantage of.  More details soon!
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BEAMER 10.16.13. 

THE NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD.

A friend of the Newsomes', Kendra Mooney, is organizing a fundraiser for them and she said she would get us a flyer and tickets for the next meeting.  The event is going to be a Spaghetti Dinner on November 2nd at St. Ed's in Parkman, starting at 6:00 PM.  The cost is $25 per person and she is looking for somebody to head up the Chinese Auction, and if anybody is interested, they can contact her at 440-221-7471. 

An open house celebrating John Gander's 100th birthday
will be Sunday, November 3rd from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Bond Building at Century Village.  No gifts although cards are welcome.  All are invited.  

The Rotary Club of Aurora is having their Crepes and Wine Spectacular at Doogan's restaurant in Aurora on Sunday, November 3rd, from 1-3:30 PM.  The price is $35 for adults and $20 for those under 21 years of age.  

Congratulations to Alberto Mata Rodriguez, a former Rotary exchange student who stayed with Howard and Pat Bates during his time here, who was recently awarded the International Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year.  The award is presented to a young lawyer who has shown not only excellence in their work and career achievements but also a commitment to professional and ethical standards.  Alberto is the first Spanish and European lawyer to receive this award.

As a reminder, all BMR Board meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month after the regular meeting.  This is a great way for members to get attendance credit for two meetings (the regular meeting and then the Board meeting following the regular meeting).

PROGRAM:  CLUSTER CLAMBAKE

Thank you Jodie for organizing another successful clambake!  Jim Dvorak presented a picture slideshow of the fishing trip he helped organize for special needs kids this past summer.

 

 

 

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BEAMER 10.09.13.  By Livers, Christina

THE NEXT MEETING IS THE CLUSTER CLAMBAKE on Wednesday, October 16tht at the Bond Building located in Century Village in Burton Village.  Arrival is 6:30 p.m.  Contact Jodie Swartwout if you still need to make a reservation.  Drinks from the bar require a donation, usually one dollar.


UPDATE on Rich and Donna Newsome:  
Dan McClelland reported that Rich is doing very well.  His kidney counts are coming down some and that is a good sign.  Rich is getting up more and is in good spirits.  In about a week, Donna will have the rod in her right hand removed.  That will give her more mobility.  Rich’s boss is organizing a work crew to do some upgrades at the Newsome house this coming Saturday. This includes a few trees being removed, windows washed, leaves cleaned up etc.  The work will begin at 7:00 a.m.  

 
Please continue to keep Rich and Donna Newsome in your prayers as they recover from their injuries, Al Skinner as he recovers from foot surgery and Mike Pesek as she deals with chemotherapy.

A friend of the Newsomes', Kendra Mooney, is organizing a fundraiser for them and she said she would get us a flyer and tickets for the next meeting.  The event is going to be a Spaghetti Dinner on November 2nd at St. Ed's in Parkman, starting at 6:00 PM.  The cost is $25 per person and she is looking for somebody to head up the Chinese Auction, and if anybody is interested, they can contact her at 440-221-7471. 

An open house celebrating John Gander's 100th birthday
will be Sunday, November 3rd from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Bond Building at Century Village.  No gifts although cards are welcome.  All are invited. 

As a reminder, all
BMR Board meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month after the regular meeting.  This is a great way for members to get attendance credit for two meetings (the regular meeting and then the Board meeting following the regular meeting).

 
OXTOBERFEST:   Tom Blair said that this event is in Burton this coming weekend and volunteers are needed to help.  Talk to Tom if you can lend a hand.

HEADS & TAILS:  Ron Vesely
won a very nice bottle of Blackstone Pinot Noir.

BMR FOUNDATION:  Brian Brockway
was nominated and unanimously elected to the BMR Foundation Board.  He will serve a three-year term.  Al Skinner was unanimously appointed to the same Board.  He will serve for two years.

PROGRAM:  Jim Dvorak introduced Wendy Radke, founder and owner of Rad Foods.  Wendy began her presentation by describing her business and marketing background. Her journey as an entrepreneur began with a diagnosis of celiac disease.  Celiac disease is an intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat and other products.  While still in her regular job, Wendy started making granola, which she began to share with others.  Gluten-free products she purchased and tried were costly and tasted bad, she said.

Eventually she left the corporate world and started her own business, strongly encouraged and supported by her husband Ken.  “Everything happens for a reason,” Wendy said.  She is a lifelong Geauga County resident.  The first influence towards venturing into the world of an entrepreneur began with becoming a member of Leadership Geauga.   Her involvement in that group exposed her to many people in Geauga County and provided a strong networking base.  Next she found that Geauga Rural Partners was an entrepreneurial boot camp.  It gave her a road map to starting a business.  She retired from American Express last summer

Now she makes her product and markets it at local farmers markets.  She sells a 2 oz. pack, an 8 oz and also a 13 oz. package.  She wants to branch out in Geauga and Ashtabula counties.  Wendy gave all BMR members attending a sample package of her granola in a size ideal for pockets or purses. 

As her business grows, Wendy said that she has acquired several “key learnings”:  Meet people to whom you listen and from whom you learn.  Try one new thing every day.  Don’t expect perfection and, finally, ask for help; terrific people are available.

Guests:
  John Hurd

 

 


 

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THE 10/9/13 MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD.  BOARD MEETING TO FOLLOW.

Coin Toss:  Won by Barry Owen.

Rich and Donna Newsome update:  Len Golding reported that Rich Newsome has been transferred back to St. Joseph Hospital in Warren, where he can be close to Donna.  Donna is staying with her brother in Warren while she heals.  Len said that Rich's progress is "pretty impressive" and that this is probably his last week of dialysis.  Fundamentally, he has to build himself up, referring to the muscle weakness that occurs when someone is bedridden for six weeks.  However, Len said the future is looking better and better all the time.

A friend of the Newsomes', Kendra Mooney, is organizing a fundraiser for them and she said she would get us a flyer and tickets for the next meeting.  The event is going to be a Spaghetti Dinner on November 2nd at St. Ed's in Parkman, starting at 6:00 PM.  The cost is $25 per person and she is looking for somebody to head up the Chinese Auction, and if anybody is interested, they can contact her at 440-221-7471. 

Mark your calendars for the annual Cluster Clam Bake which will be Wednesday, October 16th.  Please get your reservation in to Jodie if you plan on attending.

An open house celebrating John Gander's 100th birthday
will be Sunday, November 3rd from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Bond Building at Century Village.  No gifts although cards are welcome.  All are invited. 

PROGRAM:  CLEVELAND INDIANS vs. TAMPA BAY RAYS.  Hey, it was a good season!

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THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE AT WELSHFIELD.

GUESTS: 
Karyn Eldridge, Bonnie Jemison, and Brian Taylor.

Please continue to keep Rich and Donna Newsome in your prayers as they recover from their injuries.  Rich is now at Cleveland Clinic in building J on the 6th floor and is making good progress again after suffering a setback last week. 

Also, please keep Al Skinner in your thoughts as he recovers from foot surgery.  Al is now home from the hospital and thanked everybody for the cards, phone calls, etc. and for once he was following doctor's orders.  Somebody thought Iona might be having a lot to do with that!

Brian Brockway needs help at the East Geauga Kiwanis Fish Fry dinners on September 20th and October 4th at the fire station in Middlefield.  These two dates are Kiwanis' last two fish fry fundraisers of the year.

Mark your calendars for the annual Cluster Clam Bake which will be Wednesday, October 16th. 

An open house celebrating John Gander's 100th birthday
will be Sunday, November 3rd from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Bond Building at Century Village.  No gifts although cards are welcome.  All are invited.

We were warned about a gas pump scam that uses a plastic device to capture a person's credit or debit card information and then uses it to create a phony credit card or other item to empty one's bank account.

As a reminder, all BMR board meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month after the regular meeting.  This is a great way for members to get attendance credit for two meetings (the regular meeting and then the board meeting following the regular meeting).

PROGRAM:  VAN NESS STONE COMPANY.  FRED VAN NESS.

Van Ness, located at 10500 Kinsman Road in Newbury, specializes in all kinds of stone products for a variety of different uses.  Owner Fred Van Ness recalled that his parents were landscapers and that the stone business evolved from their customer base.  Now almost 30 years later, Van Ness still specializes in real stone products, not manufactured or "cultured" stone. 

One of Van Ness' favorite projects was the Veterans' Memorial which he thought was a very "worthy" endeavor that he was proud to be involved in.  Another interesting project was Al Lerner's driveway in Hunting Valley where they installed 900 tons of old cobblestone that were originally in Europe.  Ships making the transatlantic crossing years ago would use the cobblestones for ballast and leave them behind before their return home. 

Van Ness often finds himself involved in consumer education, especially with the "do-it-yourselfers".  He warns the buyer to beware of the source of the product.  For example, weather, especially frost, can cause a stone wall to fail if it is made of a product not suitable for the intended use.

The company has between 14 and 16 employees and covers several acres in Newbury.  Currently it is receiving 700 tons of reclaimed barn stone, the same kind of stone used in the Veteran's Memorial, which they feel fortunate to have found. 

Dominic, a master stone cutter, demonstrated his expertise for the group.  The company uses about 14,000 gallons of water per day from a lake on the property when cutting stone.  The water is then recycled for future use.

Whether it is a patio, swimming pool, walkway, steps, entrance way, waterfall, or fireplace, stone for the project can be found at Van Ness.

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THE NEXT MEETING IS A TOUR OF VAN NESS STONE LOCATED AT 10500 KINSMAN ROAD IN NEWBURY.  THE TOUR STARTS AT 6:00 PM WITH DINNER TO FOLLOW AT MANGIA MANGIA AT 7:00 PM.

GUESTS: 
Jim Pascoe.

Please continue to keep Rich and Donna Newsome in your prayers as they recover from their injuries.  Also, please keep Al Skinner in your thoughts as he recovers from foot surgery.

Mark your calendars for the annual Cluster Clam Bake which will be Wednesday, October 16th. 

As a reminder, all BMR board meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month after the regular meeting.  This is a great way for members to get attendance credit for two meetings (the regular meeting and then the board meeting following the regular meeting).

PROGRAM:  NATIONAL WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN.  WWW.NWYC.COM.

NWYC, a family owned business now in its 3rd generation, is a non-partisan and unbiased entity that helps citizens to better communicate with their law makers.  NWYC believes that the people should determine the policies and direction of our government, not the legislators.  The organization is very well respected in Washington DC and is the leading source of constituent mail received by Congress.
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THE NEXT MEETING IS PAINTING AT THE CABOOSE.  PLEASE PLAN ON BEING THERE AT 5:00 PM WITH YOUR FAVORITE PAINT BRUSH.  THE MORE PEOPLE WE HAVE THE FASTER WE WILL FINISH!  AFTER THE PAINTING IS DONE THERE WILL NOT BE A GATHERING AT CHUCK'S PROPERTY AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED.  INSTEAD, FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE CABOOSE WITH A QUICK BOARD MEETING TO FOLLOW.

DUES ARE DUE!
  Please get with Tracy to get paid up.

Please continue to keep Rich and Donna Newsome in your prayers as they recover from their injuries caused my a motorcycle accident this past weekend.  If you are able to stay with them during their hospital stay please get with Tracy.  Their yard was checked a few days ago and does not need to be mowed or trimmed at this time.  If yardwork is needed we will get some members together to take care of it.

Rotary District 6630 will be gathering for a night of baseball on Friday, August 23rd for our own Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins.  The deadline for ordering tickets is August 10th.  Also, there is a "first pitch" raffle to benefit Polio Plus.  The winner will be drawn on August 14th at the BMR  meeting.  Tickets are $10 each / $20 for three / $30 for five.  Tickets can be purchased by contacting Bob Johnson (440-834-8447), Steve Zabor (330-569-4936), or Stew Bechanan (330-940-2122).  More information can also be found on the district website.

Mark your calendars for the annual Cluster Clam Bake which will be Wednesday, October 16th. 

Thank you to all who helped out at the Geauga County Department of Aging's birthday party.   BMR made almost $200 by helping out!

As a reminder, all BMR board meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month after the regular meeting.  This is a great way for members to get attendance credit for two meetings (the regular meeting and then the board meeting following the regular meeting).

PROGRAM:  LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS GAME.  BMR enjoyed a 10-9 Captains win over the South Bend Hawks.
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THE NEXT MEETING IS THE LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS GAME.  FOR THOSE NOT ATTENDING THE GAME THERE WILL BE A ROUNDTABLE MEETING AT THE WELSHFIELD INN BETWEEN 6:00 AND 7:00 PM.  THE BAR WILL BE OPEN AND YOU CAN ORDER YOUR MEAL OFF THE MENU.

DUES ARE DUE!
  Please get with Tracy to get paid up.

Guests:  Jim Pascoe, John Hurd, Marc Burr, and Jill Haueter.  Marc and Jill are members of the Chardon Rotary Club.

Heads & Tails winner:  Mark Z.

The August 21st BMR meeting will be a work project at the Caboose followed by a get together at Chuck White's lake located across the street from Just for Fun Honda in Middlefield.  Pull in the thrift store driveway and follow it back to the lake. 

Rotary District 6630 will be gathering for a night of baseball on Friday, August 23rd for our own Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins.  The deadline for ordering tickets is August 10th.  Also, there is a "first pitch" raffle to benefit Polio Plus.  The winner will be drawn on August 14th at the BMR  meeting.  Tickets are $10 each / $20 for three / $30 for five.  Tickets can be purchased by contacting Bob Johnson (440-834-8447), Steve Zabor (330-569-4936), or Stew Bechanan (330-940-2122).  More information can also be found on the district website.

Mark your calendars for the annual Cluster Clam Bake which will be Wednesday, October 16th. 

The Geauga County Department of Aging
could use 4-5 BMR members to help cook hotdogs and hamburgers August 15th from 4-8 PM for their "birthday party" for all those who in the county who turn 60 this year and are officially seniors eligible for their services.  Over 300 people are expected to attend. 

As a reminder, all BMR board meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month after the regular meeting.  This is a great way for members to get attendance credit for two meetings (the regular meeting and then the board meeting following the regular meeting).

The Chagrin Valley Rotary Club will be sponsoring the inaugural Chagrin Film Fest 5K run on Sunday, September 29th 2013, starting at the Chagrin Falls High School Football Stadium.  The event will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The film festival itself will be from October 2nd through October 6th.   The Chagrin Valley Club will also be sponsoring the awards dinner for the film festival.  Over 400 films will be entered at the film fest and the top 60 will be chosen.

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THE NEXT MEETING IS THE LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS GAME. 

Guests: 
Jim Pascoe, John Hurd, Marc Burr, and Jill Haueter.  Marc and Jill are members of the Chardon Rotary Club.

Heads & Tails winner:  Mark Z.

The August 21st BMR meeting will be at Chuck White's lake located across the street from Just for Fun Honda in Middlefield.  Pull in the thrift store driveway and follow it back to the lake.

Rotary District 6630 will be gathering for a night of baseball on Friday, August 23rd for our own Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins.  The deadline for ordering tickets is August 10th.  Also, there is a "first pitch" raffle to benefit Polio Plus.  The winner will be drawn on August 14th at the BMR  meeting.  Tickets are $10 each / $20 for three / $30 for five.  Tickets can be purchased by contacting Bob Johnson (440-834-8447), Steve Zabor (330-569-4936), or Stew Bechanan (330-940-2122).

Dick Hills passed around a signup sheet for those interested in going on the Segway tour in Peek N Peak New York.  The date is going to be either September 20th or September 22nd.  At this point we don't have enough people signed up to get the group rate.  Please see Dick if you have interest.

The Geauga County Department of Aging could use 4-5 BMR members to help cook hotdogs and hamburgers August 15th from 4-8 PM for their "birthday party" for all those who in the county who turn 60 this year and are officially seniors eligible for their services.

The Chagrin Valley Rotary Club will be sponsoring the inaugural Chagrin Film Fest 5K run on Sunday, September 29th 2013, starting at the Chagrin Falls High School Football Stadium.  The event will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The film festival itself will be from October 2nd through October 6th.   The Chagrin Valley Club will also be sponsoring the awards dinner for the film festival.  Over 400 films will be entered at the film fest and the top 60 will be chosen.

PROGRAM:  The Great Geauga County Fair Jr. Livestock Sale presented by the Jr. Fair Livestock Ambassador's Committee

The committee did a great job of promoting the Great Geauga County Fair Jr. Livestock Sale, to be held on Saturday, August 31st at 3:30 PM in the auction tent (rabbits, chickens, turkeys, ducks) and 5:00 PM in the arena (dairy baskets, swine, goats, lamb, beef) as a great way to advertise your business, purchase locally grown meats, and to support the youth of our community.  To become a bidder you can pick up a free bidders packet on the day of the auction.  If you are the successful bidder, payment is expected the night of the auction in the form of cash, check, or Mastercard/Visa.  Shipping of the animal straight to the processor of your choice can also be arranged.  All auction purchases are tax deductible.  If you would like to bid on an animal and are unable to attend, please contact Doug Smith at 440-548-5254 to make arrangements.
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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD.

Heads & Tails winner:  Bob Johnson

Dick Hills passed around a signup sheet for those interested in going on the Segway tour in Peek N Peak New York.  The date is going to be either September 20th or September 22nd.  The cost will be $45 per rider and an additional $17 per person for those who want to purchase lunch. 

Kathy Rose-Vatty passed around pictures of the fence building project for the Katz Family of Middlefield.  The project is now complete and BMR donated to the effort.  The mother has cancer and the son is autistic and, without a fence, the son had to be under supervision at all times when he was in the backyard.  The fence will make things a lot easier for the family.

Bob Johnson announced that District 6630 is going to be holding a series of membership seminars with the closest two being August 3rd in Mayfield and August 24th in Aurora.  The cost is $12 per session and you can signup at www.rotarydistrict6630.org.

The Geauga County Department of Aging could use 4-5 BMR members to help cook hotdogs and hamburgers August 15th from 5-7 PM for their "birthday party" for all those who in the county who turn 60 this year and are officially seniors eligible for their services.

The Chagrin Valley Rotary Club will be sponsoring the inaugural Chagrin Film Fest 5K run on Sunday, September 29th 2013, starting at the Chagrin Falls High School Football Stadium.  The event will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The film festival itself will be from October 2nd through October 6th.   The Chagrin Valley Club will also be sponsoring the awards dinner for the film festival.

PROGRAM:  MONGOLIA.  Charlie McGivern. 

Charlie and his wife recently took a trip to Mongolia to visit their son and daughter-in-law who have been stationed there with the Peace Corps.  Mongolia is located in central Asia with China to its south and Russia to its north and is the 2nd largest landlocked country in the world.  The capital and largest city is Ulaanbaatar with a population of 1.9 million and an average annual temperature of 29 degrees making it the coldest capital city in the world.  Mongolia is the least densely populated country in the world averaging only 4 people per square mile.  The primary industry in the country is mining which is causing growth in some areas greater than the infrastucture can support.  The primary religion is Buddhist.  The most popular sports are wrestling (Greco-Roman style), equestrian sports, and archery. 

During their stay the visited Ulaanbaatar and then made a trip to the city of Erderet (population 60,000) where their son is working.
They had an opporunity to spend the night in a Ger, which is a round tent-like structure that is the traditional-style home of many Mongolians.  Their presentation included many pictures of the Mongolian landscape and people who they found to be very friendly.

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THE NEXT MEETING IS THE MOTORCYCLE RUN.  SETUP IS AT 4:00 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 29TH.  THE MOTORCYCLE RUN IS ON SUNDAY, JUNE 30TH AT THE GREAT GEAUGA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS.  PLAN TO BE THERE AT 7 AM.  THERE WILL BE NO MEETING WEDNESDAY, JULY 3RD.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Fun Committee
is looking into doing a Segway tour at Peek-n-Peak in New York.  A group of 11 is needed.  Please see Dick Hills or Chuck White if you have interest.

Job assignments for the Motorcycle Run have been sent out.  Please check your email if you would like to know where you are assigned.

Next Saturday, July 6th, there will be a work project at the Middlefield Historical Society Caboose at 8 AM. 

PROGRAM:  THE ANNUAL CHANGEOVER OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS.  RED MAPLE INN.

Perfect attendance awards:
  Rich Newsome (2 years), Jim Croup (4 years), Len Golding (8 years), Tom Blair (8 years), Bob Johnson (9 years), Tracy Jemison (9 years), Jim Eldridge (10 years), Mike Pesek (16 years), Al Skinner (22 years), Tom Buckles (27 years), Fred Bemberg (30 years), and Brian Brockway (32 years). 

2013-2014 Officers:  Rich Newsome (President), Sharon Gingerich (Secretary), Tracy Jemison (Treasurer), Tom Blair (President-elect), Bob Varga (Past President), Marc F. Burr (President Nominee).

2013-2014 Directors:  Todd Hornak and Dave Brigham (Club Service), Mary Yeager (Community Service), Bob Johnson and Jim Eldridge (International Service), Jim Ebert (Membership), Jim Eldridge (Vocational Service), Michaelean Pesek (Club Historian), Kathy Rose-Vatty and Jim Dvorak (Programs), Jim Croup, Christina Livers, Bob Johnson, Chuck White (Chaplain), Dave Terrill (Youth Service).

Paul Harris Fellows:  Awarded to Tracy Jemison, Al Skinner, and Bob Johnson.  Congratulations!

THANK YOU TO BOB VARGA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP DURING THE 2012-2013 ROTARY YEAR! 
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THIS WEEK'S MEETING WILL BE AT THE FAIRGROUNDS PAVILION AT 7 PM.  After dinner there will be a review of the set up for the Motorcycle Run that will be held on June 30th. 

GUESTS:  John Hurd, Dottie Hofstetter, Iola Skinner, Vickie Blair, Nancy Ebert, Carol Varga, Marilyn White.

HEADS AND TAILS WINNER:  Dottie Hofstetter.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please let Mike Pesek know if you are not going to be able to attend the Motorcycle Run on June 30th.

The Rotary District 6630 Governor's Banner Exchange and the Induction of BMR member Bob Johnson as the 2013-2014 District Governor will be held July 10th, 2013 at the West Woods starting at 6:00 PM with refreshments and drinks and followed by dinner at 7 PM.  Please see below for more informatoin.

The caboose project is moving along at the Middlefield Historical Society.  We've got a couple sides done but more work still needs to be done.  We will be scheduling another work project soon.

The BMR Changeover Banquet will be June 26th at the Red Maple Inn.  Please get your RSVP's in ASAP.

We are planning a trip to the Lake County Captains game on August 14th.  The game will start at 7:00 PM.  Tickets will be $7 each.  Brian Brockway circulated a sign up sheet. 

Bob Varga's interview with Dave Terrill:  Dave has been a member of Rotary since 2002.  He came to a meeting on his own after moving to the community and wanting to meet some new people.  Dave has been an officer in the club and is currently serving as the Youth Services Director.  Dave does computer consulting and owns a computer store on the west side.  Dave and his wife adopted two kids from Russia 5 years ago and are active in their activities.  Dave said his favorite part about being a member of BMR are the friendships and comradery between the members.



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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jim Dvorak reported that the fishing trip for special needs children that BMR and the other clubs in the cluster helped out with was a success.  There were plenty of volunteers and great weather.  Most importantly, the kids had a lot of fun.  Thank you to all who helped.

Mike Pesek said that the press releases for the Motorcycle Run have gone out.  There has been advertising for the event in local papers.  Mike has purchased 100 yard signs (18" x 24") and will need help placing them around the county.  Also, mailers have gone out to 1600 Geauga County businesses soliciting their support and some nice donations have already come back.

Thank-yous were received from the Newbury Afterprom and the BMR Foundation for our recent donations.

PROGRAM:  Meals on Wheels.  Marianne Deatsch.

Meals on Wheels was established in 1997 and currently serves about 36,000 meals per year, with delivery performed by volunteers.  Funding is provided by the Senior Services Levy and by donations.  All clients are Geauga County residents who are over 60 years old and who are homebound and have a hard time preparing meals for themselves.  The program is not income based and there is no charge to the residents who use the program, however they can make donations.  The meals are prepared and distributed from the four Geauga County senior centers located in Chardon, Middlefield, Thompson, and Chesterland.  Volunteers pick up the meals for delivery between 11:00 AM and 11:30 AM and their routes usually take between 1 and 2 hours to complete.  Those interested in volunteering need to attend a short orientation session.  Groups can also adopt a route and schedule their volunteers within their group.  To volunteer or to refer a client for the Meals on Wheels program, please call 440-279-2130 or email Marianne at mdeatsch@co.geauga.oh.us.   

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THE NEXT MEETING IS A WORK PROJECT:  CLEAN UP AT THE RED SIMMONS AND THE VETERANS MEMORIAL.  PLEASE BE THERE SOMETIME BETWEEN 5 and 5:30 PM WITH DINNER TO FOLLOW AT THE SENIOR CENTER PAVILION.  PLEASE BRING HAND TOOLS FOR SPREADING MULCH AND A WHEELBARROW IF YOU HAVE  ONE.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you to Carole Cashion for organizing the evening at the Paganini Cooking School.

Jim Croup reported that the Geauga County Historical Society is seeking all current county residents who served in WWII and will be hosting a tribute dinner in the honor on Saturday evening, May 25th, at the Century Village Bond Building.  The dinner is part of weekend-long event commerating the WWII area and "The Greatest Generation."  They would like to send personal invitations to the veterans and need names and addresses to do so.  Please contact their office at 440-834-1492 or email at info@geaugahistorical.org.

Jim Dvorak said that on Tuesday, May 21st, there is a fishing event scheduled for special needs children at the Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve.  The event is being sponsored by the Geauga County Board of Education.  If you have interest in volunteering to help please see Jim.  A signup sheep was circulated at the meeting on 5/1/13.  Please plan on being there at 8:00 AM if you can help and bring your own lunch.

Mike Pesek said that the press releases for the Motorcycle Run have gone out.  There were be more articles to follow in local papers.  Mike has purchased 100 yard signs (18" x 24") and will need help placing them around the county.  Also, mailers will be going out to 1600 Geauga County businesses soliciting their support.

We've got building projects coming up at Newbury High School constructing dugouts and at Berkshire High School doing some roof repairs on their press box.

May 18th we will be starting our project on the caboose at the Middlefield Historical Society.  The project starts at 8:30 AM.  Please bring hand tools if you can help.

PROGRAM:  Great Lakes Growers.  John Bonner and Tim Ryan.

BMR toured Great Lakes Growers' 55,000 square foot state-of-the-art greenhouse in Burton.  Great Lakes Growers grows hydroponic lettuces, herbs, and micro greens.  The greenhouse can grow its products year round using a combination of both natural and artificial light.  Most of their products are shipped with the root system intact so it is actually still living when it makes it to your kitchen.  Compared to field grown lettuces that are typically grown in the western US and Mexico and then shipped across the country to our local stores, Great Lakes Growers lettuce is extremely fresh and has a longer shelf life when it makes it home to your refrigerator.  Great Lakes Growers can be contacted by phone at 440-478-8108, by email at bonnerj@greatlakesgrowers.com, or on the web at www.greatlakesgrowers.com.  They are located at 15145 Kinsman Road in Burton.
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THE NEXT MEETING IS A TOUR OF GREAT LAKES GROWERS, LOCATED AT 15145 KINSMAN ROAD IN BURTON.  THEIR FACILITY IS JUST WEST OF SHADE TREE ON KINSMAN ROAD.  THE TOUR STARTS AT 5:30 PM WITH DINNER TO FOLLOW AT ALLEY'S AT 7:00 PM.

Guests:
  Jim Pascoe

Heads and Tails Winner:  Jim Dvorak

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Middlefield, Burton, Chardon, and Chesterland Chambers of Commerce are going to be hosting a Geauga Consumer Connection on Wednesday, May 8th from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Middlefield Market Pavilion.   Middlefield Market Pavilion is located at 15848 Nauvoo Road in Middlefield.  The event is free and it showcases products and services from Geauga County.  There will also be free food, prizes, raffles, and samples as well as gift bags/coupons to the first 400 people.

All members of BMR are invited to a Nature Scopes "Binocular Blitz" Field Day to be held this May at the Rookery.  Each of the schools participating in Natrue Scopes this year will make a field trip on the following days:  Monday May 6th (Agape Christian Academy and Notre Dame Elementary), Thursday May 9th (Kenston Intermediate School), and Tuesday May 14th (Newbury and St. Helens Elementary).  The lessons will take place between 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM and we are welcome to tag along as the 5th graders in these groups explore with their binoculars.  Following the field exploration there will be a lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 PM, a graduation ceremony, and a presentation of binoculars and field guides to each student.  Bring a lunch to eat with the Nature Scopes students if you wish.  If you are interested in attending a session/s, please contact Amanda Stith at 440-279-0806 or email her at astith@geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Heather Baker reported that Newbury did not have any applicants for the Rotary Scholarship but Berkshire and Cardinal do.  She has the necessary help to judge the applicants and to present at each of the schools on award night.

Jim Croup reported that the Geauga County Historical Society is seeking all current county residents who served in WWII and will be hosting a tribute dinner in the honor on Saturday evening, May 25th, at the Century Village Bond Building.  The dinner is part of weekend-long event commerating the WWII area and "The Greatest Generation."  They would like to send personal invitations to the veterans and need names and addresses to do so.  Please contact their office at 440-834-1492 or email at info@geaugahistorical.org.

Jim Dvorak said that on Tuesday, May 21st, there is a fishing event scheduled for special needs children at the Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve.  The event is being sponsored by the Geauga County Board of Education.  If you have interest in volunteering to help please see Jim.  A signup sheep was circulated at the meeting on 5/1/13.

Mike Pesek said that the press releases for the Motorcycle Run have gone out.  There were be more articles to follow in local papers.  Mike has purchased 100 yard signs (18" x 24") and will need help placing them around the county.  Also, mailers will be going out to 1600 Geauga County businesses soliciting their support.

We've got building projects coming up at Newbury High School constructing dugouts and at Berkshire High School doing some roof repairs on their press box.

The second or third week of May we will be starting our project on the caboose at the Middlefield Historical Society.

PROGRAM:  ResCare Youth Services.  Kevin Cook.  Executive Director of Youth Services.

ResCare provides a broad spectrum of educational, therapeutic, and job training to children and young people with special needs.  ResCare is currently seeking to grow their foster care network in northeast Ohio.  Already very active in foster care in southern Ohio, ResCare is looking to add 5 new foster homes in our region.  The are currently recruiting foster parents and are looking for help spreading the word and locating prospective candidates.  Kids looking to be put into foster care can range in ages from 0-21 years of age.  ResCare provides foster parent training, case managment, family counseling and therapy, substance abuse counseling, independent living skills, and other sevices as part of their foster care package.  ResCare is a private, for profit company and Kevin's office is located in Chesterland Ohio.  Kevin can be contacted at 440-477-9246 or by email at kcook@rescare.com.
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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD.  THERE WILL BE A BOARD MEETING AFTER THE REGULAR MEETING.

We've got building projects coming up at Newbury High School constructing dugouts and at Berkshire High School doing some roof repairs on their press box.

The second or third week of May we will be starting our project on the caboose at the Middlefield Historical Society.

Fran Bayless is home and recovering well after surgery.

Heads and tails winner:   Joyce Piteo, Chagrin Valley Club.

The Kiwanis Club will be having their first fish fry on Friday, April 19th.

PROGRAM:  SOUTH KOREA GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE

The GSE team members are:

Seong-Hoon Yang (Steve for short).  Steve is the team leader and a Rotarian in Korea (District 3640).  Steve has worked in finance and accounting.

Jun-Ho Nho (Kevin).  Kevin works as a businessman and foreign language instructor.

Hyun-Sook Kim (Soo).  Soo works in the software copyright and policy field. 

Sin-Duk Kim (Sindy).  Sindy works for an environmental consulting company.

Jyee-Sun Kwon (Jessica).  Jessica works for a company which manufactures and exports golf products.

South Korea has the 15th largest economy in the world, and is home to many popular brands such as Samsung, Kia, Hyundai, and LG.  South Korea is located on the Korean Peninsula, very close to eastern Russia, China, and Japan.  Seoul, a city of 10 million, is the capital.  The weather is very similar to Ohio, with four distinct seasons.

The GSE team will be here from March 22 - April 20, 2013.

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THIS WEEK'S MEETING WILL BE AT WELSHFIELD. 

It is Pancake Breakfast time again this year and the Sun Newspapers are holding a contest for who serves the best breakfast in Geauga County. We are the defending champions from last year. I ask that you vote along with asking your friends, family and business associates also to vote for us. You can vote everyday !!!

Please click on this link to vote for us:

http://www.cleveland.com/west-geauga/index.ssf/2013/02/who_serves_up_the_best_pancake_2.html

Work assignments were handed out for the pancake breakfast.  Please let Bob Johnson know if you are going to be missing any of the Sundays so he can find somebody to fill in.

PROGRAM:  4-Way Speech Contest

Congratulations to all three participants!

1st place:  Amy Lasco.  Berkshire High School.                                                            

2nd place:  Kayle Reiter.  Cardinal High School.

3rd place:  Miranda Skitzki.  Cardinal High School.

 

SEE YOU AT PANCAKES!

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THIS WEEK'S MEETING WILL BE AT WELSHFIELD.  THERE WILL BE A BOARD MEETING FOLLOWING THE REGULAR MEETING. 

Guests:  Marc Burr, Chardon Rotary.  Nancy Chartrand, Chardon Rotary and area Assistant District Governor.

Heads & Tails winner:  Bob Johnson.

The District Assembly will be February 16th at the Lakeland Community College Conference Center, located at 7700 Clocktower Drive in Kirtland, from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  A light breakfast will be provided at 7:30 AM.  Registration can be made online at www.rotarydistrict6630.org.

A note from Bob Johnson, EREY coordinator for BMR.  In two weeks we will be wrapping up this years Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) campaign (Hooray!).  Any member who has not already done so is encouraged to give $100.  The check is made out to "The Rotary Foundation" and can be given to Bob Johnson.  So far 31 members (78%) have given.  Join us in accomplishing our goal of $100 per capita and every member having given something as we have for the last three years.  We are one of nine clubs in District 6630 that has accomplished this.  Even though this may seem like a relatively large donation to Rotary's Foundation, keep in mind that we get back over 4 times what we donate in the form of matching grants for our local and international projects!  Thank you for making our club a leader in the district. 

Carole Cashion asked the club if we would be interested in going to a demonstration dinner at the Paganini Cooking School in Chesterland.  The cost for a private dinner is usually $75 per person but they will do $50 per person for Rotary.  Carole was thinking maybe a Friday or Saturday night in May.  A minimum of 12 people are required for a private dinner and, after a show of hands, it appeared we would have more than enough people interested.  More info to follow on this event.

Bob Varga's interview with Nan Burr.  Nan has been a member of BMR since 1998.  Red Simmons was her sponsor.  She is a past president of the club, has served on various committees, and was the long time chair of the scholarship program.  The Burr family owns and operates Burr Funeral Home in Chardon.  Nan's advice to new members is to get involved and attend all the meetings.

PROGRAM:  Entrepreneurship in Geauga County:  Newbury Industrial Park.  Chuck White.

Chuck has owned the Newbury Industrial Park, located on the southwest corner of state routes 44 and 87, since 1997.  The complex covers 17 acres and includes 13 buildings ranging in size from 7,000 to 23,000 square feet.  The property is very unique in that all the buildings are rentals and it has its own water and sewage treatment systems. 

Several years ago, the park lost some big tenants (Saint Gobain, for instance) due to relocation and, when the recession hit, Chuck started to divide up some of the larger spaces into smaller spaces.  The recession spurred a lot of people who lost their jobs to follow their dreams and start their own businesses, which was good for the industrial park.  Chuck created some rental spaces that were less than 500 square feet, the smallest in the county but perfect for some of these new business start ups.  In addition, short term lease agreements made it easier on these tenants to want to locate in the park. 

As these businesses have grown, the park has been able to accomodate their growth by renting them additional space.  Many of these new businesses were started by women.  For example, Bonita's International, was started by a woman laid off from a corporate job.  Bonita's International makes fashionable lanyards and other business accessories under the name BooJee Beads.  Another example is a single mother who started a very successful silver reclamation business.  Some other businesses located in the industrial park include an ice cream store, a chocolate manufacturer, a craft brewery, an oil painting reclamation business, a medical billing company, a creative learning center, a probiotics company, a Plain Dealer distribution center, a custom cabinet manufacturer, a real estate sales office, a yoga studio, an underground boring contractor, an insurance office, Saint Gobain's fiberoptics division, a Fastenal store, and of course, Photo Phil.

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THIS WEEK'S MEETING WILL BE AT WELSHFIELD

Guests:  Donna, sister of Kathy Rose.  Marc Burr, Chardon Rotary.

Heads & Tails winner:  Fred Bemberg.

The Fun Committee reported that they had a good time on Saturday night at Spank and will be setting up another event soon.

A thank you was received from Maria Dellapina from Specs4us, our speaker last week.

Carole Cashion asked the club if we would be interested in going to a demonstration dinner at the Paganini Cooking School in Chesterland.  The cost for a private dinner is usually $75 per person but they will do $50 per person for Rotary.  Carole was thinking maybe a Friday or Saturday night in May.  A minimum of 12 people are required for a private dinner and, after a show of hands, it appeared we would have more than enough people interested.  More info to follow on this event.

Bob Johnson reminded the membership that the District Assembly will be February 16th at the Lakeland Community College Conference Center, located at 7700 Clocktower Drive in Kirtland.

Sharon Gingerich said that the Sun News is having their vote again for the best pancake breakfast.  She encouraged the membership to go to the BMR Facebook page and click "share" on the section for the pancake breakfast.  By doing so, the pancake breakfast information will show up on your personal Facebook page for all your friends to see.

Bob Varga's interview with Chuck White.  Chuck joined the club in 1983 and Rick Seyer, with some help from Fred Bemberg, was his sponsor.  He has been the Beamer editor and past president.  Chuck recalls the car show, the dictionary project, and the motorcycle run as his favorite projects.  He said the biggest issue facing Rotary is membership, which is the same problem that all volunteer organizations are dealing with right now.

Mike Pesek gave a report on the current status of the motorcycle run.  The date is going to be June 30th, noting that going forward it will always be the last Sunday in June.  This year the run will begin and end at the Geauga County Fairgrounds.  Mike is looking to make the motorcycle run a much larger and better funded program than it has been in the past, as sponsorship will be solicited from local business, etc, and the event will be heavily publicized.  In addition, there will be a motorcycle pull (much like a truck pull) after the ride and we are working on lining up the same group of military vehicles we had at the car show a few years back.  Donations will be accepted from the public if they want to attend.  The project will again benefit local veterans.  In cooperation with Habitat for Humanity, the project will fund home repairs for needy veterans in Geauga County.

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THIS WEEK'S MEETING WILL BE AT WELSHFIELD

Guests:  Jim Pascoe.

The District Assembly will be February 16th at the Lakeland Community College Conference Center, located at 7700 Clocktower Drive in Kirtland.

Mike Pesek is ordering Rotary shirts.  The cost is $20 or $22.50 if you want your name added to the shirt.  She needs to get your order in immediately to insure that the shirts will be done in time for pancakes.

Chuck White encouraged each member to work hard to look for new members to join Rotary.  He noted that many long time local organizations are falling on hard times or disbanding completely (Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department Women's Auxiliary for instance) and he would hate to see BMR go down the same road.  Please talk to potential  members about the benefits of joining Rotary.

Bob Varga's interview with Tracy Jemison.  Tracy joined Rotary in 1996 and Red Simmons was his sponsor.  He is a past president, club director, and currently is the club treasurer and soon to be district treasurer.  Some of his favorite projects include the Red Simmons Memorial Gazebo, and the construction of the Rotary building at the fairgrounds.  Tracy is currently a Geauga County Commissioner, after serving the county as auditor for a long time.  The camaraderie among the members is what Tracy likes best about Rotary. 

Chris Livers asked each member to check their attendance on Clubrunner to make sure that it is correct. 

PROGRAM:  Specs 4 Us.  Maria Dellapina.

Specs4us was founded in 2004 by Maria Dellapina, who after 25 years in in the optical industry, saw a need for frames designed specifically for children with Downs Syndrome.  Maria has a daughter with Downs and discovered first hand how difficult it was to find a set of frames to fit the unique facial features of a child with Downs.  She took her knowledge of eye glasses and scetched out on paper exactly how the frames should be designed but struggled to find a manufacturer who would be willing to build them, especially considering the limited finanical resources she had available.  Finally, when she was about to give up, a manufacturer gave her the break she was looking for and built her frames.  From there, the business has grown significantly (almost 90% of children with Downs need glasses by the time they are school age).  Specs4us now offers 14 different frame models and they ship glasses all over the world from their Burton, Ohio headquarters.  For more information, visit their website at www.specs4us.com or call them at 800-586-1885.

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THIS WEEK'S MEETING WILL BE AT WELSHFIELD

There will be a board meeting after the January 16th meeting.

The District Assembly will be February 16th at the Lakeland Community College Conference Center, located at 7700 Clocktower Drive in Kirtland.

Guests:  Jim Ebert's wife Nancy, Marc Burr from Chardon Rotary, and John Hurd.

The first pancake meeting has already taken place!  We are going to be purchasing tables because the school got rid of the ones we used to use. 

Mike Pesek is ordering Rotary shirts.  The cost is $20 or $22.50 if you want your name added to the shirt.  She needs to get your order in the next week or so to insure that the shirts will be done in time for pancakes.

The Fun Committee is lined up to see "Spank" on the 19th.  The meal will be at Sammy's and we can get there anytime after 5:30 PM.  The meal starts at 6:00 PM.  The play starts at 8:00 PM.

Brian Brockway reported that the Salvation Army Bell Ringers had thier best day ever at Wal-Mart in Middlefied.  Thank you to all who helped the cause!

Chuck White encouraged each member to work hard to look for new members to join Rotary.  He noted that many long time local organizations are falling on hard times or disbanding completely (Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department Women's Auxiliary for instance) and he would hate to see BMR go down the same road.  Please talk to potential  members about the benefits of joining Rotary.

Chris Livers asked each member to check their attendance on Clubrunner to make sure that it is correct. 

The 4-way speech contest will be held on February 20th.

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THIS WEEK'S MEETING WILL BE AT WELSHFIELD'S MAIN RESTAURANT BUILDING

Happy Birthday to Tom Bayless who just turned 86!

The Fun Committee is looking for 15 people interesting in going to see "Spank" which will be playing at the Hanna Theater on Saturday, January 19th.  There is a buffett dinner before the show.  The cost should be about $60 per person.

Brian Brockway needs more Salvation Army Bell Ringers on December 8th in the time slots between 4:00-5:30 PM.  ALSO, if you are planning on donating to the Salvation Army this year, please make your donation through BMR so we can get credit for it towards our competition with the other clubs in the cluster and also so you can insure the money stays in Geauga County. 

Mike Pesek let the club know that the Department of Aging is short on drivers on Wednesday and is looking for more volunteers.

A thank you letter was received from Habitat for Humanity for our recent donations towards the Hurricane Sandy clean-up effort.

The BMR Christmas Party will be December 12th.  The County Home Christmas Party will be December 19th.

Heads & Tails winner:  Chris Livers.

President Bob Varga's interview with Dick Hills:  Dick joined the club in 1992 and Al Skinner was his sponsor.  He was the President of the club in '03-04 and has held a number of board offices.  His favorite projects have been the building projects but he also enjoyed the Heather Hill Picnic (which he used to chair) and is the first "old fart" to mention pancakes as one of his favorite projects (which he also has chaired).  Dick is originally from New England and is a retired mechanical engineer.  His favorite thing about Rotary is the fellowship among the members and he encourages new members to get involved.

PROGRAM:  The Rotary Foundation.  Bob Johnson.

November is Rotary Foundation Month.  Bob described the Rotary Foundation as the engine that drives Rotary.  The Foundation consolidates the money of Rotary, earns interest on that money, and then gives it back to the individual districts.  The Rotary Foundation funds matching grants, polio plus, GSE, ambassadorial and peace scholars, and district simplified grants.  A relatively small amount given to the Foundation can come back to the Clubs in a big way.  For instance, it allowed BMR to turn $15,000 into $100,000 for Project Patagonia in Argentina. 

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THERE WILL BE NO MEETING NOVEMBER 23RD.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thank-yous:  From John Hurd thanking the club for their support after Ralph's passing, Geauga County Veterans Service office for our recent donation.

Mike Pesek let the club know that the Department of Aging is short on drivers on Wednesday and is looking for more volunteers.

Mark handed out invites for the BMR Christmas Party at Welshfield on December 12th.  The Cardinaires from Cardinal High School will provide the entertainment.

The County Home Christmas party will be December 19th.

Brian Brockway needs more Salvation Army Bell Ringers on December 8th in the time slots open between 11:30 AM and 7:00 PM.

President Bob Varga's interview with Carl Hofstetter:  Carl has been a BMR member for 22 years.  Carl has been a board member, has served on the District Foundation Board, and he has led a GSE group to Pakistan.  Carl owns Karl's Jewelry in Middlefield.  What he likes most about Rotary is the fellowship and he encourages all members to enjoy their time in Rotary because it goes by quickly.

Program:  Gun Violence Prevention.  Lori O'Neill, president of the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club.

In the United States there are 3,000 gun related crimes committed each day.  Most of these crimes are committed by felons, mentally imparied individuals, and other individuals who aren't legally allowed to own guns.  These people get these guns through what Lori termed the "Iron Pipeline" which includes gun dealers who sell to criminals, gun shows that don't perform background checks, lost or stolen guns, straw purchases (someone else buys the gun for the criminal), or loopholes in the federal law.  Lori's work centers around what can be done to close this iron pipeline including tracking guns used in crimes back to their source, background checks on all sales, and increased penalties on crooked gun dealers. 

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OUR NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD.  BOARD MEETING TO FOLLOW.

Guests:  Jim Pascoe, Chris Zaumeyer.

Thank-yous:  Food pantry at the 1st United Methodist Church, Geauga County Historical Society for our help at their Hoe-down, Gift of Life for our recent donation, Geauga County Fair fishing program.

Our sympathy goes out to the family of long time BMR member Ralph Hurd, who passed away this past week.

Our annual BMR Christmas Party is scheduled for December 12th at Welshfield Inn.  Invitations to be mailed shortly. 

The County Home Christmas party will be December 19th.

Jim Pascoe announced that the Aurora Rotary Club will be having their Crepe Spectacular this Sunday, November 11th starting at 1 PM at Doogans in Aurora.  Tickets are $30 per person.

Heads and tails winner:  Tom Blair.

Please see Kathy if you have any ideas for programs.

President Bob Varga's interview with Paul Newman:  Paul Newman has been a member of BMR for what he estimates to be 25-30 years.  He is a past president of the club and has been with the Rotary Foundation since it started.  His favorite project was the bridge project at the Rookery.  Paul is an attorney in Chardon.  What he likes best about Rotary is how everybody works together to get things done. 

PROGAM:  Wally Waldbauer.  Geauga County GED Examiner.

Wally has worked in the educatoin field for 39 years with the last 31 being with Geauga County.  He talked to the club about the GED program.  The GED stands for General Education Development and those who pass the GED test have what is exactly equivalent to a high schoold diploma.  The program was started after WWII so that our returning soldiers who left school early to fight in the war could finish their high school education.  The GED later grew to be a nationally recognized test that anybody could take, military or civilian.  Since its inception in 1943, over 600,000 people in the state of Ohio alone have taken the test, with 500,000 passing.  The test consists of 5 parts:  writing, reading, math, social studies, and science.  It is designed so that 1/3 of graduating high school seniors would fail the test, so it is not easy.  The test has changed through the years, with the next change coming in 2014 when it will become computerized.  The cost will also rise in 2014 from the current cost of $40 to $120.  To take the GED you have to be minimum of 16 years of age.  Those 18 and under need  approval from the superintendent of the school district that they live in to be allowed to take the test.

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Announcements

DUE TO THE HALLOWEEN HOLIDAY NEXT WEEK, OUR CLUB MEETING WILL BE A ROUNDTABLE AT CHUCK WHITE'S HOUSE, LOCATED AT 15836 SPERRY LANE IN MIDDLEFIELD, STARTING AT 6:30 PM.

Guests:  Ken Fogle, Chagrin Valley Club.  Gary Neuman, partner of District Governor Julie West.  Nancy Chartrand, Assistant District Governor.

Tracy Jemison presented an IOU from BMR (we didn't have a check!) to Ken Folge and the Gift of Life Program in the amount of $1000.

Assistant District Governor presented 2011-2012 BMR President Len Golding with the AZ Baker Award for our efforts last year.

65 people attended the Cluster Clambake last week.  Thank you to Jodie for her work organizing the event!

The Fun Committee has a number of good ideas now.  Some of these ideas include a trip to the new Cleveland casino, comedy club, martini bar, and a winery tour.

Mark said our annual BMR Christmas Party is scheduled for December 12th at Welshfield Inn.  Invitations to be mailed shortly.  If anybody has a good entertainment idea for the party please let Mark know.

Our condolences to the Burr family on the passing of Nan's mother.

Heads and tails winner:  Chris Livers.

President Bob Varga's interview with John Gander:  John joined BMR in 1952.  His sponsor was BJ Shanower.  In 1958 he served as President.  He told the club about the Buck Boosters Program that was supported by BMR that raised money to cover the insurance of the high school football teams in the area.  John said his favorite thing about Rotary is the weekly meetings and reminded all those in attendance that you need to get involved to get the most out of your Rotary experience.

PROGRAM:  Julie West.  District Governor of 6630.

Rotary International's theme this year is "Peace Through Service".  Each district/club this year is encouraged to do something to promote this theme.  She noted that Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio are a great example of peace through service.  For instance, in areas of conflict there have been cease fires to allow Rotary volunteers to vaccinate against polio.  As a result, polio only exist in three countries worldwide today.

The local disctricts, and more specifically the individual clubs, are the lifeblood of Rotary.  The theme that Julie has chosen for District 6630 is "Sustainable Rotary Communities".   We can build sustainable Rotary communities through membership, especially the recruitment of younger members.  As we each look to recruit new members we need to ask ourselves why we joined Rotary and we need to each have a 30 second "elevator speech" ready to quickly explain to somebody what Rotary is all about.  She emphasized the importance of supporting the Rotary Foundation and the grant process which allows each club to do more with less.   She added that the Rotary Foundation is changing and is looking for larger, purposeful, and most importantly sustainable international projects to support.  She encouraged BMR members to visit other clubs, read the newsletter, and to participate in at least one district level event, noting that the Disctrict 6630 conference will be nearby at Quail Hollow this year.

 

 

 

  To many to list at the Cluster Clambake (10.17.12).

Thank you to Jodie for her had work putting together the Cluster Clambake.

Chuck White passed out a Fun Committee questionnaire to be filled out by each member and returned to Chuck.  He is looking for ideas for social activities that we can do as a club.

Many members of the club commented on how much they liked the steaks that Howard provided at our work project meeting at the fairgrounds a few weeks ago.  They were purchased from Blue Ribbon Meats in Cleveland.

NEW MEMBER POSTING:  DR. BOB COLEMAN.  2nd positng.  Any objections should be immediately raised with Chris Livers.

Bob Varga's interview with Brian Brockway.  Brian joined the club in 1980 and Don Hornak was his sponsor.  He has been a club director, program chair, treasurer, Beamer editor, and president (1987).  Brian has been in the insurance business for 35 years.  His favorite projects were the fairgrounds building project and the Rookery bridge.  His advice to new Rotarians is to get involved beyond just coming to meetings.

PROGRAM:  Good Deeds Program.  Jim Flaiz and Sharon Gingerich. 

The Good Deeds Program was introduced in June of 2012.  It was started by Geauga County Recorder and fellow BMR member Sharon Gingerich, Judge Tim Grendell, and South Russell Councilman and attorney Jim Flaiz.  "The program is a volunteer deed review for Geauga County homeowners.  It helps Geauga homowners (1) identify whether the form of their present deed will require transfer through the probate court upon death, and (2) to consider less expensive and less time-consuming alternatives to a probate transfer."  To have a survivorship deed that avoids probate, your deed should read "for their joint lives, remainder to the survivor of them" or simply "remainder to the survivor of them".  The Good Deeds Program is currently reviewing deeds that may not have the survivorship clause and a letter will be sent to residents who should consider changing the language of their deed.  The letter will give them the option of seeking the advice of their attorney, attending a meeting where attorneys from the Bar Association can assist you, calling the Department of Aging to set up a meeting with an attorney, or to retain your current deed.  The Geauga County Bar Association is offering to consult with residents and revise their deeds for a flat rate of $100 plus recording fees.  For more information please contact the Recorder's office at 440-279-2020.

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NEXT WEEKS MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD.

Guests:  Marilyn White (10.10.12 meeting).  To many to list at the Cluster Clambake (10.17.12).

Thank you to Jodie for her had work putting together the Cluster Clambake.

Chuck White passed out a Fun Committee questionnaire to be filled out by each member and returned to Chuck.  He is looking for ideas for social activities that we can do as a club.

Many members of the club commented on how much they liked the steaks that Howard provided at our work project meeting at the fairgrounds a few weeks ago.  They were purchased from Blue Ribbon Meats in Cleveland.

NEW MEMBER POSTING:  DR. BOB COLEMAN.  2nd positng.  Any objections should be immediately raised with Chris Livers.

Bob Varga's interview with Brian Brockway.  Brian joined the club in 1980 and Don Hornak was his sponsor.  He has been a club director, program chair, treasurer, Beamer editor, and president (1987).  Brian has been in the insurance business for 35 years.  His favorite projects were the fairgrounds building project and the Rookery bridge.  His advice to new Rotarians is to get involved beyond just coming to meetings.

PROGRAM:  Good Deeds Program.  Jim Flaiz and Sharon Gingerich. 

The Good Deeds Program was introduced in June of 2012.  It was started by Geauga County Recorder and fellow BMR member Sharon Gingerich, Judge Tim Grendell, and South Russell Councilman and attorney Jim Flaiz.  "The program is a volunteer deed review for Geauga County homeowners.  It helps Geauga homowners (1) identify whether the form of their present deed will require transfer through the probate court upon death, and (2) to consider less expensive and less time-consuming alternatives to a probate transfer."  To have a survivorship deed that avoids probate, your deed should read "for their joint lives, remainder to the survivor of them" or simply "remainder to the survivor of them".  The Good Deeds Program is currently reviewing deeds that may not have the survivorship clause and a letter will be sent to residents who should consider changing the language of their deed.  The letter will give them the option of seeking the advice of their attorney, attending a meeting where attorneys from the Bar Association can assist you, calling the Department of Aging to set up a meeting with an attorney, or to retain your current deed.  The Geauga County Bar Association is offering to consult with residents and revise their deeds for a flat rate of $100 plus recording fees.  For more information please contact the Recorder's office at 440-279-2020.

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NEXT WEEKS MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD.

Guests:  Jim Pascoe.

The Cluster Clambake has been scheduled for October 17th.

Mike Pesek is going to be chairing the Motorcycle Run next year.  She is going to ask each member to step up their efforts to get more sponsorship and support for the event.  She would like to see it be a major fundraiser, not something that we have to subsidize to be able to present a nice check.

NEW MEMBER POSTING:  DR. BOB COLEMAN.  Any objections should be immediately raised with Chris Livers.

PROGRAM:  Work project:  Rotary building.  Meal to follow at the fairgrounds.

Thank you to everybody who helped put together the steak dinner that was enjoyed by all.

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NEXT WEEKS MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD.

Guests:  Jim Pascoe.

A BMR golf outing is scheduled for this Sunday, September 22nd at Grandview.  Tee times start at 12:30 PM.  A breakfast brunch is available at the Grandview restaurant prior to golf.  There are plenty of spots so please plan on being there if you can.

Chuck White and Bob Varga said BMR is starting a "fun committee" that will look into trips, functions, events, etc. that BMR members (and their spouses) can do to have a good time as a group.  Please use this week as your brainstorming week and come to the next meeting with some ideas.

Thank-you's were received from the Middlefield Post for allowing them to speak to the club a few weeks ago and from Geauga County Job and Family Services for our contributions to their Help Me Learn program.

BMR is going to be working the beer concession stand at Geauga County Tourism's Hometown Hoe Down on September 29th at the Middlefield Market Pavilion (Nauvoo Road). 

The Cluster Clambake has been scheduled for October 17th.

President Bob Varga's interview with Larry Cashion:  Larry has been a Rotarian for over 40 years.  Originally from New York, Larry moved to the Cleveland area years ago to be closer to world class cardiac healthcare.  John Gander was Larry's sponsor.  In the past, Larry served the club as secretary and notes the Rookery bridge project and the dictionary project as a couple of his favorites.  Larry is a Navy veteran.  After leaving the Navy, Larry worked as an engineer and eventually started his own business as an Apple Computer dealer.  Larry said the conversation (especially with old vets in the club) and the friendships are what he likes most about Rotary.

Heads & Tails winner:  Jim Ebert

PROGRAM:  Bob Himmelein.  Tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Bob is a former Burton Police Chief and a retired employee of the social security office.  Bob recently served in Afghanistan providing support to Afghan police.  He was assigned an interpreter who helped him communicate with the police and the locals.  He said at first the Afgan police gave him a lot of lip service, but the more he got to know them the more the truth came out.  He said that what we see as corruption, they see as how they do business.  Besides a suicide bomber who attacked the front gate of their barracks, he felt safe while he was there.  Bob said over time he really grew to like the Afghan people.

He said the Afghans live at a level of poverty that we wouldn't understand.  Many people survive as subsistence farmers living in an extended family unit.  Most Afghans live in primitive houses made of brick and mud, have poor healthcare, not much good driniking water, almost no technology like TV or internet, and electricity that might work a few hours a day.  Bob commented how travel is difficult and recalled a time that it took him 19 hours to travel 100 miles by car.   

He commented that most Afghans don't have a "worldview" and really have very little knowledge about the world around them.  For instance, Bob said they may know that WWII happened but they couldn't tell you if the Japanese were on the American's side or not.  They are also not up on current events.  He believes that when the American's ultimately leave the Afghans will eventually get sick of fighting each other and things will calm down.

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THIS WEEKS MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD.

Guests:  John Hurd, Jim Pascoe.

The Cluster Clambake has been scheduled for October 17th.

A BMR golf outing is scheduled for this Sunday, September 22nd at Grandview.  Tee times start at 12:30 PM. 

BMR is going to be working the beer concession stand at Geauga County Tourism's Hometown Hoe Down on September 29th at the Middlefield Market Pavilion (Nauvoo Road).  Jim Ebert is looking for a couple of volunteers to help out.

PROGRAM:  Work project at County Home garden

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NEXT WEEK'S MEETING IS A WORK PROJECT AT THE GEAUGA COUNTY HOME AT 5:00 PM FOLLOWED BY DINNER AT WELSHFIELD AT 7:00 PM

Guests:  Former BMR member Dr. Bob Coleman, Jim Pascoe, John Hurd.

The Cluster Clambake has been scheduled for October 17th.

A BMR golf outing is going to be scheduled for September 22nd.  More details to follow.

BMR is going to be working the beer concession stand at Geauga County Tourism's Hometown Hoe Down on September 29th at the Middlefield Market Pavilion (Nauvoo Road).  We are currently looking for a member who would like to chair this project.

Heads and Tails winner:  Carl Hofstetter.

Bob Varga's interview with Tom Buckles.  Tom has been a member of BMR for 32 years, serving as President in 1994.  His sponsor was Quentin Grough.   Before retirement, Tom was in sales and marketing and owned a publishing company.  His favorite Rotary projects were the Rookery bridge and the construction of the Rotary building at the Geauga County Fairgrounds.  His favorite thing about Rotary are the friendships.  Tom and his wife Lisa have two childrent and two grandchildren.  In his spare time, Tom enjoys flying, hunting, fishing, shooting, and playing his guitar.

PROGRAM:  Arthritis Foundation.  Kelly Donahue.

1 in 5 adults will suffer from arthritis and it is the leading cause of disability nationwide.  However, Arthritis isn't just a disease of growing older, as over 300,000 children have arthritis , which is more than juvenille cystic fibrosis and diabetes combined. 

The Arthritis Foundation is the largest not for profit organization for arthritis research in the USA.  Kelly works out of the northeast Ohio office which covers 22 counties for the foundation.  The northeast Ohio chapter is having their Fall Arthritis 5K Walk September 30th at Lake Farm Metroparks.  There is no fee to enter a team however donations are appreciated.  Also, on a national level, Massage Envy (a nationwide spa franchise) will donate $10 from every massage and facial on September 19th to the Arthritis Foundation.  Last year, this fundraiser raised over $500,000 in one day. 

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NEXT WEEK'S MEETING (9.5.12) IS AT WELSHFIELD

Guests:  Nancy and Carolyn, relatives of Mike Pesek visiting from New Hampshire.  Marc Burr, Chardon Rotary.

BMR is going to be working the beer concession stand at Geauga County Tourism's Hometown Hoe Down on September 26th at the Middlefield Market Pavilion (Nauvoo Road). 

Heads and Tails winner:  Bob Johnson

Bob Varga's interview with Al Skinner:  Al has been a member of BMR since 1983.  His sponsor was Fred Bemberg (Al was doing some electrical work at Fred's house and he asked him if he would have interest in joining Rotary).  Al has held just about every BMR office, including President.  Before retiring, Al was in the phone/electrical business.  His favorite project was the bridge at the Rookery.  His favorite thing about Rotary is the fellowship with the other members.

PROGRAM:  The Middlefield Post.  Kim Breyley, editor.  Nancy Hrivnak, former editor.  Geri Watson, public relations.  Barb Fontanelle, owner.

The Middlefield Post was started in 2006 due to the community's need for a local newspaper.  The paper focuses on positive "neighborly" type news and attempts to avoid controversy or politics.  It is free within its coverage area (Middlefield, Parkman, Huntsburg) and 8,500 copies are printed per issue.  The paper is circulated every 3 weeks.  Popular sections of the paper include the Amish section (written by the Amish for the Amish), the Middlefield history section written by former BMR member Rick Seyer, and the two page photo section showing, through pictures, what is going on in the community.  The Great Geauga County Fair edition, currently in circulation, is their biggest issue of the year.  For more information, contact The Middlefield Post at 800-259-5869 or visit their website at www.themiddlefieldpost.com.

 

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NEXT WEEK'S MEETING (8.22.12) IS AT WELSHFIELD

A big THANK YOU to Al and Iola Skinner and the rest of the family picnic committee for a great gathering on the 15th!

Heads & Tails winner:  Jim Dvorak.

Thank you's were received from Ethel Wilcox, who was invited but could not attend the family picnic, and from John Rose who thouroghly enjoyed his time at the picnic catching up with old friends.

Jim Dvorak reported that, at their request, junior high level dictionaries have been distributed to the Amish community.  The Amish are keeping the dictionaries in the classroom and they had enough of the elementary level dictionaries already.

Bob Varga's interview with Fred Bemberg:  Fred has been a member of BMR for 28 years.  His sponsor was Don Hayes.  Fred served the club as president in 1992.  Now retired, Fred was in the lumber business and later owned Trusco which manufactured wood trusses.  He said his favorite part about being a Rotarian is the comradery among the members and the community programs and projects that Rotary does.

An open discussion was had about what BMR can do to better promote our club and our projects in the community.  Sharon Gingerich, Mark Zakrzewski, and Chris Livers are going to get together and form our first marketing committee to find ways to help the club better use social media, local newspapers, etc. to the club's advantage.

PROGRAM 8.22.12:  Look Good...Feel Better.  Mary Beth Wantz and Amy Marsch.

Mary Beth and Amy are the owners of Compliments for Hair, located at 14606 West Park Street in Burton.  They started the Northeast Wig Bank as part of the Look Good Feel Better program, which provides women undergoing active cancer treatment with free beauty and wig tips to help them better cope with skin changes and hair loss.  The program is usually conducted in a group setting which allows the participants to get to know other women who are going through the same thing and it creates a very supportive environment.  The Look Good Feel Better program is nationwide and it serves about 50,000 women per year.  For more information, contact Compliments for Hair and speak with Mary Beth or Amy at 440-834-8830.

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Next week's meeting (8.15.12) is the BMR Family Picnic at Al Skinner's residence, located at 12260 Butternut Road, Newbury.

PROGRAM 8.1.12:  Ohio State Senator John Ecklund.

John is a first term Ohio State Senator representing District 18, which covers Lake, Geauga, and parts of Cuyahoga counties.  He is up for re-election this year.  John talked about a number of things that he has learned during his first term as a state senator.  He has learned that it is difficult to balance local needs back in his district with the needs of the state as a whole.  He also said that sometimes you have to compromise your principles for an issue that is needed.  For instance, he normally does not support government interfering with people's individual rights but he supports a ban on texting while driving because it is proven to save lives.  He said all and all, he has thouroughly enjoyed his first term and he is impressed with how well our state government runs.

PROGRAM 8.8.12:  Lake County Captains Game

A good time was had by all as the Captains beat the Great Lakes Loons 5-2. 

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This week's meeting is at Welshfield.

Thank-you's were received from Amy Lasco (RYLA attendee), Geauga County Animal Shelter, from the winner of the Rotary Scholarship from Cardinal High School, and from the Berkshire High School Interact Club.

Guests:  Jim Pascoe, Lloyd and Joan Schill.

Heads & Tails Winner:  Jim Eldridge.

President Bob Varga's interview with Jack McCartney:  Jack has been a member of BMR since 1973 and was proposed for membership by Lloyd Schill and John McNaughton.  He was club president for the 1979-1980 Rotary year and has held just about every office in the club.  The project he remembers most is the covered bridge project at the Rookery, which is part of the Geauga Park District.  Jack worked at Republic Steel in purchasing for 29 years before retiring.  What he likes best about Rotary is the loyalty of all of BMR's members to the club and each other.

PROGRAM:  Tiffany Buda.  Cleveland Clinic Center for Heart Failure.

Tiffany explained how the organ transplant process works at Cleveland Clinic.  All transplants candidates who are approved by the clinic are given a rating based on how critical it is that they receive a transplant.  This rating is based on a number of different factors.  When an organ is offered to the Clinic, they evaluate the organ and look at their list of potential recepients for it to see if they have a match.  If the have a match, time is of the essence because they only have 4 hours to get the organ from the donor to the recepient.  Nationally, about 114,000 people are awaiting organ transplants and about 7,000 die annually waiting. 

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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD

The June 6th meeting will be a work project at the Bond Building. 

Kathy Rose is having an "After the Wedding" outdoor picnic/cookout on June 2nd, 2012 at Windrush Hollow located at 15560 Mayfield Road in Huntsburg.  The party will include food, beverages, volleyball, cornhole, music, dancing, etc.  The festivities start at 3 PM.

For our Adopt-a-Soldier project, Mark asked the club if any of us know a soldier who would be a good candidate for us to "adopt".  Please see Mark with any suggestions.

 

 

 

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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT 7:00 PM AT WELSHFIELD

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Rotary District 6630 Golf Outing has been cancelled.

There will be a board meeting after tonight's meeting.

 

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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT 7:00 PM AT WELSHFIELD

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our sympathy goes out to Jim Pascoe on the passing of his wife Jennie.

Dick Hill's barbershop quartet is going to be performing a show May 5th.  Please see Dick for more details.

Rotary District 6630 is hosting a golf outing June 18th at Quail Hollow Country Club in Concord Township.  The price includes a box lunch, picnic barbecue, and prizes.  Registration begins at noon, with a a 1 p.m. shotgun start in a scramble format.  Quail Hollow Country Club is at 11295 Quail Hollow Drive. Register by May 31 by contacting Timothywwrightsr@aol.com.  The cost is $105 per person. 

John Hurd reported that Ralph Hurd is no longer at Burton Healthcare and is now residing at Brooks House in Hiram.

Dave Brigham has a new email.  dsbrighams@me.com.

Heads and tails winner:  Len Golding (TWO bottles of wine!)

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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT 7:00 PM AT WELSHFIELD

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guests:  Betsy Tomasco, Jim Pascoe.

Bob Johnson thanked everybody who attended the recent District Conference

Mary Yeager was inducted as the newest member of BMR by Chuck White and her sponsor, Len Golding.  Welcome to the club Mary!

The Aurora Club is having their Taste of Aurora Sunday, April 29th from 4-7 PM at Signature of Solon.  The event will showcase about 20 different local restaurants.  The price is $35 in advance or $40 at the door.  A table of 10 can be reserved for $400.  Buy your tickets from any member of the Rotary Club of Aurora or call 330-562-9543.

Dick Hill's barbershop quartet is going to be performing a show May 5th.  Please see Dick for more details.

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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT 7:00 PM AT WELSHFIELD

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guests:  Mary Yeager.  Betsy Tomasco.

Coin toss:  Dave Terrill is the winner.

Bob Varga, president-elect of BMR, is asking for suggestions from the club for the next Rotary year.  Please get with Bob if you have any ideas.

Dick Hill's barbershop quartet is going to be performing a show May 5th.  Please see Dick for more details.

See Brian Brockway if you left your butcher knife at pancakes! 

Our sympathy goes out to Jim Dvorak on the loss of his mother.

Bob Johnson asked the club to get in their EREY contributions before the end of the month.  He also thanked everybody for their hard work during the Pancake Breakfasts.

The Kiwanis Club needs help at their Fish Fry at the Middlefield Fire Hall Friday April 24th at 4:10 PM (2 people needed).

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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT 7:00 PM AT WELSHFIELD

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guests:  Jim Pascoe and Mary Yaeger.

New member posting:  Mary Yaeger.

Coin toss:  Chris Livers wins a pipe hand made by Burrly.

Our sympathy goes out to Jim Dvorak on the loss of his mother.

Bob Johnson asked the club to get in their EREY contributions before the end of the month.  He also thanked everybody for their hard work during the Pancake Breakfasts.

Tracy reported that total profit was up and sales were slightly down for the 2012 Pancake Breakfast season.  We made 3% more on 6.6% less sales!  We also put out a "donation jar" at the ticket sales desk that made $428.

The Kiwanis Club needs help at their Fish Fry at the Middlefield Fire Hall Friday April 13th at 4:10 PM (3 people needed) and Friday April 24th at 4:10 PM (2 people needed).

An Evening Garden Party Fundraiser in support of your Geauga County Recorder Sharon Gingerich will be held Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 6-9 PM at the Patterson's Fruit Farm Orchard Hills Center located at 11414 Caves Road in Chesterland.  The evening will include appetizers, dinner, and exotic libations.  Music and door prizes will be provided.  The suggested donation is $40.  Please RSVP to Judy Gallowan at 216-538-5839 or judygall9@gmail.com.  Checks can be made payable to Friends of Gingerich and mail to Friends of Gingerich, PO Box 39, Burton, OH 44021.

The District Conference is coming up April 13th, 14th, and 15th.

There will be a board meeting after this week's meeting.

BMR's box, please go to www.shelterboxusa.org and click on "track your box."  Select search by box number and be sure to select "USA" in the drop down menu.  Enter our box number of 20030.  Please note that the rate at which the boxes are deployed is directly related to the number of disasters occuring and the scale of the response required.  Depending on the need for disaster response, it may be several months before our box is reported or deployed.

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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT 7:00 PM AT WELSHFIELD

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Brian Brockway passed out a copy of the new Discover Burton brochure, an informative pamphlet that highlights many of the attractions Burton has to offer.

Pancake job assignments were handed out.  Attendance is mandatory.

Al Skinner has free tickets for the pancake breakfast (to be bought by the member who takes them and has a guest who uses them) if anybody has any interest.

Mike Pesek has Rotary shirts and hats that can be purchased and worn proudly at the pancake breakfasts.

Heads and Tails winner:  Tom Blair.

Congratulations to Tracy Jemison for being honored as an Emerald Leader by Leadership Geauga.  Tracy will receive the honor at the Emerald Ball to be held March 3, 2012.

Please keep Jim and Jennie Pascoe in your prayers as Jennie battles cancer.

BMR's box, please go to www.shelterboxusa.org and click on "track your box."  Select search by box number and be sure to select "USA" in the drop down menu.  Enter our box number of 20030.  Please note that the rate at which the boxes are deployed is directly related to the number of disasters occuring and the scale of the response required.  Depending on the need for disaster response, it may be several months before our box is reported or deployed.

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Dave Zmek sent a card thanking BMR for providing the labor to improve the accesiblity to his home for him.

Heads and Tails winner:  Dan Whiting.

New Member Posting:  Dan Whiting (2nd posting)

Congratulations to Tracy Jemison for being honored as an Emerald Leader by Leadership Geauga.  Tracy will receive the honor at the Emerald Ball to be held March 3, 2012.

Please keep Jim and Jennie Pascoe in your prayers as Jennie battles cancer.

BMR's box, please go to www.shelterboxusa.org and click on "track your box."  Select search by box number and be sure to select "USA" in the drop down menu.  Enter our box number of 20030.  Please note that the rate at which the boxes are deployed is directly related to the number of disasters occuring and the scale of the response required.  Depending on the need for disaster response, it may be several months before our box is reported or deployed.

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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT 7:00 PM AT WELSHFIELD

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guests:  Joy Black, Carol Varga, Mary Yeager, Dan Whiting, Jenna Hornak.

Heads and Tails winner:  Kathy Rose.

Our sympathy goes out to Rich and Donna Newsome for the loss of Donna's sister.

New Member Posting:  Dan Whiting (1st posting)

Thank you's were received from Ethel Wilcox for her invite to our Christmas Party and from Pearl S. Buck for our sponsorship. 

Congratulations to Tracy Jemison for being honored as an Emerald Leader by Leadership Geauga.  Tracy will receive the honor at the Emerald Ball to be held March 3, 2012.

Dick Hills' barbershop quartet will be selling Singing Valentines this Valentines season.  The Singing Valentine can be delivered at home or work and will include two love songs, a personalized card, and a box of chocolates all for only $40.  Contact Dick Hills or call 440-460-4444 for more details.

Fran Bayless' wildlife photography is going to be on display February 3rd from 6-9 PM at Imaginery Fine Arts Gallery located at 100 North Main Street in Chagrin Falls.  Wine and hors Doeuvres will be served.

Please keep John Gander and Dave Zmek in your thoughts and prayers as they recover from illnesses.   John is at Burton Healthcare recovering from a fall that happened in November.  Dave is back home and doing well. 

BMR's box, please go to www.shelterboxusa.org and click on "track your box."  Select search by box number and be sure to select "USA" in the drop down menu.  Enter our box number of 20030.  Please note that the rate at which the boxes are deployed is directly related to the number of disasters occuring and the scale of the response required.  Depending on the need for disaster response, it may be several months before our box is reported or deployed.

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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT 5:45 PM AT THE WEST WOODS.  DINNER WILL FOLLOW AT 7:00 PM AT MANGIA MANGIA LOCATED ON THE SOUTH EAST CORNER OF AUBURN ROAD AND 87 IN NEWBURY.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you plan on attending dinner at Mangia Mangia in Newbury following our program next week, please let Dave Brigham know so he can get an accurate count.

For those who pay their dues in semi-annual installments, the second half dues are now due.

Dick Hills' barbershop quartet will be selling Singing Valentines this Valentines season.  The Singing Valentine can be delivered at home or work and will include two love songs, a personalized card, and a box of chocolates all for only $40.  Contact Dick Hills or call 440-460-4444 for more details.

Fran Bayless' wildlife photography is going to be on display February 3rd from 6-9 PM at Imaginery Fine Arts Gallery located at 100 North Main Street in Chagrin Falls.  Wine and hors Doeuvres will be served.

We received a thank you from the County Home for the Christmas Party we put on for the residents.

Please keep John Gander and Dave Zmek in your thoughts and prayers as they recover from illnesses.   John is at Burton Healthcare recovering from a fall that happened in November.  Dave is back home and doing well. 

The District is looking for ideas and/or suggestions for next year's District Conference.  If you have any input please pass it on to Len.

BMR's box, please go to www.shelterboxusa.org and click on "track your box."  Select search by box number and be sure to select "USA" in the drop down menu.  Enter our box number of 20030.  Please note that the rate at which the boxes are deployed is directly related to the number of disasters occuring and the scale of the response required.  Depending on the need for disaster response, it may be several months before our box is reported or deployed.

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THIS WEEK'S MEETING IS AT 7:00 PM AT WELSHFIELD.  BOARD MEETING WILL FOLLOW REGULAR MEETING.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Heads and Tails winner:  Dick Hills.

For those who pay their dues in semi-annual installments, the second half dues are now due.

Please keep John Gander and Dave Zmek in your thoughts and prayers as they recover from illnesses.   John is at Burton Healthcare recovering from a fall that happened in November.  Dave is back home and doing well.  Dave Brigham and Jim Croup are getting together a group to provide some labor to make Dave Zmek's house a little more accessible for him.

On January 25th our program will be at the West Woods with dinner to follow at Mangia Mangia in Newbury.  Please let Dave Brigham know if you are planning on attending dinner at Mangia Mangia so he can get an accurate count.

The District is looking for ideas and/or suggestions for next year's District Conference.  If you have any input please pass it on to Len.

BMR's box, please go to www.shelterboxusa.org and click on "track your box."  Select search by box number and be sure to select "USA" in the drop down menu.  Enter our box number of 20030.  Please note that the rate at which the boxes are deployed is directly related to the number of disasters occuring and the scale of the response required.  Depending on the need for disaster response, it may be several months before our box is reported or deployed.

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NEXT WEEK'S MEETING IS AT 7:00 PM AT WELSHFIELD

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you to Brian Brockway for organizing the County Home ChristmasParty and to Dick Hills for providing the entertainment.

Paul Newman presented the Club with a picture of the Veteran's Memorial for our help raising money for the project.

The check to buy one K-9 for the Sherriff's Department was presented to Dan McClelland.

Please keep John Gander and Dave Zmek in your thoughts and prayers as they recover from illnesses.

The District is looking for ideas and/or suggestions for next year's District Conference.  If you have any input please pass it on to Len.

BMR's box, please go to www.shelterboxusa.org and click on "track your box."  Select search by box number and be sure to select "USA" in the drop down menu.  Enter our box number of 20030.  Please note that the rate at which the boxes are deployed is directly related to the number of disasters occuring and the scale of the response required.  Depending on the need for disaster response, it may be several months before our box is reported or deployed.

PROGRAM 12.14.11:  County Home Christmas Party.  Thank you to everybody who was able to attend!

PROGRAM 12.21.11:  BMR Christmas Party.  Special thanks to Dick Hills and his barber shop quartet for keeping us all entertained!

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NEXT WEEK'S MEETING IS THE BMR CHRISTMAS PARTY AT WELSHFIELD.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guests:  Marilyn White.  Pastor Ed Peterson, father of Rotary Exchange Student Amanda Peterson.

We have secured our $2,500 matching grant for the K9 Project.  At this point we have the funding lined up to buy one dog.

If you know of anybody in our community deserving of a Paul Harris Fellow please let Bob Johnson know.  The club has some credits available to name a couple more PHF's.

Please remember to buy a gift for the County Home Christmas Party if you were so assigned.  If you weren't assigned a gift to buy please bring cookies or some other kind of refreshment to share.

If you are planning on making a donation to the Salvation Army this season please give your donation to BMR so that we can turn it in with our bell ringing collection.  By doing so BMR gets credit for your donation as we compete with the other clubs in our cluster.

The District is looking for ideas and/or suggestions for next year's District Conference.  If you have any input please pass it on to Len.

Heads & Tails winner is Dave Terrill (11.30.11) and Howard Bates (12.7.11)

Officers up for nomination for the 2012-2013 Rotary Year:

President:  Bob Varga.  Treasurer:  Tracy Jemison.  Secretary:  Chris Livers.  Community Service Director:  Jodie Swartwout.  Vocational Service Director:  Jim Eldridge.  Club Service Directors:  Dave Brigham and Todd Hornak.  International Service Director:  Bob Johnson.  Foundation Liaison:  Bob Johnson.  New Generations Service Director:  Dave Terrill.  Membership Chair:  Jim Ebert.  Immediate Past President:  Len Golding.  President Nominee:  Tom Blair. 

The Shelter Box that BMR purchased has a tracking number of 20030.  To track BMR's box, please go to www.shelterboxusa.org and click on "track your box."  Select search by box number and be sure to select "USA" in the drop down menu.  Enter our box number of 20030.  Please note that the rate at which the boxes are deployed is directly related to the number of disasters occuring and the scale of the response required.  Depending on the need for disaster response, it may be several months before our box is reported or deployed.

Please remember to collect shampoos and soaps if you are traveling and get them to Jodie before the County Home Christmas Party.

Mark your calendars:  Salvation Army bell ringing will be December 10th either at Giant Eagle or Wal-Mart in Middlefield.  The Interact Club will be ringing on the 17th.

Bob Johnson reminded those in attendance that the Every Rotarian Every Year(EREY) program is still alive and well and he would be happy to accept your donations.  EREY is a voluntary $100 donation per member to Rotary.

There will be no meeting the Wednesday between Christmas and New Years.

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THERE IS NO MEETING THIS WEEK - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

We have secured our $2,500 matching grant for the K9 Project.

Heads & Tails winner is Mike Pesek.

Officers up for nomination for the 2012-2013 Rotary Year:

President:  Bob Varga.  Treasurer:  Tracy Jemison.  Secretary:  Chris Livers.  Community Service Director:  Jodie Swartwout.  Vocational Service Director:  Jim Eldridge.  Club Service Directors:  Dave Brigham and Todd Hornak.  International Service Director:  Bob Johnson.  Foundation Liaison:  Bob Johnson.  New Generations Service Director:  Dave Terrill.  Membership Chair:  Jim Ebert.  Immediate Past President:  Len Golding.  President Nominee:  Rich Newsome. 

The Shelter Box that BMR purchased has a tracking number of 20030.  To track BMR's box, please go to www.shelterboxusa.org and click on "track your box."  Select search by box number and be sure to select "USA" in the drop down menu.  Enter our box number of 20030.  Please note that the rate at which the boxes are deployed is directly related to the number of disasters occuring and the scale of the response required.  Depending on the need for disaster response, it may be several months before our box is reported or deployed.

Please remember to collect shampoos and soaps if you are traveling and get them to Jodie before the County Home Christmas Party.

Welshfield Inn is having a Thanksgiving day dinner which includes a main course, all the traditional sides, and dessert.  The price is $28 for adults, $15 for children under 12, and children under 3 are free.

Dick Hills announced that the Johnnycake Ridge Singers will be performing December 3rd at 7 PM at Hope Ridge Methodist Church.  Please get with Dick for details.

Mark your calendars:  Salvation Army bell ringing will be December 10th either at Giant Eagle or Wal-Mart in Middlefield.  The Interact Club will be ringing on the 17th.

The East Geauga Kiwanis Club is going to be having a wreath competition as a fundraiser.  Please make a wreath and have it delivered by 11.23.11.  The wreaths will be sold in a silent auction on Saturday, December 3rd at the Crossroads Country Cafe Banquet Room.  Please contact Judy at 440-413-0557 or visit their website at www.eastgeaugakiwanis.org for more details.

Bob Johnson reminded those in attendance that the Every Rotarian Every Year(EREY) program is still alive and well and he would be happy to accept your donations.  EREY is a voluntary $100 donation per member to Rotary.

There will be no meeting the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the Wednesday between Christmas and New Years.

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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guests:  Marilyn White

Happy Birthday to John Gander (98) and Jack McCarntey (83)!

Please keep Dave and Susan Brigham in your prayers as Susan recovers from a seizure she experienced about 2 weeks ago.  She will be doing some rehabilitation and hopefully be returning home soon.

We have secured our $2,500 matching grant for the K9 Project.

Please remember to collect shampoos and soaps if you are traveling and get them to Jodie before the County Home Christmas Party.

Welshfield Inn is having a Thanksgiving day dinner which includes a main course, all the traditional sides, and dessert.  The price is $28 for adults, $15 for children under 12, and children under 3 are free.

Dick Hills announced that the Johnnycake Ridge Singers will be performing December 3rd at 7 PM at Hope Ridge Methodist Church.  Please get with Dick for details.

Mark your calendars:  Salvation Army bell ringing will be December 10th either at Giant Eagle or Wal-Mart in Middlefield.  The Interact Club will be ringing on the 17th.

The East Geauga Kiwanis Club is going to be having a wreath competition as a fundraiser.  Please make a wreath and have it delivered by 11.23.11.  The wreaths will be sold in a silent auction on Saturday, December 3rd at the Crossroads Country Cafe Banquet Room.  Please contact Judy at 440-413-0557 or visit their website at www.eastgeaugakiwanis.org for more details.

Bob Johnson reminded those in attendance that the Every Rotarian Every Year(EREY) program is still alive and well and he would be happy to accept your donations.  EREY is a voluntary $100 donation per member to Rotary.

There will be no meeting the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the Wednesday between Christmas and New Years.

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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guests:  Dottie Hofstetter.  Jim Pascoe.

Heads and tails winner:  John Hurd.

Congratulations and best wishes to Burrly who gets married this weekend!

Please keep Dave and Susan Brigham in your prayers as Susan recovers from a seizure she experienced about 2 weeks ago.  She will be doing some rehabilitation and hopefully be returning home soon.

Happy Birthday to John Gander who turns 98 on Saturday!

The West Shore Rotary Club is having a reverse raffle November 6th from 6-11 PM at the West Side Irish American Club.  The top prize is $3,000 for the last number called.  The reverse raffle is West Shore Rotary's primary fundraiser.  Please see Len for more information.

Dictionaries will be presented to the schools on November 10th.  The schedule is as follows:

Burton Elm        @            8:50 am
Newbury           @            9:45 am
St. Helens         @            11:00 am
Middlefield         @            1:30 pm
 
Please let Jim Dvorak know if you can help.

The Aurora Rotary Club is having a Crepes Spectacular November 13th from 1-3:30PM at Doogan's Restaurant in Aurora.  There will be crepes cooking demonstrations, a wine tasting lecture with 5 French wines, a mime, a magician, and French singers.  The cost is $30 per adult and includes 5 wine tastings.  Those under 21 years old pay $20.  Please call 330-802-4058 for more information or to make a reservation. 

District 6630 is hosting their "Party in the Park" at Cuyahoga Valley National Park to be held 11.13.11 from 2-6 PM.  For more information please visit the District 6630 website at www.rotarydistrict6630.com.

Welshfield Inn is having a Thanksgiving day dinner which includes a main course, all the traditional sides, and dessert.  The price is $28 for adults, $15 for children under 12, and children under 3 are free.

Dick Hills announced that the Johnnycake Ridge Singers will be performing December 3rd at 7 PM at Hope Ridge Methodist Church.  Please get with Dick for details.

Mark your calendars:  Salvation Army bell ringing will be December 10th either at Giant Eagle or Wal-Mart in Middlefield.

Bob Johnson reminded those in attendance that the Every Rotarian Every Year(EREY) program is still alive and well and he would be happy to accept your donations.  EREY is a voluntary $100 donation per member to Rotary.

There will be no meeting the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the Wednesday between Christmas and New Years.

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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guests:  Assistant District Governor Joy Black.  Marc Burr, Chardon Rotary.  Jackie, prospective Rotary exchange student from Cardinal High School.

Heads and Tails:  Marc Burr is the winner.

The West Shore Rotary Club is having a reverse raffle November 6th from 6-11 PM at the West Side Irish American Club.  The top prize is $3,000 for the last number called.  The reverse raffle is West Shore Rotary's primary fundraiser.  Please see Len for more information.

Welshfield Inn is having a Thanksgiving day dinner which includes a main course, all the traditional sides, and dessert.  The price is $28 for adults, $15 for children under 12, and children under 3 are free.

Dick Hills announced that the Johnnycake Ridge Singers will be performing December 3rd at 7 PM at Hope Ridge Methodist Church.  Please get with Dick for details.

District 6630 is hosting their "Party in the Park" at Cuyahoga Valley National Park to be held 11.13.11 from 2-6 PM.  For more information please visit the District 6630 website at www.rotarydistrict6630.com.

Bob Johnson reminded those in attendance that the Every Rotarian Every Year(EREY) program is still alive and well and he would be happy to accept your donations.  EREY is a voluntary $100 donation per member to Rotary.

There will be no meeting the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the Wednesday between Christmas and New Years.

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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD

ANNOUNCEMENTS

A big thank you to Jodie for putting together another successful Cluster Clambake.

Bob Johnson introduced to the clambake attendees BMR's suggestion that the Geauga County cluster of clubs join their resources to buy one new dog for the Sheriff's K-9 department.  The cost is $8,000 per dog which includes the dog's training, a 2 year health guarantee, and also the guarantee that the dog will pass the state's certification to be a working police dog.  The Sheriff's Department would like to add 3 new dogs so that a K-9 will be working on every shift.  The Sheriff's Department has the money in their budget to maintain a K-9 program but not the money to fund the pruchase of new dogs. 

Sharon Gingerich - new member nominee.  Second Posting.

Dick Hills announced that the Johnnycake Ridge Singers will be performing December 3rd at 7 PM at Hope Ridge Methodist Church.  Please get with Dick for details.

District 6630 is hosting their "Party in the Park" at Cuyahoga Valley National Park to be held 11.13.11 from 2-6 PM.  For more information please visit the District 6630 website at www.rotarydistrict6630.com.

Bob Johnson reminded those in attendance that the Every Rotarian Every Year(EREY) program is still alive and well and he would be happy to accept your donations.  EREY is a voluntary $100 donation per member to Rotary.

There will be no meeting the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the Wednesday between Christmas and New Years.

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THE NEXT MEETING IS THE CLUSTER CLAMBAKE AT CENTURY VILLAGE'S BOND BUILDING 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sharon Gingerich - new member nominee.  First Posting.

Heads and Tails:  Carl Hofstetter is the winner.

Rich Newsome reported that the wallpaper has been installed in the bedrooms we are renovating at the County Home.Bob Johnson reminded those in attendance that the Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) program is still alive and well and he would be happy to accept your donations.  EREY is a voluntary $100 donation per member to Rotary.

Dick Hills announced that the Johnnycake Ridge Singers will be performing December 3rd at 7 PM at Hope Ridge Methodist Church.  Please get with Dick for details.

District 6630 is hosting their "Party in the Park" at Cuyahoga Valley National Park to be held 11.13.11 from 2-6 PM.  For more information please visit the District 6630 website at www.rotarydistrict6630.com.

Jim Pascoe announced a couple upcoming events:

1)  The Aurora Club is having a membership drive meeting October 20th at the Pine Lake Trout Club.  The cost is $20 per person.

2)  The Aurora Club is going to be having a "Crepes Spectacular and Wine Tasting" October 23rd.  Please contact Jim Pascoe for more information.

BMR will not be meeting the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the Wednesday between Christmas and New Years.

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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BMR will not be meeting the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the Wednesday between Christmas and New Years.

Bob Johnson reminded those in attendance that the Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) program is still alive and well and he would be happy to accept your donations.  EREY is a voluntary $100 donation per member to Rotary.

Dick Hills announced that the Johnnycake Ridge Singers will be performing December 3rd at 7 PM at Hope Ridge Methodist Church.  Please get with Dick for details.

District 6630 is hosting their "Party in the Park" at Cuyahoga Valley National Park to be held 11.13.11 from 2-6 PM.  For more information please visit the District 6630 website at www.rotarydistrict6630.com.

Jim Pascoe announced a couple upcoming events:

1)  The Aurora Club is having a membership drive meeting October 20th at the Pine Lake Trout Club.  The cost is $20 per person.

2)  The Aurora Club is going to be having a "Crepes Spectacular and Wine Tasting" October 23rd.  Please contact Jim Pascoe for more information.

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THE NEXT MEETING IS A TOUR OF ASM IN NOVELTY AT 6:00 PM WITH DINNER TO FOLLOW AT THE WESTWOODS PAVILION.  THE ADDRESS FOR ASM IS 9639 KINSMAN ROAD NOVELTY.  WESTWOODS IS JUST WEST OF ASM ALSO ON KINSMAN ROAD.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BMR will not be meeting the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the Wednesday between Christmas and New Years.

Geauga County Job and Family Services sent us a thank you for our support of their Help Me Learn program.

Bob Johnson reminded those in attendance that the Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) program is still alive and well and he would be happy to accept your donations.  EREY is a voluntary $100 donation per member to Rotary.

Please get your Clambake reservations in to Jodie by October 5th (TODAY!)

Dick Hills announced that the Johnnycake Ridge Singers will be performing December 3rd at 7 PM at Hope Ridge Methodist Church.  Please get with Dick for details.

District 6630 is hosting their "Party in the Park" at Cuyahoga Valley National Park to be held 11.13.11 from 2-6 PM.  For more information please visit the District 6630 website at www.rotarydistrict6630.com.

Jim Pascoe announced a few upcoming events:

1)  The Aurora Club is having a membership drive meeting October 20th at the Pine Lake Trout Club.  The cost is $20 per person.

2)  Strongsville Rotary is having their Taste of Strongsville October 9th at the Holiday Inn in Strongsville.  The event starts at 4:00 PM.  39 different food vendors will be participating.  The cost is $35 per person. 

3)  The Aurora Club is going to be having a "Crepes Spectacular and Wine Tasting" October 23rd.  Please contact Jim Pascoe for more information.

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THE NEXT MEETING IS AT WELSHFIELD

GUESTS

Jim Pascoe and Sharon Gingerich

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Geauga County Rotary Cluster Clambake (hosted by BMR) is going to be held October 19, 2011 at the Bond Building at Century Village.  Social hour will begin at 6:00 PM with dinner to be served at 7:00 PM.  Reservation forms were handed out and should be returned to Jodie Swartwout no later than October 5, 2011.

District 6630 is hosting their "Party in the Park" at Cuyahoga Valley National Park to be held 11.13.11 from 2-6 PM.  For more information please visit the District 6630 website at www.rotarydistrict6630.com.

Jim Pascoe announced a few upcoming events:

1)  The Aurora Club is having a membership drive meeting October 20th at the Pine Lake Trout Club.  The cost is $20 per person.

2)  Strongsville Rotary is having their Taste of Strongsville October 9th at the Holiday Inn in Strongsville.  The event starts at 4:00 PM.  39 different food vendors will be participating.  The cost is $35 per person. 

3)  The Aurora Club is going to be having a "Crepes Spectacular and Wine Tasting" October 23rd.  Please contact Jim Pascoe for more information.

Howard presented the club with a Rotary banner from the Madrid, Spain club given to him by Alberto, an exchange student that stayed with the Bates' when he was in the states.

 

 

 

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PROGRAM:  Bob Landies.  Ohio Ordinance Works (OOW).

Landies, from Chardon Ohio, started OOW after a successful career in the construction and maintenance industry.  Landies had always been passionate about military history and guns and decided to pursue this interest as his new career after construction work got tough in the early 1980s.  Initially, he bought and sold guns.  However, the business soon evolved into the manufacturing of replica vintage firearms and contracts with all branches of the military to build firearms to their specifications.  OOW's niche is their ability to turn orders around in 60 days or less, which is much quicker than the larger gun manufacturers.  Today, OOW has 30+ employees and is located in Chardon.

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Program:   Burton-Middlefield Rotary's 60th Anniversary Program

A great night was had by all.  Many past presidents were in attendance, including charter BMR member John Rose and long time perfect attendance member John Gander.  Mike Pesek did A LOT of work to put together slide shows and bulletin boards full of both old and new BMR photos and information.  Thank you to everybody, especially Mike, for making this evening such a success!

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THIS WEEK'S MEETING IS AT THE WELSHFIELD INN BANQUET CENTER

Program:   Geauga Children's Alliance.  Pat Leech. 

The Geauga Children's Alliance (GCA) was started in 2003 to build awareness of abused and neglected children in Geauga County.    Community awareness is built through their newsletter, website, and various fundraisers.  Funding is achieved by becoming a member of the group ($25 per membership) and through corporate sponsorship.  The next fundraiser will be their annual Hot Dog Picnic to be held June 2nd at The Rookery in Munson Township.  Please see Heather Baker, who is on GCA's Board, if you would like more information.

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THIS WEEK'S MEETING IS AT PUNDERSON

Program:   Tour of Troy Innovative.

Troy Innovative was started in 1992 by Tom Cseplo in a 1500 square foot facility in Troy Township.  Today they have a 23,000 square foot ultra modern facility located on White Road in Middlefield Township.  They manufacture medical implant parts. 

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Program:   More than just toy soldiers.  Bob Varga.  

Bob talked to the club about his wargaming hobby.  Wargaming uses toy soldiers to fight battles in one of three different ways:

1)  Historical wargaming:  The game is based on a battle or event as it actually happened.

2)  Hypothetical wargaming:  The game is based on an actual battle or event but it is played out how things could have happened vs. how they actually occurred.

3)  Fantasy wargaming:  Star Wars or Dungeons and Dragons would be good examples.  The game is not based on actual events.

The games can last a few hours or as long as a couple of weeks.  The games are governed by rules that can come from a wargaming association or they can be "home grown" rules that the participants make up to govern their particular game.  All moves are decided by the roll of the dice. 

Bob brought with him some examples of the props and different soldiers that can be used in the games.  He makes many of the props himself and paints most of his own soldiers.  Currently he is working on the Battle of Britain and a battle that introduces tanks into an actual WWII event to see how they would have affected the outcome.  If you have interest in joining one of the games, please give Bob a call.

 

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Program #1:   Six Days to DC.  Elise Bruening.  

Elise is a junior at Madision High School.  This April she is bicycling 322 miles from McKeesport, Pennsylvania to Washington DC to raise funding and support for Honor Flight Cleveland.  The trip will take six days, thus the "Six Days to DC" name for her fundraiser.  Honor Flight Cleveland flies WWII veterans at no cost to the WWII Memorial in DC.  Her goal is to raise $10,000, which is the total cost to fly one Honor Flight group of veterans to DC.  So far she has raised $4000.  If you would like to support her efforts, please make your checks payable to Honor Flight Cleveland and mail to Honor Flight Cleveland, Six Days to DC, 37 Levan Dr, Painesville, OH  44077.

Program #2:   Dick Hills, Bob Johnson, Paul Newman.  Panama Canal Trip.  January 26th - 30th.

Dick, Bob, and Paul flew into Panama City and traveled the length of the canal on a guided tour.  Panama City was much more modern than they anticipated.  Their trip through the canal covered 48 miles.  It takes about 10 hours to get through the canal.  Large vessels using the canal have to pay big money.  Cargo ships pay between $200,000 and $300,000 for a one way pass and cruise ships pay $300,000 +, with the Queen Elizabeth paying the most at $512,000!  They are currently in the process of refurbishing the locks to accomodate larger ships.  Their phote slide show included a number of pictures of the lush forests and wild life, beers consumed, poop, and a couple pictures here and there of the canal.

 

 

 

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Program:  Geauga Job and Family Services.  Denise Thompson.  WorkPlace Services.

WorkPlace is a free service that assists Geauga County residents find jobs and also assists local businesses find qualified employees.

For job seekers, the program helps them look for jobs based more on their skill set than their previous title/occupation.  From there, they help the potential employee create a resume and cover letter that will get noticed by employers.   Further, the program helps to fine tune the job seeker's computer and interviewing skills.

For employers, WorkPlace serves as a screening source for potential new employees.  The program also helps by providing incumbent worker training.  Along these lines, on March 8th they are offering a "Growing Your Business in Geauga County" workshop for local businesses.  The seminar will focus on funding opportunities, attracting and retaining top talent, and the impact of changing technology.

Some interesting facts about jobs:

70% of available jobs are not posted.  The best way to find out about these jobs is by networking.

It is noted that the average length of time a potential employer looks at a resume is 30-60 seconds.

The top 1/3 of a resume is the most important real estate.  Make sure this section is filled with your best information.

Volunteering is a major resume builder and is looked upon very favorably by employers.

The office can be contacted at 440-285-1100 or 440-285-9141 for more information.

 

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Program:  Geauga County Tourism.  Lynda Nemeth, life long Geauga County resident at Director of Geauga County Tourism.

The Geauga County Tourism office was started in 1980.  In 2000 they moved to their first permanent office in Century Village, and have since moved again to their current location in the Good News Building in Middlefield.  The office currently has 169 members. 

Tourism is a big business in Geauga County:  It is estimated that tourism brings almost $170 million into the county each year!  This equates to 4.3 million in tax revenue generated per year.

Geauga Tourism's website is www.tourgeauga.com.  The website has been growing with over 29,000 unique visits to the site reported last year.  The office is also using social media (Facebook, Youtube, Twitter) to get out information.  In addition, they publish a visitor's guide every year that is available at locations throughout the county.  This year they published 95,000 guides because the ran out in 2010 when they only printed 90,000.

 

  

 

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Program:  Middlefield History.  1930s and early 1940s.  Rick Seyer.

Rick has been a barber in Middlefield for 41 years, a past mayor and current councilman in Middlefield, and is a past member and president of BMR.  In his spare time he enjoys collecting and sharing information on Middlefield's history.

He showed the club a number of old videos that were taken in the 1930s and early 1940s by a village resident.  The movie included old images of the Johnson family and Johnson Rubber, Mineral Lake Park (a gift from the Johnson's to the village), a talent contets held at the school, a kindergarden class, Carl's Jewelry, Minnick's Barber Shop, Eppley Products (women's garter manufacturer), Middlefield Tavern (a tavern AND a gun shop at the time!), a Memorial Day parade, a public boxing match, a school initiation (hazing!), and much more.

 

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PROGRAM:   The Geauga County Mapleleaf Newspaper.  John Karlovec, owner and Editor.  John is from Pepper Pike Ohio and comes from a family with a background in publising.  He bought the Mapleleaf out of bankruptcy in 2001.  When he purchased the weekly paper it had 400 customers and today it has over 5500.  The paper employs two full time reporters, one freelance reporter, a sports writer, and an advertising manager.  

John talked about how they are trying to use social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc) to the paper's advantage.  For instance, the Mapleleaf has a Facebook page and recently they used Facebook and Twitter to find pictures of the Alpine Ski Resort chairlift malfunction.  

He also reviewed the top stories of 2010 and talked about how those stories will reappear again in the 2011 news.  He noted that he does not write editorials because he wants the Mapleleaf to remain an objective publication.  For the same reason, the Mapleleaf does not endorse political candidates, but enjoys a good relationship with county officials.

 

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PROGRAM:   Habitat for Humanity Project in Fiji.  Jason Ronyak.

Berkshire High School and Case graduate Jason Ronyak, with some financial help from BMR, journeyed to Fiji this past summer with a group of American students to build a home for Habitat for Humanity.  Jason was in Fiji for a total of three weeks. 

Fiji consists of 300 + small islands and is located approximately 1200 miles from New Zealand.  Fijian and English are their main languages. 

The city that they built the Habitat home in was Suva, a very business oriented location on the island.  The house they constructed was a simple 40 x 40 structure built on stilts.  Because of the warm climate (it rarely gets colder than 60 degrees), there are no interior walls in most homes, just the outside wall shell.  The homes are built relatively cheap so that a family can afford to rebuild in the event that a hurricane would destroy their home.

Jason commented that prior to his departure for Fiji, he had not met any of the other students he would be building the home with so he had reservations about how they would all get along.  But after spending 3 weeks together they became very good friends and most of them still regularly talk.  He thanked BMR for their support of his trip.

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PROGRAM:   Extreme Makeover Home Edition.  Geauga Mechanical.  Dan Slattery.

Former BMR member Dan Slattery, Service Manager at Geauga Mechanical in Chardon, talked about Geauga Mechanical's participation in the recent Extreme Makeover Home Edition project that took place in Maple Heights. 

Extreme Makeover is a TV show that selects a family in need and renovates or builds them a new home in one week.  The family for "Project 809", as it was called during construction, consisted of 3 children and 2 legally blind parents.  Marous Brothers Construction of Cleveland was selected as the general contractor, and Geauga Mechanical was their subcontractor responsible for all of the HVAC work.  All materials and labor by all trades were donated.

During the week of construction, the family was moved out of their old house and sent on a one week vacation.  Actualy demolition of the their old house did not start until Thursday, and Friday morning there was nothing more than a hole in the ground.  By Sunday afternoon the new house was finished and completely furnished.  This monumental task was made possible by precise planning and over 2000 volunteers.

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PROGRAM:   COUNTY HOME CHRISTMAS PARTY

Thank you to everybody who particpated and helped to make this year's party a success. 

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PROGRAM:   Geauga and Cuyahoga County Apiary Lisza Christine  

Lisza has been Geauga and Cuyahoga County's Apiary for 6 years.  She inspects beekeepers's apiaries (a place where honeybee hives are kept) for disease, pests, abuse, and any evidence of "Africanized" honey bees.  Her duties only focus on honeybees.  She noted to be a beekeeper it is very easy in Ohio.  The potential beekeeper needs only to pay a $5 registration fee and tell the state how many colonies they plan to have.  They are then subject to periodic inspections by the county apiary inspector.

Some honeybee fun facts to dazzle friends at your next Christmas party:

1)  Honeybees date back to the original colonies.

2)  Honeybees pollenize 90% of the food we grow.

3)  It takes 1,000,000 honeybee visits to flowers to produce 1 lb. of honey.

4)  Depending on its size, a honeybee hive needs 60-120 lbs. of honey, which the hive uses as food, to get through the winter.

5)  The life of a honeybee ranges from 45 days for a worker bee to up to 5 years for a queen bee.

5)  A queen honeybee can lay up to 2000 eggs per day.

6)  When a new queen is needed, the hive selects an egg and feeds it a special food called "royal jelly" that will develop it into the next queen.

7)  The taste of honey changes with the seasons.

 

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PROGRAMBMR CHRISTMAS PARTY 

A good meal and good time was had by all at the Welshfield Inn's new Party Center.  Thank you to Jodie for all her hard work organizing the event.

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Cluster Clambake 2010

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Rotary Cluster Clambake

October 27, 2010

THE BOND BUILDING AT CENTURY VILLAGE

14653 East Park Street

Burton, Ohio

Social Hour Begins at 6 o'clock in the Evening

Dinner Served at 7 o'clock in the Evening

Click here to view flier.

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PROGRAM - County Home Christmas Party  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Bill Stute, who passed away December 23rd.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at Burr Funeral Home.  A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 10:30 AM at the Federated Church, 76 Bell Street, Chagrin.  Donations are suggested to the BMR Foundation.

 

BILL STUTE

May 21, 1926 - December 23, 2009

There will be no meeting December 30th.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

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Veteran's Memorial Dedication

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The Geauga County Veteran's Memorial was dedicated on Sunday, November 8, 2009. It was a gorgeous warm clear day and a big crowd was in attendance. Tracy Jemison, Dan McClelland and Paul Newman all took part in the dedication ceremony.

The project which was piloted by our own Paul Newman cost in the neighborhood of $400,000. The Burton-Middlefield Rotary with the support of Preston Superstore, Junction Auto Family, Chardon Eagles, provided $67,000 towards the memorial.

The last fundraiser, a truck raffle, headed up by Chuck White, Burrly Burr, Tom Blair and Jodie Swartwout raised $17,000. The truck was won by Chuck Deely from Chardon.

Marty Pesek provided some photos of the event. See the photo gallery. Thanks Marty!

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Cluster Clam Bake

Posted by James Eldridge

Geauga County Rotary Cluster

October 14, 2009

THE BOND BUILDING AT CENTURY VILLAGE

14653 East Park Street

Burton, Ohio

Social Hour Begins at 6 o'clock in the Evening

Dinner Served at 7 o'clock in the Evening

Menu Options

Dozen Clams & Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast $28.00

Dozen Clams & Grilled New York Strip Steak $30.00

Dozen Clams & BBQ'd Ribs $35.00

Grilled New York Strip Steak (No Clams) $25.00

Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast (No Clams) $20.00

Garden Burger Meal (No Clams) $18.00

Please direct any questions to Jodie via email at jodieks@windstream.net

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Patagonia Project

Posted by James T. Eldridge

The Patagonia Project that we completed last year with the help of Ambassadorial scholar Kimberly Berls, other D6630 clubs, a host Rotary Club in Argentina and matching D6630 and Rotary International grants received some nice PR in a local paper. Local in Argentina that is. You can see the article at: http://www.rionegro.com.ar/diario/2009/07/19/1247969886271.php

The link is also in the links section. Unfortunately it's in Spanish, but you get the gist of it. Kimberly Berls was nice enough to let us know about it. Thanks Kimberly!

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Welcome to our new website!

Posted by James T. Eldridge

The new website is up and running. I hope that everyone will login at your earliest convenience and edit your personal data. Please keep this information updated with new email addresses and other changes that occur. You no longer have to wait for someone else to make the changes for you. I hope that all the data can be updated within the next two weeks. I am hoping not to have to get the "pig" involved.

The website can be reached at either the new web address: www.clubrunner.ca/burton-middlefield

or through the old address: www.burtonmiddlefieldrotary.com

I have previously sent login information to each member. If anyone has any problems logging in or using the site please call me or send me an email.

You can use the site to send individual members, a group of selected members or the entire club email. The recipients are easily selected from a drop down menu. There is a club directory online with pictures of all members. This directory is printable. It will only show the current data and it will be updated as all of you make your changes so that you can print an up to date directory for access at the office or in the car.

Project managers can add sign up lists to the site for projects. Sign up notifications can be placed in the eBulletin. After members sign up for a project they will recieve reminders of each project that they have signed up for at the bottom of each eBulletin.

Members are welcome and encouraged to submit material for inclusion on the site or eBulletin, especially project managers. Project details, updates, recaps etc.

Friends of Rotary (volunteers) can also be added along with contact information, access to the eBulletin, etc., so they can be kept in the loop on projects they are participating in.

 

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