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West Shore

Service Above Self

First and Third Tuesday of each month at Noon
100th Bomb Group Restaurant
20920 Brookpark Rd
Cleveland, OH  44135
United States
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Jesse Sanders,  The Newest West Shore Rotary Member

Jesse Sanders is the Branch Manager of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Fairview Park Branch.
He is looking forward to being an active member of our club.
Welcome Jesse!
Pictured with Jesse, to his left, is George Newman, Membership Chair.
Youth Challenge Rotary Donation Feb 4th, 2017
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WESTLAKE, Ohio - Participants in the Youth Challenge Krazy Kamp on Feb. 4 got a special treat: lunch provided by a cluster of five area Rotary Clubs.

Members of the West Shore Rotary (Fairview Park, North Olmsted and Cleveland's West Park neighborhood), Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River (Sunrise and Noon clubs), the Rotary Club of Westlake-Bay Village, and the Rotary Club of North Ridgeville "adopted" Youth Challenge and organized fundraisers to help the organization with costs related to its transportation service, as well as providing the lunch.


Steven Owens, Newest West Shore Rotary Member

Steven Owens is the Director of Recreation for the City of Fairview Park. 
He is married to Shannon and is looking forward to being an active member
of our club.
Welcome Steven!
Pictured is George Newman, our inductor extraordinaire and membership chair, with Steven to his left.
We had a great time putting bows on wreaths at Puritas Nursery on Dec 5th 
We sold 80 wreaths this year for a holiday fundraiser.  Happy Holidays!
Reverse Raffle Fundraiser
We had a great time at the 2016 Reverse Raffle Fundraiser on November 12th and maybe raised a few dollars as well.  We had it at a new location, the Gemini Center in Fairview Park.  The food was catered by Alesci's.  A good time was had by all!
We also bestowed the honor of The West Shore Rotarian of the Year to Tom Eble. 
His enthusiasm for all that is Rotary, is contagious. 
Thank you Tom for all you do for our club.
Tom with his family at the raffle

American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program

In October, TJ Gerrett from the American Cancer Society, spoke to our club about a program that needs volunteers. 
Drivers are needed to take cancer patients to their appointments.  It's called the Road to Recovery program.  

District Governor Jim Mckee

On  Sept 20th our new District Governor, Jim Mckee, visited our club. He truly has the Rotary spirit. His enthusiasm is contagious. Those who were at the meeting today can a test to it! Jim gave a copy of our district book that contains details about all of our clubs to Bill, a gift for his presidency. The book is also available for sale for $30 thru the district.

Tom Eble's Outgoing President's Wine Tasting

Thank you Tom for a great 2015-16 Rotary year! 
Your enthusiasm and love of Rotary was an inspiration to all our members.
The Wine Tasting at the West Shore Wine Co was great fun to toast your tenure!
Per your request we did not get you a plaque, since this is your 4th presidency. 
We showed our appreciation by purchasing you a Rotary vest, hat and shirts. 
Wear them proudly on the Tuesday's when we meet!
Pictured are Tom and his lovely wife Cathy.
Youth Challenge Van Wash with Cluster Clubs
Rotarians doing good in our community. 
On Saturday Aug 13th, our club with the help of our cluster clubs, Lakewood Rocky River (Sunrise and Noon), Westlake Bay and N. Ridgeville washed 11 vans used by Youth Challenge.

We had the outside crew and the inside crew!
Our cluster will also fund the maintenance of these vans throughout the year.
Thank you to all who participated!

Scholarship Recipient in Summerfest Parade

July 8th was  the parade to kick off of the Fairview Summerfest. Participating and driving his cool convertible is Rotarian Don Auble and enjoying the ride is Fairview High School Scholarship recipient Mitch Allen.
A fun time was had by all!

RYLA recipient Gwyneth Howard

                                                        Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Camp June 12th to June 16th.
Fun times at the Lemonade Stand Fundraiser July 8-10th!
Thank you to all members, their families and friends who helped work our Lemonade Stand at the Fairview Summerfest .  Everyone had a ball and we raised money for our club as well.  Special thank you to Angelo Russo for stepping up to run the stand all three days while George was away.  Everyone missed you George! 
Pictured from left to right:  Amy and Eric Wagner, Joe Kazimer, Angelo Russo

Three $1500 West Shore Rotary Scholarships Awarded

Pictured: Rotarian Eric Wagner and recipient Elise Covell
Elise Covell from N. Olmsted High School and will be attending Bowling Green with a major in Public Health
Other recipients not pictured are:
Sadie Fronhapple from St. Joseph Academy who will be attending Walsh University for Nursing
Clayton (Mitch) Allen from Fairview High School who will be studying Mechanical Engineering at either, The Rochester Institute of Tech or University of Cincinnati
Congratulations to all!

Serving Dinner at  The Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland

West Shore Rotarian, Chris Gerrett organized the dinner that our club sponsored, at the Ronald McDonald House on June 29th, 2016. 
Ronald McDonald House is a haven for families who's child is in a neighboring hospital.  It offers the families housing and meals for free while they concentrate on getting through their child's illness.  This is the 5th year that our club has sponsored a meal. 
THANK YOU shout-out to Rotary volunteers Dan Fronczak, Chris Gerrett, George Newman and guest volunteer TJ Gerrett for making sure the dinner was on the table on time and looking good.
Thanks also to Luisa Heimburger (not pictured) for the batch of cookie dough. It was a great way to top off the meal!

Message from incoming president, Bill Wagner

I am honored to serve as the 2016-2017 President of the West Shore Rotary Club.  I’ve long believed in the principle of “Service Above Self” and hope that I can help continue our club’s legacy of doing great things both locally and internationally.   I am pleased to be joined this year by fellow officers: Lauren Teschner, President-Elect; George Newman, Treasurer; Luisa Heimburger, Secretary; and Amy Hendricks, Sargent-at-Arms.  We have our work cut out for us as there are a lot of activities in progress and many more in the upcoming year. 
In preparation for writing this letter, I read over the opening letters of presidents from the past few years.  One common theme emerged:  We need to grow our club!  We are a small, but mighty group at only 33 members.  There have been goals in previous years to increase our roles, but our numbers have stayed pretty much the same.  The more hands, the lighter the work and more benefit we can bring to our communities and our world.  Please extend the Rotary opportunity to your friends and colleagues who are like-minded in service as you. 
Another challenge we’ve faced is our weekly attendance at meetings.  I completely understand that work responsibilities may prevent some from attending regularly, but I would encourage those of you who do not have limitations to come back to meetings.  We need your input and help! 

Incoming 2016-17 President Bill Wagner

The start of a new Rotary year brings in a new president and officers!
Pictured is outgoing president Tom Eble, Bill Wagner incoming president and Kathy Berkshire, the Assistant District Governor doing the honors.

Youth Challenge Sponsorship Presentation

On June 14th, Israel (Izzy) Caminero, his parents, Sandy and Israel Sr., and Melissa Thurstone (representing Youth Challenge) joined us for our lunch meeting.  Every year our club sponsors a child with disabilities to a year long of activities at Youth Challenge, based in Westlake.  

Pictured are Izzy and Melissa Thurstone from Youth Challenge.
Izzy is telling the club members about the sports that he likes to play at Youth Challenge.

Nanze Organization to help the children of Malawi

Yakoob Badat and his parents created a non-profit organization called Nanze, to feed and educate the children from his grandmothers native village in Malawi, Africa.
The presentation was well done and the cause is a great one to support.
Our club presented them with a check for his presentation and hope to help the organization in the future as well.
Learn more at
From left to right: Ruckshana Khan, Yunus Badat, Bill Wagner (pres. elect), Yakoob Badat
Congratulations Amy!  Thank you for your donation to the Rotary International Foundation.  Your contribution helps those in our backyard and around the world!
Amy Hendricks accepts her Paul Harris Certificate and pin from Tom Eble, President of the West Shore Rotary Club

John Babel, Jr. (July 25, 1937 - April 4, 2016)

John Babel's has been a member of our club since October 1979.  He was our Foundation Chair, a member of our board form many years and a Paul Harris Fellow.  He was always ready to lend a helping hand where needed and had a great laugh that was all his own. When you heard it, you knew he was there!  He was the retired superintendent of Fairview Park Schools, long time resident of Fairview Park and Adjunct Professor at Cleveland State University. 
He was a true Rotarian in word and deed, and will be missed by all who knew him.
It was an honor to be called his friend and fellow club member.
God speed John! God speed!

Kathy Wilhelmy presented with her Paul Harris Certificate

Kathy Wilhelmy has become the latest Paul Harris Fellow. 
Thank you for your generosity and support of the Rotary Foundation.
Tom Eble, West Shore Rotary President, presented the certificate at our meeting.

Two New Paul Harris Fellows

Ralph Gerke and Gio DiLalla

were presented with their Paul Harris Certificates

at our regular meeting.

Congratulations on joining the Paul Harris Fellowship and supporting the Rotary Foundation with your contribution.

Eric Wagner, is a new a Paul Harris Fellow

Eric Wagner, former president of our club, has become a Paul Harris Fellow. 
The fifth member to become one this Rotary year.  We are encouraging each of
our club members become Paul Harris Fellows.
Pictured is Eric with current president, Tom Eble, receiving the certificate.

Sarah Marie Klingler passed away Friday, January 29th at the age of 90.

​Sarah Marie was a member of our club since 1998. 
She was an avid skier and tennis player well into her 80's.
She also loved to play the piano and always spoke her mind.
She will be missed by all who knew her.
Play on Sarah, play on!

Another Paul Harris Fellow from our club

Bill Wagner was presented with his Paul Harris Fellow award by Tom Eble at the Christmas Dinner on Dec 6th, 2015.
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