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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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Shoe Boxes for Children of the Dump in Nicaragua

Our club filled 35 boot size boxes at BW3 in Fairview Park on July 13th.  Our boxes will to be combined with boxes from other clubs in our District, to be shipped to the children of the dump in Nicaragua, in time for Christmas.  Jack Young, Past District Governor, is in charge of this project district wide and will be delivering the boxes to the children personally, with a team of Rotarians this December.
 
Bill Wagner was the chair of the event for our club. Club members and friends chose the age and gender of the child they wanted to buy for and how many boxes for each child.  It was so gratifying to know that a deserving child in Chinendega, Nicaragua will be opening a box of school supplies, clothes and toys that we personally shopped for.  It warms the heart to help a child.
 
Thank you Bill ,for organizing the event and getting the boxes to Jack.  We are going to strive to fill 50 boxes next year!

Message from incoming president, Lauren Teschner

It is a great honor to be serving as President for The West Shore Rotary Club for the 2017-2018 Rotary year. Rotary International has set the theme of this Rotary year as “Making a Difference,” and our club’s leadership is committed to carrying out this theme. This year, George Newman (Treasurer), Luisa Heimburger (Secretary) and Don Auble (Sargent-At-Arms) will be joining me to serve the club membership.
I truly believe all members “Make a Difference” in the club. For some members, that role involves serving as club leadership and planning, organizing and implementing the day-to-day operations of the club. For others, that role is participating in meetings and service projects. Some financially support the club, and others contribute by attending social events and fundraisers. Each type of member is vitally important to the success of the club as a whole.
This year, we will be focusing on growing our community involvement and continuing to “Make a Difference” in the areas we serve - Fairview Park, North Olmsted and West Park. Each of these communities are uniquely different and has different needs. I challenge the service chairs and membership to seek out the needs of each of these communities so we can make an impact on the citizens and community as a whole. What does that community need, and how can we as a club help fulfill that need? RYLA and Youth Challenge will continue to be important programs to the club.
We will remain supporters of international projects to “Make a Difference” globally. We will participate in financially supporting projects such as Omni and Nanzi. We will also assemble Shoe Boxes to support the children in Nicaragua.
I am humbled to be the President of this great club, and I am looking forward to a productive year making a difference both locally and globally.
 
Sincerely,
Lauren Teschner

The Rotary Club of Nairn exchange flag

Dan Fronczak while vacationing in Scotland went to the Rotary Club of Nairn meeting.  He received a warm welcome and exchanged flags with our club.  The club has a 5K race as well for a fundraiser. 
Shown is their exchange flag and our exchange flag at our meeting on June 20th.
 
Bill Wagner on the left is our 2016-17 president
Dan Fronczak, past club president, is on the right
Follow up
         
 
  
 
Our first 5K Race was a huge success! 
Many thanks go out to our outgoing president, Bill Wagner, the event chair, and to all the volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to help out.
We had 185 runners, not bad for our first race.  The weather was perfect for running, cloudy and cool. 
We had many positive comments from runners on how well the race was organized.  I'm sure it will only grow next year!!
 
 
See Photo Album on the left column for more photos of the event.
 
 

Dr. John Babel Jr. Innovation Challenge Donation

Our fellow Rotarian and club member Dr. John Babel Jr. passed away on April 4th, 2016.  He left instructions that donations be made to the West Shore Rotary Foundation in lieu of flowers.  Our Foundation received $5260 in donations.  Our board decided that the memorial funds should be donated to Fairview City Schools to be used for their newly established Innovation Challenge throughout the district.
 
The check was presented to the school on May 2, 2017.  Louise Babel, John's wife, and daughter Donna Van Rooy (pictured on the left) were in attendance for the official presentation of the check.
 
The new Innovation Center at the Fairview High School was named after John to commemorate his time as superintendent of the Fairview City Schools when technology was making a huge transformation of our world.

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.
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
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!

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!

Youth Challenge Sponsorship Presentation

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

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

Nanze Organization to help the children of Malawi

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

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

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

Kathy Wilhelmy presented with her Paul Harris Certificate

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

Two New Paul Harris Fellows

Ralph Gerke and Gio DiLalla

were presented with their Paul Harris Certificates

at our regular meeting.

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

Eric Wagner, is a new a Paul Harris Fellow

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

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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Speakers
Lauren Teschner
Oct 03, 2017
Reverse Raffle
Board Meeting 11 AM
Oct 03, 2017
Regular Meeting at Noon
Oct 31, 2017
Reverse Raffle
West Shore Rotary Veterans
Nov 07, 2017
Tribute to our Veterans
Board Meeting 11AM
Nov 07, 2017
Anna Jones Craver, Clinical Director
Dec 05, 2017
Pathway Caring for Children
Board Meeting 11AM
Dec 05, 2017
Ann Over, NASA Deputy Mgr ESM
Jan 09, 2018
NASA Orion Spacecraft Project