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Rotary Club of the West Shore

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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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I am honored to be serving as President of the West Shore Rotary Club for the 2018-2019 Rotary year. The theme set by Rotary International this year is “Be The Inspiration”, and we will build upon that theme for the upcoming year. I am happy to announce that George Newman will remain Treasurer and Don Auble will remain Sargent-At-Arms for my Presidency, while Lauren Teschner will become the new Secretary for our club. Needless to say, I will be surrounded by professionalism and quality leadership for the next twelve months.
I can attest to witnessing our members living the “Be The Inspiration” motto on a daily basis. For some of our members, it is heavy involvement in community projects and development. Others contribute to the cause through financial means. Many attend functions and fundraisers and spread the word on the services we provide. While their tasks and means of support may be different, all are equally vital to the success of our club.
This year, we will focus on public outreach as a means to “Be The Inspiration” in the areas we serve – Fairview Park, North Olmsted, and West Park. We will bring our message to the communities in an effort to try and meet the needs and challenges each unique community possesses. I welcome all service chairs and members to engage in your community to establish these need and challenges. When we identify these, we can best serve our communities and continue to “Be The Inspiration” for our communities.
We will remain avid supporters of international projects to “Be The Inspiration” globally. We will participate in financially supporting projects such as Omni and Nanzi. We will also assemble Shoe Boxes to support the children of Nicaragua.
I am truly humbled and blessed to be the President of this wonderful club, and I look forward to leading us into a productive year and will do everything in my power to motivate our club to  “Be The Inspiration”, for not only our communities, but  worldwide as well.
 
Sincerely,
 
 

Youth Challenge 2018 Sponsorships

Our club sponsored two children to participate in the Youth Challenge programs all year long without any cost to them.  $3,000 was the total donation, $1500 for each child. 
 
It is an honor to do good for our community!
 
Pictured are our two student participants, parents, our president Steve Owens and YC representative, Melissa Thurstone.
 
To learn more about Youth Challenge got to:
www.youthchallengesports.com

Three $1500 West Shore Rotary Scholarships Awarded

 
Rotarian Eric Wagner and recipient from North Olmsted High School ~ Jasmine R. Hasanain

Rotarian Angelo Russo and recipients from Fairview Park High School ~ Robert J. Reilley  and Hanna R. Lutsock
Rotarian Steve Owens and recipient from St. Joseph Academy ~ Lily E. Gabriel 
Congratulations to all!
 

 

Shoe Boxes for Children of the Dump in Nicaragua

Our club filled 32 boot size boxes at BW3 in Fairview Park on July 10th.  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.  The Westlake/Bay club, is in charge of this project district wide and will be organizing the delivery of 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 where they need to be.  

Youth Challenge Prom Dinner

Our club sponsored the dinner for the Youth Challenge Prom at their facility on Sharon Drive.  It was great fun to share the evening with these amazing young adults.  Many thanks to Angelo Russo for donating and setting up his photo booth, printer and paper to print off the pictures on the spot.  There was dancing and karaoke...a good time was had by all!
 
Thanks to volunteers...Luisa, Lauren, Angelo, Jan, Mary Ann and George.  It was a success because of you.
 
Thanks to Italian Creations for creating  such delicious food!  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
King and Queen of the prom!

Nanze Organization to help the children of Malawi

From left to right: Lauren Teschner and Yakoob Badat
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 $500 and hope to help the organization in the future as well.
 
 
Learn more at www.nanze.org
 
 
 

NASA Orion Project - Ann Over

Ann Over enlightened our members about the NASA Orion Project  at our January 9th meeting.  She was our featured speaker for January.
 
Ann Over is an aerospace engineer with over 35 years project experience at NASA Glenn Research Center. She is presently Deputy Manager of the ESM (European Service Module) for NASA’s Orion Project. Orion will be the most advanced spacecraft ever designed, carrying astronauts farther into space than ever before – to the Moon and on to Mars. The challenges include propulsion, power, structures, thermal, cost, schedule, and risk management. Earlier in her career Ann managed advanced technologies for various planetary science projects at NASA Glenn.
 
Her enthusiasm for the project was contagious and educational.  It's amazing how many pieces have to fall into place to go into space.
 
 
Thanks go out to Don Auble (on the left), our Program Chair, for scheduling her as a speaker.
 
Loved the NASA pins and decals too! 
 
 

What does Rotary do?

Eight little words give us the answer.
 
This is a letter found in the Rotarian magazine, November 2017 issue. 
Written by Joseph J. Kovarik, Cottage Grove, Minn.
 
RI President Ian H.S. Riseley expressed his concern, in the August president's message, that we have "had a difficult time conveying the scope of our work."  Later he asks, "What does Rotary do?"  I'd like to offer an answer in just eight words.  The compact response is derived from posing three questions: What do we do? Where do we do it? How do we do it?
 
Consider:
What do we do? Improve people's lives.
Where do we do it? Locally and globally.
How do we do it? Through service.
 
Such a mission-minded claim underscores our action orientation.  We just observe that we are a leadership organization with a deceptively singular force: Improve peoples lives, locally and globally, through service.  We can reduce our statement to six words if we adopt the portmanteau word used by Atlanta's mayor, Kasim Reed, in his speech at the Rotary International Convention: "glocal".  Our alternate six-word definition of Rotary could read: Improve peoples lives glocally, through service.  
 
Your choice - eight or six words - in our continuing effort to assert the essence of Rotary.
Lauren Teschner, our current President, accepts her Paul Harris Certificate and pin from Tom Eble, Foundation chair
Congratulations Lauren!  Thank you for your donation to the Rotary International Foundation. 
Your contribution helps those in our backyard and around the world!
 
 
West Shore Rotary Veterans Ceremony, November 7th, 2017
 
 
 
L-R: David Lariviere, Joe Kazimer, Eric Wagner, Dan Fronczak, Newt Kellackey (seated), Dr. Reed Miller
 
Those recognized were:
 
Joe Kazimer ~ Marine, Corporal Sergeant, 1946-52 / Forty year Rotarian 
 
Newt Kellackey ~ Air Force, 1st Lieutenant, 1953-55 / Charter member - Fifty-Six year Rotarian
 
Dan Fronczak ~ Marine, Private 1st Class, 1971-72 / Twenty year Rotarian
 
Eric Wagner ~ Army, E/5 Sergeant, 2000-06 / Five year Rotarian
 
Officiating the ceremony was:
David Lariviere (COI/United States Army) from the Medina Sunrise Rotary Club and chaplain Dr. Reed Miller
 
Thank you to the members that were able to attend the ceremony and gave our Veteran's the respect they deserved, not only for their service to our country but to Rotary as well.
 

2017 Reverse Raffle - Change in Latitude

The West Shore Rotary Club presents the
2017 Reverse Raffle Dinner
~
Change in Latitude
Saturday, November 11, 2017
5:30pm to 11pm
Fairview Park, Gemini Center
21225 Lorain Road
Fairview Park, OH   44126

 

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
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.


 
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!
 
 
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