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Service Above Self

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3011 Westgate Mall
Fairview Park, OH 44126
United States of America
First and Third Tuesday of each month at Noon
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Our District 6630 donated monies to pay for 22 complete beds (bedding an all) for the children of Lorain County.  On May 14th we cut, sanded, dipped and drilled enough wood for 42 beds! What an achievement for 4 hours of work.  
The district project this year is to help Good Knights of Lorain County fulfill its mission to give every child a bed to sleep on.  Their motto is "Every Child Deserves a Good Night"
A good night’s sleep is fundamental to good health, good academic performance, and a positive way of living. Too many children in our community have to sleep on cold, hard floors or in other uncomfortable conditions. Our volunteers do their best to help them, with one bed at a time.
We helped build beds at their facility at 1935 Cooper Foster Park Dr., Amherst, OH 44001 on Saturday, May 14th, 2022.
It was a good thing!
Just back from the North Olmsted Community Parade, in which your West Shore Rotary Club had a presence. Eric (who still plays hockey!) and Amy Wagner (along with their children Reagan and Grant) walked the parade route and handed out candy. Very much appreciated. (We only got a little wet.)  Submitted by Don Auble
Our North Olmsted High School class of '21 recipient of a West Shore Rotary $1,500 scholarship, Owen Conway,  had already started at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (King's Point NY) but was injured there and will be rejoining his class next year. In the meantime he's going to Cleveland State U., taking STEM and Mechanical Engineering classes, with the goal of a Maritime Engineering degree from USMMA.
(Submitted by Don Auble - Scholarship Chair)
Acknowledging Angelo Russo as our out going president for 2020-2021 and returning for a second round on 2021-2022.  A nice dinner party and plaque was given in his honor for his tenure and our thanks. At Angelo's side is his lovely wife, Carlie.  Thank you Angelo for your dedicated service to our club.
It is my pleasure to announce that beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2021,  The West Shore Rotary Club will once again be hosting our luncheon meetings in-person.
Because the 100th Bomb Group is closed, we have decided to hold ALL FUTURE meetings at Arturo's Bar & Grill, 26679 Brookpark Extension, North Olmstead, 44070, at 12 noon.  
The cost will remain $20, and there are 5 lunch items to choose from.  Luncheon tickets will also be available for purchase.
We are excited to see all of you again and visit with your fellow Rotarians.  We are also looking to expand our club's membership, and would welcome any guests you would like to bring.

Mary Ann Jackson

The West Shore Rotary Club 

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Wagner, Fairview Park City Schools superintendent, on his retirement.
Bill has been a member of the West Shore Rotary Club since April of 2012, past president and board member. 
He is always ready to help where needed.  A true Rotarian through and through.
Enjoy your retirement, Bill, you've earned it!
Class of 2021 West Shore Rotary Scholarship ($1,500) recipients
Fairview High School
North Olmsted High School
Saint Joseph Academy
Don Auble accepting his Unsung Hero award from Angelo Russo, president of the West Shore Rotary Club.
This citation was awarded to Don from our District Governor for always being there to help whenever our Club needs it.  He volunteers behind the scenes and cares about the success of our Club.
Thank you, Don, for being the epitome of the service above self. 
Joe Kazimer passed away on March 12, 2021
  He was a 44 year member of our Rotary Club,
  with 25 of those years as the club Sergeant-at-arms.
  Joe also served our country as a Marine, Corporal Sergeant, 1946-52
  Services will be private, at Chambers Funeral Home, Saturday, March 20th.
  Joe, thank you for your service to Rotary and to our country, you will be missed. 
West Shore Rotary Club awards $6,000 in scholarships
The West Shore Rotary Club recently presented $1,500 scholarships to Class of 2020 graduating seniors at Fairview High School, North Olmsted High School, John Marshall High School, and St. Joseph Academy. Selections were based upon applicant’s academics, activities, community service, and essay, “Why mankind should be everybody’s business.” 
September 14-17, 2020.The West Shore Rotary gets 20% of your bill remitted to our Club when you dine at BISTRO 83 in North Ridgeville...a delicious Fundraiser for West Shore Rotary, and they're very careful about Covid 19 precautions -- social distance, masks, sanitizing, etc.
PRINT OUT the coupon and take it with you (and give the second one to a friend).
There's no limit on the number of participants, so "keep printin' 'em out" and giving them out.
West Shore Rotary recently awarded four scholarships to Class of ’19 graduates of Fairview High School, North Olmsted High School, John Marshall High School and St. Joseph Academy at $1,500 each, funded by various fund-raisers.

In Memory of Rotarian, Newton J. Kellackey

Newton J. Kellackey, Jr. DDS, was a charter member of the West Shore Rotary Club, (chartered as the Fairview-West Park Rotary) founded in 1961.
He was a 57 year Rotarian, Paul Harris Fellow, and a veteran of the US Air Force, 1st Lieutenant (1953-55).
He was recognized by the West Shore Rotary Club with a lifetime achievement award on October 14, 2010, for his service to the club, and the local and international community.
Newt was a dentist, in private practice, specializing in orthodontics. His compassion for people in need was a driving force for the humanitarian commitments that became part of his life and he used his skills in dentistry on the missions that he served.  With the support of the Rotary Club, Newt made many trips to Brazil to meet their medical needs.  Newt developed, with total support from the club, thirteen international health care missions to the Amazon jungle.  He spearheaded the shipping of 200 baby scales, 35 bicycles, 400 pairs of glasses, a four wheel drive truck, an entire surgical lab and equipment, and the building of 11 water wells. In 2002 Newt and Dan Fronczak (through their hard work), got pledges from 22 clubs within our district and with funds from Rotary International, provided a much needed replacement truck to the Esperanza organization, in the city of Santarem, Brazil.  Through Newt’s influence, Rotary supported an international exchange student from Brazil.  He volunteered on other missions, as well, with other organizations on religious and medical missions. His last trip to Brazil was in 2003.
Our Club is proud of Newt and all he accomplished in his lifetime, as a Rotarian, and a humanitarian.
Thank you, Newt, for your dedication to Rotary and its founding principles of service above self.  May God hold you in his loving arms.
Newt passed away March 12, 2018, at 89 years of age.
The West Shore Rotary Club continued its yearly tradition of making donations to both the city of North Olmsted and Fairview Park's Shop with a Cop. Children in both of these cities had the opportunity to shop with local law enforcement to pick out some Christmas gifts for the holiday season. 
Tom Eble presenting Fairview Park with Donation
Tome Eble presenting North Olmsted with Donation
Mark your calendars for the following speakers. They will speak during our lunch meetings at 100th Bomb Group at 12 PM on the date listed. Hope you can join us!
Dec. 4th -- Erin Donovan on Education
Jan. 8th -- Carrie Sullivan of Fairview Park City Schools
Feb. 5th -- Melanie Collins of the American Red Cross
Mar. 5th -- Tim McCormick of Berea Animal Rescue

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:

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

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?
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.
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.

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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