West Shore Rotary Scholarships 2019

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.
 
 
 
West Shore Rotary Scholarships 2019 Lauren Teschner 2019-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Bob DiBiasio Luncheon Lauren Teschner 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Remembering Rotarian Newton J. Kellackey

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.
 
Remembering Rotarian Newton J. Kellackey Luisa Heimburger 2019-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

West Shore Rotary Club Donates to Shop with a Cop

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
West Shore Rotary Club Donates to Shop with a Cop Lauren Teschner 2018-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

Shoe Boxes for Nicaraguan Children

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.  
Shoe Boxes for Nicaraguan Children 2018-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

What does Rotary do?

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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.
What does Rotary do? 2018-01-05 05:00:00Z 0